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ECU-logo-2016-BLACK_small-150x150The European Independent Film Festival is thrilled to announce that this year ÉCU has partnered up with The Paris Marriott Rive Gauche! Not only you can stay close to the Les 7 Parnassiens cinema, where ÉCU screenings will take place but receive special deals during the festival weekend!

Four-star style and unparalleled convenience blend seamlessly at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center. The hotels features an ideal location on the renowned Left Bank, allowing for simple access to the best of Montparnasse and the surrounding area as well as Les 7 Parnassiens cinema! You can make yourself comfortable in a recently redesigned hotel rooms and suites; all accommodations provide first-class amenities, with select rooms offering views of the beautiful Paris cityscape. In addition, the hotel showcases traditional French Bistro cuisine at a signature restaurant, R’Yves, and a fully equipped fitness center. The Marriot Rive Gauche hotel proudly offers over 50,000 square feet of elegant, flexible venue space, as well as first class planning and catering services.The only thing you have to do is to click this link to make your reservation.

Enjoy your stay and see you at the 12th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival!

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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.

Have a great summer,

ÉCU team.


Tarah G. Carpenter Will Rock U!

Originally posted May 29th, 2015 by Tom Tom Magazine http://tomtommag.com/2015/05/tarah-g-carpenter-will-rock-u/

Photo by Anais Brebion

Photo by Anais Brebion

Tarah G. Carpenter Will Rock U!

By Phil Cartwright

Full Name: Tarah G. Carpenter

Age: 30

Hometown: Paris, France & Los Angeles, CA

Lives in: Los Angeles, CA

Past Bands: Fräulein (punk/noise)

Current Bands: Jane Gray Black Orphan

Day Job: Musician

Endorsements: Soultone, DC California

The mind, soul, rock’s roll heartbeat and operator behind Tarah Who? is French/American singer and multi-instrumentalist (drummer, guitarist and bassist) Tarah G. Carpenter.

Born in Paris, France, Tarah got her first drum set at age 14. While in the U.S. as a high school exchange student she also picked up the guitar and starting writing songs. With a 90’s spirit, anthemic sing-a-long choruses, a punk-edged energetic live show, the power of Tarah’s songs pull you in and slam you.

Since 2010, Tarah G. Carpenter has released numerous demos and toured Europe many times. She has played at the Festival Europe des Cultures, Gibus, Le Sentier des Halles in Paris. She has been active in the London, Leeds, Amsterdam, Berlin and Hanoi music scenes. More recently, she toured the U.S. playing venues such as the Viper Room and House of Blues in Los Angeles.

PC: Tell us how playing the drums influenced your musical development?

TGC: I think the best thing in being able to play several instruments is that you can experience different positions and feel the music differently. As a drummer, I tend to naturally leave room for others and try not to always play when not necessary. Excepting for drummers, fills are not very fascinating to others. Now, being a drummer, I find it easier to play other instruments as well. For example, I take my guitar as a rhythm instrument. I pay more attention to my band’s tightness. When I play the bass, I like to have fun with the drummer.

In terms of your career, who were your biggest influences?

I first discovered Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl and Vinnie Colaiuta’ drums solos for Buddy Rich’s event. I really enjoyed how they were using the drums. At 15 all of this was new to me.

Then I listened to the Foo fighters and of course I got into Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins. Then I started looking for female drummers and discovered Sheila E. I don’t know many drummers or I don’t look for any in particular. I enjoy drummers that have personality, their own sound behind the kit, that are original, or just know how to groove.

Recently, I saw Keith Carlock at a drum festival in Paris. I really, really enjoyed his approach to the drums. I have also seen Sean Winchester in his solo project called Something Bot Metro. I think his drumming is brilliant and watching the project live is a real pleasure.

What makes a good drummer?

Ha! I think we can all have our own definition!

I don’t think a “GOOD” drummer needs to have all the technique possible. I think practice is important because without technique you are limited. But there’s nothing worse in my opinion than a very good technician who has no feelings or personal touch or sound. Most people wouldn’t notice the difference, but I think you can tell sometimes from a hit, or sound who is behind the drums. Also I find it annoying for instance if I’m playing another instrument and the drummer doesn’t listen to the music and really feel it. I think a good drummer needs to find the right balance, or find the right amount of groove, fill, feel, and of course timing – feel where it feels right to put in a fill or leave it simple. A good drummer should keep the band tight for sure, but also a good band should know how to listen to each other, whichever instrument they play.

PC: Tell us a little about life with Tarah Who?

TGC: Life with Tarah Who? is an adventure! I write all the music and lyrics then send the songs to my band mates. They learn their parts and then we meet in studios to rehearse. What I like is that we can arrange every song for the live performance, and we have a lot of fun doing that. Every show is different.

A very fun moment that sticks in my mind? Yes, I have tons, but a recent one was in London. We were invited to play at this punk Festival (which is really funny to us because we are not a punk band at all…or at least we are not my definition of a punk band). So we are at this punk fest which is very cool. There were five bands and we played 4th. So we got to see the other bands, and I’m starting to sweat thinking, “This crowd is going to hate us so much! We are like the pop band of the night to these professional mosh-pitters with mohawks in every color having toilet paper fights and demonstrating talent as world renowned beer drinkers!” It’s finally our time to go and as we’re setting up I turn to the band and tell them, “ Guys! we’re going to need to give them all that we’ve got!” and told my drummer to speed all the songs up to 200 bpm or follow my lead when I have to start the songs. And no stopping in between songs.

It was a success! We definitely sounded punk, and we had a blast!

PC: What has been the highlight of your career to-date?

TGC: For Tarah Who? so far it has been to take the plunge and go in the studios alone. Make the record the way it sounds like in my head. The rest is to come.

For Jane Gray Black Orphan our first EP is about discovering ourselves and what we want to do in the project. The first album (that we are currently writing ) is going to be a huge next step, that we cannot wait to start sharing.

PC: Thinking about great female drummers, we recall Sheila Escovedo, Georgia Hubley, Teresa Taylor, Kate Schellenbach, Janet Weiss and others… but really there are not that many? Why is that? Do you think female drummers have an especially hard time being recognized?

TGC: We are a few out there and we do have our own community, which is not unpleasant. Thanks to Tom Tom magazine for instance, female drummers have a place to express themselves among others or discover other female drummers, Hit Like A Girl contest makes you realize you’re not the only one and there are AMAZING female drummers worldwide.

I have met a few well-known male drummers that are very supportive of female drummers. I also think it is changing a lot and the more girls/women are going to see other women play, the more they are going to see that they can do it too and dare to make their first step.

From my experience, I have kept it for myself for a while that I was playing the drums, because I was tired of men’s reactions. I travel a lot and as of today I still deal with guys making a face when they see that I am the drummer. I think unless your name is out there, Cindy Blackman with Lenny Kravitz, for example, you’re still going to deal with people’s first judgment and then it depends on us to change their opinion or not.

Drums are for everyone, just like any instrument (or anything in life, as a matter of fact!).

I think people are more open to female drummers in North America than elsewhere. I think girls used to have a hard time, because it was set in people’s minds that drums were for men, but it has definitely evolved and keeps evolving.

Maybe female drummers have had a hard time being recognized, but I know that today things are changing and I don’t know if the male drummers are in special need for some female drummers around all of these dudes! But I have been encouraged a lot by people like Thomas Lang, to just keep playing!

And I keep meeting more and more supportive people. I have just been endorsed by Soultone cymbals and DC California for instance. On social media I have a lot of supportive comments, and everyone I meet at gigs tell me “it’s nice to see a woman play the drums!” Sound engineers also come very often after the shows to show their support. Soon it will be a new trend!

PC: Touring can be particularly tough especially for drummers. There is a lot of gear involved and that means not only setting up and tearing down night after night, but making sure your gear stays safe and in the best condition. Thoughts about touring as a drummer?

TGC: I love touring. As a drummer, I find it difficult at times because you have to think of more things like numbers of stands and toms you really need. Unless you have a lot of room on the tour bus you’re just going to take too much room in the van and stage.

Touring in the States and in Europe ( as an independent band) is very different. In Europe, bands share equipment so that every band brings something and everyone stays for the other band and it’s all fair. In the US, we were really surprised that in the beginning no one lended anything, or if they did, they would actually rent it. In the end, this makes sense. Gear is so expensive you don’t want anyone to play your gear. And lately, I have heard about a few situations where gear was stolen. WHO DOES THAT??

I am very particular with my drums and I know where and how I set up my stuff, so I don’t like anyone to try to help me setting up. As band, everyone should help each other carrying gear from van to stage. But when it comes to setting up, in my opinion you’re better off doing it yourself.

PC: What words of advice do you pass along the young musicians wanting to be rock stars?

TGC: Ha! What is a rock star?! If you want to play music. Get out there and play. Do what you have to do, to make it happen. But I only have one piece of advice: BE YOU! Don’t try to be someone else, don’t learn the drums like someone else, get inspired, or learn a few things here and there from others. Other drummers succeeded because they were doing their own thing.

So do your thing, feel the music, write, play. Do what you have to do, be you and stay clean! You want to be a good drummer? You are first an athlete! Write and play music because you have something to say, something to pass on, emotions, express yourself, share it with the world, not because it looks cool.

PC: One final question… what is Tarah G Carpenter doing now and what are your plans for the future?

TGC: I am currently recording my third album (Tarah Who?). That should come out in 2015. I am also working with Ash on Jane Gray Black Orphan’s first album. Tarah Who? is planning to tour the West Coast in September 2015 and we hope to see you out there!

You can check Tarah’s Facebook and Instagram for updates on all her music!


Your pumpkin is starting to rot but it’s still too early to put up the tinsel. What is there to do in November?! Never fear. ÉCU is here to save you from boredom.

FILM

Paris International Fantastic Film Festival
Gaumont Opéra
19th-24th November

If you are sick of realist drama films then 6 days of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction should help you escape the everyday. Created in 2011 by cult magazine Mad Movies, this festival is still young but it might become as big as the UK’s Frightfest or Portugal’s Fantasporto.

Not recommend for the fainthearted.

Portraits of Women in Chinese Cinema
Cinematheque Française
19th – 30th November

From the 1930s before the revolution all the way up to the present day, this comprehensive series of screenings show the changing roles of women in China. Familiar names like Zhang Yimou and Wong Kar-Wai pop up along with a whole host of surprises you would have never heard of. Maggie Cheung, most famous for IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000), will be speaking at the Cinematheque Française so that is a must see.

ART

Salon de la Photo
Parc des Expos de Paris
13th – 17th November

November is officially photography month in Paris and the most important event of all is the Salon de la Photo with every photography service and product under the sun exhibiting, along with the ZOOM award nominations. Sabine Weiss (pictured), a Swiss child-prodigy who went from advertising to reportage to vogue is given a startling retrospective. Through her career she took some of the most defining images of Paris.

David Bailey
Galerie Thierry Marlat
November 3rd to December 6th

British photographer David Bailey spent a great deal of time capturing the big names of 1960s Paris. You can see a range of chic snaps from actress Catherine Deneuve (pictured) to filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard and singer Jane Birkin.

MUSIC

Metronomy
Palais Des Sports
November 1st

Metronomy have come a long way from the small countryside town of Totnes and become one of the catchiest indie-pop bands of the last decade. They will be performing songs from their latest album ‘Love Letters’ at the spectacular Palais des sports. Make sure you bring your Converse Allstars and your skinny jeans ready for some dancing.

Africolor 2014
Across Paris
15th November to 24th December

In its 25th year, Africolor celebrates African culture in all its vibrancy in a series of concerts, film screenings and music workshops. One such concert is the brilliant kora player Chérif Soumano. Taking place on the outskirts of town, all the way from Saint-Ouen to Montreuil, this festival is well worth the trip.

FOOD AND DRINK

Salon Saveurs des plaisirs gourmands
Porte de Versailles
19th to the 23rd November

For only 10 euros you try the best of the best of French gourmet cooking. There are restaurants, celebrity chefs, tastings and food trucks. Make sure you arrive with a healthy appetite.

Le Grand Tasting
Carroussel du Louvre
28th – 29th November

For those of you who prefer a ‘liquid diet’ you can pay 20 euros for what is effectively a very refined and high-class open wine bar. All the major wine regions of France are represented along with an Italian section and one or two from areas further afield such as Turkey, Lebanon and Chili.

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The 9th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be held in Paris, France on April 4th-6th 2014.

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 16 categories, 7 of which are open to non-European filmmakers (from the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Asia), and compete for 26 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.

Visit ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival at http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/


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Ironically despite living and building her reputation performing for 12 years in Paris ”the city of love” Sylvie Boisel had discovered the love of her life on the other side of the world in Australia via an online meeting site. This online liaison became a very modern love story when Sylvie followed her heart and relocated to Australia. She couldn’t stand to live in a different continent than her amour. Fortunately for us, Sylvie bought her other passion to Australia and this polished Parisian songstress began to perform her repertoire of Jazz standards and classic French ballads to the delight of Audiences Australia wide.

Sylvie has built her following in Australia with a string of successful performances earning her rave reviews at events including the opening night of the Sydney Film Festival, the Melba Festival, the Sydney Multicultural Festival, Carols in The Cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park, the French Lion’s Club, French Rugby Lunch at Guillaume at the Sydney Opera House, the Wallabies Farewell Lunch at the Sydney Town Hall in front of special guest, former Prime Minister John Howard, the Bright Festival and Moe Jazz Festival both in Victoria. Recently Sylvie performed with the Zenith New Orleans Jazz Band at the Manly Jazz Festival.

“Sylvie delighted audiences with her unique vocal renditions of a range of traditional and contemporary ‘jazz’ tunes. Sylvie’s eloquent vocal prowess coupled with her delightful personality impressed all who attended her scintillating performances.”
Bill Lawler Moe Jazz Festival

Now Sylvie at the request of her many fans has launched her solo CD titled unsurprisingly “Amour”. This collection of Jazz Standards and French Classics covers all the moods of Love. This emotional debut Jazz album has all the ingredients to transport you to a relaxing Jazz café in Paris where all is at the edge of the heart. From Edith Piaf’s famous La Vie En Rose to theme songs from the golden Era of Cinema A Man and A Woman (Un Homme et une Femme in French of course) also the Cheeky C’est Si Bon. In a tribute to her new country Sylvie delivers Peter Allen’s classic “I still call Australia home” in her own unique French style.

This CD was made with love, the songs were selected by Sylvie’s audience, and feature international Jazz musicians under the direction of Monique Lysiak, producer of the CD. The line up includes some of the talented musicians of I love Paris Jazz band: Monique Lysiak piano and Toby Hall drums plus Alan Davey trumpet & trombone, Jason Morphitt saxophone , Ian Cooper violins and violas, Liz Neville cello, Retaw Boyce violin, Alex Compton double bass and Steve Iuliano backing vocals, mixing, the magical touch of Steve Iuliano and mastering, Joe High New York.

Sylvie’s sultry voice and Parisian allure deliver a French musical journey that is a must for both lovers of French modern classics and lovers alike. As Sylvie herself suggests, ” if you’re looking to create the right atmosphere for a bit of romance put the first track of Amour on, look your partner in the eyes and sing along da badabada dabadabada and the rest is well Amour.”

Visit Sylvie at http://www.sylvieboisel.com and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sylvieboisel


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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
in Paris.

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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.






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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.

For more information about ÉCU and a full list of the 2013 Official Selection, go
to www.ecufilmfestival.com.



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Hello wonderful people….

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

www.andreasoler.com

‘Do not fear mistakes. There are none.’ Miles Davis


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

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!

Bistro 82, Montmatre...Where the bar lady sets the bar on fire!

HorizonVU showcase and fundraiser at Le Cafe Oz, Paris

HorizonVU showcase and fundraiser at Le Cafe Oz, Paris

Cafe Oz, Paris

Cafe Oz, Paris

Le Tour Eiffel, Pareeeeeee

Le Tour Eiffel, Pareeeeeee

James and I busking on a sunny hot day at La Butte De Montmatre

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

Playing at a bar in Montmatre with a very eclectic audience

Our new Parisian friends...after our Montmatre gig

Our new Parisian friends...after our Montmatre gig

Whats the caption for this pic, then, eh?

What's the caption for this pic, then, eh?

Another busking session, right next to Le Sacred Coeur Church, Montmatre

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

Tata Anne Marie, Louisette, Me and my cousin Alix

Some of my family from the south of France (Laungedoc Rousillion region)

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

Mum, my aunty and me walking along the Canal Du Midi, South of France

Thank you!

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.

Andrea x

Visit Andrea Soler at www.andreasoler.com


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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 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
Paul Kantner

Paul Kantner

(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.

Cathy Richardson

Cathy Richardson

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

Paul Kantner and Jude Gold

Paul Kantner and Jude Gold

release “the Other Side” http://www.themacrodots.com/.

Cathy Richardson and HorizonVU Musics Phil Cartwright

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!

Visit Jefferson Starship at http://www.jeffersonstarshipsf.com/

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