2/28/15

Artify Norwood Seeks Musicians For its Event March 28

Contact: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183
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 Info@ArtifyNorwood.com

ARTIFY NORWOOD would love to hear from Bronx-based musicians and poets at  info@artifynorwood.com.

Please send links of your websites and music videos online. Please include your zip code, as well.

Artify Norwood has some performance opportunities available on March 28 at our kick off Artify Norwood event on at Beso Lounge, at 320 E. 204th Street (between Hull and Perry), in The Bronx. This is near the D Train. The March 28 event runs from 3 till 7 pm.

Please note that the performers must be living in the Bronx, ideally in Norwood, Allerton, Williamsbridge, Fordham, Little Italy/Belmont, Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Olinville, Bedford Park.

Website VOICES OF NY calls "Artify Norwood" "A new movement...bringing artists and businesses together in the Bronx neighborhood to promote the arts in a new way that helps both artists and the businesses that will be sponsoring them."  It is the goal of Artify Norwood that artists (musicians, writers, visual artists, dancers,...) make money from their art. The group's founders, Fernando Tirado and Anne Leighton, are focused on Artifying the Norwood section of the Bronx.

For more info, please call 718-881-8183.


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2/7/15

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius' new single "GUILT OF INNOCENCE on Feb. 14


Buy “Guilty of Innocence” at www.cdbaby.com/cd/stratospheerius4


Progressive rock/jam Band Has Four Singles From Upcoming 2016 Album Release 
Joe Deninzon &  Stratospheerius are releasing four singles throughout 2015, culminating in a full-length album in 2016.  The songs will be available for downloads (CDBABY, Amazon, BANDCAMP, iTunes) and streaming (SPOTIFY, Reverbnation…)  and anywhere that mp3’s are in orbit.

The songs are performed and produced by Stratospheerius, and engineered and mastered by Rave Tesar (Renaissance), mixed by Alex Salzman.  

The first single was “Behind the Curtain” which LET IT ROCK’S Dmitry Epstein writes “Deninzon sings, yet the only magic to happen here comes from his strings attack when Joe loosens it all to get into the eye of the hurricane where the calm reigns. There’s madness, too, but one you would like to be in sometimes – if only for the attention it draws. Step in the zone, the.”   Behind the Curtain was also picked up in China for mobile phone distribution.

The cover of Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius'
single, GUILTY OF INNOCENCE
The next song will be released by Valentine's Day (February 14) and is called "Guilty of Innocence." Joe says it was “inspired by my 2012 stint in jury duty and deals with crime and punishment. I was presiding on a rape trial and the guy who I thought was guilty got off practically scot-free.  

Get “Guilty of Innocence” at www.cdbaby.com/cd/stratospheerius4

The lyrics include: “We are all guilty of innocence 
We are all blissful with ignorance 
We're planting doubt with a weak defense 
Run to the hills and jump the fence 
…. We're all in handcuffs theoretically   
A room full of people in solitary

Coming up after that will be “Take Your Medicine” and “Face.”  Dates are currently to be announced.

Stratospheerius' members are Joe Deninzon-electric violin/mandolin/vocals), French guitarist Aurelien Budynek (Cindy Blackman, Vernon Reid), bassist Jamie Bishop (The Syn, Francis Dunnery), and drummer Lucianna Padmore (Primordial Jazz Funktet).

Stratospheerius' musical range combines progressive hard rock with elements of jazz, "fiddle funk," and Gypsy influences. The group was a winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, won the Online People's Choice Awards in the Cornucopia Festival, and was named "Best Jam Band" in Musician's Atlas Independent Music Awards.  The band has recently been profiled in both PROGRESSION (the Bible of progressive rock) and DOWNBEAT ONLINE. 

BLOGCRITICS compares Deninzon to "Jeff Beck (as a) "fiddlemaster with a streak of humor."  

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER praises Stratospheerius for its "funky electric violins, driving guitar rhythms, and fevered drumming layered in an explosive fashion." 

The band is on the soundtrack of the Will Ferrell/Adam McKay-produced movie, VIRGINITY HIT.

Joe has written the book on Electric Violin--literally; Mel Bay books has released his "PLUGGING IN: A Guide To Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist." Joe has been called "The Jimi Hendrix of the Electric Violin," because of his innovative performances on the electric seven-string violin.  While leading Stratospheerius since 2001, Joe has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, and Ritchie Blackmore, and performed for President Clinton.  He can be heard on over 100 recordings and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.  He is writing his first electric violin concerto to premiere in 2016.

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2/5/15

Daevid Allen of Gong writes to his fans

My artist Daevid Allen of Gong has made an important decision in his battle fighting cancer.

Gong's Daevid Allen
I have not changed a single phrase, space, punctuation mark as these are Daevid’s words.
He has posted this note in the news section on his website.  www.planetgong.co.uk

I also want to make you aware while my colleagues at UK’s Snapper/K-Scope music and I were doing the promotion of the new Gong album I SEE YOU this past fall, Daevid Allen fell ill with cancer and its subsequent treatment. Today he posted a message, on the band's website: www.planetgong.co.uk/news/current.shtm 

Anne Leighton, 718-881-8183
  




Hello you Kookaburras,

OK so I have had my PET-CAT scans (which is essentially a full body viewing gallery for cancer specialists, ) and so it is now confirmed that the invading cancer has returned to successfully establish dominant residency in my neck.

The original surgery took much of it out, but the cancer has now recreated itself with renewed vigor while also spreading to my lung.
The cancer is now so well established that I have now been given approximately six months to live.

So My view has Changed:
I am not interested in endless surgical operations and in fact it has come as a relief to know that the end is in sight.
I am a great believer in "The Will of the Way Things Are" and I also believe that the time has come to stop resisting and denying and to surrender to the way it is.

I can only hope that during this journey, I have somehow contributed to the happiness in the lives of a few other fellow humans.
I believe I have done my best to heal, dear friends and that you have been enormously helpful in supporting me through this time 
So Thank you SO much for being there with me, for the Ocean of Love 

and Now, importantly, Thankyou for starting the process of letting go of me, of mourning then transforming and celebrating this death coming up - this is how you can contribute, this would be a great gift from those emotionally and spiritually involved with me. 

I love you and will be with you always
 - Daevid xxx -

12/9/14

Annie Haslam Re-Releases Her Classic, “Live Studio Concert Philadelphia 1997” - Autographed DVD

The band supporting Annie on LIVE STUDIO CONCERT 
PHILADELPHIA 1997:keyboardist Rave Tesar, singer/guitarist/
keyboardist Davd Biglin and drummer Joe Goldberger.
Renaissance frontwoman/solo singer/artist Annie Haslam has just released her classic performance video on DVD of a Live Studio Concert she did in Philadelphia in 1997 for the Prism TV Network.   

Annie’s new DVD has just been released on her own label, White Dove Records, and is available to ship exclusively worldwide.


Annie created her own digital store, which has most of her back catalog including two Christmas albums, IT SNOWS IN HEAVEN TOO and SNOWBALL.  Find digital releases also of her albums: BLESSING IN DISGUISE, UNDER BRAZILIAN SKIES, ONE ENCHANTED EVENING, THE DAWN OF ANANDA, and WOMAN TRANSCENDING at: musicstore.anniehaslam.com.  These albums are also available on iTunes, Amazon, Beats Music, Deezer, Google Play, Rdio, Spotify, and YouTube Music Key.


The LIVE STUDIO CONCERT in PHILADELPHIA 1997 was recorded and produced at Philadelphia’s Sonic Studios in standard definition in original 4:3 aspect ratio and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. It features three Renaissance songs: “Carpet of The Sun,” “The Young Prince and Princess,” and “Captive Heart.”

The DVD features Annie's songwriting skills in collaboration with Tony Visconti on “What He Seeks” and “Pool of Tears,” Rave Tesar on “Sleepless Mother,” and David Biglin on “Summon the Angels” and “Seashell Eyes.” Tony produced her 1994 BLESSING IN DISGUISE CD. 


In addition to an audio and video crew, Annie filmed some of the experience with her own video camera, (“The Haslam-Cam”)   Band members were keyboardist Rave Tesar, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Davd Biglin and drummer Joe Goldberger.  She remembers, “They played flawlessly and sounded more like 6 than 3 musicians.  It was exhilarating; each song had the audience singing along." 


Ordering the standard DVD (NTSC all-region and plays on modern PAL DVD players) for $19.99 includes an autograph from Annie, plus an immediate digital download of the audio tracks.  The package includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads in MP3 and FLAC formats.

 
Annie Haslam is an English progressive rock vocalist, songwriter, and painter residing in Pennsylvania, USA. She is best known as the lead singer of the classical rock band Renaissance since 1971, and for her long and diverse solo singing career.  On December 20, Annie, again, headlines her holiday concert In the Spirit of the Holidays at the Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA (www.st94.com).  In April 2015 Renaissance will be touring the UK and Europe.

The longtime Captain of her own ship (including re-forming Renaissance with Michael Dunford in 2009 (before his passing in 2012), touring, writing, establishing a career as a visual artist, and working with animals), Ms. Haslam owns most of her solo catalog. “I would rather control my life’s work,” she states.  In owning my music, I can always keep my products available, and stay in touch with my fans.”


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12/1/14

Jann Klose Releases MOSAIC: Special Edition

Acclaim for Indie Artist Inspires Album with Songwriter’s Demos

Songwriting is all about the process, and few know that better than one of Pop/Singer-Songwriter’s most
Downloadable Cover of MOSAIC: Special Edition
outstanding vocalists, Jann Klose. He demonstrates this process from demo to radio-ready music on his new collectible CD, MOSAIC: SPECIAL EDITION, which he’s making available to the fans first at his New York City show at the Rockwood Music Hall this Saturday night (December 6) at 8 pm.

“His songs are sturdy, often soaring vehicles for the purity of his voice,” writes SiriusXM's Deep Tracks host Michael Tearson, in SING OUT magazine, the veteran standard for contemporary roots music. “Jann Klose is a richly textured artist.”

MOSAIC found acclaim on Little Steven’s Underground Garage show, Entertainment Tonight online, WFUV-New York City, C-Net, WBZ-Chicago, KCSN-Northridge, CA, KPFK-Los Angeles, as well as stations in Canada, the UK, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Indonesia, Australia. Since the album’s release in June 2013, he’s opened for and/or performed with a wide array of artists including Robyn Hitchcock, Paula Cole, John Oates, Liz Callaway, Pat Benatar, George Lamond, Bret Michaels, Jeffrey Gaines, Toby Walker Jr., Gary Lucas… Jann is winning fans around the world.

The special edition is for those who want a more intimate look at the artist and his process. The new release contains all the great songs on MOSAIC, as recorded with Grammy-winning producer James Frazee (Esperanza Spaulding, My Morning Jacket) and David Bendeth (Elvis Presley, Bruce Hornsby). The album also includes one new demo of the melodic “Anything,” and the original artist demos for “Make it Better,” “On and On,” “Long Goodbye,” “Falling Tears,” and “Four Leaf Clover.”

According to Jann, the Special Edition highlights the “way arrangements and lyrics will change and evolve. I wanted to let my audience in on that process.”

Born in Germany and Raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Hamburg, Jann currently lives in the melting pot called New York City when he is not touring the world. He won four Vox Pop Awards at the 2014 Independent Music Awards, including one for his cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren” on MOSAIC. Two of Jann’s songs appear in the Australian documentary VENUE AT THE END OF THE WORLD which he is interviewed in, as is Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and Dick Cavett. 

His music video MAKE IT BETTER is approaching 20,000 views. See it at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=stEjfSzO9CQ. His collaboration with singer/songwriter/guitarist Gary Lucas has resulted in a music video, MARY MAGDALENE (about 2012's Superstorm Sandy to help raise funds for Island Park, NY's Volunteer Fire Department). Jann sings Tim’s parts in the 2012 film GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY. He has released four solo albums and two EPs, has songs featured in films and TV, and plays 75-100 shows a year across North America, Europe, and Asia. 

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JANN KLOSE TOUR DATES 

12/6 Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
1/3/15 St. Pauli Museum, Hamburg, Germany
1/5/15  TBA, Hanover, Germany
1/6/15  Mein Haus Am See, Berlin, Germany
1/8/15  Saturn Kino, Barnstedt, Germany
1/9/15  Prinz Willy, Kiel, Germany
1/10/15 Haus Konzert, Barnstadt, Germany
1/12/15 Wohnzimmerkonzert, Barnstadt. Germany
1/30/15 Fiddler's Crossing, Tehachapi, CA
2/1/15 SOhO Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA
2/6/15 Don Quixote's w/ Tempest, Felton, CA
2/8/15 Fresno Folklore Society at Mea Cuppa Coffee, Fresno, CA
2/13/15 WitzEnd Live, Venice, CA
3/14/15 Ethical Brew, Teaneck, NJ
4/17/15 Electric Maid, Washington DC
4/24/15 Shaggy Turtle House Concert, Charlotte, NC
4/25/15 SLHC Concerts Basement Series, Hickory, NC
8/9/15  Cozy Cabin Concerts, New Jersey 
9/5/15  Cadyville Concerts, Plattsburgh, NY
4/9/16  Riverfolk Concerts, Honesdale, PA


Lucas Klose's Mary Magdalene www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA-GJNH0I38 

11/18/14

GONG releases new album, I SEE YOU

Franco-British progressive rock group still creating new music

Gong’s new album I SEE YOU is now out on Madfish (a division of Snapper Music) in North America. 
Please note that Gong co-founder Daevid Allen currently is in treatment for cancer. We will set up interviews with other band members: Orlando Allen on drums, bassist Dave Sturt, guitarist Fabio Golfetti, and horn player Ian East winds. Another guitarist Kavus Torabi (formely of The Cardiacs and also with Gong guitarist Steve Hillage) is new to the band; he is also available.
The current incarnation of Gong comprises vocalist / lyricist Daevid Allen, who, even at the age of 75, still radiates an incandescent creativity, the original anarchic vibe that was born out of counter-culture revolution in the Paris commune in 1968. Allen's own, highly idiosyncratic worldview helped kick-start the classic Brit psychedelic explorers, Soft Machine when the '60s were still swinging. His co-conspirators on I SEE YOU are Orlando Allen on drums, new guitarist Kavus Torabi (The Cardiacs), guitarist Brazilian Fabio Golfetti, horn player Ian East winds, and bassist Dave Sturt (the sonic manipulator).
I SEE YOU is timeless and timely, a welcome antidote to an increasingly homogenized musical mainstream. The playful song "I See You" is fusion and kicks off the album. "Syllabub" could be a hit, and namedrops culture in a fun-loving way. Tracks such as "This Revolution," a spoken piece which namechecks Gil Scott-Heron and picks up the vibe of his "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," articulates the kind of concerns and theories that’ve always inspired Daevid Allen and informed the Gong worldview, contrasts with the ferocious inter-stellar Funk of "You See Me," which is sure to be a live favorite. "Thank You" is a heavy slab of psychedelicised blues, whilst the closing song "Shakti Yoni Dingo Virgin," a moody, melodic instrumental piece with heavy pant-singing--serves to illustrate the immense musical firepower and musical diversity that lurks within the current line-up of Gong.
Gong hopes to take I SEE YOU out on tour in the coming months when Daevid's health will allow. Do listen, because I SEE YOU offers up yet more proof that Daevid Allen's creative wellspring shows no sign of running dry, and that the latest Gong line-up has the kind of musical acumen that matches any of their classic line-ups of yore.
Gong is a Franco-British rock band formed by Australian musician Daevid Allen. Other notable band members include Kevin Ayers. Tim Blake, Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Gilli Smyth, Steve Hillage, Francis Moze, Mike Howlett, Pierre Moerlen, Allan Holdsworth, Bon Lozaga, Hansford Rowe. Mick Taylor & Darryl Way have played on Gong albums, and Van Der Graaf Generator drummer Guy Evans played with Gilli Smythe's Mother Gong Others who have, albeit briefly, played in Gong include Bill Bruford, Brian Davison, Don Cherry, and Chris Cutler.

Lunatic Soul's New Music Video THE FEAR WITHIN Was Filmed in Chernobyl

Lunatic Soul album,  WALKING ON A FLASHLIGHT BEAM Out Now


THE FEAR WITHIN is the name of the new music video for Mariusz Duda’s solo project, Lunatic Soul and its album, WALKING ON A FLASHLIGHT BEAM.  

Mariusz Duda is the lead singer and creative force behind the Polish band, Riverside.  KScope has released Lunatic Soul’s fourth album WALKING ON A FLASHLIGHT BEAM, which comprises almost 64 minutes of brand new music.

Filmed by Scott (that’s right, just “Scott”) from Kscope, and edited by (Steven Wilson’s video director) Lasse Hoile, THE FEAR WITHIN video documents Chernobyl as it is now nearly 30 years since the catastrophic nuclear accident (26 of April, 1986).  Scott has an interest in “dark tourism,” which is traveling to sites historically associated with death and tragedy and “urbexing,” which is exploring ‘generally abandoned man-made ruins. 

Pripyat (a ghost town near Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant) is high on Scott’s list of well known places to visit, “I was desperate to explore the abandoned area surrounding the power station that was the scene of the devastating nuclear disaster, before the government changed the regulations for visitors. A friend suggested a trip to Kiev, Ukraine. I spoke with Lasse before I went, and he encouraged me to film/photograph as much as I possibly could to document the area, with a thought to potentially using the footage to create a video in the future when an appropriate project came up. It had to be the right fit for the right track. Lunatic Soul's THE FEAR WITHIN was that perfect project."

Mariusz Duda says the album WALKING ON A FLASHLIGHT BEAM title “indicates living in a world of imagination in a place that’s made up and unreal. You can have your head in the clouds, you can chase after rainbows so you can walk on a flashlight beam too. It’s a story about choosing to be alone, inspired by the life of people who were completely alienated and withdrawn from social life, who shunned all interactions with the outside world. It’s about people who, even on a bright and sunny day, have the curtains drawn and the blinds closed in their rooms. Such people are usually surrounded by books, films, games, figments of other people’s imagination. I’ve written about solitude and living in a world of fiction before in Riverside’s lyrics but now I’ve decided to write a whole album about it.”

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the Music Video: Lunatic Soul’s THE FEAR WITHIN 

http://www.kscopemusic.com/artists/lunaticsoul/
MORE INFO ON THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl
Contact: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183, Anne@AnneLeighton.com




"Jann & Oates" :)


Greetings from Tim Buckley singer JANN KLOSE and solo artist/ Hall & Oates JOHN OATES duetted on John Oates’ bluesy version of H&O’s “You Make My Dreams Come True” at the John’s sold out Evanston SPACE in Illinois on November 7.  Jann opened.



Photographer: Michael Jude (John Oates bassist)

10/25/14

Jimmy Sarro, Volunteer Fireman who appears in Lucas Klose’s music video, MARY MAGDALENE

Watch Lucas Klose's “Mary Magdalene” on VEVO



One of the segments in the Lucas Klose (Gary Lucas & Jann Klose) music video, MARY MAGDALENE that is attracting attention shows a fireman pointing at the back of his blue T-shirt, which reads, “IPFD Hurricane Sandy Task Force.”

“IPFD” stands for the “Island Park Fire Department.”  It’s a Volunteer Fire Department.  Many Island Park residents lost their homes in the October 29, 2012 Superstorm Sandy.  The man pointing at the back of his T-shirt is Jimmy Sarro, one of volunteer fire men and women.  

Since the early 1900s Jimmy’s grandparents and great ones volunteered for the Freeport, NY Fire Dept.  After September 11, he visited Ground Zero and felt the need to volunteer for the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department.

Jimmy Sarro, Assistant Chief of the Island Park Fire Department
His day job is as a painter for the NYC Housing Authority, but because of the devastation from Superstorm Sandy, Jimmy could not go to work, and spent 15 days helping people in need.  “The firehall was the only building that had electricity because we have a generator.  If people needed a charge up for their car, I did that.  If they needed their basement pumped, I did that.  Whatever people in Island Park needed, we did.”
  
Gary and Jann encourage donations to the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department.  Their new music video "Mary Magdalene," was created, in part, to bring attention to the fact that people in the South Shore of Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and New Jersey, are still struggling to get their lives back to normal since Oct. 29, 2012's Superstorm Sandy.

Recalling disaster songs like Peter Adamson's "The Titanic" or Gordon Lightfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," "Mary Magdalene" is about living through Superstorm Sandy; it was co-written by Gary, Jann, and Dan Beck who has written songs with legendary rockers Dion DiMucci and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere.   

On September 16, Jann, Gary and Dan, plus a three-person production crew: Z3ro The Comet, and Ashley Christopher (recent graduates from Five Towns' College) and EDM DJ James Messina filmed "Mary Magdalene" throughout Island Park, showing footage of condemned homes, the local fire house and a favorite pub The Local Ale House.      
  
In addition to cinematography in Island Park, the video uses footage of Breezy Point supplied by Getty Images Editorial Footage/Getty Images.

Jann and Gary's songwriting duo is based in the Roots Music genre. In actuality both artists are eclectic musicians, who tour the world on their own.  Gary has worked heavily with both Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart, and is a solo artist/band leader with 27 albums to his credit.  ROLLING STONE says Gary is, "One of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle." Jann won more awards in the Vox Populi of the 2014 Independent Music Awards (IMAs) than any other nominee, and in four eclectic categories including his a cappella cover of Tim Buckley's "Song To The Siren.” 

Gary and Jann both worked on the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Films/Focus World/Universal). Jann is the singing voice of Tim Buckley, while Gary consulted and played guitar. Tony Award winner Frank Wood plays Gary in the film. 

"Mary Magdalene" is now on VEVO at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA-GJNH0I38 .  It can also be seen on dailymotion.com. In 2015 spring, Jann and Gary will be releasing an EP of favorite new songs in the roots genre.  

Donations are welcomed by The Island Park Volunteer Fire Department, P.O Box 500, Island Park, NY 11558.

Jann Klose and Gary Lucas, the songwriting team of Lucas Klose on the set of
their music video, MARY MAGDALENE

10/15/14

Gary Lucas and Jann Klose's Music Video "Mary Magdalene" Brings Attention to Superstorm Sandy People Still Needing To Get Their Homes Fixed


Lucas Klose encourage donations to the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department 

Lucas Klose have a new music video "Mary Magdalene," which was created, in part, to bring attention to the fact that people in the South Shore of Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and New Jersey, are still struggling to get their lives back to normal since Oct. 29, 2012's Superstorm Sandy.

When local travel agent Debra Michaels heard that Lucas Klose (an informal songwriting duo of guitarist Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart) and singer/songwriter Jann Klose) were looking for a location to film their video for their new song "Mary Magdalene," she called her neighbors including the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department.  They all said, "We want to get the message out that we're having a rough time getting Island Park back to normal."

Recalling disaster songs like Peter Adamson's "The Titanic" or Gordon Lightfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," "Mary Magdalene" is about living through Superstorm Sandy; it was co-written by Gary, Jann, and Dan Beck who has written songs with legendary rockers Dion DiMucci and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere.   

On September 16, Jann, Gary and Dan, plus a three-person production crew: Z3Rro The Comet, and Ashley Christopher (recent graduates from Five Towns' College) and EDM DJ James Messina filmed "Mary Magdalene" throughout Island Park, showing footage of condemned homes, the local fire house and a favorite pub The Local Ale House.      
  
In addition to cinematography in Island Park, the video uses footage of Breezy Point supplied by Getty Images Editorial Footage/Getty Images.

Jann and Gary's songwriting duo is based in the Roots Music Genre. In actuality both artists are eclectic musicians, who tour throughout the world on their own.  

Gary has worked heavily with both Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart, and is a solo artist/band leader with 27 albums to his credit.  ROLLING STONE says Gary is, "One of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle." Jann won more awards in the Vox Populi of the 2014 Independent Music Awards (IMAs) than any other nominee, and in four eclectic categories including his a cappella cover of Tim Buckley's "Song To The Siren.” 

Gary and Jann both worked on the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Films/Focus World/Universal). Jann is the singing voice of Tim Buckley, while Gary consulted and played guitar. Tony Award winner Frank Wood plays Gary in the film. 

"Mary Magdalene" appears on daily motion at http://www.dailymotion.com/lucas-klose-mary-magdalene_music.  It will be seen on vevo (youtube).  In 2015 spring, Jann and Gary will be releasing an EP of favorite new songs in the roots genre.  

Donations are welcomed by The Island Park Volunteer Fire Department, P.O Box 500, Island Park, NY 11558.

Lunatic Soul streams "Walking On A Flashlight Beam" (new album) for fans ahead of release

Lunatic Soul fans have a chance to hear and stream its brand new album "Walking On A Flashlight Beam" in full before the music is released in North America on the 28th of October through Kscope (Ian Anderson, Anathema, Engineers, Steven Wilson). 

Lunatic Soul is the solo project of Riverside leadsinger/bassist Mariusz (pronounced "Mary-us") Duda. (Based in Poland, Riverside tours internationally. Riverside is a big deal in the North American prog scene, having played major prog festivals here: Nearfest, Baja Prog and ROSfest. Riverside is already scheduled to play the September 2015 Prog Power Fest in Atlanta, GA.)

"Walking On A Flashlight Beam" is the fourth Lunatic Soul album and does not use guitars at all. Mariusz uses bass, drums, ukulele and ethnic instruments including flute and congas.  A lot of work also done with the recording studio as an instrument.

Listen to Lunatic Soul's "Walking on a Flashlight Beam" streaming at:

Lunatic Soul's creative force Mariusz Duda says the album is about, "Loneliness," "The theme was inspired by the life of some artists who escape reality and choose seclusion in order to create. It's probably my most mature album to date, it's also the most diverse and at the same time the most coherent.

'Walking on a Flashlight Beam' is due for release on 13th October (UK, France & RoW) / 17th October Germany / 28th October USA & Canada, through Kscope (Anathema, Engineers, Steven Wilson) and Mystic Production in Poland.

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10/7/14

Gentle Giant LIVE AT THE BICENTENNIAL Out November 18

Classic 1970s Progressive rock band has more music from the vaults

Gentle Giant is delighted to present its first "official" live recording since 1976's “Playing the Fool Live."

Titled “Gentle Giant Live at the Bicentennial,” the recording was taken from a concert on the eve of the United States' 200th Birthday--July 3rd 1976 at the Calderone Theater, Hempstead, Long Island, which was broadcast on radio station, WLIR.

There are no overdubs or other enhancements on this truly live recording. It features Gentle Giant unedited, uninhibited and unrepentant.  

The line-up for GGLATB is Derek Shulman: Lead Vocals/Alto Sax/Drums/Bass Guitar/Recorder.
Ray Shulman: Bass Guitar/Vocals/Violin/Drums/Acoustic Guitar/Recorder
Kerry Minnear: Keyboards/Vocals/Cello/Vibraphone/Xylophone/Drums/Recorder
Gary Green: Lead Guitar/Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Xylophone/Drums/Recorder
John Weathers: Drums/Vocals/Vibraphone/Xylophone/Percussion.

The concert features the best-remembered music from past recordings as well as rare songs from the album “Interview” which the band was supporting at that time.

“Gentle Giant Live At The Bicentennial” 1976 is a 2-CD set release available everywhere from November 18th onwards on Alucard Music, distributed in North America by Caroline.

Enjoy Gentle Giant Live at the Bicentennial!      
Gentle Giant -- Live At The Bicentennial
Track listing:
Disc 1:  
1. Intro/Just The Same  
2. Proclamation/Valedictory  
3. On Reflection  
4. Interview  
5. The Runaway/Experience
6. So Sincere

Disc 2:
1. Excerpts from Octopus
2.  Give it Back
3. Timing
4.  Freehand

Barcodes & Catalogue Numbers:
804471000336
ALUGG046 - LIVE AT THE BICENTENNIAL, EU – Distributor: Soulfood Germany

804471000299
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9/18/14

Lunatic Soul Offer Fans Free Download of New Track "Cold"


Ahead of the release of the brand new album, WALKING ON A FLASHLIGHT BEAM, Lunatic Soul are giving fans a glimpse into what to expect with an opportunity to stream and download the new track 'Cold' at this link: lunatic-soul-offers-fans-free-download-new-track-cold/

Lunatic Soul's 4th Album: WALKING ON A FLASHLIGHT BEAM
Lunatic Soul is led by Mariusz Duda, who is a member of the Polish progressive rock band, Riverside, who are a  big deal in Eastern Europe.  Many of us, including Porcupine Tree's label, KScope, are involved with spreading the word on Mariusz, and would appreciate you giving him  listen.

Mariusz Duda says about WALKING ON A FLASHLIGHT BEAM, "The new album is about self-imposed solitude and is a prequel to the black and white history. Musically - it will be slightly different, less oriental, more... alternative. I think it's one of the best things I've ever created - the most elaborate, diverse and coherent Lunatic Soul release."

WALKING ON A FLASHLIGHT BEAM is due for release on 13th October (UK, France & RoW) / 17th October Germany / 28th October USA & Canada, through Kscope (Anathema, Engineers, Steven Wilson) and Mystic Production in Poland fans can pre-order the album here: http://bit.ly/1js34Qc 





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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