Friday, August 27, 2010

Popkomm 2010 - Networking Agents Now Helping Participants To Set Up Contacts And Do Business

Popkomm is due to significantly broaden the range of international networking events at its relaunch in 2010. This global event for the industry will offer participants professional assistance for setting up international business contacts. At Popkomm 2010 professional networking agents will be on hand for the first time at a specialist music event to make it easier for exhibitors and trade visitors to establish the right contacts. The networking agents will be available throughout Popkomm and will organise networking events such as speed meetings, get-togethers and networking receptions.

"New contacts are the currency in which a B2B platform such as Popkomm is valued. Consequently, we are helping our international trade visitors to make the most of their networking activities", said Daniel Barkowski, Director of Popkomm.

International contacts in the Popkomm Networking Area
In 2010 the Popkomm networking platforms will cater to a wide range of topics. Thus speed meetings in the Popkomm Networking Area involving delegations from Sweden, India, Ireland, Austria, South Africa, Switzerland and other countries will enable participants to quickly and spontaneously exchange ideas with members from numerous parts of the industry. No advance registration is required. The get-togethers of the International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), the Russian Music Export Agency and the CIS States, as well as of the Sound Festival PrimaveraPro from Barcelona will also invite participants to exchange views and get to know management pros. India and South Africa will also be inviting visitors to networking receptions at their respective national pavilions.

Cap Digital will be offering German companies an opportunity to meet seven of France's most innovative companies from the music and digital technology sector at a matchmaking session under the heading of "French Music & Technology Start Ups". The Filmproducers Lounge @ Popkomm will provide yet another matchmaking opportunity, this time with a focus on movie soundtracks. Four experts from the music and filmmaking industry will be available for individual half-hour meetings (by prior arrangement) with trade visitors at Popkomm, and will offer advice on topics that include music licensing, dubbing, soundtrack production and financing, and will put them in touch with film producers and labels.


Robert Lauri's Musical Worlds Bring Out All Our Emotions

Robert Lauri is making waves with these new songs in his video clips. A creative and sensitive artist, and a visionary melody writer, he leads each of us to discover the full range of his creative energy.

His music blends many types of sounds that all come together in a thumping mix of pop, country, ethereal beats and movie music. It's almost impossible to pin Robert Lauri down to any particular genre because his music spans such a broad range of sounds, rhythms and melodies. Nevertheless, his music does have one common thread throughout – it conveys emotion and sensitivity.

Today we are presenting a small sample: the clips of his "country" world in pure Robert Lauri style. "Someday", an instrumental version, "Daydream" and "Wanted" transport us to an original Western world. "Someday" and "Away from you" take us to a world of Americana-country with a catchy rhythm.

Let's dive into a completely different world with the clip "Peace". Here Robert performs a unique piece of music that captivates us with its powerful emotional force. This is another example of an experienced composer who knows how to create a melody and to intertwine it with variations and nuances throughout, while never losing sight of the harmony.

Robert Lauri has such a large collection of music that we invite you to listen to the different programs on his radio station. "Robert Lauri on the Air," on Live365. The station offers so many different types of music. It's like browsing the world and its culture. Robert has also written for other artists and we just might see an unpublished collection of songs. His biography, "Spotlight on Robert Lauri" written by Linda Adnil-Vranken, also provides a deeper insight into his musical career and motivation.

The clips were created by Anna Clara Passarelli, the talented Italian artist. As a child, Anna always had a penchant for graphic art and art in general. She continued on this path, obtaining her degree at the Academy of Fine Arts. She is also a master of dance with several specialty areas. Movie and dance are her passion. This is the first time she has produced clips for other artists, creating worlds of images in perfect harmony with the music of Robert Lauri and also Diane Marino, a great jazz artist who deserves to be presented to a broad European audience. (The clip "On The Streets Where You Live" by Diane Marino can be seen on the international video sites.) Website Diane Marino :

So, there you have it. Let's start by discovering music that is rich in emotion and diversity by treating you to the Robert Lauri video clips on his YouTube and Vimeo sites.


Video "Robert Lauri - Someday":

Tomas Doncker Invited To Play Shanghai World Expo American Pavilion

Global soul musician Tomas Doncker has been invited to perform the American Pavilion at the World EXPO 2010 Shanghai on September 29 and 30 as part of his "Small World" tour. Presented by online media site MusicDish*China and St. Barths-based BAZ BAR, the tour opens with performances at the first International New Folk Music Festival and 12th China Shanghai International Arts Festival Performing Arts Fair (SPAF).

"We are very pleased with how the tour is coming together," Tomas noted. "To be selected by the Chinese Ministry Of Cultural Affairs to represent the U.S. at the first New Folk Music Festival, and now to receive an invitation to perform at the American Pavillion, are opportunities we are so grateful for. It is an honor and a privilege for us to be musical/cultural ambassadors at the Shanghai World Expo this year."

Tomas and his band will perform an outdoor performance on Sept. 27th at Shanghai's Century Square, marking the opening of the first International New Folk Music Festival, to be followed by a full concert in Shanghai Center Theatre that evening. Tomas will then be performing a joint gala concert the following evening at the Shanghai Concert Hall for SPAF delegates from China and abroad as well as high-ranking officials from China's arts and culture circles. On September 29-30th, Tomas will be playing 30 minute sets at the America Square at the Shanghai World Expo site.

Producer, Singer, Songwriter & Guitarist Tomas Doncker has been a mainstay on the New York music scene for over twenty years. He cut his teeth hanging out downtown in the fertile punk-funk explosion of the 1980s. He quickly found himself among the ranks of New York's groundbreaking musical elite. Tomas has amassed performance and recording credits with a diverse list of musical luminaries including: Bootsy Collins, Ivan Neville, Yoko Ono, Amp Fiddler, Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Corey Glover, folk-pop-diva Morley, Japanese saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, Grammy winner Prince Charles Alexander's City Beat Band and Pulitzer prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. In 2009, he released his Global/Soul CD titled "Small World" with guest appearances from world music legends Bill Laswell, Gigi, Selam Woldermariam,and Martha Redbone.

The China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) is a state-level international arts festival hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and undertaken by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. The SPAF is a major sector of the CSIAF. Every year, delegates of world mainstream famous performing arts organizations, agencies, companies and arts festivals of over thirty different countries and regions are in attendance.

Launched at MIDEM 2010 in Cannes, France, MusicDish*China is the latest online brand from MusicDish LLC, a digital music company, focused on the transforming music market in China. Leveraging its various online properties and growing network of Asian partners, MusicDish*China capitalizes on the growing interest in the Chinese market to educate and influence music executives and professionals worldwide. MusicDish*China also co-produces a monthly podcast in association with Hong Kong based Metal Postcard Records that covers the music and artists shaping the independent scene in China and Mandarin-speaking Asia.

Jean-Marc Lefranc, the owner of Baz Bar, has hosted singer songwriters over the past twelve years. His passion for music has brought the club to become the leading venue of the island of St Barthelemy in the French West Indies, jewel of the Caribbean. Most bands that come to perform originate from the Boston area, music capitals like Chicago, Nashville and New Orleans, as well as New York City of course. Over the years, our goal has been to introduce new talent to an international clientele visiting the island. During 8 months in the year, Bazbar has a 3-week rotation program that includes dozens of amazing bands such as KJ Denhert and the NY unit, Adam Falcon, Evan Goodrow and Martha Redbone.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Award Winning Recording Artist And Actor Vernon Neilly Headlines Orange County CA Event

2-time award winning guitarist, producer, and actor Vernon Neilly will be bringing his polished sound and seasoned band in a rare Southern California performance at Orange Counties’ upcoming Celebrate Black Music Month family day barbecue and health fair. Vernon will performing a few of his best hits before the local crowd gathered at Memorial Park in Santa Ana, Ca – including songs from his most recent CD project 'A Tribute To Stevie Wonder'.

This years Celebrate Black Music Month 'Concert in the Park' event will feature a very diverse mix of entertainment which includes a full scheduled program of dance, comedic and of course musical acts and a host of speakers highlighting the history of music and specifically Black music.
With over 30 years of performance experience under his belt Vernon is no stranger to these types of community events and has supported and headlined similar type events - not just in the US but all over the world. Vernon is also CEO and president of Los Angeles, California based indie music label Boosweet Records and spends most of his time these days prioritizing the many daily task of running his label, however following this rare tune-up performance Vernon will be hitting the road for an upcoming tour in South America, which will include stops in Brasil and for the first time in his career Vernon will be headlining the event "Guitarras On The Rocks" event in Argentina.

Attendees will certainly be treated to good music, good food and a great at atmosphere while celebrating the history of Black Music on August 28th, 2010 at Memorial Park in Santa Ana, Ca.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hip Hop Artist Tyrant Ghostrida To Release Debut Album "Where Florida Begins" Early 2011

Hip Hop Artist Tyrant Ghostrida announced today that he will release his debut album "Where Florida Begins" in early 2011. He has already recorded seven songs, and is producing the album himself. The completed album is expected to have 25 tracks, and will be available for purchase at major online retailers.

Describing "Where Florida Begins" he said, "There are a lot of hip hop artists out there today, and it takes a lot to distinguish yourself from the rest. I'm able to do that because I possess the ability to do a vividly distinctive word play. It's just not the same sound that most other artists are putting out there and that people hear every day when they listen to hip hop. My music addresses issues that are common to everybody, and they will be able to relate to it.

Born Trenton Brooks in Jacksonville, Florida in 1983, Tyrant Ghostrida became interested in music at an early age as his elder brother Shadarrian was a member of the rap group Trespass. One day, while listening to them rehearse, they pulled him into a freestyle session with them and were amazed at the results. Brooks warmed the audience up for them for every performance from that point on. In 1997, he began his own quest to take making music much more seriously.

The year 2000 was a good one for the young artist as he did a recording called "Duval's Illest" which was produced by family member John Lumpkin, now a locally famed jazz percussionist. In 2001, he participated in the Terry Parker Senior High School talent show, where many more people began to take notice of him as a rapper. After graduation in 2002, he began to record more at home using Magix, Cool Edit Pro, and Fruity Loops.

He began receiving attention from small management groups within Jacksonville, but shortly thereafter, the crunk scene exploded and the interest gravitated in that direction. So, in 2004, he moved to Morganton, North Carolina and collaborated with the rapper Nappy on the song "904 To 828" which was popular in local night clubs. After moving back to Jacksonville in 2005, he made two songs "In Case You Forgot" featuring Young Menace, Lex Ruger and himself, and "Playboy Freestyle" which was a freestyle rap over New York hip hop artist Lloyd Bank's (now a part of G-Unit) song "Playboy" for the mix tape "The Village Mixtape" which was hosted by Young Menace. From there, Brooks started to work on an album entitled "The Reason Every Nigga Tries," but put the project on hold to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 2007. Currently serving until 2013 in Camp Pendleton, California, he is continuing to pursue both his music and naval career.

"I like making music because it's a way of allowing people to understand me better. It was introduced to me at a young age and it's something that I can do well enough to make it a career and express my creative side."

Brooks musical influences cross several music genres and include Stevie Wonder, Outkast, Little Brother, J. Cole, Scarface, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Dwele, Floetry, and Musiq Soulchild.

Trenton Brooks

Indian Summer/Harvest Moon Comes To Brooklyn's Pete's Candy Store On September 7th

On September 7th, Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn will be transformed by singer/songwriter Maya Solovey into an ambiance and experience entitled "Indian Summer/Harvest Moon". Enjoy the tranquility of summer's transition to fall, and celebrate the beautiful full moon as it nears its equinox -- romantic and soothing. Not only will Solovey perform that night, she will be bringing her own home cooked food. Both the music and delicacies will relate to the "Indian Summer/Harvest Moon" theme. Solovey's menu will include cornbread, her grandmother Babushka's plum jam, and lemonade - all served up on a red and white checkered table cloth.

Solovey will perform at 10:00 p.m.
Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)
(718) 302-3770
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Commenting on how she selected the theme for that night, Solovey said, "At that time, we'll be holding on to the last grains and cornstalks of summer before we head into fall, so I wanted that night to have a sentimental lazy late summer feel to it. The mood will be soft, soothing, and warm with good old American traditions. And, this will be an opportunity for me to play a lot of songs that I don't usually get to play as all songs performed will be in English." Solovey writes and records in three languages - English, Spanish and Portuguese.

English/Americana Night Songlist
Heartache Blues
Under My Skin
Further West
The Most
Come Home Soon
Fine As You
American Song

As an international artist and a trilingual songwriter, Maya Solovey has merged the acoustic/folk songwriting tradition into the territories of pop, bossa nova, and even the high drama of cinematic scoring. Her music is a surprising, yet rational marriage between many cultures as she sings in Portuguese, Spanish and her native English tongue. Her new self-titled album, Maya Solovey, released July 15th, has already gathered notice from journalists and music critics. Her song "Eu Vi" was featured in a Ralph Lauren runway video for winter fashion week, while her song "Como Yo Lloro Por Ti" will be featured on a in a FIFA World Cup compilation, and another 3 songs will be featured in an upcoming shark documentary called "Shark Allies". Tom Moon, on air critic for NPR, and journalist for Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine said, "Here's a rarity: An original voice who really is original! Drawing inspiration from all over the map, Maya Solovey has developed a deep, enchanting sound that's unlike anything else out there right now." Bassy Bob Brockmann, a multiple Grammy winning producer/mixer said, "Maya Solovey is an exceptional songwriter, possessed of a voice that is haunting, soothing, and erotic all at the same time. Her music, I'm sure, will change the world."

Eric de Fontenay
MusicDish, LLC
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Astoria, NY 11102