Ann Kosakowski McNamee (Southbridge, Massachusetts, May 21, 1953) is a musical theorist and singer/songwriter based in San Francisco, CA and a retired Professor Emerita of music at Swarthmore College notable for her contribution to music theory; her song writing; and her musical performances with the bands the Flying Other Brothers and Moonalice known for their cutting edge technology, particularly in the area of social media, as well as their performances at festivals such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Nateva, Summer Camp Music Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Gathering of the Vibes; and with her band Ann Atomic during the 2010 revival of Lilith Fair.
Ann McNamee performing with her band Ann Atomic at Lilith Fair, Comcast Center, Great Woods, Mansfield, MA on July 30, 2010.
|Birth name||Ann Kosakowski|
|Born||May 21, 1953|
Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
|Genres||Indie rock, indie pop, alternative rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, Professor Emerita (Swarthmore College)|
|Instruments||Voice, piano, keyboards, hand percussion, bass|
|Associated acts||Ann Atomic, Moonalice|
She is the author of highly cited academic work in music theory, specifically on bitonality, mode and interval in the music of Karol Szymanowski, the role of the piano introduction in Franz Schubert's Lieder, and the octave expansion and sonata form of Grażyna Bacewicz's Second Piano Sonata.
She has been cited by Allen Forte, co-winner of the 1997 Wallace Berry Distinguished Book Award of the Society for Music Theory for her significant contribution to his 1995 book, "The American Popular Ballad of the Golden Era, 1924-1950: A Study in Musical Design.". Dave Headlam, winner of the 1997 Deems Taylor award in the Symphonic Books category of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), cited her for her contribution on interval cycles in Karol Szymanowski's works, in his 1996 book “The Music of Alban Berg”. Kristine H. Burns in her 2002 book, "Women and Music in America Since 1900: An Encyclopedia [Two Volumes]" cited her for her work on the music of Franz Schubert and Karol Szymanowski. She has also been cited in reviews of music in the 2004 edition of “New Historical Anthology of Music by Women” edited by James R. Briscoe.
McNamee is the co-writer of the Moonalice song "It's 4:20 Somewhere". The lyrics of the song were referenced in the 2011 book, "The Fall of the House of Forbes: The Inside Story of the Collapse of a Media Empire" by Stewart Pinkerton. In August 2012 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that the digital logs for "It’s 4:20 Somewhere" had been acquired for its library and archives, describing the Moonalice logs as helping to "...tell the story of music’s digital revolution; specifically the rise of direct-from-artist (DFA) distribution. Moonalice is the first band without a label to achieve one million downloads of a song from its own servers, direct-from-artist. “It’s 4:20 Somewhere” has been downloaded over 4.6 million times".
She has a B.A. in Music from Wellesley (1975) and a Ph.D. in Music Theory from Yale University (1980). She has been married to the venture capitalist Roger McNamee since 1983 and, with her husband, is a co-founder of the Ndovo Foundation, now known as the Tembo Preserve, and the Haight Street Art Center, which will be run as a co-op for artists, and will include a fine art print shop as well as exhibition space. Having retired from performing with Moonalice in October 2012 to pursue a career in musical theater, she is writing a musical, Love Bytes, together with Roger Love. Six of the songs from Love Bytes were performed during a [http://www.moonalice.com/tour/2012-10-04/onward-celebration-ann-mcnamee-great-american-music-hall public performance in October 2012. She is collaborating on a second musical, Other World, with Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen and Gabriel Barre, initially developing the project as part of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals in 2014. Other World was selected as the inaugural project at the 2016 Spring Space in Saratoga Springs, NY.
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John William Casady (born April 13, 1944) is an American bass guitarist, best known as a member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Jefferson Airplane became the first successful exponent of the San Francisco Sound. Their singles, including "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit", had a more polished style than their other material, and successfully charted in 1967 and 1968. Casady, along with the other members of Jefferson Airplane, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.Jeff Bowen
Jeff Bowen (born August 30, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American composer, lyricist and actor. He is best known as one of the authors and stars of the Broadway musical [title of show]. He also wrote the music and lyrics to the musical, Now. Here. This. with his [title of show] collaborators Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Michael Berresse, Heidi Blickenstaff and Larry Pressgrove. The show was presented in June 2012 at The Vineyard Theatre. He is currently writing an original musical, Other World with Hunter Bell and Ann McNamee.
Bowen attended college at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his partner Michael Berresse.Lilith Fair
Lilith Fair was a concert tour and travelling music festival, founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan, Nettwerk Music Group's Dan Fraser and Terry McBride, and New York talent agent Marty Diamond. It took place during the summers of 1997 to 1999, and was revived in the summer of 2010. It consisted solely of female solo artists and female-led bands. In its initial three years, Lilith Fair raised over $10M for charity.Moonalice
Moonalice is an American rock band, formed from previous members of the Flying Other Brothers. The band has been touring since May 2007, and has come to the attention of music critics. The band is currently made up of four musicians, and led by businessman Roger McNamee. Their eponymous debut album was recorded and released in 2009. They recently released the first of a series of E.P.s named "Daves Way," featuring mostly new material.
The band has been consistently touring the United States and Canada since 2007 with several tour dates in 2009 featuring Jack Casady. John Molo joined the band in early 2009 and guitarist G. E. Smith left the band after playing his last show with them on December 31, 2009. The band has no plans to replace him.
On August 28, 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that the digital logs for the Moonalice song "It’s 4:20 Somewhere", had been acquired for the Library and Archives. "Libraries and archives collect, preserve and provide access to the materials that best capture important moments and movements in history, regardless of format, and the Moonalice logs help tell the story of music’s digital revolution; specifically the rise of direct-from-artist (DFA) distribution. Moonalice is the first band without a label to achieve one million downloads of a song from its own servers, direct-from-artist. “It’s 4:20 Somewhere” has been downloaded over two million times."Moonalice (album)
Moonalice is the first studio album by Moonalice, released on April 14, 2009. Four tracks were released on the band's web-site in 2007, with a fifth track being posted later. The album contains the following: a standard music CD; and an optimized audio DVD with the music in high resolution stereo 24/96 WAV, 256 KPS MP3, 256 KPS AAC, and lossless FLAC formats, as well as two music videos for songs not among the album's audio tracks, "Whiter Shade of Pale" and "Tell Me It's OK". It was released on the "A Minor Label" label. The album was produced using XOΔE (CODE), a high fidelity audio standard and optimization system created by producer Burnett. All the main band members are credited with providing bass guitar, and management, booking, legal, art/design, and photography personnel all have "(and Bass)" attached to their credits, part of an in-joke related to the band's fictitious origin story.Roger McNamee
Roger Burroughs McNamee (born May 2, 1956) is an American businessman, investor, venture capitalist and musician. He is the founding partner of the venture capital firm Elevation Partners. Prior to co-founding the firm, McNamee co-founded private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and headed the T. Rowe Price Science and Technology Fund.
McNamee is also a touring musician, first as a founding member of the Flying Other Brothers, and more recently in that group's follow-on band, Moonalice. Between the two groups, McNamee estimated that he had played 800 shows in an April 13, 2009 article in the San Francisco Chronicle.