izzamonkey

Music and the People behind the Music

Toulouse, July 6  2013

Lizzy Ling:   "Tigre dans le Bungalo"                           Joram C. Bohëmɘ Am:   "Sky'

Amina Annabi:   "átame" in Arab and Spanish             Douwe Bob Posthuma   "Marrakech"  

Just came back home after a one day & one night trip for Jam Sessions in Amsterdam. Yet, I've found a little rest to make my favorite choice for this summer, see: links above.

Clementine 


Amsterdam, June 26  2013

Dear Visitor,

Here’s the choice we’ve made out of the travelling reports, memories and comments in the Share-among-Friends Diary by Music reporter Keith L. Chester that we’ve read over the last decade.

From last September up till now Björn and I went to concerts, quite often accompanied by critical listeners Clementine (Toulouse, France) and Scotty (Yorkshire). We've seen (and particiapted in) jams, attended Singer/ Songwriter saloons etc., bought CDs and DVDs etc. With pleasure we studied several artists' Soundcouds, YouTubes and MySpaces to learn more about the artists Keith commented upon, and other artists to find out whom we really like.

Some of these artists we’ve seen twice or more, developed magnificently in a short track of time: Lena Chamamyan (see her site), Zita Swoon, but also singers that are not well known like Zodíaco, (who sadly quit singing), Nancy Paramé or Kejsi Tola. What we appreciate about Keith is his dedication and preciseness in listening to musicians that are not (or not yet) famous but do have their qualities, useful to the second range venues they perform at.

To Keith Chester I can say:  "You''re a discoverer. You commented for exemple on Soul Wax and Moon Dog Junior long before they were well known. You were the one who took us to Holland, a country I live in most of the year now. You invited us to see Venues and Gigs in France and Belgium and we had a great time".

Artists that Keith Chester comments upon, extend from vocalists that are icon’s of their time and region, like the fabulous Amina Annabi  (listen to the song Yanari)  on one hand, to younger talented starters on the other. His Diary regards artists who already establish themselves in a tightly directed formula, think of Fahrenheit in the Far East, but also those who created their sound label themselves like Su Hart & Baka Beyond, one of the best Afro style formations I’ve ever listened.

"Sound label of one's own" is a marker that also goes for Frisonian Fadoist Nynke Laverman.  A guy who also creates a rich sound  originating from himself is Joram C. Bohëmɘ Am.  Most recent work on line that we’ve seen:  2012   (listen to this song "Sky"). We feel Joram is getting more used to doing different styles now, also membering  a Rock band since 2011  and meanwhile his chanson kind of warmth remains.

Personally I also have positive feelings about Lizzy Ling  (listen to song seulement seule). She seems to be a technically reliable vocalist and gives a French dimension to contemporary music. Sexy and mysterious but still not too serious about her self, she’s a true professional. Besides, we look around to give you hints about interesting upcoming artists, each of the 3 of us in his own region. A beautiful exemple: Douwe Bob Posthuma  

We share Keith Chester's view that’s it’s a pity that some musicians stop before they become successful, like Kinky Brown, a band that sounded way too premature but still might have had a possibility to grow.

We asked advice from about 40 students and post graduates of several Music and Theatre educations in the UK,  Ireland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Czech republic, Poland, Belarus, Denmark, Croatia and Italy.

To Keith Chester, our critical friend, this site is a present for his 60st birthday. 

Dear reader, I hope you'll enjoy our site.

Ruth
on behalf of:  Björn,  Scotty,  Clementine


CRITERIA ON WHICH WE SELECT ARTISTS TO POST ON THIS WEBSITE:

ESTIMATED PROFESSIONALITY OR TALENT OF THE ARTIST(S)

INNOVATION, POTENTIAL TO COMPOSE NEW WORK OR ARRANGE EXISTING WORK

VOCAL QUALITIES  & CONTENT OF LYRICS

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