September 2016 Newsletter

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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


16/06/2016 Wahlenbergbreen Glacier, Svalbard, Norway Greenpeace holds a historic performance with pianist Ludovico Einaudi on the Arctic Ocean to call for its protection Through his music, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic. Einaudi performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). The famous musician travelled on board Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise on the eve of a significant event for the future of the Arctic: this week's meeting of the OSPAR Commission, which could secure the first protected area in Arctic international waters. © Pedro Armestre/ Greenpeace Handout - No ventas -No Archivos - Uso editorial solamente - Uso libre solamente para 14 d’as despuŽs de liberaci—n. Foto proporcionada por GREENPEACE, uso solamente para ilustrar noticias o comentarios sobre los hechos o eventos representados en esta imagen. © Pedro Armestre/ Greenpeace Handout - No sales - No Archives - Editorial Use Only - Free use only for 14 days after release. Photo provided by GREENPEACE, distributed handout photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events depicted in this image. 16/06/2016. Glaciar Wahlenbergbreen, Svalbard, Noruega Greenpeace organiza un concierto hist—rico con el pianista Ludovico Einaudi en el ocŽano çrtico para pedir su protecci—n El prestigioso compositor y pianista italiano Ludovico Einaudi ha unido su voz, a travŽs de la mœsica, a la de los ocho millones de personas de todo el mundo que piden la protecci—n del çrtico, con la interpretaci—n de una pieza creada especialmente para la ocasi—n sobre una plataforma flotante en mitad de ese ocŽano, frente al glaciar Wahlenbergbreen (en Svalbard, Noruega). Einaudi ha viajado al çrtico a bordo del barco de Greenpeac
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:


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!