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Mauricio Morales, Roni Eytan, Al Joseph – Garden of Hope (Spotify)

“A walk among the rhythmic meadows of complex Jazz inspired riffs. They flow seamlessly together like the rivers of time. ”

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Artist shared with Nagamag a very instersting story behind song inspiration:

"As we grow we reach moments in our life in which we make mistakes. In which we challenge the principles that work as the foundation of who we are and that eventually continue to build our character. I think there are times in everybody’s life in which we question our own nature. In this particular case I want to convey a specific emotion that I have felt.

It starts with me and a friend spending some time at his house. We drink and end up going out. We end up drinking more and spending money.

At the moment I was unaware or didn't care of the consequences, I just continued behaving as if I owned a world that I didn’t earn myself. But it really did hit me the moment I opened my eyes the next day. For starters, I used my fathers money. He found out of course.

At this moment I felt absolutely lost. First of all I was embarrassed and assumed my dads perception of me had changed completely. I was uncomfortable around my family because of it. I also felt like I had lost whatever innocence I had left in me and that I was turning into someone without proper direction. I felt like the child that wished for the moon was gone and had turned into something else. Something I didn’t like.

A few weeks later, I was sitting down in my pijamas, playing a Nintendo game called Pikmin. After playing it for a couple of hours I realized that for a very short period of time, I didn't think about it at all. In fact I didn't think about anything at all. I was enjoying the game, and it was the most childlike experience I have had in a while. It made me happy. And it was not the video game itself, but the idea that I was still me, and that I am in control of the decisions I make from now on. It was not a matter of neglecting whatever I had done, it was a matter of learning from it. Trying to become the best possible version of myself and be conscious of my ideas and principles and live by them.

I thought it would be a good way to end the record because I believe we are born children, and that in a lot of cases we live our lives pursuing feeling like children again. NOT being children, but feeling like children.

The level of the video game I was playing then was named "Garden of Hope". "

Georgia Cécile – He Knew How To Love [Official Music Video] (Video)

“Enter the emotions tied to love. Graceful piano and strings embraced by a soothing simple beat. Heavenly gravity in this light and airy track. ”

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Georgia Cécile is at the helm of an exciting new wave of UK female jazz talents, however her new single ‘He Knew How To Love’ sees her explore a more broader pop sound. The track comes with a beautifully crafted music video by Rianne White as the two pair up with PRS Women Make Music Foundation (to increase the profile of women, trans and non binary artists who are creating new music in the UK). This November she will be opening the prestigious London Jazz Festival, off the back of dropping her debut album in September.

GEORGIA CÉCILE returns with her boldest release to date, the emotional ballad ‘HE KNEW HOW TO LOVE’. Teaming up with film director RIANNE WHITE and in association with PRS WOMAN MAKE MUSIC, the cinematic music video represents two young women at the height of the game.

“Vocalist of the Year” Nominee Jazz FM Awards 2020

“Her voice is spectacular. Cécile & Stevenson are a songwriting pair to watch out for” Jamie Cullum (BBC R2)

“Her clarity of tone, creativity and ability to sing with genuine emotional depth will take her a long way” Jazzwise

One of UK Jazz’s hottest new prospects, Georgia Cécile is at the helm of an exciting new wave of UK female jazz talents. Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by BBC Introducing and Jazzwise Magazine, Cécile’s stock has been rising on the strength of her live performances and her songwriting partnership with award-winning pianist/composer Euan Stevenson. She has an accessible approach to jazz (with pop to soul influences) which is key to her crossover appeal as she cites contemporaries such as Celeste, Melody Gardot and Gregory Porter as influences – as well as old favourites like Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone.

Her new single ‘He Knew How To Love’ is perhaps her most accessible release to date, as the jazz-flavoured beginning builds into a full blown pop ballad at times. As a piano guides the instrumentation, a cinematic soundscape of strings help create pictures with sounds, as the track ebs and flows, mirroring the ups and downs of life. As her vocals take centre stage, Georgia recounts stories of her father’s love and devotion through the years, as she takes stock of her journey into womanhood. Georgia explains the personal message within:

“This song is my most personal as it was written about my Father. I wanted to capture the essence of him – his presence, spirituality, and the ways in which he nurtured and shaped my world and how his personal sacrifices allowed me to pursue my dream.”
“The fruition of those dreams are felt in the song too; moments of self-realisation and the journey of evolving through adolescence into womanhood. It is my hope that others feel moved and empowered to realise their destiny.”
“My paternal grandfather was also a renowned jazz pianist in the 1960’s, who is the key inspiration behind my vocation to music – this song is also in honour of him.”
About the music video: In collaboration with Scottish film director and choreographer Rianne White, the pair have delivered an elegantly rich and movie-like music video to accompany the release. Rianne has gained recognition as one of the UK’s most exciting young film directors, having directed films with Young Fathers, Ellie Goulding, Aurora and Kate Tempest. This project, supported by PRS Woman Make Music, marks the unity of two young women at the height of their creative ambition – bringing female collaboration and support to the forefront of not only their personal but collective visions. *press release attached for more info.

This year, Georgia marked International Women’s Day by performing live for the BBC’s Jazz Nights show and she was included in Jazzwise’s ‘Women In Jazz’ feature that day. Also around that time, her single ‘Always Be Right’ was featured by Wonderland Magazine, and was playlisted on Jazz FM. ‘He Knew How To Love’ is the second single taken from Georgia’s debut album which is due for release early September. In November she will be opening the prestigious London Jazz Festival with the Guy Barker Orchestra and will be recording at Abbey Road this summer.

Previously, her track ‘Blue Is Just A Colour’ premiered on BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum show, following sell-out shows at UK jazz festivals including Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. She was championed by The Scottish Sun, The Herald, The Scotsman and The Sunday post after picking up ‘Best Vocalist’ at the 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards and a nomination for ‘Vocalist of the Year’ at the prestigious 2020 Jazz FM awards.

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Jennifer Juliette – Small Voice (Spotify)

“Sometimes, instead of a thousand words, all you need is music. -Jennifer Juliette- and its neoclassical composition -Small Voice-, wonders and with ease juggles our feelings. Charming melody, not less fascinating performance and poetic atmosphere. There are only a few minutes to think about most important things in your life.”

“Всё, что нужно порой вместо тысячи слов - это музыка. -Jennifer Juliette- и её неоклассическая композиция -Small Voice- творят чудеса и с лёгкостью жонглирует нашими чувствами. Очаровательная мелодия, не менее завораживающее исполнение и поэтическая атмосфера. Есть несколько минут, чтобы подумать о самом важном в своей жизни.”

-Nagamag.com

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Jennifer is a Welsh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s based in Berlin. Powerful, artistic, inspiring: Jennifer’s cross-over style is a mesmerising mix of her classical training and mainstream pop; her searing melodies drawn from personal experiences and boundless creative energy.

Over the last decade, Jennifer has performed at a number of prestigious venues around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Vienna Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall in London, where she worked as a fashion model for several years.

Trained as a concert pianist, Jennifer also plays guitar, violin and cello. She has worked in various orchestra settings. In mid-2019, Jennifer started an international women’s choir which raised money for homeless shelters across Berlin before the COVID lockdown forced the group to press pause on its demanding performance schedule.

Her passion for music stems from childhood, when, at the age of 4, she started singing and playing piano at churches in the South Welsh Valleys, where she was raised. She went on to study music and completed her exams with the Royal School of Music at 15.

Quiet Streams – Jordi Fornies (Video)

“Do not worry if the rivers of the fate push you away from the shores. Everything has its time. -Quiet streams- enchants its coldness, its soulful, melodic cry. Listen to your heart, let go of the past and swim by the flow. The shores are there and waiting for you.”

“Не стоит беспокоиться, если реки судьбы принесли вас не к тем берегам. Всему своё время. -Quiet Streams- очаровывает своей прохладой, своим душевным, мелодичным плачем. Слушайте своё сердце, отпустите прошлое и плывите по течению. Ваши берега ждут вас.”

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Jordi Forniés is a Spanish musician, composer, and visual artist based in Singapore. His works are characterised by a continuum between tender overarching refrains and defined sequences with increasing momentum. Always contemplative and expansive in nature, his compositions draw on neoclassical and ambient electronic music. Forniés composes for piano, strings, and small ensembles, working with studio recordings alongside electronic elements.

A classically trained pianist since childhood, educated at Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Vila-seca in Spain, Forniés returned to music study in 2017 gaining an MFA in Music Composition and Orchestration at Chichester University in the UK. He is a member of the Composers Society of Singapore.

He has often worked in collaboration with others including Bouvaque with photographer and filmmaker Han Sungpil for which Forniés’ created a piano and string quartet score. He has composed for films including Caroline Fink’s epic documentary about the receding of the largest glacier in Switzerland, Aletsch: Of Ice and Men, 2016, and made music for documentaries and video installations with Gitta Gsell. He also worked on Yan Wang Preston’s major project Mother River, which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

To check Jordi’s visual work please visit www.jordifornies.net

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LORIEN by ViVA Trio ~featuring The Lord of the Rings Galadriel, Lady of Lorien (Video)

“Epic style creation with emphasis on the singing part. A magnificent fairytale with enchanting atmosphere and three crystal voices, which can feed our imagination with mystical magic and sacred places. Inspired by the famous “Lady of Lorien” it can surely attract many fans of “Lord of the Rings”.”

-Nagamag.com

Lord of the Rings fan? Us too!! Here’s a song inspired by Galadriel, the Lady of Lorien. Unwind and enter a world of fantasy with ViVA Trio’s new single LORIEN.

An ethereal love song sung by the internationally acclaimed ViVA Trio. This original song is filled with beautiful melodies and haunting vocal harmonies. It tells the story of a young woman’s fear and concerns around the budding feelings for a new, forbidden love. She is comforted by the wise and omnipresent Lady of Lorien.

Music Written by: Katya Tchoubar, Anna Baterman, Erin Fisher
Lyrics by: ViVA Trio
Musical Arrangement by: Aslan Gotov
Produced by: Aslan Gotov, Katya Tchoubar
Mixing /Mastered – Dima Graziani & Katya Tchoubar
Vocals by: ViVA Trio (Anna Bateman, Erin Fisher, Katya Tchoubar)

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Steve Barakatt – Néoréalité (Video)

“Remember the words of the great William Shakespeare – The whole world is a theater, and the people in it are actors. -Néoréalité- like the play of an invisible composer who has just stepped out from behind the curtains; Sat down at the piano, the light goes out and a stream of radiant emotions and feelings rushed into the hall. -Néoréalité is beauty, grace and real art in the neoclassical genre!”

“Вспоминаются слова великого Вильяма Шекспира – Весь мир театр, а люди в нём актёры. -Néoréalité- словно игра невидимого композитора, который только что вышел из-за кулис; сел за пиано, гаснет свет и в зал хлынул поток лучезарных эмоций и чувств. -Néoréalité- это красота, грация и настоящее искусство в жанре неоклассики!”

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Steve Barakatt Unveils His New Album Néoréalité

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Director Francis Bordeleau chosen by the world-renowned composer to helm a musical short film

Quebec City, July 7, 2021 — Today, award-winning composer and pianist Steve Barakatt unveils his 10th album, Néoréalité. After a career spanning more than 30 years, 5 million albums sold and over 500 concerts on five continents, the artist introduces a new musical universe. Alone at the piano, recorded in the intimacy of his studio in Old Quebec, Steve Barakatt’s work lulls and transports us in music and images through a powerfully moving musical short film.

It was after watching Francis Bordeleau’s first feature film that the composer and pianist wanted to collaborate with the rising film star. A Quebec director, producer and screenwriter, Bordeleau made a name for himself with the acclaimed release of Carnasse and Wolfe (TVA Films), two productions that helped the artist make a name for himself on Quebec’s cultural scene.

A fan of his work, Steve Barakatt needed only a few minutes to issue the director a challenge: to make a film about his own music.

“Néoréalité is about creating a parallel world. The situation of great social changes was ideal for me to be alone at the piano and create with authenticity. The creative process for Néoréalité was like a long journey into the land of imagination. A quest for purpose,” says Steve Barakatt.

The new album is being released worldwide today under the Universal Music MENA label.

The making of Néoréalité presented the young director with a perfect opportunity. “Steve Barakatt gave me carte blanche on everything I wanted to create. On my very first listen, the album transported me to a cinematic universe. It was my first collaboration with an artist from the musical world and I while the reflexes of a feature film director. This collaboration has allowed me to grow and surprise myself,” says Bordeleau.

Néoréalité is presented as a living fresco that leaves the audience in an introspective mindset. Evoking the fragility of life, the uncertainty caused by our environment or the anguish of losing what is most precious to us, this musical short film is both moving and fascinating. This universal work can be heard around the world starting today.

About Steve Barakatt

For more than three decades, award-winning composer, pianist, singer, producer and internationally acclaimed creative director Steve Barakatt has produced hundreds of projects in collaboration with the world’s top artists, studios and companies. A true artist-entrepreneur-philanthropist, Barakatt has performed over 500 concerts on five continents. As an artist, he has sold over 5 million albums worldwide. He is the composer of numerous official anthems for major organizations such as UNICEF, the City of Saemangeum (South Korea), the world’s 66 Royal Golf Clubs and the Mortherland anthem marking the centenary of Greater Lebanon. He recently composed Devenir—L’Hymne officiel de l’Ordre national du Québec which was unveiled by Quebec’s Prime Minister on June 22.

About Francis Bordeleau

Francis Bordeleau is a young Montreal filmmaker with a degree in communications and politics. He has created singular and striking works, in which he portrays colourful characters in their never-ending quest for freedom. In 2016, he wrote, directed and produced his first short film, Iceland, which was launched the same year at the Short Film Corner in Cannes. Later that year, he wrote and directed Carnasse, an ambitious short film for which he won the Gold Audience Award at the Fantasia Film Festival. His first feature film, Wolfe, was released in October 2018 in Canadian theaters.

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Elliot Cole: Bloom ft. Jordan Dodson, Gabriel Cabezas, and Stas Chernyshev (Video)

“The patterning of Elliot Cole’s amazing piece in four parts for guitar, cello and clarinet is inspired by digital delay audio effects, only played live. It is an experience, rather than just a piece of music, one that demands the full attention of the listener. The guitar playing is at times sublime, the percussive range of the cello is on full display and the clarinet completes the trio to perfection.”

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Bloom is a fast and intense trio for guitarist Jordan Dodson, clarinetist Stas Chernyshev, and cellist Gabe Cabezas (Paul Simon). Its patterning is inspired by digital delay audio effects used in electronic music production, but with the echoes all played live. It’s the opening set of my album Nightflower. (It’s 1 piece in 4 parts — all one track on YouTube, but broken out into 4 tracks on Spotify.)

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Elliot Cole (*1984) is a composer, music technologist, and “charismatic contemporary bard” (NY Times). He scored Evolver (e.d. Terrence Malick), alongside Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and Wu Tang Clan, and he has written for and performed with GRAMMY Winners Roomful of Teeth, GRAMMY Nominees A Far Cry and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as Alkemie Early Music Ensemble, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and as a member of the book-club-band Oracle Hysterical. His percussion music evokes “sparkling icicles of sound” (Rolling Stone) and has been performed by over 250 ensembles all over the world, including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Swedish Royal Opera, the Toho Orchestra Academy in Japan, and at the Big Ears music festival. Community performances of his Flowerpot Music through Make Music Day are becoming an annual tradition; in 2021 over 500 participants brought the piece to parks in 40 cities around the world. He has taught courses at Juilliard, Princeton, Manhattan School of Music, and The New School, and was invited to Google to share his explorations in music through computer programming. He is currently on faculty at the The New School and Juilliard Evening Division, and is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing, where he runs a music school for incarcerated men.

Arrowsmith – Nocturn – Live (Spotify)

“Sounds of the ocean combine with felted-piano and soft delay to create a luscious atmosphere of calm and reflection in this piece by Arrowsmith. Nocturn (Live) is a gentle track, perfect for taking the time to indulge in quiet contemplation or relaxation at the end of the day.

-Nagamag.com

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Artist shared few words with Nagamag behind this inspiration:

"This is the second part to a three part release I have created. The concept behind the music was to remove the separation between my ambient captures and musical compositions by physically recording it all in the same space.

You can see from the cover photo that I put a piano on a beach in order to capture the sounds I wanted. If it is of interest to you you can also view the video that I created via the below link. vimeo.com/manage/videos/560284194 " - Arrowsmith

The Return – Carlos Maya – Neoclassical piano 2021 (Video)

“In our world, where music is no longer divided into specific classifications, similar as -The Return- works, create a special niche in the music industry. Smooth, harmonic piano sounds echoing in our souls, talking to us from the highest bird flight. Real panacea from any adversity.”

“В нашем мире, где музыка больше не делится на конкретные классификации, подобные произведения, как -The Return- создают особую нишу в музыкальной индустрии. Плавные, гармонические звуки пиано, словно эхо души, из самых недр разговаривает с нами с высока птичьего полёта. Настоящая панацея от любых невзгод.”

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