Monthly Archive: March 2016

Johnny Guitar Watson Celebration After 20 Years By JGW Estate to Benefit LAUSD Donating Musical Instruments Tuesday, May 17 @ Los Angeles Theatre Center

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Johnny Guitar Watson

Johnny Guitar Watson, one of the music industries most beloved guitarist was silenced by a massive heart attack in Yokohama, Japan while in the middle of one of his GRAMMY nominated songs “Superman Lover” on May 17, 1996.   Now it’s time to celebrate his legacy after 20 years, the 1st Annual Johnny Guitar Watson Heart for Music Foundation Celebration will be held on May 17, 2016 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles at 8 PM.

The star-studded celebration will include a host of celebrity guest and performances including; Lenny Williams, Raphael Sadiq, Marla Gibbs, Mary Wilson, David Ritz, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Holly Robinson Pete, YoYo and Kool Moe Dee, just to name a few.

The Red Carpet Event Begins At 7pm and Show Time at 8pm, with a VIP Reception immediately following the event, featuring an exhibit of artifacts belonging to the late Great Johnny Guitar Watson.

Watson’s daughter, actress, writer, producer Virginia Watson said, “I decided that the time had come to take the legacy of my father and find a way to help people in his name, so The Johnny Guitar Watson Heart For Music Foundation came to be”.Johnnyh Guitar Wilson

Johnny Guitar Watson was A Musicians Musician, A Mentor, Teacher, Trend Setter, and Innovator In Rock & Roll, R & B, Jazz, Funk, and Rap! He Made His Mark In These Genres With Unforgettable Style And Finesse And Even In His Passing His Music Is Still Reaching The Masses Through Sample, Cover And Sync Use. With His Latest Collaboration Being With Kanye West On His New Album/Cd Waves.

The Mission Of This 501c3 Foundation Is To Raise Money To Get Musical Instruments And Musical Support From Music Industry Professionals To Inner City Youth Through After School Programs Of Lausd And Non-Profit After School Programs Like YoYo’s School Of Hip Hop.

 

It is the dream of the Watson children to establish this foundation in honor of their father and to give back to the community something special in the arts that can inspire and support inner city youth and help to keep real music alive!

For Media RSVP, photos, media interviews and information contact:   Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations Tel: 310-770.8117 ~ espublicrelations@gmail.com

Playing a Theremin with accomplished Artist and Musician Edward Sussman

Theremin instrument

Theremen Musician Edward Sussman tunes his instrument as it warms up.

The Theremin is the only musical instrument you can play without touching. Artist and Entrepreneur, Edward Sussman, Los Angeles is an accomplished Theremin musician. He also founded The Pure Imagination Co., a self-made, creative and artistic company. He has been involved in all facets of the entertainment industry and house-craft. “We take great pride in our work, our clients and our clients’ needs and input,” he said. Sussman also takes great pride in his passion for playing the Theremin. Over the past two decades, the Theremin has had a major resurgence and has been surfacing in numerous rock bands performances, Youtube videos, and on the classical concert circuits.

Musical Muse artist.

Artist Edward Sussman holds up one of many of is sculptured music instruments he sells at purimaginationaco.com.

“The Theremin uses radio frequencies with two antennas, one for pitch and one for volume,” explained Sussman. “It was invented more than 100 years ago by a Russian named Leon Theremin. He believed he could do something with the AM radio pitches and whistle sounds when he tried to tune an AM radio. After analyzing everything he discovered that he could build an apparatus that would sound like a woman singing. Or like something from outer space,” he said.

During his time in the United States, he was called Leon Theremin and the instrument took on his name. It consists of a box-like body with two antennas: one is a straight vertical rod which controls the pitch (usually on the right for right-handed players), the other is a horizontal loop (usually on the left) shaped somewhat like a cane handle which controls the volume. The pitch and volume of the note are controlled by the distance of the hands from the antennas which generate an electromagnetic field.

“Moving the hand closer to the pitch antenna causes the pitch to raise,” said Sussman. “and moving the hand closer to the volume loop decreases the volume and eventually silences the instrument. Your distance to the pitch antenna tunes the Theremin. Any motion of the body or any solid object in the playing fields will affect the note. This field extends outward about two feet in any direction from the antenna. Thereminists generally need to be a little bit away from any other performers or listeners, who might interfere with the radio signals. There have been many different designs, and Moog Music remains the longest continuous builder of Theremins and their instruments are the most used by Thereminists around the world.

Theremin instrument

Edward Sussman is a Theremin Musician and Artist who of miniature sculptures.

Sussman also is a technical craftsperson or specialist for themed entertainment, major studio projects, commercials and aerospace, including McDonald Douglas Aviation (Boeing Aerospace), where he worked as a model shop fabricator and improved his creative engineering skills. For four years he performed fabrication of display and concept models for the military and airline marketing. Additionally, he created in miniature the assembly line processes and plant layouts for line production of DC-10/MD11 and C-17 aircraft. Later he worked for Walt Disney Imagineering for nearly two years on concept model fabrication and sculpting. (For the full story visit: Examiner.com)