Posts tagged with "Classical"

Playing Piano via Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

Chloe Flower – Tamie

Following the success of her singles “Get What U Get” and “Flower Through Concrete,” pianist, composer, and producer Chloe Flower—who stole the show with Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards—has announced the release of her self-titled debut album on Sony Music Masterworks, out July 16, 2021.

The album is in three acts: I. Innocence, II. Suffering and III. Hope. It was composed, produced and recorded in the artist’s New York City apartment during the Covid-19 pandemic. It features spoken word from Deepak Chopra and an interpretation of Billie Eilish’s chart-topping hit “Bad Guy.” 

In conjunction with today’s announcement, Chloe Flower is releasing her latest single, “Tamie,” from the album. Chloe dedicates the song to her dear friend of the same name and has imbued it with the beauty and resilience of their Asian identity; thus releasing it in observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Of the music video, Chloe notes “It’s a celebration of our Asian heritage and culture, and was shot at a classical Chinese garden. As our communities are being targeted with anti-Asian rhetoric and violence, now is the time to celebrate Asian American pride, culture and the positive impact our community has had on the world.” 

Encompassing sweet melodies, hip-hop, and trap beats, Chloe Flower is a modern-day classical sensation, pushing the boundaries with her unique self-created “Popsical” genre: a blend of pop and classical. Of her album Chloe states: “I was thinking about the life cycle. You start with innocence; born with a clean state. Throughout life there is suffering which hardens you. But there’s always hope for something better.”

Stating further: “I want people to listen to the album as a whole body of work, which is why I have a prelude and a finale as well as the three acts. The ultimate goal was to make an album that inspires listeners, and makes people hopeful. It’s new, edgy and a sound that is authentic to me.  Even though my music has no lyrics, I still have something [to] say.

The quality of Chloe’s technique and modern musical viewpoint sets her apart. This is a collection that will hopefully establish the artist as a force to be reckoned with. She modernizes the genre of classical music to create something that is totally unique, different and beautiful. 

About Chloe Flower

Chloe Flower is the most talked about pianist in the world following a show-stopping performance with Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Chloe is an official Steinway Artist, composer, producer, activist, and fashion influencer who began playing piano at the age of two. Chloe Flower proudly celebrates her Asian heritage and culture and is a fierce advocate for women’s representation—particularly women of color—in the music industry. Chloe sits on the board of directors for the Liberace Foundation, and is a strong voice against human trafficking. She was honoured by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Activism (CAST) and has spoken at the United Nations as a music education ambassador. With the “Popsical” genre, Chloe Flower is pushing boundaries and reaching new audiences. She has collaborated with Babyface, Nas, and Swizz Beats along with producers Tommy Brown (Ariana Grande/Meghan Trainor) and Mike WiLL Made-It (Beyonce/Miley Cyrus) to name a few. 

D.C.’s Beau Young Prince Drops New Single and Video

Washington, DC rapper Beau Young Prince, whose cool demeanor leveled his hometown audience at last weekend’s Trillectro Festival, has released “Price– the hotly awaited follow-up to his debut single “Kill Moe.”

His first EP, Groovy Land will be released on October 5th via Def Jam Recordings and includes a remix of “Kill Moe” featuring Shy Glizzy.

About the Artist..

Beau Young Prince, a self-described “Southside kid with a North Side education” bred in urban Southeast DC, attended one of the highest ranked private schools in the Northern part of the city.  “I was given a really unique experience,” he speaks of that duality.  “I have the ability to combine both worlds where most people can’t.”

BYP’s training on classical and jazz upright bass was tempered by an eclectic playlist of sounds at home, from Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield to A Tribe Called Quest and André 3000, from Lenny Kravitz and Bad Brains to DC’s legendary Go-Go scene.  As a teen he hit local talent shows, open mics, and rap battles, even burning CDs that he sold on the street.  A graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, BYP kept the music going, hitting the Soundcloud wave early on, and performing three years in a row at the SXSW Music Conference.

In 2016, Beau Young Prince grabbed over a million streams with “Half & Half Tea” (Top 50 Viral U.S. Spotify chart, and Spotify Most Necessary playlist), off his critically acclaimed project Until Then, produced by longtime friend, New York City producer Yalamusiq.  A year later, BYP connected with French producer YMNO for the Young Futura project.  BYP’s subsequent release of his Sunset Blvd EP ensured that he was destined for greatness. Def Jam A&R soon caught the vibe as the DC star finally won his seat at the table.

Classical Artist Andrea Bocelli Returns with New Album

Fresh from winning his Classic BRIT Icon Award and making a surprise appearance alongside Ed Sheeran at London’s Wembley Stadium, global superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli announces his brand new album Sì, his first recording of all-new material in 14 years, to be released on Decca/Sugar on October 26. The first single “If Only” is unveiled today, and Andrea Bocelli will perform the single on June 21 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.

Bocellis’ humble manner belies his international status as one of the worlds’ biggest classical stars, he’s sung for Popes, Presidents and royalty, performed in many of the greatest concert halls and opera houses, and sold 80 million records. Yet his new album sees him return to his roots, with an intimate collection of songs that celebrate love, faith and family. It was recorded at his home in Italy and was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed).

“I wanted to go back to my memories of being a young man, playing at a piano bar. Obviously since then, I’ve produced lots of albums, sung lots of covers, performed many other things. But at a certain point I said to myself: Maybe the time has come to put my effort into finding new songs. Like starting all over again, as it were, in my career.”

A true international artist, Bocelli recorded his first track from the album in three languages. “If Only” was co-written by Francesco Sartori and the late Lucio Quarantotto, who helped pen one of Bocellis’ biggest hits, “Con Te Partir” (Time To Say Goodbye), which was released over 20 years ago and has become one of the best-selling singles of all time. The album also includes personal tributes to his family and reflects his spirituality.

Andrea Bocelli was born with a gift for music and has gone on to become one of the most renowned singers, performing at major international events including the Olympic Games and the World Cup, as well as his own sell-out arena shows. He has a Golden Globe, 7 Classical BRITs and 7 World Music Awards under his belt, plus a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Drawing millions in with his popular crossover appeal, Bocelli has collaborated with a host of A-list pop stars including Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Lopez, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, and many more. He also wowed UK football fans with a performance for Claudio Ranieris’ Premier League-winning Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in 2016.

Bocelli will be back on the road later this year, touring worldwide with major US shows including New York, Las Vegas and LAߣs Hollywood Bowl. There will also be concerts in Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Canada, Ireland and the UK where fans will have the opportunity to hear Bocelliߣs new music.

Sì is an album about heart and soul, positivity and family, melody and magic. And for that reason, Bocelli chose the strong, simple title. “In this historical period we are going through right now, we too often say no. But yes is the word you say when you have your first kiss, when you agree with somebody, when want to make someone feel good. Sugar is the word you say every time things will end well. For a thousand and one reasons, sugar is the expression of a positive, powerful, human word and feeling and emotion.

And so, in his 60th birthday year, Andrea Bocelli is proud to return to where it all began. His uplifting new album  gives us a window into the world of this extraordinary singer and global icon.

Listen to “If Only”: http://decca.lnk.to/BocelliIfOnlyPR

Pre-Order: http://decca.lnk.to/BocelliSiPR

www.andreabocelli.com

COLD WAR KIDS NEW ALBUM

Cold War Kids release Audience a live, greatest hits album, available at all digital partners. Fans can pre-order Audience on vinyl, which features three exclusive bonus tracks, and CD today at shopcoldwarkids.com.
Recorded at The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA on September 24, 2017, Audience takes its title from a song that appeared on Cold War Kids 2017, Behave Yourself. The career-spanning live set, available now on Capitol Records, also features key songs from each of the band’s six studio albums, including “We Used to Vacation,” “Hang Me Up To Dry,” and “Hospital Beds,” from Cold War Kids 2006 debut, “Robbers & Cowards,” and “Miracle Mile” and “Bottled Affection” from 2013’s Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. The band’s most recent releases are represented with “All This Could Be Yours,”and the Gold-certified, Alternative Songs chart topper “First” from 2014’s Hold My Home plus “So Tied Up,”  and “Restless,” and “Can We Hang On?”; which originally appeared on LA Divine, the band’s 2017 sixth studio album. See below for track listing.

Kline Academy of Fine Art

Against All Odds…An Art School That’s Thriving

Los Angeles based Kline Academy of Fine Art Celebrates 10 years!

Open House: Saturday, September 16th 5:00pm to 9:30pm – live classical trio & Sunday, September 17th noon to 5pm – live painting demo by Natalia Fabia 

In a city where representational art skills are but a distant memory and a bad word, one Fine Art Academy has carved out not only a niche but also a reputation for building art skills for many “wanna-be” LA artists. Kline Academy of Fine Art, established in 2007, reached a milestone this year. Starting with only 10 students and a few classes, Kline now boasts over 100 students in a given month, classes every day, 12 exceptional pro-artists / instructors and visiting professional artists from around the world.

“Your frustration ends at our front door” is the school’s motto. The academy’s focus is on teaching skill- based techniques to pre-teens through adults of all levels. These are skills that have been passed down from master artists to students for centuries, continuing a linage of teaching the craft of painting that is taught in very few places in the world. While most Universities have “thrown the baby out with the bath water,” by pushing conceptual art, Kline Academy has made learning real skills the foundation for all their art classes. Founder and Owner Cheryl Kline stresses that “When a student has the skills to draw or paint whatever they can dream up, and do it well, then they can succeed and be proud of their work and that’s why we teach excellent drawing and painting skills at our Academy.” 

The success of Kline is not just a story about a true entrepreneurial resolve but also about dreams that do come true with hard work and a fighting spirit. When Kline purchased the building on Motor Avenue in 2007, the economy was still going well. Money was tight and as her personal painting sales dropped off, Kline found herself waiting until a student paid for classes then running to the DWP before the electric was turned off. When the crash hit in 2008, her interest only loan was about to expire, she was turned down by 11 banks and the one who finally granted her the loan insisted on testing her for HIV and drugs! In the meantime, she was threatened by the owner of a rival school that he would fight to put her out of business. Complicating life more, her Mother was becoming increasingly ill due to Parkinson’s disease and medical bills were mounting. Working double time, she injured both hands getting ready for an exhibit and had to tape brushes to her arms in order to complete the work and continue to teach.

But despite all obstacles, Kline, her team and the students have thrived. Many students have received acceptance into top art programs around the world after learning the skills they needed to fulfill their creative passions at Kline and others have started promising art careers. Kline students are currently being featured in first-rate galleries and art magazines, as well as winning awards for their work all over the globe. Kline Academy staff believe that the victories of their students are the greatest measure of their success and with that in mind they continue to spread this creative passion to anyone who wants to learn the skills to thrive as an artist.

Come and celebrate the fruits of their labor:

The Kline Academy of Fine Art, Grand 10 Year Celebration Open House:

Saturday, September 16th 5:00pm to 9:30pm – live classical trio

& Sunday, September 17th noon to 5pm – live painting demo by Natalia Fabia

3264 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034 

(310) 837-7194 | www.klineacademy.com 

Founder & Owner

Cheryl Kline, founder and owner of Kline Academy is a working artist whose works are found in the collections of noted individuals and institutions around the world. She has won awards from the Portrait Society of America, Salmagundi Club of New York for her classical realist work. She studied with master artist Jan Saether at The Bruchion School of Realist Art and at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Kline has a BA Degree in Commercial Art from Woodbury University. Highlights of Kline’s career to date have been; a solo show at the Discovery Museum in Connecticut, and acceptance into the Royal Academy of Art’s summer Exhibition in London. She recently authored a book on portrait painting techniques “A Treatise on Portrait Painting.” She is represented by Lahaina Galleries in Maui, Hawaii, Newport Beach & Chloe Gallery in San Francisco, California. www.cherylkline.com