miércoles, 18 de septiembre de 2013

¿Me gané un premio? Bueno, más o menos... como autor de 4 canciones en un CD de salsa de mi pana rick davies...

August 22, 2013

'Salsa Norteña' still hot, hot, hot

PLATTSBURGH — The 12th Independent Music Award’s Latin Vox Pop (People’s Choice) Award was decided after 65,000 votes.
Dr. Rick Davies walked away the winner with his salsa and Latin-jazz masterpiece, “Salsa Norteña.”
“I don’t know how many I got (votes),” said Davies, who is a professor of music at SUNY Plattsburgh. “It’s a global award.”
His first music award ever (there were a scattering of pre-Grammy nominations), Davies received his first congratulations from his brother, Keith, who lives in Denver.
Davies checked his email and found a formal congrats from the Independent Music Awards, “a prestigious international program that connects top ranked artists to new audiences and revenue opportunities,” according to the agency’s press release.
“They give you a lot of promotion, press,” Davies said. “They put your music on thousands of jukeboxes. I get royalties from the jukeboxes, any kind of air play orstreaming. They promote the nominees, but they promote the winners more.”
The IMA artist- and industry-judging panel included Tom Waits, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pete Wentz, Suzanne Vega, Ziggy Marley, G. Love, Anthony DeCurtis (“Rolling Stone”), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour) and Colleen Fischer (“Austin City Limits Live”).
Davies was nominated in two categories, including Best Latin Song for “Baile de Amor” (“Dance of Love”).
A composer and trombonist, Davies has performed with icons in Latin, jazz, pop and Caribbean music. He was music director for the legendary salsa band Wayne Gorbea and Salsa Picante. 
On the Adirondack Coast, Davies founded the all-star Jazzismo and most recently, the Thugtets. At the college, he directs the Plattsburgh State Jazz Ensemble and Mambo Combo. Davies received his doctorate in 1999 from New York University. His dissertation-turned-book, “Trompeta: Chappottín, Chocolate, and the Afro-Cuban Trumpet Style,” was published by Scarecrow Press in 2003.
At the college, Davies has served as chair of the Music Department and is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellors Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities.
Chip Boaz in “The Latin Jazz Corner Magazine” wrote: “trombonist Rick Davies shows a deep understanding of salsa and an innate ability to apply those aesthetics to Latin Jazz on the energetic and highly danceable release Salsa Norteña.”
In describing his unique trombone style, Raul da Gama of the Latin Jazz Network wrote: “His beautiful burnished tone and bronzed colours are accompanied by some of the finest smears and growls that so uplift his instrument that he is elevated to the top echelons of it.”
For “Salsa Norteña,” Davies tapped Jorge “Papo” Ross (vocals), Alex Stewart (saxophone), Tom Cleary (piano), John Rivers (bass), Jeff Salisbury (percussion), Steve Ferraris (percussion), Neville “Pichi” Ainsley (conguero), Ray Vega (trumpet) and Jonathan Maldonado (drummer).
The disc features eight Davies’ originals, a tribute to salsa dura, a style popular in 1970s New York.
“The album came out last July,” Davies said. “There are four vocal songs. My co-writer is lyricist Fernando Iturburu, a professor of Spanish at Plattsburgh State. He is a poet from Ecuador. When I finished it, I knew it was the best one I’ve done. It was my third album. Every song on it was good. Usually, there are one or two songs not at the same level. I had a great time. I recorded mostly in Montreal.”
He snagged Grammy-nominated recording engineer Ricky Campanelli.
“It has really professional sound,” Davies said.
Davies brought Campanelli and Ross to Lane Gibson Studio in Charlotte, Vt.
“Ray Vega was the guest artist on the stuff we did in Vermont,” Davies said. “He’s a great player. They’re all great players. They are either from Montreal or Vermont. I’m the only one from Northern New York, but I’m the boss.”

domingo, 1 de septiembre de 2013

Busco trabajo escribiendo de cualquier cosa

Dada la dura situacion del mercado laboral escritoril, y ante la negativa de mis editores de publicar mis ultimas tres obras, ineditas para siempre segun veo, me ofrezco a publicar de lo que sea, quien sea y para lo que sea. Si alguna editorial se interesa, mejor. Por pedido y todo vale. Aqui va la lista, aunque innecesaria pues escribo de lo que me pidan y paguen:


1. Rock duro (me declaro rockero)
2. Poesia y poetas malditos
3. Antologias de poesia, cuento, etc, internacionales sobre todo, me pagan viajes y viaticos, ok?
4. Temas raros
5. Biografias de hacendados, banqueros, narcos y billeteados en general
6. Cine, como todos y cualquiera
7. Como se debe hacer... (espacio para llenar por los interesados)
8. Futbol, local, nacional o internacional
9. Cualquier otro deporte
10. Relaciones amorosas y de auto-ayuda en general
11. Problemas de parejas (o de los que no tienen pareja)
12. Vanguardias en general, especial enfasis a los Decapitados de Ecuador o a Los Malditos Franceses
13. Teoria literaria, social, politica y filosofica
14. Politica nacional o internacional
15. Traducciones de cualquier que escriba poesia y tenga billete
16. Tesis de doctorado, maestria, licenciatura o bachillerato (empastamos libros tambien)
17. Antropologia, fotos y viajes
18. Todo genero literario, espcialmente para concursos
19. Television y Comunicacion en general
20. Lo que se les ocurra.