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World Radio Paris’ Jessica Brassington explores the city’s music scene on Paris Music Fix – a show full of interviews, music and a run down of the week’s best gigs. A graduate of University of Sheffield with an MA in modern history, Jessica has worked on several projects on cultural research in theater and film. Her radio experience includes broadcasting and production. As a journalist, she specializes in music, interviews and website content.

Special feature this week on electronica duo Vök with an interview after their concert last week at Le Point Ephémère. Vök was formed in January 2013 by singer Margrét Rán and saxophonist Andri Már. The band was formed to enter a annual band contest, “Músíktilraunir,” competition in Iceland. The problem: They didn’t actually have any songs to perform. Within a matter of weeks, Vök composed several tracks and performed them for the very first time at the band contest. And you guessed it … Vök won the competition. The duo became a trio at the start of the summer 2013 when they introduced guitarist Ólafur Alexander to the fold.
Subsequently they recorded and released the EP, ‘Tension’ via Icelandic indie label Record Records.

Described as dream-pop/indie-electro band their sound consists of dreamy electronics with melodic vocals, distant saxophones and clean reverberated guitars. Vök is easily placed in the realm of indie-electro, thus resulting in everyone from The Knife and The xx to Poliça and Phantogram, but their music is distinctly their own.

Listen to their latest tracks on Soundcloud and follow them on Facebook

Comments or suggestions for the program? Contact jessica@horizonvumusic.com

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World Radio Paris’ Jessica Brassington explores the city’s music scene on Paris Music Fix – a show full of interviews, music and a run down of the week’s best gigs. A graduate of University of Sheffield with an MA in modern history, Jessica has worked on several projects on cultural research in theater and film. Her radio experience includes broadcasting and production. As a journalist, she specializes in music, interviews and website content.

Kayleigh O’Connor is a young indie-pop singer and musician from Canada who released her first EP in 2014. She’s now on a European tour and Jess Brassington caught up with her at Le Motel, in Bastille.
Listen to more on KayleighoConnor.com

Comments or suggestions for the program? Contact jessica@horizonvumusic.com

For WorldRadioParis.com


Sally_newsfeedSally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

What is Your Vocal Warm Up Warming Up? Sally Morgan and Sing Like You Speak have some answers to that question.

Visit Sally at http://singlikeyouspeak.com and Facebook

Sally_screenSally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Singing Is Praying Twice

Our spiritual director is always telling us that singing is praying twice. The vibrational level of singing calls out to the Universe on a higher wavelength. Our singing – your singing – is a great joy to Spirit.

There are those who would say to me – a voice trainer – that God would not find joy in their singing because it’s so bad. I respectfully disagree.

Everyone is born with the perfect musical instrument – your body. The human body is an amazing machine that functions automatically at a level that is difficult for the human brain to comprehend. When you ask your body to open up in a certain way, it will respond with, “Yea! You remembered! I can now support your voice.”

Last week I had a new-ish student who all of a sudden got the breathing and her voice completely opened up. She said, “Wow, I just had this flashback moment. It was like my body remembered breathing this way when I was a very small child.

YES! That’s it! The breathing was taking her back to Source.

The absolute perfection of the human musical instrument is yours to claim. With a bit of help to use your voice naturally, you can sing. You can feel the joy of singing your song and singing your affirmations.

I am leading a Master Class titled, Sing Your Affirmations|Praying Twice™. Sing your affirmations for double the energy and possibly double the manifestation!

I am so excited about leading this Master Class! It brings together those things I care most about. I love to teach singing. I love how happy I feel when I’m singing my affirmations. I love the empowerment of prayers manifested.

Please join us for an empowering and joyful evening and discover for yourself the Singing is Praying Twice.

Sing Your Affirmations|Praying Twice™
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
6:15-7:45
225 West 99 St. NYC
$10 suggested donation – no one turned away for lack of funds

breath,

Sally

http;//SingLikeYouSpeak.com

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EUROPEAN FESTIVALS SUMMER 2016

Festival season is upon us! If you live or are planning to travel to Europe this summer, we have compiled a list of exception music events happening this summer! Below are a variety of events that will have groups from around the world performing rock, alternative, metal, folk, and more! You can visit the websites provided for each event to check out the artist roster and purchase tickets.


JUNE

Rock Im Park

Nürnberg, Germany

03 June –  05 June

http://www.rock-im-park.com/

This Is Not a Love Song

Nîmes, France

03 June – 05 June

https://thisisnotalovesong.fr/

Sweden Rock Festival

Sölvesborg, Sweden

08 June -11 June

http://www.swedenrock.com/

Nova Rock Festival

Nickelsdorf, Austria

09 June –  12 June

http://www.novarock.at/

PinkPop

Landgraaf, Netherlands

10 June –  12 June

http://www.pinkpop.nl/2016/

Download Festival

Paris, France

10 June – 12 June

http://www.downloadfestival.fr/fr

Hellfest Summer Open Air

Clisson, France

17 June-19 June

http://www.hellfest.fr/en/the-festival/

Graspop Metal Meeting

Dessel, Belgium

17 June – 19 June

https://www.graspop.be/nl/

INmusic festival

Zagreb, Croatia

20 June –  22 June

https://www.inmusicfestival.com/

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury, UK

22 June – 26 June

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

Copenhell

Copenhagen, Denmark

23 June –  25 June

http://copenhell.dk/

Solidays Festival

Paris, France

24 June –  26 June

http://www.solidays.org/

Hurricane Festival

Bremen, Germany

24 June –  26 June

http://www.hurricane.de/

Southside Festival

Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany

24 June –  26 June

http://www.southside.de/

Roskilde

Roskilde, Denmark

25 June –  02 July

http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/

Volt Festival

Sopron, Hungary

29 June – 02 July

http://sziget.hu/volt_english

Provinssirock Festival

Seinäjoki, Finland

30 June –  02 July

http://www.provinssi.fi/

Rock Werchter

Werchter, Belgium

30 June –  03 July

http://www.rockwerchter.be/nl

Open Air St. Gallen

St. Gallen, Switzerland

30 June –  03 July

http://www.openairsg.ch/

JULY

Eurockéennes de Belfort
Belfort, France
01 July –  03 July
http://festival.eurockeennes.fr/

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Helsinki, Finland
01 July –  03 July
http://www.tuska-festival.fi/

Rock for People
Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
03 July –  05 July
https://www.rockforpeople.cz/

Exit Festival
Novi Sad, Serbia
07 July –  10 July
http://www.exitfest.org/sr

Bilbao BBK Live
Bilbao, Spain
07 July – 09 July
http://bilbaobbklive.com/en-us/home

Ruisrock Festival
Turku, Finland
08 July – 10 July
http://www.ruisrock.fi/

Bospop
Weert, Netherlands
09 July – 10 July
http://www.bospop.nl/

Vieilles Charrues Festival
Carhaix, France
14 July –  17 July
http://www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr/2016/

Woodstock Festival Poland
Kostrzyn, Poland
14 July – 16 July 2016
http://www.woodstockfestival.pl/

Truck Festival
Oxford, UK
15 July –  17 July
http://www.truckfestival.com/

Ilosaarirock Festival
Joensuu, Finland
15 July –  17 July
http://www.ilosaarirock.fi/2016/

Suikerrock
Tienen, Belgium
29 July –  31 July
http://www.suikerrock.be/

Indietracks
Ripley, UK
29 July – 31 July
http://www.indietracks.co.uk/

AUGUST

Arenal Sound
Castellón, Spain
04 August 07 August
http://www.arenalsound.com/

Wacken Open Air
Wacken, Germany
04 August –  06 August
http://www.wacken.com/

Lokerse Feesten
Lokeren, Belgium
05 August – 14 August
http://www.lokersefeesten.be/

Off Festival
Katowice, Poland
05 August –  07 August
http://off-festival.pl/

Sziget Festival
Budapest, Hungary
10 August –  17 August
http://szigetfestival.com/

La Route du Rock
Saint-Malo, France
11 August –  14 August
http://www.laroutedurock.com/

Rocco del Schlacko
Püttlingen , Germany
11 August  – 13 August
http://www.rocco-del-schlacko.de/

Bloodstock Open Air
Walton upon Trent, UK
11 August – 14 August
http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/

Pukkelpop
Hasselt, Belgium
17 August – 20 August
https://www.pukkelpop.be/

Summer Breeze
Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17 August –  20 August
http://www.summer-breeze.de/

Highfield Festival
Störmthal, Germany
19 August –  21 August
http://www.highfield.de/

Lowlands
Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
19 August – 21 August
http://lowlands.nl/

Reading Festival
Reading, UK
26 August – 28 August
http://www.readingfestival.com/

Rock en Seine
Paris, France
26 August –  28 August
http://www.rockenseine.com/

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Do you practice a vocal warm up routine? Are you aware of what your warm up is warming up? Seriously. Every timeyou sing, you are creating muscles memory for an exercise, a song, a specific pitch on a specific word. A good warm up Sally Morgan_warm upwarms up the muscles that naturally help you make a free and powerful sound.

Yes, you do have voice muscles. They are the muscles that help make singing easy and free. Are you building the right muscles with your warm up? If not, then you are only reinforcing bad habits and using the wrong muscles to sing.

What is a good vocal warm up routine? An excellent vocal warm up leads to vocal mastery.

A good vocal warm up leads to Vocal Mastery by

-Focusing on 1 skill or task at a time because research proves single tasking is the quickest way to mastering a skill

Building habits of good vocal production – skills that do not involve conscious thought

-Connects vocal production to the natural way your body produces sound

-Following a step-by-step process so that one step prepares for the success of the next step

Building your confidence in your singing ability with consistent technique

Everyone has the perfect musical instrument. It’s You – it’s your body. A good warm up helps to restore the effortless singing that is natural to all human instruments.

To begin your warm up, first accept that your body is your instrument. When your instrument is straight, strong and open, your voice will be also. You would not bend the neck of a guitar and expect it to play well or in tune. The same is true for your vocal instrument.

There are many, many techniques to help with good posture. The most effective for your singing uses core muscles to hold the body erect leaving lower back and abdominal muscles free to do their job of helping with vocal production.

Warming up and building core muscle for good posture is Step #1 of an excellent vocal warm up.

Begin by standing with both feet flat on the floor. Widen at the hips, open the heart, broaden the collarbones and pull your head back on top of your body – earlobes over shoulders.

Now your voice has the chance to flow freely through your human instrument.

Learn more at http://singlikeyouspeak.com/warm-up/


Sophie_banjoSophie Tapie is known for her work in music, film and television. On 9 April, she takes center stage at The European Independent Film Festival presenting her experience-based views on barriers and keys to success for women in film and music.

The purpose of this workshop is to further understanding of the barriers and keys to success through the personal experiences and observations of featured speaker, Sophie Tapie. In addition, the program is intended to facilitate the networking among people interested in issues related to participation of women in film and music and to suggest action points.

Sophie Tapie was born in Paris in 1988. At 17, she went to London in order to attend classes in music, dance, and comedy at “The Arts Educational School.” Following two years of study, she graduated and returned to France with the certainty that music will govern her life. She has met with and worked with different authors / composers / French interpreters, she seeks her style, her voice …

Passionate and hard working, in parallel to her music, she has performed in theater (Oscar) and made a film (24 days Alexandre Arcady), a TV series (Commissioner Valencia), and she hosts a TV show (Equidia TV).

In 2012, she participated in The Voice. Noticed by the Canadian label Vega Music, Sophie moved to Montreal for a few months to work with Steve Marino and a successful director from Montreal, Steve Marino. In 2015 she released her album, “Sauvage”: 12 tracks that make us look and travel in a world full of humor and lucidity, ideals and freedom.

Follow Sophie on Facebook and Twitter


Opinion: All genders should stand up for women’s interests in arts

By Karly Williams

Reposted from The News Record 23 February 2016 http://www.newsrecord.org/opinion/opinion-all-genders-should-stand-up-for-women-s-interests/article_37d5bb5a-da89-11e5-a2e7-03484c26d7ad.html

Kesha Photo Credit: Jay L. Clendenin

Kesha Photo Credit: Jay L. Clendenin

Kesha, seen here performing at the Hollywood Bowl on June 18, 2013, has filed a lawsuit against her producer for alleged sexual, physical and emotional abuse. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Recent music industry news has been dominated with stories of pop star Kesha’s loss in her turbulent court case against Sony music, digging a deeper hole for women within the art world.

The case revolved around her effort to nullify her recording contract with Sony after filing a 2014 sexual assault lawsuit against her ex-manager and producer Lukasz Gottwald.

Kesha claims Gottwald, known as Dr. Luke, drugged and raped her when she was 18, and has committed years of verbal, emotional and sexual abuse against her.

Though Kesha may not be required to work personally with Dr. Luke ever again, the court decision makes it impossible to leave the record label — owned by Sony — that financially supports her alleged rapist and abuser.

New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich told The New York Times the ruling was “commercially reasonable.”

The ruling is obviously a dismal reflection of our legal system that supports corporate personhood and interests and has failed a woman who simply asked to be freed from the environment, which led to her alleged abuse.

Moreover, the very industry that awarded her success has ultimately failed her.

But Kesha’s story is not uncommon in entertainment news. Earlier this year Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, as well as other female musicians and music publicists, made waves on social media and in entertainment news after they spoke out against a prominent music publicist who they say sexually harassed them.

Unfortunately, sexism in music is nothing new. Although sexual assault allegations in the industry make national headlines and inspire endless reflection on the way our legal system treats women, we also need to look at sexism at a micro level to prevent feeding a culture that can lead to actual abuse.

In the industry that’s still very much a boy’s club, it is crucial that we address the lack of women in certain sects of the industry. We should do this not only for the sake of equality and to benefit the expansion of ever diversifying creativity — but to ensure that women who follow their passion through a musical career remain safe in their everyday work.

Although women have made enormous strides in the past few decades when it comes to writing and performing music, most of the underbelly of the industry is male dominated. That leads to an environment overseen and controlled financially and creatively by mostly men.

This can lead to promotion and marketing of women’s music being dominated by the male gaze, and their creative choices being pressured to fit what someone in a high standing in the industry might think would be most appropriate for the artist.

According to Women’s Audio Mission, a nonprofit supporting the advancement of women in music, women make up less than 5 percent of those working in music production and the recording arts.

Plenty of female artists and producers such as Grimes and Björk have been outspoken on these issues, pointing out that they are often not credited for their production work and creative input when working with male producers.

I am not saying getting more women involved in the technical side of the industry is a cure all for the industry’s woes, or would have prevented cases of past gender-based abuse in the industry. But having more women in every sect of the industry needs to be something everyone who works in music, or are simply fans of music, should become aware of and support consciously regardless of gender.

Fostering a positive relationship with the arts in young girls is crucial to changing the industry for the coming generations as well.

Rather than dismissing girls who take a keen interest in pop music at a young age as fangirls, or fetishizing girls who like more aggressive genres like rock and punk, we need to collectively be able to enjoy music as an art just as the boys do. We should encourage girls and women to pick up their favorite instrument, download production software or fill a notebook up with lyrics to their next anthem.

By standing with women in all areas of music, we can ensure that we change an industry that is not secure for them, and with that advancement, collectively reshape the field as a whole.


25 February 2014

Reposted from http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/casandra-prerostsingh/delhi-gang-rape-music-video-for-jyoti_b_4802085.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-entertainment&ir=UK+Entertainment

By Casandra Prerost-Singh

Jyoti

Jyoti means “light “or “flame” in Hindi and in the Sanskrit, “celestial brilliance”. It is also the first name of a 23 year old young women, Jyoti Pandey Singh, known in India as Nirbhaya, who was pack raped and reportedly eviscerated by one of her six attackers on a cold night in Delhi, 16 December 2012. She had gone with a friend to an early Sunday evening movie session and they were simply trying to go home. She succumbed to her injuries some 13 days later.

Just before the first anniversary of her death, I found myself in Delhi with fellow filmmaker Bruno Acard making a music video in English and Hindi of a song inspired by these tragic events entitled Shine a Light and Navjyoti ki Oar.

Jyoti as a Catalyst

What happened to this girl was horrible and is unbearable to read and to hear. India was seized by a wave of revulsion, as was the rest of the world. I was in Delhi shortly after these events and read, heard and saw detail, too much detail and found it incomprehensible. I was struck by the sadness, the anger and the incredulity of people, this in a place where papers print on a seemingly daily basis reports of rape and violence toward women and children.

For many people, Jyoti’s attack was a catalyst, a line in the sand in its sheer barbarity and awfulness. Huge demonstrations ensued, public statements for change were made and blame was apportioned -to western influences and, incredibly, at times to Jyoti herself. The perpetrators were tried and sentenced to death, one suicided or was killed in jail and the minor, reportedly the most brutal attacker, got a sentence of three years. Since then, the dreadful litany of rapes and brutality in India has continued unabated. Womens’ insecurity was an election issue in Delhi’s December 2013 elections.

What happened to Jyoti stuck in my mind and attached itself to my heart. In a Paris café on a quiet summer afternoon in August 2013 , I listened to a demo of a song inspired by this tragedy. ‘Shine a Light’ was written by British team of lyricist Mel Barnett with music by William Playle and was written for and is sung by a young Delhi singer, Sagarika Deb. The poignancy of the lyrics and the sweetness of the voice of the singer appealed and seemed right. The version in Hindi, Navjyoti ki Oar, had become an anthem for the Indian NGO for womens’ empowerment and education, ‘Navjyoti’, created 25 years ago by Kirin Bedi.

I thought a video had to be made and listened to in India and indeed the world. I talked to Bruno Acard, a French filmmaker with whom I have collaborated before, and proposed a no frills/ no pay production in Delhi of two versions of the song, in the original English and in Hindi – for Jyoti. We had a two week window in early December 2013 and he took the challeng.

Crowdfunding was intended but the French banking system was against us. The administrative organizer in Delhi let us down and disappeared at the last minute. Ingenuity, our own pockets and those of friends and friends of friends plus an unexpectedly fast approval of the Delhi Police did the rest. “The making of” Shine a Light / Navjyoti ki Oar is a story in itself for another time.

How do you make a music video in the era of ‘twerking’ and sensationalism that has as its inspiration a brutal rape and murder? How do you make it without sensationalism? How do you do it with respect for the humanity of the victim? How do you transmit the intent and the message of the lyrics? Why did we make it?

The last question was the easiest. We made this video because we felt we had to. It seemed evident to us. We wanted to do homage to Jyoti, to the lost life and the truncated promise of her youth. In giving her name to Reuters in early 2013, her father said he wanted her remembered and that there be some sense to the senselessness of what happened to her. Music and moving image are immensely powerful and emotional communicators and we wanted to lend our skills to carry a positive message and a story via music and video. We saw Shine a Light as a story, a visual dialogue between a Boy and his memory of a Girl. The relationship is undefined and the style deliberately low key and personal.

Why Jyoti matters to us

In the book (the only book?) about Jyoti called Courting Injustice: The Nirbhaya Case and its Aftermath, Rajesh Talwar raises very pressing issues for reform of the legal system but also provides some compelling insights into what made this particular incident so disturbing. As he writes, she was every young Indian woman from a poor background seeking to improve her situation and that of her family via education. Secondly, she put up a ferocious struggle against overwhelming odds.

To that I would add it was life interrupted, a light snuffed out randomly, brutally and pointlessly. The Times of India and the Hindustan Times carried a series of articles in the aftermath, extracts of her diary and her last notes to her mother in hospital. She is every young woman -our daughter, our sister and our friend – everywhere. She is not a statistic, not “person x “, not an abstract symbol. She was real, she is our loss and it is personal..

In the process of getting permission to film from the Delhi Police (which they subsequently and rapidly gave), I was asked the curious question “What would be the single most important thing you would do for women’s empowerment in India.” My answer has changed. After shooting this video in Delhi, it is what I have always taken for granted, the freedom of movement and, as a right, to simply “be” as a woman in a public place without outright danger.

I can’t stop seeing their faces Jyoti to wrote her mother. I keep seeing her face and as personified by Sagarika Deb in the music video, she looks back. At us all.

Follow Casandra Prerost-Singh on Twitter: www.twitter.com/casandraprerost

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Women-In-Film-In-Music is a network and blog for persons interested in film, music and the role of women in the business of entertainment. This includes producers, directors, technical specialists and performing artists in the film and music industries. The key objective of the blog is to be a source for networking, understanding and acting on issues and barriers to the success of women participating in film and music.

This blog is a part of an initiative of HorizonVU Music and Global Paris Arts to sponsor a proactive session at the European Independent Film Festival in April, 2014. It is hoped that open participation in this blog by all persons, irrespective of gender, will be a source for an exciting and constructive program.

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