MUSIC NEWS http://escflashmalta.com Tue, 30 May 2017 14:46:22 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb ESC 2017: Completely Different Options for Claudia http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4411-esc-2017-completely-different-options-for-claudia http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4411-esc-2017-completely-different-options-for-claudia ESC 2017: Completely Different Options for Claudia

It is no secret that following the first rehearsal, countries make amends to their respective stage performances in order to improve in time for the live broadcast, either during the first semi-final or the second semi-final unless the host country or part of the big five, cause in that case, the grand final.

Malta’s very own Claudia Faniello will be treating the audiences at the rehearsals a completely different look on Friday 5th May. It has been promised that the second outfit will be less demure, and thus showing some skin. It is following this particular rehearsal that #TeamMalta will be deciding which look to go for, and then unveil it during the jury dress rehearsal which take place on Wednesday 10th May.

I think it is important to mention Claudia’s styling team which comprises of Justin Brincat, who’s responsible for the make-up; Ritianne Borg who’s responsible for her hair, and Gaetano Busuttil who’s responsible for the custom dresses that she is wearing. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfoq7udRPwk

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competitions@escflashmalta.com (ESCflashmalta Team) Latest News - International Wed, 03 May 2017 08:36:50 +0200
ESC 2017: Claudia is Flawless on Stage Debut http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4410-esc-2017-claudia-is-flawless-on-stage-debut http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4410-esc-2017-claudia-is-flawless-on-stage-debut ESC 2017: Claudia is Flawless on Stage Debut

There are no words to describe the excellent rehearsal that Claudia Faniello gave yesterday morning as she left everyone gasping for air, breathless really. She wore a rather demure white gown, designed by Gaetano, very reminiscent of the one worn earlier this year during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, giving a flawless vocal interpretation which silenced doubters, raising the bar for the acts that had to follow.

The stage, bathed in white and blue lighting oozes class and simplicity. This is rather appropriate with “Breathlessly”, a ballad penned by Gerard James Borg with a complimentary melody by Philip Vella and Sean Vella. On the screens behind her, Claudia’s face and body is projected several times, giving the performance a new lease of life, and letting the emotions flow.

Malta will be performing in slot number #4 during the second semi-final on Thursday 11th May at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine between FYR Macedonia’s Jana Burceska and Romania’s Ilinca featuring Alex. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Claudia Faniello and #TeamMalta.

Source: Andres Putting (EBU)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28ddtLeLFHI

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competitions@escflashmalta.com (ESCflashmalta Team) Latest News - International Wed, 03 May 2017 08:03:56 +0200
GħTP 2017: Maltese through the Medium of Song http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/local-music-scene-news/item/4409-ghtp-2017-maltese-through-the-medium-of-song http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/local-music-scene-news/item/4409-ghtp-2017-maltese-through-the-medium-of-song GħTP 2017: Maltese through the Medium of Song

L-Għanja tal-Poplu committee invites authors, composers, musical groups and singer-songwriters to participate in the 41st edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, a festival of original songs in Maltese. Applications for this festival will be received on Thursday 11th May 2017.

Authors and composers are encouraged  to feel free to write songs which express  their emotions, aspirations and experiences and use the style of music they prefer, and not necessarily limit themselves to songs with a social theme. A new prize for originality has been introduced to encourage creativity. This festival gives the same importance to lyrics and music.

The festival final will be held on Saturday 2nd of September 2017, at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, where the participants can either be accompanied by the  Malta Concert Orchestra, or accompany their own songs. The organising committee encourages Maltese artists  to create an enjoyable festival.

More details can be found in the regulations and the application form can be downloaded from www.ghanjafest.com. In these regulations one can find innovations which are favourable to musical artists. Last year's winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was Corazon with the song "X'Se Jsir?", while Neville Refalo and Mikaela Bajada finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively with their songs "Ta' Billejl" and "Mellisni".

This festival is being organised by L-Għanja tal-Poplu together with Pjazza Teatru Rjal and with the collaboration of L-Akkademja tal-Malti. L-Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by Arts Council Malta – Cultural Partnership Agreement. 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo-NyapxhGc

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antoine.farrugia@escflashmalta.com (Antoine Farrugia) Latest News - Local Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:10:15 +0200
Malta: An Entertaining Saturday Night Line Up http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/local-music-scene-news/item/4408-malta-an-entertaining-saturday-night-line-up http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/local-music-scene-news/item/4408-malta-an-entertaining-saturday-night-line-up Malta: An Entertaining Saturday Night Line Up

Through our social media platforms on Facebook, and Twitter, we have proudly supported Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and their weekly production of “The Entertainers”, hosted by Janvil on NET Television by virtue of presenting a collage of photo featuring the artists that would be performing during that weeks’ episode. This week, we are presenting an article to help support the programme, and encourage you all to tune into NET Television on Saturday at 8:30 pm.

The line-up will feature two singers who have just taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest; Raquela who finished in 8th place with “Ray of Light”, and Janice Debattista who as part of the band Crosswalk finished in 12th place with “So Simple”. They will be joined by classical soprano La Barokka, multiple ‘Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza’ and ‘Għanja tal-Poplu’ finalist Marie Claire, and relative newcomer Christian Aquilina. Weekly resident performances from Michela Galea and Ivan Spiteri Lucas might be expected.

As always, there will be a dance troupe to shift away slightly from the music, and this week it will be none other than the Dancel Dance Company, not too mention the weekly one-to-one interview which will be featuring popular chef Neil Darmanin. 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 ReleaseLuciano Bianco Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfR4BMgAcD8

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competitions@escflashmalta.com (ESCflashmalta Team) Latest News - Local Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:54:46 +0100
Malta: Christina Magrin Publishes Second Single http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/local-music-scene-news/item/4407-malta-christina-magrin-publishes-second-single http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/local-music-scene-news/item/4407-malta-christina-magrin-publishes-second-single Malta: Christina Magrin Publishes Second Single

13-year-old, Christina Magrin is quickly becoming a household name to many after representing Malta at the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, held in Valletta, with the song “Parachute” which she co-wrote with Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca and Florent Boshnjaku.

In the aftermath of that spectacular showcase, Christina has returned to her everyday life focusing on her school work, and keeping her grades in check. That said, she has also been busy in the studio working on new material with some of the world’s leading songwriters, in preparation for the release of her debut album in a couple of months’ time.

The 2nd single off the young singer/songwriter’s debut album, "Snow Globe" is co-written with Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, and Cyprian Cassar, the latter of which is also responsible for both the melody and the production of the song. People had an opportunity to listen to the song on the 18th February, during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017, where Christina was a guest star.

The 1st performance of the new single was absolutely extraordinary and involved students from ‘The Voice Lab’ as well as an intense choreography by the Southville Dancers. You may view the performance below. 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, PBS (David Mallia), Christina Magrin (Facebook, Twitter)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UZoew9Daag

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competitions@escflashmalta.com (ESCflashmalta Team) Latest News - Local Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:17:05 +0100
MESC 2017: Klinsmann to Open and Claudia to Close http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4406-mesc-2017-klinsmann-to-open-and-claudia-to-close http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4406-mesc-2017-klinsmann-to-open-and-claudia-to-close MESC 2017: Klinsmann to Open and Claudia to Close

In less than 4 weeks, on the 18th February, Malta shall be choosing the next representative, and entry to represent Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Kiev, Ukraine.

Details about the most anticipated music event of the year have been emerging in recent weeks, with the final 16 artists drawn into a running order, the hosts made public, and tickets becoming available.

The line-up for this year’s edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest consists of a group of artists who have grown up in the public eye, some of which are making their debut in the competition, and others who can be termed as veterans. Two of those so-called veterans will be opening and closing in the running order, which can be viewed in full below;

01. Klinsmann – Laserlight (Dreher Emanuel, Stefan Moessle, Mathias Strasser)

02. Raquela – Ray of Light (Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat)

03. Deborah C & Josef – Tonight (Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down, Primoz Poglajen, Sara Ljunggren)

04. Kevin Borg – Follow (Kevin Borg, Simon Gribbe)

05. Jade – Seconds Away (Kevin Borg, Simon Gribbe)

06. Crosswalk – So Simple (Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat)

07. Franklin – Follow Me (Cyprian Cassar, Ivan Grech, Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca)

08. Rhiannon – Fearless (Cyprian Cassar, Rhiannon Micallef)

09. Miriana Conte – Don’t Look Down (Cyprian Cassar, Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca)

10. Shauna – Crazy Games (Cyprian Cassar, Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca)

11. Janice Mangion – Kewkba (Mark Scicluna, Emil Calleja Bayliss)

12. Cherton – Fighting to Survive (Boris Cezek, Dean Muscat)

13. Maxine – Bombshell (Noel Cohen, Michael Macallister, Julie Hardy, Erin Bowman)

14. Richard Edwards – You (Richard Micallef)

15. Brooke – Unstoppable (Brooke Borg, Sara Biglert, Christian Schneider, Aidan O’Connor)

16. Claudia Faniello – Breathelessly (Philip Vella, Sean Vella, Gerard James Borg)

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is taking place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre (MFCC) for the very first time since 2013 when Gianluca Bezzina, a newcomer at the time had stormed to victory with his happy-go-lucky entry, “Tomorrow”, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat.

The event shall be hosted by Daniel Azzopardi and Charlene Mercieca, neither a television host but both well-known with the public, with the latter having recently been in the public eye following a battle with cancer, and the latter being a leading male actor in the series ‘Strada Stretta’. 

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish everyone all the very best of luck in this year’s edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Should you wish to support the contestants, purchase your tickets. Stay tuned to this portal as well as Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS, TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNvvTIrbP4Q

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antoine.farrugia@escflashmalta.com (Antoine Farrugia) Latest News - International Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:53:39 +0100
JESC 2016: Christina Shines During 2nd Rehearsal http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4405-jesc-2016-christina-shines-during-2nd-rehearsal http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4405-jesc-2016-christina-shines-during-2nd-rehearsal JESC 2016: Christina Shines During 2nd Rehearsal

Christina Magrin took the stage earlier this morning for her second rehearsal, and the Maltese team has done some drastic changes to the performance. The Maltese team has decided to ditch the five dancers Christina had accompanying her during the first rehearsal and one got to admit that everything looks like things are falling into place for the Maltese team.

Christina looks serene, oozing confidence and is all smiles during all her runs. She belts out ‘Parachute’ to perfection and the press believes she is surely one of the best vocalists in this year’s Junior Eurovision. The Maltese team seems to have also changed a number of camera shots in order to adapt to the new changes. 

Also, some of the lightning changed on stage and one must admit that everything is looking better with each run. There are only a few camera shots that need sorting, but this should easily be done by the next run of rehearsals for our country.  There’s a general buzz, that all the changes Malta has adopted have surely benefited the performance and definitely improved Malta’s chances. 

During the press conference, it was highlighted how Christina Magrin was involved in every stage of the process, and all the changes done were all done through consultation with her, who apart from being the singer, she is also one of the songwriters on the song. Her maturity is surely a key in having the right attitude on stage and also off stage with the journalists.

Christina was asked to sing in one of the twelve languages she sings in, and she picked Maltese over the other languages, she wowed the press with her own version of the Maltese classic ‘Kemm Hu Sabiħ’. After the press conference Christina was all smiles as she sat for a number of interviews for different media outlets and signed a couple of copies of her CD single ‘Parachute’.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Christina Magrin and her participation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Valletta.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh_uXKxpktY

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emil_c_b@hotmail.com (Emil Calleja Bayliss) Latest News - International Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:28:19 +0100
JESC 2016: First Rehearsals on the MCC Stage http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4404-jesc-2016-first-rehearsals-on-the-mcc-stage http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4404-jesc-2016-first-rehearsals-on-the-mcc-stage JESC 2016: First Rehearsals on the MCC Stage

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest rehearsals kicked off yesterday at the Mediterranean Conference Centre with all countries being allocated forty minutes each and divided over two days. Escflashmalta.com was on site to bring you a recap of the first run of rehearsals. 

Italy kicks off the rehearsals with a simple performance yet one must note it is extremely effective and works well with the song. The singer delivers a strong vocal performance this early in the morning and there’s nothing much that is hindering this from doing well. 

Ireland is about next and the focus here is once again on the singer’s interpretation of her number. She does a good job at it. They are keeping things simple here yet again, with the use of smoke. I feel this might not appeal to the kids voting unfortunately, although they’re doing nothing wrong.  

Cyprus follows Ireland and the singer is oozing confidence on stage. He follows an extremely busy routine yet he his vocals are nearly spot on. Visually it is looking good and the dancers give the song the boost it needs. I guess this will go down well with kids. 

The Netherlands delivers an energetic performance, vocally the singers are quite strong yet in certain parts of the song it is looking a bit too busy on screen, possibly cause of their outfits and the backdrop which seem to clash a bit. I guess with a bit more work this could do well.

Israel is the first country to rehearse after the break and the duo does a great job at it. The focus is on the voices and ensuring they connect well with the audience at home. Great camera work and everything looks very polished for Israel. They look sweet and surely enjoying this experience. 

FYR Macedonia is up next and delivers strongly during her runs, she is has on stage three dancers and they all seem to be having a good time on stage, perhaps some shots need adjusting but overall it is a great effort for this number and it will probably appeal lots to teenagers.

Malta is next on stage and Christina is slowly adjusting to the stage, she is accompanied on stage by five dancers and the backdrop is rather colourful. Christina does a great job on the vocals for the first day of rehearsals. One would expect the whole act to be polished by Sunday.   

Poland is last to rehearse today and the singer sings her heart out, simple visuals yet effective for this kind of song.  Not sure on how this will grab the kids jury, but she is surely doing everything the way it should be done. 

Russia kick start the rehearsals for today, they have a strong message and the four girls do a good job in delivering their entry. Some of the moves they are doing looked too rehearsed and slightly unnatural but things that surely can be fixed by Sunday. 

Ukraine are next on stage and the whole act is rather impressive, the dancer gives the song the extra boost it needs and the singer delivers an emotional performance of this lovely ballad, apart from a couple of shots everything looks great and I guess it will be a contender on Sunday. 

Albania is third on stage and the girl stands there and delivers her entry strongly. The visuals really compliment the whole performance and the girl’s vocals are rather impressive. I guess this might not appeal to the kids’ jury but it is impressive anyways. She surely has the cute factor in her favour.

Belarus take on the stage with a extremely slick performance – the song is a catchy one and they deliver one of the best performances we have seen so far. The singer is extremely confident and seems to be having a great time on stage. There’s some camera work that needs to be adjusted but will surely be done by Sunday.

Bulgaria is up next and there seems to be a certain buzz around this one, the singers sings her heart out, she clearly looks like she is enjoying her performance and everything blends really well. I would surely say this has a great chance of winning the contest this year. 

Armenia, the girls can surely sing and they give a good performance. They are surely not holding back and all of them seem to be having a great time on stage. This number has a retro feel to it and the graphics boost this element. Good to note, that only one of the singers is currently on voice rest to ensure that she is hundred percent by Sunday.

Georgia takes the stage next and the girl has some of the most controlled vocals this year, the song is nothing extraordinary but has a good buildup after the grand opening. It is good to point out that this song will be closing off the show so that might give a slight advantage. 

Serbia is up next with one of the most infectious numbers at this year’s Junior Eurovision, the girl has some strong pipes and she really performs her number well. She starts off on a hover board and she gets off it toward the latter part of the song. Stands a good chance of doing well I guess as the kids will be singing along to this number after the first minute. 

Australia picked up yet another strong song to represent them at a Eurovision event. The singer delivers the song really well and her charm comes across on camera. She takes the stage alone but it does not hinder the performance at all, one would expect that this scores well.

That brings to an end the first run of rehearsals for each and every country, each delegation will be looking at what they can improve and better, so tomorrow each and every element will be finalized before heading into the run-throughs of the rehearsal. 

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Christina Magrin and her participation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Valletta.

Source: escflashmalta.com, junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKS0Hsz9HY8

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emil_c_b@hotmail.com (Emil Calleja Bayliss) Latest News - International Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:31:45 +0100
JESC 2016: Christina Delivers in 1st Rehearsal http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4403-jesc-2016-christina-delivers-in-1st-rehearsal http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4403-jesc-2016-christina-delivers-in-1st-rehearsal JESC 2016: Christina Delivers in 1st Rehearsal

With the first day of rehearsals coming to a close, Christina Magrin took to the stage at the Mediterranean Conference Centre to perform her colourful number ‘Parachute’, an original song which she co-wrote the lyrics with Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca set to the music of Florent Boshnjaku.

It comes as no surprise that mouths gasped at listening to Christina’s vocal range, despite very much knowing that these first rehearsals are done in order to get the technical details sorted as quickly as possible. That said, the five dancers accompanying Christina already have an idea of their stage positioning and most likely, everything will look slick and polished by Thursday.

There’s a lot of positive energy on stage, something that Malta is always known for having, and with that note, there’s no reason to believe why the tiny nation state, the smallest competing country, can’t repeat the success of recent years. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Christina Magrin and her participation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Valletta.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHlpmf6Z2iQ

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emil_c_b@hotmail.com (Emil Calleja Bayliss) Latest News - International Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:53:51 +0100
JESC 2016: The Final Running Order Made Public http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4402-jesc-2016-the-final-running-order-made-public http://escflashmalta.com/index.php/music-news/international-music-news/item/4402-jesc-2016-the-final-running-order-made-public JESC 2016: The Final Running Order Made Public

During the opening ceremony which took place last night, the allocation draw of the Junior Eurovision which will be taking place on Sunday, 20th November was decided. During the show, they actually chose at random the country singing in first place and the country singing in last – Ireland drew first, whilst Georgia drew last. 

The other countries then were either drawn in either the first half of the show or in the second part of the show. Malta was drawn up in the first half of the draw. The final running order is determined by the producers of the show. The running order of the 2016 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is as follows: 

01. Ireland: Zena Donnelly - Brice Ar Bhrice

02. Armenia: Anahit & Mary - Tarber

03. Albania: Klesta Qehaja - Besoj

04. Russia: The Water of Life Project - Water of Life

05. Malta: Christina Magrin - Parachute

06. Bulgaria: Lidia Ganeva - Magical Day

07. FYR Macedonia: Martija Stanokjkovic - Love Will Lead Our Way (Ljubovta ne Vodi)

08. Poland: Olivia Wieczorek - Nie Zapomnij

09. Belarus: Alexander Minyonok - Musyka Moih Pobed (Music is my Only Way)

10. Ukraine: Sofia Rol - Planet Craves for Love

11. Italy: Fiamma Boccia - Cara Mamma - Dear Mum

12. Serbia: Dunja Jelicic - U La La La 

13. Israel: Shir & Tim - Follow My Heart

14. Australia: Alexa Curtis - We Are

15. The Netherlands: Kisses - Kisses & Dancin'

16. Cyprus: George Michaelides - Dance Floor

17. Georgia: Mariam Mamadashvili - Mzeo

Throughout the week, escflashmalta.com will be on hand at the Mediterranean Conference Centre proving you with recaps of the events that take place during the day, while giving extra attention to Christina Magrin, who is representing Malta at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to this portal even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKS0Hsz9HY8

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emil_c_b@hotmail.com (Emil Calleja Bayliss) Latest News - International Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:17:34 +0100