mygooi launches gooimusic in India with Indo-Jazz concert

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).

gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg (left) and students from APL Global School in Chennai, India, perform at Indo-Jazz concert.

gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg (left) and students from APL Global School in Chennai, India, perform at Indo-Jazz concert.

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.

mygooi CEO Paul N. Greenwood (foreground) lights the lamp for the concert, with Professor Mohan Narayanan, gooidev president and COO Steve Beaumont and APL Global School Principal Kiran Merchant waiting their turns.

mygooi CEO Paul N. Greenwood (foreground) lights the lamp for the concert, with Professor Mohan Narayanan, gooidev president and COO Steve Beaumont and APL Global School Principal Kiran Merchant waiting their turns.

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.

About gooimusic

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.

About mygooi

mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where the Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.

Mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at http://www.cff.org.

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gooimusic Creative Director leads free Indo-Jazz concert Wednesday

Young American jazz sensation Jared Freiburg, APL Global School students perform to conclude 10-day music workshop, launch gooimusic channel

CHENNAI, India (Aug. 10, 2015) gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg and top music students from APL Global School will perform in a free Indo-Jazz concert at the school on Wednesday (Aug 12), said professor Mohan Narayanan, Chairman of gooimusic’s Advisory Board. Narayanan added, “Jared is a jazz sensation.”

gooimusic Creative Director Jarel Freiburg (right) and Advisory Board Chair Mohan Narayanan creating a new sound by fusing jazz and traditional Indian melodies in Narayanan’s home studio.

gooimusic Creative Director Jarel Freiburg (right) and Advisory Board Chair Mohan Narayanan creating a new sound by fusing jazz and traditional Indian melodies in Narayanan’s home studio.

The program, which concludes a 10-day music workshop at the school, will be at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 104/8C3 Foundry Road, Okkiam, Thoraipakkam, Chennai-600 097. mygooi, gooimusic and the students of APL Global are hosting the event, which will also formally launch in India the gooimusic YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/gooimusic) and its app.

Special guests at the concert will include Tamil movie celebrities director Rajiv Menon, producer AVM Shanmugam and singer Suchitra.

In the workshop, which ran for two hours daily after regular classes, Freiburg taught the specially selected students the essentials of jazz while learning more about classic Indian musical themes. Freiburg, 18, has often mentioned his interest in fusing these themes with jazz. Says mygooi Chairman and CEO Paul N. Greenwood, “though young, Jared is incredibly talented and creative as a composer, singer and instrumentalist.”

Working with Narayanan, 79, Chennai-based educator, composer and expert on world music, the workshop has created an Indo-Jazz theme song for the Indian government’s CLEAN INDIA campaign. Freiburg and the students will debut the song at the concert.

gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg (foreground) with students at APL Global school music workshop in Chennai, India.

gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg (foreground) with students at APL Global school music workshop in Chennai, India.

Also part of the concert program will be Narayanan; Greenwood, Mrs. Gita Jagannathan, Managing Director of APL Global; Mrs. Kiran Merchant, Principal of the school, and Steve Beaumont, President and Chief Operating Officer of gooidev.

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.

About gooimusic

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.

About mygooi

mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where the Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.

Mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at http://www.cff.org.

Media Contacts:

Richard Greb
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847-651-1445 / Richardg@mygooi.com

Mark Perlman
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312-315-0707 / Markp@mygooi.com

 

gooimusic workshop to explore Jazz, South Indian themes

Creative Director Jared Freiburg, Advisory Board Chair Mohan Narayanan to headline program launching innovative music channel in India

CHENNAI, India (July 28, 2015)

gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg will be conducting a 10-day music workshop in Chennai starting the week of August 3. According to gooimusic Advisory Board Chairman Mohan Narayanan, the classes will culminate with a public concert officially launching the gooimusic YouTube channel in India and introducing at least one original musical composition.

Also present for the launch will be Paul N. Greenwood, CEO of mygooi, and Steve Beaumont, President and Chief Operating Officer of gooi development (gooidev).

Freiburg is arriving in Chennai July 31.

gooimusic is the innovative music channel established by mygooi on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/gooimusic).

“I’m looking forward to teaching these select students the essentials of Jazz, while learning more about India’s music,” said Freiburg.

According to Narayanan, a composer who is expert in musical themes from all over the world, Freiburg will also be meeting with leading South Indian classical musicians to discuss their music and the challenges of combining tonal elements from Asia, Europe, America and other parts of the world.

When Freiburg was named gooimusic creative director, he expressed particular interest in fusing traditional Indian music with Jazz, giving well-known Indian themes a more modern twist.

Narayanan said the APL Global School in the Thoraipakkam area of Chennai has selected a dozen students for the workshop, which will run at the school for two hours daily after regular classes. He said, “At the end of the workshop, Jared and I, along with the students, will have created a new Indo-Jazz theme song for the Indian Government’s CLEAN INDIA campaign. The theme song and other pieces will be performed by Jared and the students.”

The theme for the national campaign will be recorded and sent to the Indian Prime Minister’s Office as well as posted on mygooi’s facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mygooi) and on gooimusic. Narayanan said, “I have already started composing the song’s elements and am also writing the lyrics, which will be in the local Indian language, Tamil. It can later be translated into other major Indian languages.”

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.

About gooimusic

gooimusic  is a YouTube music channel dedicated to the disruptive and the new. Starting with a jazz sensibility, it brings together genres and introduces talented performers and composers from all over the world who are creating revolutionary sounds.

About mygooi

mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where the Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.

Mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at http://www.cff.org.

Media Contacts:

Richard Greb
mygooi
847-651-1445 / Richardg@mygooi.com

Mark Perlman
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312-315-0707 / Markp@mygooi.com

 

mygooi adds Indo-Jazz fusion to gooimusic playlist

Professor Mohan Narayanan named chair of channel’s advisory board

DES MOINES, Iowa June 19, 2015

gooimusic, mygooi’s disruptive and creative YouTube music channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/gooimusic) has added tracks by Indian composer and music scholar Mohan Narayanan to its playlist, said gooimusic creative director Jared Freiburg.

The works, played by Narayanan, violinist Athira Krishna and pianist Amba Punjabi, combine traditional south Indian classical music with western Jazz and classical rhythms.

Narayanan, 79, will chair gooimusic’s advisory board, noted mygooi CEO Paul N. Greenwood. gooimusic is a subsidiary of gooi LLC.

“Mohan is well known in India for his fusion compositions, and movie and theater scores,” said Freiburg. “The scores draw on Indian tradition and Western themes – from Bach and Mozart to Jazz. And while he and his students have brought cross-over music to Germany, Austria, the U.S. and Canada, he has not received the international recognition his talent and accomplishments deserve. We’re looking to bring broader attention to his works through gooimusic.”

Narayanan’s works on gooimusic includes links to several short movies he has scored.

“The reach of your site…beyond imagination,” wrote Narayanan after his first video was posted on gooimusic. “It is not even four hours and the video has already 300 likes, means about x2 = 600 viewers. This is simply fantastic!”

In addition to being a composer and teacher, Narayahannis a technologist, writer of plays and novels, management consultant and professor for management studies. He founded Chennai, India – based Bhagyanjali Global Media (http://www.bhagyanjaliglobal.com/), which produces Tamil films.

Narayanan connected with world music during 10 years in Germany as a project manager and engineer with Siemens, working on the technology of music-harmonics, frequencies and chords. He has traveled widely (he’s currently on passport number 20) for Siemens Germany and the TVS Group India. When seeing films in countries including Poland and Bulgaria, while he didn’t know the language, he saw how music was being used. “I also collected music wherever I went,” he said.

Music has become a hobby that produced a sound lab that includes an archive of music, equipment and books, which he readily shares with interested students. It includes stacks of Andean folk music, Hebrew melodies, Irish chants, American Indian spiritual songs, Gregorian chants, music of Iran, Peru, China, Jazz, Classical, Indian; the list goes on. “You take any world music, any sound, I have it,” he says.

Composing “just for the hell of it,” he wonders how a raaga (a mode in classical Indian music) sounds with a piano? What Western chords support Carnatic (the classical style of Southern India) music? Where does harmony fit in Indian music? His answers to these questions are there to be heard.

Narayanan says he resents music being “over commercialized” or “monetized”. “Of course, money is important.,” he adds, “but there are some important things in life like religion, sharing knowledge, music, helping others etc. which should not be used just for the sake of making money.”

About gooimusic
gooimusic is a YouTube music channel dedicated to the disruptive and the new. Starting with a jazz sensibility, it brings together genres and introduces talented performers and composers from all over the world who are creating revolutionary sounds.

About mygooi
mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where the Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.

mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at cff.org.

Media Contacts:
Richard Greb
mygooi
847-651-1445 / Richardg(at)mygooi.com

Mark Perlman
mygooi
312-315-0707 / Markp(at)mygooi.com