Dan O'Brien

Dan O’Brien Joins BHW Documentary & Outreach Crew

Words by Dan O’Brien. Photo by Alice Koeninger.

“Hello, I’m Dan, a broadcast media production major at Champlain College going into my senior year. I hail from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts and have recently relocated to Burlington. Exploring different cultures has always been a passion of mine and music is the most pointed expression of any cultural identity. I’m looking forward to helping Big Heavy World continue chronicling and supporting the Vermont music scene and by extension the identity of Vermont.”

Make Music Day app

Free Make Music Day App for iPhone and Android

Make Music Day has a mobile app, to help find Make Music VT concerts in Vermont on June 21! Here’s the link for the iOS (Apple) version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/make-music-day/id996753064?mt=8 And here’s the Android version in the Google Play store, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onesolstice.musiccelebration

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Ryan Breen

Ryan Breen Joins BHW Outreach & Archive Crew

Words by Ryan Breen. Photo by Alice Koeninger.

“Hi, I’m Ryan a recent graduate from Wesleyan University. I’m originally from the Philadelphia area but I’m happy to call Burlington home for the summer. Music has been my life for a while and I look forward to archiving and concert planning at BHW over the next few months. In my free time I love playing, recording, and writing about music as well as skateboarding (when the weather is nice). The Burlington music scene has been incredibly welcoming, and I can’t wait to hit the ground running at Big Heavy World.”

Lauren Mazzotta

Lauren Mazzotta Interviewed for 242 Main Documentary

Photo by James Lockridge.

Photographer Lauren Mazzotta was interviewed by filmmaker Bill Simmon at the VCAM studio today for the 242 Main documentary film. See more about the film at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/blog/2016/10/17/242-main-documentary/

Bill Simmon & Lauren Mazzotta

Cultural Chemistry

Burlington Musicians Perform with Chattanooga Musicians, Without Leaving Their Libraries

Press release by Big Heavy World. Photo courtesy Cultural Chemistry.

Futuristic Internet Connection Makes Joint Performances Possible During International Music Festival

BURLINGTON: The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington will connect with the Chattanooga Public Library in TN on June 21 in a whole new futuristic way, and in the name of music. Both libraries have been experimenting with an Internet2 link between each other, which is a next-next generation network connection that can be a hundred times faster than Burlington’s public state of the art Gigabit network provided by Burlington Telecom. By connecting with specialized software and equipment called ‘LOLA,’ musicians in each library can perform WITH one another — there is almost no delay in the network connection, so they hear and see each other as if they were in the same room.

Dennis Moynihan, Director of BTV Ignite, says, “LOLA – low latency internet technology – can help people across the world collaborate and create together as if they are in the same room. Make Music Day is a perfect example. Using Burlington’s high performance networking technology to partner with arts organizations, both locally and in Chattanooga, takes this celebration of music to a new level of possibility. It is our hope that this will be just one of many opportunities for Burlington to collaborate globally.”

The libraries are participating in an International music festival on June 21 called ‘Make Music Day’ which is held in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world. Big Heavy World brought Make Music Day to Vermont for the first time in 2016 as Make Music VT, and Vermont has made history as the first entire state to participate in the festival. The LOLA event is made possible by sponsor BTV Ignite, with support from Advance Music Center, and is coordinated by Big Heavy World, Burlington Telecom, and the Fletcher Free Library. Information about Make Music VT can be found at http://www.bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt. Make Music VT is sponsored statewide in part by The NAMM Foundation of the National Association of Music Merchants.

Free live music programming, connected by Internet2 during Make Music VT on June 21 at the Fletcher Free Library and Chattanooga Public Library includes Girls Rock Camp participants in both states, and Hip Hop as well. Girls Rock Vermont, empowers a new generation of female musicians with week-long summer rock camps for girls. Hip Hop artists Cultural Chemistry in Burlington are fronted by Scott Lavalla, a performer with Linguistic Civilians and producing music independently as Mister Burns. The program runs 6pm-8pm on June 21, is free and all ages.

Cultural Chemistry is a Vermont Hip Hop collective comprised of musicians, emcee’s, dee jay’s and producers. Featuring members Learic and Tha Truth (The Aztext), Sky Splitter, Jay Be (Silent Mind), Mister Burns (The Lynguistic Civilians) and DJ Kanga (Self Portrait). A group of musicians who have played a huge part in Vermont’s Hip Hop scene for years through different outlets came together in the summer of 2016 to keep the chemistry of the culture alive. Since their first show in July of 2016 Cultural Chemistry has shared the stage with the likes of Talib Kweli, Zion I, Grouch & Elijah, The Perceptionists, Termanology and more! See https://www.facebook.com/culturalchemistrymusic/

About LOLA: LOLA stands for LOw LAtency Audio Video. LOLA is an open source audio visual streaming system developed by the “Conservatorio di Musica G. Tartini” in Trieste, Italy, in collaboration with GARR, the Italian Academic and Research Network. LOLA allows for near real-time synchronized musical performances to occur with musicians across distances of up to 1500 (network) miles with extremely low latency. Depending on how the connection is routed, this could be anywhere from 800 to 1500 geographic miles with the greater distances producing more latency. The effect of having this low latency gives musicians the feeling they are performing together in the same room. LOLA uses specialized audio and video devices (machine vision cameras, for example) and optimized software that taps the power of multi-core CPUs and GPUs. To achieve the lowest possible latency, packet loss, and jitter, LOLA relies on the data transmission capabilities only available on research and education (R&E) networks such as Internet2 and its regional R&E partner networks in the United States and other national research and education networks around the world such as GARR and GÉANT. The Fletcher Free Library and Big Heavy World are each anchor members of Vermont UCAN, the regional arm of the U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network, which connects over 90,000 community institutions (schools, museums, libraries, community centers, healthcare, etc.) to Internet2.

About Burlington Telecom: Burlington Telecom’s mission is to provide every customer with an exceptional service experience that you can only expect to receive from a local business, while providing you with access to the benefits of the most advanced fiber optic network in the US. For more information about Burlington Telecom services, visit www.burlingtontelecom.com or call (802) 540-0007.

About Big Heavy World: Big Heavy World is an independent nonprofit music development office working to archive and promote the original music of Vermont. With a crew of mostly high school and college-aged volunteers, it publishes information about Vermont’s music industry, loans a tour van to bands, archives thousands of Vermont-made recordings and photographs, and operates 105.9FM, a radio station highlighting the region’s creative community. bigheavyworld.com

About The Fletcher Free Library: A department of the City of Burlington, the FFL is an urban public library serving the Greater Burlington area. Founded in 1873 with a gift from Mary L. Fletcher, it has occupied the expanded Carnegie building at 235 College Street since 1904. The library collection includes more than 143,000 items, and programs of the library responsively serve the evolving cultural and educational needs of its community. Contact Mary Danko, mdanko@burlingtonvt.gov, (802) 865-7214. http://www.fletcherfree.org


Girls Rock Vermont

Girls Rock VT campers. Photo courtesy Girls Rock VT.

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Rik Palieri

SongFarmers Welcome Acoustic Musicians to Free Jam in Kingsland Bay State Park June 21 During Make Music VT

Photos courtesy Rik Palieri (above).

Welcome-in the summer on June 21 with a fun free acoustic jam hosted by Rik Palieri and The Vermont SongFarmers Club of Hinesburg at Kingsland Bay State Park, 3pm to 7:30. The Vermont SongFarmers is branch of The WoodSongs Front Porch Music Association that is helping get musicians to gather and plant musical seeds for a better world. Everyone who plays an acoustic instrument or just wants to sing along is welcome to participate. For info, contact Rik at (802) 482-3185 or rik@banjo.net Kingsland Bay State Park is located at 787 Kingsland Bay State Park Road in Ferrisburgh.Vermont SongFarmers ClubMake Music VT is a Vermont Arts 2017 event.VT Arts 2017

Zii Trees

The Zii Trees 31 May 2017 on Rocket Shop Radio Hour

Marika and Ella

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

The Zii Trees joined host Tom Proctor for a chin-wag on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Catch up with them at facebook.com/The-Zii-Trees-747526798684642/ and see them live at Radio Bean on June 12.

Listen to a replay here or via Rocket Shop Radio Hour on iTunes or Google Play

Champlain Voices Record Project

The Champlain Voices Record Project 31 May 2017 on Rocket Shop Radio Hour

Members of the Champlain Voices Record Project

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

Members of the Champlain Voices Record Project joined host Tom Proctor for a chin-wag on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Listen to their amazing album at champlainvoices.bandcamp.com.

Listen to a replay here or via Rocket Shop Radio Hour on iTunes or Google Play

Church Street Marketplace

Call To Musicians: Perform On Church Street Marketplace June 21 During Make Music VT

Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace welcomes musicians to participate in Make Music VT, performing on the beautiful central downtown pedestrian shopping mall on June 21! Make Music VT is Vermont’s statewide celebration of music, with free public performances across the state. It’s part of the international Make Music Day festival, happening in over 700 cities across the globe. Register as a musician at matchvt.makemusicday.org and submit your request for a time slot on the Marketplace — the Make Music VT crew at Big Heavy World will respond. And musicians everywhere are welcome to put their own concerts on the Make Music VT map, too — register yourself, your performing friends, and light up a porch or park of your own! Learn more about Make Music VT at http://bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt and find the Church Street Marketplace at http://www.churchstmarketplace.com.

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A-Dog Skatepark

Friends for A-Dog Take Over Skatepark On Make Music Day, June 21st

Get your shred on for Make Music Day on June 21st at Burlington’s Andy “A-Dog” Williams Skatepark.  Be sure to check out the Friends for A-Dog tent!  Live music runs from 4:00-7:00pm, and the event is FREE, and open to all ages.

A-Dog Skatepark Map







Music Provided By:

DJ Big Dog

“DJ Big Dog has been a record collector since the early 90’s and has been DJing in the music clubs and bars since 2000. Big Dog previously owned hip hop record store, L-burners that was located down the hall from the world famous FLEX RECORDS on Main St. in Burlington Vermont. He can be heard on the radio and online every saturday night on www.wruv.org 10pm-12am (Est) and co host Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJ Jahnson every Sunday night at Nectar’s.” (churchstreetdjs.com/artistprofiles/)


DJ Kermitt

“Josh Kerman, better known as his stage name KermiTT, is a DJ, music producer, lyricist and always considers himself a student. Growing up in greater Chicago, he knows the feeling of being drenched in big city entertainment. KermiTT has mobile DJ entertainment experience with Chicago’s most well known entertainment companies, Bizar Entertainment and Dance and their friendly competition, 4Sure DJs and Entertainment. In addition to over a hundred private events including but not limited to corporate events, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, and school functions, KermiTT has also DJed at some of Chicago’s respected night life venues such as Deuces and Diamonds Night Club, Casey Moran’s, Max Bar Chicago, and Broken Oar.” (churchstreetdjs.com/artistprofiles/)


Crusty Cuts

“Crusty Cuts aka Liam O’Neil is one of the most talented individuals living in Burlington, VT. With an effortless style that weaves the worlds of skate, snowboard, and hip hop cultures, Liam stands in stark contrast to most millennial DJ’s. Harnessing the authenticity that comes from playing real vinyl during his live sets and incorporating analog equipment into his production work, the music he creates under the Crusty Cuts moniker is an airy reprieve from the heavy digital sounds coming from most modern speakers.” (https://www.hemetictrading.co/dollar-and-a-dream-liam-oneil/)



For more info see https://www.bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt/ or contact vermont@makemusicday.org

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