Coming Soon From The Secret Mountain: Sleep Softly: Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

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NEW! FROM THE SECRET MOUNTAIN – AVAILABLE ON MAY 1, 2015

Sleep Softly:  Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, DebussyThe latest picture book and classical music CD in the award-winning and internationally acclaimed series, created for babies, but for the whole family to enjoy!

Sleep Softly:  Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

Performed by Ensemble Agora; Illustrations by Élodie Nouhen

Soothing and entrancing melodies from beloved composers are collected in this newest addition to The Secret Mountain’s acclaimed book-and-CD series. The hardbound book features whimsical, dream-like illustrations by Élodie Nouhen and brief explanatory notes describing how the song was composed and how it was arranged for this recording. The accompanying CD, recorded in France with the acclaimed wind and harp quintet Ensemble Agora, features 16 soft and sweet masterpieces that will send everyone in the family—including the crying infant—off to dreamland.

The gently rocking rhythm of Offenbach’s “Barcarolle” launches listeners into the magical world of Venetian gondoliers, and other familiar pieces, including Schumann’s “Of Foreign Lands” and Satie’s “Gymnopédie,” convey a sense of timeless voyage through cadence and instrumentation.  Fauré’s famous melody, “Après un rêve” demonstrates the power of melody and harmony to create an otherworldly experience.  The most famous track of all was composed in 1868 by Johannes Brahms: “Wiegenlied,” better known in the English speaking world simply as the lullaby song. The final piece, “Brezairola,” is a traditional song which French musician Joseph Canteloube arranged in the 1920s; this recording strips the melody to its essence, adding the drone of a bassoon in the background. The result is a relaxing 34 minutes of sound and visuals for all ages to enjoy together.

In 2014, The Secret Mountain, publisher of beautifully produced children’s books and music from around the world, released the Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning storybook-music CD Simply Fantastic: An Introduction to Classical Music. The first title from that collection, Listen to the Birds, also won international awards and acclaim the previous year.

SLEEP SOFTLY – CLASSICAL LULLABIES BY BRAHMS, SCHUBERT, SATIE, DEBUSSY… / PERFORMED BY ENSEMBLE AGORA / ILLUSTRATIONS BY ÉLODIE NOUHEN / CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK WITH MUSIC CD (DURATION: 34 MINUTES) / HARDCOVER, 36 PAGES, 8” X 8″ / AGES : BIRTH – 3 / ISBN: 978-2-924217-24-5 /$ 22.95 CDN /  DISTRIBUTED BY INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS GROUP REPRESENTED IN CANADA BY THE MANDA GROUP

Sleep Softly:  Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

Pre-order Sultans of String’s SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT CD Now!

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Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid2015 Juno nominees and 2x Canadian Folk Award winners Sultans of String are proud and excited to be recording their fifth CD with sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid, called Subcontinental Drift!

You can PRE-ORDER THE CD and other great stuff now at
http://www.kapipal.com/sultansofstringwithanwarkhurshid ← CLICK HERE!

Sultans of String will mail personally signed CDs to you, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015, before they hit the streets! AND you can come see them in person at Toronto’s newly renovated and gorgeous Trinity-St Paul’s United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts on October 30, 2015.


More background info:

2015 JUNO Award Nominees and 2x Canadian Folk Music Award winners SULTANS OF STRING, “Ambassadors of Canada’s musical diversity” include 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (who has guest starred with Pavlo and Jesse Cook), dueling guitar czars Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook) and Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels), bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk, Amanda Martinez), and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba)!

In this special recording, Sultans of String meet the electricity of sitar master Anwar Khurshid in an innovative collaboration that transcends categorization. Anwar’s sitar playing has been featured in Oscar-winning film Life of Pi and The Love Guru. Originally from Pakistan, Anwar now makes Canada his home, regularly collaborating with musicians from other genres including Blues, Jazz, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian music, and has performed across Europe, USA and Asia.

Music has the ability to bring together people and cultures in a way that emulates what we love to see in the world, creating a collaboration that breaks down the barriers that divide us, and helping us to see our common humanity, and providing a model for peace.

Introducing Music Business Mentoring

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Music Business MentoringI’m very pleased to announce that I’m now available as a music mentor specializing in Crowd Funding, Marketing Your Music, Creating Marketing Tools, Branding, Marketing Plans and of course, Social Media through Music Business Mentoring, a new business founded by three singer-songwriters who have worked in the industry for many years: Wyatt EasterlingMarlene D’Aoust & Jennifer Ferguson Smith (a.k.a. Jen Smith).

If you’re a musician or you know of someone who is involved in the music industry who would like to be aware of this incredible resource of leading professionals who can help you navigate through today’s music business, please feel free to share this info with them. Just go to www.musicbusinessmentoring.com and browse through the mentors on the Home page to find out about the topics they cover or use the Search box to search for a topic.

Topics areas include:

  • Relationships/Agreements
  • Music Publishing
  • Touring
  • Recording/Production/Engineering
  • DIY Album Releases
  • Promotion & Marketing
  • Songwriting
  • Performance
  • Funding Sources
  • General Career Advice

and there are many sub-topics included within those areas.

Read our FAQs here.

Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musicbusinessmentoring

Develop your craft.

Grow your career.

Find your direction.

Need to know? Ask a Pro!

Music Business Mentors are ready to help you!

The Global Spotlight Podcasts with Twitter Marketing Specialist Keith Keller

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Keith KellerMelbourne based Global Twitter Marketing Specialist Keith Keller is considered amongst the top 1% of Social Media influencers in the world.

Keith is a popular speaker and has appeared on numerous radio shows, teleseminars, webinars and Google hangouts around the world.

I’d like to help Keith spread the word about some of his brand new projects, products and podcasts because he’s taught me so much about Twitter and is always helpful to me there as well. You can read more about him and his latest projects here.

Here’s the first two installments in the brand new series of podcasts: The Global Spotlight

“Believe In Yourself & Ignore The Naysayers” 

www.TinyURL.com/BelieveMP3

Do You Have “Passion & Purpose” For What You Do?

www.TinyURL.com/PurposePodcast

Keith is very VERY excited about this new project and would love your feedback.

THE GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT PODCAST

A fresh episode comes out every two weeks on iTunes now and Keith has a lovely newsletter that goes along with that as well – If you would like to get a copy you can register here.

Follow Keith Keller on Soundcloud for his Crack The Twitter Code one on Crack The Twitter Codeone coaching series and more, or become an affiliate for his new Coaches Connection Academy.

Just Kids by Patti Smith

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Just Kids by Patti SmithBook Review
Title: Just Kids
Author:  Patti Smith
Publisher: Ecco
Released: October 24, 2010
Pages: 306
ISBN-10: 0060936223
ISBN-13: 978-0060936228
Stars:  5.0

Like Patti Smith, I grew up writing poetry and listening to rock’n’roll. That is where the similarity ends because I am not an artist, only an appreciator of them. Although I haven’t read Arthur Rimbaud or Jean Genet, nor have I yet been to Paris, I have always been captivated by the music of the 70s and the writings of Sam Shepard, Jim Carroll and Jim Morrison. I had no idea that Shepard and Carroll were Smith’s lovers but reading the dreamy, tender narrative of her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe surprised me in many ways, including the fact that he was also her lover, because I knew he was openly gay. Until now, I haven’t known very much about Patti Smith except that some of my friends are big fans of hers, she’s collaborated with Springsteen (one of my music heroes), and that her poetry, music and art earned her a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

I often dream of where I’d go if I had my own hot tub time machine and New York City during the late 60s/early 70s is definitely one of the places I’d choose. Patti Smith was born almost 20 years before me, but I’ve listened to and loved a lot of the music that was created by her contemporaries (in particular, The Doors and Janis Joplin) and have been a fan of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography for a long time. However, she has made me appreciate his work with new eyes and I’m grateful for that. Reading Smith’s autobiography Just Kids is the next best thing to using a hot tub time machine as she has written an exquisite account of her early years as a struggling artist and Mapplethorpe’s muse.

From 1967 to 1978, Patti shares her memories of their lives in New York City and specifically at the infamous Chelsea Hotel, a dreamscape so perfectly realized and vividly fascinating that you feel as if you’re there with them. We meet many legendary artists including William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Sam Shepard and Tom Verlaine, although none of them holds a candle to the flame that is the telling of the birth of Smith’s and Mapplethorpe’s artistic legacy.

Patricia Lee Smith was born in Chicago on December 30, 1946 and was part of a close knit family that included her siblings Linda, Todd and Kimberly, who later relocated with their parents to South Jersey. What struck me about Patti that I wasn’t expecting is that she’s a very down-to-earth, deeply spiritual person and was never a drug addict as one who hasn’t known her might imagine based on her skinny heroin chic look and the time in which she came of age and became famous for being a punk rocker poet. In researching her for this review, I discovered that we share a very similar view of religion as well:

I believe there is good in in [sic] all religions. But religion, politics and business, all of these things, have been so corrupted and so infused with power that I really don’t have interest in any of it – governments, religion, corporations. But I do have interest in the human condition. (Rolling Stone)

Patti’s love for Robert Mapplethorpe was utterly pure and transcended any boundaries that society might have wanted to instill upon them. Although they weren’t meant to be together as husband and wife, they were most certainly soul mates (regardless of her marriage to MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith) up until his tragic death at the age of 42. On March 9, 1989 Robert died from complications due to AIDS. Her recollection of his passing within the pages of this book brought me to tears. Just Kids opens with the phone call she received from Robert’s brother Edward telling her that he had finally succumbed to his illness, at which moment she was listening to Tosca’s “Vissi d’arte”, and it ends with her making peace with having to say goodbye. (“Smile for me Patti, as I am smiling for you.”) In between, we get to know Robert Mapplethorpe as intimately as a stranger can and develop an understanding of what inspired him as an artist as she traces “their first meetings (there were two of them before one fateful night in Tompkins Square Park) to their days in and out of hotels, love affairs, creative collaborations, nightclubs, and gritty neighborhoods…” (Interview Magazine)

Just Kids is a masterpiece, filled with iconic black and white photographs of Smith and Mapplethorpe, including some of their art and a few of Smith’s poems as well. She’s a very gifted poet and although I confess that I was never a big fan of her music aside from “Because The Night” and “Power To The People”, (I was 11 when Horses was released) I’m listening to it now with new ears and would love to read more of her poetry and song lyrics because this book has made me fall for her…hard. I now understand why she has endured and why there will never be another female rock artist like her. Anyone who can write a memoir that inspires someone to discover their career forty years after it began deserves to be the national treasure that Patti Smith is.

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Canada’s Finest Recording Artists: Amanda Martinez, Sultans of String and Fearing & White

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Amanda Martinez Valentine Concert - Kingston Road Concert SeriesI have to be honest. As a chronically single, 50-something, die-hard romantic female who feels that the Ship of Love sailed without me, Valentine’s Day is not my favourite holiday and most of the time I do my best to ignore it as I never have plans to celebrate. I’d be at home watching Netflix like most other evenings. However, this year, I’m trying hard to think positively and working as a social media manager for musicians does have its perks. I’m a huge fan of all of the artists that I mention in this post, not just because I’ve worked with them, but because, quite simply put, they are among Canada’s finest recording artists.

If you live in the Toronto area and are looking for something special to do with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day Eve: Friday, February 13th (you’re not superstitious, are you?), I highly recommend going to see the extraordinary Amanda Martinez at Kingston Road United Church in the Beaches.

Amanda’s voice is an elixir for the soul! She is a Toronto-based singer songwriter whose music blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul. Her solo CDs have garnered her multiple nominations for Latin Jazz Performer of the Year, and her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections, including Latin Dreamland and Cafe Latino. Martinez has headlined concerts at the 2011 PanAmerican Games in Guadalajara and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Her newest CD Mañana was helmed by Grammy-winning producer Javier Limón (Buika, Mariza) who hails Martinez as “one of the greatest voices in the world.”

She captures the raw emotion and passion of Latin Music making us sit up and listen” ~ CBC Radio

Amanda performs for the Kingston Road Village Concert Series at Kingston Road United Church on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm. Get your tickets now here.

What do we really know about the origins of Valentine’s Day? We know that Saint Valentine was a third century Roman martyr, but he had nothing to do with the romantic traditions that became associated with his holiday. In this century, we celebrate February 14th by sending cards or “Valentines”, flowers and chocolates to our loved ones; by going out for dinner to our favourite restaurants; or even by creating the perfect CD mix to let our beloved know just how much we care.

Award-winning world music super group Sultans of String recently released their official video for the Chris McKhool penned “Will You Marry Me”, theChris McKhool of Sultans of String proposal song he wrote for his lovely wife who appears in the video with their beautiful young daughter. The video has now surpassed 80,000 views! Valentine’s Day is not only one of the most romantic days of the year for many, but also one of the most popular for popping the question. “Will You Marry Me” from the 2015 Juno Award-nominated album, Symphony! (Instrumental Album of the Year) is the perfect proposal song. Unabashedly adoring, this is certainly one of Sultans of String’s finest moments and the perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day Mix CD!

 

So, what am I, the Hallmark Holiday Cynic, doing THIS YEAR to celebrate Valentine’s Day? I confess that I did not make a mix CD. However, I am going with my sister to see that brilliant, Irish-born, singer-songwriting duo knownFearing & White Tea and Confidences as Fearing & White perform songs from their sophomore album Tea and Confidences at Abbott Hall in Tamworth. The Napanee Guide featured multiple Juno Award winning Blackie and the Rodeo Kings member Stephen Fearing and fully paid up 21st Century Troubadour (and author) Andy White in this recent article. There are only a few tickets left for this show so if you’re interested, call 613-379-2808. You won’t be able to miss me there…I’ll be the chubby red-headed woman with the ear-to-ear grin on her face sitting with a chubby blonde who’ll undoubtedly be tired but happy to be there.

Thank you Stephen & Andy for giving this woman a reason to cast off her usual cynicism and believe in the power of love and gratitude.

Sultans of String Nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year at 2015 Juno Awards

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Juno Awards 2015 Instrumental Album of the Year nominees When my client, Chris McKhool, who is the leader of Juno nominated, CFMA winning, SIRIUSXM Independent Music Award winning and IMA Independent Music Award winning World Music super group Sultans of String asked me to put aside some time for him this morning as of 11:00 am to watch the 2015 Juno Award Nominees broadcast online live from The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, I did.

I was very excited for them and it felt like it took a while (although I was excited for other artists who I know and love who were nominated) but finally, the Instrumental Album of the Year nominees were announced and Sultans of String made the cut for their album Symphony! They join fellow nominees:

Canadian Brass for Great Wall of China
Daniel Lanois for Flesh and Machine
John Stetch for Off With the Cuffs
Encuentro for Quartango

It’s such a thrill for me to see one of my clients be nominated or receive a prestigious award for not only their undeniable talent but also the heaps and heaps of hard work that they put into their careers. I work with a lot of musicians but no one I know works harder than Chris McKhool for his craft or the production and marketing of it. It truly takes a village to keep a band like Sultans of String moving forward in the music industry and his team, including manager Dave Wilkes, publicist Lisa Weitz of LW Communciations, and incredibly talented band mates, Kevin Laliberte, Drew Birston, Eddie Paton, Chendy Leon and Alberto Suarez have what it takes.

Sultans of String are currently working on their fifth album, a collaboration with sitar fusion virtuoso Anwar Khurshid, whose music has been featured in the Oscar-winning movie Life of Pi.

I can’t wait to see what happens next for Sultans of String! The 44th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Drew Birston, Kevin Laliberte and Chris McKhool

Drew Birston, Kevin Laliberte & Chris McKhool at the 2015 Juno Award Nominations at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto today.

 

Women’s Music Weekend with Katherine Wheatley, Linda McLean & Jane Lewis May 29-31, 2015

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Women's Music Weekend

Canadian singer-songwriters Katherine Wheatley, Linda McLean and Jane Lewis are the resourceful women’s trio who will stretch and challenge you through an unforgettable Women’s Music Weekend (May 29-31, 2015), hand-crafted to deliver a rewarding, enlightening, and fun-filled experience. You’ll leave nurtured, inspired, and with a song in your heart!

Experience the joy and the power of making music with other women. Create, share, enjoy, listen, learn, stretch, play, harmonize, heal, sing. Sing your heart out. All weekend long.

Choose from workshops that include vocal play, creative mining, song writing, jamming, restorative yoga, vocal and performance techniques. Join the weekend chorus, play in a pick-up band or write your own song.

Katherine, Linda & Jane are going to keep the focus on morning yoga and group singing, and open up Saturday afternoon to a series of optional workshops on a range of topics, such as Freeing Your Natural Voice, How to Sing Harmony, Girl Jam, Creative Lyric Writing… Join the weekend chorus or put together your first rock band. They’ll have a Friday night concert & singalong, a Saturday night “open mic,” and a Sunday concert by participants. You’ll have lots of opportunity to make music, explore, and connect.

The weekend is designed to help you explore your musical side within a supportive atmosphere. If you need to unlock your voice, Linda’s heartDSC_1360 opening yoga sessions can help dissolve the blocks to your singing. Her workshops focus on connecting your creative voice to what is in you, and around you. If you’re tentative about making music, Jane is your guide. She has years of experience helping people find the place inside themselves where they can find great joy in music. If you’re up for a good challenge, count on Katherine to pinpoint the part of your music-making that could use a little shake-up. Whatever stage you’re at, Women’s Music Weekend will inspire and ignite your musical passion.

Join them in May for another dynamic weekend of inspiration, creativity, empowerment and community!

Their May 2015 retreat will be held at the Ignatius Retreat Centre, located in the beautiful countryside 2 km north of Guelph, ON. The Centre is the perfect setting for Women’s Music Weekend, known to be a place of beauty and sustenance, ‘where nature gives strength to mind, body and soul.’ The estate is home to the internationally acclaimed Loyola House, and surrounded by the Ignatius Farm, 650 acres of hiking trails, ponds and streams, fields and forests. Loyola House is spacious and comfortable with private bedrooms and spacious meeting rooms. The kitchen serves fabulous organic food, most of which is grown on the property, and alongside delicious meals, the kitchen is always open for snacks and refreshments.

The fee per person includes all workshops plus accommodation (private bedroom), meals from Friday night to Sunday lunch, snacks and refreshments throughout the weekend, and full access to Ignatius Centre grounds.

Fees & Registration for May 29-31, 2015

Early bird fee: $475/pp before February 14, 2015
Regular fee: $525

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Jane Lewis, Linda McLean & Katherine Wheatley

Join Women’s Music Weekend on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WomensMusicWeekend or Twitter at twitter.com/womensmusicwknd.

www.womensmusicweekend.com

The Shadow of the Great Nebula of Orion by Boris Glikman

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Orion NebulaOne day, the nebula in the constellation of Orion, already the brightest nebula in the night sky, started to shine even more intensely, emitting a piercing blue-green light. Its luminosity was now so brilliant that it cast shadows during the daylight hours too, something that had always been the sole prerogative of the Sun.

This caused great excitement, for never before had such a bright celestial body been observed in the day sky. Everybody rushed outside to see this new heavenly wonder and to gawk at their double shadows, the old familiar one and the new one created by the Orion nebula.

It was then that the world was hit by a very unpleasant surprise, for there was something quite peculiar about the shadows cast by the nebula. Instead of being mute, inert outlines of a person’s physical form, they revealed the shadow of a person’s character. Everyone’s inner anxieties, delusions and insecurities were now exposed for all to see.

No one could be found who did not possess a nebula shadow. Even newborns had a shadow accompanying them, thus, coincidentally, vindicating some psychological theories and theological dogmas, while demolishing others.

Naturally, the consequences of this new phenomenon were immense in their scope. Many lives were wrecked, relationships destroyed and careers ruined, as a person’s innermost complexes were revealed to their spouses, family, friends, work colleagues and complete strangers. The very structure of society was threatened, for its smooth running depended so much upon one’s true feelings and nature being suppressed and hidden, even from oneself.

The world was in a dilemma on how to cope with this situation. It certainly couldn’t dim or extinguish the nebula’s brightness. It could try to adapt to a nocturnal existence, when the shadows would be less distinct, but surely that was too radical a solution. Yet who could risk the shame and the burden of walking around with all their flaws showing?

Inevitably, cults arose that chose to embrace this new state of affairs. For them the Orion nebula was The Bearer of Truth, The Great Enlightener of Mankind. Just as the Sun brought outer illumination, so the Orion nebula was deemed to bring inner illumination to the world. The adherents of these sects took pride in letting others see their most intimate neuroses, and experienced catharsis in coming face to face with their fears and insecurities for the very first time. Having accepted their shadows, they felt more fulfilled and whole than they ever did before.

And then, just as suddenly as it flared up, the Orion nebula dimmed to its usual luminosity. It didn’t take long for people to re-adjust to having only one shadow again. Relationships and careers wrecked by the Orion nebula were quickly rebuilt and almost everyone resumed living their old lives, maintaining total silence about that awkward period when their failings were exposed, the way a faux pas is ignored in polite company.

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