Greetings from the foggy and fantastic Pacific Ocean coastline! Lots of great things are happening for COPUS that we'd love to share. FRIDAY, AUG. 23 – COPUS has been asked to perform as part of the 5th anniversary celebration of the wonderful poetic event “Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts”. Join us and 'get your word on'! 490 Linden Street, SF. Show starts at 8pm. $6 cover.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 – COPUS Multimedia Artist Showcases will continue to present not only COPUS, but also the best indie talent in the Bay Area. September 7th Showcase includes singer/songwriter Edward Dix, comedian/performance artist Karen Penley, and hip hop artist/wordsmith The Archivez, plus surprise guests. Artwork by the Fallen Brotherhood collective. Come to vibrant 518 Valencia @ 16th Street (1 block to BART, around the corner from Roxie Theatre). 8-10pm. $10 cover includes Artist Showcase, snacks, and 2 drinks. http://www.518valencia.org
FRIDAY, OCT. 4 – Artist Showcase. Same great location. Guest artists TBA.
Corporate greed. The 99%. Occupy Movement. We've all read about the redistribution of wealth and lack of justice for all. Is it no wonder that artists and visionaries for centuries have sounded wake-up calls for anyone paying attention? COPUS just completed its latest music video "Haves & Have Nots" that addresses this imbalance and precedes the release of the full CD by the same name.
The music track was recorded by Jimmy Hobson at MarinWest Studios. As both a drummer and engineer, Jimmy has several gold and platinum records on his resume (Celine Dion, Hall & Oates) and has toured and played with a long list of luminaries including Chris Isaak, Billy Preston and Joan Baez. Big props also to footage by Aline Guetta, video editing by Michael Ndah, and guest vocals by Barbara Jaspersen.
If you haven't checked out the "Haves * Have Nots" video on the COPUS Multimedia YouTube channel, here's the direct link: http://bit.ly/14WHLRP
“Eastern Breeze” - a track from the upcoming Phoenix Rising CD 'Mystic Places' – was nominated for best new age/ambient song by the Hollywood Music and Media Awards. Phoenix Rising (aka composer/pianist Wendy Loomis and flutist Monica Williams) is currently raising funds on IndieGogo to finish recording and manufacturing 'Mystic Places'. 200 copies of the CD will be donated to the National Cancer Research Foundation to give to donors, cancer patients, and survivors.
Phoenix Rising has raised $3,850 of their $6,000 goal in just 2 days! You can contribute to this worthy cause – and get some really cool perks - by visiting their Indie Gogo campaign page at:
Peace, “The COPUS Crew”
Wendy Loomis Royal Kent Monica Williams Patrick Mahon Greg McRay
COPUS is once again returning to its roots of presenting and producing the best indie talent in the Bay Area. Every First Friday of the month - beginning April 5th - the beautiful WestSide ArtHouse will be rockin' with singers, songwriters, poets, instrumentalists and comedians. WestSide ArtHouse is located at 540 Balboa Street at 7th Avenue in San Francisco.
COPUS will be the feature band in the middle of the evening with talented artists performing before and after. COPUS – an acronym for Creation Of Peace Under Stars – is a rap/jazz/fusion ensemble that presents powerful lyrics and beautiful melodies for the conscious listener. The group includes poet/composer Wendy Loomis, poet/spoken word artist Royal Kent, flutist Monica Williams, bassist Patrick Mahon, drummer Greg McRay, and vocalist Barbara Jaspersen. “COPUS could become legendary if given the opportunity to thrive!” ~Michael Allison, MusicDish.com.
Unlike so many open mics with rushed timeslots, each artist will have 10 minutes to rise and shine. Artists have the opportunity to sign up in advance on the COPUS website to secure a spot. There will also be an open mic signup sheet at the event the night of the show for artists who prefer last-minute spontaneity.
COPUS suggests patrons come early to secure parking spots and perhaps have some dinner at one of the many great Richmond neighborhood restaurants before attending the show. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale at the venue and attendees may bring in their own wine or beer.
Public transportation is encouraged. MUNI line 31 Balboa stops in front of the venue and the 38 Geary is 2 blocks away. Wheelchair accessible.
Date: April 5, 2013 Time: 8-11pm Cost: $10 suggested donation sliding scale...
Websites: www.copusmusic.com and www.westsidearthouse.com
COPUS Kickstarter campaign launched - "it's to the journey we give everything!" Fundraising for new CD "COPUS to the World" along with NY debut/release, SF event, and on to Europe. Lots of great rewards for minimal investment. Check it out! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1417019336/to-the-journey-we-give-everything
Bay Area rap/jazz/fusion ensemble COPUS has entered ‘King Solomon Dreadlock’ in the indie music contest hosted by CDBaby and IndabaMusic. COPUS – an acronym for Creation Of Peace Under Stars – is compelled to present positive lyrics and beautiful melodies for listeners eager to rise out of the muck of political and personal selfishness into a higher level of consciousness. “King Solomon Dreadlock” is the story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and all of our ancestors who asked of themselves the hard questions which led them to becoming better human beings. Something we all must do – especially today. “COPUS could become legendary if given the opportunity to thrive,” MusicDish CEO Michael Allison wisely stated. Formed in the late 1990s by spoken word artist/poet Royal Kent and award-winning composer Wendy Loomis, COPUS also includes flutist Monica Williams, bassist Patrick Mahon and percussionist Greg Doxey. The ensemble has performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, Boston, and Western Massachusetts. IndabaMusic connects musicians with reasons to make music every day. IndabaMusic provides a platform for musicians to compose, record and remix songs for superstar artists and global brands. CDBaby is the best independent music store on the web. A place to discover your next favorite artist! The contest is primarily voter based. Closing date is July 17, 2012. So, don't delay and cast your vote today! COPUS is currently #572 out of 2,076 entries. You can help COPUS to reach #1. Listen to “Solomon Dreadlock” and cast your vote here: http://awe.sm/k0Znc http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/copus http://www.indabamusic.com
COPUS composer Wendy Loomis has created a piano remix of Kimbra's jazzy vocals in the global IndabaMusic competition. VOTE for this beautiful rendition as a VOTE for excellence in the music industry! http://www.wendyloomis.com
At the close of voting, COPUS composer Wendy Loomis was in the top 6% of the global Usher remix contest sponsored by Indaba Music. Her sweet piano lines swirling around the beauty of Usher's voice created a cohesive blend for which the COPUS name is recognized. Final results - after Usher listens to the tracks - will be announced June 19th.
To gain a historical perspective of our sound, and our musical / creative evolution, please visit our catalog site at: www.copus.bandcamp.com
NightSage Concert Details http://www.nightsageproductions.com/blog/ After a 15 month hiatus while Terri and John have been focusing on completion of the new Nightforest Studios based in Nicasio, Nightsage has put the band back together and will appear LIVE at Rancho Nicasio, Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. with Special Guest Stars Keith England (Allman Brothers, Trouble Man), and Royal Kent and Wendy Loomis with COPUS. Nightsage is Terri Beausejour (Nightsage – Lead Vocals, Composition), John Neff (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Composition), Chris Rossi (Guitar), Dennis Suhrke (Keyboards), Bruce Wilmott (Vocals, Bass) and Jimmy Hobson (Drums, Percussion, Arrangements). In addition to numerous Nightsage and John Neff originals, Nightsage will perform material by Steppenwolf, Alex Harvey, Roy Orbison, Chris Isaak, Blondie, Frank Sinatra / Pussycat Dolls, Lady Gaga, Gene Vincent, David Lynch, The Allman Brothers, Keith England, and COPUS. http://www.nightsageproductions.com/blog/