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Local 802 (New York City) member and prolific freelance musician shares his tips for building a successful career.

Canadian Brothers Branch Out to Foreign Audiences

Brothers Landreth

Meeting a childhood hero as an adult and seeing that icon measure up to preconceived notions of their character is a validating life moment that both David and Joey Landreth were lucky enough to experience. The two brothers, both members of Local 190 (Winnipeg, MB), are members of the five-person band The Bros. Landreth, which …

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Karim Elmahmoudi: Former Aerospace Engineer Turned Composer

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Composer’s “Orbit” Reaches Incredible Heights Would you suspect a former aerospace engineering student with a private pilot license, who is also a Coast Guard Auxiliary certified skipper and scuba diver to ultimately find a career in composing? Well, Karim Elmahmoudi of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) has done just that. His music is inspired by …

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Harp and Bass Duo 2tone Brings a Fresh Sound to the Stage


For 21 years, Cindy Horstman and Michael Medina, both members of Local 72-147 (Dallas, TX) have performed as 2tone. But the group isn’t a typical duet. Horstman’s harp and Medina’s bass make for an unusual, but stunning, combination. “When I started playing with Cindy, I was there to play the gig, get the money, and …

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Musician Discovers Expanded Range with Harp-Guitar


Claude Laflamme of Local 406 (Montreal, PQ) played piano and guitar growing up and received a degree in music composition from Laval University in Quebec in 1987. But throughout his life, he yearned for an instrument that blended the tone of guitar with the range of piano. He finally found it in the 20-string harp-guitar. …

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