Friday, January 14, 2011

Gaquere-Martins Duo's Sparks Fly In The U.S.!

Mar Creation introduces a rare duo via Belgium, Brazil, and the world: The Boris Gaquere & Renato Martins Duo! With their blend of the swing of Brazil and the depth of classical, guitar and percussion meld to rejuvenate old styles and create a dynamic style that is uniquely their own sound for today, from classic pieces to original compositions.

Their album Tempo Feliz (Mogno Music, Belgium, '06 – title track by Baden Powell) consecrated this union and launched their signature sound to rave reviews. Boris' guitar playing bears a "beautiful, essential rhythmic sprightliness" and Renato is "an ideal partner for these melodies.' (Philip Catherine, jazz guitarist) Boris' 'expressive virtuosity' and Renato's 'rhythmic precision' proves that 'music knows no frontiers.' (Ulisses Rocha, Brazilian guitarist/composer) Fire, passion, intensity, talent, virtuosity, crystalline clarity, empathy – all words repeated again and again to describe this duo and their music making. Any time they play together, it's time to share that fire.

The artists met in '04 in Brussels on Renato's first trip there. The connection was immediate and electric. By '05 they were guests at the Brno Guitar Festival in the Czech Republic and by '06 it was their new album and master classes at guitar festivals in Poland and France, and concerts in theatres in Paris and Brussels. And the fire spread. In '07 they made a triumphant return to Brussels for the BRAVO festival with a return engagement to the festival in Poland and other stops at important venues in Switzerland, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Taiwan. And now they bring their fire to warm winter hearts in the US.

And raves for the duo abound:

RENATO MARTINS is: 'Considered a reinventor of Brazilian percussion Inventive and full of great technique" (Isaac Ribeiro, Tribuna do Norte, Brazil) "reaffirming the value of the instrumental music of Brazil " ( '...master of percussion..." (Daniel Valentim, A Crítica, Brazil)

BORIS GAQUERE: " of the new generation's most interesting and 'authentically musical' guitarists and composers.' (Roland DYENS) "...a name to watch for in the future." (Classical Guitar, UK) " original compositional voice, a command of the instrument and a strong ear for new composers ca new voice I hope to hear more of soon.' (, USA)

See them on YouTube, MySpace, and other sites listed below but, for the very best and the only real way to hear them, catch the fire live on their US tour at venues listed below and more dates soon to be announced:

Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 12:00pm
NAMM show at Marriott Anaheim, CA

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7:00pm
NAMM show at Hilton Anaheim, CA

Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 5:00pm
Radio program: FRANCOFUN

Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 8:00pm
Radio program: CLASSICAL SALON

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 9:30pm
Tomi Jazz, New York, NY

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 8:00pm
The Shrine, New York, NY

Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7:00pm
Tutuma Social Club, New York, NY

Lead Guitarist For The Legendary Ohio Players Drops New CD

As the lead guitarist for the Ohio Players, one of funk's legendary bands, there is no argument that Clarence 'Chet' Willis understands the technology of rhythm. Willis' history spans over 30 years either playing, singing, writing and/or producing on gold and platinum mega-hits like "Funky Worm," "Rollercoaster," "Honey," "Skin Tight," and "Fire!" The Ohio Players have long been lauded for laying the foundation for funk served sweet, sticky and soul-satisfying.

So when the notion hit him to join forces with his songwriting partner Harry "HarryO" McLoud and step out to create a sound of his own, "The C-Dub Project" was born! Adding a new dimension to a legacy of musical mastery, "The C-Dub Project" is an eclectic collection of refined funk that is hypnotic, haunting and toe-tapping. Mesmerizing and tantalizing, Willis and McLoud rock us to the next level with 12 ear-bending tracks that wind rhythm around the spectrum of possibilities.

Clarence originally started playing the guitar at an early age, being mainly influenced by the sounds of late night radio broadcasts, attending church with his family and the music he heard in his neighborhood by aspiring musical talents like himself. Early on in his musical journey, he started playing guitar for a local gospel group called The Gospelteers. He remained with them for over a decade. While in high school, he joined a band known as The Majestics. They recorded one single as The Majestics and later changed their name to The Overnite Low Show Band later evolving into the group SUN. In 1975, Clarence was recruited to join The Ohio Players and was nicknamed "Chet." He remains with the Ohio Players to this day and still tours with the band.

As a young teenager in Dayton, Ohio, Harry saw The Beatles perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and became smitten with the electric guitar. He sought out his close friend Clarence Willis to teach him to play. This began Harry's career in the music business in a variety of roles including, but not limited to guitarist/songwriter, road manager, personal manager, local concert promoter and public relations representative. Together Willis and McLoud have spent decades together on the road and in the studio via the incarnations of several bands.

With the "The C-Dub Project" they enchantingly blend elements of jazz, funk and old school creating a dreamy laidback soundscape. The opening track finds Willis on acoustic guitar and percussion teasing with a melodic Latin-tinged rift entitled "Peek-A-Boo" before breaking out and breaking down into "Someday Sundai," a bass-heavy jam that hearkens the best of the '80's old school funk sensibility. "Is There Something on Your Mind?," with its wistful refrain, washes over us like a warm summer breeze offering promises of unrequited love with "Anything" flowing like an ode to the '70s with its comforting folksy appeal. "You Make Me Feel Like Woo!" tilts and turns the beat while "BluLyte" recalls the ambiance of blue light basement parties.

"This is new music for the old school audience," expresses Willis. "Cool, smooth and groovin' is how the music makes you feel. Whether you want to get your dance on, chill out and relax, or go for a ride, we feel 'The C-Dub Project' is right for all that and much more. And even though we had the old school audience in mind, our music appeals to everyone regardless of age."

To get your "C-Dub" on, take a ride at "The C-Dub Project" may be for an old school audience, but it's a new generation of sound!

Eventide Unveils Space

Today, Eventide announced the newest addition to its stompbox product line: Space.

Space features 12 of Eventide's signature reverb combination effects taken from the H8000FW and Eclipse V4 along with some startling new magic.

These unique effects, previously available only in Eventide rack processors, are now available in a compact, roadworthy package. Never before has there been a more dazzling collection of reverb algorithms combined with delays, pitch shifting, tremolo, modulation, and special effects in such a compact and affordable package. Space will be available in February at an Eventide stompbox dealer near you.

12 of Eventide's signature reverb combo algorithms:

Room Plate
Spring Hall
Reverse Shimmer
ModEchoVerb DualVerb
Blackhole MangledVerb
TremoloVerb DynaVerb

• Wide variety of spatial effects including basic reverbs, delays and unique combination effects
• Studio quality sound
• Compatible with any source material - solo instruments, drums, vocals, or complete mixes
• Software upgradeable via USB 2.0
• MIDI control via USB or MIDI in, out/thru
• Instant program change
• Real-time control with 10 knobs, MIDI, or Expression Pedal
• Tap tempo and MIDI clock sync
• 100 factory presets, unlimited through MIDI
• True analog bypass
• Rugged cast metal construction
• Reliable metal footswitches for instant preset access
• Mono or stereo operation
• Guitar or line level inputs and outputs
• Programmable HotSwitch

Contact: Ray Maxwell

About Eventide

Founded in 1971 in New York City, Eventide is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital audio processing products for recording, broadcast, and live performance. Headquartered in Little Ferry, NJ, Eventide invented the H910, the first Harmonizer effects processor in 1975, and introduced the H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer effects processor in 1987. Visit Eventide online at

Eventide and Harmonizer are registered trademarks of Eventide Inc. ©2010 Eventide Inc.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Liquid Light Releases Afro-tinged Deep House Album "Rhythm Mystery"

Rhythm Mystery is an album based on deep house filtered through afro, world and latin groove construction. Combined with a spacious deepness and dub attitude, rhythm mystery is an intelligent electronic/dance project with a rich deep sound, dubby progression and echoes of world music.

From the afro/funk/house of Play All Night featuring the vocals of Jade Weyah, to the deep dubby world groove of dub darvish and the metaphysical closing of black absinthe, rhythm mystery is a journey through fragments of ambience and rhythm.

Album single "Play All Night" featuring the vocals of Jade Weyah has been released a few months ago and has been supported extensively by radio and club djs, dance blogs, and radio stations.

Liquid Light is the DJ and music production outfit of Sotiris Riniou a DJ producer and musician originally from Greece. He has been involved with electronic and dance music early at his artistic progress, passing to club music through influences like Chicago house, afrolatin and world music. He's also running Blue Bass records, an electronic/dance music label that have gained the support of the dance community worldwide,being supported by djs like Danny Tenaglia, Dubfire, Laurent Garnier, Dirty Vegas, Roger Sanchez, Judge Jules, Hernan Cattaneo, and many more.

Rhythm mystery album will be sold exclusively in liquid light promo store until official release date, January 30, at a low promotional price. Check it out here:
More information about liquid light:

Out January 30 on Blue Bass.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Names Top 25 Songs For 2011, the online musician trade magazine, has announced the results of its Top 25 Songs for 2011. Now in its sixth year, the Top 25 awards program spotlights outstanding musical talent in all genres, honors deserving artists for their musical contribution, and seeks to expose great songs to a wider audience.

Winners were chosen by Indie-Music's staff from among the thousands of songs posted to the website over the last year. Criteria for judging included performance, production, and song quality. Artists come from all across the United States, as well as internationally.

Complete Top 25 List -

1. Fallen Riviera "Overnight" (Rock)
2. Cea Marie "Everything is Byte Size" (Pop Rock)
3. Lauren Zoeller "Jaime" (Blues)
4. Rayvon "Back It Up" (Reggae)
5. Next Best Thing "Pardon Me" (Bluegrass)
6. People From Venus "Kite" (Alt Pop - Brit Pop)
7. Gloria Miller "Because of Your Love" (Blues)
8. Funky P "Falling" (R&B - Soul)
9. Saurus and Bones "Mind Like Mine" (Rap - Hip Hop)
10. The SilenTreatment "Valentine" (Pop Rock)
11. Carolyn Nicely "Stranger Goodnight" (Singer Songwriter)
12. StillLine "Innocence" (Rock)
13. Or, The Whale "Datura" (Americana - Alt. Country)
14. Mark Kerr "Woman Down in Texas" (Blues)
15. Stephanie Porter "Love For Sale" (Jazz)
16. Heroes U.K. "Boy Wonder" (Rock)
17. Killer And The Savage "BadMan" (Rap - Hip Hop)
18. Loomis & The Lust "A.D.D." (Rock)
19. Esthema "Eastern Dance" (Instrumental)
20. ExDevils "Deathride" (Metal)
21. Richard Derwingson "Umbrella In The Rain" (Jazz)
22. Clay McClinton "Whole Lotta Work" (Americana - Alt. Country)
23. Megan Barbera "Wasted" (Folk Rock)
24. Serge Nikol "Strong Enough" (Pop Rock)
25. The Vegabonds "Shaky Hands" (Rock)

About One of the most respected and imitated music sites on the web, has been serving the independent music community since 1996 with outstanding featured artists, music reviews, musician-focused news, success tips, and much-needed recognition. The Top 25, now in its sixth year, recognizes the best music uploaded to the website over the previous year.

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Columbus, IN 47202

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

JOMO - What I Want

JOMO’s hip hop track “What I Want” isn’t your average hip hop song. Featuring clever lyrics that are backed up by a strong beat and a nice hook, including horns that come in and really put the funk in it, “What I Want” packs a lyrical punch and is actually reminiscent of 2Pac’s sound. There’s nothing to guess about here – just JOMO letting you know: “What I Want, Son is to get my cash/What I Want, Money, is not to live in the past/What I want, Cousin, is to rule the world/What I want, for once, is to trust my girl/”. The video is simple, deferring to the power of the lyrics and beat. The track “What I Want” has been licensed for the video game TECK DECK LIVE, FRONTLIER FILMS, ON THE THROTTLE TV, LG PICTURES, and the independent film, “800 Pound Gorilla” (a John Paxton Film), and other productions.

Watch the video here:

Dallas Songwriters 2011 Song Contest Kicks Off: Annual Song Contest Back For 21st Year

Amateur songwriters from around the world are invited to compete in the 2011 Annual Song Contest hosted by the Dallas Songwriters Association (DSA). This year’s contest will feature eight categories judged by established music industry professionals and will offer almost $5,000 in prizes to the top winners in each category.

Entries must be post-marked by March 31. Song categories for 2011 are:

1. Christian/Inspirational
2. Country
3. Americana/Folk/Bluegrass
4. Pop/Rock/R&B/Alternative
5. Love Songs/Easy Listening
6. Children's/Novelty
7. Singer/Songwriter
8. Instrumental

Contestants can enter now through March 31 online by clicking the Songwriting Contest tab at , or by mail with entry forms mailed to: DSA, 2011 Song Contest, Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #20, Dallas, TX 75219. Entry fees are $20 per song. Only CD format will be accepted via mail.

The Grand Prize winner will take home a new Tradition electric guitar, get a Premier Demo by Beaird Music Group--one of Nashville’s top recording facilities--and receive a one-year Primo MoB membership with Broadjam, the on-line resource company and web community for musicians.

Grand Prize runner up gets a day of free recording at Enchanted Rock Audio and a night in Merlin’s Cabin, both nestled along the Llano River on the back of a 300 acre ranch in the Texas Hill Country, in addition to a one-year Broadjam Primo MoB membership.

Third Place overall receives a song demo/consultation with Kim Copeland of Nashville’s Kim Copeland Productions and a one-year Broadjam Primo MoB membership.

All first place category winners win $100, a one-year Broadjam MoB membership and a year’s membership in the DSA. Second place winners win $50 and a year’s DSA membership, and third place finishers win a DSA membership.

Last year’s Grand Prize Winner, Lanny Sherwin of Santa Barbara, Calif., swept the Novelty/Children’s category with first, second and third place wins. His top winner was “I Can’t Rhyme,” taking first place in the category as well as Grand Prize for the overall contest.

Additional sponsors include Crystal Clear Sound, Patrick McGuire Recording and WM Sales/Cam Audio. Submission partners are and Sonicbids. Music industry partners are Dallas International Guitar Festival, Arlington Guitar Show, Tradition Guitars, MyStudio Recording Studios, Texas Music Group, Bar-b Music Marketing Consultants,, Sante Fe Design, Austin Songwriters Group and DIFS.

Dallas Songwriters Assoc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing information about the craft and business of songwriting. All styles of music are welcome in the DSA, and membership includes writers of all ages. DSA monthly activities include meetings with guest speakers, song critiques and performance showcases that are open to the public. In addition, the DSA supports and promotes workshops and contests and publishes a monthly newsletter. For more information, visit

Monday, January 10, 2011

Singer Tony Adamo's Funky Hip Eleanor Rigby

This very fresh take on the Beatles' symphonically infused downer reemerges here in Adamo's arrangement as decidedly less depressive but certainly no less enticing. The melancholy of the original comes through less so in Adamo's phrasings but is threaded throughout by the plaintiveness of the organ. The sadness of McCartney's voice has been leeched out here but miraculously not so much prettified by Adamo as hepped up by his jazz inflections and flavorings. The tempo's faster and the crispness of the drums and the guitar provide a snappy counterpoint to the organ. This is not a lonely song at all but a sort of rousing pronouncement about all the lonely people.

Devon Jackson
Magazine Editor - Freelance Music Journalist

Devon Jackson has written about music and film for a variety of publications--from Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice to Rolling Stone and Details. He is also the author of Conspiranoia! and currently the editor of Santa Fean magazine

Fringe Takes Centre Stage At MIDEM

New talent is set to perform at the heart of MIDEM 2011 with the launch of a new Fringe performance stage inside the main MIDEM exhibition hall.

21 groups drawn from Canada, Germany, France, Austria, the United States, Russia, Spain and Britain, will perform live between January 23 and January 25, giving MIDEM delegates the opportunity to discover new 'underground' acoustic talent without having to leave MIDEM's venue, the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. All groups will appear for a second series of evening gigs at one of the three Cannes venues which are also hosting the Fringe - Morrison's Irish Pub, The Lounge and The Quay's Irish Pub.

"Following the success of the Fringe programme last year, MIDEM 2011 will provide new talent with exposure to music executives both during the day and at night. By bringing the Fringe into the Palais des Festivals, MIDEM underlines that the creation of music and the development of new talent are at the heart of what the event stands for," says Dominique Leguern, Director of MIDEM.
Digital entertainment technology leader Rovi Corporation is a partner of the Fringe event.

Line up for the FRINGE stage at MIDEM 2011:
Garrick Davis - Laughing Man Records / USA
Paul Casey - Paul Casey Music Ltd. / UK
James Cottriall - Pate Records / Austria
Marion Corrales - France
Petti - Hotsak / Spain
Mangomad - Circular Records / UK
Bauchklang - monkey. / Austria

Imaginary Cities - Canada
Sonia Brex - Piranha / Germany
The Astronaut's Eye - Germany
Abby - Snowhite / Germany
Ya-Ha! - Ya-ha Musik / Germany
Brandt Brauer Frick - !K7 / Germany
Marina Laslo - Russia

TUESDAY 25 JANUARY Ashley Hicklin - Ferryhouse Productions / Germany
Maylee Todd - Do Right Music / Canada
Jill Barber - Outside Music / Canada
Ian Kelly - Frilance Musique / Canada
Saidah Baba Talibah - CLK Creative Works / Canada
Art Of Fresh - Northstarr Entertainment / Canada
Sonnyboy - Artsoul Entertainment / USA

The Amazing Insurance Salesmen At D22 In Beijing On The 21 Of January 2010 At 9 PM

In order to be prepared for the World final of the Global Battle of the bands which will take place on the 26 of February, and also to satisfy their growing number of fans, The Amazing Insurance Salesmen are continuing to play around the best venues in Beijing.

The band will be headlining a show on the 21 of January at D22, accompanied by "Wu and the side effects" as well as "Lazy Camels".

The Amazing Insurance Salesmen is a band lead by French man Zhang Si’an, with ZIYO drummer Maomao from China and bass player Maikel from Holland.

The band plays original experimental music and songs inspired by bands such as Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix and music genres like Jazz, Blues, Bossa nova, Fusion, Classical music etc...

The band formed in the summer of 2009, when French singer Zhang Si’an was looking for a way to go back to rock music after ten years of playing folk music, chinese inspired folk songs and Jazz. He asked two of the best musicians in Beijing to join him in a journey to create a new experimental rock sound.

The music of the band is very unique in Beijing. It flows between short melodic punk-rock songs and long instrumental guitar driven progressive rock improvisations sounding like David Gilmour and Carlos Santana.

The band has and still is playing in Beijing’s most famous venues such as 2Kolegas, Mao Livehouse, Yugongyishan, the What Bar, D22, Club 13 etc...

The band had also played music festivals including the Beijing Haidian Park Festival and the Beijing Nanluoguxiang Festival.

The Amazing Insurance Salesmen are currently recording their first demo, which will be available soon. Check back on this website for updates.

Band members:
Drums: Maomao (China)
Bass: Maikel (Holland)
Guitar/vocals: Jean-Sébastien Héry (Zhang Si’an) (France)