Category Archives: Great Musicians

Live Music Video and Live Music Streaming from Eyedea Worx

We here at Eyedea Worx love live music and are happy to work with so many talented musicians.

We sponsor as many music festivals and events as we can, and had a great time at last weekend’s Higher Ground Music Festival in Denver. Over two days we got to see many great live sets from bands around the country, and took TONS of video for you to enjoy! You can find the full playlist from the 2015 Higher Ground Music Festival below:

We took video for new bands we had never seen before and were happy to meet like Calliope Musicals and Me Like Bees but also local bands we’ve worked with in the past like High Five, Red Stinger, and King Cardinal.

Eyedea Worx is also a title sponsor for Mountain Size Presents, Live at Evergroove. A monthly live show from Evergroove Studio in Evergreen, CO, the broadcast streams LIVE as the action happens and has welcomed local Denver acts and national (and international) touring bands alike.

Last night, Evergroove welcomed Texas rock band Jack Kerowax for a live streaming show, and you re-watch the live stream at Youtube here:

Stay tuned on our Eyedea Worx and Notion Worx Facebook page as well as our official websites for more information about upcoming music events and more from Eyedea Worx!

Higher Ground Music Festival THIS WEEKEND!

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The Higher Ground Music Festival is THIS WEEKEND and we’re happy to be a sponsor!

Come see us around Casselman’s  in downtown Denver on Friday night and all day Saturday while enjoying a wide variety of musical styles across multiple stages!

The full lineup and schedule can be found at the Higher Ground Music Festival website here.

 

Eyedea Worx Sponsors The Higher Ground Music Festival in Denver

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Eyedea Worx is thrilled to announce that we are a sponsor for the upcoming Higher Ground Music Festival!

Happening in downtown Denver from Thursday August 20th to Saturday August 22th, Higher Ground features some great local Denver bands as well as headlining acts from around the country! The diverse lineup of acts can be viewed at the Higher Ground website.

Visit the Higher Ground Music Festival Facebook page for more updates including ticket giveaways and entry information, including the festival schedule.

See you there at the Higher Ground Music Festival in Denver!

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Denver musician Ron McMillon

Denver saxophonist Ron Mcmillion's new EP is being printed by Eyedea Worx!

Denver saxophonist Ron Mcmillion’s new EP is being printed by Eyedea Worx!

Denver musician and composer Ron Mcmillon is set to release “Talkin’ About Jesus” this month and we’re happy to announce that Eyedea Worx will be handling the printing of this great new album!

A Colorado native with over 20 years of performance experience, Ron’s music is a sweet blend of smooth jazz, soul, and gospel with a passion for bringing his spiritual root to as many people as possible.

The new album “Talkin’ About Jesus” is produced by noted jazz producer Darren Rahn; You can hear Ron’s first radio single”It is Me” on Soundcloud right now!

Eyedea Worx is thrilled to be working with such talent and look forward to the release!

Any music fans in Colorado should plan on being at The Soiled Dove May 2, 2015 at 8pm for what promises to be an incredible night of live jazz!

Ron Mcmillon

Album Review: Whatever You Want by The Congress

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by Brooke Layman


Eyedea Worx recently printed the second release of “Whatever You Want” from The Congress. I am one lucky gal to be able to help produce these projects and write reviews about them. Plus, I get to hear lots of amazing music so that’s an added bonus.


As soon as I put this album in my player I started tapping my toes and chair dancing. The title track, “Whatever You Want,” was the perfect way to start my afternoon. From there I was wooed by the unexpected and somehow eerily romantic harmonies on “Walls” and then seduced by the slow passion of “Impatiently.”


The obvious favorite track for me was “Keep Virginia” which happens to be the state where I was born and raised. The Congress captured the feeling of a July afternoon covered in the perspiration that comes with that thick cloud of humidity that is Virginia in the summer. I was transported back home to a dock on the water and the smell of honeysuckle in the air.


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I love how each of the songs tells a story which is sometimes hard for rock and roll bands to accomplish. But best of all, you can tell that these guys had a blast recording this album which is perfectly mixed and mastered. Brownie points to Mark Fuller, John Macy and Scott Lane of Macy Sound Studios.


If you haven’t heard The Congress, you are probably waiting for me to compare them to another band so you have some point of reference. Well too bad. There are hints of so many different rock and roll greats it would be an injustice to try and not leave one out. Let’s put it this way: If you took all of your favorite rock and roll legends, threw them in to a blender and topped it off with caramel sauce, you would have The Congress.


Even better for you, The Congress will be playing April 5th at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. If we all show up, we might get them to play more local shows. Who’s with me?

 

Want Quick, Accurate Thinking? Ask a Musician

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by Tom Jacobs


Originally posted by Pacific Standard and can be found here.


New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments.


We all want to stay sharp-witted as we age, which explains the recent proliferation of brain games and puzzles. But newly published research suggests a low-tech way of retaining our mental agility: Learn to play a musical instrument.


According to this research, people who spend many hours in the practice room not only process information unusually efficiently, but they also do a superior job of not letting occasional errors derail them.


These findings “suggest that playing a musical instrument might improve the ability to monitor our behavior and adjust our responses effectively when needed,” writes a research team led by cognitive neuroscientist Ines Jentzsch of the University of St. Andrews. “As these processes are amongst the first to be affected by cognitive aging, our evidence could promote musical activity as a realistic intervention to slow or even prevent (one type of) age-related decline.”


In the journal Neuropsychologica, the researchers describe an experiment featuring 36 young adults. They were divided into four groups: Musicians who had accumulated at least 5,000 hours of practice; those who had clocked 2,000 to 5,000 hours; the lightweights (or newcomers to music) who had practiced for 200 to 2,000 hours; and non-musicians.


After answering a series of questions, all the participants took part in two standard cognitive tests: a Stroop task, in which they were asked to respond to words written in the color blue (even if the letters spelled out “red”); and a Simon task, in which they were instructed to respond with their right hand if they saw a red shape, and with their left hand if they saw a blue shape—even if the shapes popped up on the opposite side of the screen.


As they performed these tricky tasks, their brains were continuously monitored via EEG recording.


The results: People with more musical training responded faster than those with little or no training, with no loss in accuracy. “This result suggests that higher levels of musical training might result in more efficient information processing in general,” the researchers write.


In addition, “higher levels of musical practice were also associated with a better engagement of cognitive control processes, as indicated by more efficient error and conflict detection,” the researchers report. Participants who had spent more quality time with their instruments had “a better ability to detect errors and conflicts, and a reduced reactiveness to these detected problems.”


“Together,” the researchers conclude, “the present findings suggest that playing a musical instrument might improve the ability to monitor our behavior, and adjust our responses effectively when needed.”


Jentzsch and her colleagues note that this shouldn’t be too surprising, in that a musician learns to be constantly cognizant of his or her performance, “but not to be overly affected by mistakes.”


In other words, if you hit a wrong note, it’s important to be immediately aware of what you did wrong, but it’s just as important to not hesitate or second-guess yourself. You quickly take stock what happened and move on—a skill the musicians in the study applied to these two tests, and one players can presumably apply to an assortment of everyday challenges.


The researchers caution that they haven’t established “a causal link between musical activity and the effectiveness of frontal brain functions.” They concede it’s possible that people who generally perform well on cognitive tasks might be more likely to take up an instrument.


That said, they note that participants in their study “were drawn from our university population (students or employees) with a comparable educational background.”


They also point out that their participants were amateur musicians. Even those who logged the most practice time did not approach the hours put in by a longtime professional.


The fact that practicing was associated with improved cognitive functioning even for these non-professionals suggests music study could be “a realistic intervention method to slow or even prevent age-related decline in frontal brain functioning,” they write.


So if you want to be sharp, start practicing those B sharps.

March Featured Artist: Meniskus

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by Brooke Layman


Meniskus is not an easy band to review. Usually I’m taken to a certain place or time or memory that I can relate the music I’m hearing to. I sat down at my desk today and played song after song after song. What happened? I wasn’t transported to one place or time or memory, I was suspended above them all. Yes… all of them. The deliberate rhythms, the soothing vocals, the explosion and depth of their craft… These guys don’t mess around.


It’s even difficult to compare Meniskus to other musicians. Some have likened them to local talent Devotchka, and in fact both bands record at Boulder, Colorado’s legendary Coupe Studios. The band says they draw inspiration from bands like U2, Pink Floyd, and Tool which can be heard in the haunting romance that comes through on songs like “Letters.” But there is also a distant hint of post-punk influences like The Cure which makes Meniskus even more layered and alluring. With the intricacies and blending of sounds, it’s hard to believe that there are only three of them on stage.


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The band consists of Ryt, Ostberg, and Bardusco, all from different backgrounds and music philosophies including classical, Latin, and electronic/dance. Their sound brings to mind what a symphony by Mozart might sound like if he were to compose one while listening to Carlos Santana and eating Arroz con Pollo for dinner. It’s magnificent and flavorful.


While they have currently been on a break from playing 100+ shows a year, Meniskus is still staying busy. With the recent release of their new music video “Greed” and their side project, Rue Vital which integrates local and national talents into an on stage jam session of bliss, these guys are truly dedicated to their craft. When you have opened for bands like Dave Matthews, Tom Petty, and The Roots, you know that you’ve got something special and Meniskus definitely does. Make sure to connect with the band so you don’t miss out on the announcement of May/June concert dates in Colorado.


How to find Meniskus:


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The Musical Brain: Novel Study of Jazz Players Shows Common Brain Circuitry Processes Both Music and Language

 

Originally posted by Neuroscience News and original article can be found here.

 

Kenny Dorham

Kenny Dorham

 

Researchers scanned brains while musicians “traded fours”.

 

The brains of jazz musicians engrossed in spontaneous, improvisational musical conversation showed robust activation of brain areas traditionally associated with spoken language and syntax, which are used to interpret the structure of phrases and sentences. But this musical conversation shut down brain areas linked to semantics — those that process the meaning of spoken language, according to results of a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

 

The study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to track the brain activity of jazz musicians in the act of “trading fours,” a process in which musicians participate in spontaneous back and forth instrumental exchanges, usually four bars in duration. The musicians introduce new melodies in response to each other’s musical ideas, elaborating and modifying them over the course of a performance.

 

The improvisation between the musicians activated areas of the brain linked to syntactic processing for language, called the inferior frontal gyrus and posterior superior temporal gyrus. In contrast, the musical exchange deactivated brain structures involved in semantic processing, called the angular gyrus and supramarginal gyrus. This is a picture of jazz legend, Louis Armstrong. Credit Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection.

The improvisation between the musicians activated areas of the brain linked to syntactic processing for language, called the inferior frontal gyrus and posterior superior temporal gyrus. In contrast, the musical exchange deactivated brain structures involved in semantic processing, called the angular gyrus and supramarginal gyrus. This is a picture of jazz legend, Louis Armstrong. Credit Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection.

 

The results of the study suggest that the brain regions that process syntax aren’t limited to spoken language, according to Charles Limb, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Rather, he says, the brain uses the syntactic areas to process communication in general, whether through language or through music.

 

Limb, who is himself a musician and holds a faculty appointment at the Peabody Conservatory, says the work sheds important new light on the complex relationship between music and language.

 

“Until now, studies of how the brain processes auditory communication between two individuals have been done only in the context of spoken language,” says Limb, the senior author of a report on the work that appears online Feb. 19 in the journal PLOS ONE. “But looking at jazz lets us investigate the neurological basis of interactive, musical communication as it occurs outside of spoken language.

 

“We’ve shown in this study that there is a fundamental difference between how meaning is processed by the brain for music and language. Specifically, it’s syntactic and not semantic processing that is key to this type of musical communication. Meanwhile, conventional notions of semantics may not apply to musical processing by the brain.”

 

To study the response of the brain to improvisational musical conversation between musicians, the Johns Hopkins researchers recruited 11 men aged 25 to 56 who were highly proficient in jazz piano performance. During each 10-minute session of trading fours, one musician lay on his back inside the MRI machine with a plastic piano keyboard resting on his lap while his legs were elevated with a cushion. A pair of mirrors was placed so the musician could look directly up while in the MRI machine and see the placement of his fingers on the keyboard. The keyboard was specially constructed so it did not have metal parts that would be attracted to the large magnet in the fMRI.

 

The improvisation between the musicians activated areas of the brain linked to syntactic processing for language, called the inferior frontal gyrus and posterior superior temporal gyrus. In contrast, the musical exchange deactivated brain structures involved in semantic processing, called the angular gyrus and supramarginal gyrus.

 

“When two jazz musicians seem lost in thought while trading fours, they aren’t simply waiting for their turn to play,” Limb says. “Instead, they are using the syntactic areas of their brain to process what they are hearing so they can respond by playing a new series of notes that hasn’t previously been composed or practiced.”

 

Elbow – The Bones Of You

Elbow – One Day Like This