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Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix

GUEST,bernieandred 26 Feb 11 - 12:02 AM
Desert Dancer 26 Feb 11 - 12:22 AM
GUEST,30_button 26 Feb 11 - 10:35 AM
GUEST,OPEN MIKE 27 Feb 11 - 01:58 AM
TopcatBanjo 27 Feb 11 - 07:31 AM
GUEST,open mike 27 Feb 11 - 01:29 PM
GUEST,bernieandred 27 Feb 11 - 07:33 PM
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Subject: Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
From: GUEST,bernieandred
Date: 26 Feb 11 - 12:02 AM

I'm in Arizona for a month or so & the Musical Instument Museum has been recommended by other muso's. Has anybody been? I'm planning on visiting on Sunday, when they also have a concert by Tim Eriksen, anyone know him? Will post a review after I visit.


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Subject: RE: Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 26 Feb 11 - 12:22 AM

Hi, we'll be heading up for that, too, from Tucson. Haven't been yet, but have other muso friends from down here who really enjoyed it, and have been looking foward to it.

The Musical Instrument Museum

A pre-opening review in the New York Times was somewhat critical of the way that the museum is organized, but regular humans seem to have a good time. :-)

I'm really impressed with their programming of live music; have a few criticisms of their web site listings for it, though. (Too many clicks to figure out what's going on.)

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
From: GUEST,30_button
Date: 26 Feb 11 - 10:35 AM

I was there in November and found it fabulous...well organized, an incredibly diverse collection, nice videos showing the instruments in use. I don't much care for Phoenix, but this place is worth the trip


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Subject: RE: Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
From: GUEST,OPEN MIKE
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 01:58 AM

I have heard of another such museum...in Vermillion South Dakota (or is in North Dakota??)

Tim Ericksen is an incredeible musician. He used to play with a group called Cordelia's Dad. He has been involved in the sound tracks of several movies..I think Cold Mountain is one of them.
He is also interested in promoting and keeping alive the
sacred harp or shape note music, and other "old timey" music.


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Subject: RE: Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
From: TopcatBanjo
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 07:31 AM

I was privileged to be part of a group of Sacred Harp singers performing with Tim at Celtic Connections in January. For the first part of the concert Tim played a solo set, playing fiddle, banjo, bajo sexto and singing both traditional and his own songs. As Open Mike mentions, he has been heavily involved in popularising Sacred Harp singing in the US and beyond. I'm sure it will be a great show in the evocative surroundings of the musical instrument museum.

Tim makes some great little films of himself playing his music in various locations - checkout his "batfancy" channel on Youtube.

The Golden Harp


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Subject: RE: Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
From: GUEST,open mike
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 01:29 PM

www.timeriksenmusic.com
probably deserves a thread of his own....
with links to the above site and the below site
wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Eriksen
he has an album called Every Sound Below


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Subject: RE: Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
From: GUEST,bernieandred
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 07:33 PM

Visited the museum today, but was too late for the Tim Ericksen concert.
However .... museum is great. Musical instruments from everywhere, all well displayed & described. There is an "Artists Gallery" (I think that's what it was called" where they currently have on display John Lennon's "Imagine" Steinway, George Benson's Gibson, which he used on his "big" album, (forget what it was called) Paul Simon's black Yamaha & even Clapton's "Brownie".
The "Artist's Gallery" reminded me of the "Hendrix Experience Museum" in Seattle.


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Subject: RE: Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 02:18 AM

It was a great concert. We arrived just in time, so didn't have time to see the museum itself, except for the tantalizing orientation area with the ~20 kinds of guitars and the octabass (and a lot of other stuff). (not our picture: it's the only one in North America and pretty photogenic!)

Definitely have to get back there and drag the son along. (He's commented that he's not into going and looking at objects, this should be a bit more than that.)

~ Becky in Long Beach, now.


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