Ensemble Voyagers - Two Songs from Okinawa

Ensemble Voyagers

 

Ensemble Voyagers - Two Songs from Okinawa

Ensemble Voyagers – Two Songs from Okinawa

 

ARTIST NAME: Ensemble Voyagers:

Daniele Montagner + Shinobu Kikuchi

 

SONG TITLE:

Asadoya Yunta

 

Chinsagu No Hana

 

ALBUM TITLE: Two Songs from Okinawa

 

GENRE: Traditional/World

 

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The Ensemble Voyagers created by Daniele Montagner is an “open” ensemble dedicated to the exploration of musical jewels ranging from the roots of Western civilization to the traditions of non-European cultures, passing through medieval music to the present day.

 

With the use of original musical instruments or made according to the organology in vogue, a sound journey is undertaken through the aesthetics that has represented and continues to represent the history of humanity, its roots, and its evolution.

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Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.

We try to use mainly original musical instruments or made according to the musical organology of the various ages and ethnic groups that we decide to play, infusing the sound with a contemporary approach.

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Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.

It is clear that the music business has changed radically over the last twenty years. Currently, the music business is almost 50% divided between those who use digital distribution and those who still use CDs, vinyl records.

 

It is the “single” fashion return, and currently, everyone composes his own playlist based on his own tastes and the use he intends to make of them, and this was already done with CDs.

 

However, the problem remains that of royalties and product quality.

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State your experience as a musician.

I am a “mercurial” person and I am fascinated and interested in new technologies. Certainly you can’t improvise and honestly, I struggled a lot to be able to understand, adapt and use the new digital modes. I was used to and still tied to the artist’s somewhat romantic relationship I play, and the organizers and those in charge of business do the rest. I had a quick change and had to do it myself, it wasn’t easy.

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Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.

The music business as I said has changed a lot and music piracy and illegal file-sharing is a problem for artists. The musical fruition changes with the evolution of society and technology, it is normal. The digital business prefers the “single” as I said before, or an album of two or three songs. Therefore, marketing and promotion strategies and the relationship between artist and consumers are also changing. Each artist then makes his choices.

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Tell us your goals and plans.

We are shortly planning a new record release of an instrumental medieval dance and probably a musical journey in ancient Greece and then we change course and we set sail for new projects…

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Tell us five current artists that are your favourite.

Jordi Savall, Carlos Santana, Elton John, Pink Floyd, and the Italian singer Cecilia Bartoli.

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Tell us your best song up to date.

The artistic creations are like children, there are no favourites and once they are done they follow their path. I would, however, like to point out one that many will surely know. It is a beautiful song from the ancient musical tradition of the island of Okinawa, a song I listened to when I was twenty and remained in my heart, very delicate and cheerful.

 

We have given it a very pure and simple version, as is the tradition using a Japanese singer expert in the musical tradition of Okinawa who also plays the Sanshin, a medieval flute played by me, whistle and castanets.

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Tell us your dream and hope for the future.

My current thoughts and concerns are increasingly turning to our mother Earth, to our planet. The pain and devastation that men have sown in this world are terrible. I am very busy in this field to do all I can; good and positive. I wish that the awareness, the light and the collaboration in giving the best of oneself descended on men and selfishness and violence dissolved like fog in the sun.

 

As far as our group is concerned, I would like to carry out the projects we have in progress and open ourselves to new collaborations, even to composers who want to write in an ancient but contemporary style at the same time.

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Tell us what has changed in the music industry.

The turning point in the current music industry and not only in this was given by the development and spread of the internet.

 

Ironically, the technological factors that now drive the rescue digital music are also the main reason for the decline of global music business due to illegal file-sharing.

 

The record companies, however, managed to maintain an important role but new business models and new users (players) took over.

 

The use of music is now much simpler via the mobile phone and this has amplified its scope and the way it is used and purchased.

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Tell us your opinion on television/radio stations playing the same songs from established artists and giving little chances to independent artists.

Unfortunately, we know that it is a usual practice, even if we don’t like it.

 

The recording industry is characterized by an economy of star -system: one album out of ten makes it possible to make a profit to compensate for the failure of the other nine and independent music obviously finds it difficult to obtain its own space, but with the advent of the digital age the situation seems to be improving.

 

Normally, when I travel or when I tune in and look for the most open and independent radio stations and programs of any kind, I like listening to new music. I am very voracious, I listen to everything and above all, I want to listen to what the mass does not listen to.

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Tell us the challenges independent artists are facing and how to tackle it.

The challenges are many. We must learn about our mistakes. Surely you need to find good and serious partners and collaborators and build your dream patiently and with confidence. It will be a mistake to run after money and easy profits.

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Tell us your opinion on using social media to promote music online.

The growing trend of the digital format is made possible by the continuous increase of users using online services.

 

Digital technology and the internet facilitate the possibility of making oneself visible with a simple click. Despite the fact that it remains always a bit difficult for an artist to make himself known, sell his creations and build a profitable career through the only telematics system without having a label (be it a major or an independent) behind him, the possibilities introduced by the internet that stimulate the creativity and imagination of many users and therefore widen the possibilities.

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Tell us about your music career.

I graduated in music in Italy, doing classical studies at the Conservatory; I dedicated myself in my youth to avant-garde and experimental music. Then I became interested in jazz language and worked and produced an ethnic-world project.

 

I played in symphony orchestras and opera houses and played as a soloist and in classical and ancient music groups.

 

I produced three CDs of my music and collaborated with the musician Vidna Obmana on an ambient music project.

 

I played and worked with Steven Halpern for healing music.

 

I wrote a book on music entitled “Frequenze di Benessere” (Frequencies of well-being).

 

I studied conducting and two years ago I created the Ensemble Voyagers in which we produced two albums and two singles.

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Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.

As long as I have the desire and the urge to do something new, I will go on; I would say a spiritual necessity.

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Tell us about you as a person.

I’ve said so many things about myself. I am a creative type, I love harmony, I really love animals and nature, I have many animals and their presence regenerates me and calms me, I play with them, I try to understand their world, which is full of beauty and delicacy. I love the sea, I love traveling, I love to discover.

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Elaborate on the story behind the song.

First, we choose a historical epoch and a piece of music that touched us emotionally or we remember with pleasure or we go to look for music that is little known but that have artistic importance, without prejudice.

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Tell us the process involved in making this song.

So let’s imagine the sound it should have, when the sound is clear and the structure and architecture are clear, we begin to build the sound environment, like a painting, or a scene from a movie.

 

We are interested in putting the sound of an instrument in the right place and at the right time, it is not necessary to always play all together, but only those who are necessary for the poetry and musical poetry of that song and for that song.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

After many proposals we decided for Ensemble Voyagers because we feel a bit like time travelers, we immerse ourselves in past ages, we recover sounds also using ancient instruments and we re-emerge in the present.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The titles of the songs produced are the original titles of the songs in the musical tradition we selected, in the case of the song presented in this interview Asadoya Yunta is a song originated from Taketomi Island in the Yaeyama district of Okinawa, Japan. It tells the story of a young and beautiful peasant woman named Kuyama Asato.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

Asadoya Yunta is part of the “Two songs from Okinawa” album along with the other traditional song Chinsagu No Hana. The title refers objectively to the content of the album and represents like a postcard that depicts our journey in the tradition of the island of Okinawa.

 

All the album covers and individual songs produced as Ensemble Voyager have been made by me, Daniele Montagner.

 

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Ensemble Voyagers – Asadoya Yunta

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Ensemble Voyagers – Asadoya Yunta

Ensemble Voyagers – Asadoya Yunta

 

ARTIST NAME:

Ensemble Voyagers + Daniele Montagner + Shinobu Kikuchi

 

SONG TITLE: Asadoya Yunta

 

ALBUM TITLE: Two Songs from Okinawa

 

GENRE: Traditional/World

 

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The Ensemble Voyagers stems from Daniele Montagner’s idea of constituting an “open” musical group, dedicated to exploration without hesitation and prejudice of musical jewels ranging from the roots of Western civilization to the traditions of non-European cultures, passing through medieval music up to the present day.

 

A sound journey is undertaken through the aesthetics that has represented and continues to represent the history of humanity, its roots, and its evolution.

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

They like the cinematic progression of music, the authenticity of sounds and a pure aural musical experience.

 

They like the idea of the collective of sensationally archaic classically styled musicians with contemporary tonality.

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favourite.

We choose the music that touched us emotionally and that still comes to our mind.

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Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

We are shortly planning a new record release of an instrumental medieval dance and probably a musical journey in ancient Greece, always produced as Ensemble Voyagers.

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Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

The latest productions I mentioned do not currently involve collaborations outside the group.

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

We really like programs that talk about the beauty of nature and our planet and art programs.

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

Ideas come when you least expect it. It’s like a flash! Then the inner engines come on as if by magic and work begins until everything becomes clear and bright.

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

The most important thing for anyone is the feeling of well-being that one has when what one gives with one’s work and commitment is appreciated and considered.

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Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

There are many who I would like to collaborate with, but for good luck, I still keep them secret!

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

The first time in the studio I was stone! I asked myself: but am I the one who is playing? I felt like I was in a room full of mirrors and everyone was putting off the worst of you!

 

Now instead I love working in the studio, it’s like doing Zen, it’s an act of pure meditation and musical concentration, you hear the sound in its utmost purity and you can’t escape, you can only try to get even more in, to improve, to perfect.

 

Working in the studio is like being naked, it can be merciless but it’s a great gym!

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

I approach myself very rationally: first of all, I imagine the sound it must have, when the sound is clear and the structure and architecture is clear, I begin to build the sound environment. I imagine it three-dimensionally as if it were a painting to be painted, a cinematographic scene, a dress to do…

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Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.

I am an enthusiastic advocate of sound experimentation. I have been playing contemporary music for years and I approached electronic music by attending courses at the University.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

It depends on the mood… Of course, it doesn’t please, and it depends on the nature of the refusal … I try anyway to understand the reason for the refusal and where possible to look for solutions and modifications, it can be an occasion of awareness and growth.

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

I play, I sing only on my own, at home and often in the car … Playing for me is a necessity of being. The more I play the more I want to play because the world of sounds regenerates me.

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Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.

They are two completely different sound approaches, two different sound worlds. Sometimes, where possible, I try to mix them to look for the ideal sound, thanks to my fantastic sound engineer Manu Saladino.

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

The vocals…have normally been carefully prepared before; I am very meticulous in this. When the piece is ready, from the point of view of the vocal interpretation I then leave a lot of freedom in the studio.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

Basically, I use Pro Tools.

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Discuss the selling of CDs and selling of digital files through digital stores.

Our choice was to produce and sell digital files. I believe it is a personal choice.

 

Of course, those who have a nice music system at home, I think prefer to listen to the CD in its maximum possible sound, I know some and have expensive music systems!

 

But currently people listen to music differently: in headphones, from smartphones, in the car, mind eating, cooking, walking … and technology now allows us to offer good quality music files.

 

The music must be enjoyed, used and therefore very popular dissemination and fruition systems are welcome. I have a house full of CDs, I don’t know where to put them, but now I don’t listen to them anymore…

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Elaborate on the song.

The song is the oldest musical form we know, Dante Alighieri also spoke of it in 1200 and there are traces of songs dating back to ancient Greece and the Sumerians.

 

More or less the structure has always remained that, of course, you can introduce more or less fanciful news, but the balance must be maintained, without balance everything collapses.

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

Ensemble Voyagers: Because ideally, we are time travelers.

 

We live in a world and in a time of multiple and heterogeneous musical traditions: it is, therefore, important to know the history to root the future. There is no univocal direction towards the future: there are pluralities of historical and temporal ramifications that go both towards the past and towards the future and that branch out into the present. There is an “open” time, multiple and heterogeneous. The “tonal” and temporal center of each moment is each of us, with our own awareness and perception.

 

An Ensemble without borders was therefore needed because there are no frontiers in music.

 

Music is dialogue and confrontation and has the ability to combine minds and emotions without fanaticism, helping to renew one’s identity.

 

It is also vital to get out of academicism with an overly formal and almost ritualistic flavour that mainly engulfs Western European culture.

 

Two Songs from Okinawa is just what the collective contains. An “objective” title, like the label of a product at the supermarket but with a slightly archaic, dreamy flavour, two songs recovered from the dream…

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K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade - For My People

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K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade - For My People

K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade – For My People

 

 

 

 

 

 

High energy West African vibes from Ghana via Sheffield….. Afro-fusion 8-piece band K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade are pleased to announce the release of their debut album ‘Wahala Wahala’, released via Heavenly Sweetness.

 

Under the guidance of the outrageously talented Ghanaian force of nature Kweku Sackey, also known as K.O.G, and the whirlwind of energy that is Jamaican rapper Franz Von, the Zongo Brigade deliver infectious, high-energy West African grooves via Sheffield, drawing on afrobeat, soul, funk, rock, hip hop and reggae which has fast gained recognition in London and all over the UK.

 

K.O.G’s signature mix of high-energy songs, raps, operatic vocal effects, along with the hard-hitting patois raps from the spirited Franz Von and a dedicated band of serious musical badmen, has led the band to perform on some of the biggest stages including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals and numerous clubs and venues around Europe.

 

K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade have also received support across national and global radio including BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Introducing Sheffield and BBC Radio 1.

 

With a backdrop of unmistakable African rhythms that include electric brass, thunderous percussion and sharp-edge guitar, ‘Wahala Wahala’ takes possession of the body as the words excite the mind.

 

Racism, rejection, inequality, exile – the subject matter is always serious but the delivery irresistibly upbeat and rhythmic, guaranteed to get the feet moving because in every pain, there is also joy.

 

Writing and composing the songs himself with a little help from the Zongo Brigade, collectively they felt that the best way to catch the energy of the band was to record ‘Wahala Wahala’ as live as not to lose any of its original musical combustion.

 

Deeply rooted in stories from Africa, the album draws on love, peace and social issues.

 

K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade’s motto “Unity in Diversity” stems from Kweku’s African origins and also embraces the eclectic mix of nationalities which make up the band.

 

Leaving his native Ghana in the late 2000s’, Kweku Sackey’s journey to England was not without ‘Wahala’ (‘problems’ in Hausa, and a general West African word meaning ‘stress’ and ‘trouble’).

 

Eventually settling in Sheffield, he encountered many battles along the way which he was determined to fight like an African warrior.

 

By learning to fuse these bad vibrations with positive energies, K.O.G and his Zongo Brigade’s form of ghetto music began to take shape and despite the distance between K.O.G and Ghana, the links have never been broken. Family, friends, and music – he has always kept one foot strongly rooted in Africa, with the other free and adventurous.

 

New single ‘For My People’ merges the indigenous rhythms of Africa with an energetic mix of tones and grooves while songs like ‘Suro Nipa’ and ‘Home’ offer subtle takes on jazz.

 

K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade’s African fusion absorbs everything in its path without ever diluting its soul.

 

Hip hop, street sounds, mutated jazz, indigenous music are all key ingredients while the fizzing ‘Mad-Up’ is a heady brew of rock, ragga, funk and soul.

 

“This album brings to light the strength and endurance of us as HUMANS. A personal journey and documentation of most of the obstacles we have faced as we have moved from two different worlds and how we have overcome these struggles through the freedom of art and music through a firm connection with our roots and culture.

 

It’s music from our soul telling stories how we were told growing up and merging grooves and African rhythms to exhibit the spirit of AFRICA in relation to where we are in the diaspora”, says K.O.G.

 

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Attilla Gibson – Minds Dark Path

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Attilla Gibson – Minds Dark Path

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Attilla Gibson – Minds Dark Path

 

ARTIST NAME: Attila Gibson

 

SONG TITLE: Minds Dark Path

 

ALBUM TITLE: Sentinels of Sentients

 

RELEASE DATE: 2019

 

GENRE: World

 

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Discuss your existence.

My existence as far as I can tell is to help others by sharing the music and wisdom I feel comes from someplace else other than the tangible world as we know it I guess. And making my grandkids laugh.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

I love the best versions of all music styles.

 

I listen to such artists as Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Mozart, Evanescence and so on.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

It is really hard to quantify all I have experienced because of this gift God gave me.

 

As a teenager I was let into so many doors that others were not allowed through and brought happiness and music to places that the devil had no clue I could get to.

 

It’s a powerful thing to have the ability to impact people of all ages and status at such a core level, but in doing so I allow my feelings to be read and exposed to others.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

My godfather Otto Gerber, he influenced me when I was 4 with an album of all the piano greats, Mozart…

 

My mother who has always supported me no matter how screwed up I got as a kid and decided not to have an abortion that the doctor recommended, my amazing children and my wife Heather.

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Tell us your future goals.

I would love to at least make enough money to buy a nice full grand piano one day, and a house it could fit in LOL, mainly to be happy and be there for those I love and show them they can do whatever they want in this world if they work hard for it.

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Elaborate on the theme of the song.

‘Minds Dark Path’ is just that you can feel the anger, discontent and sense of going out of bounds from people’s expectations.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

I really don’t know; it seems to be a very personal and unique experience for everyone.

 

I know this because of all the different stories that people tell me they imagine from the same song, it’s really cool to hear them and the imagery people have that describes them in a way it allows me to peek into their minds.

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Discuss your experience in the music industry.

I’m just a pup in the industry; I did all of this myself with a shoestring budget, and got as far as Carnage Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

 

I wish I could get someone who is good in the industry and set stuff up so I can just show up and play and that would be perfect.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

I have great admiration for Rick Wakeman.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

I love jamming with musicians of my caliber who can improvise in real time, it’s like jazz but with an emotional drive to follow and elaborate on a melody or mood in real time.

 

I have only met maybe five people in the world I can truly do that with and one is my oldest son.

 

But my work that I produce in my name Attila Gibson is mine and I tend to keep it that way mostly because I hate paper work!

 

I love playing. I could and would love to collaborate with all the best people if someone else would just deal with all the bullshit paperwork LOL.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.

You can have music that deeply inspires you and has a strong message and makes you dance, and vice versa.

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Discuss the impact of a Performance Rights Organization.

As far as I can tell they do a lot of paperwork and I’m grateful for that…

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

It’s like a door to somewhere opens and music flows out and my emotions at the time weave and delude itself in the music and give it meaning and soul I guess.

 

Minds Dark Path was a theme I had in my head and I played it and recorded it in one take.

 

Other songs the melody forms over years always resurfacing with a little more added to it.

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Discuss your music performance.

Powerful, passionate and exciting!

 

Fun!

 

Like Huey Lewis said I’m on a new drug, LOL there’s nothing like it.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is Attilla Gibson, my mother is a Hungarian and I was named Tibor at the hospital and before I got home I was called Attila; it’s the only name I know to be called by and my father had the last name Gibson.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

The album’s title is ‘Sentinels of Sentients’ and it means guardians of things that only intelligent minds can perceive and conceive.

 

 

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Lonnie Harrington - A Desire Beyond

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Lonnie Harrington – A Desire Beyond

 

Guitarist, percussionist, singer, songwriter Lonnie Harrington has been strumming, hitting, and singing his way throughout the eastern U.S. and eastern Canada for more than 45 years spanning many musical styles. As a leader and sideman he’s performed in diverse night club and concert venues such as SOB’s, The Blue Note, The Village Gate, Tramps, The Cornelia Street Café, The Shrine, Bostons’ Summerthing, and The Sugar Shack , Summerstage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Symphony Space, among others. From Rocker days in the early 70’s New York City, he went on to perform in several Boston based Soul/R&B bands from February 73 through September 76. Returning to NYC he was in on the birth of the World Beat scene, performing with one of the first bands to play at the now renowned SOBs. He led his own ensemble from 86 through 95 on the local scene and around the greater New York area. He continues to perform as a sideman with different ensembles based in New York City.

 

In 2008 he teamed up with singer/songwriter Ruben Gonzalez, performing in the greater New York Area as “Grooves of the Hemisphere”. He’s performed with Kandia Crazy Horse’s Cactus Rose, and was a guest on Martha Redbones’ album “Garden of Love”. Since 1992, he has sung with New York City based Native American Drum Groups such as the Drum Circle Singers, The Iron Feather Singers, and sits in regularly with the Red Thunder Bear Singers. His album Northern Tropicale and Other Romantic Illusions was released in September 2017. The music represents the many influences of genres he’s comfortable performing in.

 

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Cliff Targum - Golden Sunset

Cliff Targum – Golden Sunset

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Cliff Targum - Golden Sunset

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Cliff Targum – Golden Sunset

 

 

Artist Name: Cliff Targum

 

Song Title: Golden sunset

 

Album Title: Golden sunset

 

Release Date: November 1, 2018

 

 

 

I have been fortunate enough, in all my years, to have recorded and performed with: John Cartwright (from Harry Belafonte), Steve Reid (from Supertramp, The Rippingtons & Miles Davis), Yerachmeil Altizo (from Matisyahu), Bruce Stone, Mike Hughes, Sven Seaholm, Fred Afshar, Chris Ho and many more!!!

 

The future of music for the next up and coming generation is very important to me. I have enjoyed teaching guitar, bass, drums, and piano to hundreds of music lovers for over 25 years!!!

 

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Genre: Blend of instrumental music including Spanish guitar, smooth jazz, heavy metal and more.

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Elaborate on this album and your music career.

This album has lots of Spanish guitar and rock guitar. I use Rodriguez, Takamine and Ibanez guitars. I also love using various percussive instruments. I just love creating music. I had fun combining acoustic guitars with modern technology. I hope you enjoy. Music has always been a way for me to connect with people without using words. It really is the universal language. I have walked away from so many recording sessions with great satisfaction, not only sharing music with some of my favorite people but learning more about life in the process.

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Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.

I love creating music and it is what I just love putting time into.

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Brief us on the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

I get positive feedback and people love it, thank God.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Indeed, I believe social networking is important for all types of musicians.

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Tell us how you record your song.

In recording a song…I first doodle around and practice on the guitar.  Then I sometimes come up with ideas I like.  Then I’ll work and develop the idea into parts with melodies and so on.  Then I’ll go to my studio and record a rough draft on the guitar with a drum beat. Then I love to layer the different parts of the song with guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, effects, and plugins and on and on.  After all the parts are recorded, then I have to edit it and I usually don’t like that part. It usually takes time and energy and I’d rather be playing…but you gotta do it.  Then, after mixing and mastering and burning it down, you have a song.

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Tell us the concept behind the instrumentation.

I’m a big fan of the guitar, so I have lots of guitar on this track.  I use my hands to clap out rhythms and I have a lovely bass part in the mix.  I enjoy using synthesizers and sound effects to help the music come to life.

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State your musical skills. 

I play the guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, mandolin, and ukulele.  I’d love to have a harp to mess around with.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

Probably about 3-4 weeks.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

I enjoy lying down in bed in the evening and exploring and developing ideas on my guitar.

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Discuss music in full detail.

Music is such a blessing and I’m so thankful for it.  It helps in so many ways.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons. 

I love smooth jazz, Spanish guitar, rock guitar, neoclassical metal.   All these styles have areas of showcasing the guitar.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

We rehearse in garages and in music studios.  I sometimes like “rehearsing” with a band better than “performing with a band because the pressure is off and we can focus more on getting the music right.  Sometimes we create amazing magic in the rehearsal halls and it never gets recorded.  I do love rehearsing.

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State your favourite musical instruments.  

Guitar, bass, drums, percussion…

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance. 

It is fun to connect with the fans when I’m performing. I like seeing them up, happy and in good spirit.

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Discuss your personality in full detail.

Actually, I am shyer then I would care to be.  I think I am easy going, fun, kind, empathetic and earthy.

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Discuss your music career.

I’m very happy to be a musician.  I also have a studio where I help people with their recording projects.  I also enjoy teaching music.  I’ve met and worked with a lot of cool people.

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List your musical work.

I’ve created and produced many albums including Golden Sunset, Desert Winds, Rock Candy, Tropical Oasis. I’ve scored music for the Marina Del Ray film festival winner of 2015 in the documentary entitled: “Understanding Pain in Older Age.” I also scored some music in “Heavy metal Greg Goes to the Grammy’s.”  I have created music videos and guitar tutorials.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

I once had a gig at “The Other Door” in North Hollywood and somehow with all the lights and people…it seemed as if magic was in the air.  I think the band was really tight and everyone was into it.  I really enjoyed that gig and I hope I have more good experiences like that.

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Share your press releases and reviews with us.  

Sam Nosrati:  “Cliff Targum is an accomplished guitarist.  One of the things he does is that he blends traditional folk hymns with modern rhythms to create a sweet fusion that actively engages the audience.  It is truly a privilege to hear Cliff’s music, especially as it is being performed.

 

Robert Richman: “Cliff Targum (the Maestro) is a consummate professional musician and he brings light into a world in desperate need for joy and great music. I would recommend him to anyone interested in working with this great professional.”

 

Howard Seibel:  “Oh my God Cliff Targum is a musical genius.  He took my song. “Hidden In The Basement” and turned it into a masterpiece.  His producing skills are top-notch, his dedication and approach are unprecedented. His attention to details are refreshing to work around. He cares about every beat, every measure until he and the client are satisfied; none of this “we’ll fix it in the mix shit”. No Cliff Targum is a true professional in every sense… I look forward to working with him in the future with many of my musical projects.  I have the utmost confidence in his abilities.”

 

Benson Simmons:  Cliff is such an amazing such a TALENTED MUSICIAN! He’s an excellent performer with top quality skills on the guitar! When he puts together a band for an occasion you can be sure that he will arrive prepared and surpass your expectations!  He’s also a fine composer. As a teacher, he is kind, compassionate and truly gifted. He’s warm and an excellent communicator. BEST IN LA!!!”

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Cliff Targum…that’s what I was named at my birth.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is called “Golden Sunset.”  Sunsets can be so beautiful and when naming the song, I wanted to call it something beautiful.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title. 

I decided to call the name of the album also “Golden Sunset.”  So it is kind of the theme song for the whole album.