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SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: Amanda Abizaid in SF October 12th!

15 Sep

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Please join Amanda Abizaid in promoting the release of her latest album, Walking In Twos, on October 12th, 2017. Amanda will giving a special performance at Hotel Utah Saloon. It is a night you will not want to miss! 

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 8:30pm show
Venue: Hotel Utah Saloon
Admission: $10

Amanda Abizaid Releases New Project in Support of HelpPhilippineSchools.orgWalking In Twos EP featuring the Legendary Stephen Stills. Amanda describes her music as “Neo-Soul meets World.” A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda will be performing an eclectic bi lingual set. This will truly be a night of bringing the east and west together in song. “Amanda is Fabulous. Really! Check this out!” – Stephen Stills

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Check Out Amanda Abizaid on LA Talk Radio

12 Sep

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If you weren’t able to catch Amanda Abizaid’s live radio interview, you can listen to it here: LATalkRadio The Creative Muse Hour 

Amanda Abizaid Has Released a New Project in Support of  HelpPhilippineSchools.org, Walking In Twos EP features the Legendary Stephen Stills. Amanda describes her music as “Neo-Soul meets World.” HelpPhilippineSchools.org is a non-profit organization that helps children get the best education possible through the betterment of existing schools, working “from the inside out.” Walking In Twos is a 7-track EP including two diverse mixes of the titular song, which was inspired by Amanda’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children. The EP also features other original songs and has been released worldwide. The project’s goal is to create a self-sufficient revenue stream using proceeds from the song’s downloads and streams to buy school supplies for the Aeta children of the Philippines. Listen to Amanda discuss this and more by using the link above!

Fatea Records Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

26 Jul

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“This is indeed a rare jewel.”

“Jennifer Saran is an American born Hong Kong based singer songwriter of whom I knew nothing prior to the receipt of this latest album to review. I am certain that this is more my loss than hers. One of her aims in life, through both her music and charitable work, would seem to be to make the world we live in a better place. She is involved with a number of charities and the proceeds from the title track, “Wake Up” will go to the Desmond Tutu Foundation in South Africa.

The “Wake Up” album is a bit of a jewel for music lovers, containing a mix of almost every genre of music with the exception of opera. In addition to Jennifer’s amazing voice, it includes the Ladysmith Black Mambazo choir from South Africa and the renowned guitarist Carlos Santana. One thing that really struck me about Jennifer’s vocals is the clarity of her diction. No need here to rush off to find the sleeve notes to understand what she is singing about.

The album contains a mix of new songs written by Jennifer either alone or in collaboration with others and a number of tribute songs to other artists. All produced by Narada Michael Walden in California.

The tribute songs make for an unusual contribution to this production. A couple are fairly predictable, Bill Withers (Lean On Me) and Billy Paul (Me and Mr Jones.) The others, much less so! George Michael’s “Jesus To A Child” is quite superb and emphasises the quality of Jennifer’s voice. It also demonstrates what a talent the world of music lost with the death of George. Two of the other renditions came as a bit of a shock to this listener. Patti Page’s “Old Cape Cod” and Doris Day’s “My Love and Devotion” are not tracks that you would expect to hear on a CD issued in 2017. They are both however quite wonderful and the producer has done an incredible job of making the songs sound like they had been recorded at the relevant period in time, demonstrating total respect for the original artist and musicians! “Old Cape Cod” reminds me of music from a Busby Berkeley film although it never appeared in one. It just has that sound and feel to it and even includes vocal backing that is reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters.

There are a few real gems in the self-penned songs too. The title track “Wake Up” is a very uplifting song despite its very harsh warning about the state of our planet. Rather unusually for a protest song, it is played with a real beat and the backing of the choir. It works for me though and makes me listen to the words far more than some of the dirges I have heard in the past which try to make a point. “I Will Always be Your Home” is a line that all parents will have, at one point, told their children. A delightfully slow and very thought provoking track! “Really” sounds as though it has come straight from the local disco and “Grace is the Champion” is an excellent example of modern alt pop.

Jennifer is a lady who really cares about life and has produced an album to match her passion. I can honestly say that I like every track on this album. Some more than others but the same can be said of almost every album ever issued. One track will lift you up, the next will make you think about your life and that of others less fortunate. This is indeed a rare jewel. A lady who would make a wonderful dinner guest and is a very accomplished singer songwriter to be admired and taken notice of!”

www.fatea-records.co.uk

WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
 
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:

 

Watch The “Wake Up” Music Video

 https://youtu.be/WAzK3mAlmrA

Award-winning, San Francisco-based Songwriter RAZTERIA Announces New Multi-Artist Latin EP “CRUZANDO CORAZONES” and New Music Video “AVENTURERA”

21 Jul

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“After nearly a year-long production process, CRUZANDO CORAZONES comes to life, a six-track EP packed with powerful symbolism and colorful expressions of important issues. On iTunes now (presale).

Tiempos de Tinieblas is a Hip-hop song by young Bolivian rapper EDY who RAZTERIA met while volunteering at EnsenArte in Cochabamba. Co-produced by Jayme Arredondo it also features the charango playing of Bolivian star, Luciel Izumi. It’s a reminder of the end of Bolivia’s brutal oppressive history and a call to take control of one’s destiny in a free society. Recorded at LA Estudio and Truffula Oak studio.

Agua pa Camello is a Colombian AfroBeat song by SURATIVA PARLANTE from Bogota, Colombia. This 9-piece band combines indigenous roots music & AfroBeat. Reminiscent of Fela Kuti, the upbeat song takes on the serious issue of water scarcity and the vital necessity to share. It was recorded live at Arbol Naranja.

Suerte features KALIMBA, a Latin Reggae band from Bella Vista, in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Quite simply, a love song infused with a feeling of gratitude for being alive. The lyric is by Argentinian lyricist Ariel Leira originally interpreted by Mercedes Sosa on the song Por Un Solo Gesto de Amor. Recorded at La Fragua Estudio.

Solo en la Carne features LUCAS ROCHAIX, a young jazz guitarist composer from Olivos, in the province of Buenos Aires, Andres Dellacasa on drums and Raian Valenca Joao on bass. This song is the Spanish version of RAZTERIA’s award-winning song Once Again (John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Grand Prize, World Music 2016). It is a humble wish to see, feel and hear the words of loved ones who are far away. Recorded at Chafirete studio.

Mosquito features female producer and multi-instrumentalist EMJE ROSE together with percussionist Oscar Reyes from Barranquilla, Colombia. Showcasing her vibrantly exotic feel of the Colombian Caribbean this is a fun song that takes on the message of Dengue fever prevention. Recorded and mixed at Afro Estudios.

Todas las Voces interpreted by Patagonian folklore band CELESTE Y LAS MIL JARILLAS is a version of Cancion con Todos by Julio Cesar Isella and Armando Tejada Gomez made most famous by Mercedes Sosa. A Latin American anthem, it is a message of solidarity and appreciation for each countries’ unique beauty. Recorded and mixed at Chafirete studio.

CRUZANDO CORAZONES VOL 1 was mastered by TrakWorx. Unless otherwise noted, all tracks produced & mixed by RAZTERIA. Artwork by Mexican artist Alfredo Varela.

AVENTURERA Official Music Video Released
Watch on Youtube.

Shot and chopped by Japanese director Hitoshi Inoue, the official music video AVENTURERA is the title track from RAZTERIA’s most recent album (AVENTURERA, Asteria Records 2016). Beautifully staged in dozens of locations throughout California, it looks like it was shot on real film. The track is a collaboration with Peruvian artist YURIZA JARED and her band SANG MATIZ, an Afro Latin Funk band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Look out for their new album coming summer 2017.

WHAT’S NEXT?
Following September 1st, 2017, when CRUZANDO CORAZONES VOL 1 drops together with videos of the production process, RAZTERIA plans to launch 2 singles, one in English and one in Spanish, to give a taste of what’s next for the 2 albums in the works for 2017-2018.

LIVE CONCERTS
RAZTERIA will be playing at Musikfest with Reggaeton band Mr. O Band, on August 7-8, 2017 in Bethlehem, PA. For more tour dates visit: RAZTERIA.com/events.

Multi-genre, tri-lingual, singer-songwriter & producer RAZTERIA (Renee Asteria) is a San Francisco-based artist with Bolivian-Dutch roots. Producing music with a message, she founded Truffula Oak Studio in El Sobrante, California, a solar powered recording studio, barter-based / low-cost space for aspiring artists. She produces and engineers most of her music, making her part of the 1% of the female producer-engineers.”

MORE INFORMATION

ASTERIA RECORDS WEBSITE
Facebook – CRUZANDO CORAZONES
iTunes Presale
Bandcamp Presale
AVENTURERA (video)
RAZTERIA WEBSITE
Facebook – RAZTERIA
Facebook – Renee Asteria
Facebook – Truffula Oak Studio
Facebook – Asteria Records
Twitter
Instagram

CONTACT
General, Renee Asteria: renee@RAZTERIA.com
Press & Promotion, Alex Kilgore: alex@RAZTERIA.com 
Distribution, Independent Distribution Collective (IDC), ben@independentdistro.com

World Music Central Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

17 Jul

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“Although Wake Up features celebrated South African ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Carlos Santana as guests, this new album by singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran is a pop effort, seeking a mass audience. It includes familiar songs, has sing along pop hooks and dance beats. The album wants to bring awareness to inequality and poverty throughout the globe.

The highlight of the album is Saran’s interplay with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Wake Up includes covers of pop hits by Patty Page, Doris Day, Bill Withers, and George Michael.

Funds from Jennifer Saran’s musical projects go to various entities, including the Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust, the Hong Kong Women’s Choir and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in South Africa.”

 

Watch The “Wake Up” Music Video

 https://youtu.be/WAzK3mAlmrA

worldmusiccentral.org

WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
 
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:

Femail Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

13 Jul

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“To say the very least, Jennifer Saran is a prolific artist. After releasing her debut holiday-themed album Merry Christmas, You Are Loved in 2015, followed shortly thereafter by Walk With Me in 2016, Saran is now finalizing her new 15-track album Wake Up. A mix of alt-pop and adult contemporary covers and originals produced by the legendary Narada Michael Walden at his Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, CA, Wake Up features guest appearances by multiple Grammy-winning guitar legend Carlos Santana and South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Wake Up will release in stores & online worldwide on July 7th, 2017.

Jennifer Sara is a North American artist, songwriter, and vocalist based in Hong Kong. In 2016, Jennifer teamed up with Narada Michael Walden (they obviously love working together) and Ladysmith Black Mambazo to create her new album’s titular single ‘Wake Up.” Also, making a special guest appearance on the track is multiple Grammy-winning legend Carlos Santana. This stunning collaboration is a heartfelt appeal to recognize and address worldwide inequality and impoverishment, a cause incredibly important to each of these amazing artists involved. Jennifer travelled to South Africa to record with Ladysmith and to film scenes for the song’s music video, released with the single on November 11, 2016.

Wake Up features Jennifer’s versions of classic hits from artists such as Patty Page, Doris Day, Bill Withers, and George Michael, each of whom holds a special place in her heart. Jennifer’s original songs and conscious messages have resonated with fans and media alike, and her music has been released to many great reviews and widespread radio exposure around the world, including interviews on syndicated radio stations in the US and the UK. The ‘Wake Up” single was reviewed or mentioned in magazines and websites including Songwriting Magazine, Women Talking, and Clare Balding conducted a wonderful in-depth interview with Jennifer on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday. The ‘Wake Up” music video aired on over 100 broadcast video outlets in the past several months across the US, including rotation on California Music Channel, PC Music Pool, and The Sound Chamber, reaching millions of viewers. On social media, the video has had almost 100,000 views across Facebook and YouTube.

Jennifer Saran, aka Jennifer Hill, was born in Washington DC to a Canadian mother and American father. Years later she stumbled upon a women’s choir with the American Women’s Association (AWA) in Hong Kong in 1992, which she joined as a Mezzo (second soprano/first alto). She and members of that choir broke away in 1997 and formed The Hong Kong Women’s Choir, where the group performed to raise money for local charities. Under the brand name -NOVA,’ and with an additional a cappella subgroup named -Grace Notes,’ the choir’s aim was to perform more contemporary music and raise money for the disadvantaged in Hong Kong.

THKWC has performed for multiple events over the last 20 years, including charity functions and public performances, and while many wonderful local and international women have joined and departed over the years, Jennifer is the sole remaining founding member. This year is the Choir’s 20th anniversary, to be celebrated at Hong Kong’s historically famous Western Market.

In 2007, Jennifer also established a memorial trust in the name of her late husband, Kuldeep Saran, at the time of his death. She is involved in many charitable efforts, including The Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust, whose objective is to support the education and well-being of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong, through education programs, and a -bricks and mortar’ renovation to a local Hong Kong school that educates minority children.

KSMT Ventures, which manages donations from other organizations that fund charitable projects, one of which is AnEW, Arts and Education for Women, a Christian-Action program supporting refugee women and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.

Proceeds from her musical endeavors will go to the Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust and the Hong Kong Women’s Choir, for the educational support of disadvantaged children. Proceeds from the single, ‘Wake Up” will go to the Desmond Tutu foundation in South Africa.

Jennifer is the mother of 3 children, Paul, Phillip, and Anjali. She continues to write new songs and travels the world, trying to uplift and engage, educate and empower, our future generations.”

www.femail.com.au

WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
 
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:

 

RockTimes Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up” (translated)

10 Jul

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“Recently, we brought the news , in which the new album “Wake Up” by the singer / songwriter Jennifer Saran was announced and now the disc is on the table.

Jennifer Saran aka Jennifer Hill , who was born in the USA, lives in Hong Kong and began her singing career there. In 1992, she joined a women’s choir and took the mezzosopran with her voice. Five years later, together with other members, she left this choir and founded The Hong Kong Women’s Choir , whose main goal is to make money for charity. Under the name Nova and supported by the A cappella group Gracenotes is a preferred charity for the disadvantaged.

In 2015, she made her debut with the Christmas album “Merry Christmas – You Are Loved”, and a year later, “Walk With Me”. Her career as a singer runs well, yes, more than well, because radio stations, video portals and social networks ensure enormous distribution. This is also a good thing, because a large part of their income goes to the needy of this world. Examples are the ‘Kuldeep’ Saran Memorial Trust ‘(a foundation established after the death of their husband Kuldeep Saran ), who takes care of the education and welfare of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong. Then there is still support for the Hong Kong Women’s Choir , Who is celebrating the 20th anniversary this year and Jennifer is the only remaining founding member. ‘Arts and Education for Women’ supports refugee women and asylum seekers in Hong Kong and the revenue of the single “Wake Up” goes to the ‘Desmond Tutu Foundation’ in South Africa.

The woman is doing well and did so now with this album also for herself, because beside own songs, there are also cover pieces of musicians, which are dear to your heart. This naturally results in a kind of hodgepodge, because there next to Bill Withers or George Michael z. For example, a Doris Day . Jennifer’s versions, or her vocal abilities, however, make this an easy one, because it sounds perfect. Yes, actually this voice is almost too perfect for me. There is no corner or edge place, but this is now critique at the highest level. However, if one likes singing and music from a rather rocky environment, one has to fight first with the beauty of the voice.

Also Santana’s guitar playing in the title track is rather subtly adapted to the well-arranged arrangements of the album. Like the South African Grammy winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo , Carlos is on board as a guest musician. The covers I know are very close to the original and especially the “Me And Mrs. Jones”, known by Billy Paul, underline the fact that Jennifer has also made a massive change to the song name. Because of the Mrs. became a Mr. and therefore also the lyrics had to be changed in the affected places.

Produced was the album by Narada Michael Walden , who not only drums on “Wake Up”, but also stands next to Jennifer at the Micro. Stylistically, the album moves in a melange of pop for adults, singer / songwriter, soul as well as R & B. Hard to grasp but actually on the common denominator, the great voice, there is nothing to shake.
In Rockhaushalt it will surely have “Wake Up” hard to get rotation. But if there is desire for adult contemporary music, what is fitting in the house.

Line-up Jennifer Saran:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (vocals)
Carlos Santana (guitar)
Narada Michael Walden (drums, keys, brushes, synth, vocals)
Matt Heulitt (guitar)
Troy ‘Booda’ Lampkin (bass)
Tai Morris (guitar)
Kevin Wong (keys)
Cornell Carter (Backing vocals)
Sandy Griffith (backing vocals)
Liane Berube (violin)
Stephanie Bibbo (violin)
Natasha Makhijani (violin)
Heather Powell violin
Marcel Gemperli
Jory Fancuchen
Michelle Kwon
Jennifer Hunt (flute)
Gary Brown (bass)
Jamil Wallace (vocals)
Tammy Hall (keys,Piano)
Nate Soulsangar (backing vocals)
Ray Clement (saxophone)
Rich Amstrong (trumpet)
Frank Martin (synth)
James Henry (talking drums)
Jim Reitzel (guitar)
Jennifer Saran (vocals)
Gaayatri Kaundinya

Tracklist “Wake Up”:

  1. Wake Up ( Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Narada Michael Walden )
  2. Jesus To A Child (Tribute to George Michael )
  3. Really ( Jamil Wallis )
  4. Me and Mr. Jones (Tribute to Billy Paul )
  5. You Are My Star (feat Ladysmith Black Mambazo )
  6. Too Young To Know
  7. Better Than Me – “To Anjali”
  8. Look At Me Fly (feat. Narada Michael Walden )
  9. Old Cape Cod (Tribute to Patti Page )
  10. Try To Forgive [But I Can not Forget]
  11. Lean On Me (feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Tribute to Bill Withers )
  12. Grace Is the Champion
  13. I Will Always Be Your Home
  14. My Love and Devotion
  15. Aad Guray

Total playing time: 63:38, year of publication: 2017″

wp.rocktimes.de

WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp
 
More information about JENNIFER SARAN or WAKE UP can be found at:
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