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Louiz Banks is India's pre-eminent Jazz Pianist, Composer, Film and Record Producer. He is also a Grammy nominee and fon...
Raga to Rock - Music, Movies, Masti and more

Louiz Banks is India's pre-eminent Jazz Pianist, Composer, Film and Record Producer. He is also a Grammy nominee and fondly called the 'Godfather of Indian Jazz'. 'Transcendence' is an annual event, that pays tribute to Legends of Indian & Western Jazz Music. This year’s Transcendence 2.0 saw two modern day Indian legends, Grammy nominee Louiz Banks-Piano and Dr. Mysore Manjunath-Violin pay tribute to their respective idols Jazz legend Oscar Peterson and Carnatic legend T. Chowdiah. The concert featuring the music of the 'Vidwan of the Violin', fusing with the artistry of the 'Maharaja of the Piano', proved to be a stupendous success

Louiz Banks and Dr. Mysore Manjunath-Violin were accompanied by Gianluca Liberatore-Bass Guitar, Vidwan Bangalore Amrit-Khanjira, Gino Banks-Drums and Pt. Yogesh Samsi-Tabla and together they took the audience to a heightened level of consciousness with their music, culminating in a joyous transcendent state.
Louiz Banks picked Oscar Peterson, in his words 'The answer to that question will cover a few volumes ... but in short... because Oscar Peterson is unanimously acknowledged as one of the greatest exponents of Jazz Piano..and he continues to inspire all students of Jazz Piano. My own switch to Jazz Piano took place when my father introduced me to Oscar Peterson... that was the turning point in my musical studies and pursuits. Hence I pay homage to the greatness of Oscar Peterson"

The first segment of the concert began with the lovely tribute by Louiz Banks to Oscar Peterson with some good old instrumental jazz popularized by him. The second segment of the concert began with tribute by Vidwan Shri. Dr. Mysore Manjunathji to T.Chowdiah with the traditional Tyagaraja Kriti ‘Nyanamu Sakaratha’ in Purvikalyani. The finale was specially composed by Louiz Banks called ‘Reunion’ loosely based on Raga Chandrakauns. The finale also had Gino Banks, Pt.Yogesh Samsi and Vidwan Bangalore Amrit, showing their respective class and talent separately and then sparring amiably with each other on their instruments. Pradeep Joseph from Raga to Rock said 'the concert was like sitting at the crossroads, where the Music of Chennai and New Orleans met'.

The Performing Stars:

Louiz Banks-Concept, Composer, Key Boards. A Grammy nominee, who has been spearheading the Jazz Movement in India for the past three decades. He has been singularly instrumental in bringing a high standard of Jazz performance for jazz devotees in India.

Gianluca Liberatore-Bass Guitar, A bass player born in Palermo, Italy. After Graduating at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, he moved to Mumbai in 2015, where he works as Dean of Academics at the True School of Music. Gianluca has performed alongside Ann Hampton Callaway, Ted Rosenthal, Loretta Holloway, Tulio Mourao, Ronal Douglas, SOI and many others.

Gino Banks-Drums. He is the son of Louiz Banks, India’s legendary jazz pianist and composer. Gino is a versatile musician, this trait leads him to perform and record with artists and bands of all types of genres.

Vidwan Dr. Mysore Manjunath-Western & Carnatic Violin, is a globally-renowned violinist. A child prodigy who matured quickly to emerge as one of the Top Ranking Violinists in India today. Acclaimed as a wonder kid with astonishing musicianship, Manjunath has established himself as one of the outstanding Carnatic Instrumentalists.

Pt. Yogesh Samsi-Tabla was born in the family of the renowned vocalists Pandit Dinkar Kaikini and Shashikala Kaikini. From the age of ten he studied with the late Ustad Alla Rakha. An ‘A’ grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan, he has given numerous solo performances as well as accompanied many distinguished artists.

Vidwan Bangalore Amrit- Khanjira. He is a globally-renowned musician, performer, and frame-drummer. His power-packed performances filled with versatility, speed and intricate pattern presentation merged with aesthetics, grace & beauty have fascinated large audiences and received critical acclaim.

At last year's concert Carnatic legend G. Harishankar (Khanjira) was honored with a tribute by Vidwan Bangalore Amrit (Khanjira) and Jazz legend Buddy Rich was honored with a tribute, by Ranjit Barot (Drums).

The event was organized by Gigue Entertainment a division of SRH Consilium LLP lead by Rajashekhar Srinivasan and this initiative would not have been possible without the support of Aditya Birla Sunlife Capital Mutual Funds, Indian Oil Corporation, Life Insurance Corporation & Bombay Dyeing.


The second edition of Music Inc. 2.0 witnessed phenomenal success with the coming together of thought leaders, young entrepreneurs and brand representatives to discuss trends shaping the music spac....

As part of a two- year project, singer/songwriter - Roger D’Arcy is creating his third collection of original music - ...
Velvet Ghosts

As part of a two- year project, singer/songwriter - Roger D’Arcy is creating his third collection of original music - following the critically acclaimed Crooked Tales (2016) and House of Heads (2017)

Uniquely, D’Arcy is recording this third collection in different studios around the world – all studios which he has designed including projects by the world-renowned Recording Architecture – the company that D’Arcy founded in 1987 and which was closed in 2012 upon publication of the best-selling RA: The Book so that D’Arcy could devote more time to his first love - creating music - something he had put on the back burner while running Recording Architecture.

RA specialized in creating wonderfully unique creative spaces for artists that include: Annie Lennox, UB40, The Cure, The Waterboys, The Kinks, Sade, Bryan Ferry, Ian Anderson, Steve Hackett and hundreds of other clients all over the world. D’Arcy continues to design a handful of studios each year for past clients.

The new collection is being released as a track a month and currently has the working title of The World Recording Tour.

Each track stands proud and alone due to the fact that the songs in the collection are being produced, recorded and mixed using local musicians and engineers in each country. Thus, each track has a unique musical perspective with local flavors and musical styles reflected in the songs - all written by Roger D'Arcy and published by his longstanding Longsongs Music company.

Ultimately, the recordings will be revisited and compiled into an album collection by the project’s executive producer, Pieter Snapper (who also produced, mixed and mastered Crooked Tales and House of Heads) at Babajim Studios in Istanbul which D’Arcy designed in 2009.

The first track to be released on July 4th 2019 then, is “Velvet Ghosts” which D'Arcy recorded at Jaffa Sound in Tel Aviv, Israel - as he pays tribute to Nico, Lou Reed and John Cale of The Velvet Underground - D'Arcy is a huge fan of Nico’s work in particular and sings of a chance encounter in a Sheffield bar in England in the early 80s.

Roger D’Arcy quotes: "I bumped into Nico in the bar after seeing her perform one evening and it was surreal! There in front of me was one of the most iconic figures of my life and I sort of spluttered that I’d love to buy her a drink. I can still remember the way she called me “Dahling” as she sipped her G+T while I just stood there like some love-struck teenager hanging on every word!”

Meanwhile co-owner/founder of Jaffa Sound and producer, recording and mix engineer for Velvet Ghosts - Liron Schaffer – quotes:

“The first time I heard Velvet Ghosts, I immediately saw the entire story in my mind. Roger’s incredible way of describing the human condition, plus the subjects being among my personal heroes and the fact that it’s not every day that I have the opportunity to record a song dealing with people that I may not have known personally, but I feel that I know pretty well - it was an amazing experience.

From that point on we decided to record Roger in our Live Room, which has an arched ceiling (which used to be an old bathing space with 600 hundred years of history) Of course, it now has been acoustically treated but there are times when you can still sense ghostly echoes. One of my priorities as the producer was making Roger as comfortable as possible and ensuring that his performance was as natural and as intuitive as I heard him performing the song in front of me in the control room just a few minutes earlier.

The result was perfect with Roger giving a winning performance and just then
my friend and co-studio owner Amit Sagie happened to walk into the studio and being a fantastic guitar and bass player, seemed to understand the song instantly and added his own personal, magical touch, laying down some electric guitar tracks which I felt conveyed exactly the feeling that Roger was after - a kind of bittersweet longing for a time long past.

All in all, it was very exciting to record Roger in the studio that he himself designed - kind of like a magical closure. A real pleasure and privilege.”

Liron Schaffer - Jaffa Sounds Arts, Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Producer, recording and mix engineer for Velvet Ghosts

Other countries visited during the "World Recording Tour" project so far include Ireland, Greece, India and Ukraine – while plans are in progress to record in the USA, the UK, Russia, Spain and eventually winding up in Turkey.

Meanwhile, watch out for news of Roger D'Arcy's "Virtual World Tour" as he hosts a series of internet live concerts broadcast from some of the hosting studios and countries - again - using local musicians to recreate the tracks and, of course, bring a different flavor from each of the concerts producing a totally unique experience for the audience.

To access Velvet Ghosts go to:

For more on Roger D'Arcy and his music please visit:

The first single from the ongoing World Recording Tour

Roger D'arcy Releases "Velvet Ghosts" - The First Track From His Third Collection Of Songs Recorded In Some Of His Favou...

Roger D'arcy Releases "Velvet Ghosts" - The First Track From His Third Collection Of Songs Recorded In Some Of His Favourite Studios Around The World
#thevelvetunderground #rockmusic #musicnews #loureed

Registration is now open for the 16th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards); this is great opportunity for m...

Registration is now open for the 16th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards); this is great opportunity for music artists everywhere. IAMA is the preeminent awards for musicians, promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include Acoustic Cafe and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Music artists stand a chance to win awards in eight different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo, Folk, Americana/Roots/AAA, Instrumental, Open (any musical style or genre), Bluegrass/Country, etc. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada.

IAMA is sponsored by: D'Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Sirius XM Radio, Acoustic Café Radio Show, MixButton,, Kari Estrin Management & Consulting, and

In its 16th year, IAMA has a proven track record of winners going on to get signed and hit the Billboard Charts. Meghan Trainor was discovered by IAMA seven years ago and is now a global superstar with #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts with "All About That Bass" (#1 for 9 weeks) and #1 on The Billboard 200 Charts with her debut album "Title", won for a Grammy award for Best New Artist in 2016. Meghan hit #46 on the Billboard Charts again this year again with "No Excuses". Meghan has a staggering 9 songs so far on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts so far, enough to release a "Greatest Hits Album" in her young career. The 2nd Annual IAMA winner Zane Williams’s winning song was recorded by country music star Jason Michael Carroll, that song hit #14 on Billboard Country Charts and #99 on Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Jeff Gutt, a finalist at the 9th Annual IAMA was a runner-up on X-Factor USA. Charlie Dore (known for her #1 hit “Pilot of the Airwaves”) was the top winner in 2008.

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke (see pictured) won top honors at the recent 15th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with her song “Put the Gun Down”. She also won Best Female Artist. Jonatha was previously signed to MCA Records and Elektra records. Currently Jonatha, who lives in Minneapolis, is touring her recently released CD Midnight Hallelujah, working on two new musicals, and plans on performing more dates of 4 Noses in various cities. A 5 song EP of new songs will be released soon.

Bertie Higgins, known for his #1 hit "Key Largo" and Top 10 hit "Just Another Day in Paradise" is a finalist in the Best Folk category. Singer-Songwriter Rory Block won a runner-up award in the Best Female Artist category. She was previously signed to Chrysalis records and Rounder records.

The deadline to enter is November 8th. For more information, go to:

IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) The 16th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Win a Top Prize of US$11,000 wor...

Opportunity Now Open For Musicians - The 16th Annual Acoustic Music Awards #musi...

Opportunity Now Open For Musicians - The 16th Annual Acoustic Music Awards
#musicnews #musicawards #folkmusic #countrymusic #americana #bluegrass #acousticmusic #rootsmusic

VidaPrimo, the world's premier Latin video network, is launching Latido Music, a 24/7 Latin Music Television network. Th...
Latido Music — Lo mejor de la Musica Latina, Reggaeton y Trap Latino. Anuell AA, Darell, Ñejo, Almighty, Lary Over y muchos más

VidaPrimo, the world's premier Latin video network, is launching Latido Music, a 24/7 Latin Music Television network. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and General Manager Stephen Brooks. The new network is available on Samsung TV Plus, LG TV Plus and Xumo On Now digital platforms. The Latido Music brand officially launched Thursday, June 13.

The linear channel features hosted music video programs promoting current and classic releases from a library of thousands of official videos across the Latin Music spectrum. Latido Music will supplement video-centric shows with original music-oriented programming in the news, talk, reality and documentary formats.

"Latido Music gives today's Latin music a television-based platform in much the same way MTV did for new wave and heavy metal in the 1980s," says Brooks. "Our goal is to not only give Latin music fans a unique living room experience, but to aid in the discovery and socialization of this incredible music."

According to Brooks, the back-to-basics "living room" strategy is intentional. Recent studies by PwC and Nielsen ratings show that key audience demographics are moving away from traditional pay cable and satellite over to "Free TV" options available through smart TVs, streaming devices and over-the-air broadcast. "We consider ourselves to be the Latin Music channel that is an essential part of the digital linear ecosystem," said Brooks. He added that digital-first brands like Tastemade and Cheddar have demonstrated the viability of broadcasting outside the cable bundle.

About Latido Music: Latido Music is a Television Network for fans of all genres of Latin Music in the United States, Latin America and Spain. Serving the population of over 100 million Spanish-speaking millennial and Generation Z viewers, Latido curates and creates engaging programming comprised of music videos, news, talk and reality shows, documentaries and more. Latido Music is part of VidaPrimo, the premier entertainment network dedicated to reaching Hispanic consumers through music.

Latido Music — Lo mejor sobre Artistas y Videos de Musica Latina, Reggaeton y Trap Latino! Nuevos Talentos. Los mejores Videos de Musica Urbana, Noticias, Eventos y Promociones! Anuell AA, Darell, Ñejo, Almighty, Lary Over y muchos más

VidaPrimo Launches Television Network Latido Music@latidomusicoficial ...#latinmusic #videonetwork #musicvideo

VidaPrimo Launches Television Network Latido Music
#latinmusic #videonetwork #musicvideo

XYBeatZ Tutorial

Amped Studio, the online DAW, has just added another great addition to its growing arsenal of devices with a totally unique approach to rhythm creation. XYbeatz is a midi generator/controller with a collection of drums beats from around the world that can be combined into multiple combinations by moving around the XY interface. With over 250 midi beats you can mix, match and blend beats or separate drum parts to create a cool set rhythm pattern or record live while moving around the Interface to get a changing groove over time.

Okay but WTF is XYbeatZ?
Let's try this; take a killer midi drum pack with beats from every continent but Antarctica and an XY pad with 4 Zones and each corner holds a selected drum beat. Include 2 modes, one for complete beats and another for just the selected drum parts, a rhythmic complexity slider and you have it.

If you move the indicator to the center it plays a combination of all 4 beats, if you move it to the far corner it plays just that beat. You can record and move around the XY pad and create new rhythms. With the Parts mode, you can make easily make interesting grooves, like blending a Samba kick pattern with a Soca snare, all without drawing in any notes!

XYbeatZ can also be used as an innovative sound tool by assigning a melodic device to a rhythm pattern or together combine a Synth with a drum kit to play back the rhythm in unison for a tight, unique beat!

Best of all XYbeatZ is free in Amped Studio and available right in your browser! The XYbeatZ video tutorial is here: or go on to and start making XYbeatZ!

How to use the XYbeatZ controller in Amped Studio. A creative controller to blend MIDI beats and rhythms and record it to your arrangement. To use Amped Stud...


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