Portrait of a trailblazer

Choir conductor Gregory Batsleer talks to Clarissa Land about combining art forms, battling tradition, the importance of a good vocal coach, and what the worlds of classical and contemporary singing can learn from each other. Hailing from Manchester, 27-year-old Gregory Batsleer is a young choir conductor on a musical mission. He’s dynamic, charming, humble and […]

Patreon

By Aidan Rush Aidan decided  to check out Patreon, who claim to be  serving a crowdfunding market neglected by  Kickstarter As has been written about in  this magazine before, the proliferation of  online art that’s taken place over the  last few years is nothing short  of staggering. Not only has it given a  worldwide platform to any self-proclaimed artist  […]

How sadness is my happiness, Yasmin Levy

Yasmin Levy is living embodiment of the melting pot influences she has inherited through her geographic and family heritage. A Sephardi Jew [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sephardi_Jews], Levy’s music and voice reflects the broad variety of musical and cultural influences that shaped her people. Her father, Yitzhak Levy, originally born in Turkey returned to Israel at the age of […]

The artist’s circle

The first time I went to an Artists Circle by Wendy Parr in NYC, I found myself dancing blindfolded amongst about 15 other, also blindfolded, dancers, for an HOUR. We were participating in a ‘trance dance’ with the aim to move blocked energy, to release expectations of ourselves and others by removing our sight, and […]

Vocal tutor app

IMPACK Productions – US$4.99 http://voicetutorapp.com Download from iTunes Nerissa’s verdict: 3 ½ Stars I get to review an app this edition. AN APP! You may not quite understand my excitement here, so let me explain: I am a VERY new smartphone user, as in the last month or so. The world of apps and the ability […]

Intune review

Aiden Rush Reviews the InTune App by Wittenberg University.  99c in iTunes Store Editors Verdict: Four Stars Musicians of all kinds rely on their ears to make sure they’re in tune with the other sounds around them. Horn players, string players and especially singers simply can’t reach their fullest potential if their ears haven’t been […]

Lesson in breathing

MDH breathing coordination lesson Breathing. We all do it every second of every day (around 20 000 times a day actually), it’s, of course, our birthright, but for singers this automatic function of living is quite something else. The amount of times I have heard from singers that they want to learn ‘how to breathe’ […]

20 feet from stardom

20 Feet From Stardom Director/Writer: Morgan Neville Talisha’s verdict: 4 1/2 Stars The backing vocalist documentary 20 Feet From Stardom had a hard task on its hands. The film is much needed as more singers are choosing to enter the industry now than ever before, but director Morgan Neville and Producer Gil Friesen had to entice […]