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Production has begun on new Miltos Marathon album! Hello my dear friends! It's official! Production has begun on new album! Scores for the drums and percussion are ready!
 

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New album is finished! Jaffa Road is thrilled to report that we've just finished the mastering with ace engineer Justin Gray for our upcoming album "Until When"! Stay tuned for more announcements about singles and the album release dates.
 

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Maryems\'Herre The five basic elements of nature are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space, and are the basis of all cosmic creation. They have different characteristics and in Ayurveda and Indian philosophy, the human body is considered to be made of these five elements. In "Maryem's Here" the Taiko, Tabla, Violin, Kathak dance and Vocals each represent one of these elements and how they interact with each other. This music video was produced during the pandemic with artists in Canada and USA, for the album Unexpected Guests Produced by Taal Productions and Carillon Audiovisuals Composed by Ritesh Das and Nagata Shachu Directed by Melissa Das-Arp Starring: Aki Takahashi Tony Nguyen Shamir Panchal Razak Pirani Raaginder Singh Momi Labonee Mohanta Maryem Hassan Tollar Cinematography: Kiyoshi Nagata Ragini Kaur Rama K Sivamani Ernie Tollar Shamir Panchal Razak Pirani Edited by Melissa Das-Arp and Harry W Arp Mixed and Mastered by Gary Honess at Kuhl Muzik Production Coordinators: Alysha Addetia Olga Apanaskevich Thank you to FACTOR
 

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Lalula Exclusive soft release After a year of recording, since we were on lock Down...I'm starting to release some music in 2021, Didn't release a single Track in 2020(unbelievable)...My second release is a soulfully afrocentric track.which is Giving thanks for small Mercies and for life it self.. praises and thank you'd...#Lalula features the Vocal abilities of Laurena alternative Ego Lo-Lo Dee and the Distinctive baritone of DjMerchy who give the track aeven deeper apeal..."like the Bible my eyes Open" #Lalula available Now on all Digital Platform... #Lalula
 

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Ethno Cloud\'s chart topping Agent Starling Release debut album  European Howl Agent Starling’s debut album, European Howl releases on all the usual digital outlets on May 4th, 2021. The ten-track album is full of catchy hurdy-gurdy tunes, new songs, hypnotic drones, live bass grooves & strings, all with an experimental edge. If you would like to play them on your show we would be delighted. I’ve attached two tracks and you can download the full album of radio edits from this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oe7xd9EE0UuZpVscAykND1DxEDJU23Hz?usp=sharing If you would like the full album let us know and we can send you a zip of MP3s. Agent Starling are Quentin Budworth hurdy-gurdy and Lou Loudhailer voices & other instruments. Recorded in the first three months of 2021, European Howl also features Dexter Duffy-Howard on violin and cello. Recorded in Yorkshire UK by Agent Starling, the album was mastered in Oregon by Kevin Carafa. The album is influenced by musical traditions from nations across Europe. A mix of instrumental pieces, spoken word and songs, themes range from a miscellany of Greek Tales (Wine Dark Sea), an elegy by a dying lover (Requiem) to Helicopter Arms, inspired by the glorious gurdy tune at the heart of the song. Delores County Ride is a tribute to the women who hop trains in Arno Bitschy’s film This Train I Ride, and the album’s title track is an ode to being European, a call for connection in today’s isolationist climate. Quentin and Lou both have strong musical provenance. Lou was originally in prophetic UK Indie band Red Guitars and has gigged and recorded ever since, heading up psychedelic rock band Loudhailer Electric Company. Originally part of Suns of Arqa, Quentin is the force behind world fusion medieval rave band Celtarabia, also featuring Lou on bass. He spent the year before lockdown touring Europe meeting with other top hurdy-gurdy players exchanging tunes, techniques and experiences. The band usually play the alternative festival circuit throughout the summer, but due to lockdown restrictions on live music, Lou and Quentin joined forces to create Agent Starling and record European Howl. European Howl releases on all the usual digital outlets on May 4th, 2021 on the DHM record label, catalogue number DHM028, distributed by Label Worx. Pre-release available from Bandcamp now: https://loudhaileruk.bandcamp.com/album/european-howl You can see videos of the album preview tracks here: Agent Starling Video Playlist Agent Starling contact info: Website: https://agentstarlinguk.wordpress.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AgentStarlingUK/ Twitter: @AgentStarlingUK Great response to Agent Starling’s preview tracks: “This is wonderful. It has a feeling of antiquity and a feeling of something new. The music is a blast and the images are a constant wow.” Dan Kellaway (Luthier) “Great video and what a wonderful, unusual sound.” Aine Kennedy “Beautiful in every way. The music, the playing and the photography are all amazing.” Richard Harries “Love this stuff soul-moving.” Kelvin Richmond “This is wonderful. Love the fluid bass figures.” Landi Michaels To get your copy of European Howl go to: https://loudhaileruk.bandcamp.com/album/european-howl
 

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Israeli vocal-medium Raphaela Gilla just put out her newest spiritual album, “Ancient Angel." Even though she was born in Israel, she is now based in Berlin and London and works as both a musician and Spiritual Guide. She lets her spiritual background take center stage in her music, stating “The first time that I held a Singing Bowl in my hands I heard magical sounds, music & melodies from another world”. She shares her teachings and guidance through both her work as a musician and a messenger of an ancient shaman tribe. Lead single “The Love Of All” is a soothing ballad filled with an echoing piano, angelic harmonies, and mesmerizing chimes. She slips in and out of English while delivering her empowering spiritual teachings that really resonate in the soul of anyone who hears them. When it comes to her choices for musical instruments, Gilla says, “Since that first time of revelation the same divine magic was happening with every musical instrument that I was holding in my hands. Especially with exotic, far east instruments such as singing bowls, gongs, chimes, shaman drums, shruti box. They have become my loyal musical companions”. Raphaela Gilla is able to combine her passions for both music and spirituality in such a beautiful way, and that is shown in this record. Her vocal ability, her connectivity to the outer elements of the world, and her capabilities in creating captivating melodies and visuals are just a few of the reasons we were so blown away by this track and accompanying video. The illustration video that she has so tastefully paired with this audio release has completely entranced her fans, allowing them to go along the journey of nature, connectivity, and inner peace. With the release of her full album, “Ancient Angel” Raphaela Gilla is a force of nature, and is helping her listeners to grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally along the way. Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4FMGFveRI2JtWZU62OLVU0
 

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NEW MUSIC ALERT by Meropasoul I'm so happy to introduce the title of my new album #INKANYEZI The meaning
 

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Music and nature have always gone hand in hand for New Zealander Rudy Adrian. He first started making electronic music while studying Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, and in the following years at the University of Otago while completing a degree in Botany. The natural world continues to be a common thread in Rudy Adrian’s music through the exploration of sonic landscapes, where melody and rhythm play a secondary role to the tones and textures created by synthesizers, wood flutes and the human voice. The phases of sunrise and sunset constantly remind us of the sacredness of life, where the daytime's steady precision of the path of the sun contrasts with the nighttime's waxing and waning of the wandering moon. Life is both as simple and as beautiful as every sunset while also being as delicate and as sacred; perhaps it is impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. Perhaps the true goal of imaginative music is to give face to form, and provide identity and character to the process and proceedings of existence, for comfort as well as for stimulation. As Dusk Becomes Night, Rudy Adrian's 17th full length studio album, offers a serene and personal exploration of sounds and atmospheres that slowly transition from evening into twilight and on through the night. Whether it is looking down to a desolate moonlit beach or observing the twinkling lights of a city, the delicately shifting synthesizer overtones and calming organic textures simulate these moments of astronomical twilight in the artist's native homeland, New Zealand. The album releases today, and is available worldwide; explore the album at https://orcd.co/as-dusk-becomes-night A visual interpretation of the music is live on the label's "Visionary" playlist on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/visions/pl.u-mJy8gPDFkByd9 Subtlety, nuance, and ineffable moments can be skillfully expressed at the hands of such an accomplished electronic music artist, and Adrian's mastery of ambient electronic soundscapes is in top form. The album's eleven tracks are rich with the deep and mysterious tranquility for which he is so well known. Moving through the magical moods of evening, As Dusk Becomes Night reveals a wondrous gloaming that eventually gives way to deep heavenly nightscapes. Music and nature have always gone hand in hand for this artist, whose MoonWater album is hugely popular in the digital streaming world. He first started making electronic music while studying Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, and in the following years at the University of Otago while completing a degree in Botany. The natural world continues to be a common thread in Rudy's music through the exploration of sonic landscapes, where melody and rhythm play a secondary role to the textures created by synthesizers, wood flutes and the human voice. In the back of Adrian's mind while creating the album was fellow musician Jeff Kowal (aka Terra Ambient), who passed away in 2016. He shares, "He also created some of my early album covers. One of the pieces I was working on reminded me of the cover he created for my album MoonWater, featuring a somewhat surreal moon rising over a beach. So I decided it would make sense to call the track "Moonlit Beach" in his memory." Pittsburgh based artist Jeff Kowal was a trained visual artist and graphic designer, his musical approach had a visceral, painterly quality to it, leaving a deeply unique collection of crossover of electronic, ethnic, acoustic and experimental sounds. "I am still fascinated by the idea of exploring unfamiliar terrain both metaphorically and personally," confided Kowal concerning his creative vision, on his website for what turned out to be his last album, Wanderlust. "Thematically, I love the idea of stepping through an ancient, covered doorway, or finding an unmarked path in the woods, and discovering some place forgotten by time." Sadly, Jeff Kowal passed away in 2016 following a battle with cancer. “For me, the process of creating atmospheric music is a pursuit of nostalgia, using equipment and software I purchased, at great expense, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, to assemble a relatively sophisticated (at the time) home music studio. I enjoy catching a glimpse of how I felt 30 years ago, young and naïve, but keen to create a music with minimal melody or rhythm, vaguely in the style of some other artists who came before me, but also with my own take on what sounds ‘right.’” "I spend a fair amount of free time improvising behind the keyboard thinking about sound combinations, and keys and sow gentle melodies which might work in an upcoming piece. It's actually pretty rare I'll turn on the computer and try to commit these ideas to a structured piece. And when I do, it often doesn't come out the way I'd hoped. I use the computer to lay out my music tracks, I like the fact I can adjust individual note values - a bit longer, a bit shorter, a bit brighter, a bit duller, maybe playing a slightly different sound, maybe up an octave. All those tiny adjustments may sound tedious, but can be very satisfying. Because I'm multi-tracking, I often play a musical idea for say 3 or 4 minutes, then I add little overdubs overtop. I do tend to find it gets rather cluttered after a while and I end up muting some tracks to figure out where to go from here. So often I find muting the original track seems to give the best results, so obviously, it's a mysterious process! What I love about atmospheric music is that there's a lot of rules you don't have to follow, because you're hopefully making a slightly mysterious, evolving soundscape." This new album of electronic ambient soundscapes from Rudy Adrian is about being awake outdoors on a nocturnal journey with timeless diversions to investigate various discoveries. All the music on this album was created using the Yamaha SY77, plus the similarly-designed Yamaha Montage 6, with lots of sampled sounds. Rudy is not a fan of having a recording studio filled with many different synthesizers, whenever possible he might want to spend more time outdoors celebrating nature. I asked the composer himself about his approach to this craft. "Making this music was also a celebration of the technology from when I started out making atmospheric music in the late 1980s," muses Adrian. "I still enjoy using my Yamaha SY77 synthesizer from 1988 and an Apple Macintosh Plus computer, which boasts one megabyte of memory and floppy discs that hold 800 kilobytes of data." Featured prominently throughout the album are some interesting trill-like insect sounds that sound a little like a cricket chirp or click, perhaps the winding in of a fishing reel. Sometimes I think it sounds like creatures who are making their signature in the night. Many arthropods are able to generate such sounds by rubbing two hard parts of their exoskeleton together, in a fashion similar to dragging a microscopic stick across a tiny wooden fence. The dream begins in the sky, "Stars Appear" (6:42), opening up, emerging and swirling, suspended across the night above, the infinite and the supra musical, blending flute and synthesizer with accents from clicking insect calls on earth, and adding a chime or bell's double call. The title track, "As Dusk Becomes Night" (6:28), begins with rushing sounds which are expanding into the void, the night is a time for active hunting and exploration. The synthesizer provides an inclusive blanket of protection and security against the unknown darkness while containing the hand percussion and breath. The smell of walking in a conifer forest at night is always a delight. The gases that escape the pine tree leaves in the form of vapor carry the strong scent of pine oil, a volatile organic compound. Conifers are aromatic plants that have cones. Conifer seeds develop inside a protective cone called a strobilus. Examples include cedars, Douglas firs, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauri, larches, pines, hemlocks, redwoods, spruces, and yews. "Conifer Grove" (2:05) blends flute breaths with small chimes, enclosed in the synthesizer strobilus, for a short tone poem. Looking through the pine boughs into the night sky overhead, the next piece of music unfolds, "Starlane" (5:32), elements of tonal color and linear ordering reveals new astral vistas, which carry and radiate personality and motion in the atmosphere, as I am thinking about travel in the future, remotely beyond this planet and constantly heading towards increasingly extreme distances. There are numerous caves in New Zealand, such as the Ngarua Caves, with a variety of stalagmites and stalactites, and skeletons of the extinct moa, which resembled very large ostriches. The word "moa" is from the Māori language, the moa were the largest terrestrial animals and dominant herbivores in New Zealand's forest, shrubland, and subalpine ecosystems. No records survive of what sounds the moa made. The preservation inside the caves is fascinating. "Moa Caves" (4:20) is the fifth track, and develops from water sounds with a melodic presence, soon joined by tones from a glowing synthesizer, and what sounds to me like a rain stick, which combine to take over the subterranean atmosphere. A rain stick is a hollow tube filled with pebbles or seeds that creates a pleasant rustling rain-like sound when gently rotated. The word crepuscular derives from the Latin crepusculum meaning "twilight." Special classes of crepuscular behaviour include matutinal (or "matinal", animals active only in the dawn) and vespertine (only in the dusk). Nocturnal creatures generally have highly developed senses of hearing, smell, and specially adapted eyesight. "The Crepuscular Wildlife" (5:17) brings a sense of secret motion hidden in the darkness. Crepuscular birds include the common nighthawk and the barn owl. Many moths, beetles, flies, and other insects, as well as bats, rats, jaguars, ocelots, bobcats, servals, strepsirrhines, red pandas, bears, moose, sitatunga, capybaras, chinchillas, the common mouse, skunks, squirrels, Australian wombats, wallabies, quolls, possums, snakes and lizards, ocelots, deer, marsupial gliders, tenrecs, and spotted hyenas are also active at night, especially during dawn and dusk, so mind your step. Pittsburgh based artist Jeff Kowal (aka Terra Ambient) was a trained visual artist and graphic designer, his musical approach had a visceral, painterly quality to it, leaving a deeply unique collection of crossover of electronic, ethnic, acoustic and experimental sounds. Sadly, Jeff Kowal passed away in 2016 following a battle with cancer. Reflecting on his friend, Rudy shares that "He also created some of my early album covers. One of the pieces I was working on (for this current project) reminded me of the cover he created for my album MoonWater, featuring a somewhat surreal moon rising over a beach.” The seventh track, "Moonlit Beach (for Jeff)" (5:15), has a peaceful glowing energy, sparsely accented with those insect-like purring sounds. Are they lobsters calling to each other? Continuing on our velvet sojourn, tenebrous shapes take form and I sense that we are approaching something in the darkness, it appears to be a structure, I hear distant night birds calling in the void, and now a lake is open before us. Here is a "Lakeside Shelter" (5:22). The darkness provides space for gigantic overhead activities, I hear rushing sounds carrying chimes and subtle whistles weaving around, "Western Wind" (5:34) depicts an overall zephyral architecture or form fundamental to the ancient language of poetry, dance and music. The rising of the sun brings a new world belonging to the morning, quiet with emerging light in the Eastern distance, "Night Becomes Dawn" (3:45) and the darkness falls away slowly, as the new morning watches. Now we are left with the final track, "Sunny Day" (7:53), it is quiet and contemplative, giving us time to realize that a new day begins here. Rudy Adiran has a complex career, his musical accomplishments include being a successful planetarium soundtrack composer, which brings a new dimension to appreciating his studiocraft. He said that this new album "was pretty much entirely created during New Zealand's lockdown in late March 2020, so the album was put together very much in the confines of my own home. Luckily there are some nice views to enjoy from the deck at the rear of my house and watching the sunsets and stars slowly appearing, plus checking online to see if the International Space Station was to soar overhead were some of the inspirations.” As Dusk Becomes Night is an homage to experiencing the night, suggesting the concept of transformation associated with closure or relaxation, born out of the unusual events which the whole world went through in 2020. "I was trying to make an album which would seem to my listeners to be a logical continuation of what I've done before, as a 'thank you' to those who've liked the music I've created thus far." Rudy wanted to make something peaceful and calm for people to listen to, something to soothe the anxiety and stresses of life in these historic, unusual and uncertain times. The timeless spirit of the hours of darkness will bring you back again and again to an electronic dream of future and ancient nocturnal beauty. Adrian's previous label releases include MoonWater (LSM07), Desert Realms (LSM11), Distant Stars (LSM17), Atmospheres (SPM-2601), Coastlines (SPM-2602), and Woodlands (SPM-2603). As Dusk Becomes Night is Rudy Adrian’s 7th release on the Spotted Peccary Label. It was mastered by Howard Givens, and is available for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT Audiophile, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The CD version of As Dusk Becomes Night arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork, liner notes, a 4-page booklet, and exquisite package design by Daniel Pipitone. Tracklist: 01. Stars Appear 06:42 02. As Dusk Becomes Night 06:28 03. Conifer Grove 02:05 04. Starlane 05:32 05. Moa Caves 04:20 06. The Crepuscular Wildlife 05:17 07. Moonlit Beach (for Jeff) 05:15 08. Lakeside Shelter 05:22 09. Western Wind 05:34 10. Night Becomes Dawn 03:45 11. Sunny Day 07:53 About Rudy Adrian: Music and nature have always gone hand in hand for Rudy Adrian. He first started making electronic music while studying Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, and in the following years at the University of Otago while completing a degree in Botany. The natural world continues to be a common thread in Rudy Adrian’s music through the exploration of sonic landscapes, where melody and rhythm play a secondary role to the tones and textures created by synthesizers, wood flutes and the human voice. https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/rudy-adrian/ 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 165 titles and 45 artists at www.SpottedPeccary.com and www.AmbientElectronic.com. Links: Spotted Peccary Album page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/as-dusk-becomes-night/ Album Unboxing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slgjebfajsc&t=4s Bandcamp: https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spottedpeccary/ Spotted Peccary on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/spottedpeccary
 

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So you get up with all the best intentions in the world to finish the video to your latest track and spend your day putting plans in place to look after the ones that are most important to you. Look after your family folks. To quote Lennons misquote of Allen Saunders "Life is what's happening while you are busy making other plans"
 

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So you get up with all the best intentions in the world to finish the video to your latest track and spend your day putting plans in place to look after the ones that are most important to you. Look after your family folks. To quote Lennons misquote of Allen Saunders "Life is what's happening while you are busy making other plans"
 

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Blee Gijoe présente l'album Roots Rap Reggae sur spotify : https://open.spotify.com/album/2zY31zK1yqyzV0oj2eqg6o
 

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Spring slowly lifts the gloom as crocuses and daffodils find there way into the sunlight. Hopes rise as we look forward to living new experiences and embracing the joy of life. Yet covid19 still casts it's pall over the lives of so many and lockdown curtails the hopes and imaginations of those who seek the fullness of life and blunts the creative edge. Good wishes to all in these limiting times. We live in hope....
 

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New Miltos Marathon  music video coming soon! Hello my dear friends! New Miltos Marathon videoclip for the song "Mr no way" coming soon enjoy a screenshot ! Thank you for supporting Miltos Marathon #music.
 

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@Jah-lightning 5star Love Cypher by JAH LIGHTNING OFFICIAL https://ethnocloud.com/JAH_LIGHTNING_OFFICIAL/?song=12737&b=11175 #worldmusic
 

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Birthday Performance from Ancient Future’s Alternate Reality Concert Series This first video from my world music band Ancient Future’s Alternate Reality Concert Series was recorded at the inaugural concert on my birthday. It's also the first video to feature my custom Martin scalloped fretboard guitar! It’s a modal improvisation based on Rag Bhairavi and Spanish guitar music. https://ethnocloud.com/Matthew_Montfort/?y_video=14646&b=943
 

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Ancient Future Times: Alternate Reality Video from the Ancient Future View Online With Video and Photos: https://www.ancient-future.com/newsmarch2021.html March 2021 Issue: Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future •Dedicated to a Better Future Through World Fusion Music https://www.ancient-future.com/newsmarch2021.html#concert Watch and Share the First Video from the Alternate Reality •Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort https://www.ancient-future.com/newsmarch2021.html#video Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future Scalloped Fretboard Guitarist Matthew Montfort Dedicated to a Better Future Through World Fusion Music Subscribers to the Ancient Future Times wrote to suggest that Ancient Future offer virtual concerts during the pandemic and beyond. A new series of Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future was created in response. Matthew Montfort was the inaugural performer with a 30 minute live concert on his birthday, February 12, 2021. His improvisational scalloped fretboard guitar performance was streamed and recorded on Zoom. More solo performances and call-and-response round robins are in the works featuring master musicians such as Pandit Habib Khan (sitar), Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla), Shenshen Zhang (pipa), and Faisal Zedan (Syrian percussion). To sign up for upcoming shows, simply send your email address to info@ancient-future.com. Put "Alternate Reality Concert" in the subject. You will receive a link to participate before each performance. Watch and Share the First Video from the Alternate Reality Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort Sympathetic Serenade Video Share Link: https://ethnocloud.com/Matthew_Montfort/?y_video=14646&b=943 When Matthew Montfort was working on his debut solo recording for scalloped fretboard guitar (a special guitar modified to enable ornaments characteristic of the sitar), he recorded a number of spontaneously improvised serenades. Were it not for some serendipitous sequencing coupled with the allure of alliteration, it's likely that Sympathetic Serenade would have been released as the eighth improvisation on what became Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar.Instead, this evocative serenade was released as a mini EP to rave reviews, prompting his addition to DigitalDreamDoor.com's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists list. Inclusion on the list is based on originality, innovation, technique, and influence on other acoustic guitarists. In this live recording from the inaugural performance of the Alternate Reality Concert Series from the Ancient Future, he revisits the piece with a new interpretation on his custom Martin scalloped fretboard guitar in which he expands on the original's use of the melodic elements of Rag Bhairavi and mixes in chordal structures from Spanish guitar music.
 

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Ancient Future Times: Alternate Reality Video from the Ancient Future View Online With Video and Photos: https://www.ancient-future.com/newsmarch2021.html March 2021 Issue: Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future •Dedicated to a Better Future Through World Fusion Music https://www.ancient-future.com/newsmarch2021.html#concert Watch and Share the First Video from the Alternate Reality •Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort https://www.ancient-future.com/newsmarch2021.html#video Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future Scalloped Fretboard Guitarist Matthew Montfort Dedicated to a Better Future Through World Fusion Music Subscribers to the Ancient Future Times wrote to suggest that Ancient Future offer virtual concerts during the pandemic and beyond. A new series of Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future was created in response. Matthew Montfort was the inaugural performer with a 30 minute live concert on his birthday, February 12, 2021. His improvisational scalloped fretboard guitar performance was streamed and recorded on Zoom. More solo performances and call-and-response round robins are in the works featuring master musicians such as Pandit Habib Khan (sitar), Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla), Shenshen Zhang (pipa), and Faisal Zedan (Syrian percussion). To sign up for upcoming shows, simply send your email address to info@ancient-future.com. Put "Alternate Reality Concert" in the subject. You will receive a link to participate before each performance. Watch and Share the First Video from the Alternate Reality Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort Sympathetic Serenade Video Share Link: https://ethnocloud.com/Matthew_Montfort/?y_video=14646&b=943 When Matthew Montfort was working on his debut solo recording for scalloped fretboard guitar (a special guitar modified to enable ornaments characteristic of the sitar), he recorded a number of spontaneously improvised serenades. Were it not for some serendipitous sequencing coupled with the allure of alliteration, it's likely that Sympathetic Serenade would have been released as the eighth improvisation on what became Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar.Instead, this evocative serenade was released as a mini EP to rave reviews, prompting his addition to DigitalDreamDoor.com's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists list. Inclusion on the list is based on originality, innovation, technique, and influence on other acoustic guitarists. In this live recording from the inaugural performance of the Alternate Reality Concert Series from the Ancient Future, he revisits the piece with a new interpretation on his custom Martin scalloped fretboard guitar in which he expands on the original's use of the melodic elements of Rag Bhairavi and mixes in chordal structures from Spanish guitar music.
 

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About Rastak Rastak Music Group is an Iranian contemporary folk music ensemble that was formed as an experimental music group in 1997.Rastak seeks to collect, record and interpret Persian Folk Music for a global audience. Rastak incorporates Persian language, Iranian culture and history as well as merge traditional instruments and forms with contemporary rhythms. Rastak has done extensive research into Persian folk music both academically and in practice. They have been focused for the past two decades on the sound of Iranian folklore and diverse cultures; resulting in five albums, five singles and numerous concert tours in Iran and overseas. Rastak has appeared on several international music festivals and has held many concerts in Iran, England, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, United States, Canada, Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Chile, Poland, Turkey,Georgia, Belgium, Oman, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh [Dhaka International Folk Fest 2017],Iraq , Erbil, United Arab Emirates among others.
 

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Award-winning singer/songwriter Gilli Moon has released 2 full volumes of her genre-defying double album Beautiful Mess, which in this day and age of single releasing a Smörgåsbord of tunes. Beautiful Mess Vol. 1 includes the stylistically intriguing “Summer Heat” from Beautiful Mess Vol. 1. The song has a slow bossa nova feel that makes it really jazzy and enjoyable. Moon’s sultry vocals paired with the authentic instrumentation give the song a really nice groove that I know people who enjoy jazz would really vibe with. Beautiful Mess Vol. 2 includes the song “Ambiguity”, which made sure to give us all the angst. The intro of the song seems to pull influence from the James Bond theme style; insanely sultry and dramatic. When you least expect it, the song bursts into a driven rock song that any woman can relate to. It has all the pent up rage of someone who has had to deal with a crappy guy. Moon’s vocals and songwriting skills are on full display with this single. With the release of Beautiful Mess, Gilli Moon has proven that she can write songs for any genre. She put her own spin on a Latin-influenced song with “Summer Heat” and she executed it beautifully. “Ambiguity” is a perfect post breakup banger for any woman who needs to get over their lousy ex. People who think Moon is just an indie songwriter are sorely mistaken, especially with the release of this epic collection of songs. Listen in here! https://open.spotify.com/album/6f0HM3OTk1ctG0xP2VOFr1
 

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Composer and soundscape artist Jeff Greinke presents an elegant musical landscape of delicate compositions and harmonically rich ambience, an album titled Other Weather. The eleven slowly-unfolding tracks offer multi-layered textures that weave acoustic and electronic instrumentation into a gossamer soundscape that shimmers with the stillness of a perfectly calm atmosphere in the warm light of early dusk. Other Weather, on the Spotted Peccary Music label. The title Other Weather refers to Greinke's very personal and experiential relationship with the weather, especially the beautiful and sometimes indescribable meteorological phenomena that aren’t often noticed or talked about. Greinke explains, "My interest in the weather has always been predominantly experiential, and as I get older I find myself attracted to its subtler and quieter aspects. I see a connection between this interest and the kind of music I like to make. This feels especially true with this album." Jeff Greinke has been a composer since 1980, and he has dedicated nearly 40 years to making and recording music. He has performed throughout North America, as well as Europe and China, and his music has been heard in theatre, radio, art installations, and major motion picture trailers. Other Weather is Greinke's 20th solo album, and his fourth on the Spotted Peccary Music label. Greinke describes his very specific and timely inspiration for Other Weather, “I live in the Sonoran Desert, just outside Tucson. In late April and early October there is a brief window – maybe a week or two – when a variety of conditions come together to create an almost magical environment. It’s a feeling in the air produced by a combination of the temperature being just right – 84 or 85 degrees, the air being perfectly calm, warm early dusk light and low relative humidity. It lasts maybe 10 minutes. It’s an experience that is beyond words for me. It’s utterly exquisite.” In the near future, fans can catch Greinke performing for this year's live streamed Soundquest Fest on March 28th, beginning at 10AM PDT / 1PM EDT on YouTube. SoundQuest Fest, launched in 2010 as a live festival in Tucson, Arizona, was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. From March 26-28th, a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will entrance electronic, ambient and visual art fans. For more about SoundQuest Fest, visit https://soundquestfest.live/ As with 2018's Before Sunrise, Other Weather spans the genres of modern classical, electronic, and ambient as it gently evolves through a refined set of impressionistic ambient chamber music. Blending electronic ambiences and effects with an acoustic ensemble that includes cello, viola, violin, French horn, clarinets, flutes, and small percussion, Greinke realizes his musical vision through an empirical process of improvisation and experimentation, combining tracks and layering sounds, and uncovering the magical moments as they reveal themselves. High-level stratocumuli form clouds open out before me, an enchanted world of the genus cirrocumulus forms, where snow begins when moist air at high tropospheric altitude reaches saturation, creating eloquent ice crystals or supercooled water droplets. Other Weather presents with eleven pieces, chiefly excited by movements taking place high up in the air. The overall mood of Other Weather is subtle, the sound is primed for interpretation, like clouds, with a huge vista appearing solid while being gentle. The sound possesses a quite extraordinary range of different timbres and vibrates along with the air inside it. The sensation is of the instruments having a conversation or perhaps painting a picture, always truly beautiful, and often formed by woven piano with strings and various wind instrument combinations, a complex satin fabric of sound. Full, lustrous, and metallic, a clear, clean, and brilliant sound, “Rain Through the Night” (04:00), is an introspective piano and percussion exposition, building out of the heart of darkness and joined by subtle sensuous deep strings with a mellow, dark and rich tone. My favorite track of this album is “Falling Sky” (05:19), coming in with very distant cold shimmering glimmers of tones, subtle glimpses of approaching astral matter traversing from so far away. A dreamy piano emerges from electronic clouds that hang there. Cumulus clouds are rounded masses heaped upon each other above a flat base that hangs in the sky. These are the big puffy clouds you see most of the time, but they can appear to be quite huge and rise to fantastic distances. Cumulo is a Latin word that means heap or pile. “Rising Cumulus” (04:27) features a piano joined by bowed strings, building to great heights, massive acoustic forms accentuated by emerging electronics and shapes that continue on and on, building and ascending, a thread woven through, blending and balancing, a beautiful, mellow, sweet tone. Depending on the atmospheric conditions, cumulus clouds can eventually turn into other types of clouds, including storm clouds, also known as thunderheads or cumulonimbus clouds. Greinke sometimes intrepidly includes the squeaks and bowing sounds that real instruments make, and that adds a lot of emotional depth to the pictures that he paints with his compositions, thus the sound characteristics of the violin are not predetermined by the score, but their presence is accommodated to bring about a deeper realization of the intended compositional design. From silence there is a lustrous distant sound, we are drawn in closer and pause to hear some fine details, then we float on beyond the source, and our perception of the sound fades, the music possibly forever continuing in our absence. Piano and classical guitar glide together using subtle phasing techniques to layer up lots of depth and gradual motion across the sky, to create a tone poem that defies categorization, “Clouds Like Flying Saucers” (04:19). Now join a search for new resonance and a new type of voice for the keyboard dream machine, “Outflow” (04:38), with electronica arranged in changing layers, bits of piano sustaining this solemn transfer, with sparkles and hints of complex forms hidden inside. Shelf ice occurs when floating pieces of ice are driven by the wind, piling up on the lee shore. The track’s title, “Icebreaker” (07:26), made me think there is going to be a crushing sound and shattering sheets of ice, but to me the music is actually about delicate arctic poetry, cold shivering strings take form, joined by woodwinds and haunting brass, featuring Heather Bentley on cello, viola, and violin; Greg Campbell on French horn and small percussion; James DeJoie on clarinets and flutes, with the sound perhaps portraying the electromechanical properties of ice and its nano rheology (the flow of sub-microscopic crystalline water matter). In the final analysis, what I am left with is a dream about traversing the vast northernmost waters. Composers sometimes seek new timbres, art music once modeled on Baroque and early classical forms can now emerge free from traditions. Central to the story are the tensions and the intimacy developed between the musicians, the composer, and of course, the listener, but this distinction is far from rigid. Acting now as a strange composite being that is never alien to the concert hall, yet free to dwell anywhere and be conjured at any time by the touch of a button, the moments of true intimacy occur whenever the spirit moves one to give oneself up to it. Enter a zone of magic, a close understanding of shared musical experience that is performed by a small number of performers. Other Weather was composed, arranged, and produced by Jeff Greinke, recorded at Another Room, Tucson, and Invisible Studio, Seattle; the Seattle session was engineered by Rob Angus, the album was mastered by Howard Givens, and is available for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The physical CD version of Other Weather arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork, liner notes, a 4-page booklet, and exquisite package design by Daniel Pipitone. Tracklist: 01 A Stretch of Sun 4:35 02 Rain Through the Night 4:01 03 Falling Sky 5:19 04 Rising Cumulus 4:28 05 Snow Across a Windswept Plain 9:06 06 Clouds Like Flying Saucers 4:20 07 Outflow 4:38 08 Storm Chaser 5:42 09 After the Rain 3:50 10 Icebreaker 7:26 11 Across the Sky 5:42 About Jeff Greinke: Jeff Greinke is a musician, composer, performer, and sound sculptor who is known worldwide for his unique sound. Through a highly developed process of layering, Jeff composes and performs music rich in texture, depth, mood, and subtle detail. Using various acoustic and electronic instruments, found sounds, and extended studio techniques, Jeff sculpts sound worlds that conjure a strong sense of place, hovering somewhere between the exotic and the familiar. With numerous releases to his credit, Greinke has been an active artist for more than three decades and has composed music for film, video, dance, theater, radio, and art installations. OTHER WEATHER, is Jeff’s fourth release on the Spotted Peccary label. His previous SPM releases include BEFORE SUNRISE (SPM-3701), VIRGA (LSM16), and WINTER LIGHT (LSM09). Jeff’s music can also be heard on numerous compilation recordings. http://www.jeffgreinke.com/ 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 170 titles and 46 artists at www.SpottedPeccary.com and www.AmbientElectronic.com. Links: Spotted Peccary Album page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/other-weather/ Spotted Peccary Artist page: https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/jeff-greinke/ CD unboxing: https://youtu.be/tMows5jcaCw Bandcamp: https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spottedpeccary/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/spottedpeccary SoundQuest Fest 2021: https://soundquestfest.live/
 

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Music has been around since ancient times. At its heart Lamentations is about the relationship between music and realizing overall physical rehabilitation, and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in creating their own treatment, providing emotional support for individuals and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings. Lamentations expresses the grief and disbelief of those who have lived through the difficulties of 2020 and yet still looked to their purpose. Not just an outpouring of emotion, however, Lamentations also contains a profound theological reflection and response to the problem of suffering. As much as we may wish to leave 2020 behind, there is still much to process, and music provides a gentle approach. LAMENTATIONS is a new album of ambient music by Long Beach, CA-based composer and performer Thomas Peters, who recorded as a one-man-orchestra using cutting edge computer electronics and synchronized electronic soundscapes, performing on bowed NS Design EU-6 bowed 6-string electric double bass designed by the legendary Ned Steinberger, and a laptop with Ableton Live. Lamentations is now available worldwide digital release through DistroKid. Lamentations is a new direction for Peters, who is a composer and GRAMMY®-nominated performer known for creating multimedia works featuring classic silent films. He contributed to the 2014 Grammy Nomination for Best Small Ensemble Performance for John Cage: The 10,000 Things, on MicroFest Records; he also participated on 2015 Grammy-winning album for Best Small Ensemble Performance for PARTCH: Plectrum and Percussion Dances, on Bridge Records; and participated on 2016 Grammy-nominated album for Best Instrumental Album for flutist Wouter Kellerman’s Love Language. With his live performances placed on hold, the pandemic created in Thomas the need to explore a new musical direction, and a growing interest in experimental classical music. He uses “process music” techniques such as phasing and aleatoric techniques to create slow, constantly shifting sonic tapestries. For example, the track "Drifting" uses three strata of looped musical phrases of unequal length, played at the same time. The result creates 30 different chord combinations. The bowed electric double bass provides the foreground that carries the musical narrative forward. The relaxing music of Lamentations is also inspired by a more personal point of view. Peters is forthcoming about his diagnoses with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a topic on which he also writes and gives lectures. As a person with ASD, Peters has frequently had to use coping strategies to keep himself from getting emotionally overwhelmed, and it occurred to him that in this pandemic era, such strategies and techniques may be helpful to everyone. Thus, the album was composed to provide some respite and release to all who listen. Peters said he has found it tremendously helpful in times of stress to listen to music that is quiet and in alignment with the emotions he is trying to process. "As a person with ASD, I have frequently had to use coping strategies to keep myself from getting emotionally overwhelmed—a skill that most people who are not on the ASD spectrum never have to develop. Lamentations is a way for me to share one of my key coping strategies with those who are not on the spectrum, but who are suffering with similar feelings of sensory overload and overwhelm right now." What you will hear is inspirational instrumental meditations, quiet and serious, each intimately related by both structure and content into an overall singularity, and yet each a separate work; this is Lamentations, a new direction for multiple GRAMMY-nominee Thomas Peters. The emotions expressed within these nine pieces are a soothing tonic for the raw and dramatic times we endure, providing a hopeful and positive glimpse of the restoration ahead. The primary instrument is an electronic bass (NS Design EU-6 bowed 6-string electric double bass designed by the legendary Ned Steinberger) bowed and occasionally plucked, sometimes joined by chimes, sometimes by an ethereal choral presence, and sometimes by a simple ukulele, and his laptop with Ableton Live. The intention of this album is to accomplish universal healing goals for 2021 and beyond, to provide emotional uplifting, and to create a space to process difficult emotions. The task of processing emotion and despair is important for finding healing and peace, but such efforts are sometimes difficult. Music can heal people and act as a preventive medicine, it also offers a simple way to improve troubled sleep, improving our ability to fall asleep and feel more rested. This music is uplifting and respectful of these emotions, which makes the listening experience rewarding. A lament or lamentation is a passionate expression of grief, often in poetry or music. The Book of Lamentations is traditionally ascribed to Jeremiah, and tells of the desolation of Judah after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC. The patterns in music and all the arts can contain the keys to improve mood through emotional expression and release. A healthy brain tries to make sense of the world around, and the constant information it receives, including sound and music. Empathizing with grief provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. If you can use music to navigate past the pain and gather insight into the workings of your own mind, you can begin to fix a problem. Depression is a highly prevalent mood disorder that is characterized by persistent low mood, diminished interest, and loss of pleasure. We must remember that mercy never ends, and is renewed every morning. Music may be helpful in modulating moods and emotions, creating room for a positive transformation and adaptation, our abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of our lives. Since 2008, Thomas Peters has been a successful silent movie composer and performer, creating new music for such classics as Nosferatu, The Cat and the Canary, Pandora’s Box, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (Alfred Hitchcock’s first big success), Der Golem and Chicago. His score for The Passion of Joan of Arc premiered at the 2013 Toronto Silent Film Festival with acclaimed viola da gambist Joelle Morton. Silent movies were never silent. When creating his soundtracks for silent movies, Tom is accompanied by computer-synchronized soundscapes that may include anything from voices to drums to ukuleles. He performs the live portion of the score on the EU6 with composed and improvisational elements to create a truly unique sight and sound experience. TRACKS 1 Out of the Depths 2 Drifting 3 A Million Pieces 4 Remembrance Canon 5 Without You 6 Still 7 Tenderness 8 Prayer 9 De Profundis For more information about Lamentations or Thomas Peters, visit: https://silentmovietom.com/home https://thomaspeters.bandcamp.com/ https://open.spotify.com/album/18u6qtMMT0RuwwdYsyogWc?si=WeRGKM0yTpaUNJKldxDGXA https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0CmvCcz_wKKkSjzEk9xGhg
 

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Released on January 21, 2021, “Beautiful Mess Vol.1” is the first half of a two volume album by Gilli Moon. Gilli Moon is an Australian award-winning singer, song-writer, and producer. Since her U.S. debut in 2000, she has released 8 albums, 3 books, and received many international song-writing awards. Not only has her independent music career flourished throughout the years but so has her music and production record label, Warrior Girl Music. Gilli along with her record label are known as pioneers within the independent music industry, being one of the first within the field to embrace the digital age during the turn of the century, as well as empowering musicians through an Artist-Led strategy. The album, “Beautiful Mess Vol.1”, consists of 12 songs and two covers, in the style of Gilli, coming in at about 45 minutes. Though not very common in this digital streaming day and age, you can tell the album is meant to be listened to from start to finish without shuffling. From the very first second of the first song, “Fire”, there is a rush of energy in the fast-paced reverberating guitars that make you want to go outside and run. That same passion is maintained until the sixth song of the album, “Falling”, where the sound becomes a bit slower and more sensual. Through the Do-Wop inspired cover of “Chuck E’s in Love”, and the beachy vibes of “Summer Heat”, the album ends on a bitter-sweet note during “I See Your Face”, a minimalist heartfelt ballad with just Gilli, her beautiful singing voice, and a piano. What is done particularly well in this album is Gilli’s way of portraying her emotions that make the songs feel relatable, personable and infectious. Gilli shares her pain, heartbreak and joy with her audience and genuinely makes us fall in love with the beautiful mess of emotions we feel every time we listen to the album. The second half of this epic album will also contain 12 amazing songs, and is set to release February 19, 2021. Listen in here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2Nlj5u8WbwIErNUMnTyUAM
 

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I genuinely cannot put into words how much I loved classical composer Gustav Hoyer’s new single “Innocence”. The title of the track fits the composition perfectly from beginning to end with the choice of instruments and the floating feeling everything has. Hoyer has said before that it is his mission to break the stereotype that people always associate with classical music, and with this single and the rest of his discography, I believe that he is making his dream a reality. The beauty in “Innocence” is the simplicity of the composition. Relying mainly on the string section of the Budapest Film Orchestra, Hoyer uses beautiful harps and swelling violins to give listeners an overwhelming feeling of warmth. While most of the song is very joyous, there is one part that contrasts from the rest, having a more dark and conflicting presence. The resolve from this section of darkness back into the light helps to relay the message of this song. There is so much to love about this song, no matter what your opinions about classical music are. Gustav Hoyer has made a very impressive reputation for himself as a composer, and songs like “Innocence” perfectly display why. The way the composition of the song is able to bring emotions out of people is breathtaking. It’s songs like the ones Hoyer creates that remind me why I love playing in symphonies myself. “Innocence” is the second single to be debuted from Hoyer’s upcoming album. It is set to be released in the summer of 2021, and let me just say, I can’t wait. Listen in here: https://open.spotify.com/track/6uFZvaz1AOIFlrpK2xK4Tt
 

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LA PORTEÑA TANGO New Show 2021 (Alma de Bohemio) La Porteña Tango with 13 years of experience and almost 700 concerts performed on stages in 20 countries on four continents dresses up to present a new show at the Gran Vía Theater in Madrid. La Porteña proposes a modern and renewed show where music, dance and stories are intertwined that range from the deepest emotions, to mischief and humor. Remembering that Argentine Tango is a popular music and close to the public of all ages, moving it away from clichés and common places. A show that invites us to stroll along a long and winding path that runs through the history of a music that was humbly born in the suburbs and ports of the Río de La Plata and transcended the world by its own power almost without even trying. The members of La Porteña never forgot those fundamental precepts and in their presentations the old classics of the genre coexist with the most modern sounds, the impudence, the new harmonies and the avant-garde of the compositions of the genius Astor Piazzolla to whom they dedicate a part of their new show especially, due to the centenary of his birth. La Porteña Tango has 5 albums released with the mythical Melopea label of Argentina, with the production of Maestro Litto Nebbia and has presented with great repercussion his music and dance shows "Un Placer!" "Perfume de Tango" "Buenos Aires ... When I saw myself far away" "That they are going to talk to me about Love!" and "10 Years" in many of the most famous theaters and World Music festivals in the world, making more than 80 presentations per year and making them the group with the highest audience in Europe today. The group, led by the guitarist Alejandro Picciano, together with the pianist Federico Peuvrel and the young revelation bandoneonist Matías Picciano, incorporates in June 2019 the exquisite and powerful voice of Melisa Fernández. Together they amaze the traditional tango spectator and seduce new interested parties who approach the genre due to its freshness and proximity. The poetry of Buenos Aires, tangos, waltzes, milongas, candombes and old country tangos are adorned with this dance so Argentine that it captivates the whole world and beautiful choreographies created by a stable dance corps with luxurious costumes and colorful audiovisuals, generating a unique and attractive staging. Musicians: ALEJANDRO PICCIANO, Guitar and Direction FEDERICO PEUVREL, Piano MATÍAS PICCIANO, Bandoneón MEL FERNANDEZ, Voice ​ Danncers CARLOS GUEVARA & DÉBORA GODOY DAVID SUAREZ & JUANA ESCRIBANO GUILLERMO LEÓN HENAO & GEMA LEIVA
 

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Varro Vivyds is a Santa Cruz native who creatively captures her emotions and writes them in such a way where the audience will feel like they’re experiencing them too. Her melody work will have her songs playing in your head during the day, and keeping you up at night. Varro Vivyds shares of the track:“Fool’s Gold was the first song I wrote after a six year hiatus due to struggling with active addiction,” said Vivyds. “It’s a beautifully written break up song about my first clean relationship, and first clean break up. Fool’s Gold is extremely relatable, and when you listen, it feels as if it was written for you personally.” In her new single “Fool’s Gold”, Varro Vivyds captures this feeling with a pristine and immaculate perfection. Just like its subject matter, this track is deathly addicting. Its arrangement is minimal in the best way, there’s nothing you don’t want and everything you do. Dive in! https://open.spotify.com/track/5AuNxkSgp2JxylBvixA88e
 

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Multi-talented Sandhya, originally from New York but based in Baltimore, has built an impressive sound inspired by a melting pot of classic rock, jazz, and pop music. Sandhya is a writer, which explains the fabulous storytelling and imagery in her lyrics. Come Spring 2021, she hopes to release a full-fledged album with driving grooves similar to the gospel-funk “Last Two Standing.” “Last Two Standing” is a mix of many genres. It has a wonderful way of combining sounds similar to Elton John and Pink Floyd (one of her favorites). The track is a love song mixed with a commentary on climate change and class. The lyrics highlight “the year 2083, when everybody is under sea.” The chorus provides a driving plea from the narrator to their partner, “Won’t you love me like we are the last two standing?” The power chords keep the song feeling upbeat, even with the slow swinging tempo. Sandhya comments on the original intention for the song: “I started writing the first verse thinking it would turn out to be a political song expressing rage about wealth inequality and global climate change. But by the chorus it morphed into a beautiful, if slyly cynical, love song.” Sandhya’s upcoming album, INNOCENT MONSTER, is definitely on our minds. We can’t wait to hear more power anthems like “Last Two Standing” from this fabulously talented singer, writer, producer, and the list goes on. Take a listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/34f0RuzvWfai3zKM1Jwf9y?si=wjjdkwrGSYSYwDvVCLsixw
 

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Global Music Award Composing/Composer and Sound Editing/Mixing! Unexpected Guests wins GLOBAL MUSIC AWARD for: Composing/Composer and Sound Editing/Mixing! Congrats to all the artists who worked so hard on this album and all the other artists from around the world! http://www.globalmusicawards.com
 

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Micropixie News via my Mailing List Hi all, Happy New Year! Flippin' heck, 2020 really opened my eyes... that year was all about connecting with one's vision right? I'm going to be sending out news of new projects via email. Please go here to sign up for my mailing list: http://micropixie.com lots of love Empee, x
 

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NEW SINGLES !!! I've been extremely busy, these past few months between the online courses in studio production and studio engineering, i did find time to produce some new works , and i must say that those classes are paying off.. covid19 was a bit of blessing in disguise cause during the month long lock down i took to the studio and recorded over 12 songs , had the time to have polished and ready for the waves . This only the start of the new year and I've already released 2 songs and a third one will be out the month end so be on the look out for more hot new singles from Cha li x & the X Music House...
 

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Spotted Peccary Music has a new album of instrumental space music created using electric guitar, synthesizers and theremin, a series of explorations of distant territories. Free-falling objects are moving along locally straight paths in curved spacetime, influenced by dark matter, quantum gravity, supergravity and an array of gravitational singularities. What you will hear is a dialog between two inspired friends, guitar and synthesizer, taking us on a journey through frightening vertiginous expanses. Gravity is responsible for many of the large-scale structures in the universe, and Strange Gravity contains wordless dreams beamed from the otherworlds, bringing a cargo of ideas and mysterious atmospheres, with some new experiments for the positioning of sounds in the wilderness. There are extra-fast stars, an occasional flyby anomaly, at times you can see that some stars at the edges of galaxies are orbiting faster than should be possible. The umbrella girl returns. This is the second collaboration of Marvin Allen and Craig Padilla, the first album is titled Toward The Horizon and came from Spotted Peccary in early 2019. Umbrellas offer portable shelter, durable enough for ordinary gravity and ordinary falling rain, but there is more of a challenge when the strange forces of the wind change the direction that the rain moves. Strange Gravity continues building on the frightening vertiginous depths and the presence of gigantic flying objects overhead discovered on the first album. This new starship is headed for the unknown, to mystery spots and places around the cosmos said to contain gravitational anomalies, where the oldest laws of nature appear to have been turned off. The album releases everywhere on January 15, 2021, on most platforms, in formats listed here: https://orcd.co/strange-gravity-pre Strange Gravity is a compelling example of what is possible when two gifted musicians from different musical backgrounds are pulled into a common orbit and develop a creative synergy. Riding the waves of inspiration, the duo deliver an honest and spellbinding blend of ambient electronic atmospheres, Berlin school sequences, and classic rock flavored guitar textures. Interspersed with introspective moments – and even a few memorable melodies – the music on Strange Gravity moves through an array of music moods that range from hypnotic and dreamy, to powerful and epic. Swirling electronics, pulsing synthesizers, soaring guitars, and hypnotic rhythms twist and turn throughout the album’s 65 minutes, gliding through the stratosphere with an effortless freedom. Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen’s Strange Gravity is the perfect follow-up to their debut album Toward the Horizon (SPM-9086). In an imaginative review, music journalist Robin James describes the sound as “a dialog between two inspired friends, taking us on a journey through breathtaking vertiginous expanses, the inertia builds slowly until the warping phenomena kicks in and a flock of creatures, perhaps mermaids or tiny bizarre aliens, continue their flight in the direction of the horizon.” Allen reveals that “The sound of the album is a blend of Craig's Berlin School and ambient tendencies connecting with my bluesy classic rock leanings. The title, Strange Gravity, relates to the way Craig and I are drawn towards a common center.” “Strange Gravity is a continuation of what we began with Toward the Horizon about the story of the Umbrella person, and how she represents all of us regarding how we gravitate towards others,” says Padilla. “The music is a natural progression from the first album to this one with more ambient rock music filled with melodic sensibilities and experimental ideas.” Strange Gravity was mastered by Ben Cox, and is available now for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The CD version of Strange Gravity arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork, liner notes, a 4-page booklet, and exquisite package design by Daniel Pipitone. Tracklist: 1 Strange Gravity (18:46) 2 The Revelation (06:47) 3 Friendship (11:00) 4 Fractured Illuminations (09:40) 5 All Around Us (18:19) Visit Spotted Peccary's official website for new, limited edition 35th Anniversary merchandise, as well as its new free sampler, 34. Watch the label's 3+ hour TRANSMISSIONS livestreams on YouTube, and listen to its artist-curated IMPULSE playlists on Spotify. About Craig Padilla: With more than 40 releases over the course of his prolific career, Craig Padilla has proven to be a driving force in the current electronic music scene. Never letting technology overcome the humanity in his compositions, he creates electronic music that is rooted in tradition while still sounding new, interesting and fresh. Craig has always endeavored to create engaging musical landscapes as experiences to be treasured and played indefinitely. About Marvin Allen: Marvin Allen is a northern California based multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, performer, and music educator. As an accomplished musician, he has been lending his talents to numerous jingles, recording sessions, and short film soundtracks for many years. He also co-founded the Shasta Blues Society and continues to mentor many talented youths. His 2019 collaboration with longtime friend Craig Padilla is Allen’s first foray into the world of ambient electronic music. 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 165 titles and 45 artists at www.SpottedPeccary.com and www.AmbientElectronic.com. Links: Spotted Peccary Album page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/strange-gravity/ Album Unboxing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb_K16f3cOA SPM Artist page: https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/craig-padilla-and-marvin-allen/ Bandcamp: https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spottedpeccary/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/spottedpeccary
 

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Shunia is a duo comprised of Lisa Reagan and Suzanne Jackson, the word “shunia” (shoon-ya) means a stillness of power -- quiet, unmoving, and totally focused. The core of the music is the synergy of these two voices in combination with various instruments, and on this, their second album, there is the voice of Hassan Hakmoun on several tracks. The sound is a blend of chant, mantra and opera, always positive and uplifting. The music eminates empathic confidence, creating a sound that succeeds at reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and improving emotional health. To create their self-titled album of transcendent music and melodic harmonies, Shunia co-composed with Tony Award-winning producer Jamshied Sharifi. The album takes the listener through mantra melodies, energetic vocals, and dynamic compositions worthy of a feature film score. They are joined by renowned Moroccan artist Hassan Hakmoun, the godfather of Gnawa music, performing on two of the tracks. On the making of SHUNIA, Lisa Reagan says, “As musicians whose lives have been enriched by chanting, we wanted to create a beautiful garden of sound where the chants could come alive. The mantras that we are chanting on this album have been chanted for thousands of years. We thought about the unique energy of each of these mantras and created music that would be in harmony with it. Our hope is that people will sing and dance along with this album because it profoundly moves them.” There is indeed a sense of deep focus present in each track on SHUNIA, which invites listening on dual levels. On one level, listeners are entertained by stunning compositions, virtuosic playing, and the duos’ rich vocals. On another level, one can focus on the wisdom of each mantra and lyric as it is expressed with deep conviction and impressive clarity. A page on the Shunia website dedicated to "mantra" further explains the meaning of each track. Shunia's music is recommended for group classes or personal practice of yoga, and for simply gathering inspiration to move into a healthier and more enlightened future in 2021. In advance of the full album debut, four tracks were released with inspiring videos, including "Akal" (June 2020); “Sa Re Sa Sa” (October 2020); “Breeze At Dawn” (November 2020); and “Alleluia” (December 2020). The duo's high-quality, uplifting videos are available at this YouTube location: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVvsZECVFyfF5OFCS5VWJCw Repetitious chanting allows one to focus on breath and leads listeners to deeper relaxation and a stronger connection with life. The arts have a unique power to heal and transform. We want to be happier and at peace within ourselves. We are all interconnected on the planet and ancient religious ideas are now being proven by contemporary science, repeating the same phrase over and over again has a beneficial effect on body, mind and spirit. There is a theoretical potential for conflict between contemplative Christian faith and Yoga, Tai Chi, and related disciples -- the yogic path and the Christian path. Shunia has successfully merged these two sacred life paths creating universal meditations for healing, and simply letting your mind let go of all its temporal concerns. The first mantra on Shunia removes negativity from within, awakening the infinite creative energy to burn away obstacles to achieving higher consciousness. Sa is the Infinite, the Totality, God. That Infinite Totality is here, everywhere. That creativity of God is here, everywhere. "Sa Re Sa Sa" (3:02) features the voice of Hassan Hakmoun, which is joined by the two choral voices of Jackson and Reagan, creating an empowering and invigorating feeling, upbeat and positive. A bright energetic orchestral mantra that helps you conquer the wisdom of the past, present, and future. Persian poet Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207 - 1273) wrote the words for "Breeze at Dawn" (4:12), a mystical sound for a poem of romance with sweet breezes coming from the darkness before the dawn, repeating the words, spoken low by Hassan Hakmoun and joined by the choral voices who sing the lyrics. "The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell - Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you want - Don’t go back to sleep..." Everything is vibration, observes the spirit of Shunia. All the energy in the universe exists in different vibratory levels. Combining music with meditation can deepen the positive effects of both, and bring about greater stress relief. Bringing comfort, solace, reassurance, peace, composure, and quietude serves to uplift humanity through the oldest universal teachings, foster the creative spirit and bring a new awareness to the voice and body connection. Shunia continues to foster a mindset promoting meditation, relaxation and stress release which are all so important for our health. Shunia merges the art forms of chant and opera and promotes the body’s own natural healing processes. Universal Energy exists around us, all of the time, nature gives us everything we need to overcome the distance between God and humans. When the duo Shunia discovered the hidden dimension and power of singing chant music, they wanted to share this profound experience. You have a physical body and an energy body. The chakra system is a main conduit for energy. In order to live at our highest potential, our chakras must be aligned. If we want to make changes in our lives, we have to change ourselves. In the sharing process, each faith must maintain its own unique identity and integrity, to bring together the voice and body vibration as one and develop strength, balance, harmony, and flexibility. The music of Shunia provides a way to calm the monkey mind and to journey towards a totality of being, honoring eternal change. In an article by Lisa Reagan in LA Yoga Magazine (December 15th, 2020) the story of this collaborative project is revealed. "It goes all the way back to when I first started going to kundalini yoga classes many years ago. They were great, but often had subpar music playing on a cassette that we all chanted along with. As a classically trained musician, I often found myself distracted by some of the music I was hearing. As years went on, I did find a couple of chant artists I liked, but for the most part the music left me feeling unsatisfied. However, there was one artist, Singh Kaur that I loved. It was such a joy to hear her sing the mantras so beautifully. For me, it elevated the whole experience of chanting. I listened to her for years. When I chanted with her, I felt happier. I also recorded my own versions of the mantras and would chant along with my own creations. One day I ran into a musician producer friend of mine, Thomas Barquee, in Santa Fe. He and I talked about how great it would be to work together. So, we decided to make an album. It started out as a typical songwriter and producer situation. He was going to produce some songs I had written, but that’s not what ended up happening. We only worked a few days together before he had to leave for a European tour, so we didn’t make a lot of headway. While he was away, I was visiting my friend Suzanne Jackson, whom I had known for many years from college and The Washington National Opera. We had created several projects together and we were talking about what we were going to do next." Reagan continues, "Every time I meditated with these chants, I always felt a sense of joy, well-being and appreciation for them. There was something in my gut that told me I needed to find the album’s producer and work with him. Finding him was easier said than done, but after a long time searching, I found someone who knew someone that had played on an album he produced with Snatam Kaur, and she made the introduction. Thank God! And that’s how I finally found Jamshied Sharifi. And I’m so grateful I did. I knew Jamshied had recently produced a chant album and it seemed to be something he was really good at. It’s an interesting thing to create a chant album with him. Creating this kind of album is not like a normal exercise of song writing and development. In most songs you tell a story on the verse and then you sing a chorus. But on a chant album, you’re just chanting… Meaning, you say the same words over and over again. So, in a way it’s much more challenging to keep it interesting. You have to use the music to create an atmosphere that transports you. There has to be so much movement and the feeling of ‘going somewhere’ within the energy of the music. This is where having a brilliant composer/producer comes in very handy." Jamshied Sharifi is a New York-based composer, producer, and keyboardist. He has composed the scores for feature films including Harriet The Spy, Down To Earth, Clockstoppers, and Rollerball, as well as contributing music to numerous television shows and independent films. He has produced and/or performed with Paula Cole, Ray Charles, Dream Theater, Laurie Anderson, Hassan Hakmoun, Yungchen Lhamo, Mirabai Ceiba, and many others. He produced Snatam Kaur's album, Beloved, which was nominated for the 2019 Best New Age Album Grammy. Sharifi did some orchestrations for Sting’s Broadway musical, The Last Ship. His orchestrations for The Band's Visit won the 2018 Tony Award. In a review by Kathy Parsons published January 10, 2021 on the blog Mainly Piano, Parsons confides that "I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t sure I was going to like this album, but I ended up loving it. There is so much heartfelt beauty in both the words and the music, that it’s an album that needs to be savored, not just relegated to background music. Shunia is recommended for group classes or personal practice of yoga, or for simply being inspired and uplifted. Close your eyes and let the music transport you to a more peaceful place." SHUNIA is available globally on most platforms today. Physical CDs are available at https://shuniasound.com/ and Amazon. Lisa Reagan, Suzanne Jackson, and Jamshied Sharifi are available for media interviews about the album, and for live guest segments on social media. Physical CDs and a digital Dropbox of the album are available upon request to Beth Hilton at bethhilton@theBCompany.com. Radio airplay requests may be made to Max Horowitz of Crossover Media at maxcrossover@gmail.com. Shunia Album Track List Sa Re Sa Sa (4:54) Breeze At Dawn (4:12) Alleluia (6:51) Akal (6:48) Har Hare Han Wahe Guru (6:21) Ang Sang Wahe Guru (6:42) Ong Namo (5:37) Sa Ta Na Ma (8:27) Primary Links: Shunia: https://shuniasound.com/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2zQv6X0oMSlC01mup2lJZ3?si=9mS_kdQCQfiyiDfrZxJP8Q Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shuniasound/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVvsZECVFyfF5OFCS5VWJCw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shuniasound/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/shuniamusic
 

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South Carolina-based band Honeypot started off 2021 by releasing their newest single, “Fake News”. Consisting of Frank Hartman on guitar, drums, and vocals and Chris Chamberlin on bass, backing, and production, the band takes influence from classic rock while still having a progressive sound. Honeypot mostly uses their music to comment on social and political topics like the election and human development throughout life. They touch on important issues while still maintaining an upbeat rock style with their music, which I personally respect a lot. “Fake News” was a single originally written in 2018, but in the words of the band, “...now that 2020 and the presidential reign are ending, it seems the perfect send-off to both”. The music video for the song starts off with Martin Niemoller’s iconic poem “First they came…”, a poem that leaves a haunting impression in me to this day. It then goes into the song, which calls out the media and commentates on the presidency of Donald Trump, who is very heavily compared to Adolf Hitler by the song and the video. The song has a very satirical element to it that makes it enjoyable for anyone, even if they don’t really know what is going on in politics. The way the song holds a classic rock sound while still featuring new-age elements like vocal distortion is very impressive and gives the song an edge that other political satires do not have. In a time where talk of politics seems to dominate society, Honeypot definitely shares their opinions in a much more light-hearted way than most others do. They don’t hold back when it comes to what they are thinking, but are still able to make the listener laugh with their delivery. They are insanely clever when it comes to everything they are doing, whether that be with their music or with naming their fanbase the Honeypotheads, which is just amazing. I can’t wait to see what social commentary they make next and how they use their unique sound to do so. Watch the video here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XyE_cN5ZuY
 

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Unexpected Guests Canadian JUNO Award-nominated world ensemble Toronto Tabla Ensemble is having a party with some Unexpected Guests in this, their newest album release — available now! Across the release’s seven tracks, the critically acclaimed group of artists weave a variety of instruments, from percussion to bagpipe, piano to taiko, sarod to flute, and more, with their signature sound rooted by the traditional tabla. “This album is a simple one,” TTE Founder and Artistic Director and Roy Thomson Hall Award winner Ritesh Das says. ”Most of the tracks are in very straightforward 4/4 grooves. On our other albums, you had tracks with different time signatures that made it really intellectual and complicated. “I wanted this one to be something that anyone can sit back and listen to and enjoy.” Along with delivering the most approachable songs in their vast repertoire, Unexpected Guests is their latest in a series of boldly collaborative and sonically expansive works. In keeping with its eye-opener title, the immersive and diverse album finds Das and the TTE hosting a party of musical visitors: Enter The Haggis bagpipe player Craig Downie, Japanese Taiko Ensemble Nagata Shachu, singer Maryem Hassan Tollar, violinist Raaginder Singh Momi, flautist Alysha Addetia and more.
 

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Keeping The Music Flowing Through Covid19 Like most others in these challenging times, where gatherings are frowned upon and we are kept detached from our loved ones... Socialising and the entertainment in life that keep us human are hard to come by. Lockdown is the norm. Creativity is now inspired from memory rather than the inspiration of living heady moments in real time. It's hard to write when your heart isn't in it and every day is "groundhog day". My new release "Oh So Mellow (What A Good Day)" was written pre lockdown. Little did I know that the words would take on new meaning with words of optimism as the pandemic ensued. To all of the creatives out there who are struggling through these restricted times. Hang on in there. I wish you success and achievement as the world eventually returns to normal as it inevitably will. When the creative flow is not earthbound by the limits placed on it by society and health considerations and we all get the chance to experience joy once more.
 

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Keeping The Music Flowing Through Covid19 Like most others in these challenging times, where gatherings are frowned upon and we are kept detached from our loved ones... Socialising and the entertainment in life that keep us human are hard to come by. Lockdown is the norm. Creativity is now inspired from memory rather than the inspiration of living heady moments in real time. It's hard to write when your heart isn't in it and every day is "groundhog day". My new release "Oh So Mellow (What A Good Day)" was written pre lockdown. Little did I know that the words would take on new meaning with words of optimism as the pandemic ensued. To all of the creatives out there who are struggling through these restricted times. Hang on in there. I wish you success and achievement as the world eventually returns to normal as it inevitably will. When the creative flow is not earthbound by the limits placed on it by society and health considerations and we all get the chance to experience joy once more.
 

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Country Road Canadian Singer-Songwriter Ali Hugo’s love for country music is no secrete. First, there’s the country-oriented tune “You’ll find love” with its thumping banjo from Hugo’s Time Machine EP. To help promote the release of that single on country radio in 2018 in North America, Hugo supported the song by publishing a short story also titled “You’ll find love.” That strategy worked, and the music was a hit, especially in Oklahoma, USA. Next came “Trust in Allah,” one of the singles from Hugo’s album “Hope for the Meek.” “Trust in Allah” is an Islamic Qasida in the genre of Country Music and not what you would expect to hear on your Anghami music app in the Middle East. However, fans from Mauritania in North Africa to the Persian Gulf shores responded positively to that song’s country music vibes. In his latest release, “Easy to Say, Hard to Do,” which has already generated a strong buzz in Alabama (the latest of the North American states and provinces to be part of Ali Hugo’s fan base), Hugo is promoting his songwriting efforts, rather than promoting himself as a country singer. Before the song’s release, Hugo published a TikTok video showing-off his country vocal abilities by covering Loggins & Messina’s “Watching the river run.” With “Easy to Say, Hard to Do,” “ I’m trying to tell the folks in the country music business that this is a great song in the style of 70’s country music, and I’m available for business as a country songwriter” says Hugo. Hugo is not oblivious to critics who question, “who is this guy who comes out of nowhere and thinks he can make music which has a long line of tradition held up by the likes of Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Reba McIntyre & Paul Brandt to name but a few? But the reality on the ground remains that country music has gone Global. Suppose the North American artists are not interested in the international market and prefer to view country music as a national treasure, n that case, one can’t blame artists with a global following like Ali Hugo who wants to carry the torch of country music Globally one song at a time. “I’m doing the songs which I think my fans would love, and so far, fans both in North America and Globally love the new music,” says Hugo. Hugo is back in the studio working on Afrodisiac, his upcoming Swahili language EP.
 

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Join in on the worldwide adventures of Traveler. For many years now, Scott Jeffers has traveled the world to gather inspiration for the Traveler project. https://scottjefferstraveler.com/travel-blog/
 

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“We’re On Fire In Georgia” is a powerful anthem that will surely resonate amongst Georgia residents. Outlining the political controversy over the upcoming senate election in Georgia, Lynne Revo-Cohen, of I Will Productions sends a message to the GOP and people of the United States. Through story-telling and a fabulous and motivating music video, Lynne Revo-Cohen is fully aware of the impact music can have on our society.  With everything that went on politically in 2020 -- the American people are tired of not being heard. Lynne Revo-Cohenn perfectly captures the message of the importance of WHO to vote for and WHAT they stand for. With powerful quotes streamlining in the background, and images from various protests for human rights, this video (and political campaign) truly represents any marginalized people.  Both the music video and soundtrack were composed for Jon Osoff and Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate Runoff race. This song has successfully turned controversial and touchy topics into a catchy anthem.  Revo-Cohen has written music for the Obama campaign, and the Women’s March in 2017 and both Clinton campaigns. Her passion and dedication for social awareness and change has influenced these and various campaigns, but most importantly, the people of Georgia must receive her call to action. Listen to Lynne Revo-Cohen, understand the video, and get out there and VOTE!  Watch and listen here: https://youtu.be/4t3xmoRzfag
 

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Ancient Future Times: Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future http://www.ancient-future.com/newsjan2021.html New Years 2020/2021 Issue: Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future •Matthew Montfort Performs Inaugural Recital Seven Steps of Sound Support •Help Musicians Through Tough Times Reading, Rhythm, and Raga •Matthew Montfort's Masterclasses Private Online Music Lessons •Winter Bloom on Zoom The Cowboy and the Yogi •Book by Music Writer Teed Rockwell Features Reviews of Ancient Future
 

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Winter Turns to Spring This is to wish everyone a happy festive season, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, and in spite of the coronavirus. The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is behind us and we can look forward to the Spring. Meanwhile, enjoy precious time with your loved ones, stay well, and smile...most of all, smile. Peace John
 

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Best wishes! Here's a traditional Christmas song performed by "A Barca dos Castiços". "Pela Noite de Natal" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkEUtlINPdE
 

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The Brooklyn based, classic rock driven band R Train is back with a fresh take on “Dear Mr. Fantasy” by Steve Winwood and Traffic. R Train blends hair rock sound with arena rock energy to spin new life into an age old classic. In fact, you might mistake this cover for an original — filled with supernatural guitars, powerful drums, and funky vocals, R Train’s new version feels nostalgic in all the right places, yet entirely modern. R Train consists of vocalist/guitarist Jeffrey Black, drummer/vocalist Mike Annese, and bassist/harmony Denny Lee. The band has been playing together since 2019, but their long careers in the industry shine through their music. They released their single “Take a Ride” last month alongside a virtual livestream show benefiting The National Fallen Firefighters’ Association. “Dear Mr. Fantasy” similarly drops hand in hand with a music video, a fun homage to Mr. Fantasy who has the power to “distract us from darkness, gloom, and fear that presently exist” as the band members have remarked. Even through a glowing, blue light heavy screen, R Train’s latest releases manage to fill listeners with energy. Visit the band’s Spotify or YouTube page to accompany R Train on the epic journey that is their cover of “Dear Mr. Fantasy!” Watch and listen here! https://youtu.be/fF82_EUqpVY
 

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After an almost 10 year hiatus, Ricksha Radio has returned with their second single in the span of only a few months. With it’s rockstar synth and acoustic guitar riffs, Bob Dimick was able to channel an early 90’s vibe that’s been missing from today’s radio hits. According to Dimick, “‘Magic Of The Moment’ is about knowing - when it is actually happening - that we are experiencing one of those beautiful, fleeting, magical moments in life that we will never forget. For no particular reason, we all look back on times and places that only lasted for an instant yet they are indelibly etched in our memories.” This song truly serves as a reminder to live in the moment. “Magic of the Moment” is funky and fresh - yet there’s a comfortable familiarity about it (thanks electronic keyboard!). It’s upbeat and positive, and an excellent song to start your day to. We are excited about Ricksha Radio’s return to rock - and look forward to hearing more! Stream "Magic Of The Moment": https://open.spotify.com/track/09KlP5O7lEMjtk7O4TbkUG?si=dduauh4WToC3GpnCUtmrRg Find Ricksha Radio online: https://ricksharadio.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Ricksha-Radio-172169332827775 https://www.instagram.com/ricksharadio/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC45bh07leKiAnDAQLN955sw
 

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VAVÁ is Los Angeles based, Brazilian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and composer, Vanessa Wheeler. Her 2018 release, “The Other Side” blended guitar-focused, progressive pop and rock music that garnered attention from record labels, led to tours with The Dear Hunter and The Family Crest, and shared stages with such Angeleno music illuminati as Lauren Ruth Ward, Adam Levy, Mason Stoops, Emily Elbert, and Dillan Witherow. Listen in here! https://open.spotify.com/track/09eKV6s40fHdi9xSPlSURj As a songwriter, Vanessa has been finding her voice in the pop idiom in recent success co-writing with The Voice’s Jackie Lipson on her song “Someday”. Similarly, upcoming releases like, “When the Lights Go Out” take a more earnest turn towards pop while incorporating her eclectic influences of Brazilian music, Black American music, and progressive rock. Her music has been called “genre-smashing” and “jaw-dropping” (Buzzbands LA), and “the offspring of musical genes taken from Sia, Florence, [and] St. Vincent” (Blurred Culture).
 

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Amelia's Dream just released their 6th full-length release on November 27th, 2020 “Everybody's Got Something" featuring 14 original songs including the single “Hero “ which was released with a video in May 2020 as a Thank you to the front line workers in NYC. The video featured actual front line heroes in action. "Everybody's Got Something" the title song was performed live at the Apollo theatre a few weeks after it was written late last year but never recorded until now. Most feedback from fans has been how healing “ Everybody's Got Something “ has been so we felt it was important to record this and share this with the world now. Especially now. Listen in here! https://open.spotify.com/album/0LMgedqnY58Q1les2KNlgV Amelia's Dream is a duo based in New York City. Amelia's Dream consists of songwriter/Singer Amelia S. Gewirtz & musician/producer/songwriter Harold Stephan. Their original music has been featured on multiple TV shows and movies including Wishmaster 4 ("Garden") Dog the Bounty Hunter ("Broken") season 7, Disney In a Heartbeat ("Trust Your Gut"). "Ballerina" was chosen as the theme song for the web series Good n’Screwed now being shopped in 2020/2021 to transition to a TV series. In addition, their original music has been on various scripted shows on networks including CBS TV, ABC, MTV & Disney.
 

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Eric Selby has been a session drummer for more than 20 years. He’s been named Blue411‘s Drum Thumper “Jimi” Award winner, been nominated for multiple WAMMIE awards, inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, and has been featured in Modern Drummer for his approach and unique drumming perspective. He’s stepped out from behind the drums and we are all better for it. His vocals are slightly reminiscent of Trey Anastasio from Phish (in the best possible way) but the music is retro and gives us warm 80’s grooves with a little bit of Pink Floyd. We listened over and over and the music feels familiar and yet it’s hard to compare it to any one thing. About “Another Page’s” chorus Eric says: I practice meditation and appreciate the concept of how our lives flow within and without one another. No matter what happens: birth, work, happiness, heartache, death…everything just keeps flowing and moving. The chorus to “Another Page” tries to convey this perspective of: “It’s everything I think of, it floats around in time, just add another page…I like the idea of how our lives are like a script or a book and how we can just add pages as our lives evolve and revolve and, if we choose, we can burn pages, similar to a burning bowl ceremony. If you aren’t familiar with a burning bowl ceremony, it is a transformative ritual usually performed to release something that no longer serves you. I communicate that in the chorus with: “To the ones I’ve ever loved and the ones I wish I could, just add another page, the flame embraces wood.” My advice - just listen and then listen again. You won’t be disappointed Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/eric-selby-9647853/another-page/s-CeHHsrx1i89 Follow Eric here: https://ericselby.com/ https://www.instagram.com/ericselbymusic/ https://www.facebook.com/EricSelbyMusic/ https://twitter.com/ericselbymusic
 

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High-Speed Music Consumption In Today’s Music Market The strategy of creating music inspired by a particular concept is increasingly becoming difficult to market. Does this mean the death of the music Album? Not necessarily. Through innovative music marketing, concept albums will continue to make an impact on listeners. Thus, each song of the album has to have a marketing strategy of its own. That strategy acts as a sub-strategy to the concept album’s overall marketing plan. Simultaneously, the rest of the album serves as a restrictive agent for the single not to digress away from the album concept by overshadowing other songs from the album — thus avoiding the result of a very successful single from an unsuccessful album. What is different today is the idea that a successful single will attract listeners to discover more music from the concept album containing that successful single. This idea is no longer sustainable in today’s music market. The challenges facing music albums today are the speedy high levels of music consumption, the diversity of music released both independently and by majors labels, and the reality that everyone and their grandmother want to be a famous sensational music star. Add to all of this the speed at which world events are taking place and music competing with other artforms and entertainment. All these make it challenging to sustain listeners’ interests in a particular music album for a long time. Maintaining recurring streams for an album is particularly difficult as streamers speedily move onto the next release list, for example, #newmusicfriday. As has been proven by many of today’s artists, Fordism and the assembly line approach to music production can help artists succeed in a market dominated by high-speed music consumption. That success is in the shape of increasing artist visibility and popularity. However, the nightmare begins when artists realize that fame and popularity do not equate to financial success. In the music business, financial success is in music sync opportunities and publishing. The recent releases of remastered tracks of Deluxe music compilation albums from many established musicians attest to the fact that profitability is in music albums in the long-run. For example, American singer Cyndi Lauper’s album “She’s So Unusual,” released in the ’80s, was rebranded and released as Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual A 30th Anniversary Celebration Deluxe Ed Signed CD Priced at around $149.99. The repackaging of such a product indicates that fans pay attention to details, and every bit of an artist’s memorabilia matters. UnitedMasters singer-songwriter/musician Ali Hugo is not one to walk away from the challenges of the modern music industry. Hugo started releasing singles from his successful spiritual pop-rock album “Hope For the Meek” in 2019. The album contains 12 songs written and produced by Ali Hugo. The experience of marketing an album with perseverance in a global music market where the music singles rule is a challenge. Still, Hugo took a multidimensional approach to release music in 2020. while wrapping up the hope for the meek project, Hugo wrote and produced music for his Christmas instrumental playlist, including tracks such as “Teleportation,” a song written after Hugo developed the formula for the macroeconomics of a wormhole [LARC=U= Diseconomies of scale]. Hugo also wrote and performed on his spoken word release titled “Despair.” By releasing singles in between promoting the Hope for the Meek album, Hugo managed to retain the audience’s interest with music unrelated to hope for the meek while sustaining listeners’ curiosity & attraction to the album’s content. At the same time, Hugo managed to attend his record labels music conference UnitedMasters #selectcon2 When asked about his music’s future, Hugo stated, “The bottom line is; I understand that profitability is in my music publishing and music sync opportunities. When I make business decisions related to adding new music to my catalogue, the basis of those decisions is what's best for the Ali Hugo estate in the long run? Today I know that what's best is having the right kind of music catalogue which can generate further profitability to the Ali Hugo estate in the form of the Ali Hugo Deluxe Music box planned for release in 2028.”
 

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Sarro (12/16/20 16:15)
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New release New album: Kasper Søeborg & Lars Bo Kujahn: WORD'N GLOBAL (Olafssongs OCD 068) Can now be ordered in Olafssong's Webshop, downloaded from iTunes - and heard on the streaming services. The CD contains the three previous singles "The Indifferent", "Rumi" and HighJazz "and 8 intensive instrumental tracks. Music inspired by Andalusian flamenco fire over Oriental arabesques to Scandinavian coolness. It is instrumental music with both lyrical meditative and energetic explosive moments. A style that Søeborg & Kujahn with a twinkle in the eye calls: Scandaluzian Fusion. Music by Kasper Søeborg & Lars Bo Kujahn. The concept is instrumental music composed and played inspired by poems from Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī, 1207-1273) and more than 1000 years old Chinese poems. Kasper Søeborg: Spanish guitar - and Gibson Les Paul on a single track Lars Bo Kujahn: Qanoon and percussive effects Nantha Kumar: Tabla Shashank Subramanyam: Indian bamboo flute Chris Poole: Flute Recorded, mixed and mastered in Cyborg Studio, Copenhagen, by Kasper Søeborg Produced by Kasper Søeborg & Lars Bo Kujahn Executive producer: Finn Olafsson Cover cover photo: Shazia Khan - other photos by Kasper Søeborg Cover layout: Torsten Olafsson Musical effects by Lars Bo Kujahn & Kasper Søeborg Produced with support from KODA's Cultural Resources.
 

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Saulius Petreikis World Orchestra video - Samogits Out now! In the beginning of this year we received a call from Skuodas district municipality with a proposal to create something for our native region. Donatas and I agreed with a passion and today we want to share with you the result! We warmly hope that this video will catch your interest to visit our region and it’s unique locations! I want to thank director Airidas Janušauskas and his team Turbo for creating this video! I also want to express my gratitude to Skuodas district municipality and their trust in our vision! Donatas Petreikis - kompozitorius / composer Airidas Janušauskas - director (Video agency TURBO http://turbo.video) Arturas Pugaciauskas - sound engineer & sound design Skuodo rajono savivaldybė Video clip - https://youtu.be/XtzOQiELG8w Web: https://www.sauliuspetreikis.com http://www.ltinstrumentai.lt https://www.paypal.me/sauliuspetreikis https://www.patreon.com/sauliuspetreikis
 

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