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Was The 19th Century A True Shift In The History Of Arts & Science?

Was The 19th Century A True Shift In The History Of Arts & Science?

If someone would ask me about my preferred moment in Arts, I would answer without any hesitation “THE 19TH CENTURY”. It crystalizes the heritage of the Enlightenment century with the Industrial revolution. Artists became more curious about nature, society and even the human relations. There is this aim to understand the past in order to shape the future. This curiosity initiated an age of exploration that reached all domains in Art. Here is a short recap about the creative minds who have influenced the 19th century in their respective domains and they are still references worldwide. Welcome to the glorious 19th century and the amazing feeling that everything is possible. The 19th Century In Arts, A Beautiful Revolution My approach of the 19th century needs to start with visual arts. This century brought such a creativity that we almost erased history. Sometimes we say that in order to innovate and…

Loud Luxury Is The New Black

Loud Luxury Is The New Black

When we think everything was invented and that there is no room anymore in the music industry, there are little miracles. This one here is called LOUD LUXURY. From Ontario To Los Angeles And To The World, With Love. Loud Luxury is a duo of DJs from Ontario. When Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace met, they had a common passion for sounds and music. They met at school and very fast they got together to create music. The first songs arrived in 2016 but it was in 2017 where they had a defining moment by remixing the Martin Garrix single “Scared to Be Lonely“. At the end of college, the duo moved to Los Angeles in order to pursuit their dreams as Music makers and producers. 2018 is an important year as they release a single called “Body“. The single ranked immediately in the billboard charts in the top50. “Money…

Breaking News: Brigitte Announced An Acoustic Tour For 2019

Breaking News: Brigitte Announced An Acoustic Tour For 2019

Brigitte is definitely our “coup de coeur” in 2018. The French singing female duo reinvented a laid-back type of music, like if California was invited to Paris with more sexiness! It is a women’s talk that will appeal to everyone. In Switzerland we discovered them earlier in the year at their concert in Les Docks in Lausanne. Now, after an amazing concert in the legendary Olympia in Paris, Brigitte announced a special acoustic tour for 2019: two voices and a piano. View this post on Instagram Ce voyage à vos côtés autour de l’album « Nues » est si intense, si fantastique. Il y a encore de nombreux rendez-vous à partager mais, d’ores et déjà , nous vous avons réservé une surprise pour la suite. Quelque chose d’inédit autour de nos trois albums. Un moment spécial et intime : un concert acoustique, nos deux voix et un piano. On vous…

Brigitte new album Nues, an unique sound for two amazing voices

Brigitte new album Nues, an unique sound for two amazing voices

Certain artists are gifted with the capacity of reaching your heart and soul. Brigitte is an astonishing duet with two amazing voices and a very unique sound. Brigitte is a French indie folk musical duo formed in 2008 by Sylvie Hoarau (the brunette) and Aurélie Saada (the blonde). Their 2011 debut full-length album Et vous, tu m’aimes ?, went platinum in France. The Brigitte duet returns with a 3rd album, after more than 400 000 sold albums and a tour in France and in the world of more than 170 dates. It is the perfect timing as they are celebrating their 10th anniversary. “Brigitte is retro, our style it’s the 50s, it’s French, it’s Brigitte Bardot, it’s Brigitte Lahaie, the aunt that cooks, the cousin’s wife. Brigitte is the woman in plural” – Sylvie Hoarau With the release of this 3rd album – Nues – Brigitte creates a beautiful and feminine…

Björk New Album UTOPIA: Here is Why Nobody is Talking About it Since it Was Released.

Björk New Album UTOPIA: Here is Why Nobody is Talking About it Since it Was Released.

The music industry has been waiting eagerly for the new Björk album. So, when the news came and the press release was available, all media started talking about it. Nevertheless, once the album was released into market and people could actually listen to it… nobody shared their experience, no positive or negative critics… pure silence. Why? Well we are big Björk fans and we listened to the album. Very quickly we understood why nobody is talking about it anymore. Here is why. Björk announced a new album: it is always big news. End of October, Björk announced the release of a new album at the end of this year. The release date was November 24th. So there was almost a full month to make the buzz, prepare the music stores, get the promos ready to go. Basically we had a month to prepare to the Icelandic tsunami. All the news…

The Montreux Jazz Festival, key numbers.

The Montreux Jazz Festival, key numbers.

Every year summer is pulsing around Lake Geneva in Switzerland thanks to the Montreux Jazz Festival. This very special Festival was founded in 1967 by Claude Nobs, Géo Voumard and René Langel with considerable help from Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegün of Atlantic Records. The festival was first held at Montreux Casino. It lasted for three days and featured almost exclusively jazz artists. The highlights of this era were Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Evans, Soft Machine, Weather Report, The Fourth Way, Nina Simone, Jan Garbarek, and Ella Fitzgerald. Originally a pure jazz festival, it opened up in the 1970s and today presents artists of nearly every imaginable music style. Jazz remains an important part of the festival. Part of the festival’s expansion was due to coproduction by Quincy Jones who brought many international artists in the early 1990s. Here is a great video with Mr Quincy Jones talking about the early…

Inside Claude Nobs’ chalet in Montreux, a beautiful place for passionate people.

Inside Claude Nobs’ chalet in Montreux, a beautiful place for passionate people.

Montreux Jazz festival is pulsing and LuxuryActivist got to visit one of the most VIP places of all: the Claude Nobs chalet called Le Picotin. This is a very special place in the highs of Montreux, where Claude Nobs used to live and share his passion for music. 2 years after his death, his spirit has never been so strong and his home became a place for people sharing the same intense passion for music. Only some happy few have the chance to visit the place and enjoy the amazing hospitality. It is a place for memories and a place for hope in terms of the future of music. The review here. The Montreux Jazz Festival, the entire world of music meets in Montreux The Montreux Jazz festival is probably one of the most incredible music festivals in the world. From the edgy program, to the location, period of the…

Patricia Kaas, enchantress with a new album.

Patricia Kaas, enchantress with a new album.

It was in Geneva, that we discovered the new tour of French singer Patricia Kaas. It was the first date in Switzerland. She will cross Germany, Belgium, Austria, Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and of course France. We saw a charismatic, inspired and enchantress Patricia Kaas. After singing other artist’s songs like Edith Piaf, it was time for Patricia Kaas to come back with her own songs. The tour gathers a collection of her greatest hits as well as songs from the new album. It has been several years that we did not see Patricia Kaas in concert. Patricia Kaas sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. All fans waited for more than 13 years to see a new original album. We have the very best Patricia Kaas possible. Her live voice is perfect, like in the CDs. The mise en scene is minimalistic, elegant and essential. This album would reflect the woman she…

Here is what you did not know about Coachella festival.

Here is what you did not know about Coachella festival.

Music festivals became a real big deal worldwide and it is a positive thing. People can share a nice moment around music and amazing singers. By far, one of the most popular festival in the world is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, or simply mentioned as Coachella Festival. From an interesting programme to all the celebrities you can see there, the Californian Festival is more than just jeans shorts and make-up. Here is what you did not know about the most fashionable festivals in the world. Who owns the Coachella Festival? We could say that the people owns Coachella. With 200’000 tickets sold every year in less than 20 minutes, the festival is always breaking new records. Behind the festival there is Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live, the second biggest concerts organizer just after Live Nation. AEG live was founded in 2002 by Philip Anschutz, after acquiring…

Sion Festival 2016, one of the best classical music festival in Europe.

Sion Festival 2016, one of the best classical music festival in Europe.

We all know that Switzerland is an amazing country for festivals. From small music festivals to major ones, Switzerland stands for quality, uniqueness and expertise. One of the best examples is the Sion Festival. This year it will take place from August 19th to September 4th 2016 and once again, the festival organizers have prepared an outstanding programme. Year after year this Swiss festival climbed all the stairs of the Classical music world and stands today as one of the major events in Europe. The International Music Festival Sion Valais was founded in 1964 by Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and renowned pedagogue. Three years later, he merged it with a violin competition, which quickly became an true part of the Festival. In 2002 the artistic direction of the Festival was taken by Shlomo Mintz, the famous violinist. Also appointed Chairman of the International Violin Competition, he invited a number of prominent violinists (soloists and…

Christine and the Queens: if Barbara was born in 1988 she would have been Heloïse Letissier.

Christine and the Queens: if Barbara was born in 1988 she would have been Heloïse Letissier.

The French music landscape has been painted in a new color thanks to the arrival of Christine and the Queens. Some say it is minimalistic, others essential. At LuxuryActivist we would say just two words: free and inspired.

Tidal vs Spotify, who is going to win the battle of our hearts?

Tidal vs Spotify, who is going to win the battle of our hearts?

Spotify was the tsunami in terms of online legal music distribution. Now it seems we have a earthquake called TIDAL. Jay-Z project about a better music service, sustainable and fair for the artists and the users. Who is going to win the battle? Spotify the ultimate (r)evolution in terms of legality and online music experience Spotify was launched in 2008. 7 years later the Swedish company has more than 60million registered users, 15 million are paid users. The music giant just washed away Soundcloud and Deezer that remain either more niche or local. From a technical point of view, Spotify Premium streams music at 320Kbit/s. This is supposed to be a good quality for listening. Certain mobile OS use a compression technology that triggers the effect of a better quality without any buffering. An off-line mode authorizes Premium subscribers to listen to music without being online. Thanks to Spotify and…

Elina Garanča finally back to La Scala in Milano. Carmen!

Elina Garanča finally back to La Scala in Milano. Carmen!

Elina Garanča’s reprise will take place at Teatro alla Scala in Milano. Considered as one of the most demanding Opera audience, performing at La Scala is like walking on fire. Elina Garanča will then fight fire with the fire of Carmen, her signature role. Starring opposite José Cura as Don José with Massimo Zanetti leading from the podium. Carmen, a passionate story, only one truth: to be free no matter what and above everything Carmen is considered by experts as the most played Opera in the world. Yet, its debut was not as we could consider as glamorous. When Georges Bizet delivered Carmen, it was firstly performed at Opera Comique in Paris. This happened on March 3rd 1875. We would imagine that the audience of that time would immediately recognize Bizet’s talent on this masterpiece… Well, actually they did not. After the Premiere, the Parisian audience did not understand at…

Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence, a sad Marilyn…

Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence, a sad Marilyn…

We all remember the youtube big hit “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey in 2011. It was the moment in which the world discovered American singer Lana Del Rey. Music critics had some concerns saying she was a “Justin Bieber for adults”. Well, they were wrong. Born to Die, heavenly perfect With the launch of her first album “Born to die”, well, we realized those music critics were just… Jealous. The album was the perfect match between an amazing recording voice, talented proved producers, outstanding musicians and great lyrics. You can read our review here. Born to Die sold by June 2014 more than 3.4 million copies in the world. It was definitely a big hit. Lana Del Rey was satellized from her hometown anonymous status to the rank of worldwide rockstar in weeks. She started then hundreds of concerts around the world and reached the recognition of her pairs…

Kurt Cobain, 20 years already. Photo exhibition in Paris.

Kurt Cobain, 20 years already. Photo exhibition in Paris.

27 years old is a tricky age for Rock stars. And Kurt Cobain proved it once more by joining the selective club of rock stars who died at the age of 27. Like Jim Morrisson, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones or recently Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain died at the top of his glory. Probably that is why he became a sort of symbol and rock legend. It’s been 20 years now and in order to remember his disappearance, there is a new photo exhibition in Paris that will take place from March 25th to June 21st 2014. And it is called: “The Last Shooting”. Kurt Cobain, Desperate Rock star or the symbol of a lost generation? The end of the 80’s, beginning of the 90’s was a complex moment. After all the exaggerations of the past decades, the world engine was slowing down because of economic crisis, Aids devastating…

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