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Elīna Garanča returns 2014-2015

Elīna Garanča returns 2014-2015

One of the best news of the month is that Elīna Garanča will be back on stage by the end of the year. By giving priority to he family and the birth of her second child, we have been missing her a lot from the opera scenes around the world. So now it is official, she will be back just before Christmas. And that is good news! The Knight of the Rose by Richard Strauss, what a comeback! The amazing thing with Elīna Garanča is that she will always surprise you by the outstanding choices she makes. You might always find her where you would not expect. And at the end, you realize that she always does the right choices. So after all this time being away you could imagine her coming back for a more conservative role. No, this would mean you do not know the daring personality of…

Cully Jazz Festival – the biggest small festivals of all

Cully Jazz Festival – the biggest small festivals of all

In a little more than a month, Leman lake in Switzerland will vibrate in a different way thanks to the new edition of Cully Jazz Festival. This year the program is again as special as “connoisseur“. Little flashback It was in 1983 that Daniel Thentz and Émmanuel Gétaz had the idea to create this festival. And this dynamic duo had everything to succeed. Daniel Thentz, who passed away in 2011, was a guy from Cully with a huge passion and even bigger talent for Jazz. He was definitely one of the key musicians, trompetist, and composer in Switzerland. Émmanuel Gétaz learned everything from master Claude Nobs for more than 10 years. That’s why Cully Jazz festival became one of the important references in the world of music festivals. Until 1995, all concerts took place at Salle Davel in Cully but a fire ruined the place and then the festival organizators…

Elīna Garanča first biography: “Wirklich Wichtig Sind Die Schuhe”

Elīna Garanča first biography: “Wirklich Wichtig Sind Die Schuhe”

Elīna Garanča is official in “baby break” for the second time. We are all happy for her. In order to let us with something while she is away from the spotlights, last month she released a Best of album with her most iconic interpretations and this month she is releasing her first auto-biography called “Wirklich Wichtig Sind Die Schuhe”. In German, it means “Really important are the shoes”. Elīna Garanča, a star made in Latvia Latvia is an amazing country. This country has a little more than 2 million inhabitants and they have probably one of the strongest concentration of Classical singers with an international career. Elīna Garanča is a perfect example of such talented and gifted Latvian singer. From Lizete Iesmina-Mihelsone at the beginning of the 20th century to young Maija Kovalevska or Anna Krauja, Latvia bursted into the international scene of Opera singers for more than 100 years. Elīna Garanča…

Deaf Preachers, Rock & Energy at the maximum.

Deaf Preachers, Rock & Energy at the maximum.

This month, discover Deaf Preachers. An amazing Rock band, between garage-rock and punk-rock. They have been playing since 2006 and the only word is: ENERGY. They are launching a new EP this month, more than one year after the first album. For this and more below, they are our Music band of the month. End of 2006, the group was founded under the name The Bagro’s. Since then, they have been constantly playing and pushing the limits of energy on stage. When you listen to their music, one huge influence comes to our minds: The Stooges. In deed, the same energy, an outstanding, high voltage guitar, big drums and a virtuose at the bass. It is pure, crystal clear and will definitely burst your ears. The garage rock has never been so modern and true to its roots. In 2009, they made their first public appearance in a rock festival,…

Musopen, let the music free. Next project: Chopin.

Musopen, let the music free. Next project: Chopin.

Music is one of the most precious heritage human kind has. It should be shared to everybody and many times people complain about the price of music. Musopen has a mission to set free the music by proposing free recordings of the major masterpieces in classical music. Musopen, set the music free Musopen is a non-profit association with the mission to improve access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. Based in California, they provide free recordings but also sheet music and even textbooks to the public. No copyright restrictions. In their website you can already find many of the major composers for classical music and you can simply download the music. You can also find a lot of information about the composer, as a mini-bio. On each composer, you can browse the available catalog by composer, performer, instrument and even time period. It is probably…

Sissel Kyrkjebø, the voice of heaven… purely magical.

Sissel Kyrkjebø, the voice of heaven… purely magical.

If you love beautiful voices, you need to know this amazing artist, Sissel Kyrkjebø. Her voice is like hearing the sound of an angel. She is a great artist and at luxury activist, she is in our speakers every day. She is our music artist of the month. Sissel from Norway… Sissel Kyrkjebø was born in June 24th 1969 in Bergen, a city in the west coast of Norway. She is mostly known as Sissel. She is also considered as one of the world’s top crossover sopranos and her musical style is very broad. From pop, towards folk, classical vocals and opera. What strikes us when you hear her voice for the first time, is that she was a beautiful crystal voice. She sounds like if the doors of heaven have opened just at that precise moment you hear it. Fantastic. Her wide vocal range, brings her for performances going from…

MTV Video Music Awards – biggest show ever.

MTV Video Music Awards – biggest show ever.

Last night was the MTV Video Music Awards. Year by year they make it bigger, stronger and with more stars. And every year, the goal is to sign the biggest performance of all. So each artist prepares himself like the half-time Super-Bowl. This year, 3 artists competed for the best live performance. Yes, nothing to do with the awards, just to show up and to make the buzz. So the nominees are Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Probably from these 3 performers, Miley Cyrus definitely won. If you did not see it why yet, just check it here: So Lady Gaga, bizarre as usual. Lots of costumes, wigs and dancers. Miley Cirus showed basically her body (to stay polite) and Katy Perry, well, she did what she could. According to people faces, everything was pretty boring but I would keep 2 major moments : Justin Timberlake huge performance,…

Hélène Grimaud, Brahms Concertos – new album

Hélène Grimaud, Brahms Concertos – new album

Hélène Grimaud is probably one of the most gifted pianist of her generation. And this fall, she is presenting a new album called BRAHMS CONCERTOS. Pure Romance. It is the perfect pretext to review the profile of this amazing pianist. Héléne Grimaud is french, she was born in Aix-en-Provence. She discovered the piano at age of 7 and since then it was a big love story between her and the beautiful instrument. After traveling quite a lot, she established herself in Switzerland and today she shares her time between her two passions: the piano and wolves! In deed she has been a passionate fighter to protect wolves from extinction. She is at the Direction board of the Wolf Conservation center in the US. They organize several original activities to the public in order to create a reassuring proximity between wolves and humans. You can do “Yoga with wolves”, or “sleep…

Herbert von Karajan 1970’s by Deutsche Grammophon. Masterpiece?

Herbert von Karajan 1970’s by Deutsche Grammophon. Masterpiece?

True genius or just megalomaniac ? The story of Herbert von Karajan is a very sulfurous one. Considered as the image of the romantic Orchestra conductor, he was one of the most proliferous conductor of all. Deutsche Grammophon released this month a collection of 82 CD’s recapitulating the 1970’s of Karajan.  Titanic work! On this amazing collection of 82 Cd’s you can find the best concerts of Karajan in one decade. From Christmas concerts, to operas and concertos, all the finest work of el Maestro. The collaboration is mainly with the Berliner Philamorniker. Herbert Karajan, the man Like him or hate him, this man does not leave you completely insensitive. His reputation of super-star attitude make a lot if ink flowing in newspapers and magazines. Nevertheless, it is quite complicated to summarize such man in a couple of words. The early years Herbert von Karajan was born in Salzburg, Austria…

will.i.am, supra-active and genius.

will.i.am, supra-active and genius.

Some people are busy, others are workoholics and a few transform in gold everything they touch. This article is dedicated to the multiple-facetted artist will.i.am. He is DJ, singer, producer,creation director, actor and composer.. frankly he never sleeps. His early years Of his real name William James Adams Jr. , he was born on March 15th 1975 in Los Angeles, city of stars.What is amazing with talented people is that from a young age, you could imagine that he would become someone. As a child he used to entertain his family and friends by performing small shows, singing, dancing… At that time will.i.am used to live in a hard area. Lots of friends got killed, arrested or… both. He definetely wanted something more for his life. Tribal Nation, where everything started In 1989, will.i.am was only 14 years old and joined the break dance group TRIBAL NATION. He meets for…

Ango, hypnotic pop in which less is more.

Ango, hypnotic pop in which less is more.

If you have enough of music mainstream and you want to listen to real deep talent, you need to discover Ango, a true talented vocalist and musician. His real name is Andrew Gordon Macpherson and he is Canadian from Montreal. How to define his music? Andrew Macpherson likes minimalism. Less is more. His music is a clever blend between a clean Pop, with Light-House and Transe undertones. Could we say electro-Pop. Not so sure as Ango has a sound of its own. It explores the deepest part of the artist mind. From neo-nostalgia towards a more sharp sound, it uses the best from each style of music. His voice is purely hypnotic, very Thom Yorke style but less tortured. You can for the time of a song, forget your surroundings and open the field of imagination. You need to be a fine hear to accomplish this result. Check here the single True…

ELĪNA GARANČA is Carmen at Wiener Staatsoper.

ELĪNA GARANČA is Carmen at Wiener Staatsoper.

We were all waiting for it. Elīna Garanča dresses once more the amazing role of Carmen of Bizet at the Wiener Staatsoper for a couple of dates. A role that was made for her. When Georges Bizet wrote and revealed Carmen in 1875, he would not imagine that one day a Blond singer would invest the role of Carmen. Nevertheless the role of Carmen is a passionate role and Ms Garanča has it. The performance is not only about the singing, but also about the tremendous sensual energy that the character of Carmen emanates. The first Carmen was Célestine Galli-Marié. She was known for her personality, her passion for Opera and her youth. She settled the tone for Carmen. The first triumph for Carmen happened in Wien in 1875, which is a great story when you know that 138 years after, Wien is still loyal to Bizet’s Opera. Photo: Félix Nadar…

Daft Punk is finally…. BACK!

Daft Punk is finally…. BACK!

Some music groups became legends in time and after a while, others like Daft Punk built their own legend since the first album. Now 20 years after the first album they are back and damn… it is really good. Flashback. The origins of Daft Punk It all started in 1987 when Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Emmanuel de Homem-Christo met in high school in Paris. They started doing some samples and doing music together. In 1991, with Laurent Brancowitz (later the leading guitar of Phoenix) they founded Darlin’. We can say everything went very fast at that time. As soon as the group was formed, they record 2 singles: Darlin’, a cover from The Beach Boys, and Cindy So Loud under the english label Duophonic. But the way things started fast it also ended up fast. Indeed the group did not find the success hoped. They only sold 1’500 records. The british magazine,…

Fashion Roundup: Rihanna discovered the next best thing in music- Miss Cara Delevingne

Fashion Roundup: Rihanna discovered the next best thing in music- Miss Cara Delevingne

Fashion Roundup: Rihanna discovered the next best thing in music- Miss Cara Delevingne Katie Holmes on Allure Each week FashionTV rounds up the most fashionable highlights of the week buzzing on the net. From the best cover shot of the week to sexy trends and amazing videos! Cover Shot of the Week: Single lady Katie Holmes shows some skin on Allure’s April edition and looks gorgeous as ever. Katie talks about her hopes for 2013, opens up about her family life, and breaks down her fashion style over the years. (Pop Sugar) Hot in the News: Rihanna is helping out her BFF Cara Delevingne launch a music career! With such good friends, how can you go wrong? According to reports, in the recent London Fashion Week the two decided to take their two year relationship a step forward. Cara is planning to head on over to Los Angeles for the…

2013 is all about coming backs…

2013 is all about coming backs…

What is happening with the music industry? Was last year the end of a cycle and this year the beginning of a new one? In any case, 2013 is already marked by the return of major artists. No coming outs, just coming backs ! check it out. DAVID BOWIE At 66 years old, we could think that David Bowie would just enjoy a peaceful retirement. Well, we would be wrong. This beginning of the year shows the return of the british singer with the hypnotic voice. A first single called Where are you now? was revealed as you can watch it in the video above. A soft ballad under the travel theme. According to the star manager, a new full album is coming in march 2013.   PRINCE Prince is back again. A new website and new songs. You can discover his new website at the following url: http://20pr1nc3.com. The new…

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