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Luxurious Beijing: Cours Et Pavillons

With material from a release: Luxurious Beijing: Cours Et Pavillons Old and new in perfect harmony, 21st-century boutique hotel in ancient hutong You can get a taste of the splendor of China's past in a stunning 21st century renovation in Cours Et Pavillons. The exquisite boutique hotel just opened in 2015 in a meticulously renovated mansion in the old part of Beijing. Cours Et Pavillons, main lobby A traditional hutong (laneway) mansion is built around a garden courtyard, as is Cours Et Pavillons. The renovation is a true marriage of authentic Chinese culture and contemporary style, creating seven courtyard residences.Giving visitors a glimpse of ancient China, Cours et Pavillons is brimming with character and wrapped up with exceptional service. With just seven rooms across two traditional courtyards, the hotel has a truly exclusive ambience. Cours Et Pavillons, superior room Step through the gates and into a peaceful, private world. The grounds are temple-like, an

AGO to host first Canadian solo exhibition of modernist pioneer Florine Stettheimer in 2017

From a media release: AGO to host first Canadian solo exhibition devoted to modernist pioneer Florine Stettheimer in 2017 Exhibition rediscovers a star of the 20th century modern art movement TORONTO — Painter, poet, designer and feminist are only a few of the words that describe the multifaceted early 20th-century artist Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944). A singular figure in modern art in the United States, Stettheimer is critically revered but remains largely unknown to a wider public. Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry, organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), and the Jewish Museum, New York, will introduce Stettheimer’s extraordinary work to Canadian audiences for the first time when it opens in Toronto on Oct. 21, 2017. Florine Stettheimer (American, 1871-1944). Heat, 1919. Oil on canvas, 50 x 36 1/2 in. (127.0 x 92.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Showcasing over 50 paintings and drawings, in addition to ballet and opera costume and set designs, the exhibition offers a

A marriage of coffee & art: LA MARZOCCO Presents in Toronto “ORIGIN” Fine Art Photography from Tanzania by JAKOB DE BOER From 24th November to December 1st 2016

From a media release: A marriage of coffee & art: LA MARZOCCO Presents in Toronto Exhibit  “ORIGIN” Fine Art Photography from Tanzania by JAKOB DE BOER From 24th November to December 1st 2016 at Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto   La Marzocco, the Florentine world leader in professional espresso coffee machines, is organizing its latest edition of OUT OF THE BOX , from 24th November to December 1st 2016 at Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto. TORONTO - At OUT OF THE BOX, the international community of the specialty coffee sector will encounter, through seminars and workshops, parallel cultural expressions as well, from visual arts to music. Mother and Child - Jakob de Boer ORIGIN, an exhibit with photos by renowned Canadian Photographer, JAKOB DE BOER, will be running 24th November to December 1st 2016 at Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto. De Boer, a Canadian artist, spent time last Spring at the SONGWA plantation, the seat of a non-profit endeavour in which La Marzocco participates. The Florentine c

CD Review: Electra Day - Quiet Hours (Independent - August 4, 2016)

CD Review: Electra Day - Quiet Hours (Independent - August 4, 2016) • Buy the CD For lovers of folk music, this solo effort by Electra Day will please with poetic lyrics and a sense of musical invention. The Quiet Hours project is actually intended as a two-CD release, with the second part planned for 2017. Electra Day is a traveler of the world who began writing songs more than a decade ago. An English lit grad, she began her travels right after university and they've taken her from the United States to Berlin to the Mohave Desert of southern California, the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia, the High Sierra Desert of northern New Mexico and then to the Midwest of the US in Fairfield IA. The songs on this CD are informed by all of those experiences. Electra has an expressive voice and it's her vocals, combined with a strong rhythmic pulse, that carries you through the tunes. Big Sky is a classic folk song that is brought to life by her open vocal approac

CD Review: Charity Ekeke - She (Independent - October 7, 2016)

With material from a media release: CD Review: Charity Ekeke - She (Independent - October 7, 2016) • Check it out on Soundcloud Having been a late starter in the world of music myself, I was interested to hear this CD from Nigerian-American singer songwriter Charity Ekeke. As a child growing up in her native Nigeria, whenever Charity got money as a gift, she'd save it up to buy songbooks that included such popsters of the 1960s and 70s as The Beatles, immy Reeves, Nat King Cole, Cliff Richards, The Everly Brothers and Tom Jones. You can hear those influences in classic pop song structures and melodies. The lyrics talk about issues affecting the people of the world today, in particular, women. Those words are combined with lush, multi-layered arrangements highlighted by retro hooks in the power pop vein. Don't Call Them is a sympathetic portrait of teenage mothers and sex workers, all wrapped up in a guitar driven pop-rock groove. Charity's voice is a rich, war

A Christmas CD with a Difference: A Colorful Christmas

From a media release: A Christmas CD with a Difference: A Colorful Christmas • Buy the CD A Colorful Christmas is a collection of Christmas songs, original and covers, in multiple genres by a diverse group of inspiring artists with different backgrounds breaking away from the suffocating categorization of the music industry. Includes internationally known bluesman Charlie Sayles, Tony Fazio, Scott Taylor, Richard Schletty, Greg Phillips, Subsidiarity, Braver Noise, Ken Wenzel, Andre Van Haren,  Jet and Chris Watling, Jane Kraemer and others.  Over a dozen originals and 7 traditional covers. Ranging from the festive to the devotional. The video for Reindeer Romp N Roll has been accepted for screening at the Cinematic Arts Film Festival, Los Angeles this December (see below). •  Digital download for sale now on the Fetal Records Store . Includes supplement Christmas Everyday by Scott Taylor which is not on the Physical CD or the digital purchase from other distributers. •

New Video - Builder of the House: Look At The Man

From a media release: New Video Builder of the House: Look At The Man Off the bands forthcoming LP, Ornaments, which will be released early 2017 Indie folk pop duo Builder of the House premiered their new video on pro-LGBTQ site NewNowNext who noted "As the country gets ready for another Republican presidency, a song about an gender outlaw seems all the more rebellious." Utilizing various strains of folk music Builder of the House welcome their listeners in from the cold digital world to enjoy a warm potpourri of all-embracing indie pop. ​ In 2011 Rob Cimitile moved to Portland, ME to recuperate from a rough breakup. There he reignited a relationship with his Martin guitar and began experimenting with his baritone voice which he left dormant for over three years, dismissing it when it failed to complement the grunge music he loved as a teen. But now, after soaking in some serious life experience and obtaining a Master’s degree in music composition, its warm tone f

NU MUSES 2017 Luxurious Fine Art Nude Calendar Now Available

From a media release: NU MUSES 2017 Luxurious Fine Art Nude Calendar Now Available 24 Fine Art Prints from Celebrated Photographer David Bellemere Available In Three Limited Edition NU MUSES 2017 Calendar Packages    “What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment” -Michelangelo • Buy the collections • Check them out at Art Basel, Miami - December 1-4, 2016 LOS ANGELES, Calif. – November 22nd, 2016 – NU MUSES, the luxurious 2017 fine art nude calendar, is now available to purchase in three unique limited edition collectors packages. Drawing inspiration from the Pirelli calendar of the 1970s, NU MUSES is set to celebrate the forgotten art of the classic nude and capture the elegance and romance of the female form. The NU MUSES limited edition art piece is a sublime collectable calendar, featuring nude photographs of 12 of the world’s most stunning models, captured by f

Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Opened

From a media release: Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Opened • Visit the Plaza • Discover What's On at the Concert Hall Toronto November 2016 – Before the first concerts take place in Hamburg’s newest landmark and concert hall on 11 and 12 January, the Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie marked its opening with a ceremony. The Plaza is a public observation deck situated between the former warehouse and the new glass structure. On 31 October, the keys to the building were handed over to the City of Hamburg by construction company Hochtief, thus officially ending the construction phase. Elphilharmonie Hamburg overlooking the harbour The opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg will take place on 11 and 12 January 2017. But Hamburg already gained a new attraction today: the Elbphilharmonie Plaza. The observation deck of the concert hall, which follows a public square concept, is located at a height of 37 metres between the historical brick warehouse foundation and the new glas

Jazz/Avant Garde/ArtRock - Name Your Price for Cuneiform Records: The Albums of 2016

From our friends at Cuneiform Records: #Jazz CD Cuneiform Records: The Albums of 2016 • It is now available to stream or download at a price of YOUR OWN choosing via Cuneiform's Bandcamp page While 2016 was notable as the nadir of American politics, marked by a level of discourse that dredged the gutter, 2016 was an especially bright year for high-quality music in the genres of both jazz and rock at Cuneiform. To commemorate and celebrate it, Cuneiform Records presents a sampler album, Cuneiform Records: The Albums of 2016. We invite you to listen to Cuneiform Records: The Albums of 2016 and explore the wide spectrum of music we recently released over the year. Each track by each artist is unique; we invite you to sample all. And then, if you've not already done so, we hope that you'll listen to full albums by the artists who most appeal to you. This 15 song compilation album, Cuneiform Records: The Albums of 2016, features over 80 minutes of simply great and utt

Ivorian reggae legend Tiken Jah Fakoly in New York November 23rd 2016

From a media release: Ivorian reggae legend;  Tiken Jah Fakoly in New York November 23rd 2016 at the Gramercy Theatre • Buy tickets • Buy the CD Tiken is a messianic son of Africa standing out as the spokesman for millions of young African people, joining the lineage of  Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, "the voice for those without voices.“  As the giant of African Reggae, “Racines” is the natural evolution of a man paying homage to the Reggae Greats.   Tiken Jah Fakoly by C. Youri Racines is a tribute to the Reggae classics that Tiken carried with him since his childhood, the ones his big brother used to play on his turntable in his village, close to Odienné in northern Côte d’Ivoire. Jamaica and Africa are eternally linked together by their music, history, and people, and this album helps continue that link. The album features 11 covers from Bob Marley to Burning Spear, from Peter Tosh to Buju Banton, along with many guest stars including U-Roy, Max Romeo, Jah9 and K

New York Premiere: Theater, Poetry, Jazz, Hip Hop and more in 'Party People' - Ticket Special to December 11 2016

From a media release: New York Premiere PARTY PEOPLE By UNIVERSES: Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, William Ruiz aka Ninja Composed by UNIVERSES with Broken Chord Choreography by Millicent Johnnie Developed and Directed by Liesl Tommy Now playing thru December 11, 2016 at The Public Theater, New York City A BREAKTHROUGH SHOW ABOUT THE ACTIVISTS THAT BROKE THROUGH UNIVERSES, the award-winning ensemble known for their fusion of theater, poetry, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros, makes their Public Theater premiere with an explosive new work about the complicated legacies of the original Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Org/Party. Developed and Directed by Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, The Urban Retreat). UNIVERSES created PARTY PEOPLE based on dozens of interviews with members of these ground-breaking, society-changing groups. PARTY PEOPLE imagines a present-day reunion at an art opening curated by two young counter culturalists; but the curators

EP Release: "Explicit Thoughts" from Tampa rock project Human Darts (Independent - October 25, 2016)

EP Release: "Explicit Thoughts" from  Tampa rock project Human Darts (Independent - October 25, 2016) • Buy the CD The Human Darts are a kind of moving target. They released an album in the late 1970s as a group of three friends who recorded the album and then simply went their separate ways. Even without a tour, the album went on to become a punk underground hit. From that point, The Human Darts became a group with shifting members and who sometimes played under different names -- with that classic punk drive as their signature sound. Dart bands in various forms toured the country from the Midwest to California and back. One of the original producers/writers who goes by Mr. Zelk tracked down the son of an original member in Shane Close and original guitarist John Arduser, who he found hitting wiffle balls over his house in St. Pete's, Florida. Adding other simpatico players to fill out the roster, the revamped 2016 version has released the EP Explicit Thoughts.

Finnish Art Rocker Marko von Konow - New Single 'Cosmic'

Single release: Marko von Konow: Cosmic (release date Oct 14, 2016) Album: Lieder Release date: Jan 13, 2017 Finnish artist Marko von Konow is a classically trained musician and visualist, with both talents on display in his latest single, Cosmic. It's the first single off his upcoming release, Lieder, set for January 2017. Marko has a sincere tenor that complements a song with a philosohpical bent. The come together in a pop arrangement that has its roots in 90s New Wave classics like Depeche Mode and other synth pop greats. There's an orchestral flair, with shades of glam rock in the mix. Vocals are delivered with cabaret-style theatrical flair and lyrics that cover the highs and lows of short, intimate encounters -- the quintessential hook ups of modern life. It's an approach that creates atmospheric music with a driving beat. The video takes an artistic approach in black and white, an artistic approach that emphasizes the song's melancholic mood rather tan

Christmas CD Review: Abigail Winzer: Rejoice (Independent: October 11th 2016)

CD Review: Abigail Winzer: Rejoice (Independent: October 11th, 2016) • Buy the CD If you're in the market for a Christmas album, you'll want to check out Abigail Winzer's debut release, "Rejoice". At 16 years old, Abigail has a beautifully clear soprano that is suited for the timeless repertoire of carols. Abigail sang in a church choir and trained at the Boston Conservatory at the age of 15. Her voice is complemented by unexpected arrangements that feature the duduk, Irish harp and other imaginative instrumentation such s Irish Whistle, soprano, alto and tenor recorder consort and lute as played by Celtic musician James Spalink.Award winning producer Michael Crittenden is reponsible for the atmospheric arrangements. Crittendon has worked with the likes Todd Rundgren, The Doobie Brothers, Hootie & the Blowfish, John McVey & Peter Frampton among others, and here he plays a variety of instruments including piano and acoustic guitar.International sacr