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Spring is here…spring is here…spring is here! March has been chilly and productive – mostly I’ve been writing, stockpiling songs, writing with Neilson Hubbard, Ben Glover, Mary Gauthier, Beth Nielsen Chapman. Looking forward to getting these songs out to the world. I had a great time last night playing at Tin Pan South, an annual festival of songwriters by NSAI here in Nashville. Got to swap songs with some friends – Ryan Tanner, Neilson and Amber Rubarth. Tonight I may head out to a neighborhood hang to hear Tommy Womack. I love Nashville.
I won’t bore you with too much this month, just the quick facts, so you can get back outside with your dogs, in your gardens, with your spring crush, etc.

TOUR: I’m headed to the Northeast in a few days. Then at the end of the month I’ll be back to Texas. All tourdates are to the left. More details to be found at TOURPAGE

NEW RECORD: It’s starting. I’m stockpiling songs and will be headed back to the studio in June (in Memphis) and July (in Nashville) to start the next record, which will be released in March 2015. I’ll be posting information on all that soon.

SUMMER PLANS/TEACHING: So much coming up…I’ll be touring with Tim Easton in June, taking July off to record. I’ve got a few festivals this summer to play and a few I’ll be teaching at. I’ll be returning to Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School to teach performance and headed to The Swannanoa Gatheringfor the first time to teach performance and songwriting.

As always, if you are interested in hosting a house concert, please email me at amy@amyspeace.com and we can talk about it!
xoxo
Amy

Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the beautiful country cruise “Country Music Cruise” scheduled for January 2015, with a completely unique prgram, since it features true legends of country music, like John Anderson, Martina McBride, Charley Pride, Darryl Worley, Lorrie Morgan.

John Anderson

John Anderson

Martina McBride

Martina McBride

Charley Pride

Charley Pride

Darryl Worely

Darryl Worely

Lorrie Morgan

Lorrie Morgan

In short, the list is very long! For those who prefer pop or hip pop flavor country through to country rock and more, I got you!

Florida Georgia Line duo is absolutely everywhere, and there’s still talk about him because he landed a partnership with the company Sixthman to organize four days of festivities aboard the magnificent ship “Norvegian Pearl.” This cruise this place from 8 to 12 November 2014 and on board you can see: Thomas Rhett, rap artist Colt Ford,

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett

Colt Ford

Colt Ford

the excellent Cadillac Three, Canaan Smith and Chris Lane. The top names appear on the Florida Georgia Line. All names have not yet been unveiled, but stay tuned!

Cadillac Three and Alison Photo: Johnny Da Piedade

Cadillac Three and Alison Photo: Johnny Da Piedade

Caanan Smith

Caanan Smith

Chris Lane

Chris Lane

The Norvegian Pearl leaves the Port of Miami in Florida and passes by the paradise island Great Stirrup Cay private island without forgetting the Norwegian’s Private Island in the Bahamas! Now that I have sold you a dream, you can make your reservation at: www.fglcruise.com Make your reservation quickly!



The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 24 award-winners for 2014.

After screening, 85 films from 32 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 15 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in both form and content. Judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed industry experts, jurors found it difficult to choose this year’s highest honor Best European Independent Film 2014″. ÉCU is proud to present our 2014 Award Winners:

Best European Independent Film 2014 216 Months (France) Valentin Potier, Frédéric Potier
Best European Independent Dramatic Short Blind Squad (Romania) Vlad Fenesan
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature The Enemy Within (Greece) Yorgos Tsemberopoulos
Best European Independent Documentary Sickfuckpeople (Austria) Juri Rechinsky
Best European Independent Animation Drag Me (Greece) Nikos Kellis
Best European Independent Experimental Film Second Wind (Russia) Sergey Tsyss
Best European Independent Music Video Sandra Kolstad – Run Away (Norway) Yenni Lee
Best European Independent Comedy Great (Germany) Andreas Henn
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short Humor (Israel) Tal Zagreba
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature The Preacher’s Daughter (USA) Michelle Mower
Best Non-European Independent Documentary Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (USA)Matthew VanDyke
Best Student Film Deserted (Israel) Yoav Hornung
Best Short Script Before The Bomb (Iran) Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi
Best Feature Script Yellow Dragon and the Red Fox (UK) Anthony Etherington
Best Actor Say Nothing (UK) Ed Stoppard
Best Actress Chains of Love (Germany) Lotta Doll
Best Editing My Past Life (Sweden) Sebastian Lindblad
Best Cinematography Portraits of Mistresses (France) Jean-François Hensgens
Best Director Jiminy (France) Arthur Molard
Special Jury Mention Still Got Lives (Germany) Jan-Gerrit Seyler
Closed Box (Italy) Riccardo Salvetti Gianfranco Boattini
You Can’t Write a Letter (France) Guillaume Levil
Audience Award Battlecock!(UK) Ben Mallaby
The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence
in Arab Filmmaking 7 Hours (Lebanon) Farah Alhashim

To check all the 2014 Official Selection films click here


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Ibero-Amerikanisches Kolloquium, Heidelberg, Germany, March 13, 2014

Here at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, we really rock. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Ibero-American Colloquium, my colleague Dr Mariela Morales-Antoniazzi asks me to make a short film of a special seminar on, “El Presidencialismo latinamericano“. I agree and then I am not so sure and once a full gale blowing migraine is underway, I flatly refuse. Dr Morales-Antoniazzi, who knows my weakness at the knees for latin american lawyers, promises to introduce me to Diego Valdés, Richard Ortiz Ortiz, Héctor Fix-Fierro and Pedro Cruz Villalón. She reminds me that the Ibero-American Colloquium have the best parties, with live music and dancing and everything. I say, por favor….even though she is right, I long for a dark, spartan cell in a Tibetan Monastery with cold compresses galore and 100 years of solitude, silence and sangria. I must have blacked out around then because the next thing I know, I come to in the Old Hall (alte Aula) of the University of Heidelberg and I am unpacking my camera and thinking mean and moody thoughts, when I see it: this light, that finds its way into the Old Hall and I am thinking, will you look at that, will you just look at that…as I start to film and see, not for the first time, how it encircles everything that stands in its way to the point that the impact of what people have to say about their ideas and experience of El Presidencialismo latinamericano is dolby 3D, no special glasses required. It’s as Ned, a saxophone player I jammed with in New York used to say…”You need to be around people and places where things happen…

Read more from Miriam Aziz – The Artist is at Large http://miriamaziz.wordpress.com/


Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor is Director Industry and Artist Relations, HorizonVU Music. Tony has been involved with the music scene internationally since his teenage years. He has written for several music publications, most notably the Country Rock and American Lifestyle magazine, Dreamwest, for which he spent five years as the International Artistic Director. His ambition now is to help to bring together the Music, Film, and Fashion scenes in order to spread the message about the dangers of Climate Change.

Jenn Ayache Photo: Guillaume Kayacan

Jenn Ayache Photo: Guillaume Kayacan

Jennifer Ayache, founder of the French band Superbus, is a French guitarist, singer and songwriter. She was born on November 9, 1983 in Cannes, France. Nicknamed Jenn, she’s Chantal Lauby’s daughter. She started playing drums at 7, then played the guitar at 13. In 1999, back from a trip to the United States, she met Michel Giovanetti, and co-founded with him the group Superbus, with Jennifer becoming the lead singer and songwriter.

TT: Jenn, thanks so much for taking time out to join us here at HorizonVU Music. It has been documented that your fondness for the US stems from the time you spent there as a teenager. This being said, which American artists would you say influenced you the most with regard to the style you later developed with Superbus?

JA: I’ve always been influenced by female leaders, as far as I remember, the first person who stood out in my mind when I was a child

Superbus Photo: François Berthier for Lizmag

Superbus Photo: François Berthier for Lizmag

was German!

It was Nina Hagen! after that, the French duo Les Rita Mitsouko, and then I discovered lots of American or English bands such as Sublime, Nirvana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madness, The Specials, and bands with female lead singers like No Doubt, Blondie, Texas, Garbage. I was impressed to see all those women behaving like men, with a very girly side. it’s the kind of mix that I like.


TT: You announced the launch of your first solo album last November, subsequently followed by the release of the tracks Si J’essaye and L’Américain. What were the circumstances that led up to you producing your first solo album under the pseudonym Jenn Ayache?

Jenn Ayache_003JA: After almost 15 years in a band, writing and imagining things for a band, and touring a lot, I needed to change something, and re-invent myself. Superbus is my family, this “solo” album is just a kind of new movie for me,in which I play a new caracter, the person I am today. And I needed to prove myself that I was ready to be more alone, that I was not a child anymore, that I could manage everything by myself. Jenn Ayache is my real name, so I’m not hiding myself behind 4 tall guys, or behind the name of a band.

TT: The single and video for L’Américain have received critical acclaim around the globe. What in particular made you decide to film the video for this single in the US rather than in France or elsewhere?

JA: L’Americain is a song written for someone that I know, who makes me think about all those cliché that girls have about the real American guy. The way he smokes, the way he combs his hair backwards, like James Dean, or all those American actors from the 50’s. So for the video I needed to see this guy in his own element, the U.S.A , the desert, the sun. We have lots of beautiful things in France, but I needed to see the landscape I’m talking about in the song.

TT: Let’s have a look and listen to “L’Americain”.

TT: Besides your successful career in the music industry, you have also been involved in films both in front of and behind the camera. How would you say your passion for Cinema has complemented your work as a singer/songwriter?

JA: I often start to write a song because of images, or a detail on someone, or something, it’s always visual first. So for me it’s natural, ears and eyes go together. The music in a movie is really important, and when it’s really matching, you feel the perfect sensation. I like to write my own video scripts to be sure I will show what was on my mind when I was writing the song and then work with different directors to get more ideas, as I love to share ideas!

TT: HorizonVuMusic is currently involved in a campaign to unite the Music, Film, and Fashion worlds behind the ‘Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network’ (WECAN) Climate Change Declaration. What are your personal views on the Climate Change Debate, and, do you find that this is a topic often discussed by french artists?

Jenn Ayache Photo: Guillaume Kayach

Jenn Ayache Photo: Guillaume Kayacan

JA: Malcom X said “The Future belongs to those who prepare for it today” and I think we really don’t realize that, it’s a hard work for all of us, every day. We have to realize that every details count, the way we eat, the way we drive, the way we behave with people, what we buy, what we watch on TV, so I’m trying to take care of my planet every time I can, because it’s our home. And I think we should definitely discuss more about all the things we could still change to try to arrange the situation.

TT: What other projects do you have in the pipeline for the remainder of 2014?

JA: More videos, more music and a tour that will start this Fall. Let’s be creative!

Okay! Again, Jenn all of us at HorizonVu Music thank you for taking time out to join us. We know you and the band are going to continue to enjoy success going forward.

Be sure to visit Jenn Ayache on Facebook and Twitter and at the Superbus site.


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

The Country Music Association has finally lifted the veil on the list of artists coming to the 47th edition of the CMA Music Fest, which will be held from 5 to 8 June in Nashville.

Country’s biggest festival in the world can once again count on all the stars of country music who will present in large numbers on the huge stage of the stadium in Nashville, LP Field!

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan



Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, the family trio The Band Perry , the Texan Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley,

Blake shelton and Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Rascal Flatts, the country pop duo Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Thomas Rhettwho is none other than the son of Rhett Akins, but also Cowboy Chris Young and many more!

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Eric Church

Eric Church

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett


Chris Young

Chris Young

Team News Nashville will be there once again to cover the event, we’ll meet you there from 5 to 8 June 2014!


What’s The Buzz ?


ÉCU 2014- The 9th Annual European Independent Film Festival will take place from April 4th to 6th at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens, 75014 Paris.

As well as the film screenings, festival attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops as well as a series of ‘Meet the Directors‘ panel discussions, in which the audience pose questions directly to the filmmakers. There is also a full program of live music hosted by ÉCU’s partner Access Film-Music. Personalities from cinema, television and the arts, as well as filmmakers and film industry professionals, will mix with a cinema-loving public craving the energy, free spiritedness and innovation that embodies independent film.

Tonya S. Holly

Tonya S. Holly

Along with The European Independent Film Festival and Women-In-Film-In-Music and ESG Management School, HorizonVU Music has co-sponsored a study “Why, Where, What and How? Motivation Behind Film Viewership”. The preliminary results will be available and discussed throughout the Festival and during a special co-sponsored session on Sunday, 6 April at 10h30 led by Owner and CEO of Cypress Moon Productions, Inc., Tonya S. Holly. In addition to the survey results, a focus of the discussion will be on the issue of gender bias in the motion picture and music industries.

“We eagerly look forward to giving these great indie films the recognition they deserve by screening them to large audiences here in Paris,” said Scott Hillier, Oscar-honoured filmmaker and ÉCU’s founder. “In its 9th year, ÉCU continues its tradition of being a true filmmakers’ festival, in which directors develop their unique creative styles in a warm and welcoming environment.“


Women of Substance Radio has been on the air for 4 years. We broadcast 24/7 on the Live365 Network and iTunes Radio garnering fans from all over the world. WOSRadio plays the BEST female artists, both label and Indie, in all genres. We hand-pick all of our music starting with icons of the past like Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Tracy Chapman, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, Adele, Carrie Underwood, Amy Winehouse, Feist, Christina Perri and so many more. Women of Substance take submissions from Indies and our review board selects only the best quality artists and songs that can stand up next to the forementioned superstars. Indie artists we have chosen early in their career have gone on to be Top 24 on American Idol, win second place on the Bravo show Platinum Hit, and one artist is currently a chosen contestant on NBC’s The Voice.



Women Of Substance Radio Top 10 Tracks

Social Potions Carmen Toth

Social Potion's Carmen Toth

1. Social Potion – Drive Myself Home

Take some pleasantly catchy melodies, add heartfelt lyrics and innovative drum beats and the result is Social Potion – a Toronto indie alt-pop duo with a very full sound. Social Potion are married couple Carmen Toth on vocals, guitar and keyboard and Aaron Jones on drums, keys/controller and occasionally guitar.

2. Nitanee Paris – Wrong Side of History

3. Pia Zierhut – Honeymoon

4. Amy Susan Heard – The Answer

5. Vali Reinhardt – Mirrors

6. Voodoo Highway – Why

7. Fue – My Life SIngs

8. Susan Sacco (writer Jacqueline Cuba Norkin) – You Mesmerize My Mind

9. Raina Krangle – Passing Me By

10. Weapons of Pleasure – Daredevil


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

Held from March 14 to 16 in Dublin, Ireland and also in London in the UK, the C2C (Country To Country), arrived in Europe for the second consecutive year!

The country stars who have made the trip to Dublin are big: Dierks Bentley, the female trio, Dixie Chicks, the great Zac Brown Band, the pop country trio Rascal Flatts, Cowboy Chris Young, the manic and guitar virtuoso Brad Paisley and the surprise guest was the pop country trio The Band Perry! On this occasion the News from Nashville team were welcomed in the City of Dublin in Ireland to attend this mega show. It was fantastic and tailored to the beautiful O2 containing 14000 places and somd out both nights!

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Dixie Chicks

Dixie Chicks

Friday night, Dierks Bentley opened the festivities with a fairly classical repertoire. We were able to enjoy all the best tracks. So we enjoyed a Dierks Bentley performance. The evening continued with the arrival on scene of the female trio, The Dixie Chicks. Obviously the Irish public loved and knew the lyrics of all their songs, even the rock and the unexpected cover of Miley Cyrus. Headining the show on Friday: ZBB otherwise Zac Brown Band!

ZBB Photo: Marlène Willemy (C2C Dublin 2014)

ZBB Photo: Marlène Willemy (C2C Dublin 2014)

Zac Brown began by taking the front of the stage and thanking the audience for making the financial effort, despite the crisis, coming to C2C and saying he was very honored to be here in Europe. This talented group showed a high color mixture of Country and Southern Rock, the hard rock of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and a great surprise medley title Uncaged , Kashmire of Led Zeppelin and the Mega Hit of the Charlie Daniels Band “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” – the group appeared dressed as skeletons to finish the show!

Chris Young

Chris Young

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts

The artist who opened Saturday was Cowboy Chris Young giving a superb performance with his professionalism and his powerful voice that has had its effect on the Irish public. The Rascal Flatts followed. It as a very good concert with beautiful vocal harmonies and again a mix of rock and pop country, the audience really loved them. Then there was the surprise guest who appeared in the form of a trio, The Band Perry with their country rock sound, always full of energy, perhaps too much because the singer Kimberly Perry jumped and ran around from one end to the other of the great stage of the O2 Dublin tending to shout rather than actually sing, too bad.

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

But the best is yet to come up with the headline that alone was worth the trip, Mister Brad Paisley! We were able to attend a very different show from what we had seen previously in London and even Nashville.

Brad arrived in Europe with all his paraphernalia of video material, full of visual effects, lasers and very professional technical giving his show a dramatic side, but also with a lot of humor, jokes, funny video clips including a goat as a vocalist who brought much laughter to the Irish public, really fun!

Brad Paisley Photo: Marlène Willemy (C2C Dublin 2014)

Brad Paisley Photo: Marlène Willemy (C2C Dublin 2014)

Brad Paisley Photo: Marlène Willemy (C2C Dublin 2014)

Brad Paisley Photo: Marlène Willemy (C2C Dublin 2014)

Brad has also performed hard rock with his interprtation of Van Halen “Hot For Teacher”! It was short weekend that we will not soon forget!


Maria Zubova_small_102013Maria Zubova, Music Editor

Maria Zubova and “Maria’s Sound Space…” is a regular column for HorizonVU Music. Maria has a passion for music and she likes to communicate about it. Maria is herself a trained musician. She is follows photography, arts, fashion, and travel. Of course, she frequently attends different concerts and rock festivals.

Let me accompany you to the world of the recently released track of Emily Zuzik “The Only Moment In The World”. Originally, it is an ambitious and inventive project where musicians work hand in hand with photographers and create a digital pop-up book. “Drawing on images of industrial French river towns at the break of day, the song follows a couple as they wind their way along the water and through a history of their affair.”

The track engages listeners into continuous motion as you feel like riding a certain wave of rhythm and flow of melody. The very feminine and smooth voice of Emily highlights the main theme of the song and its emotional peak that truly gets listeners totally involved and taken into the theme.

Couple of words about the artist: Emily is a singer/songwriter that has traversed all the way through from acoustic folk music to alternative rock and downtempo electronica. She has worked a lot in collaborations with other musicians, was a featured singer and co-writer of “The Low Hum” on Moby’s “Destroyed” album; shared stage with Holly Figueroa, Jolie Holland, Jon Dee Graham, Babes with Beats and many others. Emily is from Southwestern Pennsylvania but currently works in Los Angeles. She has been closely connected to music since childhood and her journey through music are reflected in her tracks that are different and always inspiring.
Spread the word about Emily and enjoy her music!

Visit Emily Zuzik at http://www.emilyzuzik.com/ and download “The Only Moment In The World” on iTunes.

Maria

Comments are welcome. Contact Maria at maria@horizonvumusic.com


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