The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premiere event for independent filmmakers, will kick-off the eighth edition of the festival with a Launch Party on Wednesday March 13th, 2013 at Le Gibus nightclub
ÉCU Launch Party will present live music performed by Tiwayo and Skarah-B, screen trailers from ÉCU’s 2013 Official Selection and offer attendees the opportunity to meet some of the world’s most talented independent filmmakers.
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival celebrates quality, innovation and independence by projecting the very best independent filmmaking talent from around the world. Filmmakers compete in 15 categories for 25 awards, including the new ‘Arabic-Special-Section’ dedicated to the memory of the late Ahmed Khedr.
Representing a complete gamut of film genre from feature films, short films, documentaries, animations
and experimental works to student films, ÉCU provides an ideal platform for the promotion of independent, creative cinema.
Since its inception eight years ago, ÉCU has proved to be a discovery point for many talented independent filmmakers: several films from this years Official Selection will make their World Premieres, while more than a dozen others will make European Premieres. As a result of ÉCU’s commitment to the discovery, promotion and projection of independent films, it is often referred to as the European version of the Sundance Film Festival .
The ÉCU 2013 Launch Party will be held at Le Gibus, 18 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, March 13th, 2013 from 19.30pm-2am.
Well this year has started off pretty rainy where I live in northern NSW, Australia. As I write this, my local town has just escaped from major flooding with rivers rising and more rain on the way. (Great weather for songwriting!) It reminds me of our time in the UK last summer. One of the festivals we were booked to play at was cancelled at the last minute due to flooding, which then led us to going to Amsterdam spontaneously. One of the many things I learnt on tour was how important it is to make the best of any situation, to improvise when life doesn’t go as planned (and quite often it doesn’t!).
Andrea Soler’s “Daydreamer” Tour – Paris
Our tour in Europe had ups and downs, and sometimes I just wanted to pack up and go home. When we had nowhere to sleep, being lost in a foreign country, our car boot not locking (with all our music gear inside), getting stuck in traffic for hours and hours, and of course dealing with mud and rain. In retrospect, I can see how these chellenges also helped me to grow and understand more about myself.
It also makes the good times SO darn good!
There is some exciting plans for 2013. I’ll be heading back into the studio to finish off my forthcoming album, and planning another tour to the UK and also a national tour in Australia. Thanks for the support! If you are interested in hearing more music, or to check out my tour dates, you can head to
Corner of Av. Foch et Blvd Flandrin, Paris, January 11, 2013
Posted on January 10, 2013
And so the Masters students in European and International Business Law at Université Paris Dauphine wrestle with definitions, distinctions and distractions as we try to translate Lost for Words into French. The attention to detail is similar if not the same that is necessary when drafting a contract, a negotiation strategy, a constitution, a legal treatise. They are then called upon to give ten minute presentations on European Union citizenship (2013 is after all the European Year of Citizens). These ten minutes are suddenly reduced to two minutes; some students are asked to present in English, some in French. One Russian student is called upon to make her presentation in Russian, but protests as she has prepared her notes in French. She thinks a little and then says that she will speak for 5 minutes in Russian and will summarise her points in both French and English. That’s called initiative; when you see that in action and when you see people think, innovate, create, it is a reminder that teaching is an honour. It is also where you learn the most, if you give students a chance to participate. At one point, one student says that she can imagine how she would stage a trial without words but has some difficulty explaining what she means, that is until two days later when we are in a dance studio. There I see imagination in action as we run through exercises adapted from dance / theatre; we try out a few mise-en-scènes that I invent until the students take over. During the trial without words, members of the jury suddenly turn their backs on the prosecutor. There it is again: initiative and creativity. These students are smart. They have alot to contribute about discussions about human rights in the EU, within the class room, in a dance studio and beyond. Within one week, I have seen a transformation from reticence and a little resistance to the courage and the confidence it takes to participate in class as a right to reply. In so doing, I have learned to understand how diverse the perception of law and human rights may be and how a participatory, collaborative model of teaching, fusing analysis and art may awaken the Gesamtkunstwerk in all of us.
Later that evening, I meet up with A. and we go out for dinner and decide to celebrate with just one word as we side step the question whether we have booked a table: “Mais non!“, we say, as though we have just been insulted; we add that we have been sent by the Opéra Garnier, which is around the corner. (This is true. We asked one of the security guards at the Opéra where we might eat oysters and he told us where to go). And so here we are, as we brush away our lack of reservation and say that we have been sent by the Opéra Garnier after which we say in unison: ”Champagne!” as we navigate our way to a table from where we shall celebrate the savoir faire and savoir vivre of human creativity until the early hours.
Corner of Bd des Capucines et Rue Auber, Paris, January 8, 2013
Posted on January 8, 2013
This is what you do. You forget to change to the number 2 metro line that is the shortest way home as you smile back at a sign that says that this station is called Bonnes Nouvelles. Nice touch, you think but these words do not hit the spot. Patience is this hour’s virtue as you finally get up, mind a gap, head for a flight of stairs, then an escalator, then trample a few more stairs than are strictly necessary until you emerge through a wind tunnel with your back to what you came all this way to see. Its eyes bore through that center between your shoulder blades right through to the solar plexus and out the other side as you turn very slowly to savour the morsels of each second that bring you one step closer to seeing as believing that I think therefore it must be: Opéra Garnier.
Let me begin by wishing you all a happy new year !
I also wanted to take this opportunity to share the launch of a website dedicated to Lost for Words which, as you know, was premiered in New York in October at the DiMenna Center. The experience was not only unforgettable but was, personally speaking, a dream come true; as some of you know, when I first visited 450 W 37th Street in 2007, I was so inspired that I imagined creating a performance art piece there. During the second act of the premiere on October 20th, my dear friend Tracy Williams opened a bottle of champagne and handed me a glass on-stage as we continued to perform. I will never forget that moment!
In 2013, Artist (s) at Large will become a moveable feast, so to speak, as Lost for Words will be presented and performed at the Law School of the Université Paris Dauphine (January 7 – 16th); the Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice (Paris) on May 24th with further dates to be confirmed. An academic article which archives the link between Lost for Words and legal scholarship on witness, testimony and memory beyond text has just been published as part of an edited collection on Beyond Text in Legal Education (Were you with Me? Creativity, Dialogue and Self Expression in Legal Process Narratives’ in Beyond Text in Legal Education Z. Bankowski, M. Del Mar and P. Maharg (eds) (Dartmouth: Ashgate, 2012) with a further article due out in 2013 (Lost for Words: Law as Tanztheater‘ (2013) This Century’s Review).
Artist (s) at Large continues to thrive, both in real time and as a virtual on-line community. 2013 will also be a year dedicated to fund raising; indeed, get in touch if you have any innovative suggestions, both generally and regarding individual lab sessions / workshops and performances.
If you would like to get involved with the creative process or as an associate advisor for Lost for Words, let me know. As you will see on the website, you may send us your multi-media Answers on a Postcard as a submission for inclusion on the on-line archive!
Artist (s) at Large
Visiting Scholar (Cardozo Law School)
Visiting Professor (Université Paris Dauphine)
Posted on July 3, 2012 by miriamaziz
Lost for Words is the culmination of the Artist(s) at Large performance laboratory founded by Miriam Aziz in 2011 and directed and choreographed by her. A new creative platform, dancers experimented with music and movement in rehearsal studios at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York in order to develop exercises in communication through music, dance, theatre and film. Every session was filmed and was edited into an on-line Video archive called Were you with Me? which was designed to encourage discussion of the experience of being speechless amongst artists and society as a whole. This discussion was linked to questions about witness, testimony and memory beyond text so perceptions of law and social justice could be examined not only as an outcome but as a process by encouraging engagement with both individual and collective experience. The result, Lost for Words, is a play on words where the audience is invited to participate in the art of story-telling during a lab session, a performance or through access to the on-line archive Answers on a Postcard.
Lost for Words challenges and widens the creative space by inviting members of the public to explore the extent to which the digital age is changing the stories we tell and those about which we prefer or are forced to remain silent in the context of law and social justice.
Support for Lost for Words was made possible by the Emile Noël Fellowship at New York University (NYU) Law School (2009/10); Cardozo Law School (2011/13) and subsidized rehearsal space at the Baryshnikov Arts Center by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Photograph by Lena Adasheva
Corner of Rue du Navarin et Rue des Martyrs, Paris, France, November 19, 2012
Posted on November 19, 2012
Rendez vous at the Hôtel Amour in the 9th for a working breakfast that passes without incident but for the fact that I confuse Chile with Argentina as we speak about the rule of law as games of hide and seek. P. just in from Buenos Aires talks about a law paper that I am feigning interest in as ever since he mentioned the tango performance he saw, my attention is a disordered disarray of trade deficits. All work and what’s with the no-play date that this week turned out to be? Paris? City of Lights and Je ne regrette rien? I start to stifle a giggle that I disguise as a yawn, hoping that even though I have been here for a week, I can still get away with that wonderful excuse called jet lag or décalage horaire. P. starts to explain how to get to Charles de Gaulle airport and I could not care less as I am thinking, maybe I’ll just get a cab…you know, just stride out onto the street and stick my arm out as the understudy to the Empress of the Upper East Side. P. looks terrified and says that I will be ruined if I get caught up in les embouteillages and so I follow his precise instructions and somewhere in some metro station between here and there, I come across a group of garulous Russian musicians, all 20 of them, playing music that try as I might, I could never live up to. But gladly would I face that music and dance, only too happy to oblige. But that was before Sasha, that hiatus time of intransigent insouciance before the brutal before my first coffee awakening one monday morning weeks later when he picked me up to take me to a dental appointment to remind me of how a man must – not may – accompany a woman. As Sasha drives off, abandoning me to the sorry state of affairs that will compose the rest of my life après Sasha at the corner of Park and 57th Street, I realise, that we will never always have Paris, this Russian cab driver and I. And you can look that story up by author, title, genre, whatever it takes, it’s all the same: Tragedy.
ANDREA SOLER | Sydney, NSW, AU | Folk / World / Roots Members: Andrea Soler-Vox, Guitar, Uke James Ross-Electric/Acoustic Guitars Elvis Calaghan-Violin Alex Elfes-Double/Electric Bass Shay Henderson-Drums
Ok, so who in their right mind would plan three months on the road, visit ten different countries, drive over 12 000km’s, and perform at over 50 shows? We did! After months of planning, preparation and fundrasing through www.pozible.com, we got the show on the road. If you have just recently joined my mailing list, then you can click here and go to youtube and watch videos from our Daydreamer tour in the UK and bonus film clips. This tour was one of the most wonderful life changing times for me. It opened my heart, showed me faith in this big wide world of ours, the people that live in it, and in music. My passion to create and share music was taken to a whole new level and since coming home I have already started working on the next album, which will include this brand new song which we recorded in the south of France – No Ordinary Love Song.
We made so many new friends, had many laughs and smiles, experienced approx 4 mudded out festivals, 1 gig in the back of a semi trailer, 5 countries I’ve never been to before, radio play all over Europe, approx 2000 photos taken by Goba, a few mid-gig guitar string snaps, lots of German and Beligium beer, bratwurst, coffee, towering infernos, eggs on toast, and apple pie from Amsterdam – best breaky ever! (Did I forget to mention the Swiss chocolate?!)
From Paris With Love x x
I couldn’t think of a better place to end our three month tour than in Paris. This is the city that stole my heart seven years ago when I bought a one way ticket to France to learn to sing in French and follow my dream to make music! I was a regular at lots of the open mic nights and would try out new material in front of audiences that didn’t really understand what I was singing about, but appreciated it just the same. It was so great to be back in my old stomping ground.
James and I performed a few shows in Montmatre, and also did some busking on sunny days. Our clips for the last part of the tour – Amsterdam,Germany, Switzerland, and Paris will be up online very soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these photos taken by Goba from our time in France. Big thanks to our Paris promotion partner Phil Cartwright from HorizonVU for your help in getting some shows off the ground.
Bistro 82, Montmatre...Where the bar lady sets the bar on fire!
HorizonVU showcase and fundraiser at Le Cafe Oz, Paris
Cafe Oz, Paris
Le Tour Eiffel, Pareeeeeee
James and I busking on a sunny hot day at La Butte De Montmatre
Playing at a bar in Montmatre with a very eclectic audience
Our new Parisian friends...after our Montmatre gig
What's the caption for this pic, then, eh?
Another busking session, right next to Le Sacred Coeur Church, Montmatre
Family in the south of France…
It was really special for me to take some time off from the tour and get together with some of my French family down in the south of France. Whenever I come back here it always helps me to feel my roots and my ancestry. I believe it’s really important to know where we’ve come from to know where we’re heading. ( I also really enjoy the local vin rouge!)
Tata Anne Marie, Louisette, Me and my cousin Alix
Some of my family from the south of France. (Laungedoc Rousillion region)
Mum, my aunty and me walking along the Canal Du Midi, South of France
Big thanks to a few special people who really made the Daydreamer Europe tour happen – Goba for all your love, kindness, driving and camera skills, James Ross for your fun energy on stage, enthusiam and arm wrestles! Thanks to Merch Muma for helping us on the road in many different ways, and also BIG thanks to all of you for your support.
Jefferson Starship – A Very Good Trip (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
by HorizonVU Music
Jefferson Starship with Paul Kantner, Cathy Richardson and David Freiberg, The Bataclan, Paris
Jefferson Starship rocked The Bataclan in Paris last night! Lead by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner and David Freiberg, a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of the legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service , Jefferson Starship lives on – for all ages. Starship lead singer Cathy Richardson’s driving vocals work perfectly standalone and with the three part harmonies so characteristic of the Airplane and Starship
(see our interview with Cathy http://blog.horizonvumusic.com/?p=7244). Jude Gold (The Macrodots) plays one mean lead guitar. Chris Smith (The Supremes) on keyboard and drummer Richard Newman let us know beyond a doubt that while they might be behind the front line, they’re not to be put back-of-mind by unleasing late-in-the-show solos.
The Starship blasted off with “Sunrise” followed by “Somebody To Love” and “Fresh Air” (Quicksilver Messenger Service). The show built momentum (crowd slow to start – reminiscent of the 60’s only in that we concert goers were often “docile”… for extended periods), but last night’s crowd did come alive as Starship moved on through “Cowboy on the Run” (Quicksilver Messenger Service), “Get Together” (Youngbloods), “Miracles” and “Wooden Ships” .
It seems only right that there was an interlude of sorts as Cathy and Jude Gold gave us a taste (and a good one) of The Macrodots and their new
Cathy Richardson and HorizonVU Music's Phil Cartwright
The adrenaline flowed with “The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil” and the fireworks were exploding with Cathy Richardson leading the way with “White Rabbit”…”Volunteers” and to use Kantner’s intro line a “kick ass” finale of “The Other Side Of This Life” (Fred Neil). Talking to David Freiberg after the show, I couldn’t help but deeply admire his energy and spirit. A young fan standing next to me wished she “could have been there”. I don’t have an urge to re-run the 60’s and 70’s (unless it’s limited to the confines of my memory bank), but Jefferson Starship is still a trip!
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.
Attention! New star on the stage!
Let me present a band that totally conquered my heart – Tarah Who! It is a band that consists of French citizens but these people can for sure be called big travelers- they are making records in LA, USA and give concerts all around Europe and the U.S.
What kind of style do they prefer? Rock-pure and unbeaten! I have had a big pleasure to listen to their records, but to see them live – twice in March 2012. I also had a unique opportunity to talk to members of the band a for HorizonVU Music! But let’s go step-by-step.
To begin with, Tarah Who?’s albums sound very confident and attract the listeners’ attention from the first second. I’ve enjoyed both their old tracks and new ones. They have very melodic songs, highly-professional and well-balanced sound, but what is really catchy about them is the voice of Tarah G., the lead singer and guitarist. Tarah G. has a incredibly strong vocals, real passion and energy about everything that she’s doing.
The band has recently gone through some changes – welcoming some new members adding fresh blood to their music. Talking about their music more
Photo Credit: Laurence Gibson
specifically, I’m recommending some songs that I found really catchy and interesting, especially for new-listeners. As for me, most of them are even in the list of my top tracks for this spring!
The song “In my Mind” that starts the album “In a Rush” helps us to understand what to expect from it: great sound, many hits and catchy melodies, energy, strong vocals and half an hour of rock pleasure! It is one of the top listened songs of Tarah Who? Another great surprise of this album is “Unbalanced” – the song that has its own style and rhythm. It is rather easy to remember the lyrics and melody so you can become its fan very fast. The top song of Tarah Who? is “In a Rush” the album’s namesake. You can already feel its importance.”Our Story” stands out. It is something more personal, even private. It is written in the style of country mixed with calm classical rock. I’d for sure recommend the last song on “In a Rush” album called “Happy” – it shows off the character and strong soul of this band.
Photo Credit: Maria Zubova
As was mentioned before, I had managed to be present at two their recent concerts. The first one was at “L’OPA” Bastille where Tarah Who? played on the same stage with The Kennedys and Hannah Judson. It was a great performance with sound on max, so all listeners could enjoy the pure rock songs of this band. At the same time, a bit later, I was surprised at the other other concert where Tarah and Pilal (drummer in Tarah Who) played the same songs but in the unplugged version. I can say that both concerts were of the highest quality and totally satisfied my demans for music. I strongly believe, that both the electric and the acoustic versions are worthy of attention. The face and sense change according to the performance.
The interview that I made before one of the concerts was really very exciting: all members of the band are very pleasant, openhearted and open-minded. Each member already has years of experience, but still they are are kind and eager to communicate. I found out that the band is closely connected to another band called “So Was The Sun”-they share a guitarist (Palem). Tarah G. likes pure and old school rock like Foo Fighters. Today the members of the band are working to adapt as musicians to each other. They have rather different musical tastes, but they all share the objective of generating energetic, rock, “ I want us to have fun and our fans to party with us!”. It’s an interesting direction to go and one of their latest songs “Rainy Days” a great example of the unique collaboration of talented people and their ideas. Check out the vid.
At the end of the interview I asked each member of the band two words: one that they like and other they hate. Here’s the response that I got:
Pilal: 1. Sun
Palem: 1. Sonic
I’m really pleased to announce to all fans of Tarah Who? as well as those who would like to explore this band are welcome to join the band in concert “In The Mood(‘s) for Rock” on 11th May! It will be a unique event with many bands to participate so I’d strongly encourage and recommend everyone to be there!!!
Corner of Rue Muller et Rue Feutrier, Paris, March 22, 2012
There is time for a second cup of coffee after I have said good-bye to the young painter who shivers beneath a mexican blanket and several layers of winter worse for wear clothing. I forgot to take his photograph as promised. Something tells me that he did not forget to remember. I am drawn to a Brasserie at the end of the road where only men stand in attendance. The man who serves me a so-so coffee calls me Madame; only hours ago, I was Mademoiselle to a man up the road who served me a croissant and a glass of orange juice. The many ages of Paris.
On the way to Charles de Gaulle I gradually realize that I am not in a good mood. This is curious seeing as I am returning to New York where members of Artist (s) at Large await with, I am thankful to say, impatience. As I wait for the flight to board, I take off my shoes and listen to music while I do a ballet barre for an hour before dancing a little on the sidelines of gate 24. There is a voice that tells us that if you see anything suspicious you must report it. In the New York subway, they say, “If you see something, say something.”
The ground staff look on, at first smiling and then increasingly indifferent as I gradually metamorphose into departure lounge furniture. A man in black rimmed glasses and a blue shirt which is half tucked in gets up to stretch out his arms as he walks over to the bar to buy a coffee, and without meaning to, I start to adapt what I am doing to mimic his movements. That’s when I remember a day a few months ago when I found myself doing a pas de deux with a boxer and his trainer in a New York gym. I was rehearsing in the dance studio and they came into practice footwork next to me, which I observed in the mirror until I understood the logic of the exercises so that I could join in. The trainer notices what I am doing and ups the stakes to see when I am ready to throw in the towel just as pride starts to lead as I bite into my lip so that I may continue to search for the tango in the milonga of our day to day with Mr and Mrs Everyman. In Paris, I imagined dancing on some street corners or up and down the stairs that lead to the Sacre Coeur. In New York, the thought rarely occurs to me until I start to walk away from wherever it is that the day took me, delighting yet again in the liberty to care to dance if the mood strikes the match upon which desire alights. I see this as I finish my ballet barre in the no mans land that is gate 24 and so I say something: New York? J’arrive!