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RISA Songwriting Workshop
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Friday, 16 February 2018
Written by Chuck Williams

Songwriting Workshop with Susan Cattaneo

RISA will be holding a Songwriting Workshop by Berklee Professor Susan Cattaneo on March 11th, 2018.  The workshop will cover a lot of ground in a 4 hour presentation that promises to be a great experience no matter what genre you write for.

Songwriting Workshop
Sunday, March 11, 2018
From 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mediator Stage
50 Rounds Ave.
Providence, RI

RISA Members :  FREE
GUESTS :  $20

Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected singer-songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, she combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition but not bound by it, she blends rock, folk, and blues with a healthy dose of country. Call it New England Americana with a twang.

Susan says, “I’ve been teaching at Berklee College of Music for almost 14 years, and what I teach can’t make you famous or get you a record or publishing deal (if you even need one these days).  What I teach IS going to make you a better songwriter.  I believe in the craft behind the song.  What are elements that one has at their fingertips that will help the song be all it can be?  I think that when you develop craft as a songwriter, not only are you able to express yourself musically and lyrically in more effective ways, but you’re able to work through some of the harder aspects of songwriting like the dreaded writer’s block or second verse hell or losing inspiration, just to name a few.  There are techniques that you can learn to perfect that will force your Muse to come to you, even if she’s been avoiding you for days.  You’ll feel inspired by your environment, and it will speak to you in creative ways.  Once inspired, these songwriting tools will help you harness these creative thoughts and wrangle them into song form”.

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Pizza and Drinks will be provided for the break. 

To encourage, foster and conduct the art and craft of original lyrical and musical composition; provide educational programs, critique sessions and performance opportunities for all artistic styles; and support open collaboration within the RISA community.

In Harmony,
RISA Board of Directors

NEW Songwriter in the Round Announcement.
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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Written by Chuck Williams

RISA will be sponsoring a new Songwriters In the Round monthly show at the Hearing Room at 119 Chelmsford Street in Lowell, MA. The room has evolved into a creative cooperative with a mission of providing space for the production and consumption of all art forms of creative expression. Caelin and Mark have built a nice community of artists.


The new SITR will be hosted by RISA Member Aaron Tornberg. Aaron has over 30 years of experience as a performer and songwriter. His music is best described as eclectic folk. He plays acoustic music, ranging from Folk to Klezmer to country to acoustic interpretations of heavy metal music. He has a company, Mushroom Musicians, that helps other artists with their administrative tasks and booking and organizes shows. An Instructional Designer and Educational Technologist by training, his interests lie in music that has a story, filk, and sea chantys.


The RISA Songwriters in the Round at the Hearing Room will take place on the last Friday of the month beginning on March 30th. Aaron will be hosting and booking the series in the same manner as we have done at the AS200 in Providence.


Let’s all welcome the Hearing Room and Aaron and wish them great success with this new RISA event!



Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 February 2018 14:17 )
RISA Semi-Annual Songwriter Showcase
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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Written by Chuck Williams

         The Spring Session of the RISA Semi-Annual Songwriter Showcase will once again be held at
         the Sandywoods Music Center in Tiverton, RI.  This event features Terry Kitchen from Boston,
         Lainey Dionne and John McDaid from Greater Providence area and Kim Moberg from Capoe Cod!
         Come on down to this great venue and support your fellow members! 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 February 2018 14:09 )
RISA Holiday Meet & Greet
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Friday, 17 November 2017
Written by Chuck Williams


RISA Semi-Annual Songwriter Showcase
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Friday, 17 November 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

The Songwriter Showcase will be wrapping up it's 4th season at the Sandywoods Music Center in Tiverton.  The association has presented nearly 40 performers in this 'listening' room.  This show will be a fun one with the 2015 Songwriter Contest winner Lisa Bastoni, the prolific Ray Cooke, RISA founding member Mary Ann  Rossoni and finger style guitarist Craig Sonnenfeld. 

                                                                   RISA 11-6-17

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 November 2017 16:12 )

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