Spring back, and dream ahead!

Dear Dreamers,

This summer not only brings glorious weather and free spirits, but many exciting musical events. Dream Job has been included on several summer music festival events, including The Southside Works Outdoor Stage on Saturday, June 18, in Pittsburgh; Farmjammalamma 4 on Friday, July 1, in Brookville, PA; 51Basscamp Festival, August 26-28, in upstate New York; and CultureFest 2011 on Saturday, September 10, in West Virginia; with more in the works.

For up-to-date details, please visit our My Space page (yes, we still use My Space!) at http://www.myspace.com/iamuuri or follow us on Twitter @dreamjobmusic.

barrett black, electrified bassing

Dream Job is honored to be a part of these events and looks forward to all of the good times, good people, and great music we are sure to experience!

ricardo iamuuri, sqeeze boxing

dave neuhart, crash drumming

As a band, Dream Job believes in doing its small part to give back to the local community and to those in need globally. In that spirit, we are always honored when asked to play benefit shows for a good cause. In recent months, we participated in the GA/GI Fest which celebrates Green Innovation and sustainable art and technology. We were also privileged to be a part of a benefit concert that took place at the Shadow Lounge in Pittsburgh last month for victims of the tsunami tragedy in Japan. Next month, we will be contributing to an event at The South Side Works to raise money for organizations that are making a difference in the city of Pittsburgh on behalf of the abused, neglected, and troubled youth in the city. A portion of the proceeds will also go to an international organization that raises money to create sustainable living for the families in Darfur, Sudan.
It is true, music saves!

 

photos by: Abby Kraftowitz

contact Abby Kraftowitz: akraftowitz@gmail.com

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I SPY DREAM JOB & THE DREAM CONTINUES . . .

Hello Dreamers, the world is turning and change is happening all around us. Can you feel it? It has been a fistful of months since our last blog entry.  Here in the United States, the ball has dropped, “Auld Lang Syne” has been sung, the cradle of civilization is now ablaze, winter welcomes the spring as revolutions have sprung, old wars have sustained and new wars have begun, the waters have quaked, the earth has wrung, and we are still here, brilliant beneath our sun, dreaming and Standing Together inside the music as one. We have great news to share with you, so let’s get started. . .
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1 January 2011 greeted Dream Job with a handsome grant, awarded by The Heinz Endowments, to assist with the manifestation of its most ambitious musical project to date, “SLAVES TO COOL.” I will not go into great detail about this upcoming musical extravaganza, but I will say, “Dear Dreamers, you’re in store for something truly special!”

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While Dream Job is hard at work finishing up production for SLAVES TO COOL, the boys are still sharing the music with the people on small east-coast tours and great local stages as the dream continues. Here’s a brief recap of shows done this year so far: Pittsburgh’s 2011 First Night Celebration,Lava Lounge (w/Atlas & Mega-Def), Z-Lounge (Zenobia’s Red Hott Birthday Bash), Fiddler’sClub Cafe (w/The Red Wanting Blue, also w/Clinton Clegg), WPTS Live Show88.3 WRCT’s Advanced CalculusThe Ga/Gi FestivalThe Shrine (NYC in Harlem), Fontana’s (NYC Lower East Side), The Fire (Philadelphia, Pa.), Rockin Irish @ The Phantasy (Cleveland, Oh.) and a few appearances in between.
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Needless to say, Dream Job has been quite the busy band, and the dreaming does not stop there.  Keep your mind, body, soul, heart, ears, and calendars open, because the music will be arriving @ Mr. Smalls Theatre on Saturday, 16 April 2011.  Dream Job will make a special guest appearance at the Formula412 CD Release Concert!
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SHARE YOUR DREAMS

DREAM JOB revisits a dreamer’s message: 

“I need an album!
Do you guys have an album yet i need to buy one if you do. I almost gave up on following my dreams until i heard you guys,i searched for your videos watched them all and then i found out your from my city and it just all made sense. Your videos are truly inspiring and i watch them everyday. I thank you both for reminding me to follow my dreams because anything less would just be living a lie. You are paving the way for future artists i am forever grateful.”
~ iansmith14

   

The Cello & The Concertina (a love story)

. . . Once upon a season, during the age of information, two traditional music instruments met in a quiet park.  No one knows if this rendezvous was premeditated, but there are many variations of the fable which mark this particular meeting as the day another musical marriage and movement began.

It was eventide, the sun was being sown deeply into the horizon while wild colors sprouted out from adrift clouds.  The night was slowly swallowing the day, and only a few stars were beginning to peep their brilliance through the digital sky.  Life was indeed happening all around, but not all were ALIVE enough to notice. It was exactly this: this lackluster life, this “dead spirit” (coursing throughout the culture like a virus), which happened to be a shared concern for both instruments. After sharing their own songs, hopes and haunts, a true dialogue between the unlikely pair evolved into something magical! They decided on that serendipitous day they were brought together for a greater purpose, so they went forth, out into the darkness to remind people of the light, the love, the wonder, the sacred, the sacrifices, and THE RIVER!

ONE SUNSHINY SUNDAY AGO. . .

10 October 2010, prior to opening for innovative composer, violinist and bandleader Daniel Bernard Roumain (a/k/a DBR), Studio Corrida (Garret Jones and Anthony DeAngelis) shared an afternoon/evening with Dream Job.  The purpose of the video project was not fully hashed out at the onset, which allowed a very organic process to unfold. Barrett Black is here captured in sincere light, bending, sliding, plucking upon strings, while adding the signature Dream Job harmony; Ricardo iamuuri holds firm a simple chord progression while incorporating a steady percussive pulse and a lamenting, but hope-inspired vocal. The performance is raw, and reaching! At the end of the day, Dreams Sounds vol 1. “On The Other Side” is what was born. Dream Sounds will ultimately become a series of creative and rare Dream Job videos, which feature: candid interviews, live performances and artistic music videos. Stay connected, and get to know Dream Job, through its creators’ art, their music, their videos, their fans, and their DREAMS. . .

IN THE BEGINNING . . .

THE MAKING OF A DREAM

3 February 2010 marked the inauguration of a dream. On that evening, Ricardo iamuuri and Barrett Black were invited to do a LIVE performance on WPPJ – 670 AM – Point Park University Radio, hosted by Sarah Powers. The radio broadcast allowed the two musicians an opportunity to reintroduce themselves to Pittsburgh listeners, to speak intimately on how their musical paths converged, and to also share a taste of what was to be expected. The interview/performance went over so well, the people responded with phone calls of appreciation and esteem. The chemistry was obvious, the sound unique, the delivery sincere; it was described by a WPPJ listener as “a breath of FRESH AIR!”

photography by: Caitlin Magarity

Three days later, the duo opened for Pittsburgh’s Hip Hop Award Winning Band, Formula 412. To say the least, Ricardo iamuuri’s and Barrett Black’s debut was HOT, and heat (as well as a shovel) was definitely needed during the Blizzard of 2010. Today, nine months later, (the baby) now known as “Dream Job,” sometimes a duo, but most often a trio (drummers that have accompanied Dream Job include David Harris, Fletch, Brandon Butler, and currently David Neuhart), is still blazing a trail, with its unforgettable melodies, lyrical gravity, swelling anthems, honest passion, and POWERFUL harmonies!

photography by: Caitlin Magarity

These are exciting times for Dream Job, its fans, and for the planet (THE ROCK)! With a plethora of heavy weight shows under its belt, opening for national and international recording artists (DBR, Aloe Blacc, K-OS, just to name a few), Dream Job has proved its staying power.

Ricardo iamuuri and Barrett Black are determined musicians, with a creative purpose, ready to invite and inspire the hearts and minds of music lovers the world over. Dream Job is steadily collecting more fans with each performance and giving the music right back to THE PEOPLE! I encourage you to stay connected, and get to know Dream Job, through its creators’ art, their music, their videos, their fans, and their DREAMS. . .

Here’s a link, to a video recap of that night. Please feel free to leave comments. http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1359746995796