Philiip Glass turns 80 with Symphony No. 11

By WNYC New York Public Radio (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsPhilip Glass is celebrating his 80th birthday with the world premiere of his Symphony No. 11, performed by the Bruckner Orchestra Linz under Dennis Russell Davies. The sold out performance will take place on his birthday, Tuesday Jan 31st at Carnegie Hall.
In an interview with New York Times reporter WILLIAM ROBIN, Glass says modestly, “…I’ve only been writing symphonies for the last 30 years…”

Happy Birthday Philip Glass!

You can read the entire New York Times interview here.

Masterdisk moves to Peekskill

By Source, Fair use, yet another example of New York City’s inability to support it’s music industry, the legendary mastering facility Materdisk has moved to Peekskill. While they are still one of the world’s top facilities they will no longer be one of NYC’s attractions to musicians and producers looking for high end audio mastering services.

Masterdisk’s clients have included Steely Dan, Bob Dylan, Bowie, U2, Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Kanye West, Spoon, Nirvana, Lou Reed, Sting, David Gorillaz, and John Zorn among countless others.

Founded in 1973, Masterdisk is currently owned and operated by Scott Hull who has been at its helm since 2008. Scott was the assistant to Bob Ludwig from 1984-1993, subsequently becoming the chief engineer.

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Hull on a few of the Groove Collective records released in the 90s. While there has always been an endless churn of businesses in NYC, it is safe to say there is unlikely to be a mastering facility on the level of Masterdisk, to replace it anytime soon.

Attention Musicians Crossing International Boarders

Attention Musicians Crossing International Boarders:

There are new rules that apply when crossing international borders with musical instruments containing protected species, such as ivory, rosewood, tortoise shell. The AFM is hosting a webinar with the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, League of American Orchestras, The Recording Academy, and NAMM on Wednesday, December 7 at 12:00 noon Eastern. The free, one-hour webinar will give an overview of new rules and take your questions. Register here.

Experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency that implements the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in the United States, will be featured. The event will review the basics and also provide important insights into the U.S. African elephant ivory rules adopted last summer and the new policies created at this year’s CITES treaty negotiations that go into effect in 2017.

This webinar will also be recorded and available on-demand online if you are unable to join us on December 7, but please register here.


This message has been adapted from a message sent by American Federation of Musicians, International President, Ray Hair on Dec. 1st 2016

American Federation of Musicians (AFM) logo

Musicians standing together have the power.

In Unity,
Ray Hair
AFM International President

ARChive of Contemporary Music Record + CD Sale

Twice a year NYC’s own ARChive of Contemporary Music holds their Record + CD sale. The ARC holds one of the largest collections of popular music in the world. They digitize their collection, keep two original copies and sell off the rest. This year is their biggest sale ever with over 30,000 items for sale! Don’t miss it Dec 3rd – 8th at the ARC Headquarters located at 54 White Street, Tribeca, NYC. Open every day 11am-6pm, admission is free.


David Mancuso, Pioneer of NYC’s Underground Dance Music Scene Passes Away

David Mancuso

Mancuso in 1974. Photograph: Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images

We are very sad to learn that David Mancuso has passed away at age 72. A true pioneer and leader of the NYC underground dance music scene, David will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched.

I had the good fortune to play David Mancuso’s loft parties a couple of times with my band Groove Collective in our early days. Even though it was years after it’s peak the parties still had such a unique and beautiful vibe, perhaps even more so as one of the rare clubs that maintained a community aesthetic like Paradise Garage and Body & Soul, but the Loft was always smaller, less commercial, and more of a family than any of it’s offspring. David continued to maintain the superb sound system that he was always known for. The Loft sound system set the bar. Mancuso was a true pioneer and an individual who made a real difference to so many. He started a pure underground dance scene that existed simply for the love of music and community. His parties were private members only events, allowing him to serve food and drinks to a community of friends without restriction and his parties were not run for profit. His legendary loft parties sparked the NYC underground dance music scene, laying the ground work for Paradise Garage, The Gallery, Studio 54 and a scene that continues to this day. Love Saved the Day! Thank you David Mancuso

Loft baloons

Moment NYC and Groove Collective visit the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery 10/13/16


Moment NYC is proud to play a part in bringing the New York City band Groove Collective to The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC for a free concert in connection with their exhibit In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard.The works in the exhibition are a selection of black and white photographs of jazz greats taken by Herman Leonard who was a photographer and jazz enthusiast. Leonard captured Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and other greats performing live. The evening will be filled with great photographs, tours of the exhibition as well as art activities in our indoor courtyard where folks will be able to enjoy great music and drinks from 6:30-8:00pm. Thursday October 13 from 6:30-8pm