|Newsletter -- Almost Halloween 2006 (part 2)|
|6/16/2019 4:52:02 AM - (cont'd)|
Yellowtail and Part Time Heroes collaborations -- Some of you know of my love for myspace.com even though it gets knocked by the media a lot. At 118 million plus members (and growing!), you're gonna get weirdos, true, but it also has a healthy number of fellow artists who have formed a community on the site, and I've been fortunate to be in touch with some who have done collaborations on my project, and I on theirs. Two of those collaborations are with Yellowtail, a very talented Japanese fellow based in Brooklyn who does some real dope tracks that is part Brooklyn, part ear-on-the-ground broken beats with his own flavors, and the other with the Part Time Heroes based in London, who are, as Gilles Peterson himself says, a jazzier Zero 7 -- VERY talented guys with great musical vision and grooves. Both have done remixes for me, which I will be releasing in the near future (more on that later), and I have in turn offered my writing and vocal skills to their tracks, which have come out REALLY cool! More information on releases as they transpire.
Jazztronik "Tiger Eyes" English Version -- Well, this one came as a surprise! I'm an admirer of this talented unit, and had indirectly been involved in projects with them (they remixed "Talk" and Nozaki-san was co-writer for Mondo Grosso's "Star Suite"), but this is the first time I'll be doing something directly with them. They first approached me to write a translation/adaptation of the lyrics to their track "Tiger Eyes," the Japanese version sang by Fukko of Core of Soul. I guess they went into the studio and it was a little difficult to match the melody to the lyrics, always tricky when you're dealing in a language that is not your own and don't have the lyricist (me) there to work it through. So now they've approached me to do the song in English, which should be interesting and a challenge. More information on the release later.
November issue of Tokyo Calendar on News Stands -- This is the shoot I did with my husband and two other great musicians, drummer Antonio Sanchez and guitarist David Gilmore, modeling clothing by Paul Stuart. I'll be uploading some shots from the day of the shoot after its release on October 21st.
December issue of Straight -- Straight decided to do a special on New York jazz clubs, and the editor in charge of this special, Mr. Yoji Nagasawa, asked me to help recommend and round-together a list of clubs in New York, which I was more than happy to do. We also coordinated interviews with my husband, and also my step-father, Lew Tabackin, as well as with rising star pianist Hiromi Uehara. It involved a few days of shooting in Manhattan, two of which I partaked in -- I even got to make a run to the famous Italian bakery on Bleeker in Greenwich Village for some canoli treats! This will be coming out on November 28th.
Other News -- This is already getting too long, so I'll try and make the rest short!
The "ROUTES" Live in Japan DVDs were sent to my gold participants as a perk for their generous involvement in helping to get the project off the ground, thank you Timmy and Mark -- hope you got and dug 'em!
For you hardcore manga fans, if you're hip to "Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu" which was a huge hit in Japan and Europe and for which I wrote the theme songs back in the day, there's talk of pachinko games featuring these characters and the songs!
Indies singer Risako releases her debut album on November 22nd in Japan, "Lotus Color" in which she did a touching version of my song "I'm Still Here" -- thank you Risako, and good luck!
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