New Live Sound & Show Production Program
IPR will be presenting the latest addition to it’s associate’s degree offerings, the Associate in Applied Science in Live Sound & Show Production. Join us for an event on Saturday, November 23rd. Doors open at 12:30 and the event starts at 1pm. A reception will follow from 3-4pm.
IPR is located at 300 First Avenue North with the event taking place on the fifth floor (proceed to the elevators through the atrium.)
Performances by Desdamona and Mary Jane Alm
The event will feature performances by internationally-renowned, Minnesota-based hip hop artist Desdamona and recent Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Inductee Mary Jane Alm.
Informational Session with Program Chair Jay Fleming
Jay has been in the industry for over 25 years, teaching for over 20. He’s mixed well over 3000 shows and done countless installations of live-sound, lighting and video-wall systems. Jay will present information on this exciting new program and be available to answer questions for potential students and interested industry partners alike.
Desdamona came onto the Minneapolis scene in 1997 and wasn’t the first female MC to grab the mic but she paved the way for female MC’s in the Twin Cities and was the first female MC known for not only rockin’ mics but as a promoter, community organizer & teaching artist. In 1999, she co-founded The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Evolution. The event transformed into a workshop/performance series & ran from 99-05 & helped to birth B-Girl Be. In 2005, she co-founded B-Girl Be, a celebration of women in Hip Hop, hosting women from around the world in the elements of Hip Hop for a festival in Minneapolis (2005-07, 2009-10).
Des has toured the US & abroad and has recorded/collaborated w/ Grammy Award Winners, Sly & Robbie (Jamaica). She is featured on Europe based, Ursus Minor’s latest album and has spent the past 3 years touring France with the group as well as releasing the ill chemistry self-titled disc with Carnage the Executioner on Hope Street/Nato Records. In April 2013, French producer BeO released “All One” featuring a song by Desdamona, “Life”. Des has shared the stage with the likes of Saul Williams, Brother Ali, KRS One, Guru, Bahamdia, Ursula Rucker to name a few.
Recently, Des was in Treignac, France to be a part of a project called Chronicles of the Resistance, speaking to the French Resistance during WWII. Desdamona wrote 2 original pieces for the production, backed by music as part of the Kind of Belou Fest.
Des has worked in over 300 schools throughout the Midwest and France and has lead workshops and residencies in Shakopee Women’s Prison, Stillwater Prison, Oakpark Prison , Red Wing Juvenile Facility, the Juvenile Detention Center, Minneapolis and Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, WA.
Mary Jane Alm’s Biography:
Mary Jane Alm is a mainstay in the Midwest music scene. She has toured internationally, been featured on national network TV and performed on stage for some of America’s largest corporations. Mary Jane has opened for or performed on the concert stage with Jimmy Webb, The Judds, Michael Johnson, Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Marie Osmond, David Byrne of the Talking Heads and countless others. Locally, she has performed with groups such as The Rupert’s Orchestra and Women Who Cook. Today, Mary Jane continues a busy gig schedule with her band and with Synergy, a show band which tours the corporate client world.
Mary Jane’s first album, Prisoner of the Heart, was recorded in Minneapolis. Two more CDs, Blue Earth and Too True, were recorded in Nashville and in various studios in the Twin Cities, including Paisley Park. Her latest CD, Me and The Wild Blue, was recorded in the IPR studios and produced and mixed by Grammy winner and Audio Production and Engineering chair, Steve Hodge. She has also recorded five children’s CDs with the Music Workshop for Kids, the last of which won Emmy and Parents’ Choice awards, and was nominated for a Grammy.
Honored with 15 Minnesota Music Awards, including “Best Female Vocalist” and “Artist of the Year,” Mary Jane’s performances have been called “music for singers.” Twice inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame as a solo artist and a member of City Mouse (2007), Mary Jane’s artistry has won her a celebrated reputation among musicians, critics and the public.
Jay Fleming’s Biography:
An audio industry professional for the past 25 years, Jay Fleming has worked as a live sound audio engineer for thousands of shows. In 1995, he became one of the founders of Allied Sales and Productions, where he served as operations manager. Jay also continues to manage his own recording studio, In Record Time, where he has engineered, mixed, and mastered dozens of records, many commercials, and several films.
Jay has been an educator since 1990, starting at Music Tech (now McNally Smith), where he designed and developed courses in digital audio, acoustics, audio engineering, and live sound reinforcement. He has been with IPR since 1993 serving as educator and program chair for ProTools, Logic, and Microsoft certifications. He is one of only a handful of audio professionals in the world to be a certified Avid Experts in Music, Post, ICON, and Venue- and the first to be certified for ICON and Venue. Currently, Jay continues to develop new curricula as program chair for Live Sound and Show Production.