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
 

Five Bands to Perform Cancer Benefit for David Gotay in New York City, September 26

Sweet Plantain founder/leader/cellist finds support for major health battle 

This is Sound Liberation: David Gotay and his cello on far right.
https://www.facebook.com/events/585534714842955/

Five bands will be performing a benefit concert at the Shrine on September 26 to help David Gotay and his family fight cancer.
The event starts at 6 pm with musician friends of David available for conversation.
The concert begins at 7 pm and runs until midnight.
The Shrine is at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (at 135th Street), in New York, NY.
The web site is www.shrinenyc.com

David Gotay is a cellist, composer, rapper, and musical educator based in New York City. David has played with artists including Billy Joel, Jay Z, Sheryl Crow, Alicia Keys, and is the co-founder of the Sweet Plantain Quartet (www.sweetplantain.com).  Sweet Plantain combines street music styles and classical, and has been a favorite in the arts theaters, PAC centers and schools over the past half decade, playing from Alaska to Florida.

In May of 2013, David was diagnosed with Stage IV Renal Carcinoma (kidney cancer). The cancer has spread to his brain, partially paralyzing his arms and hindering his ability to play the cello, which is his main source of income. David’s health insurance does not cover his treatments, which include multiple surgeries to remove tumors in his brain and throughout his chest, as well as chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  Furthermore, David has a wife and children.

Friends and fellow musicians have been fundraising to help David's family, and also created a Facebook page that some background information: https://www.facebook.com/DaveFightsEvilCancer

This concert involves five incredible bands, each with a personal connection to Dave:

7 PM Erbium (www.erbiummusic.com) Bassist/leader/composer Dan Cooper is a longtime friend and collaborator of Dave's.
8 PM Stratospheerius (www.stratospheerius.com) Violinist/vocalist/leader Joe Deninzon is a bandmate of Dave's in Sweet Plantain Quartet and Metro Strings and longtime friend.
9 PM Resolution 15 (www.resolution15.com) Violinist Earl Maneein also plays with Sweet Plantain and is a longtime friend.
10 PM Andy Milne/Dapp Theory (www.andymilne.com)  David played in a project of Andy's called Finding Synesthesia, Dapp Theory and Sweet Plantain shared some showcases.
11 PM Sound Liberation (www.soundliberation.net)  David was the cellist/rapper of this band. Composer Gene Pritzger (www.genepritzger.com) plays guitar and leads Sound Liberation and is a longtime friend and collaborator of Dave's.

Admission to the concert is free, but all donations and sales of merchandise will go towards helping David pay for his treatment and living expenses.

Please come and hear some incredible music and help support our friend in the fight for his life!



8/19/13

JANN KLOSE Joins Tim Buckley Collaborators in Open Secret, a Night inspired by Buckley in Portland on August 21 and Seattle on August 24

Singer songwriter joins forces with Tim Buckley's original bassist Jim Fielder and lyricist Larry Beckett

JANN KLOSE and Poet/Tim Buckley collaborator LARRY BECKETT will be presenting two evenings of the music and words of Tim Buckley, and their own works in Portland and Seattle this week.  Tim's original bassist Jim Fielder will be accompanying both Jann and Larry.

On August 21, Jann and Larry will perform at the Secret Society, in Portland.  The web site is www.secretsociety.net  Jack McMahon, who is a contemporary of Tim's, will be opening in Portland.

Jann and Larry will be at Cafe Racer on August 24, in Seattle.  The web site is caferacerseattle.com/

Larry and Jann forged a partnership after Jann sang Tim Buckley's parts in the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY,  (Tribeca Film/Focus World) which will be out on DVD and Blu Ray on Sept. 17.  In exploring Tim's music, Jann sought out Larry, who gave him insight and inspiration.  Now they appear together, and are also writing songs together.

Jann's new album, MOSAIC is now on iTunes and Amazon and Spotify. Writes Paul Freeman at the San Jose Mercury News, "Klose shows he can create diverse new tunes that rival those of such masters as (Tim) Buckley.

MOSAIC is finding support from a variety of edgy characters, including TIME Magazine Columnist Joel Stein, who pranked Jann in his column, and Genya Ravan will be spinning “Make It Better” on Little Steven's Underground Garage show, GOLDIE'S GARAGE in time for Election Day.

Born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Germany, Jann Klose first came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland.  Jann's co-writing songs and performing with Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley), and has shared the stage with Elliott Murphy, Gary Hoey, Renaissance's Annie Haslam, Rusted Root, Vonda Shepard, Pete Seeger, and the late Les Paul. Jann appears on the GRAMMY nominated "Healthy Food For Thought" compilation, MTV CRIBS and movies, "Dead Broke" (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino. 
 
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."

Larry Beckett’s songs written with Tim Buckley have been recorded by Fairport Convention, Linda Ronstadt, Blood, Sweat & Tears, This Mortal Coil, Jeff Buckley, Chrissie Hynde, Robert Plant, Julie Felix, John Frusciante, Sinead O’Connor, Bryan Ferry, Alfie Boe, George Michael, Dead Can Dance, and Jann Klose.  He's published his poetry in Songs and Sonnets, and a study of the poets and poetry of the '50s San Francisco Renaissance, Beat Poetry.  Larry's Paul Bunyan is forthcoming from Smokestack Books.

Jim Fielder has played with Tim Buckley, Buffalo Springfield, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and is still on the road with Neil Sedaka.

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7/4/13

Blackmore's Night's DANCER AND THE MOON Charting All Over The World



BLACKMORE'S NIGHT's new album DANCER AND THE MOON, released on June 14th in Europe and June 11th in North America, gathered very good chart entries in the first week of its release all around the world. 

US # 189 / # 40 Indie chart / # 3 on Billboard New Age charts
Germany # 13
Sweden # 22
Norway # 24
Czech Rep. # 29
Hungary # 30
Finland # 31
Austria # 39
Switzerland # 40
UK # 89 / #16 Top 50 Indie chart
Netherlands # 102

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT released an official statement regarding the various chart entries: "Frontiers has done a great job in getting our music to our fans. We are happy to be charting everywhere. Thanks to everyone for your support."

On related news BLACKMORE'S NIGHT is premiering their brand new videoclip “Dancer and the Moon” on the leading German web TV channel Myvideo.de. You can watch the clip here:
Blackmore´s Night -- Dancer And The Moon - MyVideo

The title track of the album, DANCER AND THE MOON is also released as digital single and is available now for download and streaming in all fine shops such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer etc.

The new album DANCER AND THE MOON is available for purchase in regular cd configuration and deluxe edition in digipak, including a bonus DVD featuring a 40 mins "making of the album" documentary and bonus acoustic versions of "The Spinner's Tale," "Somewhere Over The Sea/Moon Was Shining," "The Ashgrove," and "Queen For A Day." The album is also available in a super-deluxe edition strictly limited to 2000 copies packaged in a polyston frame with the cover artwork printed on canvas and including a black tote bag with Blackmore's Night artwork, 4 Blackmore's Night pins, a certificate of authenticity and of course the deluxe edition.

Formed in 1997 by Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore, the two began working together first in Ritchie's previous group Rainbow, when Candice co-wrote a number of songs, most notably "Ariel" and "Black Masquerade" for Rainbow's 1996 album, STRANGER IN US ALL. DANCER AND THE MOON is the band's 8th original studio album, with each disc topping the European and American Billboard's New Age charts. When Blackmore's Night began it's journey, skeptics had their reservations that finding an audience would be impossible. Someone once wrote that “love conquers all” and Blackmore's Night's love for the music has found an audience that loves the magic this enduring couple have been conjuring up in an almost 20-year love affair. Open your ears and your hearts, there's plenty of passion to go around.

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT ON THE ROAD IN EUROPE: 

City Hall, Salisbury (England) - 3rd July.
G Live, Guildford (England) - 5th July.
Hugenottenhalle, Neu Isenburg (Germany) - 9th July.
Serenadenhoff, Nurnburg (Germany) - 11th July.
Congresshalle, Saarbrucken (Germany) - 13th July.
Kongress am Park, Augsburg (Germany) - 14th July.
Burg Creuzburg, Creuzburg (Germany) - 19th July.
Albrechtsburg, Meissen (Germany) - 21st July.
Beethoven Saal, Stuttgart (Germany) - 23rd July.

www.blackmoresnight.com
www.candicenight.com
www.facebook.com/candicenightofficial
twitter.com/TruCandiceNight
www.candice-night.com
and please visit Blackmore's-Night-Official-Site on Facebook

Joe Deninzon on Facutly at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp, Olathe, KS, July 14-20

Contact: Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp:
Barbara Ring 516-767-6677
barbara@markwoodmusic.com
http://www.mwroc.com/
http://www.joedeninzon.com

Students and Faculty Present Nightly Concerts For The Public At The Bell Center

Joe Deninzon will be joining Mark Wood's Rock Orchestra Camp (MWROC) as a faculty July 14-20, 2013 in Olathe, Kansas.

International recording artist and Emmy-winning composer Mark Wood, one of the founding members of the multiplatinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, has brought together some of the country’s most revered musicians and masters of the violin, viola, and cello to participate in the 4th annual Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp (MWROC) to be held at Mid-America Nazarene University from July 14-20, 2013.

Over 100 musicians and singers from around the world gather in Olathe, Kansas every year to create a powerful summit dedicated to exploring the exciting creative terrain of improvisation, performance, and technology. There will be high-caliber concerts from Monday through Friday, culminating in a final extravaganza featuring all attendees and faculty.

Faculty member Joe Deninzon is the leader of the band Stratospheerius and author of the book, "PLUGGING IN: A Guide To Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist (Mel Bay books). Often called "The Jimi Hendrix of the Electric Violin," his innovative performances on the electric seven-string violin and his compositions blend rock, funk, jazz, classical, and Eastern European Gypsy influences. While leading Stratospheerius since 2001, Joe has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, and Ritchie Blackmore, and President Clinton.  He can be heard on over 100 recordings and jingles as a violinist and string arranger, including the new NIKE commercial which was repeatedly broadcast during the London Olympics. 

Also teaching are world-renowned female classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine, a Billboard chart-topping artist who has performed with Jimmy Page and orchestras throughout the world; Tracy Silverman from the Turtle Island String Quartet, and musicians who have performed with such legendary musicians as Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera, Placido Domingo, and more. Mark Wood will be premiering original material and orchestral arrangements of songs by Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more.

Nightly concerts are open to the public and will take place in the state-of-the-art concert hall at the Bell Cultural Events Center on the campus of Mid-America Nazarene University, located at 2030 E. College Way, Olathe, KS. Tickets are $15 per concert for advance purchase; $10 per concert for area students. Group rates and package pricing are available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mnu.edu/bellcenter.

As one of America’s leading music education advocates and pioneers, Mark Wood is embarking on his 13th year of inspiring string players with his groundbreaking Electrify Your Strings (EYS) program. MWROC is a natural expansion and outgrowth of EYS. Attendees benefit from the inspirational and motivational techniques Mark has developed through years of research and experience, incorporating techniques from his classical training with American styles of rock, pop, and jazz.

Concert lineups are as follows:
Monday, July 15th - 7:30 PM Joe Deninzon, electric violin (Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen) Tracy Silverman, electric violin (Turtle Island String Quartet, Jim Brickman, Bob Geldof)

   
PO Box 2074 Port Washington, NY 11050 USA MWROC@markwoodmusic.com Phone: 516-767-6677
Tuesday, July 16th - 7:30PM Rachel Barton Pine, acoustic and electric violin (solo artist, Placido Domingo, Jimmy Page) Chuck Bontrager, electric violin (solo artist) Lucas Shogren, electric cello (Clocks and Clouds)

Wednesday, July 17th - 7:30PM David Wallace, viola (solo artist and faculty member, Juilliard School of Music) Bridgid Bibbens, electric violin (Josh Groban, Christina Aguilera) Matt Vanacoro, with members of The Mark Wood Experience

Thursday, July 18th - 7:30PM The Mark Wood Experience featuring Laura Kaye, vocalist (plus, free MWROC Student Combo concerts at 3:30PM)
Downloadable Flyer for MWROC Concert Series

Friday, July 19th - 7:30PM Rock Orchestra Concerts - All campers and faculty perform in the world’s largest PLUGGED-IN ORCHESTRA!

Ticket prices are $15 presale/ $20 door. Area student ticket price is $10. Purchase our “Festival Package” and receive tickets to all 5 concerts for only $60 (1 concert free).

www.electrifyyourstrings.com 
www.markwoodmusic.com
www.woodviolins.com


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6/26/13

Jann Klose's MAKE IT BETTER available for Supreme Court Equality News

"Make It Better" from MOSAIC:
 
Singer-Songwriter's Soon-to-Be-Famous Quote, "If You Don't Know Love, You Don't Know Life"

Jann Klose's song MAKE IT BETTER is available for theme and bumper music for media discussions and segments on equal rights, economics, and voting topics.  The song appears on Jann's new album, MOSAIC, which is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Born in Germany, raised in Kenya and South Africa, Jann first came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland, Ohio. Now living in the Bronx, Jann recently sang at the Bronx Supreme Court in support of the LGBTQ & Allies Awards.  He has worked with Borough President Ruben Diaz on relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Music critic Jim Sullivan (jimsullivanink.com) wrote he was "immediately struck" by MOSAIC's "sweeping opening track 'Make It Better,' which begins with 'Welcome to the world of the great divide/Where the rich get rich and the poor stay poor all of the time.' He stands up for human rights, gay rights in one key verse, and boasts the line 'If you don’t know love, you don’t know life.'"

Continues Sullivan on "Make It Better, "It’s also got a reggae/rock feel that reminds me of something the Clash might have done in their 'Sandinista!' period. Sings Klose: 'It’s not too late to give up hate/You and I can make it better and help to cross that big divide.' It soars, it sweeps you up."

Another new Jann supporter is TIME MAGAZINE's Joel Stein, who mentions Jann in his June 24th column, with the comments, "It's hard to disagree with the impact music and the arts have on today's youth."

Jann's song MAKE IT BETTER will be the subject of his first music video, which he's working on now.  We are promoting the song, "Make It Better" through--at least--Election Day.

Jann is available for interviews, and there is a lot to talk about including singing Tim Buckley's parts in the Tribeca Film/Focus World movie, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY. 

In addition to touring internationally, when he's home in New York City, Jann's been co-writing songs and performing with Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley).  He has shared the stage with a variety of performers including Pete Seeger, Renaissance's Annie Haslam, Jeffrey Gaines, Rusted Root, Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, Roger McGuinn, and the late Les Paul. Jann's music is heard on the GRAMMY nominated "Healthy Food For Thought" compilation, MTV CRIBS and movies, "Dead Broke" (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino.



JANN KLOSE TOUR DATES

July 12: PETE'S CANDY STORE, Brooklyn, NY
July 18: CAFE AROMA, New York, NY
July 20: BUTTONWOOD TREE w/ Jeffrey Gaines, Middletown, CT
July 21:  TUPELO MUSIC HALL, w/ Jeffrey Gaines, Londonderry, NH
Augut 10: TBA: Phoenix, AZ
August 16: WITZEND LIVE, Los Angeles, CA
August 18:  SONGWRITERS AT PLAY, Sculpterra Winery
August 21: SECRET SOCIETY BALLROOM w/ Larry Beckett, Portland, OR
August 23: TBA, Seattle, WA
August 30; MONKEY HOUSE THEATER, Berkeley, CA
August 31:  CALCAREOUS VINEYARDS, Paso Robles, CA
September 1:SOhO RESTAURANT, Santa Barbara, CA
September 7: HOUSE CONCERT, Lake Carmel/San Diego, CA
September 14: STEPHEN TALKHOUSE, Amagansett, NY
October 19: SINGING FOR KIDS IN NEED Fest, Jackson Point, Ontario
November 15: HOUSE CONCERT, Madison, WI
December 5: HILL CHAPEL HOUSE, New Market, MD
December 7: TBA Christmas Show, Trenton, NJ

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Jann Klose performing MAKE IT BETTER, live at Music On Mainstreet

6/17/13

Jann Klose Releases New Album MOSAIC on iTunes June 25

Singer Songwriter Praised And Pranked By TIME'S Joel Stein, WFUV's Vin Scelsa and Boston Music Critic Jim Sullivan

"Make It Better" from MOSAIC:


On the eve of the release of Jann Klose's album, MOSAIC on iTunes and Amazon (June 25), people are coming out of the woodwork with truly unique support for this multi-cultural singer-songwriter and his music.

In his June 24th column, TIME MAGAZINE's Joel Stein writes of his paying intern for Joel's Charitybuzz auction (Eric Poses, Inventor of Loaded Questions) pretending to be Joel and writing the German-born pop musician a note with the profound statement, "It's hard to disagree with the impact music and the arts have on today's youth."

WFUV's Vin Scelsa devoted two of his trademark monologues to Jann and played two songs from MOSAIC: "On and On" and his cover of Tim's SONG TO THE SIREN on his radio show, IDIOTS DELIGHT.

Music critic Jim Sullivan wrote he was "immediately struck" by MOSAIC's "sweeping opening track 'Make It Better,' which begins with 'Welcome to the world of the great divide/Where the rich get rich and the poor stay poor all of the time.' He stands up for human rights, gay rights in one key verse, and boasts the line 'If you don’t know love, you don’t know life.' It’s also got a reggae/rock feel that reminds me of something the Clash might have done in their “Sandinista!” period. Sings Klose: 'It’s not too late to give up hate/You and I can make it better and help to cross that big divide.' It soars, it sweeps you up."

Jann's song MAKE IT BETTER will be the subject of his first music video, which he's working on now.  We are promoting the song, "Make It Better" through--at least--Election Day.

Jann is available for interviews, and there is a lot to talk about including his new album, MOSAIC and singing Tim Buckley's parts in the Tribeca Film/Focus World movie, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY. 

MOSAIC (People Records) can easily be called a sonic, lyrical and emotional pop/rock mosaic from an artist, who is known as one with multi-cultural roots and an equally widely-faceted career and a voice that Public Radio’s Barb Heller says, “could sing the phonebook.'

Jann's co-writing songs and performing with Gary Lucas, and has shared the stage with Gary Hoey, Jeffrey Gaines, Renaissance's Annie Haslam, Rusted Root, Vonda Shepard, Pete Seeger, and the late Les Paul. Jann's music is heard on the GRAMMY nominated "Healthy Food For Thought" compilation, MTV CRIBS and movies, "Dead Broke" (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino.

www.jannklose.com
www.facebook.com/jannklose
www.twitter.com/jannkloseband
www.youtube.com/jannklose
Jann on ET Online: ETOnline at http://www.etonline.com/music/131526_Artist_You_Should_Know_Jann_Klose/index.html
Live Performance of Make It Better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzGlG7ZjIMs

JANN KLOSE TOUR DATES

June 20: BRONX SUPREME COURT Rotunda, Bronx, NY
June 21:  THE TURNING POINT, w/ Jeffrey Gaines, Piermont, NY
June 23: SELLERSVILLE THEATER, w/ Annie Haslam, Sellersville, PA
July 12: PETE'S CANDY STORE, Brooklyn, NY
July 18: CAFE AROMA, New York, NY
July 20: BUTTONWOOD TREE w/ Jeffrey Gaines, Middletown, CT
July 21:  TUPELO MUSIC HALL, w/ Jeffrey Gaines, Londonderry, NH
Augut 10: TBA: Phoenix, AZ
August 16: WITZEND LIVE, Los Angeles, CA
August 18:  SONGWRITERS AT PLAY, Sculpterra Winery
August 21: SECRET SOCIETY BALLROOM w/ Larry Beckett, Portland, OR
August 23: TBA, Seattle, WA
August 25: TBA, Bend, OR
August 30; MONKEY HOUSE THEATER, Berkeley, CA
August 31:  CALCAREOUS VINEYARDS, Paso Robles, CA
September 7: TBA, Lake Carmel/San Diego, CA
September 14: STEPHEN TALKHOUSE, Amagansett, NY
October 19: SINGING FOR KIDS IN NEED Fest, Jackson Point, Ontario
November 15: HOUSE CONCERT, Madison, WI
December 5: HILL CHAPEL HOUSE, New Market, MD

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5/21/13

Special Message from Joe Deninzon on The Bronx's David Gotay

Please Help My Friend David in the Fight for His Life!
Stratospheerius Band Letter I first met David Gotay at a recording session in 2000. I had been living in New York for two years. I had just graduated from Manhattan School of Music and was trying to make my way as a freelance musician. At the session, we instantly hit it off. We were part of a string quartet accompanying the band Illuminati, a well known jam band in New York. I was impressed with David's musicianship and his sense of humor and warmth. We stayed in touch over the years and played in many orchestras and recording sessions together. When I was asked to form a rock string quartet to play private events, David was my first choice for cello. He had amazing classical chops and a great sense of groove, nurtured by his love of funk and hip hop, which he obsessively listened to growing up in the Bronx in the 80's. He would be the first guy I call whenever I need a cellist for a recording session.

I also became a huge fan of David's quartet, Sweet Plantain, which became one of the hottest genre-crossing groups in the New York scene. I was amazed by the way in which they mixed Hip Hop, jazz, classical, and Latin flavors. Dave brought the hip hop element into the group and was acting as manager. With his charm, and organizational skills, the group was touring all over the world and it's following was growing rapidly. It was exciting for me to witness it because I felt like I knew these guys from the beginning.

There was no other band like this! I truly believed this band could do great things and reach the level of great world-renowned genre crossing string quartets like Turtle Island and Kronos. In 2010, Dave asked me to join the group and I was thrilled! We had a great chemistry and it felt like a family. There were a lot of laughs and magical moments shared on and off stage. We had a blast touring all over the world, and are looking forward to great things happening in 2013 and beyond.

Last year, the group was picked up by Joanne Rile Management and there are some incredible prospects in the works.

I could not think of another cellist who could rap, play electric and acoustic cello, and write amazing music with Dave's unique combination of influences. Without David, this group simply could not exist. Not just because he is irreplaceable as a cellist and composer with classical, jazz, and hip hop influences, but also as a proactive person with great managerial skills who has rallied the troops and has kept the group going, getting us the gigs, following up with presenters, organizing showcases, etc. He did most of the grunt work so the group can keep touring and building its audience.

I consider David one of my closest friends. He is at his core a warm and decent person who is loyal to his family and friends and always has your back. A great husband, brother, uncle, son, and friend. Dave is loved by so many people because he is easy to love. It is rare to meet people like Dave in this world, and when you do, you should hold on to them. These people are precious. We all want Dave to be around for a long, long time to come. On a personal note, I hope to keep make music with this man many years from now.

At the end of April, 2013, Dave woke up one morning with no feeling in his right arm. Doctors mistakenly told him it was Brachial Nuritis, a rare viral nerve disease which could be cured on its own with physical therapy. On May 9th, David had a series of MRI's and was diagnosed with Stage IV Renal Cell Carciroma-kidney cancer that had spread undetected to his brain and lungs. The diagnosis was a total shock. David first went to the doctor for what he had thought was a simple strain injury in his right arm from too much time on the cello, only to discover he had a brain tumor, an infected kidney, and 35 tumors in his lungs. Today, David is in the fight for his life.

David's insurance through the Musician's Union is ridiculously limited and limiting. It doesn't cover hospitalization nor many of the treatments he will need. Cancer is expensive!

And remember, he is a freelance musician. There are no paid sick days for artists! Every day he spends in treatment fighting this cancer is a day he doesn't earn money. David and his wife Yuko (who is also a musician) were proud to buy their first home last year., and are now saddled with mortgage payments.

Our listed goal is to raise $40,000. Our REAL goal is to raise $200,000-and believe us, David is worth every penny!

So please search within your heart and dig deep into your pockets. David and his family are counting on your generosity.

This is why we are asking for your support.

Please donate to help David in the fight for his life.
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dave-fights-evil-cancer

Also, please like and contribute your thoughts and prayers on these pages:
https://www.facebook.com/DaveFightsEvilCancer
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dave-fights-evil-cancer

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,
-Joe Deninzon

Joe Deninzon Contact Info

5/13/13

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT to launch the first single, "The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)" off the new album “Dancer and the Moon”


Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release of the first single from BLACKMORE'S NIGHT new album "Dancer and the Moon" entitled "The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over the Sea)." This beautiful new song is "Based on an old folk Czech melody which Candice and I thought were very melodic and haunting" says Ritchie Blackmore. "We adapted and arranged to suit more of a rock structure. We also played it as a ballad as it was originally intended. We asked several of our Czech friends what it was called but they couldn't tell us, so it remains a mystery."

The single can be downloaded now from every fine shop such as iTunes or Amazon and streamed legally via Spotify and Deezer. It is also possible to enjoy a sample of the song, following this link:
www.frontiers.it/download/The_Moon_Is_Shining_sample.mp3

"Dancer and the Moon" will be released on June 11th in North America and June 14th in Europe in regular cd configuration and deluxe edition in digipak, including a bonus DVD featuring a 40 mins "making of the album" documentary and acoustic versions of "The Spinner's Tale," "Somewhere Over The Sea/Moon Was Shining," "The Ashgrove" and "Queen For A Day." The album will also be made available in a super-deluxe edition strictly limited to 2000 copies  packaged in a polyston frame with the cover artwork printed on canvas and including a black tote bag with Blackmore's Night artwork, 4 Blackmore's Night pins, a certificate of authenticity and of course the CD/DVD edition.

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT confirmed tour dates for Europe include:

Palace of Ukraine, Kiev (Ukraine) - 15th June
Crocus City Hall, Moscow (Russia) - 18th June
BKZ Oktyabrsky, St Petersburg (Russia) - 20th June
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (Scotland) - 26th June
Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle (England) - 28th June
Wolverhampton Grand, Wolverhampton (England) - 1st July
City Hall, Salisbury (England) - 3rd July
G Live, Guildford (England) - 5th July
Hugenottenhalle, Neu Isenburg (Germany) - 9th July
Serenadenhoff, Nurnburg (Germnay) - 11th July
Congresshalle, Saarbrucken (Germany) - 13th July
Kongress am Park, Augsburg (Germany) - 14th July
Burg Creuzburg, Creuzburg (Germany) - 19th July
Albrechtsburg, Meissen (Germany) - 21st July
Beethoven Saal, Stuttgart (Germany) - 23rd July

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www.candicenight.com

4/9/13

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT'S DANCER AND THE MOON album due June 11 on Frontiers Records

Singer/songwriter Candice Night available for interviews in support of album 

Blackmore's Night is releasing their brand new album, DANCER AND THE MOON, on June 11th in North America on Frontiers Records. DANCER AND THE MOON will be released in 2 editions--as a CD and a digipak deluxe edition with a bonus DVD that includes music videos of "Dancer And The Moon" and of "The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)," plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night.

Anticipated by the digital release of the first single “The Moon is Shining (Somewhere Over the Sea)” on May 6th, DANCER AND THE MOON is the band's 8th original studio album, with each disc topping the European and American Billboard's New Age charts.  

Each album that Blackmore's Night has released has been awarded Best Vocal Album or Album of the year for their respective charts on NPR and college radio. Blackmore's Night performed on PBS, had specials on CNN and the History Channel.  The group has songs on the soundtrack of Germany's THE MAGICAL STORY OF THE RINGS: DIE NIBELUNGER THE RING OF THE NIBELUNGS and the theme song "All For One" for Japan's popular TV show, THIRD WATCH. Their song "Olde Mill Inn" is featured in Jim Carrey's movie, YES MAN.  So many honors, placements--the list goes on and on.

Formed in 1997 by Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore, the two began working together first in Ritchie's previous group Rainbow, when Candice co-wrote a number of songs, most notably "Ariel" and "Black Masquerade" for Rainbow's 1996 album, STRANGER IN US ALL.
  
The following year, the two formed Blackmore's Night, and after seven studio albums, two live DVD/CDs and one holiday release, the group's latest album, DANCER AND THE MOON follows the band's eclectic/jam/folk rock/new age/neo-Celtic/neo-Medieval/progressive rock/chamber pop/world beat styling. Take your pick from the songwriting team of Candice and Ritchie: the acoustic "Somewhere Over the Sea (The Moon Is Shining), the rocking  track "The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)," which you can dance to, along with the title track "Dancer and the Moon," the nature-inspired "The Last Leaf" and the Russian-influenced "Troika." 

Blackmore's Night own their versions of classic rock chestnuts:  Randy Newman's  "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," Uriah Heep's "Lady In Black,” and "The Temple of the King" that Ritchie and the late Ronnie James Dio collaborated on originally for their band Rainbow. 

DANCER AND THE MOON is made complete with its inspiring instrumentals, including the waltzy "Galliard" and the Deep Purple-esque "Carry On… Jon," that Ritchie wrote as a heartfelt tribute to his former band mate, the late Jon Lord.

DANCER AND THE MOON is a distinctive album, that is both melodic, rhythmic, and full of classic influences led by the dynamic and signature alto vocals of Candice Night and the phenomenal fret work of Ritchie Blackmore.

DANCER AND THE MOON continues to establish the band that has been growing its following steadily in the jam, pagan/wiccan scene, new age, folk and progressive worlds, as well as the classic rock community. 

"So much has happened since our 2008 marriage (and the 2010's release of the duo's AUTUMN SKY album)," says Candice, as she and Ritchie have been musical and emotional partners since 1989.  In 2010 daughter Autumn Esmeralda was born, and then in 2012, their son, Rory. 

Candice says, "We find that the DANCER AND THE MOON is visually and emotionally representative of how we feel about our music. We have always had a very strong pull to the mystery of the Moon. Her magic, her power, her legend... She affects us so deeply that we have named many CDs after her and she is almost always represented in our songs. The dancer gives herself completely, unabashedly and whole heartedly moved by the intensity of the music she feels within her soul."

DANCER AND THE MOON songs

I Think It's Going To Rain Today
Troika
The Last Leaf
Lady In Black
Minstrels In The Hall
The Temple Of The King
Dancer And The Moon
Galliard
The Ashgrove
Somewhere Over The Sea (The Moon Is Shining)
The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)
The Spinner's Tale
Carry On... Jon

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3/21/13

Jann Klose's New Album MOSAIC Spring 2013


Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter in GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY Releases New Album, June 2013  



Jann Klose’s new album MOSAIC, due June,  2013 can easily be called a sonic, lyrical and emotional mosaic from an artist, who is known as one with multi-cultural roots and an equally widely-faceted career and a voice that Public Radio’s Barb Heller says, “could sing the phonebook.”

GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY director Dan Algrant realized that when he hired Jann as a featured vocalist and guitarist in the movie that stars Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots. The film will be released April 16th, 2013 by Tribeca Film / Focus World.  Recently ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT Online interviewed Jann about the film.

Jann's album MOSAIC follows the indie success of REVERIE (2008) and SACRIFICE EP (2010) and the music video for DOING TIME. Produced by Grammy winner James Frazee (Esperanza Spalding, Blondie, My Morning Jacket) and David Bendeth (Paramore, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Presley) MOSAIC was recorded between Fall 2011 and Winter of 2012/13.  Double GRAMMY-winner Warren Russell-Smith, mastered MOSAIC.

MOSAIC’s songs tackle personal and topical subjects and bring together a variety of instruments, musical and lyrical styles from street influences of reggae and punk to calypso, to classic rock, and the folk and Afro-beat that has addicted fans of all ages to Jann’s music. Songs include Jann’s originals, “Still,” “Make It Better,” “Four Leaf Clover,” “On and On,” “Falling Tears,” and a playful duet “Beautiful One” with Rounder Records’  Carrie Newcomer. The album ends with a stunning a cappella cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren.”  Jann’s band The Edukators, Chris Marolf on bass and banjo, drummers Rob Mitzner and Patrick Carmichael, keyboardist/accordionist Lars Potteiger, and violinist Leah Potteiger worked on the album and contributed to the arrangements.  Other featured guests include guitarists Florian Opahle (Ian Anderson, Greg Lake) David Bendeth, flautist Tia Roper and oboist Megan Marolf  (Phillip Glass, Roger Waters).

Jann’s been as comfortable performing with pop and folk singer-songwriters from THE VOICE’s Rebecca Loebe and Brett Dennen to Suzanne Vega and Pete Seeger, as he has with jam bands including his friends in Rusted Root and songwriting partner Gary Lucas.  He’s performed with acts rooted in jazz and blues such as Vonda Shepard, Michael Kaeshammer and the late Les Paul, and classical rockers Renaissance (both with Annie Haslam and the group’s co-founder Jim McCarty, also of The Yardbirds). Critics have placed him in the chamber pop as well as the singer-songwriter genres, and Jann welcomes their varied reflections, “There are no limits when it comes to making music.  I’m defined by who I am and what I do, not how some marketing executive pigeonholes me.  It’s melodic, lyrical, and rhythmic music.  Music is about what the listener hears.”

Born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Hamburg, Jann came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland, and performed in a wide range of musical projects including the Cleveland Opera Chorus, touring productions of Broadway shows (JEKYLL & HYDE, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) as well as portraying 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.

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3/11/13

Entertainment Tonight Online's Artist You Should Know Jann Klose

Jann Klose talks with ETOnline's Denny Directo about his work as a featured singer and guitarist in the movie, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY at ETOnline at http://www.etonline.com/music/131526_Artist_You_Should_Know_Jann_Klose/index.html Jann recorded Tim's "Once I Was," "Pleasant Street," and "Song For Janie" for the movie. Also covered is Jann's eclectic iPod and his guilty pleasure-- nude beaches!

In ET's Archive Library, Jann performs "Still" from his album, MOSAIC, due June 2013. The album can easily be called a sonic, lyrical and emotional mosaic from an artist, who is known as one with multi-cultural roots and an equally widely-faceted career and a voice that Public Radio’s Barb Heller says, “could sing the phonebook.”

GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY director Dan Algrant realized that when he hired Jann as a featured vocalist and guitarist in the movie that stars Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots, and will be released April 16th, 2013 by Tribeca Film / Focus World.

Jann's album MOSAIC follows the indie success of REVERIE (2008) and SACRIFICE EP (2010) and the music video for DOING TIME. Produced by Grammy winner James Frazee (Esperanza Spalding, Blondie, My Morning Jacket) and David Bendeth (Paramore, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Presley) MOSAIC was recorded between Fall 2011 and Winter of 2012/13. Double GRAMMY-winner Warren Russell-Smith, mastered MOSAIC.

MOSAIC’s songs tackle personal and topical subjects and bring together a variety of instruments, musical and lyrical styles from street influences of reggae and punk to calypso, to classic rock, and the folk and Afro-beat that has addicted fans of all ages to Jann’s music. Songs include Jann’s originals, “Still,” “Make It Better,” “Four Leaf Clover,” “On and On,” “Falling Tears,” and the playful “Beautiful One” that features Rounder Records’  Carrie Newcomer. The album ends with a stunning a cappella cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren.”  Other featured guests include guitarists Florian Opahle (Ian Anderson, Greg Lake) David Bendeth, flautist Tia Roper and oboist Megan Marolf  (Phillip Glass, Roger Waters).

Critics have placed him in the chamber pop as well as the singer-songwriter genres, and Jann welcomes their varied reflections, “There are no limits when it comes to making music.  I’m defined by who I am and what I do, not how some marketing executive pigeonholes me.  It’s melodic, lyrical, and rhythmic music.  Music is about what the listener hears.”

Born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Hamburg, Jann came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland, and performed in a wide range of musical projects including the Cleveland Opera Chorus, touring productions of Broadway shows (JEKYLL & HYDE, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) as well as portraying 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.

http://www.jannklose.com
http://www.facebook.com/jannklose
http://www.twitter.com/jannkloseband
http://www.youtube.com/jannklose





3/5/13

50 Concerts In 50 States For Epilepsy Awareness

Three of my artists: Emily Hurd on March 27, Uncommon Ground, Chicago
and
Jann Klose (w/ Gary Hoey and Jeffrey Gaines) on March 23, Trinity UMC, Ewing, NJ
Rita Coolidge and the Dayton Philharmonic at the Shuster Center, March 22 and 23
will be performing in support of Epilepsy Awareness.

Contact: Eric Miller: 267-980-5120
contact@candlelightconcert.org

www.CandlelightConcert.org/50.asp
www.Facebook.com/CandlelightConcert



Partnering with the largest non-profits in the world of epilepsy, Candlelight Concerts for Epilepsy Awareness is proud to announce the first nation-wide epilepsy awareness endeavor – 50 Concerts in 50 States. It’s a network of coordinated live events over one weekend in March 2013.
Candlelight Concerts, along with Epilepsy Foundation (www.EFA.org ), CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (www.CureEpilepsy.org ), Team Epilepsy ((www.TeamEpilepsy.com ) and Doose Syndrome Epilepsy Alliance (www.DooseSyndrome.org ), are standing united to raise epilepsy awareness on this single weekend in March.
At each event, volunteers will be present to distribute information regarding epilepsy (a 16 page book prepared specifically for these events), provide access to services, answer questions and raise donations – all of which will go directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Events will vary in size from intimate house concerts with 20-40 attendees to 18,000+ seat arena shows with nationally known touring artists. Artists from all genres – classic rock, folk, jazz, singer/songwriters, orchestras, electronic, comedians, plays and more. All with the same objective, to distribute information and raise epilepsy awareness. All genres, all volunteers involved with the singular purpose to change the way the world sees and understands epilepsy.
This national network of events grows out of Candlelight Concerts for Epilepsy Awareness – a webcast house concert series based in Pennington NJ. Started and run by Eric Miller, whose wife Carolina, passed away in August 2011 at the age of 25 as a result of epilepsy. Since that time, Eric has worked tirelessly to raise epilepsy awareness in her honor and in honor of all those living with or lost to epilepsy. The series has featured such amazing artists as Corey Glover of Living Colour, Eric Bazilian, Chris Barron, The Young Dubliners, Dan Reed, Mary Fahl, and many others. This network of events takes that model and raises it to a national level on a single weekend.
MORE STATES AND DATES WILL BE ADDED.
Please visit www.CandlelightConcert.org/50.asp for updates.

3/22/13 Hering Auditorium Fairbanks AK Beau Soleil
3/22/13 Sundilla Auburn AL Caroline Herring
3/23/13 Moonlight On The Mountain Birmingham AL Kelley McRae
3/24/13 Powerhouse Grill Fayatteville AR Various
3/23/13 Scottsdale Ctr Performing Arts Scottsdale AZ Jesse Cook
3/23/13 Boulder Philharmonic Boulder CO Boulder Philharmonic
3/22/13 Boulder Theatre Boulder CO Great Big Sea
3/23/23 Boulder Theatre Boulder CO Great Big Sea
3/23/13 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield CT David Bromberg Quartet
3/23/13 Vitoria Station Café Putnam CT Sam Miller Memorial
3/24/13 Howard Theatre Washington DC Afro-Cuban All Stars
3/22/13 Grand Opera House Wilmington DE Afro-Cuban All Stars
3/22/13 World Café - The Queen Wilmington DE Sons of Cream
3/22/13 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater FL Supertramp's Roger Hodgson with Orchestra
3/15/13 Stella Blue Maui HI Hapa
3/16/13 Stella Blue Maui HI Hapa
3/21/13 Woolys Des Moines IA Soul Asylum
3/27/13 The Knitting Factory Boise ID Donavon Frankenreiter
3/23/13 Egyptian Theatre Boise ID Anjelah Johnson
3/27/13 Uncommon Ground Chicago IL Emily Hurd
3/22/13 City Winery Chicago IL Catie Curtis & David Wilcox
3/25/13 The Granada Lawrence KS Lindsey Stirling
3/23/13 Valley Grace Pikeville KY Eternity Singers
3/23/13 New Orleans Arena New Orleans LA Eric Clapton
3/24/13 Knights of Columbus Whitman MA Various
3/23/13 Baltimore Soundstage Baltimore MD Y&T
3/24/13 The Fillmore Silver Spring MD Garbage
3/22/13 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield ME Shemekia Copeland
3/23/13 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield ME Paula Poundstone
3/23/13 The Ark Ann Arbor MI Steel Wheels
3/22/13 First Avenue Minneapolis MN G Love & Special Sauce
3/26/13 Hopkins Center for The Arts Hopkins MN The Pines
3/23/13 The Pageant St Louis MO Owl City
3/21/13 Underground 119 Jackson MS Kelley McRae
3/24/13 Dennison Theatre Missoula MT Brian Regan
3/23/13 Justice Fellowship Raleigh NC Play - Dannee White
3/23/13 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC Minus The Bear/Circa Survive
3/23/13 Party & Event Center Saluda NC Sound Investment
3/17/13 Colonial Theatre Keene NH Jerrod Niemann
3/24/13 Algonquin Arts Manasquan NJ NYGASP
3/24/13 The Stone Pony Asbury Park NJ Paint the Pony
3/23/13 Papermill (childrens) Millburn NJ Chldrens Play
3/23/13 Trinity UMC Ewing NJ Jeffrey Gaines, Jann Klose & Gary Hoey
3/22/13 Shea Center / Willian Paterson University Wayne NJ David Bromberg Quartet
3/24/13 Candlelight Concert Pennington NJ Gary Hoey
3/22/13 KiMo Theatre Albuquerque NM Jesse Cook
3/22/13 The Paramount Huntington NY They Might Be Giants
3/22/13 Stage 48 New York NY Y&T
3/22/13 Jazz at Lincoln Center - early and late show New York NY Madeleine Peyroux
3/23/13 Jazz at Lincoln Center - early and late show New York NY Madeleine Peyroux
3/24/13 Wheatfield Community Center Lake Towananda NY Zach Carr & Chris Glowacki
3/22/13 Ohio University Memorial Auditorium Athens OH Colbie Caillat
3/22/13 The Schuster Center Dayton OH Rita Coolidge with Dayton Philharmonic
3/23/13 The Schuster Center Dayton OH Rita Coolidge with Dayton Philharmonic
3/20/13 Chesapeake Enery Arena Oklahoma City OK Eric Clapton
3/23/13 Freehold Center Bristow OK Emily Drennan
3/23/13 St Claire Ashland OR Karen Drucker
3/22/13 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland OR Brian Regan
3/24/13 The Fuge Warminster PA Various
3/22/13 The Ritz Lancaster PA Jeffrey Gaines
3/24/13 Colonial Theater Phoenixville PA David Bromberg Quartet
3/30/13 Carnegie Hall of Oakland Pittsburgh PA Grizzly Bear
3/23/13 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA Garbage
3/23/13 Keswick Theatre Glenside PA The Fab Faux
3/23/13 Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA Rockapella
3/24/13 Rock Junction West Greenwich RI Y&T
3/22/13 The Vault Sioux Falls SD Soul Asylum
3/22/13 Bridgestone Arena Nashville TN Eric Clapton
4/3/13 Private House Concert - Kelly Crofoot Slaton TX Terri Hendrix
3/20/13 St Marks Episcopal Houston TX Terri Hendrix
3/17/13 Warehouse Live Houston TX Tegan & Sara
3/24/13 The Depot Salt Lake City UT Donavon Frankenreiter
3/24/13 Stone Room House Concert Falls Church VA Danny Schmidt
3/22/13 The Lyric Blacksburg VA Loudon Wainwright III
3/22/13 Ferguson Center for The Arts Newport News VA Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
3/23/13 Chrysler Hall Norfolk VA Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
3/26/13 Higher Ground Burlington VT Todd Snider
4/2/13 Triple Door Seattle WA Chris Trapper
3/23/13 Paramount Theatre Seattle WA Brian Regan
3/21/13 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee WI G Love & Special Sauce
3/23/13 Purple Fiddle Thomas WV Sarah Lou Richards
3/24/13 Purple Fiddle Thomas WV Sarah Lou Richards
3/25/13 Jackson Hole Center for Arts Jackson Hole WY Donavon Frankenreiter










2/17/13

Contact: David Hooper twitter.com/davidhooper
RADIO: blog.musicbusinessradio.com/
BLOG: www.musicmarketing.com/
FACEBOOK:www.facebook.com/musicmarketing.

DAVID HOOPER'S "SIX-FIGURE MUSICIAN" AVAILABLE AS A FREE BOOK

Music Marketing blogger and radio show host David Hooper says, "Today’s music business has more opportunity for musicians and songwriters than ever before. If you’re willing to take control of your career and embrace change, you can be successful and make a lot of money." David is making his book, SIX-FIGURE MUSICIAN--HOW TO SELL MORE MUSIC, GET MORE PEOPLE TO YOUR SHOWS, AND MAKE MORE MONEY IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS" available for free at http://www.musicianbook.com/. http://www.musicianbook.com/.

SIX-FIGURE MUSICIAN is 272 pages of “big picture” ideas and proven marketing strategies that will help you to succeed in the new music business. It is a realistic, hype-free guide that will help you get to unleash your music and make a great living.

This book is currently available FREE at musicianbook.com/.

David Hooper is the founder of the music marketing agency MusicMarketing.com and host of Music Business Radio heard online at musicmarketing.com and on Nashville's Lightning 100.

2/6/13

Anne Leighton Crowdfunding Her Poetry Book, "The Leighton Explosion"

Writer/Music Manager/Publicist's CrowdFunding Campaign Runs Through March 27th, her Father's Birthday

Performing Poet Anne Leighton is crowdfunding to publish her up-and-coming poetryprosepoetry book and perform her poems live. Her book THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION will be published late winter/early spring 2014 with a Canadian publisher. The link is http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/anneleighton/1046158700?token=f9ff5eb5

April 2013 through May 2014, Anne will performing at least five or six shows in Washington, DC, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey with Jim Gibson, who was in Tooth Fairy, who were popular on the radio show of the late BBC presenter John Peel. This spring, she and New York City-based poet Cornelius Eady plan on laying some grooves to their poems live in New York City for a show. She is scattering her tour dates because she also has an active management and publicity career, publicizing Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull, the Strawbs, Emily Hurd, Lonnie Hill, Grand Funk Railroad...

Anne believes the road will be a powerful experience for her, "I used to travel all the time on my own, but developed agoraphobia. As recent as September 2012, I was sobbing and having panic attacks on the streets AND in wide open spaces including sidewalks, even when other people were helping me. I've come a long way."

Anne's poetry has been read in THE AQUARIAN, BROADSIDE, THE MUSIC PAPER, NICKEL, BOG GOB, POWERLINE, SHOUT!, and LIVE WIRE. Her poems are also heard on the GRAMMY-nominated album, HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT: GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT, and on Jay Tausig's THE TRIP AROUND THE SUN progressive rock series on the Greek Zodiac. She is recording a poetry album, HEAVY PEOPLE that already includes other artists including actor/poet Michael O'Keefe, New York City performance artist Marla Mase, and her other artists Joe Deninzon and Jann Klose, along with Jahmane Bright of Triangle Studios producing.

She's written books: USING YOUR ART & THE MEDIA TO COMFORT PEOPLE and PAWS FOR THOUGHT: HOW TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR CAT IS THINKING, and plays, including REACH FOR THE SUN (Performed by the Poets Repertory Theatre of Long Island), ONE WAY TO HEAVEN (performed by the Living River Church in San Antonio, TX, and read at the HOWL! Festival in New York City), and THE PASSION OF MARY (read at the Kingsbridge Library Center, Bronx, NY).

Anne hopes to raise $3500, and her rewards include writing personalized poems, phone or SKYPE consults, a copy of another upcoming self-published book, GET THE GIGS, which will be available late 2013. The least expensive reward will be two PDF files of one of her plays and one of her screenplays for a $10. donation. The most expensive reward for a $10,000. donation includes autographed CDs, DVDs or photos of her artists, a phone and SKYPE chat, personalized poem and inclusion in her book credits.

For $3500, (plus travel and lodging expenses), Anne will lead a poetry and creativity workshop and present a reading with the students.

An autographed copy of the LEIGHTON EXPLOSION for $25 (or more with other rewards) is also a reward.

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects: films, games, music, art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Since its launch on April 28, 2009, over $466 million has been pledged by more than 3.3 million people, funding more than 35,000 creative projects. See http://www.kickstarter.com/ .

2/1/13

Great Singers of the World Rebecca Loebe & Jann Klose Together, Feb. 26-March 3

Acclaimed vocalists/songwriters available for interviews

Two of America's best new voices in the singer-songwriter world, Jann Klose and Rebecca Loebe will be performing for the first time together for a limited run of shows.

Both singer-songwriters are breaking out nationally, and getting together this tour to share their music with the fans... and each other. The tour includes their smart, good humored and thoughtful artist-audience interactions in: Pittsburgh, PA., Columbus, OH. Shepherdstown, WV, Phoenixville, PA, and Pennington, NJ.

JANN KLOSE

Jann Klose is finishing the follow up to his critically acclaimed album REVERIE with producers David Bendeth (Paramore, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Presley) and James Frazee (Esperanza Spalding, Blondie, My Morning Jacket). He's also co-writing songs and performing with Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley), and Jim McCarty & Band (which also features the Strawbs' John Hawken).

Jann is a featured vocalist and guitarist in the Jeff Buckley biopic GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY, starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots, directed by Dan Algrant. The movie premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was just picked up by Tribeca Film/Focus World.

Jann's music is heard on the GRAMMY nominated "Healthy Food For Thought" compilation, MTV CRIBS and movies, "Dead Broke" (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino.

REBECCA LOEBE

Rebecca Loebe is an award-winning indie-folk singer from Atlanta, GA. now in Austin,TX. She quit her job as a full-time recording studio engineer in 2006, and has performed 150+ shows per year at colleges, coffeehouses and theaters all across America.

Rebecca found national prominence when Adam Levine of Maroon 5 picked her for his team on the hit TV show, "The Voice's" first season; to date, she's received over 20,000 downloads on iTunes for the Nirvana song, "Come As You Are" that she sang on the show.

Rebecca has garnered rave reviews for her high-energy performances, weaving together skillful, emotional songwriting, folk storytelling and whimsical comedy for the ADHD generation. She has a brand new CD called "Circus Heart," which is finding lots of national press and an amazing amount of airplay for an independent artist.

TOUR DATES

February 26: CLUB CAFE, Pittsburgh, PA
February 27: WOODLANDS TAVERN, Columbus, OH
March 1: THE BLUE MOON, Shepherdstown, WV
March 2: CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS FOR EPILEPSY AWARENESS, Pennington, NJ
March 3: STEEL CITY COFFEEHOUSE, Phoenixville, PA

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1/16/13

Emily Hurd Introduces Stone Blind Valentine, February 14

Emily Hurd introduces her new band, Stone Blind Valentine (also known as SBV), with the independent release of the album BURN LIKE A FIELD.  The album will be available through iTunes, the band’s website (http://www.stoneblindvalentine.com ), and live shows.

SBV is the acoustic project of longtime Chicago musicians Emily Hurd, Colby Maddox, and Gregg Ostrom.  Gritty lyrics and unruly guitar get a layer of polish from bright mandolin and sharp fiddle licks. The group treads on bluegrass while digging into rock and early American country. BURN LIKE A FIELD was recorded live at Chicago's King Size Sound Labs.

Like all good mountain music, SBV builds their tunes with strong singing, nature imagery, and a lot of twang, but their Chicago roots are unmistakable in BURN LIKE A FIELD.   The bluesy guitar and industrial groove in "Extra Extra" thump defiantly as Hurd belts out "Honey, I can read you like the Sunday Morning Times; I can see you're lying by the headlines in your eyes."  The group sings in three-part harmony about simple city days in "Crown The Kings," and "Whiskey Neat" sounds like late-night Bourbon Street in the July.  

The songs on BURN LIKE A FIELD were penned by Emily, the lead vocalist, piano and banjo player.  A critically acclaimed songwriter, her music has appeared on NPR and TV’s NCIS.  The tunes were then brought to life by Gregg Ostrom (guitar, vocals) and Colby Maddox (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and vocals).  SBV called on close friend and producer John Abbey to play upright bass on the album.

The BURN LIKE A FIELD recording sessions were filmed and photographed by the crew of Carla Englof Productions.  When the album is released, the video "Extra Extra" can be seen on Youtube and the band's web site: http://stoneblindvalentine.com

The BURN LIKE A FIELD album cover was designed by Chicago artist Dolan Geiman.  Dolan is a nationally recognized mixed media artist creating original paintings, collages, constructions, and limited-edition reproductions. Produced from salvaged wood, found objects, and other recycled materials, his eco-friendly artwork emerges from a folk art tradition infused with a contemporary, urban style.

BURN LIKE A FIELD will be released to the public at two shows.  On February 16th, 2013, SBV will play at 7:30 pm at The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford, IL.  On February 17th, SBV performs at 2:00 pm at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston, IL.  Tickets are available on the band’s website.

http://www.stoneblindvalentine.com