Music Rising at Tulane Launches Platform for Exploring Musical Cultures of Gulf South

Music Rising at Tulane is a brand new initiative, launched moments ago at the Wilson Center Atrium on Tulane University’s uptown campus, that provides users with a comprehensive way to explore the musical cultures of the Gulf South region.

The Music Rising at Tulane platform went live at 1:00 PM on April 23rd, 2014.

The Music Rising at Tulane platform went live at 1:00 PM on April 23rd, 2014.

It features educational resources, video, images, and resources including Tutti Music Player. Scholars, teachers, students, musicians and more can explore nearly every genre of music with the engaging core course content, including the Tutti Music Player, which allows users to interact and play along with master musicians.

Additionally, the site features original content, artists’ biographies, K-12 learning modules, including a special section for educators and lesson plans, and a state-of-the-art music instructional program.

“The platform is like a wikipedia of the Gulf Coast South music scene,” explained Kristen McEntyre, Director of Operations at Tutti Dynamics, creators of the Tutti Music Player.

Bob Ezrin, a legendary producer and co-founder of the initiative, was thrilled to make the platform announcement at what was being called a Musical Cultures Jam because of the many major artists who performed at the event. “Our partners at Tulane University have created one of the most remarkable programs about the musical cultures and traditions of the Gulf Region, the soul of Music Rising,” said Ezrin. “I don’t know of anything else like this in the country and I am so very proud to know that Music Rising has helped foster such an innovative course of study.”

The goal of the platform is to restore, preserve and promote the unique musical traditions of New Orleans and areas across the region, including the entire state of Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas, as well as the Caribbean, Latin America, and the African diaspora.

“This is a remarkable milestone for Music Rising,” said U2’s the Edge, a stage name for musician David Howell Evans, who is also a co-founder. “Out of this partnership we were able to create a program which fosters national and international study through the work of K-12 educators and university scholars. I hope that this is only the beginning of an opportunity to provide future generations of students a chance to experience the colorful and dynamic musical history from this very special part of the world. On behalf of myself and our entire Music Rising team I extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.”