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Performance Group "JUSTLANDED"....
following is a press release from justlanded.org : Cosmicly unique
and exciting Multimedia Performance Group "JUSTLANDED"
releases videos "JustLanded in Times Square" and "The
Time is Now!"
We are cosmic beings having human experiences! Visit their website
saw and bells....
following is a press release from sawlady.com concerning the debut
CD from Natalia Paruzs - a member of Hybrid Studios...
Zubin Mehta, conductor of the Israel Philharmonic has said: "Natalia
is the best saw player Ive ever worked with"
Garrison Keillor, of the radio show A Prairie Home Companion has
called her "Our official musical saw player".
|Amazing and quite musical in the expressiveness she was able to
get from a tableful of bells. Brava!" said William Bolcom,
Pulitzer Prize winning composer.
"Palmine Productions is pleased to announce the release of
musical saw and bells player Natalia Paruzs debut CD, Hark!
An Angel Sings just in time for the holiday gift giving season.
to listen to samples of the CD and for ordering information. We
are very excited about this CD and we hope you will too."
Row Seat Media.
Release : "Front Row Seat Media has just released our initial
CD releases for worldwide distribution. Vixen, The Works (featuring
Marty Friedman of Megadeth) and Tower, Turn the Page (with Joshua
vocalist Jerry Gabriel at the helm) , and Jesse Damon, The Hand
That Rocks (lead singer / guitarist for former RCA recording artists
Silent Rage and songwriter for KISS) are our first exclusive releases.
We have also re-issued the Alchemist CD, Songs From the Westside
with Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and an all-star lineup. Individuals,
retailers, & wholesalers can order and get more info by visiting
About Front Row Seat Owner Steve Brownlee : "Steve Brownlee
has been working in the independent music industry for over 20 years,
over half that at the acclaimed Enigma Records. Having worked with
hundreds of the biggest names in music, he brings with him a knowledge
and love of music that has earned him great respect among his peers.
A specialist in marketing and promotion, he has helped turn unknown
artists into household names. His insightful and creative style
has led to the sales of millions of units worldwide. He brings his
award-winning talent to Front Row Seat Media to continue in his
commitment to excellence.
Just some of the bands Steve Brownlee has worked with include :
Motley Crue, Ratt, Queensryche, Poison, Great White, Motorhead,
and Stryper. While he specializes in hard rock and heavy metal,
he has also been involved with artists in various genres including
Berlin, They Might Be Giants, and Red Hot Chili Peppers."
For more info contact email@example.com
or visit the Front Row Seat website.
a joint initiative with Community Music Wales, Total Music Wales
ran a free practical music workshop at the Chapter Arts Centre in
Cardiff on Monday 24th November  to raise awareness
of social inclusion issues and the difficulties facing disabled
musicians when visiting mainstream venues.
The workshop, primarily aimed at those working with disabled people
but open to all, included a talk from Maggie Hampton of Arts Disability
Wales, who urged people to get involved:
"finding ways of making your music sessions accessible to disabled
people can be creative and exciting... the boring bit is that the
law says you have a duty to do so! This will be a short but essential
workshop, giving you vital information about the Disability Discrimination
Act. Learn what this law means for you as a music tutor, and find
out how your sessions can be models of best practice!"
The afternoon comprised a practical session run by Andy Pidcock,
an experienced tutor in this field.
Changes to legislation coming into effect from October 2004 will
demand that all public spaces provide access for disabled users
and live music venues could face large fines if they fail to come
into line with the new requirements.
For more info on future workshops contact Total
Music Wales on 02920 384493 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Allen nominated for 4 awards....
Academy of Western Artists Award ceremonies were held in July 2003
at Ft. Worth, Texas - Congratulations to Hybrid Studios member Nolan
Bruce Allen who was nominated in 4 categories : Rising Star Of The
Year Best Band Of The Year Western Swing Male Vocalist
Of The Year Western Swing Album Of The Year. For more information
on New York's 'King of Western Swing' visit NBA's website : www.lonestarband.com
The Level Records presents Stars of the levels...
of 22 original tracks from the Somerset music scene. Artists include
Padreal, Dead Fish, Snipe
(members of Hybrid Studios), Squad 69, Exit 24 plus loads more...
All this for only £5 and you can get your hands on one at
any of the following places : Strode Theatre-Street Martian
Records-Taunton West Quay Music-Bridgwater Gothic
Image-Glastonbury Jaywalk Music-Street Raves from
the Grave-Frome Tor Records-Glastonbury Acorn Music-Yeovil
Chop-Cheddar, or online @ www.onthelevelrecords.co.uk
Visit the OTL
website for more info!
Independent label based in Boston, Massachusetts
Productions, Incorporated, a new independent label based in
Boston, Massachusetts, released its first CD, entitled, Change
the compilation for internet purchase on April
22nd. The stated mission of the new company is to become a leader
in the entertainment industry by giving music fans a chance to hear
original music as opposed to what can be generally heard on major
The Change the Game CD is a mixture of R&B and Hip-Hop,
containing 20 original tracks. It has thus far been receiving favorable
responses from the urban underground and college markets throughout
the Eastern Massachusetts area.
The CD is a compilation of musical work from up and coming urban
Ralph G. : A 22 year old R&B singer who has extensive
prior performance experience on a regional basis
The Uninvited : A trio of Rap artists hailing from Boston,
Florida, and New York City areas.
Lyrix : A 21 year old male R&B artist whose stage presence
and vocal style has been compared to that of Death Row Records artist,
Thrilla : A young female rapper with an exciting stage performance
and intense vocal style.
The official street release date for this CD is to be determined,
however the label has recently negotiated an exclusive deal for
the CD to be sold at select Newbury Comics locations. More info
on StyleEfx Productions and associated artists can be found on the
labels website www.styleefx.net
which features artist photos and bios, MP3 downloads, message boards,
and chat rooms.
Up with Ragtime Ruby Fradkin
Release from ragtimeruby.com]
Stride and boogie-woogie with the playfulness of Basie and the spirit
of Professor Longhair....Ragtime Ruby Fradkin is "a child prodigy...a
talent to be reckoned with.."according to Jack Rummel, host
of Ragtime America, KGNU-FM, Boulder, CO. "A young child with
an old spirit," according to the Los Angeles Daily News. The
12-year-old pianist's debut CD has gathered national radio play,
and features an inspired mixture of original boogies and early 20th
Up with Ragtime Ruby Fradkin is the debut CD from the 12-year-old
piano phenom, Ruby Fradkin.
Recorded when she was 11, the disc presents Fradkin in the environs
of a New Orleans supper club the day after Mardi Gras.
Her piano bubbles and percolates in the wash of Victor Bisetti’s
(Los Lobos, John Lee Hooker) brushwork, Tim Emmons’ (Cab Calloway)
upright bass, Stevie Gurr’s (Dr. John, Elvin Bishop) ever-on-the-money
guitar, and Freebo’s (Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur) tuba.
With her original boogies, Fradkin calls forth the playfulness of
Count Basie. In her piano/tuba romps, she reminds one of Johnnie
Johnson. On the album as a whole, she projects the elegance and
style of a Booker T. Jones.
Exquisitely recorded and mastered, the disc presents young Fradkin
in a lush accessible format (a pleasant cross-section of duet and
A fixture on the Los Angeles club scene (Kulak’s Woodshed, Old Town
Music Hall, The Silent Movie Theatre) Fradkin has the style and
tenacity to make a national splash.
The CD is available at cdbaby.com."
~The Tolucan Times ~ October 23, 2002
other folks have to say about Warming Up! or listen
Boogie. For more information visit : www.ragtimeruby.com
news on Ruby : For the past three years, Ruby Fradkin has been
a staple on the Los Angeles music scene, performing her unique brand
of bluesy ragtime at such venues as The Old Town Music Hall, The
Silent Movie Theatre, Kulak's Woodshed, The Shannon Center for the
Performing Arts, and more. Over Labor Day weekend she was the “shining
star“ of The Sweet & Hot Music Festival, sharing the stage with
such legends as Herb Jeffries (the Duke Ellington Orchestra vocalist
who crooned “Flamingo“) and international sensations Yoshio Toyama
and the Saints.
At age 13, Fradkin has a reputation of being a "musician's
musician," with write-ups in The Los Angeles Times, Keyboard
Magazine, and L.A. Jazz Scene. Jack Rummell tags her as "a
talent to be reckoned with." The Los Angeles Daily News describes
her as "a young child with an old spirit." Stay tuned
for more from Ruby
& associated weirdness
& associated weirdness is a brand new collection of
poetry, prose & visual texts from renowned Cardiff writer (and
Hybrid Studios member) lloyd
associated weirdness is a high velocity selection of robson's
writings from the last ten years. handled with impeccable tone &
blows away structure & form; bounces into & out of emotion,
commotion, travel & abandon with a linguistic dynamism, humour
& depth. passages of snarling psychotropic vision interweave
with poetry of sensitivity, intelligence, sadness & wit. an
unremitting celebration of voice & language. an outrageous,
exhilarating funky feast...."
In 2002 Lloyd was awarded a published writer's bursary, from the
arts council of wales, enabling him to complete this collection
of text, prose & visual poems, fictional prose, essays &
"the most potent writer wales has... bbboing! is a tour de
force" chris torrance
The launch of 'bbboing!
& associated weirdness' was held at: waterstones bookstore,
the hayes, cardiff @ 7pm on Friday May 23rd.
but don't despair if you missed it - you can still purchase bbboing!
& associated weirdness online from amazon.co.uk by clicking
available: shush! the new spoken word cd from blackhat :
a limited edition release featuring five poems from bbboing! &
six extracts from cardiff cut. over an hour's worth of studio-recorded
readings by lloyd robson - the perfect accompaniment to bbboing!
£7 (inc. uk p&p) from email@example.com
For more books by Lloyd Robson, visit the Hybrid
Studios bookshop or visit Lloyd's
How The Famous Got That Way : New book reveals
the rare artistic secrets of today's greatest performing artists
What got the young Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, and Kevin Spacey started
on their successful careers? What separated them from the crowd
and moved them from mere potential to fame and renown?
A new book on directing reveals the rare artistic secrets shared
with these stars early in their careers by their teacher and director,
Frank Hauser. Hauser ran the Oxford Playhouse for sixteen years
and had numerous theatrical productions in London, New York, and
throughout Europe. He also taught at Oxford, Julliard, and several
other universities where his actors and students have included many
of the top performers of the past two generations.
"The next best thing to working with Frank Hauser is to
read his book. His wise and pithy observations on acting and rehearsing
don't age, reminding me how much I have learned from him." Sir
on Directing is a first-hand account that reveals for aspiring
directors exactly what Hauser told his actors when they were young
and ready to begin their journeys. Collected here are the teachings
of a man who clearly knew how to nurture the talent of giants. Notes
on Directing delivers 130 insights, each supported with authoritative
commentary, clear examples, and rare quotes by other prominent artists
as diverse as Anton Chekhov, John Gielgud, Elia Kazan, Harold Clurman,
and Bernard Shaw.
The book's coauthor, American Russell Reich, is another of Hauser's
former students. In 1987, Hauser appointed Reich as his assistant
director on a production of Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons.
(The production later moved to London with Charlton Heston in the
lead role, and Heston adapted the production with the same cast
into a made-for-television movie.) During rehearsals and
with the understated suggestion of "you might find these helpful"
Hauser handed Reich twelve pages of typed notes developed
and refined over his nearly forty-year career. The Notes shared
a teachable and useable approach to directing that Hauser used when
working with such luminaries as Sir Alec Guinness and Richard Burton.
Reich has picked up where Hauser left off. It was Reich who first
approached his former mentor with the idea for turning the Notes
into a book and who contributed and compiled the book's additional
matter. After working with Frank Hauser, Reich later went on to
study with David Mamet, Jerry Zaks, Andre Serban and to direct at
Harvard, Princeton, and New York's Circle Repertory Company. "Our
goal with the book," says Reich, " was to provide what
we felt all directors need to know and what we think every
actor, writer, and audience member wants them to know."
The book includes four appendices, an original acting exercise called
"The What Game," a recommended reading list, and an index.
It is endorsed by Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, director Jerry
Zaks, actors Rupert Graves and Rosemary Harris, and Sir Richard
Eyre the former artistic director of Britain's Royal National
"This book is so sensible, so straightforward, so complete
and so 'right' that some might think it was not serious. They would
be wrong." Pulitzer Prize Winner Edward
[Reproduced with kind permission by the publisher and copyright
on Directing delivers what every director
needs to know and what every actor, scriptwriter, and audience
member wants them to know.
on Directing is available from Amazon
: want to know more first? please click
here for a review by Max Farber...
Expression - New Poetry Publication by Andrew Murray
Stop looking under the light,
Watch the person in the back,
Observe the bag that's being filled, not what they pack,
At the end of each verse sung, she'll take in her breath,
Pay attention at this time, for once ignore the rest.
Behind the fist throwing the punch, is an angry mind,
Instead of jumping the gun, find out why he's unkind,
The waves you like to surf on, don't keep themselves alive,
May this thought run through your mind next time you take a
All birds that fly through the sky rely on air,
This force although is never seen, of it we're aware,
Look past the tree, into the space between it's leaves,
Given time, you'll perceive far subtler energies;
Don't just focus on the scenes, but what lies behind them too,
Because the scenes wouldn't exist, without the backup crew.
The Scenes comes from Andrew Murray's new poetry publication
Expression. "The poems in this book are based mainly
on the continuing struggle between light and darkness" Click
here to read more poems from Andrew's book - or click
here to purchase the book from Amazon!
Studios Collective CD : ONE
- the first of hopefully many CD albums featuring members from Hybrid
Studios (2002). Featured artists include SEVEN 13
Levin Quest:Ions DavidDavid
Cynthia Cathcart Simon Kilshaw Sonic
Hybrid Dave Kenwrick BlueCoup
Elfie Martin Tom Jackson Rhodri John
Totalling over an hour of original, quality music and covering
a number of genres, this is one compilation album not to miss.....
READ THE FULL STORY
The Haiti Fund.
group of people who are working hard in South Wales to help people
to help themselves is simply known as THE HAITI FUND. Established
in 1996, the Haiti Fund believes that one of the principle keys
to progress in Haiti - one of the poorest countries in the Western
Hemisphere - is Education.
The Funds work aims to encourage the development of appropriate
and innovative learning techniques in a country where schools are
severely under funded and teaching techniques often inadequate.
The Haiti Fund is addressing these problems initially by working
closely with Haitian schools in the north of the country. As well
as the provision of basic teaching resources, The Haiti Fund (supported
by the Community Fund) is sending voluntary teachers to work in
the country alongside local people to help develop the skills necessary
for their needs. This partnership is proving as much of a learning
experience for the teachers from Wales as it is for those in Haiti.
The value of witnessing the slow, but positive, process of people
believing in themselves, is reward in its self. Education leads
to understanding. Understanding leads to empowerment. Empowerment
leads to freedom of choice. Which leads us back to the thought of
people being able to understand and want to participate in the processes
of Fair Trade. That applies equally to the giver as well as the
At the present time there is an urgent need to raise initially an
estimated £10,000 to send a container with educational, clothing
and other items for the people in Haiti. (We have been offered old
generation computers to send but there is no electric to use them,
so poor is the area we work in) Also for match funding for other
READ THE FULL STORY & FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP BY CLICKING
ON THE INFO IMAGE :
The Haiti Fund presents a series of live music Fundraising events
: find out where and when on the gigs page.
Out of Place.
and Residential Workshops exploring the power of place through your
poetry, fiction and drama.
Site-Writing: the place, its past and its present.
Writing Lives: yours and your imagination's.
Writers in their Place: reading their maps and drawing
For further details, please contact Michael Thomas
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 07714-341215.
special effects branch has reissued safety warnings
concerning the use of mobile phones and radios on
"If you are told NOT to use your mobile phone or radio
on set for safety reasons, then obey that order -
or you could kill someone."
Reports from Health and Safety Executives have provided
proof of the dangers of radio frequency interference
with electrically initiated explosives in other industries
too, and although the number of accidents which have
happened on sets with pyrotechnics are mercifully
low, the danger is there.
Once a series of detonators are wired, the wiring
can then act as an ariel to attract the radio frequency
David Harris and other SFX supervisors have built
a further safety device into the firing equipment,
which causes the system to shunt to safe automatically
to prevent untimely initiation. Harris also warns
that when working with pyrotechnics, a safety exclusion
zone must always be in place. Everyone on set MUST
be informed about it.
(Information from a report by Janice Turner in
Stage, Screen & Radio - BECTU Journal - September
2000 issue) BECTU
(Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) is
a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness
of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive
noise levels which can lead to permanent, and sometimes
debilitating, hearing loss and tinnitus. H.E.A.R.
is here for musicians, music fans, and anyone needing
help with their hearing."
For more information about H.E.A.R. contact H.E.A.R.'s
web site at www.hearnet.com.
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