The world of art is almost as diverse as the imagination. Today, I would like to focus on music, with emphasis on sounds from the U.S. and the mother continent, Africa.
Three talented musicians banded together (no pun intended) to form The Zoo Human Project. Jen Cordero @zhpJen is lead vocalist and also plays keyboard and guitar. Derek Martinez @zhpderek, the wiz of strings, plays guitar, ukelele--and he sings! Kevin Sakamoto @zhpkevin sings and plays percussion. Originally from Los Angeles, this popular California group now calls Sacramento home. Their well-recieved albums, Innominata and Naissance, built a solid fan base. Then, like all good American artists, they turned in their own renditions of some Christmas classics in a collection titled The Good List.
On the other side of the globe, from the southern-most country in Africa, comes David van Vuuren. In October of 2011, David @DaveFromFire won the seventh season of South African Idol. This pop artist is rather quiet on the outside, preferring to express himself in song and that he does with passion. After his Idol win, he joined the Universal recording family and tours for an ever-growing fan base.
Back in the united States, when beauty and talent converge, it is always Kate Prestia-Schaub. She is a gifted graduate of USC and is an accomplished soloist and teacher. He has already mastered the world form classical world. Yet not content to rest on those laurels, she has pushed the boundaries of musical performance working with many contemporary composers. She has also just finished premiering a new piece for piccolo and piano written especially for her by composer Martin Kennedy.
Two continents. Two sounds. Music worth listening to and thinking about.
Los Angeles Book Festival
February 22, 2013 06:05 | Awards, Book Festival | Permalink
The Los Angeles Book Festival has just announced its winners. In the category of genre-based fiction, Shattered Triangle picked up an honorable mention. The is one of the first festival entries for Shattered Triangle and it is good to be noticed and appreciated.
There are many good books that won honors, and the festival website is an excellent resource for new reading materials. Congratulations to all the authors who won awards at this year's festival!