Abundance of talent reinforces plans to showcase world’s musicians on music channel, says creative director Jared Freiburg
CHENNAI, India (Aug. 31, 2015) gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg and top music students from APL Global School performed at ceremonies to launch, in India, gooimusic, a music channel on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/gooimusic).
The program, which also marked completion of a 10-day Jazz workshop conducted at the school by Freiburg for select 9- to 17-year-old students, featured four Tamil movie and music icons as Chief Guests:
- Gangai Amaran, singer, composer, orchestra conductor. During the program, he sang in remembrance of recently deceased composer M S Viswanathan, who was responsible for the music for over 1000 movies.
- Rajiv Menon, movie director and an expert in Indian classical music.
- AVMK Shanmugam, music, movie and TV producer and grandson of Indian movie moghul AVM, who started the first South Indian record label in India during the 1930s.
- Ms Suchitra, singer and disc jockey of South India’s most popular FM Station “Radio Mirchi,” who has sung in more than 100 movies.
Freiburg, dubbed by gooimusic Creative Board Chair Mohan Narayanan as a “Jazz sensation,” said, ”My trip to India – my first outside the United States – confirmed my belief in the widespread talent in musical genres all over the world. So, gooimusic will continue to seek talents and promote them so separate cultures can relate to each-other through music.”
The event included blessing the gooimusic venture and the concert by lighting two of the tall brass Indian oil lamps known as Kuthu Vilakku to drive out all bad things in and around the projects and to bring all good things and happiness. The ceremony, Narayanan said, presents Hindu gods as light. The number of oil wicks represents the particular deity; for example a lamp with five splits of light represents Lord Shiva. Participants included the four Chief Guests, Narayanan, Freiburg, mygooi Chairman and CEO Paul N. Greenwood and gooidev President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Beaumont.
Working with Narayanan, 79, Chennai-based educator, composer and scholar on world music, the workshop created an Indo-Jazz theme song for the Indian government’s CLEAN INDIA campaign. Narayanan and Freiburg worked on the melody in Mohan’s 128 track digital midi studio, the first of its kind in Chennai. The lyrics in Tamil, the regional language of Chennai, were penned by Narayanan, who has many movie lyrics to his credit.
At the concert, Narayanan read a poem about Clean India written by Greenwood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwiVOZ3gzf4).
Freiburg said the workshop, which lasted two-hours a day for 10 days, was a great experience for him to learn as well as to display jazz opportunities to the students at APL Global. Freiburg said, “The best part for me was seeing some of their faces light up when they either heard jazz for the first time or made a connection to jazz’s relation to other popular genres like blues, rock and funk.” He taught the specially selected students the essentials of jazz while learning more about classic Indian musical themes.
“The music professionals I met had very kind compliments about the concert and seemed to enjoy it very much,” said Freiburg. “I see collaboration in the future.”
Freiburg, of Des Moines, Iowa, USA, is studying music education and performance at California State University, Long Beach.
APL (Academy for Personalized Learning) Global School‘s teaching addresses individual needs in a group context. Accreditation from Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) allows APL to take its personalization to effective levels, preparing students for the Primary Progression Tests, Checkpoint, IGCSE and A level examinations.
gooimusic is a YouTube music channel dedicated to the disruptive and the new. Started with a jazz sensibility, it brings together genres and introduces talented performers and composers from all over the world who are creating revolutionary sounds.
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