ZupaNova Signs a distribution agreement with SM1 Music Group

Cover art for the New Single entitled "Dang-A-Dang"  with Rawcel and Davy Brown

“DANG-A-DANG” Will be released May 30th on over 650 music platforms worldwide.



ZUPANOVA on stage Performing  at the world famous Podium Lounge 2018 Singapore

ZUPANOVA on stage Performing at the world famous Podium Lounge 2018 Singapore

SM1 Music Group/Sony Music is Zuped up to be working with ZupaNova

I am all ZUPED UP to be working with ZUPANOVA”

— Glenn Maginnis

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, May 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — It is with Great pleasure and honor that we announce a strategic alliance with ZUPANOVA. ZupaNova signed a distribution agreement with SM1 Music Group/Sony Music. We are very excited to be working with Rawcel and Davy Brown. Rawcel is an LA native who is affiliated with the Black Eyed Peas. He is a singer, song writer and rapper. Davy Brown was born and raised in Southern California. Davy is multi-genre, music producer, recording artist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, recording engineer, mixing engineer, and master engineer.

ZupaNova has collected over 1,000,000 views collectively amongst various platforms. Over the past couple of years they have been fortunate to tour internationally in places such as Hong Kong, Philippines and Singapore. ZupaNova grabbed the attention of labels internationally. ZupaNova has found a home at SM1 Music Group/ And is planning on releasing a catalog of material starting with Dang-A-Dang being released on March 30th. Followed up with a single release of “Where Dat Weed at” on June 12th. "Crease", “Trust issues” featuring Kimala, "Pop Pop"featuring Arii Brazil who is an artist also produced by ZupaNova. Arii Brazil was introduced to ZupaNova by Will I Am of the Black Eyed Peas.

ZupaNova is have a single release party and performing on June 2nd during the Miss Philippines “Fashion For A Cause”, benefiting Operation Smile. This event will be at the container yard in downtown Los Angeles. Operation Smile is a non-profit medical service organization to help children with cleft lips and or cleft palates.

ZupaNova is planning for an international tour this fall. ZupaNova is also gearing up to perform at the Podium Lounge, Singapore’s largest and most glamorous F1 Racing track-side after party. The Podium Lounge is held in the swanky grand ballroom at the Singapore Ritz Carlton Hotel Millennium. International models and celebrities will be walking Asia's most iconic catwalk featuring ZupaNova.


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Group .BR Brings Best of Brazil to NYC with Saravá! São João

New York’s only Brazilian theater company hosts upbeat dance party

The Festas de São João are all about smiles, inclusion and good times, so we want anyone who wants to come dance with us to know the basic steps and ‘levantar poeira!’”

— Andressa Furletti, Group .BR Artistic Director

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, May 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Each year as June approaches, Brazilian expats start to get a little homesick, and New York’s Group .BR is no different.

“Lots of people know about Carnival, but the Festas Junina or Festas de São João are some of the liveliest and biggest events of the year,” says Group .BR’s Artistic Director, Andressa Furletti. “Every June, Brazilians get together with their families and friends to dance forró, quadrilha, enjoy the tasty food and have a great time!”

The Festas Junina/Festas de São João (June Party/St. John Party) are traditional Brazilian festivals that were introduced by Portuguese colonists and got mixed with African and Indigenous traditions creating something totally unique. The celebrations are marked by traditional food, music and the quadrilha – a Brazilian square dance. The event celebrates the end of Brazil’s rainy season and the corn harvest, which makes them festive, celebratory, abundant… and too good to miss.

So, Group .BR decided to fight the FOMO by bringing a true Festa de São João celebration to the Big Apple. On June 16th from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at House of Yes, Group .BR will host Saravá! São João – an event dedicated to bringing this uniquely Brazilian event to life in New York. To make the event feel just right, Group .BR is bringing in some incredible Brazilian talent, including live forró music with Forró in the Dark and Trio Little Birds, with special guest Liz Rosa and DJs Deøgaz (Deo Jorge and Gaspar Muniz), DJ Greg Caz and DJapa spinning the best Brazilian beats. The party will also include traditional food, drinks, games, and of course, the quadrilha.

For those who don’t want to be wallflowers, Group .BR will host a free special quadrilha workshop June 14th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at North Brooklyn Farms. There will also be a forró class at Saravá! São João when the party is first getting started.

“We don’t want anyone to be left sitting on the sidelines,” says Furletti. “The Festas de São João are all about smiles, inclusion and good times, so we want anyone who wants to come dance with us to know the basic steps and ‘levantar poeira!’” (Levantar poeira means “kick up the dust” – a saying that references the dust kicked up when people dance certain Brazilian dances such as forró)

Kids accompanied by parents or legal guardians are welcome at Saravá! São João from 3 PM to 6 PM and kids under 12 years old have free entry. After 6 PM the event is 21+ only. Those who want to show up looking the part can research costume ideas at http://bit.ly/dress4saojoao. Andressa Furletti is available for interviews regarding Saravá! São João. To schedule an interview, contact Group .BR at info@group.br.com.

Quadrilha Dance Feelings
June 14th from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
At North Brooklyn Farms (320 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249)
More information and RSVP at www.group.br.com/sarava
Free – must RSVP

Saravá! São João
June 16th from 3 PM to 11 PM
At House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237)
More information and tickets at www.group.br.com/sarava
Tickets from $15 – $20 online and $25 at the door

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PRECAMBRIAN: A Time Traveling Adventure in Music by Sverre Knut Johansen with Robert Rich

Sverre Knut Johansen in his workshop

Sverre Knut Johansen of Norway has created a musical journey back through time with PRECAMBRIAN on Spotted Peccary Music.

Dreamers and Warriors photo by Martin Stranka

Album cover photograph, Dreamers and Warriors, was created by international award-winning photographer Martin Stranka

Robert Rich

San Francisco-based ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal, and trance music artist Robert Rich collaborated on Precambrian.

New Spotted Peccary Release PRECAMBRIAN by Sverre Knut Johansen offers atmospheric aural escape, collectible physical product, and audiophile-worthy recording.

The music is epoch-based where I try to convey with nature sounds what might have happened on Earth, creating moods around certain events that have taken place, like oxygen, birds, water, and ice.”

— Sverre Knut Johansen

PORTLAND, OREGON, USA, May 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The story of life on Earth is an ambitious undertaking. Focusing his conceptual musical lens on the prehistoric development of planet Earth and its inhabitants, Sverre Knut Johansen is joined by noted electronic music maestro and soundscape pioneer Robert Rich to create a deeply compelling ambient-electronic odyssey that serves as a virtual soundseeing tour through our planet's vivid history. PRECAMBRIAN, the album, releases on the Spotted Peccary Music label this Friday, May 24, 2019.

PRECAMBRIAN takes the listener through significant geological periods and evolutionary events of Earth's 4.6 billion year history, bringing the epochs and eons to life through musical poetry and recorded natural sounds. The sonic landscapes, both organic and electronic, are always deep and captivating, evolving through abstract amorphous spaces, peaceful harmonious moods, and dramatic eventful moments. One almost wishes it were required curriculum in every 8th Grade Science classroom, for enhancing studying as much as learning evolution and geology.

Sverre Knut Johansen, with Robert Rich, has created a sonic masterpiece that goes from the dim beginnings of gas and dust particles through the formation of the planets, the beginnings of microbes and simple algae creating the air we now breathe, all the way to our current Anthropocene epoch. The music is built on a foundation of swirling synths, pulsing electronics, and occasional rhythmic moments, creating a space where Johansen’s mesmerizing compositions are highlighted by Robert Rich’s piano, with added guitar textures by David Helpling. Add to that the recordings of environmental sounds, both natural and mechanical, and the immersive world of PRECAMBRIAN springs to life with depth, energy, and artistic vitality.

"A meditation on the story of life on Earth is an ambitious undertaking. Perhaps only the language of synthesizers is complex enough to handle it all," writes music critic Robin B. James. "The natural sounds of trickling water and a few supersonic aircraft in the distance are realistically expressed, everything else is purely electronic. This is music for thinking about creation, certainly not a narrative explaining the Big Bang Theory. What you will hear is a meditation."

Album packaging and design stands out on this release, from its 3-fold geological timescale and 20-page booklet to the award-winning photography. PRECAMBRIAN’s cover art, Dreamers and Warriors, was created by international award-winning photographer Martin Stranka, a Czech photographer who won first place with the image at the 2019 prestigious Sony World Photography Awards, chosen from 326,000 photographs from 196 countries. Watch the "unboxing" video: https://t.co/cXt4l0aouX?amp=1

“The epochs on Earth are an exciting topic for me," Johansen professes, "so I was inspired to create an album around the concept of the Earth's geological time scale. The music is epoch-based where I try to convey with nature sounds what might have happened on Earth, creating moods around certain events that have taken place, like oxygen, birds, water, and ice.” Deep listeners may notice some of the real world ambiance skillfully woven into the tracks throughout the album.

Johansen and Rich transport the listener through the ages as they conjure sonic visions of a planet in constant change. The music evolves in a vivid timelapse that unfolds before the ears, occasionally pausing to experience key events along the way, before the title track ends the album with a sweeping musical epilogue that acts as the closing credits to Johansen’s epic geologic adventure.

1. HADEAN EON (04.56)
2. ARCHEAN EON (06.40)
4. PALEOZOIC ERA (07.06)
5. MESOZOIC ERA (06.51)
6. CENOZOIC ERA (07.47)
8. PRECAMBRIAN (11.40)

PRECAMBRIAN was mastered by Howard Givens, and is available in both physical and digital formats, as well as 24-bit Audiophile format. Multiple formats for purchasing and listening can be found at https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/precambrian/

For review copies, interview requests, or images, please contact Beth Ann Hilton at Spotted Peccary Music; mobile: 310-560-8390, or, e-mail: beth@spottedpeccary.com

About Sverre Knut Johansen:
Sverre Knut Johansen is an electronic music composer from Mo i Rana, Norway. His first album Distant Shore was released in 1994 and was produced by Erik Wøllo on the Norwegian label Origo Sound. In 1999, Johansen released The Source of Energy, followed by Planets in 2012. Johansen’s releases Nightshift and Elements of Light were inspired by the work of Steve Roach. Johansen’s previous releases on Spotted Peccary Music include The Vast Expanse, Secret Space Program, and Earth From Above.

About Robert Rich:
Robert Rich has helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal, and trance, so of course his music remains hard to categorize. Part of his unique sound comes from using home-made acoustic and electronic instruments, microtonal harmonies, computer-based signal processing, chaotic systems and feedback networks. Rich began building his own analog synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13 years old, and later studied for a year at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He released his first album Sunyata in 1982, and across four decades he has released over 40 albums. Rich has performed in caves, cathedrals, planetaria, art galleries and concert halls throughout Europe and North America. His all-night Sleep Concerts, first performed in 1982, became legendary in the San Francisco area. Rich’s solo albums available on Spotted Peccary Music include Tactile Ground, Vestiges, What We Left Behind, Filaments, Nest, The Biode, Ylang, Medicine Box and Echo of Small Things.

About Spotted Peccary Music:
Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary has been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 160 titles and 45 artists at SpottedPeccary.com and AmbientElectronic.com.


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Precambrian: A Journey Through the Epochs on Earth

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Follow No One Releases Emotional Track for Memorial Day

Follow No One Memorial Day Release

The Guys

Remembering All Veterans

International Rock Act Follow No One is surprising fans and newcomers alike with a special release for this year's Memorial Day Weekend

It's not a typical Follow No One Single… this is a track that's meant to be what it's meant to be, to remember veterans of all kinds, including my dad." explains Rich.”

— Rich Hall

DENVER, CO, UNITED STATES, May 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — An emotional Rich Hall released a video to the media and fans, explaining the nature of the surprise release and the background behind it.

"It's not a typical Follow No One Single… this is a track that's meant to be what it's meant to be, to remember veterans of all kinds, including my dad," explains Rich.

Rich's father died of throat cancer in 2017, due to his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam while serving in the Big Red One. During this time, Rich was recovering from complications that arose from a blood transfusion and wrote this song for his father prior to his passing (although he never lived to hear the completed version).

A United States Army veteran himself, Rich served two tours in the gulf and has a grandfather (still living) who served in the 82nd Airborne during World War II, seeing action in Normandy and The Battle of the Bulge.

The song draws from the experiences of soldiers from all eras and is Follow No One's lasting tribute to those that have served this great country: The United States of America.

In order to give the song its proper treatment, Follow No One is limiting the release of the music to interested Media Outlets for their inclusion in conjunction with Memorial Day Weekend programming.

In addition, Follow No One's Rich Hall will be available for media engagements either remotely or in studio, should his presence add to the nature of the programming.

"I regret that dad never got to hear this. But if everyone will turn up their radios a little bit, maybe he'll be able to hear it."

Rich Hall
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Rich elaborates on Follow No One’s Plans for Memorial Day Weekend

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Sierra Boggess (left), Rebecca Luker (center), and Heather Botts Headlined the Montclair PRSSA 7th Benefit for Autism NJ

Sierra Boggess (left), Rebecca Luker (center), and Heather Botts Headlined the Montclair PRSSA 7th Benefit for Autism NJ

From the left, Montclair student Gabi Bartnik, Autism NJ; Jessica Barkosky, Director of Communication and Marketing; Suzanne Buchanan, Executive Director; MSU student Ally DeForge and PRSSA faculty adviser Larry Weiner

From the left, Montclair student Gabi Bartnik, Autism NJ; Jessica Barkosky, Director of Communication and Marketing; Suzanne Buchanan, Executive Director; MSU student Ally DeForge and PRSSA faculty adviser Larry Weiner

This Year's Fundraiser Brings Total Raised for Autism NJ to Nearly $40,000 in total

It was amazing to see Broadway stars who I’ve seen in shows on my own campus, advocating and performing for a cause that is very near and dear to my heart,”

— Rebecca Erdelyi

MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, May 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Monday April 22, the Montclair State University School of Communication and Media Public Relations Student Society of America raised $7,000 for Autism New Jersey during its 7th annual “Broadway’s Best” benefit concert. This year’s stellar lineup included three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker, Broadway royalty Sierra Boggess, and up-and-comer and “My Fair Lady” Laura Benanti understudy, Heather Botts. The three powerhouse women performed fan favorites from their careers, as well as covers of popular Broadway songs.
The event was cohosted by Montclair State students Ally DeForge and Gabi Bartnik, who were among the many PRSSA students who made the night possible.
“As a member of PRSSA, I was able to help in planning and getting the schedule ready for the day,” DeForge said. “All of the members were super involved in planning and prepping for the event. We had amazing direction from our E-Board, and they helped us to know exactly where we needed to be and what we needed to do to make sure the event was a success.”
Also joining the lineup for the third year was the Paper Mill Playhouse Show Choir. The group is comprised of 67 high school students from across New Jersey who are passionate about musical theatre. The group performed a medley of songs from the hit film “The Greatest Showman,” as well as fan-favorites from popular Broadway shows including “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Hamilton.” Montclair State’s very own Freshmen Revue also let their voices shine with beautiful harmonies and top-notch solos.
Another highlight of the night was William Paterson graduate Jonathan Weiner performing Robert Starer’s work “Colors” on the piano. Weiner also took the stage later in the night to preview his upcoming virtual reality film and documentary “Chocolate Milk,” which he is creating alongside MSU School of Communication and Media professor Sonja Bozic.
MSU alum Robert Getz also screened his short film “Origins of Heroes,” which connects his experience with Asperger’s to the experiences of popular superheroes.
The night concluded with Boggess’ stunning version of “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera.”
“It was amazing to see Broadway stars who I’ve seen in shows on my own campus, advocating and performing for a cause that is very near and dear to my heart,” said Montclair State Graduate Student Rebecca Erdelyi. “It was a really wonderful experience.”
In addition, among the items raffled off was a specially autographed for the event package of CDs/DVDs and some autographed photos from Audra McDonald.

Larry M. Weiner, APR, Fellow PRSA
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Introducing New Country Artist -Bekx



Bekx hits the Country Music Industry blazing with new single "Scissors"

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES, May 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bekx, born Bekah Grace Goodman, reigns from the heart of the south in Atlanta, Georgia. At an early age her family then moved to Catalina Island. Bekx was blessed to live in the very center of Catalina Island at Middle Ranch. She spent most of her childhood outdoors and at the beach, camping, surfing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and playing in the dirt.

From a young age Bekx has been involved in music, dance, acting and sports but by her teenage years she found her true passion was to be on stage. Born into a very musically talented family, it was no surprise that Bekx had a love for music. Her love for singing and writing has only grown, as has she.

Though she has never actually had a formal singing lesson until the age of seventeen, Bekx has won several singing competitions and performed on many big stages including the Wilshire Ebell Theater and the famous Casino Theater on Catalina Island.

Bekx eventually made her big move to Nashville and caught the eye of a new label in town. MC1 Nashville, which is partnered with Sony Orchard, was so impressed with the talent they saw in Bekx they immediately signed her to the label and then into the studio with producers, Eli Hoffman and Rebecca Lynn Howard, to work on her debut album. Howard herself has charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart including "Forgive" which peaked at number 12 on the charts in 2002.

Bekx' debut single, "Scissors", penned by Rebecca Lynn Howard and Eli Hoffman, is set for release to Country radio across the country this June 2019.

Contact Info:
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Local Pianists Sought for Scientology Information Center Community Performance this September

The Scientology Information Center in downtown Clearwater has become a hub for cultural events, such as this piano concert held last year. This September, the Center will be hosting a community piano concert in honor of National Piano Month.

Our biographical displays at the Information Center shed light on this relatively unknown aspect of Mr. Hubbard’s life. He also was a big supporter of the arts and artists.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

CLEARWATER, FL, US, May 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — This September, in honor of National Piano Month, the Scientology Information Center will host a special piano concert on September 21st. Pianists of all skill levels are invited to participate.

“We would like to see local artists with piano skills showcasing their talent,” said Amber Skjelset, the manager of the Scientology Information Center. “This will be a unique community-collaboration performance. This includes those with self-taught talent, hobbyist, amateur or professional skill.”

Those interested in participating can apply by contacting Ms. Skjelset to set up an audition on the Center’s baby grand piano. All genres of music are welcome.

September is National Piano Month, started in 1991 by the National Piano Foundation. It is celebrated across the U.S. in many ways including taking piano lessons, doing fun piano exercises, learning new songs on the piano or even participating in a local piano competition.

The Scientology Information Center, opened in July 2015, provides answers to common questions about Scientology, its founder, L. Ron Hubbard and the humanitarian programs the Church sponsors across the world.

In addition to its educational mission, the Information Center hosts community events honoring holidays and special days, theater performances and music concerts numbering over 100 to date.

“L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology was himself an accomplished musician,” said Ms. Skjelset. “Our biographical displays at the Information Center shed light on this relatively unknown aspect of Mr. Hubbard’s life. He also was a big supporter of the arts and artists – once writing ‘A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists.’”

For more information on how participate as a performer, attend this concert or to learn more about the Scientology Information Center, please contact Amber at 727-467-6966 or amber@cos.flag.org.

The Scientology Information Center:

The Scientology Information Center, located in the century-old Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015 by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The Center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder. The Center offers tours to the broad public and civic leaders; holds concerts, theatrical performances and receptions for the community; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups.

For more information on Scientology, visit www.scientology.org or the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320, or streaming at www.scientology.tv or apps at appleTV, fireTV and ROKU.

Amber Skjelset
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Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President of Production for Marvel Studios, with student leadership for 8th annual Archer Film Festival

Alonso Opened The Archer School for Girls’ Annual Event with Keynote Address

I'm proud to support Archer's Film Festival and their vision to build the next generation of diverse leadership in the industry.”

— Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studio Executive

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, May 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Archer School for Girls hosted its 8th annual Archer Film Festival, empowering female filmmakers and featuring Executive Vice President of Production for Marvel Studios Victoria Alonso as the keynote speaker. Festival organizers received over 700 student-produced film submissions from 57 countries. Celebrities, media, and the public viewed screenings of finalist films at The Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills after a pink carpet reception. Event sponsors included The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Mark Gordon & Sally Whitehill, CBS Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion, Atlas Entertainment, Pearl Street Films, Everywhere Studios, Ptarmigan Films, and Dinky Pictures.

As a Latina and a female senior executive, Victoria Alonso has become a strong voice in Hollywood and a tireless advocate for progress. She was the Executive Producer of "The Avengers" in 2011 and has since served in that role for many major Marvel movies, including "Captain America," "Black Panther," and the recently released "Avengers: Endgame." Alonso opened the event with a keynote and interview led by students from Archer’s Institute for Film and Video Literacy program.

“Art strives to inspire, educate, and influence its audiences, and filmmaking might be the most powerful medium within that landscape,” Alonso said. “Watching a film can give you an opportunity to walk in someone else's shoes and learn about someone else's story, even if it's only for a little while. Because of this, it is imperative that all voices are heard, all people are represented, and all stories are told – both in front of and behind the camera. I'm proud to support Archer's Film Festival and their vision to build the next generation of diverse leadership in the industry.”

The Archer Film Festival is a student-run and student-led event.

"There are many reasons why we are incredibly excited to include Victoria Alonso in this year’s festival, but what stands out to me most is her fearless commitment to inclusivity on both sides of the camera,” Film Festival Leadership Board member and Archer senior Zoë Appelbaum-Schwartz said. “In shaping the Marvel cinematic universe, Ms. Alonso has become a ‘superhero’ in her own right, tirelessly advocating for progress while demonstrating an exceptional commitment to her art. As a remarkably well-respected and influential Hollywood producer, Ms. Alonso is a fantastic role model for any aspiring female filmmaker.”

Learn more about the event at archerfilmfestival.org. View photos and updates at @archerfilmfest on Twitter or Instagram.

Nearly 20 years later, the gender gap remains unchanged. According to a 2018 report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, women comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. This represents an increase of 2 percentage points from 18% in 2018 and is virtually unchanged from the percentage achieved in 1998. Only 8% of last year’s top-grossing movies had a female director, down 3 percentage points from 11% in 2017.

The Archer Institute for Film & Video Literacy program strives to overcome these gaps by encouraging the new generation of female filmmakers through its film classes and the Archer Film Festival. Each year, participants get the rare opportunity to screen their films at the festival and learn from high-level industry professionals. Throughout the development of the Festival, student filmmakers are given access to insider industry knowledge, further strengthening their foundation to effectively pursue careers in the field.

"The Archer Film Festival was created to encourage our student filmmakers, give them hands-on experience in the industry, and to help achieve gender parity in front of and behind the camera,” Head of School Elizabeth English said. “Archer students have run with this idea, making the Festival their own and bringing exposure and attention to a problem that affects the way young girls see themselves and their place in the world."

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About The Archer School for Girls
Founded in 1995, The Archer School for Girls is a contemporary girls’ school, grades 6 through 12, devoted to educating and empowering girls for leadership in the 21st century. We take a research-based approach to teaching and learning in an environment that explores and refines the ways girls learn best. Archer has always been committed to reflecting the face of Greater Los Angeles. Forty-two percent of the student body are students of color and come from 73 different zip codes and 141 different feeder schools. We award nearly $4 million in financial aid annually. Above all, Archer is known for its highly innovative programs and joyful culture. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ArcherSchool, Instagram @ArcherSchoolforGirls, or visit our website www.archer.org.

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Valerie Romanoff WINS Best World Album at ZMR Global Airplay Chart's 15th Annual Zone Music Awards in New Orleans

Portrait of Valerie Romanoff

ZMR Best World Album Winner Valerie Romanoff

Healing Music Volume 2 album cover

Available now: Award-winning 2-CD album Healing Music Volume 2

Valerie with her guitar in the Arizona forest

Valerie Romanoff loves to travel the world, playing live and sharing her light.

Multi-talented musician, composer and producer Valerie Romanoff and her album Healing Music Volume 2 are also nominated for IMA, COVR and PSA awards.

Music has the power to heal, transform, evoke emotion, underscore and enhance our lives. By consciously aligning with elements of music, we can affect deep changes in our world.”

— Valerie Romanoff

SEDONA, ARIZONA, USA, May 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Healing Music Volume 2 entered the Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Global Airplay Chart last year at #4, qualifying for the organization's Best World Album award, leading to an invitation to the annual Zone Music Awards show. Valerie Romanoff — the album's producer-composer and multi-instrumentalist — made a cameo appearance with Best Vocal Album nominee, Sangeeta Kaur, and her band at the broadcaster-voted awards show on Saturday, May 18th at The House of Blues New Orleans, where she also accepted the prize for Best World Album.

“Heart-centered gatherings like this help activate waves of positive energy to uplift ourselves and our world. My collection of original music includes many genres,” she explains. “I compose and perform funky dance tunes (THRILL) with a positive message, as well as meditation music for deep relaxation and inner journey (STILL). And in between is (CHILL) groovy music for feeling good and finding a flow.”

Romanoff is a composer, writer and life-long entertainer who splits her time between New York and Sedona, AZ, playing live music as often as possible. She is also nominated by the Independent Music Awards for Best New Age Album, and Valerie is slated to attend the event on June 21-22nd in NYC; tickets are available to the public. The annual IMA ceremony and Independent Music Party industry event celebrates the year’s best artists and their fans with showcases, presentations, parties and awards in thirty-six genres of music, from A Capella to World Traditional, and more than 100 Album, EP, Song, Video, Producer, Photography and Design categories.

Two additional organizations have found the album worthy of nominations, including the COVR Awards and Peace Song Awards. She is nominated as a finalist for “Best Spoken Word” in the 2018 Peace Song Awards for “Om Shanti Shalom” a collaboration featuring 100-year old yogi Tao Porchon-Lynch. And, most recently, the retail-based Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Awards announced that Healing Music Volume 2 is nominated in their Meditation Music and World Fusion Music categories. The COVR embraces a spiritual world view characterized by global concern, social conscience, peaceful coexistence, and ecological sustainability.

Groove into Bliss: Let the Music Still, Chill & Thrill!

Winning the ZMR Best World Album award and the recent award nominations are an ideal way to announce the debut of Romanoff’s new band, SpiritJamFest, and concert series, Groove Into Bliss. Romanoff was founder of the renowned high-end (and high-energy) event band called Starlight Orchestra. By contrast, her Groove Into Bliss concerts share Romanoff’s more mellow new age world fusion music as a focal point to connect with the present moment, varying the vibes to inspire different states of being. Based on the belief that listening to music changes our mood as our energy naturally calibrates to our environment, Romanoff performs musical compositions with positive vibrations. Fans say that more than a performance, her music can be a tool for personal exploration on a path to higher wisdom.

Romanoff has several albums in circulation in addition to the award-winning Healing Music Volume 2. Her latest album, The Best of Healing Music, has just been released and is available from CD Baby and Bandcamp.

Music reviewers are showing appreciation. "Slow it all down, let the twilight sky happen. Shimmering chimes, classical guitar, slow hand drums and sitar, harp and flute, it all flows like a breeze at dawn. Breathe and smile," reads a Robin B. James review excerpt on Ello.

Valerie Romanoff is also an eloquent writer and speaker on music, mindfulness and spirituality. Requests for interviews or music reviews may be directed to publicist Beth Ann Hilton, The B Company, 310-560-8390 or bethhilton@thebcompany.com.

Retail distribution of Romanoff’s Healing Music series is handled by Clay Pasternak Distribution (Cpidistro@gmail.com) and (New Leaf Distributing).

Live “Groove into Bliss” retail events are booked by Greg Steffen (grsteffen@aol.com).









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Source: EIN Presswire

Fraudprophets Release Debut Album ‘Poptosis’, Allay Growing Industry Fears Of Jazz Fusion Takeover

Fraudprophets - Poptosis Cover

Fraudprophets – Poptosis

The jazz-rock group is joined by Bob Reynolds of Snarky Puppy, guitarist Oz Noy, keyboardist Matt Rohde and Nashville fiddle ninja Jenee Fleanor

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, May 22, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Fraudprophets (www.fraudprophets.com), a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist and composer Sean Halley and A-list drummer Nate Morton (seen weekly on NBC’s ‘The Voice’), are ecstatic to announce the release of their debut album ‘Poptosis’ on June 3, 2019. The new record seamlessly blends elements of jazz, pop, rock, country and 70’s fusion into tunes that feel uniquely natural together, a result of the long-standing bond between Morton and Halley and their decades-long careers on stage and in the studio…and the gin.

“It probably isn’t the best way to go about it, but we randomly started this whole thing one night by drinking cocktails to a click track”, said Morton. “Not having a plan ended up being a real blessing, as the snippets of music that came out of that evening were free-spirited and fun, and they were infused with personality and our love for each other as musical dorks.” Halley continues, “Nate and I love just about every kind of music, so nothing was off limits if it was a style we felt comfortable with. The same was true for the production – I like big-sounding records, so if we needed a ridiculous Beastie Boys-esque organ-and-drums breakdown for a
tune, I’d have to go figure it out.”

“The tones, the tunes and performances are stellar! It’s the best new instrumental music I’ve heard in ages!” session guitar legend Michael Thompson (Babyface, David Foster, Backstreet Boys, Toni Braxton, etc)

“ …the new CD is fantastic and really musical. All of the players are phenomenal – I love the entire disc, but my favorite tune is ‘Skronktastic’”. Drummer Greg Bissionette (David Lee Roth, Toto, Ringo Starr, Santana).

“This album is a total success from start to finish. The sound quality is nothing short of amazing! Check out ‘Poptosis’ and become a believer.” babysue.com May 2019

The band is currently putting together a musical unit to take ‘Poptosis’ to the next level live, and hope to play dates in the US, Japan and Europe in the coming year. The band keeps a presence on social media as time allows, so check out Instagram and Facebook for examples of their unique brand of musicality and good-natured humor.

The album will be available for pre-sale on May 27 and fully released on June 3. Links for the major online retailers will be available at http://www.fraudprophets.com/buy–poptosis-.html
when live.

For more information: www.fraudprophets.com

Press inquiries:

Billy James
Glass Onyon PR
+1 828-350-8158
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Source: EIN Presswire