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One-minute video from a day at APME 2017–at CU Denver!!!

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” One-minute video from a day at APME 2017

Viannason, a native of Madagascar, hits groove with silky island vibe

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Chris Casey
University Communications
January 30, 2017

‘I was just born with music’

Viannason, right, a CU Denver music industry student, performs with her “Team V” group at The Other Side in Five Points recently.

Opening Celebration of Next Stage Collaborative

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Next Stage Collaborative! An interactive, virtual and augmented partnership between the University of Colorado Denver and the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Profs. Bryan Leister, Becky Heavner and Yang Wang
Profs. Bryan Leister, Becky Heavner and Yang Wang
Two leaders from Denver's Arts & Venues Tariana Navas-Nieves, Ginger White-Brunetti and and ace CAM student Robbie Fikes IV
Two leaders from Denver’s Arts & Venues Tariana Navas-Nieves, Ginger White-Brunetti and and ace CAM student Robbie Fikes IV
Prof. Michelle Carpenter and Chancellor Horrell
Prof. Michelle Carpenter and Chancellor Horrell
Marianna DiVietro, Yang Wang and Tanida Ruampant
Marianna DiVietro, Yang Wang and Tanida Ruampant
The UComm Team: Laura Parker, CAM student Robbie Fikes IV, Leanna Clark and Emily WIlliams
The UComm Team: Laura Parker, CAM student Robbie Fikes IV, Leanna Clark and Emily WIlliams
Chancellor Horrell and CAM student Evan Lei
Chancellor Horrell and CAM student Evan Lei
Kent Rice getting a sample of augmented reality from Michelle Carpenter
Kent Rice getting a sample of augmented reality from Michelle Carpenter
Michelle Carpenter, Chancellor Horrell and Travis Vermilye
Michelle Carpenter, Chancellor Horrell and Travis Vermilye

Billboard Magazine names CU Denver’s MEIS as one of three places to “start a path” to music/entertainment law.

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Just out. Billboard Magazine names 10 Top Law Schools with music specialization–and then 3 schools “of note” to perhaps start pre-law study in music rights, royalties, copyright and other matters. University of Colorado Denver Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) in mentioned as a place to “start on a path.” So proud of our unique programs!



New CAM faculty at CU Denver Opening Convocation

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So glad to welcome 3 new (and very talented) faculty members: Yang Wang (art history), Richard Strasser (Chair, Music & Entertainment Industry Studies) and Aleysia Whitmore (music history).

Everyone in the college is very excited about the diversification of CAM’s programs and curricula. Dr. Wang is a Chinese art specialist (PhD, Ohio State), Dr. Strasser an expert in music business (DMA, Manhattan School of Music), and Dr. Whitmore an ethnomusicologist with expertise in Caribbean and African musics (PhD, Brown).

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Promotions and permanent appointments

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Congratulations to the following faculty members!

Carol Golemboski Promotion to Professor
Carol Golemboski
Promotion to Professor
Loren Bregitzer Promotion to Associate Professor and permanent appointment
Loren Bregitzer
Promotion to Associate Professor and permanent appointment
Travis Vermilye Associate Professor and permanent appointment
Travis Vermilye
Associate Professor and permanent appointment

Steven J. Tepper visits Denver

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Music Business/Industry Professor Storm Gloor and Dean Steven J. Tepper from the Herberger Institute of Art and Design at Arizona State University.
Music Business/Industry Professor Storm Gloor and Dean Steven J. Tepper from the Herberger Institute of Art and Design at Arizona State University.
Music Business/Industry Professor Storm Gloor and Dean Steven J. Tepper from the Herberger Institute of Art and Design at Arizona State University.[/caption]

Arts for Colorado organized a presentation by Dr. Steven J. Tepper, Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. On Monday, May 23rd he presented his talk “Bigger Than Me” at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Center for Visual Art. In his presentation, Tepper considered how the renaissance in creativity and cultural engagement, made possible in part by new technology, has allowed for the production of vast amounts of art and cultural activity. He then identified ways this growth has affected the nature of what is being produced. He argued that the creativity renaissance is manifested in part in media overload and what Tepper refers to as “iCreativity,” which emphasizes individual experience over shared, communal experiences. He posed the question: “How do we nurture ‘bigger-than-me’ experiences in the generation committed to ‘Me’?” Tepper shared several strategies for doing so, all of which “inspire students to find their voices and make learning personal.”

European jazz guitar website ranks CU Denver #9 in the United States

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1. Berklee College of Music
2. University of Southern California
3. University of Miami
4. New York University
5. New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
6. Purchase College (SUNY)
7. University of North Texas
8. Northern Illinois University

9. University of Colorado Denver

10. California Jazz Conservatory
11. New England Conservatory
12. Eastman School of Music
13. UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
14. The Juilliard School
15. Manhattan School of Music
16. The University of Texas at Austin
17. DePaul University
18. Oberlin Conservatory of Music
19. California Institute of the Arts
20. The University of Louisville
21. Bowling Green State University
22. Peabody Conservatory
23. Utah State University
24. Indiana University
25. Rutgers University

Sean McGowan
Sean McGowan
Paul Musso
Paul Musso

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.

MEIS Chair Sam McGuire’s new book

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Sam McGuire, an active audio engineer, composer, and University of Colorado Denver faculty member, is the primary author on three audio technology books and multiple audio software instructional videos. He has scored and mixed multiple award-winning documentary and feature films.

Nathan Van der Rest is a University of Colorado graduate student and a professional audio engineer and composer.

Sam McGuire
Sam McGuire

New synths with unique features and layers of complexity are released frequently, with hundreds of different synths currently available in the marketplace. How do you know which ones to use and how do you get the most out of the ones you already own? The Musical Art of Synthesis presents synthesizer programming with a specific focus on synthesis as a musical tool. Through its innovative design, this title offers an applied approach by providing a breakdown of synthesis methods by type, the inclusion of step-by-step patch recipes, and extensive web-based media content including tutorials, demonstrations, and additional background information. Sam McGuire and Nathan van der Rest guide you to master synthesis and transcend the technical aspects as a musician and artist.

Synths are presented using a multi-tiered system beginning with basic instructions for all common synth techniques. Historical information is included for each type of synth, which is designed to help you understand how each instrument relates to the bigger picture. Advanced level instruction focuses on modern implementations and on mobile devices, with special focus on performing and practical usage. The goal The Musical Art of Synthesis is to bring all of the different types of together in the same discussion and encourage you to see the similarities and differences that force you to gain a better overall understanding of the synthesis process.

Key features of this title:

• This book will teach you how to put synthesizers to use with easy-to-use synth patch recipes

• Using a unique, multi-tiered approach applicable to the level of equipment in use, this publication introduces concepts that apply to a wide range of hardware/software synthesizers.

• A robust companion website, featuring video demonstrations by synthesizer experts, further supports the book: www.focalpress.com/cw/mcguire

CU Denver Alum wins Emmy for work on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”

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The College of Arts & Media and Recording Arts area of the Department of Music Entertainment and Industry Studies is proud of Tim Kimmel’s (’98) 2015 Emmy Award for OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A SERIES.


Photo by Diane Haithman
Photo by Diane Haithman


(WINNER) Game Of Thrones • Hardhome • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions
Tim Kimmel, Supervising Sound Editor
Paula Fairfield, Sound Designer
Bradley C. Katona, Sound Effects Editor
Peter Bercovitch, Supervising Dialogue Editor
David Klotz, Music Editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit, Foley Artist
Dylan T. Wilhoit, Foley Artist