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Imagine the magical voice of Lata Mangeshkar combined with the velvet tones of Mohammed Rafi – both coming from one singer. Dual vocalist, Sairam Iyer’s captivating solo performances see him effortlessly switch between male and female vocals with incredible skill.
One of the first dual vocalists from India to reach global popularity, Sairam has performed over 1,500 shows across the world, even performing alongside the guitar legend Carlos Santana and Alice Coltrane, the pianist wife of Sir John Coltrane.
Drawing inspiration from notable Indian cinema playback singers, Sairam began his vocal career recreating the top Bollywood female playback singers of the time. Sairam has since moved into the playback arena for Bollywood films himself and has the unique distinction of being the only male playback who can perform playback for a female actress as well.
Recognising this unusual talent, he was signed to record label BMG Crescendo in India and released »
- Press Releases
It's about to get hot on the red carpet! The 2014 Latin Grammys are tonight, and we expect to see major stars stepping out for the event. Held in Las Vegas, the ceremony will feature some of the biggest names in Latin music and include performances by Pitbull—who will take the stage with singers Carlos Santana and Chris Brown in two separate performances—Ricky Martin and Puerto Rican band Calle 13. Rocsi Diaz, Pablo Alborán and Carlos Vives are also set to attend. Marc Anthony, who wed model Shannon de Lima in the Dominican Republic on Nov. 11, will take to the stage for the first time since becoming a married man. Anthony is also a contender for the coveted Album of the Year »
The stage for the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards will see Pitbull and Carlos Santana come together for a special live performance. Santana is also up for two awards this year: Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for Corazón (Deluxe Version) and Best Long Form Music Video for “Corazón: Live From Mexico — Live It To Believe It.” See photos: MTV VMAs 2014 Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos) Pepe Aguilar and Miguel Bosé are also set take the stage together. Bosé was named the 2013 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Grammy winner Ne-Yo, Sebastian Rulli, Kuno Becker and Angelique Boyer have also been. »
- Ryan O'Connell
Beverly Hills — Gregg Alexander is enamored by movies. He grew up in a conservative household where television was "Satan's tool," but he'd sneak off to friends' houses to watch theirs instead. He talks passionately about filmmakers like the Coen brothers, Michael Haneke and Mike Leigh and seems eager to be a part of an industry he finds incredibly efficient. So it's perfectly fitting that he would eventually make his way there via a collaboration on John Carney's "Begin Again," and maybe even more understanding that after 15 years of being relatively reclusive away from touring and the media, he's finally speaking out again in support of the film and his work on tracks like "Lost Stars," which is primed for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination. "It's been exciting and to some degree emboldened me and been a reminder that film and music are amazing dancing partners," Alexander says of his experience. »
- Kristopher Tapley
American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, Trisha Yearwood, Carlos Santana and Little Big Town are among the entertainers slated to perform the National Anthem at the 2014 World Series, a Fox spokesperson has confirmed. Yearwood will kick things off Tuesday, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 1 when the San Francisco Giants face the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Read more Lorde's "Royals" Gets Banned in San Francisco for World Series Phillips will make his second appearance singing at a World Series when he takes the mic before Game 2 on Wednesday. He last appeared
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
Imagine being entertained by a revolving house band that includes Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Corinne Bailey Rae. Those were just a few of the jazz talents who played to a backyard crowd of donors at the “Zero Gravity Live” event Sunday night at the Bel Air home of Dr. Frank and Shelley Litvack.
The affair — a kind of exclusive, high-end crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the documentary in the making “Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity” via fiscal sponsor, the non-profit Pasadena Arts Council — drew approximately 170 patrons of the arts who pledged $250,000-$300,000 in donations to finish the movie, from which interviews and performance clips were shown as part of the dinner/program.
The endeavor could serve as a new model for financing movies, that is if your subject inspires the kind of admiration and support that Shorter enjoys. And »
- Steve Chagollan
Part of the Mill Valley Film Festival’s charms is how it reflects both the local community’s roots and its forward-thinking spirit. Situated just beyond Sausalito as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge northbound from San Francisco, Mill Valley is many things to many people: part dot-com millionaire bedroom community, post-hippie enclave, Arcadia for Bay Area rock royalty and bucolic getaway in the midst of the redwoods.
And even though it doesn’t have the surprise factor of Telluride, or the market flurry of Toronto and Cannes, Mill Valley — like Santa Barbara later during awards season — has been increasingly favored by Hollywood, which looks at such desirable destinations relatively close to home as hassle-free platforms to showcase prestige product. That the festival, presented by the nonprofit California Film Institute and now in its 37th year, can boast of having screened five out the past six Oscar best picture winners »
- Steve Chagollan
The relationship between rockers Metallica and jazz might seem spurious. But Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich, the bassist and drummer, respectively, for the thrash metal band — who act as Artists in Residence at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival — are not all they seem on the surface.
As guest curators for the 11-day event, each member picked a movie they’ll be presenting: Trujillo with “Jaco,” a documentary work in progress about groundbreaking crossover jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius that he produced with John Battsek of Passion Pictures (the Oscar-winning “Searching for Sugar Man”); and Ulrich with “Whiplash,” about an aspiring jazz drummer and his thorny relationship with a tough-love, Juilliard-like instructor.
“A lot of the younger jazz enthusiasts who are really into Jaco don’t want to believe the bass player for Metallica actually went to jazz school, saw Jaco play and had a band that was completely inspired »
- Steve Chagollan
The Woodstock music festival, the multi-act concert that took place in Bethel, N.Y., in 1969 is celebrating its 45th anniversary today.
Woodstock Turns 45
Throughout the weekend of Aug. 15 – 19 in 1969, Woodstock played host to a number of acts that hold significant stature in the history of music. When co-creators Joel Rosenman and John Roberts came up with the plan for the festival, they had no idea of the cultural impact it would go on to have. Woodstock was certainly the first of its kind, and now decades later copycats like Bonaroo, Coachella, Governor’s Ball and Firefly are summer fixtures.
“There has to be a granddaddy—and this was certainly it for the festival business,” said Rosenman. “There’s something about festivals that is timeless and indestructible.”
It’s often hard to talk about music without mentioning singers. From the flighty tones of Jeff Buckley to the earthy warble of Louis Armstrong, a great voice can help a record maintain legendary status long after its initial release. Even now, in an industry that increasingly thrives on memorable phrases and catchy, sing-a-long refrains, vocals can make all the difference between climbing to the top of the pile and fading into obscurity.
But what about the instruments behind the voices? Sometimes great tracks eschew singing altogether, relying instead on a mixture of intricate arrangements and technical prowess to make their mark on the musical landscape. Far from meaningless melodies, these tracks can weave elaborate narratives and conjure up a complex array of emotions – all without using a single word.
The power of a good instrumental is best summed up by legendary guitarist Carlos Santana: “I realised »
- Sam Carter
Johnny Winter Dies
Winter was found dead in his Zurich hotel room Wednesday. He’d been traveling through Europe on a tour. Winter’s family has yet to learn his cause of death, spokesperson Carla Parisi told The New York Times.
"His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world's finest guitarists," spokeswoman Lori Haynes told CNN.
Winter first began playing guitar in clubs at age 15. By 1969, when he was 24, Winter was profiled in Rolling Stone magazine, bringing him into the national spotlight. The article, titled “Johnny Winter, Albino Bluesman,” speculated that he was quickly becoming one of the best in his trade. “If you can imagine a 130-pound, cross-eyed albino with long fleecy hair playing some of the gutsiest, »
Shortly before the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off Sunday, Colombian singer Shakira will rock the crowd at the star-studded closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The diva and judge on NBC's ”The Voice” will perform the tournament's theme song “La la la (Brazil 2014).” She'll be joined by Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean, Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana, Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo and a samba school during an 18-minute show. Also read: World Cup Shocker: Top Game Ratings Bigger Than World Series and NBA Finals The performances will be “set to a soundtrack of samba music, incorporating a cast of 400 people, »
- Anita Bennett
Close your eyes and imagine a simpler time. 20 years ago, when there were only 60 channels on cable TV and no such thing as an iPhone, or an iPad, or an iAnything. It's the Summer of 1994, emojis are an unknown entity, and Butterfinger BBs are plentiful. Sheryl Crow is spinning on your walkman, and life is good. Progress is important. Over the past 20 years, countless inventions and ideas have come to fruition and gone on to change our daily lives for the better. But there's also nothing wrong with indulging in a little nostalgia. Especially if the memory lane you're casually »
- Kelli Bender
The Emmy nominees for variety, comedy or music special can seem like a mishmash of shows, with everything from awards shows to comedy specials to concerts and fundraisers in the mix.
Last year, the category’s nominees couldn’t be more disparate: CBS’ “Kennedy Center Honors,” HBO’s “Louis C.K.: Oh My God” and “Mel Brooks Strikes Back!,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part 1)” and “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief,” which aired across select broadcast and cable networks and local TV stations.
The “Kennedy Center Honors” — produced by George Stevens Jr., who founded the event, and son Michael — won for the fifth year in a row, which might have to do with the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard and 42nd Street. The special also salutes showbiz royalty who are effectively getting a lifetime achievement award. Last year’s honorees included jazz legend Herbie Hancock; stage, »
- Paige Albiniak
Before VH1′s I Love the 2000s special began on June 17, I polled my roommates (whom I forced to watch with me) about their favorite pop culture moments from the year 2000. For about three minutes, everyone was stumped—what’s actually from the year 2000, instead of just under the umbrella term “the 2000s”? It turns out that remembering specific years is a lot harder than you think.
That’s why there’s a saving grace to VH1′s nostalgia-bait series, a 10-part anthology spread out over five days this week. It’s hugely entertaining to hear no-name comedians praise specific »
- Marc Snetiker
Gisele Bundchen is the FIFA World Cup 2014 trophy girl. The 33-year-old model has been chosen to stand in for Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff, who has been the target of abuse due to the huge expense incurred from hosting the tournament, to present the golden prize to the winning team at the official closing ceremony on July 13, according to the Boston Globe newspaper. The Brazilian beauty will reportedly be joined by her husband Tom Brady - with whom she has five-year-old son Benjamin and two-year-old daughter Vivian - at the event, which will take place at the Maracana Mário Filho Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and feature performances from Avicii, Carlos Santana and Wyclef. Gisele, who was born in Três de Maio, divides her time between Boston, New York and Los Angeles, where she and Tom have just sold their eco-friendly mansion for a reported $40 million. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez, 44, kicked »
"It's all about feeling. You can play a thousand notes a minute and it goes straight across the board and there is no feeling, it doesn't mean anything." Narrated by Morgan Freeman, "B.B. King: The Life of Riley" examines the life of blues guitar legend through a sophisticated combination of archive footage and high-profile interviews. Familiar faces include Buddy Guy, one of King's own contemporaries, as well as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Bono. Director Jon Brewer's background as a manager for David Bowie and The Rolling Stones -- two musical acts profoundly influenced by the blues -- contributes to the film's credibility as a measure of cultural impact. As the opening scene seems to suggest, the film does not aspire to objectivity. In fact, the sentimentality expressed for King and his legacy is key to what makes the blues, the blues. Check out the B.B. King »
- Shipra Gupta
During Friday’s Late Show With David Letterman taping, Glee star Lea Michele got a little flustered when Letterman asked the actress to address certain rumors regarding her “knocking out a co-star.” Dave was referencing reports that Naya Rivera had been pushed out of the Fox musical comedy because of drama with Michele.
After getting her to confess that she did, in fact, know what he was talking about, Letterman told Michele that he had completely made up the rumor in order to see what she would say — watch the video below:
To her credit, Michele laughed the whole thing »
- Pamela Gocobachi
It’s a certain kind of sadness to realize you are lonely while surrounded by people. It’s a thing that happens to every New Yorker at some point, and today, it’s Kurt’s turn. The gang is all out for brunch, and he wants someone to hang out with, but all of his friends have people to be and places to do…or something. Kurt has little time to wallow however, because in rushes Rachel Berry, having a new emergency. They all turn their focus to Rachel because they are contractually obligated to care. There’s a blind item in the paper about an up and coming actress who is managing to burn bridges wherever she goes. Rachel knows if she’s branded a problem this early on, she’ll never really have the career she wants. Santana assures her that if Angelina Jolie can completely change her image, »
- Dana Piccoli
See ya, Santana! Naya Rivera has been fired from Glee. Plus, recently single Nikki Reed hooked up with Dancing With The Stars pro Derek Hough. See Us Weekly's top 5 stories from April 30 in the roundup! The 27-year-old actress was fired from the hit Fox musical show, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly. After month of tensions, mainly with costar Lea Michele, Rivera's contract wasn't renewed for season six and her character has been written out of the finale. The 25-year-old actress, who recently split from husband [...] »
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