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Artist and Composer Mark Kostabi was born in Los Angeles in 1960 to Estonian immigrants. Raised in Whittier, California, he studied drawing and painting at California State University, Fullerton. Kostabi moved to New York in 1982, and by 1984, emerged as a leading figure in the East Village art scene where he cultivated a provocative media persona by publishing self-interviews reflecting on the commodification of contemporary art. By 1987, his work was widely exhibited in New York galleries as well as prominently throughout the United States, Japan, Germany and Australia. He inspired extensive international press coverage in 1988 when he founded Kostabi World, his Manhattan art studio, which employs numerous painting assistants and idea people. Beginning in the early 1990s Kostabi's work has been widely exhibited throughout Italy. Kostabi established a second home in Rome in 1996. Dividing his time between Rome and New York enabled him to dramatically enhance his presence in the Italian art scene.
Kostabi has designed album covers for Guns 'N' Roses (Use Your Illusion) and The Ramones (Adios Amigos), Jimmy Scott (Holding Back The Years), Seether (Holding Onto strings Better Left to Fray) and numerous products including a Swatch watch, a Bloomingdales bag, Alessi vases, Rosenthal espresso cups, and a Giro d'Italia pink jersey. Kostabi is the subject of numerous documentary films.Kostabi has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, A Current Affair, Nightwatch , The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Nonsolomoda, West 57th, CNN, MTV and numerous television programs throughout Europe and Japan.His permanent public works include a mural in Palazzo dei Priori in Arezzo, Italy, a large bronze sculpture in the central square of San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, and a bronze portrait of Pope John Paul II in Velletri, Italy. http://mkostabi.com
Few Gospel artists are blessed to be dubbed a “quadruple threat”. But then again, few artists have the talents of Restine Jackson. A singer, songwriter, producer and composer, Jackson has been doused with amazing musical gifts. But to box this blessed young man in with just four gifts gives a partial picture of this exceptional individual. The Washington, DC area-based psalmist is also known as a dynamic speaker, teacher, worship leader and motivational speaker. As the head of Restine Jackson & Grace, he’s appeared in concert with top names including Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Vickie Winans, Ricky Dillard & New G, Deitrick Haddon & The Voices of Unity and many others. Many were introduced to this musical sensation on television shows like BET’s Teen Summit and Bobby Jones Gospel. Many remember the artist from his national hit, “I Command My Soul To Bless The Lord." His current single is the memorable, laid-back track, “Nobody”. The single is from his forthcoming CD, I’m Free, his fourth musical effort. Popular Gospel Radio Announcers have hailed the new single with Liz Black calling it “refreshing” and Lee Michaels saying “‘NOBODY’ will be able to ignore this wonderful message”. Cheryl Jackson says, “I absolutely love it” and Lady Shaunte’ proclaims the track flaunts a “fresh sound with great lyrics”. He attended Morgan State University in Baltimore where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music Performance in Classical Piano and later a Masters of Arts Degree in Music Performance.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer, Robert Slap is a native of Detroit, Michigan. His music spans a wide spectrum of styles that include blues, rock, new age, jazz and film music. Born August 24, 1951, Slap grew up in the working class communities of Hamtramck and Roseville, learning to play trumpet at the age of 10. He played in his school concert and marching bands, and also performed with several drum and bugle corps. The classical training he received would benefit him later in life when pursuing a career as a music composer. By age 12, Robert’s interests were dominated by playing guitar (self taught) and tinkering with electronic equipment, radios, speakers, etc. Little did he know that these “hobbies” would determine the course of his life.His philosophy is, "Music is made to generate emotional response; life is a tapestry of ever-changing moods, colors, textures, and emotion. It reflects life and touches our souls' strings, pulling feelings out with passion into the open. It is the only medium through which I can truly express my innermost feelings."
Thasaint is an Independent writer/ producer/musician that has been self-producing and honing his craft for more than 25 years. He is an award winning Illustrative artist who not only creates by his hands but with his mind. Thasaint creates and produce music for just about any genre with more focus towards Smooth Jazz and Adult Contemporary R&B.
He released his first recording project to the public the end year of 2012 titled : "Love Confessions" and have since release six CD projects nonstop. Thasaint latest and seventh CD project is titled "Project Love"due for release the fall of November 2015.
.All of his music is available on ITunes, Amazon, Cd Baby and other digital music site where music is sold. He continues to build his sound and fan base with his ability to mix elements of Smooth Jazz, R&B and Adult Contemporary into a pleasing instrumental sounds that really haves no label but to make you "FEEL."CD's Released:
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The Movie Geeks are honored to welcome master film composer John Debney (No Strings Attached, Houdini) back to the show to discuss his illustrious career, and the new 10-year anniversary edition of his powerful score for The Passion of the Christ.
Plus, reviews of new releases including Foxcatcher, The Interview and Force Majeure, as well as discussions on the most anticipated releases of 2015, which television shows might work as feature films, and the best neo-noir films of the 1980s.
Over the past two decades, Edward Shearmur has demonstrated his ability to transcend comedy, action, thriller, and dramatic projects alike. His gift for capturing the spirit of family material and comedy can be found in such films as Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Jumping the Broom, Bride Wars, Blue Streak, College Road Trip and Miss Congeniality. His thrilling, heart-racing action scores can be found in The Count of Monte Cristo, Derailed, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels 2, Johnny English, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Cruel Intentions, Reign of Fire, K-Pax, The Skeleton Key, and Abduction. His tender, dramatic side was showcased beautifully in the film Mother and Child, and he won an Emmy Award for his theme to the Showtime series Masters of Horror. Shearmur’s most recent projects include scoring the ABC drama seriesDevious Maids from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and Rowan Joffe’s mystery thriller Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Coming up next for Shearmur is Peter Bogdanovich’s comedy She’s Funny That Way starring Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson and two projects directed by Iain Softley: the drama mini series The Outcast and the Blumhouse thriller Curve. Shearmur was born in London, sang in a boy’s choir, and studied at the Royal College of Music. He became Michael Kamen’s assistant in the ’90s, and broke out in a big way with the drama The Wings of the Dove, since establishing himself as a true renaissance composer.You can email your questions to email@example.com or follow us on Twitter @123Film
Party In The Back
Party In The Back is Cecil's homage to the R&B grooves that he grew up with, listened to and played as part of an R&B band on tour in the 80's. The album is a collection of 7 hook-laden original tunes and 3 covers of Cecil's favorite songs. Cecil invited some of his buddies to play on Party In The Back and the album features amazing guest performances by sax men Michael Lington, Darren Rahn, & Phil Denny; guitarist Adam Hawley; and pianist/producer Brian Culbertson playing synth solos on the new single "Remember The Time".
About Party In The Back, Cecil says, "I wanted to create an album that showed where my music is today, but still reflected where I came from. Playing casino gigs in the 80's with a 7-piece group was a unique experience; I have great memories of the music and musicians I met during that time. Hopefully, the album will take listeners on a fun trip back to where they were in the 80's."
When we last spoke to the inside/out beautiful Romain Collin, he was immersed in another project. That's the correct term: immersed. When listening to the way he offers music, there is the distinct feeling that Romain had nothing else on his mind but living the chords he was playing. You can almost see him: eyes closed, smiling at memories - or hope from an anticipated time, savoring the life captured in five minutes worth of piano resuscitation.
Our guest just celebrated his birthday. He's young - not yet 40 - but Romain has lived much longer than that. The echoes of other times linger in his songs. Beautifully scary. Right on time for Halloween :) We'll have to ask if that event is celebrated in France, the country of his birth. What the French celebrate for SURE: education. And a beloved transplant knows all about that. At Berklee first (scholarship), he was then accepted at the Monk Institute (another scholarship!). During that time, he was fortunate to be able to tour with two key legends who oversee admissions into the school: Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. He also studied with Ron Carter, Charlie Haden and Mulgrew Miller.
2008 saw his debut "stick" with Jazz critics. "The Rise and Fall of Pipokuhn" created a reverberation throughout the community - and Romain was invited to join the esteemed Marian McPartland on her popular "Jazz Piano" radio show. In 2012, this "visionary" (NPR) joined us on the show to tell us about "The Calling" - which resulted in more praise from those who don't tend to do so. Orchestral film scoring - and playing with Christian McBride and Lauryn Hill (among others) - kept him busy every single day. But his eye was on a third album - and here it is. Join us for a discussion of "Press Enter!" 10/29 :)
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Mary Edwards is a composer, songwriter and sound artist whose projects range from recordings and performances "evocative of epic cinematic soundtracks combined with lyrical intimacy..." (Time Out NY), to immersive environmental and architectural sound installations. Themes of temporality, impermanence, nostalgia, longing, childhood and the natural world are interspersed throughout her work. Her extended discographyincludes the solo releases, A Smile in the Mind (2007), Console (2010),Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific (2012), and Everyday Until Tomorrow(2015), where she captures the essence of Modernism, '60s film scores and classic pop, thinking in terms of miniature movies (to paraphrase Burt Bacharach) to create pocket symphonies and an indelible, sprawling landscape of sound.
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Film & game composer of “exquisite talent” (Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands game co-composed with Steve Jablonsky), Penka has worked for 15 years in Los Angeles on titles grossing $15 billion world-wide. Her own music is a blend of her Eastern-European upbringing, classical training, modern film & game music, and influences ranging from rock, electronica, Medieval chant to non-Western music. She has made Hollywood history (first woman Lead Orchestrator on films with budget over $100M - Ender’s Game and Elysium). And just like the great Shirley Walker, Penka is a mentor who has nurtured the careers of many. Notable collaborations: with the celebrity composers Hans Zimmer,, Steve Jablonsky, Neal Acree for Blizzard Entertainment (orchestrator: World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III franchises) Penka has composed two concept albums in cinematic orchestral-electronica style, A Warrior’s Odyssey (2012, available from Howlin’ Wolf) and The Woman Astronaut (released on Varése Sarabande in 2015). Penka is on the Advisory Boards for Game Developers Conference (GDC), Sundance Institute, and Mentor for NARAS (Grammy®). As an industry leader and groundbreaking artist, she is a frequent speaker at GDC, Game Sound Con, CalArts, Berklee, Musicians Institute, Duke, Columbia College, Society of Composers and Lyricists and numerous schools, game conferences and events. As a role model and passionate advocate for artists’ growth, advancement of women composers and gender parity, Penka is featured on MPR, film and video game press.You can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @123Film
): Driven to overcome the serious injuries sustained in a violent car crash that could have been the devastating knockout blow to his dream of a career in music, saxophonist Kenyon Carter rallied and rebounded from the life-altering accident with renewed purpose, tenacity and patience. That focus has him poised on the precipice of a career breakthrough with the forthcoming “Game On,” a spirited ten-song contemporary jazz workout written and produced by Carter that CurvePoint Media released on August 14 prefaced with the servicing of the title track as a radio single, a propulsive track highlighted by a dazzling display of frenetic tenor sax and feisty fretwork from guitarist Chuck Loeb.
Join in and listen as Kenyon shares some life points and tracks from Game On.