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Artist Spotlight: Koza Mostra 0
It was just a year after the 6-piece Greek band Koza Mostra were formed that they represented their country performing ‘Alcohol is Free’ at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Malmö, Sweden in 2013.
But founder member, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Ilias Kozas, wasn’t sure about performing in front of tens of thousands of people live and millions watching around the world.
Artist Spotlight: El Amir - A James Bond Guitarist 0
Artist Spotlight: Grant MacLeod - The Munro Bagpiper 0
Artist Spotlight: Diane Eaton - French Horn Player at the Symphony Orchestra Basel 0
“I’ve been with this orchestra now for 33 years”, says Diane “And still enjoy every rehearsal and performance. I was born and raised in Seattle on the west coast of the United States and have acquired my Bachelor's degree in music performance in North Western University, in Chicago, moved to Europe when I was 22 years old and went on to finish my studies in Berlin. Both these cities are known for their music colleges, especially for teaching brass.
Artist Spotlight: Abigail Zachko - impressive, young and talented 1
There are still many extremely talented young musicians willing to carry the guitar into the future and Abigail Zachko in the USA is one of them.
Abby has only been on the planet a mere 16 years, and already at a level many old school players would love to be at, achievements so far include being hailed as one of the most exciting new guitar players in the industry, a recording artist and runner up in Music Radar’s Young Guitarist Of The Year 2018. Envious? Yes, we are.
Artist Spotlight: Mindi Abair - Saxophonist Extraordinaire 0
Artist Spotlight: Tom Doughty - World Class Lap Steel Guitarist 0
Tom Doughty and his relationship between mind and body is tempered by a serious motorbike accident in 1974 which left him with a spinal injury and a permanent disability that affected his hands and fingers. He, therefore, approached his instrument with a completely new and individual flavour, because he had to and not out of choice.
“I don’t have a choice,” explains Tom, “There is no choice...
Artist Spotlight: Usama Allati (Music Exceeds Borders) 0
Writing the Artist Spotlight feature I get to interview Fusion artists around the planet, how lucky am I? My next Fusion gig bag safari is a return call to the Middle East, Palestine in fact, to interview another incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, Usama Allati.
We talk about his new project ‘Music Exceeds Borders’, how he grew up on a mixed recipe of classical and flamenco (with a large helping of Western rock) and his love for his ‘monster bass’ he refers to as a ‘spaceship.’
“It’s officially called the Oasis Custom Handmade 9 string Bass, made by Brazilian luthier Mauricio Costa who owns the company MG Bass in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA,” says Usama. “I contacted him in 2017 saying I wanted a bass made to my personal specifications within the tonewoods and hardware. The fingerboard is extra wide to cater for 9 strings which are tuned in 4ths and features a wave design inlaid with wenge, maple and mahogany exotic tonewoods. The 5-piece mahogany/wenge neck is of the straight-through body design, whilst the body itself is constructed from three layers of mahogany capped with imbuia, and it is the one and the only bass of this kind in the Middle East.
Women in Music: Ariane Cap - Bassist, Educator, Author, Blogger 0
As part of the celebrations of International's Women Day, we have interviewed some incredible female musicians about their experiences and perspective of the music industry.
Ariane Cap is a bassist, educator, author and blogger. Read all about her view of the industry, her experiences and how she became as a top-class bassist.