Richard Galliano Quartet
New DOUBLE Album Release On Your Desk
“New Jazz Muzette”
In his 30 year career, Galliano has successfully revamped the image of the accordian, an instrument considered passé, and now takes his inspiration for his new double album from his musical idols: Piazzolla, Coltrane, Bill Evans and Debussy
Richard Galliano has decided to celebrate his 30 years in music together with some talented friends – Sylvain Luc on guitar, Philippe Aerts on acoustic bass and Andre Ceccarelli on drums.
His new double album, “New Jazz Musette”, is releasing on February 17th, 2017, on the Ponderosa label, out of Milan, and features a selection of his favorite compositions.
In fact, it has been thirty years since the release of his first album, “Spleen”, when he was the leader of the “New Musette Quartet”.
“Following in the footsteps of Astor Piazzolla, who invented the New Tango, today I am re-creating the “New Musette”, says Galliano, because I think that this music cannot be played the way it was played in the ‘30s. When I play these tunes now, I take my inspiration from my musical idols: Piazzolla, Coltrane, Bill Evans and Debussy.”
“Musette” is a traditional Italo-French form, popular music. Like the blues in the United States and the tango in Argentina, it surfaced at the same time, in the first decades of the twentieth century. All three are the fruit of a social and cultural fusion: Italian and French musicians for musette, Italians and Argentines for the tango, Africans and Americans for the blues.
Immigrants far from their homelands created new musical forms, combining tradition and melancholy: that’s how it was for the blues in the US, and for the milonga in Argentina. The same thing happened in France, on the forgotten outskirts of the big cities.
And the “New Jazz Muzette” proudly joins the folds.
Delivering a World Class Reggae Album “Ansestrel”
CMJ World Chart Debut at #28
Dactah Chando, hailing from the Canary Islands in Spain, is one of the most prolific artists. He is a producer, singer, songwriter promoter and manager, involved in the Reggae scene for more than 20 years. He started his career in 2009 with the release of the single “Power fi chant”, in advance of the album “Clara” in 2011,which created his international jump to the global reggae scene. Many achievements since that point on occured for Chando– international press reviews, critics picks, live performances in the best international festivals, and four albums leading up to his latest release, “Ansestral” , being hailed as one of the best roots reggae albums in the Spanish language ever made. Excellent sound quality, arrangements, and inspirational and conscious lyrics are the characteristics of Dactah´s music.
Now Available To Radio For Download
Ludovico Einaudi performs ‘Elegy For The Arctic’ next to a melting glacier,
on a floating platform in the middle of the ocean in Svalbard, Norway. Click to watch the video.
Acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi performed on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean near Svalbard, Norway as part of a Greenpeace campaign to encourage world leaders to protect and safeguard the future of the Arctic. The PR campaign was the biggest and most successful Greenpeace has undertaken, garnering press and headlines all over the world.
At the end of 2016, Ludovico released a luxe cd/dvd box set which includes his entire ‘Elements’ album plus three solo piano variations and the never-before released track ‘Elegy for the Arctic’, written specifically for Greenpeace and their efforts, which proved to be the biggest and most successful campaign they have undertaken, getting press and headlines all over the world.
We cannot fulfill the many requests for the full box sets so please download this wav file now for airplay and thank you for your support of Ludovico Einaudi! Watch for U.S. tour date announcements soon!
“A thing of rare beauty” – GQ Magazine
“The hippest classical artist the world has ever known” – Never Enough Notes
“A highly polished performance of music so incredibly tasteful” – The London Times
Ludovico Einaudi Drops Luxe CD/DVD Box Set
During this year’s world tour, Ludovico and crew were planning a box set release and filming a number of
concerts for it. This special limited edition box set includes the entire Elements album, plus three solo piano variations and the never-before released track ‘Elegy for the Arctic’, performed atop an iceberg earlier this year for a global Greenpeace Campaign. The box set will be available in time for holiday gift giving.
Download “Elegy For The Artic” wav file here. Additionally, Ludovico’s new webpage is designed so that you can perform the brand new track ‘Elegy For The Arctic’ on your keyboard or mobile device. It’s fun! Check it out here
The box set also includes an hour long DVD featuring nine live tracks from London’s Royal Festival Hall concerts in July 2016 plus 16 color postcards featuring exclusive tour photographs.
“A thing of rare beauty” – GQ Magazine
“The hippest classical artist the world has ever known” – Never Enough Notes
“A highly polished performance of music so incredibly tasteful” – The London Times
Helen Jane Long Tour Wrap, New Album, Xmas Single and Future Plans
Helen Jane Long just wrapped her U.S. tour dates in support of her 4th album, “Identity” and it was a triumph for the composer. All dates were extremely well attended and Helen greeted her fans after each show, typically in the lobbies of the venues. A big shout out to all the appreciative audiences that travelled in from far and wide to see Helen perform in New Orleans, Lancaster PA, Chicago and San Francisco. We are already planning tours for 2017, with the first kick off in spring in New York City. Watch Helen’s facebook page for announcements.
We have so much in store for you including a live album, recorded last year at St. James Church in London, releasing on December 10th. And, for all of you vinyl fans, watch for news about the forthcoming companion “Identity” album releasing on orange vinyl! We’re just setting up distribution now but Helen’s fans can always order directly from Helen’s website. It’s coming in the next few weeks.
We’d like to thank all the radio stations and fans who have supported Helen’s music and tours over the course of her growing career. We are attaching here Helen’s version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” for your seasonal pleasure and wishing you the coziest holiday season ever.
Andy Iorio Is Writing and Recording A New Album For 2017
Andy Iorio had a great year. Tons of radio airplay exposure, lots of live shows and an HMMA nomination for best Contemporary Classical track, “Rush”, that appears on Andy’s “II” album.
The media had alot to say about Andy too:
“Andy Iorio is the best kind of alchemist. Yes, he is a composer and pianist, but his talent lies in perfectly blending classical elements with contemporary components to achieve a sound that is pleasing on multiple levels” –RJ Lannan – Zone Music Reporter.
“I love Andy Iorio’s II from beginning to end. His playing and composition is simple yet exquisite. His music is soothing, moving, emotional and stunning. Andy’s “II” has a magnificent cinematic feel to it that will inspire the listener to want to hear more from this musician who has a mastery of the piano that goes so far beyond the technical” –Andrea R. Garrison – Online With Andrea
“II” is a stirring and very enjoyable musical experience. Recommended!” –Kathy Parsons – Mainlypiano.com
“This album “II” has brought me tears multiple times, so beautiful and emotional. Each piece makes me feel like the composer is writing the soundtrack to my life, speaking directly to my heart. Highly recommended to anyone who loves instrumental music, beautiful melodic piano and sweeping strings… I can’t wait for the next album!! Thank you for sharing your divine gift” – Anyone With Ears
Andy is working on his next album, releasing in 2017. Meantime, download his Christmas tune “We Three Kings” here.
Jennifer Aurelia “All Shall Be Well” and New Album News
This beautiful Christmas song was written by Jennifer Aurelia , also known as Jennifer Zulli, just after the Newtown massacre that killed 20 children in 2012. Hailing from Newtown herself, Jennifer assembled the surviving children from the school to help her sing and record the song to help heal the children and the community. This song is a real tribute to the human condition and a beautiful sentiment from
Watch for more info coming about Jennifer’s new album, “Seasons”, coming early 2017!
Helen Jane Long’s U.S. Tour Behind 4th Release “Identity”
Helen Jane Long is an award-winning film composer whose musicology brings indie culture to classical and soundtrack music. This one-time Warner Bros. composer left it all behind to create her own record label, publishing company and destiny. Her signature sound is cinematic classical and she’s kicking and dragging it into the future with her stunning fourth release, “Identity”.
In 2006, Helen was discovered and signed a contract with Warner Classics who released her first album, Porcelain, the following year. It went on to critical acclaim in England and the U.S. Not one to thrive in a corporate environment, Helen walked away from her contract with Warner in order to pursue her own musical visions and released her second album, Embers, independently on her own BLE Records. The album rapidly climbed the charts to become the most requested album on London’s national Classic FM radio, and in 2011, earned Helen the honor of being the only female composer in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.
By the time she released her third album, Intervention, in 2012, Helen had composed music for ten feature and short films, seven commercials, and eleven documentary films including scores for films by iconic American director Louis Schwartzberg and Batkid, a documentary by The Make A Wish Foundation.
Her latest album, Identity, marks yet another shift in her composing career as it found its place on the Billboard Chart at #9 on the first week of release.
Composed over the course of a year, Identity marks a move toward a bigger sound as she embraces the full richness of soundtrack composition folded into her uniquely intimate melodies. Helen will be joined by her string section, The London Players, for her U.S. tour dates.
Helen Jane Long “Identity” U.S. Tour:
Nov 10 New Orleans / Marigny Opera House
Nov 11 Philadelphia / Make Films Studios
Nov 14 Chicago / Pianoforte Foundation
Nov 16 San Francisco / Herbst Theatre
Your ticket purchase to the SF show includes a cd copy of Helen Jane Long’s new album “Identity”, redeemable after the show with your ticket stub, at Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St, San Francisco.
Ludovico Einaudi’s U.S. Tour Behind “Elements” Album
Italian composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi has evolved into one of the most successful musicians in the world.
Upon its debut, his latest album, “Elements” topped classical charts in 42 countries across the globe. In the United Kingdom it soared into the nation’s mainstream album chart at #12, the first time in over a generation that a classical artist achieved such heights.
The Guardian points out that if you haven’t heard his music, “then it’s probably because you don’t know it’s by Ludovico Einaudi”. His compositions have formed the soundtrack of film and TV productions including The Intouchables and the Black Swan working with a diverse range of directors from acclaimed Canadian Xavier Dolan to Oscar winner Clint Eastwood. Brands such as NIKE and American Airlines have seamlessly sync’d his works in their advertising campaigns.
Einaudi’s unique contemporary musical style, informed by minimalist, ambient, world and rock musics, has defied categories to become part of the fabric of popular culture being heard in shows such as X-Factor, live performances by rapper/singer Nicki Minaj and remixes by post-rockers Mogwai.
In his own concert appearances, Ludovico Einaudi has likewise crossed genres as the first classical act to play the iTunes Festival on a line-up which included pop diva Lady Gaga, EDM superstar Avicii and Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Ludovico Einaudi’s “Elements Tour”, which is currently selling out across the European Continent, will touch down this fall in the United States, where the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard classical chart. The complete North American tour is as follows:
LUDOVICO EINAUDI “ELEMENTS” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Oct 4 San Francisco/Herbst Theatre
Oct 5 San Francisco/Herbst Theatre
Oct 6 Davis, CA Mondavi Center/Jackson Hall
Oct 8 Los Angeles Royce Hall Auditorium
Oct 11 Calgary, AB Jack Singer Concert Hall
Oct 13 Toronto, ON Koerner Concert Hall
Oct 14 Toronto, ON Koerner Concert Hall
Oct 15 Montreal, PQ Masion Symphonique de Montreal
Oct 16 Quebec, PQ Le Palais Montcalm – Maison de la Musique
Oct 18 New York NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 20 Washington, DC GWU Lisner Auditorium
Violinist Judy Kang Ignites With New Self Titled Album
Judy Kang is not your quintessential artist. She has established herself internationally as a solo violinist and chamber musician in the classical world as well as featured guest artist and prominent collaborator in the world of pop, indie, jazz, and hip hop. A multi-faceted artist evolving outside of her formal classical training, Judy has set herself apart from others through her work as a singer/songwriter, producer, composer, and arranger. Born a rebel to tradition, rules, and conformity, she discovered an artistic freedom and a sense of individuality through creation and improv at about the age of 7. Judy continues to defy and break the constraints of boundaries improvising, jamming, co-writing, producing, and performing with bands and artists from Alaskan prog rock band Portugal.The Man to such powerhouses as Lady Gaga. Her self titled debut album is being devoured by radio.
Moving from Juilliard to Lady Gaga as easily as she moves from ambient to a Stradivarius, Kang blows open the stereotypical tiger mom progeny being a hot chick that masters classical violin before puberty. For all the pop chops she has under her young belt, this is a shining example of a wonderful record that many will not know what to make of.” – MidWest Record
“Diverse, unbelievably beautiful, and eclectic.” – Bob Boilen, NPR
The New York Times hailed, “Judy Kang, a Canadian violinist and most likely the only musician to have worked with both Pierre Boulez and Lady Gaga, was featured in Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Ms. Kang, who drew whoops from the audience before playing a single note, offered a lean, focused sound, pinpoint intonation and expressively molded phrasing. Every line seemed to mean something personal in what amounted to an amorous serenade.”
Andy Iorio Nominated For Best Song By Hollywood Music in Media Awards
Andy Iorio has been nominated for best Contemporary Classical song “Rush” by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
By the time he was in high school, U.S. composer/pianist Andy Iorio had taught himself to play everything from rock to metal to classical compositions on multiple instruments and began looking outward for a place where he could hone his skills and learn more about the field and process of film scoring. His next stop was Berklee School of Music where it came into focus and ultimately led him to form his own label and release two brilliant albums- “After The Rain” and “II”.
Fans lauded him for creating “original compositions [that] give quiet impressions of serenity while carrying simple tonality. His harmonies fluid and controlled run toward something both bare and natural.” And reviewers praised him for composing albums in which “he brings music to life, every track has its own story, but is a part of a great masterpiece.”
Andy’s latest album “II” is grounded in his trademark emotionally moving melodies with a lush, vibrant string section. Music that speaks a universal soul-stirring language that takes the listener along on a deep emotional journey that resonates within all of us.
We congratulate Andy on the HMMA nomination for best Contemporary Classical track, “Rush”, that appears on Andy’s “II” album. Well deserved! Good luck for the win!
Ludovico Einaudi’s New Album “Elements”
Alt-classical composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi – whose unique musical style is renowned around the world – returns with a brand new album ‘Elements’, which will be released on 16th October on the Ponderosa Music & Art label. “Elements springs from a desire to start anew, following a different path of consciousness”, Einaudi reveals. This latest album brings together a musical alchemy that draws on elements of electronicam, world, rock and classical music – reflecting Einaudi’s unique position on the international music scene.
Einaudi has quietly become one of the most successful musicians on the planet. His hauntingly beautiful and evocative music tops the classical charts worldwide, and he has sold millions of records. He is the most streamed classical artist in the UK with over 130 million streams and remains the #4 most synched composer in the world.
‘Elements’ was recorded this year at Einaudi’s Italian home in the Langhe countryside – he describes it as “a unique experience, accompanied by the pulsing rhythms of an explosive spring.” Comprised of 12 tracks, the album interweaves piano, strings, percussion, guitar and electronic instruments. It is inspired by the world around us: nature’s elements, mathematical and scientific elements, musical forms and works of art including those by Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Gustav Klimt. This album brings these seemingly disparate elements together into one concept.
“I saw new frontiers – on the edge between what I knew and what I didn’t know – that I had long wanted to explore: creation myths, the periodic table, Euclid’s geometry, Kandinsky’s writings, the matter of sound, and of colour, the stems of wild grass in a meadow, the shapes of the landscape. For months I wandered in a seemingly chaotic mix of images, thoughts and feelings. Then, gradually, everything came together in a dance, as if all the elements were parts of the same world, and myself within it.”
Einaudi created the album’s cover artwork himself – drawing a variety of different symbols and illustrations, which combine to stunning effect. This ties in with Einaudi’s concept for the recording: “If it wasn’t music, it would be a map of thoughts: sometimes clear and distinct, sometimes overlapped: points, lines, shapes, fragments of an ongoing interior flow.”
Einaudi’s music has been heard by millions worldwide – especially through adverts, trailers, film scores and TV soundtracks. He has provided music for more than 20 films, the most recent including ‘The Water Diviner’ (directed by and starring Russell Crowe) and Ricky Gervais’ TV series ‘Derek’.
Einaudi has performed to sell out crowds at venues around the world including Blenheim Palace, Hammersmith Apollo, Barbican and headlining the iTunes festival at the Roundhouse.
Einaudi has drawn together an incredible group of musicians for the new album – ‘Ludovico’s band’ includes Francesco Arcuri, Marco Decimo, Mauro Durante, Alberto Fabris, Federico Mecozzi and Redi Hasa. It also features the Dutch string ensemble Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Berlin electronic musician Robert Lippok, the percussionists of the Parco della Musica of Rome, the Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco and acclaimed violinist Daniel Hope, who plays on the opening song, Petricor.
LUDOVICO EINAUDI has released 12 studio albums: Time Out (’88), Stanze (’92), Salgari (’95), Le Onde (’96), Eden Roc (’99), I Giorni (’01), Una Mattina (’04), Diario Mali [with Ballaké Sissoko] (’05), Divenire (’06), Cloudland [recorded as the group Whitetree] (’09), Nightbook (’09) and In A Times Lapse (’13), as well as three live albums recorded at La Scala (’03), in Berlin (’08) and at the Royal Albert Hall (’10).
“He’s a rare talent, and he’s still just a kid. Compared to a lot that’s going on in Nashville these days, he puts the ‘music’ in Music City.” – Rick Moore, Music News Nashville
Anyone who has ever heard 17 year old Gareth Laffely play flute knows that his performances flow outward like ripples on the water. As he enchants his audience, he also educates and challenges them in the hope that they will become the change he wishes to see in the world.
As Galletin News reporter April Stillwell writes, “Music was in his bones from the moment he could walk.” At age four, Gareth’s talent rippled outward when he learned to play the drums, and it continued expanding as, at age five, he began composing on the piano. His piece “Shiloh,” composed when he was eleven, was recorded by the Nashville Suzuki Players and received national radio play in the U.S., and the next year, at age twelve, he became one of the youngest members of BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S. Now seventeen, he remains the youngest member of The Recording Academy’s Nashville Chapter.
Gareth’s deep interest in his Native American heritage (he is Mi’kmaq and Cree) intersected with his musical talent when, at thirteen, he began teaching himself to play the Native American flute. His lack of formal training on the instrument would turn out to be the very thing that created yet another ripple. It allowed him the freedom to experiment with the instrument in a way that would astound more experienced players and provide him with his signature sound – a mix of traditional sound and modern edge which, according to Chicago music critic, William Kelly Milionis, “combines the spiritual and healing influences of the Native American flute with the edge of Ian Anderson.”
By 2013, Gareth had written and recorded his debut album, The Journey, with GRAMMY nominated songwriter/Dove Award producer, Robert White Johnson (Celine Dion, the Beach Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd). In 2014 he received the Rising Star Award, and was a two-time NAMMY Award nominee.
In her review, April Stillwater wrote, “Distinguished and polished, Gareth illustrates a deep soul in his music. Incorporating an ancient instrument (Native American Flute), with a mix of pop and light rock, Gareth’s style is one that has yet to be done.”
As a gifted musician and a rising star, it would have been easy for Gareth to focus all of his
attention on his music, instead he sent out a new wave of ripples when he wrote and recorded the song “This Time” to be used as the anthem for the anti-bullying campaign that he brings to K-12 schools. He combines the message of the song with a challenge for students to get involved with causes that help make their communities a better place.
Native American WWKB/ESPN radio host, John Kane commented that, “The challenges of our youth are particularly troubling and having them addressed by young artists like Gareth is exactly what Native people need.” In addition to being a vocal supporter of youth issues, he supports his own call for community involvement by volunteering his time and musical talents with a local hospice facility.
Gareth’s newest ripple is the release of Sky Before A Storm, an album that is bound to make waves with songs like “Regen’s Song” which features 56th Annual Grammy Award-winning New Age pianist Laura Sullivan, and is a tribute to twelve-year-old Regen Morris who lost his battle with cancer on Christmas Day in 2013; “The Journey” a song that honors the spirits of those who lost their lives on the Trail of Tears after the 1830 Indian Removal Act was issued; and the title track “Sky Before a Storm,” on which Gareth plays a haunting Celtic flute as he pays homage to the Edgar Allen Poe poem, “Annabel Lee.”
This album is yet another example of the ever expanding, always reaching talents of a young musician who, as owner of 2 Bears Flutes of Maine, Tony Francis declares, “… knows no boundaries and will take the flute to heights no one has thought of yet.”
Tour Dates Announced to Support New Album
SEPTEMBER 12 – Wilson’s Music Store, Hendersonville, TN
SEPTEMBER 17 – Hospice Memorial Service, Gallatin, TN
OCTOBER 3 – Racoon Mountain Caverns, Chattanooga, TN
OCTOBER 16 -18 – Long Hunter State Park, Nashville, TN
OCTOBER 23-24 – Red Clay State Park, Cleveland, TN
More Dates To Follow!
Helen Jane Long Goes Bigtime
Besides working on her new album, a bunch of Helen Jane Long’s tracks were used in the film “Batkid Begins” which was just picked up for distribution by New Line Cinema/Warner Bros., pushing the Make-A-Wish Foundation message out and carrying with it Helen’s music, far and wide.
Already over a million hits on the Youtube Trailer, the film just opened a couple of days ago.
If you are not familiar with the Batkid Begins story yet, get your kleenex out!
Arstidir Hits U.S. Shores from Iceland
Arstidir has been hit with a very warm reception from media since they arrived in the U.S. including interviews and live performances at PRI’s The World, Echoes, Good Day Rochester TV show, Fox TV News, NPR and PBS TV, and loads of radio support including KEXP Seattle, KCRW Los Angeles, many others.
If you like sweeping vocal harmonies backed by lush layered orchestral instrumental arrangements, catch the band on tour in the U.S. through August.
Roberto Cacciapaglia’s Music Finally Arrives in the U.S.
Roberto’s career has been illustrious, for certain, throughout Europe for years. Evolution Promotion is proud to finally introduce him to U.S. audiences with the release of Quarto Tempo, which was recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra because, in Roberto’s words: “They not only perform the classical repertoire, but have also worked with artists such as Pink Floyd and Queen and they have come to terms with electronic music allowing me to use them as a post-electronic acoustic orchestra”.
Roberto prepares for a US Tour in 2016 while his current European project, Tree Of Life hits #1 iTunes Classical /Italy. Discover this important composer.
Ludovico Einaudi Lets His World Flag Fly
Milan-based record label Ponderosa Music & Art released “Taranta Project”, a celebration of the music of southeastern Italy’s Salento peninsula. The album is full of modern takes on a centuries-old tradition, by seminal composer/pianist and music director, Ludovico Einaudi.
Taranta is based on the mystical tale of a spider’s bite and a frenzied dance for life — a metaphor for curing one’s emotional ills through the power of community — and it draws the listener into a timeless musical web of hypnotic melodies and trance-inducing rhythms.
Ludovico Einaudi is the Music Director of The Taranta Music Festival – a yearly event that takes place in Melpignano, Italy. Last year, it drew over 120,000 people.
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 organic acoustic traditions and modern electronic arrangements with intricate simplicity and unpretentious skill.
New Release “Hvel” available now
Debut U.S. Tour Dates Start in June
Embarking on their first U.S. tour this summer, Árstíðir will take to the roads in a converted school bus as they cross the entire country between June and August with stops at big media outlets to spread the word such as PRI’s The World, Echoes Livingroom Concerts, Good Day Rochester TV show, NetNebraska, (a radio program that is simulcast on radio, PBS TV and the web). Lots of other stops at local radio along the way to spread the word as well.
The band looks forward to performing their newest compositions and forming new intimate musical connections with both seasoned supporters and green listeners. With their sweeping vocal harmonies backed by lush layered orchestral instrumental arrangements, Árstíðir sings, “Not every thing you feel can be seen but the feeling lasts so long” and hopes that what the audience feels will linger long after the last note is played.
Jun 24 Twins Jazz Fest, Washington, DC
Jun 25 Church of St. Stephen in the Field, Toronto, Canada
Jun 26 Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester, NY
Jun 27 Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester, NY
Jun 28 Scandinavian Cultural Center, West Newton, MA
Jun 29 Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, New York, NY
Jul 01 Stone Room Concerts, Falls Church, VA
Jul 03 Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, Greensburg, PA
Jul 03 Moss Vineyards, Dyke, VA
Jul 05 The Woolard Wigwam, Winston Salem, NC
Jul 06 Blue Plate Special WDVX, Knoxville, TN
Jul 07 Natasha’s Bistro and Bar, Lexington, KY
Jul 08 Pittsburgh Winery, Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 09 Common Ground Music Festival, Lansing, MI
Jul 11 Middleton Performing Arts Center, Middleton, WI
Jul 12 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
Jul 14 Madison Presents: Árstíðir, Kansas City, MO
Jul 16 The Gathering Place, Boulder, CO
Jul 17 Colorado Mesa University, Recital Hall, Grand Junction, CO
Jul 18 Boothe Brothers Theater, Spanish Fork, UT
Jul 19 Studio on 4th , Reno, NV
Jul 21 Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR
Jul 22 WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
Jul 23 Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA
Jul 24 The Nordic Cultural Center, Portland, OR
Jul 25 Siren’s Song, Eureka, CA
Jul 27 Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
Jul 29 Studio 519, Redondo Beach, CA
Jul 30 Boardner’s & The B52 Club, Hollywood, CA
Jul 31 Lestat’s West, San Diego, CA
Aug 01 Hotel Congress Tucson, AZ
Helen Jane Long Xmas Tune, Scores, New Album & 2015 US Tour
Helen Jane Long has been very busy with recording her fourth album, getting her songs placed in films like Batkid and
Stonehearst Asylum, starring Michael Caine, Kate Beckinsdale, Ben Kingsley, and working on the music scores for esteemed filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg’s forthcoming shorts “Flowers” and “Forests”.
In between all that, she is keeping up her Christmas tradition by playing a sold out show last night in London at Picadilly with the London Players, her string section.
Helen will be releasing her fourth album in 2015 to be followed by a U.S. tour. Watch for date announcements right here!
Introducing The 4th Dimensional Beings, Xmas Tune, Debut Album
The symphonic/electronic music of the 4th Dimensional Beings draws from romantic and powerful atmospherics illustrated with piano and guitar melodies that are set to orchestral sounds with classical and progressive flavors. We are sure that you will hear The 4th Dimensional Beings influences — Debussy, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Bach, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Vivaldi.
David and Joey Granati are 4th Dimensional Beings. Formerly signed to A&M Records, they released albums as the Granati Brothers and opened some 78 dates for Van Halen. These classically trained musician brothers have taken a side trip into the world of electronic ambience and infuse it with their own brand of rock meets classical.
We are delighted to introduce you to the
4th Dimensional Beings via their Christmas tune for your playlists. Watch for their brand new album,
“Alien History”, coming your way in January 2015.
CARisMA on Tour With Andrea Boccelli, Christmas Song Available
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.
World famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was astonished by their masterful guitar skills and offered to produce their album, ‘Confessions’ , which was released in the U.S. on August 20, 2014.
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 continues as the beloved Tenor took them on his tours around the world in places like Asia, UK, America, Ireland, Eastern Europe and South America. The upcoming U.S. dates are:
U.S. tour dates with Andrea Bocelli:
Dec 13 Allstate Arena Chicago, IL
Dec 14 Joe Louis Arena Detroit, MI
Dec 17 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY