8/14/14

Jann Klose Wins Four Categories in the Vox Pop (People's Voice) For This Year's Independent Music Awards


A noted blues critic, who liked Jann's music, told me, "Jann Klose is a word-of-mouth artist.
That's how his career is going to grow."

Jann's fans voted for him to win in three eclectic categories in the VOX POP segment of this year's IMA (Independent Music Award) contest. The nominations were for music (Jann's cover of Tim Buckley’s "Song To The Siren") and design (website: jannklose.com and swag: his limited edition T-shirt that uses the lyric, "If you don't know love, you don't know life" from his indie radio hit, "Make It Better" of his new album, MOSAIC). There's also a fourth category as Jann sings, "Humble Wish” on ACTION MOVES PEOPLE, which won both the Vox Pop and music industry competitions in the Various Artists: Spoken Word category.   

To date more than 100,000 fans have championed their favorite established artists and rising stars in The IMA Vox Pop poll. Martin Folkman, Executive Director of The Independent Music Awards, says, “We’re focused on placing exceptional artists and releases in front of music consumers around the world.” Open to self-released and indie label acts, the IMA’s ongoing promotions, distribution, and performance opportunities place winners and nominees in front of millions of fans and industry decision makers. See more at: independentmusicawards.com

Jann is currently working on a new album as an Americana duo (LUCAS KLOSE) with Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart). The two have been friends and collaborators since 2010, Gary turned Jann on to the music of Tim Buckley when he got Jann the gig, singing Tim's parts in the movie, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Film/Focus World). In time he connected with Tim's lyricist, poet Larry Beckett. The two are writing together as well. In addition, both of Tim's bassists Jim Fielder and Jeff Eyrich have given Jann the thumbs up.

Jann has shared the stage with and/or opened for artists from all eras of music history including Rusted Root, Pat Benatar, Vonda Shepard, Jeffrey Gaines, THE VOICE's Rebecca Loebe, Gary Hoey, Suzanne Vega, Annie Haslam and Renaissance, Brett Dennen, Bret Michaels, and the late Pete Seeger and Les Paul.

RELIX's Nancy Dunham writes of MOSAIC, "Combine his songwriting and singing chops with his artful experimentation — songs include flavors of reggae, punk, and more — and you understand why Klose moves ever closer to pop-rock eminence."
  
Born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Hamburg, Jann, first, came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland, He lives in the melting pot called New York City when he's not touring the world, playing between 75-100 shows a year in North America, Europe and Asia.


MORE LINKS AND TOUR DATES: 

www.twitter.com/jannkloseband

JANN KLOSE TOUR DATES 
        
8/16   Prinzenbar Docks, Hamburg, Germany
8/22   Mülheimer Lesebühne, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
8/23   Cafe Prinz Willy, Strandfest Open Air, Kiel, Germany
8/28   Wohnzimmerkonzert, Bokholt-Hanredder, Germany
8/29   Wagner's Kantine, Elmshorn, Germany
8/31   Saturn Kino, Barmstedt, Germany
9/12   Ebenezers, Washington, DC
9/19   The Newton Theatre, Newton, NJ w/ Paula Cole 
10/26 BBAM!! Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
11/1   TBA, Youngstown, OH
11/2   House Concert, St. Martin, OH
11/8   S.P.A.C.E. w/ John Oates, Evanston, IL
11/9   Chicago Street Theater, Valparaiso, IN
11/22  ACMA Listening Room, Ft. Myers, FL
1/30/15  Fiddler's Crossing, Tehachapi, CA
3/14/15  Ethical Brew, Teaneck, NJ
4/24/15  House Concert, Charlotte, NC
4/25/15  House Concert, Hickory, NC

8/10/14

Branded "Old and Ugly" by the Press, Veteran Singer Collette McLafferty Reclaims Her Voice, One Headline At A Time


Working Performer Standing Up to Lawsuit Preventing Her from Singing Pink's Music In Concert

WIth over 1000 shows under her belt, a nod from MTV, and a worldwide, if cultish, fan base, Collette McLafferty is truly a music "lifer."  In an industry that brings new challenges with every year, the goal of the lifer is always the same: keep working and keep your audience happy. 
Collette McLafferty looks fine to me.  Mighty fine!

McLafferty, 40, was thrust into the national news when she was unexpectedly served with a $10,000,000 lawsuit for her services  as a "hired gun" in a Pink tribute band called Funhouse. She was paid $75 for the show, accrued $3200 in legal bills with 13 allegations (including one that stated she was "unattractive") against her in a 112-page complaint. She never met the Plaintiff (who's name she has no reason to mention), but does confirm that he is a former drummer who became a Personal Injury attorney.  

When she learned she may be locked into the court system for years, she finally took her own attorney's advice to speak out. 

The New York Post requested an interview and actually printed the headline: SINGER SUED FOR BEING TOO OLD AND TOO UGLY FOR PINK COVER BAND. McLafferty was quite surprised to read the headline, "The lawsuit never said I was old and angry...only unattractive."

McLafferty recalls, "Celebrities deal with this everyday, working class musicians not so much." On the positive, it was "good to see Pink's picture next to mine." 

Instead of the headline just going away, the "Old and Ugly" narrative made the national newswire and was picked up by Perez Hilton, and over 100 media outlets. Even law-focused publications referred to McLafferty as a "bad, ugly singer" who "ruined the Pink tribute band." Instead of actually listening to Ms. McLafferty's video on youtube, TV Show Arise Xchange reported allegations that "she couldn't carry a tune."  

The classically-trained music lifer knew she had one of two choices: crawl up in a hole and hide, or face the music proudly and stand strong.  

"40 is a gorgeous age for a woman. I make it a point to mention my age in interviews for that reason. If I had a nickel for every time someone told me that my 'window is closing,' I would be richer then Michael Bloomberg. I started hearing that when I turned 27. Guess what!  I'm gigging still!"

McLafferty is on a mission to empower lifers of any age, "As a working class musician, I'm constantly putting my name in front of new potential employers who usually do a search on me while reviewing my materials." 

She has found some support. Commercial radio station 95.7 KJR spun tracks from her old band edibleRed. Time Magazine posted her singing competition from "Next Broadway Star," where she was one of 7 finalists, down from 6000 hopefuls. Her "MTV Buzzworthy" video "Hey Ya" surfaced on Clear Channel sites and I Heart Radio.  

Fellow musician and noted journalist, Marisa Torrerri Bloom connected her with women's blog xoJane.com. Ms. McLafferty wrote an honest, raw and truthful account of her ordeal. Musicians from as far as the UK and Brazil wrote in their support, as did women from all over the world, touched and shocked by her story. After reading her account, the staff at Indiegogo reached out to help crowdfund for her legal bill. 

"I felt it was crucial to tell my side, as this can happen to anyone. I also felt a newfound commitment to myself, as it forced me to stand up for myself while national headlines were referring to me as "old and ugly." I had to love myself through all of this. It was the only way I would survive. I think this can help any woman or girl stand up to the face of criticism from the media or society. 

As for The Plaintiff, McLafferty bears no ill will, but would like to see an "appropriate outcome" to the situation, "It's hard to say what this seeming very angry ex-drummer might be dealing with, but my heart goes out to anybody who doesn't want others to sing someone else's songs, especially those by an artist like Pink, who sings about empowerment."

As a lifer, Collette McLafferty continues to gig. In addition to fronting both '80s/'90s band, Lavender Steel and '80s jam band, The Fred Savages, McLafferty appears in three films due out this year: "Stiffed," "Occupy Cannes!" and as a high school student on roller skates in "Return to Nuke Em High Volume 2." She was recently cast in a supporting role in "Center of The Universe" a Sci-FI Rock Musical.  

McLafferty hopes her story will inspire other performers to stay strong in their "self worth, embrace everything they are, and sing out!" Keep up with her performance schedule at www.lavendersteelmusic.com 

Check out Collette McLafferty and decide for yourself at

"Drumming Like a Rockstar" Collette McLafferty featuring The Identifiers

edibleRed, "Hey Ya" MTV Buzzworthy

Collette's empowering interview w/ Dangerous Lee: http://dangerouslee.biz


Collette's indiegogo Crowdfunding campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/p-nk-tribute-legal-defense-fund

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8/2/14

Introducing: Shadow To Shadow: Dean Madonia's Frankenstein: Alive In Concert


New Rock Opera/Concept Album and Concert to debut this Halloween 
Dean Madonia designed and painted the album cover
for Shadow To Shadow.

Dean Madonia's new album, Shadow To Shadow: Dean Madonia's Frankenstein will be performed live this year.  Stay tuned for announcements including names of musicians involved.

Dean Madonia's Frankenstein follows the tradition of most progressive bands including Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, Kansas, Kevin Gilbert, Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson, Styx, UK, Dio, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd who have created life-changing concept albums (i.e: The Who's Tommy, Pink Floyd's The Wall, Kevin Gilbert's The Shaming Of the True).

•CD Baby Founder Derek Sivers praises, "great songs that range from the outrageous to sublime... by an accomplished songwriter/performer/producer at the top of his game."  

•La Caja De Pandora states, "progressive rock of the highest quality… a musician and a group at it's peak of inspiration."  

•Arlequins says that Dean Madonia has "succeeded quite effectively to make functional music history."  

Dean Madonia's  Frankenstein is a rock opera and tells the story of "The Monster" from the perspective of Dean and his band.  Based on Mary Shelley's famous novel, Frankenstein: Or The Modern Prometheus, Dean has straightened out the story, chronologically.  Dean Madonia's Frankenstein shows that "The Monster" is still alive after over 200 years, and telling his cautionary tale to a genetic researcher about to make the first human clone.

Copies of the album are available for downloads or as CDs.  Accredited journalists should contact publicist Anne Leighton at 718-881-8183 or via Anne@AnneLeighton.com.

In 2012 Tim Dugger recorded Dean's song (I Called Her) Tennessee (Curb Records) which reached #40 on the Music Row chart.  He's had film placements: Honor Is Ours in the 2013 Threshold Entertainment film Footlight!. His song, Just Like Love from his band Pretty Little Horses, was in the movie, The Stream. Dean has seven albums, including 1995's Third Wish CD distributed by Bon Lozaga's LoLo Records.  

In addition to teaching workshops in songwriting, Dean also presents lectures on horror in music. 


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6/26/14

GARY LUCAS & GODS AND MONSTERS 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW @ LE POISSON ROUGE NYC FRI. JUNE 27th



Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com



NYC avant-supergroup GARY LUCAS' GODS AND MONSTERS celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a special concert at Le Poisson Rouge NYC on Fri. June 27th from 8--10pm. 

Lucas is renowned worldwide as "one of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle" (Rolling Stone), and his band Gods and Monsters have been called "an underground rock fan's dream team" (The New Yorker).

 Their last studio album "The Ordeal of Civility" (Knitting Factory Records) was produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) and received superlative reviews, including 4 Stars in MOJO.

 The band features Lucas on guitars and vocals, plus Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers) on bass, Billy Ficca (Television) on drums, and Jason Candler (Hungry March Band) on woodwinds. 

Sitting in with them will be acoustic guitar goddess Kaki King, Independent Music Award- nominated vocalist Jann Klose, Faith vocalist Felice Rosser, Austrian chanteuse Gisburg, author Mike Edison on theremin, and Israeli choreographer/dancer Mor Mendel. 

Lucas formed Gods and Monsters in 1989, based around his guitar prowess and Grammy-nominated songwriting, and Gods and Monsters' ranks over the years have included folks such as Matthew Sweet, Richard Barone, and most famously, the late great Jeff Buckley.   Lucas co-wrote Jeff's well-known anthems "Grace" and "Mojo Pin", and will devote a segment of this Gods and Monsters Silver Anniversary show as a tribute to Jeff, featuring Jann Klose on vocals. 


GODS AND MOSTERS l to r: Ernie Brooks, Jason Candler, Gary Lucas, and Billy Ficca 

  photo copyright Michel Delsol
















6/18/14

RENAISSANCE's SYMPHONY OF LIGHT Available As Classical Rock Band Plan 2014 Fall Shows


Symphony of Light's three bonus tracks include a song "Renaissance Man" dedicated to the memory of Michael Dunford, Renaissance's Late Great Songwriter and Guitarist


Renaissance have secured a distribution deal with Red River Entertainment, which now allows their new music to be heard worldwide.  The new album is called, SYMPHONY OF LIGHT and contains the songs of its 2012 release, GRANDINE IL VENTO, plus three bonus tracks: "Renaissance Man," "Immortal Beloved" and "Tonight.” 

“Symphony of Light” is the title track-about and dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.  Also featured is "Renaissance Man," written by leadsinger Annie Haslam and keyboardist Rave Tesar in honor of the late Michael Dunford.  Michael joined Renaissance in 1970; in January 1971 Annie joined the band.  They continued touring and recording until 1987. In 2009 the band reunited, spearheaded by Annie and Michael for their 40th Anniversary tour, they continued to tour and write new songs.   

SYMPHONY OF LIGHT is now regarded as a true testament to the unforgettable melodies and love that Michael Dunford infused into his work. Michael died prematurely in late 2012 after GRANDINE was completed. The album starts off with powerful lyrics by Annie Haslam in the song "Symphony of Light" followed by "Waterfall," a song written about the rainforests in Brazil.  All the songs bathe the listener in flavors from far off countries, with lush orchestral arrangements and unusual lyrical content, with guest performances from Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and John Wetton (Asia).

SYMPHONY OF LIGHT's album cover was designed and painted by Annie Haslam, who has a flourishing career as an artist known for her unique, signature style.  Annie calls herself an “Intuitive Visionary Painter,” "I channel other dimensions, planes of existence, deep into space. I can tune into people, animals, situations, places, tangible and intangible, all from a simple thought and intention."

Annie has donated paintings to animal groups that include The Farm Sanctuary and the Humane Society of the United States for their fundraising auctions.  She paints musical instruments and has painted acoustic guitars for C.F. Martin Guitars (one of her guitars hangs in their museum) and electric violins manufactured by Mark Wood. Her work was on display at The Florence Biennale in Florence, ITALY in 2005. Fans have commented that looking at Annie's paintings is like looking at her music, and she displays her work at all her concerts for the fans to enjoy.

Nicholas J. Sands, director of Sands & Company Fine Art in New York City, heralded Annie's paintings as “magical, enigmatic and wondrous for their ability to take us to a far-away place… of fluid forms that are at once alien and familiar, primordial yet recognizable, which dance in an endless array of colors that are as rich and intense as molten lava.”

Renaissance is: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, David J Keyes bass guitar, Jason Hart keyboards, Frank Pagano drums, Ryche Chlanda acoustic guitars.

TRACK LISTING
The Annie Haslam-painted cover of Renaissance's SYMPHONY OF LIGHT
1. Symphony of Light
2. Waterfall
3. Grandine il Vento
4. Porcelain
5. Cry to The World (guest appearance Ian Anderson on flute)
6. Air of Drama
7. Blood Silver Like Moonlight (Annie's duet with Asia's John Wetton)
8. The Mystic and The Muse
9. Tonight
10. Immortal Beloved
11. Renaissance Man


RENAISSANCE TOUR DATES
(Stay tuned to www.renaissancetouring.com as more dates are announced.)

October 23   Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
October 24   The Concert Hall, New York NY 
October 25   Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA
October 30   The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
October 31    Hart Theatre, Albany, NY
November 1  Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
November 2  Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA

6/8/14

Jethro Tull: A Passion Play (Extended Performance)


PLEASE NOTE CONTACT: THANK YOU


CONTACT: JASON ELZY
PHONE: 818-238-6220
E-MAIL: jason.elzy@rhino.com 

2CD/2DVD Set, Vinyl, Digital Download Available July 1

In 1972 Jethro Tull were riding high on the crest of a popularity wave, they sold out huge arenas on the back of their critically acclaimed fifth album Thick As A Brick. The question was:  “How do you follow a concept album comprising a single 44-minute piece of music?” The answer was: “With a double album of separate songs of course.”

For the first time in their five year career, Tull went into the studio with an unchanged line-up. Founder member and undisputed leader Ian Anderson was still writing songs on flute, acoustic guitar and now saxophone, and he was again joined by guitarist Martin Barre, bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, drummer Barriemore Barlow and keyboard player John Evans. But which studio to use? 

The first criterion was that it had to be abroad. The second criterion was that the studio of choice had to have a good reputation.  The 18th century Château d'Hérouville near Paris had previously been used by Elton John to record Honky Château and by Pink Floyd for Obscured By Clouds. It contained living accommodation as well as studio facilities, and so seemed the ideal choice. What could possibly go wrong? 

The choice was a disaster. First up, there were technical problems with the studio itself. Then there was the accommodation... the band all slept in a dormitory, it was very basic which might have been tolerable, had they been the sole occupants of the rooms. Unfortunately, they had unwelcome company, of a bed-bug variety. And then to make matters infinitely worse everybody got food poisoning from the in-house catering.

Unsurprisingly the band decided to go home and the decision was made to ditch the hour or so's worth of music recorded in France. They decided to start from scratch and write a whole new album, instead of trying to somehow regenerate everybody's interest and commitment to something that had already struggled.

And so to A PASSION PLAY, an album that evolved into a 45-minute piece of quasi-prog rock, with complex time-signatures, complex lyrics and, well, complex everything, really. With a mere nine days left in the studio before the next tour, the pressure was on to produce something quickly. The concept explored the notion that choices might still be faced in the afterlife. It recognizes that age-old conflict between good and bad, God and the Devil.

This beautifully packaged 2CD/2DVD case-bound book expanded edition of A PASSION PLAY includes the original album and earlier Château d'Hérouville Sessions both of which have been mixed to 5.1 surround sound and new stereo mixes by Steven Wilson.

A heavyweight 180-gram vinyl edition featuring the new stereo mix of the original album is also available.

For more information about A PASSION PLAY, please contact Jason Elzy at jason.elzy@rhino.com or 818-238-6220. 

JETHRO TULL
A PASSION PLAY
2CD/2DVD TRACK LISTING

Disc One - A Passion Play (A new Steven Wilson stereo mix) 
1. Lifebeats /Prelude
2. The Silver Cord            
3. Re-Assuring Tune   
4. Memory Bank            
5. Best Friends                  
6. Critique Oblique            
7. Forest Dance #1      
8. The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles 
9. Forest Dance #2            
10. The Foot Of Our Stairs
  (2 extra verses found on the end of the multi-track reel have been added back in)      
11. Overseer Overture.
12. Flight From Lucifer      
13. 10.08 to Paddington      
14. Magus Perde            
15. Epilogue      

Disc Two - The Château d'Hérouville Sessions (A new Steven Wilson stereo mix)
1. The Big Top 
2. Scenario 
3. Audition 
4. Skating Away 
5. Sailor 
6. No Rehearsal 
7. Left Right 
8. Solitaire 
9. Critique Oblique (Part I) 
10. Critique Oblique (Part II) 
11. Animelee (1st Dance) [Instrumental] 
12. Animelee (2nd Dance) [Instrumental]
13. Law Of The Bungle (Part I) 
14. Tiger 
15. Law Of The Bungle (Part II) 

DVD 1 (Audio & Video)
Contains: 
ο A Passion Play mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and PCM 96/24 PCM stereo. 
ο A flat transfer from the original master at PCM 96/24 stereo 
ο Video clips of 'The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles' an intro and outro film used in the Passion Play tour of 1973.


DVD 2 (Audio only)
Contains:
ο The Château d'Hérouville Sessions mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound
ο PCM 96/24 PCM stereo. 

In the book:

*An extensive article by Martin Webb on the preparation and recording of the album and the Château sessions that preceded it. 
*Steven Wilson's thoughts on mixing the recordings.
*Memories of the cover shoot and Hare filming by dancer Jane Eve (Colthorpe)
 *The Rev'd Godfrey Pilchard's recollections. 
*1973 tour history 
*Recollections of touring and PA systems by sound man Chris Amson.

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Druckfarben's SECOND SOUND Called "Best Album of the Year"

Druckfarben photo by Julia Li
(and wins other high praise from critics and industry)

A who's who of the international prog rock community has been responding to Druckfarben’s sophomore album, Second Sound, with acclaim and accolades. A&R man Michael Caplan (who discovered Echolyn, Matisyahu, Los Lonely Boys and Keb’ Mo’) says it’s "the best album of the year so far!"

Prog Rock journal Expose's editor Peter Thelen writes "The entire band is a pretty impressive unit... This will definite be of interest to all fans of classic prog, and particularly bands like Gentle Giant, Kansas, vintage Saga and CTTE (Close To the Edge) era Yes." 

Pop Culture Classic's Paul Freeman calls Second Sound an "impressive album." Powerline writes that Druckfarben is "truly a band to watch." Michelle Wilson of Ink19 says “If you're a prog rock fan, this one is not to be missed.” The Phantom Tollbooth compares Druckfarben to "Yes, Rush, Gentle Giant and Kansas, all mixed together with some Celtic and residual metal flavors on top." Bass Musician Magazine states, “Though the modern Prog band is usually a by-musicians-for-musicians band, Druckfarben is a fantastic exception to this rule and is not only listenable, but also enjoyable to just about anyone.”

Mark Lettieri, guitarist for 2014 Grammy award-winners Snarky Puppy, says: "Druckfarben is a ridiculously intense progstravaganza of a rock band. It's like Yes meets Zappa meets Canadian poutine!"

Tyrone Buccione of T-Mak World writes: “What a great album! I give this bad boy 5/5 stars for just being a bold and powerful progressive rock album with track crossfading and killer tones and another 5/5 for having such amazing written parts and melodies. That’s right, 10/5 stars! I thought Druckfarben’s Second Sound really captured the true essence of rock and roll, and I know it will be well received in the rock community.”

Druckfarben is led by guitarist Ed Bernard and includes bassist Peter Murray (Surrender Dorothy, Ron Sexsmith), keyboardist William Hare (Crystal Shawanda, Abraham's Children), drummer Troy Feener (Full Nine, Tom Cochrane) and vocalist Phil Naro (Talas, Peter Criss, DDrive).

In German, the word Druckfarben means "coloured printing ink." As teenagers growing up in suburban Ontario, Ed and Troy stumbled upon those letters stenciled on mysterious black barrels in their rehearsal space. Although at the time they had no idea what "Druckfarben" meant, they decided it would make a great band name. Many years later, as their dream progressive rock band came together, they knew what to call it.

All five members grew up with a shared love of classic progressive rock. They played their first show in 2008, released their self-titled debut in 2011, and put out a live DVD (Artifact) in 2013. Fans include Kim Mitchell, Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), and Maurizio Guarini of Italy's Goblin, plus producers Terry Brown (Rush) and David Bendeth (Bruce Hornsby, Paramore).
Songs from Second Sound cited by the media include "Dandelion," "In Disbelief," and the 19-minute epic title track that closes the album. 

www.druckfarben.ca
Twitter @druckfarben
facebook.com/druckfarben

3/26/14

Jann Klose Has Four Nominations in 13th Annual Independent Music Awards

Pop Singer-songwriter up for eclectic categories in performance and design

Pop Singer-songwriter Jann Klose has received four nominations in the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA).  Some of the other nominees are Willie Nile, George Benson, Vienna Teng, Suzzy Roche and daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Martha Redbone, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus!

Also nominated are three artists Jann's opened for or shared the stage with: the late Pete Seeger, Antigone Rising, and Melissa Ferrick.

Jann's nominations are for: Cover Song, Website, Swag, and Album: Spoken Word with Music Accompaniment. 

The Cover Song, for which Jann is nominated, is an a-cappella version of Tim Buckley's "Song To The Siren" off his new album, MOSAIC. "I fell in love with the song when I worked on the movie, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY." Jann sings Tim's parts in the feature film, and soon after its release met Larry Beckett, who co-wrote the song and many others with Tim.  Now Jann and Larry are writing together.

In the Album: Spoken Word with Music Accompaniment category, Jann sings "Humble Wish," on the compilation ACTION MOVES PEOPLE.  The song was written by Krista Wallhagen and Kevin Mackie.  Backing Jann are musicians from the band Renaissance (bassist Dave Keys, drummer Frank Pagano, and keyboardist Rave Tesar), plus guitarists Kevin Mackie and Tim Gleeson.  Jann opened for Renaissance's 40th Anniversary tour in 2009.  He has also performed shows with both the group's long time singer Annie Haslam and co-founder Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds). 

Jann is the only musical nominee, in this year's contest, up for two design categories: Website and Swag.  In the spirit of true independence, he's always created his own promo materials. "My swag is my T-shirt design which includes the lyric 'If you don't know love, you don't know life' from MOSAIC's first song, "Make It Better."  

The LA-ist was truly on point when it wrote that Jann “can be accurately described as the man chosen to carry on the legacy of great musicians like Tim Buckley and Paul McCartney.” Soon after MOSAIC entered the Roots Radio charts above Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow and Wilco at #22, the album ended up on first round ballots for the 2014 GRAMMY® Awards for Album of the Year and Pop Vocal Album.
Jann hopes that you will vote for him in all categories and would like for you to please tell your friends, "Thank you!" To vote you will need to register at www.independentmusicawards.com
These are the links to vote.  Just click the translucent stars to the right of Jann's entries:

1) COVER SONG: TIM BUCKLEY'S SONG TO THE SIREN:

2)  SWAG (Merchandise):

3) MUSIC WEBSITE:

4)  ALBUM: VARIOUS ARTISTS: SPOKEN WORD WITH MUSIC ACCOMPANIMENT
ACTION MOVES PEOPLE: 

Nearly 400 Self-Released & Independent Label Artists are nominated in the IMAs.  The Music Resource Group (MRG) that runs the IMAs stated receiving thousands of entries from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Greenland and Europe.

Jann is asking his fans to vote in the Vox Populi (fan voice) competition before the July deadline when those winners will be announced.

Judges will also be voting for results to be announced in May.  The judges are made up of artists and music industry people, including Raul Midon, Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson, Suzanne Vega, Sharon Jones, G. Love, and the Smithereens' Dennis Diken. All judges are listed at  http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima/judges/13th-annual-ima-judges/

The Independent Music Awards honor exceptional independent artists traditionally ignored by mainstream media and big box retailers. For the past 13 years, artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The IMAs. Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry networking database The Musician's AtlasOnline, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion & distribution opportunities to connect Winners and Nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.

Winners of The 13th IMAs will receive active promotions, distribution and performance opportunities that will place them in front of nearly 1 billion music fans. Artists, managers and labels credit The IMAs with increasing recognition among music fans and industry gatekeepers.

Born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Hamburg, Jann came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland. He performed in touring productions of Broadway shows (JEKYLL & HYDE, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) and portrayed The­­­­­ Pinball Wizard in THE WHO’S TOMMY before he started his band. Jann’s music is heard on the GRAMMY-nominated HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT, on MTV CRIBS, the movie “Dead Broke” (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino. He maintains a steady touring schedule of about 75-100 shows a year in the U.S., Europe and Asia.




JANN KLOSE ON THE ROAD

April 27, 2014 - New York, NY: THE LAST WALTZ LIVE at Highline Ballroom
May 31, 2014 - Park Ridge, NJ: Acoustic Cafe Concert Series w/ Toby Walker
June 6, 2014 - Youngstown, OH: Private Event
June 7,  2014 - Bloomington, IN: TBA
June 21, 2014 - Baiting Hollow, NY: Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
July 2, 2014 - Woodbridge Township, NJ: Woodbridge Wednesdays at Parker Press Park
July 9, 2014 - Bronx, NY: TBA
July 12, 2014 - New York City, NY: Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
July 17, 2014 - Amagansett, NY: The Stephen Talkhouse
August 9, 2014 - Berlin, Germany: The Castle Pub
August 15, 2014 - Braunschweig, Germany: Unplugged Bistro
August 16, 2014 - Hamburg, Germany: Prinzenbar
August 23, 2014 - Kiel, Germany: Prinz Willy Strandfest Open Air
September 19, 2014 - Newton, NJ: Newton Theatre w/ Paula Cole
January 30, 2015 - Tehachapi, CA: Fiddler's Crossing




3/19/14

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams Celebrate Release of New Album at New York City's Webster Hall, April 12

A BOX OF EVERYTHING to be released on Red River Entertainment April 1

Joziah Longo
Listen to songs from A BOX OF EVERYTHING on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/slambovia/sets/a-box-of-everything

On April 12  The Slambovian Circus of Dreams perform at Webster Hall's Marlin Room, at 7:30 PM
Webster Hall is at 125 East 11th Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues) in New York City.
Webster Hall is near the N, Q, R, W, L, 4, 5, 6 subways.
Admission is $25.
Admission is only for those 19 years and over
The venue phone is 212-353-1600
The web site is www.websterhall.com

A BOX OF EVERYTHING is The Slambovian Circus of Dreams' first new release with the Sony / RED-distributed Red River Entertainment.  Due out April 1st, A BOX OF EVERYTHING is a compilation of "the greatest Slambovian hits you've never heard" newly remastered with three new studio cuts - the upbeat title track "A Box of EveryThing," Syd Barrett-inspired "A Very Unusual Head" and the anthemic "Alligators'"that justifies the Pink Floyd-esque descriptions of the band. The A BOX OF EVERYTHING CD Release Show at Webster Hall April 12th is a special one-time event, with special guests (who played on the album) performing with the band and a multimedia show created for the upcoming tour. 

From Sleepy Hollow, New York, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) pioneered the alt-folk/americana genre totally under the radar for over a decade. Defying traditional rules of success (like changing their name at whim), they built their career from the ground up with a loyal fan base fueling and supporting them since open mic days in New York to national tours of the US, Canada and the UK.  

"We've done very well as an independent band, but one of our goals has been to find someone who plays business like Sharkey plays guitar. We think that Bob Frank of Red River is that guy. We're inspired to have Bob (former president of E1 Music Worldwide/Koch Records) on board at this point in our career," says lead singer/songwriter Joziah Longo. "He's a force of nature, constantly building creative alliances with people that any band would love to have on their team."

Though approached by labels for years, in 2013 the band decided to dance with Red River having been among the first artists tapped to sign with their newly formed company.

Left to Right: Sharkey, Joziah, Tink and Eric
THE NEW YORK TIMES says of the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, "Their songs are imbued with mystical stirrings and idealism... they take the stage by storm!" They've been compared to an array of artists including the Waterboys, Jethro Tull, The Decemberists, a quirkier Tom Petty or Buffalo Tom with an exotic instrumental arsenal. The group's "dusty Americana ballads" may evoke Dylan, Cracker, or the Wallflowers, but then along comes one of those Pink Floyd-esque cinematic anthems with otherworldly slide mandolin, accordion and cello and suddenly you're in a whole different dimension!  Although there are lots of comparisons, UK'S MAVERICK MAGAZINE calls them "Mightily impressive and hugely original."  

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams are: Joziah Longo songwriter/vocals/guitar/ harmonica, Sharkey McEwen - guitar/mandolin, multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd - accordion, cello, uke, theremin, melodica and Eric Puente, percussion. 

A BOX OF EVERYTHING - Coming April 1st, 2014


3/13/14

Ian Anderson Launches HOMO ERRATICUS' Making Of Video



Ahead of the release of legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson's new album 'Homo Erraticus', he is giving fans a glimpse into the recording process of the new album.   

In 1972 Jethro Tull released iconic concept album Thick As A Brick, based on a poem by child prodigy Gerald Bostock; in 2012, as fans wondered what happened to Bostock, Ian Anderson explored the different paths his life might have taken in Thick As A Brick 2. With Homo Erraticus enfant prodigy Gerald is back for real. Following a 40 years' political career, Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. Homo Erraticus marks his return to songwriting, and it's based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).

In Homo Erraticus Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future; visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.

As Ian's publicist, my vibe on the album is that it offers opportunity that allows the listener to imagine a world.  I'm not going to publicly note the world I'm imagining from Ian's writing as my job is to get reporters to state what they see.  

Ian Anderson begins an extensive touring schedule in the UK in April, which will include various summer festivals, the US and mainland Europe - check  www.jethrotull.com  for regular updates

'Homo Erraticus' is due to be released on 11th April in Germany, the 14th April in UK & Europe; 15th April in USA & Canada via on his own label imprint Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope.
http://www.kscopemusic.com/artists/iananderson/