From Brain Surgeon to Painter to Musical Sensation – the Remarkable Jasper’s Riddle!

Jasper’s Riddle is a new musical concept from Lukas Zeickner, a Manchester based medical student, who calls this project his ‘acoustic storybook’. After beginning his studies to become a brain surgeon, and switching to his current vocation, that of a heart surgeon, Jasper’s Riddle’s debut release reflects an artist’s own chameleon-like ability to shift between a multitude of artistic talents – an acoustic singer-songwriter, a classical composer, an artist and a novelist, to produce ‘The River‘ – a collection of self contained stories that combine to make his storybook.

“I would say the most interesting aspect is the versatility. All of my songs are quite different and you never know what to expect next. This applies to my classical music as well.” – Jasper’s Riddle

Influenced by beacons of talent from across the world, from Aretha Franklin to Fela Kuti to Estas Tonne, and an overarching love of Schubert, his fascination for science as well as the Arts has led to Lukas performing and producing all his own music, not to mention creating the accompanying artwork.

“I see art as simply one thing in itself – free and ever changing. There’s no difference whether its music, or a drawing, or a poem.” – Jasper’s Riddle

One of his earliest recollections is learning lessons in the ‘freedom of expression’. Growing up, he mentions that he never really understood the notion of music genres and as a result he ended up listening to anything and everything.The most immediate comparison would be that of a Jeff Buckley inspired sound (watch his cover of ‘Grace‘ here). He describes his sound as acoustic rock, with influences from neo-soul and blues to progressive rock and flamenco. With his heritage stemming from Nigeria, he feels a strong connection with his Nigerian-British heritage and sings songs in Edo as well as English, and also Spanish as a third language.

As a 22 year old classical composer and multi-instrumentalist (pianist/ guitar and singer), Jasper’s Riddle offers something really interesting in the way that people can engage with the music.  The concept originates from a love of Schubert’s Lieders, which he describes as ‘truly beautiful’, through the way in which he would incorporate aspects of the story/poem into the song itself. An example of this in ‘The River‘ there are multiple moments where the guitar finger-picking imitates the sound of waves and rushing water, and also his classical piece ‘Jack in the Box’ also features an intro piano passage which imitates the sound of a jack in the box toy.

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Brooke Law Waves ”See ya Later” To Those Who Stand In The Way Of Gender Equality With New EP

Already having received the accolade of BBC Introducing’s Track of the Month, Brooke Law’s latest single “See ya Later” is a brilliant fusion of pop, R&B and Asian rhythms. Born into roots stemming from a mixed heritage background, the environment in which Brooke has grown up in is one that has openly encouraged expression.

As a London-born British singer/songwriter, a major influence stems from the diversity of her multi-ethnic family – Eurasian on her maternal side, and mixed Jewish on her paternal side. It is from this bedrock of ‘unity-through-diversity’, strength and positive action that inspires Brooke to express her own values and beliefs through music.

Brooke has dedicated her Archetypes EP to all women and girls to support them in all they choose to do and be. In doing so, she gives thanks to all the women who continue to fight equality and freedom while striving to put an end to violence against women and children:

“[It’s] is about nurture and giving everything you have to love your child. I’m not a mother, but I know being a mother is the hardest ‘job’ in the world. No one is taught how to raise someone and everyday mothers are making choices for their kids. Mothers make these choices with all their heart and power. If women were recognised more, maybe there would be more equality within the sexes.”

In taking inspiration from an array of great musicians from Annie Lennox to Jeff Buckley, Brooke’s music, like her beliefs, in uncompromisingly emotional and direct – in her own words ’gutsy pop’, with her most notable performance to date headlining at the Jazz Cafe in Camden.

Brooke is performing at Paradise London Live at the Century Club – Friday 9th November, with doors opening at 7pm.

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Website: https://www.brookelaw.co.uk/

Eleanore & the Lost invite you to play their ‘Parlour Game’

DRR_4182B&W - CopySurrey based 5 piece Eleanore & the Lost are a symphonic rock band with a wide range of influences, from Jeff Buckley and early Fleetwood Mac to Kate Bush and Bjork, via Evanescence.
It’s a background that allows their sound to sit comfortably in both a heavy upbeat rock mould and a melancholic, mellower environment, taking in everything that lies between to create an album that’s rich and varied in its approach. Instrumentally, the tracks range from sparsely populated ballads to fully orchestrated songs with full string sections and, on one occasion, even brings in influences from India.
Marrying autobiographical lyrics to this wide ranging sound, ‘Parlour Game’ pays tribute to the journey of songwriter Eleanore from an unknown to a writer who commands great respect wherever she works. Her skill with words, as well as her impressive four octave range, makes her a talent to watchOver the years, Eleanore has seen her profile gradually rise as her reputation has spread. In 2009, she beat 10,000 entrants to reach the National Grand Final of the Live & Unsigned competition, and two years later she was specially commissioned to compose the theme song for the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) 50th anniversary. The resulting piece, ‘My True Nature’, was also used as a stimulus piece for the charity’s nationwide competition aimed at 8-17 year olds.
Now, backed by her band the Lost, Eleanore is looking to enhance that reputation further.
The album ‘Parlour Game’ is available via eleanoreandthelost.com and all other major download and streaming sites.
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