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THIS FRIDAY: StringShot LIVE at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA – ‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers

8 Nov

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‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers
StringShot is Roy Rogers, Badi Assad, and Carlos Reyes 
PREMIER LIVE PERFORMANCE: NOV 9TH at FREIGHT & SALVAGE | BERKELEY, CA
November 6, 2018 (Northern Calif.) – Prepare to be mesmerized. Three years in the making, StringShot IS new music. Don’t miss your chance to see this unique collaboration make their LIVE debut at Freight & Salvage on November 9th. The premier concert from this “tour-de-force” formed by slide guitar master Roy Rogers, Brazilian guitar goddess Badi Assad, and harp/violin virtuoso, Carlos Reyes, takes listeners to an exciting new musical realm. The blend of these artists’ world-renowned art and talent has created a new synthesis of cross-cultural music with Latin roots, Jazz blooms, and Blues undertones, translating beautifully from studio recording to live performance.
I’m always trying to push the envelope, it’s conducive to great music. The Latin and blues conversation has always appealed to me, I love the rhythms and the challenge of a different genre. This is the first time I’ve gotten to explore it outside of a strict blues context, and it’s been wonderful.” – Roy Rogers
 
“Though our styles are totally different, we use them as a way to communicate our hearts out. In the lyrics process, we could feel that we take in life in a similar way, with day-by-day discoveries, with a lot of simplicity coming from the soul, and a love for music with a lot of freedom.” – Badi Assad
 
“When you explore a new combination, it’s exciting, especially when it comes together for all the right reasons, it comes down to the interaction.”– Carlos Reyes
Rogers is an eight-time Grammy nominee, known both as producer and performer for delivering critically acclaimed recordings for John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others; his career of more than three decades includes collaborations with Ray Manzarek, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Miller, Sammy Hagar.and more. Assad (from Brazil) was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the world’s great guitarists. Coming from a world-renowned and deeply skilled musical family, Assad took her classical training and put it through the filter of Brazil’s Afro‐Latin heritage, evolving into an effortlessly graceful singer‐songwriter. As a vocalist and percussionist, she is a true innovator, not only in technique but in performance. Reyes, a virtuoso on the Paraguayan stringed harp and the violin, has often taken his instruments into new territory, both as a player and fearless collaborator. Well-known for his supreme virtuosity, classically trained Reyes has performed in many diverse genres of music – in his own band, symphonies, and as a featured performer with artists such as Steve Miller and Arturo Sandoval.
Check Out:
-AUDIO Co-written by Rogers and Assad, “Wounds of Sight” and “Back Along the Way” highlight the trio’s exceptional gifts in musical arrangement.
Each of the ten tracks from StringShot’s August 2018 release offers a new way to experience these renowned artists. As one whole part – audiences looking for their new favorite soundtrack will have a dynamic jazz, r & b, Latin vibe album choice. Rogers, Assad, and Reyes share a passionate devotion to their music and instruments that is reflected in wildly creative and successful careers that cross boundaries and defy borders. In November, audiences will become fans. A StringShot sound is born.
‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers, StringShot is Roy Rogers, Badi Assad, and Carlos Reyes , PREMIER LIVE PERFORMANCE: NOV 9TH at FREIGHT & SALVAGE | BERKELEY, CA
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IDC is a proud sponsor of the Women Working In the Music Industry Conference!

10 Apr

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Early Bird Tickets Are Now On Sale:

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Established in 2013, the Girl Power! Women working in the Music Industry Conference is rapidly becoming the epicenter for empowering women with the education, resources, and networking opportunities that are keys to career success in music.

Empowering Women for the Stage & Workforce

The theme of this year’s Girl Power! Conference is Empowering Women for the Stage & Workforce and will focus on the performance realm of the music industry from a female perspective. It will cater to those who make a living, or wish to make a living through live performance, and the professionals who support them in various capacities to do so.

A wide array of knowledgeable respected professionals who are active in the music industry will speak on the most salient aspects of the conference theme. The Girl Power! conference is a great way for up and coming professionals, and seasoned female music industry veterans to connect, collaborate, and support each other in their respective endeavors.

This years Keynote Speaker is Gail Mitchell, Senior Editor at Billboard Magazine in R&B/Hip Hop and other genres. She has been interviewing and writing articles on the Music Industry’s biggest stars and biggest events for two decades.More speakers announced on our website.

Check out the Conference website for more information about conference agenda, speakers, job fair & exhibitors, and more: http://www.girlpowermusicconference.com

Be informed. Be inspired. Be there! Girl Power 2017!

*Male music industry professionals are welcome to attend.
*This event is equally great for women in other areas of the arts, entertainment, event and tech industries.

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SF-Bay Area Based Latin-Rock-Reggae Artist Razteria’s “Aventurera” Album Release, street date March 18th, live in concert Saturday April 9th @ THE UPTOWN, 1928 Telegraph Ave. Oakland.

24 Feb

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SATURDAY APRIL 9th, UPTOWN, 1928 Telegraph ave.

Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA

Advance tickets $15 / $20 (includes Aventurera album) | Door $20 | 21+

Ticket link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aventurera-album-release-show-live-tickets-21694171852

Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/985740351487559/

 Saturday April 9th, 2016 artists from all over SF Bay Area and beyond are coming together in celebration of the release of Razteria’s new album Aventurera.

The all-star line up includes DJ Leydis, performances by Pasto Seco Band, an East Bay based South American fusion band, Redwood city based rapper Rahman Jamaal together with Risk from Sao Paulo of Street Music Poetry, Kata of of international revolutionary party band LoCura, the Fyah Squad Band, Irae Divine, Sol Atash and Ariel of the collective Empress Unification, Seneca of Earthamplified, Chatterbox of Puppetplex and to top is all off, featured dance performance by Tanilee Amor’s Amor do Samba Brazilian dance troupe!

About AVENTURERA Album

Aventurera album is groundbreaking in its richness, representing the synergy of collaborations with talented independent San Francisco Bay area artists and beyond. *10 tracks (+ 2 bonus tracks), in English, Spanish and French. 90% recorded & produced at RAZTERIA’s own, Truffula Oak Studio, mixed by James Ward, of Live Oak Studio in Berkeley, and mastered by Justin Weiss of Trakworx. Two of the tunes (Change, Little Sister) were mixed at Kinyama Sounds, a Suisse based label. Aventurera is currently charting on CMJ new world music chart.

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About the artists:

Razteria aka Renee Asteria backed by the Fyah Squad Band

San Francisco, CA, based artist Razteria (aka Renee Asteria) can be described as a fusion of No Doubt, Bomba Estereo, Los Aterciopelados, Steel Pulse and Marisa Monte. Her multicultural background (born in the USA of Bolivian-Dutch heritage and raised in France) has had a profound influence on her musical journey. Performing in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, her music has been described as ‘musically adventurous’ and ‘one of a kind, breaking all rules,’ uniting Reggae, passionate Latin grooves, Rock, powerful messages and some real musical genius.

Razteria is known for her simple yet intricate songs, her signature ethereal harmonies and fat bass-lines. Over the past ten years, Razteria, performing under both Razteria and Renee Asteria, has planted musical seeds throughout the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, and USA) and Europe (France, Switzerland). In late 2015 Razteria completed her fifth album Aventurera, which will be available as of March 18, 2016 on digital platforms worldwide and in select stores. Aventurera is currently charting on CMJ New World Music.

Fyah Squad Band

Fyah Squad Band is a Reggae, Funk, & Soul band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. They work with local artists and are one of the top as a backing bands for touring artists in the area. Founding members Waddell Bell (bassie) and Lou Neuburger (drums) are jazz trained musicians who have specialized in Reggae. Artists we currently work with: Rocker T ~ JuniorToots ~ Empress Meditations ~ Razteria ~ Messenjah Selah ~ Irae Divine ~ Sol Atash and more. Touring Artists we have backed: Wayne Wonder and more. https://www.facebook.com/FyahSquadBand

Pasto Seco

Pasto Seco Band is a Latin American dance band pulling from traditional central, south american and caribbean styles like Cumbia, Mambo, Saya and Salsa to bring people together in celebration. They play wild abandon, lots of horns, drums and percussion, plus accordion, guitar and bass. Based in the San Francisco East Bay, they have an all-star 14 member band, who hail from Chile, Colombia, US, Mexico, Cuba and Argentina. Through various community partnerships they work with youth helping to expose them to the richness of Latin American culture.

Pasto Seco Band has blessed the stage at many prominent SF bay area venues bringing the dance party wherever they go. Pasto Seco Band is currently in process of process of producing their first album.

http://www.pastosecoband.com/

DJ Leydis

DJ Leydis was born and raised in Cuba. Involved in the Cuban HIP HOP movement since it’s inception, DJ Leydis helped organized some of the country’s most respected and attended events and community programs. In 2005, she co-founded Omegas Kilay. A Hip-Hop Theater Collective in Havana Cuba, Omegas Kilay focused on presenting the poetry, music, experiences and perspectives of artists such as DJ Yari, Danay Suarez, Nono, La LLave De IPG, La Negra, and Las Krudas.

Along with her partner DJ Yari, DJ Leydis created the first all female DJ Mixtape in Cuba, contributing a special blend of new flavor and spirit to the international community. In addition, she performed across Cuba as the official Spoken Word Artist of Rande Acosta’s Platos Rosa.

DJ Leydis has also been a featured subject of critically acclaimed and groundbreaking documentaries such as Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano, Jovenes Rebeldes y Mi Revolution, and continues to be an keynote speaker on the subject of Cuban Hip-Hop Culture.

In 2006, DJ Leydis migrated to United States to expand upon her work as a DJ. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has worked with Erykah Badu, Quest Love of the Roots, and other iconic American artists. Presently working on tour with Los Rakas & Las Krudas, DJ Leydis combines contemporary hits with an distinct fusion of Latin flavors, R&B classics and Roots Reggae blends.

www.losrokas.com www.laskrudas.com

Rahman Jamaal + Risk, Street Poetry Music

Rahman Jamaal is a performing artist, emcee, musician, actor, and educator who first debuted in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival as the star of the movie “The Beat”. Rahman Jamaal performs for Rondavoux Records, the San Jose-based rap group Projekt S.E.E.R., and the Redwood City-based funk/rock tribute band Blood Sugar Sex Machine. He works with musicians and youth in the Bay Area as founder of the Rap Force Academy, and nationally as the Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress. He also works with organization such as with The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement, The Bring It Back Tour, The Hip Hop Chess Federation, Performing Arts Workshop, StoryTeller Project, and All-Star Karate Center. In 2014, he won the Lennon Award for Hip Hop in the International John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC).

Risk, a native of São Paulo, Brazil born seven years after the end of the Brazilian military dictatorship in 1985, became a Portuguese-English translator before he moved to the United States in 2009 on a scholarship to play basketball. He recorded his first studio track “Hidden Words” at the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement after meeting Rahman Jamaal in 2013. Risk & Rahman Jamaal released Street Poetry Music Vol 1. in 2015 produced by the New York composer-producer, Bosch.

http://www.streetpoetrymusic.com/

http://youtube.com/user/hiphoppa13

http://facebook.com/rahmanjamaal

http://www.rapforceacademy.com/

http://www.hiphopcongress.com/

Kata of LoCura

Direct from San Francisco’s fertile music scene, LoCura taps into the diverse sounds that have a rich history in the Bay Area, weaving them together in an uncanny way to reveal their common roots. Mixing Flamenco with Reggae and Cumbia with Ska through contagious rhythms and multiple languages, their music takes you on a ride through a day in the emerging globalized experience where the movement of people and ideas are in constant flux. Reflecting lead vocalist Kata’s own experience of growing up Spanish American in Spain, Italy, and the U.S., LoCura’s music rides the borders of identity and migration piecing together a mosaic of our myriad cultures and experiences. In Spain the expression “Ida y Vuelta” is used to describe certain styles within Flamenco that made a “round-trip” from Spain to Latin America, mixing with music from the African slave and Indigenous populations. With this idea of music traveling and music as creative resistance, LoCura takes the trip back again mixing it up with their own Califas Flamenkito, Reggae, and Cuban Son styles. Moved by the music that crosses borders and takes root in different lands, LoCura draws from this creative ‘rebelde’ spirit to cultivate the cures passed on from our ancestors.

Seneca of Earthamplified

Raised in Florida, lyricist, singer producer and Dancehall artist Seneca Schachter has made the Bay Area home since 2003 And has been rocking stages since 2000. He has always combined activism and Hip Hop culture to uplift and entertain! He has also established himself as a prolific producer, working with such artists as Myka 9, Dead prez And Bicasso. He is a long time member of the Jazz Mafia and Earth Amplified, touring the Jazz festival circuit and performing over 500 times.  He also is a Member of Hip Hop for Change and ROTC hosting every few months at ROTC’s weekly cypher at the Boom Boom Room. He has shared stages with Stevie wonder, Mos Def , Chali Tuna , Will.i.am, Lyrics Born and many more!! Look out for his next project “The Wheel” an ode to real And raw Hip Hop of the 90’s Simple Beats and rhymes. Earthamplified.com

Chatterbox

Sirraum Nash aka Chatterbox was born and raised in the South Bay Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area in CA. He developed a knack for writing & composition at a very young age beginning to write words in rhyme and poetry at age 7. At age 13, he began to hone his lyrical improvisation skills. In the early 2000’s he became a founding member of Jazz Funk Hiphop band, Precise Device. Since 2009 he has been an integral member of the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew & The PuppetPlex, based out of Berkeley, CA. He currently uses beat boxing, singing, character voice acting and Emcee skills for environmental activism, food and social justice issues, for adult and children’s entertainment.

www.facebook.com/chatterboxed

https://soundcloud.com/chatterboxed

www.facebook.com/puppetplex

Tanilee Amor, Amor Do Samba

Tanilee Amor is founder and Artistic Director of Amor Do Samba Entertainment, a samba dance company established in 2011 and currently showcasing the best of San Francisco’s Afro-Latin dance and music talent. Tanilee studied dance at UCLA (Cum Laude) with a specialization in Afro ‘ Latin dance and art as a social change agent. She extensively studied Afro-Latin dance forms in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Belize. While living in Mexico, she performed Samba, Cumbia and Afro-Merengue with Origines Dance Company taking first place in Teatro de Cancun competition.

Amor Do Samba Entertainment is a world class San Francisco based samba dance and music entertainment company dedicated to promoting Afro-Latin music and dance through the performing arts. Deeply rooted in San Francisco’s cultural diversity we offer samba dance shows to live bands including genres such as Bossa Nova, Batucada Samba, Samba Reggae, Axe, Salsa and more!

http://www.amordosamba.com/

Bekah Barnett Press Release on Music Industry News Network (Mi2N)

8 Jul

Bekah’s second full-length album ‘RISE’ recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA will be released worldwide on August 21st, 2015.

The press release received some postings today, including Mi2N.

“Berkeley, CA – Bekah Barnett is an operatically trained singer-songwriter who has been captivating audiences for years with her emotionally engaging songs, poetic lyrics, soaring melodies, and catchy piano riffs. A refreshing blend of Jazz, Folk, Pop, and Spiritual music, Bekah Barnett’s piano-driven tunes and soulful voice have been compared to Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, Natalie Merchant, Adele, and Joni Mitchell.”

You can find the full press release here:http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=184887

Find out more about Bekah, “lauded Bay Area songstress”,  here: http://urbanminstrel.com/

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Pacific Mambo Orchestra Interview and Feature on KPFA

25 Feb

Berkeley radio station KPFA welcomed PMO in for an interview, as well as playing their upcoming single “Pacific Mambo Dance”.

Follow the link to listen to the entire broadcast: http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/111454

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Ray Vaughn – Sparkle Motion | KALX-FM

13 Jul

Nice Playlist featuring Independent Distribution Collective artist Ray Vaughn on KALX! Very cool local love!

Sparkle Motion | KALX-FM.

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