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My Jazz Gems Box Collection May 24, 2013

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As we all know, music is a very important part of our life. We listen to music to reflect on our emotions, we meditate with music to calm our thoughts, we exercise with music to increase our heart beat, we improvise to dig into the creative source of human nature, we perform to showcase our talents and share our soul. Here we continue our introductory series reporting news about jazz life in NYC. We present significant jazz musicians in the past and in the present and share about many ongoing Jazz performances that could light up your weekends and enrich your life.

In the Celebration of Miles Davis’ Birthday, a famous American jazz musician, a trumpeter and composer (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) many Jazz clubs and Music halls will offer concerts, lectures , including the Miles Davis 2013 Jazz Festival at the famous NYC’ “Smoke Jazz and Supper Club”.

Miles’ musical studies began at 13, when his father gave him a trumpet and arranged lessons with local musician Elwood Buchanan. Against the fashion of the time, Buchanan stressed the importance of playing without vibrato; Davis would carry his clear signature tone throughout his career. He once remarked on its importance to him, saying, “I prefer a round sound with no attitude in it, like a round voice with not too much tremolo and not too much bass. Just right in the middle. If I can’t get that sound I can’t play anything.”

“Miles Davis’ fortieth album ‘ Kind of Blue” released in 1959 and this masterpiece not only changed Jazz by using a newly crafted Modal type, it changed music forever, everything about the album was revolutionary and artists today still remark it as a major influence on their music.
The album was placed at number 12 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.”

“Kind of Blue isn’t merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it’s an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue possess such a mystique? Perhaps, because this music never flaunts its genius… It’s the pinnacle of modal jazz — tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality.
It may be a stretch to say that if you don’t like Kind of Blue, you don’t like jazz — but it’s hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone of any jazz collection.”
—Stephen T. Erlewine

The Miles Davis’ 2013 Jazz Festival starts on May 24 and it lasts until June 30th. So, ladies and jentlemen, make some time to enjoy listening to these splendid talents, engage in the delightful conversation and taste a cup of your favorite tea or coffee.

 

Creativity Takes Flight May 17, 2013

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Hello Everybody and Welcome to our Newsroom!

We are happy to announce the beginning of our “Perfect Pitch Media” Discussion Forum where you will meet our friends, colleagues and inspirational people from all over the World. We believe that all of our guests –from musicians, composers, or music recording studio owners to fashion designers, filmmakers, wellness professionals or ethical business developers are a truly moving creative force and are exemplary across borders, cultures and generations.

Our first guest is designer Daria Razumikhina- Russian born, London based Fashion Designer who was trained at Central St Martins, London (1995-1998) and launched her own label in 1999.We are grateful for an opportunity to introduce Daria and her fascinating enterprise to our readers and to share about our conversations that started about two months ago, and that will continue in the future.

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I came across Daria’s fashionable skirts and tops when I was searching for an outfit, for my ongoing music recording sessions and for my upcoming (second) charity concert. I felt inspired by Daria’s work and some of the folkloric motifs that are an essential part of her clothes. Her creative design reminds me some familiar landscapes and colors from my childhood, and it speaks to me in the language of fairy tales and songs that I heard when I was a little girl.

” What Daria’s creativity made of” and “How she become an Artist and a Fashion Designer after having a prestigious education and a sound career in Journalism?”
Daria: “I grew up in Russia and I was educated in the Russian public school system in late 70s and early 80s when fashion design, sewing and cooking class was mandatory and was included in school curriculums countrywide. So, I created my “first sewing ‘project’ – my first skirt when I was 10 years old. Then I continued sewing throughout my following school years and into the University without naming it “Fashion Design” or my “Future Career”. After I graduated from the University with my PhD in Linguistics (1991) I start working as a political Journalist, often going to Chechnya and other areas to make my reports. I felt that I wouldn’t like doing this kind of work for a long period of time. So the change came when I got to London and when I was luckily accepted into the one of the most brilliant schools of Fashion Design- Central St Martins.

Me: “There are plenty of upcoming questions about your style, inspirational sources, your future plans and shows. When will I hear from you again?
Daria : “As soon as I am back from Spain “

Daria is Russian and was born in Moscow in 1965. She studied at Moscow State University and has a PhD in Linguistics (1991). She worked as an interpreter and journalist for foreign TV channels and newspapers before going to London to study Fashion Design. She was admitted to Central St Martins to study Fashion Print. After returning to Russia in 1998 she created her own label Razu Mikhina, her surname split in two. Her first show was held in Moscow in January 1999. Daria stages all her shows in Moscow.

Razu Mikhina exhibited at Pret-a-Porter Paris (Atmoshere sector), WHO’S NEXT and INDIGO (Paris), at London Designer’s Exhibition (London), WHITE (Milan), JFW International Fashion Fair (Tokyo) etc From 2000 to 2006 Razu MIkhina collaborated with the show room Glenos, Milan. (Stockists included Barneys NY, SAKS, Takashimaya NY (USA), 2Link and Cavalli&Nastri (Milan), Joyce (Hong Kong), Liberty and Browns (London), Victoire (Paris), The Bay (Canada), Barneys Japan, Aquagirl, Epoca, Isetan, Shiseido The Ginza (Japan), OFF& CO (Germany), Podium and Tsvetnoy (Moscow) etc… ) From 2007 Razu Mikhina concentrates on the Russian market.
For more info go to -http://www.razumikhina.com/en/about/

 

In Your Own Voice May 3, 2013

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“Because the Internet is a Medium, it doesn’t care whether it transmits love or hate. It is what you build….We can build things that diminish    humanity or build things that bring us to human flourishing”. Caterina Fake.

 

What things do you build?

 

Voice Loss Remedy- Sea Buckthorn Oil

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• If you are concerned about voice loss -first of all, stop talking, especially on the phone, avoid yelling and do not whisper because your vocal chords will be experiencing even more tension.
• Simple voice loss remedies might include the following. Drink any milk along with mineral water. The best mineral water for this recipe would be “Borjomi” offered through selected Whole Food markets. This mineral water contains natural salts and many minerals that are essential for your well-being.
• Reading is very important. Dr. Oz in his book ” You being Beautiful” offered useful advice that is based on his true business expertise, relevant education and on decades of his sound experience.

Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is one of the most useful plants on Earth. Its orange colored berries are not only yummy; they are an unsurpassed natural source of vitamin E, A and several other carotenes. Sea Buckthorn, which contains vitamins B1, B2, K, and P has the quality of healing stomach ulcers, burns, sore throats, and voice loss, and it can also treat your skin so that it looks royally radiant. Take a 1/2 of a table spoon or 1 tea spoon of Sea Buckthorn Oil and swallow as slowly as possible or just let it run down your throat. For more tips click here and see the video clip.

If you have any further questions – just ask us.

 

Music is Painting in the Air

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The last week of April in New York was influenced by a plethora of extraordinary music events dedicated to the International Day of Jazz and to the celebration of the Birthdays of Barbra Streisand, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Many gifted singers and musicians showcased their talents on various stages including Lincoln Center, Blue Note, and other Jazz & Blues halls and clubs.
What an extraordinary occasion to learn about blues & jazz and, if you’re lucky, to jam with some renown jazz musicians who gathered together to pay a tribute to music!!
During one of our ‘after-concert’ coffee hours the question: “Are Gospel music and Blues the same thing?” was asked.
While there is an evident distinction between Gospel Music and the secular solo Blues, Blues is also an important root of jazz music and to this day is considered to be an essential part of a jazz repertoire.

“Blues is many things: a musical form of bars and measures, a whole body of melodies and themes. It is a harmonic system. It is a system of call and response. It is a bunch of moans and groans, and shouts and cries, dissonance and consonance; and it can interface with music all over the world”. Wynton Marsalis in “Jazz, a History of American’s Music”
“The Blues is a feeling and when it hits you, it’s the real news.” – said Huddie Ledbetter (1888-1949) who was called the” King of the twelve –string guitar” and had a repertoire of some 500 songs.
I would also add that Blues is Improvisation – the ability to find a new fresh and radiant melody (motif) and avoid being repetitive, simple, ill-mannered or predictable. Developing the motif and improving voice is not something that is done overnight. Listening, practicing and respecting the standards of notorious Jazz Kings and Jazz Queens is a time-consuming but an awesome and luxurious entity. It is also important for jazz students, teachers or well-known jazzmen and jazzwomen to create new music that is in harmony with our recent time, human values and our hearts.