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Scott Goodwin is a multidisciplinary artist and producer born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Having developed a reputation as a blues rock mainstay at historic Toronto venues like Horseshoe Tavern and the Drake Hotel, Goodwin plans to supersede his reputation and introduce fans to another side of himself - the experimental, late-night-tinkering producer. The Lonely Lover Boy.  With 2016’s August, Goodwin introduced himself as a garage-rocking, heart-on-his-sleeve multi-instrumentalist committed to proving he has songwriting chops to match his versatile guitar playing. The intermittent years have seen Goodwin in his home studio, mixing and producing for other artists while plotting his next moves - creating multiple projects scheduled for release in an eventful 2020. The first of these new projects to see the light of day is his sophomore release, Valentine. This new collection of songs is an experimental balancing act of Goodwin’s rock roots and hip-hop influences. In fact, many of the tracks on Valentine were written and recorded in one sitting, with Goodwin employing a lo-fi, stream-of-consciousness style in his flow and songwriting. Listen in on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/scottgoodwin/dirty
 

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Ary Morais (05/06/20 13:41)
Dear Music Lovers, I hope you are all safe during this crisis. Check out my new album "Norcabo" available on digital platforms. This album invites us to travel through the most famous Cape Verde musical styles, but also through Caribbean rhythms influenced by Norwegian folk and jazz music. Best wishes, AM. https://open.spotify.com/album/16Jl6LsFJRxKIPXcp5LAxo
Ottawa-based singer/songwriter Rory Taillon is a road warrior, touring across the country and back again. He has the soul of the East coast but the sound of the West in his songs with a voice to match the majesty of the Rockies. Originally from Port Perry in the GTA his new home allows him to capitalize of the touring opportunities available, crisscrossing the country, one coffee shop at a time, one brew pub at a time to build up a following of fans. Rory Taillon is not just an entertainer, he is a performer. It’s just that simple, when Rory Taillon sings everything stops and when it starts again it’s all changed. It’s just that simple, like folk. He has charted; earshot, community radio, hitting number three on the National Folk Charts with his last album, “Only Whispers” – sitting next to Buffy St. Marie. But like Buffy, Rory Taillon is no coffeehouse kat seeking accolades over lattes. He is no beatless poet. He is a classically trained singer, a multi-instrumentalist and vocally can turn his hand to a variety of genres. The acoustic is for touring, there’s only so much room in a civic for gear, merch afterall and that voice, that voice needs its own tour bus. It is a band unto itself. Listen via Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rorytaillonmusic/welcome/s-5kKQK
 

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NOMAD GLENN SALGOUD My new album NOMAD which started last April 2019 on tour in Barcelona is being presented here with a song " As fragile as" written then and the seed for the concept. Its not the final edit, but rather a step into the unknown. Of the 17 or so songs I have written I have chosen 14 to present this body of work. Like its title, the whole process hase been one of not knowing what was going to happen. So when de COVID-19 hit Spain 2 weeks ago where I live (for 21 years now) in order to not loose sense and energy I decided to take the risk and put this song out (and to share the album with close friends and musicians) I hope to be able to collaborate on this album, but need time to see how international issues pan out before making larger steps. Being South African and having lived through the Apartheid system and having come out the other end,I have faith that although right now is an almost violent shift in consciuosness for many people, that music and art is needed right now to help bridge and heal fear based questions. I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank all those who have supported my other 2 songs ( "Ice Knight" and "No way to") in the 40 charts. I absolutely did not expect this feedback over the last 3 months that they've been in the charts. The support encouraged me enormously to push through obstacles with the new work. I send light, love and health to all you wonderful artists and especially to the Ethnocloud team for existing. Glenn Salgoud March 28 2020
 

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Exploring the Path Less Traveled An interview with Ambient Electronic Musician Chris Russell Chris Russell’s otherworldly creations often call to mind abstract sci-fi visuals, and the surreal soundscapes of Destiny, his third solo album for the Spotted Peccary label (https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/destiny/), keeps the dream alive. It feels to me like time falls away as the album’s glistening tones move toward terrifying horizons, rising and falling and rising again on the broad swells of a sizzling sonic sea. “Russell’s mastery of expansive ambient electronic soundworlds is on full display within the music of Destiny, and the album’s subtle but all-encompassing spaces give rise to an immersive and thought-provoking listening experience that breathes and evolves with nuance and depth. Through the use of delays, granular filters, and long reverbs, Russell explores slow-flowing spaces with an artistic and cinematic flair, painting a world where delicate veils of sound are frozen in slow-motion breezes, where seething pools of shimmering electrons glisten in sonic starlight, and where distant drones and faraway textures approach and recede into mysterious swirling mists.” (from the Spotted Peccary press release) An ambient music artist who has been recording since 1999, Chris Russell finds his inspiration from both the simplicity of nature and the vast infinity of the universe. When he is using the studio as his instrument, he plays synthesizers (both software and hardware types), bass guitar, and various indigenous instruments to produce fantastically strange textures and abstract paintings of sound. In addition to his solo work, Chris has also contributed multiple tracks to compilation albums. On his bandcamp page (https://voidmusic1.bandcamp.com/) there are currently 48 titles of recordings that Chris has created himself, or created in collaboration with other artists, or in some way contributed to compilations, all in the deep listening / atmospheric / cinematic and ambient electronic music genres. Chris works with various natural (and otherwise) recordings he makes of interesting sounds which he collects and then processes electronically for us to enjoy, adding his unique effects and treatments. His newest album, Destiny, will be available March 27, 2020 from Spotted Peccary Music in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. I first came upon his album Echo (SPM 3502) last year and it made a big impression on me. The sound is mysterious and hard to describe, I hear dark clouds that reveal hints of large musical objects hidden in gigantic reverberating spaces. Sometimes there are melodic accents, usually there are strange buzzings, whistling things swirling about in the air above, all sorts of unusual but pleasant noises, and always nothing shocking or difficult to listen to or that would otherwise upset the sleepy neighborhood. There are almost no beats and certainly no drums, just wide open magic ear adventures. The whole album is like a strange and wonderful journey through a series of caves, hence the name Echo. Overall this is a great listen if you like mysterious textures! Echo has lots of strange and wonderful electronic audio events that you can crawl right into and get in there and really pay attention to all the fantastic details, or you can allow it to be something to listen to without being pulled away from your chosen thoughts. For me it’s all about odd things to hear in your headphones, which is what I am always looking for. ********************************************************* I interviewed Chris in early March of this year (2020), combining some telephone conversations with follow-up email and texting back and forth to prepare for the celebrated release of Destiny as well as explore some of his notions about the strange world of ambient electronic music. (AJ) Your newest album, Destiny, has just been released on Spotted Peccary Music, first of all, Congratulations! You work in a very specialized area of sonic arts. How do you find a way to create something that sounds so completely new on each album? (CR) I usually work on more than one project at once, this time I balanced creating the peaceful music of Destiny with the recently released darker album Presence (2019 Exosphere). I hope it speaks to the spiritual visionaries out there. Creating this new album was very therapeutic, calming and relaxing. I had listeners who enjoy Yoga and Meditation in mind while creating it. Destiny took a lot of creative restraint from me, I kept it on a path of free flowing ambient, not too dark, not too strange, no hard left turns in the music. I am glad I challenged myself that way on this album. I feel it has paid off well for the listener. (AJ) Some say that the Greek composer Iannis Xenakis was the inventor of the granular synthesis technique. Xenakis created granular sounds using analog tone generators and tape splicing. Granular synthesis is based on the same principle as sampling, but the samples are not played back conventionally. The samples are split into small pieces called grains. Multiple grains may be layered on top of each other and played at different speeds, phases, volume, and frequency, among other parameters, creating a cloud of sound that is possible to manipulate by varying the waveform, envelope, duration, spatial position, and density of the grains. Many different sounds can be produced. (CR) Granular synthesis was used on this album. Destiny has no field recordings, it is all synthesizers. Destiny was finished over a year ago and I am currently still having fun exploring the sounds created within that zone. (AJ) You do it so well, why do you do what you do? (CR) One reason I make Ambient music is to peer behind the veil, as an attempt to explore other realities. I love to go out at night stargazing, staring into the black void on a dark night far away from the light pollution of the city. My music is all about the vast expanse, other dimensions, paranormal, sci-fi themes. Sometimes I imagine that this music is what aliens would like to listen to, riding in their UFOs! (AJ) Why don’t we go way back to the beginning? Tell us a little bit about your journey as a composer so far. (CR) I was born in the Peoria, Illinois area and currently live in LaSalle, Illinois with my wife Megan and our two cats Leo and Lulu. I started off with computer based music tools, as the technology evolves I get new plugins, that is what I dive into, I like to keep it all on my personal cutting edge. All my music is DIY (do it yourself), I have had no classes, I watched no YouTube tutorials, I had no training. It’s all just what I have figured out for myself. I started in the early days with two boomboxes, keyboards and a drum machine, I would bounce recorded tracks back and forth to add layers, one box playing and the other recording. Then in 1999, I got a PC with Sound Forge, and another program called Acid, which I currently still use today. I do not have a background in technical training, I spent about ten years playing and exploring electronic music in my bedroom, not being too serious. My first music released to the public was on mp3.com and then later Myspace Music. MySpace got me in touch with other ambient musicians and helped me get my first record deal on AtmoWorks. My first ambient electronic album I released was titled Aralu. (AJ) What do you have on your personal entertainment playlist now, for when you are just getting through your day? (CR) I am currently listening to Lisa Bella Donna, Tame Impala, Lord Huron, Fleet Foxes, Mint Julep, Rush and Led Zeppelin. Music runs in my family My dad’s father Paul was a big band leader. My mother Mary Ann was a piano teacher and my son Gavin is a skilled guitar player who is currently in college for music and performance arts. The only ambient music I usually listen to is mostly my own, along with Steve Roach, Aphex Twin, Max Corbacho, Alio Die and the late Darshan Ambient. As technology evolves so does the ambient electronic genre. (AJ) How on earth do you get your ideas? (CR) Nature is a big inspiration for the art I create. I love to go hiking, going into nature, recharging my creative battery. I feel like I am trying to bring the energy from the forest back into the studio. Inspiration is all around. You have to slow down and observe. I paint a picture in the mind’s eye with sounds, all my tracks usually are, multiple takes stacked together with no composition or planning, for me my music is a mixed media collage that comes to life. My Dad was a big believer in spiritualism, UFOs, Cryptids and Government Conspiracies, I have seen and experienced things most people have no grasp on. That all influences my deeper dive into creating soundscapes. I feel this is music for the future, I like to think I’m making it for a coming golden age. With some of the themes on Destiny and Echo I was thinking of it like a Stanley Kubrick film soundtrack. (AJ) I just have to ask you some more about Echo, which really made a big impression on me. How did the album come about? (CR) Echo was a big gamble, it seemed too odd and experimental and I was expecting Spotted Peccary to turn it down when I submitted it. But I was thrilled when they decided to put it out. I don’t always know how listeners will respond to what I create. That’s one of the reasons I like to try new things. I just did my first live ambient music concert in November of 2019 in an old clock factory with Kevin Kramer that was recorded and to be released later this year. That performance was my first in a decade. (Kevin Kramer teaches private lessons at the Westclox Music Studios, and creates music with his band, Ahymnsa and is an Illinois Valley music institution.) (AJ) What are some of your most recent projects? (CR) My most recent release was an EP called Gnostic, in December of 2019 and was made up of recently found lost pieces from the Illuminoid album. The albums Illuminoid and Gnostic have a strong influence of spiritual mysticism. (AJ) The Gnostic EP is a collection of newly found and recently finished unreleased music from the Illuminoid sessions. The sounds have an ethereal and very strange choral presence, as if they were sampled from field recordings made in dark ancient cathedrals lit by flickering candles in the wee hours. These tracks date back to 2011 and were misplaced, they were thought to have been lost forever, but now they have been polished and brought into his current catalog. (AJ) To me what I hear in some of your music is all about spirits, without any of the old fashioned or possibly corny “haunted house” type sound. Spiritualism is the belief in the real existence of immaterial entities such as angels and ghosts, with séances conducted by famous professional mediums. One of my ancestors was a practicing Spiritualist in the Galveston and New Orleans area back in the late 19th century, so I have a personal perspective on this phenomenon from the past. (CR) I was baptized and raised a Catholic and now I feel like I have an even deeper spiritual level, I do not follow religious dogma, my church is the forest, nature. On the album Echo the last track “Abandoned” contains a recording I made walking through an abandoned house, recording the sounds of my footsteps on the creaking old boards, with the insects and birds in the background, and the sounds of nature reclaiming the old house. This track was a homage to my love of Urban Exploring. In the studio I took the sound of walking and everything and made the track by putting atmospheres around it. (AJ) I look at your catalog of albums, your discography and I have to ask you about your incredible production pace, how do you get so much done? (CR) Steve Roach inspired me to always work on 3 or 4 albums at once. Because of that by the time an album gets released I have already moved on down the road to newer music. And have to go back to listen to and get reacquainted with the album close to release. (AJ) So… how about the future? (CR) I love collaborating, I wish to do it more, I always pick up new things working with other people. I believe a good collaboration is going somewhere you couldn’t get to yourself. I just recently finished a collaborative album with Philip Wilkerson, that is a follow up to our 2014 release Vague Traces. Destiny on a personal level is my ten year celebration of releasing my own music, and is a celebration of taking the creative path less traveled that can be both challenging and rewarding. On Spotted Peccary Music, I feel like my albums are being heard by more listeners, Spotted Peccary are very supportive of my work and helping me grow my audience. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them. (AJ) Chris, it is always a pleasure to talk with you, and I very much enjoy listening to your music. Long may you hum and buzz and click and whirrrrrr! A Review of Destiny Ambient Electronic Soundscapes from Spotted Peccary Music (SPM 3503) Slow sustained transforming textures, mystical hissing, sounds of gigantic spaces, things happening in a strange world, never too crowded, there is always lots of room for what goes on. At the heart of each track you’ll find trillions of tiny bits of sound, or grains, and the craft involves manipulating each grain’s duration, pitch and so on, for awesome visualizations in your mind’s eye. It’s not often that you can come across such sonic particles of dust or sand that are being energetically lifted to great heights by a strong and turbulent wind, and then it all calms and you find yourself on a sunrise-gold beach. That is your privilege, listening to Destiny, as you gaze out at this shimmering flower on the horizon, huge over the sea. If you visit the bandcamp page of Chris Russell, you will find 48 titles on various labels, such as Spotted Peccary, Relaxed Machinery, Disturbed Earth, VoidMusic, earthMantra, Ambient Online, and aatma. Most of these projects are solo albums but a great many are collaborative adventures as well as single track contributions to anthologies. His first ambient electronic album was released in 2009 and titled Aralu, which was made possible through his MySpace account. MySpace got him in touch with other ambient musicians and helped him get that first record deal on AtmoWorks. Lots of things have happened in those cerebral repositories and vaults leading up to his release of Destiny. What you will hear is always changing, sometimes a strong dry wind blows over the desert that raises and carries along clouds of glittering sand or dust often so dense as to obscure the sun and momentarily reduce visibility almost to zero, then your perceptions are released to see a strange new world through over a billion pure eyes of light. Sometimes the sound is soft and cold, with white snow blowing above the ground like a thick fog blanket of tremendous height, the wind carrying the bitter snow past the singing frozen river, the stiff trees held with cold frost that melts into a dawn chorus of melodic electronic neo-birdsongs drifting in, casting a rosy hue across the morning sky and golden fingers of sunlight that light up the scene. To begin this tripped light fantastic the album opens with “Invitation“ (10:02), evoking an opening transformative soundscape, setting the stage for what is to come next, electronic textures without melodies. With electronics everything is possible and the journey begins well. Two roads diverge in a modern wood, the sky opens up above, inner space beckons below, we shall take “The Path Less Traveled“ (6:56) looking for a long time at the path going one way, then taking the other path, traveling through a landscape with slow textures and strange sounds unfolding in large reverberating chambers. I hear a subtly scary cinematic soundtrack, dark and lonely in places, perhaps a cathedral organ has been held on one note for all eternity and we are just discovering it now, things are happening in darkness and they might be dangerous, but this is clearly figurative, the interpretation of sound is noted for being complex and (like the road fork itself) potentially divergent. As these supernatural electronic paths take us on its course we are put up against the surreal world of fate. Fate is the supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events. No matter how much we attempt to look past fate, it will never flee. “Destiny“ (7:07) the title track, has a slow sustained feeling with sweeping tones and textures in a dark cave. I hear some kind of an unfolding process, building and uncoiling, huge purring creatures down below, lots of open area above, things circling way up there, off in the distance but possibly getting closer, drifting around and around but invisible. The 17th century French fabulist and poet Jean de La Fontaine once said that “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it” which speaks of a mysterious inevitable circular return to what one was actually dodging. “Life Cycles“ (6:15) has a glowing, awakening pattern, with layers of sustained electronic chimes, building slowly. The song title makes me think there will be an overall circular motion but perhaps the sound just gains more altitude. Life is like that, things happen but sometimes the life cycles are imperceptible because we are too close, perhaps when seen from a distance the circular directions become more obvious. These are the sounds of enlightenment, hidden knowledge, and healing. “Soul Nexus“ (9:52) brings to my mind a connected group or series of windstorms in which large quantities of sand are blown about in the air in varying proximity to the ground. The word nexus comes from the Latin nectere, to bind. Nexus can also mean the central and most important point or place. The sounds are sometimes fading, revealing sustained sheets of grains upon which textures slowly play and evolve, voices coming from the ocean, reverberations coming from hidden caves. A granular synthesized sonic event is designed to start and end microscopically in the invisible light of sound, “Density of Light“ (6:36) helps to break us through the darkness, bringing rays of sound, representing the well lit universe, building and layering, getting closer and bigger. Some strange noises emerge from above, then they fade back away, then visit again, like souls calling out. I think that this music is like some kind of magical dust in the wind, eventually returning to a drifting spring equinox of passion. “Awoken“ (8:37) is the past tense of a word referring to the process of awakening, it has already happened, but for me somehow the dreamstate continues with hissing and reverberating tones and textures, hidden immense spaces echoing in the darkness, and towards the end there is lightening, as if the sun were beginning to dawn again. Chris Russell has an adventurous approach to his unique art, he has many years of experience starting with his bass and keyboard playing in various touring rock bands such as Syntax Error, followed by about ten years of exploring electronic music in his bedroom, not being too serious. Working alone, painting new pictures with sound, diving deep and figuring out everything for himself, with no technical classes or training, no YouTube tutorials, for all those years he was just making mixed media collages come to life alone in his Sanctum Sanctorum until he had enough of a vocabulary developed to bring his music to our ears, and to occasionally reach out to other musicians to create collaboratively. This new album has a very therapeutic feeling, calming and relaxing. It is designed to speak to the spiritual visionary’s out there. Listeners who enjoy Yoga and Meditation will enjoy the consistent mysterious and adventurous soundscapes that are never punctured by disruptive surprises or haunted in a sustained way by gloomy darkness. I hear granular ephemeral flurries which bring the times that mark the beginning of twilight before sunrise as clearly and accessibly as ever, I even dare to dream of an adaptive and profound mental and cultural sonic landscape that space aliens would like to listen to, riding in their UFOs. Listen and peer behind the veil, exploring other realities. 1 Invitation 2 The Path Less Traveled 3 Destiny 4 Life Cycles 5 Soul Nexus 6 Density of Light 7 Awoken Available March 27, 2020 from Spotted Peccary Music in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/destiny/ FOOTLINKS Artist website: https://voidmusic1.bandcamp.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.russell.7587370 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voidmusic1/ Iannis Xenakis: https://iannis-xenakis.org Spotted Peccary Album page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/destiny/ Spotted Peccary Artist Page: https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/chris-russell/ DISCOGRAPHY Release Date Title Label Notes 2009 Aralu Almo Works 2009 Merge Almo Works 7/11/2010 Frozen Relaxed Machinery 3/1/2011 Mechanical Slumber Relaxed Machinery sleepMODE (anthology) 8/8/2011 Home (album 1) Relaxed Machinery 8/8/2011 Home (album 2) Relaxed Machinery 5/12/2012 Bloom Relaxed Machinery 9/29/2012 The Approaching Armada Disturbed Earth 12/20/2012 Borealis Free Floating Music all|is|calm 2012 (anthology) 2/14/2013 Portal Relaxed Machinery 5/4/2013 Twilight Woods Relaxed Machinery Butterfly Effects – James Johnson Recycled (anthology) 5/18/2013 Aralu VoidMusic (re-release) 5/18/2013 Merge VoidMusic (re-release) 1/14/2014 to the far corners Cave Dwellers (Disturbed Earth-pixyblink-Antum7) Disturbed Earth Bubble Juice (anthology) 1/24/2014 Revive Relaxed Machinery reBOOT an rM sampler 2/7/2014 Cosmic Lushness Chris Russell and pixyblink MySpace.com 4/4/2014 Mystic Zones MySpace.com 7/18/2014 Illuminoid Relaxed Machinery 9/30/2014 Particles in Sunlight Free Floating Music Quiet Friends: a 30th anniversary tribute to Steve Roach’s Structures from Silence 11/11/2014 Vague Traces Phillip Wilkerson & Chris Russell Spotted Peccary 12/8/2014 Memory Palace Chris Russell and eyes cast down VoidMusic, Kalindi Music 1/23/2015 Far Past Phillip Wilkerson & Chris Russell Spotted Peccary 28 Spotted Peccary ambient sampler 2/7/2015 Still earthMantra 7/3/2015 Blur Relaxed Machinery 12/18/2015 Goloka earthMantra Orchid (anthology) 4/26/2016 Enki Ambient Online Ambient Online Compilation Vol 6 9/1/2016 Refraction Free Floating Music Reflection (anthology) 10/28/2016 Fallen Draconid Ambient Online Ambient Online Compilation Vol 7 12/17/2016 Spectra earthMantra 2016 Reflections In Transit Chris Russell With Mystified (deactivated) 3/24/2017 Labyrinth Spotted Peccary 5/26/2017 Another Dreary Day Ambient Online Ambient Online Compilation Vol 8 Part 1 10/27/2017 Helix Chris Russell 1/7/2018 to the east of evening (single) anotherAntidote 2/16/2018 Blurred Lines Chris Russell & Disturbed Earth Disturbed Earth 3/19/2018 Ventus earthMantra 4/30/2018 The Rift Ambient Online Ambient Online Compilation Vol 9 Part 1 6/10/2018 Memories of Akhenaten Chris Russell & Dawn Tuesday aatma 9/10/2018 Echo Spotted Peccary 11/30/2018 Spirit of Aten Chris Russell & Dawn Tuesday Unexplained Sounds Group USG anthology 12/7/2018 Moonrise Chris Russell & Erik Norman Chris Russell 3/20/2019 Umbriel Ambient Online 5/14/2019 Presence Exosphere 7/6/2019 Legend of the Moai aatma The Unity by various artists 7/13/2019 Coronium Ore Distorted Void The Black Orb (anthology) 10/18/2019 Föst jarguna and Friends Projekt Trapped Vol 3 (anthology) 12/7/2019 Gnostic Chris Russell 3/27/2020 Destiny Spotted Peccary
 

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Pineo & Loeb are an electronic music duo who create uplifting, funky, high-energy songs. Together they blur genre boundaries, uniting electronic dance, hip-hop, and rock fans. The duo has teamed up with Grammy nominated rock band, Glass Tiger, on their new track "This Is Your Life", combining Alan Frews’ timeless vocal performance with powerful contemporary production, blending rock, electronic and dance elements for a universal flavour. Bound to be one of your favorite songs of the year, as it is one of mine, it's safe to say that Pineo & Loeb are showcasing their true and unique musical talents. Capture their new video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aegelfQfAo
 

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SoulNidus’ powerful blend of music and visuals have helped them garner a following well beyond Canada. Their debut in 2005 led to substantial airplay on BBC and a follow up album recorded partially at the storied Abbey Road Studios. SoulNidus cemented their reputation for music that was impossible to pigeonhole with a sound that was entirely their own. Bringing their newest single this month, "Opening Scene," the song is a building, melancholic meditation on the blend of frailty and strength that compels us to risk rejection and seek out those connections. Open your mind here: https://soundcloud.com/ea42/master-01-opening-scene-jcarv-ea19feb20/s-VxKmc
 

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James Clark Hangover's new single, "It's Alright Now," is an upbeat rock track about human spirit and the quest for contentment. James Clark Hangover is the moniker of David Clark. After playing in punk bands throughout the 80s and 90s, opening for acts like Discharge, Circle Jerks, Black Flag and more, David took a hiatus and returned to music in the mid 00s as James Clark Hangover. The captivating frontman shares: "In 1990 I moved to Toronto with a new band called 98DA and established a decent following playing gigs with The Headstones, Our Lady Peace, I Mother Earth, The Tea Party, Lunachicks and others. After three albums, two videos and a hundred gigs, 98DA broke up in the mid 90’s and I lost my mojo for a number of years. I regained my composure in the mid 00’s and formed my ultimate combo, James Clark Hangover." Listen to the new single now! https://soundcloud.com/david-clark-787291184/2-its-alright-now-master/s-nV60Q?in=david-clark-787291184/s-mpy4a
 

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James Clark Hangover's new single, "It's Alright Now," is an upbeat rock track about human spirit and the quest for contentment. James Clark Hangover is the moniker of David Clark. After playing in punk bands throughout the 80s and 90s, opening for acts like Discharge, Circle Jerks, Black Flag and more, David took a hiatus and returned to music in the mid 00s as James Clark Hangover. The captivating frontman shares: "In 1990 I moved to Toronto with a new band called 98DA and established a decent following playing gigs with The Headstones, Our Lady Peace, I Mother Earth, The Tea Party, Lunachicks and others. After three albums, two videos and a hundred gigs, 98DA broke up in the mid 90’s and I lost my mojo for a number of years. I regained my composure in the mid 00’s and formed my ultimate combo, James Clark Hangover." Listen to the new single now! https://soundcloud.com/david-clark-787291184/2-its-alright-now-master/s-nV60Q?in=david-clark-787291184/s-mpy4a
 

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American Studies, the duo of Bryant Saxon and Ryan “Inkline” Howell, works within a collision of styles and sensibilities – both rooted in a love of obscure records. American Studies just released their debut single. “Panama City Blues” takes Larry and the Loafers' obscure 1960 rock-n-roll track of the same name and turns it into a modern, vibrant, and psychedelic club anthem -- engaging a new set of teenagers and college students in much the same way it did in the century prior. Like “Panama City Blues,” American Studies, the duo of Bryant Saxon and Ryan “Inkline” Howell, works within a collision of styles and sensibilities – both rooted in a love of obscure records. Encouraged by his father, Saxon (who owns and operates the Earth Libraries label), was introduced to the world of record collecting in the mid-90s – particularly the sounds of 1950-60s rock-n-roll and R&B. Howell is a noted musician, producer, and emcee, known primarily for his solo work as Inkline, and as one half of punk-forged hip hop mavericks, Nerves Baddington. Watch the video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgdJkTE3EGQ
 

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Claire Coupland is a Canadian singer-songwriter that will have you head over heels in no time. Her new single and video for "Leave Me Alone" shows the musical range of the artist; and her heart and soul as well. Watch the video via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOlO_0ZC0nQ&feature=youtu.be Claire Coupland is a singer-songwriter who crafts gorgeous tunes for the masses. Her newest single, “Leave Me Alone,” blends her style of intricate guitar playing and jazz influenced melodies, progressions and arrangements. The track has been paired with a visual highlighting Claire’s natural charisma with a dash of humorous narrative. Alongside her new video for the single, the true essence of Coupland is brought to life. Each note is brilliantly placed, offering a surreal and dreamy sound. A Vancouver Islander at heart, now a Toronto dwelling folk/roots singer songwriter, Claire Coupland effortlessly pulls her audience into her personal world of love and life experiences, but always with a touch of her wicked sense of humor.
 

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"Strange Habits," the lead single from The Informations' upcoming album, sounds like "a 3AM hazy jam between Scissor Sisters and Animal Collective" with high-pitched vocals, an erratic, blustering drum track, and rhythmic guitar patterns....and they've grabbed our attention. The Informations is the moniker under which Frederik Tao – a Danish producer and guitarist – creates timeless, adventurous music that sounds like lost albums from our youth, bands from countries that never existed, melodies and lyrics from our dreams. The Informations are still one of the most intriguing voices out there. So it goes with timeless, adventurous music that sounds like lost albums from our youth, bands from countries that never existed, melodies and lyrics from our dreams. Give it a look and listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFqTZNPs8eE&feature=youtu.be
 

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Britt is the pop alias of acclaimed composer and Emmy-winning actor Brittany Allen. She is self taught in music production, and writes, produces, and mixes all of her own tracks. Britt wrote and produced her new single "Looking For Another" - a synth-driven electro pop track about feeling uncertain about your identity. Britt also co-directed and edited a video to pair with the song, which explores the idea of young women holding themselves to unattainable standards. Dive into her new video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v7Wf-d-Alk&feature=youtu.be
 

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Frank Moyo is a slow player in a fast world. The Canadian-Italian singer grew up in Toronto and first learned chords as a child, picking up what he could from family, friends and later the live shows he could get into. Frank recently released a new single, "Friend Of Mine," featuring his smooth and serenading vocals over folk-informed rhythms that mingle with pop sensibilities. Growing up in Toronto Moyo first learned chords as a child, picking up what he could from family, friends and later the live shows he could get into. It wasn’t long until his bandmates and him we’re sneaking into their own performances. With a taste that meanders from Motown to James Brown and Isaac Hayes to Italian icons like Lucio Dalla and Toto Cutugno, Moyo’s sound is hard to pin down. The folk- informed rhythms that Moyo employs on tracks like “OK Dolce” mingle with pop sensibilities and the laws of ancient attraction that seem as rooted in Greek mythology as they do Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”. As things speed up in an industry that’s begging to slow down, Frank Moyo is a voice of reason, and it sounds good. Listen in and listen well here: https://soundcloud.com/frankmoyo/friend-of-mine/s-V9vAg
 

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Frank Moyo is a slow player in a fast world. The Canadian-Italian singer grew up in Toronto and first learned chords as a child, picking up what he could from family, friends and later the live shows he could get into. Frank recently released a new single, "Friend Of Mine," featuring his smooth and serenading vocals over folk-informed rhythms that mingle with pop sensibilities. Growing up in Toronto Moyo first learned chords as a child, picking up what he could from family, friends and later the live shows he could get into. It wasn’t long until his bandmates and him we’re sneaking into their own performances. With a taste that meanders from Motown to James Brown and Isaac Hayes to Italian icons like Lucio Dalla and Toto Cutugno, Moyo’s sound is hard to pin down. The folk- informed rhythms that Moyo employs on tracks like “OK Dolce” mingle with pop sensibilities and the laws of ancient attraction that seem as rooted in Greek mythology as they do Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”. As things speed up in an industry that’s begging to slow down, Frank Moyo is a voice of reason, and it sounds good. Listen in and listen well here: https://soundcloud.com/frankmoyo/friend-of-mine/s-V9vAg
 

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Jack Moves got his start late in 2014. A Member of Toronto metal groups Godstopper and Ayahuasca and a former member of hardcore act Column of Heaven, he had grown tired of working within the limits of heavy music, and so decided to strike out on his own. His new single “Don’t Let the Moon Die Young,” is a bold and intriguing direction for the artist. Inspired by live looping performances of Reggie Watts, Jack started busking at the corner of Queen and Spadina in downtown Toronto. As a one-man band with a captivating and crowd-pleasing live show, he quickly started playing a wide variety of venues, from clubs to parties to tattoo shops to Portuguese restaurants; sharing the stage with hip hop artists, electronic producers (he is the host and DJ for the monthly concert series “Frequencies”), metal and post-hardcore bands, and many others. He also ran a weekly-updated live looping youtube channel from 2015-2018. With his first EP, I Go to Work, Jack distilled his live show, which at the time involved him creating all the music live, using just his voice and a looping pedal. His first full east-coast Canadian tour followed. ​ Then, in 2017, Jack emerged with a new ep, I Been Working. It showcased an expansion of his palette, which now included a far vaster array of electronic sounds. Vocal-based live looping, although not as prominent in his recorded output going forward, remained an important element in his live show. ​ Speaking of shows, Jack followed up the release of I Been Working with a spring tour of Europe that saw him travel across ten countries, with a highlight of opening up for experimental hip hop legends Dälek in Budapest. Following that, it was back home to Canada for another east coast tour with fellow weirdo solo act/MC, Garbageface. A few singles followed, showcasing Jack’s trademark diversity…80’s-influenced melodies here (“Demon Eyes”), demented choral parts there (“Moment of your Time”), and straight up hip hop bars over there (“Emilia”), and in turn saw him receive praise from the likes of Earmilk, the CBC, and Alan Cross’ A Journal of Musical Things. A return visit to Europe at the end of the same year saw him further solidify his fan base abroad. ​ Later 2018 saw him make an appearance at Follyfest 10 in New Brunswick, and a third visit to Europe in the fall; at around which point he released the EP I’m Insane, a collection of Ozzy Osbourne covers redone in his unique style. ​ As 2020 begins, Jack is happy to announce his first full-length album, Passing Protagonists, is soon to come, and will feature further electronic experimentation, richer harmonies, more novel blends of genre and a loose concept revolving around the comedic absurdity of the “western” experience. Find Jack Moves online and listen: https://soundcloud.com/jackmovesofficial/dont-let-the-moon-die-young-1/s-1nDwQ?in=jackmovesofficial/s-sCXu2 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackmovesofficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jackmovesofficial/?hl=en Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/06efkO6o3EY1AkpW6zTt11?si=FvV1avKpS7GH93ZxewUe5Q (artist profile); spotify:artist:06efkO6o3EY1AkpW6zTt11 (URI) Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/jack-moves/1051024512 Website: https://www.jackmovesofficial.com/
 

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After a 7 year stint as a drummer for Ani DiFranco, Andy Stochansky taught himself guitar and started writing songs. Not long after, he was spotted in a bar and quickly signed to RCA / Victor. After releasing and touring two albums, he moved to Los Angeles to write for other artists. Though his writing career was successful, he woke up one day and realized he had to create for himself again, so White Elephant Orchestra was born. Andy shares with the world of the song: “Every time I would look at the news or look around people I was talking to, everybody looked completely down and out. These times have financially and mentally hit a lot of people very hard, so it’s a song about taking somebody and escaping with them …even for just a few minutes. In saying that I also had to make sure that the lyric “I’m not giving up just need a holiday.. take us higher even for a day” had to be in there because some people can never give up and have that luxury.” A masterpiece from start to finish, White Elephant Orchestra paints a bold vision that is truly his own. Listen in here: https://soundcloud.com/whiteelephantorchestra/rocket-ship-mast-oct-10?in=whiteelephantorchestra/sets/rocketship
 

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After a 7 year stint as a drummer for Ani DiFranco, Andy Stochansky taught himself guitar and started writing songs. Not long after, he was spotted in a bar and quickly signed to RCA / Victor. After releasing and touring two albums, he moved to Los Angeles to write for other artists. Though his writing career was successful, he woke up one day and realized he had to create for himself again, so White Elephant Orchestra was born. Andy shares with the world of the song: “Every time I would look at the news or look around people I was talking to, everybody looked completely down and out. These times have financially and mentally hit a lot of people very hard, so it’s a song about taking somebody and escaping with them …even for just a few minutes. In saying that I also had to make sure that the lyric “I’m not giving up just need a holiday.. take us higher even for a day” had to be in there because some people can never give up and have that luxury.” A masterpiece from start to finish, White Elephant Orchestra paints a bold vision that is truly his own. Listen in here: https://soundcloud.com/whiteelephantorchestra/rocket-ship-mast-oct-10?in=whiteelephantorchestra/sets/rocketship
 

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Fueled by late nights in basement studios and frequent runs to the local café for coffee, Pyramid Tropic is a study in contrasts. The group’s music is percussive, synth-based dance music. One member is known as the singer/songwriter of a Toronto-based indie pop band while the other is recognized for designing music production software used by programmers working with Bjork, Coldplay and Depeche Mode. Their new single “Last Forever,” has been garnering praise from fans and critics alike...and with good reasoning. The chemistry was instant and the creative rush resulted in a flood of tracks being completed in their respective studios. The initial reaction to their music was positive with The Wild Honey Pie describing first single, My Destroyer, as a “dirty synth pop gem”. Sensing that this was a completely new musical direction for them, the duo has performed mainly in Europe at the legendary electronic club Katine am Berghain in Berlin, the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, the Great Escape Festival in Brighton, the Water Rats Theatre in London and for the Toronto International Film Festival. A series of singles, EPs and remixes will be released in 2020. Listen in here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1kHBYnz4NCfd6Rhku3brQn Find the band online: https://www.facebook.com/pyramidtropic/ https://www.instagram.com/pyramid_tropic/
 

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Five years after the end of his last musical project Inlet Sound, Montreal-native Michael Wexler is stepping forward into his first solo-project with the name Significant Other. Under the new moniker and striving for both energy and intimacy, Michaelʼs first forthcoming release “Kimberlite” is built from the output of a brain constantly seeking serotonin while over-analyzing every incoming and outgoing signal from the past years. This musical project is a deeply personal attempt to put voice and lyric to the ever-changing circumstances of a life examined. Stepping away from collective songwriting towards solitary musings that are vulnerable and unapologetic has been the trajectory of this project, although it has stalled for the last number of years – but as the new decade rears its head, it seems as though it is time to bear fruit. One of the most impressive singles of the New Year, it's safe to say that Significant Other is one to watch. Listen in here: https://soundcloud.com/sig_o/downtime
 

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Webster’s Dictionary defines “Union Duke” as a raucous collision of alt-rock and twang, bringing crowds to their feet with songs from the heart. Soaring harmonies, driving rhythm, and infectious enthusiasm have seen these five guys from youth to young manhood. With three albums, countless festival stages, and hundreds of thousands of kilometers in the rearview, the band is excited to be touring new music, filming videos, and winning new fans everywhere they go. In the two years since their last record Golden Days, Union Duke has been steadily travelling and unravelling across the country, and they’re ready to share the lessons they’ve learned with a slate of new music. In the coming months, four new songs of love, distance, heartache and revelry will be finding their way into your ears, eyes and hearts. “Left Behind” is exactly what you think it is: a song about leaving things behind. We were trying to capture the feeling of loneliness and isolation one can feel when they’re far from the one(s) they love – both lyrically and musically. It’s about the distance often forced between us and the longing to be together again. The last of our four newest songs produced by Jeff Hazin; “Left Behind” is the only soft-ish song of the music we’ve released over the last year and once we got in the studio with it we had the opportunity to explore some really cool ideas that are pretty new for us. It was a lot of fun building this tune and taking it from mellow and simmering to a driving banjo-driven sing-along. Plus: lapsteel! (played by our guitarist Rob McLaren),” the band states. With more things on the horizon this year, Union Duke brings a musical and fiery passion to the world like no other. Listen in here: https://soundcloud.com/union-duke/union-duke-left-behind
 

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Odario has become one of our favorite gems of the year. Odario is the leader and MC of live hip hop band, Grand Analog. He is also the host of CBC’s national afterdark radio show. He was prominently featured on A Tribe Called Red’s single Ba-Na-Na along with Haviah Mighty as well as the video. He was similarly featured on Ghost Caravan’s single Damn You and, again, in the video. Odario speaks of the single: “In this space we know nothing…but we can learn a little something if we try’. That opening line was written as a reminder to always try to leave the ego at the door when entering a new space in my life. I feel, as everyday people, we spend too much time and energy pointing out the negative aspects of our differences. As I wrote this song I imagined us, as community, clicking delete on what we perceive as our differences and encourage one another to embrace our similarities as humans. With that comes emotion, something we all embrace together. The gospel of anger…a hunt for an answer. This song is a new space for you to reflect, release and get down low. Vancouver gospel singer Dawn Pemberton put me in a trance when listening back to the final recording. I admire her powerful vocal delivery over the master production of Alister Johnson. We came to get down, and pick you up.” Intriguing from start to finish, be sure to dive into Odario, today! Watch and experience the new video here: https://youtu.be/ExuVKDa0Q1g Connect with Odario Online: Twitter: https://twitter.com/odariowilliams Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Odario/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/38HVjlel5vjoDZZNDdxEgG Website:https://odario.com/
 

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Jesse Merineau has released entices with his gorgeously crafted new song, “Honey,” that will be one of your favorite tracks of 2020. Jesse Merineau makes you feel good. It’s that music that hits you in all the ways you need it to. Dancy, but not basic. Catchy, but not annoying. New, but not unfamiliar. From Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 24 years of age, Jesse Merineau is already being streamed in 70 countries. Jesse has also headlined his own tour, released an EP, and is currently working with some of the top people in the music industry. This is only the beginning for Merineau. He’s working on some major things, and will surely not disappoint....and how can we be disappointed? His music will stand the test of time. Connect & Listen online: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ZZFdCU3kmBaCtZnHLeHE4 https://www.facebook.com/jessemerineau https://www.instagram.com/jessemerineau
 

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Electronic space music made with software synthesizers and sequencer layers, human voices are never included except for the second track. Use this music to explore the unknown, fulfilling the urge of hearing something completely different, as though from a faraway planet nothing like Earth. What you will hear are daring new sounds with a Berlin School theme of astronomy and science fiction. It feels exciting, like walking on thin ice, it can feel so transparent, with note-by-note realizations utilizing hypnotic rhythms and extensive use of the sound-design capabilities of his instruments with repeated pitch, filter or effects changes creating genuine spacescapes. Holmes is creating or discovering music using different tone qualities that breaks free from existing ideas. I had the opportunity to exchange email with Hollan Holmes about Milestones and his creative process. He said that Software Synthesizers (Soft Synths) can make sounds no one has ever heard before, and he uses those sounds to describe human emotions or to tell a particular story in very creative ways. Also, working with soft synths is both very efficient and intuitive (most of the time). "Sound design is something that makes up half of my interest in all of my musical endeavors. It's very important to my overall music making experience. Eric Persing and Richard Devine are among my favorites. Joel Thomas Zimmerman (Deadmau5) comes to mind, as well. They're an inspiration, because they create sounds that are original, very unique and very emotive." “In the last few years, we've seen an explosion in software synth technology. The main attraction is that they're very cheap when compared to their hardware-based counterparts. However, it's so much more fun to play with hardware synthesizers, especially the modulars, because they're tactile; you can touch them. Physically twisting a knob is so much more fun than pushing a mouse around on a computer screen. Each realm has their advantages and disadvantages. The old vintage modulars were problematic, they would drift out of tune and you couldn't save patches. Software synths pretty much eliminate those drawbacks.” In reviewing the first track, what comes to mind is music brought by aliens from outer space. “Transmitter” (5:00) pulses with cycling patterns that build at a moderate pace with a strong beat sensations of flying, floating, cruising, gliding, or hovering and providing an amazing kind of acoustic atmospheric resonance. “One Giant Leap” (5:17) kicks in by building layers of the pulsing cycling patterns with historic recordings of actual voices from NASA woven into the mix as an homage. “Okay Houston, I am on the porch…” Imagine, they must have heard these strange noises during the Apollo 11 mission, when Neil Armstrong first stepped on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, uttering the famous words “...One Giant Leap For Mankind.” He knew he was going to be walking on the moon, he had time to think about it, about the moment when human destiny experienced a major milestone. When asked, Armstrong said that he did not pre-plan what he would say and came up with the phrase only after the landing. Experimental droning, pulsating sounds giving it an avant-garde feel, with melodic cycling patterns that pulse with added electronic ambient vocalisms drawn to a more mechanical and electronic sound, by using synthesizers to create new sounds to accompany and enhance these electronic realizations on a continuum of spatial imagery and emotion pure atmospheric minimalism, this is the travel and exploration leg of the journey. “The Truth Laid Bare” (5:44) Imagine a celestial sunrise, sparkling sequencers weaving layers that build a genuine sense of awe and wonder, the wave forms of electromagnetic emanations from various stars and constellations for the sonic textures of this album. You can hear something happening right at that moment somewhere in the universe that has tremendous atmospheric qualities. While the journey continues, so does the beauty -- “Slipstream” (7:02). A slipstream is the area immediately behind a moving object in which a wake of gases or water is brought along at velocities comparable to the speed of the moving object. West of the Pecos River is often referred to as "Far West Texas" or the "Trans-Pecos", next to the Llano Estacado, a vast region of high, level plains extending into Eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. Holmes tells of his personal feelings about the vast territories where he lives. "While I love my Texas, I do not love her heat. I'm definitely wired for cold weather. I guess my dream home would be somewhere in Western Wyoming or Eastern Idaho. I have a thing for mountains and clear rivers. Both are deeply inspiring and peaceful places. Maybe I would spend Winters in Southern Utah, Arizona and West Texas. The Desert Southwest is crazy beautiful to me. I was born in Dallas, Texas. From there I moved to Wichita Falls, then Abilene, then to my current location of Euless, so I've been in Texas all my life. The land is what inspires me the most. I love the Hill Country of Central Texas, but I find most of my inspiration in the rugged lands of West Texas. While West Texas may seem more connected to Country and Western music, I think there is a connection between that land and more electronic based sounds. The possibilities are endless. It's about how the land makes me feel." To the east of the Llano Estacado lies the “redbed country” of the Rolling Plains and to the south of the Llano Estacado lies the Edwards Plateau. West Texas receives much less rainfall than the rest of Texas and has an arid or semiarid climate. Much of West Texas has rugged terrain, including many small mountain ranges, while most parts of the state are at or near sea level. The sound on this track, “West Texas Backroads” (7:05), sounds to me like pulsating sequences of woven melodic keyboard patterns, celebrating how the chords were layered into hypnotic, minimalistic rhythms, futuristic science-fiction themes that represent an end or a milestone of the journey. “Bulletproof” (6:21) is about graduating high school and thinking we're going to live forever; that nothing can stop us; that nothing bad will ever happen to us and that feeling of freedom and energy and that we can accomplish anything. Patterns emerge from deep space sounds huge atmospherics more about color, not chords or melody, or just the tone, but also incorporating various other sounds. I’ve always found that really interesting. Listening, I imagine rowing a boat all by myself into the pitch-black sea, or in outer space maybe? The Inner Sanctum was a radio mystery program that was broadcast from 1941 to 1952 and in the music of this track I see no direct references to the dramatic word-plays with sound effects from that series. The name, Inner Sanctum, refers to a sacred place within a church, or to a private or secret place where few are admitted. Now that sounds more like this music, with its terrifying depths and coiling darkness related to space or otherworldliness, emphasizing texture, ventured into the world of electronic music, which is something that listeners will find fascinating. “Inner Sanctum” (7:12) reveals secret layers built upon a basic pulse, going deeper, opening into an electronic choir of immense dimensions and surrounding the audience in a cloud of sound. “The Phone Call” (7:10)... A fantastic tour through a beautiful one-of-a-kind cave with layers of electronic pulses and tones woven into a melody of mystery and great expanse, an aggregate of multiple sounds and trance-like rhythms that evokes a sense of spatial imagery and emotion or sensations of floating, cruising, flying and other transportative sensations. All of us have received at least one phone call in our life that changed us. Holmes was getting a phone call at work one day in the early ’90s from his wife's place of work, informing him that “We don't know what happened, but the paramedics are working on your wife now and they're taking her to the hospital.” That was an hour of uncertainty that he'll never forget. She had suffered a seizure, but is fine today. The words used in the title “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (6:49) are about 9/11. That was a milestone that definitely changed many of us. The title originally comes from a line in Macbeth, spoken by a witch in Act IV. Those words were also the title of a popular Ray Bradbury novel published in 1962, a story about a travelling carnival that comes to town a few days before Halloween and two youngsters, Jim Nightshade with his friend William Halloway, who have a nightmarish experience, and this track follows that strange dream with dark slow huge sounds, tranquil, hypnotic and moving, a feeling of contemplative spaciousness with lots of reverb and echo, haunted by some tentative bumps in the inky blackness. In electronic music, it’s hard to exaggerate the importance of all of the deep space plus melodic sounds, hypnotic, droning rhythms, and shimmering keyboards. The sound of this final track consists of ambient elements combined with short, repeating sequenced runs of notes, which gives the music a rhythmic element; this piece is brisk and energetic. It is a beautiful tribute to a wondrous legend. “Ayyappan” (7:19) is a legend in various regions of India, with some variations in the story. Ayappan is a hero usually shown with a bow and arrow upraised in his left hand, while in his right he holds either a bow or a sword diagonally across his left thigh, or sometimes in a yogic posture wearing a bell around his neck, and sometimes riding a tiger. He is also sometimes called Hariharaputra, and said to be born from the union of Shiva (The Destroyer) and Mohini (Goddess of Enchantment). Ayyappan the warrior deity is revered for his ascetic devotion to Dharma, which is the ethical and right way of living. Ayyappan’s military genius and daring yogic war abilities are used to destroy those who are powerful but unethical, abusive and arbitrary. Ayyappan has also been portrayed as the child of a priest whose father was murdered by the fearsome outlaw Udayanan. The outlaw also kidnaps a princess. Ayyappan then makes a daring rescue of the princess, where he kills the evil Udayanan. There was a time when electronic music was said to sound flat. Early electronic musicians began by emulating existing sounds, that was all they knew, now we are in a new era of ears where we can invent or discover sounds never before heard, using processing effects including reverberation, phase shifting, flanging, and ring modulation, plus so many new technologies that come along which don’t differentiate between musical sounds and sound effects. Listen and discover that synthesizers can be used to create entirely new sounds instead of mimicking other instruments. Unlike sculpting or painting, when working with music it is possible to listen to music the way we listen to the sounds that surround us in our daily lives, like rowing a boat into the darkness. Being able to keep going is what matters, right? 1 Transmitter 2 One Giant Leap 3 The Truth Laid Bare 4 Slipstream 5 West Texas Backroads 6 Bulletproof 7 Inner Sanctum 8 The Phone Call 9 Something Wicked This Way Comes 10 Ayyappan Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPr3fw3qB3g Album: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/milestones/ FULL INTERVIEW WITH HOLLAN HOLMES "Each of our milestones in life adds to our growth in so many ways. My growth as a composer involves, in no small way, experimentation and each album is an attempt to grow and improve and hone my craft to the very best of my abilities. Music, however, is much like any art form in that it is subjective and that is the risk with doing anything creative. However, I made a promise to myself before I made my first album that I would only make music for me and no one else. While it is my sincere hope that others enjoy what I'm doing, my goal is to make the kind of music to which I personally want to listen. "Milestones is entirely software-based, with regard to production. While I continue to explore hardware-based performances, this one was done using soft-synths and an array of digital effects and processing. One of the most exciting things about what I do is in the creative process of sound design. It isn't uncommon for me to come up with a sound that interests me so much that I build an entire song around it. Sound design is very important to my work. Certain emotions are best conveyed by certain sounds and I am constantly trying to be mindful of this. Also, what processing is applied to a sound is actually a huge part of my methodology. It is among the most exciting things I do while making my music. “I relied primarily on Propellerhead's Reason to create my 7th album, “Milestones,” although Presonus Studio One IV was also used. Many plugins were used, as well, such as Spectrasonics' Omnisphere, Native Instruments Kontakt, Heavyocity's Gravity, Arturia's V Collection and so many others. My go-to effects plugins include Valhalla Room and FabFilter's Pro-Q and Timeless-2, but many others were used, as well." I had the opportunity to explore ideas about the creative process by way of email with Hollan Holmes and I have some notes to share with you now about his music and about his newest release, Milestones, available February 21, 2020 from Spotted Peccary Music. (https://spottedpeccary.com/) What is it about the electronic sound that attracts you to soft-synth technology? It's incredibly expressive! You can make sounds no one has ever heard before and use those sounds to describe your emotions or to tell a particular story in very creative ways. Also, working with soft synths is both very efficient and intuitive (most of the time). In the last few years, we've seen an explosion in software synth technology. The main attraction is that they're very cheap when compared to their hardware based counterparts. However, it's so much more fun to play with hardware synthesizers, especially the modulars, because they're tactile; you can touch them. Physically twisting a knob is so much more fun than pushing a mouse around on a computer screen. Each realm has their advantages and disadvantages. The old vintage modulars were problematic, they would drift out of tune and you couldn't save patches. Software synths pretty much eliminate those drawbacks. What events would you care to identify that have moved you to create Milestones? Some events were personal, some were ones that affected all of us. “The Phone Call” is sort of both. I think all of us have received at least one phone call in our life that changed us. Mine was getting a phone call at work one day in the early 90s from my wife's place of work, informing me that “We don't know what happened, but the paramedics are working on your wife now and they're taking her to the hospital.” That was an hour of uncertainty that I'll never forget (she had an epileptic seizure and fell and split her head open, but she's fine today). One event that changed us all was the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The song, “One Giant Leap” is about that human milestone. “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is about 9/11. That definitely changed many of us. “Bulletproof” is about graduating high school and thinking we're going to live forever; that nothing can stop us; that nothing bad will ever happen to us and that feeling of freedom and energy and that we can accomplish anything. Who have been some sound designers or specific works that have influenced your work in general or Milestones in particular? Sound design is something that makes up half of my interest in all of my musical endeavors. It's very important to my overall music making experience. Eric Persing and Richard Devine are among my favorites. Joel Thomas Zimmerman (Deadmau5) comes to mind, as well. They're an inspiration, because they create sounds that are original, very unique and very emotive. Eric Persing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Persing Richard Devine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Devine Joel Thomas Zimmerman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadmau5 Where were you born, where do you live now, and how might that have influenced your work? I was born in Dallas, Texas. From there I moved to Wichita Falls, then Abilene, then to my current location of Euless, so I've been in Texas all my life. The land is what inspires me the most. I love the Hill Country of Central Texas, but I find most of my inspiration in the rugged lands of West Texas. While West Texas may seem more connected to Country and Western music, I think there is a connection between that land and more electronic based sounds. The possibilities are endless. It's about how the land makes me feel. Tell us a little more about the Hindu God of growth, which is referred to on track 10 of Milestones. Ayyappan is a deity, the son of Shiva and Mohini ,the female avatar of Vishnu. I have a friend in India named Ayyappan and he is an amazing man. Very smart, devoted to his family and never, ever complains about anything, even though there are many aspects of his life that are worthy of complaint. It is this latter aspect of his behavior that has taught me so much and that is how I have personally grown, both spiritually and emotionally. I did not know what his name meant, until I looked it up much later in our friendship. Our friendship is definitely a milestone in my life. He has unwittingly taught me to be thankful for what I have and to not be unhappy about what I do not have. How did you come to meet Ayyappan, your friend from India? My main profession is that of a landscape artist and I often post my work on some Facebook watercolor groups. It was there where Ayyappan often commented on my work. We have shared our art and methods with one another for a couple of years now. The internet is not always a friendly place, but I'm thankful that his and my paths crossed, because we are very good friends now, even though we have never met in person. How did you come to meet the legendary ambient electronic audio artist Howard Givens? I ran into Howard at a Steve Roach concert in Tucson in 2017. I knew who he was, so I introduced myself and we immediately began talking about the possibilities of my forming a relationship with Spotted Peccary. In the end, it was Howard, acting as producer really, who gently guided this first release to fruition. Had it not been for him, I seriously doubt that this album would sound as polished as it does, and I don't mean just with the mastering, but how I approached the entire project. I've never had anyone help me with my music in that way. He is an important part of any success this album experiences. If you had a dream place to live, where would it be? While I love my Texas, I do not love her heat. I'm definitely wired for cold weather. I guess my dream home would be somewhere in Western Wyoming or Eastern Idaho. I have a thing for mountains and clear rivers. Both are deeply inspiring and peaceful places. Maybe I would spend Winters in Southern Utah, Arizona and West Texas. The Desert Southwest is crazy beautiful to me. What is your most treasured accomplishment? To date, my most cherished accomplishment would have to be getting my art into the American Watercolor Society shows. The AWS show is the best of the best and getting accepted the first time was literally a dream-come-true. A close second is achieving a growing audience for my music. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that so many people would reach out to me and tell me how my music has changed their lives in some positive way. That is a deeply rewarding thing to hear for any musician. Two of my albums were nominated for One World Music's Album Of The Year. I was very honored by that. How has a daily routine shaped your creative life? We are what we tell ourselves we are, so that is why I try to always think positive and try every day to do my best. I fail more often than not, but I try to learn from it. I make my daily habits revolve around my art and music and my health, so that I can improve as a musician, a husband and a man. When I'm gone, I want to leave behind something that others can enjoy for a long time. If I just played video games and ate junk food all day, I wouldn't be leaving behind anything good. I think that doing something – anything – that requires creative thinking is vital to our happiness, even when (or especially when?) it requires struggle and practice. It teaches us discipline, perseverance, dedication and the value of hard work. Nothing good ever came from being a couch potato! What was your most positive discovery in life? That anyone, if they set their mind to it, can achieve their dream. Early in life, I did not see my potential, even though others saw it. Find your passion and pursue it with everything you've got. You will be surprised at what you can achieve. Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life. Where do you come up with your best ideas? Oh, that's a tough one. Usually, they come when I am exploring during sound design. Most often, a song is built around a particular sound and not the other way around. Sometimes, I do have an idea that requires that I design a sound for it. Melodies come to me from only God knows where. They just pop into my head. It's truly difficult to explain sometimes how I get my ideas, but I like to think of it as a language. Musical notes are like the alphabet. Chords are like words, melodies are like sentences and songs are complete stories. You just have to figure out what you want to say, then figure out how to write the story. It does take practice but also an understanding of harmony and, to an extent, music theory. Ultimately, it boils down to what sounds good to you. What is your favorite album to listen to for inspiration? Another tough one. Probably a three-way tie between Rush – Subdivisions, Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon and Steve Roach – Mystic Chords And Sacred Spaces. What is your advice to artists who are starting out? Above all else, you have to practice. Let nothing stop you from doing what you love to do, even when someone tells you that you don't have a chance at success (yes, it happens). Do not listen to the naysayers, listen to your heart. Also, find a worthy mentor, someone who inspires you and is willing to help you learn your craft, so that you benefit from their experience and avoid developing bad habits. Experiment often, try different methods, follow tutorials, take workshops. That's another thing, don't let anyone tell you that going to a college is required. It is not. Most universities teach very little about what it means to make it in the music or art world. They teach their own, focused agenda that often has little to do with your ultimate goals. I'm not saying that college won't help you, but I am saying that it is not required (at least it wasn't for me and many others). What is absolutely required is an undying passion for your work, whatever it is. Find what you love to do and make it a way of life. What have been your most important discoveries? That you get out of life what you put into it. The late Neil Peart, drummer for Rush, sums this up best: “You can fight without ever winning, but you can never win without a fight.” If you persevere, amazing things can happen. This knowledge can only truly be understood by experiencing what perseverance can bring about. What would you tell a youngster about getting ideas for composing? I would stress the importance of experimenting. Exploring sound and sound relations. Ideas often come from being inspired by music you love. Maybe NASA and all their achievements inspire you. Maybe a video game soundtrack moves you to create your own compositions. Do not copy, do not steal, but let the work and actions of others inspire your own ideas and influence your explorations. Experimentation is a huge part of what I do, both in music and art. How did your parents introduce music into your life? Music was always on in my house, growing up. My dad loved Country & Western. He was actually pretty good with his harmonicas and accordion. My mom loved a lot of contemporary music during the 60s, 70s and 80s, like Burt Bacharach, Chicago and Roberta Flack. My sister loved pop, like the Beatles, Elton John, Jim Croce, The Eagles, Bread, etc. I was exposed to a staggering variety of music growing up. All of it was important in finding my own interests. Did your parents make you practice? No. They encouraged it, but it was never forced. That probably would have killed my interest in music in short order. My mom paid for my piano lessons for a while and I played a few recitals, but I wasn't inspired at all. When I formed my first rock band at age 18, we practiced every night (!) in my garage. They most definitely did not make me practice then. They still supported me, though, and even helped me buy some of my gear. God bless them. They endured two years of the most godawful racket, but it was quite important in my musical journey and I think they knew that. How they didn't lose their minds is beyond me. Also, I was never without art supplies. I have friends whose parents actually tried to quell their kids' creative endeavors, calling it a pointless waste of time. I'm eternally grateful that my parents, who actually met in art school, always actively encouraged my creativity in every way. THANK YOU for your time!!! Thank you for this opportunity to share my story! You can hear all the albums of of Hollan Holmes musical work on bandcamp (https://hollanholmes.bandcamp.com/), and you can purchase Milestones directly from Spotted Peccary Music (https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/milestones/), in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. About Spotted Peccary Music: Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 160 titles and 45 artists at www.SpottedPeccary.com and www.AmbientElectronic.com. Links: Spotted Peccary Album page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/milestones/ Spotted Peccary Artist Page: https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/hollan-holmes/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spottedpeccary/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/spottedpeccary Album unboxing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPr3fw3qB3g Bandcamp: https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/ Artist website: http://hollanholmesmusic.com Videos https://vimeo.com/127713907 "Access" Glare Technologies Fractal animation by Michel Mastriani: mmastriani.deviantart.com Soundtrack by Hollan Holmes: hollanholmesmusic.com Designed and rendered in Chaotica: chaoticafractals.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBvmY4m0mMg&t=22s Hollan Holmes - An Uninvited Guest 5 years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HacyfHp9AU&t=25s Hollan Holmes - The Spirits Of Starlight 5 years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWFzkdj4Bko&t=29s "Lost Memories" From The CD, Phase Shift, By Hollan Holmes 6 years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuSrh2bKNw4 Hollan Holmes - Zero Point Energy 6 years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMvtIYhV4fQ Hollan Holmes - Outskirts, from the CD, The Farthest Fringes 7 years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVRwf0M-6Po&t=40s Hollan Holmes - Aeon, from the CD, The Farthest Fringes 7 years ago
 

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New Music Alert: Leeritz ft Ti Gonzi - Working Hard Leeritz has touched down with his newest "Working Hard" track featuring the Multi- Award Winning Artist Ti Gonzi. Leeritz has a insane amount of potential and, with each new release, he gets closer to reaching his ceiling. The singer is climbing up a very tall ladder, backed by the production force of O2 Muzik . On "Working Hard" Leeritz gives the song some breathing room, opting to let the chorus speak. Once the kick hits, Ti Gonzi wastes no time in setting a scene. Ti Gonzi potrays clear imagery in his lyrics with well crafted rhymes delivering an epic verse. "Working Hard" touches on hard working ,confident about your hustles and what you deserve after standing tall through life's obstacles. The track was produced by Dj Tonyvic at O2 Muzik Records. The track is available on Youtube and Soundcloud
 

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A Serene Sublime Earth and Sky A review of Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers Robert Thies (piano) and Damjan Krajacic (flutes) Delicate, like two wise birds heard singing on a breeze -- piano and flute, bringing unhurried and relaxed, melodic instrumental wonderment. Consistently contemplative serene movements, weaving a diaphanous kaleidoscopic silk tapestry. Nothing is even remotely fast or moderately hasty, the entire album (74:55) is a perfect daydream with clouds and in my mind’s eye some mystical starfish are slow-stepping in the sky. Thies and Krajacic create soundscapes that leave enough space in the music for the listener to fill with their own thoughts. It is about life. It is about freedom. It is about taking the time to truly enjoy the fine art of listening. All the sounds one hears on this album were acoustically created on flute and piano, and sometimes using extended techniques not commonly associated with the instruments, creating a well grounded acoustic music that reflects the natural vibrations of this planet and humanity. What I hear is a collection of honest, spontaneous musical conversations that capture a moment in time. The challenge and beauty of improvisation is to attentively listen and react to what you are hearing, discovering a story in the process. It stops becoming intellectual and becomes more emotional and spiritual. Perhaps that is really what this is about. Thies and Krajacic, inspired by friendship, are each celebrated exquisite virtuosos, adding occasional unusual percussive instrumental textures, such as recording the sound of tapping rhythmically on the flute valves or thumping the piano while holding down the foot pedal, or applying putty to the strings, all to pull a lot more from those two instruments than what comes from a traditional color palette. And that is the true inspiration, just let it be what it is at that moment. This is truly music from a quieter place, it is just really very, very sparse. You will hear peaceful intricate layers with no technical studio fireworks. Listen to delicate moments of fresh improvisations, each track feels new and one-of-a-kind, the performances are perfect magic, with haunting melodies, all gorgeous, no darkness or thunder, no hurry, no worry. Some insights of les musiciens from the album notes: “The music of Blue Landscapes is inspired and grounded by our love for Earth’s beauty and all of her natural wonders. Whether it be the motion of the seas, the majesty of the mountains, the rhythmic flow of the rivers and streams, the migrations of her creatures, or the mysteries of the forests, all feed the imagination. “May we cherish and protect our planet for all the generations that follow. “And as always, it is our hope that this music will take you to a quiet and reflective space.” ~ Robert & Damjan https://fanlink.to/BLIII-Frontiers Deeper Into the Frontier The album begins with and maintains a consistently delicate slow levitating feeling created by the piano accompanied by flute, “Drifting” (3:37) explores sounds and colors, you feel like you might be blissfully sitting next to a stream for hours, just listening and watching the flowing water. Exploring moments of spirituality in music and in nature, “Forest Path” (6:56) presents detailed percussive flute fingering providing the path and tempo of the journey, melodic flute soaring and decorated with tiny piano embellishments. Nature has always been an inspiration for fine art and for sacred healing experiences. “The Abandoned Monastery” (5:42) with peaceful flute layers slow and stately, a single flute’s voice takes the focus over the slow layers exploring the potential with what the flute could do, the piano joins in, understated and keeping the slow stately pace, exploring the old monastery’s ruined stones overgrown with brush and raked by the wind, here is where the altar once was, there is where the monks once worshiped, they are now long gone... Piano sketches, telling a story in music, perhaps about a quiet afternoon, slowly the flute joins in, matching the melody side by side, turning and gliding in perfect synchronicity, there is a sweet tiny chime hidden in the framework. “Le Musicien” (3:34) has a sound that is organic, pure, and ethereal. Next, you can see the lighthouse in the distance, and now you are on top of the lighthouse and looking into the horizon, feeling the magical slow pace, describing the sea on a still day, surveying infinity: “The Lighthouse” (3:46) stirring the heart and awakening the mind, it’s magical. Flowing piano with a shadowy flute chiffon, evoking raw, human emotion, memories long faded and treasured, “Goodbye” (6:42) light and dark speaking to the experience of life, that’s really what the music is about. Improvisation is, like life, magical and unpredictable. “Frontiers” (6:09), geometric patterns of piano thistledown with a breezy flute sweeping overhead, some percussive tapping on the instrument to create more depth in places, very delicate. As the song progresses, the sparse fingering of the piano becomes more bold on top of the constantly repeating geometric patterns, calming and transforming. The uncertainty that comes with improvisation allows us, listeners and musicians, all to reach deep and let go, unifying us musically and spiritually and with everything around us at the same time. For the next track the piano is disguised as a harpsichord, slow and diaphanous, the flute is dry and whispery, joined by another layer of piano, all understated and delicately stunning, gorgeous, a love for other kinds of music coming from a different place, “Tranquility” (4:24). With an elegant symphonic sound from just one pianist and one flutist, waking with no memories, just the fascinating new day ahead, thinking: “Take My Hand” (3:49). Absolutely authentic, heartfelt, thoughtful and comforting. Fine silken piano fields under a sky that has no horizon, it just goes forever, the flute brings punctuation and textures, punching a playful breeze, percussive touches to complete the portrait of “Infinity” (6:41). Thoughtful, moving, healing. Graceful -- a rich palette of colors, sounds and percussive effects not commonly associated with the flute. Nature is a muse for many composers, it’s no different with this music. The piano creates a cascading liquid flowing feeling, the flute provides the breeze and all you can do is float along, on a perfect afternoon. “The Distant Waterfall” (3:42), shape shifting, playing the flute and creating a deep connection to our natural world, allowing for more soul searching. Melodic tides bring the sand endless treasures, fine details sent by ocean currents, a night of warm breezes and “Waves on a Moonlit Sea” (4:28) gently clearing the heart very deeply, inspired by our beautiful natural world. In this collection of sonic jewels there is more than one miniature journey, this next track is a mystical cavalcade, a caravan of free spirited wanderers. Here you can find solemn nomads who pass through “The Valley of Echoes” (4:35) reaching forefronts of beauty and visions of nature, reinforcing a feeling of connection to our planet. Gossamer thin and timeless, “Forgotten Memories” (6:28), the piano draws pictures of incredibly beautiful visual landscapes, an extremely beautiful sonically elegant little pattern that in your mind is going to play on and on, long after the recording has stopped. Floating and “Letting Go” (4:38) is an improvisational musical dialogue, the musicians are so tuned in to each other, providing a very deep listening experience, kind of like life, with situations where you have no idea of what’s going to happen next. Robert Thies is the only American pianist in four decades to win a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn. He is in high demand at festivals and special celebrations, a master class teacher, chamber music coach, lecturer, and adjudicator across the globe. Thies’s recordings can be found on the music labels Centaur, Albany, Golden Tone, Denouement Records, and now on Myndstream. Damjan Krajacic is a musician of eclectic styles, spanning jazz, latin jazz, and classical training, he is of Eastern European heritage, a native of Zagreb, Croatia. He was instrumental in starting the Croatia Flute Academy, and has 8 CD releases. His groove-packed latin-jazz and meditative ambient music show his jazz and classical sensibilities as well as Eastern European rhythms and melodies. On this album he plays a regular C flute, and a bass flute, which is an octave lower, at times it might sound as if a folk instrument is playing, or Native American flute, perhaps not to simulate those instruments, always extending the color palette of the flute. This album is the third part of a series, preceded by Blue Landscapes (2012) and Blue Landscapes II: Discoveries (2016), which is a 2018 Global Music Award Bronze winner. Track List 1 Drifting 2 Forest Path 3 The Abandoned Monastery 4 Le Musicien 5 The Lighthouse 6 Goodbye 7 Frontiers 8 Tranquility 9 Take My Hand 10 Infinity 11 The Distant Waterfall 12 Waves on a Moonlit Sea 13 The Valley of Echoes 14 Forgotten Memories 15 Letting Go For more about the story behind the musical series Blue Landscapes, as well as the individual artists Robert Edward Thies and Damjan Krajacic, visit these links: http://www.bluelandscapesmusic.com/ http://www.robertthies.org/ https://damjanmusic.com/ https://myndstream.com/robert-thies-damjan-krajacic https://www.facebook.com/BlueLandscapesMusic/
 

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New Album \ The new Kindred Spirit Band album, "Elemental", launched into the world on November 2nd 2019. The album has been sent to music magazines across the globe and some very favourable reviews are starting to come back. "“Elemental” is an ingenious and advanced folk-rock album with several well-favored songs and a lot of creative and wonderfully accomplished musical ornaments. Written for a species that is about to be lost in the fires." Neil Mach, Rawamp Magazine "if you like prog where the folk makes a heavy mark, you must definitely listen to this." Gerelateerde artikelen, Progwereld "This fine group of musicians made a very attractive album with many enjoyable folky tunes, lyrics that matter and a very uplifting feeling altogether, very necessary in these dark times. So take your chances on this one!" Theo Verstrael, Dutch Progressive Rock Page
 

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Our new single, Fuerza, #6 in the December Latin-American Top40

Happy New Year everyone!

Our new single, "Fuerza" is #6 in the EthnoCloud Latin-American Top40 for December, 2019!

Like all our other songs, it carries a positive message :) #positivethinking

The song is about living in the moment, without getting influenced by the past or worried by the future.

After all, we are all living and experiencing life NOW, neither one minute ago, nor one minute later :)

So, if we want to change our life for the better, the best way to do it is to live every moment consciously!

 

 

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The Fascinating World of Indie Charts

Music lovers are all too aware of the music industry charts which may or may not have an impact on an artist’s career. When assessing the sway established charts like Billboard have on influencing listener’s choices in music, and whether or not those listeners will end up spending money on buying an artist’s music, just because that artist has made it onto the billboard’s top 20, a question should pop into any music strategist mind, and that is, how relevant are the mainstream charts today? In a world where musicians have to keep track of the numbers of Spotify streams, FaceBook likes, Instagram follows and YouTube subscriptions, is topping the mainstream charts still viewed as a major accomplishment in comparison to getting 2M views on TikTok? Many would still answer with a resounding yes. British charts like Top of the Pops are no longer a reflection of record sales and popularity rather, it is a cultural institution equivalent to what American Bandstand and Soul Train used to be in the US. However, it’s worth mentioning that whereas shows like Soul Train, American Bandstand and Pop in Germany which was once a major force in the European music scene have all ran out of steam along time ago. TOTP has survived through the years because of its dynamic transformation capabilities and being able to keep up with the latest music trends. Facts such as Robbie Williams securing a Christmas number 1 album in the UK this year which was knocked off by Rod Stewart who became the oldest person in the UK to have a Number 1 Christmas album still grabs the attention of headlines. Nevertheless, there is another world that exists. A world of ethnocentric music, indie artists and DIY musician. Welcome to the world of Indie charts. First, there is the Ethnocloud Indie charts, these charts are categorized by the different regions of the globe and their musical influences. The charts are divided into audio and video charts. For example, there are the North American top 40 and also the West European Top 40 Ethnocloud audio and video charts. In this world of indie charts having a number 1 Christmas song on the N1M Canadian Christian pop charts is very much a celebrated accomplishment. The same goes for being in the top 10 of the Canadian Latin Pop charts and the easy listening Indie Music charts. Although many of the artists on these indie charts are undervalued by mainstream music buyers, there can be no doubt that technological progress and factors such as globalization are increasingly bridging the divide between artists featured on mainstream charts like Billboard and those artist featured on Indie charts. In addition to this, established musicians like Nile Rodgers are gaining new followers by collaborating with other musicians featured on these indie charts. Known for giving Madonna her success with the Like a Virgin album and remixing George Michael’s first posthumous single, Nile who is estimated by celebrity networth.com to have accumulated a net worth of 70 Million Dollars still has clout in the international music industry with royalty cheques still rolling in from the disco era and Studio 54 heydays. However, what remains to be seen is the rising of a breakthrough artist who achieves iconic status as a result of successfully dominating the Indie charts.

 

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Philippe Brunel Acoustic Band

After having made our first two CDs entitled Philippe Brunel "Récits de Voyages" (Coop-Breizh distribution) we are pleased to invite you to continue the adventure by watching some excerpts and the teaser of our new CD:

Philippe Brunel Acoustic Band: "Vers de nouvelles aventures …"



http://www.philippe-brunel.com/en/



We invite you to take off and let yourself be carried by the current.
Loop your suitcases and embark with us for a musical cruise around the world.

We remain at your disposal to send you a copy of the albums as well as any other additional information (visual, press kit, etc ...) for possible diffusion or programmation.

We wish you a very pleasant trip …



Philippe Brunel
10 rue de buzulzo
22300 Lannion (France)
+33 (0) 6 25 98 63 95
contact@philippe-brunel.com

 

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Danzon and Danzonete Danzón 

Der 10-jährige Krieg (Guerra de los Diez Años), der erste große Konflikt im Streben Kubas nach Unabhängigkeit, ging 1878 zu Ende. Bereits 1879 folgte der Guerra Chiquita, der zweite größere Konflikt. Er endete ebenfalls mit einer Niederlage der Rebellen. In dieser Zeit entstand der Danzón.Miguel Faílde Pérez gilt als Vater des Danzón mit seiner 1879 veröffentlichten Partitur Las Alturas de Simson. Danzón entwickelte sich nach eigenen Aussagen von Pérez aus der Danza, die ihrerseits auf der Contradanza basiert. Er ist allerdings langsamer als seine beiden Vorgänger.Zum Danzón wird in Paaren getanzt (Paartanz). Die Bewegungen sind ruhig, elegant und ähneln etwas dem Tango. Anfangs war Danzón der weißen Oberschicht und ihren Privatclubs in Havanna vorbehalten. Erst in den zwanziger Jahre wurde er von der schwarzen Bevölkerung aufgegriffen und rhythmisch etwas verändert. Die kubanischen Bands waren im Gegensatz zum Publikum jedoch gemischtrassig.Danzón war rein instrumental. In den Orquesta Danzoneras (Danzón Orchester) waren Timbales, Guiro, Tumbadora, Piano, Klarinette, Trompete, Violine, Posaune und Ophikleide (kleiner Form der Tuba) verbreitet. Die Besetzung ähnelte den europäischen Salonorchestern dieser Zeit.Einer der wichtigsten Komponisten und Bandleader mit nahezu 500 Danzónes war Antonio María Romeu. Der erste, der einen Gesangsteil in einem Danzón einführte, war Aniceto Díaz (1927 in Mantanzas) mit „Rompiendo la Rutina“. Hieraus entstand ein weiteres Genre, die Danzonete. 

Danzoneton – eine Danzonete unseres Orchesters „Tokame“. Eigene Komposition/CD aus dem Jahr 2014. Mit Ardilez Ruiz, Alexander Febles, Joel Lafont, Amik Guerra, Oslén Ceballo Brian, Guillermo Hernandez, Reinier Ceruto, Dalia Prada und Komponist Branko Arnsek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP7gOe6z_OU&feature=emb_logo

 

 

https://cuba-events.eu/2019/11/danzon-kubanisches-musik-genre/

 

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Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: 2020 Vision

December 2019 Issue:

2020 Vision
•Ways to Help the World Fusion Movement Reduce Polarization

'Till 2020 Sale
Recordings, Music Eduction, and Musical Scavenger Hunt

Global Guitar Summit
•12/6/19, Wu Wei Tea Temple, Fairfax


2020 Vision

Hands and Globe

Ways to Help the World Fusion Movement Reduce Polarization1. Fun Raising: Make a Tax Deductible Contribution

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In this age of polarization, world fusion music is needed now more than ever. You can help our "fun raising" efforts to support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings:

  • Make a Tax Deductible Donation. Ancient Future was accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, and now donations made through them on behalf of Ancient Future are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law!
2. Support the Archive of Future Ancient RecordingsMatthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar Recording A.F.A.R.Fun Raising A.F.A.R. Past the Finish Line

The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, Ancient Future's fun fan funded recording project, has over 86 minutes of music in it so far. Another set of studio tracks that will expand the project by over 50% are already in production.

Hundreds and hundreds of hours have already gone into the composition, rehearsal, pre-production, and recording the guitar and bansuri flute tracks for Beyond Kalyan, a new piece by Matthew Montfort based on Rag Kalyan. At around 30 minutes long, it is a very expansive, emotional, and difficult to perform piece. Mindia Devi spent several weeks practicing her bansuri flute parts, and all of the composed sections and most of her improvised solos have been recorded. The next step will recording Vishal Nagar's tabla tracks.

It's time for some "fun raising" to fund payments to master musicians so that they can carve out time to practice their parts and record them. We have raised 22% of our funding goal so far. This is substantial, but averages just a little more than 2% per year, so we need to greatly speed up our fun raising to complete the project.

Please consider becoming a supporter at one of the levels below, starting at just $15. And if you are already a supporter, you can still upgrade to higher quality downloads until each supporter level is sold out. Once you become a supporter, you will receive all of the tracks in the archive (and all of the tracks that will be added in the future), and you will be eligible to buy a limited edition CD-R of the Best of A.F.A.R. So Far, which is includes all of the best tracks that will (barely) fit on a CD-R.

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The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future. (Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2030)

3. Make and Share Diverse Playlists

Streaming payments to artists are absurdly low, and the switch from music ownership to ad supported streaming has greatly harmed artists' ability to create new work. But there are even more problems with streaming. The algorithms are set up to suggest artists who sound like the music that the listener is already listening to. So, how are people to find out about new directions in music or music from other cultures?

After you support the artists you enjoy by purchasing their work (FUN raise A.F.A.R.), you can help to support musical diversity by making and sharing your own playlists of Ancient Future with your favorite artists from different genres. This can help to expand people's awareness, rather than narrow it. Right now, due to heavily weighted major label playlists featuring Ancient Future with New Age artists popular in the 80's, Ancient Future is predominantly suggested by streaming services to fans of New Age music. This is very limiting for the world fusion music movement. Fans of New Age music have often enjoyed world fusion music, especially the slower tempo pieces. But this isn't helping the world fusion music movement to reach people who need to be turned on to more diverse music.

Apple Music

Stream Ancient Future on Apple Music

If the above link doesn't work, search for Ancient Future directly in Apple Music. Apple doesn't have an ad supported tier, so it pays the most per stream of the major streaming companies at 65/100 of a penny net to Ancient-Future.Com Records, but that's nowhere near a sustainable payment that can support the creation of new recordings. It's much better to buy the downloads while you still can. Apple does allow you to make and share playlists. Please make public playlists with diverse artists and share them.

How to Make an Apple Music Playlist

Spotify

Stream Ancient Future on Spotify

Spotify pays a lower streaming rate than Apple, but higher than YouTube. It is still extremely low, especially for the ad supported tier, where a stream nets Ancient-Future.Com Records only 17/100 of a penny, while the subscription tier nets 36/100 of a penny. All users of Spotify can create playlists.

How to Make a Spotify Playlist

Spotify playlists featuring Ancient Future with appropriate artists can be found at WorldFusionMusicRadio.Com.

Pandora

Stream Ancient Future on Pandora

Pandora pays less per stream than Spotify on its free radio format, but more than Spotify on its subscription tier. Ancient-Future.Com Records nets 8/100 of a cent per stream on Pandora radio playlists, and 41/100 of a cent for Pandora Premium. The free version of Pandora doesn't allow user playlist creation, but you can thumbs up and down tracks. The Ancient Future station on Pandora is populated almost exclusively with tracks by artists with no world music influences at all. Please thumbs down those selections. If you hear Ancient Future on any Pandora station, please thumb it up so that more people find out about world fusion music. If you are a Pandora Premium user, you can create playlists.

How to Make a Pandora Playlist

YouTube

Watch Ancient Future on YouTube

Stream Ancient Future on YouTube Music

YouTube Music pays the lowest of all major music streaming services. For example, 1,708,584 streams of a track by Ancient Future on our own label on YouTube's ad supported service overseas netted Ancient Future only $101.16. That's less than 6/1000 of a cent per stream! Yes, thousandths of a cent! If this had not been on our own label, the artist share would have been even less. This is a travesty. Perhaps it is best to listen to YouTube Music with the sound off. Their subscription tier nets Ancient-Future.Com Records 65/100 of a cent, which is on par with Apple Music, but less than 0.02% of the reported streams in 2019 were in the subscription tier, so the higher rate is just a PR stunt at this point. YouTube Music is available in more countries than Spotify and all users of YouTube can create playlists, so for the time being we are encouraging the creation of YouTube playlists to share with users in countries where Spotify isn't available. Just remember to do your own listening on other services.

How to Make a YouTube Playlist


'Till 2020 SaleRecordings, Music Education, and Musical Scavenger Hunt

Purchases at the Ancient-Future.Com World Music Store directly support the artists and the music, and this sale offers bargain prices until 2020!

Five for Fifty: Five Releases Just $10 Each

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Music Education Sale: Get More Enjoyment Out of MusicTones of Balinese Gamelan: Ding, Dong, Dèng, Dung, DangWorld Music Studies for Listeners and Musicians!

Want to get more out of listening to music? Study of music traditions isn't just for musicians. For example, many listeners are attracted to the spiritual feeling of Indian classical music. But knowing the basics of tala (Indian rhythm cycles) will greatly enhance what one experiences while listening.

A great way to get started on a journey to become a better listener is to visit the education section of Ancient-Future.Com. Included are explanations of African, Arabic, Balinese, and Indian traditions along with some basic exercises to practice that require no instruments to perform. Your site surfing can even win prizes in this issue's Musical Scavenger Hunt! And as you learn more, you may wish to take a private Skype lesson to continue your studies.

Beats Book Brings Bang for the Buck

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Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort (Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2).

  • Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95): Buy 1 Now.
  • Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI Files- $74.95 (SALE $53.95): Buy 1 Now.
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  • Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 (SALE $29.95): Buy 1 Now.

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists.

The new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks.

Digital Liner Note Discounts

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Skype Studies Sale

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Study any of the musical traditions featured on the Ancient Future web site via private Skype lessons with Ancient Future bandleader and guitarist, Matthew Montfort. Recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists, Matthew Montfort teaches all styles of guitar (and other fretted instruments including ukulele, bass, mandolin, charango, and sitar) along with record production, composition, world rhythms, music theory, and repertoire for all instruments.

Skype Lessons
  • 60 Minute Lesson- $75. (SALE $60): Buy 1 Now. Custom private one hour online lesson.
  • 45 Minute Lesson- $65. (SALE $48): Buy 1 Now. Custom private 45 minute online lesson.
  • 30 Minute Lesson- $50. (SALE $36): Buy 1 Now. Custom private 30 minute online lesson.

Gift certificates are available for online lessons worldwide via Skype and other webcam conferencing services. And for a limited time, an additional discount is automatically offered on a Skype tutorial with purchase of Matthew Montfort's book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India at Ancient-Future.Com!

Musical Scavenger Hunt

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3 Ways to Win

Hunt through Ancient-Future.Com to answer the scavenger hunt questions. All of those who get any answer right win an educational digital liner note download of their choice! Get all of the answers right and also win your choice of the Audio Guide or MIDI Groove companion tracks to the world rhythms training manual, Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.

3 Scavenger Hunt Questions
  1. Name six instruments utilized in an Eve percussion orchestra.
  2. What is the name of the more offbeat part of a Balinese kotèkan?
  3. What is the name of an 11 beat North Indian rhythmic cycle that includes two groupings of 1 1/2 beats?

This scavenger hunt contest is open only to subscribers to the Ancient Future Times. If you are not already receiving this newsletter, please subscribe before entering. Entries accepted through January 1, 2020. Send entries to info@ancient-future.com.


Global Guitar Summit

Fingerstyle Guitarist Teja GerkenScalloped Fretboard Guitarist Matthew Montfort

12/6/19, Wu Wei Tea Temple, Fairfax

Friday, December 6, 8 PM
Global Guitar Summit
Wu Wei Tea Temple
1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 94930
No cover. Suggested donation: $10 - $20.
Info: wuweiteatemple.com
Facebook Event

Ancient Future leader and guitarist Matthew Montfort and German fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Teja Gerken return to the Wu Wei Tea Temple in Fairfax for an evening of music from around the world.

Matthew Montfort is a pioneer among guitarists who have had their fretboards scalloped in order to play various forms of world music that require intricate note-bending ornaments while still being able to play chords.

Teja Gerken is known for his original compositions, many of which employ alternate tunings and two-handed tapping. His playing merges the styles of European guitar pioneers such as John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan with the distinct sounds of American players such as Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges.

 

 

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Hope For The Meek

Ali Hugo is a recognizable name in the indie music circles, one which increasingly needs no introduction. Hugo has been back in the music scene since 2015 and in that time, Hugo has been able to achieve 3 number one hit singles in the North American indie charts and “This Love Is True” became a number #1 Global hit single in the Global indie charts. Recently Hugo has been working on a new album titled “Hope for the Meek”. The album is a blend of Christian Rock, Gospel Music, Jewish Hymns and Islamic Qasidah. This new work is a radical departure from Hugo’s 2018 Gold-certified “Time Machine” EP. With “Hope for the Meek”, Hugo is inspired by the commonalities in the three monolithic faiths which trace their roots to the prophet Abraham, they are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Although the lyrical content of Hope for The Meek is spiritual, the music is radio-friendly straight-up pop music. The album is being released on Hugo’s Belief Records label. The first single from the album “Marching Saints” was supposed to be released this Christmas Eve, however, Phoenix FM in the UK picked it up early and prompted Belief Records to make the single available for streaming on various platforms before the official release date. So how does “Hope for the Meek” differ from the previous [Time Machine]? For one thing, there is a commonality between both records and that is they are both based on Hugo’s personal experiences. As far as “Hope for the Meek” is concerned, in 2000 AD Hugo picked up Karen Armstrong’s A History of God, a book that has had a lasting impact on Hugo. “What really struck me was the fact that many people view the three religions as being very different from each other instead of focusing on how the three are revealed by the very same source” “What Armstrong put across to me is the sequential theological progression of understanding the almighty through history’ ” As an artist, the book has definitely had an inspirational impact on the subject matters I want to write music about” is what Hugo conveyed when talking about “Hope for the Meek.”  Hugo affirmed that “Hope for the Meek” is certainly not the soundtrack of any theological book. “I’m sure that there are better musicians out there who are more qualified at undertaking the task of creating a soundtrack to a theological or historical book” “Hope for the Meek, is just my way of saying I’m fully committed to praising Adonai, Jehovah and Allah” “Hope for the Meek” highlights what I’ve learned from A History of God which is “He is the one same God with many names”. “Quite frankly, I wouldn’t even attempt trying to write a soundtrack to any book let alone a book which deals with the themes of theology. It’s not like it hasn’t been done before, I remember reading Kenny Loggins book “The Unimaginable life” while at the same time listening to the book’s soundtrack. I was quite impressed at how Kenny was able to do well on that project what he has done for movie soundtracks. At the same time, I remember reading somewhere what a challenge it was for Kenny to get the book publisher and the record company to agree on anything ”The market of “Hope for the Meek” is of a different segment, whereas “Time Machine” was targeting audiences of “80’s & 90’s retro radio shows” along with stations that play contemporary Music. “Hope for the Meek” is taking the approach of gaining airplay on Gospel and Christian music radio stations and stations that also play contemporary music. Judging from the popularity Hugo has already gained from the first single of the album ‘Marching Saints’ which is currently getting extensive airplay in the UK, “Hope for the Meek” is likely to achieve more success than “Time Machine”. Whereas Canada was the home base for [Time Machine], The UK is the home base for “Hope for the Meek”. Hugo’s first single from the album will be available on YouTube Music by Dec 23rd.

 

By Belief Records PR Machine

 

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Jake Benjamin; Taking Over the World

New York native Jake Benjamin pens bold and intricate tracks that put his music on our radar immediately.  The singer-songwriter brings an eclectic taste to the table that will leave his songs lingering in your ears for days to come. His latest single and video release for "Bound to You," showcases his soulful essence as he proves that he has staying power...without a doubt. With his upcoming EP due out early next year, titled "Finally Back Home," Benjamin will surely outdo himself with the depth of his songwriting both musically and lyrically. His vocals offer up a dash of heaven with underlying intricate tones that bring each of his melodies to life. Best described as "Jazz tinged Pop" Benjamin is truly in a class of his own in the current music world. It's noteworthy and shows that he will soon become a household name. These days, Jake is in New York music making within a community of musicians and friends. His next release, however, will showcase his solo artistry with a collection of songs themed around Vincent van Gogh. These recordings will highlight concepts of the psyche, the human condition, and they will showcase Jake’s innovative use of his looper station.

 

Watch the video for "Bound to You," here:
 
 
 

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Benny Sinclair Takes Over Australia and the World with Prominent Album Release

Benny Sinclair is an artist that has steadily been on our radar for the past few weeks. His new album "Assumptions," is an epic record that showcases Sinclair's intricated brand of Hip Hop. With roots in Australia, Sinclair is a burst of energy in the music scene, and as he launches himself into 2020, Benny Sinclair is the hottest thing heating up the Winter.We caught up with the up-and-coming rapper which will grab your ears as well.

 

When you are writing music, what comes first within the song? Melodies, certain tones, harmonies...

 

Firstly I listen to the beat then the melody, which prompts me to rap/flow or harmonise over it. Every time I hear new music, it triggers a unique flow in my mind.

 

What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest album release "Assumptions" which came out this month?

 

This LP is the 3rd instalment of 4 planned LP’s based on my life, my experiences & the four agreements which I use as a guide to personal freedom. I’m hoping to deliver a positive message to my fans & have an influence in their lives as well as entertain, provide great memories & get people moving on the dance floor, in their living rooms, in the gym or where ever they are when they hear my songs!

 

Can you tell us about the record? How did you create it? Were there any outside key players?

 

This LP is my favourite to date, & Im blessed to have had many talented people involved in its production. I recently set up a small studio for my business ‘Dime & Ruff’, where we recorded some of the tracks & mixed the LP. Other tracks were recorded at my producers studios.

 

What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially within the new album?

 

I’m inspired by inspiring others, with my words. I know with the single ‘Nothing Comes Easy’ I’ve had Boxers message me & say how much the words inspired them before their fights, this way is a more direct influence as in a fight you really need to mentally prepare yourself & from my experience its the most important thing, regardless of what shape you are in physically. Im hoping with other tracks I inspire fans in everyday life to give them strength & belief in them selves, & to enjoy my music & learn from the lessons I’ve learnt & express in some of the songs. I also wish to entertain & put a smile on peoples faces!

 

Do you produce and record your own songs, or do you head into the studio?

 

As I’ve mentioned I recently set up a small studio for my business ‘Dime & Ruff’, where we have recorded some of the tracks & mixed the LP. At the ‘Dime & Ruff’ studio I meet with my producers & we work directly from there. Other tracks are recorded at my producers studios, but the process is generally the same. I do the songwriting, rapping & singing, unless we collaborate with other artists on tracks & my producers take care of the music. I do have an influence during the production of the music & my Team is always happy to run with my ideas!

 

What are your key musical goals for the end of the year;and into the New Year?

 

My LP Assumptions is currently being played over USA college radio and getting air play on commercial radio stations. The support & response so far has been amazing! I’m beginning to write, get ideas & beats together for my 4th LP ‘The Best’ all going well so far. I have plans for ‘Dime & Ruff’ in the new year, & would love to come out to the states to perform & collaborate with producers or artists focussing on my next LP.

 

Connect on Social Media & Listen Loud with Benny Sinclair :

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bennysinclair/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bennysinclair/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1lwECiFWy7HZ5PwDWCtzDo
iTunes: https://music.apple.com/au/artist/benny-sinclair/1193497488
Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/bennysinclair
Website: www.bennysinclair.com

 

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L.A. Foster shares fresh new single \'Keep Faith\'

Lesley Ann Foster is a Montreal based singer-songwriter, D.J., and radio host who has been a staple in the Montreal music scene. From UK dance, soul, cumbia, reggaeton, hip hop, and dark R&B, Foster’s sound draws from her eclectic musical taste and her growth as a collaborator. After a cross-Canada tour this summer, she's gearing up to release a new EP titled, "All My Lost Chances Are Beautiful."

Listen to her new single is out today called "Keep Faith" which accompanies "Cruel Love," her previous released single.

 

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Cheeky Fest
Cheeky Fest is for creatives, performers, entrepreneurs, people who aren’t earning enough money through their passion to support themselves (& their families) so have a Day Job or are Unemployed & claiming (Universal Credit), have had / continue to have mental and/or physical health challenges, are still finding how they fit into society, may not have a great work history, haven’t had the opportunities to develop or apply the skills & passion they have.
 
Cheeky Fest is an arts community-festival connecting people through art, business, dance, drawing, education, entrepreneurship, fashion, film, installation, music, opera, performance, poetry, social media, startups, theatre and/or video.
 
A beautiful, bold, bright, collaborative, colourful, creative, daring, dramatic, dynamic, educational, empowering, encouraging, engaging, enthralling, ear/eye opening, expressive, inspiring, international, invigorating, joyous, participatory, public, progressive, reflective, social, thought-provoking year-round community focused on / culminating and growing through an annual Festival.
 
Cultural and creative boundaries are met, shared & challenged between international artists and viewers / audience / participants alike. The experience gathers a complexity of, and multiple approaches to art practices and tests conventional definitions of fine art and creative & performing arts.
  • The @WAKTM opera is based on a story by Chris Eales with music by Rupert Cheek.
  • Mentorship, Management & Education provided by others involved in the festival
  • Fairly Paid Work for those involved
  • Skills sessions & workshops delivered by leading professionals e.g. live sound & production, how to make space in your community for events to happen, marketing advice, artist management, or how to work with booking agents.
  • Practical support & guidance about marketing, fundraising, budgeting, logistics, and all aspects of event production. Tangible skills gained about effective event management.
  • Have your work featured on the Cheeky Fest website & social media channels. The curators selected will have the opportunity to jointly curate an event at the next Cheeky Fest.
  • Networking opportunities with other curators on the programme, professional artists & the Cheeky team.
  • Financial support available for event programming & bursaries for e.g. travel.
  • Platform for & investment (via @CheekyVentures ) in arts / music / events Startups & businesses - an 'opportunity' to share ideas & connect with potential partners, clients & customers. We will look for Startups whose technology / hardware / software / instruments could be used in the Opera. 
Go on Tour across the UK, Europe, the USA & beyond,
 
Promoted by Cheeky Promo
 

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Blues and Ballads Album

Blues and Ballads, my latest digital album, has been released at Bandcamp. 

I consider blues and ballads to be two pillars of jazz. The originals in this collection explore both conventional and unconventional approaches to these genres.

The 8-track album is $7. The music can be streamed (with the free Bandcamp app) or downloaded. As another option, individual recordings are $1 per track. Purchases help to fund new recordings of my originals. 

My recent digital albums comprise a 6-volume collection with 45 recordings of my originals. Each album has its own character, styles, and moods. 

Here is a link to the album: Blues and Ballads

 

 

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New Fiddle Music Album

New Fiddle Music, my latest digital album, has been released at Bandcamp. 

Stylistically, the music includes jazz, modern Appalachian, Celtic, and ragtime...often blended together in unusual ways. 

The 8-track album is $7. The music can be streamed (with the free Bandcamp app) or downloaded. As another option, individual recordings are $1 per track. Purchases help to fund new recordings of my originals. 

 

Here is a link to the album: New Fiddle Music 

 

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Sambas and Bossa Novas Album

A digital album of my original sambas and bossa novas -- and a tango thrown in for good measure --  has been released at Bandcamp. 

The musical moods span contentment to get-up-and-dance exuberance...and lots in between. 

The 7-track album is $7. The music can be streamed (with the free Bandcamp app) or downloaded. As another option, individual recordings are $1 per track. Purchases help to fund new recordings of my originals. 

 

Here is a link to the album: Sambas, Bossa Novas, and a Tango 

 

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Mid-Size Jazz Ensemble Album

A digital album of my original music for mid-size jazz ensemble has been released at Bandcamp. 

I am a fan of the mid-size ensemble and the creative possibilities it offers.

My vision for a mid-size ensemble is to use a woodwind quintet as a role model – that is, with each instrument having a distinct tone color – instead of thinking of it as a smaller version of a big band. This concept can be explored with either conventional or unconventional combinations of instruments. The ensemble can also have a level of flexibility and creative freedom that is usually associated with a small group.

Stylistically, this music is eclectic...spanning American roots to avant-garde. ​

The 8-track album is $7. The music can be streamed (with the free Bandcamp app) or downloaded. As another option, individual recordings are $1 per track. Purchases help to fund new recordings of my originals. 

 

Here is a link to the album:  Mid-Size Jazz Ensemble

 

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Jaywalker Kicks It With Latest Track
Jaywalkers’s new single “Kickin Back On A Sunday” features rich vocals reminiscent of classic country with a modern twang that makes them one of our favorite acts of the year.
 

Jaywalker brings some insight regarding the track:

The inspiration for the song came from only having one day off a week on the road. That is usually Sunday. On the way home the guys always ask what I am going to do with the day off, my reply would always be,” Just kickin back and hanging with my wife a kids” Can’t think of a better way to spend the day.

 

Jaywalker puts a modern twist on 90’s country. Made up of the heartbeat from the award-winning band Hey Romeo, the band blurs genres to deliver heartfelt and authentic songs. Darren Gusnowsky and Rob Shapiro combine their natural chemistry formed over almost two decades of writing, recording and performing together to create a musical duo that showcases their abilities.
 

Catch the track on Soundcloud:
 
 
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Average Gypsy Unveil Upbeat Single \

Spend some time with Average Gypsy and you'll quickly learn that they operate out of pure love and integrity. Their tireless work ethic, dedication to continuous improvement and to honing their sound is reflected not only in their live performances, but also in their production. Their new single "Panda Bunny" highlights their high-energy, multi-genre blend of deep, rolling basslines and bouncy beats.  The duo will have you obsessed within every listen as their driving beats will bring the party right to your headphones.

 

Listen in here: https://soundcloud.com/average-gypsy/panda-bunny/s-bGD9q



Built on a solid foundation of local support, Average Gypsy have earned a reputation for always delivering a top-notch performance. Known for their captivating stage presence, quick mixes and ability to flow through a wide range of selections, which are always cutting edge, never predictable and always dance-worthy. They’ve played numerous shows and festivals within Canada, such as Astral Harvest Music Festival (AB) and Motion Notion Music Festival (BC), and are starting to gain the attention of a global audience, playing festivals such as Genius Loci (Baja, Mexico) and One Love Fest (California, US). Recently, Average Gypsy have played several shows in the Southern California region as well as Spain, Mexico, Taipei and England.        


Average Gypsy hustles. Their tireless work ethic, dedication to continuous improvement and to honing their sound is reflected not only in their live performances, but also in their production. Their debut EP, “On Yo Block!” reached #1 in Future House Releases and #30 of all releases on Beatport. Their most recent EP, "Get Some Money" reached #1 in Bass House Releases on Beatport and was played at Coachella and on Diplo's Revolution on SiriusXM. Josh & Dani have just finished producing their debut album, which is 7-track story album. Each track represents a pivotal moment in their journey together thus far.

 

 

Let's get this party started! 

 

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“The challenges of a timeless classic indie record” In the winter of 2017 Canadian Indie singer-songwriter, Ali Hugo released his Indie EP “Time Machine”. The EP gained huge success prompting Hugo’s Canadian Indie label Mirage Records to award Hugo a Gold record in recognition of total downloads and streams of the EP’s singles. Hugo had designed a unique strategy for the promotion of “Time Machine” which appealed to music listeners yearning for the nostalgic sounds of the ’70s 80’s and ’90s. Hugo even went as far as producing a Rockumentary titled “Time Machine” which was selected as a finalist for a Movie Festival in Carey North Carolina. However, “Time Machine” wasn’t without its critics as one indie music blog stated “Hugo Needs to Record new songs” in reference to the nostalgic content of the “Time Machine” EP which was recorded during Hugo’s Teens in the 90’s. Never the less, the last single of “Time Machine; Rhythm of Love” was released on Valentine’s Day in 2019 right after releasing a limited edition CD of the EP. The deadline set for ending [Time Machine] promotional efforts was May 2019. Hugo took time out to vacation in the Indian Ocean Archipelago of Zanzibar where Hugo traces his ancestry. ‘The Idea was for Hugo to recuperate and come back refreshed to plan-out a new strategy for the new record” says Jeremiah Keys a fellow musician and collaborator in some of the tracks on Hugo upcoming projects. By June 2019, Hugo announced “Hope for the Meek” his upcoming album of spiritual music and started an online diary to update his fans on the production process of “Hope for The Meek’. However, what both Hugo and Mirage Records didn’t have a full comprehension of was the lifeline which was extended to “Time Machine” as singles from the EP re-entered the top ten of various North American indie charts, due to popular demand by Ali Hugo Fans. This prompted popular radio shows like Oklahoma’s “Nick & Bootsy Basement Tape Show” to pick up Hugo’s country single “You’ll find love” while “Rhythm of Love” has been released On RNB hits radio and Urban radio. The forecast right now looks like another year of “Time Machine” will be in effect. “I Think where we went wrong was that we got caught up in all of this digital hoopla and needing to do things differently” was Hugo’s comment. “Essentially what the digital music age has allowed us to do, is use strategies employed by the record industry in the 70’s, where an albums lifeline and its promotion could last up to 6 years” that was certainly the case back then with records by industry veterans such as The Eagles and Santana. Hugo added “Now we’ve re-examined our strategy and took into accounts not only on-demand streams but also podcasts and streams supported by blogs content. We’ve also come up with innovative ways to repackage the songs, for example, creating secret playlists available exclusively on Hugo’s official website. In addition to this, “We’re negotiating with a few of the Chinese Music streaming service providers, to see what types of opportunities will be given to “Time Machine”, to help it crack the Chinese Music Market. “Quite frankly, I don’t think this would have worked with just any other record. The concept of Time Machine makes it a timeless classic that has taken a life of its own, by really time traveling listeners to those wonderful musical decades of the past” “ I truly believe that I’ve struck a gold mine with Time Machine and that it will take me to double-platinum stratosphere in the long run” Hugo pointed out. So What about “Hope for the Meek”? “It would be logical to view any new Ali Hugo release as a threat to Time Machine’s product lifecycle. But I disagree with that point of view, I think because the Ali Hugo content available online is limited to the hit singles of my first Album NGF and those of Time Machine, there is plenty of room for more Ali Hugo Music in the market” Hugo reassured. This disagreement has led Hugo to plan the release of “Hope for the Meek” on his own indie label Belief Records distributed by Universal Music.
“I keep reminding myself that I’m only human and this DIY approach has its limits, I mean; I’m still obligated to promote “Time Machine” especially now that it is picking up in Honduras, Turkey and Japan but I’m also receiving pressure from my hardcore fans to announce the expected date for the release of “Hope for the Meek”, and that’s why my team and I decided that we should at least have the first single out by this Christmas” Hugo promised.
 

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The Núñez Project Talks All That Jazz
Formed in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2014 by bassist and composer Luis Núñez, The Núñez Project blends autochthonous Puerto Rican rhythms of bomba and plena, fused with elements from hip hop, jazz, salsa and songo. Composed of six musicians, The Núñez Project bridges the gap between trending jazz sounds and Puerto Rico’s vibrant musical culture. With two new singles in tow, The Núñez Project shows no signs of slowing down. We had the chance to sit down with Luis for an insightful interview which you can dive into below.
 
When you are writing music, what comes first within the song? Melodies, certain tones, harmonies...
First, let me take a second to say thank you for this opportunity and taking the time to listen to my music. Normally the first thing that comes to mind are the melodies, however, for me the most important thing is how the melody interacts with the rhythm. The genres on which this project is based, Puerto Rican  bomba and plena -are unremitting genders of our African heritage in Puerto Rico, therefore, the drum always has the "last word" I think Lares is a good example of how this happens. The central theme is a pretty rhythmic melody, with beautiful passages. The rhythmic session not only serve as a floor for the melody, but plays a fundamental role in how the melody develops and moves through the song.
 
What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single release which comes out this week?
Lares is the name of a town in the mountain area of Puerto Rico that has a special meaning. There was held in 1868 the largest revolt for the independence of Puerto Rico against the Spanish regime. Although it was not successful due to several factors, that town has a special meaning in the history of our country. That's why the title. It is an song that seeks to celebrate our history as a people and our struggle and search for independence. That's one of the reasons why the song is so powerful, it's a celebration but it's also a fight song

My main objective with this project is to be able to present my music and the culture of my country to the rest of the world. I think that these genres have much to offer world culture and that I can be a good link between Puerto Rico and the rest of the world. My music includes not only the traditional of my land, but also fuses it with Caribbean elements such as merengue and salsa and American elements such as jazz, funk and hip hop. The Nunez Project has a lot to offer and this production is a portrait of that.
 
Can you tell us about the The Nunez Project? How did it form, who does it consist of; who are the key players?
 
It was created around 2014. I had been working around the island with several groups but I felt it was time to create a concept that represented me and that I could identify myself by listening to their music. In a short time, we present ourselves on important stages such as the Heineken Jazz Fest- Ventana al Mar, University of Puerto Rico, Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian, among others. For me, this is a project that presents many of the ideas I have and my way of seeing Puerto Rican music.

The group is very special. The group itself includes Michael Rodriguez (Chick Corea)  on trumpet , Janice Maisonet (Emina) on saxophone , Marcos López (Lila Downs) on  drums , Camilo Molina (Eddie Palmieri)  on congas-barriles and Jonathan Montes (4 for One) on piano. The beauty of this group is that we all know each other and have been working together for some time on other projects, therefore, there is an atmosphere of brotherhood. I am fortunate to have these musicians with me and have agreed to be part of this recording.
 
What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially with the new material?
 
Inspiration comes in many ways. From something that is heard while walking down the street, some personal story or melodies that arise in mind. The main thing for me is that each song has an identity and can tell a story. This CD is special for that reason and for this reason I called "Historias desde otros Lares" - (Stories from other homes). For me, each song tells a story and a purpose and that is something that is important to me: the identity of each song.
 
Do you produce and record your own songs, or do you head into the studio? 
 
I usually write in my apartment and do all the first creative part in private. Then, I like that musicians can play the songs several times so that they have an idea of what I am looking for but can also include their feelings and musical identity in the production. Then, I go to the studio to record. When a song is written for the first time when it is recorded and played, the song has gone through several stages of evolution that are very important. From simply being a melody, to having an accompaniment and developing a little more, all this happens in private, on my piano. Then, it goes through the filter of the musicians to whom I give you the freedom to make recommendations on the subject or its execution.
 
What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?
 
The main goal by the end of this year is to be able to present the group in clubs and festivals. I have a very clear goal and it is to take Puerto Rican music to places where it has not had such a presence. I would love to hit the road with this band because I think we have a lot to offer beyond just music. The show is a very dynamic, interactive and energetic one, this including the first order band that we are I think we're going to be a great asset for Puerto Rican music and all the venues that open their doors to us. 
 
 
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Tangos Album

A digital album of my original tangos has been released at Bandcamp. 

 

I  am deeply attracted to tango nuevo and  Astor Piazzolla 's  music. My tangos are written in a personal style and are not intended to be like conventional ballroom tango music. They draw upon jazz and at times have a touch of contemporary classical. In a curious way, several musician friends have told me that they hear a  Frank Zappa  influence in some of my tangos. I suspect that is due to the humor that runs through much of my music. 

 

The 7-track album is $7. The music can be streamed (with the free Bandcamp app) or downloaded. As another option, individual recordings are $1 per track. Purchases help to fund new recordings of my originals. 

 

Here is a link to the album:  Tangos 

 

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Mark Martyre Brings A New Sound to Life

Up-and-coming Canadian songwriter Mark Martyre is no stranger to the world of music. With an epic collection of albums under his belt, he has just released his skillfully penned new record "Light Years," which came out on August 23. Hailing from Canada, Martyre brings to us his new single "Wait," which has us adoring his music with each and every listen. The peaks and valleys of the track set the true tone for the record; enchanting, well written, and stunning. "Wait," is filled with tinges of blues that bring the track, as well as the album, full circle.

 

 
 
More about Mark Martyre:
 
Mark Martyre is a Canadian writer and musician. His prolific songwriting has produced 6 full-length studio albums since 2012: Down, Record (2012), London (2013), Red Letters (2014), Bluebird (2016), Rivers (2017), and Light Years (2019), as well as several live records, and bootlegs. His music has garnered critical acclaim and attention both nationally and internationally, and has earned him “Best Songwriter” and “Album of the Year” nominations. In 2019, Mark also published a collection of his poems, and has also had several poems published in online journals and literary magazines. In 2018, Mark wrote and performed music for theatre, for the play “That Moment When.”
 

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A new video has been added to my page.  It presents six of my original compositions for mid-size jazz ensemble. Think of it as a virtual concert. The visuals are only title screens and one photo for each piece. Please focus on the music. Imagine that you are in an audience listening to a performance by a live band. If you are not able to watch the video's 23-minute length at one time, take it in segments.

 

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CLOUZINE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AWARDS Fall 2019
This is something I am mentoring with my wife and young team of 5-10 people..
 
CLOUZINE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AWARDS is an international music competition initiated by Clouzine Magazine.
Clouzine is an Online Music Magazine covering numerous genres such as Electronic, World, Experimental and Independent. Published by BillboardⓇ charted team.
Anything unique welcome; whatever the genre.We give chance to new/unknown artists with qualifications.
As for submissions we have a list of categories (New Age, World, Dance/Electronic, Instrumental, Americana/Country, Classical, Children, Pop, Rock, Latin pop/Latin Jazz and Brazilian, Blues, Jazz, Acoustic/Folk, Native American/Hawaii, Indie, Ambient, Hip Hop, Funk plus an option for others where artists have the possibility to put their genre if not listed). In addition to the above we have a Music Video option.
We try to represent and promote all your achievements on our websites, blogs and social media. We don't limit the submissions to new works only. Any of your works from any year is eligible. So keep this in mind.
Decisions will be made by our BillboardⓇ charted team of Clouzine plus some European journalists (they listen to submitted material without being informed about the artist, so only the music counts).
Winners get their award certificates sent to their addresses.
You may check that on our Facebook sites:
Winners who were not featured before, have a slot for an interview in one of coming issues of Clouzine Magazine.
Maybe your work gets now the recognition that it had already deserved. Wishing all the best to our alums and all artists who submitted their awesome works.
Link to Submission form is below
https://form.jotform.com/72060343501139
Best
Clouzine Team
 

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Ancient Future Times: Spectacular Summer Show in the Sierras, School Sale, Scene Seeks Support

 

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Spectacular Summer Show in the Sierras, School Sale, Scene Seeks Support

Summer 2019 Issue:

Ancient Future in the Sierra Nevada September 1
•Music at the Mine in Sierra City for Your Labor Day Weekend Holiday!

Back to the Ancient Future Back to School Sale
Recordings, Music Training Materials, Skype Studies, and Musical Scavenger Hunt

3 Ways to Contribute to the World Fusion Movement
•Make a Tax Deductible Contribution to Ancient Future, Make a Direct Donation, Support A.F.A.R.


Ancient Future in the Sierra Nevada September 1

Ancient Future with Matthew Montfort, Aditya Kalyanpur, and Doug McKeehan
Pictured: Matthew Montfort (guitar), Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla), Doug McKeehan (keys).

Music at the Mine in Sierra City for Your Labor Day Weekend Holiday!Featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Doug McKeehan (keys), and Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla)

Sunday, September 1, 3 PM
Music at the Mine
Kentucky Mine Amphitheater
100 Kentucky Mine Rd.
Sierra City, CA 96125
Tix: $22 adv., $25 door, $10 kids 7 to 17 years old. Kids 6 and under are FREE! Buy Tix.
Info: Call Chris Stockdale at 530-862-1076 or email cstockrock@gmail.com
Facebook Event
Press Release

Ancient Future returns to perform at the Music at the Mine series at the Kentucky Mine Amphitheater for the first time since 2000. This outdoor amphitheater is in a stunningly spectacular setting nestled below the Sierra Buttes.

This uptempo program features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, virtuoso keyboardist Doug McKeehan, and world famous Indian tabla phenomenon Aditya Kalyanpur, who is flying in from India for the event!

Montfort and McKeehan have played hundreds of concerts together with master musicians from many different traditions, and Montfort and Kalyanpur are known for their duet program that emanates strains of passionate flamenco and ethereal Indian raga and fires up crowds at outdoor festivals. This virtuoso trio's uptempo program is an exhilarating and improvisatory take on Ancient Future's broad repertoire.

Featured MusiciansAditya Kalyanpur (Indian tabla)

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Beginning his studies at the age of five under the vigilance of tabla maestro late Ustad Allarakha and tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, Aditya Kalyanpur is considered as one of the most promising torchbearers of the Punjab Gharana style of tabla performance. Aditya was first seen with his guru Ustad Zakir Hussain for the famous "Wah Taj!" television commercial at the age of 11. Having the honor of being recognized as an "A" Grade Artist of All India Radio, he has given public performances along with his guru. Since then he has lent the enchanting music of his tabla to numerous commercials. We hear his tabla ringing in the background of the film "Everybody Says I am Fine" where Zakir Hussain composed the background score. To quote the acknowledging words of tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain for his young, talented disciple; "Even a young player like, say, Aditya Kalyanpur has the ability to approach the instrument with much more expertise than someone of his age would do 30 years ago." Honored with the title of 'Taal – Mani', Aditya Kalyanpur is the recipient of I.T.C's prestigious "Vidyasagar Award" as well as the "Sangeet Visharad." He has performed with many famous groups in a variety of genres, including the Rolling Stones.

Doug McKeehan (keys)

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Doug McKeehan started his piano studies at age five, and began his first professional work at the age of twelve. He studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory, Kent State University, and the University of Otago (New Zealand). He has toured Europe twice and spent considerable time in India studying with notable Indian music teachers such as Pandit Ram Narayan, Ustad Kursheed Khan and Pandit A.G. Bhattacharya. He has composed original music for stage and T.V. productions in San Francisco and Los Angeles and has been musical director of two original musical comedy productions. He cofounded Air Craft with violinist Bruce Bowers, which released a highly acclaimed progressive jazz album, So Near, So Far (Crafted Air CA 30100). Since joining Ancient Future in 1985, he has performed hundreds of concerts with the band.

Matthew Montfort (band leader, scalloped fretboard guitar)

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Matthew Montfort is the leader of the world fusion music ensemble Ancient Future. He is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar (an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar). Montfort spent three months in intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques to the guitar. In 2009, he released his first solo guitar recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar, which debuted at #8 on Zone Music Reporter's Top 100 February 2009 World Radio Chart, and held the #34 spot on the Top 100 of 2009. He has performed concerts worldwide, including at the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona and the Mumbai Festival at the Gateway of India in Bombay. He has performed live on national radio and TV shows such as the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Montfort wrote the book Ancient Traditions - Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India, which has been used by many musicians to improve their rhythm skills.


Back to the Ancient Future Back to School SaleRecordings, Music Training Materials, Skype Studies, and Musical Scavenger Hunt

Purchases at the Ancient-Future.Com World Music Store directly support the artists and the music, and our back to school sale offers bargain prices!

Five for Fifty: Five Releases Just $10 Each

Yearning for the Wind CoverPlanet Passion CD CoverSangria CD CoverSeven Serenades CD CoverSympathetic Serenade CD Cover

The Ancient-Future.Com Record Store is the only place where all of the Ancient Future band recordings, including out of print major label recordings, are available on CD. The site also features releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records, the band's artist coalition label, and side projects by Ancient Future band members on other labels.

Educational Materials Sale: Get More Enjoyment Out of MusicTones of Balinese Gamelan: Ding, Dong, Dèng, Dung, DangWorld Music Studies for Listeners and Musicians!

Want to get more out of listening to music? Study of music traditions isn't just for musicians. The more you know about music, the more you will get out of listening to it. For example, many listeners are attracted to the spiritual feeling of Indian classical music. But knowing the basics of tala (Indian rhythm cycles) will greatly enhance what one experiences while listening.

A great way to get started on a journey to become a better listener is to visit the education section of Ancient-Future.Com. Included are explanations of African, Arabic, Balinese, and Indian traditions along with some basic exercises to practice that require no instruments to perform. Your site surfing can even win prizes in this issue's Musical Scavenger Hunt! And as you learn more, you may wish to take a private Skype lesson to continue your studies.

Beats Book Brings Bang for the Buck

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Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2.

  • Comb Bound Book. $46.95 SALE $33.95. Buy 1 Now.
  • Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI Files. $74.95 SALE $53.95. Buy 1 Now.
  • Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download. New Best Buy! $69.95 SALE $49.95. Buy 1 Now.
  • Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set. New Release! $34.95 SALE 24.95. Buy 1 Now.
  • Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set. $39.95 SALE $29.95. Buy 1 Now.

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists.

The new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks.

Digital Liner Note Discounts

Yearning for the Wind Digital Liner NotesSeven Serenades Digital Liner Notes

Skype Studies Sale

Skype Guitar LessonSkype Rhythm LessonLearn Ancient Traditions on Skype

Study any of the musical traditions featured on the Ancient Future web site via private Skype lessons with Ancient Future bandleader and guitarist, Matthew Montfort. Recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists, Matthew Montfort teaches all styles of guitar (and other fretted instruments including ukulele, bass, mandolin, charango, and sitar) along with record production, composition, world rhythms, music theory, and repertoire for all instruments.

Skype Lessons
  • 60 Minute Lesson. $75. SALE $60. Buy 1 Now. Custom private one hour online lesson.
  • 45 Minute Lesson. $65. SALE $48. Buy 1 Now. Custom private 45 minute online lesson.
  • 30 Minute Lesson. $50. SALE $36. Buy 1 Now. Custom private 30 minute online lesson.

Gift certificates are available for online lessons worldwide via Skype. The lessons can also be conducted through other webcam chat and conferencing services. And for a limited time, an additional discount is automatically offered on a Skype tutorial with purchase of Matthew Montfort's book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India at Ancient-Future.Com!

Musical Scavenger Hunt

GongAfrican DjembeNorth Indian Drum

3 Ways to Win

Start the school year with this scavenger hunt to win music education materials and learn about the ancient musical traditions of the world! Hunt through Ancient-Future.Com to answer the scavenger hunt questions. All of those who get any answer right win an educational digital liner note download of their choice! Get all of the answers right and also win your choice of the Audio Guide or MIDI Groove companion tracks to the world rhythms training manual, Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.

3 Scavenger Hunt Questions
  1. Name six instruments utilized in an Eve percussion orchestra.
  2. What is the name of the more offbeat part of a Balinese kotèkan?
  3. What is the name of an 11 beat North Indian rhythmic cycle that includes two groupings of 1 1/2 beats?

This scavenger hunt contest is open only to subscribers to the Ancient Future Times. If you are not already receiving this newsletter, please subscribe before entering. Entries accepted through September 15, 2019. Send entries to info@ancient-future.com.


3 Ways to Contribute to the World Fusion MovementHands and Globe1. Make a Tax Deductible Contribution to Ancient Future

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Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings.

In this age of polarization, world fusion music is needed now more than ever. You can help by supporting it financially:

  • Make a Tax Deductible Donation. Ancient Future was accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, and now donations made through them on behalf of Ancient Future are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law!
2. Make a Direct Donation (Not Tax Deductible)
  • Make a Direct Donation (not tax deductible). This works well for those who are not part of the top 10% of U.S. taxpayers expected to benefit by itemizing deductions under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
3. Support the Archive of Future Ancient RecordingsMatthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar Recording A.F.A.R.Help Push A.F.A.R. Past the Finish Line

The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, has over 86 minutes of music in it so far. Another set of studio tracks totaling 43 minutes are already in production. The new tracks will represent a 50% expansion of the project!

We have raised 21% of our funding goal so far. This is substantial, but averages just a little more than 2% per year, so we need to greatly speed up our fundraising to complete the project. Please consider becoming a supporter at one of the levels below, starting at just $15. And if you are already a supporter, you can still upgrade to higher quality downloads until each supporter level is sold out.

Once you become a supporter, you will receive all of the tracks in the archive (and all of the tracks that will be added in the future), and you will be eligible to buy a limited edition CD-R of the Best of A.F.A.R. So Far, which is includes all of the best tracks that will (barely) fit on a CD-R.

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The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future. (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2030)

Progress A.F.A.R.

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Beyond Kalyan

Hundreds and hundreds of hours have already gone into the composition, rehearsal, pre-production, and recording the guitar tracks for this new piece by Matthew Montfort. Beyond Kalyan is based on Rag Kalyan, but takes it in new directions, even altering the basic recipe for the raga, hence the title. It is a very expansive, emotional, and difficult to perform piece. Mindia Devi spent several weeks practicing her bansuri flute parts, and then did a five hour recording session, nailing all of the composed parts. The next step will be to record her improvised solos. After that, it will be Vishal Nagar's turn to contribute tabla tracks.

Right now, we need to raise funds to pay musicians so that they can carve out time to practice their parts and record them. To complete the project, it would really help to have funds coming in more quickly. Please sign up to support the project!

 

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The Lightness of Dark: a new Classical Crossover album by Fiona Joy Hawkins and Rebecca Daniels

The renowned Australian and English musicians Rebecca Daniel and Fiona Joy Hawkins present a powerful exploration of loss and beauty amidst life's sadness in an uplifting Classical Crossover style.

On this new album, The Lightness of Dark, the two explore the many facets of life and loss, the search for something positive in the crippling shadows; the resulting album is an example of the potential beauty that can emerge from mourning and sadness. Hawkins and Daniel will be supporting the Classical Crossover-style album with U.S.-based performances in Fall 2019, at Dizzy's in San Diego (https://bit.ly/2GHaa4E), also in Colorado, Julian, CA, and at an exclusive ticketed event in Los Angeles; updates on the duo's Facebook page.


“We believe our album will connect with everyone because we all experience loss in varying forms,” Hawkins says. “It can be the loss of youth, a loved one, a pet, your health...life changing events where we are left to mourn because of loss. People only face their own issues when you lead them to a safe place to do this.”


Both Hawkins and Daniel know that when real life becomes art, experiences can be shared, learned from and resonate with others who are going through similar challenging situations in their lives. Both were channeling the effects of difficult personal experiences into the music they were creating on their own, and soon realized their intent, ideas and visions for what this project could ultimately be melded perfectly.


Music critic Jonathan Widran observes, "While The Lightness of Dark is most-richly experienced in its entirety as the duo converse and ultimately merge their expressions into a singular statement of grace, several pieces stand out thematically" on the 11-track album, including "Interwoven Threads of Chance" and "Ghosts, Insanity, Angels."


The Lightness of Dark weaves its lush, cathartic narrative via music with varying instrumentation depending on the emotions the two are expressing. The opening track “Heavenly Voices” blends string quartet (featuring The Kanimbla Quartet) with organ, piano and vocals. Other tracks, feature solo piano (“Ghosts, Insanity, Angels”), piano/violin duet (“Elegy”), piano with quartet pads (“Lake of Contemplation”), string quartet only (“Interwoven Threads of Chance”), string quartet featuring piano (“Empty Moments”) and other combinations uniquely fitted for the compositions they imbue.


Daniel’s fascination with Trauermusik (mourning or funeral music) began with the study of Paul Hindemith. Hindemith wrote a famous piece of Trauermusik for solo viola and string orchestra, and since performing this in the UK, Rebecca has embraced the rich and layered sounds of viola with string accompaniment. She says, “I drew inspiration for the Theme and Variations on a Ground Bass, from Hindemith's ‘Trauermusik’ and Purcell's ‘Dido's Lament’, which I have performed in the UK. Both pieces are powerfully tragic, and yet the beauty that comes through is deeply moving and engaging, in a way that leaves you uplifted, and wanting the experience again. On the title track ‘The Lightness of Dark,’ for instance, I use viola as a solo voice, as did Hindemith, and a simple descending bass line in the strings and piano, as a repetitive foundation for solo lines, as used by Purcell. The piece is written for string quartet, piano and vocalist, and uses repetition and simplicity to convey an emptiness and yearning, juxtaposed with rich chords in the strings and piano. The listener should be left emotional, yet content and at peace.”

The duo have enjoyed a long history of collaborations, and enjoyed working together with renowned Australian Producer Llew Kiek on the project. Daniel and Hawkins have performed over 50 concerts together including at the Sydney Opera House for the 2012 MusicOz Awards, New Orleans for 2014 ZMR Awards and 2017 Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival; Daniel has appeared on nearly every one of Hawkin’s solo albums. The two have played together as part of Hawkin’s Blue Dream Ensemble, and Daniel produced the group’s album, Live at the Q.

Rebecca Daniel studied violin and chamber music with Emanuel Hurwitz and the Amadeus String Quartet at The Royal Academy of Music. She worked with Trevor Pinnock and Simon Standage, and The Australian Chamber Orchestra, and was Orchestra Leader for Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music and Beauty and the Beast. She has recorded and performed with, John Denver, Bread, James Galway and the Chieftains, Will Ackerman, Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, Men at Work and INXS.

Fiona Joy Hawkins, a Conservatorium-trained pianist, renowned for her romantic, melodic songs and lush arrangements, is a prolific composer, who regularly tours China and the USA and is also a member of the Contemporary New Age instrumental group FLOW (Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster, Will Ackerman). Fiona’s song “Grace" is on a 2014 GRAMMY-Winning album, and in 2016 she won two Independent Music Awards at the Lincoln Centre in New York. She has several Best Piano Album ZMR Awards and regularly works with Producer Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records) and Cookie Marenco (Blue Coast Records) for hi-resolution audiophile recordings.

The artists invite fans to connect on social media to share stories of loss and healing through music:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FionaJoyHawkinsRebeccaDaniel/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/fionajoymusic

Twitter - https://twitter.com/RebeccaDmusic

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fionajoymusic/


San Diego Concert Info:

Location: Dizzy's Arias Hall

Date: 10.4.19, doors open 7:30pm

1717 Morena Blvd., San Diego, CA, US 92110

Cash or Venmo at the door, or tix online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4306933

 

The Lightness of Dark is available today for purchase at Amazon, Bandcamp and other fine retailers, as well as streaming at Apple Music and other platforms worldwide, including Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6bsketAtyg6m3ay0iRBFuA

 

 

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