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Blair Helsing
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Attended University of San Francisco
Lives in San Francisco, CA
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I am very excited to announce that Percussive Arts Society is presenting Technology Day at its annual convention this year. November 13 in Indianapolis -- opening day of the PASIC convention. Details at http://www.pas.org/PASIC/PASIC2013TechnologyDay.aspx. The Day is produced by the Music Technology Committee of PAS (I am the committee chair).  Ping me if you'd like more details!
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From yesterday - the 4th and final tech rehearsal for #YerbaBuenaYerbaMate which we'll perform for about 50 people, about four hours from now!
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Thanks, +Kurt Gartner for the thoughtful interview you did with me in the May issue of Percussive Notes, the magazine of the Percussive Arts Society. Available only to PAS members.....join at www.pas.org
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Cal Poly young entrepreneurs giving elevator pitches for their startups at the Hyatt Regency hotel, San Francisco, June 3, 2013.  Also present were Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and ASI President Katie Morrow. These students were assisted in their startups by the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
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Percussionists! Are computer and music technology a part of your everyday life? Would you like to further the cause of music technology education and performance? The Music Technology Committee of Percussive Arts Society is recruiting new members! (I'm committee chair). Deadline May 31. Info here: http://www.pas.org/About/committees/committeedetails.aspx#music You must belong to PAS to join the committee. Ping me if you want more info. Thanks!
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Up-lighting a #marimba adds a dramatic touch to a show. This is from  last Sunday's #YerbaBuenaYerbaMate performance. That's an LED light bar creating the uplight.  That's me rehearsing my part on the tune I wrote, "Yerba Buena Times". Photo by James Helsing.
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At the close of 2nd tech rehearsal of #YerbaBuenaYerbaMate Aug 8 2013.  We're using Xylorimba, drumset, bongos, shekere, log drum and more percussion in this show. The precorded elements include field recordings from around San Francisco along with sequenced tracks built by Gregg Plummer using Sound Forge, Acid and Sonar.
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The show is today at 5:00 Pacific!
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Found this today at the store "STUFF" on Valencia near Duboce. Considering that I may be the sole possessor of the Hurtado Brothers archives, this is an amazing addition.
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Hi. Vibes player in San Francisco here.
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yo blair! 
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I'm at Cafe Claude (7 Claude Ln., Btw Grant & Kearny/Bush & Sutter, San Francisco) http://4sq.com/SCi4cA
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Occupation
IT and Management Consultant
Skills
Communications, Risk Assessment, Project Planning and Management, Internal Audits (certified as an ISO 9000 auditor)
Employment
  • City and County of San Francisco
    Infrastructure Project Manager, 2013 - present
    Plan and manage a variety of IT infrastructure projects
  • MSquared Inc.
    Consultant, 2011 - 2013
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
    PMO Manager, 2008 - 2011
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San Francisco, CA
Previously
St. Paul, MN - Chicago, IL - Anaheim, CA - Huntington Beach, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA - San Jose, CA
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Consultant, Percussionist, Connected to Nonprofits
Introduction
I live in San Francisco with my wife Sharon Saffel and a cat.  I play vibraphone in a jazz band. Often my employer is M Squared, which places me in consulting positions. Conard House is a San Francisco human services nonprofit and I'm the Board Chair there. I'm a member of the Percussive Arts Society and I am the Chair of its Music Technology Committee. I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Jose State U., and University of San Francisco. Music (collecting, composing, performing, listening, education), radio, photography and exploring California and the world are my main pursuits.
Bragging rights
In 2013 I performed in a electroacoustic multimedia concert for the first time
Education
  • University of San Francisco
    Nonprofit Administration
  • San José State University
    Media Production
  • California Polytechnic State University
    Journalism
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My band played here (and we'll be playing again this month). We saw that the patrons were very happy with the vibe, service and menu offerings of food and wine. We in the band also enjoyed some hospitality after our gig was finished...wonderful. We look forward to returning. Blair Leader, Echo Beach Jazz Quartet
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