The Avenue http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue find your way there Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:11:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.13 At the Montreal Fringe 2014 – My Playwright Sister http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2014/06/at-the-montreal-fringe-2014-my-playwright-sister/ Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:11:39 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1370 A cross section of life between a Sister (Johanna Nutter) and Brother/Sister (James Diamond). A Jarring and nerve wracking experience! All the while a elegant and emotional portrayal of sibling rivalries. James Diamond character is flat out brilliant and flawless!   Go see it if your at the fringe! My Playwright Sister runs June 5–20 at Espace […]]]>

A cross section of life between a Sister (Johanna Nutter) and Brother/Sister (James Diamond). A Jarring and nerve wracking experience! All the while a elegant and emotional portrayal of sibling rivalries.

James Diamond character is flat out brilliant and flawless!

 

Go see it if your at the fringe!

My Playwright Sister runs June 5–20 at Espace Freestanding Room (4324 St-Laurent, #300), as part of the Montreal Fringe Festival. Shows on June 7, 14 and 20 are preceded by a performance of My Pregnant Brother at no extra charge (but space is limited)

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The Rise of Dogecoin: Adoption with the Arts http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2014/02/the-rise-of-dogecoin-adoption-with-the-arts/ Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:32:52 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1338 The arts couldn’t ask for anything better but Dogecoin! Already with a market cap growing over 64 million USD and beyond, and helping charities, causes and even Olympians! Now the Dogecoin community is looking around in other places, including the arts. Although still in its early stages, Shibes (what people who have Dogecoins are called) […]]]>

The arts couldn’t ask for anything better but Dogecoin! Already with a market cap growing over 64 million USD and beyond, and helping charities, causes and even Olympians! Now the Dogecoin community is looking around in other places, including the arts. Although still in its early stages, Shibes (what people who have Dogecoins are called) are trying to get people to adopt this cryptocurrency dubbed “the Internets currency” to anyone who’s everyone. The arts could be another big push for adoption of Doge as many of the people in the community on the subreddit are artists themselves trying to sell artwork, crafts, concert tickets, albums for Dogecoins. There are even Dogecoin fundraiser projects being organized all over the web.


One such painting is being sold for 276,321 dogecoin (roughly 320$USD) at an art gallery.

Artists are constantly out in the world talking, creating and spreading culture all over the place. Dogecoin is just a natural fit to what artists are creating online and in the real world. Government funding Art Councils are on the decline in most developed countries(with massive cuts), plus application competition are fierce for what ever government scraps there are. Could the growing community of Dogecoin be a new a haven for creativity? I say yes! Could this be the next leap past the philosophies of Kickstarter and Indiegogo? I say no, but this new way of directly changing and creating new artistic content that Dogecoin and shibes have help createis a step to a new horizon and a new way of thinking about how we use our money. How we can take everyone with us, all the way to the moon and beyond, together!

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Sea + Air You Don’t Care About Me! http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2013/11/sea-air-you-dont-care-about-me/ Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:01:12 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1326 Sea + Air new music video is out today. With a dreamy harpsichord line that takes you to an emotional void, that you start to explore within the first few seconds of the video. The backdrop is smokey and dark and the lyrics ring true and hit the marks it set out to. What we […]]]>

Sea + Air new music video is out today. With a dreamy harpsichord line that takes you to an emotional void, that you start to explore within the first few seconds of the video.
The backdrop is smokey and dark and the lyrics ring true and hit the marks it set out to. What we like about this talent duo is there pallet of musicial sounds. They explore, they add to the awesome musical style that is Air + Sea.

Take a look at the Video:

We talk with Sea + Air Daniel Benjamin & Eleni:

What inspired you to make the music video the way you did?

We thought of doing a video that reflects the lyrics. we know what the lyrics are about but no one else does and that’ s pretty cool. does the couple love each other or not? do they even know each other? maybe they used to be in love? maybe it’ s not about love at all. all those questions that the viewer has to answer himself…

What are your tour plans for 2014?

We were hoping to come to Canada again but your government passed a funny law where promoters have to pay over 500 dollars each show to have us play. Which means smaller venues can’ t afford us, bigger venues are too big. I think they’ re doing this to show the US that their treating Canadian musicians really bad sometimes and that’ s good. But this shouldn’t affect Europeans cause we always love Canadians to come over. We ourselves actually helped Canadian artists to get shows in Europe. This can’ t be the way they say “thanks” to us. So our government is already negotiating this with yours and we hope it’ s happening.

Your style is quite unique, what new styles are your experimenting with?

We are currently working on a new record which is influenced by over 20 countries we toured in the last 2 years. We were very interested in what’ s going on in each country and what is the difference in music in each country. Germany is the only country that doesn’ t really have a folk music tradition, cause it all got destroyed by the Nazis. That’ s why we had to dig deep in the exciting German music tradition from Bach to Stockhausen. And now we face this with the Greek folk tradition and use that tension to create more unique music. Hopefully.

You can find more about Sea + Air on Facebook

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Classical Music Humor http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2013/10/classical-music-humor/ Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:11:15 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1301 The Least and Most Notable Images around the net Its Not Just You: Perhaps our Favorite     If you don’t get it, go on youtube and start listening to the music. Things will then become clear.    ]]>

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Its Not Just You:

Perhaps our Favorite 

 

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Happy 30th MIDI! http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2013/01/happy-30th-midi/ Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:18:11 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1268 Either you love, hate or still have no clue what Midi is. This video celebrates 30 years of this great creative tool that has aided millions of artist all over the world.]]>

Either you love, hate or still have no clue what Midi is. This video celebrates 30 years of this great creative tool that has aided millions of artist all over the world.

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thin edge New Music Collective http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2013/01/thin-edge-new-music-collective/ Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:48:12 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1259 In January and February of 2013, the Thin Edge New Music Collective will be joined by guest artists’ German accordionist, Olivia Steimel and Montreal-based flutist/composer Solomiya Moroz for a Canadian concert tour entitled: Keys, Wind and Strings – sonic explorations for accordion, flute, piano and violin. The primary focus of this project will be the […]]]>

In January and February of 2013, the Thin Edge New Music Collective will be joined by guest
artists’ German accordionist, Olivia Steimel and Montreal-based flutist/composer Solomiya
Moroz for a Canadian concert tour entitled: Keys, Wind and Strings – sonic explorations for
accordion, flute, piano and violin. The primary focus of this project will be the premiering and
dissemination of two new works by emerging Canadian composers Solomiya Moroz and Anna Pidgorna written for this unique instrumentation. The Thin Edge is honoured to have been accepted for an artistic residency at the Banff Centre with Olivia and Solomiya where they will spend two weeks in preparation for the tour which will take them to Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and Montreal and will include performances at Calgary’s Happening Festival of Music and Media alongside renowned ensembles such as grammy nominated eighth blackbird and Calgary’s own Land’s End. Several concerts on the tour will also feature interesting collaborations with local musicians including a performance with guitarist/composer Jeff Younger at Vancouver’s 1067, while the Montreal concert will be co-presented with basssaxophonist/ composer Jason Sharp. This tour was made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council of the Arts as well as the Shevchenko Foundation.

Tour dates, venues and ticket info:
Calgary – January 21, 8 pm, Happening Festival of Music and Media, Eckhardt Gramatté Hall, $15-$20
Vancouver – January 31, 9 pm, 1067, 1067 Granville Street, $5
Vancouver – February 1, 8 pm, CMC Vancouver, 837 Davie Street, $15-20
Victoria – February 3, 7:30 pm, Wood Hall, The Victoria Conservatory of Music, 900 Johnson St, $10-$15*
*Presented by Open Space Arts Society
Toronto – February 10, 8 pm, Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave, $15-$20
Montreal – February 11, 8 pm, Sala Rosa, 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent, $10-15
For more information or interviews please contact:
thin.edge.collective@gmail.com
www.thethinedgenewmusiccollective.com

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Why Crowd-Sourcing is Amazing! http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/11/why-crowd-sourcing-is-amazing/ Fri, 02 Nov 2012 20:10:09 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1253 Copyright © 2012 The Avenue – Arts Avenue – Please don’t steal. Check out the Campaign]]>

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Yesterday http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/10/yesterday/ Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:11:42 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1248 Copyright © 2012 The Avenue – Arts Avenue – Please don’t steal.]]>

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Inner Thoughts at the Opera http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/10/inner-thoughts-at-the-opera/ Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:48:59 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1243 Copyright © 2012 The Avenue – Arts Avenue – Please don’t steal.]]>

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Leaving the Orchestra http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/10/leaving-the-orchestra/ Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:08:49 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1233 Copyright © 2012 The Avenue – Arts Avenue – Please don’t steal.]]>

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Cristina Spinei http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/10/cristina-spinei/ Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:43:11 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1219 What are your recent works right now that you’re working on? I have just completed a string quartet, Bootleg Sugar Lips, for MuSe’s Sounds of Arts Festival 2012. (http://musefriends.org/MuSE/Top.html) Yui Kitamura is the founder of MuSe and invited me to participate in this multi-disciplinary festival for a second year. I’m also going to be a […]]]>

What are your recent works right now that you’re working on?

I have just completed a string quartet, Bootleg Sugar Lips, for MuSe’s Sounds of Arts Festival 2012. (http://musefriends.org/MuSE/Top.html) Yui Kitamura is the founder of MuSe and invited me to participate in this multi-disciplinary festival for a second year. I’m also going to be a judge in their first Young Composers Competition which I’m thrilled about!

I’m starting to work on a solo piano piece. I realized that the last one I composed is almost ten years old! My main instrument is piano so I feel that I should add another one to my compositional repertoire.

This past month has been an exciting one for me with the release of two compositions on different CDs. “Synched” was recorded by the St. Michel Strings under the direction of Maestro Jose Serebrier. It appears on the album Adagio produced by Alba Records. “Mahler Remixed” was commissioned last year by the New York Piano Quartet and is part of their new album Songs for Mahler in the Absence of Words. It appears on a new label, Urlicht AudioVisual, which was recently founded by Gene Gaudette.

Both Recordings Can be found Here
Songs for Mahler in the Absence of Wordshttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/songs-for-mahler-in-the-absence-of-words-new-york-piano-quartet/24382629?ean=721405550326
Adagio: http://www.alba.fi/en/shop/products/4977

 

What are your dream projects that you have in mind right now for the future?

One of my dream projects is to compose a fully integrated, multi-media opera. Not one of those operas that are so in vogue right now with a million things going on at once. I’ve been to at least three this year where there are multiple video screens, excessive manipulation of scenery, strange ‘symbolic’ choreography…those sort of gimmicks. My vision for a new opera is one where the staging and music are inseparable, a gesamtkunstwerk with new technology. I’m actually in the beginning stages of an opera which is based on the ancient Sumerian tale Inanna. I’m working with an incredible artist, Ryan Hartley Smith, who is illustrating projections that will be interactive. My librettist, Alejandro Rodriguez, is both an actor and a writer so his dramatic timing and sense of rhythmic cadence is impeccable. I’ve been thinking about composing an opera for a long time; opera is actually what motivated me to become a composer (and I share a Leap Day birthday with Rossini!). I am so lucky to have found Ryan and Alejandro both as collaborators and as great friends.

Another future goal is to be a successful Latin pop music composer. I’m serious. I probably spend more time listening to Latin music than I do classical or contemporary concert music. My commutes are filled with salsa, merengue, bachata, and reggaeton. I basically grew up dancing to all of those rhythms and recently have been craving to write my own versions. Currently I don’t have the time to sit down and start a song but it’s something in the back of my mind. I would love to compose for Alejandro Sanz or Ricardo Arjona, that would be a dream project!

If you could give one piece of universal advice to anyone, what would it be?

Be persistent. Nobody knows what is best for your career better than you do.

 

Find out more about Cristina Here and Follow here on Twitter!

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The State of US Orchestras Today http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/10/the-state-of-us-orchestras-today/ Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:24:05 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1211 Copyright © 2012 The Avenue – Arts Avenue – Please don’t steal.]]>

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How to Child-Proof your Concerts http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/09/how-to-child-proof-your-concerts/ Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:34:31 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1202 Copyright © 2012 The Avenue – Arts Avenue – Please don’t steal.]]>

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Why Leonard Cohen is the King of Cool and Badass of Dark Verse http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/09/why-leonard-cohen-is-the-king-of-cool-and-badass-of-dark-verse/ Thu, 20 Sep 2012 18:14:38 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1191 Copyright © 2012 The Avenue – Arts Avenue – Please don’t steal.]]>

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Zoe Keating http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/09/zoe-keating/ Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:04:51 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1153 Find more on Zoe Keating HERE : Facebook Twitter Website Technology and music go hand in hand with you and your music. How would you describe the relationship between the two in your own way? Zoe: Well they definitely need each other, it’s kinda one of those push/pull love/hate relationships. You know I’ll get this new type of software for […]]]>

Find more on Zoe Keating HERE : Facebook Twitter Website

Technology and music go hand in hand with you and your music. How would you describe the relationship between the two in your own way?

Zoe: Well they definitely need each other, it’s kinda one of those push/pull love/hate relationships. You know I’ll get this new type of software for looping and layering, and initially I’ll be excited on what I can do and pretty quickly I’ll hit the barriers on what’s possible. So then that will often spark a creative process, seeing what I can develop inside that creative box: “Inside that barrier of technology”. Then I’ll start exploring inside the box, all the things I can do and I would start pushing against it, to find out ways to use the technology in ways that it was unintended. The constraints of it often forces me to be more creative because it makes the canvas smaller. So that’s one process, but then the other one is the frustration where I’m always continuously changing things and making them better.

What do you hope to see in the future with technology and music?

Zoe: Gosh I don’t know, everything is continually evolving all the time. We are getting to the point about technology that we stop talking about it as technology. That eventually as time goes by technology becomes the norm and you don’t notice it. That you just become so used to listening to music on your Ipod or looping and layering on your Ipad. Its the new norm. That will continue to be true. But I am waiting for the day that everything can be completely wireless. Im sure there’s some health hazards to work out but I can’t wait to walk on stage and have no wires on the cello and have all the information travel thru the air. It would be liberating!

You’ve come from classical music training and exploded into the alternative indie scene in your 20’s what made you turn to these musical styles, instead of pursuing the life of a traditional classical cellist?

Zoe: I just kinda gravitated to music I liked when I was growing up, in the scenes I was in I tended to be the only classical musician among my peers. I also made a conscious decision as a teenager not to pursue classical music as a career, I felt like I couldn’t handle the pressure.

There’s defenity a music division in my life. There’s was a point in time that all I did was listen to music and goto concerts, and as soon as I became a professional musician that all stopped. Mostly because of distraction, I kinda absorb it like a sponge and then spit it out. There’s so much music in my head all the time, now that I’m working on it. But now I want silence.

But I was listening to Electronic music before anyone I knew was listening to Electronic music. Things coming from Europe, early industrial music, like early NINE INCH NAILS, Front 242 and 808 State. But then I also loved Cocteau Twins, Tones on Tail and The Swans. But if I had to name one group that had an atmosphere I was really taken by, it would be the Cocteau Twins. I also really liked modern classical music like Steve Reich, Gorecki, Messiaen and Mahler who’s more modern classical. As far as classical music I love orchestral music, I love playing in orchestra’s and that feeling of being swept up in a orchestra of sound where you just lose yourself and the individual ceases to exists and you become this huge musical organism. Nothing can do that than Mahler can. Playing a Mahler symphony is a wonderful immersive experience. I hope to do it again in the future.

What is your current setup for solo touring concerts? You seem to constantly streamline your setup, what is your dream setup onstage?

Zoe: Well it’s always changing, and I’m always trying to make it neater.

Right now it’s pretty simple just a Mac laptop, a Audio Interface, microphone and a foot controller. It’s almost as minimal as you can be until they start building audio interfaces in laptops.

I also have a few things I use sometimes, I was really “gungho” on OSC which is a way to communicate with you laptop wirelessly, also I have a Midi cello bow that can tell the computer where it is in space, it’s also has a infared sensor and an accelerometer in it. But it still doesn’t work with OSC yet and latency is an issue. But mainly it’s just simple midi sequencing and applescripts that take care of the administrative on the laptop.

What advice can you give to musicians coming from any musical background that want to do something original with there abilities?

Zoe: I always try to encourage people to figure out what their unique voice is. When your studying, first you gotta learn everything there is to music. Then the next process is to figure out what is it that you have to say, what really moves you the most. For me I found a playing style that is very emotionally rewarding and is a total cathartic experience. Just try to figure that out and then just keep doing it.

 

 

 

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5 Things to Know Before Going to Music College http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/09/5-things-to-know-before-going-to-music-college/ http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/09/5-things-to-know-before-going-to-music-college/#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:40:19 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1145 Copyright © 2012 The Avenue – Arts Avenue – Please don’t steal.]]>

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Denise Vasquez – Modern Day Woman http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/09/denise-vasquez-modern-day-woman/ Sat, 08 Sep 2012 14:44:19 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1102 Your considered a “Modern Day Renaissance Woman”, who are you influenced by?  That’s a great question! I’m influenced by so many things: Traveling, love, life, art, nature, people… but the biggest and most important influence in my life is my mom! One could not ask for a better role model! She is everything I aspire […]]]>

Your considered a “Modern Day Renaissance Woman”, who are you influenced by? 

That’s a great question! I’m influenced by so many things: Traveling, love, life, art, nature, people… but the biggest and most important influence in my life is my mom! One could not ask for a better role model! She is everything I aspire to be! My mom is an incredible woman who inspires me in every essence of her being! Growing up, she always made sure that art, dance, music, and the theater were part of our lives. Being raised by a strong, intelligent, independent woman, who herself happened to be an amazing artist, had a big influence on me from a very early age. My mom raised my sister & I on her own. Through all of her challenges, she always stayed positive, focused on accomplishing her goals to provide the best for us, and she always managed to find ways to support  and feed all of our creativity! Life wasn’t always easy, but my mother’s determination, passion, focus, and work ethic throughout my entire life, is the solid foundation for all that I am! My mom paved the way for me to live my dreams by constantly showing me, throughout my life, to this day, in a variety of ways, that anything is possible if you work hard, never give up & believe!

Could you tell us about what you’ve been doing this past year? 

This past year? WOW…a LOT!!!! How much time do we have! LOL! I’ve accomplished so much in the last year, I honestly don’t even know where to begin! I’ll focus on some of the bigger projects that I’m at liberty to talk about! I just collaborated with Artist Randy Martinez on one of my concepts “Empowerment: Mega Fan Girl”. Very excited because our design is being released on Prints at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles on Sept 15th, and it’s also available right now on Stickers, T-shirts, Hoodies, Onsies, in a variety of colors, styles, sizes for babies, kids, women & men on Redbubble http://www.redbubble.com/people/DeniseVasquez ; I designed the Spanish Vader T-shirt “La Fuerza Es Fuerte Con Este” for “Her Universe” which has been so popular that Disney picked it up for “Star Wars Weekends” in Orlando & “Hot Topic” picked it up & has it available online & in all of their stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico;  I booked some fun acting gigs on pilots, TV shows, and movies like  “Total Recall” (2012) & “The Bronx Bull” check out my imdb http://www.imdb.me/DeniseVasquez ; Been keeping busy writing articles & doing amazing interviews for the Examiner http://www.examiner.com/cultural-events-in-Los-Angeles/Denise-Vasquez ; Performed solo acoustic, sang my songs & played my guitar at the “Viper Room” on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood in the Acoustic Lounge; Did some fun live Co-hosting gigs for “VH1 Save The Music Foundation” at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood; Walked “Course Of The Force” for a cause; Customized some toys for MTV Geek at San Diego Comic Con, Angry Koala Gear, “Vinyl Thoughts 2”, gallery shows, private commissions and Bean Pot Toiz ; Got invited by “Kidrobot LA” to display my “Conan O’Brien & his horny Teddy and my Glow in the Dark Star Wars Anakin Day of the dead” munny’s in their store; Did some hand painted sketch cards for “The Art Hustle Series 3” & Topps Trading Cards on two sets: Mars Attacks Heritage set & Star Wars Galactic Files ; I won FIRST PLACE for my “Glow in the dark FRANKENVADER” in Halloweencostumes.com Darth Vader Art Contest ; Collaborated with Randy martinez on key art for Shevacon & attended as Guests of honor; did panels, nterviews, promoting, marketing, booking ;lost over 35 pounds; chopped my hair off…and that’s not even putting a dent in what I’ve been doing! LOL!

Are there any projects coming up?

There are a number of amazing projects in the works that I’m a part of, but at this time I’m not at liberty to talk them yet so you’ll have to keep up with me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/DeniseVasquez Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DeniseVasquezArtist or check in on my website http://www.denisevasquez.com for announcements!

Music has really been a big part in your life, what does your music try to say to the audience?

My music is my story! It’s a reflection of all that I am, and an acknowledgment to everything that has happened to me in my life. My music is my heart, mind and soul being focused on the positive side of every situation, while remaining in the here and the now. My music is a reminder of who I am, where I came from, and what I’ve experienced to get to becoming the woman I am today! My music is my invitation to my audience to embark on my spiritual journey. I hope my music reminds us all to remain focused on the importance of having a new day, being in the moment and making the most of it!

Is there any advice that you can give to artists out there? 

Believe in yourself! Stay positive! Be yourself & always stay true to you in everything you do! Dare to dream and live it! Never give up! Write down your goals! Stay focused! And remember…You have to believe to achieve! My motto is “BE BOLD, BE BRAVE, BELIEVE!”
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Aaron Mangoff – You and I http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/09/aaron-mangoff-you-and-i/ http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/09/aaron-mangoff-you-and-i/#comments Fri, 07 Sep 2012 15:00:17 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1080 Your album “You and I” how did the title and first track share the name? The title “You and I” is based on my younger brother and I. I have had the tune for quite awhile, actually it was written during the recording process of my first CD “Rest Easy”. I tend to write a […]]]>

Your album “You and I” how did the title and first track share the name?

The title “You and I” is based on my younger brother and I. I have had the tune for quite awhile, actually it was written during the recording process of my first CD “Rest Easy”. I tend to write a lot of songs based on my life and situations and create some imagery that perhaps gives me some perspective personally as I go through those things. Anyway the song itself is a little ode to my younger brother because I may not be the best at giving advice or communicating the support I feel I should be as the older sibling so all in all it was a “Hey pal we’ll be alright” type song. As for naming the CD after it…So far with naming my CD’s I’ve just been slacking and using the song I find most important out of the whole track list. I’m hoping to be more creative with it in the future haha!

Do you have any tour plans for the fall and winter?

I’m actually looking to book anywhere in Canada at anytime I’ve just recently made the transition into part-time-musician/full-time-museum-employee to part-time-museum-employee/full-time-musician. Like all things it’s a slow start especially because the main goal now is building my audience, I haven’t put much effort into leaving town but that is definitely the next step I have left town for one night here and there but I’m looking to dive right into the travel. So I’ll take this opportunity to let who ever is reading know if they can help in anyway or know of places please feel free to invite me I’m itching to make new friends and perform as much as possible.

Could you name a few people that have inspired you?

So many to name and for so many reasons but if I were to narrow it down to a few, I’d start with Thrice, for their approach to creating music, to involving charities with CD sales so a percentage goes to a charity with every cd they make. Their bravery through out the years with the genre changes and really evolving as a band over the years the musicianship is just unreal.

Connor O’berst for his work in bright eyes and just his lyrics and how they stand on their own.

Bjork for her crazy vocals.

Gord Downie for his lyrics and voice.

Tell us a little bit about your musical upbringing?

Well I’ve always had an acoustic to jam on at home so it’s really what I did a lot of my writing on at a young age, then you hit highschool and form bands with friends so I was in like pop punk bands, metal bands, and just kept the acoustic stuff to myself. Eventually I started to feel very much unfulfilled with the music I was making and wanted to really express something that didn’t seem so forced. “Make music for myself and if people dig it then that would be awesome” type of attitude about it. Oddly enough in my home town (Orillia Ontario) I started getting support almost right away. 2009 I started to really focus on writing and playing and started putting on shows. All together I think I put on 4 shows myself in town and every time about 90 people came out to check it out. So with that little bit of support it gave me enough confidence to really take this on as a career venture. Since then I’ve been able to open for Hawksley Workman, John K. Samson (Singer for the weakerthans), made it onto the 2012 roster for Mariposa Folk Festival, Made 2 cd’s and signed to an indie label called Sleeper Records that have helped me really focus on the music and less on the money to record it. So for hardly trying to leave town the support has been amazing and I’m shocked by it because as any artist may feel is that I’ve got a long way to go and so much to learn and haven’t come close to really honing my songwriting. So all in all so far it’s been an unbelievably encouraging venture so far. I’m excited to really get involved though.

Is there any advice you can give to other musicians?

I think the most important thing, is to be able to take constructive criticism. With that though you can pick and choose what things people have to say that you can take constructively. But always always always make music that punches you in the face before anyone. I think people know when someone is being genuine with their lyrics and sound, if you start to write music FOR the audience, you’ll start losing them. You can’t generalize what people will like, because you’ll never really know what people will like about your music. So it’s best to write to your satisfaction because the common interest will be unpredictable. Don’t be afraid to test your boundaries, get weird and experiment. Auto tune is the enemy…Practice with a metronome…Practice often, like most of the time. Also the most important thing I would tell someone is don’t scrap a tune you don’t like. You need to be able to grow from something and if it’s a terrible tune then you just deal with it. You have to grow from something.

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Yllka Istrefi – Pianist http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/2012/09/yllka-istrefi-pianist/ Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:54:03 +0000 http://artsavenue.ca/theavenue/?p=1052 You Can find more on Yllka Istrefi on here Facebook – Twitter – Website Tell us about what you’ve been doing this past year? Yllka: This has been an amazing year for me. I have had a chance to focus on things that really matter to me and to decide that there are some things in […]]]>

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Tell us about what you’ve been doing this past year?

Yllka: This has been an amazing year for me. I have had a chance to focus on things that really matter to me and to decide that there are some things in life that I don’t really need to do. Once you make this decision, it gets easier to focus and make things happen. I have had a great line-up of concerts this year. I particularly enjoyed performing at the Royal Overseas League in London for a charity concert for Healthy Mother and Babies. I also had the pleasure of returning home to Kosovo to perform at the Remusica festival where I got to play in front of my family and friends once again.

You are from the Balkans and like playing pieces by Balkan composers. One Composer is Trimor Dhomi, tell us more about him and his music and how it affects you.

Yllka: I especially enjoy performing 20th century music, particularly when combined with nationalistic elements. I have played works by Albanian composer Cesk Zadeja many times and Kosovan composers Rafet Rudi and Mark Kacinari. In my next concert I will be performing Trimor Dhomi’s’ work “Meditation”. Trimor belongs to the younger generation of Kosovan composers. He comes from a well-known family of musicians and his father is also a composer. Trimor’s works have a neo-romantic tone and elements of the Kosovan folklore. “Meditation” is a piece about solitude and inner peace and Trimor being a very good friend of mine makes this piece even more special.

What are your future engagements?

Yllka: I will be in nearby Cambridge, England for concerts at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Clare College. It will be my first performance in Cambridge and I am really looking forward to both these concerts. Later in the year I will be performing in Manchester where I have been asked to return for the third time in less than two years. I will also return to Cheltenham for a recital and in early spring 2013 I will perform for the first time at the Norden Arts Centre. I will also perform in Europe in 2013 with concerts starting in Northern Italy.

How could you describe the feeling and emotional drive that is inside you when you play piano?

Yllka: My playing is always geared towards a performance. I don’t believe in playing just for myself as I think music is for sharing – and there is also a bit of a show-off element! My biggest responsibility is towards those who come to listen to me play and even greater towards the composers and works I perform. During the concert these two components are my main considerations. I spend quite a lot of time studying each piece I perform and I always try to get the audience to understand the works I perform and love them as much as I do.

Are there still pieces you want to pursue that you haven’t had a chance to play?

Yllka: There are so many pieces I would like to learn but both Rachmaninov sonatas are on the top of my wish list.

What is one piece of advice that you can give to other musicians?

Yllka: Never stop making music!

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