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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Diana Krall 'Live In Rio' DVD

Diana Krall "Live In Rio" Is #1!

~ Eagle Rock Entertainment Dominates Canadian Music DVD SoundScan Charts With 24% Share Of Top 50 And 5 Releases In Top 10 This Week ~

Toronto, ON (June 11, 2009) - In its second week of release Diana Krall's Live In Rio is #1 on the Canadian Music DVD SoundScan charts. Released on DVD and Blu-ray May 26 via Eagle Rock Entertainment, Live In Rio features the Grammy-winning Jazz Vocalist gracing the stage of the Historic Vivo Rio Theater in November 2008 to perform a catalogue of her standards including "The Boy From Ipanema" and "Quiet Nights" (from her recently released album of the same title).

Live In Rio was launched across Canada with an exclusive national engagement on the big-screen in High-Definition at 70 Cineplex Entertainment theatres on May 20.

Since her debut in 1993, Diana Krall has topped both the pop and jazz charts, selling millions of records worldwide. Her previous Eagle Rock release Live In Paris has surpassed 6x platinum in Canada and is one of the top selling DVDs world-wide for Eagle Rock. In her 17+ year career, this Grammy-Award winning artist has also accrued a strong international fan base, continuing to sell out amphitheaters in many countries. Live in Rio is a spectacular showcase of the artistry of Diana Krall.

Eagle Rock Entertainment also celebrates another milestone this week, with a 24% share of the Canadian Top 50 Music DVD Charts, including 5 releases on the Top 10 DVD Chart this week:

Diana Krall Live In Rio DVD - #1

ZZ Top Live From Texas DVD - #4

Bee Gees One Night Only DVD - #5

Jeff Beck Performing This Week... DVD - #6

Eminem Live From NYC DVD - #7

With an exciting schedule of upcoming releases from the likes of Quincy Jones, Ted Nugent, Black Crowes, Jethro Tull, Gary Moore, Jason Aldean, The Chieftains, and Willie Nelson, 2009 is shaping up to be the year of the 'Rock!

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Monday, October 20, 2008

"Let's Find A Way" Song Brings Hope For Children With AIDS

Let's Find A Way is a labour of love or "kenoronhkwa" (in the Mohawk language of the Iroquois confederacy, it is the word for love medicine) that began with the hopes of bringing international attention and relief to children either affected or infected by the HIV virus. It's a concern that reaches across borders, religions and political beliefs; never before have so many performers come together in song, from around the world, to raise awareness of the need for help in fighting this deadly disease. For more information please visit

In 2006, Robin Tomlin (Chair of the Let's Find A Way Society), approached songwriters Phil Koochin and Kevan Ehman to write a song that would inspire hope all over the world and serve as an AIDS international anthem. He could not turn a blind eye to the fact that children worldwide are being orphaned, left homeless, hungry or dying due to this ravaging virus and that they desperately need our help and support.. Once the song was complete, Tomlin's dream really began to take shape when multi-talented Toronto artist Waleed Abdulhamid came on board as Musical Director of the project. He
produced and recomposed the song and successfully recruited top-notch international musicians and performers to sing in their native languages. Highly acclaimed artists such as Blood Sweat and Tears frontman David Clayton Thomas, and Zaki Ibrahim as well as the dulcet tones of the Orpheus Choir of Toronto all added their enormous talent and good will to the project.

Over time many more people got involved, whether for religious or personal reasons, or just for the love of children. The result of these efforts are three unique versions of the song entitled "Let's Find A Way" - an English version, a multicultural version featuring 13 languages, and another with rap and spoken word featuring US artist Ursula Rucker and Toronto poet/activist Boona Mohammad. A documentary of the process, including interviews with performers and organizers is also set for release in October of this year.

The Let's Find A Way Society hopes that people of all walks of life will be moved
to purchase the CD/DVD package and or/make a donation to this worthiest of causes, by visiting the Lets Find A Way Society website. The three versions of the song and a DVD are available now at iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, mTraks, and through

All proceeds will be disbursed internationally to marginal communities including Aboriginal youth populations that do not have direct access to HIV/AIDS support.


Both musicians grew up in British Columbia where they spent their youth forming and playing in many popular and successful bands. Over the years they have formed a bond of experience and creativity which has resulted in a diverse and unique repertoire of original music. Their songs bridge musical genres effortlessly and reach across all boundaries to share a passion for music that can make a difference.

Kgomotso Tsatsi was born in Johannesburg , South Africa where she began studying music as a young child. While only 21, she recently participated in the USA World Showcase where she made the top 20 out of over 40,000 auditions. She performs regularly in and around Southern Ontario as the lead singer of her own R&B-blues band, The Hip Kings, and has just released her first EP, The Art of Love.

Born in Vancouver , BC and raised between South Africa and Canada 's West Coast, vocal sensation Zaki Ibrahim has performed at Capetown's historic Armchair Theatre, toured Canada with South Africa 's Tumi and the Volume, as well as with the Roots and Bedouin Soundclash.

FATIMA - Spanish and German -
Born to a European mother and an African father, Fatima studied classical music in Germany while pursuing her love of Arabic music. She is currently living in New York City where she has earned both a music and theatre degree.

Ruth Mathiang was born in Malakal-Sudan and is quickly becoming one of the rising stars of African music in Toronto. Growing up in Kenya , Ruth performed with local musicians in styles ranging from traditional music to hip hop. In 2006, she recorded her second album which is a mixture of hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat, and gospel.

Born in Thailand , Yui is now the volunteer Executive Secretary at the Thai Society of Ontario in Toronto and is the co-host of Thai News Radio at AM1430, which entertains the local Thai community with music and news updates.

URSULA RUCKER – rap and spoken word -
Ursula Rucker is a spoken word artist from the United States and is known for her diverse repertoire and performances with The Roots, Mos Def, and Nina Simone.

Best known as the frontman of Canadian band Blood, Sweat & Tears, David has sold over 40 milion records and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996, and in 2007 was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

- Hindi
in New Brunswick and raised in Guelph , Ontario , Samidha began her vocal training in western classical music at the age of ten and has since developed a deep appreciation for the Hindustani vocal music of her heritage.

Opera sensation
Anton Mamine was born in Moscow and placed first in the Kiwanis Music Festival's Grand Opera category of Toronto in both 2007 and 2008. He performed at the opening of the Four Seasons Centre, and performed his solo debut at Roy Thomson Hall in 2007.

VALU DAVID - Portuguese -
At the age of twelve Valu began his musical career singing at youth festivals and church choirs in his home of Angola , Africa . After migrating to Canada , he studied music at Toronto 's Seneca College to become a sound engineer.
Today the singer- songwriter, composer, and producer has brought his combination of mainstream jazz, soul / R&B and African beats from Angola to Toronto. He sings in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and in some Angolan dialects such as Kimbundo, Humbundo, and Kikongo.

As a youth activist, Boonaa Mohammed has taken leadership roles in organizations such as the Black Youth Coalition Against Violence, B.L.O.C.K. headz, and the Toronto Youth Cabinet. He has won numerous poetry slams around Toronto and he has been featured in the historical "When Brothers Speak" spoken word concert. Boonaa was a member of Team Toronto in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Words, and is currently touring high schools with the "Stolen From Africa" movement.

Lizzy Mahashe was born in Cape Town , South Africa and has been recognized with awards and nominations from the Black Label Artist Coalition Award - African Canadian Music, Toronto African Music Award - Best Female performer.

Denise Whitcomb is the assistant director of the Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa. Studying at the University of Ottawa in Arts Administration, music and dance has always been an integral part of her life. She has dabbled in the traditional dances of Scotland , India , Indonesia and the diverse Canadian cultures, however Thai classical and folk dance are her forte.

DAVID MARACLE - Mohawk, Iroquoian - Celtic flutes -
With no formal training in the arts or music, he believes his talents are a gift from the Creator. He is a six- time Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winner,
has won the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards for Best Instrumental Album in 2007, has two gold records globally, and played to the Queen for her Jubilee.

The Orpheus Choir of Toronto has earned a reputation as one of Toronto 's most distinguished and important choirs. The sixty-voice group is now in its 43rd season and sings in French, Spanish, and English on this recording.

ROBERT COOPER – Orpheus Choir of Toronto Conductor -
One of Canada 's leading conductors of choral music, Robert Cooper is currently also the Artistic Director of the Chorus Niagara, the Opera in Concert Chorus, and the Faculty of Music Women's Chorus, University of Toronto . He brings fine choral music to all of Canada as Executive Producer of Opera and Choral Music for CBC Radio Two. He was recently made a member of the Order of Canada .

WALEED ABDULHAMID – Arabic - Electric Bass & Acoustic Guitar -
Waleed Abdulhamid is the project manager, music director and producer of the recording of "Let's Find A Way". He is also responsible for recomposing the original song to the version that is now heard on the recording. Originally from Sudan , the multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist and producer has been an active member of the Toronto music scene since his arrival in Canada in 1992. Waleed leads his African jazz band, Radio Nomad which won Band of the Year at the Toronto African Music Awards in 2000.

MARK KELSO - Drums -
Originally hailing from Belfast , Northern Ireland , Kelso has made Toronto his home for quite some time. He has performed with Herbie Hancock, Paquito D'Rivera, Jane Bunnett & Spirits of Havana , and Montuno Police.

Toronto-based Richard Greenspoon is an accomplished drummer and teacher whose credits include studio work, feature film recordings, touring and a large student base.

Born in Fredericton and schooled in Nova Scotia , Bruce Cassidy is the musical director for David Clayton Thomas and is one of the most sought-after jazz musicians in Toronto .

Ravi Naimpally was born in Kanpur , India where his parents ran a classical music society. This gave Ravi the opportunity to listen to some of the legends of Hindustani music. Today Ravi has accompanied many of India 's finest artists including vocalist Lakshmi Shankar, sarod maestro Buddadev Das Gupta, and kathak dancer Pratap Pawar.

JOHN EBATA - Piano & Keyboard -
John Ebata's talents run deep in the music world as a musician, song writer, arranger, producer, musical director and recording engineer. As a recording engineer, his Time Warp album was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year at the Juno Music Awards. As a writer, his song, "Hit & Run Lover", won Rhythm & Blues Song of the year at the Black Music Awards of Canada.

– Congas & Percussion -
Born in Trinidad, Derek performs regularly in the Toronto area with Kobo Town , Ballet Creole, and various other jazz artists.

Laurence is a radio producer for CBC Radio One's "Outfront". Outside of work, he plays violin and electric mandolin in several bands utilizing a variety of styles including traditional folk, electric Celtic, flamenco, experimental electronica, prog rock, jazz-rock fusion and African music.

- Piano -
Hennie Bekker is an award winning, multi-platinum selling musician whose eclectic career spans decades, continents, generations and genres.



Let's Find A Way Society gratefully acknowledges the support from the Producers of the CTV's Corner Gas, David Livingstone and Empire New Media, TXN Installations, Arbor Records, iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, mTraks, Robert Cooper and Helen Coxon.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

EMI Classics Issue Six Operas from the Metropolitan Opera's Acclaimed Live in HD Series



Canadian release date: September 16, 2008

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel

Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth

Tan Dun: The First Emperor (World Premiere)

Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème

Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes

Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut

EMI Classics will issue six operas on DVD produced by the Metropolitan Opera for its highly acclaimed series The Met: Live in HD. This September, five productions from the Met's 2007-08 season will be released, as well as the 2006 world premiere production of Tan Dun's The First Emperor. The releases further extend the reach of The Met: Live in HD, the groundbreaking series of live operas transmitted to movie theatres, arts centres and universities all over the world; next season, the series will expand to reach 800 venues and 28 countries. The 2008/2009 Met Live HD series broadcasts in Canada commence on September 22nd (for more information on this go to:

The operas include new productions of Hansel and Gretel, Macbeth, and Peter Grimes; the world premiere production of The First Emperor; La Bohème and Manon Lescaut.

The Met's critically acclaimed high-definition productions are directed by top creative talent from the film and television fields, who capture the intensity of live opera using cutting-edge technology, including vertical and dolly-tracked robotic cameras. During the intermissions, the cameras go backstage for interviews with performers and others involved in the production. The shows are hosted by such stars as Renée Fleming, Natalie Dessay, and the late Beverly Sills.

The audio is mixed with Dolby surround-sound encoding supervised by DTS. Each accompanying DVD booklet has notes and a synopsis in English. Each title also includes an electronic booklet in PDF form, which can be accessed from any computer equipped with a DVD-ROM drive and Adobe Acrobat 6.0. This booklet contains notes and cast biographies in English, French, and German.

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
New Production
Sung in English with optional subtitles in French, German, Italian, and Spanish

The combination of the timeless Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Humperdinck's enchanting score, Richard Jones's intriguing new production, and a new English-language translation by David Pountney make this Hansel and Gretel appealing to audiences of all ages.

Hansel and Gretel are charmingly performed by Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer. The children's parents are played by Rosalind Plowright and Alan Held. The Witch, written for mezzo-soprano, is sometimes sung by a tenor, in this production Philip Langridge in what was described by The New York Times as "a casting coup".

"In the pit, the brilliant young Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski …. conveys the lyricism of this 1893 opera while never letting us forget that Humperdinck was a Wagner protégé who filled this score with rich chromatic harmony and thick, dark orchestral colorings. … [Mr. Jurowski] conducts a resonant and radiant performance." (The New York Times)

Describing the high-definition production shown in cinemas, The New York Times said, "All three acts are set in strange kitchens: the drab 1950s kitchen of Hansel and Gretel's impoverished family; an Expressionistic kitchen-dining room with leafy wallpaper to symbolize the forest where the siblings become lost; and an industrial-size, stainless-steel kitchen where the Witch bakes her child victims into gingerbread. … The sophisticated camera work … was especially impressive … Subtleties of acting that barely register in the house came through movingly on screen."

In 1923, Hansel and Gretel became the first complete opera to be broadcast on radio from Covent Garden; eight years later it was the first to be broadcast from the Met.

Backstage at the Met Bonus Material: Renée Fleming interviews the Met's Technical Director Joe Clark; Christine Schäfer and Alice Coote are interviewed live during intermission; and the feature The World of John Macfarlane, shows how set and costume designer John Macfarlane brought Hansel and Gretel to life.

Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth
New Production
Sung in Italian with optional subtitles in English, French, German, and Spanish

Željko Lučić, Maria Guleghina, John Relyea, and Dimitri Pittas star in a new production of Verdi's haunting early operatic masterpiece. Longtime Met Music Director James Levine conducts.

This is the Met's first production in 20 years of the first of Verdi's three operas based on Shakespeare's plays. It is "a stylistically eclectic, grimly effective and, at times, intriguingly playful production" (The New York Times) by the English director Adrian Noble, in his Met debut. Noble, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and set and costume designer Mark Thompson "mixed modern and melodramatic elements into this nearly black-and-white, modern-dress staging." (The New York Times)

At the time of its composition, Verdi's Macbeth was unique. Not only was it considered both musically and dramatically bold, but it was the first opera that could truly be described as Shakespearean. It was the first that altered operatic conventions to serve the play rather than converting the play into traditional operatic formulas. The Met performs Verdi's revised 1865 Paris version, minus the ballet he was obligated to write for that production.

After 33 highly successful years in charge of the company's musical forces, a relationship unique in the musical world today, the Met's Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's haunting score with the intensity that this chilling work demands: "[Levine] conducts "Macbeth" as a … supreme musical drama. … Without diminishing the architectonic shape of the work, he is keenly sensitive to the vocal needs of the cast, ready in an instant to adjust the pacing, to coax the singer and orchestra musicians into beautifully coordinated execution of a lyrical phrase. The orchestra sounded terrific. In ruminative passages the string tone was … velvety and nuanced … [but] when red-blooded Verdian orchestral sound was called for, Mr. Levine summoned plenty of it. " (The New York Times)

Backstage at the Met Bonus Material: Met General Manager Peter Gelb interviews Music Director James Levine; Zeljko Lučić, Maria Guleghina (Macbeth and Lady Macbeth) and director Adrian Noble are also interviewed; and a video blog shot during the rehearsal process is also included.

Tan Dun: The First Emperor
Met Commission/New Production
Sung in English with optional subtitles in French, German, Italian, and Spanish

"A majestic imperial Chinese saga...[Domingo] sang with stamina and burnished power." New York Times

Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo stars in this visually stunning opera by Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) to a libretto by the composer and Ha Jin, based on Historical Records by Sima Qian (c.145–85 BCE) and on Wei Lu's screenplay, The Emperor's Shadow. The opera was commissioned by the Met in the mid-1990s and the spectacular production, which premiered in December 2006, was one of the most highly anticipated cultural events of the season.

The opera tells of Emperor Qin's quest for a national anthem for his new country and his ill-fated decision to force his childhood friend, a talented composer, to write it. Tragedy results following the composer's love affair with the emperor's crippled daughter. As Emperor Qin, Plácido Domingo leads an all-star ensemble in this epic story, which is ideally suited to the opera stage.

The First Emperor combines the expressive power of traditional ancient Chinese singing with the long musical lines of Italian opera. This juxtaposition of musical cultures illustrates Tan Dun's musical style, which merges East and West and ancient and modern sensibilities.

One of just six composers to conduct their own works at the Met, Tan Dun led all the performances of the first run of the opera.

The production was directed by the revered Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero, Raise the Red Lantern, and director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics), who worked closely with Tan Dun while he composed the music.

The costumes were designed by Emi Wada, who won an Oscar for her work in the 1986 movie Ran. Over the course of a year and a half, Wada designed more than 600 striking and colourful costumes.

Backstage at the Met Bonus Material: Beverly Sills interviews Plácido Domingo, and a documentary film, Tan Dun's The First Emperor: In Rehearsal at the Met gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Sung in Italian with optional subtitles in English, French, German and Spanish

The performance captured on this DVD marks the first on the Met stage in 18 years of the Met's classic production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut. Finnish soprano Karita Mattila performs the title role, conducted by James Levine. Chevalier des Grieux is played by Marcello Giordani, Manon's brother by Dwayne Croft and Geronte by Dale Travis.

Manon Lescaut, the French tale of a beautiful young woman destroyed by her conflicting desires for love and luxury, was Puccini's first successful opera and the work that thrust him into the international spotlight as Italy's foremost opera composer.

Mattila's performance is a career highlight, with The New York Times calling her interpretation "riveting". The soprano waited for her voice to gain maturity and richness before singing her first Manon Lescaut in 1999, when she was nearly 40. She now returns to the work, attracting James Levine to conduct it for the first time since 1981.

After 33 highly successful years in charge of the company's musical forces, a relationship unique in the musical world today, the Met's Music Director James Levine leads a fresh and intelligent performance. "Conceptually Mr. Levine seemed on the same page with his star soprano. He drew Italianate ardor and pliant lyricism from the Met orchestra yet conveyed the rhythmic intricacy, harmonic boldness and symphonic sweep of the music as well." (The New York Times)

"Ever willowy and ever inventive, Karita Mattila enacted the heroine's progress from gawky innocent to greedy charmer to tragic victim brilliantly. … Marcello Giordani partnered her as golden-age Des Grieux, handsome and urgent in demeanour, suave in passages of introspection, glorious in outbursts of passion. … The strong secondary cast included Dwayne Croft, a gratifyingly crafty Lescaut, Dale Travis, a stern Geronte who resisted buffo temptation, and Sean Panikkar, a sweet and sprightly Edmondo. … [Levine] let the melodies soar." (Financial Times)

Backstage at the Met Bonus Material: Renée Fleming interviews Karita Mattila, Marcello Giordani, animal trainers and handlers Nancy and Paul Novograd, and the Met's Technical Director Joe Clark.

Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
New Production
ICPN: 5099921741494 (1 DVD)
Sung in English with optional subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish

"The more vicious the society, the more vicious the individual." - Benjamin Britten, commenting on Peter Grimes after its premiere in 1945

Anthony Dean Griffey and Patricia Racette are gripping in this new Met production of Benjamin Britten's most celebrated opera, Peter Grimes. The multi-award-winning director is John Doyle, whose production of Sweeney Todd won the 2006 Tony Award® for Best Direction of a Musical. The Financial Times described Doyle's direction of Peter Grimes as "an impeccable fusion of music and drama."

Peter Grimes, Britten's haunting seaside tale and his second opera, is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of postwar opera, and its premiere 63 years ago marked a turning point in the history of British opera. This "true operatic masterpiece of the 20th century" (The New York Times) is the first opera by an English composer to enter and remain in the international repertory. Peter Grimes is based on a poem entitled The Borough, by turn-of-the-19th-century writer George Crabbe set in an isolated English fishing village in the 1830s.

Much of the emotional drive of the opera comes from the four Sea Interludes – calm, storm, at dawn and by moonlight. Among the most brilliantly evocative music that Britten ever wrote, they help to establish the constant, overpowering presence of the sea as the opera's dominant force.

Anthony Dean Griffey is "the leading Peter Grimes today" (Washington Post), and [his] "fascinating performance should not be missed" (Associated Press). Patricia Racette, as Ellen Orford, the schoolmistress who tries and fails to rescue Grimes from his anger and self-pity, is "sublime" (The Guardian). "The voice was vibrant, liquid, and exciting" (New York Sun). "A powerful cast, led by tenor Anthony Dean Griffey," writes the San Francisco Chronicle, "found the pathos and terror in Britten's score."

Donald Runnicles, Music Director of the San Francisco Opera, "drew an inspired performance from the Met Orchestra, full of passion and commitment yet free of bombast. Without slackening the dramatic tension, he found ways of drawing out both the music's austere lyricism and its violent extremes." (Boston Globe)

Backstage at the Met Bonus Material: Natalie Dessay interviews Anthony Dean Griffey and Patricia Racette (Peter Grimes and Ellen Orford), conductor Donald Runnicles, chorus master Donald Palumbo, and members of the creative team, including director John Doyle, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, and set designer Scott Pask. There is also a live BBC segment from Benjamin Britten's hometown of Aldeburgh.

Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème
Sung in Italian with optional subtitles in English, French, German, and Spanish

Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas lead a magnificent cast in Franco Zeffirelli's sumptuous and iconic production of Puccini's timeless masterpiece La Bohème. "[It] just might be the best investment the Met ever made… Its magic shows no sign of diminishing." (Opera News Online)

Set in Paris around 1830, La Bohème depicts a love that blossoms between two young artists in a time that appears both bleak and turbulent that makes this story so very special.

Mimì and Rodolfo, sung by Gheorghiu and Vargas, respectively, are charming as the young couple who fall in love. Ludovic Tézier and Ainhoa Arteta sing Marcello and Musetta.

Gheorghiu, one of the leading Puccini sopranos of our time, sings the role of Mimì at the Met for the first time in twelve years. "[Gheorghiu] was superb as Mimì… distinctive and alluring. She sang with extraordinary precision, subtlety, control, nuance, and, above all, musicality" (New York Sun). "Ramón Vargas, as Rodolfo, produced a warm, buttery sound" (The New York Times). Conductor Nicola Luisotti is, "a man who knows what he is doing in this repertoire: the way he can control the orchestra to move with the singers' expressive tempo fluctuations is breathtaking, a quality which helps to show Puccini at his best" (

Franco Zeffirelli's stunning production is as beloved and magnificent today as the day it was first staged at the Metropolitan Opera more than 27 years ago. The April 5, 2008, broadcast of this production marked the 347th performance of Zeffirelli's La Bohème at the Met, making it the most performed production in the company's history.

Backstage at the Met Bonus Material: Renée Fleming interviews Angela Gheorghiu, Ramón Vargas and Met Technical Director Joe Clark, and a bonus feature, Zeffirelli at the Met, includes archival interviews and performance clips.

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Monday, December 31, 2007

KoSA Academy, NEW DVD and Admin Assistant

KoSA Academy
Register now at KoSA Academy for classes beginning January 2008. Individual instruction and group courses include:

- Drumset
- Percussion
- Bass
- Guitar
- Keyboards
- Electric Band
- Brazilian Batucada Class
- Cuban Percussion Ensemble
- African Drumming Classes
- Small Percussion Course / Studio & Pop Percussion
- Classical Percussion
- Private & Group Instruction

KoSA Academy is conveniently located in Montreal at 5457 Rue St. Jacques Street West, just a short walk from the Vendome Metro in NDG. For any further questions, our phone number is 514-482-5554, OR visit our website at

Click here for a map link that shows where you can find our school

Academie KoSA
Nous sommes fiers de présenter la session d'hiver de l'Académie KoSA à Montréal, les nouveaux programmes n'ont pas terminé de grandir. La session d'hiver commence en janvier 2008. Parmi les cours particuliers et de groupe, notons:

- Batterie
- Percussion
- Basse
- Guitare
- Claviers
- Tambours sur cadre
- Groupe électrique - Jam Band
- Cours de batucada brésilienne
- Ensemble de percussion cubain
- Cours de percussion africaine
- Cours de petits instruments de percussion/la percussion
en studio et dans la musique pop
- Percussion classique
- Enseignement particulier et de groupe

L''Académie KoSA est située au 5457 rue St. Jacques Ouest, à quelques pas du Métro Vendôme, dans le quartier NDG.

Si vous avez des question, notre numéro téléphone est 514-482-5554, OU visitez

Voici un lien vers Google Maps pour vous montrer c'est où

KoSA Eleven/Live"

The New DVD from Hudson Limited features Instruction and Performances by Clayton Cameron, Kenwood Dennard, Jamey Haddad, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ed Soph, Bernard Purdie, Glen Velez and Other Top Drum and Percussion Artists.

"KoSA Eleven/Live", contains over three hours of instruction, interviews and live performance highlights from the eleventh edition of the world-renowned KoSA International Percussion Workshop and Festival. Produced by KoSA founder and artistic director, Aldo Mazza, in association with Hudson Music, this entertaining, informative and highly educational DVD offers viewers a participant's perspective on the unique KoSA experience and represents the highlights of the August 2006 event, which was held in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont.

The DVD presents exclusive performance and instructional footage of top drum and percussion artists from around the world, including:

Memo Acevedo - "Colombian Cumbia rhythm"
John Amira - "Haitian drumming"
Clayton Cameron - "Playing uptempo with brushes"
Kenwood Dennard - "The Woodstroke Technique"
Jamey Haddad - "Frame drum ideas and other sounds"
Bernard Purdie - "Groove Routines"
Antonio Sanchez - "Motivic Development"
Ed Soph - "Ride Cymbal Technique"
Glen Velez - "Basic Tar and Bodhran techniques"

Also featured are a fiery duet with legendary conga master, Giovanni Hidalgo and brush specialist Clayton Cameron and interviews with Jim Chapin, Dom Famularo and veteran club drummer and Modern Drummer magazine editor, Rick Van Horn , plus the KoSA Rhythm Section of Rafael Alcala (piano), Jennifer Vincent (bass) and Steve Blair (guitar).

View free video clips at or, for additional information, please contact Hudson Music at tel: (888) 796-2992, fax: (914) 246-5282, e-mail:, Internet:

Hudson Limited DVDs are distributed by the Hal Leonard Corp., 7777 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53213, tel: (414) 774-3630, fax: (414) 774-3259, Internet:

Title: KOSA Eleven/Live 2006
Running Time: 3 hours, 6 minutes
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Price: $29.95


Position Announcement for Assistant to Project Coordinator
and Artistic Director, KoSA International Percussion Workshop & Festival, 2008

KoSA International Percussion Workshops and Festival is a non-profit organization which specializes in producing educational percussion events, musical events and running a world-music academy. We are presently seeking qualified candidates to apply as (a) project coordinator's assistant and (b) artistic director's assistant to assist KoSA in preparing the up-coming musical event in Vermont July 30 to August 3 2008. The position would commence immediately and run through the end of August 2008, with the possibility of extending further if mutually agreed upon.

Duties will include:
- General office management (maintenance of database, sending
and preparing invoices, preparing mailings etc.)
- Direct assistant to Project Coordinator and Artistic Director
- Assist in the pre-registration process of the up-coming workshops and events
- Coordination of publicity related to the workshops, festival, and music academy
- Coordination of all logistics related to the project (example: coordinate guest artist faculty's schedules,
coordinate transportation and lodging for artists, faculty, participants, etc.)

Qualifications needed:
- Basic knowledge of data base management and related computer software (Word, Excel, etc...)
- Excellent telephone etiquette and people skills
- Supportive and reliable team player
- A leadership style which encourages participation and commitment to organizational objective
- Excellent knowledge of writing in English is essential, bilingualism an asset
- Must work well under deadline pressures
- Location: KoSA Communications, Int'l Main office: 5457 St. Jacques West, Montreal (Metro Vendome)

Qualified candidates, please apply to KoSA: 514-482-5554 or

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