Interview by Vsevolod Baronin
Taken on 06/27/2019. Originally published in Russian by Soyuz Records Publication.
Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani is not one of those characters of the world rock scene who make bold statements and put on the eccentric shows — he just works hard, endowing humanity with not only excellent instrumental albums, but also entertaining fun concerts as part of the guitar super project G3, and sometimes G4... But the musician's next marketing ploy cannot be called trivial — demo recordings of the truly legendary 80s pop-rock trio Squares has finally become available to a wide audience in the form of the album Squares — Best Of The Early 80's Demos, where the future star played in 1979–1981... Hearing something yet unheard of, there was no way to shirk the opportunity to talk to Joe.
The International Ballet Theatre returns after almost two years! Along with their annual production of The Nutcracker, their production for children of Alice In Wonderland will also be making a return. To end this stunning 20th Anniversary Season, the Best of IBT performances will feature IBA and IBT Alumni, along with international guest stars!
Join the International Ballet Theatre for their decades-old Christmas tradition. IBT’s Nutcracker has become a family event to remember with vibrant costumes and brilliant sets.
The Crocodile, a historic live music club reopened to the public on December 1st, 2021, after being closed for a year. It is now much more than just a music venue; it is a new multi-venue entertainment complex. The Crocodile now offers a 750 capacity showroom, 300 capacity venue, 100 seat comedy club and movie theater, a daytime cafe, an alley restaurant bar, and 17 room hotel in the 1954 Sailors Union of the Pacific building, formerly El Gaucho, located at First and Wall Street opening to the public December 1st, 2021. The Crocodile opening night featured Mega64 gaming show, which creates sketches that took game concepts awkwardly into reality and MBnel - a Filipino American artist from Stockton, California, who raps about his streetwise upbringing and rags-to-riches journey.
Interview with the designer David Tupaz at the couture installation "Fashion Retrospective" at the Art Institute of Seattle.
David Tupaz is an artist and a fashion "couture" designer. The only established designer in Nevada. Representing Las Vegas in every major Fashion week in the country. He is a regular on the red carpet, dressing celebrities, and movie stars during award seasons. He is the founder of the "Las Vegas Fashion Design Council," a non-profit that mentors local designers, creative youth, students, artists, and others. He mentored in opening a manufacturing presence in the city to jump-start the creation of a local fashion industry as well as attract other manufacturers from other states, particularly California where 85% of American-made apparel is produced.
"Fashion Retrospective" was a couture installation at the Art Institute of Seattle organized exclusively with Fashion Group International. David Tupaz showcased 15 pieces that he brought directly from Las Vegas.
The Tacoma Guitar & Drum Festival at the Tacoma Dome is the biggest guitar event and the largest gathering of the musician community in the Pacific Northwest. We met there with a special guest Paul Reed Smith – a founder and owner of PRS Guitars, a modern guitar legend.
Modern because PRS Guitars is a newer name compared to other sharks of the guitar world, like Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, and others. We talked about music industry, guitar making, and branding because PRS has become a big worldwide brand in the last few decades.
Exclusive interview by Vsevolod Baronin with Royal Hunt leader, André Andersen
Taken on 12/10/2020, Moscow, Russia. Originally published in Russian.
There is a serious suspicion that Dystopia — Part I, the fifteenth studio album by Royal Hunt, an international act from Copenhagen, released in December 2020, went relatively unnoticed, not only because of the newfangled contempt of listeners for the physical media (records and CD’s), but mainly due to socio-economic perturbations around the fancy coronavirus pandemic. And it was very, very vain: it was on this album that the leader of the band André Andersen, a Russian-born multi-instrumentalist and composer, embodied the plans hatched back in 1999 — to create and record a full-fledged opera project featured several vocalists. And on a more serious basis: the source of inspiration and, let's say, the libretto for Dystopia — Part I was the first half of a very popular and respected book by the classic of American “new wave” science fiction Ray Bradbury (1920–2012) — this time it is Fahrenheit 451. As the name of the album implies, in the future, we should meet with the second part of Dystopia, but for now, it is worth discussing with the ideologist of the band the novelty that will fully define the face of Royal Hunt in the second decade of the XXI century.
Interview by Vsevolod Baronin.
Taken on 10/25/2008, Moscow, Russia. Originally published in Russian.
What is eccentricity for a world-class rock musician? Play 20 notes per second? To patent a seven-string electric guitar? To record a live album with an unheard-of and unimaginable creative concept? Or, finally, go on tour with master classes in Russia, not excluding cities like Ryazan that are quite unique for a musician of such level? Well, since Steve Vai, who does not need the introduction as the electric guitar maestro, did all of the above, we can award him the title of rock eccentric #1. Surprisingly, when communicating in person, Steve turned out to be not at all the character that his music and stage shows represent, but a very polite interlocutor who answers even the trickiest questions in great detail. Steve's answers, of course, sometimes radiate hints of the aforementioned eccentricity and that's why they are good: they allow you to look at familiar concepts from a completely unexpected side, which, perhaps, would never have occurred to a person who is not a rock guitarist of a truly galactic level.
North America Fashion Week returns to Renton to celebrate fashion and diversity, featuring designers from India, Asia, and locals from Washington State.
Founders of NAFW Menka and Ashish Soni are very excited to produce this event in person after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. North America Fashion Week will take place in grand ballroom at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, Renton on September 16 -19.
Metropolitan Fashion Week is back to Seattle! #MetroFW
The show will be honoring 1st Responders many of which will also be modeling in the Julie Danforth segment.
- WHEN: Saturday, August 28, 2021
- WHERE: Seattle Chinese Garden 5640 16th Ave. SW, West Seattle, WA 98106
- TIME: Due to the size of the audience there will be two shows that take place outdoors:
Early show starts at 5:00PM / Late show starts at 7:00PM. Both shows are exactly the same.
- Limited tickets available at Seattle Metropolitan Fashion Week 2021 | Shindigg.co
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2021
by David Bailey
Event Name: Fashion is ART Release Party
Event Date: Saturday, May 1st 5:30 PM & 8PM
Event Location: Tin Can Alley Tacoma
Event Website: www.fashionisart.net
Due to Covid-19, we have decided to film Fashion is ART and release it for an in-person screening at our Fashion is ART Release Party on Saturday, May 1st at Tin Can Alley in Tacoma. The Fashion is ART Release Party will be having two screenings of Fashion is ART 2021 both with a limited number of tickets available, so we have decided to release Fashion is ART online free to the public on Thursday, May 6th.
Ryan James Fine Arts Gallery in partnership with Patricia Cameron Gallery presents "Duality", a conceptual exhibition of paintings and mixed media works by Seattle based artists Milan Heger.
Ryan James, the gallery director, shares the vision of Milan Heger’s “Duality” exhibition: “Milan embarked on the road of creating art as a young man, in response to the uniformity of colorless propaganda around him during the totalitarian regime he grew up in. Therefore, unique and original became the hallmark of his soulful art expression. Covering the non-objectionable in his performance art or in his mixed-media works, Milan Heger looks for the essence of what makes us human.”
Traditional Vietnamese art has a very long and rich history, which is going back as far as 10,000 years to the times of the Stone Age. Starting in the 2nd century BC, Vietnam fell under the millennium of Chinese domination, which deeply influenced Vietnamese arts and culture and we can see that influence continued and started to really flourish after the independence from China in the 10th century AD and through the centuries. Beginning in the 1860s and until the 1970s, was a period in Vietnamese history that brought strong influence of French art under colonial rule.
Despite such heavy impact from various foreign powers, Vietnamese art preserved and retained its unique and distinctive character and style, especially the art of silk painting, which has been a big part of Vietnamese culture for ages.
Guitarist/Producer Jake Morelli, sideman-no-more steps into the spotlight with soulful debut single “Memory” ft Nahla Bee via D-Tone Victorious.
Philadelphia, PA - Jan 15, 2021 - Jake Morelli, a 3rd generation musician originally from NY (now living in Philly), has worked with some of today's top artists: Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, The Roots, Jonas Brothers & Roberta Flack to name a few. When not producing music for various artists and companies from his brother-in-law Questlove’s Philly studio, Jake is about that “road” life. Last year things came to a dramatic halt. While on tour in Dubai and working for Quincy Jones, quarantine hit, leaving him stranded in his hotel room for 3 months.
NEW YORK (Monday, Oct 28, 2019) – During the internationally infamous weekend of Miami Art Week 2018, thousands gathered for the world premiere of Sleeping Beauty Dreams, a contemporary dance and art experience using innovative technology, which explores the age-old fable of Sleeping Beauty and for the first time revealing what Princess Aurora dreamt about during her 100-year slumber. Through a revolutionary fusion of visual arts, contemporary dance, light, groundbreaking real-time avatar technology and electronic dance music by bold face name collaborators, the performance unravels her passions, her fears, and her sinful desires. The technological feat is brought to life by production company, Magic Reality Group, with the use of four video projectors and 500 LED panels.