Is it ever acceptable for professional musicians to play for free?
The following article is was published as part of a larger feature on Playing for Free in The Strad’s March 2013 issue.
At the beginning of 2012, a restaurant in Vancouver posted an ad on the online classifieds site Craigslist asking for solo musicians to play at special events. The ad stated that a ‘small and casual restaurant’ was looking for musicians to play in order to promote their work and sell their CDs. It said: ‘This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get a positive response. More jazz, rock and smooth type music, around the world and mixed cultural music. Are you interested to promote your work?’
A musician wag replied: ‘Happy New Year! I am a musician looking for a restaurateur to come to my house to promote his or her restaurant by making dinner for me and my friends. This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get a positive response. More fine dining and exotic meals and mixed ethnic fusion cuisine. Are you interested to promote your restaurant?’
Read the article:
Source: The Strad
Have you attended a corporate event and it was boring? We all have.
Music is the perfect addition to a networking event, member meeting, corporate reception or cocktail party.
My music is instrumental, my goal is to create an ambiance that allows guests to socialize, no one has to shout over the music. There is no vocals that can be distracting. Beautiful background music that is relaxing.
I have performed for hundreds of companies in the Orlando area at hotels and venues throughout Central Florida.
As an independent professional musician there are no agent fees. You can have live music without going over budget.
Contact me to discuss your next event in Orlando.
Performed by MARC E
Booking information 407.265.1663
Orlando - Central Florida
Get your guests in the mood for the evening ahead. The wedding cocktail hour is normally the time after the wedding ceremony when you are having your photographs taken and your guests are socializing, having drinks and light snacks while waiting for your arrival.
Solo | Guitarist
Marc E performs Smooth Jazz on Spanish Guitar. Live music that allows your guests to mingle while enjoying the music.
Duo | Guitarist with Percussionist | Marc E with Steady Joseph
Your wedding guests will be entertained with a dynamic combination of live percussion with the sounds of Spanish guitar allowing your guests to socialize while having fun!
A repertoire of Smooth Jazz, Latin Jazz and Flamenco Jazz with covers of Carlos Santana along with selections from Acoustic Alchemy, Gypsy Kings, Rob Thomas, Jose Feliciano, Craig Chaquico, Marc Antoine, Rippingtons, Peter White, Jesse Cook, Oscar Lopez, Strunz and Farah, Kiko Matsui, Chris Rea, Sade, plus original compositions.
State of the art amp system Bose® approach to live sound: Aesthetically pleasing/able to set up in minutes/evenly delivers clear, balanced sound throughout your venue.
Indoor or Outdoor.
Call 407 265 1663 to book Smooth Jazz Guitarist Marc E for your Wedding Cocktail hour in Orlando.
Professional Musician Marc E has been actively involved with bands and musicians, in all genre of music for the past 25+ years. He perfected his skill as an acoustic guitar player while studying in Europe performing in small cafes and coffee houses throughout England and Germany.
Marc has performed with professional guitarists in various music genres from classic rock, world music, and smooth jazz and performed as the lead singer with an full band that played throughout Florida. His experience, with a plethora of international musicians has helped him to create his own style of world music, combining smooth Jazz, Latin Jazz, with a twist of Persian flavor.
Marc E has a unique, style of improvisation on cover songs, allowing the listener to enjoy the music with intrigue. The music is soothing, relaxing, yet, playfully rhythmic, and exciting to the ears. In recent years, with the use of technology, he has been able to provide full orchestration for all venues of interest, as a solo performer.