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Zoë Keating @ Boulder Theater | 6/11/11

Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Increasingly considered a role model for DIY artists, Zoë's self-released albums have sold over 35,000 copies and she has amassed an incredible 1.3 million Twitter followers. Born in Canada and classically trained from the age of eight, Zoë spent her 20's dabbling in computer software while moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands. Inevitably, she combined the two and developed her now signature style while improvising for late night crowds at her San Francisco warehouse. She makes an effort to reach audiences wherever they are and has performed on National Public Radio, television, webcasts, outdoors in the Nevada desert, in churches, concert halls, universities, museums, technology conferences, executive brainstorming sessions, house concerts, bars and rock clubs across North America and Europe.

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The Puppini Sisters covering Wham!'s "Last Christmas"

The Puppini Sisters share their version of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" - transforming the modern synth holiday classic into a bittersweet nouveau/ancien WWII era Parisian stunner that Surviving the Golden Age praises as "truly a revelation. This might be the definitive rendition."
Holiday music finally puts on red lipstick, slips into a silky cleavage-celebrating ballgown, and goes gorgeous and glamorous with Christmas With The Puppini Sisters - the album Metromix describes as "imagine if 'Glee' did a big-band/swing episode and you’re pretty close."
A female vocal trio featuring ‘40s-style close harmony, backed by a fearless jazz threesome, the retro-futuristic Puppini Sisters put their signature sequined stamp on timeless songs of the season for the sensational group’s third album - listen to their swingin’ and rockin’, sexy and eccentric take on the sassy holiday classic "Santa Baby"!
Swingin’ and rockin’, sexy and eccentric have never before described a Christmas album--until now.  Then again, there has never before been an artist who claims both The Andrews Sisters and The Smiths as influences.  Holiday music finally puts on red lipstick, slips into a silky cleavage-celebrating ballgown, and goes gorgeous and glamorous with Christmas With The Puppini Sisters (Verve), released October 5, 2010.
A female vocal trio featuring ‘40s-style close harmony, backed by a fearless jazz threesome, the retro-futuristic Puppini Sisters put their signature sequined stamp on timeless songs of the season for the sensational group’s third album.  From a scorching cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas,” hyperspeed “Step Into Christmas,” oh-so-sexy “Santa Baby,” cabaret “Here Comes Santa Claus” and lilting “Last Christmas” to a weirdly wonderful “White Christmas,” scat-filled “Let It Snow,” ukulele oozing “Mele Kalilimaka,” uber-trad “Winter Wonderland” and divine “O Holy Night,” the Puppini Sisters (no, they’re not really sisters, that would be so on-the-nose) deliver original twists rather than nostalgic flashbacks.
Whether imaginatively reworking standards such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and recent pop such as Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” or introducing new songs, the classically-trained London-based trio first captured the hearts of fans around the world with their international gold 2007 debut Betcha Bottom Dollar (#2 on the U.S. Jazz chart) and 2008’s The Rise And Fall Of Ruby Woo (#5 on the U.S. Jazz chart).
Brunette Marcella Puppini, a former assistant to fashion icon Vivienne Westwood, had dreamed of becoming opera’s next star.  Redhead Stephanie O’Brien began in music as a maverick of the classical world but found her niche playing gypsy jazz violin, South American harp and singing.  Blonde Kate Mullins, well, she sings like an angel and swears like a sailor.  The vocalists/multi-instrumentalists met in 2004 at London’s Trinity College of Music while pursuing Jazz Performance and Composition degrees.  Offered a gig at an outrageous gay nightclub, they jumped at the chance to perform.  Marcella, who gave the band her name, worked out a hasty arrangement of Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” inspired by ‘40s swing and jazz.  The crowd adored their stunning vocals and cocktail hour charisma.
Since then, along with releasing several singles and two albums, they have performed at the Glastonbury festival and on an American stadium tour supporting Cyndi Lauper; been heard on TV series in the U.K. and the U.S., including “Grey’s Anatomy”; and been in constant demand as guest performers at notable entertainment and fashion events across the globe.  Even Prince Charles personally told them he thought they were “splendid” (seriously, we could not make that up).  The Puppini Sisters may have started out retro but they have become true originals.  With Christmas With The Puppini Sisters, holiday music never sounded so fresh and new.

Stanton Moore Trio at the Boulder Theater - 12.02

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Stanton Moore Trio featuring Will Bernard and Wil Bladesat the Boulder Theater on Thursday December 2nd.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Stanton Moore is a dedicated drummer and performer especially connected to the city, its culture and collaborative spirit. Driven and inspired by the thriving music scene of his hometown which includes such greats as Professor LonghairDoctor John and The Meters, Moore’s name is now mentioned amongst these Big Easy mainstays.

In the early ‘90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic. Their first album, 1996’s widely acclaimed Coolin’ Off, led to an intense tour schedule of nearly 200 gigs a year for the next ten years. Building on their fan base by adding an esteemed list of all-star collaborations to the six albums that followed, Galactic continues to amass a worldwide audience via recording and touring globally.

Moore launched his solo career in 1998 aided by eight-string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik (Les Claypool, John Scofield, Roger Waters). The group recorded All Kooked Out! featuring a handful of local New Orleans musicians as well.

In the midst of these recording sessions yet another concept was taking shape. Outtakes turned into the first Garage a Trois release, Mysteryfunk (1999). In 2000 the trio, led by Moore behind the drum kit, was joined by percussionist Mike Dillon (Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco) and has since released three more albums – Emphasizer in 2003, Outre Mer in 2005 and Power Patriot in 2009.

Moore extended his solo discography with the release of Flyin’ the Koop (Verve/Blue Thumb) in 2001, and III (Telarc) in 2006. Following the latter Modern Drummer called Moore’s trademark sound “infectious, jazz-meets-Bonham, nouveau second-line.” Recorded at the legendary Preservation Hall in New Orleans, III featured organist Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars, The Head Hunters) and guitarist Will Bernard (T.J. Kirk, Doctor Lonnie Smith) as the Stanton Moore Trio, with special guests Skerik and trombonist Mark Mullins (Galactic, Bonerama, Harry Connick, Jr., Better Than Ezra).

In 2008, Moore looked to continue his scaled back session crew with Walter and Bernard to record Emphasis! (on parenthis). Says Moore, “When it came time to do another record, I had already known for a while that I wanted to build on the momentum of this band – three musicians who were becoming a unit unto themselves – and I wanted to get a little more adventurous with the music itself.”

In April 2010, Moore releases Groove Alchemy. The 12-track set is the culmination of Moore’s multimedia project that also includes an instructional book and DVD of the same name. All three facets of the project are designed to explore the roots of funk drumming by examining the work of pioneers like Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, and Zigaboo Modeliste – each of whom made their mark at different times throughout the 1960s as the engines driving James Brown’s and the Meters’ legendary rhythm sections – and in turn tracing their influences back to the rhythms coming out of New Orleans in the earlier part of the 20th century. Recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, NY, this project is the follow up to the widely acclaimed Take it to the Street DVD and book that focused specifically on New Orleans drumming styles.

Showing his outstanding versatility, Moore has appeared on Heavy Metal Grammy nominees Corrosion of Conformity’s In the Arms of GodIrma Thomas’ After the Rain (winning a grammy in the process), Robert Walter’s Super Heavy OrganTom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Boots Riley’s (the Coup) Street Sweeper Social ClubWill Bernar & Diane Birch’s Bible Belt, Alec Ounsworth’s (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) Mo Beauty.  He continues to play dates globally with an ever-evolving cast of musicians including John Scofield; Karl Denson; George Porter, Jr., and Leo Nocentelli (of the Meters); Charlie Hunter; Warren Haynes; John Medeski and Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin and Wood); Donald Harrison Jr.; Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Robert Walter; the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to name a few.

With a bachelor’s degree in music and business from Loyola University, Moore stays involved in education by constantly giving clinics and teaching master classes and  private lessons all over the world. He has been a contributing writer for Drum!, Modern Drummer, and DownBeat magazines here he was featured on the covers of more than six drum publications. In 2005, he launched a signature line of cymbals with Bosphorus Cymbals and a signature drumstick with the Vic Firth stick company.  In 2009, Moore developed his own drum company to introduce his signature titanium snare drum that he designed in conjunction with Ronn Dunnett.

Deeply affected by Katrina and its aftermath, New Orleans’ native son was quick to lend a hand by spearheaded the Tipitina’s Music Workshop, free Sunday seminars that cater to children and a rotating cast of well-known professionals to promote the preservation of New Orleans music.  He also set up the Staletta Fund, a scholarship started by he and his wife Aletta to help cover costs for aspiring students to attend jazz camps, auditions and further their education.

Moore stays active as a spokesperson for the Gulf Restoration Network and is a regular proponent of and player with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars. Additionally he serves on the board of directors for the Roots of Music, a free music education and academic mentoring program founded by Derrick Tabb, drummer for Rebirth Brass Band and recent nominee for CNN’s Heroes awards.



Galactic’s next record Ya-ka-may will be released February, 2010, and Moore steps into the role of producer on Anders Osborne’s next record due out next Spring.

Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.

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$15.50 adv / $19.25 dos

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Pavlo and His Signature Guitars

Pavlo- for the Grateful Web

At the beginning of this year, Canadian ethnic acoustic guitarist, Pavlo, taped a PBS special at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Michigan. That concert extravaganza, "Pavlo's Mediterranean Nights," will have sixteen musicians and dancers, along with Pavlo, and will be aired on PBS stations across the country this month. It will also be available on DVD.

Pavlo was named World Artist of the Year in 2004 by the Canadian Independent Music Awards and his second album, Fantasia, won a Juno for the Best Instrumental Album in 2000. He is currently touring in support of his seventh album, Live at Massey Hall.

"After coming off of a huge show like the one we're doing, I long for a more intimate setting," Pavlo said in a phone interview in January. Immediately after the taping of that concert, he hit smaller stages in three cities in the Midwest. Those concerts weren't solo performances, however. He had five musicians traveling with him. "Sometimes, the music is even more well received when it's a little bit more naked," he admitted.

Pavlo is Canadian born, but his parents came from Greece in the mid-60s.  Two of his band members are of Greek descent. Spryos Gazetos, the longest serving member of his band, plays bass, keys, and bouzouki, a mandolin-type instrument, and George Vasilakos also plays bouzouki and guitar. Both are Greek. Gino Mirizio, percussionist and piano player, is Italian and is adept at a variety of handrums, including timbale, congas, cajon, djembe, doumek, and ud. Randy Rodrigues, bass, is of Portuguese descent, and Densil Femdios, the keyboard player, was born in Kenya of Portugese descent. These musicians add flavor to Pavlo's already rich mix of flamenco, classical, and Greek-inspired melodies.

Pavlo started playing guitar in earnest when he was ten. In fact, he played so much that his mother began to worry about him, encouraging him to go out side and play. "I enjoyed playing guitar that much," he said. But it was more than just learning his instrument. "I also started to create. Obviously, writing songs at the age of twelve - - they were pretty bad. But the intention was the there, the need, the desire to create music, to write music, to come up with my own melodies was sort of innate right from the start. This is some of the craft that I have built over the years, not playing my guitar behind my head and all this kind of stuff. It is writing music that means something to me.

Though Pavlo played in a few rock bands in his teens and twenties and was writing melodies for them, it was trip to Greece that made a connection for him. He discovered what he called Mediterranean music, a joyful, celebratory music that moved him and began to move others. He wasn't able to attract a record label but toured all over North America and sold CDs out of the trunk of his car. Eventually, his second album sold a million copies. In the ten years since he has started recording, his music has been recorded on soundtracks for The Chris Issak Show, The L Word, and the film, Marine Life, starring Cybill Shepherd. He also has performed for His Royal Highness, Prince Charles.

One song that is close to Pavlo's heart is "BriAnje," written in honor of Brittany Mastronardi, the daughter of Ontario vintners Eadie and Tony Mastronardi. Brittany died of Batten Disease, a very rare and fatal neuro-degenerative brain disorder, at the age of 11. The Mastronardis named their first wine, a Riesling, after her, calling it BriAnji, which in Portuguese means "Angel Brittany." Pavlo was so inspired by her story that he wrote a song for her.

"But I'm not composing instrumental music to show everybody how fast I can play guitar. I'm composing music that has inspired me or moved me or changed my life in some way," he said. "I've been in this business a very long time. I have friends that write in Nashville, and all they do every day is go to their songwriting sessions and they write from Monday to Friday. That's not my world. I may write one song this month, and I may write seven the next month. It depends on how I'm moved." He said that he doesn't write songs just to record them. "When I complete a song, it's been written for a reason."

In the case of "BriAnji," she had passed on before he met the Mastronardis. "They spoke about this child whom I never met in such a positive light.  It wasn't, 'Why did she only live 11 years?' It was, "Why were we so lucky that she lived 11 years?' The perspective was very different, and she inspired a lot of people. Like every family, you have untimely deaths, but this struck me very different. The song that I wrote has a melancholic feel, but I think a very positive feel at the end of it." That piece of music has never been placed on a record and is available as a free download on his website (www.pavlo.net).

Throughout Pavlo's career, he has played many different guitars and has even been endorsed by Yamaha for years. "That's all fine and dandy," he said, "but, at every show I do, I always have kids come up to me and ask me about the instrument that I play." At first, he just showed them his Yamaha classical guitar. "I wanted to get more involved in it than just that," he said, more than just telling young players what brand he uses.

He realized that many youngsters needed affordable instruments that were good quality. Often, one of the biggest hurdles is getting a good guitar that will produce the sound that you want it to, but it's going to cost you $2,000 or $3,000. Big guitar makers do offer youth guitars but even these are often priced out of young hands or the ones that are affordable are just not up to the quality Pavlo thinks youngsters need.

"I'm at the level now that I can take over that end as well. I'm making an affordable guitar for them. They can play it, and it will be a good guitar," he said. "It's been about a year and a half in the works. I teamed up with a luthier. We found the company out of San Francisco that has manufacturing plants all over the world. The guitar will be a $1500 guitar that I'm probably going to sell to the kids for about $500 to $600."  The higher prices for good guitars Pavlo says are due to middlemen and distributors. "That's how these prices get inflated," he said. "I can minimize all that and have available to these kids a guitar that is very good. And I'm not talking about Esteban and a $100 guitar. I'm talking about a real guitar that will really play well because I'm going to play it myself, and I've got fifty guitars.  It'll play well, and it will be affordable."

These new youth guitars should be available sometime this year. The legacy of these guitars will encourage many young players to continue their classical, ethnic, and acoustic guitar studies.

MARTIN INTRODUCES BEN HARPER SIGNATURE GUITAR!

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Martin Guitars and Ben Harper have teamed up to create a signature edition guitar that targets tone and on stage versatility: the Martin HM Ben Harper Special Edition. Drawing inspiration from Martin's M size and displaying classic Martin appointments, this instrument is perfect for acoustic and amplified sound.

Call the Folk Music Center at 909-624-2928 to reserve yours today!

RINGO STARR AND BEN HARPER - "ARTIST ON ARTIST" FEB. 9

Ben and Ringo interviewed each other as part of MySpace's ongoing series "Artist On Artist"! The video will be shown starting February 9 at www.myspace.com/artistonartist.

"BODY OF WAR" SOUNDTRACK DUE MARCH 1

"No More", the Eddie Vedder penned and performed tune for the documentary "Body of War" featuring guest Ben Harper live at Lollapalooza, will be the lead single on the upcoming 2-CD compilation, "Body of War: Songs that Inspired an Iraq War Veteran," due out March 18 on Sire Records.

The album is culled from hand-picked tracks by Iraq War veteran Tomas Young, who was shot and paralyzed from the chest down after serving in Iraq for less than a week.

More info available at www.bodyofwar.com.

BEN HARPER ON SHERYL CROW ALBUM

Ben sings guest vocals on Sheryl Crow's new album "Detours", in stores now. The song "Gasoline" came together in a Nashville studio while in town for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music Festival