“Live in Our Living Rooms” , 1-7 April. Full schedule announced with Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Becca Stevens, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride…

Sebastian writes:    One of the most substantial and co-ordinated initiatives to live-stream music from homes has been announced by US publicist Lydia Liebman. “Live in Our Living Rooms” is a New York-based initiative involving big names.   Here is the text of the press release:    “Live From Our Living Rooms: An Online Music Festival and Fundraiser Runs April 1st through April 7th Featuring Chick Corea, Joe Lovano & Judi Silvano, Linda Oh & Fabian Almazan, Becca Stevens, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride and more   All proceeds will provide emergency relief to New York City musicians whose freelance careers have been impacted by COVID-19. Presented by Sirintip, Thana Alexa, Owen Broder and nonprofit partner, MusicTalks.   Work for NYC’s musicians has come to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic as performances have been cancelled and venues have closed indefinitely. Live From Our Living Rooms Music Festival and Fundraiser will help to fill in the gap for struggling musicians by bringing the joy of music live-streamed from artists’ homes in NYC to viewers anywhere in the world. Viewers will have the opportunity to donate online, raising funds to provide performance grants awarded to musicians during this crisis. Organized by NYC musicians Sirintip, Thana Alexa, Owen Broder and their nonprofit partner MusicTalks, the festival is proud to present a stellar lineup of artists contributing their time and talents to this cause. As the community is doing its part to stay safe and help prevent the spread of the virus, a stellar line-up of musicians will perform solo or in small groups who live under the same roof. Starting on April 1 and continuing through April 7, there will be 28 performances in 7 days: 2 evening performances, 1 masterclass or interdisciplinary presentation and 1 children’s show. Shows will be streamed on Crowdcast and simulcast on each artist’s Facebook pages. Participants include Chick Corea, Joe Lovano & Judi Silvano, Linda Oh & Fabian Almazan, Becca Stevens, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez & Thana Alexa, Owen Broder, Sirintip, Julian Lage, Dave Liebman, Tali Rubenstein, Michael Mayo, and many others. The full schedule can be found HERE The organization is soliciting tax deductible donations from audience members and institutional funders to provide performance grants to NYC musicians who submit an application and meet our performance grant criteria. The application for air will be released on March 31st and due back by April 8th with payouts to be processed before the end of the month. More information about the application, eligibility and deadlines can be found here. All performances are free for viewers, but every dollar counts. Find out more at About MusicTalks: MusicTalks offers uniquely personal and informal concerts featuring a wide range of musical styles performed by the finest artists in New York. MusicTalks aims to break down the barriers between musicians and audiences by infusing engaging and interactive conversation into the concert experience. Audiences will form new connections to the music and have an experience that truly makes Music Talk.”

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