When searching for prescient, knowledgeable and soulful people, why not think big. Welcome to Austin the members of the Giant Screen Cinema Association and their 2011 convention hosted by the Bob Bullock Story of Texas Musueum.
The purpose of GSCA is to “advance the business of producing and presenting giant screen experiences.” My hope is that you will find our city fun, exciting and as serious about art as you are. Thank you Tammy Seldon, Executive Director and Kelly Germain, Communications Director for choosing Austin.
By Gary Powell
In the fall of 2008 I was holding a workshop; â€œPop Vocal Performance Techniques for the Theatrical Singerâ€ at DeSales University in the beautiful Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. This was my second trip to DeSales invited by theatrical director, educator and longtime friend Dennis Razze who directed me in the role of Jesus in JC Superstar in 1980. We’ve been best buds ever since.
The Broadway show as a genre has adopted many new vocal styles over the decades broadening the palette of sounds demanded of “Broadway” singers. Hence the workshop. My work in the recording studio since 1978 forced me to become fluent in every vocal style from barbershop quartets to hip-hop. These skills are what brought me to DeSales to present this vocal workshop.
Austin Producer Gary Powell has been searching Texas for outstanding performers across many genres of music since 1978 to cast singers in his productions. Meet Leslie Powell – no kinship to Gary and talented without the need of nepotism. Gary produced Leslie Powell on her first iTunes release, “Rain Check” written by both Gary Powell and Helen Darling.
Leslie graduated from Westwood High School in Austin, Texas in 2010 and is studying theatrical arts at the University of Texas. Please support Leslie in hopes that we will hear more music from her in years to come.
by Gary Powell
Jazz pianist and long-time friend Jeff Hellmer came to the studio in 2008 with the purpose of creating a solo piano recording of seldom-heard Christmas songs. Jeff was graciously helping me build a catalog of holiday music for Miramuse, which at the time was a business-to-business solution for helping companies learn how to best utilize music to enhance their brand or deepen their relationships with customers and even employees.
I had researched ancient hymns and carols in the mid-1980’s for Ensemble 109 at the University of Texas and had written several vocal arrangements for several of these beautiful pieces of music; most of them lost to antiquity. Jeff freely improvised from these original hymn arrangements delivering a freshly re-harmonized interpretation of these ancient carols. Jeff also added a classic in “Oh Christmas Tree” and and one of my own tunes which I wrote as he waited, “Enchanted Star.”
The gift Jeff Hellmer brings to us is a relationship to music that belies that relationshipâ€™s underlying complexity while deepening our own. Jeffâ€™s musicianship invites us to engage his music in an atmosphere free of self-agrandizement. Whatâ€™s that sound like? The sound is alive, safe and disarmingly intelligent! – Gary Powell
Now this recording is available for download from iTunes, Amazon and Rhapsody for the rest of the world to hear. Thank you Jeff for making my Yamaha C7 sound better that I could ever do myself. Also, thank you to master piano technician, Brian Henselman, for keeping this piano in top shape.“Jeff Hellmer, Christmas Jazz” – Now Available for Worldwide Download from These Stores:
The Gary Powell song, “Obscura la Noche, Obscuro el Dia” (Dark the Night, Dark the Day) was signed by Powell’s Austin music publisher Jesmax Music, BMI for placement in the Gabriel Folse film, “Guilty.” The song is performed by Los Angeles singer, Sara Traina, who was referred to the song’s producer Gary Powell by Hank Olguin, who also translated the English lyric to Spanish.
Obscura la Noche
(Obscuro el Dia)
Music and Lyrics by Gary Powell
(Spanish Translation by Hank Olguin)
Miramuse is happy to finally announce the release of the instructional guitar DVD, “Philippe Bertaud: On the Music of Heitor Villa-Lobos.” After shooting this three-camera video production in Gary Powell’s studio, the release had been stalled in the ever-deepening abyss of securing the synchronization rights for the usage of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ music. The process of securing the rights took thirty months of research, complete with many dead-ends, confusion, and the kind of bureaucratic communication of which only a snail could be proud.
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“Philippe Bertaud: On the Music of Heitor Villa-Lobos”
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