This robot was made using a 3D printer. He is going to perform in our visual jazz opera.
We are always looking to promote the visual and performing arts. Here is a great opportunity to participate.
Bob Barboza, http://www.BarbozaSpaceCenter.com
Mars Society to Hold Int’l Student Mars Art Contest
The Mars Society announced today that it is sponsoring a Student Mars Art (SMArt) Contest, inviting youth from around the world to depict the human future on the planet Mars. Young artists from grades 4 through 12 are invited to submit up to three works of art each, illustrating any part of the human future on the Red Planet, including the first landing, human field exploration, operations at an early Mars base, the building of the first Martian cities, terraforming the Red Planet and other related human settlement concepts.
The SMArt Contest will be divided into three categories: Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), Junior High (grades 7-9), and High School (Grades 10-12). Cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250, as well as trophies, will be given out to the first, second and third place winners of each section. There will also be certificates of honorable mention for those artists who don’t finish in the top three, but whose work is nevertheless judged to be particularly meritorious.
The winning works of art will be posted on the Mars Society web site and may also be published as part of a special book about Mars art. In addition, winners will be invited to come to the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention at the University of California, Irvine September 7-10, 2017 to display and talk about their art.
Mars art will consist of still images, which may be composed by traditional methods, such as pencil, charcoal, watercolors or paint, or by computerized means. Works of art must be submitted via a special online form (http://nextgen.marssociety.org/mars-art) in either PDF or JPEG format with a 500 MB limit. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017, 5:00 pm MST. By submitting art to the contest, participating students grant the Mars Society non-exclusive rights to publish the images on its web site or in Kindle paper book form.
Speaking about the SMArt Contest, Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin said, “The imagination of youth looks to the future. By holding the SMArt Contest, we are inviting young people from all over the world to use art to make visible the things they can see with their minds that the rest of us have yet to see with our own eyes. Show us the future, kids. From imagination comes reality. If we can see it, we can make it.”
Questions about the Mars Society’s SMArt Contest can be submitted to: Marsart@marssociety.org.
Wanted Science Fiction Writers
The Kids Talk Radio show in the USA is looking to hire science fiction writers from around the world. We are working on ten original stories centered around ten aliens that we have created for our new visual jazz opera called, “The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures.” This opportunity is open to students and adults. Students in grades 5 though 12 are welcome. This project is open to other with a creative mind for science fiction story writing.
You can find more information at:
Send your biography and a one page-writing sample to Suprschool@aol.com. We are happy to answer your e-mail questions.
News Flash: Jaco Pastorius Big Band at Hollywood Bowl
Jaco Pastorius is not dead. His big band played at the Hollywood Bowl last night and he created Weather Report 2.0. The self-described “world greatest bass player” Jaco Pastorius has been gone for now over 28 years and last night he came back and created Weather Report 2.0 and the born again Word of Mouth big band.
In my opinion, Jaco came back for one night at the Hollywood Bowl through his son Felix Pastorius and the original music he wrote for his Word of Mouth big band. The band was hard hitting and nocked the audience out. Peter Erskine played drums like he was twenty-one years old and put the band over the top. Herbie Handcock was the perfect MC and Vince Mendoza was the perfect conductor for the job.
The stage was full of bass players and that’s what it took to do a Jaco’s World concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Here is my pick for the new Weather Report 2.0 Band.
New Band Members
Alex Acuna- percussion
Booker T. Jones, organ
Vince Mendoza (ego-manager and conductor)
Special Guest Vocalists
Sam Moore (Sam & Dave R&B)
Tierney Sutton (Jazz Vocalist)
The Word of Mouth 2.0 Big Band Members:
Paul Jackson, Jr.- guitar
Will Lee-bass, 1st chair
Vince Mendoza-band leader/conductor
Bob Mintzer- 1st chair, sax soloist
Robert Truijillo-bass and band historian
Danilo Perez- piano
Can you believe that all of these musicians came out to play Jaco’s music at the Hollywood Bowl? Now we need someone to keep this band together.
You all missed the jazz concert of the year. However, there is a new documentary coming out about Jaco that is being produced by Robert Trujillo.
My vote for the most outstanding player of the concert was Peter Erskine on drums. Peter brought his “A” game to the big band. Wayne Shorter and Alex Acuna were high vote getters. Principal bass player Will Lee won best six-man award. He is sure the hardest working bass player. Herbie Hancock won best MC award. Take the time to learn more about Tierney Sutton. She could be the next big thing in jazz vocals.
I am dedicating this concert to Ingrid Pastorius and the entire extended Jaco Pastorius’ family
Jaco’s World needs to be at the Hollywood Bowl in 2016. The word is out, this was a fantastic concert and the promoters need help getting the word out.
However, the future of America Jazz is still in trouble; I could not find any kids in the audience. Where are the future jazz players going to come from? Help to keep jazz alive in the schools and vote to get a photo of Jaco on US Postage Stamps.
See you at the Hollywood Bowl next year!
Bob Barboza, Kids Talk Radio Jazz
The Home of the Occupy Mars Band
Keeping Jazz Alive
August 22, 2015
Keeping Jazz Alive in the School’s Notes:
There are some jazz musicians that more young people around the world need to know about. Gregoire Maret is going to be worth your time. Take a close and careful listen to his music. In this series Kids Talk Radio will point out a few from a large and well-respected group.
I was first introduced to Gregoire Maret when I heard him play with the Pat Metheny Group. They’re a few great videos of that special concert performance on YouTube. Maret is special. I can see why Pat Metheny selected him. He is considered to be one of the best at what he does. He is a great example of discipline, hard work and creativity. Kids Talk Radio tried twice to interview him and we ran into scheduling complications. We will not give up. He story is message is too important.
Kids Talk Radio Jazz Wish List for Gregoire Maret:
We wish that Gregoire would compose and plan on one original musical composition for the Occupy Mars Learning Adventure’s project. Then we could let one-half million kits around the world hear just how creative of a jazz musician he is.
Bob Barboza, Founder/director
The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures
Kids Talk Radio Storytelling and Jazz Projects
Grégoire moved to New York City to study at the New School University’s Jazz Department in New York City upon graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève. Today he is one of the most sought after harmonica players in the world: often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder, he has been asked to play with an incredible number of famous musicians including Youssn’Dour, Me’ Shell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, George Benson, Cassandra Wilson, to name a few. In 2003 he was the subject of Swiss filmmaker Frédéric Baillif’s documentary Sideman, which won several awards. In 2005, Grégoire toured with the Pat Metheny Group, receiving a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for their album The Way Up. He also won the Jazz Journalists Association ‘Player of the Year Award’. After his Grammy win, Maret embarked on a two-year tour with the worldclass bassist Marcus Miller and subsequently joined Herbie Hancock’s band. Following his time with Herbie Hancock, he co-led the jazz trio Gaïa with pianist Federico Gonzales Peña and drummer Gene Lake. He also recorded an album, Scenarios, with Andy Milne in 2007. In 2010, Grégoire Maret played at The Concert for the Rainforest with Elton John and Sting.
Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ electrifying War of the Worlds broadcast, in which the Mercury Theatre on the Air enacted a Martian invasion of Earth. “Upwards of a million people, [were] convinced, if only briefly, that the United States was being laid waste by alien invaders,” narrator Oliver Platt informs us in the new PBS documentary commemorating the program. The panic inspired by Welles made War of the Worlds perhaps the most notorious event in American broadcast history.
That’s the story you already know—it’s the narrative widely reprinted in academic textbooks and popular histories. With actors dramatizing the reaction of frightened audience members (based on contemporaneous letters), the new documentary, part of PBS’s American Experience series, reinforces the notion that naïve Americans were terrorized by their radios back in 1938. So did this weekend’s episode of NPR’s Radiolab, which opened with the assertion that on Oct. 30, 1938, “The United States experienced a kind of mass hysteria that we’ve never seen before.”
There’s only one problem: The supposed panic was so tiny as to be practically immeasurable on the night of the broadcast. Despite repeated assertions to the contrary in the PBS and NPR programs, almost nobody was fooled by Welles’ broadcast.
How did the story of panicked listeners begin? Blame America’s newspapers. Radio had siphoned off advertising revenue from print during the Depression, badly damaging the newspaper industry. So the papers seized the opportunity presented by Welles’ program to discredit radio as a source of news. The newspaper industry sensationalized the panic to prove to advertisers, and regulators, that radio management was irresponsible and not to be trusted. In an editorial titled “Terror by Radio,” the New York Times reproached “radio officials” for approving the interweaving of “blood-curdling fiction” with news flashes “offered in exactly the manner that real news would have been given.” Warned Editor and Publisher, the newspaper industry’s trade journal, “The nation as a whole continues to face the danger of incomplete, misunderstood news over a medium which has yet to prove … that it is competent to perform the news job.”
The contrast between how newspaper journalists experienced the supposed panic, and what they reported, could be stark. In 1954, Ben Gross, the New York Daily News’ radio editor, published a memoir in which he recalled the streets of Manhattan being deserted as his taxi sped to CBS headquarters just as War of the Worlds was ending. Yet that observation failed to stop the Daily News from splashing the panic story across this legendary cover a few hours later.
We have written nine original jazz and classical music compositions to support the storytellers working on the “Occupy Mars Learning Adventures. This is our latest visual jazz opera designed to support our Kids Talk Radio Visual and Performing Arts programs. We are looking for a youth string quartet to record and play live over the Internet. If this sounds like something that your students might like to participate in please contact me.
Bob Barboza, Founder/Director
Kids Talk Radio Space Science Program