Kayla Flores has joined HorizonVU Music as Director, Artist Relations. Kayla is a vibrant graduate student from California. Raised with parents who were passionate about music, she has attended more than a hundred shows and has a real passion for discovering new talent. Previously working in the night club scene for marketing and promotions in San Diego as well as interning at a music agency, she has gained insight into the industry. Her passion for finding and sharing new music has brought her to HorizonVU Music.
Kayla will be working with artists to cultivate and develop their careers, both artistically and financially. She will be taking a lead role in strategically formalizing artist relations activities and enhancing current relationships with artists, agents, venues and other industry professionals. She will be involved building new relationships including artist selection. Further she will have a role in both internal and external activities such as negotiations and communications including social media and website support.
Patricia Vonne is no stranger to followers of HorizonVU Music. Patricia’s music has been featured previously on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP and she has been featured regularly on the HorizonVU Music Facebook page. The HorizonVU team is very excited to welcome Patricia to our site as a HorizonVU Music Featured Artist. You can find Patricia on the Featured Artist Page.
Patricia Vonne has proven herself a truly ascendant and transcendent musical artist. The San Antonio, Texas native singer, songwriter, bandleader and actress just released her 6th album “Viva Bandolera” of Texas border rock on her own Bandolera Records.
Patricia and Chris Isaak
Vonne continues her trailblazing ride along the borderline where Castillian and Mexican infusions of flamenco and fiery gypsy guitar meets all- American rock ‘n’ roll. Her song “Traeme Paz” was featured in the film ” Once Upon a Time in Mexico” and she was voted Best Female Vocalist 2014 and 2015 at the Austin Music Awards. Vonne has toured internationally including the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. She has shared the stage with Chris Isaak, Los Lobos, Raul Malo and collaborated with Texas musical heavyweights such as Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Rosie Flores, Doyle Bramhall and Flaco Jimenez.
Vonne reprises her role as Dallas (aka Zorro Girl) in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and has appeared in Spy Kids, Desperado and Machete Kills. Her award winning animation videos shot and edited by Vonne, features her original illustrations for her song “El Marinero y La Sirena which won the audience award at Cine Las Americas Film Fest 2015 and was featured at SXSW Film Fest 2015 and “Paris Trance” which screened at the Paris Short Film Festival 2016 and Cine Las Americas 2016.
” Imagine a young Chrissie Hynde fronting the Mavericks with a little help from Calexico” Word magazine
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. We proudly provide a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible.
Our annual festival showcases films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity in both form and content. These qualities are judged in 14 categories, 7 of which are open to non-European filmmakers (from the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Asia), and compete for 25 awards. Jury members come from around the globe, have a variety of backgrounds, and are all united in their desire to screen films that will truly impress and inspire attendees.
ÉCU has expressly established itself and is often referred to as the Sundance of Europe. As such, we are the perfect venue for bold and visionary filmmakers to present their work to the cinema-loving public who are actively seeking alternatives to commercial-hungry major studio projects. Our screenings of new and thought-provoking cinematic creativity attracts more than just the public, but agents, talent scouts, production company representatives, distributors, and established producers, all of whom are searching for inspiring projects and raw talent.
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has a wide variety of events for attendees to participate in throughout the weekend. Following every screening session, there are Q&A’s where audience members can pose questions directly to the directors. Directors then have the opportunity to respond and speak about their work and process. An assortment of workshops focusing on a number of subjects and hosted by industry professionals are available to all attendees. ÉCU is also a strong supporter of musicians and live music can be heard throughout the entirety of the weekend. Every evening there are amazing after parties were attendees and filmmakers can unwind, ideas can percolate, and a general good time can be had by all.
A few days into our resolutions (I like to call them intentions..failing at intentions is so much softer than resolutions, don’t you think?), how are we all feeling about this New Year? I like it so far, it came in strong, cleaned up a bit, combed it’s hair, has a good sense of humor. I already wrote the first song of the year with Mr. Gary Nicholson. It was a love song. So, already things are changing for me…
Stay tuned to my website as there’s a lot of stuff gathering speed. Megan Palmer, my friend and amazing fiddle-playing singing-side-kick, and I are going to put together a Concert Window Show at the end of the month and we’ll announce that on Facebook and here. APPLEWOOD ROAD is about to release our record on Gearbox Records, and you can PRE-ORDER through Pledge Music …
So have a great month, stay warm, be good to each other. Go out and support someone who is touring in your area and go up to them at the merch table and say hi. You have no idea how much we all need to hear from you while we’re putting miles on our tour cars and vans, sleeping in Motel 6’s, wondering if anyone is listening. Find someone who is new, who just put out their first record and is out there slogging it without a manager or a booking agent but who wants to bring you their music. Someone like Darren Bradbury or Emily Robinson or Melissa Greener. And then, go buy a ticket to someone who may have all those things but stays real, feet to the ground, singing truth. Someone like Peter Mulvey, Jason Isbell, Eliza Gilkyson. Let’s all stop complaining about what’s NOT going on and see what IS going on….
Yep, it’s that time of year when I convince a few friends to get in a van together and tour for a few weeks singing songs of joyful things and glad tidings and fa la la la la, new holiday songs, old holiday songs and some completely not all holiday songs (you know, like uplifting southern gothic murder ballads). For the 3rd year in a row, I bring you Wild Ponies, Rod Picott and me, in a holiday extravaganza. All dates are listed at my TourPage or at the Decembersongs FACEBOOK page.
I’m doing one show on my own this month as a kick off to the holidays at my fave local East Nashville joint, The Family Wash, next week on December 2nd @ 9pm w/ Wild Ponies. Come on down if you’re local. And if you’re local, you know where it is…
GIFT IDEAS FROM MY STORE:
I’ve got your stocking stuffers…
No. Seriously, I do. Check out my Store Page for holiday specials of all sorts. I’m offering a HOLIDAY BOX SET OF CD’S this season for $60. That’s Songs For Bright Street (2006), Killer In Me (2009), Land Like A Bird (2011), How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat (2013) and That Kind Of Girl (2015) plus I’ll throw in a Secret Santa CD, something that I don’t sell online, that is out of print. Either my first CD or the Judy Collins Tribute or another surprise. That’s 6 CD’s for only $60 (plus Shipping/handling) gift wrapped for you. Also, there are LPs, T Shirts, and Screen Printed Posters and much more. Come visit my STORE and shop for all your Indy music needs….
Lastly, my Fall Songwriter’s Retreat was so successful we’re going to be doing another very soon. Now called SONGS FROM THE WELL WRITER’S RETREATS, we’ll announce dates soon.
Thank you all for being part of this ride with me. I’ve been at this now since 2001. My first full tour was October 2001, in the wake of the prior month, I made a leap of faith and this life has sustained me for 14 years now. I started out making my own records. I’ve been signed to record labels, I’ve left record labels. Now I’m back to making my own records. I couldn’t do this without you. I mean that. I write these emails. I write my own Twitter posts, my own Facebook posts. When you buy a CD from me through my store, I personally put it in it’s mailer and handwrite your address and ship it from a post office that’s less than a mile away. You may even get dog hair in there. If you’re lucky. This is and has always been a small business. Small as in one woman business. And I am grateful to each one of you who are reading to the end.
I just got back from an incredible weekend here in the woods in Tennessee, where I led my very first “Songs From The Well” Songwriters Retreat & Workshop. It won’t be my last. I’m already in the process of planning dates for Spring and Fall 2016. Stay tuned as I announce the dates, as these retreats are limited to only 14 writers.
I’m slowing down this month, just a few shows, to rest for the holidays, move (only a few miles from my previous house) and nest, before Decembersongs goes out on tour for our 6th year starting 12/3 and heading to the Midwest & Southeast this year.
If you’re in Birmingham, AL, Baton Rouge and Kansas City & St. Louis, I’m coming your way. Look left…
So a few recommendations for this cooler month.
Here’s what I’m reading right now:
Teaching A Stone To Talk, Annie Dillard
Natchez Burning, Greg Iles
The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown
Here’s what I’m listening to right now:
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell
Taj Mahal, anything really … kind of obsessed…
And I’m obsessed with the HBO series The Nick.
Have a great month, get outside, don’t eat too much turkey, call your mother, adopt a dog, stop drinking diet soda, add meditation into your life, go on a hike, don’t go shopping on November 27th (thank you REI for staring that trend) and keep in touch on Facebook & Twitter
Music Video Premiere: Katie Garibaldi – Lock The Door, Lose The Key
We’re excited to premiere a new music from the San Francisco based country artist, Katie Garibaldi. Garibaldi is another local artist who chooses to express herself in a more traditional music genre. With her beautiful voice and talent for musical arrangement, we always respect Katie for her hard work and well written country ballads.
I’ve kind of nicknamed “Lock The Door, Lose The Key” the ‘newlywed song’ because it’s basically about newlywed business. When I go through big life moments, including falling in love and getting married, those subjects infuse themselves into my creative mind and are reflected in my songwriting. I wrote a lot of the songs on my album, Follow Your Heart during the period of my life when I was engaged and newly married. “Lock The Door, Lose The Key” is about that honeymoon phase my husband and I were in when we basically just wanted to lock ourselves away in a blissful nest and forget the rest of the world. It’s become one of my favorite songs to perform live from the album because I’ve noticed how happy it makes people who are listening. It’s a really fun story and a staple song off Follow Your Heart that contributes to the record’s signature sound, so I chose this song for my first official music video to celebrate the album’s one-year anniversary as a celebration of what an absolute blast this past year has been touring with these songs, and as a personal thank you to my supporters. – Katie Garibaldi on writing Lock the Door, Lose the Key
Check out Katie’s “newlywed song”, Lock the Door, Lose the Key exclusively on The Deli Magazine San Francisco!
“Percy Jackson meets Into The Woods!”
“From concept to reality to a strong production quality-this works, and is a winner, and I “Do believe in magic”!”
“… an enticing, well written musical theater production that captivates audiences through a fantasy world, creativity and an unbelievable amount of talent that is involved with this project. 5 star rating!”
“Do You Believe In Magic?” (DYBIM) is a brilliant, inventive alternative Rock Opera Musical for tweens & all “kids at heart” who resonate with the fantasy genre (think Into The Woods, Once Upon A Time & Harry Potter). Creator Lisa Sniderman does not disappoint! This musical masterpiece takes listeners on a spellbinding journey to the cursed kingdom of Wonderhaven where a muse (Aoede) has a secret & enchanted books & witches break into song! Audiences will embrace the colorful characters, the compelling story, the infectious songs, danceable duets, narration & full musical score.
DYBIM? (along with What Are Dreams Made Of? (WADMO 2013) & Is Love A Fairy Tale? (2012)) was produced, engineered & orchestrated by Aoede’s chief collaborator, Scrote (who has worked with Jackson Browne, Van Dyke Parks, Daniel Johnston & The Stripminers). Stellar musicians featured include: Craig Eastman, Peter Adams, Mike Klooster, Tim Young, Isaiah Gage, David Sands, Blair Sinta, Scrote & Aoede/Lisa Sniderman. In addition to the return of narrator Kevin Ponthier (who narrated both WADMO & Is Love A Fairy Tale?) & the spirited David Yow as Luk, the collection includes San Francisco Bay Area musical theater actors, who lend their dynamic voices to the characters. Tracks were recorded in Berkeley, San Francisco & Los Angeles, California. The project was mastered by Rainer Gembalcyzk.
“I create fantasy musicals and am drawn to young adult stories, adolescent struggles and Greek mythology. My musical stories reflect them, inspiring, entertaining and connecting with young adult audiences, who are underserved musically; encouraging creativity and imaginative play. I wanted to continue Aoede’s adventures in Wonderhaven and have always been fascinated with magic. In this story, the magical Kingdom of Wonderhaven is under a malicious memory curse and rapidly losing it’s magic. Aoede, the Muse of Song, believes she has no use or magic; yet she is plagued with a big secret and is the only one who can save magic and the Kingdom. It is more than mere fantasy; it is about belief in yourself.”
Brooklyn parlor rock outfit Kotorino and sultry indie ensemble Sweet Soubrette will share an evening of lush arrangements and intense, harmony-fueled art rock at the exquisite nightclub venue Joe’s Pub on Wednesday, September 2, at 7pm.
Sweet Soubrette features lyrically intricate songs inspired by works of literature, troubled romance, and life’s mysteries, led by edgy, wry front woman Ellia Bisker and her ukulele, backed by lush arrangements of strings and horns.
The brooding, carnivalesque ensemble Kotorino, headed by Jeff Morris, shares a similar sonic palette of horns, strings, bass, drums, guitar and ukulele — but with a uniquely evocative, impressionistic songwriting approach and a gypsy jazz-inspired aesthetic.
Since 2012, Morris and Bisker have been performing as the tragicomic, noir-inspired duo Charming Disaster. This show is a rare chance to see their individual personas writ large as two separate ensembles, united by their theatrical approach to musical performance.
The holiday fever is already halfway through. Paris seems to be more relaxed than ever, though things never stop buzzling around. There are many exciting activities to indulge yourself into – all the culture events, or simply drinks and sun at the Paris Plage. This year fireworks on the National Bastille Day were spectacular as always, but don’t forget- on chilly and quieter nights you can always choose to cosy up and watch some cool indie films on our channel euroifc.com. So as it‘s been said, summer is a perfect time to visit.
Seeing everyone taking it a little bit easier, ÉCU team also sneaks out sometimes into the streets of Paris. Still, we always keep our eyes wide open, look for inspiration, try to be creative and involved, all for making the upcoming XI edition of the ÉCU Film Festival happen again on April 8-9-10, 2016.
parrot droneThe month of July was hectic but exciting; we received loads of new and cool indie film submissions, also our partner’s network keep on expanding; festivals from all around the world are welcome to join and unite the forces! We feel that it is one of best way to help talented filmmakers, screenwriters to show their work to as many innovative and international audiences as possible. This is what we all work towards! For the same reason we are always excited to reward the hardest working- we recently sent out the Parrot Drone for the winner of the Best Director award at ÉCU 2015 – Tannaz Hazemi. Hope it is flying high and making some great shots! Thus it is a small reminder to you all that even on holidays amazing ideas can be born and award-winning movies can be made. Submit them early and stay calm; ÉCU team will handle it from on-wards.
Lastly, don’t forget to stay in touch with ÉCU through our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more… We will make sure to keep you updated with the latest cinema news and events in Paris and other interesting and amusing stuff: interviews with filmmakers, spotlight articles about directors and movie-makers, as well as all the short videos our interns have been creating.