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Get Jazzed at Children’s Museum of Manhattan

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Screen Shot 2014-06-28 at 2.16.26 PMA new exhibit at Children’s Museum of Manhattan introduces young visitors to the joy of jazz and features legends such as Bill Bojangles Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Colorful photos and quotes adorn the walls. Live concerts sponsored by Harlem Jazz Museum and Jazz at Lincoln Center play regularly.

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The Tutti Music Player is installed in a large touch screen so that visitors can interact with the members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra playing Ellington’s Royal Garden Blues.

The exhibit runs through December 2014. You can find more information about the exhibit here.


City Business- Female Entrepreneurs Share their Experiences

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citybusinessTutti Dynamics Co-Founder Kristen McEntyre joined four other female executives on a panel at this week’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Jen Medberry from Kickboard, P.K. Sheerle from American Nursing Services, Lauren Thom from Fleurty Girl, and Cherly Scripter from Bittersweet Confections, and Kristen spoke about their experiences building their businesses.

City Business published a write up here.

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Tutti Presents at Music Tech Fest

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MusicTechFestMusic Tech Fest is brining together an inspiring group of hackers, artists, and educators for a private two day event at Microsoft’s NERD Center in Cambridge. We’re looking forward to presenting Tutti Music Player to the group and meeting up with some old and new friends. You can find out more here.

Tutti Dynamics Wins TechCrunch NOLA

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TCThe Tutti Dynamics team pitched at the TechCrunch NOLA event featuring editors from Tech Crunch, Silicon Bayou News and local investors – and we won!

We’re looking forward to attending TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in May as part of the grand prize. Let us know if you’ll be there!

You can read about the event in the Times Picayune here.



Marketplace: Learning Music by Watching the Feet

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Credit: Joseph Walton / APM


Tutti Music Player and artist Shannon Powell were featured on American Public Media’s Marketplace last week….

“Of all the industries technology is disrupting, the music business is experiencing some of the biggest changes. One thing that has not changed significantly: Music education. But the inventor of a new tool hopes to change that.

Shannon Powell is one of the best drummers in New Orleans. He’s played on a platinum record with Harry Connick Jr. and studied under the New Orleans legend Danny Barker…”

This is where it all started, right here on St. Phillip Street,” says Powell, standing in front of the house where he’s lived his entire life.  “I roamed along this whole neighborhood.”

Powell grew up in the Treme neighborhood, where he learned to play the drums by studying the musicians who passed by his front door every weekend during the second line parades, and by watching the women in church play the tambourine.

“All of the rhythms that I was listening to when I was a kid are assimilated to the street beats of New Orleans,” he explains. “It’s all a part of that Habanera,  African rhythms and Spanish melodies.”

Powell teaches music occasionally at the University of New Orleans. That’s where he met a student named Darren Hoffman.

“He showed me how to play the tambourine,” Hoffman recalls. He was surprised at how the lesson began. Powell told him, “if you want to learn to play the tambourine, watch my feet.”

“The reason why I tell him to watch my feet,” Powell says, “is because when I play the tambourine up high with my hand, I’m doing rhythm with my feet.”

Hoffman realized that much of what he learned in his lessons with Powell came from watching him. “It’s not just in how he sounds, it’s in his style and his personality,” says Hoffman.

Listen to the whole segment, or read the transcript, here.

Film Society Lincoln Center: Music Paints a Moving Picture Down in the Treme

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Tradition2Tradition is a Temple, the music documentary created by Tutti’s founders, played at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Thursday night. A great crowd turned out for the screening, which was selected as part of Lincoln Center’s series Art of the Real. The laughing, clapping, and thoughtful Q&A made for a special evening of celebrating New Orleans in New York. Thanks to everyone who came out!

The Lincoln Center Film Daily featured an interview with Director Darren Hoffman:

“As anyone who has been there knows, the unique character of New Orleans arises largely from its long and storied musical tradition. Darren Hoffman’s documentary Tradition Is a Temple explores this culture through fascinating interviews with the city’s musical masters and dynamic filmed performances. We spoke with musician-turned-director Hoffman about his doc, which screens Thursday in our monthly Art of the Real series…”

 Find the rest of the article here.



Tutti Selected as Winner of SF MusicTech Showcase

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awardSF MusicTech brings together leaders in the music, tech, start-up, and investment worlds for a conference in San Francisco. When Tutti was just getting started – we were constantly told: “you gotta go to SF MusicTech.”

This Fall, we were honored to be selected as one of the winning “Notable Start-Ups” as part of SF Music Tech’s Start-Up Showcase. We were in good company. You can view the other winners, along with archives of past panels, on their site here.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next SF MusicTech Summit!

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