Italy’s Kalàscima Has Major Staying Power on the CMJ World Chart – TOP 10 for 7 Weeks!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Italy’s Kalàscima Has Major Staying Power on the CMJ World Chart – TOP 10 for 7 Weeks!

  Kalàscima – Psychedelic Trance Tarantella currently at  #6 CMJ World Chart! Italian folk sextet Kalascima rocked everyone’s socks off on their last two tours in Australia, but they will finally make it to U.S. shores for a couple of live shows to support their new album, “Psychedelic Trance Tarantella”.   Some of the lucky folks who have already witnessed the effervescence and sheer explosiveness of their live performances can attest to the fun. Kalascima play their music, based on the traditional music of their native Salento (Southern Italy), predominantly the tarantella, but amped up and infused with contemporary elements and Balkan, Klezmer and Middle Eastern influences. Percussion is a main component of Kalascima’s sound and the brothers Laganà, play an impressive range of drums and percussion besides the tambourines that are a staple of the wild dance rhythms they peddle. The diatonic accordion, a harmonic and melodic instrument present in all Italian traditional music, is augmented by Calabrian double flutes, the ciaramella, and the zampogna, the Italian sister of the bagpipe, as well as guitar, mandolin and bouzouki. Kalascima also exhibit gang vocals, with all six members contributing. See Kalascima Live: WED OCTOBER 14, 2015 – 6:30 PM: DROM  85 Avenue A, New York City   SUN OCTOBER 18, 2015 – 7:00 PM: HITWEEK Miami Beach, FL...

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Ludovico Einaudi To Play Excerpts of New Album “Elements” Live on YouTube Oct 3rd @4pm EST

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Ludovico Einaudi To Play Excerpts of New Album “Elements” Live on YouTube Oct 3rd @4pm EST


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Arstidir’s Live Performance Broadcast Tonight on Echoes!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Arstidir’s Live Performance Broadcast Tonight on Echoes!

Iceland’s Árstíðir Plays Live on Echoes. Árstíðir is another band out of Iceland, but this one has a more organic and acoustic sound with routes in the harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Playing guitars, violin, piano and cello, these musicians assay some of the introspective songs of their album, Hvel with vocal harmonies that will leave you breathless. At times they sound like they could’ve come right out of the 60s folk revival, but this is a modern band whose influences include Philip Glass and Ólafur Arnalds as much as folk. In fact, Arnalds produced their second album and their cellist played with Arnalds on his Echoes session 5 years ago – John Diliberto, Echoes Listen at the Echoes...

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Arstidir Interviewed on KCBX San Luis Obispo, CA

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Arstidir Interviewed on KCBX San Luis Obispo, CA

Iceland’s Arstidir stopped by the KCBX Radio Studios in San Luis Obispo for an interview and live performance on air with host, Sal Espana. The band are winding their way through the U.S. on their debut tour. That’s Ragnar’s arm there on the...

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Evolution Promotion Introduces ARSTIDIR from Iceland

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Blog, Events, Newsletter | Comments Off on Evolution Promotion Introduces ARSTIDIR from Iceland

Iceland’s Latest Musical Import:  ARSTIDIR Announces New Album and Debut U.S. Tour Starting in June Not many bands can lay claim to the kind of dramatic career development that the Icelandic band Árstíðir can. Formed in the wake of the 2008 stock market crash, they found themselves catapulted to the top of the Icelandic music charts within six months of their debut, and then forged ahead with their 2010 tour despite a volcanic eruption that stalled global travel. In 2012, Árstíðir was the first Icelandic band to ever win the Eiserner Eversteiner European Folk Music Award (in Plauen, Germany) and were scheduled to play the prestigious TFF Rudolstadt festival in July 2013. While on tour in Germany that year, an impromptu performance of “Heyr himna smiður” in the Bürger Bahnhof train station in Wuppertal swept them up in a tidal wave of international attention. Hastily recorded by a friend who posted it to YouTube, the video received more than four million views and sparked global interest in both the band and the Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson’s composition. By May 2014, they had launched a Kickstarter campaign that quickly raised $70,000 (substantially exceeding the initial $20,000 goal) to finance their third album, Hvel (Spheres). In return for their investment, backers were promised not only a copy of the finished recording, but also gifts ranging from hand knit Icelandic sweaters to vials of volcanic ash from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Once fully funded, the band took up residence in Toppstödin, an abandoned coal-fired power plant that had stood empty for two decades before a group of artists and entrepreneurs repurposed it as a creative space. The acoustics in the space provided them with an ideal environment for composing and rehearsing, and regular visits and feedback from album producer and multi-instrumentalist Styrmir Hauksson (Ásgeir, Of Monsters and Men, GusGus) pushed the band to excel at their unique brand of collaborative composition, which involved individual members bringing a seed of an idea to the group after which they worked out the finer points of music, lyrics and arrangement.  As soon as they were satisfied with the tracks, the band moved down the road to Orgelsmiðjan, a studio in Reykjavík and home to many of Iceland’s renowned recording artists (Of Monsters and Men and John Grant). The result is a collection of songs which weave both traditional and electronically-inspired instrumental threads together with soaring vocal harmonies, and that critics have described as “beautiful and atmospheric” and “utterly mesmerizing.” Árstíðir’s music defies genre borders and might best be described as classically influenced indie folk rock. Whether in a train station in Germany, a concert hall in Russia or a bar at home in Reykjavík, theirs is music that mesmerizes audiences and creates a kind of intimacy leading critics to write,“[Hvel] is simply a stunning album, beautifully written and arranged, with a real magical quality to it,” and that live performances “may be the closest I’ve ever come to worship.” The band members’ wide range of musical backgrounds and experience combined with professional interests ranging from law to literature and engineering to computers, make them unique in their wholly democratic approach to music making and performance. Entwining the elements of sound with lyrics describing heartbreak, longing, memory and a deep connection to the circular oneness of life, they marry...

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Karl Pestka from Arstidir Represents Full Band on Fox TV Rochester, NY

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Karl Pestka from Arstidir Represents Full Band on Fox TV Rochester, NY

Icelandic band Arstidir were having work visa issues prior to flying in for their debut U.S. tour.  Because of this, the only American in the group, Karl Pestka, was the sole band member who was able to cross into the U.S. in time for a solo performance and interview on the Fox TV morning show, Good Day Rochester. The band was booked there to promote their appearance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival that same night. With some good juju from the US Government, thankfully, the whole band made it to the show. You can watch part one here and part two here.  ...

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Ludovico Einaudi Announces US & Canada Tour Dates

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Ludovico Einaudi Announces US & Canada Tour Dates

Whether releasing   chart-topping albums or selling out the largest concert halls,  composing award winning film scores or topping audience polls, Italian Composer/Pianist  Ludovico Einaudi has achieved the most difficult of all artistic feats, to speak meaningfully to a huge audience in a way that each member finds uniquely and deeply personal. In doing so he has rendered traditional ideas of musical genre and audience divide obsolete and become not only one of the best known composers active in the world today but almost certainly the best loved, too.  Look for a new album from the Maestro in 2015. Ludovico Einaudi and his Ensemble will be back in the U.S. and Canada for an abbreviated tour in November where he will continue with his “In A Time Lapse” program. Nov 8 Montreal Jazz Festival Nov 10 Chicago, Harris Theater Nov 12 Wash DC,  Strathmore Nov14 New York, Skirball Ctr– just added! Nov 15 New York, Skirball Center sold...

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September 2014 Newsletter

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Events | Comments Off on September 2014 Newsletter

Helen Jane Long Is In The Studio and In The Media Helen Jane Long has been in the studio recording her fourth album, as yet unnamed. She already sent over two new tracks and they are blowing our hair back! We can’t wait to get the finished album in and share it with you. In the meantime, Helen has been busy with her music getting placements in the Batkid Documentary, produced by the Make A Wish Foundation. You can also hear Helen’s music in the upcoming film, Stonehearst Asylum, starring Michael Caine, Kate Beckinsdale, Ben Kingsley. Also be on the lookout for a new app by CB Innovations using Helen’s music. This app acts as a high security safe for all your personal data on your cell phone and offers the highest military security available against hackers. Visit Helen Jane Long on Facebook Ludovico Einaudi Announces US & Canada Tour Dates Ludovico Einaudi and his Ensemble will be back in the U.S. and Canada for an abbreviated tour in November where he will continue with his “In A Time Lapse” program. Look for a new album from the Maestro in 2015. Nov 8 Montreal Jazz Festival Nov 10 Chicago, Harris Theater Nov 12 Wash DC area, Strathmore Nov 15 New York, Skirball Center If you would like press tickets or to schedule an interview, contact us. Introducing CARisMA, a Classical Guitar Duo from Italy CARisMA are Magdalena Kaltcheva and Carlo Corrieri , an Italian classical guitar duo whose extraordinary guitar techniques have merged to create a modern and innovative sound. The young and beautiful duo came together in 2011 after previous remarkable careers as soloists. Two years ago, the duo had the opportunity to play in front of the world famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli who was astonished by their arrangement and performance and offered to produce their album, ‘Confessions’ , which just released in the U.S. on August 20, 2014 and features their exquisite guitars on film music by Rachel Portman (from the movie “Chocolat”) as well as a selection of Jazz and Classical standards. CARisMA made their appearance as the opening act for Andrea Bocelli at the popular iTunes Festival in London, which was streamed worldwide and was a huge success for the duo. The collaboration on stage with Andrea continued as the beloved Tenor took them on his 2012 tours around the world in places like Asia, UK, America, Ireland, Eastern Europe and South America. CARisMA have performed in some of the most famous and biggest venues in the world such as the Roundhouse and the O2 Arena in London, the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, the Arena Ciudad de Mexico and the Paolo Sixth Concert Hall in the Vatican City. Watch for upcoming U.S. tour dates! Visit CARisMA on Facebook Mercan Dede Releases Double Album, DUNYA Mercan Dede is a world citizen, world class musician, and something of a modern techno-mystic. He was captivated at an early age by the sound of the Middle Eastern ney flute and today incorporates his own playing of it into his mix of sampled sounds and ample acoustic instrumentation. On DUNYA, his latest double album, he separates the two parts decisively with ‘sunrise’ and ‘sunset’. Both are very airplay friendly and heavily flavored with...

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Helen Jane Long Needs Your Vote

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Events, Newsletter | Comments Off on Helen Jane Long Needs Your Vote


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Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on JAMES HOOD CEREMONY

Edible Sounds and Associates Cordially Invites You to the Launch Party  ofThe Extradordinary New Musical Project From JAMES HOOD CEREMONY Thursday February 6th 7:30pm Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres 9pm James Hood Performance Dilettante Art Gallery 120 N Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles  90012 RSVP to About James Hood James Hood is renowned as a vital and versatile musical pioneer, with a lengthy and varied musical resume that includes playing drums in The Pretenders, his ongoing two-decades-plus run as mastermind of the visionary ambient/electronica act ‘Moodswings’ and an expansive array of production and soundtrack projects. As far-ranging as his body of work is, there’s nothing in composer, producer and percussionist Hood’s prolific catalogue to prepare the listener for his new project; ‘Ceremony.’ This personally charged project offers a quietly riveting set of improvised instrumental pieces performed exclusively by Hood on an instrument called a PanArt Hang, a double-layered metal drum possessing unique tonal and melodic properties. The result is a mesmerizing musical journey whose effortless appeal transcends time and genre. James chose to record ‘Ceremony’ in the acoustically perfect sound chamber of the Integratron, a legendary mystical setting of Joshua Tree in California’s Mojave desert. “The Integratron is like a sonic ashram,” Hood notes. “It takes the sound and lifts it, and it just sounds amazing and you’re elevated by the environment. Every sound on this record is the Hang, every sound on the record was made by my fingers on this metallic drum.” The double album, ‘Ceremony’ will be released on February 4th 2014 through Edible Sounds. For more information, contact Evolution Promotion – Karen Lee and Karen Doran...

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