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DMI students present on Russia trip

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DMI students and faculty gave a presentation Wednesday on their exchange trip to Perm State University in Russia this past summer. The event included music, photos, videos and stories about the group’s Russian experience. Learn more about Delta State’s plan to improve cultural competency at http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/institutional-research-and-planning/sacs-2014-reaffirmation/quality-enhancement-plan-2014/

 

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DMI students to present on Russia exchange

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Join the Delta Music Institute and Quality Enhancement Plan for a public event Wednesday night with a discussion about the DMI’s groundbreaking international exchange in Russia last May and June.

The event, “You Can Get There From Here,” is free and open to the public Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in DMI Studio A on the campus of Delta State.

DMI students, and participating faculty and staff, will share stories, music and photography from their exchange trip to Perm State University and Moscow.

The trip, “Rivers of Music — Rivers of Culture” utilized music as a universal language to explore the cultures, histories and heritages of the Mississippi Delta and Perm Krai regions, both situated along historic rivers.

The program was backed by the U.S. Department of State and allowed students and faculty from Perm State to visit Delta State in 2014.

“Most of our students are from small towns in a largely rural state,” said Tricia Walker, DMI director. “Traveling to another country and interacting with the culture there offered a unique way for our students to broaden their perspective on the world outside of Delta State and Mississippi.”

Walker added that the event would shed light on international exchange opportunities available at Delta State.

“I hope our students will come to the presentation to see what is possible for them through international travel opportunities,” she said. “They can ‘get there from here.’ In addition, the students and community will be treated to some music created by Delta State and Perm State students, as well as some stunning photography of the Perm Krai region by university photographer Rory Doyle.”

Learn more about the group’s trip to Russia at http://www.deltastate.edu/russia.

dUg Pinnick (left) and Scot “Little” Bilhman of the band Grinder Blues will be the featured guests for DMI All Access Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A.

Pinnick and Bihlman scheduled for DMI All Access

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University will host award-winning blues/rock musicians dUg Pinnick and Scot “Little” Bilhman as the second guests of the semester for the DMI All Access series.

The event takes place Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A and is open to the public at no charge.

DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring industry professionals from various areas of the music and entertainment industry.

Pinnick and Bihlman are members of band Grinder Blues, which is completing a new recording at the DMI studios. Pinnick, a bassist, was formerly with the popular band King’s X. Along with Scot Bilhman, Grinder Blues also features Emmy-award winning guitarist and vocalist Jabo Bihlman, Scot’s brother.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/dmi.

 

GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons will perform at the Delta Music Institute Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons to perform on campus

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GRAMMY winner and blues-folks star Dom Flemons will perform at the Delta Music Institute Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. as a featured artist in the second annual International Conference on the Blues at Delta State.

The concert is free, open to the public and will be hosted in DMI Studio A.

Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people within the past three years.

As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals, spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

A multi-instrumentalist, Flemons plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. He also incorporates his background in percussion into his banjo playing. Felmon’s banjo repertoire includes not only clawhammer but also tenor and three-finger styles of playing. He first picked up the instrument when he borrowed a five-string banjo from a friend who had removed the instrument’s fifth string.

Flemons and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African American string band, won a GRAMMY for its 2011 album “Genuine Negro Jig.”  The group’s second album, “Leaving Eden,” was also nominated in 2012.

In July of 2014, Flemons released his third solo record with Music Maker Relief Foundation, and his first since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops. “Prospect Hill” finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reinterpreting the music to suit 21st century audiences.

See the complete schedule for the International Conference on the Blues at http://www.deltastate.edu/president/international-blues-conference/schedule-of-events/.

The Delta Music Institute presents blues-rock stars Grinder Blues Oct. 6 at 10:30 p.m. at Hey Joe's in downtown Cleveland. Band members include Jeff “Jabo” Bihlman (left), dUg Pinnick and Scot “Little” Bihlman.

Delta Music Institute presents Grinder Blues

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University presents the hit blues rock band, Grinder Blues, in a late night music showcase in downtown Cleveland Oct. 6 at 10:30 p.m. at Hey Joe’s on 118 E. Sunflower Rd.

Grinder Blues is a trio of talented musicians featuring bassist dUg Pinnick of King’s X, and Emmy-award winning guitarist and vocalist Jabo Bihlman and Scot “Little” Bihlman on drums, percussion and vocals.

The trio’s debut self-titled album was released through Megaforce Records in October of 2014 and was described as “a shot of adrenaline to the heart of the genre.”

The album was produced by DMI Entertainment Industry instructor Miles Fulwider and Barry Mork and written collaboratively by the band. According to “Guitar World” magazine, Pinnick aimed to keep the music “simple and fun” while exploring new directions. The lyrics are traditional, an homage to their blues heroes.

The Grinder Blues album was a hit among fans and critics alike. It debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Charts upon release and was described by “Vintage Guitar” magazine as “a highly enjoyable blues-rock record with a plethora of grooves, down-and-dirty feel, filthy guitar, and soul-stirring vocals.”

The band garnered excitement for the launch of their album by premiering the video for “Burn the Bridge” on Revolver.com. The video was filmed in Los Angeles and released in September of 2014.

Grinder Blues supported the album with a West Coast tour that kicked off in 2014 at the Viper Room in Los Angeles and played in such cities as San Diego and Corona. The band is planning their second release, which will be recorded in the Mississippi Delta at the DMI Studios at Delta State University.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For more information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.