Lisa Morgenstern3

Lisa Morgenstern

It’s the voice, original and pure, that reaches you first, wordlessly piercing a soft cloud of synths. Soon, she plummets, ever more passionate and perfectly balanced, singing about despair and liberation, loss and salvation, and charting an elegant and wonderful melody.

Morgenstern’s broad tastes no doubt have something to do with her upbringing as the independently-minded daughter of two orchestral musicians, one German, one Bulgarian. She began playing piano aged 5 before embarking on a promising ballet career, but when this was prematurely cut short by injury at the age of 15, she returned again to writing and performing music. A lingering love of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky was tempered by a youthful passion for punk, metal and, later, goth, and though it might be presumptuous to point to individual instances, each of these – along with a robust hunger for all sorts of other music, whether older or more contemporary – has in some way colored her work since.

Her compelling live performances led to concerts across Europe with artists including Ólafur Arnalds and Max Cooper, as well as at festivals and prestigious venues, from Iceland Airwaves to the Reeperbahn Festival at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Most recently she was hired to co-compose the score to one of Netflix’s priority drama series of 2022, The Empress, and additional studio collaborations with artists such as Casper, Balmorhea and Aukai have emerged since Chameleon’s release.

Thelonious Monk

An influential Pianist and Composer who, with his style heralded the changes that would come later during the Bebop Era. Owner of a complicated and enigmatic persona, both his music and himself were the object of varied sentiment.

He reached an early recognition in the Jazz field thanks to his role as Piano Player at Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem during the 40s. Despite Swing was the most popular style at that time, Monk and several of his companions paved the way for the arrival of Modern Jazz. His pieces and compositions were so complex, even for Bebop, that he remained relatively unknown for the Big Public (not his colleagues) until a show made with John Coltrane in 1957.

From that moment on, he jumped into stardom, recorded several albums, made tours around the globe and collaborated with dozens of great artists of the time. His popularity reached such a point that he was chosen as the face for Time Magazine, one of the few musicians in history.

His life can be summarized with a phrase by him during his final days: I’m famous. Ain’t that a bitch?

Gala

 

Gala Rizzatto, emerged onto the international music scene in the mid-’90s with her chart-topping hit Freed from Desire. Born in Milan, Italy, her musical journey began at an early age, fueled by a passion for both classical and contemporary genres. Her breakthrough single not only dominated the airwaves but also became an anthem of the era, blending infectious dance beats with Gala’s soulful vocals.

Her musical repertoire extends beyond the iconic “Freed from Desire,” showcasing her versatility as an artist. Her albums, including “Come Into My Life” and “Tough Love,” feature a fusion of styles, from pop and dance to R&B influences. With a discography that spans decades, Gala’s impact on the music industry extends beyond her initial success, solidifying her as a respected and enduring figure in the world of dance and electronic music.

Most recently, her hit was the base used by English Football Fans for the creation of Vardy’s On Fire they popularized on the stadiums during the 2016 Eurocup.

 

Prince Royce

Prince Royce has become a prominent figure in the music industry with his enchanting Bachata sound. Hailing from the Bronx, he has masterfully fused traditional Bachata rhythms with modern influences, creating a fresh and irresistible style. His music, characterized by its heartfelt lyrics and passionate melodies, has won the hearts of fans worldwide and established him as a leading artist in the Latin music scene.

Success has been a constant companion for him, with numerous chart-topping hits and multi-platinum albums, he has not only gained commercial success but also critical acclaim. His ability to effortlessly switch between English and Spanish lyrics has broadened his international appeal, making him a global sensation.

He has earned numerous awards and nominations throughout his career. His accolades include multiple Billboard Latin Music Awards, Latin Grammy nominations, Billboard Music Awards nominations and a host of other honors.

As he continues to evolve and explore new musical genres, Prince Royce’s future looks promising, with fans eagerly anticipating more captivating music and groundbreaking collaborations.

Hania Rani

Hania Rani is one of the most successful and intriguing pianists in the world right now, with sold out shows in London, Berlin, Tel Aviv and a sell-out Canadian tour.

A transcendent talent, she is a classically trained pianist able to evoke the sparseness of her native Polish mountain landscape, while teasing enough latent energy to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rani grew up in Gdansk (Poland), initially inspired to study classical music, she was introduced to jazz and electronics at music school, widening her interests and as she puts it, ‘mixing Chopin & Shostakovich with Dave Brubeck and Moderat’. Other inspirations include composers such as Max Richter, Esbjorn Svensson, Miles Davis, Nils Frahm, Murcof, Portico Quartet, Radiohead, and even The Beatles.

‘It’s what connects all these artists that inspire me, their special approach to music and sound. For me, they have big hearts and huge minds.’

Her debut album “Esja”, a beguiling collection of solo piano pieces that earnt her four prestigious Fryderyk Awards. Her follow-up album, “Home”, adds vocals and subtle electronics and earned her further awards.

She has composed the music for a number of movies including a Netflix series ‘Last Chance U: Basketball’ and the soundtrack for the documentary movie ‘Venice: Infinitely Avantgarde’ released in 2022.

Last October 2023  saw the light her new album: “Ghosts”.

CLAPTONE4

Claptone

Claptone is an electronic music duo, consisting of German DJ and producer Clap and English producer and vocalist Tone.  They are usually recognized for wearing a golden-billed mask, similar to the Doctors of the medieval Plague, and white gloves, so their identity remains a mystery, apart from being from Berlin.

His initial leap to fame was hand in hand with the single “No Eyes” ft.  Jaw, which reached number one on the UK Dance Chart in 2013.  Since that time, they released several singles and four albums, Charmer (2015), The Masquerade (2016), Fantast (2018) and Closer (2021).

Their music is generally classified as House Music, specifically a mix of Deep House, Classic House and Tech House. They often incorporate elements of disco, funk and soul into their music as well. Their live performances are dynamic to s and energetics, usually incorporating visual elements such as extravagant dancers, flamethrowers and, of course, masks for the entire audience.

“I feel like people love stories, that hasn’t changed in centuries. They love myths. They love to be intrigued. They love to enter a different world.”

Foreigner

One of the Rock Bands destined for eternal success, creators of magical compositions and fine melodies that carry a myriad of feelings in each listener. Originally formed by Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald, Ed Gagliardi, Dennis Elliot and Al Greenwood, the band is still rocking up to the present day with a completely different formation still lead by Mick Jones.

Among their works there are hits usually heard in every radio, enormous classics like “Cold as Ice”, “Waiting for a Girl Like You” y “I Want To Know What Love Is” that kept their place as Top Song around the World for decades already. They also have lesser known songs, but equally powerful each in their own way like “Headknocker” and “Starrider”.

Alice Merton

German-Canadian singer and songwriter known for her indie pop and alternative rock music. She gained international recognition with her debut single “No Roots,” released in 2016. The song became a massive hit, reaching the top of the charts in several countries and earning her widespread acclaim. “No Roots” was inspired by Merton’s nomadic upbringing, as her family frequently moved from place to place during her childhood.

In January 2017, Alice Merton released her debut EP titled “No Roots,” featuring the titular single along with other tracks. The EP further solidified her presence in the music industry and garnered positive reviews from both critics and fans.

Later in 2019, she released her debut studio album, “Mint” that includes songs like “Lash Out” and “Funny Business” that demonstrate her unique blend of catchy melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Her last and most recent album is from 2022 “S.I.D.E.S.” among which shines the songs “100 Stories” that, in her own words, deals about escaping the little bubble your world became and give a chance to all that is out there.

A distinctive and powerful voice, with music that explores themes of identity, self-discovery, and independence.

Jon Z

Jon Z is a rapper from San Juan, Puerto Rico whose music is equally influenced by reggaeton and American hip-hop, particularly trap. With an Eminem-esque high-pitched voice and a quirky style, his music often sounds like a Puerto Rican counterpoint to rappers such as Young Thug and Future.

Born Jonathan Resto Quiñone in 1991, he first began uploading freestyles to his YouTube channel in 2014. He performed concerts across Puerto Rico and caught the attention of Boy Wonder, who signed him to Chosen Few Emeralds Entertainment. His debut mixtape, The Game Is About to Change, appeared in 2015.

Several singles followed, including "0 Sentimientos," "Mentirte," and "Violeta." Over the next two years, Z made numerous guest appearances on tracks by artists like Frankie Roura, Josh D'Ace, and Mackie while issuing singles of his own like "Nunca Me Amo" and "Pali2".

His debut album, JonTrapVolta, arrived in 2017. He teamed up with his cousin Ele A El Dominio the following year for the LP Super Saiyan Flow, and in 2019 he collaborated with Baby Rasta on Voodoo.

In this particular 2020, Z released a new album “Perdonen la Espera”.

The Middle East

From Townsville, Australia a band jumped to worldwide fame, only to fizzle out as unexpectedly as they arrived. Formed in 2005, the band consisted of members Jordan Ireland, Rohin Jones, Bree Tranter, Mark Myers, and Harry Wales. They gained international recognition for their heartfelt and atmospheric music, marked by intricate harmonies, delicate instrumentation, and introspective lyrics.

The Middle East released their debut EP, “The Recordings of The Middle East” in 2008, which showcased their signature sound and garnered critical acclaim. The EP included the standout track “Blood,” which became a breakthrough song for the band and received significant attention. It was praised for its haunting melodies and emotional depth.

Short time later, in 2010, The Middle East released their highly anticipated debut album, “I Want That You Are Always Happy.” The album featured re-recorded versions of songs from their EP, as well as new material. It further established the band’s reputation for crafting beautiful and introspective folk music. Tracks like “Hunger Song” and “Jesus Came to My Birthday Party” resonated with listeners and showcased the band’s ability to create evocative, layered compositions.

Despite their critical success, The Middle East announced their breakup in 2011, shortly after the release of their album. The members cited creative differences and the strain of touring as reasons for the disbandment.

Although their time as a band was relatively short-lived, their music continues to be cherished by fans of indie folk and remains a testament to their talent and artistry.

Max Richter

A renowned contemporary composer and musician, born in the equally famous city of Hamelin, West Germany. Not having much to do with Flutes and small rodents, Max Richter is still widely recognized for his contributions to classical music, and several different styles like minimalism, post-minimalism, experimental, and neoclassical; all of which seem to blend with ease on his creations.

Along his extensive career he produced numerous solo Álbums, Films & TV scores, like his groundbreaking composition “Memoryhouse” (2002), his album “The Blue Notebooks” and the scores of “Waltz with Bashir” (2008) and “Shutter Island” (2010). Most recently his work “On the nature of Daylight” was included in the Series “The Last of Us” and “The Handmaiden’s Tale”.

He usually collaborates with various artists, including musicians, choreographers, and visual artists, to create multidisciplinary works that push the boundaries of classical music. One of his most ambitious projects is “Sleep” (2015), an eight-hour-long composition intended to be heard while sleeping.

A widely acclaimed artist who garnered both the appraise of critical and a prominent base of fans who appreciate his innovative approach to music and his ability to evoke deep emotions through his compositions.

 

Meghan Trainor

American singer, songwriter and music producer from Massachusetts, USA. She became famous in 2014 with her song “All About That Bass” which topped the charts in several countries and became a worldwide hit. Curiously, this song was prepared to be given to other artists, was rejected among others by Adele and Beyoncé, until reaching Epic Records where they were surprised by herself and decided to sign a contract and began the production of her album.

Her musical style is a mix of pop, R&B and soul, and both her lyrics and her actions are usually about topics such as female empowerment, self-esteem and self-love.

Her song “No” became an anthem to women facing of the incessant harassment of which they are usually victims. The videoclip of her single Me too was taken down from social media by herself after seeing the Photoshop modifications to here body, forcing later to upload and promote the real version.

Trainor has also been a judge on the TV show “The Four: Battle for Stardom” and has acted as a coach on the British version of “The Voice”. Some of her themes were included in animated films such as “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and “The Peanuts Movie”.

Mark Portmann

Mark Portmann’s music has been heard all over the world, his compositions are part of innumerable movies, trailers and audiovisual work. Mark’s credits as a composer include more than 300 major label album credits and 9 Grammy nominations.

Starting out as a classical piano player, Mark toured the world at a very young age with world class artists before moving to Los Angeles as session musician, arranger and producer.

As an arranger/orchestrator, Mark has worked with The London Symphony OrchestraThe Prague Symphony (over 40 recordings). He has also worked with major film stars like Tom Cruise and Drew Barrymore for some of their Films and Trailers, as well as with Music Stars like Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato in their albums.

Dolly Parton

Singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dolly is an incredible and versatile figure in the musical history. She is one of the most successful country music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.

She began her career at a young age, writing songs for other artists and appearing on local television shows. In 1967 she released her first album, “Hello, I’m Dolly”, and has since released numerous hits, including “Jolene”, “Coat of Many Colors” and “9 to 5”.

In addition to her music career, Parton has dabbled in acting, appearing in films such as “Steel Magnolias” and “Joyful Noise,” as well as producing the soundtrack for “Dumplin'” (2018) starring Jennifer Aniston.

Parton is also known for her commitment to charitable causes, actively participating in the fight against illiteracy through her charity Imagination Library. In 2020, it also donated one million dollars to help fund COVID-19 vaccine research.

Astor Piazzolla

Argentinian Composer and bandoneon player, Astor Piazzolla is one of the responsible of the Renewal at Tango with masterpieces as Libertango, Oblivion, Zita . In his Music, coexist the most traditional Tango, Classical Music and Jazz, mixing their languages, techniques and styles; providing a novel and most appealing facet to his Music.

Born in Mar del Plata in 1921, he moved to New York with his parents and lived there since 1924. There he received from his father a second-hand Bandoneon as a gift, instrument that would remain tied to his figure from that moment. He studied music under the tutelage of Bela Wilda and Terig Tucci, and later in his adulthood with Alberto Ginastera in Buenos Aires and the famous pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

Piazzolla’s career straddled between the Old and the New World. He performed as Bandoneon player in the Orchestras of Miguel Caló and Aníbal Troilo, and wrote arrangements first for the Orchestra of Troilo and then for José Basso, Miguel Caló and Francini-Pontier. He also formed a String Orchestra in Paris with musicians from the Paris Opera and with Lalo Schifrin and Martial Solal alternating on Piano.

In 1955 he founded the Octeto Buenos Aires with first line musicians as Enrique Mario Francini and Hugo Baralis (Violins), Roberto Pansera (Bandoneon), José Bragato (Cello), Aldo Nicolini (Bass), Horacio Malvicino (Electric Guitar) and Atilio Stampone (Piano). Various of the Octeto’s versions influenced heavily the future evolution of his Tango due to the rhythm and counterpoint novelties.

Some years later he also formed a Quinteto with a variable formation that would change along the years, and through which would pass musicians as Elvio Bardaro, Dante Amicarelli, Antonio Agri, Horacio Malvicino, Oscar López Ruiz, Kicho Díaz, Osvaldo Manzi and Cacho Tirao. In 1968 he composed alongside the poet Horacio Ferrer the Opera María de Buenos Aires, and an year later they would continue working composing much simpler works for the voice of Amelita Baltar such as Balada para un Loco and Chiquilín de Bachín.

The musical style of Astor Piazzolla granted him an enormous success in Europe, but generated enormous controversies in Argentina where it was always discussed whether his Music was genuinely Tango or Not. Until this day, his music sparks passions of all kinds in those hearing it, and his name remains unyielding in the summit of Music no matter the public.

Listen here Piazzolla’s selection

Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno is considered the father of Italian singer-songwriters and one of the greatest European songwriters and performers of all time.

He was born on January 9, 1928 in Polignano a Mare (Bari), and inherited his passion for music from his father Cosimo. He learned to play guitar and accordion from an early age and composed his first song at the age of 15.

In 1953 he obtained his first recording contract with RCA Italiana, recording his first successes inspired by the folklore of southern Italy, such as “La Sveglietta“, “La Donna Riccia“, and the famous “Vecchio Frack“.

In 1956, he changed his record company and moved to Fonit Cetra and debuted at the Sanremo Festival with the song “Musetto“. In the same year, he published “Io, Mammeta e Tu” .

In 1958 he took part and won the Sanremo Festival with “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu“, a song written together with Franco Migliacci. It is the consecration of Domenico Modugno among the main protagonists of the Italian and international music scene. The song soon became one of the most famous Italian songs of all time, selling over 20 million copies and reaching the top of the charts all over the world. This huge success led him to win also three Grammys Awards: “Record Of The Year“, “Song Of The Year” and “Best Artist“.

In 1959 he won again the Sanremo Festival with the song “Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambina)“, while in 1960 he reached the second position thanks to “Libero“.

After the period spent at the Fonit Cetra, in 1964 he moved to Carosello Records, recording other masterpieces such as “L’Avventura” and “Dio, Come Ti Amo“.

He acted in theathral shows and musical comedies such as “Cyrano” by Riccardo Pazzaglia and “Western Di Cose Nostre” taken from a story by Leonardo Sciascia. He also acted in movies such as “Europa di Notte” by Alessandro Blasetti, “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu” by Piero Tellini, “Lo Scopone Scientifico” by Luigi Comencini and “Il Giudizio Universale” by De Sica.

In 1993 he recorded his last song with his son Massimo, titled “Delfini (Sai Che C’è)“.
He died on 6 August 1994 in his house in Lampedusa.

The sign that Domenico Modugno has left in the Italian music and culture is so important that today he continues to be honored and celebrated all over the world.

Listen here Modugno’s selection

Alphaville Pic

Alphaville

The year 2022 marks the iconic 40-year career milestone of “Alphaville”, the successful German Synth-Pop Band.

Originally formed by Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd and Frank Mertens, Alphaville achieved immediate success with their first single “Big in Japan” and “Sounds Like a Melody”. Both advances of their first album “Forever Young” that also contains the track of the same name that would become a classic.

Interestingly, the band started almost luckily since, in the words of Marian Gold himself, “Nobody could really play an instrument. Music was in our minds, but we relied on synthesizers and things like that.”

Throughout the 40 years of trajectory the formation has changed several times, always with Marian Gold at the head, but with the rest of the members following different paths. This did not prevent the production of 8 studio albums, 6 compilations and 3 Box Sets, in addition to single numbers and re-releases of their classics.

Last September they released the album “Eternally Yours” which contains symphonic versions of their most important classics, followed by a tour in 2023 through cities in Germany presenting the Disc.

Monsta X

Having become one of the most popular and significant groups of K-Pop, this band started back in 2015 with its single “Trespass” and in a short time they developed an activity as intense as their music.

Their Music combines Hip Hop, Dance Music and Pop with an aggressive and potent edge that became their trading mark and got them an immense fandom around the world. Just as they say: “Let the haters hate”

The songs of the group broke several record in platforms, counting millions in YouTube and Social Media with several of their singles reaching Billboard’s Top 5. Over the years they had Tours around the world (Always including South America) and they’ve been part of Films, Reality Shows and TV Dramas. 
Monsta X showed that K-Pop transcends the Language Barrier.

The Doors

With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison’s poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

The Doors’ arrival on the rock scene marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone classics in a short time, but also of something much bigger: a new and deeper relationship between creators and audience. Refusing to be mere entertainers, the band relentlessly challenged, confronted and inspired their fans, leaping headfirst into the heart of darkness while other bands warbled about peace and love.

Morrison’s mystical command of the frontman role may be iconic, but the group’s extraordinary power would hardly have been possible without the virtuosic keyboard tapestries of Ray Manzarek, the gritty, expressive fretwork of guitarist Robby Krieger and the supple, dynamically rich grooves of drummer John Densmore.

Though they’ve had scores of imitators, there’s never been another band quite like them. And 50 years after their debut album, The Doors’ music and legacy are more influential than ever before.

Weezer

Since their emergence in the 1990s, Weezer has become synonymous with infectious melodies, quirky lyrics, and an unmistakable blend of alternative and power pop. Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, the band, led by frontman Rivers Cuomo, quickly captured the hearts of music enthusiasts with their self-titled debut album, affectionately known as the Blue Album. Tracks like “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So” catapulted Weezer to mainstream success, earning them a devoted following that continues to grow with each passing year.

Throughout their storied career, Weezer has navigated the ever-changing landscape of alternative rock with aplomb, releasing a diverse array of albums that showcase their versatility and songwriting prowess. From the introspective musings of “Pinkerton” to the radio-friendly hooks of “Make Believe” and the genre-bending experimentation of “Everything Will Be Alright in the End”.

Weezer’s discography is a testament to their ability to evolve while staying true to their signature sound. With each release, they continue to captivate audiences with their infectious energy and unabashed love for rock ‘n’ roll.

French 79

French79, the moniker of French producer and composer Simon Henner, has emerged as a visionary force in the ElectroPop scene. With a career rooted in pushing the boundaries while inspired by Daft Punk and Kid Francescoli, French79 has carved a niche for himself with his lush soundscapes and innovative approach to production.

 

Hailing from Marseille, his music embodies a harmonious blend of nostalgic synthwave aesthetics and contemporary electronic elements, creating a sonic journey that captivates listeners from the first note.

 

The release of his critically acclaimed debut album, “Olympic,” in 2014 is what made his career take off. The album showcased his prowess in crafting immersive, cinematic experiences through music. Tracks like “Diamond Veins” featuring Sarah Rebecca and “Golden Times” demonstrated his ability to seamlessly fuse retro-futuristic vibes with modern electronic sensibilities.

As his career progresses, French79 continues challenging himself. His last Album, “Teenager”, was released after an international tour with more than 100 dates.

Maren Morris

A Rising Star in Country Music with a Message of Empowerment

Maren Morris is a celebrated American country singer-songwriter known for her powerful vocals and poignant songwriting. Born on 1990, in Texas, Morris rose to prominence with her debut single “My Church” in 2016, which not only became a chart-topping hit but also earned her a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance. Her music seamlessly blends country, pop, and folk influences, making her a versatile and innovative force in the industry.

Morris’s second album, “Girl,” released in 2019, showcased her continued growth as an artist. The title track “Girl” became another chart-topper, and the album earned her critical acclaim, including multiple Grammy nominations. Her ability to tackle both personal and socially relevant themes in her songwriting has resonated with a broad audience, and her songs often reflect a fearless, independent spirit that empowers her listeners.

In addition to her musical success, Maren Morris is known for her advocacy for gender equality in the country music industry. She has been an outspoken advocate for female artists’ rights and representation and has used her platform to raise awareness of the challenges faced by women in the genre. Her contributions to the industry, both musically and as an advocate for change, have solidified her as a prominent figure in the world of contemporary country music.

 

The Black Keys

It was the year 2001 when Dan Auerbach was trying to record a demo that would allow him to take his music to other cities, Patrick Carney made available the equipment and his basement to record. But the rest of the support band never showed up, and so the now famous duo was formed: The Black Keys with Dan Auerbach on Guitar and Vocals and Patrick Carney on Drums and Production.

The group’s style reflects a passion for Blues and Garage Rock, flaily exploiting influences from the big names of the 60s and early 70s.

As in his origins in the home basement, rawness and imperfections are part of his compositions, many of them recorded in a single take directly at the studio and without previous work.

Throughout their careers, the group received 7 Grammy Awards and 4 of their singles reached the top of the charts. As if that were not enough, they are vastly recognized by their peers: Axl Rose, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Jonny Greenwood (RadioHead) or Kirk Hammett (Metallica), among others, have publicly declared themselves as fans of the band.

Anoushka Shankar

 

A globally renowned sitar virtuoso, Anoushka Shankar has left an indelible mark on the world of music with her mesmerizing compositions. Her music beautifully weaves the tapestry of Indian classical traditions with a contemporary flair, offering a captivating blend of East and West.

Daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, she has effortlessly continued her father’s legacy while carving out a distinct musical path of her own. She is also half-sister of American singer Norah Jones, with whom she appears in concerts and videos regularly.

Anoushka is a strong activist working with multiple causes and charitable organizations, in particular supporting women and refugees; while also being an advocate for animal rights.

Her numerous albums, marked by their innovation and fusion, have received critical acclaim and multiple Grammy nominations. She participated on the scoring of films like Anna Karenina (2012), the restoration of Indian Film Classic Shiraz: A Romance of India, and the 2017 British Film Victoria & Abdul.

Anoushka has effectively introduced Indian classical music to a broader global audience through her collaborations with artists from various genres, ensuring that the rich traditions she represents remain vital and contemporary. As she continues to evolve and explore new musical horizons, her future appears promising and exciting, promising to deliver more exceptional compositions and cultural influences that transcend borders and generations.

 

Cayucas3

Cayucas

A musical project that carries in the blood both the Sun and the California Coast (its name in fact, pays homage to the town of Cayucos), full of light and cheerful sounds reminiscent of the Pop music of the 60’s but mixing production techniques of the 21st century.

Originally called Oregon Bike Trails, Cayucas is a duo consisting of twins Zach and Ben Yudin, who also join Banah Winn, Casey Wojtalewicz, and Christian Koons in their concerts.

Up until now they released 4 albums: “Bigfoot” a set of 8 songs with a sound purely associated with the Californian beach, “Dancing at the Blue Lagoon” that contains more emotional and complex songs, “Real Life” that takes a purely Pop sound and “Blue Summer” with a slightly more nostalgic sound and a return to the initial roots of the California of their childhoods.

A band that still has a long road ahead (It started in 2011), but that is already among the most select of International Indie-Pop.

 

Charlotte OC

Alternative Pop Artist from Blackburn, England; she is undoubtedly one of current music’s most promising artists as is reflected by the Press’ appraisal.

Her earlier music has a dark hue, with folk and country shadings, moody blues and downtempo electronic elements; while her later works show a new exploration of sounds. When asked about the influences on her life, she explained: “My dad surrounded me with folk music and my mum surrounded me with the soul music… Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and Marvin Gaye.”

Her albums “Careless People” and “Here Comes Trouble” show a great musical growth, and her singles “Mexico”, “Bad News” and “Boyfriend” (An anthem to independent women) are the bases of a promising future.

Tokio Hotel

Tokio Hotel

Originating from Germany, this Pop/Rock band was founded by twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz along with Georg Listing and Gustav Schäfer in 2001 and released their first album (Schrei) in 2005 when they were nothing more than teenagers.

They demonstrated their quality in a short time reaching sales of several million records in Germany and extending their influence to Austria, Switzerland and other Eastern European countries. For several years they remained at the top of the charts of their country and such a success led them to re-release several of their albums with songs in English for international audiences.

After several years of albums where they reflected a clear influence of Dark and Emo styles, they began a turn of their musical style towards a more pop and electronic sound, change that continues to this day and in Bill’s words “reflects the growth of the band and fans over the years”.

 

Aurora

Aurora Aksnes (born 15 June 1996), known as Aurora, is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Her first single “Running with the Wolves” was released in 2015 wich obteined a big acceptered in the American press.

AURORA, the 22-year-old raised among the fjords and mountains of Bergen in Norway, who balances her sense of singularity with the deep bond she has with a fan base stretching from Berlin to Brazil, who have supported her with 200 million streams and counting.

Released in 2016, AURORA’s debut album All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend” positioned her as an artist unafraid to draw on the supernatural (think hunter’s moons, frozen rivers and wolves), while also mastering epic alt-pop. With her second record, Infections of a Different Kind -surprise-released to widespread plaudits in 2018 -she increased the breadth of her sound, via the choral crescendos.

Now, she’s poised to release her third opus: A Different Kind Of Human. It’s a collection that’s as astounding as her past releases, yet more experimental still, focusing in on ecological crisis, the consequences of rampant individualism, and AURORA’s hope that listeners will take its lyrics as “more than just words, but something [to] bring them into action into the world that we live in now”.

Worldwide commercial: "Running with the wolves (Pablo Nouvelle Remix) by Aurora for Volvo"

Trailer from “Equals”: Aurora "WINTER BIRD by Aurora for Equals"

Madison-Willing3

Madison Willing

Film Music Composer, Music Producer and DJ with North London origins, she began her musical training in Classical Flute and Piano at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then her studies in Jazz at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.

Consequently with her education, the pieces created by her slowly evolved into Neo-Classicism and Minimalism, giving us a picture of a technical-musical environment of Edinburgh and Europe.

Madison’s work has been included in several Short Films such as Princess and The Flying Gold of Arabuko (nominated for the BIFA and BAFTA awards respectively). More recently she participated in the Musical Composition of Season 5 of “The Crown“.

In addition to her film works, she has presented a Vinyl EP with producer dBridge called “Made in Silence” (2022), and another one made in solitaire: “Seasons” (2021).

 

Charles Aznavour Paris 3

Charles Aznavour

Despite being born in Armenia and having a great personal identification with his native country, his name is immediately associated with France and the classic songs of love and breakup.

His distinctive voice and versatile repertoire made

him one of the leading figures of the European music scene in the 1950s, among his music we can find songs typically of the Chanson Française but also others from Folk, Pop, Jazz, Cabaret and even Gospel.

Throughout his career he made countless compositions, such as “La Bohème”, “She”, “For me, formidable” and “Hier encore”. Several of them he even composed or sang in languages other than French, such as English, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and of course Armenian.

Aznavour is considered one of the most influential and successful artists in French and world music. He sold more than 180 million records worldwide and was honored with numerous awards and recognitions, including the Grammy Award for Artistic Career in 1996.

In addition to his musical career, Charles Aznavour had a successful film career participating in dozens of films, both in France and Hollywood. And in 2009, he was appointed Armenian Goodwill Ambassador to UNESCO.

Cris Morena

Creator of dozens of televisión hits like Chiquititas, Floricienta, Verano del 98 and Rebelde Way, her name is widely known not just in Argentina but also in countries like Israel, Russia or Japan where her productions were a huge success.

Besides her Producer side, in most of her audiovisual creations she was responsible of composing the songs and soundtracks working alongside different musicians. Several of the albums with her songs received awards in Latin America and Argentina, like Latin Grammy and the Gardel Awards.

She also created songs for famous performers of the region like Sergio Denis, Sandra Mihanovic and Xuxa.

Listen here Cris’ selection

Rovski

After a first and notorious album, “Mangroves”, the Rovskis sisters return with a new one: “La Proie est reine”.   Listening to it one can imagine two sisters, two warriors of poetry, two women on the run from a tribe. In any case, their singing is like a spell and the bow of the violin as if it were a magic wand.

Combining the organic of the instruments with electric keyboards and loops, these urban Amazons Sonia and Olive have healed their wounds and put all their skill at the service of this new album frustrating the obvious, uniting and crushing their differences to invent a common language.

Between March 21 and 29 of 2023 they will be performing in different stages of Chile within the framework of the “Jour de la Francophonie” organized by the French Institute.

Two twin sisters. Dissimilar. In search of new lands to discover, explore and flourish.

Burt Bacharach

Born in Kansas in 1928 but growing up in Queens, NY, Burt Bacharach started studying Cello, Drums and Piano at the age of 12 by his mother’s insistence. He used to despise playing the Piano, for his dream at that time was to become a Professional Football Player. His small frame and his musical talent took him through a different path.

As a teenager, he ended up falling in love with Jazz and forming his own High School Band with which he gained exposure playing at parties and events. Later on he delved into music studying at the Mannes School of Music in New York City; at the Berkshire Music Center; and at the New School for Social Research, where he studied under composers Bohuslav Martinu, Henry Cowell and Darius Milhaud. He was also awarded a scholarship to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

After serving in the army, he worked in Nightclubs and restaurants accompanying performers like Georgia Gibbs, Ames Brothers and Polly Bergen. In 1957, he started collaborating with lyricist Hal David and together they reached success almost immediately with hits like “The Story of My Life” and “Magic Moments”.

During several decades, he worked creating, arranging or producing songs with several talents like The Drifters, Marlene Dietrich, Jackie DeShannon, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters , lvis Costello and most specially with Dee Dee Warwick (with whom, alongside Hal David formed a formidable team).

He also participated in several Films, composing music for movies like “Casino Royale”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, the Italian film “Together” and “Arthur” and also acting in the Austin Powers movies. Several Films and Documentaries gave homage to his career along the way, as well as different Musicals like “What the World Needs Now”.

A prolific composer, producer, conductor and arranger, whose works and collaborations spawn over long decades and multitude of artists; whose awards and prizes would need a whole new page to detail. A major name in the history of Music, that left a mark in every possible area of the music and that still to this day defines and inspires musicians all over the world.

Listen here Bacharach’s selection

Tom Petty

Owner of a magnificent voice, Tom Petty branded a new era in Rock & Roll with his Style, straddling the divide between Classic Rock and New Wave of the 60s – 70s. Despite this, his work shows a certain variety in style showing the deviations he took in different moments of his career towards new sounds or styles, like punk, garage, MTV stardom, concept albums and even experimentalism.

Being born and raised in Florida, his music is usually signaled for having a “Southerner” Style in the US, and his musical interest was sparked after a visit of Elvis Presley to his hometown showing him the glory and impact that generates a music star.

His early years in music saw him being part of several bands like The Sundowners and Mudcrutch, until he formed the one that would accompany him for years: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. The heartbreakers would release several albums (the first one named as the band) like “You’re Gonna Get It”, “Damn the Torpedoes”, “Hard Promises”, “Long After Dark” and “Southern Accents”, all of them having several successful tracks and giving them a well deserved popularity.

Petty was also part of the Supergroup “The Traveling Wilburys”, alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. The sound of this group, with whom he participated for some time, would became the blueprint for his first Solo Album: “Full Moon Fever”. This album ended up becoming the pinnacle of his career, reaching number 3 in US charts, going triple platinum and gaining him massive popularity with hits like “I Won’t Back Down”, “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, and the still now popular “Free Fallin'”.

After some other successes in solitaire, he reunited with The Heartbreakers in 1996 to record the soundtrack of Edward Burns film “She’s the One”, followed by several more albums like “The Last DJ” and “Highway Companion”.

He died in 2017 at his house, and his family and friends released posthumously different albums as homage to his career and included previously unknown versions of his works in “An American Treasure”, “The Best of Everything”, “And All the Rest” and “Angel Dream”.

His whole life was a reflection of the essence of Rock and Roll: Bands, Albums, Fame, Collaborations and Solo Career.  A name of its own, that left its mark in Music.

 

Listen here Tom Petty’s selection

Black Sabbath

During the year of “Peace & Love”, a group of musicians decided to take a different path and embrace the darkness of a time marked by the fire of war and repression.

With an extreme sound of power-guitar and a somber ambience, their lyrics mention both God and the Devil, Sorcerers and Dark Magic, while still approaching topics as the Planet’s devastation.

Initially formed by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, the band produced such a disruption in Music that they were instantly thrown into success, top charts and World Tours. And all this despite the shivers of terror and the negative public opinion.

They are one of the transcending Bands of Rock in history, and always mentioned as one of “The Unholy Trinity” of Heavy Metal.

Listen here Black Sabbath´s Playlist 

Nailah Hunter

The music of Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Nailah Hunter opens gateways into magical worlds. Shimmering with dulcet harp tones and dreamy electronics, her first debut EP Spells was released by LA’s acclaimed Leaving Records in May 2020 and described by Rolling Stone as “one of the best recent releases of its kind”.

Nailah was born in Manhattan and raised in LA – the daughter of a Belizean pastor – playing drums and acoustic guitar in her dad’s church band and singing in its choir. As a teenager, her growing interest in artists like Erik Satie and Alice Coltrane and the soundtracks of Miyazaki films began to crystalize into delicately ethereal musicality. A key turning point came aged 19 when she received a baby harp as a gift while she was already a student at CalArts, developing a keenly trained compositional sense and a perfectly smoky singing voice.

Today Nailah hosts a monthly NTS radio show, Astral Garden, and has collaborated with Lyra Pramuk, No Joy, John Carroll Kirby, and Bing and Ruth. In June 2020, she released the standalone single “Black Valhalla” to raise funds for the Loveland Foundation, a charity providing therapy to young black girls. Not long after, Nailah reimagined Radiohead’s original track, “Talk Show Host“, which found broad recognition.

In 2021, her tranquil sound led her to write Sleeping Sea, a sleep-aiding soundscape album as part of Endels’ collaborative series with Leaving Records. Continuing her way into soundtracks, in 2022, Nailah featured on an original score for The Lazarus Project for Sky TV series by accomplished composer Ben Lukas Boysen. Nailah has written soundscapes for NIKE, Union Station in LA, and VUE TV, with her most recent work being a soundtrack for a digital novel for The Quest of Evolution. In addition, her collaborative track ”Lua” was recently placed in an Apple campaign.

More recently, she released the album Lovegaze in January 2024, a bewitching testament to the resiliency of the natural world.

Sia

Owner of a distinctive voice and enigmatic persona, Sia has become a powerhouse in the pop music landscape. Hailing from Australia, and born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, she first made waves as a contributing force behind the scenes, penning hits for artists like Rihanna and Beyoncé. However, it was her decision to step into the spotlight that truly set her on a trajectory towards global stardom.

Sia’s music style is a unique blend of pop, electronic, and indie elements, characterized by powerful vocals, emotive lyrics, and experimental production choices that consistently push the boundaries of the genre. Known for her penchant for elaborate wigs, masks that hide her face and avoiding the glare of the paparazzi, Sia’s mysterious public persona has only added to the allure of her music.

Author of 10 Studio Albums, with “1000 forms of Fear” and “This is acting” between the most successful ones, her whole discography is a chain of Successes with songs like “Confetti”, “Helium” or “Big Girls Cry”. Some of these songs went on to become the hymn of a generation: “Unstoppable” not only talks about success and pushing through obstacles, but also about the mask of confidence and what’s behind it.

She is usually work in collaboration with different artists or projects, she produced content for TV and Films like “The Hunger Games”, “50 Shades of Grey”, “The Twilight Saga”, “Wonder Woman” and several more.

Pablo Chill-E

A Chilean musical prodigy, he has become a pivotal figure in the Latin American urban music scene of the last years. Hailing from the streets of Santiago, Pablo Chill-E burst onto the scene with raw authenticity, blending trap, reggaeton, and hip-hop influences. From freestyling on the streets to commanding millions of streams, his meteoric rise is a testament to his undeniable talent and connection with the pulse of Chilean youth. His early life experiences are intricately woven into his music, providing a gritty and honest portrayal of urban life and the typical topics of Trap: Delinquency, drugs, sex and luxury. But he also includes talk about political corruption, lack of opportunities on the society, the place where he was born and the value of friendship in such an ambience. Among his tracks, is worth mentioning Facts, a song released in 2018 where he showcases the Chilean Society and Reality, while calling out famous Chilean politicians in a raw and visceral message. In his own words,
Discursos políticos, yo ni uno creo. / Vengo de Chile, del Chile feo, el verdadero

Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood, the musical moniker of Natalie Mering, embarked on her artistic journey with a penchant for crafting ethereal soundscapes that transcend traditional genre boundaries. Emerging from the Los Angeles indie scene, her early work drew attention for its dreamy, otherworldly quality.

Her haunting vocals and introspective lyrics hint of an unique musical vision, setting the stage for her evolution into one of the most innovative voices in contemporary indie and psychedelic folk.

Weyes Blood’s breakthrough came with her critically acclaimed album “Front Row Seat to Earth” with songs like “Diary”, “Seven Words” and “Do you Need my Love” a mesmerizing exploration of both personal and universal themes. Merging elements of folk, pop, and orchestral arrangements, the album showcased Mering’s ability to create a sonic experience that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking. The ethereal quality of her music, coupled with introspective and thought-provoking lyrics, resonated with listeners, establishing Weyes Blood as a trailblazer in the indie music scene.

With each new release, she pushes the boundaries of her craft, leaving an indelible mark on the indie landscape and inspiring a new generation of musicians to explore the limitless possibilities of sound.

Álvaro Soler

Talent, passion and an insatiable creative curiosity – these are the key drivers behind the career of the exceptional musician Alvaro Soler. These three invaluable qualities have made the German-Spanish superstar one of the most successful and popular solo artists in Europe and beyond. Having sold over two million copies of his three studio albums released to date, more than five billion combined audio and video streams, over 150 gold and platinum awards and many millions of enthusiastic fans, Alvaro Soler now presents his very personal, modern interpretation of Latin pop.

His path to stardom began with the release of “El Mismo Sol” in 2015, a song that catapulted him to international fame. The Official Videoclip of his follow up single “Sofía” reached more than 800 million reproductions on YouTube.

A true cosmopolitan, his signature sound – somewhere between passionate emotionality and instantly gripping pop with Latin genre influences – inspires a global audience between Buenos Aires and Berlin, Stockholm and São Paulo. ‘My music is about deep feelings and positive vibes. Even if you don’t necessarily understand the Spanish lyrics, the meaning of the songs is often revealed just by the groove, through the sounds and through the good energy that these tracks convey,’ says Alvaro about his music.

Beyond his musical talent Álvaro speaks seven languages (Spanish, Catalan, English, German, Italian, French and Japanese), has graduated in Industrial Engineering and Design at the ELISAVA in Barcelona.

He also collaborated with Morat, performing in the song “Yo contigo, tú conmigo” for the film Despicable Me 3, (“Gru, mi villano favorito 3”). He also voices Camilo Madrigal in the Italian and German dubbed versions of the 2021 Disney film Encanto.

Missy Elliot

Missy Elliot is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. She first gained fame in the 90s as part of the R&B group Sista, and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland, with whom she worked on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV.

Her solo career took off with the release of her debut album “Supa Dupa Fly” in 1997, which featured the hit singles “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” and “Sock It 2 Me.”

Throughout her career, Missy Elliot has been known for her unique style and innovative music videos, which often feature cutting-edge special effects and choreography. Some of her other popular songs include “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and “Lose Control.”

In addition to her music career, Missy Elliot has also dabbled in acting and television, appearing in movies like “Honey” and “Ghostbusters” (2016) and serving as a judge on “The Voice UK” in 2019.

She is widely regarded as one of the most influential and innovative artists in hip-hop and pop music, and has won numerous awards throughout her career, including four Grammy Awards.

Stonebridge

In his early days, StoneBridge created Sweden’s first DJ/Remix company, SweMix. He then turned a basement operation into a hugely successful record label & brand and as part of this StoneBridge was responsible for several worldwide hits that earned him international acclaim.

His prolific musical output has led to three studio albums. StoneBridge’s debut LP came in 2004 with the arrival of ‘Can’t Get Enough’, which garnered international acclaim among clubbers & the world’s music press. He then returned to the studio to complete the next album, ‘Music Takes Me’ which featured massive hits like ‘SOS’, ‘You Don’t Know’ & ‘Close To Heaven’. His third artist album ‘The Morning After’ which was released in 2010 was described by StoneBridge as his ‘musical chef d’oeuvre’.

His music is a regular presence on the airwaves, appearing in online radio networks such as BBC Radio 1, Sirius XM & Kiss FM. He currently hosts his own radio show on Sirius XM/BPM, broadcasting to millions every Saturday throughout North America.

In addition to his busy studio, radio & touring commitments StoneBridge also runs his own record label Stoney Boy Music which was established in 1997 & boasts early releases from future stars.

Most recently, he released the single “Too Late” featuring Kiyoné Shorter.

Nikki Lane

Nikki Lane is an American singer-songwriter and musician from South Carolina (USA). She is usually referred to as the First Lady of the Outlaw-Country, due to her somewhat punk attitude.

Her music is known for blending Classic Country, Rock & Roll, and Blues. She has been compared to that of Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline and she has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. In addition to her solo work, she has collaborated with a variety of other musicians, including Lana del Rey, Jonny Fritz, The Black Belles, and The Yawpers.

Fashion is also part of her profile, she worked as a fashion designer and launched her clothing line, High Class Hillbilly, whose designs have been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire.

She has released four studio albums, Walk of Shame (2011), All or Nothin’ (2014), Highway Queen (2017), and most recently, Denim & Diamonds (2022).

The Weeknd

The Weeknd

Protagonist of a complex childhood and adolescence in Canada, Abel Tesfaye began a path of success anonymously on YouTube in 2011 under the name The Weeknd. The name refers to the moment he and a friend decided to leave school for a weekend never to return.

His music contains a great versatility and variety of styles, with sounds at times dark or melancholic (sometimes inspired by personal experiences) along with explicit and controversial lyrics, but sang elegantly. His musical style is generally qualified as the best example of Alternative R&B, with Michael Jackson and Prince as his main influences. In addition to sounds that show their Ethiopian roots and Arab culture.

Throughout his career he released 5 albums, dozens of singles and collaborated in productions with artists of all kinds, including Drake, Sia, Beyoncé, Rosalia and Lana del Rey. He received many awards, including 4 Grammys, 1 Latin Grammy and 20 Billboard Music Awards.

The best example of his musical reach just happened: His song “Blinding Lights” became the most listened to song in Spotify history.

In 2023 he will headline a tour of Latin America, visiting Mexico City, Bogotá, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.