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Grammy Awards 2017

It's official. COPUS CD "Aspects" is on the ballot for 'best spoken word album' in the 2017 GRAMMY Awards consideration.

Copus IndieGogo campaign launched

Dear COPUS friends and fans!

A couple of great items to share with you today...

As you may know, one of our tracks, "Have & Have Nots", was nominated for best jazztrack at the Hollywood Music In Media awards. Your well wishes for the award are greatly appreciated!

As promised, COPUS is launching its IndieGogo campaign today to raise funds to further promote and distribute our CD "Aspects". Please do either or both of the following things TODAY:

1. Buy one of our many cool perks as listed on the campaign;

2. Share the announcement of the campaign among your social networking connections.

Thank you for your ongoing belief in the power of spoken word with music.

"COPUS could become legendary if given the opportunity to thrive!"

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/aspects-cd-promotion/x/3852833#/

Hollywood nomination

COPUS track "Haves & Have Nots" just nominated for best jazz song by Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Hollywood nomination

NEWSFLASH: COPUS track "Haves & Have Nots" was just nominated for best jazz song by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. http://www.hmmawards.com/2015-music-genre-nominees/

Head Of Steam 2015

I know its been a while since we last talked. Lots of thoughts about things in the meantime. Things like world events. Our take on it is... - Terror is an error, maybe all religions ought to take a look in the mirror... - Kanye and Sir Paul, ain't got nothin' on Copus after all... - Super Bowl - a bad play took a toll - we weren't there, can't say we care... - Bobbi Kristina, our prayers - nuff said - Ukraine is way deep down in the horrors and the pain such a shame... - Boko Harem, may the world scare 'em.... Speaking of world events, COPUS is taking on a consultant/management firm with music industry cred. More details soon to follow... Meanwhile, COPUS re-launched its popular Poets & Composers Salon for 2015 on January 30th. The schedule is for the last Friday of the month. The Salons begin promptly at 8pm. Always a good time to be had for the audience as well as the artists. Here's a quote from a recent first time attendee: "I feel incredibly fortunate and honored to have experienced this evening. Wow. Great talent in a warm and intimate atmosphere. Music from the heart. Thank you for sharing your home!" So if you're in the San Francisco Bay Area and care to attend, hit is up to RSVP! We're always looking to book dynamic singer/songwriters, poets, authors, magicians, healers and others interested in being a part of this House Concert series. Please contact us via this page - http://www.copusmusic.com/contact.html In other news... Get ready to enjoy the Rap/Jazz/Fusion prowess of COPUS at the famed Top Of The Mark! The date is March 31, 2015. Two shows - 6:30mp and 8:30pm. This is a Poetry and Jazz series and we are honored to have been invited to kick it off in good fashion. The series is in association with North Beach's The Beat Museum. www.kerouac.com www.topofthemark.com Dress your best to impress!

Poets & Composers Salon - Nominated for Best Literary Night

Do you have 1 minute to vote for "Poets & Composers Salon" as the Best Literary Night in the SF Bay Guardian 'Best of the Bay' annual issue? It's quick & painless! Click on "Arts & Nightlife" and enter "Poets & Composers Salon" as Best Literary Night (4th from bottom next to the "Best Strip Club" Then you can add a description of why you like this wonderful production of the best indie talent in the Bay Area. Thank you! http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/08/26/best-bay-2014-coming

COPUS to “Spar with Beatnik Ghosts”

COPUS will be Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts at Round 56, "Sparring All Stars" on Friday, September 5th at Felix Kulpa Gallery, 107 Elm Street, downtown Santa Cruz. Organized by poet/producer Daniel Yaryan, the poetry marathon will showcase some of California’s best poets from northern and southern California gathered together for a bare-knuckle art brawl with literary ghosts. http://www.sparringwithbeatnikghosts.com In addition to the Sparring, there will be a release party for Christopher Felver's new book with 30 or more of his portraits of iconic American musicians from jazz, rock, folk and country on exhibit. Felver is an internationally renowned photographer and filmmaker who will be giving a live presentation and book signing at the event. http://www.felixkulpa.com Time: 5:00-10pm Tickets: $12.50 at the door Address; 107 Elm Street, Santa Cruz, CA

When In Rome...

We are delighted to announce our participation in a Global Battle...of Bands!

COPUS has been selected by the good folks at the historical Hard Rock Cafe, along with ReverbNation, for a shot at performing before 40 thousand new music lovers in ROME!

The contest, entitled "Hard Rock Rising", is a great shot for COPUS so we're gonna need your VOTE. In exchange we're offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of our most popular, professionally recorded and mastered track entitled "The Fool". You are certain to enjoy listening & love it being added to your treasured music collection.

Click on the Hard Rock Rising banner for more details.

Abundance

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.

VIDEO

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

Enjoy!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

“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:

http://igg.me/at/phoenixrisingmysticplaces/x/4179091

Peace, “The COPUS Crew”

Wendy Loomis Royal Kent Monica Williams Patrick Mahon Greg McRay

Artist Showcase!

ARTISTS WELCOME!

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