A Unique Publishing Platform For Writers And Publishers

Possibillion Technologies, today launched a unique online publishing portal, www.paginative.com for writers and publishers. The portal allows writers and publishers to independently create their books in the form as Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile platforms. These book apps have the advantage of reaching readers across the world.

There’s a whole new segment of book lovers who want to read books on their mobile phones and tablet devices. And Paginative helps writers to publish their own books for this segment. Additionally, the service is integrated with the social media, which simplifies promotion and proliferation of books.

Simple to use and navigate, the portal offers a host of services to simplify book publishing for mobile readers. Paginative is powered by an innovative blend of mobile and web technologies. To know more about Paginative, visit www.paginative.com.

About Possibillion Technologies
Possibillion Technologies is an idea development company endeavoring to harness the synergistic power of novelty and technology. The company’s products and their services are tied to the real-world needs thus helping individuals and businesses to realize the wealth-creating potential of ideas.

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Debut Author Comes To The Scenes With Suspense And Action As The Thriller Unfolds

Many book readers love a good suspense novel. Mystery fans have been readers of Agatha Christie, James Patterson, David Baldacci and even John Grisham. Ola Adigun is new to the scene with his first thriller, “Razor Sharp 3.0”.

Adigun story focuses on Zeus, a mathematical genius that never seems to complete what he starts. Losing his father and inheriting a huge debt changed all that. He purposed to channel his energy to developing an intelligent software agent for predicting stock prices. The project was a total failure, or so he thought….

His brainchild takes a life of its own, infiltrating millions of computers worldwide in its quest to gain more processing power. One of the computers in question, belong to a secretive organization with highly sensitive information. And so began the race to find and take out the creator(s) of this elusive worm before they can figure out the power of what they have.

Can Zeus stay ahead of the ruthless people after him? The majority of Razor Sharp takes place in Nigeria; however it opens in San Jose, California.

Razor Sharp 3.0 is a suspense novel that also has spiritual undertones. It is a continuous page turner that keeps the reader wanting more. If you love a story filled with suspense and action, this is the book for you. It will keep you guessing chapter after chapter. Razor Sharp 3.0 can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Razor-Sharp-3-0-ebook/dp/B007AWR1LM

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Brooklyn Public, an Educational Documentary filmed in New York Public School launches Kickstarter

Brooklyn Public has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking finishing funds for the project at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/781739295/brooklyn-public

Brooklyn Public is a look into a New York public school and the surrounding neighborhood, through the eyes of it’s students. We will follow four students as they begin a community project in their freshman English class, led by their compelling teacher, Mr. Van Dyke. Celebrating people and places around their community that in the past have commonly drawn negative attention, the students will uncover a new found significance in their neighborhood and education. Growing up first-generation American in East New York, the kids will face daily hardships in and out of the classroom. This film will help people to better understand public education in New York City, and hopefully help future educators in their own classrooms.

Universities, colleges and anyone seeking a screening, can donate $2500 to the project to have the film presented for them by filmmaker Adam Banicki for their selected audience anywhere in the US.

Adam Banicki grew up in the Midwest and attended DePaul University in Chicago for his undergraduate degree in Digital Cinema. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and spent time working for Entertainment Tonight and The Cleveland Show. After two years Adam moved to New York to pursue an MFA in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts. Brooklyn Public is Adam’s first major documentary film. His previous short documentary, The Piano Busker, screened at festivals across the US and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Naperville Independent Film Festival.

If you would like more information on this project please email info@contingencypictures.com.

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LeatherTVBeds.co.uk Introduces New Range of Single TV Beds

LeatherTVBeds.co.uk is one of the UK’s leading TV bed dealers. What is the secret to their success? Constant innovation and listening to customer feedback. Today, they have unveiled an exclusive new collection of single TV beds of the highest quality. After analyzing customer feedback about bed sizes, the company has unveiled a line of redesigned single beds. These new units are priced starting at £549.

Owner Lee Ritchie had this to say about the new addition “This is our first single TV bed and we are proud to add it to our already extensive collection of TV beds.”

Many have less space in their homes than ever before. Interior decorating and furniture must adapt to meet these new conditions. Leather television beds are a perfect example of providing quality merchandise with a smaller physical footprint. These beds are not only comfortable, but they store your television in the perfect location for easy viewing.

Mr Ritchie also said “Since the television is enclosed in the foot end of the bed you can rid yourself of those space consuming and often ghastly items of furniture used to sit the TV one.”

http://LeatherTVBeds.co.uk is one of the UK’s leading TV bed retailers. The company offers more than 30 styles of television bed in a variety of styles and sizes. Orders above £500 qualify for free home delivery.

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New DiscountVouchers.co.uk Spring Deals Help Brits Save at Top Parks and Zoos

Keeping the kids entertained on a budget this spring is now easier thanks to new deals sourced by retail deals website DiscountVouchers.co.uk. The site has launched new deals to help mums and dads treat children to fun days out at top attractions like Blackpool Zoo, Longleat and Alton Towers right now.

One of the country’s leading family amusement parks is featured in the new deals too, in the shape of Alton Towers. The DiscountVouchers.co.uk site is home to new Alton Towers discount vouchers which include deals Save Over 25% Online when you book 7 days in advance and Check Out All Perks with Premium Merlin Annual Pass.

Seeing animals up close is always popular with kids, and this week sees mums and dads able to treat them to a trip to see big cats, elephants and more at top safari park Longleat. Logging on to DiscountVouchers.co.uk right now offers parents new Longleat vouchers which they can use to get Group Rates Discounted Offers and Free Kids Meal at Longleat.

Fun trips to one of the nation’s favourite zoos can be had on a budget this spring thanks to DiscountVouchers.co.uk offering money off at Blackpool Zoo too. The new Blackpool Zoo vouchers available online this week include deals like Save 10% when you buy tickets Online.

Doug Scott, managing director of DiscountVouchers.co.uk, says, “Money off at leading parks and zoos can really help mums and dads make the most of a family budget this spring. Big name attractions like Alton Towers and Longleat as well as Blackpool Zoo are perfect places to take the kids for a fun day out right now.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, lastminute.com and Boden.

For more information visit www.discountvouchers.co.uk.

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Maribor – Slovenia: European City of Culture 2012 Greet The Bogside Artists

Maribor, second biggest city in Slovenia and this year’s Cultural Capital is host to Derry’s acclaimed Bogside Artists.

Their mural, which will form the centrepiece of the coming cultural festival will be unveiled by His Holiness The Dalai Lama on 17th May 2012.

The artists are fresh from their recent USA trip where they were feted by the universities of Bonaventure and Boston College.

This is a rare and unique coming together of cultures of Ireland, Slovenia and Tibet, factors that the artists have incorporated into theirmural in progress. For the artists this is an incredibly significant honour and accolade. Said spokesman Tom Kelly. ” We have been fortunate throughout the years to have enjoyed recognition and respect abroad and we are indeed grateful to the city of Maribor and its organizing council for giving us a wonderful centre stage on which to share our creative journey. And that is why we have decided to make a direct visual link between the Annette McGavigan schoolgirl mural from The People’s Gallery in the Bogside, Derry, which has proved to be one of the most popular of our creations and this mural which will highlight to the best of our ability the horrendous plight of the oppressed people of Tibet. We look forward immensely to meeting with their leader the Dalai Lama whose mission of peace, mutual respect and understanding in the world which has been our own foundation and mission for so many years. We see this as also an honour for the people of Derry and especially for all those who have supported us and The People’s Gallery. Like us, they are more than familiar with the abuses of human rights.”

The Bogside Artists created all of the twelve murals of The People’s Gallery. These murals depict the key events of the troubles in N.Ireland and especially those events that impacted the people of Derry and the Bogside whose story the artists felt impelled to tell via the art of mural painting. These huge murals are visited by many thousands of people each year.

The artists began painting their mural for Maribor today 19th April. It will be unveiled by the Dalai Lama on 17th May.

For further information please contact the Art of Reconciliation website. Or visit their own website at www.bogsideartists.com.

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Amid National Racial Tension Writing Duo Produces Edgy Sketch Comedy Series

Actor/producer Sean Hampton (CSI, 90210) has teamed up with producer Matt Getic to launch a new sketch comedy series entitled The S&M Experience. “The series fills a gap in the comedy world,” Getic said in a statement. “We’re not chained to conventional characters and a formulaic structure with this show.”

The series has not officially launched but the duo has already raised eyebrows due to the off-color and racial material in some of their skits. Hampton (who is African American) and Getic (who is Caucasian) both feel such criticism is misguided. Commenting on the issue Getic says, “Our creative process doesn’t come from a place of hate, so taking offense to our comedy is ridiculous. The evening news has one hundred percent more racially motivated material than our skits.” Hampton backs his co-creator on this subject and challenges their detractors. “There are a lot of people looking to capitalize off of others work. I think there are more false claims of offense than genuine outrage.”

Aside from these issues preliminary critic response has been glowing. The series will launch on April 26th and the creators have decided to keep their distribution model to new media outlets only. When asked about the decision Hampton said, “We decided to keep our material new media because that will ensure it stays ours. Running it through the political correctness filter will take away from everything we’re trying to accomplish.”

For more information visit and follow:
http://www.youtube.com/sandmnetwork
http://vimeo.com/sandmnetwork

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New Review Site WasThatGood.com Delivers Independent Theatre Opinion

WasThatGood.com, a new site dedicated to bringing informed and independent theatre review and opinion to stage fans, has been launched in the UK.

The site has been introduced to address a demand for genuine, unbiased theatre reviews which are different from the now-standard sites which are full of intrusive advertising. WasThatGood.com will offer true, honest reviews of shows like Chicago and Billy Elliot from people who have actually been to see them and who are not promoting anything.

WasThatGood.com has been built by Robert Stuart, a big fan of theatre and shows, who was tired of trawling through websites which consisted of nothing but advertisements. The new site will offer impartial opinion, show times and the chance to buy London theatre tickets too.

Robert Stuart says, “There was clearly a gap in the market for a genuine, honest theatre review website – hence why I decided to introduce WasThatGood.com. There are far too many websites around which are advertising based and which actively promote shows – I wanted to have a place where all fans of theatre can share genuine reviews.”

In recent times the economic crisis has resulted in lots of people choosing not to go to see shows any longer for fear of wasting their money. WasThatGood.com intends to address this by giving people unbiased, genuine reviews via which they can make informed choices about which shows to go and see.

In addition to its review services WasThatGood.com will also host show time and date information and will let people search for the highest-rated shows by peer review. Users will also be able to buy tickets for shows all over the country through the site.

About WasThatGood.com

WasThatGood.com was born in an attempt to give the public a say in the world of theatre by offering an independent forum for them to share their opinions. The intent is to promote open discussion regarding the theatre, which could very well lead to improvement as theatres will have to face reality and will no longer be subject to only a handful of critics who have a channel to the public.

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Prehistoric Beast Spotted At Lightwater Valley – Dinosaur Hunters Needed To Try And Capture It!

From Friday 6th to Friday 13th April, Lightwater Valley Theme Park near Ripon in North Yorkshire is going to be stalked by a huge dinosaur!

Visitors to the park had better be prepared for a fright as they come face to face with a hulking, life-size Raptor. Early reports suggest that it will be haunting the queue line for Raptor Attack – clearly the place where it feels most at home.

And in case you think we’re talking about a man in a plastic mask and a sponge suit, have a look at the super-realistic beast and the terrified response from these school-kids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFf3ZWNF6EY&feature=youtu.be

So if you want a fright (or perhaps fancy feeding the kids to a Jurassic monster) visit Lightwater Valley Theme Park between Friday 6th to Friday 13th April in the area between Skate Karts & Twister. Performance slots are at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire is home to over 40 rides and attractions and is ideal for family days out. After developing from a self-picking strawberry farm, rides were introduced in 1987, transforming it into a modern day theme park. Some of the key attractions include ‘The Ultimate’ – which is the longest rollercoaster in Europe – and Skeleton Cove, the recently introduced pirate-themed section that includes Skull Rock, Pirate Swings, Powder Kegs, Flying Cutlass and Black Pearl rides.

For further information on family days at Lightwater Valley visitwww.lightwatervalley.co.uk

Photo-Opportunity
What: Dinosaur at Lightwater Valley Theme Park
When: Friday 6th April – Friday 13th April 2012
Time: Performance slots are at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Venue: Lightwater Valley Theme Park
To photograph: Life-size raptor haunting the queues at Lightwater Valley Theme Park
To arrange entry to the park please contact Gini or Rory on the above details.

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A New Dynamic Entertainment Duo Has Arrived

On April 11, 2012, the entertainment world gained two new dynamic bloggers in the from of The Barnes Bros. The Barnes Bros. — formed by Denzel and Jalen Barnes — is an exciting hub for all things entertainment. “We’ll cover movies, TV, video games, comic books, everything you name it!” Jalen said.

No stranger to the industry themselves–they are the authors of the upcoming e-book series “Legends”–Denzel and Jalen feel they can bring a fresh and exciting outlook on the industry. “When people read our blogs and watch our videos, I think they’ll see how fun we are and really get involved,” Denzel said.

In the short time since its arrival, The Barnes Bros. brand has already garnered attention. Denzel and Jalen have gained new followers everyday and praise on their additions to entertainment-related discussions around the Web. As buzz continues to build, The Barnes Bros. is gaining notoriety and requests to expand into other platforms.

“We’ve had someone ask us to move into podcasting already. It’s really wild,” Jalen commented.

Bringing their energy and sense of comedic timing to their work, The Barnes Bros. is looking to shake up the way people perceive entertainment. Using social networking in new and creative ways to connect with their audience, Denzel and Jalen Barnes are shaping up to be an enjoyable duo the likes of which hasn’t been seen in some time.

About The Barnes Bros
The Barnes Bros. brings a comedic, but informative perspective on news and issues in the entertainment world using video media (Youtube.com/BarnesBrosTV) and the written word (thebarnesbros.tumblr.com). The Barnes Bros. aims to use hard work and determination to form an exciting community for all entertainment lovers.

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Bikini-USA confirms that Bobby Petrino’s Latest Text Message Partner, Alison Melder, is not Ms. Bikini-USA 2008

Bobby Petrino has been linked to a second young lady for a text messaging-affair. Information on Alison Melder’s modeling site claims for her to have won the title of Ms. Bikini-USA 2008. Bikini-USA would like to clear up this statement as it is not correct and respond to Claims of Involvement with Alison Melder.

When a scandalous news story breaks so many parties are involved and therefore, become breaking news headlines for many different reasons. Recently, Bobby Petrino has been linked with a motorcycle crash and having an affair with a 26 year old assistant who was with him on the day of the motorcycle accident. Petrino and this assistant shared supposedly thousands of text messages during their affair. Now, the latest hot topic with the former Arkansas Razorback’s Head Coach Petrino is that he was also involved with a 26-year old woman, Alison Melder, during this same time period, and they also shared over 200 racy text messages during a two month period. Ms. Alison Melder may or may not have been involved with Mr. Bobby Petrino, I have no way of confirming their exchange of over 200+ text messages, nor is it any of my personal business just how many mistresses the now Former Arkansas Football Head Coach had in his life.

With the breaking story of Alison Melder and Bobby Petrino’s alleged affair, so many have wondered who is Alison Melder and what exactly is her involvement with former Arkansas Razorback’s Football Coach Bobby Petrino? Also, surfacing in news headlines, USA Todayand Lost Lettermen, are claims made by Ms. Melder that she was the Miss Bikini-USA 2008 Bikini Model competition winner. Ms. Melder, on her modeling site, claims that she won the competition and title as Ms. Bikini-USA 08.

It is true that there is an organization called Bikini-USA with a website full of pages of gorgeous bikini models. Bikini-USA does hold various model competitions throughout the year and proudly hosts its annual competition in a unique, exotic location with various top photographers to shoot and help determine the Ms. Bikini-USA for that year. I will say this, Ms. Alison Melder, although extremely attractive, is one bikini model, I will personally never work with. She has on her personal profile as of today on (www.talentfinder.tv/alison) under Awards / Credits: listing herself as Miss Bikini-USA 08 and for that reason alone, I would never work with a model like her. I personally know that this is not true, as I have been actively involved with Bikini-USA. What I can confirm is that Bikini Model Ms. Alison Melder was in no way the winner of the Miss Bikini-USA 2008 bikini model competition. This distinct title was awarded to the ever-so-lovely Ms. Gia Allemand. You have to remember this beautiful and ever so graceful lady. She was one of Jake Pavelka’s favorites on the ABC Show “The Bachelor – On the Wings of Love” season. I had the distinct privilege of doing a phone interview with Ms. Gia Allemand and I have to say that she is just as lovely in her demeanor on a phone interview as she is on TV.  I could only hope to work with such a lovely bikini model down the road. I also had the privilege of putting together her photos and cover story for Bikini-USA (http://www.bikini-usa.com/Gia-Allemand-Model-2008.asp) while she was on “The Bachelor”.

I also asked the Owner’s of Bikini-USA, Jay and Terri Dingle, if they have ever had any knowledge of Alison Melder in any shape form or fashion. I’ve known both Jay and Terri for years, and they both told me that they just can’t ever remember this one particular model.  We are talking about two people who make it their business to personally get to know each and every bikini model who participates in any of their bikini model competitions. Bikini USA owners have been unable to identify Ms. Melder’s involvement with their organization and have been unable to contact Ms. Melder to verify her claims.

The owners of Bikini USA are perplexed by their recent influx of media contacts for interview requests and additional information regarding Alison Melder, the” self-proclaimed winner” of Miss Bikini USA 2008.

“While it is possible Ms. Melder may have won a local photo submission contest, we have no record of her winning or entering an official Bikini USA contest. We do however consider all winners of any contest with which we are associated, part of the Bikini USA family and wish Alison the best in her current and future endeavors” stated Terri Dingle, part owner of the Bikini USA franchise.

Further, no Bikini-USA Staff photographer has any knowledge of Ms. Melder, and every Miss Bikini-USA Competition has a minimum of three Bikini-USA Staff Photographers on hand to work with, photograph and provide advice to all bikini models in their competitions.  You see, not only do I participate in the web site portion of Bikini-USA, but I have also had the privilege to do model photography with them and proud to say that I have more than a few shots on record with them!

The owners of Bikini USA have also made attempts to contact Ms. Melder regarding her involvement with their organization and have been unsuccessful to date. The Bikini USA organization manages thousands of aspiring models and promotes them at events and various sponsored contests.

So I am confused and a tad dismayed that any reputable news agency is reporting that Ms. Alison Melder was the Former Miss Bikini-USA 2008 winner when all they had to do to fact check this was to either hit the Bikini-USA site ; email Jay and Terri Dingle; or that matter, give them a call.

Even furthermore, I can’t confirm or deny that Ms. Alison Melder’s claim to be Miss Motorcycle Mania 2008 is true or false. I can tell you this, after ten minutes of using a little known search engine called Google; I couldn’t locate one official Motorcycle Mania website. I did however find a number of different websites that have added city names to that verbiage but not one for the supposed Miss Motorcycle Mania claim for 2008. My Dad always told me that where there’s smoke there’s fire. It would appear to me that knowing for a fact that Miss Alison Melder’s claim to be Miss Bikini-USA 2008 as false; then I would say it’s probably safe to presume that her claim for her other Awards is the same.

As for her text messages to a married man who was riding around on a motorcycle with a young lady that wasn’t his wife, hey who am I to judge? As for USA Today and other news agencies that have the audacity to call themselves journalists, how about you guys spend at least the same 15 minutes I spent looking online to do at the very least a little fact checking first?  I’m not even a seasoned reporter and even I know that much!

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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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1970s Las Vegas Chronicled in Graphic New Memoir

Local Author Marlayna Glynn Brown grew up in the 1970s Las Vegas mafia casino era. Her first memoir, Overlay, reveals an intriguing narrative of a strong child protagonist born into an ongoing cycle of alcoholism and abandonment amidst fallen adults. Marlayna describes a childhood that enabled her to develop a powerful sense of self-preservation as the people entrusted with her care abdicated their responsibilities. Her story reveals the personalities of the bizarre cast of characters that populated her life as she moved from home to home, parent to parent, family to family and ultimately to homelessness at the age of fourteen. Overlay will appeal to fans of the movie Casino and readers who prefer a strong journalistic storytelling style that does not delve into pity.

“Overlay isn’t just about me and my story,” Marlayna explains. “It provides an opportunity for the reader to examine their choices, decisions and actions and consider how they affect others. We often underestimate our power to transform those around us – at times irrevocably.”

Marlayna’s story is relevant and inspirational for anyone with a family member struggling with alcoholism or addiction. Parents and children will easily relate to Marlayna’s haunting and riveting tales of trying to make childhood sense of adult nonsensical behavior. Her powerful story will captivate readers and remain in their consciousness long after the last page of her story has been turned.

“I’ve been humbled and surprised by the outpouring of emotion from the readers. As a child I felt quite alone in dealing with the dysfunctional insanity in my family. I’ve learned as an adult that I was not as unique or alone as I’d previously believed,” Marlayna states.

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