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Tuesday, 09 December 2014 17:18

Malta: Corazon Embraces Identity with Concert

Corazon, a female singer/songwriter who has been part of the line-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on four occasions, in 2012 with “Mystifying Eyes”, in 2013 with “My Stranger Love”, in 2014 with “Ten” and in 2015 with “Secretly” has recently announced that she will be putting on a concert in support of her debut album, Hawn Jien.

Set for the 10th January at the Każin Malta, with the inclusion of several guests including; Walter Micallef, Dominic Galea, Trevor Żahra and Mario Micallef, the female singer/songwriter will be rekindling positive memories which saw her triumph on no less than three occasions in L-Għanja tal-Poplu, by performing tracks including “Hawn Jien” (2007), “Tal-Aħħar” (2009) and “Mill-Għajnejn ta’ Tifla”.

In order to obtain tickets for the concert, against a fee of €15, visit the Ticketline website, or pay a quick visit to the Embassy Cinema Box Office on Level 3 or the City Concierge of the Plaza on Level 1. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music industry.

Source: Corazon (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46viaW3LAYo

Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 28 November 2013 09:25

Malta: Corazon Selected as JESC '13 Commentator

Corazon, a two time finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 and 2013, with the songs Mystifying Eyes and My Stranger Love, composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan has been selected by the Public Broadcasting Services as the commentator for this years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Kiev, Ukraine. Apart from being a singer/songwriter, Corazon is also a television host of the programme TVPM which airs on Television Malta, every afternoon, daily.

Malta is returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following an absence of two years, with Gaia Cauchi and The Start, a song co-written alongside Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard. The delegation features all the songwriters, Anna Dalli as Head of Delegation, Daniel D’Anastasi as Head of Press and Maxine Pace who was internally selected by the Public Broadcasting Services as the spokesperson. In an innovative setup, the spokespersons will read out the points on stage. The event is set to be broadcast on TVM 2, kicking off with 19:00 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com and tune in for our guest commentary featuring Sophie DeBattista, Trevor Fenech, and Daniel Testa.

Source: Corazon’s Official Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKP2gg4bXU

In recent years, during the course of the summer months, the focus of the editorial board at escflashmalta.com switches completely to the local music scene and this year won't be any different. A decision was taken up a couple of days back to host weekly interviews with a number of artists who make up the local music scene and kicking off the feature will be none other than Corazon. It is worth noting that the female performer is a three time winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a two time finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and host of the daily television programme TVPM alongside Peter Carbonaro.

 

In recent years, your profile has risen following two successive appearances at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the ballads Mystifying Eyes and My Stranger Love, both composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. Apart from being talented, there is always an amount of luck attached to getting through to the final phases of such a competition. Will you be putting your name forward in the eventuality of such a selection process in 2014 or will you be taking a break and focusing on other specific projects?

I agree that the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is a very important platform for artists in Malta, because of the popularity it enjoys and also because of the professional way it is put up. At the moment I am evaluating the best way to present myself next year.  

A host of artists from the local music scene including yourself have successfully represented Malta in international competitions finishing within the top three and this is definitely positive for an industry which lacks the necessary means to compete with the ones abroad. One of your last triumphs abroad was surely in Tenerife, Spain where you had performed the song Come Fly With Me composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Alfred E Baldacchino. How does such an experience shape your professional attitude and what is your take on the talent that makes up the local music scene?

Performing abroad has allowed me to break out of my microcosm and realise how much talent and commitment there is out there. I really admire artists who are committed to becoming better, and more complete singers/musicians/songwriters from the inside. This requires a lot of self-motivation, stamina and hard-headedness as it’s very easy to get discouraged and demotivated.  The music market in Malta unfortunately encourages a laissez-faire attitude and many artists are caught in the trap of ‘playing what people want’ which closes them in a suffocating and delusional cycle. I’d like to think that I can manage to make people ‘like what I play’ which is an inverse measure. I really admire Maltese artists who have managed to break the cycle and succeed in it. I realise that this can be a slower path towards feeling appreciated artistically, but it is definitely more challenging and rewarding. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKP2gg4bXU

Looking for You, your first single away from the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was aimed at reaching the masses who listen to the radio and indeed, it was air played by 89.7 Bay which is considered to be a hallmark in the career of any local artist. What is even more intriguing is that you were the one who wrote the song with the production and the mixing done by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Tell us, what inspired you to write this song in particular and would you consider working on something similar for the festival bridging the gap between the festival and radio?

Speaking of breaking boundaries. I think that Boris and Dean have managed to do this with Gianluca’s song this year and we all know that the formula worked! ‘Looking for You’ definitely worked as a radio single and with hindsight I think it would have also worked for Eurovision. It’s catchy and meaningful at the same time and Boris and Dean helped me find the correct balance between those two elements. I’ll take your question as a suggestion and think about it, it’s definitely an option to consider!

Maltese, a beautiful language which I personally have had the pleasure of studying, under the tutelage of some of the more formidable lecturers in the country. Your affinity with the language has been noted on more than one occasion, with years of participations in L-Ghanja tal-Poplu including earlier this year with the track it-Tweġiba which translates into ‘The Answer’. You have won the event, not once or twice but thrice, the last victory coming in 2011 with the track Mill-Ghajnejn ta’ Tifla which translates into From the Eyes of a Daughter. What is your opinion about the Maltese language and why do you return to L-Ghanja tal-Poplu time and time again?

The ease with which I express myself in Maltese explains why it is my preferred language to write songs in. Of course it is also the language with which I expressed my most important feelings throughout my life. As a baby I’d call out to my parents in Maltese, and I’ve said my first ‘Inħobbok’ in Maltese. Incidentally my mother used to be a Maltese teacher so she exposed me to so much Maltese literature at home and painstakingly corrected every minute spelling mistake in my writing and that’s where I get an annoying, meticulous streak in speaking and writing Maltese properly. The ‘Ghanja tal-Poplu’ was the first time I exposed my songwriting in public and found an immense sense of encouragement and enthusiasm in those who heard my lyrics and my songs. This is why the festival means a lot to me and I keep taking part because I am attached to it and the atmosphere that surrounds the festival.  

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

Staying on the topic of language, your cultural and ethical background has very much been reflected in the tracks you have presented in Maltese across the years and therefore people have grown to expect you to perform subjects which evoke a certain type of aura. At this present moment, you are working on an album of brand new and original songs in Maltese; one which you performed on the television show, TVPM entitled Id-Dar tan-Nanna. The track was met with positive acclaim on social networking outlets but what is to be expected of the whole album and when will it be released to the local music market?

That’s right – you are so correct in judging what the public is expecting out of me. I am sure the end result will not be disappointing in that regard. The album is studded with new tracks dealing with different aspects of Maltese life and society. The lyrics are interesting, intricate and moving but at the same time easy to understand, because they speak of a reality we all know and have been exposed to. I hope that the album will set new standards in Maltese music and that it can pass on the message that Maltese music has not stopped at ‘The Tramps’ and ‘New Cuorey’. Although I have a great admiration for our musical legacy, I believe that it must be adjourned and new artists need to keep writing valid and lasting Maltese music.

The album may surprise quite a few ears as regards the way the tracks are arranged. The piano is an important feature, but it is definitely not the only feature. At the studio with engineer Manolito Galea, we have experimented with many different kinds of piano sounds, in order to create a distinct character for every track but the piano is only the base of more complete arrangements, so beautifully put together by Dominic Galea, a master in adapting music to words in Maltese. I have not set a target date for myself as I’ve already invested so much in it that I’d like to keep refining things until I am convinced that it is the best it can be, even visually. The advantage I have in this regard is that the tracks are undated and don’t come with an expiry date. However, I am imagining that we can close things off in a couple of months and, without promise, will probably be launching the album around October. 

Corazon, a vocalist who started participating in notable singing competitions at the tender age of eighteen to a known figure in the entertainment industry having had the opportunity to host L-Ghanja tal-Poplu last year as well a personality on the daily television show TVPM which you also host alongside Peter Carbonaro who is the Music Manager for the Artist who would be representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. How do you manage to level between the two roles and would you give up singing completely if a major hosting opportunity comes along?

The risk here would be that of falling into a comfort zone and never excelling at any one of the two disciplines or alternatively that of allowing one career to overshadow the other completely. This dual personality of mine is still setting in everyone’s minds including mine and I am very conscious of the traps I can allow myself to fall into.  I cannot say it was easy this year to juggle two very demanding careers. How have I managed? I practically work around the clock and depend a lot on the enormous amount of support from those around me. If a great opportunity in hosting comes along, I would be more than ready to sideline my singing career for a while and this also applies vice versa. But definitely not ready to give up singing completely, or at least music in a broader sense as the latter means more to me than simply being a singer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6nVN8aJnss

For the very first time since 2005, Malta not only managed to qualify from the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest but also managed to reach a top ten position thanks to Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The issue at hand is that the choice of the act was mainly based through a local and international panel of judges which made their decision relatively clear, defying the public of Kevin Borg and his song Needing You which he co-wrote with Thomas Thörnholm, Dan Attlerud, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe. Looking at things from an outside perspective, what is your opinion?

If you are asking me whether we’d have done better with Kevin Borg, I really don’t know and no one will ever know. What if the public had to vote again now, with hindsight of the final result? 

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com

Thank you so much for supporting local music and I promise you’ll be the first to know as soon as my new album is ready. I’m looking forward to sharing this exciting project with you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSik5WNduv8

Published in Interviews
Saturday, 22 September 2012 04:33

Malta: The Voice of an Enchantress

The Maltese Islands have been truly gifted with some astonishing vocals throughout the years, some of which have shined at particular moments and others which just amaze at any given point in time. One of the latter is surely that of Corazon who brings about a touch of warmth and peace to every track, especially ones which are specifically written for her either in Maltese or English. Looking back through a personal record collection, it has to be noted that her very first outing within a competition came at the 2005 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza where she had performed the track L-Irġiel which she co-wrote alongside her mother Mariella but nevertheless, things have changed a lot since then and so has her respective genre with fast, uptempo pop songs seemingly set aside giving way to slow, piano ballads which are much more suited to her voice and soothing to the ear.

She would wait another two years before returning to the local music scene with the track Hawn Jien being entered in the 2007 edition of the Għanja tal-Poplu and ultimately winning. She would return the following year with another song bearing the title Illejla B'Xejn which won the prize for the best interpretation. In 2009, performing alongside singer/songwriter Walter Micallef, she won with a masterful performance of the track Tal-Aħħar and she would take part once more in 2010 achieving victory with Mill-Għajnejn Ta' Tifla becoming the first consecutive winner in a very long time. This string of successes was playing quite the role in general with many people getting to know her even better as a performer and an individual because the lyrics and music, written by herself expressed her beliefs and thoughts in the best possible way. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L8PlMcPEPo

Moving onto the English portion of competitions, Corazon achieved success in the 2010 edition Malta International Hit Song Festival with the song Set the Night on Fire written by Philip Vella. She would also represent Malta in Spain with the song Come Fly With Me composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Alfred E Baldacchino. She entered the Malta Eurosong competition for the very first time in 2009 with the song Another Side of Me written by Philip Vella. Many believe that it should have made it through to the final but it did not unfortunately and thus, Corazon had to wait a couple of years before finding the right song once more, managing to do it with Mystifying Eyes composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. Things are definitely moving into the right direction for the twenty five year old performer and we believe that she will become more of a star in the years to come with a strong possibility to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest. One of her last releases Looking for You showed how versatile she truly is, eventually making the radio chart on 89.7 Bay Radio. The voice of an enchantress is a personal opinion at this stage and many are hoping that she will enter the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest features.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKP2gg4bXU
Published in Local Music News