Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tutti School Tour: John McDonogh Senior High School


JMSHThis week the Tutti team visited with students at John McDonogh Senior High School in New Orleans to talk about music, technology and entrepreneurship. We had a great time!

We appreciated the students feedback on the Tutti Music Player and enjoyed working with them on their ideas for building new businesses in the arts. Thanks to the Creative Alliance of New Orleans for inviting us to participate in their program!

Would you like the Tutti team to visit your school? Just let us know! Contact us at kristen (at)

NPR: Tradition is a Temple

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NPR affiliate WWNO interviewed Darren Hoffman and many New Orleans musicians about their work recording traditional music performances for a movie, soundtrack, and the interactive Tutti Music Player application.

“When Darren Hoffman heard the song “Discipline Strikes Again” by Jason Marsalis, something clicked in his mind.

“When I heard this, it was one of the first times in many years that I was inspired to create a music video,” says Hoffman.

Unfortunately for the musician and filmmaker, time wasn’t exactly on his side.

“As we all understand that when we got to 2007, when I was thinking this up, music video had been dead for many years.”

Still, Hoffman applied for a community partnership grant with the Jazz and Heritage Foundation to produce a handful of music videos. To his surprise, he won. 

“By the time I got the grant, I’d met so many new masters of New Orleans and acquired so many new teachers that I decided well, why don’t I just piggyback on this grant that I got and invite all these new teachers that I had to record with us.”…
Find the full story and podcast here.

Times Picayune: New Orleans Film Festival features Films on Local Music

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TPLogo The Times-Picayune highlighted Tradition is a Temple, the movie created by Tutti’s co-founders, along with four other movies about the New Orleans music scene that are all part of this year’s New Orleans Film Festival.  It looks like a great line-up featuring amazing musicians and filmmakers.

“The New Orleans Film Festival, for the third straight year, is feeling the beat. When it kicks off its 24th annual edition next month, the festival once more will include a music-themed programming sidebar, dubbed “keeping{SCORE}” and “inspired by the city’s long musical legacy and the local audience’s appetite for music films.” Presented with support from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, each screening in the keeping{SCORE} sidebar also will feature a live musical component….

The full article is available here. 

Tutti Team Premieres Movie at New Orleans Film Festival

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PosterBefore Tutti Dynamics co-founders Darren Hoffman and Kristen McEntyre launched Tutti Music Player – they created a movie about the New Orleans music experience. The documentary, Tradition is a Temple, features musical performances and intimate interviews with many of New Orleans’ most respected jazz artists. A soundtrack and collection of interactive Tuttis were also produced to accompany the film.

Tradition is a Temple will hold its worldwide premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 13th. A Q&A with Director Darren Hoffman and the musicians will follow the screening. Guests will also be invited to a reception featuring a large video installation and Tutti’s interactive software. Find out more here.

On November 14th at 6:30 pm, Tradition is a Temple will hold its worldwide release screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Art of The Real documentary showcase in New York. Q&A with Director Darren Hoffman, Producer Kristen McEntyre, and co-Writer Chuck Perkins will follow the screening. Find ticket information here. 

Here’s what others are saying:

“Hoffman’s movie has plunged the depth of the indigenous music of New Orleans by filming important contributors in their most creative moments.”  – Ellis Marsalis, NEA Jazz Master

“A bold non-fiction, with stunning imagery and intoxicating music as the centerpiece.  I had thought jazz was dead and gone… This film and the featured New Orleans masters proved me very wrong.” – Michael Skolnik, President, Global Grind


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