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ZMR Awards Attracts Diverse Musicianship To New Orleans This May

The New Orleans-based Zone Music Reporter will stage the 11th Annual ZMR Music Awards at the Joy Theater on Saturday, May 9th. The evening's highlight will be honoring Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Peter Kater. Multiple award-winning and chart-topping artists will be on-hand to present awards to their peers, including Al Conti, Joseph Akins, Darlene Koldenhoven, and Paul Avgerinos.

New Orleans -- Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) has announced Peter Kater as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, along with an impressive lineup of presenters for its 11th Annual ZMR Music Awards, a concert and awards event at The Joy Theater in New Orleans, on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8 pm.

The event is open to the public, welcoming music lovers from across the globe, as well as local residents who may prefer quieter music than that of the city's famous Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest events. The resonant voice of KTEP-FM's Jamey Osborne, the host of the Audiosyncracy podcast and radio show, will be the master of ceremonies for the night, which will include hours of live performances by myriad ZMR and GRAMMY® award-winning artists. See the original event announcement and images at

ZMR ( is a New Orleans-based service company that reports music airplay and publishes monthly charts covering New Age, World, Ambient, Electronic, Solo Piano, Relaxation, Instrumental and many other genres of music. In an unprecedented announcement, ZMR owners Daryl Portier and Ben Dugas revealed the recipient of its most esteemed award of the year, Peter Kater, who will be honored with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, this year's guest presenters are popular and renowned award-winning artists representing a range of music genres, including Joseph Akins (A Southern Pianist), Darlene Koldenhoven (Tranquil Times), Paul Avgerinos (Bhakti), Al Conti (The Blue Rose). Two highly-respected music writers, Bill Binkelman and RJ Lannan, will join in presenting some of the awards.

Kater, who will attend the ceremonies, commented, "I'm very honored to receive this award from ZMR. ZMR provides a valuable platform for creative instrumentalists to be heard, acknowledged and inspired by their peers, the media and the national & international music community."

Kater's "angelic" vocalist and business partner, Trisha Bowden of Mysterium Music added, "Peter was speechless when I first told him. He then said he felt deeply moved by this honor. He never, ever thought he would be considered for a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has flown under the radar for so long....but he is overjoyed that ZMR has recognized his dedication to decades of following his musical muse."

Peter Kater is a multi-platinum selling Pianist/Composer and a leading innovator of contemporary instrumental music for over 3 decades. He's received many awards and accolades for his rich and diverse music including 10 GRAMMY® Award nominations. A prolific composer, he's released over 60 critically-acclaimed recordings and has scored the music for over 100 television and film productions including 11 On- & Off-Broadway dramatic plays. From solo piano and contemporary jazz ensembles to full orchestral works, his music is heard all over the world, crossing many genres from the Olympics, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall to the treatment rooms of hundreds of thousands of massage and healing practitioners. He is known for his many groundbreaking collaborations with musicians such as Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog, Sting guitarist Dominic Miller and Sacred Chantress Snatam Kaur.
Also, as an avid environmentalist and humanitarian, Peter is a proud recipient of the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations.

Nominations for the genre-specific awards were announced on Sunday February 15th, and voting for category finalists opened on Monday, February 23rd. The ZMR Music Awards are a hugely popular event amongst music industry professionals. A great many recording artists, performers, radio promoters, producers and a slew of industry executives travel from all corners of the globe to attend the weekend-long celebration, which has joined with InterContinental New Orleans as its official hotel partner this year. The 2014 event was an overwhelming success, turning into a four-day triumph, and this year promises to be bigger and brighter than ever, with multiple networking and social events rounding out the weekend.

For over a decade, Zone Music Reporter has been establishing itself as the premier resource for the best in New Age, World, Electronic/Ambient and Instrumental music. New Orleans' Joy Theater has become the spiritual home of the yearly ZMR Music Awards. Winners will be announced live in New Orleans on May 9th, 2015; the awards are interspersed with live concert performances, beginning at 7:00pm. There are thirteen categories voted on by Radio Programmers and DJs this year, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Piano Solo, Best Acoustic, Best Ambient, Best Chill/Groove Album, Best World Album, and many more. For a complete list of categories and nominees, go to

Portier says it's an exciting time for both the ZMR team and the music community as a whole, adding, "Out of the hundreds of recordings released each year, very few get recognized and some will never be. We set out to change that by dedicating an entire weekend to the industry and to give these artists the recognition they so rightfully deserve. Many artists meet their fellow musicians for the first time, spontaneous collaborations occur, there's a great sense of satisfaction in knowing your art has worth and meaning to the masses. In addition, you get to see one hell of a concert."

A sampling of performances from recent ZMR Award Shows can be viewed on YouTube:

For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Daryl Portier or Ben Dugas at, 504-237-6368 (Daryl), 504-237-6367 (Ben), or email zonemusicreporter(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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About ZMR:
Zone Music Reporter, formerly New Age Reporter, is the Industry Source for radio airplay reports for a myriad of different musical styles. ZMR tracks radio airplay of both terrestrial and internet broadcast radio stations reporting their airplay from around the world. The site features a weekly broadcaster playlists, monthly airplay charts, album reviews, and annual awards as voted upon by the international programmers. ZMR is the premier Record Charting site for radio airplay reports in the New Age, World, Solo Piano, Acoustic Instrumental, Ambient, Celtic, Chill, Contemporary Instrumental, Electronic, Folk, Jazz, Meditative/Healing, Neo-Classical, Native American, Relaxation, and Instrumental genres.

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The Importance Of Brand Development

During a interview JD encourages artists by saying "Remember that unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. Do the very best you can." while describing his desired privacy.

JEFF DANIELS aka JD PRO BRANDING has placed content and maintains a working relationship with top media outlets such as: TMZ, Radar Online, HipHopdx, MTV, Perez Hilton, Celebuzz, fvst cash media, XXL Magazine, USA Today, SOHH, Hollywood Life, Rolling Stone Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Huffington Post, US Weekly, Wet Paint, Page Six (New York Post), E! News, Billboard, ESPN, OMG from Yahoo!, Power 106, AOL’s Spinner, The DailyMail (UK), AOL Blackvoices, 2DopeBoyz, Fox News, Concrete Loop, VH1, BallerStatus, (Australia), Ace Showbiz, WorldStarHipHop, Playboy Magazine, Yahoo! News, DJ Booth, Hip-Hop Weekly, TheStir, …and many, many more, After an illustrious Marketing Career creating campaigns for major Domestic and Foreign Brands which include Pepsico and IBM. He has created opportunities for MaJor Recording Artists including Big Sean, Chief Keef, Kanye West, Rick ROSS, RAY J, Young Thug, Kid Kid, and many others. His talents cannot be measured. working with Warner Music Group and EMI He has gained enough notoriety to continue his work on an Independent level. Known by multiple Aliases, one thing is for sure scoutshonor45 JD PRO or even "Jorge Fernandez" a stage name He once used as a performer on the guitar, keyboard and vocals in the progressive rock band "BUSQUEDA" He will continue to guide artists and create stars for us to enjoy! one of his famous quotes has been used and reused after being originally published in TIMES magazine in the early 90s has been used by celebrities like Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington. " hard work will help you build a foundation for success, but only imagination and a determined mind can live out DREAMS"

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1Undread Invade Your Ears With New Self-titled "1UNDREAD" ALBUM

Forget drinking tea and dunking biscuits in front of a roasting fire, summer is in sight, grab your best headphones and bump Leeds/Bermuda-based duo 1Undread's new self-titled ALBUM.

1Undread is Brian and Nic Swan. The two met at a Leeds Drum and Bass club in 1997 and have been making sweet music ever since (and also got hitched!). Collectively the pair infuses lush vocals with live instrumentation, which together assists in the production of a distinctive alternative soundscape.

The 1Undread EP combines classically deep bass orientated intensity with a blend of jazz and blues vibes for an enjoyable trippy sound that boasts genuine diversity and authenticity.

More info on the ALBUM
Starring 10 new-tracks, with music and production by M. Brian Swan and vocals /coproduction by Nic Swan. There is a 90's flavour that's fused with a contemporary and futuristic atmosphere.

After several Years of releasing Trip-Hop and Dubstep tracks on a number of independent lables (including Permanent Damage and Broken Trax) 1undread have decided to go back to their roots in Drum n Bass.

All tracks on the forthcoming ALUBM are previously unheard and range from the Dark post Dubstep sound found on "Space Madness" to the down tempo Trip hop of "When Beauty's Real". Meanwhile the main focus is Drum and Bass with Jungle influenced "Murdurah Tune" and the Grime infused "Dangerous Tune". Collectively the songs ask the listener to look inward, recall the past and strive forward.

Preview of the forthcoming new album from 1UnDread self titled 1undread
7 tracks out 10 of the album tracks

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1undread Invade Your Ears With New Self-titled "1UNDREAD" ALBUM

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ZMR Awards Attracts Diverse Musicianship To New Orleans This May

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INTRO Electronic MUSIC Festival is back in Beijing!!!

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The Importance Of Brand Development

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