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  • Allison Crowe Flies Home for Tidings with Two New Albums Under Wing

    16 Dec 2014, 08:07 by Adrian22

    As with following William Blake's roadmap to eternity's sunrise, fans of musician Allison Crowe know to kiss "the joy as it flies."

    Right now, Crowe is soaring - from Canada's Pacific coast to its Atlantic shores, bringing her Tidings tour to Corner Brook, Newfoundland - for a concert in the city's Arts and Culture Centre. And she's on the wing with two new albums: 'Souling", an a breath-taking cappella collection of traditional Christmas carols, and "Newfoundland Vinyl II", a many-splendoured music mix - songs of, and from, her island home.

    A talent strong and free, like Edith Piaf, John Lennon, Luke Kelly, and other such vital, visceral, artists and entertainers, Allison Crowe's voice rings true on:

    Souling

    Soul Cake
    I Saw Three Ships
    That Night in Bethlehem (Don Oíche úd i mBeithil)
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    The Wexford Carol
    The Holly and the Ivy
    In the Bleak Midwinter (Cranham)
    Ding Dong Merrily on High
    Once in Royal David's City
    Wassail Song



    and on:

    Newfoundland Vinyl II

    (Area Code) 709
    Woman of Labrador
    Tarry Trousers
    The Water Witch
    Out from St. Leonard's
    Paddy McGinty's Goat
    Northern Lights of Labrador
    The Wild Rover
    30 for 60
    Saltwater Joys



    On the first album, her voice is heard wholly a cappella giving familiar songs an uniquely timeless purity of expression. On her second album out this month -Allison Crowe's voice, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, tin-whistle, percussion, arrangements, engineering, production and photography come together - with guest backing vocals by NL actor/teacher Adam Brake (on "Out from St. Leonard's").

    Amazing talent in service of songs roves o'er centuries-old carols to a modern canon of such stellar writers as Gary O'Driscoll, Ron Hynes, Al Pittman and Andy Vine - and tunes originally performed by such popular acts as Corey & Trina, Figgy Duff, & Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers.

    Both albums celebrate a creative bond between Crowe, the internationally-loved touring and recording artist, and Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, the professional theatre company founded on the west coast in 1979.

    For these past three Summers TNL's engaged Crowe as Musical Director of "Newfoundland Vinyl" - a perennial favourite at the annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Following another hit season at GMTF, in late August of this year TNL Artistic Associate SaraH McDonald invited the Corner Brook musician to serve the same role with a vibrant production of "A Christmas Carol". Readying a choir for this adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic by TNL's Artistic Director Jeff Pitcher inspired Crowe's "Souling" set.

    AD Pitcher's conception of a revival of vinyl era, and more, songs of Newfoundland and Labrador put wind in the sails of Allison Crowe's curatorial mission. "It's here!" says pioneering music blog Muruch, "Allison Crowe just released Newfoundland Vinyl II and it's the perfect follow-up to her traditional folk masterpiece, Newfoundland Vinyl".

    Of her immersions as Musical Director with TNL, and the melodic bounty that's landed, Allison Crowe notes: "There is so much wonderful music - you could piece together multiple anthologies and still only scratch the surface of such an extensive and rich collection. Each of these songs is its own story, of land and sea, of people, and each story in-and-of-itself could be an entire show. I'm truly grateful that you are here to hear the story these songs have to offer." She gives special thanks to "the incredibly talented and versatile" casts and crews of TNL's productions for their inspiration.

    "Souling" and "Newfoundland Vinyl II" are available via http://music.allisoncrowe.com, iTunes, Amazon and all of today's fine digital music outlets.
  • "Souling" Songs from Allison Crowe

    10 Nov 2014, 08:15 by Adrian22

    Allison Crowe's gorgeous voice brings tidings of comfort and joy with “Souling” – her 11th full album release.

    The artist, one of our greatest living musicians, singer-songwriters and performers, has always created authentic music.

    With this newest song set her voice is heard wholly a cappella.

    The songs themselves have a purity of expression – a 21st century take on music of faith and spirit – sounds and themes aired by carollers and soulers of old.



    The genesis of “Souling” is found in the bond Allison Crowe’s formed with the creative family at Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador. Founded in 1979, this professional theatre company presents a dynamic and diverse repertoire of plays and maintains, as well, a strong commitment to youth theatre in the Atlantic Canada community.

    For these past three Summers TNL’s engaged Crowe as Musical Director of “Newfoundland Vinyl” - a perennial favourite at the annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Following another hit season at GMTF, in late August of this year TNL Artistic Associate SaraH McDonald invited the Corner Brook, NL-based musician to serve the same role with a vibrant production of “A Christmas Carol”.

    The Adaptation of this classic Charles Dickens story by playwright Jeff Pitcher, TNL’s Artistic Director, excited Crowe’s musical imagination – as did the desire of McDonald, the play’s Director, to incorporate songs in the style of Victorian Era carollers.

    So inspired, Allison Crowe immersed herself in curating the music for the abundantly-talented, multi-aged, choir of singers who’ll perform in “A Christmas Carol” at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre from November 27th – 30th, 2014.

    This artistic process of selection and arrangement led to her recording solo versions of those songs that will receive another distinct breath of life from the TNL vocal ensemble.

    (In parallel fashion, the first season’s run of “Newfoundland Vinyl” brought forth Allison Crowe’s album of the same name – one of 2013’s top recordings. Culture blog Muruch praised it as a “lovely, vintage collection of traditional Irish and Canadian folk ballads, lively sea chanteys and drinking songs, parlour songs and country tunes” possessing “unique charm” and “the timeless beauty of a classic folk album”.)

    In 2003, (and expanded in 2004), Allison Crowe released Tidings – an album of singular interpretations - “River” (Joni Mitchell), “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen), “In My Life” (The Beatles) and more from the secular canon – alongside such favourite traditional carols as “Silent Night”, “The First Noel”, and “O Holy Night”. Tidings has proven to be a modern classic – “music for the season and all time”.

    This time out, as befits TNL’s telling of “A Christmas Carol”, Allison Crowe gives pure voice to the sacred songbook. “Souling” is:

    Soul Cake
    I Saw Three Ships
    That Night in Bethlehem (Don Oíche úd i mBeithil)
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    The Wexford Carol
    The Holly and the Ivy
    In the Bleak Midwinter (Cranham)
    Ding Dong Merrily on High
    Once in Royal David’s City
    Wassail Song

    “Souling” is available now via Allison Crowe’s own website @ http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling as well as on iTunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/souling/id933188580 plus CD Baby @ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/allisoncrowe10 and all major digital music outlets worldwide.
  • Unexpected Diversion Ahead

    11 Oct 2014, 06:39 by Adrian22

    Stephen Fry, the wonderful English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist, has open-sourced his newest memoir, “More Fool Me”.

    Fry and his publisher, Penguin Random House, cordially invite us all to “reinterpret it in any language or form, including text, data visualisation, app, audio and 3D modelling. Samples of text, metadata, imagery and audio from the new book and Fry’s previous memoir The Fry Chronicles, are available for download via a special WeTransfer Plus page. And Penguin Books is challenging people to turn them into their own innovative takes on Fry’s memoirs.”



    Allison Crowe’s mash-up brings together Stephen’s narration, with her music, and the filmic essence of Buster Keaton, from his silent era classic, “The General” – on the selected text’s theme of mental health.

    http://yourfry.com/interpretations/unexpected-diversion-ahead-4

    Learn more about the “YourFry” project @ http://yourfry.com/ and hear it explained by Stephen Fry himself



    And follow via Twitter hashtags #yourfry & #yourfry20mfm
  • “16 Songs” Video Album from Allison Crowe = Music + Movie Magic

    24 Sep 2014, 01:49 by Adrian22

    "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make."

    That’s how Allison Crowe framed things near the start of this century before launching Rubenesque Records Ltd., one of the world’s truly independent music labels.

    Through legendary live performances, broadcasts, and a dynamic oeuvre of recordings, globally-acclaimed and loved, Crowe’s distinguished herself among today’s finest songwriters, recording and concert acts, and as a supreme interpreter of popular song.

    Combining versatility and virtuosity, the amazing Canadian musician transmits emotion into a visceral joy – sharing heart and soul with audiences.

    Timeless artistic expression has its own tradition in Canada, a land plentifully represented by: wordsmiths & tunesmiths, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young; by jazz pianist/composer Oscar Peterson; classical composer Marjan Mozetich; in theatre and opera – beautiful voices of Teresa Stratas, Richard Verreau, Léopold Simoneau; and other sublime standard-bearers.

    Allison Crowe’s singularity carries her across the globe and into such company as the Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Britain’s Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and dates with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Thrilling, fun, and moving, the Nanaimo, BC-born musician traverses Europe and North America from home-base in Corner Brook, Newfoundland earning hoorays even from Hollywood where appreciative movie Director Zack Snyder invited her to cameo in the latest Superman blockbuster.

    This month Allison Crowe releases “16 Songs” a video album reimagining century-spanning film, three decades of songwriting, and a dozen albums of modern music. Renowned for gorgeous, often ground-breaking, interpretations of Mitchell, Cohen, The Beatles, Pearl Jam +, Crowe’s set-list here is radiantly international, mixing original tunes (Disease, Circular Reasoning, Double-Edged Swords +) with covers of: Annie Lennox & Eurythmics, Radiohead, Tori Amos, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Matthew Good, Hunters and Collectors.



    We’ve recently witnessed novel approaches to twinning of music and video releases in the American mainstream. In December 2013, pop superstar Beyoncé paired a video with each of her album’s 14 new song tracks adding three bonus music videos all as part of the “Beyoncé” album physical release. Partial clips of the vids were posted online upon the album’s surprise launch.

    This Summer “Weird Al” Yankovic built upon the model of his 2011 “Alpocalypse” album. For his July 2014 release, “Mandatory Fun”, pop music’s über-parodist-satirist-accordionist amped awareness by production-partnering with an array of web portals to release eight videos online the same week his album’s 12 music tracks became available.

    Allison Crowe’s music videos for most of this millennium comprise, either, documentary, live-in-performance, films (eg. the hugely popular “Tidings” series from director Alex Postowoi’s cinéma vérité crew), or, audio recordings with ‘still’ images. The exceptions – a pair of music videos in narrative style - were both made in 2003: “Midnight” (also directed by Steadiman’s Postowoi), and “Scared” (from the transmission2media duo of Angela Kendall and Brian Dutkewich – known for their later work with the musical twins Tegan and Sara).

    Starting with 2011’s luminous “Arthur” – a song exploring love, memory and aging – Crowe’s videos also marry her song recordings with vintage footage from home-movies, silent films and classics of Georges Méliès, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Nadia Sibirskaia, Salvador Dali, Dominique Monfréy, Josef von Sternberg, D.W. Griffith plus other pioneers and visionaries of cinema (impressionists, surrealists, Dadaists, avant gardists, pop-artists+).

    “The strange thing about cinema, and this would go for television film, is that no one really knows why music is needed. I would say after a lifetime in it I could not tell you why. But it is not complete without it… As a matter-of-fact, I may be bold enough to say that with very few exceptions, a piece of film, or a film cannot come to life without the help of music of some kind,” reflected composer Bernard Herrmann, a frequent collaborator with film director Alfred Hitchcock.

    The “Master of Suspense”, Hitch himself, observed: “Art is emotion.”

    “16 Songs” is an artful collection of Allison Crowe musical works with visuals from great creators and innovators - film-makers, animators, painters, photographers: Fernand Léger, Jean Vigo, Buster Keaton, Dave Fleischer & Max Fleischer, Edwin S. Porter, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Winsor McCay, Augusto Genina, René Clair & Georg W. Pabst. Iconic images and figures - Louise Brooks, Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman, Michel Simon, Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, and Kiki de Montparnasse - populate the video album playlist.

    “Oh, this is wonderful, it really is,” says Slovenia’s Milka of an advance screening, “I love it.” The art-aficionado from Izola comments: “It is marvelous amalgamation of Allison's voice and movie's poetry. Both benefit from each other and give a viewer another dimension for song's interpretation. While the movie, not known to me, suddenly takes me to place where one never ages. Love it.”

    Curtains rise on Allison Crowe’s “16 Songs” video album daily from the New Moon of September 23 to the Full Moon of October 8, 2014. Visit your favourite online video portal to know how it feels.
  • 20 Down: "Everyone is attached to singer Crowe (7)"

    16 Aug 2014, 05:05 by Adrian22



    20 Down: “Everyone is attached to singer Crowe (7)”

    We’ve an head-start on The National Post’s Saturday Cryptic Crossword (August 9, 2014 edition) - the newest creation of a legendary partnership, one that’s central to these puzzles-within-a-puzzle becoming so loved in North America. (Cryptic crosswords originated in the United Kingdom where they’ve long been favourites.)

    “Hex” is the nom-de-plume of puzzle constructors Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon, explains aficionado Barry Haldiman, “though one might think it is the effect of their cryptics on solvers' minds. They are the quintessential, or as they would clue ‘Ideal crazy quilt seats nine (14)’, ambassadors of wordplay puzzledom.” http://home.everestkc.net/nytxword/hexplex.htm

    “Cryptic Royalty” they’ve been crowned by The Nation. Of Cox & Rathvon’s decades-long artistry in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and Canada’s National Post, it’s said: “Their impact cannot be overestimated.” http://www.thenation.com/blog/176152/cryptic-royalty

    For a printable version of this sing-ular fun in pdf format – visit https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4apux86ICY4OHBSRTNwc3BYMDg/edit - answers to this NP Cryptic Crossword will be published across this land in the newspaper on Saturday, August 16.

    Often in this puzzling world, it can seem we just don’t have a clue. Not this time!

    Enjoy :)


    p.s. We guessed it... Answers to the Saturday (August 9) National Post Cryptic Crossword are now revealed – see them in the bottom left of this image. The clue 20 Down: “Everyone is attached to singer Crowe (7)” answer is... Allison Crowe :)
  • Song of the Summer! "Circular Reasoning" + "Prix de beauté"

    16 Aug 2014, 04:39 by Adrian22

    Song of the Summer - dive in!

    In advance of the upcoming full Allison Crowe video show – here’s “sneak peek” fun in the form of her song “Circular Reasoning” with visuals from a 1930s French silent film that also became a talkie.

    "Prix de beauté” (“Beauty Prize” aka “Miss Europe”) is directed by Augusto Genina, written by René Clair & Georg W. Pabst and stars a radiant Louise Brooks.

    Enjoy :)



    Allison Crowe has a 16-song-video-series that launches September 2, 2014. Pairing a spectrum of recordings from the Canadian musician with visuals from great artists and innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries - film-makers, animators, painters, photographers and more… - it’s a multi-media expression of Crowe’s mission to make "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music." ( http://allisoncrowe.com/bio.html )

    And, this collection confirms the diagnosis of Dr. H Guy aka Allan Showalter, the world’s inimitable blogger “On Life, Love, Lust, & Leonard Cohen” – who notes: “Once you’ve heard one Allison Crowe song, You’ve heard one Allison Crowe song." ( http://1heckofaguy.com/2009/01/27/wedding-song-allison-crowes-small-masterwork )

    Much more on this all, naturally, to come – once we’ve celebrated Summer in this part of the world. Right now, it’s time for bathing suits, ice-cream, fresh berries, bicycle bells… any and all other of life’s simple joys and pleasures.

    Sláinte!
  • Music charts

    30 May 2014, 15:51 by CasiniProjekt

    Hey, if you want, please check out my songs on reverbnation so I can chart a bit higher? I've got two new-ish songs uploaded there, Exile and Simulation as well as infernalis. Cheers.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/thecassiniprojekt
  • Allison Crowe Europe Tournee – Mai 2014

    24 Mar 2014, 05:49 by Adrian22

    Enriched by almost two years of focus on recording ("Newfoundland Vinyl", "Heavy Graces", and "Songbook"), film ("The Pardon", "Man of Steel"), and theatre ("Newfoundland Vinyl") productions at home in Canada, Allison Crowe and the A-team, guided by the legendary road-meister Axel Dollheiser, resume international concert touring this Spring.

    First up – May 2014 brings a return to some favourite venues in Germany and Italy, alongside wunderbar new music rooms:

    03.05 - Siebenklang Musikfestspiele - Bernau bei Berlin
    07.05 - Jazzlokal Mampf – Frankfurt
    11.05 - Jazzhaus – Freiburg im Breisgau
    13.05 - Stumm'sche Reithalle – Nuenkirchen (Saar)
    15.05 - Inninger Spectacel – Inning am Ammersee
    17.05 - Teatro del Sale - Florence
    20.05 - Hot Jazz Club – Münster
    22.05 - Lindenpark – Potsdam

    Most dates feature Allison with very special guest Billie Woods also performing a set.

    The tour-opening show is already sold out - Ausverkauft! Full details as they come together are found @ http://www.facebook.com/AllisonCroweMusic/events and http://allisoncrowe.com/tour.html





  • Lights, Cameras... Cassidy: "Man of Steel" Bonus Feature

    14 Jan 2014, 02:08 by Adrian22

    Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder discusses action of the newest Superman movie shot inside the historic Cassidy Inn pub on Vancouver Island, BC. Allison Crowe, in a role very familiar to the Canadian musician, appears in this scene with Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Ian Tracey (Ludlow), Carmen Lavigne (Chrissy), Howard Siegel (Weaver) and other members of the cast – actors whom it was a delight to meet and an honour to work alongside. Same goes for the privilege of working with the film’s amazing crew and production team - a stellar family of professionals united in creativity.

    The Blu-Ray edition of “Man of Steel” released in late 2013, includes a feature called “Journey of Discovery”. Zack Snyder and many of the people involved walk us through the making of MoS from pretty much every angle. It’s extraordinary, and, rather than taking away from the movie magic – the explanations of how the science fiction epic comes together leave you more enthralled. It’s super – and fun:

  • Beatlemania Hits Fab 50: Allison Crowe Performs "In My Life"

    10 Jan 2014, 21:32 by Adrian22

    “Beatlemania, as it is called, affects all social classes and all levels of intelligence,” The New York Times reported in December 1963.

    We’ll hear all manner of takes on similar themes over the coming month, with this February 7 marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landing at JFK International (New York City’s Idlewild airport rechristened on December 24, ’63 in tribute to the recently assassinated US President). The group’s appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show – broadcast over the three succeeding Sundays - electrified a new continent.

    Plenty came before, and much has happened since, Pan Am Flight 101 delivered the Fab Four aboard a Boeing 707-331, known as the Clipper “Defiance”, to a world ready for joy and release.

    Celebrating the musical legacy of John, Paul, George and Ringo – here’s Allison Crowe performing “In My Life” – captured in real-time by film director Alex Postowoi and crew and audio engineer Larry Anschell at Turtle Recording studios by the sea in White Rock, BC, Canada.



    (This is an higher-fidelity video recording than has been previously available!)

    And, here’s another performance of the song by Allison – recorded, audio-only, at Turtle a couple of years earlier: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/in-my-life