The Fiery Sensations ignited the night with a blazing performance that fused light, drums, fire and snakes, followed by an exotic ritualistic show by Alek Sandar and Yozmit. Performances by singer-songwriter, Diane Birch; classical pianist Evan Shinners; singer-songwriters The Pierces; hip-hop artist Hoodie Allen; and indie alternative group, The Royal Concept were a standout addition to this year’s Seminar festivities.
DJ/Designer Donna D’Cruz and DJ Andy Rourke (of The Smiths) started the night’s festivities by spinning eclectic sets in the Grand Ballroom.
The first NMS Movements also began last night with the “Songwriters Hall Of Fame Presents: Songwriters-in-the-Round” conducted by hit songwriter Desmond
Child and featured Eric Bazilian, Claude Kelly and Jodi Marr as well as the “Producer’s Movement: Producing Music For a Connected Society” conducted by Def Jam‘s Joie Manda, and featuring Benny Blanco, Just Blaze, Luke Ebbin and David Kahne.
Tom Silverman, Founder and Executive Director of NMS, presented the New York City NMS Proclamation, officiated by Mayor Bloomberg, declaring June 17-June 20, 2012 as “New Music Seminar Days.”