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Blind Children at Wuhan City School in a rock band established by teacher Zhang Long

Beijing, China, Jul-19-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Wuhan School for The Blind is the only school of its kind in Hubei province, central China. Not only does it cater to pupils who face enormous challenges because of their disabilities, but it is also proud to have a star teacher who has given new hope to the pupils.

China, with its huge population, has a large number of blind people. More than 5.5 million people are registered blind, among them, some 120,000 children. Though there are more than 50 special schools in major cities catering to the needs of these individuals, the task is never easy. Special facilities and teacher training is hard to come by and the children often feel alienated from society and lack ambition.

Zhang Long, born in 1975, volunteered to teach at Wuhan City School for the Blind in 2011. Though she had no experience teaching children with visual impairment, after seeing the difficulties faced by pupils there, she decided to change the course of her life and accept the challenge of making a difference to their future.

It wasn’t long before the gravity of the situation sunk in. As a music teacher she discovered many pupils at the school of 150 lacked the motivation to even turn up to class, believing their only career option would be to become a massage therapist, a common occupation for blind people in China.

Persevering, Zhang Long established a school radio station, a rock band for the most talented children, and invited performances from other schools. Eventually, the children responded to this new approach revealing both passion for music and hidden talent. One student, Gan Wenjun, proved gifted at piano, for which he won several national awards and even played with famous pianist Richard Clayderman in concert.

Among other successes, Zhang Long was awarded titles such as “Most Admirable Teacher in Wuhan” and a national honor “The Most Beautiful Teacher of China”,“I’ve never treated them as blind children,” says Zhang of the pupils. “It doesn’t matter that those kids can’t see. They can use their own ways to express themselves. I’ve never lowered my standards for them because they are blind, because to me they are just children.” Her approach seems to have worked and now pupils harbor ambitions such as to become a teacher, a professional singer and even an astronaut.

Wuhan City School for the Blind holds the belief that blind children are perfectly capable of the same achievements as sighted kids, given the right guidance and a little courage. Since its establishment, it has helped over 500 children pursue their dreams and been a cradle of many rising stars in music, sports, teaching and other fields. It aims to keep making contribution to China’s endeavors in special education.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

British pop act OMYO to use Blingby’s ad technology to turn its music videos into unique shopping experiences

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Blingby has today announced a cutting-edge partnership with emerging British pop act OMYO, which sees its patented advertising technology turn the band’s music videos, concerts and more into unique shopping experiences for consumers around the world.

As part of the deal, the innovative advertising and marketing omnichannel platform will curate a series of unique videos that lets viewers shop the stars’ styles as they see them with its ‘bbstream technology’ – a portable scrolling selection of fashion, products and destinations as seen in the videos. Viewers can watch and purchase the styles or book a flight or hotel inspired by the video with the click or tap of a button.

Oxfordshire-born urban pop act OMYO found fame last year when they provided the soundtrack to New Look’s Autumn/Winter fashion campaign with critically acclaimed single ‘Lady’. They have since gone on to become BBC Introducing favourites and receive plays from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Charlie Sloth.

OMYO’s close links to fashion retailers – ranging from New Look to Ellesse – made the band a natural fit for Blingby’s advertising capabilities. As fans watch their music videos, live performances and more, they can simultaneously watch and shop interactively through the bbstream.

At a recent headline show in New York, OMYO also became the first band to use Blingby’s Live technology – the world’s first real-time consumer shopping experience designed for concerts, fashion shows and more.

OMYO and Blingby will also be collaborating on the duo’s next music video for their upcoming single, ‘Days With You’. The video will be bbTagged by Blingby and will feature items of clothing from fashion retailer River Island.

Founder and CEO of Blingby, Marcia Favale, commented on the partnership: “OMYO is right there fusing the boundaries of music and fashion. They have worked with some absolutely aspirational fashion brands – ASOS, Adidas, Ellesse, Blood Brother and more. They know exactly what their fans want to wear and OMYO is inspiring new trends. Through Blingby, OMYO can promote labels whilst maintaining creative integrity. Blingby is the platform designed to bridge that gap and make a connection between music fans and what the stars are wearing.”

OMYO added: “We are always looking for brand new ways of engaging with our fans and followers and Blingby adds a whole new dimension to our videos. Incorporating the Blingby videos into our Facebook page and posts is especially helpful as it is so difficult to stand out on social media these days, but having a video that doubles as an interactive browsing experience provides exactly that.”

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Norwegian rock legend Gudny Aspaas to launch her new album in Oslo on April 5 at the Rockefeller Music Hall

OSLO, Norway, 07-Jan-2017 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Tickets for the concert are now on sale, and can be ordered through www.gudnyaspaas.com which also features samples from “No Stranger”. The concert will also feature tracks from Gudny’s back catalog.

“The concert and album are the culmination of several months of work – and I’m thrilled with how “No Stranger” has turned out,” said Gudny. “I was lucky to work with some incredibly talented musicians and a wonderful team, and the result is, I think, the best work I’ve ever produced. I’m really looking forward to being back on stage, and I can’t wait for people to hear the new album in April.”

“No Stranger” is representative of the eclecticism of Gudny’s extensive career in music, with all of her – and her musicians’ – many talents represented in tracks such as the vocally complex “Galactic Child” (which allows her to show off her distinctive voice) through the eloquent piano/vocal piece “Hello Again” to the classic rock ‘n’ roll of “You Can Run”. From haunting simplicity to wall of sound, “No Stranger” fully demonstrates the breadth and depth of Gudny’s musical genius and her pioneering versatility as a composer and performer.

Gudny represented Norway four times in the Eurovision Song Contest, and fronted iconic progressive rock group Ruphus in the 1970s, returning for a reunion in the 1990s and again in 2010 – also at the Rockefeller Music Hall. Ruphus’s “New Born Day” was voted as one of the top 50 best Norwegian albums ever made. She has also released numerous solo singles and albums.

Originally from Meråker but now living in Oslo, Gudny comes from a musical family in which almost every member could play an instrument. Singing shyly for her family from the age of four, she and three friends formed “The Singing Goats” at the age of 12, supporting their vocals with guitars and tambourine. Having won a music competition, she released her first single in 1969.

Gudny is also a supremely talented creative artist, working mainly in silver jewellery. She graduated from the Statens Kunst og Håndverksskole (State Academy of Craft and Art Industry) and now has her “Silverland” gallery/workshop in the centre of Oslo near the Slottsparken.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

TORONTO’S THE NURSERY RELEASE NEW EP PACKED WITH DYNAMIC AND AMBITIOUS SYNTH-POP COMPOSITIONS

Toronto, ON, Canada, 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Toronto’s synth-pop foursome The Nursery are back with a new EP entitled Digital Ashes. Recorded in a converted monastery in Buffalo, NY by Justin Rose (James Taylor, Lil’ Wayne), the dramatic space left its mark on the tracks.

Chartattack.com has been streaming the EP, describing the sound as “big and glossy, 3D-modelled, rose quartz and serene-colored pop music”.

The band recently released a video for the title track, Digital Ashes, exploring the paradoxical fragility of digital data through dizzying glitch sequences, post-internet visuals and virtual reality.

They will be touring this fall in support of the EP before releasing their debut full-length LP.

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/thenursery/sets/digital-ashes-ep

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Orange County Band “Moxy and The Influence” (ages 17 – 21) Wins 2014 HMMA Award for Rock Song of the Year

On behalf of the OC rock band “Moxy and The Influence,” 17-year old vocalist Moxy Anne accepts the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Award at the Fonda Theater on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for the original song “Vampire Valentine.”

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 11, 2014 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Since 2009, the Annual Hollywood Music in Media Moxy And The Influence Logo Awards have attracted Music Supervisors, Composers, Recording Artists, Songwriters, and other music industry professionals from around the globe, honoring mainstream and independent artists who have contributed to the creation, placement, and supervision of the music featured in visual mediums such as television, film, and video games.  This year marks the 5th Annual HMMA Awards Banquet and Red Carpet Gala, which was held at the Fonda Theatre on November 4th, 2014.

Over the past 9 months, HMMA judges have accepted submissions and narrowed the selections with their monthly nomination reveals.  In February 2014, Orange County teen rock band Moxy and The Influence received recognition from the HMMA panel, being selected as a nominee in the Rock genre for their recently released single “Vampire Valentine.”

Moxy and The Influence is a female-fronted rock band whose members range in age from 17 to 21 years.  Vocalist Moxy Anne (17) hails from Costa Mesa, while lead guitarist Sydney Ellen (19) and drummer Ignacio Barrientos (21) are from Huntington Beach.  Bassist Carly Wasserman (17) from Mission Viejo rounds out the band.

Moxy and The Influence formed in 2013 and hit the OC music scene with a vengeance.  In 2013 the band received their first HMMA Award nomination for the single “Take Me Down.”  At the end of 2013, they won a contest with the website Big and Famous, for which the Grand Prize was a $100,000 fully-produced music video; this video was released in August of 2014 for the band’s original single “ME4ME.”  In early 2014, Moxy and The Influence was nominated for an OC Music Award in the People’s Choice Award category.  The band has played at iconic venues such as The Whisky A Go-Go, The Orange County Fair, The House of Blues Anaheim, M15, The Coach House, and Chain Reaction.  The band’s 80’s Rock & Roll sound infused with current modern elements captures the attention of various demographics of music lovers and industry professional with an appreciation for solid rock.

For media requests and interview opportunities, please contact jason@StarCrossedArtist.com.  To book Moxy and The Influence, visit www.MoxyAndTheInfluence or email booking@MoxyAndTheInfluence.com.  For additional details about the HMMA awards, please visit www.HMMAwards.org.

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Orange County Band “Moxy and The Influence” Wins 2014 HMMA Award for Rock Song of the Year

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LondonTown.com: Victoria Park set for The Pixies as Field Day returns

Now into its eighth year, Victoria Park’s Field Day Festival has become something of an institution in London’s live music calendar and one of the capital’s best loved festivals.

Taking place over the weekend of April 7th and 8th, this year’s Field Day returns to Victoria Park in East London with arguably its finest line-up yet. As ever the festival prioritises indie credibility over mainstream pop and it doesn’t get much more indie or credible than Sunday’s headline act, Boston’s proto-Grunge legends the Pixies.

Having just release Indie Cindy, their first full album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, the Pixies are reportedly in the finest live form of their hugely influential career and promise to deliver blistering renditions of much-loved classics like Where Is My Mind?, Debaser and Bone Machine as well as numbers from their hugely anticipated new record.

Joining the Pixies on the Field Day bill will be Saturday’s headline act Metronomy, who return to the festival after a memorable main stage performance in 2012 in support of new album Love Letters. Psychedelic rock outfit Temples, livewire rapper Danny Brown and Drenge, NME’s recently crowned Best New Band, are among a wonderfully eclectic array of acts filling out the bill.

Tickets are available at £48.50 for Saturday, £38.50 for Sunday or £78 for a weekend pass. Attendees looking for handy accommodation in the area will be pleased to learn thatLondon events and hotels specialist LondonTown.com is supporting the festival by offering a selection discounted hotels within easy walking distance of Victoria Park.

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LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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LondonTown.com: The Eagles Bring their Story to London

Rock stalwarts the Eagles are bringing their ‘History Of’ tour to London with a hotly-anticipated one night stand at the O2 Arena on June 16th. The show will feature original members Glenn Frey and Don Henley trawl their considerable back catalog, interspersing hits such as ‘Desperado’ and ‘Witchy Woman’ with anecdotes about their long, fruitful career.

The tour has attracted widespread critical acclaim for the intimate approach it takes to the Eagles’ canon. Henley and Frey open the show with nothing but a pair of acoustic guitars and stools. The two perform early hits and explain the founding of the band and the introduction of key members. The excitement builds with each addition to the stage: Timothy B. Schmit, a small drum kit, Joe Walsh, a bigger drumkit – so it goes on until the stage is filled with the supporting musicians and lavish sound associated with the Eagles’ hitmaking latter 70s heyday.

The live performance is accompanied by video content charting the evolution of the band, and the Eagles do what they do best, bringing the show to a thrilling climax with two encores. For eager British audiences, the £ 50+ ticket prices are well worth it to see bona fide 20 th century rock aristocracy in action.

Many will travel from across the country (and beyond) to see their heroes, and a number of London hotels have teamed up with LondonTown.com to offer fans the chance to stay close to the 02 without paying full room rates.

Some of the best hotels in the capital are situated in the Docklands area, close to the arena, and LondonTown.com is offering special rates on many of them, exclusively for guests who book through the site.

For more information on the 02 Arena, the History of the Eagles Tour, and to see moreLondon hotels, visit LondonTown.com.

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About LondonTown.com
LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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LondonTown.com: Elvis Spotted Live in Hammersmith

The legend of Elvis Presley lives on at the Hammersmith Apollo this May with a two remarkable concerts that will give London a taste of the great man in his prime. Elvis Presley – On Stage promises to wow modern audiences with a technology-driven taste of prime-time Elvis.

With live musical backing from Presly’s band these innovative concerts will take video recordings of some of his most incendiary concerts and strip them back so all that remains is Elvis’ voice. The rest of the performance comes courtesy of a live band, singers and an orchestra, giving the audience a unique flavour of Vegas-era Elvis at his most thrilling.

Utilising innovative multi-media technology and brilliant concert footage from the Las Vegas–shot documentary “Elvis: That’s the way it is” to create the impression that Elvis is actually on stage, these concerts will recreate the epic razzmatazz and musical drama of Elvis at the height of his Vegas pomp, complete with hits like That’s Alright Mama, Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes, In The Ghetto.

Elvis Presley – On Stage, which hits the Apollo on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May, is certain to draw fans of The King from far and wide. London events and accommodation experts LondonTown.com are doing their bit to make finding accommodation in the area as easy and affordable as possible. Visitors to the website will find a broad selection of hotels in London at discount prices, including many within easy walking distance of Hammersmith Apollo.

The Novotel London West Hotel is just five minutes from Hammersmith Apollo and similarly convenient for the Earl’s Court Exhibition centre. With a 26% discount rooms start at just £75. The ibis London Sheperds Bush Hotel is not much further afield and currently offers rooms from just £44 thanks to a 25% discount.

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LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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Much Anticipated Band “Broken” is Getting Ready to Take the Stage

On March 20, 2014, the Southern California, alternative teen rock band, “Broken” announced its final lineup of gifted musicians. The band is fronted by powerhouse, lead vocalist and former American Idol standout, Dani Morelos.

Rounding out the lineup are talented musicians and founding members Christian Demman on bass guitar and vocals, Ryan Ramirez on Drums and vocals. Most recently, Justin Covarubbias on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Michael Hill on Lead Guitar and vocals have joined the group. Each of these guitarists bring a particular flavor and style to the band will add to versatility in the songs the band will perform. They have begun rehearsing diligently on both well known covers and original material.

Dani Morelos commented, “We really took our time auditioning many guitarists for the band, but it was worth the wait. When it is right, you just know it, and we can’t wait to take the stage and put on a great show.”

While the band has many influences, including Paramore, Evanescence, and Flyleaf just to name a few, they have really started to develop their own sound and are working on several hard, hitting originals.

Members of the band have headlined The House of Blues Disney recently and have experience playing many other large venues, festivals and events.

This Huntington Beach, California based band is ready to take the stage by storm and is booking shows through the summer now.

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Bruce Springsteen encabezará el Hard Rock Calling 2013

El Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, en pleno corazón del parque olímpico de Stratford (Londres), albergará su primer gran evento desde los Juegos del año pasado. Hard Rock Calling, uno de los festivales más importantes de Londres, regresa este año con un cartel realmente atractivo.

De este modo, el festival se traslada al este de Londres tras siete años celebrándose en Hyde Park. Para celebrar la ocasión, la edición de este año contará con un gran elenco de leyendas del rock durante el fin de semana del 29 y 30 de junio.

La sola presencia de Bruce Springsteen y la E Street Band en el cartel de este año debería ser suficiente para que los fans del rock pongan a punto sus guitarras imaginarias, pero este año el Hard Rock Calling subirá el volumen unos decibelios con un cartel que también incluye a Paul Weller, Kasabian, Alabama Shakes y The Black Crowes. No es de extrañar que este festival atraiga a más de 150.000 melómanos a la capital cada año.

El Hard Rock Calling se situará en el recinto ocupado el verano pasado por la pista de hockey. De este modo se trata de reconvertir el legado post-olímpico del Queen Elizabeth Park en un flamante nuevo espacio para eventos de este tipo en la capital.

Aquellos que planeen una visita al este de Londres no tendrán problema en encontrar alojamiento en esta rejuvenecida parte de la ciudad. Además, el portal de reservas de hoteles y eventos en Londres más importante de Internet, LondonTown.com, ofrece en su página una gran selección de hoteles en Londres a precios reducidos durante el fin de semana del festival.

The RE London Shoreditch hotel está situado a 3 kilómetros del parque olímpico y ofrece además excelentes conexiones con el centro de la capital. Reservando a través de LondonTown.com se obtiene hasta un 68% de descuento en habitaciones con dos camas individuales, con precios desde las 74 libras.

Por su parte, el Holiday Inn Express Stratford, sito a sólo 11 minutos del Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ofrece ofertas muy similares: hasta un 63% de descuento disponible a través de LondonTown.com, con precios desde las 91 libras.

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From Live Music To Al Fresco Dance And Aliens To Sailors, Greenwich Is Set For A Busy Summer Of Activities

This summer the O2 Arena’s programme is undoubtedly diverse, from golden oldies to contemporary pop and soulful swing to gritty rock. Kicking off the season is veteran rocker Rod Stewart. Part of his Live the Life Tour and on the back of his latest studio album Time , Stewart will perform two nights of live music. In contrast, former burlesque performer Paloma Faith will take to the stage the following night to perform tracks from her latest album Fall to Grace, which has just reached Platinum status in the UK . For visitors hoping to stay near the arena, a wide variety of hotels in London can be found on LondonTown.com.

Renowned for his soulful voice that makes women swoon and his charm that makes men weep, Grammy Award-winning and chart-topping Michael Bublé will come to London to perform at the arena for six nights in June, which is the third longest run of dates performed at the venue by a male solo artist – beaten only by Prince and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.

The month will also see rock of two different ages from Kings of Leon and The Who, while later in the year iconic band Fleetwood Mac come to the O2 for a much anticipated tour. Marking 35 years since the release of their classic album Rumours , the London performances will see original members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie joined by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who both joined in 1975.

Away from the music, Eddie Izzard will take off his trainers and embark on a marathon of another sort. Part of his Force Majeure (force of nature) tour – the most extensive comedy tour ever with 25 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal and The Far East on the schedule – Izzard will be dropping by London for two nights.

Returning for their second spellbinding show in London this year – the first being Kooza in January – Cirque Du Soleil present Alegria in July. A classic Cirque Du Soleil production, Alegria is one of the company’s most popular performances and has received international acclaim since its 1994 premiere in Montreal . Later in the summer it will be the public’s turn to test their strength and stamina with Run to the Beat, London ‘s official music half marathon.

London ‘s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts, the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is back for 2013 with nine days of theatre, dance and street arts. This year’s festival opens on midsummer’s day (21 st June) and is attempting to recapture the spirit of Olympic London.Part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals, the Greenwich Dances festival brings a vibrant celebration of dance to the area with a six week programme of workshops and dance performances. Popping up in streets, parks, libraries and museums, the festival will bring dance to unexpected places and offer an unexpected moment of entertainment.

Questioning whether we are alone in the universe or if aliens really do exist, The Royal Observatory Greenwich will be continuing its Alien Season. Along with talks, exhibitions and interactive entertainment, the season will also include a number of SciFi movie nights, with screenings of classic science fiction movies that feature aliens.

Families will be treated to a summer of fun on the recently restored Cutty Sark. With a number of ‘Summer at Sea’ events to choose from, the ship will also invite its longest serving master, Captain Woodget, to tell tales of his voyages across the high seas. While John Simmons: A Sailor’s Trafalgar Story will be an interactive performance that explores what is was like to be a black sailor in Nelson’s navy.

Stay informed onall of London 2013’s summer seasons by downloading a free copy of London 2013: The Annual, the best London events, openings, anniversaries & experiences for 2013.

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Lua Hadar and her global jazz band Twist, Live in Concert, introducing 14-year old singer-songwriter phenom Josh Reinier

Fresh from the acclaimed release of their new CD and DVD, Like A Bridge, world jazz ensemble LUA HADAR with TWIST presents a family-friendly concert of cosmopolitan jazz.

The concert will feature songs from around the world as well as American jazz standards performed with the band’s signature ‘twist,’ in styles, from samba to swing. Special Guest on the program is 14-year old singer-songwriter phenom, Josh Reinier.

Celebrating Women Musicians Concert Series presents this fun and eclectic world jazz concert by Vocalist Lua Hadar and her band of top international musicians: Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kent Bryson on drums, Ian Dogole on Global Percussion, Larry De La Cruz on reeds.

Saturday, February 16 at 8pm. Musically Minded Academy in the Rockridge section of Oakland at 5776 Broadway. Easy, free street parking and BART accessible. Tickets: $15/adult ($20 at the door) $8/student, senior, child ($12 at the door).

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Fresh from the acclaimed release of their new CD and DVD, Like A Bridge, world jazz ensemble LUA HADAR with TWIST presents a family-friendly concert of cosmopolitan jazz.

The concert will feature songs from around the world as well as American jazz standards performed with the band’s signature ‘twist,’ in styles, from samba to swing. Special Guest on the program is 14-year old singer-songwriter phenom, Josh Reinier.

Celebrating Women Musicians Concert Series presents this fun and eclectic world jazz concert by Vocalist Lua Hadar and her band of top international musicians: Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kent Bryson on drums, Ian Dogole on Global Percussion, Larry De La Cruz on reeds.

Saturday, February 16 at 8pm. Musically Minded Academy in the Rockridge section of Oakland at 5776 Broadway. Easy, free street parking and BART accessible. Tickets: $15/adult ($20 at the door) $8/student, senior, child ($12 at the door).

Discounted Tickets Online at http://luahadaratmma-eorg.eventbrite.com/

Hi res photo downloads: http://www.luahadar.com/downloads.html
Websites: http://luahadar.com; http://likeabridge.net
Press Kit: http://bit.ly/LikeABridgeCDPressKit

ABOUT LUA HADAR with TWIST
Lua Hadar with Twist performs international standards with a different ‘twist’ on style; presenting also original and rarely performed songs, in several languages. English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Malagasy (the language of Madagascar) are represented in theIr new CD and DVD, Like A Bridge. The Like A Bridge DVD was just released in November at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theater. The CD, recorded in the same sessions with the DVD, is receiving critical acclaim and airplay on over 100 radio stations, across the USA and in Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, England and Brazil. www.likeabridge.net

Hadar says “We’re honored to perform in this series, which was created to Inspire musical excellence through positive role models. As a teaching artist, I know that what we directly teach our youth is just as potent as what models we show them. I felt this would be a perfect opportunity to present young Josh Reinier, with whom I had the pleasure of working at the San Francisco Opera. As an independent artist-producer, I also want to show youth that they can create their own opportunities, rather than wait for someone else to create them. That is what I have done with Twist since its inception in 2007.”

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A new band has come to life: PlanEscape

PlanEscape is releasing an E.P. including 5 songs which are a part of their first album named after the Band’s name, PlanEscape.

PlanEscape is the sound of a band coming of age.
It is a warm and live-sounding collection of classic but contemporary Post-Brit Rock. The new E.P. includes soaring strings, uplifting harmonies, and soulful lyrics. There are nods of electronic as well as oriental influences as the band experimented with different instruments including oud and bouzouki.

You are welcome to visit our new website: www.planescapeband.com and listen to the music.

The songs can be purchased online at PlanEscape’s official website and on iTunes.

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Also, PlanEscape is releasing along with their new E.P. their first Video Clip to the song “How Many”. Watch and rate it on Youtube and on the official band’s website.

PlanEscape YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/PlanescapeMusic.

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On their MP3 website you will find a wide range of impartial reviews of websites offering you low cost MP3’s. The best thing is the reviewers only pick sites that offer 100% legal and cheap mp3 downloads, so you won’t sign up to a new service and then find yourself accused of illegal file sharing at a later date. Many of the sites reviewed are based and licensed in Russia, which due to the music licensing laws there, means they offer totally legal chart MP3’s at incredibly cheap prices.

Indeed the cheap music download sites that can be found on the Buy Cheap MP3’s website, offer music track’s at great prices with whole albums of CD quality music available to legally download from as low as $1 per album. Imagine how much money you can save by not paying out up to $20 for every new album you want to download?

The great thing about this new MP3 website though is the quality of reviews. Each MP3 website is reviewed for not just the quality and range of MP3’s on offer, but other factors, such as does the website offer a wide range of different genres from hip hop to classical music? How easy does the sites design make it to navigate? Also, most importantly the value for money per track that the website offers. Which, after all is a key factor when you’re seeking to buy cheap MP3’s.

The impartial reviews take you beyond the hype and the fancy graphics, and tell you which sites deliver the goods at a low price and legally.

They also score the websites based upon the all important “Download Speed”, as the guys running BuycheapMP3s.com recognise that not every one has 50Mb, or even 20Mb download speeds at home, and they believe that the best priced MP3’s in the World aren’t that great if they take forever to download.

The BuycheapMP3’s website and the great reviews you find on it, is extremely easy to navigate and you won’t have to signup to anything to get access to the details that you need to make just the right decision as to where to buy new MP3’s from. Using this site will save you hours of time and wasted money, as they personally try out each service before they give you their verdict on it.

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Shake it up in Camden with one of the hottest bands of the year

One of this year’s most talked-about acts come to London in mid-November as part of an extensive European tour which also takes in other legendary rock venues such as La Cigale in Paris and the Glasgow Barrowlands.

Alabama Shakes, a blues-rock four-piece fronted by the throaty, full-voiced former postwoman Brittany Howard, combines horns and jazz sensibilities with classic rock patterns and instruments.

A real taste of the American south, and a band whose debut album Boys & Girls has garnered plenty of fans, including fellow musician Bon Iver.The four-piece come to Kentish Town ‘s HMV Forum on November 17th, playing another exclusive date at Elephant and Castle’s The Coronet theatre the night before.

The HMV Forum on Kentish Town Road is one of London ‘s premier mid-size music venues, playing host to cult bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor alongside audiovisual nights from DJ Yoda and even an evening with Chris Moyles.

Ever keen to keep fans happy, London experts and the number one internet for all things London, LondonTown.com has sourced some excellent cheap London hotels for the period, and Alabama Shakes fans can find themselves a bargain bed in a luxury location for the evening.

Get 68% off at the Holiday Inn Camden Lock Hotel, staying right on the canal and overlooking the famous Camden Lock Market, from £135 for a double room on the Friday 16th November. It’s a 4* hotel just a short walk to the venue.

Or fans can stay at the 4* Thistle Euston Hotel London for £118 per night (a discount of 74%) and put themselves in an excellent position to travel down to Elephant and Castle on the Friday and north to Kentish Town on the Saturday to catch both gigs.

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Harlequins Enigma Release Tori Amos Coop EP And Octagon Volume 4 – Loom Album


Harlequins Enigma’s the long road ep featuring tori amos was done in åge riisnes’ primal year of 2009. The band’s heights led to special music in both 8 bit & 16 bit. The piano was a tough challenge for åge who is usually electronica orientated. With the help of tori amos he more then got by, & look at her as a professional inspirator. åge took his root, the amiga with him into the next millenium & while he composed 16 bit, he wondered if something was missing in his life & wiped the dust of the amiga 1200. 600 pieces were shaped in 16 bit & 8 bit from 08 till 2010. The 8 bit results were highly appreciated, & can be seen in the ophidian series released not so long ago. He felt it as the parallel between 16 bit midi & 8 bit tracking filled him up & made him a better artist. the tori amos material consist of 8 tracks.

3 16 bit recordings & 5 8 bit recordings. keywords for the album is piano, bells & synth.

index:

01 – Harlequins Enigma – The Midnight Sessions – Piano Featuring Tori Amos & Harlequins Enigma
02 – Harlequins Enigma – The Midnight Sessions – Night Feat. Tori Amos
03 – Harlequins Enigma – The Amiga Sessions – Lonely Forest Owl Feat. Tori Amos & Rob Hubbard.wav
04 – Harlequins Enigma – The Amiga Sessions – The Alchemy Of The Piano Molecule’s Crush On Mr. Oboe Feat. Tori Amos
05 – Harlequins Enigma – The Amiga Sessions – Daddy Feat. Tori Amos
06 – Harlequins Enigma – The Amiga Sessions – Boy Loves Girl Feat. Tori Amos, Sara Jensen & Elin Berge
07 – Harlequins Enigma – The Amiga Sessions – Mnemosyne Feat. Tori Amos & Emma Watson
08 – Harlequins Enigma – The Midnight Sessions – The Long Road Feat. Tori Amos

Tracks 1 & 2 were mastered by rak mastering & was recorded in 2009 in åge`s home. The 8 bit recordings were enhanced & cleaned by åge riisnes before being sent to xtream audio for mastering. track 8 was mastered by xtream audio mastering.

cd cover art by: eric zendejas

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MEET BROS ANJJAN rally and remix on the success of KYAA SUPER COOL HAIN HUM

National film award – scoring sensations “Meet Bros Anjjan” recently gave the Bollywood industry three blockbuster hit tracks for the Balaji Motion Pictures produced film, Kyaa Super KoolHain Hum. In conjunction with the release of the movie, Meet Bros Anjaan remixed “Teri Shirt da Button”, which was one of the films’s highlighted tracks. Accompanying the remix is the music video filled with an all star cast. Indian Television celebrities like Karan Mehra from YehRishtaKyaKehlataHai,KarishmaTanna, Host and Tv actress and Vivian from “PyaarKiEkKahaani” are some of the familiar faces that can be seen enjoying the remix beats. T-series is currently hosting the popular video on their Youtube channel.

After the success of both the versions of “Shirt da Button” by Sonu Nigam and KailashKher, Meet Bros Anjjan have come up with an upbeat version in their voices. It was no small feat considering the esteemed producer of the film, “EktaKapoor”. According to Meet Bros Anjjan, “She’s a very a tough person to sell to, but she sifted through the 60-70 songs we played for her and included some of her favorites in the film.” The film included the songs “Teri Shirt da Button”, “Hum TohHainCappucino” and “Volume High”, which have been quickly ascending in the music charts.

Meet Bros Anjjan has also captured the fandom of one of the film’s heroes, RitheshDeshmukh. The actor was inspired to make his own version of the film’s title track “Hum TohHainCappucino”. Thanks to a little creative thinking from Meet Bros Anjjan, Ritesh had the opportunity to sing some of the song’s pivotal parts in Marathi, his mother tongue. “He was a little shy first but then we convinced him to sing and make his debut with us”, mentioned Meet Bros Anjjan. What resulted was a second version of the song, translated completely in Marathi by Ritesh himself and an accompanying YouTubevideo whichRitesh stars and sings in.

In a short time, Meet Bros Anjjanhave achieved an enviable amount of success, as both first-rate performers and highly in-demand music directors. Meet bros and Anjjan have authored a number of hit songs, such as “Jogi Singh”, and award winning compositions over the years for films such as “Do DooniChaar” and Rajshri Production’s “Isi Life Mein” for which they were presented with the Stardust award for “Best Standout Performance by Music Director”. Additionally, they’ve scored for Akshay Kumar’s “Speedy Singh”, UTV’s “Paan Singh Tomar” along with Sanjay Dutt and Raj Kundra’s ongoing SFL title track and now with Balaji’s “Kya Super KoolHain Hum”. Meet Bros Anjjan have once again succeeded in show-casing their creativity with this new body of work.

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Like A Bridge — Lua Hadar and her global jazz band TWIST debut their new CD at SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club on E.52nd St., NYC

New York, NY: Fresh from their Yoshi’s debut, vocalist Lua Hadar with her band TWIST release their new CD, Like A Bridge, Saturday, April 14 at 7pm and 9pm at SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club in New York, with an eclectic mix from the band’s signature “jazz without borders” repertoire, sung in several languages by multi-lingual vocalist Lua Hadar.

The set list includes several tunes from the band’s new CD, Like A Bridge, recently recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios, Berkeley. The band features Music Director/Arranger Jason Martineau on piano with stellar New York players Tom Hubbard on bass, Vince Cherico on drums and Mark Vinci on reeds. SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club, 212 E. 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, NYC, NY 10022, Phone 212-371-7657. Tickets $10 (reserve athttp://bit.ly/Reserve14AprilLua) $10 drink min. Venue website: www.somethinjazz.com

About TWIST:

Lua Hadar with TWIST performs international standards with a different ‘twist’ on style; they also present both original and rarely performed songs, in several different languages. English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Malagasy (the language of Madagascar) are represented in the upcoming recording, which uses the Bridge as a metaphor for the connections we can make with each other to foster world unity and harmony.

About Lua Hadar:

Lua Hadar is a multi-lingual vocalist and actor, a teaching artist and an independent producer. She has a lifelong commitment to cultural exchange and has enjoyed collaborations in Bali, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and Thailand. The mission of her band, TWIST, is to create world harmony through music.

A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery, as well as passionate commitment and humor. She has appeared at Yoshi’s Oakland, The Fairmont Hotel, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, The Plush Room and Jazz at Pearl’s, New York’s Iridium Jazz Club and Cornelia Street Café, the Swan Bar in Paris, Theatre Les Tisserands in Lille, France, and at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance and Music. Her upcoming performances are at SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club in New York City and The Jazzschool in Berkeley, where she releases her 3rd CD, Like A Bridge, recorded at Fantasy Studios.

Hadar delivers Master Classes in interpretation and style of the body of musical material known as The Great American Songbook, part of her heritage as a native New Yorker and daughter of a musician. Her San Francisco-based Studio NPG provides professional development for performing artists and offers salon concerts and events for the community, featuring teaching artists such as Broadway-TV-film star, Faith Prince, among others. www.luahadar.com

About the BRIDGES PROJECT and Like A Bridge:

The new CD, Like A Bridge, is the centerpiece of the 3-year Bridges Project, which will also include education and international exchange. Hadar sings in seven different languages (including Japanese and Malagasy) in this new recording, which uses the Bridge as a metaphor for the connections we can make with each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that bridge in language or theme.

Guest performers on the new CD include cellist Emil Miland (who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010), koto player Fumiko Ozawa and jazz accordionist David Miotke. The core band is comprised of Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Celso Alberti on drums, Ian Dogole on global percussion and Larry De La Cruz on reeds.

The New York CD release of Like A Bridge is slated for April 14, 2012, at midtown Manhattan’s SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club. And TWIST will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge this year, with a West Coast release at Berkeley’s Jazzschool on June 3. www.luahadar.com

About the upcoming DVD:

The Bridges Project includes broadcast-quality video, which was also recorded at Fantasy Studios and directed by Lawrence Jordan, who has directed for Tony Bennett, Eddie Izzard, Sting, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, George Michael, Vanessa Williams and many more. The video features Lua Hadar, the full band and guest performers, including South African singer Gideon Bendile and his group, Kalahari Experience, singing in Zulu on a French language world beat song written by French pop star, Maxime Le Forestier. The DVD is slated for debut in the fall of 2012.

New York CD Release Information: CALENDAR
“Like a Bridge” CD Release – Lua Hadar with TWIST
7pm and 9pm on April 14 (Saturday)
SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club
212 E. 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, NYC, NY 10022
Phone 212-371-7657
Tickets $10 (at http://bit.ly/LuaApril14), with $10 drink min.
Venue Website – www.somethinjazz.com/ny/

Quotes and Information about Cultural Exchange and the CD, Like A Bridge:

Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s global jazz band TWIST has developed a reputation for twisting the style of international standards, performing original numbers and presenting songs in different languages. The upcoming recording will feature songs in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Malagasy, the language of Madagascar.

“This is the most ambitious project I’ve ever attempted,” says Hadar, “and I feel like an acrobat without a net. I’m just so grateful to have such an amazing team of artists to collaborate with to bring the vision to reality. I have been incubating this project for a year during which I have been influenced by cultural exchange experiences as well as by loss and by my view of the world. I see our planet as if from a spaceship: without borders. We are all One. If each human truly had equal rights to adequate food, shelter, healthcare, safety, liberty and self-expression, I believe there would be no need for war. The Bridge is our metaphor for the connections we can make to each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that Bridge, either because of its language or because of its theme.”

Co-producer and composer Candace Forest says, “The Bridges Project is the perfect vehicle for Lua’s talents, not only as a singer but also as a cultural diplomat. Her flair for languages combined with her passion for her music always creates deeply satisfying excitement for both her audiences and fellow musicians. I’m thrilled that one of my compositions, Come Back To California, written for our friend from Lille, France, bassist Albin Suffys, received its USA debut at Yoshi’s and will appear on the DVD.”

The title Like A Bridge was inspired by French artist and writer Séverine Suffys, also of Lille, France, after the Suffys family hosted Forest and Hadar for a 2010 cultural exchange concert and master class. She wrote: A la rencontre des musiciens français qui inventent les rythmes et les mélodies des golden gates. Des ponts à danser sur toutes les musiques du monde. (To the meeting with French musicians who invent rhythms and melodies of golden gates. Bridges on which to dance to all the music of the world.)

During that collaboration in Lille, Hadar worked with members of Albin Suffys’ Musiconoclast’ Orchestra as well as the Agora Jazz Trio. Drummer Tohery Ravaloson later suggested a song from his native country, Madagascar. Raha Mbola Misy is performed on the new recording, featuring reed player Larry De La Cruz on flute, complementing Hadar’s Malagasy language vocal.

Another notable French connection came from Hadar’s June 2011 meeting with French pop star Maxime Le Forestier, on the 40th Anniversary of his song about a Blue House in San Francisco’s Castro district. The French language San Francisco appears on both the CD and DVD, and will be heard live in New York. Hadar was also drawn to another of Maxime Le Forestier’s compositions, Né Quelque Part (Born Somewhere), a world beat song about immigration rights featuring a Zulu language chorus. TWIST’s video performance of this song will feature not only global percussionist Ian Dogole, but also South African singer Gideon Bendile and members of his Kalahari Experience Zulu choir.

Educational collaborations with Japan have introduced Lua to koto player Fumiko Ozawa, who this past year made her koto orchestra debut at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater. She guests with TWIST on their interpretation of the Japanese 1963 pop classic Ue o muite aruko, honoring the dignity of the Japanese to “walk with their heads up’” after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

Guest cellist Emil Miland made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 with Frederica von Stade in her farewell recital. In the same week he made his jazz debut with TWIST at New York’s Cornelia Street Café, and has contributed to Like A Bridge on the mystical Tom Jobim song, Imagina. A champion of new works for cello, he has given premieres of music written specifically for him by such composers as Ernst Bacon, David Carlson, Andrew Imbrie, Lou Harrison, Jake Heggie and Dwight Okamura. As a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1988, he has collaborated with many singers in recital including Zheng Cao, Joyce di Donato, Susan Graham, Marilyn Horne, Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, and Frederica von Stade.

Brazilian drummer Celso Alberti says, ” It was an awesome experience recording with Lua along with all the great musicians that where part of this project. From start to finish the energy was highly positive and it was translated in the beautiful music that we made together. The crew capturing the audio and the video was one of the best I ever worked with.”

The development of these far-reaching arrangements could not occur without the artistic contribution of TWIST’s Music Director, Dr. Jason Martineau. Martineau says, “The song list for Like A Bridge honors the differences among us, celebrating their beauty, while seeing that we are, underneath, the same.“

Bios of the Core Band members on the CD:

Music Director, Dr. Jason Martineau is an award-winning composer, pianist, arranger, instructor and author. He works in multiple capacities with many different idioms and styles, from world fusion and jazz, to avant-garde, industrial, rock, pop, and classical. As such, he is the cornerstone of TWIST, as music director, principal arranger, pianist and bandleader. He has been playing the piano for 36 years and has worked with Lua Hadar since 2005, recording three albums and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and at the 10th International Festival of Dance and Music in Bangkok, Thailand. Holding graduate degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Martineau has composed numerous works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano, and chorus, as well as a full-length musical, multiple film scores, and over 200 songs, both instrumental and vocal, recording more than ten CDs in various genres. He has also been featured on numerous other artists’ recordings, as pianist, music director, and producer, including Vanessa Carlton’s “Heroes and Thieves,” for which he orchestrated string arrangements. His book “The Elements of Music,” is distributed both nationally and internationally. His film scores have been featured in documentaries broadcast on PBS stations around the US since 1998, and his music enhances a large variety of multimedia projects. In 2011 he joined the faculty at the Academy of Art University, teaching music notation, theory, and counterpoint.www.jasonmartineau.com

Drummer Celso Alberti was born in Curitiba, Southern Brazil. The driving rhythms of his country’s music led him to develop an early interest in the drums and by the age of 17, he was performing regularly as a professional. In 1982 he decided to expand his musical horizons and moved to the U.S., where he has been living since. His dynamic drumming style, blending traditional Brazilian music with World and Rock influences, was quickly recognized and he soon started to work with musicians like Herbie Mann, John Lucien, Michael Manring, Joyce Cooling, Craig Chaquico, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Jose Neto, Andrei Kondakov and most recently the legendary Steve Winwood. Celso is also a respected audio engineer and holds credits on Steve Winwood, Airto Moreira, Kundalini Boombox and Mary Fettig’s latest albums to name a few. Both his driving style and his versatility provide TWIST with exciting flair and a rock solid base. www.celsoalberti.com

Experienced on both upright and electric basses, in styles of music ranging from jazz and latin to pop and rock, Dan Feiszli anchors TWIST with versatility and panache. He has performed in concert with such notable artists as James Moody, Raul Midon, and Mickey Hart, and toured nationally and internationally with artists including Julio Iglesias, Nicole Yarling and Raul DiBlasio. In addition to his career as a performer, Dan is featured on hundreds of recordings as both a bassist and recording engineer, and has recorded and mixed albums reaching as high as #4 on the US Top 40 Jazz Radio Charts. In between performances and recording sessions, Dan can be found working as a freelance recording engineer and producer at his studio in El Cerrito, California. www.studiorhythm.com

Recording artist, composer, teacher and reed man extraordinaire, Larry De La Cruz is a tried and true staple of the local jazz community. Having worked with likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Liebman, Mike Zilber & Donald Harrison, De La Cruz also makes up 1/3 of the group Mo’Fone, one of the funkiest jazz projects ever to come out of the Bay Area. Larry’s dynamic soloing can range from Coltrane-esque runs on up-tempo tunes to soulful wails on slower ballads. Whatever the genre, Larry’s energetic style and musical sensitivity provide TWIST with color and variety whether he solos on tenor, alto, soprano or flute. www.larrydelacruz.com

As a major in Ethnomusicology (and Classics) at Brown University, Global Percussionist Ian Dogole delved deeply into the indigenous music cultures of the planet, while maintaining his fascination with the evolution of Jazz. Ian began to crystallize his vision of Global Fusion Music, blending the forms and instruments of Jazz with those of the non-Western world. Ian has released six audio recordings as a leader and has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza El Din, Tito La Rosa, Paul McCandless, David Friesen and Alex Degrassi, to name a few. In addition to his own releases, Ian’s compositions can be found on recordings by the world/fusion group Ancient Future, and have been used by the San Francisco Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies, Brown University and the Indonesian Park Service. He brings an authentic world beat to TWIST with a variety of percussion instruments including udu, cajon and dumbek. www.iandogole.com.

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Lua Hadar and her global jazz band TWIST debut at Yoshi’s Oakland, previewing new CD Sunday, March 11 @ 7pm

Vocalist Lua Hadar with her band TWIST make their Yoshi’s Oakland debut on Sunday, March 11 at 7pm with their signature “Jazz Without Borders,” an evening of international jazz. The set list includes several tunes from the band’s new CD, Like A Bridge, recently recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios, Berkeley. Also, a new song by guest pianist-vocalist-composer Candace Forest receives its U.S. premiere, along with an eclectic mix from the band’s “jazz without borders” repertoire, sung in several languages by multi-lingual vocalist Lua Hadar. The band includes Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Celso Alberti on drums, Ian Dogole on global percussion, Larry de la Cruz on reeds. Tickets are $12 in advance at www.yoshis.com and $15 at the door. Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, phone 510-238-9200.

About TWIST
Lua Hadar with TWIST performs international standards with a different ‘twist’ on style; they also present both original and rarely performed songs, in several different languages. English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Malagasy (the language of Madagascar) will be represented in the upcoming recording.

About the BRIDGES PROJECT and Like A Bridge (CD):

The new CD, Like A Bridge, is the centerpiece of the 3-year Bridges Project, which also includes education and international exchange. Hadar sings in seven different languages (including Japanese and Malagasy) in this new recording, which uses the Bridge as a metaphor for the connections we can make with each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that bridge in language or theme.

Guest performers on the new CD include cellist Emil Miland (who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010), koto player Fumiko Ozawa and jazz accordionist David Miotke.

The New York CD release of Like A Bridge is slated for April 14, 2012, at midtown Manhattan’s SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club. And TWIST will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge this year, with a West Coast release at Berkeley’s Jazzschool on June 3. www.luahadar.com

The Bridges Project includes broadcast-quality video, which was also recorded at Fantasy Studios and directed by Lawrence Jordan, who has directed for Tony Bennett, Eddie Izzard, Sting, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, George Michael, Vanessa Williams and many more. The video features Lua Hadar, the full band and guest performers, including South African singer Gideon Bendile and his group, Kalahari Experience, singing in Zulu on a French language world beat song written by French pop star, Maxime Le Forestier. The video is slated for debut in the fall of 2012.

About Lua Hadar
Lua Hadar is a multi-lingual vocalist and actor, a teaching artist and an independent producer. She has a lifelong commitment to cultural exchange and has enjoyed collaborations in Bali, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and Thailand. The mission of her band, TWIST, is to create world harmony through music.

A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery. She has appeared at The Fairmont Hotel, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, The Plush Room and Jazz at Pearl’s, New York’s Iridium Jazz Club and Cornelia Street Café, the Swan Bar in Paris, Theatre Les Tisserands in Lille, France, and at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music. Her upcoming performances include Yoshi’s Oakland, Somethin’ Jazz Club in New York City and The Jazzschool in Berkeley.

Hadar delivers Master Classes in interpretation and style of the body of musical material known as The Great American Songbook, part of her heritage as a native New Yorker and daughter of a musician. Her San Francisco-based Studio NPG provides professional development for performing artists and offers salon concerts and events for the community, featuring teaching artists such as Broadway-TV-film star, Faith Prince, among others. www.luahadar.com

Quotes and Information on Cultural Exchange Influences and Guest Performers:

Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s global jazz band TWIST has developed a reputation for twisting the style of international standards, performing original numbers and presenting songs in different languages. The upcoming recording will feature songs in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Malagasy, the language of Madagascar.

“This is the most ambitious project I’ve ever attempted,” says Hadar, “and I feel like an acrobat without a net. I’m just so grateful to have such an amazing team of artists to collaborate with to bring the vision to reality. I have been incubating this project for a year during which I have been influenced by cultural exchange experiences as well as by loss and by my view of the world. I see our planet as if from a spaceship: without borders. We are all One. If each human truly had equal rights to adequate food, shelter, healthcare, safety, liberty and self-expression, I believe there would be no need for war. The Bridge is our metaphor for the connections we can make to each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that Bridge, either because of its language or because of its theme.”

Co-producer and composer Candace Forest says, “The Bridges Project is the perfect vehicle for Lua’s talents, not only as a singer but also as a cultural diplomat. Her flair for languages combined with her passion for her music always creates deeply satisfying excitement for both her audiences and fellow musicians. I’m thrilled that one of my compositions, Come Back To California, written for our friend from Lille, France, bassist Albin Suffys, will be performed at Yoshi’s.”

The title Like A Bridge was inspired by French artist and writer Séverine Suffys, also of Lille, France, after the Suffys family hosted Forest and Hadar for a 2010 cultural exchange concert and master class. She wrote: A la rencontre des musiciens français qui inventent les rythmes et les mélodies des golden gates. Des ponts à danser sur toutes les musiques du monde. (To the meeting with French musicians who invent rhythms and melodies of golden gates. Bridges on which to dance to all the music of the world.)

During that collaboration in Lille, Hadar worked with members of Albin Suffys’ Musiconoclast’ Orchestra as well as the Agora Jazz Trio. Drummer Tohery Ravaloson later suggested a song from his native country, Madagascar. Raha Mbola Misy, will be performed on the upcoming recording, featuring reed player Larry De La Cruz on flute, complementing Hadar’s Malagasy language vocal.

Another notable French connection came from Hadar’s June 2011 meeting with French pop star Maxime Le Forestier, on the 40th Anniversary of his song about a Blue House in San Francisco’s Castro district. Hadar was also drawn to another of his compositions, Né Quelque Part (Born Somewhere), a world beat song about immigration rights featuring a Zulu language chorus. TWIST’s video performance of this song will feature not only global percussionist Ian Dogole, but also South African singer Gideon Bendile and members of his Kalahari Experience Zulu choir.

Educational collaborations with Japan have introduced Lua to koto player Fumiko Ozawa, who this past year made her koto orchestra debut at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater. She guests with TWIST on their interpretation of the Japanese 1963 pop classic Ue o muite aruko, honoring the dignity of the Japanese to “walk with their heads up’” after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

Guest cellist Emil Miland made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 with Frederica von Stade in her farewell recital. In the same week he made his jazz debut with TWIST at New York’s Cornelia Street Café, and has contributed to Like A Bridge on the mystical Tom Jobim song, Imagina. A champion of new works for cello, he has given premieres of music written specifically for him by such composers as Ernst Bacon, David Carlson, Andrew Imbrie, Lou Harrison, Jake Heggie and Dwight Okamura. As a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1988, he has collaborated with many singers in recital including Zheng Cao, Joyce di Donato, Susan Graham, Marilyn Horne, Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, and Frederica von Stade.

Brazilian drummer Celso Alberti says, ” It was an awesome experience recording with Lua along with all the great musicians that where part of this project. From start to finish the energy was highly positive and it was translated in the beautiful music that we made together. The crew capturing the audio and the video was one of the best I ever worked with.”

The development of these far-reaching arrangements could not occur without the artistic contribution of TWIST’s Music Director, Dr. Jason Martineau. Martineau says, “The song list for Like A Bridge honors the differences among us, celebrating their beauty, while seeing that we are, underneath, the same.“

Bios of the Core Band members:

Music Director, Dr. Jason Martineau is an award-winning composer, pianist, arranger, instructor and author. He works in multiple capacities with many different idioms and styles, from world fusion and jazz, to avant-garde, industrial, rock, pop, and classical. As such, he is the cornerstone of TWIST, as music director, principal arranger, pianist and bandleader. He has been playing the piano for 36 years and has worked with Lua Hadar since 2005, recording three albums and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and at the 10th International Festival of Dance and Music in Bangkok, Thailand. Holding graduate degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Martineau has composed numerous works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano, and chorus, as well as a full-length musical, multiple film scores, and over 200 songs, both instrumental and vocal, recording more than ten CDs in various genres. He has also been featured on numerous other artists’ recordings, as pianist, music director, and producer, including Vanessa Carlton’s “Heroes and Thieves,” for which he orchestrated string arrangements. His book “The Elements of Music,” is distributed both nationally and internationally. His film scores have been featured in documentaries broadcast on PBS stations around the US since 1998, and his music enhances a large variety of multimedia projects. In 2011 he joined the faculty at the Academy of Art University, teaching music notation, theory, and counterpoint. www.jasonmartineau.com

Celso Alberti was born in Curitiba, Southern Brazil. The driving rhythms of his country’s music led him to develop an early interest in the drums and by the age of 17, he was performing regularly as a professional. In 1982 he decided to expand his musical horizons and moved to the U.S., where he has been living since. His dynamic drumming style, blending traditional Brazilian music with World and Rock influences, was quickly recognized and he soon started to work with musicians like Herbie Mann, John Lucien, Michael Manring, Joyce Cooling, Craig Chaquico, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Jose Neto, Andrei Kondakov and most recently the legendary Steve Winwood. Celso is also a respected audio engineer and holds credits on Steve Winwood, Airto Moreira, Kundalini Boombox and Mary Fettig’s latest albums to name a few. Both his driving style and his versatility provide TWIST with exciting flair and a rock solid base. www.celsoalberti.com

Experienced on both upright and electric basses, in styles of music ranging from jazz and latin to pop and rock, Dan Feiszli anchors TWIST with versatility and panache. He has performed in concert with such notable artists as James Moody, Raul Midon, and Mickey Hart, and toured nationally and internationally with artists including Julio Iglesias, Nicole Yarling and Raul DiBlasio. In addition to his career as a performer, Dan is featured on hundreds of recordings as both a bassist and recording engineer, and has recorded and mixed albums reaching as high as #4 on the US Top 40 Jazz Radio Charts. In between performances and recording sessions, Dan can be found working as a freelance recording engineer and producer at his studio in El Cerrito, California. www.studiorhythm.com

Recording artist, composer, teacher and reed man extraordinaire, Larry De La Cruz is a tried and true staple of the local jazz community. Having worked with likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Liebman, Mike Zilber & Donald Harrison, De La Cruz also makes up 1/3 of the group Mo’Fone, one of the funkiest jazz projects ever to come out of the Bay Area. Larry’s dynamic soloing can range from Coltrane-esque runs on up-tempo tunes to soulful wails on slower ballads. Whatever the genre, Larry’s energetic style and musical sensitivity provide TWIST with color and variety whether he solos on tenor, alto, soprano or flute. www.larrydelacruz.com

As a major in Ethnomusicology (and Classics) at Brown University, Global Percussionist Ian Dogole delved deeply into the indigenous music cultures of the planet, while maintaining his fascination with the evolution of Jazz. Ian began to crystallize his vision of Global Fusion Music, blending the forms and instruments of Jazz with those of the non-Western world. Ian has released six audio recordings as a leader and has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza El Din, Tito La Rosa, Paul McCandless, David Friesen and Alex Degrassi, to name a few. In addition to his own releases, Ian’s compositions can be found on recordings by the world/fusion group Ancient Future, and have been used by the San Francisco Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies, Brown University and the Indonesian Park Service. He brings an authentic world beat to TWIST with a variety of percussion instruments including udu, cajon and dumbek. www.iandogole.com

Guest Artist composer/singer/pianist Candace Forest has co-produced three CD’s, a multi-dimensional video project and numerous live concert and educational events with Lua Hadar. Candace’s compositions range from works for solo, ensemble and orchestra to full-length dance and theatre pieces including Viva Concha! Rose of the Presidio and All In This Together, an ecology symphonic program premiered by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Her work, Come Back To California, dedicated to French bassist, Albin Suffys, will receive it’s U.S. premiere at Yoshi’s this week when she will perform it with Lua Hadar and TWIST. candaceforest.com

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What: Jazz Without Borders
Who: Vocalist Lua Hadar and global jazz band TWIST
When: 7pm on March 11, 2012 (Sunday)
Where: Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland CA 94607
Phone 510-238-9200
Tickets: $12 Advance (at www.yoshis.com) and $15 at Door

New York CD Release Information:
“Like a Bridge” CD Release
7pm and 9pm on April 14 (Saturday)
SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club
212 E. 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, NYC, NY 10022
Phone 212-371-7657
Tickets $15 (at http://bit.ly/z119et ) with $10 drink min.
Venue Website: www.somethinjazz.com/ny/

West Coast Release Information:
“Like A Bridge” West Coast CD Release
4:30pm on June 3 (Sunday)
Jazzschool Concert Series
2087 Addison St. Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone (510) 845-5373
Tickets $15 adults, $5 youth
Venue Website:www.jazzschool.com

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Yamgo Launches Aux Send, the Dedicated Independent Music Channel, on Mobile Devices

Aux Send, the live performance music channel has launched on mobile TV network Yamgo. The channel dedicated to unique, interesting, diverse and unsigned artists will be available globally on Smartphones, iPad and Tablet devices.

The Yamgo TV network delivers live TV to mobile devices worldwide using 2.5G, 3G and Wi-Fi connections. Aux Send is the latest high profile addition to an extensive line-up which includes music, sports, movies, entertainment and news channels.

Aux Send, the brainchild of video producer and music enthusiast Doug Stanford, showcases emerging independent artists and their music. The channel provides many of the acts with their first experience of television and exposure to a worldwide audience.

With exclusive intimate live performances, unique studio and concert footage and personal interviews with singers, songwriters, artists and bands the channel has quickly gained popularity amongst an audience that is in search of exciting new musicians and a departure from bland mainstream chart music.

Aux Send provides a refreshing user experience at a time when music television is cluttered with channels that are less about the music and dominated by reality shows and adverts for the latest ringtones. This passion for real music has gained Aux Send a reputation as the place to unearth new and exciting talent providing performers with a unique opportunity to reach a new audience.

“The aim of Aux Send is to create a viewer base that will allow artists to gain an audience that may have never had the opportunity to hear them. Yamgo’s unique ability to deliver video content to any mobile user provides Aux Send an opportunity to maximise the availability of emerging independent music and expand our audience on a truly global platform” explains Aux Send Founder Doug Stanford.

By launching on the Yamgo network, Aux Send will be available on all leading mobile platforms and devices including iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android (phones and tablets), Nokia, Blackberry, HTC, Samsung and HP webOS.

The latest channel to launch on the Yamgo network will include a wide range of music genres including rock, indie folk, punk, garage, grunge, rhythm and blues, roots and foot stomping rock n roll. Aux Send will also feature behind the scenes interviews uncovering the driving influences behind the artists and their music.

The partnership between Aux Send and Yamgo will allow viewers across the world to enjoy the latest performances by musicians such as Jeremy Cowgill, Andrew Rohlk, Nelly Kate, Wes Swing and Noble Air from any location, whether they are around the house, relaxing on the sofa, at the kitchen table, in bed or on the go.

Ian Mullins, CEO and Founder of Yamgo stated “As a broadcaster dedicated to independent singers, songwriters, musicians and bands Aux Send can take full advantage of the Yamgo mobile TV network to supply audiences with the most exciting and diverse catalogue of independent music entertainment available on mobile devices. It’s great to have them on the network and allow consumers anywhere and at anytime to watch high quality performances from fascinating up-and-coming artists.”

Aux Send will be available 24/7 on smartphone apps and mobile devices worldwide with Yamgo at http://yamgo.mobi/auxsend.

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