Posts Tagged ‘violin’

Marios Pavlou and Terry Moschovios live at Verano

May 30, 2015
Marios Pavlou ande Terry Moschovios

Marios Pavlou and Terry Moschovios

Marios Pavlou (violin) and Terry Moschovios (percussion) live at Verano.

Once the sound balance had been sorted, not drowned out by the DJ, was excellent.

Put to shame eanything else in Protaras, which probably explains why Verano packed (usually empty).

Why would anyone wish to see Lady Gaga, let alone a fake Lady Gaga?

Verano is an excellent venue for live music, an ampitheatre (though stage is in wrong localtion, should be where the bar is located).

This is what Protaras needs, quality live music, not the awful bars that keep people awake night after night, then the drunks screaming and shouting once the music stops.

Lotus Flower

December 25, 2014

Lotus Flower by Jewelia, featuring David Denyer on violin.

A beautiful, haunting song from talented singer-songwriter Jewelia.

Expecting too much from the wounded
And blaming too much on the dead
Maybe I’m putting my faith in the weaklings
When instead of attacking I choose to defend
And maybe we’re moving too slowly
And maybe we’re all going down
But everyone knows from the stories,
You need to be lost to be found

And maybe I cheer for the losers
But someone needs to cheer for them
And maybe I root for the victims
And maybe I’ll lose all my bets
But we’re all condemned in the end
It’s just in the way that we’re made
And maybe the guardians don’t know
The power that lies in despair

Father,
Tell me I’m a lotus flower
I don’t think I ever chose to drink
This cup, it’s sour
Why’d you have to make it harder?

Father of the damned don’t joke around
My life’s at stake; please make amends
Not sure the saints would understand
They don’t share anything but blame
If this is fair, the world makes sense
Only because we’re all insane
We’re all the same, we share the blame
It’s easier than share the pain

I’m writing a song for the broken
The homeless, the crippled, the damned
I won’t claim I know you, I shouldn’t
Don’t want to pretend that I care

Lotus Flower released Christmas Day as a gift from Jewelia to the world.

Video editing by Andy Denyer

Music and lyrics by Jewelia.

Recorded and produced by Jewelia.

Also available as a single from bandcamp.

Jewelia released her début album Monsters in August.

A Tiny Ring (I remember once again)

September 15, 2014

Another beautiful haunting song from Jewelia, moving words too.

If I remember correctly, A Tiny Ring (I remember once again) was part of Jewelia’s acoustic set at Staycation Live. She gave the background to the song.

Last month, Jewelia released her début EP Monsters.

Jewelia has been asked why not on iTunes?

A reasonable question, but not a reasonable suggestion.

A reasonable suggestion to anyone on iTunes or Amazon, is why not on bandcamp?

iTunes and Amazon, bad for artists, bad for music lovers.

On iTunes and Amazon, artists get a raw deal. But so do music lovers, a few seconds lofi sample.

On bandcamp, reasonable quality mp3 128, listen as often as you like, and if you choose to download, higher quality mp3 320 or studio quality FLAC and the artist gets a better cut. And bandcamp encourages sharing.

Downloads on bandcamp are often free or low price, but you can support the artist and pay more, many choose to pay more.

In response to the suggestion of iTunes, Jewelia wisely directed to bandcamp.

The more people support bandcamp, the better known it will become, and everyone will benefit.

A Tiny Ring (I remember once again)

September 8, 2014

Another beautiful haunting song from Jewelia, moving words too.

If I remember correctly, A Tiny Ring (I remember once again) was part of Jewelia’s acoustic set at Staycation Live. She gave the background to the song.

Last month, Jewelia released her début EP Monsters.

Jewelia has been asked why not on iTunes?

A reasonable question, but not a reasonable suggestion.

A reasonable suggestion to anyone on iTunes or Amazon, is why not on bandcamp?

iTunes and Amazon, bad for artists, bad for music lovers.

On iTunes and Amazon, artists get a raw deal. But so do music lovers, a few seconds lofi sample.

On bandcamp, reasonable quality mp3 128, listen as often as you like, and if you choose to download, higher quality mp3 320 or studio quality FLAC and the artist gets a better cut. And bandcamp encourages sharing.

Downloads on bandcamp are often free or low price, but you can support the artist and pay more, many choose to pay more.

In response to the suggestion of iTunes, Jewelia wisely directed to bandcamp.

The more people support bandcamp, the better known it will become, and everyone will benefit.

Rising Stars at the Bourne

April 10, 2014
Pijus Mickus on piano

Pijus Mickus on piano

accompanist by Alison Rhind, violinist Lara Caister, pianist Pijus Mickus and host

accompanist by Alison Rhind, violinist Lara Caister, pianist Pijus Mickus and host

It is not often I am greeted as I arrive for a concert by one of the performers.

Hi Keith!

I had met Pijus Mickus last Saturday at Godalming Parish Church, he was playing Chopin. It was he who had invited me to the concert.

Soloists in two halves, Pijus Mickus on piano and Lara Caister on violin (accompanied by Alison Rhind on piano).

I thought Pijus Mickus would be good, and I was not disappointed. Chopin, plus an unknown Italian composer Paolo Marzocchi, with a piece so new, Pijus had to ask him for the score, a copy of which was provided, on condition it was not copied as it had not yet been published.

A hard act for Lara Caister to follow.

She was amazing, one piece held me spellbound. It is not often one is only a few feet from a violinist. I was able to observe every nuance of her finger and bow.

The two performers thanked their host. Lara was given a bouquet of flowers, Pijus Mickus also a present. But then wait, Pijus ran off and came back with a present for the host who had made the concert possible. I am not sure what it was. I think it was an image of sound vibration on a surface, but I may be wrong.

The concert was recorded. At my suggestion, we tried to obtain a couple of students from the Music Department at Surrey University who had recorded O Duo in Guildford last Friday, but that fell through. Pijus Mickus was then able to call upon a few friends. Depending on the result of the recording, it may be on bandcamp, it may be on vimeo or youtube.

If on bandcamp, I suggest release as a double album, the two concert halves, each of which will be about the length of an EP.

Two highly talented musicians.

Pijus Mickus is a pianist from Lithuania, currently in his third year studying film at the University of Creative Arts.

Lara Caister is a renowned violinist, has performed across Europe.

Alison Rhind was at the Yehudi Menuhin School, is now at the Royal School of Music.

Grenade

August 23, 2013

Grenade, Alex Boye, featuring Lindsey Sterling on violin.

The sound quality is a bit iffy, but otherwise great.

Concierto de Arpa Classica y Violin Alto

March 11, 2013

Concert in Centro Astoria-Bambi in Puerto de la Cruz, Victoria Carlisle (harp), Patrick Doumeng (violin).

Victoria Carlisle looking very elegant, Roman or Greek in a black dress embroided in gold, which showed her leg when sat at her harp. Hats off being able to play in her high stiletto heals. A very ornate concert harp.

The concert was a grave disappointment, how to torture Gershwin without really trying. A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square barely recognisable. And no, I got rythm does not work on a harp.

The third part was a little better. Had the violinist changed his violin, tuned it, or maybe just played better, as the sound was very different.

The harp had at least one faulty string, a very unpleasant zzzz when plucked.

A grave disappointment, especially compared with the excellent jazz quartet of last week.

Why no information on upcoming concerts? Today I picked up leaflets from Tourist Information by the harbour (they got them this morning), but why not available at the concerts?

Forthcoming:

  • Concierto de Negro Jazz – 2030 Sábado 16 de Marzo 2013
  • Concierto de Quinteto Alter Brass – 1800 Domingo 17 de Marzo 2013

My experience of concerts promoted by Rosa Maria Fuentes en Centro Astoria-Bambi is mixed. The jazz last week was excellent, the concerts last year ranged from ok to awful.

18:00 is not a good time for a concert, too early in the evening.

Centro Astoria-Bambi and Abaco need to get their act together to ensure they do not both have concerts on Sunday nights. There is after all seven days in the week.

Mission Impossible

January 19, 2013

Mission Impossible, a tacky Hollywood film, bums-on-seats, aimed at American teenagers with the attention span of a gnat.

I groaned when I saw this was ThePianoGuys latest, but I have to admit I enjoyed.

ThePianoGuys featuring Lindsey Stirling.

The Story:

It was May of 2011… a few days after Lindsey Stirling and ThePianoGuys had each filmed their first official YouTube videos (“Spontaneous Me” and “Michael Meets Mozart”). Lindsey and Steven Sharp Nelson (cello guy) shared the stage at a concert. After the show they talked enthusiastically about a YouTube collaboration down the road. A year and a half and a million fan requests later and it’s finally here! We love Lindsey Stirling! It feels like we’re family — we started on YouTube around the same time, we “grew up” in the same place, we all LOVE what we do and we’re all REALLY good dancers…except for ThePianoGuys. =)

We chose the theme from “Mission: Impossible” because we thought it would be a great music video to “be ourselves” in — to play off each other, throw in some special effects, a couple “stunts,” and some slapstick! The concept for the song and video began with spy gadgets — we wanted all of them to be string instrument parts! Then how would we pair up graceful, pro-dancer Lindsey and not-so-graceful Steve? =) It was simple. Steve had to carry around his own chair! Then the graceful/not-so-graceful thing contrasted beautifully! When Jon Schmidt (Piano Guy) was cast as the “villain” and donned an eye patch we knew we were on to something…

We composed this arrangement with the story of the video in mind — a tense beginning building up the intrigue, a back-and-forth theme traded between violin and cello implying the partner-agent roles, lasers, the “reveal” moment of Jon, rappelling, and the hectic, scrambled ending. We wanted a little more thematic material to work with, so in addition to some original material, we merged Mission: Impossible with the first movement of Mozart’s “Piano Sonata in C” (here’s a recording of the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcUh-ggBfzI). But, of course, we sped it up, transposed it into A minor and changed the time signature to 5/4! It became Jon’s “villain theme.” And yes, Jon is really playing THAT fast. At the end in order to create a musical feeling of “pandemonium” we wrote the piano part, reversed it and randomized the notes, tweaking them until they clicked. And for you rhythm enthusiasts, at times you’ll hear a 4/4 time signature in the percussion imposed on the 5/4 timing to add to the intrigue and mayhem!

This video was in over its head before we even started filming. We planned a base-jumping scene for the beginning that didn’t end up working out. The restaurant was a last-minute idea that we threw together as an intro. We were concerned that the laser and rapelling scenes would also die from over-complicatedness, but thanks to the genius and hard work of Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart we pulled them off!

Filming locations:

THANK YOU to Stephen Wade Auto for serving as our last minute filming location when all others fell through! They were so nice to us and let us film in their place all through the night and they saved us on the reppelling scene!
Check out their website here: http://www.stephenwade.com/
Facbook here: http://www.facebook.com/StephenWadeAutoCenter

Thanks also to the Tonaquint Data Center for allowing us to use their facility in getting the cool “Mission: Impossible” feel.
Check their website here: http://www.tonaquintdc.com/
Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tonaquint-Data-Centers-Inc

Thank you also to Benja’s Thai food restaurant http://benjathai.com/ for staying open late so we could get the beginning shots for the video! (Best Thai Food in Southern Utah!)

Last but not least, thank you to Stan Plew at Dixie College for letting us film late at The Jeffrey R. Holland building.

If you’ve read this far this description will self-destruct in 5…4…3…2…

Secrets – Bryson Andres

August 25, 2012

Phenomenal looped violin from Bryson Andres playing on the street with his version of Secrets by One Republic.

Top Story in The Digital Mission Daily (Monday 27 July 2012).