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MI MUNDO released worldwide

Latin Jazz Network calls Brenda Navarrete "one of the best-kept secrets of her generation", and her highly anticipated debut album, MI MUNDO, is now available worldwide! Reviews have been great, so follow the buzz and get your copy today!

"I really like to mix genres and sounds, and that's where MI MUNDO comes from," says Brenda, who's Afro-Cuban and Jazz foundations collide with world music on her new release. The multi-talented singer, percussionist, composer and arranger's skills on Bata drums and congas are also highlighted on MI MUNDO, which features an array of Cuba's hottest musical talent. Those recording on the album include Cuban-Canadian piano master Hilario Durán, Rolando Luna, Alain Pérez, Munir Hossn, Melvis Santa, Adonis Panter and Osaín del Monte, drummers Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández and Rodney Barreto and more!

Watch for Brenda appearing on a stage near you as she brings her world to yours!

 

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SYBS Release New Video for \

"Motivation" by SYBS features "Coss Marte of ConBody fame- at 19, he was arrested and charged as a kingpin for a drug empire worth over $2 million a year and sentenced to seven years behind bars. While in prison, he lost 70 lbs in six months using only what was in his 9x6 cell and began training other inmates. After his release, he started ConBody, hiring ex-cons to deliver his prison style workout in his NY gym while livestreaming the classes." A brother-sister duo of Ugonna and Dobi Onyekwe, the two have taken the music world by storm in 2017, leaving us eager to hear what their 2018 endeavors bring. Be sure to watch the video from the eclectic group which you will find below.

 

"Motivation" by SYBS" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlFek6AYhQ8

 

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The Yiddish King Lear by Jacob Gordin - Starring David Serero as King Lear

The YIDDISH KING LEAR by Jacob Gordin, one of the most famous Yiddish plays of all time, to be performed in New York at the Orensanz Foundation, starring David Serero as King Lear.

 

The YIDDISH KING LEAR, written by Jacob Gordin (aka the Jewish Shakespeare), is without a doubt one of the most famous Yiddish plays of all time. Starring David Serero in the title role of King Lear, this unique play will be performed on January 30th and February 1st 2018 at 8pm at the Orensanz Foundation located in the heart of the Lower East Side, New York.

 

This revival will be starring opera star and actor David Serero as Reb Dovidl Moysheles (King Lear). The rest of the cast will include Arielle Beth Klein (Taybele), Alexander Chilton (Yaffe), Ross Kugman (Treytel), Sarah Feinmark (Gitele), and more, as well as Shawn Chang on the piano. 

 

This staged-reading is adapted in English, featuring classic Yiddish songs. World premiere adaptation by David Serero. 

 

The Angel Orensanz Foundation is one of the most prestigious venues in New York. Notable artists have performed there such as Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and John Legend. The objective of David Serero is to bring Yiddish Theater back to the Lower East Side (which was the center of New York City's Yiddish theatre scene in the early 20th century) and the Orensanz Foundation is the ideal venue since it was formerly a synagogue.

 

This production is made in partnership with the YIVO foundation, home of the Yiddish culture which holds the original script of the Yiddish King Lear.

 

Beth Kaplan, great-granddaughter of Jacob Gordin and author of “Finding the Jewish Shakespeare - The life and legacy of Jacob Gordin” will attend both performances and will talk after the performances about Gordin’s life and the play.

 

Written in 1892, Jacob Gordin's the Yiddish King Lear is a legend of the Yiddish theater. It was the signature role of the great actor Jacob Adler (father of Stella Adler). Gordin’s groundbreaking opus was a fresh interpretation of the story of a patriarch with three daughters who are unkind and disloyal to him. In Gordin’s retelling, the hero is Reb Dovidl Moysheles, a Russian-Jewish merchant whose daughters abandon their filial love and duty towards him. Only one will show him her true love. In David Serero’s adaptation, classic Yiddish songs of the era are added to the play, making it a classic Yiddish Musical!

 

About the YIDDISH KING LEAR

A wealthy Russian Jew prepares to celebrate Purim with his three daughters. The eldest is married to an intelligent, orthodox student of religion. The middle daughter is married to a lively young Hassid. And the youngest is married to a nice bright graduate student who has no particular use for Jewish observance at all. As you can imagine, this leads to lively discussion around the table. And when the old man announces that he's going to divide his business interests among the children and go to live in Israel, one immediately exclaims: "King Lear!" It's not a translation or an adaptation: it's the whole postmodern twist, transposed in a 1892 shtetl. This play changed Yiddish theater by bringing realism to the genre.

 

About YIVO

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the preservation and study of the history and culture of East European Jewry worldwide. For nearly a century, YIVO has pioneered new forms of Jewish scholarship, research, education, and cultural expression. Our public programs and exhibitions, as well as online and on-site courses, extend our global outreach and enable us to share our vast resources. The YIVO Archives contains more than 23 million original items and YIVO’s Library has over 400,000 volumes—the single largest resource for such study in the world. www.yivo.org

 

About the ORENSANZ FOUNDATION

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts was established in 1992 as an artistic and cultural resource open to artists, writers, thinkers and leaders from all over the world, and to the community around us. Over the years we have welcomed and been inspired by Philip Glass and Spike Lee; Arthur Miller, Alexander McQueen, Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou and Alexander Borovsky; Elie Wiesel and Chuck Close.

We cooperate with PS1/MoMA; The Goethe Institute and the Whitney Museum, New York; the Italian Cultural Institute, New York University; Columbia University and Princeton University; the National Russian Museum of St. Petersburg and the Royal Shakespeare Company of London; The World Council of Peoples for the UN, the United Jewish Council and the American Academy in Rome. We work with independent artists from all over the world to develop here educational and artistic projects. The Foundation has just opened a digital department of cultural and artistic projects with a strong educational basis in the community.

We publish a quarterly magazine, Artscape; a weekly TV program on MNN, and maintain an archive of 50,000 pictures of the work of Angel Orensanz. We run a library of social and cultural history as well as a collection of thousands of digital files and video of Angel Orensanz.

The Foundation prides itself in maintaining the building at 172 Norfolk St., the former Ansche Chesed Synagogue (1849), in its architectural integrity and in the tradition of the German Reform Movement of the mid 19th century. www.orensanzevents.com 

 

About DAVID SERERO

Actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At only 36 years old, he has already performed more than 1,200 concerts and performances throughout the world and played in over 100 films and recorded 20 albums. He has given concerts in Paris at the PARIS OPERA GARNIER, OLYMPIA, EIFFEL TOWER; in New York at the LINCOLN CENTER, CARNEGIE HALL, TIMES SQUARE; in London at the ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, WEMBLEY STADIUM; and in Moscow at the TCHAIKOVSKY HALL; in Amsterdam at the CONCERTGEBOUW, the BUDAPEST OPERA conducted by PLACIDO DOMINGO and more. He made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. He has sung more than 30 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. In 2012, David Serero performed Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris and the title role from the revival of Duke Ellington's only musical: BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY and also starred in the cast album recording. In 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical written, directed and produced by David Serero. He has also produced and arranged I WISH YOU LOVE an album of Jazz standards for Jermaine Jackson. In December 2013, David shared the cover of Theatre & Performances with Barbra Streisand in London, and made his BROADWAY solo debut at the Snapple Theatre in New York and released his first studio album ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE. In 2014, he released The Broadway Baritone featuring Broadway classics and toured in the UK with a performance on WEST END. During the summer 2014, he recorded the entire love letters's correspondence of NAPOLEON to Josephine and released his new studio album THE CROONER BARITONE, The FRANK SINATRA Classics for the 100th anniversary of Sinatra. In 2015 and 2016, he played Off Broadway the lead roles of SHYLOCK (MERCHANT OF VENICE) and OTHELLO's title role with both critical acclaim. In 2015, he performed two open air concerts on TIMES SQUARE (New York) for BEST OF FRANCE with the presence of the French President Mr Francois Hollande. He released SEPHARDI, an album of Sephardic music in Ladino language and records the title role of RICHARD III in French. In 2016, he releases ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU, a Pop Rock album, entirely composed, performed, arranged and produced by himself. He also played NABUCCO (Nabucco) in New York; and the title roles of DON GIOVANNI and RIGOLETTO at the CARNEGIE HALL. In 2017, David entered the prestigious WHO'S WHO AMERICA for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. 

In the summer 2017, he releases BARITONE OPERA ARIAS, singing opera classics such as Toreador (Carmen) and from operas Tosca, Nozze di Figaro, Fanciulla del West and Barbiere di Siviglia.

 

Among his next performances in New York for 2017/2018 are the title roles of CYRANO OF BERGERAC (Rostand), DON GIOVANNI (Mozart), BARABAS (Marlowe's Jew of Malta), Hermann (World Premiere adaptation of the Queen of Spades) and KING LEAR (Jacob Gordin's The YIDDISH KING LEAR).

 

In American Television, he has appeared in: The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN), Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel), Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall (NBC), Six Degrees of Murder (Discovery Channel), Checked Out, On The Case with Paula Zhan (Discovery ID), Rabid Beast (Animal Planet TV), Suddenly Rich (TLC TV), Whistleblowers (Spike TV), Blood Feuds - Gangs of New York (Discovery Channel), We Are New York WANY (New York TV).

 

In American Films he starred in Alice in America, Tango Shalom, Winter Has No Sun, Most Beautiful Island, Paisanos in Paris, Following Phil, Terminal 5, Sheepshead, Again, Overload Rock or Die, The Redemption, Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Laundry Day, Capicola, Make it Work, There Will Come Soft Rains, Amarena, When I Sing, Hatikvah.

 

He starred in several commercials for Sotheby's & eBay, Bank of America, Don Julio Tequila, Khiel's, Volkswagen, BJ's, Pepsi, Mitsubishi Cars and more.

 

Full biography on www.davidserero.com

 

 

About BETH KAPLAN

Born in Manhattan and raised in Canada, Beth Kaplan, an actress turned writer, is the author of three books: the Sixties memoir All My Loving; True to Life, a textbook about creative writing; and Finding the Jewish Shakespeare: the Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin, the biography of her great-grandfather, reissued in paperback in 2012 and described by playwright Tony Kushner as “a witty, shrewd, elegant book that tells a story of vital importance.” Beth has lectured on Gordin, among many other places, at Oxford University, in French at the Medem Yiddish Library of Paris, and at the 92nd Street Y and the Stella Adler Studio in New York. In 2008, she delivered the Wexler Lecture in Jewish History in Washington, D.C. She has taught non-fiction writing at the University of Toronto and at Ryerson University for many years and is the winner of U of T’s Excellence in Teaching award.

After the performance, Beth will speak about her ancestor’s extraordinary life. Finding the Jewish Shakespeare will be available for sale and signing. The book is also available on-line. Purchase Finding the Jewish Shakespeare Online

 

WHAT: The Yiddish King Lear by Jacob Gordin.

WHEN: January 30th and February 1st 2018 at 8pm.

WHERE: The Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002.

 

Tickets: yiddishkinglear.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006

Tickets are from $10 to $36.

 

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L\'École Anémochore - Trad Music School in Nouméa, New Calédonia

L'École Anémochore - Trad Music School in Nouméa, New Calédonia

Anemochore - a plant in which the fruits or seeds are dispersed by wind

New Caledonia is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean east of Australia. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets.

L'École Anémochore ("The Anemochorous School") is a trad music school in New Caledonia focusing on oral transmission through traditional music from Europe (Ireland, France, Scandinavia) and Polynesia.

  • Flute lessons with flute player Lucie Périer
  • Irish Music workshop
  • Breton Music workshop
  • Trad music initiation workshop

http://www.ecole-anemochore.com

http://www.lucieperier.com

Irish music sessions in Nouméa

1st & 3rd Wednesdays at La Fiesta

Traditional Music in New Caledonia

The French took formal possesion of New Caledonia in 1853 and made the country a penal colony. The indigenous poulation, The Kanak, were excluded from the French economy and relegated to reservations and their culture was lost and traditions forbidden...

A huge work on the Kanak cultural heritage has been carried out for over two decade and kanak traditional music is taught again in music schools. The Kanak flute, one of the oldest and most sacred instrument in New Caledonia, has been re-invented, for it had been lost due to the French occupation.

 

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Itamar Borochov Quartet Featuring Innov Gnawa to perform at the Winter Jazz Festival on January 12th 2018

Itamar Borochov Quartet Featuring Innov Gnawa to perform at the Winter Jazz Festival on January 12th 2018

 

On January 12th 2018 at 6:40pm, world renowned Jazz trumpet player Itamar Borochov will perform with his quartet, featuring Innov Gnawa (Grammy nominated), during the Winter Jazz Festival at Nublu (151 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009).

 

Itamar Borochov’s band will include Rob Clearfield (e.piano), Tal Mashiach (bass) and Jay Sawyer (drums), joining Innov Gnawa are Maâlem Hassan Ben Jaafer (sintir, vocals), Samir LanGus (chorus, qraqeb) and Amino Belyamani (chorus, qraqeb).

 

Innov Gnawa just got a Grammy Nomination: BONOBO’S BAMBRO KOYO GANDA FT. INNOV GNAWA NOMINATED FOR BEST DANCE RECORDING. 

About Itamar Borochov

Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter & composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues. Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochovʼs search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan-African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city.

After working with such legendary artists as Curtis Fuller and Candido Camero, and having served as arranger and co-producer for acclaimed world music sensation Yemen Blues, Borochov set out on his own path. His critically acclaimed debut recording Outset (2014) was included in the New York City Jazz Record’s Best of 2014 List, and his forthcoming album Boomerang was chosen as "revelation of the month" on Jazz Magazine. Audiences worldwide are falling for his enchanting sound and virtuosic expression.

Borochov has performed internationally at such prestigious venues and festivals as Lincoln Center (NY), The Kennedy Center, (Washington DC), SummerStage at Central Park (NY), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Ethno Port Festival (Poland), Montreal Jazz Festival, Moscow Jazz Festival, and more. He has performed showcases at such important conventions as APAP, Babel Med, Womex, and Jazzahead.

Itamar Borochov, quickly gaining international recognition as a jazz innovator, continues  his musical quest, offering on Boomerang a music that reflects a rich global landscape seen firsthand, through the jazz tradition.

 

Mr Borochov has recently released in the U.S his critically acclaimed album “Boomerang” including his own compositions: https://goo.gl/7ob4tD

 

 

 

About Innov Gnawa

Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov has delved deep into the roots and rituals of gnawa music, and made a big splash in NYC, playing some of the city’s most prestigious rooms including Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl and the storied backroom of Brooklyn’s Barbès.


For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues”, gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that’s fascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles, jazz giant Randy Weston and rock god Jimi Hendrix. The music is utterly singular, played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms.

 

Hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the "5 Bands You Need to Know in Brooklyn's Arabic Music Scene", Innov Gnawa make great use of this traditional repertoire, and add their own, contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion. Taken as a whole, this exciting new outfit works hard to fuse a centuries old North African tradition with the pulse and attitude of New York City now.

 

Link to purchase tickets: https://venuepilot.co/events/15543/orders/new

 

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Back in the Recording Studio

The Kindred Spirit Band are back in the wonderful Skyline recording studio in February 2018, where they recorded their previous album, "Phoenix Rising"! Among the numbers they will be recording, they have dark songs about daemons and revelations one about the early maritime explorers and a special project song about overpopulation

 

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World Music Star GERARD EDERY releases his critically acclaimed double album “Best of Gerard Edery” in America.

World Music Star GERARD EDERY releases his critically acclaimed double album “Best of Gerard Edery” in America.

 

The “Best of Gerard Edery” features one of the world’s most renowned musical polyculturalists’ music. He uncovers the synergistic and haunting dimensions of a broad repertoire of traditional music imaginatively arranged for contemporary audiences. 

By weaving folk songs, chants, and prayers from across centuries and across Europe and the Middle East, he shows that the human need for a spiritual dimension defies all boundaries of time and place. This ecumenical program uncovers the surprising synergies between Eastern-European (Jewish and Christian) and Middle Eastern (Jewish and Arabic) musical faiths. Join him for a unifying experience as his voice blend in devotional and secular songs from the far-reaching Sephardic Diaspora and Eastern Europe. 

 

Download  or purchase Best of Gerard Edery on: 

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Gerard-Edery/dp/B006LNLAGS

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/best-of-gerard-edery/518839206

 

GERARD EDERY (Vocals/Guitar) has at his command a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles and traditions. He regularly uncovers and preserves songs, stories and melodies from Europe and the Middle East, and energizes these repertoires by interpreting them for contemporary audiences. One of the world’s foremost experts in the wide-ranging music of the Sephardic Diaspora, he is a recipient of the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award and a Meet the Composer grant for his original songs. A performer in great demand throughout the US, Canada and Europe, he has performed at prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world. In addition to his busy concert schedule, he has released 17 CDs on the Sefarad Records label as well as a much-acclaimed Sephardic Songbook. www.gerardedery.com 

 

REVIEWS:

"An ecumenical celebration that honours both Christianity and Judaism!" The editors, MANN ABOUT TOWN

 

"'Two Faiths, One Voice' just might be the most culturally eclectic item in Edery's already diverse catalog."  Alexander Gelfand, THE FORWARD 

 

"A very exciting recording… remarkable material!" Irene Backalenick, ALL ABOUT JEWISH THEATRE, JEWISH POST & OPINION 

 

"The music was haunting, always in a minor key, and indeed it was difficult to determine whether the melodies came from Jewish or Christian sources. Both Edery and Krupoves are compelling performers and accomplished musicians." Irene Backalenick, ALL ABOUT JEWISH THEATRE, JEWISH POST & OPINION 

 

"With the great Lithuanian ethnomusicologist, Yiddishist and singer Maria Krupoves, Edery embarked on a global series of concerts.  (…) If audience reaction is any indicator, the musical collaborators have succeeded in this endeavor, with huge ovations after every song." George Robinson, JEWISH WEEK 

 

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Tribes of Asaph Band Story

The Tribes Of Asaph brings your mind and soul on an emotional journey through acoustic guitar driven original compositions. With songs about riding the tunnels in the world's biggest city to catching waves out on the ocean to the pure feelings of happiness and joy, it's music best enjoyed outdoors on a beautiful summer day.

With a perfect circle of people from all corners of the Earth, the Tribes Of Asaph brings you great feel good organic acoustic music.

 

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World Rhythms 15: We Have the Beats!

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Issue 15, Dec. 2017: We Have the Beats!

The World Rhythms News is an infrequent newsletter dedicated to world music education brought to you by the band Ancient Future. Subscribe at Ancient-Future.Com.

In this issue:


Future Possibilities
World Fusion Exercises

When musicians are exposed to the musical knowledge developed by traditions that are not native to their upbringing, new traditions are created. This process is normally an organic one. The more musical knowledge you have, the more that knowledge comes through in the music you create.

But it can be fun to make exercises bringing ideas from different traditions together. The book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India includes an entire chapter on world fusion exercises. But rather than including a large set of exercises, just a few key examples are presented to inspire you to create your own.

We begin with a world fusion exercise, and then delve into the traditions it is based on.

Tihai Kotèkan

This exercise combines Balinese and North Indian rhythmic concepts. This intermediate level example from Chapter 4, Exercise I, page 127 of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is in a 15 beat rhythmic cycle. Recite the drum syllables of the tihai (North Indian rhythmic phrase that repeats three times and lands on the first beat of the rhythm cycle), starting first with the bottom part of the kotèkan (Balinese interlocking rhythm), and then proceeding to the top and more offbeat part. For an explanation of the notation below, see the North Indian Tala page. Also see the Pronunciation Guide to Indian Drum Syllables.

Play Tihai Kotèkan

    + (hand clap on sam)
15 |dhin * dha ge *   na ge *  ki ta *  ka dhin *   dha ge
4  |dhin * dha *  dhi na *  na ki *  ta ka *    kre dha * 
    1             2            3           4
2 (hand clap on 2nd tali, or section marker of the tala)
dhin * * *  * * dhin * dha ge *   na ge * ki ta
dhin * * *  * * dhin * dha *  dhi na * na ki *
    5           6          7             8
0 (hand wave on khali, or empty beat of the tala)
*  ka dhin *   dha ge dhin *  * * * *  dhin * dha ge
ta ka *    kre dha *  dhin *  * * * *  dhin * dha * 
9              10             11       12
3 (hand clap on 3rd tali)                 +
*   na ge *  ki ta *  ka dhin *   dha ge |dhin
dhi na *  na ki *  ta ka *    kre dha *  |dhin
13           14          15               1
Key: Each syllable is a quarter of a beat, or 16th note. An * signifies a rest.

Ancient Traditions

Here we will explain the two traditions behind the above fusion exercise.

Tihai

A tihai is a common North Indian cadential pattern repeated three times in succession. The last note of the cadence is timed to fall either on the sam, the first beat of the tala (rhythmic cycle), or on the the beginning note of a main musical phrase. One repetition of the pattern is known as a pala. Musicians become skilled at fashioning tihais on the spur of the moment to create a cadence, and must continually be aware of where they are in the rhythmic cycle and consequently how many counts are left in which to play a tihai.

In North Indian music, the term laya refers to both the main tempo of the beats in the tala and the relative speed of the notes played during each beat of the tala. Another way to look at the later meaning is that the number of divisions per beat is referred to as the laya. Instead of looking at four notes per beat in 4/4 time as sixteenth notes, the speed of the notes relative to the beats is considered a laya of four, or chaugun laya. Of course, the laya used is an important part of calculating the tihai math.

Tihai Math

Does math make your brain hurt? Then skip to next part. But you will become a better musician if you embrace math.

While North Indian musicians create tihais by a more or less intuitive process gained through years of practice and familiarization with the elements of tala, it is helpful to know mathematical formulas for arriving at tihais, of which there are many. The math behind the above tihai could be expressed using the following formula, which works for all tihais that start on the sam:

G = [(CTL +1) - 3P] ÷ 2, where C = the number of repetitions of the rhythmic cycle required to bring the tihai to sam, T = the number of beats in the tala (rhythmic cycle), L = the number of laya divisions, P = the length of one pala of the tihai expressed in laya divisions, and G = the gap or breath between pala repetitions expressed in laya divisions.

The tihai formula is used to figure out what the the gap or rest between the palas of the tihai needs to be to make the tihai land on sam given the length of the pala, the number of divisions in the laya, and the number of beats in the tala. Here's how the math works for the tihai in the world fusion exercise above:

The tihai takes only 1 cycle of 15 beats with a laya division of 4 notes per beat, so CTL = 1 x 15 x 4, or 60. Therefore, CTL + 1 = 61. One pala of the tihai takes up 17 laya divisions of 4 notes per beat, so 3P = 3 x 17, or 51. Therefore [(CTL +1) - 3P] = 61 - 51, or 10. 10 ÷ 2 = 5, so the gap is equal to 5 laya divisions of 4 notes per beat, or 5 16th note rests.

Try making your own tihai using the G = [(CTL +1) - 3P] ÷ 2 formula!

Kotèkan

A gamelan is an ensemble normally composed primarily of percussion. In Bali, orchestras of tuned gongs, bronze kettles, bronze metallophones, bamboo xylophones, drums, cymbals and flutes fill the night air with animated music. Melodic parts interlock, divided in such a way that musicians play alternate notes to form the melody line. These interlocking parts, known as kotèkan, require cooperation and a keen sense of rhythm to perform. The two parts of a kotèkan, which are thought of as male and female, are known as nyangsih and polos. The main accents of the nyangsih part are usually on the offbeat, while the main accents of the polos part are usually on the beat.

Knowledge of kotèkan can be extremely valuable. These interlocking rhythms have a unique way of bringing people together in cooperation towards a common goal, and there are many creative possibilities for applying them to contemporary music.

Here is an example of a traditional kotèkan. The bottom part is the polos, and the top part is the nyangsih.

Play Kotèkan

Ochetan Music Notation

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities includes a set of cards representing all 26 mathematically possible one beat kotèkan patterns without rests. They are very useful for creating your own kotèkan patterns for pre-existing or yet to be written melodies.

Create Your Own Tihai Kotèkan

Using the tihai formulas and kotèkan cards in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities, you can create your own tihai kotèkan. You might even come up with something that will become part of one of your compositions. Tihai kotèkans make for intriguing endings such as the final tihai kotèkan employed on a track released by the band Ancient Future:

"Nyo Nyo Gde"by Matthew Montfort from World Without Walls by Ancient Future: Play on Ethnocloud. Play on Spotify. Play on iTunes.

Where's the Beat?

  Talking Drum, Gamelan, and Tabla

A. West Africa, Bali, and India, birthplaces of polyrhythm, gamelan, and tala.
B. Within every performer, where musical dreams are made.
C. In a rhythm training manual by Matthew Montfort called Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.
D. In the new companion set from Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India.
E. Through world rhythm workshops and Skype study with Matthew Montfort.
F. All of the above.

The Answer

If you answered "all of the above," you are well on your way to finding the beat! Read on to find out how a training manual on the rhythms of Africa, Bali and India can help performers of all types reach their musical dreams, enable listeners to get more out of music, and is now bringing these ancient rhythms into the grooves of the future with the release of an audio companion edition for digital audio workstations, sequencers, computers, tablets, smartphones, CD players and other gizmos!

The Beginning, the Beat, the Book

Book Cover

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Mill Valley: Panoramic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95). Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI files- $74.95 (SALE $53.95). New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95).

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists. Indeed, Matthew Montfort, leader of the trailblazing world fusion music group Ancient Future, was inspired to write the book because it was difficult for him to find musicians who had the skills to perform multi-cultural music. By enabling home study of non-Western rhythms with enough material for years of practice for most students, the training develops refined rhythmic skills, promotes multi-cultural musicianship, stimulates new ideas for composers and improvisers, and fosters cross-cultural music appreciation.

The New Audio Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). New Preview Release! Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set- $34.95 (SALE 24.95). Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 (SALE $29.95).

A new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities will be released in fall 2017. The preview beta release is on sale now at Ancient-Future.Com. The downloads are set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set.

West African drum music, Balinese gamelan, and Indian tala are oral traditions, and the new downloadable files make it very convenient to integrate the tradition of learning by ear into the rhythm studies. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks, which are also available separately as downloads.

The Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music (2005). New Preview Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95).

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide Tracks is a set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that help facilitate correct practice habits. The download version is divided into three zipped folders of MP3 files. Volume I covers the exercises in Chapter 1, West Africa, and Chapter 2, Bali. Volume II A covers the South Indian exercises in Chapter 3, India. Volume II B covers the North Indian exercises in Chapter 3, India, and Chapter 4, Future Possibilities. Two printable .pdf booklets are included: the A.T.F.P Audio Guide Tracks CD Booklet, a wrap around CD booklet with instructions for burning CDs if desired, and the A.T.F.P Audio Guide Track List, which includes the names, durations, tempo settings, and book page numbers for all 115 audio guide tracks.

The MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Preview Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95).

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India is a complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps with explanations of the sounds of West African drums, Balinese gamelan, South Indian mridangam, and North Indian tabla. A full set of tabla samples is included along with supporting files for using them with VSTi instruments (PC) and GarageBand (Mac).

The Beat The Eve Orchestra of West Africa

The Eve people of the island town of Anyako off the coast of Southeastern Ghana have developed a music rich in polyrhythmic interplay, such as in the drum music of takada, a dance and drumming club developed by the Eve women. The instruments of their percussion orchestra are detailed in the West African section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves. The exercises are arranged for General MIDI agogo, bongo, conga and maracas. MIDI maps of the Eve instruments are included for those who want to experiment with different drum sounds.

The Interlocking Rhythms of Balinese Gamelan

A gamelan is an ensemble normally composed primarily of percussion. In Bali, orchestras of tuned gongs, bronze kettles, bronze metallophones, bamboo xylophones, drums, cymbals, and flutes fill the night air with animated music. Melodic parts interlock, divided in such a way that musicians play alternate notes to form the melody line. These interlocking parts, known as kotèkan, require cooperation and a keen sense of rhythm to perform. The Balinese section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves details the music and instruments of the Gamelan Semar Pegulingan and other ensembles.

The Rhythmic Cycles of India

The perception of the cyclic nature of life is reflected in Indian classical music through the device oftala,a recurring time-measure or rhythmic cycle. There are two different traditions in Indian classical music, the Carnatic music of South India and the Hindustani music of North India.

The tabla is a North Indian drum set comprised of two drums with goat-skin heads. For every sound on the drum there is a corresponding syllable. These syllables are known as bols. Each North Indian tala has a theka, a standard set of bols that identify the rhythmic cycle. The MIDI files of these thekas are arranged for General MIDI conga and bongo, and make excellent groove tracks for creating compositions or practicing. The North Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features a full explanation of the tabla bols complete with audio links to tabla samples of each bol, and files for VSTi instruments and GarageBand that remap the MIDI files to the included tabla samples.

The mridangam is a South Indian two-headed barrel drum made of jackwood with goatskin heads. South Indian drumming has a language all of its own known as solkattu. For the sounds produced by the mridangam, there are corresponding syllables known as konokol. The South Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features an explanation of the konokol syllables used in the solkattu compositions that are presented. The South Indian rhythm exercises have been arranged for General MIDI conga and bongo. Instructions and sequencer files are included to help in remapping the MIDI files to tabla or mridangam samples.

The Author

Matthew Montfort

Scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort has devoted his life to cross-cultural music through his role as the leader of the world music group Ancient Future. He spent years of study with some of the world's best musicians, such as gamelan director K.R.T. Wasitodipuro, North Indian sarod master Ali Akbar Khan, and vina master K.S. Subramanian, with whom he did an intensive study of South Indian note-bending techniques. He has recorded with legendary world music figures ranging from Bolivian panpipe master Gonzalo Vargas to tabla maestros Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain, and performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai. He has taught masterclasses at prestigious universities, schools, camps, museums, and resorts, and has over four decades of teaching experience, including two on the faculty of Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco. He is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com, a curated "best of" site, along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Merle Travis, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, and Alex De Grassi. He was interviewed in the December 2009 Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine about the scalloped fretboard guitar and the application of the rules of Indian raga to the music of Jimi Hendrix as exemplified by "Purple Raga" from his debut solo recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar.

The Workshops and Skype Lessons

Matthew Montfort offers instruction based on Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities through online lessons via Skype and rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts.

The Quotes

"You can view this deceptively slim masterwork from a few different angles: as a friendly yet serious appetizer on three of the most sophisticated rhythm systems on earth; a chance to work on your rhythmic sight reading; a three-culture dip with matching mp3s for your ears; a gateway to exotic spices, complete with MIDI files, for your songwriting or drumming; or a fun way to organically digest complex time signatures. No matter how you slice it, this scholarly labor of love is packed with rich flavors for those patient enough to harvest them." – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine

"You've heard Afro-Pop, sitar, gamelan and world music for years. But do you know what they are and how they work? Better yet, would you like to play those twisted cross-rhythms and melodies? In Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities, Matthew Montfort, a founding member of the world music band Ancient Future, has put together the book for people who want to dig into world music with both hands. The first section of the book covers traditional music of West Africa, Bali and India with theories and exercises. Wherever possible, Montfort has provided beat counts alongside the standard musical notation so even if you can't read music, you can still learn the rhythms. The last section of the book mixes patterns from different cultures, demonstrating the powerful music these simple exercises can generate." – Richard Kadrey, San Francisco Chronicle

"A hands-on exploration of Balinese, African, and Indian rhythms that should appeal to all musicians. One needn't play percussion instruments, or any instruments at all, for that matter, to use and benefit from the book." Drums and Drumming

"A very practical manual. There is enough material to keep interested musicians busy for years. Montfort has done a great service for western musicians interested in world music. A pleasure to work with."Option

"Very highly recommended for any instrumentalists hoping to expand their rhythmic horizons. If you've never investigated the beautiful clash of African polyrhythm, the incredible interlocking textures of Balinese music, or the complex metric structure of Indian classical music, check out Ancient Traditions – it will blow your mind and deepen your groove."Guitar Player

"If you're tired of programming your drum machine with the same old 4/4 back-beat, or you want to sharpen your rhythmic chops, this book is highly recommended."Electronic Musician

The Performers

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities has been used and admired by many teachers and musicians around the world.

Lou Harrison (1917-2003), prominent composer and founder of the American gamelan movement, called the work "a very useful contribution to musical scholarship."

Reinhard Flatischler, founder of the TaKeTiNa rhythm training process, was an early enthusiast of the method book.

John Bergamo (1940-2013), composer and coordinator of the percussion department at the California Institute of the Arts, found a copy of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities when he cleaned out his desk at retirement. As he finally had the time available, he worked his way through it, after which he called the author to thank him for writing it, and encouraged him to write more world music training manuals. One is in the works.

Steve Smith, stellar jazz and rock drummer of Journey fame, went through the book in preparation for a percussion summit with tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Start your own journey to musical excellence with Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities!

 

All compositions, recordings, video, and text in this article © 2017 Ancient Future Music. All rights reserved.

 

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Ali Hugo was recently interviewed by "Exposed Vocals", the hottest music exposure site on the web today. In the Interview, Ali shares valuable advice for artists trying to make it in the music business today. Ali also hints at a possible North American/Western Europe tour sponsorship by Mirage Records. Click below to start reading and get the inside scoop:-
 
 

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Rock Mandingue by Hadja Fanta Diabaté

Young and very talented artist, singer and guitar player, Hadja Fanta Diabaté has unique rock voice and plays modern and emancipated African music.

Her two first Single (Toubanu and Kanou) were launched in June 2016 and she is now finishing her first Album !

Visit youtube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYMJxyQvTM3Zy5kmbLoCclA

to discover a TV interview from her music tour in Haiti in october 2017 you can visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7qsdCJlY7w&t=6s

if you like Hadja's music and increadible voice you can support her simply by sharing it and make your friends discovering .....

Thanks!

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Under a Spell with Rehya Stevens

One of the most alluring singles of the year, Rehya Stevens shares with us the hypnotic "Abracadabra." Collaborating with musical partner Jon Kubis, a noteworthy arranger and keyboardist for Dancing with the Stars, the combination of the group bring an intriguing and sultry song to the table. With noteworthy hooks that blend a bit of rock, pop, indie and a dash of subtle R&B, the piece speaks volumes for both as songwriters and performers. The gorgeous craftsmanship brings the song to life as Stevens and Kubis take us away one note at a time. Bound to be one of your favorite songs as we head into the new year, we are excited to hear what magic the duo hold into 2018. My ears are eager and waiting!

 

Be sure to give a listen to the new track, here: https://www.rehyastevens.com/

 

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Focus On Creators

Ali Hugo has joined A growing list of more than 3,000 musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors and other members of the creative class who have signed a joint letter addressed to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, urging the Canadian Government to put creators at the heart of our cultural policy.

 

https://focusoncreators.ca/ourletter/

 

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Los Angeles native, Lauren Waller, has us head over heels for her newest single, "What If."  Taken from her new EP, "No Name Here," released late this year, the songstress impresses with doses of pop and indie. As she sings straight from the heart, her sound is bold, vibrant, and filled with catchy hooks. Her latest release, "No Name Here," is described as "the inner-workings of every relationship, questioning loyalty, love, and trust." Are you intrigued yet? You definitely should be. Open your ears and mind to her latest single, "What If," and get ready to discover your favorite gem of 2017.

 

"What If" is available to listen to, here: 

https://soundcloud.com/lwallermusic/what-if

 

 

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Daemonia Nymphe Macbeth release party @ number 177 4/11/2017

What a great release party we had @ number 177 4/11/2017 ! Thank you so much for attending!! Special thanks to the amazing performers Matthew Wade, Denise Moreno and Lauren Taylor!! This was the press release: We celebrate the release of the new album “Macbeth”, the music that Daemonia Nymphe composed for the play that was performed at the National Theatre of Northern Greece last year. The event will occur at the ‘Number 177’ in the heart of London’s East End or as we call it the “San Francisco” of London. Theatrical performances, dance, music and visual art in front of your eyes. But mainly, you will have the chance to meet the musicians behind the band as well as the artists who worked together with Daemonia Nymphe for the play. And the new album will be available for the first time in London. Free entrance! Doors open at 19:30

 

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ARFANA , Short stories from Anatolia…

ARFANA

Short stories from Anatolia…

Cenk Güray

 

Jazz and folk music are two genres that carry a great amount of similarities in between. The characteristic of ‘spontaneous composition’ is the concept that is lying beneath both of these musical styles. Folk music is produced depending on the common melodic and rhythmic structures that has been transmitted for centuries through the memories of the people living in the same cultural borders; whereas jazz – having its roots in the African-American-European folk music – built her own tradition on a memory shaped by a specific harmonic-rhythmic-melodic form of musical creation.

Anatolian folk music depends on one of the world’s oldest sound civilizations, having its roots in the musical cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, Ancient Middle East, Ancient Central Asia, Hittite, Phrygia, Rome, Byzantine, Selchuk and Ottoman lands and people and thus travelling back to 3000 years B.C.. The Turkish-Anatolian folk music stands as a very delightful combination of the multi-cultural characteristic of Turkey unified with the rural and urban life experiences of Anatolian people. This historical depth and cultural variety introduces a very complex musical background for this music, unified with a high aesthetic view and a profound sense of eternal love directed to the nature and the human beings.  

Remembering that the Turkish folk songs have been carrying the true life stories of Anatolian people to the current time, Arfana seems to unify these stories with the jazz-influenced musical dreams in the minds of the talented musicians of the band performed in the CD.

It is very interesting that the uniqueness of the CD does not lie in the idea of the combination of jazz with Turkish folk music – which has been experienced many times, not in the repertoire, and even not in the instrumental combination. The unique and the unexpected sound in the CD directly arouse from a virtue of arrangements, thanks to Kaan Bıyıkoğlu. This CD seems to be one of the few occurrences that we face a folk-jazz CD in Turkey which is not trapped in a narrow corridor of circular harmonics altered from classical combinations directing the musicians to a monotonous atmosphere of melody improvisation over a repeating cycle of sounds. Both in rhythmic and melodic terms, the arrangements compel all the musicians to a more complex challenge for melodic creation; both creating a form that is being rhythmically supported from the Afro-American history of jazz and traditional sense of jazz harmony combined with modal contrapoint embellishing the traditional melodies in a sensitive way.

The musical team works in a perfect harmony all within the recording. Kaan Bıyıkoğlu lets us to hear the footsteps of an elegant piano-master bringing a new breath to narrowing European jazz scene. İsmet Aydın, creates a balance between the folk music and jazz with his clear intonation and catchy style. For sure, Elif Canfeza Gündüz is an upcoming brilliance in classical kemenche performance scene in Turkey. Matthew Hall and Ekin Cengizkan are the two heroes that are bringing the complex arrangement idea of Kaan Bıyıkoğlu to the current-audible life with their compact sound and impressive rhythmic variability. Serhan Erkol, with his pure alto sax tone, performs effectively as a soloist and accompanier in four pieces with his pure sound, rhythmic flexibility and functional improvisations.

By opening a corridor between the memories of the jazz world and old stories of the people lived in Anatolian land, Arfana is laying the stones to carry the sounds of old Anatolia to the mind of the European Jazz scene which already feels the need of a memory refreshment. An exhilarative fusion and a promising experience is waiting in front of us. Thanks to all the musicians, the successful sound engineers and the producers.  

  

      

 

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ARFANA , Short stories from Anatolia…

ARFANA

Short stories from Anatolia…

Cenk Güray

 

Jazz and folk music are two genres that carry a great amount of similarities in between. The characteristic of ‘spontaneous composition’ is the concept that is lying beneath both of these musical styles. Folk music is produced depending on the common melodic and rhythmic structures that has been transmitted for centuries through the memories of the people living in the same cultural borders; whereas jazz – having its roots in the African-American-European folk music – built her own tradition on a memory shaped by a specific harmonic-rhythmic-melodic form of musical creation.

Anatolian folk music depends on one of the world’s oldest sound civilizations, having its roots in the musical cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, Ancient Middle East, Ancient Central Asia, Hittite, Phrygia, Rome, Byzantine, Selchuk and Ottoman lands and people and thus travelling back to 3000 years B.C.. The Turkish-Anatolian folk music stands as a very delightful combination of the multi-cultural characteristic of Turkey unified with the rural and urban life experiences of Anatolian people. This historical depth and cultural variety introduces a very complex musical background for this music, unified with a high aesthetic view and a profound sense of eternal love directed to the nature and the human beings.  

Remembering that the Turkish folk songs have been carrying the true life stories of Anatolian people to the current time, Arfana seems to unify these stories with the jazz-influenced musical dreams in the minds of the talented musicians of the band performed in the CD.

It is very interesting that the uniqueness of the CD does not lie in the idea of the combination of jazz with Turkish folk music – which has been experienced many times, not in the repertoire, and even not in the instrumental combination. The unique and the unexpected sound in the CD directly arouse from a virtue of arrangements, thanks to Kaan Bıyıkoğlu. This CD seems to be one of the few occurrences that we face a folk-jazz CD in Turkey which is not trapped in a narrow corridor of circular harmonics altered from classical combinations directing the musicians to a monotonous atmosphere of melody improvisation over a repeating cycle of sounds. Both in rhythmic and melodic terms, the arrangements compel all the musicians to a more complex challenge for melodic creation; both creating a form that is being rhythmically supported from the Afro-American history of jazz and traditional sense of jazz harmony combined with modal contrapoint embellishing the traditional melodies in a sensitive way.

The musical team works in a perfect harmony all within the recording. Kaan Bıyıkoğlu lets us to hear the footsteps of an elegant piano-master bringing a new breath to narrowing European jazz scene. İsmet Aydın, creates a balance between the folk music and jazz with his clear intonation and catchy style. For sure, Elif Canfeza Gündüz is an upcoming brilliance in classical kemenche performance scene in Turkey. Matthew Hall and Ekin Cengizkan are the two heroes that are bringing the complex arrangement idea of Kaan Bıyıkoğlu to the current-audible life with their compact sound and impressive rhythmic variability. Serhan Erkol, with his pure alto sax tone, performs effectively as a soloist and accompanier in four pieces with his pure sound, rhythmic flexibility and functional improvisations.

By opening a corridor between the memories of the jazz world and old stories of the people lived in Anatolian land, Arfana is laying the stones to carry the sounds of old Anatolia to the mind of the European Jazz scene which already feels the need of a memory refreshment. An exhilarative fusion and a promising experience is waiting in front of us. Thanks to all the musicians, the successful sound engineers and the producers.  

  

      

 

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ARFANA

Short stories from Anatolia…

Cenk Güray

 

Jazz and folk music are two genres that carry a great amount of similarities in between. The characteristic of ‘spontaneous composition’ is the concept that is lying beneath both of these musical styles. Folk music is produced depending on the common melodic and rhythmic structures that has been transmitted for centuries through the memories of the people living in the same cultural borders; whereas jazz – having its roots in the African-American-European folk music – built her own tradition on a memory shaped by a specific harmonic-rhythmic-melodic form of musical creation.

Anatolian folk music depends on one of the world’s oldest sound civilizations, having its roots in the musical cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, Ancient Middle East, Ancient Central Asia, Hittite, Phrygia, Rome, Byzantine, Selchuk and Ottoman lands and people and thus travelling back to 3000 years B.C.. The Turkish-Anatolian folk music stands as a very delightful combination of the multi-cultural characteristic of Turkey unified with the rural and urban life experiences of Anatolian people. This historical depth and cultural variety introduces a very complex musical background for this music, unified with a high aesthetic view and a profound sense of eternal love directed to the nature and the human beings.  

Remembering that the Turkish folk songs have been carrying the true life stories of Anatolian people to the current time, Arfana seems to unify these stories with the jazz-influenced musical dreams in the minds of the talented musicians of the band performed in the CD.

It is very interesting that the uniqueness of the CD does not lie in the idea of the combination of jazz with Turkish folk music – which has been experienced many times, not in the repertoire, and even not in the instrumental combination. The unique and the unexpected sound in the CD directly arouse from a virtue of arrangements, thanks to Kaan Bıyıkoğlu. This CD seems to be one of the few occurrences that we face a folk-jazz CD in Turkey which is not trapped in a narrow corridor of circular harmonics altered from classical combinations directing the musicians to a monotonous atmosphere of melody improvisation over a repeating cycle of sounds. Both in rhythmic and melodic terms, the arrangements compel all the musicians to a more complex challenge for melodic creation; both creating a form that is being rhythmically supported from the Afro-American history of jazz and traditional sense of jazz harmony combined with modal contrapoint embellishing the traditional melodies in a sensitive way.

The musical team works in a perfect harmony all within the recording. Kaan Bıyıkoğlu lets us to hear the footsteps of an elegant piano-master bringing a new breath to narrowing European jazz scene. İsmet Aydın, creates a balance between the folk music and jazz with his clear intonation and catchy style. For sure, Elif Canfeza Gündüz is an upcoming brilliance in classical kemenche performance scene in Turkey. Matthew Hall and Ekin Cengizkan are the two heroes that are bringing the complex arrangement idea of Kaan Bıyıkoğlu to the current-audible life with their compact sound and impressive rhythmic variability. Serhan Erkol, with his pure alto sax tone, performs effectively as a soloist and accompanier in four pieces with his pure sound, rhythmic flexibility and functional improvisations.

By opening a corridor between the memories of the jazz world and old stories of the people lived in Anatolian land, Arfana is laying the stones to carry the sounds of old Anatolia to the mind of the European Jazz scene which already feels the need of a memory refreshment. An exhilarative fusion and a promising experience is waiting in front of us. Thanks to all the musicians, the successful sound engineers and the producers.  

  

      

 

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Lucie Périer - French flute player releases debut album with breton band Trio Tarare

Born to a musical family deeply rooted in Irish culture and traditions, French flute player Lucie Périer has toured with bands Les Round'Baleurs and Trio Tarare for over a decade and has just released a debut album with breton band Trio Tarare (fest noz).

After touring for 10 years, breton band Trio Tarare has just released their debut album " Ventouere". An album featuring mostly new compositions by the three musicians Nicolas Gicquel (clarinet, whistles), Manon Gicquel (accordion), Lucie Périer (concert flute). Their music is textured, delicate, sensitive and definitely made for dancing. The repertoire of the trio compiles a wide range of breton dances, but also some fine Irish tunes with the set called "Road to Ballyferriter". This set opens with a march composed by Nicolas Gicquel then goes into polkas and a reel. It clearly shows the great influence Irish music has had on the three of them and their playing.

Fusion and emotion, tunes are played right from the heart.

Find out more about Trio Tarare

Website : tararetrio.jimdo.com

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Tunes In The Kitchen

Lucie has also released a series of videos called "Tunes In The Kitchen', playing tunes in her kitchen in Brittany or in  friends' and relatives' kitchens before finding a new home in New Caledonia in a couple of months, a place where, the word has it, Irish music is thriving...!

More music by Lucie Périer on Soundcloud

 

 

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Tapestry - Release statement

Nava’, a Persian/Irish ensemble, launch their debut album

Tapestry’ 

Navá is a groundbreaking group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.

Their debut album, ‘Tapestry’ was recorded at Hellfire Studios, an intimate studio in the Dublin Mountains, overseen by Adrian Hart (I Draw Slow, Yurodny) and Tony Byrne (Julie Fowlis, Danù), with support from the Arts Council of Ireland. The album charts a unique sonic landscape, weaving material from the Irish and Persian traditions into a beguiling tapestry of sound, treating listeners to a joyous exploration of the connection between two venerable musical cultures.

The material ranges from an Irish/Iranian medley ‘The Rolling Wave/Chahar Mezrab’ through mesmerizing original tunes such as ‘Hess’ and 'The Semuta Jig’ via a bluegrass breakdown entitled ‘Magic Box’ through to the epic finale of ‘The Persian Connection’.

 The band, formed in late 2015, honed their sound through performances at Electric Picnic, Vantastival, Imbolc Festival (supporting Sharon Shannon) Kaleidoscope Night, the ‘Listen At’ concert series, IMC’s ‘Hotter Than July’ Festival, and The Chester Beatty Library.

 Late 2017 sees them launching their album as part of the ‘Tradition Now’ Concert Series at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with a performance at 6pm on Friday 6th October.

 www.navatheband.com

 

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USA: Eleventh world fusion album by Gino Foti released on Net Dot Music indie label

Bija Mantras of the Seven Chakras - the fourth in a series of conceptual albums in the ethnic fusion, meditation, and spiritual music genres by jazz/world fusion bass guitarist & keyboard player Gino Foti, has been released by Net Dot Music.

 It features two ten-minute guided meditations, five all-instrumental accompaniment tracks (including a timed meditation that can be looped), and pronunciation guides for all the seed sounds/syllables of the seven primary chakras, that when spoken or chanted, can activate and resonate the energy of their associated chakras, to help create balance and harmony in an individual's mind, body, and soul.
http://worldjazznews.blogspot.ca/2017/09/usa-eleventh-world-fusion-album-by-gino.html

 

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The Story Behind Ali Hugo\'s New EP [Time Machine]

In the late 90’s Ali Hugo was attending summer school at Bathurst High, Eglington West; in Ontario Canada. By the end of that summer, Ali had written a bunch of songs that were laying around everywhere in his room at home. Ali understood that success required him to do more than just writing the songs and singing them acapella. Ali wanted to bring his songs to life, so he started researching on a couple of studios in Toronto, but they were all out of his reach. A kid who worked part-time at Ryerson University’s Pizza Pizza outlet, for $7 an hour, could in no way afford to pay those kinds of studio time rates. By a stroke of luck, Ali ended up on the doorsteps of Mitchell Lepidus & David Ashley, owners of “Twice Shy” productions studio. The team of Ali Hugo, David Ashley, and Mitchell Lepidus worked well together because, Hugo had complete autonomy to write, arrange and produce the materials for a professional demo.  David was left with doing the sequencing & programming of the songs, while Mitch played guitars and sang backing vocals. Satisfied with the 10 songs professional Demo and having saved up enough money,  Hugo took this valuable possession  recorded on a DAT  to “Studio 9”; a high profile studio in downtown Toronto , which boasts hosting recording sessions of renowned artists such as “Marc Cohn”, “Alannah Myles” & “The Cranberries”. At “Studio 9”, Hugo digitally mixed the Demo. When the mixing at “studio 9” was completed, Hugo took the Demo to “Punch Media”  where he teamed up with “Martin Lees” for additional mixing & mastering.

After the Demo polishing process was completed, Ali tried hard to get a record deal; but with not much success; Hugo shelved the DATS. Many years later and after a long time-out, Hugo pursued his music career again. This time; as a multi-instrumentalist musician in the easy listening genre. After the success of Hugo’s “New Generation Farahan’ album, Hugo decided to re-master the demo from “back in the day” and release tracks of his earlier recordings. But how do you remaster songs recorded on a DAT? When it came to studios which were set up after Y2K, the same question was always asked of Hugo “what the heck is a DAT?!”

Hugo recognized the importance of digitizing the songs, so it was back to North York Ontario Canada where the engineers at “Digital Treasures”, helped with the “Digitization Process”. Once the songs were digitized, Hugo inputted his developed skills as a sound engineer, to re-master and enhance the sound quality of the songs, using the sophisticated and innovative technology provided by PreSonus. After completing the whole process of time traveling the songs from the 90’s into 2017, Hugo encountered resistance to releasing the songs by HugoProductions Record Label. However, after a long series of debates & negotiations, the team at  HugoProductions Record Label relented to releasing four tracks with the agreement that releasing the tracks would be Hugo’s own endeavor.

Track List:-

1-So Much Love

2-This Love is True

3-You’ll Find Love

4-Sunshine

 

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Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Future of Ancient Future

November 2017 Issue:

Help Build Our Future: Join a Campaign to Save Music
•Check Out This Video Shedding Light on the Artist's Plight in the Digital Age

Free Library Concert Series Continues After the Fires
•World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Arabic Percussion Virtuoso Antoine Lammam or Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

Guitar Summit at Wu Wei Temple in Fairfax
•Featuring Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar) and Teja Gerken (Fingerstyle Guitar)

Beats Book Brings Bang for the Buck
•Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves for Gizmos


Help Build Our Future: Join a Campaign to Save Music

YouTube Can Do Better Content Creators Coalition Video

Check Out This Video Shedding Light on the Artist's Plight in the Digital Age

By Matthew Montfort

I'm on the board of directors of the Content Creators Coalition, a nonprofit uniting artists organizing in favor of fair rates for music. We just released two funny new videos referencing Apple's "Hi, I'm a Mac" campaign that take aim at YouTube's tiny compensation for ad-supported streams and its takedown process for unauthorized usage that is basically impossible for artists to use.

But YouTube promptly responded with its own takedown of our inital video post! As Richard Morgan wrote in the New York Post, "While videos of ISIS beheadings somehow slipped past YouTube censors, the video streaming site didn’t have any problems finding a playful ad campaign by some indie musicians — and promptly pulling the plug on it." The video was later restored when it became clear that pulling the video had caused a backlash that was generating negative publicity for YouTube.

What This Means for Ancient Future's World Fusion Music Mission

The videos demonstrate one of the major difficulties Ancient Future has in continuing its mission in the digital age. For emerging artists and those in less mainstream genres, the tech industry's "creative disruption" has "elevated" artists from workers or small businesses to beggars. No doubt you see lots of requests from artists seeking support through tech solicitation hubs such as Kickstarter. Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that I am sadly lacking in my solicitation skills.

Ancient Future has been experiencing a shortfall between the income we need to support our mission and the income that comes in from concerts and recordings. I tried to make up the difference by working non-stop on the computer, but this ended up causing tendon problems. It has come to the point where I can't personally continue to put in all the business hours necessary just to keep Ancient Future going, much less to expand our reach, which is what is necessary to further the mission of world fusion music.

I have come to the conclusion that Ancient Future needs a team of volunteers, benefactors, and superfans in order for world fusion music to reach its potential for social change. Here are some things you can do to help!

Ways to Support Ancient Future in the Digital AgeVolunteer Positions Available

Ancient Future needs a Director of Solicitations, Begging, and Busking to help raise money for activities, apply for grants, and explore starting a non-profit organization to support world fusion music. Other open positions include Concert Circuit Creator (duties include developing a circuit of world fusion friendly presenters and booking concerts), Anti-Social Media Manager (duties include encouraging cross-cultural pro-social responses on the anti-social media without simply enriching said companies at the expense of artists), and Traditional Media Archeologist (duties include searching through the charred remains of the traditional media to locate the whereabouts of current media contacts to maintain our database of world fusion friendly media).

Anyone interested in stepping forward is encouraged to email info@ancient-future.com. The positions could eventually become paid ones once financial support is generated by a genius Director of Solicitations, Begging, and Busking.

Direct Donation to Subsidize Concerts

Like the symphony, Ancient Future's world music rehearsals and performances cannot be supported by ticket sales alone. Yet arts funding has been cut drastically, especially in the USA and in California, and the advancement and indeed survival of the art of music is at stake.

You can help support Ancient Future's local San Francisco Bay Area concert season, or with a big enough donation, provide seed money to get Ancient Future to perform in your local area. Contributions can be made online or via check payable to "Ancient Future" sent to:

Ancient Future
PO Box 264
Kentfield, CA 94914-0264

Contributions are not currently tax deductible because Ancient Future is not registered as a 501(c) nonprofit organization. But hopefully Ancient Future's next Director of Solictations, Begging, and Busking (you?) can rectify that.

Donate to the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings

Photo of Bui Huu Nhut Recording A.F.A.R.Photo of Abbos Kosimov Recording A.F.A.R.
Bui Huu Nhut and Abbos Kosimov Recording A.F.A.R.. Photos by Michael Braden

The concept of the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.) is to involve fans of world fusion music in supporting the production of an archive of live and studio recordings of cross cultural collaborations. The best of these recordings will be selected to be released commercially at a "future" date, at which point they will be on their way to becoming "ancient" recordings, hence the title.

There are four supporter thank-you packages available ranging from $15 to $75, and while donations to the A.F.A.R. project are not currently tax deductible, donations of any amount are greatly appreciated! Please do what you can to support the music. Detailed information on the various supporter packages and the benefits included can be found at www.ancient-future.com/afar.html.

Live Video of A.F.A.R. Track

Prelude and Bookenka on Ethnocloud
Watch video on Ethnocloud


Free Library Concert Series Continues After the Fires

Antoine Lammam and Matthew Montfort Library Concert Photo

Arabic Percussion Virtuoso Antoine Lammam and World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort

Ancient Future's first concerts after October's devastating Northern California fires will be in areas that were very much under threat. The fires forced the evacuation of Ancient Future percussionist Antoine Lammam, who will be performing at three of the concerts. Fortunately his home was spared. Others, including supporters of Ancient Future, were not so lucky. Our hearts go out to everyone affected. The recovery will take a sustained commitment.

These free hour long educational concerts by Ancient Future at Sonoma County libraries will introduce the audience to Indian and Arabic rhythms and feature world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by either Arabic percussion virtuoso Antoine Lammam or Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar.

November Concerts

Winter Concerts

Photo of Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar

'El Zaffa' by Ancient Future

El Zaffa on Ethnocloud
Video
of Arabic fusion music by Ancient Future

'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future

Yearning for the Wind on YouTube
Video of Indian fusion music by Ancient Future


Guitar Summit at Wu Wei Temple in Fairfax

Photo of Matthew MontfortPhoto of Teja Gerken

Featuring Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar) and Teja Gerken (Fingerstyle Guitar)

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

Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument with a modified fretboard in which the wood between frets has been carved out in order to facilitate intricate note-bending ornaments. He has released two solo CDs: Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Sympathetic Serenade, for which he is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com.

Teja Gerken is a contemporary steel-string fingerstyle guitarist whose playing merges the styles of European guitar pioneers such as John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan with the distinct sounds of American players such as Leo Kottke and Micheal Hedges. Known for his original compositions, many of which employ alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive effects, and other extended guitar techniques, Teja will also bring Celtic, jazz, and classical styles to the summit.


Beats Book Brings Bang for the Buck

Book Cover

Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves for Gizmos

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Mill Valley: Panoramic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95). Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI files- $74.95 (SALE $53.95). New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95).

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

New Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). New Release! Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set- $34.95 (SALE 24.95). Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 (SALE $29.95).

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

Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music (2005). New Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95).

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide Tracks is a set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that enable learning by ear.

MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95).

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India is a complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps.

Workshops and Skype Lessons

60 Minute Skype Lesson. $75 (Sale $60). Custom private one hour online lesson via Skype or other video conferencing service.

Matthew Montfort offers instruction based on Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities through online lessons via Skype and rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts. He also offers instruction for all styles of guitar, ukulele, bass, mandolin, sitar, and other plucked instruments.

Quote

"You can view this deceptively slim masterwork from a few different angles: as a friendly yet serious appetizer on three of the most sophisticated rhythm systems on earth; a chance to work on your rhythmic sight reading; a three-culture dip with matching mp3s for your ears; a gateway to exotic spices, complete with MIDI files, for your songwriting or drumming; or a fun way to organically digest complex time signatures. No matter how you slice it, this scholarly labor of love is packed with rich flavors for those patient enough to harvest them." – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine

 

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Billy Crain Comes Alive

One of the most formative artists in the past few decades, Billy Crain takes his musicianship to a whole new level. The Nashville native has been garnering waves with a few new pieces from his latest endeavor due out later this month. Throughout his lengthy career he has played with the likes of The Allman Brothers and the Stones, to newer artists such as the Dixie Chicks. Taking on his solo work, we have the pleasure of chatting with Crain about his music and upcoming release, here at Ethnocloud.

 

When you are writing music, what comes first, the music or the lyrics?

 

It used to ALWAYS be music, melody, title, then lyrics but I have changed it up over the years. I keep a constantly flowing list of titles (nothing harder than trying to write a song with no title!) I also write poetry and bits of lyrics and store melodies and chord changes on my iPhone. I rarely just sit down and write a song anymore. I just look at my pile of ideas and put something together.
There really is no set formula that you have to use to write a song...


What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single releases?

 


The first single was called "Cold Feet" and it was about all the times I wanted to go out there and grab my wife hard at work in the garden and move it to hard at work in the bedroom!!! I have a very beautiful wife and man she can turn me on. I will tell you a funny story. When it went Top 40, the preacher at my church made a really big deal about it after the Sunday service. A few months later we were in Honduras together. I was noodling on an acoustic guitar and started singing "Cold Feet" Father Ray got this horrified look on his face and said \'93Billy, you should have TOLD me that that song was about wanting to get lucky with your wife, and I said 'well you should've listened to the song first before plugging it. At least it was about my wife!!!' "Hard Places" is about our two adopted children. We were foster parents and ended up adopting them. One of their families blew up the garage making methamphetamine and the other little one was born addicted to heroin. They call them children from Hard Places. The song is about how the world looks to them through their eyes. 100% of the proceeds from this CD have gone to funding the Papillion Center for FASD.

 


What is the meaning behind the title of the tracks and what does it signify?


Well we KNOW what Cold Feet is about and Hard Places is about children born into this world through difficult birth, adoption, abuse, Fetal Alcohol Spectral disorder, Neo Natal Abstinance Syndrome, etc. These kids come with a myriad of problems. They may look normal and act normal but they have so much confusion inside. John Q Public doesn't always get to see what my wife and I see. These kids from Hard Places need to be loved and helped. It's just heart breaking what they and the families have to go through...



What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially on the new record?


God, of course for me. I ask for HIS guidance and I usually get it!! I like true life stuff. I spent 20 years as a staff songwriter on Music Row and I got so tired of writing what I THOUGHT everyone else wanted to hear on the radio. How many times can you rhyme with the word 'love'? Now I get to write what I would like to hear on the radio. Also each new CD has a concept and that concept is usually about helping some part of mankind. We give away the proceeds each record. Do I make any money? No, but I sure have a good time giving it away!!!

 

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


I have a studio here at the house. I record, write, and produce all my CD's. I'm NOT the best guy at  telling other musicians what I hear in my head. I DO know how to get it on CD so I'm a lone wolf when it comes to my projects. 

 

We hear you have a new record in the works! What can you tell us about the theme of the upcoming piece, if you can spill any details of course.


Sure I can!! It "Broken Things," and 100% of the proceeds are going to an orphanage that we help support in Honduras. We are all from the Island of Misfit Toys (Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer,) but God doesn't see us that way. I have learned that you don't have to have big houses and shiny new cars to be happy. I still dress like I did in high school (jeans, jean shirts, and boots.) I drive a 2006 Cadillac that I love and I'm about as broken as they come and God STILL loves me. I wrote it with my wife, Sandy, by the way. There's a song called "Shark Heart" which is about sexual predators on the internet. "Under the Rainbow" is about a midwestern girl that goes to Broadway to pursue her dreams. Orphan is about exactly that including myself as in 2013, both my parents died within a month of each other. There's a lot of good stuff on there and of course there are plenty of guitars!!!!


What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?


Man Jeremy, I've already hit them. I have a song "Hard Places" sitting at #13 on the Top 200 AC Charts right now. "Cold Feet" made it to #38 starting falling off the charts and slowly dropped to #109 and THEN miraculously revived itself and is now at #55 and will have charted for a year straight in 2 weeks!!! Right now my goal is to get Broken Things mixed and mastered and that's about all that.

 

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Sarah Ragsdale Is Ready for the \

 Singer-songstress Sarah Ragsdale comes to us today with an impressive song by the name of "Next Time." A new single from her upcoming record which is due out this Friday, October 6th, her stunning vocals and intricate instrumentation bring a bold and delightful sound to your speakers. Throughout her songs, Ragsdale shaes elements of her real life events and 'enchanting rhymes,' which create a vivid storyline for each of her songs. "Next Time," is a prime example of her writing skills. Her vocals float like a cloud over a graceful bed of music that has Ragsdale standing above the rest. Her talent will bring her miles, and with the release of "Whimsical Romance," it is safe to say that Sarah Ragsdale is on her way to becoming a household name. Check out her new single below, and grab a copy of her new record when it hits online stores this week.

Listen to “Next Time” here:https://soundcloud.com/sarahragsdale/next-time-1

 

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A is for Atom Brings a New Song for Fall

Outdoing himself once again, A is for atom has shared a new piece from his upcoming record; a song titled "Last Man on the Moon.: An ethnocloud favorite for quite some time, A is for Atom has been on our radar for a couple of years now. Creating insightful tunes that will have your eardrums in love, the moniker of singer-songwriter Mike Cykoski, goes above and beyond to outdo himself each and every time. The song is a beautiful and harmonious as it brings up tales of nostalgia and elements of being lonely. Yearning for the past, and perhaps even a childhood, A is for Atom is here with the song that perfectly helps to close out 2017.

 

Give a listen to the single from A is for Atom here: https://soundcloud.com/aisforatom/last-man-on-the-moon

 

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BIOGRAPHY OF DEDE VEZA

 


Hélder Alcinio Hangabi Bunga, son of David Mário João and Helena Veza, was born on 26 October 1978 in the province of Uige, municipality of Uige Angola.

Migrates to Luanda to three years old, lived in Miramar many years and made the primary studies in funge school in Operario district in Luanda, where the companinha a neighbor called Haile (Nick), after school walked with pianos, and They were to play until the end of the day.

From early on his love of music manifested itself. He liked in the house of his uncle Cananito Alexandre big picture of Angona music, when it sang.
Very fond of the seventh art, friend of literature and painting, he emigrated with his mother Helena Veza, and his two brothers to (SOUTH AFRICA) where in addition to the digital world, got music knowledge that increased their desire in the art.

Still in Infancy he sang to his younger brother Jojo Veza that very well danced to the neighbors on the street grandson Garcia, Miramar neighborhood. and so he went wherever he went up on the outside of Angola.
After several years back to Angola, he starts working in the video world as camera assistant with Mr. Eduardo Capelo and Velasco. in television production.
In 1996, 1997 filming and also worked in the organization of party rav (shows) with DJ Mauro Madaleno, SEBEM, Ze Maria, Paulucho, Dj Porkchop, Show Karang, Prince Wadada, and the SSP.

In 2000, he began working in the production of their first album in the old studio echoes of Peace with Ze fix, Nekila, Beto Max, in Yuri's company Cunha Yeye junior, Matias Damásio, Dj tipilartes, Tito Olivio, DJ Evil, If wrong, Dj Viriato Victor, Chico Viegas, Dj Angelo Gabriel Thiema, Dj Nelo Kass, Keima cylinders, and KING RECORDS in Holland.

For stealing one of his songs, also known as wakimono, the record was not edited and the contract was canceled. still he continued to work having produced several successful issues such as the Clio ta crazy pump are bewitch you, false alarm, and rain on boda Yuri share of the wedge, recorded in the old studio Beto max.

He also participated in Shows within Angola for several years, in the company of TIC TAC, PEDRUK, Calo Pascoal, TONY AMADO, Vaiola CAT, WELWICTHA, DJ MANIA, SAUSAGE AND CRAZY COW, SQUID PASSION, Bangão, KING AT NICE, KATANA , VIRGILIO FIRE, BOBANI KING, the ACTUAL among other artists ...

In 2005 no longer publish music themes, most still producing and composing behind the scenes, in the old intention to grow and produce a healthy acoustically album for those who like their music.
In 2006 it created the D VEZA CONTROL, his musical producer.

currently has one album released in the Portuguese market and in Angola, with the title `` One More Cebola`` 14 tracks published by Ls Productions.

 

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Here's a link to an interview with me in the McKendree University Magazine (Spring 2017).  It's part of a larger section on jazz.  Scroll down and you'll see it.   

 

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Beto Hales Breathes Life into \

Beto Hale has just released his new single, "Orbs of Light," the title track of his newest album. A critically-acclaimed musician who has been involved in the music scene a greater part of his life, song brings out the heart and soul into his work. 

Beto wrote, performed, and co-produced and played drums, percussion, bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, keyboards, piano, and sang lead and backing vocals on 90% of the album, which is no small feat to say the least. Beto Hale states of the track 

"This was originally conceived as a song about hope; amidst the negativity that surrounds us today, I am talking about being strong, believing in yourself, no matter how many terrible things you have witnessed or experienced. The Orbs (in my mind) represent the eyes, which in turn reflect ones spirit. It is also a song about connection; I believe the only thing that can possibly save us as a species is love, helping each other, believing in ourselves as a group. I believe there is true evil in the world, and one has to face it, bravely, to destroy it. Our generation has a huge responsibility to make the hard choices: are we going to be complacent, or are we going to act?"

 

A groundbreaking artist who is always on the move, Beto Hale has definitely released one of the most noteworthy records of 2017. 

Give a listen to "Orbs of Light," here: https://soundcloud.com/beto-hale/01-orbs-of-light?in=beto-hale/sets/orbs-of-light-fyc

 

 

 

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ALI HUGO Interviewed on \

Singer-songwriter & musician Ali Hugo is interviewed on the show "Cutting Edge" from the Global Pod-Casting Network based in London. Ali talks about his DIY approach to making music and his success on the Indie & North American charts. To access the interview click on the link below:-

 

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-42b98-74511d

 

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Porcelan Comes to Life in a Song

Porcelan's latest endeavor comes in the form of the song "The Real Thing Don't Change." The enticing piece showcases her stunning artistry and intense vocal work, as she puts herself on your radar for 2017. Praised by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Porcelan is surely the real deal. She's bold and seductive as she makes the song her own.

 

Give the hot track a listen right here: https://www.soundcloud.com/porcelanmusic/the-real-thing-dont-change

 

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Cardamohm & Friends - Hybrid Seeds EP

Cardamohm is happy to present Hybrid Seeds, which offers an alternative vision of their debut album A Seed, blending machines and a whole bunch of magic flutes. The french ethno trance duo has invited some friends to remix five tracks and create these hybrid seeds with their own style, from deep psydub to groovy psytrance


Mastered by Adrien Sauvaget @X-Pand Sound Mastering, with artwork by BaBa Shikoine.

 

Cardamohm - Hybrid Seeds EP, artwork by BaBa Shikoine

 

Here is the tracklist:

1. La Embarcación (Johnfaustus Remix) 06:51
2. A Seed (4bstr4ck3r Remix) 04:26
3. Tazmania (Via'on Remix) 07:54
4. Take Off (Yuniversound Remix) 09:23
5. Gipsy Train (Neuromatic Remix) 07:04

Out on the 9th of september 2017, high quality free download on www.cardamohm.com !

 

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Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Beat's by the Books

September 2017 Issue:

Where's the Beat?
•West Africa, Bali, and India, birthplaces of polyrhythm, gamelan, and tala.

Ancient Future Performs Free Library Concert Series
•World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Arabic Percussion Virtuoso Antoine Lammam or Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar


Where's the Beat?

  Talking Drum, Gamelan, and Tabla

A. West Africa, Bali, and India, birthplaces of polyrhythm, gamelan, and tala.
B. Within every performer, where musical dreams are made.
C. In a rhythm training manual by Matthew Montfort called Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.
D. In the new companion set from Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India.
E. Through world rhythm workshops and Skype study with Matthew Montfort.
F. All of the above.

The Answer

If you answered "all of the above," you are well on your way to finding the beat! Read on to find out how a training manual on the rhythms of Africa, Bali and India can help performers of all types reach their musical dreams, enable listeners to get more out of music, and is now bringing these ancient rhythms into the grooves of the future with the release of an audio companion edition for digital audio workstations, sequencers, computers, tablets, smartphones, CD players and other gizmos!

The Beginning, the Beat, the Book

Book Cover

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Mill Valley: Panoramic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2.

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

The New Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). New Preview Release!

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

The Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide Tracks is a set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that enable learning by ear.

The MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India is a complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps.

The Eve Orchestra of West Africa

The Eve people of the island town of Anyako off the coast of Southeastern Ghana have developed a music rich in polyrhythmic interplay, such as in the drum music of takada, a dance and drumming club developed by the Eve women. The instruments of their percussion orchestra are detailed in the West African section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves.

The Interlocking Rhythms of Balinese Gamelan

A gamelan is an ensemble normally composed primarily of percussion. In Bali, orchestras of tuned gongs, bronze kettles, bronze metallophones, bamboo xylophones, drums, cymbals, and flutes fill the night air with animated music. Melodic parts interlock, divided in such a way that musicians play alternate notes to form the melody line. These interlocking parts, known as kotèkan, require cooperation and a keen sense of rhythm to perform. The Balinese section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves details the music and instruments of the Gamelan Semar Pegulingan and other ensembles.

The Rhythmic Cycles of India

The perception of the cyclic nature of life is reflected in Indian classical music through the device oftala,a recurring time-measure or rhythmic cycle. There are two different traditions in Indian classical music, the Carnatic music of South India and the Hindustani music of North India.

The tabla is a North Indian drum set comprised of two drums with goat-skin heads. For every sound on the drum there is a corresponding syllable. These syllables are known as bols. Each North Indian tala has a theka, a standard set of bols that identify the rhythmic cycle. The MIDI files of these thekas make excellent groove tracks for creating compositions or practicing. The North Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features a full explanation of the tabla bols complete with audio links to tabla samples of each bol, and files for VSTi instruments and GarageBand that remap the MIDI files to the included tabla samples.

The mridangam is a South Indian two-headed barrel drum made of jackwood with goatskin heads. South Indian drumming has a language all of its own known as solkattu. For the sounds produced by the mridangam, there are corresponding syllables known as konokol. The South Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features an explanation of the konokol syllables used in the solkattu compositions that are presented.

The Workshops and Skype Lessons

Matthew Montfort offers instruction based on Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities through online lessons via Skype and rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts.

The Quotes

"You can view this deceptively slim masterwork from a few different angles: as a friendly yet serious appetizer on three of the most sophisticated rhythm systems on earth; a chance to work on your rhythmic sight reading; a three-culture dip with matching mp3s for your ears; a gateway to exotic spices, complete with MIDI files, for your songwriting or drumming; or a fun way to organically digest complex time signatures. No matter how you slice it, this scholarly labor of love is packed with rich flavors for those patient enough to harvest them." – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine

"You've heard Afro-Pop, sitar, gamelan and world music for years. But do you know what they are and how they work? Better yet, would you like to play those twisted cross-rhythms and melodies? In Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities, Matthew Montfort, a founding member of the world music band Ancient Future, has put together the book for people who want to dig into world music with both hands. Wherever possible, Montfort has provided beat counts alongside the standard musical notation so even if you can't read music, you can still learn the rhythms." – Richard Kadrey, San Francisco Chronicle

"A hands-on exploration of Balinese, African, and Indian rhythms that should appeal to all musicians. One needn't play percussion instruments, or any instruments at all, for that matter, to use and benefit from the book." – Drums and Drumming

"Very highly recommended for any instrumentalists hoping to expand their rhythmic horizons. If you've never investigated the beautiful clash of African polyrhythm, the incredible interlocking textures of Balinese music, or the complex metric structure of Indian classical music, check out Ancient Traditions – it will blow your mind and deepen your groove." – Guitar Player

"If you're tired of programming your drum machine with the same old 4/4 back-beat, or you want to sharpen your rhythmic chops, this book is highly recommended." – Electronic Musician

The Performers

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities has been used and admired by many teachers and musicians around the world.

Lou Harrison (1917-2003), prominent composer and founder of the American gamelan movement, called the work "a very useful contribution to musical scholarship."

Reinhard Flatischler, founder of the TaKeTiNa rhythm training process, was an early enthusiast of the method book.

John Bergamo (1940-2013), composer and coordinator of the percussion department at the California Institute of the Arts, found a copy of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities when he cleaned out his desk at retirement. As he finally had the time available, he worked his way through it, after which he called the author to thank him for writing it, and encouraged him to write more world music training manuals. One is in the works.

Steve Smith, stellar jazz and rock drummer of Journey fame, went through the book in preparation for a percussion summit with tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Start your own journey to musical excellence with Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities!


Ancient Future Performs Free Library Concert Series

Photo of Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar

World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Arabic Percussion Virtuoso Antoine Lammam or Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

One of the program variations of the trailblazing world fusion music ensemble, Ancient Future, this improvisatory duet features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by either Arabic percussion virtuoso Antoine Lammam or Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. Strains of flamenco, Arabic music, and Indian raga emanate from this duet performing renditions of music from Ancient Future's ground breaking world music recordings as well as many new unreleased works!

These hour long educational concerts by Ancient Future at Sonoma County libraries will introduce the audience to musical concepts from world music such as Indian and Arabic rhythms.

September Concerts
November ConcertsWinter Concerts'El Zaffa' by Ancient Future

El Zaffa on Ethnocloud
Video
of Arabic fusion music by Ancient Future

'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future

Yearning for the Wind on YouTube
Video of Indian fusion music by Ancient Future

 

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Ali Hugo\'s latest release \

Ali Hugo is an unconventional musician who follows his own musical path. Hugo is known for his long pauses between albums and single releases as well as a DIY approach to music recording and promotion. Hugo has enraptured his fans with the sudden release of his latest single “TEARS OF A BROKEN HEART” written, arranged & produced by Hugo. Although, the latest single is from Hugo’s 2015 Album “New Generation Farahan”, only three singles were released from that album. Then there was the usual long pause. Hugo’s website displays a letter from a pleading European fan asking him to release more songs from the album or make new music. To his fans delight, Hugo released the single and as Hugo’s twitter account states, “TEARS OF A BROKEN HEART” is by far the most successful of all his releases. The track has a dreamy quality to it of a fairytale love story able to capture the heart of any easy listening music genre fan. The song has been carefully crafted to capture new listeners while Hugo remains faithful to his fans, by maintaining simplicity to his melodious music writing approach. The album which the track is taken from is an eclectic collection of music genres which include a Euro dance single Enzo, Flowery Gown a classical single and the Moroccan/Spanish fusion single Ishbilia. All singles are available at Hugo’s online distribution partner Nimbit music. A departure from this is that the single “TEARS OF A BROKEN HEART” has been aggressively promoted by the online music retailer CD babe where it has been cataloged as a live track due to its live performance elements. Globally, Ali Hugo’s  single “TEARS OF A BROKEN HEART” will live up to the expectations of his fans but its release will also keep fans wondering, will this be the final track from the “ New Generation Farahan” album? Or can we expect more singles from this album? If yes, then when will Hugo get down to writing new music is probably what his fans what to know.

A review by

Jonathan Marcel,

Music Lover & Critic

 

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Sare Nau (9 1/2)

oronto Tabla Ensemble releases new single Nine-and-a-Half (Sare Nau)

The Toronto Tabla Ensemble (TTE) has released another exciting single titled Sare Nau, written in a rare rhythmic cycle of nine-and-a-half beats. The piece was composed by the Ensemble’s artistic director Ritesh Das and features an energetic layering of rhythms from the tabla, mridangam, ghatam, and drum kit. 

Sare Nau is the first collaboration between the TTE and drummer Nilan Chaudhuri, who transcribed the entire composition from the language of tabla to perform it on the drum kit. Chaudhuri is also an accomplished tabla player and the son of legendary tabla maestro, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. His background and mastery of both instruments has allowed him to provide a unique presence and sound on the track.

The single is the second to be heard from TTE’s sixth album, Bhumika scheduled for release in early 2018. The album focuses on the technique, energy, and versatility of classical North Indian rhythms augmented through collaboration and contemporary arrangements. Other guest artists include sarod player, Swapnamoy Banerjee, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Donald Quan, and Japanese taiko master, Kiyoshi Nagata.

Since 1991, the TTE has helped bring North Indian classical music to the mainstream in Toronto with its innovative concerts and recordings. The Ensemble has produced three music videos and five original albums, including the Juno-nominated Firedance. The Ensemble’s original music has been used in numerous films and commercials, and in 2003 the Ensemble was commissioned to create the current theme music for CBC Radio’s daily morning show, Metro Morning.

For more information on the new album and upcoming TTE concerts, visit: www.torontotabla.com

 

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Press Release
Cha-li-x Releases New Single “Dung Deh”
Cha-li-x Releases New Single “Dung Deh”

Benna Gone Global Out Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

St. Johns, Antigua – August 7, 2017 – Growing up in Antigua, Cha-li-x found himself in love with two sounds; the one native to his Caribbean setting and one flowing in from the states. Artists like Bob Marley gave him his love of Reggae but soon enough he’d stumble upon hip hop. Come the mid-90’s he would find a way to fuse the two together and make something of his own. Today he’s still riding high on his record Benna Gone Global, and his latest single “Dung Deh.”

By the late 90’s Cha-li-x had emerged himself in the dancehall scene and found a place for his fusion style. By 2000 he was performing and really making a name for himself alongside Lee p Ching. By 2013 though Cha-li-x decided it was time to head out on his own once more and focus on his solo career.

Today he’s still performing in and around St. Johns in Antigua but hopes to cross over into the United States in the near future. Miami first due to their Caribbean influence in their music scene, and then elsewhere from there. Those interested in hearing more from Cha-li-x, or adding Benna Gone Global or “Dung Deh” to their playlists, can reach out via the information provided below.

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About:
Cha-li-x is an artist from St. Johns, Antigua who took his love of hip hop and reggae and fused it together to create his own style.

Contact:
Cha-li-x
Keino Charles
chalix268@gmail.com

Links:
Official Site: http://cha-li-xtra.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/chaliXmisuc
Twitter: http://twiter.com/cha_li_x
Instagram: http://instagram.com/chalixhd
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/user3505008
Artist EPK: http://spark.adobe.com/page/6bKA76nFvO95h

 

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Leisure McCorkle Brings New Album to Life

Leisure McCorkle, an alternative rock artist from Charlotte, North Carolina who creates music deeply rooted in the nomadic endeavors he undergoes while traveling, has recently released 5000 Light Years Beyond the Speed of Sound, which was produced by longtime bass player “Big” Mike Mitschele, and is the darkest entry in the Leisure McCorkle oeuvre. “The latest album has morphed this idea into a ‘time traveler’ similar to Dr. Who. The idea is to play with concepts of time and space while creating a musical space for meaning, experience, and raw emotions,’” he shares.  

 

The 10-track album begins with an ambient sonic snippet that slowly comes into crisp clarity, yielding to the opening track, “Warehouse.” Atmospheric keys, yearning harmonies, and winsome hooks subtly adorn this acoustic pop-rock tune. Within it is a sweetly nostalgic peek into vet indie musician touring life.

 Watch "Turn It Up" now on YouTube -https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=so-ney2fkqA

 

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Maxwell Powers Puts Life in \

Maxwell Powers' career all started on night back in 2011, when he emerged from the ether with his keytar, determined to make something of himself. He proceeded to put out a series of YouTube videos combining synth-driven indie pop and no-budget filming to tell stories of life, love and the occasional existential crisis. The releases quickly garnered a cult-like following and have now been streamed over a million times.

 

"Death (It Feels Alright)" is the second single from Powers forthcoming 6 Things EP. While he recorded the entire album entirely in the corner of his living room, he collaborated with two veteran Bay Area Engineers/Producers: Mikael Eldridge (Tycho, DJ Shadow) and Sean Beresford (Run DMC, Third Eye Blind). The result is sonically rich tracks showing a diverse journey that is instantly catchy and rewards deeper listening.

 

Stream “Death (It Feels Alright)” here: https://soundcloud.com/maxwellpowers/death-it-feels-alright

 

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Alexander Howard Brings Solo Debut to the Table

The inspiration behind Alexander Howard’s solo debut came out of a songwriting trip to Los Angeles. During a late night Hollywood session, the singer and multi instrumentalist dialed in on writing artful pop, crafting guitars, synth, and soulful hooks.

 

Returning to his hometown of New York, he immediately set to work honing his voice and sound that would become his first solo efforts with Robopop, the masterminds behind Lana Del Ray's "Video Games" and Maroon 5's "Payphone."

 

Written and co-produced by Howard, the songs take inspiration from all walks of pop, ranging from sixties Motown to Top40 indie pop. Woven together by Howard’s pop rock vocals, his thematic songwriting and a sense of style all his own, this diverse offering is one of the most relevant NYC pop debuts in the current landscape.

 

Off-stage and outside the recording studio, Howard is a highly involved in New York’s fashion community, and has been featured in various society and editorial features in the New York Times and notable fashion blogs.

 

Listen to the new single "Mount Rushmore" on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/alexanderhoward/mount-rushmore

 

 

 

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Where\'s the Beat? From Ancient Rhythms to Future Grooves for Gizmos, Gadgets and Thingamajigs

Where's the Beat?

A. West Africa, Bali, and India, birthplaces of polyrhythm, gamelan, and tala.
B. Within every performer, where musical dreams are made.
C. In a rhythm training manual by Matthew Montfort called Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.
D. In the new companion set from Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India.
E. Through world rhythm workshops and Skype study with Matthew Montfort.
F. All of the above.

The Answer

If you answered "all of the above," you are well on your way to finding the beat! Read on to find out how a training manual on the rhythms of Africa, Bali and India can help performers of all types reach their musical dreams, enable listeners to get more out of music, and is now bringing these ancient rhythms into the grooves of the future with the release of an audio companion edition for digital audio workstations, sequencers, computers, tablets, smartphones, CD players and other gizmos!

The Beginning, the Beat, the Book

Book Cover

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Mill Valley: Panoramic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 list. Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI files- $74.95 list. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 list.

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists. Indeed, Matthew Montfort, leader of the trailblazing world fusion music group Ancient Future, was inspired to write the book because it was difficult for him to find musicians who had the skills to perform multi-cultural music. African polyrhythms, Balinese kotèkan and Indian classical music were chosen as the source material for the training because these three traditions in combination cover the major types of rhythmic organization used in most of the world's music. By enabling home study of these non-Western rhythms with enough material for years of practice for most students, the training develops refined rhythmic skills, promotes multi-cultural musicianship, stimulates new ideas for composers and improvisers, and fosters cross-cultural music appreciation.

The New Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). New Preview Release! Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set- $34.95 list. Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 list.

A new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities will be released in fall 2017. The preview beta release is on sale now at Ancient-Future.Com. The downloads are set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set.

West African drum music, Balinese gamelan, and Indian tala are oral traditions, and the new downloadable files make it very convenient to integrate the tradition of learning by ear into the rhythm studies. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks, which are also available separately as downloads.

The Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide Tracks is a set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that help facilitate correct practice habits. The download version is divided into three zipped folders of MP3 files. Volume I covers the exercises in Chapter 1, West Africa, and Chapter 2, Bali. Volume II A covers the South Indian exercises in Chapter 3, India. Volume II B covers the North Indian exercises in Chapter 3, India, and Chapter 4, Future Possibilities. Two printable .pdf booklets are included: the A.T.F.P Audio Guide Tracks CD Booklet, a wrap around CD booklet with instructions for burning CDs if desired, and the A.T.F.P Audio Guide Track List, which includes the names, durations, tempo settings, and book page numbers for all 115 audio guide tracks.

The MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India is a complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps with explanations of the sounds of West African drums, Balinese gamelan, South Indian mridangam, and North Indian tabla. A full set of tabla samples is included along with supporting files for using them with VSTi instruments (PC) and GarageBand (Mac).

The Eve Orchestra of West Africa

The Eve people of the island town of Anyako off the coast of Southeastern Ghana have developed a music rich in polyrhythmic interplay, such as in the drum music of takada, a dance and drumming club developed by the Eve women. The instruments of their percussion orchestra are detailed in the West African section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves. The exercises are arranged for General MIDI agogo, bongo, conga and maracas. MIDI maps of the Eve instruments are included for those who want to experiment with different drum sounds.

The Interlocking Rhythms of Balinese Gamelan

A gamelan is an ensemble normally composed primarily of percussion. In Bali, orchestras of tuned gongs, bronze kettles, bronze metallophones, bamboo xylophones, drums, cymbals, and flutes fill the night air with animated music. Melodic parts interlock, divided in such a way that musicians play alternate notes to form the melody line. These interlocking parts, known as kotèkan, require cooperation and a keen sense of rhythm to perform. The Balinese section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves details the music and instruments of the Gamelan Semar Pegulingan and other ensembles.

The Rhythmic Cycles of India

The perception of the cyclic nature of life is reflected in Indian classical music through the device oftala,a recurring time-measure or rhythmic cycle. There are two different traditions in Indian classical music, the Carnatic music of South India and the Hindustani music of North India.

The tabla is a North Indian drum set comprised of two drums with goat-skin heads. For every sound on the drum there is a corresponding syllable. These syllables are known as bols. Each North Indian tala has a theka, a standard set of bols that identify the rhythmic cycle. The MIDI files of these thekas are arranged for General MIDI conga and bongo, and make excellent groove tracks for creating compositions or practicing. The North Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features a full explanation of the tabla bols complete with audio links to tabla samples of each bol, and files for VSTi instruments and GarageBand that remap the MIDI files to the included tabla samples.

The mridangam is a South Indian two-headed barrel drum made of jackwood with goatskin heads. South Indian drumming has a language all of its own known as solkattu. For the sounds produced by the mridangam, there are corresponding syllables known as konokol. The South Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features an explanation of the konokol syllables used in the solkattu compositions that are presented. The South Indian rhythm exercises have been arranged for General MIDI conga and bongo. Instructions and sequencer files are included to help in remapping the MIDI files to tabla or mridangam samples.

The Author

Matthew Montfort

Scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort has devoted his life to cross-cultural music through his role as the leader of the world music group Ancient Future. He spent years of study with some of the world's best musicians, such as gamelan director K.R.T. Wasitodipuro, North Indian sarod master Ali Akbar Khan, and vina master K.S. Subramanian, with whom he did an intensive study of South Indian note-bending techniques. He has recorded with legendary world music figures ranging from Bolivian panpipe master Gonzalo Vargas to tabla maestros Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain, and performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai. He has taught masterclasses at prestigious universities, schools, camps, museums, and resorts, and has over four decades of teaching experience, including two on the faculty of Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco. He is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com, a curated "best of" site, along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Merle Travis, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, and Alex De Grassi. He was interviewed in the December 2009 Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine about the scalloped fretboard guitar and the application of the rules of Indian raga to the music of Jimi Hendrix as exemplified by "Purple Raga" from his debut solo recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar.

The Workshops and Skype Lessons

Matthew Montfort offers instruction based on Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities through online lessons via Skype and rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts.

The Quotes

"You can view this deceptively slim masterwork from a few different angles: as a friendly yet serious appetizer on three of the most sophisticated rhythm systems on earth; a chance to work on your rhythmic sight reading; a three-culture dip with matching mp3s for your ears; a gateway to exotic spices, complete with MIDI files, for your songwriting or drumming; or a fun way to organically digest complex time signatures. No matter how you slice it, this scholarly labor of love is packed with rich flavors for those patient enough to harvest them." – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine

"You've heard Afro-Pop, sitar, gamelan and world music for years. But do you know what they are and how they work? Better yet, would you like to play those twisted cross-rhythms and melodies? In Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities, Matthew Montfort, a founding member of the world music band Ancient Future, has put together the book for people who want to dig into world music with both hands. The first section of the book covers traditional music of West Africa, Bali and India with theories and exercises. Wherever possible, Montfort has provided beat counts alongside the standard musical notation so even if you can't read music, you can still learn the rhythms. The last section of the book mixes patterns from different cultures, demonstrating the powerful music these simple exercises can generate." – Richard Kadrey, San Francisco Chronicle

"A hands-on exploration of Balinese, African, and Indian rhythms that should appeal to all musicians. One needn't play percussion instruments, or any instruments at all, for that matter, to use and benefit from the book." – Drums and Drumming

"A very practical manual. There is enough material to keep interested musicians busy for years. Montfort has done a great service for western musicians interested in world music. A pleasure to work with." – Option

"Very highly recommended for any instrumentalists hoping to expand their rhythmic horizons. If you've never investigated the beautiful clash of African polyrhythm, the incredible interlocking textures of Balinese music, or the complex metric structure of Indian classical music, check out Ancient Traditions – it will blow your mind and deepen your groove." – Guitar Player

"If you're tired of programming your drum machine with the same old 4/4 back-beat, or you want to sharpen your rhythmic chops, this book is highly recommended." – Electronic Musician

"An excellent book for use in percussion technique sessions or other classroom situations. The descriptive material is lucidly written and is aimed at a novice." – Percussive Notes

"Not just a book about world music, but a guide book on how to create it. Sections include styles of Northern and Southern India, West Africa and Balinese gamelan. In the 'Future Possibilities' section, you see how to combine styles into something new, weird and beautiful." – Covert Culture Sourcebook

"Offers a series of enjoyable exercises based on authentic rhythms and mnemonic found in the featured cultures. Appropriate for grade 3+ though adult expert, all can be performed using hands, voice, body or desks, cans, etc. or traditional instruments." – World Music at West Music

The Performers

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities has been used and admired by many teachers and musicians around the world.

Lou Harrison (1917-2003), prominent composer and founder of the American gamelan movement, called the work "a very useful contribution to musical scholarship."

Reinhard Flatischler, founder of the TaKeTiNa rhythm training process, was an early enthusiast of the method book.

John Bergamo (1940-2013), composer and coordinator of the percussion department at the California Institute of the Arts, found a copy of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities when he cleaned out his desk at retirement. As he finally had the time available, he worked his way through it, after which he called the author to thank him for writing it, and encouraged him to write more world music training manuals. One is in the works.

Steve Smith, stellar jazz and rock drummer of Journey fame, went through the book in preparation for a percussion summit with tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Start your own journey to musical excellence with Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities!

The Promotion

Ancient Traditions Future Possibilities Audio Guide Tracks One Sheet

Review and exam copies of the Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks are available as downloads to media outlets and music schools. Send requests to info@ancient-future.com.

The promotion campaign includes rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts; videos at www.youtube.com/ancientfuture; interviews and reviews in major newspapers, magazines, web sites, and on radio; and free introductory rhythm lessons online at Ancient-Future.Com, a high traffic world music education site.

The Retail and Wholesale Outlets

Available online at www.ancient-future.com, and wholesale to retail outlets and music schools from:

Ancient-Future.Com Books and Records, P.O. Box 264, Kentfield CA 94914-0264.
Email: info@ancient-future.com. Tel: 415-459-1892.

 

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Shawnee Kilgore and Joss Whedon \

Joss Whedon & Shawnee Kligore have shared an exclusive video of them creating their single " Break The Skin" at Ocean Studios in Burbank, California.

 

We’ve all seen glimpses of Joss Whedon’s musical-theatre side. Tunes from Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and “Once More, With Feeling” from Buffy have been stuck in all of our heads. But did you know that Joss Whedon has also tapped into his singer-songwriter folky side?We can now add co-writing and producing an EP with Texas singer songwriter, Shawnee Kilgore to the mix.

Pouring his heart into writing the majority of lyrics, Joss Whedon gets personal and this video you can see him in full fun collaboration mode. This collaboration began as story like no other. One late night, Joss Whedon, alone in a hotel room on the road was scrolling through Kickstarter and became instantly moved by Shawnee Kilgore’s voice and music. He backed her project selecting the reward of a personalized original song. He took it one step further by asking to write the song with her. Lyrics and melodies were passed between the two, and they enjoyed collaborating so much ”Back to Eden” the EP was born.

 

Take a look at "Break the Skin"

https://youtu.be/mOnsm5Iqbi8

 

 

 

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Lehna

Travels


Posted by: Lehna
Travels

After 6 month in India, finishing the track "Govinda" and  performing a lot withy my new band Arambolla and jamming with different musicians from around the world i have been 3 month in Moldavia.
I had the great pleasure to participate in the "Art Labyrinth" festival in Moldavia. There i started my new project "Gates of silence" music for mediation. It was a beautiful festival in the middle of the Moldavian countryside. Surrounded from forests and wild flower fields i was playing for some mediation groups. There i realized how great to is to play for people who are mediate or doing yoga.
Now the first tracks are released on Bandcamp https://lehna.bandcamp.com/album/gates-of-silence.
Lets see how it goes but for sure i will do more music in this direction.

Thanx for reading. Send you love from around the world.
Erich

 

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It's all about networking, For the past few weeks i've bin engaging & investing my time into my music . As my brother Allways say u have to walk with your music 'aka' networking. Maybe for all this time i was a bit stuborn or jus did not se the Bigger picture,but now i see the light . PUSH PUSH PUSH  walk with your music, along side your music, Do Not sit on your music, NETWORK the music ...

 

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Josh Taerk Brings Back the Good Ole\' Days of Rock N Roll with New Single

Josh Taerk has an amazing history - he was playing local venues in Toronto when Max Weinberg - drummer for Bruce Springsteen – saw him play. Max was so impressed, he  invited Josh to open for him at his sold out show in New Jersey, as well as play with him onstage to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons at Summerfest. He was then selected to play the 7908 John Oates Aspen Songwriters Festival, where he met another great mentor and now friend, John Oates who would later record back up vocals on his album and connect him to his producer Teddy Morgan.

 

Listen to “Rock N Roll On” Here: https://soundcloud.com/joshtaerk/rock-n-roll-on/s-uL5q8

 

This past year, Josh toured the U.S. where his latest single “Anywhere Love Took Us” charted on Hot AC Commercial Radio. On tour, Josh and his band have opened for famed blues guitarist Robin Trower (Procol Harum), Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin, Austin Jones amongst others; and have played shows from coast to coast. They even headlined a show in his hometown of Toronto this past March.

 

 

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 Lisa Marie Ellingsen's "A Little Help From Above"
https://soundcloud.com/user-458505865/a-little-help-from-above/s-OuOo2

Singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Ellingsen’s alt-Americana sound has a timeless quality. Combining accomplished guitar playing with clear, heartfelt vocals, Ellingsen’s music is influenced by many uniquely American styles, including rock n’ roll, blues, folk, and country. The sound is refreshingly down-to-earth, with a quality reminiscent of her musical heroes Lucinda Williams and Kathleen Edwards.


​A compilation of both old and new original songs, the upcoming Lisa Marie Ellingsen album “Nola to Noho” is a tribute to the circuitous route the songwriter took as a musician. Produced by Grammy nominated producer Anand Nayak, the album was recorded at Sonelab Studios (Easthampton, MA) and mastered by Mark Alan Miller, also at Sonelab Studios. The album features Ellingsen’s originals, with Ellingsen on rhythm, lead guitar, harmonica and vocals. Boasting Anand Nayak on guitar, mandolin, and pedal steel, Paul Kochanski on bass, and Jason Smith on drums, the album also features Saera Kochanski/Wishbone Zoe (back-up vocals) and singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst (back-up vocals and cello). “Nola to Noho” gives fans a satisfying taste of Ellingsen’s alt-Americana sound. While the album features some straightforward rock n’ roll numbers, there is a country leaning to some of the songs, such as “The Nightlife” and “Estela.” “Nola to Noho” also offers songs with a more oldtime sound, such as “A Little Help from Above,” along with a feature instrumental. Ellingsen’s lyrics deal with issues of being comfortable with one’s own identity, mental health struggles, and political apathy, along with some more whimsical themes, such as the (fictional) true crime tune “The Getaway.”

 

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Support our Community Project / Crowdfunding Campaign

Dear Ethnocloud Community,

Until recently, Folklang was a project at the local college and was funded by the city of Tübingen and the German Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF). This funding has now run out and we are trying to stand on our own feet. In the last two years a community of over 100 musicians from all over the world has come together in Tübingen around this project, and life wouldn’t be the same without it. We want to keep Folklang going, and with your support we can!!

 

Check out our Crowdfunding Campaign here:

https://www.startnext.com/en/folklang

If you like what you see and hear, please share the link with your friends and family!

 

If you want to be kept up to date on the project, sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfykdcQEYRmhhYSwp4IR5lhv2MTTu69uPB-4HNGObr4dKMeNw/viewform

 

Thank you,

Folklang

 

 

 

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1403 Brings out the Stars \

1403 explores emotions and sounds outside his professional purview. The results are singular, but also invite a wide swath of artful comparisons, including Coldplay, Radiohead, Adele, and Paolo Nutini.

 

“Tonight,” is a romantic slice of singer-songwriter intimacy showcasing 1403's dreamy vocals. The song’s emotionality is raw but the source of turmoil artfully veiled, is it expressing desperate love or despondency over death? The album’s darkly gorgeous video favors the former interpretation with an elegant and amorous night-themed narrative.

 

It was produced by Grammy Award-winning Philadelphia-based Joe ‘The Butcher’ Nicolo (Fugees, Billy Joel, Lauryn Hill).

 


"Tonight" by 1403: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK12LCm1IQs

 

 

 

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It\'s \

Lead by Washington, D.C.-based musician Carter Louthian, Carter Lou & the Project's beginnings stem from tragic circumstances. The night before he was set to go to college, Lou snapped: his two best friends had recently killed themselves a day apart, and his girlfriend had just broken his heart. Combined with the reality of the packaged post-college suburban life he was heading toward, he felt even more emptiness. He boldly told his parents that he wasn't going to university in the morning and has chosen to pursue music instead. Since then, the band has packed out numerous headlining shows and earning a prestigious endorsement from PRS Guitars.

 

"Do Or Die" is the video for first single from Carter Lou & the Project's forthcoming self-titled album, produced by Mark Williams and Rick Beato (Shinedown, Needtobreathe). The single's lyrical content arises from Lou's past heartbreak and finding the strength and trust to fall back in love again.

 

"Do Or Die": 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mvLp8YkaWk

 

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A is for Atom Releases New Single, \

Mike Cykoski, the man behind the arty, literate indie-pop project A Is for Atom, has had a distinguished career in the music business, but a few transformative events drastically altered his path. Now, he welcomes a new era experimenting with pop dance, electronic compositions inspired by classic rock, and an electronic crooner track.Mike is releasing a new EP in September which is a collaboration with up-and-coming producer Carey Clayton (Emily Thomas, Ian Abel, Mary Akpa, Stephanie Rivers--Guitar Player-Great Good Fine Ok and David Wax Museum).

 

The first single is “No Signal” a song with a driving and hypnotic beat and ferocious vocal duet  featuring New York City singer Clara Lofaro. It’s all  about the disconnect between intention and emotion in the modern world.

 

A is for Atom “No Signal”

https://soundcloud.com/aisforatom/no-signal/s-n2ibV

 

 

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