Mazz Swift
Solo MazzMuse rides again tonight at the New Brecht Forum! Thanks so much to Ras Moshe for inviting me to play on the same bill with his duo "Music Now!" (Shayna Dulberger on Bass, Ras on Reeds).

Thurs., March 20, 7pm
The Brecht Forum
388 Atlantic Avenue
@ The Commons (bet. Hoyt and Bond Streets)

Also, at the end of 2013 I had the privilege of becoming a 
Teaching Artist in Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections program where I joined percussionist James Shipp's group Nos Novo. My first assignment in working with the group was a series of trips to Sing Sing, a Maximum Security facility in Westchester County, NY where the band worked with some  of the inmates. We ended the series of workshops with a concert for all inmates where we performed our own pieces as well as songs written by the people we were working with. I could write a whole blog on the experience, how fulfilling, moving, exciting and educational it all was. Maybe someday I will. In the meantime, one of the inmates, Kenyatta Hughes, has expressed a desire to have his music performed outside the walls of Sing Sing. As such, one of his songs was performed by the truly talented Jean Rohe at her most recent concert with her band. I am following suit and plan to perform a bit of Kenyatta's music, reimagined through the MazzMuse looking glass, tonight at my solo show. I do hope you will join me to hear it as well as some new material I am working on.

But to continue with the Musical Connections story...

Since January, the group has been engaged through the program again. This time we've been working with some of the residents at the Barbara Blum Residence - a non-secure detention residence for boys, coaching them in writing their own songs. Last week we went into a professional recording studio with them and recorded their songs, backing them up while they sang and rapped about life, love and the Struggle.

I'm so proud to be a part of this process and am truly excited to announce that on Tuesday March 25, we will be performing these songs with the boys in a free concert at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO that is open to the public. Please come see the brilliance and experience the joy with us! It is maybe a once in a lifetime chance for you to witness something like this and promises to be a really good time. :)

Carnegie Hall Weill Music InstituteMusical Connections in partnership with Good Shepherd Services
present:
YOUNG SONGWRITERS LAUNCH
Tue., March 25, 5pm
Galapagos Art Space, DUMBO
16 Main Street, Brooklyn

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Finally, I just wanted to give you all a little update on the recording process for the MazzMuse: The Band and Solo MazzMuse CDs.

In December, the band went into Hoboken Recorders with Vernon Reid and laid all of the basic tracks for the Band CD. Each month since then, Vernon, Alan (from HoboReco) and I have returned to the studio in a series of recording sessions to lay down vocals and violins on what I think is going to be a really great album of songs when all is said and done. I estimate we've got about another day and a half's work to do and then it's off to be mixed and mastered. Juggling the schedules of a busy recording studio, a traveling, freelance musician (that's me) and a rock GOD (I think you know who I mean!) has been a real challenge, and if I'm being honest, the process is even slower than I had originally expected it to be. But I have to say that all of it is so, SO exciting and the music making is truly rewarding, so I shall NOT complain!!!

The Solo CD tracks are about halfway laid and will be finished once the recording process is finished for the band. It turns out this is a LOT of work but I am so game for all of it. It all sounds beautiful, thanks largely to the sonic genius of Alan Camlet, and I hope to have more news about all of it to pass on to you sooner than later.

Please be sure to find me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram (whichever floats your social networking boat!) to be updated in realtime on all of this!

Thank you so much again to all of my Kickstarter supporters and to every single one of YOU who are on this email list. By being here, your support buoys my creative spirit and inspires me to keep doing what I am doing. I appreciate you all and I hope to see you tonight if you can at all make it!

Yours in music,
Mazz

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