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Soundbites: Music Is Art launches music scene 'Alliance'

Robby Takac’s Music Is Art Foundation has announced the formation of “The Music Industry Alliance,” a new initiative aimed at connecting elements of the regional music industry in attempt to add muscle to our scene.

According to a press release announcing the initiative, which is hosting a kick-off informational event in the Community Room at the Market Arcade at 6 p.m. March 13, the goal of the MIA Alliance is to capitalize on the positive vibes and sense of shared discovery that has been a feature of the annual Music Is Art Festival for more than a decade.

“We want to create that experience the other 364 days a year, not just at our annual festival,” Tracy Fletcher, executive director of Music is Art, said in a prepared statement. The idea was inspired the feedback received from the festival, "mainly, the sentiment that it’s the one day a year that artists of all disciplines come together in one place to learn, create, perform, and discover.”

[Read more: Robby Takac revs up dream machine for Music Is Art]

Like the monthly Buffalo Musician’s Mixers, launched by musician Toney Rhodes, the MIA Alliance reflects what appears to be a rejuvenated belief spreading through diverse elements of our music scene that things could (and should) be better, and that no one really wins unless we all win.

If you have ideas for creating and capitalizing on new synergies within the music community, check out the informational meeting.

[Related: Smiles at Music Is Art 2018 | Scenes at Music Is Art]

Young virtuosos hit Carnegie Hall: Two Williamsville North students, both of whom study with pianist and educator Mary Handley, were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall this past weekend, an honor bestowed in recognition of their highest national ranking in the Royal Conservatory of Music piano examination.

Debosir Ghosh, 16, and Christian Brann, 15, knocked it out of the park in the Royal Conservatory’s national ranking, earning the First Class Honors with Distinction grade. This is a testament to the depth of their shared tutelage under Handley, who has appeared as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Ghosh and Brann plan to pursue music after graduating. I’m glad to hear this. The world needs more musicians eager to share their gifts. Congratulations.

Short spins:

*Adrian Belew is one of the true musical innovators of the past 30-plus years, and his wildly inventive playing and singing have bolstered some of the most enduring music of our time, from David Bowie and Frank Zappa to Talking Heads, King Crimson and Nine Inch Nails. Belew has also captained a stellar solo career that finds him effortlessly blending pop, avant-garde and progressive tendencies into an intoxicating gumbo.

Belew hasn't been in Buffalo in a hot minute, but he's back with a new band (long-serving bassist Julie Slick, plus drummer Jordan Perlson and keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Saul Zonana) and some new music ("Pop-Sided" drops in early March) for a show at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Tralf Music Hall (610 Main St.).

*An indie band on an honest-to-goodness indie label that has generated in excess of 10 million Spotify hits for just two singles? That's the Blue Stones, set to play at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.). This is a 103.3 the Edge presentation with tickets priced $1.03 each.

*A bill stuffed to the gills with killer young psychedelic/indie Buffalo bands takes place at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in Mohawk Place (47 East Mohawk St.). Deadwolf, the Eaves, and DJ Miosi will rattle your bones.


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