CU Denver Professor Chris Daniels to be featured in documentary

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So proud of Music Entertainment & Industry Studies Professor Chris Daniels who continues his stellar performance career while teaching the next generation of artists and entrepreneurs in CU Denver‘s College of Arts & Media.



BOULDER, CO (OCTOBER 12 2015) — Television producer Lee Aronsohn is credited for work on shows such as The Love Boat, Murphy Brown, Cybill, and is best known as one of the creative minds behind television’s beloved hit sitcoms Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. A University of Colorado Alum, Aronsohn is returning to Boulder on November 22, 2015 to film a rare show by the band Magic Music for his upcoming documentary based on the elusive troubadours. The band will be reuniting for the first time in over 40 years for a show which promises to revive the magic of Boulder in the 1970s.

“They were one of those special groups, they were brilliant, and why they didn’t make it? We don’t know. It might have been because they were 10-20 years ahead of their time. Some of the biggest acts in the world right now (Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show) follow a tradition that Magic Music started.”

• Chuck Morris, President & CEO of AEG Live

“Kudos to acclaimed documentarian Lee Aronsohn for keeping the legend of Colorado’s first jam band alive for music fans.”

• G. Brown, Colorado Music Hall of Fame Director

About The Magic Music Movie: Boulder in 1972 was a very different place. The counterculture was in full bloom, a fact particularly evident in the local music scene.

One of the most fondly-remembered bands of the era was Magic Music: hippie troubadours who lived in teepees, cabins, and converted school buses up in the hills surrounding the city, coming to town periodically to play in new-

age restaurants and coffee shops. The group became a very familiar sight on the University of Colorado Boulder campus — playing (and passing the hat) outside the Student Union between classes.

With their original songs, acoustic instruments and tight harmonies, Magic Music was tremendously popular in Boulder and many people expected them to go on to much wider success. Although they came close, the group never made a record deal, and in 1976 they broke up, leaving only memories of their music to endure among locals and students alike. One of those students was Lee Aronsohn, who left Boulder in 1975 for a life in Los Angeles. Even after 40 years, however, the songs of Magic Music remained in his head.

There was no record to listen to. No CD. No MP3s. So he hummed the songs he remembered to himself. He sang them to his children. Every so often he’d go online to see if there was any trace of Magic Music, but aside from a few passing references there was nothing.

Finally, around two years ago, Aronsohn found a connection to one of the original band members — Chris “Spoons” Daniels, who has remained active in the Colorado music scene with his band Chris Daniels and the Kings.

Through his connection with Chris, Aronsohn learned about the post-Magic Music history of the other band members and, most exciting for him, discovered the existence of never-released demo tracks recorded by the band back in the 70’s.

Having retired from television in 2012 after 35 years making sitcoms, Aronsohn was looking for a new project that would be personally meaningful to him — and he found it in the story of Magic Music. He’s now producing and directing a documentary on the band, their music, and their impact on Boulder in the early 1970’s.

As part of this documentary, all the original surviving members of Magic Music will come together for the first time in 40 years on November 22nd, 2015 for one very special evening at the historic Boulder Theater.

Relive a lost moment in Boulder’s musical history through this once in a lifetime concert. Whether you remember Magic Music or if you’re unfamiliar with the band, join us in celebrating the halcyon days of the 70’s through the music that defined an era.

Tickets are being offered at 1972 prices — $9 each — proceeds will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS). LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Laurence Kaptain

About Laurence Kaptain

The College of Arts & Media at CU Denver We envision a world made smaller, and more fully human, by the artist’s interpretation of the human experience. Our students come to us with passion for artistic expression. Our goal is to send them out into the world confident of purpose, ready to succeed. Mission Our mission is to effect change by preparing students to successfully pursue their passions. Our students acquire the skills they need to excel in an academically rigorous, experiential learning environment energized by creative exchange, real-world experience and diversity of voice. Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver, brings 16 years of higher education leadership experience at leading public and private universities to his new assignment. As a recording artist he can be heard on a Grammy-winning recording (2001) with New York's Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, as well as numerous recordings with the Chicago Symphony (Solti, Boulez, Jarvi), St. Louis Symphony (Slatkin), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Wolf) and LaScala Opera (Reynolds). He is currently a Fellow in the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver School for the Arts Foundation, Dr. Kaptain served as the Director of Creative Initiatives in the Department of Research and Economic Development and Paula Manship Professor of Music, and prior to that, Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts and Penniman Family Professor of Music at Louisiana State University from 2009-14. Prior to assuming this post at LSU, he was Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory near Washington, DC, Director of the heralded Schwob School of Music in Georgia, and Vice-Provost for Faculty Programs and Academic Quality at UMKC. He received the first doctorate in percussion instruments at the University of Michigan, where he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and received the prestigious Rackham Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.