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Underground Horns Goes To Brazil!

Hey yet again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And so it’s actually Underground Horns went to Brazil as I type this blog post. And some good friends Underground Horns went to Brazil to play some audio gumbo above ground on a Brazil festival ground and all I got was this postcard photo that finds itself posted above. And it was one of those Tudo é Jazz 2013 Brazil Jazz Festivals in Ouro Preto that I would have liked to have been taken along to even in a suitcase if I could have been to bring those Brazil dancing shoes. And that Tudo E Jazz Oficial Facebook page description of this Underground Horns goes to Brazil event read something like:
“O Festival Tudo é Jazz 2013 chega a Ouro Preto nos dias 13, 14 e 15/09, com a programação gratuita, que está recheada de grandes artistas como Thiago Pethit, Fernanda Takai, Underground Horns, Fanta Konatê, Richard Padrón, Alessandra Maestrini, o Dj Greg Caz, entre várias outras atrações!… #tudoejazz The Whole Festival is Jazz 2013 comes to Ouro Preto on days 13, 14 and 15/09, with free programming, which is filled with great artists like Thiago Pethit, Fernanda Takai, Underground Horns, Fanta Konate, Richard Padrón, Alessandra Maestrini, Dj Greg Caz, among many other attractions.”. 
And I would need one of those Google translations to actiually figure out what this means in English. And that video of Underground Horns playing on that Brazil train on the way to a playground as part of this festival that was supposed to find itself posted above, well that Underground Horns camera settings didn’t set right and that video of Underground Horns playing on that Brazil train on the way to a playground as part of that festival does not find itself posted above. And that Jornal Voz Ativa Facebook photo that’s posted above, well I added that photo of the concert after it was finished because hey, I thought that photo looked really cool. And then after this Brasil Jazz Festival was finished, Underground Horns, well at least part of Underground Horns, went to Rio de Janerio, Brazil, as in January River on one of those Underground Horns goes on a tour of this really cool place one has often heard of but never seen, or something like that. And this tour of Rio was all about Ipanema beach, Copacabana beach, and Christ The Redeemer, that really cool statue of Jesus Christ that finds himself overlooking the land of Rio. And the photos from that sightseeing in Rio, well the camera seems to have worked for that part of the trip and those photos find themselves posted above. Have a great Brazil trip day and more.
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Music Under New York presents

And so somehow I found myself going to watch that jazz and beyond band Funk Monk play in the subway yesterday as part of the Music Under New York MTA MUNY Arts For Transit Program subway music series. And that band rocked. And I thought to take along that digital camera to take a digital photo of them playing to post on this blog entry, and for some reason that didn’t happen. And so there was a flyer there also for the Music Under New York presents Jazz Fest November 17-21, Grand Central, Mezzanine that read something like as follows:

Music Under New York (MUNY) presents five days of MUNY musicians and their bands in celebration of America’s original art form: Jazz.

etc; etc; etc; and so on and so on and so on…,
MUN is one of the many visual and performing art programs administered by the MTA Arts for Transit office. For 20 years MUNY has provided customers in the transit system with daily music performances. And their schedule of performers for this event was/is/are Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, New York Express led by Andy Friedberg, Tin Pan led by Jesse Selengut, Neffe Kragh Muller, Patrick Wolff Quartet, Artist Collective led by Tom Bruno, New Perspectives led by Henry P. Warner, Afro Andes led by Julian Avalos, Yaz Band led by Yasayuki Takagi, Alex Lodico Ensemble and Welf’s Funk Monk.

Have a great subway music day.
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NYC Sound Tracks

Hey Bloggers, today seems to be that day of labor holiday in the country of America. Workers of the world unite. And so I find myself posting this video of NYC Soundtracks, Five Boroughs, 16 Musicians,
One Superstar, that is a series of competitions to find New York City’s favorite subway musicians. They are looking for the best sounds from the underground and you can be the judge. Join the search for New York City’s greatest subway musicians, Sundays on MSG and MSG.com. And so I thought to post this video of the Drumadics, band who performs as part of that NYC Sound Tracks Series and also as part of the Arts For Transit, Metropolitan Transit Authority Music Under New York Program. And that band subway rocks. And they are to be found in this video somewhere. Have a great music day.

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Music Under New York

And so I guess the Metropolitan Transit Authority trauma drama with my friends really cool drum and horn band who play as part of the MTA Arts For Transit/Music Under New York Program usually starts out something like this: “Dear MUNY Musicians and Performers, the next Call-in will be another double, scheduling for 4 weeks. You did really well last time juggling and projecting your availability. Good luck and talk to you on September 26 or 27 @ Call-In etc.. And also Happy Birthday to Angel Marin of AGUA CLAA, and Natalia Paruz the Saw Lady on the 25th. All the best wishes, and life long happiness to you both!” And so the story goes; can somehow the Metropolitan Terrorize its subway riders Association change it procedures for the harassment of its subway musicians and riders. And it has happened again. Is it possible the New York City MTA can somehow make its fares free to ride the subway so that all of those underground polizei will not be necessary. This band has been keeping my blog busy with its subway gigs and the many times it has been shut down at the 42nd street Times Square subway station by the same polizei over and over with no end in sight. This time they were issued a summons for disorderly conduct, to appear in court five minutes after they started playing. And by the way, is it possible to have a close all courts day, month and year? Oh, that’s a whole another blog posting. And those prerecorded “If you see something, say something and all bags are subject to random bag searches” messages are a whole another blog posting also. I can cut and paste the the many times I have blah blogged about this topic before and you can read some of the posts here. How are other other subway systems in other cities and countries. Do all cities follow the same models and procedures for fares and entertainment. Is another world possible? Since when is art a crime and what does this have to do with a No Police State?
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Subway Musicians

And so I find myself blah blogging about this same topic again. Are my blog topics repeating themselves? The harassment of New York City subway musicians, with or without a permit. And so I heard the same story happened again yesterday and may happen again and again with no end in sight. Again, is the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority becoming the New York City Metropolitan Terrorizer Association? My friends are members of the Music Under New York program. Their music rocks and will get you grooving. Their band plays their music, horns, drums, bucket drummers and shakers at the Times Square 42nd Street subway station weekly and just about every other time they show up to play, they are harassed, threatened, shut down and yesterday, physically ejected from the subway station by New York City transit cops, police policies and polizei. It’s almost as if they are on the New York City subway most wanted list for that subway station, for yesterdays reason of the day was “Terror alert” and it seems as if civil liberties are disappearing at the speed of light in the name of security, terrorism and now the latest trend, “Plots”. Again, what can one do in this situation except complain. I believe subway musicians are harassed daily more or less in the New York City subway system for noise volume, traffic congestion and various other reasons. Is there a support group for the trauma drama of subway musicians, a subway musicians union? As MUNY itself provides no support for this purpose. And so I did yet another goggle search. There is a really great resource website, City Lore that offers information about the rights of subway musicians (if you really have any), your rights and responsibilities, court decisions in your favor,(which by the way, should courts be boycotted?), that’s a whole another blog post, the transit police, transit police fact check, subway station managers, legal assistance, performing on the streets and in the parks, our views, what do you think?, confrontation sheets and other sources. Since when is art a crime and what does this have to do with a No Police State? Have a great day.

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