Category: Masterclass

The Tallest Man on Earth Announces Tour, New Project and April 27 Show in Bricktown

Swedish folk singer and songwriter Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, performs 7 p.m. April 27 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City. Tickets are $25, and go on sale 10 a.m. Central Time Oct. 26 at eventbrite.com.

The event is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) continuing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

Matsson is often compared to Bob Dylan, both in ability and vocal style, and admits that he’s long been inspired by American folk artists like Dylan, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. That said, he’s no folk traditionalist. The classically trained guitarist, inspired by English guitarist and singer-songwriter Nick Drake, has developed an intricate playing style using various open tunings.

His 2019 tour comes on the heels of three months of touring — both overseas and stateside — selling out nearly three-fourths of his dates on a trek spanning from Germany to the Netherlands and Massachusetts to California.

His most recent project is the five-part series “When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground.” Each song is a new, original studio recording that includes the simultaneous release of an accompanying video directed by Matsson. The ongoing project is produced as the series progresses through winter 2018 in Sweden and the U.S., with Matsson splitting his time behind the microphone and camera.

Beginning March 9, he’ll release a song and video every month. Solo shows in support of “When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground” are planned in select cities worldwide, including the April 27 performance at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown.

“It’s like receiving a video message from a friend who wants you to see his process unfold in real time, the more ragged the better,” NPR Music editor and reviewer Stephen Thomson said of the project. “Of course, for all his stated love of imperfections, Matsson’s actual performance is a thing of refined and impeccable beauty.”

While here, he’ll also participate in a free, public Q&A-style masterclass discussion with ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker. Details on that event will be announced closer to the event date.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Stay tuned for updates and announcements about even more concerts and events!

JD McPherson: Artist + Management Partnerships Participates in Public Masterclass Oct. 26 at ACM@UCO in Bricktown

Hear from Scott Booker, Executive Director of ACM@UCO and Flaming Lips Manager, and Oklahoma rock ‘n roll musician JD McPherson as they discuss the music industry from artist and management perspectives, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown.

The Artist+Management Partnerships Music Networking and Mentoring Event is partnership with Oklahoma Film + Music Office and the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO). This event will be formatted in a masterclass-type setting.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

9:30 a.m.: Light breakfast
10 a.m.: Discussion
11 a.m.: Networking

Due to limited seating, please RSVP here by Oct. 25: okfilmmusic.org/rsvp-for-the-ofmo-music-networking-mentoring-event-2018/

Read more about McPherson and this special event: eventbrite.com/e/jd-mcpherson-artistmanagement-partnerships-registration-51564413549

Electronic Music Pioneer Gary Numan Leads Sept. 10 ACM@UCO Masterclass

Gary Numan, a pioneer of electronic music, presses pause on his 2018 tour for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

During the masterclass, Numan will discuss his influential past, current work and the world’s post-global future. ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker will lead the masterclass, which is free and open to the public.

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) hosts electronic music pioneer Gary Numan (pictured)for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 400, in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) hosts electronic music pioneer Gary Numan (pictured)for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 400, in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

After releasing groundbreaking hit singles “Cars” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?,” Numan topped charts worldwide, launching a decades-long career as a musician, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer.

“Electronic music wouldn’t be as omnipresent in our culture without pioneers like Gary Numan,” Booker said. “’Cars’ shaped the way musicians used electronic instruments in popular music and became part of our collective cultural unconscious.”

His 22nd album, Savage (Songs From a Broken World), was released in late 2017 via the music company BMG, entering Official U.K. Album Charts at No. 2. He has charted nearly two dozen U.K. Top 40 singles and albums. Additionally, his work has inspired and influenced a generation of musicians, from Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Marilyn Manson to Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and Jack White (The White Stripes, The Dead Weather).

Fans also recognize his music in shows like Mindhunter, Halt and Catch Fire, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pretty Little Liars and Nip/Tuck; films such as Ghost in the Shell, The Muppets and From Inside; and a current TV ad campaign for Walmart’s new grocery pick-up service.

“ACM@UCO is lucky to once again bring a living legend to talk about their story with our students and friends,” Booker added.

For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

Media contact: Jennifer Chancellor, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator, ACM@UCO405-974-4711, jchancellor3@uco.edu

JUDY COLLINS TO PRESENT A MASTERCLASS MARCH 9 AT ACM

Friday, March 9, 2 p.m. ACM@UCO Songwriting Room. Free and open to the public.

Grammy-winning musician, author and social activist Judy Collins will visit ACM@UCO for a Masterclass in partnership with CityRep. Collins has released over 50 albums since 1961 including interpretations of works by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Her most recent album, “Everybody Knows,” is a collaboration with Stephen Stills and was released September 2017.

RSVP to the event here!

GARLAND JEFFREYS MASTER CLASS 2 P.M., THURSDAY, SEPT. 14

ACM will be hosting a master class with acclaimed musician Garland Jeffreys at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the ACM@UCO Songwriting Room located on the first floor of the building. The masterclass is FREE and open to the public.

Jeffreys is best-known for his 1977 hit single “Wild In The Streets” as well as for his many collaborations and performances with artists including Bruce Springsteen, U2, James Taylor and Lou Reed, among others. He is currently touring to promote his new album “14 Steps To Harlem,” which has received critical praise from USA Today, American Songwriter and Billboard.

Later in the evening, Jeffreys will perform songs from his new album at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab located at 329 E. Sheridan Ave. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at levelland.preferredfan.com. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m.

Check out Jeffrey’s famous single “Wild In The Streets””