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Composer Julian De La Chica and his loneliness

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Brooklyn based, Colombian composer and pianist Julian De La Chica, first visited the United States in 2003 as a guest of Cesar Gaviria Trujillo, then-secretary general of the Organization of American States and past president of Colombia, to perform a concert for the entire diplomatic corps during Hispanic Week. Julian will also be visiting New York City for the first time, where he has lived for above a decade and seeks to find inspiration.

Julian De La Chica at Carnegie Hall Photo by Eugene Manning

This prolific composer, who is equally comfortable composing a string quartet as well as a symphony as he is directing a film, started learning piano at the age of five in his hometown of Manizales, a small city situated inside the Colombian mountain ranges known for producing some of the world’s finest coffee. Julian realized that, while he progresses as a pianist, his artistic interests lay more in the realm of composition than art. He enrolled as a music student at the National University of Colombia in Bogota but dropped out after just one semester due to his dissatisfaction with conservatory life: He didn’t want to waste five years restricted to a rehearsal space, studying the same works as anyone else. It sounded a little monotonous to him, and music can never be dull. He wanted to live, see the capital, move outside of Colombia, and discover where the piece was made.

He then moved to Europe, spending time in Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. During this time, his fascination with religion’s spirituality, metaphysics, and phenomenology contributed to a spiritual awakening. This new aspect of his creative mentality has followed him throughout his career, guiding him, for example, to work with WQXR host and New York Times blogger Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim on her series, Morning Meditations: Beginner’s Ear, and to compose Experimentelle und Umbestimmte Lieder Op. 9 about these subjects (Experiential and Indeterminate Songs).

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Much of Julian’s music develops from this principle. In March 2016, Julian premiered his first string quartet  at Carnegie Hall, together with his cycle of four songs, sung by Jose Heredia. Julian’s next project is with the Russian mezzo soprano Yana Mann, who has recorded a new Spanish song cycle, Poemas de Bar and of course, his first film, Agatha, film that earned a special award for its austere score, unapologetically raw subject matter, and experimental cinematography at the 37th edition of the Bogota Film Festival in his home country of Colombia.

Julián compose music in response to what he sees. Mr. De La Chica finds himself an ‘experimenter,’ not just a ‘composer.’ Composing is a solitary endeavor. It’s possible to have rehearsals, workshops, and other activities, but it’s ultimately a solo career. Julian a lonely person. He prefers to be alone, which is why quarantined or not, this social transition has been minimal for him, at least in terms of practicality. He believes that the isolation he seeks in Agatha is not inherently physical. Próspero does, in reality, live in a crowded setting. Próspero’s isolation, on the other hand, he believes, is a hole left by his hopelessness. It is a void that can be experienced individually or in a group.

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“Edurk Black Pablo”: Taking over the music industry with indie label “Awol GCode Promotions”

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“Awol GCode Promotions” has become one of the rising indie record labels in the music industry.

Over two decades, “Edurk Black Pablo” has paved the way for several indie rappers in the music industry. As the co- founder of Awol GCode Promotions, and original member of the rap group The Dayton Family, the Flint, Michigan born rapper’s musical journey began when he was just ten years old. “Michael Jackson inspired me to pursue music, and many others like Eric Breed, Run D.M.C., Kool G Rap, Awesome Dre, Bootleg, Gangsta Nip, Scarface & Tupac played a crucial role in encouraging me to become a rapper.”

In 1996, The Dayton Family signed a major record deal with Relativity Records. The group then dropped their debut album “FBI” in October of the same year. The album succeeded and peaked to #45 on the Billboard 200 Charts. It was the beginning of their journey to “street success”.  The Dayton Family then earned two Gold Albums, by being  on albums from Master P’s (Down South Hustler) and 36 Mafia’s (Chapter II World Domination).

 While on the road to stardom, Edurk had to serve time in prison, lost his parents a week apart from each other,  and lost his brother years later.  Edurk remembers how hard it was being in the music industry as an independent artist. He says there were times in Chicago when he and the group had been scammed by a “janky concert promoter” and also when group members “Bootleg, and Ghetto E” got kidnapped and attacked on 79th and Halsted. Edurk says” it was one of my worst memories he ever had growing up”. He also shares about how he almost “gave up on life, but decided to move on, because God has a plan”.

Since bouncing back and overcoming the trials, and tribulations of life Edurk has managed to achieve tremendous success along the way. One of his notable memories during his music journey was going on a 50 state tour with the “Insane Clown Posse”.

Currently, Edurk has released the hot new single and music video for “Tear Me Down”, that features  R & B singer T. Rell, and down south rapper Ziggy Zig-Zag.  He also has songs currently on radio air waves (ranked as high as #60 on The Top 150 Independent charts and #161 on The Top 200 Global charts) and music videos trending on video channels worldwide.

Edurk and Awol CGode Promotions are currently on an 8 city tour with Gucci Mane’s new artist “Enchanting” that started May 7th and ends in late June.

Edurk’s new single will drop July 1st, and will be produced by platinum producer “”Faided Beatz”  and he and The Dayton Family will be filming their self-proclaimed street documentary titled, “Dope Dayton Ave” this Summer/Fall (produced by “Flint City Media”).

Check out “Edurk Black Pablo and Awol GCode Promotions” on YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvCcobyUQrkxCRgqpEubk-Q.

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Jake DeMichele is a LoFi Mastermind

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Earlier this year, American-bred musician Jake DeMichele announced a debut album on the way for 2022, but gave scant details about the project, leaving listeners to speculate about just what the ambient breakout artist had in store.

Fans need no longer worry, as DeMichele’s first studio album, Floating, has arrived in grand fashion.

In the hands of a lesser artist, the formal rigidity of Floating would likely become tiresome, but every one of the album’s five tracks is a testament to DeMichele’s breathtaking compositional skills. The producer builds much of the record around a theme of repetition; melodies and rhythms start off simply, and DeMichele adds layer upon layer of complexity as they progress. The album as a whole is itself a repetition of structures and forms of arrangement that shift from track to track. But, like all great songwriters, DeMichele knows how to surprise the listener — and the surprises on Floating are some of the producer’s best yet.

Take the opener, “Cloud Cover.” The song begins with sweeping, sweet syth arps the drift over a rolling drum beat as the space around them fills with harmonic textures. But as soon as this pattern is on the verge of becoming predictable, DeMichele switches gears to a lyrical, brassy melody and kinetic bassline. He then brings the song full circle by combining the two ideas into a glimmering, crystalline climax.

The songs on Floating are like expertly crafted puzzle pieces that interlock and fold into each other to form one complex, complete unit. The album as a whole fits in this analogy as well. Just as each song is a collection of parts that fold into a whole, so to is the album made of individual songs that add up to make something greater than the sum of its parts. The way the energy flows from track to track is hypnotic, and the album moves form uplifting, soaring choruses to mysterious and sombre bridges with confidence and ease. There’s a refreshing amount of dynamic variation throughout, and the melodic and harmonic movements of Floating come across like narrative.

All in all, it’s hard to say what the best thing about Floating is. Maybe it’s the funky flutes and steady shuffle of the title track, or maybe it’s the cascading keys that open up “Crisp Air.” It might be the deliciously crisp guitar tone of “Night Walk” and “Rainy Drive,” but it could also be the intertwining counterpoint of the album’s closer, “Sundown.” The sound design is beautiful, the arrangements are subtle and nuanced, and the overall effect is triumphant, even bordering on transcendent.

Suffice it to say that Floating sounds like the soundtrack to a science fiction film that we wish we could see, and DeMichele has produced one of the most entertaining albums of the year.

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MSB Boog: Aiming To Become Successful In The Music Industry

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Independent artist out of Pensacola fl Who has been rapping, seems like all his life,”in his words” but now finally to a point of taking it serious . He was inspired to get serious as an artist by his big brother, who tried to make a mark in the music industry but felt as if he fell short do to a 10 year sentence in the penitentiary.  So now he’s the steam behind his younger brother MSB Boog, who have vowed to take the touch to the finish line for his brother, family and his peers from his neighborhood. 

MSB had been inbreeded in Boog from the start well before he decided to be a full time rapper. The acronym oringinally stood for “Mallory Street Bosses” but to clean up his image and the background that stands behind the oringinal meaning of “MSB”, Boog associate his mean of “MSB”, for his music to “Money Stakkin Bozz”. in which outlines the main goal of his independent record label Money Stakkin Bozz Ent”. MSB Boog over all goal is to touch souls with music and make a way for his people to see a new light other than the norm. MSB boog recently release an EP titled Life In The Trenchez on all platforms telling his life story!

MSB Boog has currently released new single “Run It Up”, what some would call a trap anthem. Wanting to continue to change his life Boog took music seriously and to the next level, creating momentum and a career from doing what he loves. The latest single gives an ode to a lifestyle MSB Boog left behind for music, displaying its possible to come from the bottom and rise to the top!

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