It’s a Great Day!

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Since the release of Kaleidoscope, I’ve been keeping busy with side projects and performances. Here is a little update:

In November, I was invited to do a couple tunes with a group of performers in Downtown LA. It was my first non-Emergency Songs solo performance in over 5 years! Backed up by my friends Ethan and Katie, we somehow managed to cram 1o years of material into a 30 minute set. The performance was documented and I plan to release that recording sometime in the future. In late January I performed as part of an Elvis Costello tribute night. The night was a dream come true for me as I pretty much idolize the man.  Nicole, Ethan, and I performed “This is Hell“, “Different Finger“, and one of my tunes. I’m hoping there will be more of these Costello tribute nights in the future.

484753_10151302940409003_172342196_nAs far as music production and songwriting, I composed some music for a film called “May in the Summer” which had its Sundance premiere in January. The film was met with rave reviews and the filmmakers are saying a US release is around the corner. I’ve also been producing some music for friends. I hope some of these songs get to see the light of day because I think they’re pretty darn good!

My final update is hot off the press! Since the release of Emergency Songs, Alanna Lin and myself have been meeting quite regularly playing through pop and jazz standards with a couple of false starts on new material. Our inspiration finally came when we heard about a contest radio station WFMU in New York City was holding. They were seeking a licensing friendly update of the classic “Happy Birthday” song. The first song Alanna and I have written together in almost two years just flowed out of us. Our little ditty called “It’s Your Birthday!” was one of 139 entries.

It's-Your-Birthday!Well ladies and gentlemen, today we learned that the FMA has chosen our song as a winner of the contest! We’ve been told this opportunity will offer a lot of exposure for our song and our music. What makes it even sweeter for me is that Lawrence Lessig was one of the judges. Yes, Mr. Free Culture himself heard our song! I’m honored as I’ve read many of his books and I find him to be quite knowledgable on a range of issues. Another judge was the dummer of the band Deerhoof. I’m a fan of the band and I have their new album in rotation right now. It’s a great day!

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About Monk Turner
"This prolific/eclectic artist/producer uses a spectrum of styles, generating entire concept albums. Turner is both daring and melodically gifted..." -Music Connection Magazine "You've got to love Monk Turner for creativity and witty lyrics. He combines various music genres and creates tracks suited for any type of music listener." -FrostClick Over the past decade, Monk Turner has produced more than 20 concept albums, using a freeform collective of musicians who share his passion for creating unique, genre-defying music. His songs have been featured in movies, television programs and advertisements, and his reach continues to widen. “Seeking” from the 2008 release, Love Story currently has had more than 500,000 plays on the online radio station, Pandora. Music from Emergency Songs was featured in an international video that was created in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan. But, his most ambitious project to date has been the production of his 2012 album, Kaleidoscope, where he collaborated with more than 40 national and international artists to create an album of music and poetry based on the concept of color. Turner offers free download capabilities via the unconventional distribution platform offered by Creative Commons licenses so that the public is able to enjoy and share his music.

One Response to It’s a Great Day!

  1. bohemianopus says:

    Great! I will post the link to this on my FB page.

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