What is EGMA?

EGMA is the new, exciting, worldwide music competition in search of a truly original talent!

It is more daring than other music awards as it encourages music innovation from all around the world and allows total creative freedom!


Who created EGMA?
EGMA was created by Evolution Garden Media, the multimedia company specializing in Audio Visual Production, in partnership with Tom Newman, the legendary producer of Mike Oldfield's multi million selling album Tubular Bells.


EGMA 2012 Prize

The winner will be given the opportunity to record their album at Narrow Water Studio, in the grounds of beautiful Narrow Water Castle, overlooking magical Carlingford Lough by the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland, and produced by Tom Newman, with engineer / producer Steve Fearnley.


Evolution Garden Media will produce a documentary of the recording sessions, original album artwork and create photographic promo material. The album will be released on all major digital online stores worldwide including iTunes.


Alex DePue


Exclusive Interview with Alex DePue


A truly outstanding virtuoso, Alex DePue has amazed audiences worldwide with his playing and music. In 2007 he joined legendary rock guitarist Steve Vai for a world tour and you can see some of Alex DePue's brilliance on 'Where The Wild Things Are' live DVD!


EGMA 2012's mission is to find the world's most unique and original talent. What do you look for in music that inspires or excites you?


AD: Firstly, I find all genres of music equally inspiring and exciting... as long as it is GOOD. Now, "GOOD" is highly opinionated and beauty is truly found only through the eyes and ears of the individual. Having said that, and because my life has been surrounded mostly by instrumental prowess from my classical upbringing all the way to the rock vibe with Vai, I have always been drawn to music which does not consume my life, specifically, vocal ensembles.


Bobby McFerrin has been a vital influence in my musical life and a lot of my arrangements for solo violin have been inspired by what it is Mr. McFerrin does with his voice, i.e. accompanying himself with rhythm and bass lines while still maintaining a recognizable melody. He is an absolutely amazing talent. Aside from that, other notable music I listen to for enjoyment come in the form of barbershop harmony (Max Q, Acoustix and others) and also a cappella ensembles like the King's Singers, Manahattan Transfer, etc. My father was (is) a full professor of music composition/theory and I did grow up hearing his music performed regularly at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. His forte was and still is arrangements and original compositions for choral ensembles... i.e. Mens' Chorus, Women's Chorus and mixed voices as well.


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