Last Sunday, on 28 February, what seemed like a special sold-out concert by Spanish artist Alice Wonder, became an unforgettable evening with the exclusive premiere of a song that will be part of her upcoming album and that will be released this spring.
The renowned German pianist, composer and arranger Mike Herting is releasing his first piano solo album on November 6 2020. Inspired by the long-time work with saxophonist Charlie Mariano, Mike Herting has been involved in different music cultures for decades. As director and composer of the famous German ensemble WDR Big Band Cologne, he has been developing projects with other colleagues, such as “Sketches of Bangalore” (2000) with the soloists Charlie Mariano, R.A. Ramamani, T.A.S. Mani and other musicians. After that came other big orchestra projects with the Sai Symphony (2015), as well as concerts with the Bujazzo in India (2011-2016), Senegal and Guinea-Bissau (2013). He has carried out music studies and immersions regularly in West-Africa and this has facilitated further musical exchanges, in other words it has helped “maintain a reciprocal penetration of creativity and spirituality, and eventually, vitality in the performing process.”
The renowned Indian flautist Shashank Subramanyam was featured last week in an article published on the Indian daily newspaper Prajavani, in which his latest album Silent Breath recorded with pianist Mike Herting was recommended. The text explained how music —and music therapy—could have an instantaneous effect on the human mind and body.
GMO - The Label is supporting the demonstrations and events taking place next Thursday on 17 September in Spain. After the activities celebrated throughout Germany, we are now also supporting the demonstrations and events that will be led by our Spanish and international partners, who will also go out on the streets and march in many cities to raise awareness about the tough situation that the music industry in Spain is going through and the threat of job losses in the sector.
The young flamenco-pop duo from Madrid Sweet Barrio released their new single “El Atraco” in August as a foretaste of what is to come on their second Album.
Sweet Barrio emerged from the Madrid working-class neighbourhood Usera and was formed by singer Poochyeeh and her congenial partner Maxi on the guitar. Their first album Cinema Usera came out in 2018 and was named after a local organisation for cultural events that has been active in their neighbourhood for some time and in which they have played. With their debut album they already caused some sensation in the young Spanish flamenco scene. Their message was clear: smarten up and build your own destiny. Their tracks navigated their way through alienation, incomprehension or the search for freedom. The lyrics on their first album were soaked in suburban allusions which they mixed with sounds rooted in rumba and flamenco, but also in soul and reggae.
Electro-pop duo Poems for Jamiro (Hamburg, Germany) and Spanish singer-songwriter Alice Wonder (Madrid) got together in late 2019 to start recording an electrifying single which will see the light of day on June 19, 2020 released by GMO – The Label. The artists first met while playing a short showcase tour in Germany in November 2019. During that tour they came up with the idea of writing and recording a song together. The result is a wave of engaging electro-pop which sticks to your skin and bones and invites you to dance as you throw away heartaches and unreachable lovers. It is the matching soundtrack to a car drive at night heading for the club in an impossible chase for love and adventure. The voices of all three artists shine clearly and harmoniously “on and on” to the unsettling beat of the “white noise” and the melodies are beautifully built with synthesizers and programmed drums.