July 28, 2008

HELP SING THE SONG OF FREEDOM

Here’s the letter DME received from, of all the places, Iran. The great country during the Shah’s reign and now downtrodden by ayatollahs and mad Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, it still has the free-thinking people such as Kaveh Ayati who sent this in. In music lies a future so, please, lend a hand to the soul brother! The e-mail’s below – click on the name.

I am an Iranian bass player active in jazz style and working in an underground rock band called FONT. As you know, in our country this kind of music is forbidden and we have too many difficulties our job.

The most important problem is the lack of instrument caused by different restrictions in the importing permits. In addition to this, custom fees are too high and it is not possible for music stores to involve themselves in this kind of problems. Therefore, you can not find any professional bass guitar here and if you want you have to go abroad and bring the instrument by yourself.

After supplying the instrument with above mentioned disasters the problem begins, since the playing is forbidden as well and the government will arrest the people who want to work in this field. To tell an example, we had a very simple concert with 400-500 audiences to play some of our tracks, but suddenly we faced the police attacks and all the people were arrested, as you can see the news in the news link of our website.

In addition to this, there is no place to go and learn this kind of music academically, where private classes don’t have enough knowledge. In this situation I have reached my knowledge to a specific level and I can’t go ahead any more.

I am writing this e-mail to you asking your advice how to improve my knowledge and, if it’s possible for you, to introduce or invite me to an academy or college that teaches bass guitar in order to continue my education.

Thank you in advance.
Best regards,
Kaveh Ayati

MAKE IT ALL SEEM RIGHT

If you think there was a fuss too much regarding “Spirit Of Night”, a single Mario Parga recorded with Tony Martin who came up with fantastic set of lyrics and vocal melody to add to the instrumental piece from Mario’s "Entranced" album, you should hear it to understand how deserved is the praise heaped on the song. Out now, the single has both versions of the ballad plus its additional section. Having talked to Parga, now there’s a chance we’ll know Tony’s take on what’s going on.

1. Spirit Of Night (with Tony Martin)
2. Spirit Of Night (original instrumental version)
3. Spirit Of Night (chilled solo)

July 28, 2008

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