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/


3/3/14

Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Gipsy Kings Announce Second Leg of North American Tour


GRAMMY Winners Continue Their 25th Anniversary Celebration In Support of New Album, SAVOR FLAMENCO 


GRAMMY winners Gipsy Kings will be returning to the States this May for the second leg of the group's 25th Anniversary Tour.  The band will be performing shows in Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, the Mid West, and Canada.   

Opening for the Gipsy Kings will be Ole Noys, comprised of Mickael Baliardo, Cosso Baliardo and Yohan Reyes, sons of the Gipsy Kings Toninno Baliardo and Nicolas Reyes.  Ole Noys' music is a mixture of old gipsy folk songs mixed with the more contemporary sounds of today. 

CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND's Caitlin White writes of the Gipsy Kings, "There is a certain childlike lack of self-consciousness in their music. It is unbridled and swept away in its own momentum"

The band won its first GRAMMY this year in the Best World Music Album category for their album SAVOR FLAMENCO.  This is the group's sixth Nomination, and a record for the most nominations in the world music category.  

Gipsy Kings' album, SAVOR FLAMENCO on Knitting Factory Records, is the group's first new release in six years.  SAVOR FLAMENCO also marks The Gipsy Kings' 25th Anniversary of their first U.S. Release, GIPSY KINGS in 1987.  It is also the first time that the Kings have produced themselves and written all of their material.

Based in Camargue, the very famous land by the Mediterranean Sea, the Gipsy Kings are made up of two families--the Reyes family from Arles and the Baliardos from Montpellier.  The musical adventure of these two families started in the 1960s when Jose Reyes was singing with Manitas de Plata (Ricardo Baliardo) performing all around the world in theaters including Carnegie Hall in New York City. There is music by Manitas de Plata y Jose Reyes on youtube.  Their fans included Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Miles Davis and Charlie Chaplin.

When the duo parted ways, Jose Reyes became even more popular after starting his own band, Los Reyes.  His sons backed him up.  When the elder Reyes passed away in 1979, Nicolas and Andre began playing with the Baliardo brothers in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer during the The Gypsy's Pilgrimage.  They traveled, busking nearby on the streets of Saint-Tropez, performing on beaches during the day and for celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot by night. "Los Reyes" means "The Kings," and the band changed their name to The Gipsy Kings. 

The Gipsy Kings' musical style has been called "Rumba Flamenca" which allows Gipsy Kings to combine traditional flamenco styles with Western Pop and Latin rhythms, Latin and Cuban styles, Arabic, reggae, jazz, and--of course--gypsy styles!

The band speaks French, and performs music in Spanish dialect of Gitane, the native Gipsy language, that is a mixture of Spanish, French, and Catalan.  The root of the Gitane culture is in the southern part of Spain that includes Seville and Granada. One of the economically depressed areas of Europe, this region has given the world flamenco music, bullfighting and Moorish-influenced Architecture.  The people in that area are known as "Gitanos,"  Spanish Romani people who fled Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).  (The term "gitano" comes from "Egiptano," a Spanish term for "Egyptian" as the English word "Gypsy" comes from "Egyptian.")

The Gipsy Kings have sold over 25 million albums worldwide. 

Gipsy Kings' first U.S. album, GIPSY KINGS was released in the United States in 1987, and charted for 40 weeks. This 25 year old album has been certified gold or platinum in at least 15 countries.  The group is a multi-GRAMMY-nominated act.

The single from GIPSY KINGS was "Bamboleo," which was used in a Burger King commercial and recently covered on the TV show, GLEE. 

Gipsy Kings' "Hotel California" is in the movie, THE BIG LEBOWSKI and HBO series ENTOURAGE.  

The 2010 film TOY STORY 3 featured a Gipsy Kings version of the movie's popular, Randy Newman-penned theme, "You've Got a Friend in Me."  The band also performed the song on DANCING WITH THE STARS.

PBS filmed a documentary about the Gipsy Kings called TIERRA GITANA.    


May Shows For the Gipsy Kingst caling
APTC
05/13/14   Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL    on sale March 7
05/14/14   Mahaffey Theater - Saint Petersburg, FL      on sale March 7
05/15/14   Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock - Hollywood, FL   on sale March 7
05/16/14   Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL     on sale March 7
05/18/14   House of Blues -  Houston, TX   on sale March 7
05/19/14   Majestic Theatre - San Antonio, TX   on sale March 7
05/20/14   Strauss Square at AT&T Performing Arts Center - Dallas, TX  on sale March 28
05/21/14   The Moody Theater - Austin, TX     on sale March 7
05/23/14   Socorro Ent Center - Socorro, TX   free show
05/24/14   Fox Tucson Theatre - Tucson, AZ       on sale March 7
05/25/14   Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino - Chandler, AZ   on sale March 7
05/28/14   Count Basie Theatre - Red Bank, NJ     on sale March 7
05/30/14    Casino Rama Entertainment Centre - Orilla, Ontario      on sale March 19
05/31/14    Hard Rock Rocksino - Northfield, OH    on sale March 14
06/01/14    Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL       on sale March 15
06/02/14    Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI   on sale March 14
8/30/14      The Greek Theater - Los Angeles, CA   TBA

2/24/14

Canadian Prog Rockers Druckfarben to release Second Sound CD


Left to Right: Phil Naro, Peter Murray, Ed Bernard,
Troy Feener and William Hare
Canadian progressive rock band Druckfarben will release their sophomore album, Second Sound, worldwide on March 22. The record will be available in CD form from their website (druckfarben.ca) and CD Baby, and digitally from iTunes and Bandcamp.

Second Sound features bold new colours in such songs as “An Answer Dreaming”, “In Disbelief” and “Liberated Dream”, and concludes with the 19-minute “Second Sound” suite. “This is a natural progression from our first album,” says guitarist Ed Bernard, “but also introduces musical elements that might be surprising to those who know our music so far.”

Bernard leads the group, which was formed in 2008 along with bassist Peter Murray (Surrender Dorothy, Ron Sexsmith), keyboardist William Hare (Crystal Shawanda, Angelica DiCastro, Abraham's Children), drummer Troy Feener (Full Nine, Tom Cochrane) and singer Phil Naro (Talas, Peter Criss, DDrive). In German, Druckfarben means “coloured ink used for printing on textiles or other media.” In the mid-80s, teenaged Ed and Troy had no idea what the word meant when they discovered it stencilled on mysterious black barrels in their rehearsal studio. But many years later it resurfaced as the name of Canada’s great new prog export.

All five members of Druckfarben grew up with a shared love of classic progressive rock music, such as Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Rush, King Crimson and Kansas. They played their first show on March 1, 2008 in Port Credit, Ontario. Their self-titled debut was released in October 2011, followed by a live DVD (Artifact) in 2013. They quickly built up an international following, including supporters such as Kim Mitchell, Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), and Maurizio Guarini of Italy's Goblin, as well as producers Terry Brown (Rush) and David Bendeth (Bruce Hornsby, Paramore).

The band is eager to perform the exciting new material from Second Sound live throughout 2014 and beyond. 

For news and updates, follow:
Official site: www.druckfarben.ca


2/19/14

Ian Anderson's HOMO ERRATICUS due April 15 in North America



Look out for U.S. Fall tour, Dates TBA 
Ian Anderson Doing Press
for HOMO ERRATICUS

Legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson will be releasing a new studio album Homo Erraticus on April 15 on his own Calliandra Records, distributed by Kscope.  The album continues with the story of Anderson's favorite enfant terrible Gerald Bostock.

Ian and his band (guitarst Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara and drummer Scott Hammond, and singer Ryan O'Donnell) will be touring the United States this September through November.

In 1972 Ian's band Jethro Tull released the iconic concept album Thick As A Brick, based on a poem by the then eight year old Gerald Bostock in 2012. As many fans wondered what might have befallen the character, Ian Anderson decided to explore the different paths Gerald's life might have taken in his 2012 album, Thick As A Brick 2

Following a forty year political career, Gerald Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. Homo Erraticus marks Gerald's return to songwriting, and is 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.

The album release will be followed by an extensive tour, where Homo Erraticus will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics updated with video and theatrics.

Ian Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.

Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and performing simply under his own name, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music.  With over 60 million albums sold in its career, Tull has been characterised by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In many recent shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the progressive genre. 

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1/27/14

The Gipsy Kings Win GRAMMY in the Best World Music Album Category



The winners and nominations of the BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM category:
The Gipsy Kings' new music video, CAREMELO:


Gipsy Kings and Ladysmith Black Mambazo split the Best World Music Album Category on the Kings' 25th Anniversary

At the sixth time at bat, the Gipsy Kings have won the GRAMMY for Best World Music Album, SAVOR FLAMENCO at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.  This is the group's 6th Nomination, and a record for the most nominations for the World Music Grammy.  According to PARADE magazine, this is also the 22nd time in GRAMMY history that there has been a tie for winning this coveted music industry award.

The Gipsy Kings' album, SAVOR FLAMENCO on Knitting Factory Records, is the group's first new release in six years.  SAVOR FLAMENCO also marks The Gipsy Kings' 25th Anniversary of their first U.S. Release, GIPSY KINGS in 1987.  It is also the first time that the Kings have produced themselves and written all of their material.

The Gipsy Kings just finished the first leg of their 25th Anniversary Tour on the east coast this past Saturday night, and were flying home when news of their win was broadcast on grammy.com.  
  
Based in Camargue, the very famous land by the Mediterranean Sea, the Gipsy Kings are made up of two families--the Reyes family from Arles and the Baliardos from Montpellier.  The musical adventure of these two families started in the 1960s when Jose Reyes was singing with Manitas de Plata (Ricardo Baliardo) performing all around the world in theaters including Carnegie Hall in New York City. There is music by Manitas de Plata y Jose Reyes on youtube.  Their fans included Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Miles Davis and Charlie Chaplin.

When the duo parted ways, Jose Reyes became even more popular after starting his own band, Los Reyes.  His sons backed him up.  When the elder Reyes passed away in 1979, Nicolas and Andre began playing with the Baliardo brothers in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer during the The Gypsy's Pilgrimage.  They traveled, busking nearby on the streets of Saint-Tropez, performing on beaches during the day and for celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot by night. "Los Reyes" means "The Kings," and the band changed their name to The Gipsy Kings. 

The Gipsy Kings' musical style has been called "Rumba Flamenca" which allows The Gipsy Kings to combine traditional flamenco styles with Western Pop and Latin rhythms, Latin and Cuban styles, Arabic, reggae, jazz, and--of course--gypsy styles!

The band speaks French, and performs music in Spanish dialect of Gitane, the native Gipsy language, that is a mixture of Spanish, French, and Catalan.  The root of the Gitane culture is in the southern part of Spain that includes Seville and Granada. One of the economically depressed areas of Europe, this region has given the world flamenco music, bullfighting and Moorish-influenced Architecture.  The people in that area are known as "Gitanos,"  Spanish Romani people who fled Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).  (The term "gitano" comes from "Egiptano," a Spanish term for "Egyptian" as the English word "Gypsy" comes from "Egyptian.")

The Gipsy Kings have sold over 25 million albums worldwide. 

The Gipsy Kings' first U.S. album, GIPSY KINGS was released in the United States in 1987, and charted for 40 weeks. This 25 year old album has been certified gold or platinum in at least 15 countries.  The group is a multi-GRAMMY-nominated act.

The single from GIPSY KINGS was "Bamboleo," which was used in a Burger King commercial and recently covered on the TV show, GLEE. 

The Gipsy Kings' "Hotel California" is in the movie, THE BIG LEBOWSKI and HBO series ENTOURAGE.  

The 2010 film TOY STORY 3 featured a Gipsy Kings version of the movie's popular, Randy Newman-penned theme, "You've Got a Friend in Me."  The band also performed the song on DANCING WITH THE STARS.

PBS filmed a documentary about The Gipsy Kings called TIERRA GITANA.    

Stay tuned for an announcement of more US shows this April and September.
  

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1/24/14

First Annual NO BULL Red Carpet Music Showcase, February 1 at the Joint, Los Angeles



A who's who of young Hollywood will be on hand for  The Great American NO BULL Challenge and Hayley Gripp's 1st annual “NO BULL Music Showcase” charity event at The Joint Hollywood, February 1st 2014, from 6:30pm until 9:30 p.m. In attendance will be many celebrities as well as The NO BULL guys who have spoken to over 50K students about anti-bullying.

The Joint is at 8771 North Pico, in Los Angeles.
Admission is $15., and available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/527657/
The venue phone is 310-275-2619, and web site is http://thejointlive.com/
No Bull's web site is http://nobullchallenge.org/

The NO BULL Red Carpet Music Showcase is hosted by Hayley Gripp.  Special guests are The No Bull Guys: Tyler Gregory and Scott Hannah.

Performers run the gamut of rock, singer-songwriter, dance and of course some of the hot young actors on TV and in film.

Rock bands False Puppet, Breaking Tempo, Galvanized Souls will be playing ther originals and bringing donors on stage to sing a song with them.  So will dance artists Isaac Basal and Mik Brown, and pop acts Noah Urrea (Tyler Perry's A MADEA'S CHRISTMAS), Lexi, The X FACTOR's Lorie Moore, Misi Stomber and Jann Klose who kicks off the night at 6:15 pm with music even the parents will enjoy!

The red carpet starts at 6:30.  Some of the amazing personalities who will be on hand: actor/model Jaden Martin, actors Kwesi Boakye (Tyler Perry's I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF), David Flannery (Rudderless), Kiersey Clemons(Austin & Ally), Luis Stancil, actresses/models: and Sophia Strauss (COOTIES) and actresses Brooke Lewis (The Scream Queen of Hollywood) Enid Cortes (MTV GIRL CODE), Trinity Marquez(THE GOLDEN RULE), Oana Gregory (Crash & Bernstein), Victoria Strauss(THE NEW MUPPET MOVIE)  and Deanna Lee Douglas (The A-LIST MOVIE), actress/dancer Kira Kosarin (The Thundermans).  Also walking the red carpet are singers Lauren Suthers, Shane Carther, Syleena Johnson (ATL), Dario, Azhia, and the Disney Channel's Kiersey Clemons.  

Other folks on the red carpet include: Miss California USA Cassandra Kunze and Miss California Teen USA Bianca Vierra. The Voice's rapper Moses Stone, Jason Farol(ABC's Duets' singer who partnered with Kelly Clarkson), Lela Brown(America's Got Talent rapper/actress//model, Walter Jones (the original Black Ranger of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), actor Courtney Gains (BACK TO THE FUTURE, CHILDEN OF THE CORN, FASTER) and social media star Acacia Brinley top the list.
  
People who attend will be offered the opportunity to hear personal stories from artists, many of which have been bullied themselves.  Attendees will learn about the Great American NO BULL Challenge and how to empower themselves and others to stand up to bullying. Bullying is a chain reaction; once you break that chain anything is possible!

ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN NO BULL CHALLENGE

The Great American NO BULL Challenge inspires millions of teens each year to take a stand against bullying in their communities and around the globe.  NO BULL is a social action non-profit organization that offers youth the opportunity to promote digital responsibility, leadership and social change using creativity, the power of peer-to-peer education, and the magic of filmmaking by creating short films or Public Service Announcements.  

Each year 15 lucky filmmakers who entered the challenge are chosen and win an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles where they attend the Teen Video Awards, walk the red carpet, see performances from some of their favorite stars, and are treated like a celebrity.  There they will find out LIVE who the top winners are! Winners in the past have won $10,000 production deal, VIP Tickets to the Teen Choice Awards, scholarships, laptops, cameras, etc. NO BULL’s Teen Video Awards celebrates and promotes all those involved who brave the Challenge and stand up for change for the most important issues of our time.


1/13/14

No Bull Benefit Feb. 1, Los Angeles, CA


To my West Coast colleagues.  My artist Jann Klose and a range of people from show biz, including young Hollywood are taking part in the First Annual NO BULL Red Carpet Music Showcase on February 1.  Below is more info on this event organized by young actress Hayley Gripp (http://hayleyelizabethgripp.com/)

What better way to promote anti bullying than through music? The Great American NO BULL Challenge and Hayley Gripp will hold its 1st annual “NO BULL Music Showcase” charity event at The Joint Hollywood, February 1st 2014, from 6:30pm until 9:30 p.m. In attendance will be many celebrities as well as The NO BULL guys who have spoken to over 50K students about anti-bullying.

The Joint is at 8771 W. PIco Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
Admission is $15. in advance and $20. at the door.
It is advisable to get tickets in advance.
Each artist has their own ticket link, Jann's is at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/527657/jannKloseBand


Other artists performing are Galvanized Souls, Misi Stomber, Lexi, False Puppet and Breaking Tempo.

People who attend will get a chance to hear amazing artists, many of which have been bullied themselves, learn about the Great American NO BULL Challenge and learn how to empower themselves and others to stand up to bullying. Bullying is a chain reaction; once you break that chain anything is possible!

ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN NO BULL CHALLENGE

The Great American NO BULL Challenge inspires millions of teens each year to take a stand against bullying in their communities and around the globe.  NO BULL is a social action non-profit organization that offers youth the opportunity to promote digital responsibility, leadership and social change using creativity, the power of peer-to-peer education, and the magic of filmmaking by creating short films or Public Service Announcements. NO BULL’s Teen Video Awards celebrates and promotes all those involved who brave the Challenge and stand up for change for the most important issues of our time.



1/11/14

This Info Is For All Parents And Educators, K-5


Contact:  Alex Otey                                                                                                                                           
Ionian Productions, Inc
AlexOtey@IonianProductions.com            
tel: 609/468-3954

KEEP KIDS FIT! ACTIVELY TRANSFORMS CLASSROOMS


Keep Kids Fit! Classroom Activity Breaks is a multi-media fitness and educational resource for teachers Pre-K – 5th grades. Written by Rocker/fitness guru Miss Amy ® it includes:
  • 114 Lesson Plans that Connect to Core Curriculum: Literature, Art, Social Studies, Science, Math and Nutrition
  • Book with Easy-to-Use Choreography in Pictures
  • Downloadable GRAMMY® Nominated Music for 12 Classroom Activity Breaks

With Phys Ed classes and recess time being cut back, Keep Kids Fit!  helps educators meet the National Association for Sport and Physical Education standards, including the recommended guideline of 150 minutes per week of instructional physical education for elementary school children.  In 2013 the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, in partnership with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, reviewed the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.  Their Midcourse Report advises several strategies, including “adding short bouts of physical activity to existing classroom activities.” 

The Experts Praise Miss Amy’s Keep Kids Fit!

“An exhilarating, well researched and adventurous way to get kids hooked on exercise!!!  This guide is easy to follow and goes right along with the Physical Activity Guidelines outlined by the President’s Council on  Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.  A must-have for any classroom”.   - Paula L. Slusher, RN, MSN, American Academy of Pediatrics
“Miss Amy’s lesson plans are fantastic!  She gets them moving time and time again!  The lyrics are a big bonus as they are educational and send a positive message!" -  Tracy Radler, Physical Education Lesson Plan Specialist

“The warm-up activity song ‘Rise and Shine Little Star’ captured my attention immediately.  It is an excellent way to transition into the start of a school day.  If students engage with the music and learn in this fun way it could change the whole direction for everyone in the classroom”. -  JoAnn Younger Ray, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ School Nurse

Keep Kids Fit! was created by multi-awarded GRAMMY® singer/songwriter and fitness expert Miss Amy®.  Dubbed The First Lady of Musical Fitness by the National Children's Entertainment Blog, Miss Amy® was awarded a GRAMMY® Nomination for her FITNESS ROCK & ROLL album of 2011.  She is a multi-disciplined trained fitness professional, serves as an Official Advocate for the President's Challenge Program (a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition) and was named President’s Challenge All -American in September 2010.  

For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Miss Amy, please contact Alex Otey at 609/468-3954 or e-mail AlexOtey@IonianProductions.com            
Visit www.MissAmy.tv/press for press kit

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11/13/13

The Gipsy Kings' 25th Anniversary U.S. Tour, January 17-25

Leading World Music Band Returns to the USA to Kick Off 25 Year Celebration

The Gipsy Kings will be kicking off their 25th Anniversary in support of the group's new album SAVOR FLAMENCO on Knitting Factory Records, with dates starting on the East Coast in January 2014.  SAVOR FLAMENCO is the group's first new release in six years. The project marks The Gipsy Kings' 25th Anniversary of their first U.S. Release, GIPSY KINGS in 1987.  It is also the first time in the group's storied career that the Kings have produced themselves and written all of their material.

Please stay tuned to the band's web site www.gipsykings.com for more show dates.

The group is conducting advance interviews on SKYPE for the 25th Anniversary Tour.  We will have a translator on hand because group members speak fluent French and minimal English.

Based on Camargue, the very famous land by the Mediterranean Sea, the Gipsy Kings are made up of two families--the Reyes family from Arles and the Baliardos from Montpellier.  The musical adventure of these two families started in the 1960s when Jose Reyes was singing with Manitas de Plata (Ricardo Baliardo) performing all around the world in theaters including Carnegie Hall in New York City. There is music by Manitas de Plata y Jose Reyes on youtube.  Their fans included Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Miles Davis and Charlie Chaplin.

When the duo parted ways, Jose Reyes became even more popular after starting his own band, Los Reyes.  His sons backed him up.  When the elder Reyes passed away in 1979, Nicolas and Andre began playing with the Baliardo brothers in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer during the The Gypsy's Pilgrimage.  They traveled, busking nearby on the streets of Saint-Tropez, performing on beaches during the day and for celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot by night. "Los Reyes" means "The Kings," and the band changed their name to The Gipsy Kings.

The Gipsy Kings' musical style has been called "Rumba Flamenca" which allows The Gipsy Kings to combine traditional flamenco styles with Western Pop and Latin rhythms, Latin and Cuban styles, Arabic, reggae, jazz, and--of course--gypsy styles!

The band speaks French, and performs music in Spanish dialect of Gitane, the native Gipsy language, that is a mixture of Spanish, French, and Catalan.  The root of the Gitane culture is in the southern part of Spain that includes Seville and Granada. One of the economically depressed areas of Europe, this region has given the world flamenco music, bullfighting and Moorish-influenced Architecture.  The people in that area are known as "Gitanos,"  Spanish Romani people who fled Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).  (The term "gitano" comes from "Egiptano," a Spanish term for "Egyptian" as the English word "Gypsy" comes from "Egyptian.")

The Gipsy Kings have sold over 25 million albums worldwide.

The Gipsy Kings' first U.S. album, GIPSY KINGS was released in the United States in 1987, and charted for 40 weeks. This 25 year old album has been certified gold or platinum in at least 15 countries.  The group is a multi-GRAMMY-nominated act.

The single from GIPSY KINGS was "Bamboleo," which was used in a Burger King commercial and recently covered on the TV show, GLEE.

The Gipsy Kings' "Hotel California" is in the movie, THE BIG LEBOWSKI and HBO series ENTOURAGE. 

The 2010 film TOY STORY 3 featured a Gipsy Kings version of the movie's popular, Randy Newman-penned theme, "You've Got a Friend in Me."  The band also performed the song on DANCING WITH THE STARS.

PBS filmed a documentary about The Gipsy Kings called TIERRA GITANA.   

CONFIRMED GIPSY KINGS TOUR DATES JANUARY 2014

FRI 17 Atlantic City, NJ - Revel  (Tickets on sale: Nov. 15 at 12 noon)
SAT 18  Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods  (Tickets on sale: Nov. 15, 10 am)
SUN 19 New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre  (Tickets on sale: Nov. 15 at 10 am)
MON 20 Alexandria, VA - Birchmere  (Tickets on sale: Nov. 15 at 12 noon)
WED 22 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater  (Tickets on sale: Nov. 15 at 10 am)
THU 23 Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditorium (Tickets on sale: Nov. 14 at 10 am)
FRI 24 NYC - City Winery  (Tickets on sale: Nov. 21 at  3 pm)
SAT 25 NYC - City Winery  (Tickets on sale: Nov. 21 at  3 pm)


This video is a short documentary on The Gipsy Kings' 25th Anniversary.  It has subtitles.

9/18/13

Jann Klose's "Make It Better" Music Video Offers Collaborative Message

Singer-songwriter's upbeat and topical video filmed in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan
Please view video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stEjfSzO9CQ


Jann Klose's new music video MAKE IT BETTER is a performance clip with song lyrics included in 3D.  Lines like "#MAKEITBETTER," "GREAT DIVIDE," and "IF YOU DON'T KNOW LOVE YOU DON'T KNOW LIFE" reflect the song's collaborative message that pushes for marriage equality, respect for the working class, and ending war.

MAKE IT BETTER is the opening track on Jann's brand new album, MOSAIC, and has received critical acclaim, including a variety of comparisons: "The Clash meets world music," splitting "the difference between Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen," and "mid-career Clapton-flavored."

Filmed over two days in three of New York City's boroughs, the music video for MAKE IT BETTER is the collaboration of Jann and filmmaker/cinematographer Yael Shulman.  Using guerrilla techniques, the two (plus a production assistant) carried Yael's camera and tripod, Jann's guitar, and a change of clothes in New York City subways, starting near the Bronx Supreme Courthouse, then to Manhattan's Washington Square Park, and ending up at Brooklyn's D.U.M.B.O. and waterfront.  Jann's New York City fanbase was notified of location shoots through his Facebook and Twitter Feeds, and joined the shoot.  

Yael states, "We did not use lights; we used available lighting, shooting during the day." Jann explains, "The segment in which everyone thinks I'm playing a subway platform really is a building entrance in the Bronx with mosaic tiles." 

In conjunction with the guerrilla and collaborative message of MAKE IT BETTER's urban slice of life and the American melting pot, Jann, Yael, and their friends did instant casting by inviting a range of people to look into the camera, "In New York City it is easy to find people of multicultural backgrounds and diverse lifestyles."   

Jann Klose, a multi-cultural artist, born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Germany, first came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland.  Now based in New York City, his new album MOSAIC is currently charting on the AMA (Americana Radio) charts.  Jann sings and plays guitar for Tim Buckley's parts in the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (out on DVD/Blu-Ray).  His music is heard on the GRAMMY-nominated "Healthy Food For Thought" compilation, MTV CRIBS and movies, "Dead Broke" (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino.  TIME Magazine Columnist Joel Stein pranked Jann in his column recently. He's co-writing songs and performing with Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley), and poet Larry Beckett (Tim Buckley).  Jann has opened for or shared the stage with Renaissance's Annie Haslam, members of Rusted Root, Brett Dennen, Suzanne Vega, Pete Seeger, and the late Les Paul.    

Yael Shulman helms many music videos for some of New York City's cool rap and hip hop bands.  Recently she handled Live Performance Camera for the rock documentary "Mistaken For Strangers" which was the opening night film of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.



9/17/13

Stratospheerius Present Their New Music Video “One Foot In The Next World”


Director and Videographer Bill Hamilton Brings His Unique Vision to the First Single From The Next World, Stratospheerius’ Fifth and Most Eclectic Album-To-Date 
Stratospheerius Live

Stratospheerius CD, The Next World, available at: www.digital-nations.com
and iTunes.com, www.amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.com
http://www.joedeninzon.com/
"One Foot In The Next World" http://www.youtube.com

Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius have a new music video, ONE FOOT IN THE NEXT WORLD.  RIVEVIDEO will be promoting it.  Says RiveVideo owner John Warden, "I really feel this song has all of the rock elements for their hardcore fans, but it also definitely has a Pop sensibility that we want to expose.  I even made the target list ‘wider’ to accommodate the sound of the video and to push the envelope for the video of 'One Foot In The Next World.'"

Joe Deninzon and long time video collaborator Bill Hamilton created the video concept based on the band's song "One Foot in the Next World," which attacks politicians and preachers who’s philosophies and policies are not based on reality.

Director Bill Hamilton filmed the band -- Joe Deninzon on electric violin and lead vocals, Aurelien Budynek on guitar and vocals, Jamie Bishop on bass and drummer Lucianna Padmore – in front of an abandoned blast furnace at Bethlehem Steelstax and in Hamilton’s own studio (http://www.beelmedia.com) in Hoboken, NJ.  By combining the Steelstax footage with images of a fire dancer (Bulgarian gymnastics star Silviya Taseva) and shots of Deninzon singing the song underwater, Hamilton created a clip that implies the endless struggle between fire and water, heaven and hell, creation and destruction, reality and fantasy.

Musically, “One Foot in the Next World” starts  as a straight up rocker, slips into a raga-like interlude for guitar and violin, then features an improvised section that calls to mind the explorations of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Deninzon’s violin work is the thread that holds the tapestry together.

The video can be viewed on YouTube at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7ad4iCYIOI&feature=youtu.be 
It is available for uploading and posting on blogs and websites.

Stratospheerius songs, written by singer/bandleader/electric violinist Joe Deninzon, blend rock, funk, jazz, classical, fusion, singer-songwriter, metal and Eastern European gypsy influences. It’s a mix that makes the music of Stratospheerius hard to pin down. “I hate to use labels,” Joe says. “If we had to use just one, I would call us a progressive rock band, although there are elements of be-bop, ska, pop, bluegrass and everything else in our sound.”

Joe, who has been called “the Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin,” was born in Russia and raised in Cleveland, in a home full of classically trained musicians. He grew up playing classical violin and rock guitar, but hearing Jean-Luc Ponty inspired him to merge his interests. He began blending jazz, classical and rock into his own unique expression. He started playing a six-string Jensen electric violin in 1995, slowly developing his vision for Stratospheerius over the course of five outstanding albums: 1998’s Electric/Blue, credited solely to Deninzon; The Adventures of Stratospheerius (2002); the live set Live Wires (2004); Headspace (2007) and their latest outing The Next World (2012), which debuted on the Relix Jam Band Chart at #10, staying on the charts for the next two months.

“The Next World is moving in a slightly more mainstream direction,” Deninzon explains. “There is more emphasis on the lyrics and songwriting, a bit more rock and a lot of political commentary.” The band launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the video, the post-apocalyptic vision of “One Foot in the Next World.”

The Next World also features the fiery “Gods,” the energetic power clash of “The Missing Link” and the glorious “Release.” The album's instrumentals include the whiplash-inducing “Road Rage,” the soulful “Ballad for Ding Bang,” and “Fleshbot.” Stratospheerius does more genre bending on the electronic/ska of “Tech Support,” the country rock ballad “Climbing” and the bluesy “The House Always Wins.”

Joe is also busy promoting his first book, PLUGGING IN: A Guide To Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist (Mel Bay Books, May 2012) http://www.melbay.com/product.asp?productid=22035SET  He gives frequent workshops on electric violin technique. While leading Stratospheerius since 2001, he has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, Ritchie Blackmore, and Aretha Franklin. He can be heard on over 100 recordings and jingles as a violinist and string arranger, including the NIKE commercial that was repeatedly broadcast during the London Olympics in 2012.

8/27/13

Photo opp: Jann Klose with Tim Buckley collaborators Jim Fielder and Larry Beckett

Left to right:   JIM FIELDER (Bassist--Neil Sedaka, formerly in Tim Buckley and Blood Sweat And Tears), 
JANN KLOSE, LARRY BECKETT (Poet, songwriter w/ Tim Buckley) 
Photo by laura mason fletcher

Ever since Jann Klose sang and played guitar for Tim Buckley's parts in the movie, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (due on DVD/Blu Ray September 17) he's been on a journey to find out what made Tim Buckley tick as an artist.  This included connecting with some of Tim's collaborators, including (original bandmate and bassist) Jim Fielder and (poet/lyricist) Larry Beckett.  The three performed shows in the Pacific Northwest in Beckett and Fielder's hometown of Portland (August 21) and in Seattle (August 24).

Larry, who co-wrote many of Tim Buckley's songs including "Song To the Siren," which Jann covered on his current album, MOSAIC, is now writing songs with Jann. The first two songs are SUGAR DADDY and AFTER THE LAST.  Jann and Larry are BMI songwriters, and look forward to creating more music together.

A prolific songwriter, Jann is also collaborating with Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart) and Dan Beck (Dion), and has written with Annie Haslam and David Bendeth, who co-produced MOSAIC with Jann and James Frazee (Esperanza Spalding, Blondie, My Morning Jacket). 

The LAist's Matthew Bramlett states, Jann "can be accurately described as the man chosen to carry on the legacy of great musicians like Tim Buckley and Paul McCartney."  

Hear Jann and Gary Lucas perform Tim Buckley/Larry Beckett's "Song To The Siren" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oQdWo4cOgw