Kasabian’s now former front man pleads guilty to assault

See original article

Former Kasabian singer Tom Meighan has pleaded guilty to assaulting his former fiancee. The 39-year-old admitted at Leicester Magistrates’ Court attacking Vikki Ager on the evening of 9 April.

The court heard a child had witnessed the assault and contacted 999 to report that a “domestic incident was taking place”.

Meighan was given an 18-month community order and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. On Monday, the group announced Meighan had stepped down from the band in order to deal with “personal issues”.

Kasabian formed in 1997 and reached the UK charts with their third single Club Foot in 2004. Major success came with albums Empire in 2006 and West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 2009, which featured a string of hits including Underdog and Fire.

Meighan’s departure leaves guitarist Serge Pizzorno and bassist Chris Edwards as the only remaining founding members.

The untimely departure of Tom Meighan may start to make a little more sense for disappointed fans. We hope this is not the end of Kasabian as a band. 

Reported by:Jessica Rowe

For the latest music news and more, follow us on Twitter.

Beyonce uses BET accept speech to call for the dismantling of ‘a racist and unequal system’

See Original Article here

Beyonce urged U.S. voters to “take action to dismantle a racist and unequal system” as she accepted the Humanitarian Award at the virtual BET Awards on Sunday night.

The 38-year-old singer was introduced by former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, who paid tribute to her philanthropic efforts as well as her musical success.

Following tributes from Tyler Perry and her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, Beyonce used her speech to encourage fans to vote in the upcoming U.S. election in November in the hopes they can collectively try and change the system.

“I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching and fighting for change,” Beyonce said, referencing the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. “Your voices are being heard, and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain.”

Beyonce is the perfect example of using an immense public platform for good, we hope more artists will follow in her footsteps. 

Alicia Keys opens up about life in Lockdown with Swizz Beatz

Original Article

In a sweet seaside Q&A video on the Girl on Fire star’s YouTube channel, the musicians discussed how their family life has been affected by the Covid-19 crisis over the past few months, and answered questions from fans

Beginning the segment, Alicia asked whether the two had ever spent as much time together as they had during their coronavirus pandemic, to which Swizz shook his head and said: “This is, like, married married married.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz and family attend at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on FOX at the Microsoft Theater on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for iHeartMedia )

The singer went on to admit that she’s “loving” having some downtime, and confessed: “For (the children) to wake up knowing that we’re always there, for us to wake up, always being there — it’s kinda cool.”

We can’t wait to see what this talented singer-songwriter may have cooked up for fans during lockdown.

UK Rock Band, Primyl Vinyl, Ready To Take Centre Stage With ‘Baby Steps’

THE band to watch…huge choruses” – Tom Salmon, BBC Introducing

“Riff-based guitar music at its absolute best, well-crafted songs…truly excellent” – Get into This

Primyl Vinyl are ready to storm into the centre of the UK music scene and blow fans away with their new single ‘Baby Steps’. The trio formed whilst they were all studying in Liverpool, but they are now spread out across the UK. From Peterborough (Matt, lead vocals and guitar) to Fareham (Steve, vocals and lead guitar) to Barrow-in-Furness (Nahum, drummer and vocalist) the band are miles apart…but this won’t stop them from making their mark!

‘Baby Steps’ looks to cement them as THE rock band to take note of in 2020. Although their legendary live shows are temporarily postponed, the new track combines riffs, electronic earthquakes and vocals that compensate for the loss of seeing the trio play live.

LISTEN TO PRIMYL VINYL ON SOUNDCLOUD NOW

Primyl Vinyl create their songs as both a unifying experience for their legions of fans across the UK and to help deal cathartically with individual mental health issues, as well as wider social anxieties – with ‘Baby Steps’ comes a message to stay grounded, whatever is happening in the world around you. 

Here’s what Matt has to say: Having witnessed first-hand the internal mental battles of two people very close to me, I started to write more consciously to open this topic up – to make it feel more normal to discuss; to make our gigs feel like a sanctuary to reflect and then to forget it for 40 minutes. Music has to mean something to somebody, or else what is the point?

Despite currently mourning the loss, via a puncture wound, of their inflatable whale mascot Jeremy (who hadn’t missed a 2019 gig!) the band recorded their latest track in an old barn to capture the reverb and energy of their live shows. Though Jeremy is only a cherished memory, Primyl Vinyl are in it for the long run.

SOCIAL LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/primylvinylofficial/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/primyl_vinyl/

Website: https://www.musicglue.com/primylvinyl/

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-861732219

Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/rryl4fv

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UCgPyGAYJXRsBdbSLkMXty1g

Faith and Glory: Italian Fingerstyle Master Gabor Lesko’s Glorious New Track Recognised By Jazz FM

Gabor Lesko has had a very successful career as a session musician in Italy (playing, producing and arranging several soundtracks for TV and film) as well as writing guitar tutorial books published by Carisch, an Italian publisher. He’s also established a solo career as a musician in his own right!

Fingerfusion Project is his latest album and it’s a demonstration of his insane talent as a writer and guitar virtuoso. It takes on elements of Jazz, Prog and Rock, bringing them together effortlessley. One of the tracks from the album ‘Faith and Glory’ made it as Jazz FM’s ‘Track of the Week’ recently.

LISTEN TO ‘FAITH AND GLORY’ ON SPOTIFY

Gabor and his band skirt on the edges of jazz highlighted with some brilliant sax courtesy of Eric Marienthal, but ultimately take more of a progressive approach with moving time signatures and fluid chord structures that keep the listener on their toes. 

Social Links

Facebook: https://it-it.facebook.com/gaborleskoguitar/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gaborlesko

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gaborlesko/

Website: www.gaborlesko.com

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5H2zMgin7XIH5YFqg7U20p

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1ZLp2njzJkLlgeVVxtZqFuEzgP5FNXDv

Italy’s Vina Rose Plans to Build her Name in London Following Success of ‘Breathe Again’

“Breathe Again is an honest, deeply human, yet energising release, likely to make waves throughout 2019…the song makes for a bold and beautiful introduction to an artist with a clear love for and dedication to her craft” Stereo Stickman

“An Unforgettable pop banger!” Celeb Mix

In 2019, Italian star Vina Rose released an unforgettable ‘pop banger’. Her single ‘Breathe Again’ received critical acclaim, demonstrating a vocal prowess that’s sure to brighten up the UK pop scene. The artist has recently made the move to London to build her career, leaving her fame in Italy behind.

Now Vina Rose is set to wow new audiences with her fresh EP Crossroads. It’s a musical project that really allows her talents to show. From the anthemic ‘Heart of Gold‘ to the dark and brooding dance-inflected title track, which sees her reflecting on the momentous decision she made to relocate at the height of her career, it’s clear this artist is one to watch.

LISTEN TO ‘BREATHE AGAIN’ ON SPOTIFY

Vina Rose has performed alongside the likes of Italian superstars Andrea BocelliZuccheroAlexia and Giorgia, both across numerous festivals and on television. Similarly, Vina has appeared on TV shows around the world: on the BBC (acting in the production Victoria and Albert -The Royal Wedding) and ITV as well as hugely popular worldwide hits such as Dancing with the Stars and MTV Unplugged

Social Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vinarosemusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VinaRoseMusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vinarosemusic/

Website: https://vinarosemusic.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6K3kqMQzxeqWFNoonu6xQj

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/VinaRose

From Business to Technology to Music – The Remarkable Journey of Mustafa Khetty

Mustafa Khetty is a composer and song writer born in Sri Lanka and having lived in Ireland, UK, Middle East and Far East, each experience contributing to a rich and diverse palette of musical influence

He started writing music at age 12 and scored the first sketches of a Rock/classical fusion concerto, toccata and fugue and other pieces by 15. By the end of 2017, it was a full circle return to his first passion after nearly 35 year as an investor and IT entrepreneur.

His debut release is Requiem for New Zealand, originally inspired by the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15th March 2019, when a terrorist attack left 51 innocent people murdered and 49 injured. Requiem for New Zealand is dedicated to victims of hate crime around the world.

Watch the Video to Mustafa Khetty’s “Requiem for New Zealand” here:

His music style ranges across different genres and fusion of both western and eastern styles and instruments merging soundscapes forming a tapestry of moods, emotions, rhythmic patterns and harmonic layers. Often described as world music, his creative spirit is free from rules, boundaries and parameters. A bohemian at heart, his music is a reflection of his travels, experiences and sonic expressions – keep an eye out for some amazing new music coming from Mustafa later this year

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mustafakhettymusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mustafakhettymusic/

Website: http://www.mustafakhetty.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb1UyReSWCOQlr1kiVzMtTQ/videos

“The Revolution Will Be Live!” – Malik & The O.G.’s come to Cambridge.

The revolution will not be televised… but it will be at Cambridge Jazz Festival this upcoming weekend as Malik & the O.G.’s prepare a run of events at the festival celebrating the work of Gil Scott-Heron.

The upcoming appearance at Cambridge Jazz Festival include multiple seminars, talks and performance by Malik Al Nasir, showcasing why Gil Scott-Heron is still relevant to artists  as well as social politics today.

Gil Scott-Herons most notable work comes in the form of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, a spoken word track released in 1971 – it’s free form style and spoken-word, poetic approach to lyricism within music is an example of breaking down the wall between music and art, the song is not only musically but literarily insightful.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” holds lyrical significance even by today’s musical standards, whilst contemporary lyricism is more explicit and straight forward. The message it gave was a public one and that if there was going to be a revolution within 1970s America is not going to be televised; it was going to stare you in the face and it was going to be real.

“The Revolution will be not be re-run, the revolution will be live.” Are the final words of the iconic track that Gil Scott-Heron is most notable for – it’s a message that still holds strong within the current socio-political climate within America.

Malik Al Nasir who was Gil Scott-Heron’s protégé is currently following in his footsteps, delivering a message that is direct, insightful as well as artistic.

Malik Al Nasir is a Guyanese activist, poet and filmmaker from Liverpool, following in his mentors footsteps; Malik’s work Malik discusses how colonialism and slavery destroys identity, he also establishes the significance of genealogy, anthropology and DNA as an insight into “who we actually are” as well celebrating our inherited roots and cultural identity without anyone else dictating otherwise – using his Guyanese roots as an example of claiming his heritage and being self-aware of one’s cultural inheritance.

“My own journey back to Guyana to re-connect with my South American roots, was actually both a quest for lost family ties and a search for historical truth. Discovering I had an indigenous Amerindian grandmother, further complicated an already convoluted sense of self and the discovery of my Scottish aristocratic slave-owner ancestry, will offer the basis of a paradigm shift in how we view Transatlantic slavery – as it was practiced in Demerera South America.”

Malik will also explore the significance of the “Black Arts Movement” in America and how he contributes to that via Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets – with his role as an activist in breaking down colonialism and its control over identity.

Malik will be running an “Artist as Activists seminar” at the University of Cambridge, Centre of Latin American studies at 5pm on the 17th of November. “The Revolution Will Be Live!” will take place on the 18th of November at 8:30pm, Cambridge Wine Merchants. Finally Classic Album Sundays event; a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron will be running two events on the 19th of November at 2pm, Hidden Rooms, and 8pm Arts Picture house.

Links to tickets for these events can be found here;

https://www.cambridgejazzfestival.info/malik-the-o-g-s – “The Revolution Will Be Live!” tickets.

http://skiddle.com/e/13023561 – “Classic Album Sundays” @ Hidden Rooms

Free – “Artists as Activists”

You can keep up to date with the events at Malik’s social network links found below;

https://www.facebook.com/Malik-The-OGs-171722166201820/

https://twitter.com/MalikAndTheOGs?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

http://malikandtheogs.blogspot.co.uk/

Homerik – Genre defying metal from New York

If you need a band to redefine a genre, Homerik are the guys you’ve been looking for. Their exciting new sound takes everything you knew about metal and turns it on its head, leaving you shell shocked and wondering where exactly it is that your mind was just led.

Watch their epic video to “A Song of the Night Part 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVJy5wQtvEA

With a fully orchestral sound, they have three interweaving vocalists in their ranks, as well as guest sopranos and a shadowy cast of what sounds like hundreds. Using traditional ethnic instrumentation from Africa and the Far East, this is more than melodic metal, it’s something which injects the whole metal genre with new life (or maybe death). With potent, pronged riffs, arresting vocals and a chanteuse singing in Ancient Egyptian, Homerik are a truly unique sonic experience. Homerik’s symphonic progressive death metal is the new dark corner of metal which was waiting to be explored – cinematic; vicious, but brutally beautiful.

Be sure to pick up their new album and Keep up with Homerik here:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Ry0Y2JiVXjpidTHDpYVQx

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcYLfk1tEX4vli_KWUzsBQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homerikofficial/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/homerikofficial/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homerikofficial/

Website: https://www.homerik.org/

 

Introducing Classical Music’s Enfant Terrible, Roger Rudenstein

Roger Rudenstein is not what many people would expect from a classical composer and musician. Not for him the polite, white-gloved bowing and strict adherance to convention, nor even the generic inspirations of stately events and environment. Instead, for the last few years, he has been systematically documenting his views on the political climate in America both in streams-of consciousness blog posts and the less 21st Century method of opera.

His impressively populated back catalogue is creaking at the seams with piano sonatas, concerti, string quartets and symphonies but it’s his grander, more epic works which have really got tongues wagging in America.

In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, Roger set about documenting his observations of the chaos in the corridors of power. The title and idea for this opus is based on a Goya etching entitled “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters” which depicts a man who sleeps while monstrous forms fly about. Collectively titled State of the Union, his septet, Nightmare of Reason, uses George W Bush’s actual state of the union address text and puts it to Roger’s composition, which utilises 3 voices as well as perhaps the world’s leading clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman.

Having dealt with Bush, it is perhaps no surprise that current Leader of the Free World comes next under Roger’s microscope, the thinly-veiled The Rise & Fall of Ronald P. Glumph, a Faust-inspired exploration of Donald Trump’s ‘activities’ over four operas. On a completely different tac, Roger also composed an opera based on the effects of the AIDS virus on people’s lives, to great critical acclaim.

Roger is now ready to inspire European audiences with an opera based not on political satire but classic British literature, James Joyce’s classic epic, Ulysses. The source material is an ever-twisting tale of early 20th Irish folk, with much of the dialogue being the internal thoughts of the characters, a perfect device for opera to exploit.

Ulysses is not short of what might politely be called ‘bawdy’ language and behaviour, much of which, you’ll be pleased to hear, is left intact, Roger being keen that the original text by Joyce is undiluted and can reach an audience which may not be familiar with the work, but which is as hilarious today as it was nearly 100 years ago. Ulysses is begging to be heard by a new audience, combining the tragedy and humour of the novel with Roger’s brilliant music, which echoes his very European influences of Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and Schubert.

SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/rudenste/tracks
Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/rudenste
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/roger.rudenstein
Website https://www.rogerrudensteinmusic.com/