CONGRATULATIONS go out to ARC’s Jeff ‘Siege’ Siegel for reaching the semifinals in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition. And, best wishes to ARC’s Christopher Burnett for his 2017 entry.
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.
Jeff ‘Siege’ Siegel reaches 2016 semifinals
In a February 28 Facebook post, Siegel said:
“I’m pleased to announce that my song “Ballad of the Innocent” (from the CD “King of Xhosa” – ARC2710) has been selected as a semifinalist in the International Songwriting Competition. The song is written in memory of the victims of the Brussels bombing last year, as well as all innocent victims of gun violence. Finalists will be announced in couple of weeks so fingers crossed.”
See Siegel’s listing on the 2016 semifinalist list HERE.
Christopher Burnett enters 2017 contest
Jazz journalist, David R. Adler writes about Burnett’s entry in the liner notes:
“Notos,” Burnett’s composition, a modern swing tune with some of the fullest-sounding orchestration on the album, was written specifically to feature Massa, and the story behind it captures so much of what is unique about this collaboration. “The aural landscape of the arrangement,” says Burnett, “comes from my personal experience of living in ‘Bella Napoli’ in spring when the south wind from Africa can literally be seen over the bay coming north to where we lived. The red dust from the desert made a beautiful sky. I’d never seen anything like it. The south wind brought us springtime, and spring always brings new beginnings.” For Burnett, for Massa, for the ARC label and for Kansas City jazz itself, Echoes of Europe represents new beginnings as well, and with that the hope of ever more fulfilling joint projects to come.
Learn more about Christopher Burnett HERE.