escflashmalta.com is proud to announce that La Voix Academy will be giving their first nationwide concert on the 7th August 2014 at the Għaxaq Training Grounds. This comes as a result of the recent master-class in Calabria, where a group of students had the opportunity to show their capabilities in front of leading industry professionals. As a matter of fact, all the group will get the opportunity to perform.
Featuring the vocals of Gaia Gauci, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and Federica Falzon, joint-winner of 2014 edition Ti Lascio Una Canzone as well as special guests; Ivan Grech, lead singer of the group WinterMoods and Marco Vito, vocal coach of Ti Lascio Una Canzone & The Voice Italy, it would seem as if nothing could make it more spectacular but indeed there is one other factor, the inclusion of the La Voix Orchestra led by Maestro Joseph Chircop.
Gillian Attard, vocal director of La Voix Academy and co-founder of Ironic PR & Artist Management is proud to present this spectacular showcase to the general pubic, "the hard work being done with these children is bearing a lot of significance, and thus, I hope that you attend this concert". We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.
In the past couple of months, Ira Losco has been nothing short of unstoppable, having released a brand new studio album entitled 'The Fire' which peaked at number #1 for several weeks on iTunes as well as co-hosting the Malta Eurovision Song Contest alongside Gianluca Bezzina. Well, the tone has been set for her first concert of the year, that being on the 30th May. Ira Losco will be joined by a ten-piece band and several guests, performing some of her greatest hits under the name 'An Evening with Ira Losco and Friends'.
"I am excited about this concert, the best part about writing an album, is what follows...performing it. The beauty of being able to creatively direct my concert is that I see my body of work in a completely different light." said an enthusiastic Ira Losco. Many will remember Ira Losco's sold out "Unplugged Concert” at the Hilton which was also captured in her DVD release. Numerous concerts, including those outside our shores, have confirmed Ira Losco’s strength within the realm of her Live performances and this event will promise nothing short of that.
Ira will not only be performing songs from 'The Fire' though with such an extensive repertoire at her disposal. In the meantime; Gianluca Bezzina, Ivan Grech of Winter Moods, Alex Alden, Dana McKeon and the internationally acclaimed Irene Fargo are amongst the guests confirmed for the show. The female singer/songwriter is ready to perform to the masses who will be present at this concert, aiming to promote upcoming local talent, succeeding abroad with the likes of Alex and Dana flying in specifically for this show from The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
“I wanted to have a mix of different guests where I can stretch my boundaries. Both Alex and Dana for example are 2 female artists whom I consider as hard working artists. I’m also a fan of their work and I genuinely want to support what they do. Every performance with my guests is going to be special and a one-off experience.’ She added. We hope that you purchased tickets to this event considering that Jagged House revealed that the show is sold out. In the meantime, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Source: Press Release (Jagged House)
Malta, a small island with a lot of talent when it comes to the arts noting several successful endeavours on foreign fronts, most recently acknowledged thanks to Gaia Cauchi and her success at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with The Start which she co-wrote alongside Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matt Mercieca. Nevertheless, this article is about the second event encompassing the Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, that being Ġensna, a rock opera written to commemorate Malta’s status as a republic, which featured some of the top artists in the scene.
Firstly, I would like to congratulate all those that took part, because the long weeks of rehearsals were pivotal to the general success of the show, as seen last night, with a strong sold out crowd taking to the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre to enjoy a show which had last been staged back in 2009. I will be brief, yet detailed in my analysis in highlighting the performances of the evening, kicking off with none other than Mark Tonna, whose impeccable rendition of the different ruler was truly music to my ears. His diction was perfect, and his tone reached a certain standard which was required throughout. It seems that the singer/songwriter has been on top of his game since coming in second place at the International Festival of Maltese Song in November of 2013.
Moving on, the runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and 2012, Claudia Faniello was also truly on form, wearing a black ensemble accompanied by dark and gothic like make-up to give a sensationally emotional performance, one which saw my eyes flood with tears, something that rarely happens to me. Yet, the moment that everyone was expecting was definitely the rendition of Tema ’79 which was made famous by 1992 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mary Spiteri. The role was taken on by Ira Losco, regarded by many as Malta's pop/rock princess. She took to the stage stage in a beautiful long cream dress and gave a performance worthy of a standing ovation, one which she got half way through her rendition.
Other stand out performers in my sincere opinion were Franklin Calleja, a two time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, Lawrence Gray, who almost represented Malta on two occasions, those being in 1999 and 2003 as well as Ivan Grech, lead vocalist of the group WinterMoods who I do not cite as one of my favourite vocalists but was well suited to the role he was given. Performing in Ġensna is a triumph in itself, and all the cast is to be merited. I singled out performances of soloists but on behalf of the escflashmalta.com editorial team, a big round of applause should go to the Animae Gospel Choir who accompanied almost all of the songs, the original cast who made a cameo appearance for one song and the amazing live band led by Maestro Paul Abela. Well Done!
Throughout the years, the Bay Music Awards have acquired a sense of belonging, and also a major role in promoting the best of the local cultural calendar by managing to attracts several individuals from the music sector whose aim is to bring music to the masses. 89.7 Bay have been one of the sources on how the music is being passes on from one generation to another and the public have previously noted this on several occasions considering that the network has always enjoyed a steady audience, keeping it at the top of the surveys for consecutive years. In the run up to the event, one could easily note the recording of a track which would be done with a big heart representing the charity that the country has been known to offer to those who are in need and in fact, the Singing for Bay Kids single returns for yet another year and this time bearing the name Today.
Today, co-written by Ivan Grech, Peter Borg, Wayne Camilleri, Matthew James Borg and Raphael Tonna is performed by five artists in total; those being none other than Christabelle; a multiple Best Solo Artist Award winner, Rick Scicluna; lead vocalist of Gypsy Genes (nominated for Best New Artist), Ivan Grech; lead vocalist of Winter Moods, Victorio Gauci; lead vocalist of The Crowns (nominated for Best Band) and Matthew James Borg; lead vocalist of Red Electrick (nominated for Best Band). You could view the music video of the track below which has been directed by V SQUARED Media and Entertainment. It is a stunning piece of work and we at escflashmalta.com for starters are proud to be promoting this track as part of the spectacular event set for the 21st December 2013 at the Bay Arena. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we cover the categories of this years’ Bay Music Awards in the coming days.
Source: 89.7 Bay
President George Abela, the individual behind the creation of the Rockestra will be seeing to his fifth and final edition of the annual rock concert as his administration comes to an end. The nations' finest talent will all be joining forces under one roof to perform a repertoire of well known songs with the accompaniment of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud. On the other hand, the artistic director of the event organised by The Malta Community Chest Fund is none other than performer and comedian, Paul Borg Bonaci.
Paul Borg Bonaci, the Artistic Director stated that 'emerging artists will also have the opportunity to mingle with Malta's most popular singers, as Rockestrs 2013 will include works by groups such as Aerosmith, Alanis Morisette, Queen, Labrinth, Pink Floyd, The Police, Robbie Williams, Inxs and others. Moreover a number of intrumental pieces will be performed by the orchestra'. The concert is being held under the distinguished patronage of The President of Malta and Mrs Abela and is supported by Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government, Good Causes Fund, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, HSBC Bank, Banif Bank, Bank of Valletta, Vodafone, Tumas Group and Hard Rock Café. Dr. Jose' Herrera, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Government encourages the general public to attend and enjoy the show but above all support the needs of the Malta Community Chest Fund.
This years' edition of the Rockestra is taking place on Saturday, 14th September at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali and is set to feature a scintillating line-up including none other than; Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Kevin Borg, Matthew James Borg, Konrad Pule, Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello, Ivan Grech, Errol, Chris and Moira (ESC 1994), Kenneth Calleja, Mikaela, Frank Calleja, Ludwig Galea (ESC 2004), Petra, Raquela, Tiziana and Daniel Cauchi amongst others. Tickets for the event are available at €10 for adults and €2 for children, albeit standing due to the fact that the small seating plan for sold out relatively early. They could be bought either online from the Official Website of the Rockestra or from the Malta Community Chest Fund Offices, Valletta and Sant'Anton Palace, between 9am and 2pm and from The President's Kitchen Garden which is open from 10am to 2pm and from 6pm till 10pm. For further information one can contact the office of The Malta Community Chest Fund on 21226226. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news about the local music scene.
Source: Press Release