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Jazz musicans trumpet new technology

Musicians performing at free jazz festival take control of their music

Musicians performing at free jazz festival take control of their music

August 23, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Visitors to this Sunday's free Renfrew Jazz Festival will be treated to two of the world's best jazz trumpeters, said Andrew Sussman, a key organizer for the festival.

In addition to sharing a talent for jazz trumpeting, Brian Lynch and Ingrid Jensen also are taking advantage of the latest technology in promoting and selling their music.

Both have created or distributed albums through ArtistShare, which has "fans fund projects of their favorite artists in exchange for the privilege of 'participating' in the creative process," according to www.artistshare.com.

Taking advantage of the latest technology and programming is "the only way to go. The record industry is dead," said Jensen, 41, of New York City, in a recent phone interview.

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"The problem with record companies is they often want you to follow their plan," Jensen said. That often doesn't work for artists who are not household names and don't choose to play just one type of music, she said.

"With the Internet, we create the product from the very beginning and have a say in everything. In many ways, it makes our music a more honest representation of who we are," she said.

Jazz fans can hear some honest jazz Sunday as Jensen and Lynch have what Renfrew is billing as a "Trumpet Summit."

The pair will perform with longtime Renfrew Jazz Festival participant, organizer and guitarist Paul Bollenback, as well as bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Jon Wikan, who is Jensen's husband.

Lynch, along with bandleader and pianist Eddie Palmieri, won a Grammy for best Latin jazz album with The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project's "Simptico" in 2006. The album was distributed through ArtistShare.

Customers or participants could pay from $20 for the CD and other materials up to $7,000 to fund this particular album, Lynch said. In addition to the music, items available to participants include blogs, rehearsal recordings, musical scores, and online lessons and lectures.

Jensen has been involved in three ArtistShare projects: her own "At Sea"; "Flurry" with Nordic Connect, a band she co-leads; and Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra's "Sky Blue."

With "At Sea," bonus materials available to participants include hearing the musicians banter while making the record, providing insight into the process, Jensen said. Materials also include audio and video downloads and photo galleries.

Jensen also moderates the "Jensen on Jazz" forum at www.trumpetmaster.com/vb/f188, where she answers people's questions and shares information.

"It is cool," though Jensen said her crazy schedule doesn't always allow her to answer questions immediately, but eventually she does.

Jensen said playing with Lynch, whom she has performed with previously, will be fun.

"He's a great player. He's amazing," she said.

Lynch reciprocates.

"I've been a fan of Ingrid's work for a real long time," he said.

Since winning a Grammy, Lynch said he has been busy performing with his own group, Brian Lynch and Spheres of Influence; Palmieri's band; and a quartet the two lead, The Eddie Palmieri/Brian Lynch Jazz Quartet; as well as gearing up for the school year at New York University, where he teaches trumpet and improvisation, and ensembles.

Lynch is considering doing another project with ArtistShare and is considering creating his own Internet-based record label, selling music online and possibly making additional material such as scores available.

Lynch, 50, also of New York City, likes the idea of giving listeners more content than his jazz music, which is influenced by Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

"The self-produced record winning a Grammy. ... That success has given me a lot of confidence that this is the right direction to go in in terms of bringing my music to the people," Lynch said.

To learn more about Ingrid Jensen, go to www.ingridjensen.com. To learn more about Brian Lynch, go to www.brianlynchjazz.com.




If you go ...



WHAT: 16th annual Renfrew Jazz Festival

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26

WHERE: Lawn behind Renfrew Museum, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa.

COST: Free

MORE: Visitors may bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. For more information, call 717-762-0373.

If it rains, the festival will be held in the auditorium at Waynesboro Area Middle School, 702 E. Second St., Waynesboro, Pa.

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