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Post by dbmay75 February 15, 2008 (1 of 16)
Hi everyone,

Just curious how many members are also players, profesional or not, as well as listeners.



Post by Cookie February 15, 2008 (2 of 16)
dbmay75 said:

Hi everyone,

Just curious how many members are also players, profesional or not, as well as listeners.



I was a pianist, oboeist and student of North Indian classical music (playing the sitar), toured as a jazz pianist and played oboe professionally in orchestras and performance groups. After teaching music since the time I was 14, I turned my attention to audio recording and producing.. I took up studio engineering professionally. From there, I went on to a few gold records and 5 Grammy nominations, with a short period producing on staff at Windham Hill (late 80's, early 90's).

My studio is located in the Silicon Valley, which allowed close contact to technology developments and beta testing in the early days of digital recording and internet audio. My love for acoustic music and the independent artist plus these connections, gave my artists opportunities to be on the cutting edge.

In early 2002, I met Jean Claude Reynaud (son of Jean Marie Reynaud) and we formed a production company that developed Extended Sound Environment (ESE) a holographic surround sound technique. Gus Skinas, one of the early pioneers in the development of SACD, was working with us on the project. The stunningly beautiful audio led us to start Blue Coast Records and release the Blue Coast Collection as an SACD hybrid.

In 2005, I was invited to perform in Italy at an incredible concert that was 48 hours of improvised music. It was the first time in 15 years I had performed. Sincethen, I have returned to producing and recording on analog tape. Blue Coast Records will officially launch in traditional stores in March. A group of small labels dedicated to great sound and acoustic music have formed a marketing group called Acoustic Arts International. We hope to preserve, educate and advance acoustic music's profile worldwide.

Thanks for asking.
Cookie Marenco

Post by Paul February 15, 2008 (3 of 16)
I play guitar, Guild JF-55 12-string acoustic at the moment but am having an acoustic archtop made as I'd like to learn to play jazz guitar. Being a lefty means very few guitars around unless I custom order them!

Post by raffells February 16, 2008 (4 of 16)
dbmay75 said:

Hi everyone,

Just curious how many members are also players, profesional or not, as well as listeners.



A singer songwriter sat down at the Starbucks and ordered a cup of coffee. As
he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him.

She turned to the singer and asked, "Are you a real musician

He replied, "Well, I've spent my whole life writing songs,playing and studying guitar, piano, drums, harmonies, recording techniques hifi and even sacd.
I guess that makes me a musician?

She said, "I'm a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about women. As
soon as I get up in the morning, I think about women. When I shower, I
think about how women wash their smooth soft curves, rinse their firm
breasts, I can't get enough of my thoughts about women. When I watch TV,
I think about women. I even think about women when I eat.
It would seem that everything makes me think of women."

The two sat sipping in silence.

A little while later, a man sat down on the other side of the old singer and asked, "Are you a real musician?"

He replied, "I always thought so, but I just found out that I'm a lesbian."

Post by Polly Nomial February 16, 2008 (5 of 16)
Yes but only amateur (violin and piano) - I am a professional arm-chair conductor though!

Post by darkroommd February 17, 2008 (6 of 16)
I am an aspiring concert pianist. Performed in college on piano, harpsichord, and clarinet.

Post by classicrecordings May 23, 2010 (7 of 16)
This is an interesting question.

I started out playing 6 string acoustic guitar along with "four chord Gord", Gordon Lightfoot for those that don't know, when I was 13 years old. After several years I moved on to pop/rock/jazz, and then finally into classical when I was in my late teens. I played classical for about 10 years, but gave it up due to the amount of time that needed to be dedicated just to maintain the same level I was playing at. I ended up selling the guitar, and stopped playing for many years.

I started playing acoustic steel string again, just a couple years ago, so that me and my family could sing some gospel music at church.

Post by Gigi May 23, 2010 (8 of 16)
yes, amateur trombone and piano.

Post by rosenkavalier817 May 23, 2010 (9 of 16)
Voice major in college, MFA in Choral Conducting.

Post by Fugue May 23, 2010 (10 of 16)
I play classical guitar. I'm not a professional, but I play pretty well (in all modesty!) :-)

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