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Thursday, 02 April 2015 03:40

Malta: Fresh Modern Sound for Stefan Galea

"Escape", composed and produced by Carlo Gerada, lyrics by Matthew Mercieca (Muxu), and mastered by Elton Zarb at Freetime Studios, with vocals provided by Stefan Galea, is currently receiving airplay on all major radio stations, whilst supported by a music video, one shot and directed by Angie Laus, Duane Laus, and Marlon Polidano on behalf of WE Media.

The music video was shot entirely at So City Club, Paceville courtesy of Graham Testa. The location fits perfectly with the theme and genre of the song, thus making it a dance floor filler in order to appeal to various teenagers, whilst highlighting a new direction in Stefan Galea's career. The setup of the music video is very diverse, thus making it unique and special. It portrays different characters in the club scene, with a spectacular team of break-dancers, choreographed by Peter Ray Portelli (Waterfall Dance Company).

Stefan is currently busy performing live acoustic gigs with his guitarist Kurt Aquilina (Maltese representative at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2014) on various TV shows. At present he is being vocally coached by Gillian Attard from La Voix Academy and Alison Ellul where he is also, currently busy preparing for his trinity guildhall voice examinations. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

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Saturday, 28 February 2015 17:50

Exclusive: La Voix Academy Set to Dominate USSN

On the 11th January 2015, in her capacity as Director of La Voix Academy, Gillian Attard confirmed the acquisition of exclusive rights to partake in “Una Stella Sta Nascendo”. Several students put their name forward, and the aforementioned singer/songwriter/coach is proud to reveal that a total of 23 vocalists got through to the final stage of the competition, organised by SKY Italia.

"I am literally over the moon with excitement, because I know how much each and every student put their heart and soul into their audition", stated a visibly emotional Gillian Attard upon learning the names of the students which got through to the final phase, adding that she 'hopes that they learn from this experience'.

  • Krista Calleja
  • Rachel Lowell
  • Kelsey Farrugia
  • Emma Muscat
  • Cherylis 
  • Kelsey Bellante
  • Sarah Micallef Muscat
  • Loredana & Albert Lauren Agius
  • Rutger Scicluna Galea
  • Mikhail Attard
  • Nicola (Nikki) Saliba
  • Sidney Rose Henwood
  • Miguel Bonello & Ethan Attard
  • Sara Micallef & Martina Cassar
  • Giorgia Borg
  • Lisa Gauci
  • Gianluca Cilia
  • Kassidy Calleja
  • Kelsie Borg & Kiana Fenech

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013", Federica Falzon, winner of "Ti Lascio Una Canzone 2014", Shauna Vassallo & Veronica Rotin, finalists of "Io Canto 2013", Christina Magrin & Maxine Pace, winners of "Una Stella Sta Nascendo 2014" are all successful alumni of La Voix Academy. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: La Voix Academy

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Paul Ellul, a renowned local lyricist, has compiled all song lyrics in written between 1991 and 2013 along with some other poems in a new book, "Fejn Staħbejtli". The chosen title is a reflection of the most well known song ever written by the aforementioned Ellul, with singer/songwriter Ira Losco being the recipient winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2001.

It will be officially launched on the 17th January 2015, at Sir Temi Żammit Hall in the University of Malta with live performances by Gillian Attard, Eleanor Cassar, Glen Vella, Nadine Axisa, Cherise Attard, Roseann Cordina, Mark Tonna, Ivan Spiteri Lucas, Roberta Cassar, La Voix Academy Choir and Debbie Scerri. The latter, will also be hosting the evening, with Mark Spiteri Lucas set to accompany each performance on the keyboard.

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The 400-page publication, with original designs, may be obtained at the end of the evening, with proceeds going directly to the Millennium Chapel in Paceville. Entrance to the event, being organised in conjunction with KSU, Għaqda tal-Malta - Università, Outlook Coop, APS, and Copyserv is strictly by invitation, which may be requested by sending an email here. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Paul Ellul (Fejn Staħbejtli)

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 17:04

Malta: Young Starlets Set on Conquering Europe

Erseb Productions, a renowned company in the local festival circuit with well over thirty years of experience, has given rise to several talents along the years, including artists such as former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Fabrizio Faniello (2001, 2006) and Miriam Christine (1996). With a spectacular range of promising talent, the local music scene in Malta continues to evolve, and there is a general feeling that talent is to be promoted on the international circuit.

During the end-of-year competition, aptly titled "Erseb Goes Christmas", the organisers revealed that a number of all-rounders would be given the opportunity to represent Malta in various international competitions. La Voix Academy under the tutelage of  vocal director, Gillian Attard was the most successful in terms of students who acquired these tickets, managing 16 out of the 18 possible slots. The other 2 students are successfully taught by Glen Vella, a former Eurovision Song Contest representative, and Audrey Marie Bartolo, a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2010.

Ti Amo Onesti (Romania)

Gianluca Cilia (La Voix Academy)

Naolene Borg (La Voix Academy)

 

Lake Pearls (Macedonia)

Mariah Nicola Vella (La Voix Academy)

Jahel Cardona (La Voix Academy)

Riona Degorgio (La Voix Academy)

Kelsie Borg (La Voix Academy)

Shania St John (La Voix Academy)

 

Baltic Voices (Lithuania) 

Michela Pace (Audrey Marie Bartolo)

Eila Mangion (La Voix Academy)

Kylie Meilak (La Voix Academy)

Kelsey Farrugia (La Voix Academy)

Kelsey Bellante (La Voix Academy)

 

Aire Nuevo (Spain)

Sarah Farrugia (La Voix Academy)

Danika Cutajar (Glen Vella)

Jilliane Camilleri (La Voix Academy)

 

Star Dest (Czech Republic)

Christina Magrin (La Voix Academy)

Rachel Lowell (La Voix Academy)

Veronica Rotin (La Voix Academy)

On behalf of the escflashmalta.com editorial team, we would like to wish all the 18 participants, the very best of luck in their endeavours abroad, hoping that they will not only shine as artists, but bring back trophies to Malta, ensuring that the talent which is being cultivated continues to grow. A round of applause goes to Erseb Productions, and the Vocal Directors for ensuring that such opportunities are available for the personnel who will make up the future local music scene. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Erseb Productions

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"It has been a rollercoaster of emotions" according to Federica Falzon on Twitter, but it has definitely been the best edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to date, in terms of quality of entries, and production. The Public Broadcasting Services deserves a standing ovation for putting on such a show, which enthralled the public watching at home, and those present in the arena.

At the close of the voting, Vincenzo Cantiello and his entry "Tu Primo Grande Amore" on behalf of Italy were clear winners, with Bulgaria and their entry "Planet of the Children" performed by Krisia, Ibrahim & Hasan finishing in second place, and Armenia's Betty finishing in third place with "People of the Sun". Malta was in agreement with the top 3, although not specifically in that order, having awarded Bulgaria with 8 points, Italy with 10 points, and Armenia with 12 points.

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A galvanised crowd inside the Shipbuilding gave Federica Falzon the right ingredients to give a magical performance, and "Diamonds" never sounded any better. The performance was rewarded with a fourth place finish, obtaining points from every other country in contention except Croatia. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter as attention turns to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014-2015 for the next week.

Source: escflashmalta.com, junioreurovision.tv

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It is not an everyday occurrence that a child’s dream comes true but at this Junior Eurovision a 12 year old’s dream did actually come true. Tome Kindler is a big fan of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and has been following it since 2012 which also happens to be the last year her home country Israel, participated in the contest itself. 

escflashmalta.com was at the right place, at the right time yesterday evening to witness all this because as soon as one of our editors walked into the official hotel where all the delegations are staying he found a sight which surprised many. The 12 year old Israeli, managed to make her dream come true when she got to meet our shining star Federica Falzon. 

Malta is a small country but Tome never expected that from the airport to the hotel she will be chauffeured in Federica Falzon’s mini-bus and when the parents told the driver the reason for their visit, Federica’s uncle phoned his brother to arrange the meeting and make Tome’s dream a reality.  The girl was in fact gobsmacked and at first could only hug Federica as tears streamed down her face but the shy timid girl quickly built her confidence and started chatting to one of her idols.

Tome has waited to come to Malta for quite a long time since this was the present she asked for her 12th birthday.  Her parents are very supportive and thought that this would be the perfect environment for her since she will get to meet other children from all over Europe to celebrate this musical journey together. After finding out that Federica Falzon will be Malta’s choice, the young girl from Israel researched her performances on YouTube and was instantly hooked. 

It was never a question on who she will support at this years’ contest and she believes that ‘Diamonds’ should win the competition hands down. She managed to meet two of the songwriters behind the song, Gillian Attard and Matthew Muxu Mercieca, both expressed their gratitude at Tome since she knows the lyrics by heart. It was a great surprise for the Maltese delegation that made sure that the girl takes with her some merchandise and an autograph by our star Federica. 

Apart from meeting the Maltese representative, Tome also got the opportunity to meet the Dutch and Cypriot representative. She enjoyed the rest of the night at the EuroClub running around and playing with Federica Falzon and her friends. On Saturday, she will be definitely be rooting for Federica Falzon and holding our flag high; maybe Tome will be Malta’s lucky charm this year. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter.

Source: escflashmalta.com, junioreurovision.tv (Official Facebook Page)

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On stage for the second set of rehearsals, Federica Falzon was truly a beacon of light, with a marvelous vocal performance that sent down a spine-tingling feel throughout everyone watching on the screen or in the arena. The diminutive soprano, winner of Ti Lascio Una Canzone with Vincenzo Carni earlier this year, was wearing a short golden outfit, paired with a belt, and dazzling golden slippers. Designed exclusively by Charles & Ron, the outfit came across as if out of a dream on camera, an effect which they surely wanted to create.

In the follow-up press conference where the above photo was shot, Federica was all smiles, stating that she is enjoying the experience of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, getting to meet all the other participants, and having fun. "Diamonds", co-written by Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gillian Attard will be performed at slot number #15 on Saturday 15th November 2014 as Malta hosts this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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On the 7th November, a week prior to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Federica Falzon will be making a guest appearance on the programme Xarabank, produced by WE Media and hosted by Peppi Azzopardi, in order to give a LIVE performance of "Diamonds". This is the same song with which she will be representing Malta, on home soil, during the international showcase. Co-Written by Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gillian Attard, the song showcases the versatility in Federica's vocal range.

Federica Falzon came to prominence following her success on "Ti Lascio Una Canzone", a singing competition which airs on RAI Uno, specifically designated for children. She overcame the odds, to win the juries and the public vote, as she took on majestic songs on a weekly basis, giving masterful performances, whilst being accompanied by tenor, Vincenzo Carni. We urge you to support Federica Falzon, by following her on Twitter, Facebook and VK. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter.

Source: TVM / PBSEmil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:19

JESC 2014: Maltese Entry Officially Presented

"Diamonds", the song which will represent Malta at this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was officially presented during a launch which took place at St Benedict's College in Ħal Kirkop at around Noon. The Public Broadcasting Services aired the event through the official website and TVM2, for local and international viewers. The song, entitled "Diamonds" is co-written by Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca, Gillian Attard and Federica Falzon itself, noting a true team effort, and also featuring the successful songwriters from 12 months ago.

A music video accompanying the entry, produced by VSquared in collaboration with the Public Broadcasting Services was uploaded through the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Federica Falzon is relishing the opportunity to represent Malta in an event taking place on home soil, knowing that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. She will showcase her vocal range once more, as she has already done through "Ti Lascio Una Canzone". We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVM, PBSEmil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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Gaia Cauchi and Veronica Rotin, both vocally trained by Gillian Attard at La Voix Academy and looked after by Ironic PR & Artist Management, will be part of an upcoming radio programme on RTK 103FM. “Is-Sewwa Magħruf” hosted by George Cremona and Martha Carabott will be featuring the prominent vocalists, one winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and the other, a finalist in the hit television programme “Io Canto”, as well as Dr Samuel Aquilina in answering questions about health, music, food, and more.

In comments made to escflashmalta.com, Gaia Cauchi and Veronica Rotin are “excited, and looking forward to sharing their opinion on the various topics which are brought up”. With the subjects set to focus more or less on the common knowledge in life, the listeners will enjoy having the girls around, getting to know them better away from their craft, that of performance. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: RTK Radio 103FM, Marlon Polidano (Image), Missey & Bo (Clothing of Gaia & Veronica)

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