Thursday, March 29, 2012

CD Release: Kmang Kmang's Drifting March 30 - Party in Chicago

From a media release:

Kmang Kmang, Drifting (Self-Release)
Release Date: 03/30/2012
CD Release + Show in Chicago March 31, 2012


“The most important thing is that it’s viscerally powerful,” states Barmey Ung, the classically trained guitarist and composer behind Chicago’s avant acoustic rock collective, Kmang Kmang.“I don’t like to intellectualize things too much, and don’t like to attach meanings where there doesn’t have to be meanings. I just want the music to be aesthetically powerful.”

For Ung, the power comes from a slowly distilled mix of his musical passions: the subtle force of the classical guitar tradition, the sounds of Spain and Brazil, his emerging understanding of his roots as a Cambodian-American. The results engage and scintillate on Drifting(March 30, 2012), a post-rock, jazz-inflected dismantling of indie songwriting to create emotional, complex songs without words.

Ung’s vision flows through pieces composed in dialogue with a carefully recruited group of diverse Chicago musicians, finding expression in pensive and grooving instrumentals, work with dancers, visual arts pieces—and even the occasional rock song.

The band’s multifarious, multifaceted creativity will be in full force March 31, 2012 at the Painted Door for a multisensory album release show. The core of Kmang Kmang will be joined by the boundary-challenging chamber brass of the Gaudete Brass Quintetwho will also premiere a new commissioned work composed by Ung.  The event will also feature a video collaboration between Ung and contemporary dancer Kate Puckett, and creative, locally-minded cuisine of the Chicago co-op Edible Alchemy.

AfriCan Theatre Toronto Presents Brixton Stories

From a media release - sorry about the late notice!

Brixton Stories
An AfriCan Theatre Ensemble Production
Written by Biyi Bandele
Directed by Jude Idada
Starring John Phillips, Chibie Okoye and Dj Spinner
Runs from Friday, March 23 to Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tickets - $10 - $35

TORONTO
- The AfriCan Theatre Ensemble presents, Brixton Stories. Jude Idada directs stories are found and told but not only in the beautifully engrossing text courtesy of Nigerian literary icon Biyi Bandele but also the stories of music and energy as only a DJ can tell them. DJ Spinner, a 28 year veteran DJ makes his acting debut in Brixton Stories.

In this play about the short and happy life of Ossie Jones a father revives from a fifteen year coma. What follows is a reunion with his daughter that happens in a most dramatic journey into the world of magical realism. With the aid of metaphor, allegory, mime, pulsating lighting, Brixton Stories’ use of dance, music and quintessential acting courtesy of the tantalizing John Phillips and the amazing Chibie Okoye on her debut theatre performance as well, take us on a journey.

In this journey, Bandele explores the thin line between reality and fantasy even as he provides an exposé of the normal goings on in the neighbourhood known as Brixton, a borough in the City of London located in South London, England. Brixton Stories provides a scintillating spectacle that will leave the viewer calling out for an encore.

• Performances take place at the Berkeley Street Theatre, 28 Berkeley Street, Toronto

Remaining Performances:
Thu Mar 29 2012 - 8:00 PM
Fri Mar 30 2012 - 8:00 PM
Sat Mar 31 2012 - 2:00 PM
Sat Mar 31 2012 - 8:00 PM

Run time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Musical Theatre: I Love You Because March 28 - April 15 in Toronto

From a media release:

Angelwalk Theatre Presents
I Love You Because
A modern day musical love story
Previews March 28 & 29, Opens March 30 to April 15, 2012

Toronto, Ontario...
Angelwalk Theatre, the producers of the Dora-nominated Toronto premiere of Altar Boyz and [title of show], announced this morning the cast for I Love You Because. With music by Joshua Salzman and Book and Lyrics by Ryan Cunningham, this hilarious new musical will have Toronto audiences smiling in their seats. I Love You Because opens on March 30, 2012 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and runs until April 15.

• Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.angelwalk.ca, through the Toronto Centre for the Arts box office at 416-872-1111.

I Love You Because is a modern musical twist on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Set in New York City, a young, uptight greeting card writer's life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them. Declared "infectiously entertaining!" by The New York Times and "the perfect date musical" by Talkin' Broadway, I Love You Because is "everything an Off-Broadway musical should be... a charming piece of work that will send you home smiling" (The Wall Street Journal).

Dora Award winner Jeff Madden, making his first return to The Toronto Centre for the Arts since closing the record breaking production of Dancap's Jersery Boys, will be playing the role of Austin. Prior to that, he appeared in over 16 productions over eight seasons with the Shaw Festival, including Tristan, Belle Moral, Happy End, Man And Superman and Floyd Collins. He has also appeared at the National Arts Centre, the National Ballet of Canada, Tarragon Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Talk Is Free Theatre and The Charlottetown Festival among others.

Playing the role of Marcy is Elena Juatco who made her start as a top ten finalist in CTV's Canadian Idol. Most recently she has appeared at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in Dianne & Me (My Lucky Penny), a B.C. tour of The Buddy Holly Story (Arts Club), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Vancouver Playhouse) for which she won a Jessie Award for Best Actress and an Ovation Nomination. Elena also appeared in Snow White & The Group of Seven (Ross Petty Productions), which garnered her a Dora Award nomination.

Jay Davis, most recently seen in the NextStage Festival's Living With Henry, will be playing Jeff. He has previously been seen in Birdland Theatre/Talk Is Free Theatre's 2010 production of Assassins at The Theatre Centre, the 2009 "Best of Fringe" production of Just East of Broadway, Tick Tick Boom, The War Show, Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dracula, Little Woman, Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Full Monty, and Evita.

The role of Diana will be played by Gabi Epstein, a Dora Award nominated actress and one of Toronto's leading cabaret performers. Favourite credits include To Life (Herald Green Jewish Theatre), Dani Girl (Talk Is Free Theatre), Blood Brothers and Cowgirls (Drayton Entertainment), Edges (Acting Up Stage), The Panto of the Opera (Moonpath Productions), and various Disney characters aboard Disney Cruise Lines. Gabi released her debut CD "Show Off" in 2010 to critical acclaim.

Rounding our the cast is Michael DeRose (She Loves Me, A Christmas Carol: The Musical and Romeo and Juliet, The Rose Theatre; Reefer Madness, L.O.T.; The Story Begins/Driven to Score, Theatre 20; One Step Forward: In Concert, Talk Is Free Theatre; Hamlet, Resurgence Theatre) and Cara Leslie (The Toxic Avenger, Dancap; Urinetown, Canadian Stage/Dancap; Bat Boy, Bathurst Street Theatre; Jolson, Royal Alexandra Theatre; You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, The New York Theatre).

As previously announced, I Love You Because will be Directed by Darcy Evans and Musical Directed by Lily Ling.

March 28, 2012 - April 15, 2012
Opening Night: March 30, 2012
Tues-Sat @ 8 p.m.; Sun @ 2 p.m.
No performance on Easter Sunday, April 8.
Tickets:$35-$45
Previews - $30

Toronto Centre for the Arts - Studio Theatre, 5040 Yonge Street
Box Office: By phone: 416-872-1111
Online: www.angelwalk.ca
In person: Box Office, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose: Load OUT! March 30 & 31 in New York City

From a release:

From Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc)
The Spring is upon us, and with that, Load OUT! 2012.


NEW YORK CITY - This bi-annual, one of a kind re-use and repurposing event makes materials available to artists, arts organizations, and everyone in between!

YOU are invited to participate by donating gently used materials (e.g. costumes, props, and furniture) from your organization, studio, or household.

All materials will be made available to seeking artists FREE of charge at Load OUT! on March 31st, 2012, between 11AM & 3PM.

Items left behind from this event will be recycled by GrowNYC, WeRecycle! and the Department of Sanitation.

To Donate to Load OUT!:
FABnyc will be receiving goods at 19 E. 3rd Street on Friday, March 30th from 10AM-6:30PM.
Donations scheduled on March 30th require an advanced appointment.
On March 31st from 11am to 12pm you can drop off your donations at 19. E. 3rd Street without an appointment.

More info at the link


• If you have questions  or to schedule your drop-off, please contact Katherine Barton, Sustainability Intern at 212.228.4670 or katherine@fabnyc.org.

We encourage you to participate in Load OUT! and help the artistic community maintain its responsibility to the environment by diverting materials from the waste stream.

Friday, March 30th
10am-6:30pm - Donations by Appointment

Saturday, March 31st
11am-12pm - Accepting Donations for Load OUT!
11am-3pm - Load OUT! open to the public
              
19 E. 3rd Street

FREE E-Waste collection by WeRecycle! and clothing/textile recycling by GrowNYC March 31st, 11am-3pm. 

Admission to Load OUT! swap event
FREE for all artists
$5 for the general public

Photo Credit: Whitney Browne

Poetry Now: 4th Annual Battle of the Bards March 28 in Toronto

From a media release:

POETRY NOW: 4th ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BARDS
Governor General’s Literary Award-winning poet Phil Hall to judge
March 28, 2012 at Harbourfront Toronto

TORONTO ---
Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) is pleased to announce the 20 poets selected for this year’s Poetry NOW event taking place on March 28. A jury comprising the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award winner for poetry Phil Hall, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall will select one author to win an invitation to read at the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (October 18 to 28, 2012) and have their book advertised in NOW Magazine.

The 20 established and upcoming poets selected to grace the AUTHORS stage are: Jonathan Bennet, Linda Besner, Mark Callanan, Ayesha Chatterjee, John Donlan, Catherine Graham, Elizabeth Greene, Alyxandra Harvey, Laurence Hutchman, Maureen Hynes, Steve Luxton, John B. Lee, Anthony M. Pignataro, Sandra Ridley, Jenny Sampirisi, Jennifer Still, Fraser Sutherland, Eva Tihanyi, Daniel Scott Tysdal, and Calvin Wharton. NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole will host this year’s event.

For the fourth year, AUTHORS has joined their long-time media partner NOW Magazine in issuing an open call for submissions from poets who have been published within the past five years and are currently in print with a trade publisher. AUTHORS accepted submissions for the event through each poet’s publishing representative until February 24, with selected participants notified through March 1. Each poet reads for up to five minutes and books will be for sale at the event.

Event date, time, and location: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30pm in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Tickets: $10 to the general public, FREE for members, students, and youth 25 and under.


Authors at Harbourfront Centre weekly readings continue through June 2012. For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

FemCab 2012: A Shameless Celebration of Women March 29 in Toronto

From a media release:

FemCab 2012
Nightwood’s 29th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration
March 29, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Toronto, ON…
Nightwood Theatre, Canada’s national women’s theatre, is thrilled to announce Elvira Kurt as this year’s host of FemCab, Nightwood’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Elvira Kurt is a Canadian Comedy Award winning, three-time Gemini Award nominated stand-up comic and Second City veteran. She is well known for a wide range of credits as a star, host, guest and writer, including such projects as Popcultured with Elvira Kurt, The Gayest ShowEver, This Hour has 22 Minutes, and Ellen Degeneres’ Born Again HBO Special.

The evening will also feature NDP MP for Trinity-Spadina Olivia Chow. Currently serving as the NDP Transport and Infrastructure Critic, Chow is fighting for the mobility and safety of Canadians across all transportation modes. A long-time member of the NDP party, Chow has become one of the most visible social advocates and politicians inCanada.

Joining Kurt, Chow, and Nightwood will be: award-winning DJ Cozmic Cat; indie vocalist Rosina Kazi; writer, video artist, and performance artist Dayna McLeod; emcee, poet, and writer Motion; professor of Women’s Studies at York University and author Andrea O’Reilly; theatre creator, songwriter, poet, and educator Evalyn Parry; multidisciplinary artist and creativity coach Lisa Pijuan-Nomura; taiko drumming collective Raging Asian Women; word/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran; writer/performer Shoshana Sperling; women’s anti-violence activist Anna Willats; and Toronto City Counsellor for Ward 27 Kristyn Wong-Tam.

For over 32 years, Nightwood Theatre has developed, produced and toured landmark, award-winning plays by women. Since 1983, Nightwood has presented FemCab, the only cabaret in town where politics and art come together in an irreverent, humourous and shameless celebration of women’s success!

Thursday, March 29, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Ticket price: $25.00
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Tickets are available in advance by calling Nightwood Theatre at 416.944.1740 ext. 5

Monday, March 26, 2012

Honeycomb Way - The Sweet Sounds of the World Stage March 28 in Toronto

From a media release:

HONEYCOMB WAY
The Sweet Sounds of The World Stage
JANE MALLETT THEATRE, MARCH 28, 2012 - 8pm

Grammy winner Frank London (the Klezmatics) & internationally renowned Iraqi-Israeli, Yair Dalal join forces with Canadian supergroup of world music talent!
Waleed Abdulhamid, Aviva Chernick, Rick Shadrach Lazar
Lenka Lichtenberg, Demetrios Petsalakis, Debashis Sinha, Maryem Tollar


[Toronto ON]  The world is simply a better place for music. All music. The Koffler Centre of the Arts knows this and is all about fostering cultural collaboration – knowing that a platform of understanding between cultures is essential to bridging gaps between us, setting the stage for greater appreciation of our similarities and our differences.

Honeycomb Way: A Musical Journey into the Sacred is a project of the Koffler celebrating Jewish musical expression in innovative ways – and this is exactly what will take place on Wednesday, March 28 at 8pm at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

World-renowned musicians, Yair Dalal (an Israeli of Iraqi-Jewish descent) and New York-based Frank London (The Klezmatics) will spend a week in residence at the Koffler Centre of the Arts for the purpose of collaborating with a diverse group of top Toronto musicians to explore and create new music together – to be premiered at this grand, not-to-be-missed event.

This unique coming together of many cultural perspectives will present a marriage of Middle Eastern and Eastern European Jewish music together with Canadian perspectives to create a truly global result. As part of their residency, Dalal and London will also offer public talks and master classes and will meet with students across the GTA. The master class participants will join the core nine-piece ensemble on stage at the St. Lawrence Centre performance – truly bringing community together through music.

World music at its finest and most spontaneous will come together as Dalal – known for his compositions incorporating violin, oud and vocals drawing on Iraqi-Jewish music and the sounds of the Bedouins – and trumpeter London – a prolific composer and player in many projects, notably the Grammy-winning group The Klezmatics and Hasidic New Wave – collaborate with a who’s who of Canadian talent to form the Honeycomb Way ensemble: including five time Percussionist of the Year (Jazz Report Magazine), Rick Shadrach Lazar (Montuno Police; Samba Squad); Lenka Lichtenberg – a composer and vocalist originally from Prague who sings in Yiddish, English, Czech, French, and Hebrew; Demetrios Petsalakis – a Greek-born, player of multiple stringed instruments (oud, electric guitar, bouzouki); Debashis Sinha – a South Asian-Canadian world percussionist, noted electronica pioneer and video artist; Waleed Abdulhamid – versatile multi-instrumentalist and film-maker with deep roots in his Sudanese birthplace and the surrounding musics of Egypt, Syria and Kuwait; Aviva Chernick – powerful lead singer of the Juno-nominated Jaffa Road who specializes in Balkan Ladino repertoire and composes contemporary prayer; Maryem Tollar – an Egyptian-born Canadian vocalist and qanun player who specializes in traditional Arabic music as well as original compositions.

The possibilities are endless as Honeycomb Way blends rich Jewish musical traditions with the influence of other world cultures, rhythms and sounds to create something unique and powerful for this special once-in-lifetime performance.

The repertoire for this world premiere will draw on Jewish spiritual music that is not widely known or understood, even in the Jewish community. The core material will be new interpretations of piyyutim (liturgical poems set to music) and nigunim (spiritual melodies) but you don’t need to be Jewish (any more than you have to be Christian to enjoy Gospel) to be moved by the end result – a one-of-a-kind coming together of musical minds. Join these two world music master musicians and a diverse Canadian cast and your soul will be lifted and stirred regardless of your background – and you’ll leave with an enhanced appreciation for the world we live in.

Which is the point – and a promise.

HONEYCOMB WAY
The Sweet Sounds of The World Stage

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St E, Toronto
Wed March 28, 2012 - 8:00pm
$20-$45  416-366-7723 


About the Koffler Centre of the Arts
Koffler Centre of the Arts is Canada's only cutting-edge contemporary, multidisciplinary Jewish cultural institution. It has a broad mandate to serve all, and present a wide range of artistic programs through a global lens in a specifically Canadian context.

Indie Film: Lovers in a Dangerous Time Opens in Toronto April 6

Review:
KINOSMITH  presents
LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS TIME
A film by Mark Hug and May Charters  

• Opens in Toronto Friday April 6, 2012, at AMC Yonge & Dundas for a one week run


Two little kids play in a leafy yard, a boy and a girl aimlessly yet happily wandering in search of backyard adventures.

Allison Adamson is the small town girl who supposedly made good - and who we see getting fired from her book illustration gig shortly after the opening credits. Todd Timmins is the boy who stayed behind to mind the apple and cherry farm with Dad while his younger brother went on to fame, fortune and glory in the NHL. They meet again at the 10 year high school anniversary, that slippery point between leaving childhood behind definitively and the beginnings of an adult life that doesn't seem so promising.

Lovers in a Dangerous Time seems almost an overstatement as a title - the "danger" here is subtle and nuanced. After a drunken sexual encounter between the two that ends embarassingly, Allison and Todd decide to simply slip back into their childhood mode of playful companionship, and leads May Charters and Mark Hug have a nice onscreen chemistry that lights up the heart of the story.

In its gentle and unhurried way, the film tackles those big "real life" questions. The pair of them get along famously as long as they're in their childhood world of just two; when real life intrudes, it brings more awkward moments and a distance between them. Can their relationship survive in the adult world, where sometimes dreams have to be abandoned and the demands of rent and bills have to be fulfilled?

The directors integrated their filming into an actual, real-life, 10-year high school reunion with eight placed actors, four cameras and no second takes, all in the spirit of giving the film a sense of realness. This keen passion for honest and true to setting storytelling earned Mark and May, "The Maverick Award" at its Method Fest Premiere in Los Angeles. Following that, the film went on to win several awards, some of which include, "Best Canadian Feature Film," at the Okanagan International Film Festival, and the "People's Choice Award," from the Calgary International Film Festival.

Mark Hug and May Charters are solid as the leads. Mark in particular brings a subtle approach in his portrayal of Todd's pained frustration - the guy who has to get up at dawn to tend the fruit trees while rich, successful younger brother Bobby parties on a rented houseboat. Mark Wiebe is believable as Bobby, the brother who's resentful of apologizing for his success, but some of the other supporting cast are a little wooden at times. The town of Creston, B.C. stars as itself with pretty, hilly scenery that changes through the seasons.

It's an understated film about growing up and facing the realities of the adult world - that moment when you realize a lot of it does kind've suck, but there may still be hope out there if you've got the guts to move forward.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Free Download: A Tribe Called Red Debut CD

From a media release:

A Tribe Called Red
Available for F R E E (March 27th 2012) on www.atribecalledred.com


“The first time we heard Canada-based DJ collective A Tribe Called Red’s dubstep mixes of Native American drum circles, we knew something really cool was going on in Ottawa…they are the originators of a new sound” – MTV

“ It’s an urban aboriginal experience that is not only building buzz on blogs and MTV, but is also focusing attention on a traditional form of music that doesn’t exactly get mainstream radio airplay.” – The National Post

OTTAWA - Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound. Made up of three members – two-time Canadian DMC Champion DJ Shub, DJ NDN and Bear Witness – the group has created a signature style called powwowstep, a mix of traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music.

DJ Bear Witness doubles as the crew’s visual artist and creates stunning, political and sometimes humorous videos that incorporate film and pop culture references to native people and reclaim the aboriginal image. They’re known for creating and running the Electric Pow Wow events in Ottawa, which showcased native talent and aboriginal culture, alongside an open and wild party, and are, in a sense, the most recent evolution of the pow wow event.



Since starting out in late 2010, A Tribe Called Red has gained popularity not only within urban club scenes, but also with the youth on many native reservations. Within a couple years, they became the face of Urban Native youth renaissance, proudly championing their heritage while being on top of popular music, fashion and art.

A Tribe Called Red is ATCR’s first album to date and shows the diversity of their production skills, sounds and inspirations including Jamaican music, Hip-Hop, Electronica and of course cries songs and native music.

It contains some outstanding songs like “General Generations”, the result of a collaboration with UCLA’s ethnomusicology department. The track is a reinterpretation of an early XXe cylinder recording of a singer who might be Dj Shub’s great grand-father. “Woodcarver” was written in memoriam of John T. Williams, a Native woodcarver shot by Seattle’s police with no charge being pressed against the guilty officer.

Track List:
01 Electric PowWow Drum
02 Look At This
03 PowWowzers ft Northern Cree and Clarence Two Toes
04 Nothern Cree – Red Skin Girl (ATCR Remix)
05 Woodcarver
06 Good to Go
07 Munchi – Shottas (ATCR Soca Core remix)
08 Native Puppy Love
09 MoombahWow
10 Intertribal n1
11 General Generations

Pulitzer Prize Winning Clybourne Park - Previews From March 26

From a media release:

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING
C L Y B O U R N E    P A R K
ON BROADWAY

16 WEEK LIMITED-ENGAGEMENT BEGINS PREVIEWS ON MARCH 26, 2012 AT THE WALTER KERR THEATRE
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR APRIL 19, 2012


Get Clybourne Park Tickets

New York, NY
– Clybourne Park will open on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Thursday, April 19 (preview performances begin on March 26) for a limited 16-week engagement.
 
Tickets can be purchased via telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200/(800) 432-7250.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London’s Olivier award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is the wickedly funny and fiercely provocative new play about race, real estate and the volatile values of each. 

Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart.  Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park, under the direction of Pam MacKinnon, received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in 2010 and just completed a critically acclaimed pre-Broadway engagement at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

The original cast will move to the Walter Kerr Theatre including Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, Christina Kirk, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos and Frank Wood.  The design team features Daniel Ostling (sets), Ilona Somogyi (costumes), Allen Lee Hughes (lights), and John Gromada (sound).

Tickets, which range from $50.00 to $127.00 (premium seating ranges from $137.00 to $199.00) are available via telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200/(800) 432-7250. Groups of 10 or more can be purchased through telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6262 in New York or (800) 432-7780 outside the NY Metro area.

Olivier Choinière's Bliss Gets Toronto English Premiere March 27 to April 8

From a media release:

Candles are for Burning in association with
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents
BLISS
by Olivier Choinière
translated by Caryl Churchill
March 27 - April 8, 2012

TORONTO - Céline Dion speaks through an Oracle to a group of Wal-Mart employees. She takes us on a journey from her triumphant farewell concert to the bedroom of her number one fan, who has spent most of her life chained to the bed by her family. Just in time for Céline Dion’s return to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, a chilling tale of celebrity’s dark side from one of one of the most exciting voices in Canadian theatre. Buddies in Bad Times is thrilled to partner with up-and-coming company Candles are for Burning to present Olivier Choinière’s internationally-acclaimed play, Bliss. Featuring a stellar team of artists from both French and English Canada, the production has been earning critical acclaim since its debut at the 2010 SummerWorks Festival.

A DISTURBING DISSECTION OF OUR CELEBRITY-OBSESSED CULTURE
Just in time for Céline Dion’s return to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, a chilling tale of celebrity’s dark side from one of the most exciting voices in Canadian theatre. Buddies in Bad Times is thrilled to partner with up-and-coming company Candles are for Burning to present Olivier Choinière’s internationally-acclaimed play, Bliss. Featuring a stellar team of artists from both French and English Canada, the production has been earning critical acclaim since its debut at the 2010 SummerWorks Festival.

As four Wal-Mart employees lovingly recount the details of Céline Dion’s farewell concert, their story becomes dark and violent tales of a miscarriage, a young woman who has been chained to the bed by her abusive family, and a woman who has literally turned herself inside out. Choinière’s script masterfully blends these stories to point where the glamour of a pop star and the horrors of abuse are indistinguishable. As each story mirrors the others, we begin to see the darker side of our insatiable appetite for the private lives of public figures, and the underlying mythic origins of these desires.

INSPIRED BY THE TRUE STORY OF ISABELLE COTE
Bliss is inspired by the true story of Isabelle Cote, who was held prisoner by her family and raped repeatedly by her father and brothers over a seventeen-year period. After battling years of abuse and a protracted struggle with cancer, Isabelle died of heat stroke in 2002. Her death startled the town of Sherbrooke, and the ensuing trial made headlines throughout Quebec and across Canada. Choinière interweaves the stories of Isabelle and Celine to demonstrate in frightening detail the extremes of celebrity and voyeurism, and investigate how we, as a society, deal with these horrific events.

CHOINIÈRE’S INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED SCRIPT PREMIERES IN ENGLISH CANADA
First presented in 2007 at Theatre La Liscorne in Montreal, the text was later translated by renowned British playwright Caryl Churchill for a production at London’s prestigious Royal Court Theatre. Praised in the UK as “a small bombshell” (The Guardian) and an “unbelievably clever psycho-drama” (The Telegraph), this will be the first professional production of Choiniere’s internationally-acclaimed script in English Canada. Since graduating from the National Theatre School in 1996, Choinière has become one of the most prolific playwrights of his generation, penning over 15 works for the stage, including the Governor General’s Award nominated Le Bain des Raines.

The current production of Bliss was first staged at the National Theatre School, when director Steven McCarthy was a student in their directing program. The play went on to become a sleeper hit at the 2010 SummerWorks Festival – winning the Canadian Stage Award for Best Direction and recognized for Outstanding Design, Production, Ensemble, and Direction by Now Magazine – and recently playing at Centaur’s Wildside Festival in Montreal. This production marks the second time in as many years that Buddies brings an important contemporary text to Toronto audiences (the first being the English Canadian premiere of Sarah Kane’s Blasted).

Images:
• Trent Pardy, Jean-Robert Bourdage, and France Rolland - photo by James Lavoie
• Delphine Bienvenu by Tanja Tiziana


Candles are for Burning in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre present 
BLISS
by Olivier Choinière
translated by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Steven McCarthy
Featuring Delphine Bienvenu, Jean-Robert Bourdage, Trent Pardy and France Rolland
Set and Costume Designer James Lavoie
Sound Designer Diane Labrosse
Lighting Designer Andrea Lundy
Previews March 27, 28 – Opens March 29 – Closes April 8
Runs Tues-Sat 8:00pm, Sun 2:30pm
Tickets PWYC - $33 (full price list available online)
Tickets available online at totix.ca
Box Office 416-975-8555
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12, Alexander Street, Toronto ON

Tarragon Theatre Toronto Presents Was Spring March 27 to May 6

From a media release:

TARRAGON PRESENTS TORONTO PREMIERE OF DANIEL MACIVOR'S WAS SPRING
Starring Clare Coulter, Caroline Gillis and Jessica Moss
March 27 to May 6, 2012


"All that wasted time. There is no time to waste."


Toronto - Tarragon Theatre is pleased to present the Toronto premiere of Was Spring, written and directed by the multi-talented, award-winning playwright, director, actor and filmmaker, Daniel MacIvor.

Was Spring previews from March 27, opens Wednesday April 4 and runs to May 6 in Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space. Tickets range from $24-$51 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling the box office at 416.531.1827 or by visiting www.tarragontheatre.com

Three women clash over a tragic event in their past. Somewhere in the pain there is love, somewhere in tragedy there is meaning but when you've been betrayed by your own dreams and a lifetime's worth of guilt, can you still find it? Together, Kit (Jessica Moss), Kath (Caroline Gillis) and Kitty (Clare Coulter), attempt to reconnect and are reminded winter eventually leads to spring. Was Spring is a powerful exploration of the stories we are afraid to tell.

One of Canada's best known playwrights, and currently a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon, Daniel MacIvor has written and directed numerous award-winning productions since he began creating theatre in 1986. MacIvor's previous productions at Tarragon include Communion (2010), A Beautiful View (009), How It Works (2007) and Somewhere I Have Never Travelled (1988).

Was Spring showcases a powerful cast of three fine actresses: Clare Coulter as Kitty (last seen at Tarragon in Good Bones by Margaret Atwood, directed by Urjo Kareda in 1999); Caroline Gillis as Kath (Tarragon: After Akhmatova; Daniel MacIvor's Communion, A Beautiful View, How It Works, Somewhere I Have Never Travelled) and Jessica Moss as Kit (Tarragon debut).

Tarragon Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of
WAS SPRING
Written & Directed by Daniel MacIvor
Starring Clare Coulter, Caroline Gillis and Jessica Moss
Set Design and Lighting by Kimberly Purtell
Costume Design by Shawn Kerwin
Sound Design by Verne Good

Opens April 4 and runs to May 6, 2012 (Previews from March 27)
Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto

Tuesday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2:30pm, Saturday matinees March 10, 17 and 24 at 2:30pm.
Tickets range from $24-$51 (discounts for students, seniors and groups).
For tickets, call the box office at 416.531.1827 or visit www.tarragontheatre.com

Friday, March 23, 2012

3rd Annual Women of Excellence in the Arts - March 26 in New York City


From a media release:

THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE HOSTS ITS THIRD ANNUAL EVENING WITH WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS
Monday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

NEW YORK CITY -
In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Riverside Theatre — in partnership with City University of New York (CUNY) — will host its Third Annual Evening with Women of Excellence in the Arts event, acknowledging the profound contribution that women have made in entertainment and their anticipation of greater empowerment, involvement, and impact on the nation.  The town hall-style program will take place on Monday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Theatre, located in the historic Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights.

The program, hosted by Image Activist/Founder of The MAD Free Conversation Project, Michaela Angela Davis, will feature the perspectives of prominent women in entertainment from around the country.  Program panelists include: Tony Award® winning actress Lillias White; legendary rhythm and blues artist Melba Moore; Black Girls Rock CEO, Beverly Bond, radio personality Malikha Mallette; casting director for the Oscar-nominated film “Precious” and the forthcoming film “Sparkle,” starring Whitney Houston, Winsome Sinclair; and successful producer (“VH1’s Love & Hip Hop”) and CEO of multimedia firm Monami Entertainment (Missy Elliott, Jim Jones), Mona Scott-Young.  The accomplished group will come together for a dialogue focusing on the historic relevance of women in entertainment, their personal stories, the issues facing American women, and society’s global connection with women worldwide.

• Doors open at 6:00 p.m. sharp and tickets are $20.00 for the panel discussion only, $35.00 for the panel discussion and special VIP reception. 
• The VIP reception will include hors d’oeuvres, dessert and refreshments. 
• Tickets may be purchased at The Riverside Theatre box office, by phone at 212-870-6784 or online
• All proceeds will help support the Theatre’s programs.


Originally named the Cloister Theatre, The Riverside Theatre — founded in 1960 and located at the historic Riverside Church — produces work that promotes and deepens cultural and social awareness.  Highlights from the previous seasons have included: the Katherine Dunham Tribute; the Clark Terry Tribute hosted by the late Ossie Davis, with special guests Bill Cosby, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Nicholas Payton and Jon Faddis; and the screening of The Rise & Fall of Jim Crow, in collaboration with Thirteen WNET.

THIRD ANNUAL EVENING WITH WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS
MONDAY, MARCH 26
7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. (PANEL DISCUSSION); DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 P.M.
9:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. (VIP RECEPTION)

THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE
91 CLAREMONT AVE. (BET. 120TH & 122ND ST.)
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Toronto World Premiere: Cahoots Theatre's SIA March 24 to April 15

From a media release:

WORLD PREMIERE OF CAHOOTS THEATRE COMPANY'S
SIA BY MATTHEW MACKENZIE
March 24 – April 15, 2012
Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street

TORONTO, ON
- Cahoots Theatre Company, founded on February 11, 1986, celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of SIA, by recent National Theatre School of Canada graduate Matthew MacKenzie, playing March 24 to April 15, 2012 in the Factory Studio Theatre. The opening night is Tuesday, March 27.

Company Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino directs the young cast of TV and stage performing artists: Jajube Mandiela (Chantay Black in CTV/Muchmusic’s Degrassi:The Next Generation; Yolande in Disney’s Jump In!; Theatre Direct’s Binti’s Journey; Canadian Stage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as the title character,“Sia Wonleh;” Thomas Olajide (National Arts Centre’s Oliver!and Belfry Theatre/NAC’s And Slowly Beauty; Theatre Direct’s Binti’s Journey; Obsidian Theatre’s Ruined; Canadian Stage’s The Winter’s Tale) as “Saa Abraham Wonleh;” and, Brendan McMurtry-Howlett (Gesumtkunstwerk/NYC’s …and stockings for the ladies; Canadian Stage’s The Winter’s Tale and Canadian Stage/Studio 180’s The Overwhelming; NextStage’s Dora Mavor Moore Award-nominated The Apology; CTV/Muchmusic’sDegrassi:The Next Generation; Fox’s Nikita) as “Nicholas Summers.”            

"SIA is a Canadian story about our First World views of Africa - the beauty and kindness of our sensibility but also the cruelty and ugliness of our illusions," says Aquino, "Matthew's stark, honest take - that we want to save the world, but don't really know how - is that we are hostages of our own entitlement." The day Canadian volunteer Nick Summers is scheduled to fly home from Ghana, he wakes up hung over and tied to a chair. His new friend, Abraham, a former child soldier from Liberia, has taken him hostage in a desperate bid to stop a war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court. If Abraham does not succeed, Nick will not survive. This is the story of how personal choices can have global consequences.

This fast-paced show runs 90 minutes, with no intermission.

SIA 
at Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street
Directed by Nina Lee Aquino
Featuring Jajube Mandiela, Brendan McMurtry-Howlett and Thomas Olajide
Set & Costume Design by Lindsay Anne Black
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Sound Design by Reza Jacobs
Stage Managed by Kai-Yueh Chen
Production Manager and Technical Director: Douglas J. Morum

• For tickets call 416.504.9971 or visit TIXHUB

Previews: March 24 @ 8pm, March 25 @ 2:30pm
The opening night, on Tuesday, March 27, is also a fundraiser for Cahoots with tickets at $60 per person ($30 tax deductable receipt).  These tickets are available by emailing sandra@cahoots.ca
Evenings: Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm
Matinees: Saturday – Sunday @ 2:30 pm (Sunday PWYC)
Tickets: $11.50 – $30.00

Cahoots Theatre Company is dedicated to the creation, development and production of new works that investigate the complexities of Canada’s cultural diversity, and examine the intersections of these cultures. Diversity is more than race, nation of origin and ethnicity. It also encompasses gender, sexuality, ability, language and class.

SIA playwright Matthew MacKenzie and producer Sandra Lefrancois travelled to Liberia in November-December 2011 with the generous support of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts' TRIP, the Canada Council for the Arts' Theatre International Program and the National Theatre School's Cultural and Artistic Leadership Program (CALP). To find out more about this initiative, read Matt's blog posts. A very successful workshop of SIA was held with Liberian artists in partnership with the Liberian Dance Troupe. This partnership laid the groundwork for taking Cahoots' production of SIA to Liberia.

Women Composers Over Six Centuries: Soprano Willsonia Boyer March 25 in New York City


From a media release:

Willsonia Boyer In Recital
Sunday, March 25  |  6:30pm

Merkin Concert Hall, New York City

Willsonia Boyer, Soprano
Marijo Newman, piano

A Women's History Month concert featuring women composers.

NEW YORK CITY -
B Arts Presenter cordially invites you to hear acclaimed soprano Willsonia Boyer. She will perform a concert of music by women composers whose work spans six centuries.

Tickets available online

WILLSONIA BOYER, soprano, performs both as an opera singer and as a concert artist.

Presented by the Hans and Rosy Epstein Memorial Committee, Ms. Boyer made her New York recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall to critical acclaim. Operatic appearances include engagements with New York City Opera, Bregenz Festspiele, Virginia Opera, The Bronx Opera, and New Jersey Concert Opera and performance venues include Europe and South America, as well as the United States.

Operatic roles include the title role of Aida, Serena in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Helen in Schubert’s The Conspirators, the Countess and Sandrina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and La Finta Giardiniera, respectively.  In addition, Ms. Boyer has appeared with the New Jersey Concert Opera in the title role of Tosca and as Helmwige in Die Walküre  in 2006,  in New York City Opera’s premier of Margaret Garner  in 2007 and in Sherry Boone’s and Sean Jeremy Palmer’s Ellen Craft in 2009.

Concert engagements include the inaugural concert of the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Virginia, a series of all-Mozart recitals given under the auspices of the Friends of Mozart Society, opera excerpts with the Petersburg (VA) Symphony Orchestra and guest appearances with the Ars Musica Chorale of New Jersey and with the Hodie Ensemble of New York.

An active recitalist, Ms. Boyer has appeared in concert throughout the eastern United States. B. Art Presenter presented Ms. Boyer in a celebratory tribute to Dorothy Maynor at Merkin Concert Hall in 2010 and will again present Ms. Boyer at Merkin Concert Hall in an all-women composer concert on March 25, 2012.

Tickets are $50. Discounts for seniors and groups of six or more $40. Members of women's organizations $30. For tickets and more information call the Merkin Concert Hall Box Office at 212.501.3330 or visit the box office at 129 W. 67th Street.

Hard Rocking Rockyard at Canadian Music Week March 23 & Upcoming Dates

From a media release:

PROGRESSIVE BAND ROCKYARD ROCKS HARD
– CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK SHOWCASE FRIDAY, MARCH 23  @ THE HIDEOUT, 484 QUEEN ST. WEST
The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W, Toronto, Ontario
Friday, March 23  @ 3:00 am (last call at 4am)
TICKETS: $10 or CMW wristband

TORONTO –
Emerging band-to-watch ROCKYARD will showcase their hard-rocking progressive style at this year’s Canadian Music Week. The Hideout, Toronto’s popular loud venue, will be busting with Rockyard fever at 3 am! Located at 484 Queen St. West, concertgoers can hit the Hideout to catch the band before last call at 4am.  

ROCKYARD is as raging as it is refreshing. This Toronto-based band of four can blow the roof off with their talent and presence. With apt descriptions such as "high-energy and face-melting virtuosity", their performances – tight as a Tuesday drunk – hinge on material with provocative, intense lyrics that are inspiring and innovative, while remaining accessible and familiar. Their blistering guitar riffs, courtesy of Conor Brown, Jay Sussman's soul-crushing drum grooves, the thunderous bass lines emanating from Xandir Glazkov and the soaring vocals of Matt Warry-Smith all combine to create a highly unique and memorable sound.

In the summer of 2011, ROCKYARD released their self-titled four-track EP to a packed house at Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto. One fan remarked after the concert, "...there were a couple of moments where things felt totally off the ground, like the world was actually splintering and breaking apart, which is what rock is all about." The track titles alone – “Smash”, “Bondage”, “Fractal”, “Wandering” – are a good indication of the intensity of the music. Continually pushing their limits as both performers and composers, ROCKYARD’s intelligent and explosive creations feed an insatiable musical hunger.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:
March 23 @ 3:00 am – Canadian Music Week @ The Hideout, $10 or CMW wristband
April 12 @ 10:00 pm – The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W, Toronto – no cover
May 25 @ 10:00 pm – The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W, Toronto – no cover
June 28 @ 10:00 pm – The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W, Toronto – no cover

Free MP3 Download: Argentine Rockers Banda de Turistas 'Amigos'


From a media release:

New Release: ‘Ya’ from Argentine rockers Banda de Turistas
(February 28, 2012 from Nacional Records)
Free download


‘Ya’ from Argentine rockers Banda de Turistas (released February 28, 2012 from Nacional Records), the highly anticipated follow-up to their U.S. debut Magical Radiophonic Heart, which earned the band a Latin GRAMMY nomination.

On ‘Ya’, the critically acclaimed retro rock group that Jon Pareles of the New York Times described as “mid-1960s garage rock and psychedelic,” takes post-punk, garage rock and avant-garde to new heights.

• FREE mp3 download of “Amigos”:    



               

Banda de Turistas formed in 2006 when the 5 artists were only 18 years old and quickly turned heads across their hometown of Buenos Aires. The retro rock group soon caught the ear of local rock icon Babasonicos frontman Adrian Dargelos as well as Pulp’s legendary vocalist Jarvis Cocker, who asked them to open several shows in Buenos Aires. Banda de Turistas made their US debut later at New York City’s iconic Mercury Lounge and have continued gathering a passionate fanbase across the Americas.

• The new album from Argentine retro rockers Banda de Turistas ‘Ya’ was released February 28, 2012 in the US, available now at iTunes for only $5.99!

Having earned Latin GRAMMY nominations for their previous album Magical Radiophonic Heart, Banda de Turistas takes post-punk and indie rock to new heights, with subtle electronic textures and hummable melodies, on their new release ‘Ya’.

Monday, March 19, 2012

An Interview with Innovative Electronica Artist Tunde Olaniran

With some material from a media release:

An Interview with Innovative Electronica Artist Tunde Olaniran

Tunde, an artist is part of a new wave of entertainers who no longer accept to be boxed in musically.

During the day, Tunde Olaniran is a social activist; at night, he commands the stage, striving to push the electro sound. During every new performance,he transforms into a music maven singing quietly over a spare Casio keyboard, 808 backed by 2 alien-looking female dancers.

As a child, Tunde lived in Germany, Nigeria, and England before settling in Flint, MI for his late adolescence. He toured Europe (France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia), sharing the stage with acts like Switch, Ebony Bones, Diplo, XXXChange, and Jahcoozi.With the mixture of the eclectic music surrounding him and drawing influences from Santigold and Missy Elliott,  In March 2010, he released the first part of a 3 EP series “The First Transgressions” (via Exchange Bureau) with music videos landing on MTV.
   
Q: I've watched some of your videos, and I'd agree with the people who describe your performances as "eclectic" - How did you come up with your unique style? Was there an evolution or did all the influences come together seamlessly?

A: I really believe in doing the most that you can do with the materials and resources you have. Aesthetically, I’m trying to communicate my inner life to an audience. Whether that comes through a set list, a specific cover song, the way costumes are styled, movement and choreography, it’s all kind of meant to serve the same end, you know?

I think in the past two years, the way I stage a performance has gotten more intentional, just because I’ve stopped performing with a full band and stepped up to perform my solo material. So, it’s just me now, and the feedback I’ve gotten on the live show is always overwhelmingly positive.

Q: Do you handle all aspects of your performances (i.e. lighting design, costume, etc.) yourself or do you work with other people?

A: Yes, in terms of my performances (makeup, costuming, lighting, choreography, arrangement), it’s all my concept. I work with wonderful dancers who can always help bring my choreography to life, and add SO much energy, mystery and drama to the performance. As far as the lighting, I’ll often have something I created (LED wreaths) or have controlled by remote during a show. I think even if I had the resources one day to hire a lighting director, I’d be very much involved in the design.



Q: How do you describe your style - in your own words?

A: Musically, I’d say it’s afro-club electronica, with twinges of rock (punk/metal) and pop. It draws from a lot of deep wells, influence-wise.

Q: How do you come up with a treatment for an individual song - what comes first, words, music, rhythm..?

A: For me, it’s often a small sample of something. So, often it’s a really incredible drum sample, or a synth voice that I use to create a melodic line, or maybe a certain phrase. So, with Cobra, for example, I had this crazy snare (that you hear at the top of the track), and a phrase: “White flag in my left/Gun in my right hand.”

Egyptian Film: Yousry Nasrallah's Scheherezade, Tell Me A Story Available on DVD

From a media release:

Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story Now Available on DVD!

Director: Yousry Nasrallah
From: Egypt
Year: 2009
Minutes: 135
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: fiction
Original title: Ehky Ya Schahrazad


This "bold and brave" (Variety) drama from Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah is a tale ripped from the headlines, and yet a clever reference to the myths and lore of the Middle East.

Cairo, today. Hebba, a television show host, presents a successful political talk show on a privately owned network. Karim, her husband, is deputy editor in chief of a government-owned newspaper. His ambition is to become editor in chief. He is led to believe by the party leaders, that his wife’s constant meddling with opposition politics could put his promotion in danger. Using his boyish charm and sexual prowess, he convinces Hebba to stay away from politics, and devote her program to social issues for which the government cannot be held responsible. She starts a series of talk shows around issues involving women. She listens to the stories of resilient, strong women, who, like Scheherazade in “A Thousand and One Nights”, tell their stories to stay alive. Hebba knows, of course, that women’s issues are political. But she could not imagine up to which extent. Gradually, she finds herself walking in a minefield of abuse, sexual, religious, social and political repression that lead to the break-up of her marriage. From storyteller, Hebba herself becomes a story.

“More than 70 percent of Egyptian households depend on women’s work. Rather than accept this reality, and accordingly accept women as equals, society is constantly pressuring women into showing more submission” writes Yousry Nasrallah in his production notes. “Formally, this paradox has allowed me to restore (and subvert) a link with a wonderful tradition in Egyptian Cinema: the superb melodramas and the gorgeous women, who allowed audiences to emote, think and enjoy films for over a hundred years.”

Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto Film Festival writes “Fluid, handsome and gorgeous to behold, Scheherazade, tell me a story is a polished piece of Egyptian storytelling – polished to an edge.  Nasrallah proves himself a master of compelling narrative that carries a strong social critique.  Provocative and audacious in its exploration of how men and women shape each other’s lives in today’s Cairo, Scheherazade, tell me a story marks an important addition to the canon of Egyptian cinema.”

DVD FEATURES:
2-DVD set
Includes the Egyptian feature Fallen Angels Paradise (Oussama Fawzi, 2000)  and the short Rotating Square (Ahmed Hassouna, 2002).

Ossama Fawzi's ghoulish satire, ''Fallen Angels Paradise,'' goes where few films have gone before by suggesting that life in society's lower depths can be a loathsome kind of utopia. [...] ''Fallen Angels Paradise'' exudes a randy, robust charm as it unapologetically thumbs its nose at respectability and everything the word implies. Stephen Holden  - New York Times

Danish-African Soul Pop: Nabiha Hits North America


From a media release:

NABIHA:
AWARD-WINNING DANISH-AFRICAN POP SOUL SINGER-SONGWRITER
MAKES HER GROUNDBREAKING PREMIERE ON US SOIL!
ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL CALLS NABIHA’S 2/21/12 LIVE US DEBUT “THE BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE WE’VE EVER HAD.”


In February 2010, Nabiha released her debut album  Cracks to critical acclaim. More Cracks, the revamped re-release came out in September of 2011. “Deep Sleep,” the first single from the album, premiered on MTVU and was named “Song of the Day” on international tastemaker site Popjustice. After non-stop live television and radio performances in Denmark, Germany, and Poland, “Deep Sleep” could be heard everywhere from television to radio to film.

FREE DOWNLOAD: NABIHA’S SOUL-INSPIRED POP GEM “DEEP SLEEP” REACHES NO. 3 ON DANISH AIRPLAY CHARTS!


MTV IGGY  raves, “Her sound is light-footed, fresh, and fun, with a Janelle Monae-esque flair for positive, fast-paced soul pop. Her voice is gorgeous, her hooks lush. It’s little wonder her debut album Cracks topped Danish charts, with her single “Deep Sleep”  going Gold.”

In the past few months alone, Nabiha has made appearances on all major television shows in Denmark, including Sports Awards 2012, as well as The Voice in Denmark. Additionally, she was asked by HRM Queen of Denmark to perform a Stevie Wonder Cover at her 40th Anniversary in front of all the European Royal Families.

Her music has been synced on television, with frequent features on  Mob Wives, Basketball Wives of LA, and VH1.

Leading Danish music magazine  GAFFA (equivalent to NME in the UK) claims, “Danish Nabiha with the African Roots was a strong and positive experience. She did two refreshing up-tempo songs style-wise around retro-soulish Amy Winehouse meets Duffy and modern style pluralists like M.I.A. and Santigold – and she really sang well. She’s gonna be big.”

KICK KICK SNARE  says, “Everything about her just makes me happy. ‘Never Played The Bass’ is super catchy, the video is adorable, she’s got great style, an amazing voice, and she’s already huge in Denmark! I have a feeling these Danish-African soul/pop tunes are going to sweep the nation faster than Tamagotchis.”

In 2011 alone she was invited to support James Morrison, Jason Derulo, Jamie Cullum, and Rasmus Seebach (Danish 10x Platinum selling artist) on their sold out tours in Denmark and Germany.

Nabiha is currently writing and recording her next album, due out in 2012. In the meantime, check out "Never Played The Bass", her latest single: