15 days till Guitare en Scene!

GES 2014
FESTIVAL GUITARE EN SCENE is coming closer and closer!
The weekend of July 18-19-20 will bring you the best music impressions for the whole year!
Seriously recommend to come!

How was it last year – http://www.inrock.ru/live_reports/guitare_en_scene_2013
How it was first time for me in 2012 – http://www.inrock.ru/live_reports/ges_2012
Photo gallery – https://www.flickr.com/photos/2tails/collections/72157631606834515/

Happy to see InRock especially mentioned on the press dossier! Happy to feel myself as  a part of the big GES family!

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Mattias Eklundh: Creating something out of nothing!

Это интервью на русском в Инроке – http://www.inrock.ru/interviews/mattias_eklundh_2013

Больше фото далее или https://www.flickr.com/photos/2tails/sets/72157644268880250

The tall smart long-haired Swedish genius I met on the grounds of Guitare en Scene Festival in France is the man who invented his ‘Freak guitar” style being absolutely hilarious and free with the instrument he loves. His name is Mattias Ia Eklundh, the chief cook behind the tasty music unit named Freak Kitchen. We are in late July of 2013, in the calm little place in France that is brought to life annually with the guitar aficionados festival. Mattias has just finished a 3-hour clinic on Indian rhythms and uncommon musical timing,  a very mind opening piece of inspiration and theory that was equally very insightful and completely entertaining!

Mattias IA Eklundh at GES

At first I wanted to talk to you about the clinic you just did. What are your impressions?

Oh, the students were great! They were brave to show up and even braver to stay. I mostly went into Indian rhythms and stuff like that, clapping and transforming it into actual guitar playing. The thing is I never do what I’ve planned, I’m just doing what I’m interested in. In that sense, sometimes the participants suffer in a way. They come thinking like I wanna learn shredding or I wanna know how to do this and that, but I say: not now! Because I think there is stuff more important than that. But they fought a good fight, I think. They were really trying to get into this system. And that’s what it’s all about: to give some inspiration and encourage them to grow their own mustache, as I like to say. To give them some positive attitude and show that you can live in this strange business now and do your own thing. I’ve done my own thing for quite some time now, so I can share something.

I guess that’s the best approach to teaching: when you share what you are most interested in at the moment…

Absolutely! Because otherwise you have to write some stuff down and I never write anything down saying like: show some picking here, some shred there, different techniques. It’s not funny! You, pretty much, have to  show yourself and what you are interested in. And if you have an interesting self to show, the students stay with you and stay alert to what you are saying. Besides humour is a powerful weapon too. I say stupid things once in a while. I’m dead serious in what I intend to show them, but humour is a good way to get your message through, to bring them in and give them a big hug!

Mattias IA Eklundh at GES

In creating music humour is also essential..

Yeah, many people don’t think so, but I do! I am from the Frank Zappa generation and he was asked once: does humour belong to music? Well, of course, it does, it belongs to life. Humor is a good way to frame life and to make it understandable, laugh at it, because it’s hard! Really, it’s a nasty planet in many ways, we live here for a long time and then we die. But humor helps to have a good time while you are here, ’cause what the fuck! I’m a middle-aged man, I have some good years left for me, but then, hey, I’m actually gonna die! What can I do about it?

Have fun!…

Yeah, have fun and do your thing! That’s what it’s all about! Don’t worry about tomorrow that much, it’s really in the now! Live in the now! Anything else is irrelevant.

Mattias IA Eklundh at GES

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Omela: 5 years birthday, on a boat with Kalevala

Для начала скажу вот что. Всех люблю, но скажу честно. Жутко поднадоел мне за последнее время русский фолк. Как-то не видно мне там было ничего нового, свежего, возрождающего надежду, так сказать. Не берусь претендовать, что прямо всё-всё в нем знаю, но как-то грустно было настолько, что и ходить искать не очень хотелось. Прогрессив русский тоже поднадоел. И там и там очень трудно избавится от ощущения, что ты где-то все это уже слышал. В общем, боевой дух не поднимает вся эта красота, хоть тресни. И тут.. Один мой добрый друг говорит мне: а пойдем на концерт Омелы с Калевалой! Очень нужен фотокорр, к тому же, концерт будет уникальный, в честь 5-летия группы Омела, а проходить он будет на корабле. Ну, я и согласилась!

…Не знаю, то ли я не так внимательно готовилась, то ли все-таки сила живых выступлений непреложна и несгибаема… в общем, я совершенно не ожидала, что мне будет настолько хорошо от этой музыки, внутри ее, со всеми этими людьми, большинство из которых я видела впервые. Все лишние мысли изнутри вымыло, душу прочистило и стало просто здорово. На пропылвавшие вокруг пейзажи Москвы, честно сказать, я не сильно обращала внимание. Очень уж не хотелось отрываться от музыки. Да, сошла я с парохода “Сильвер” совершеннейшим фанатом группы Омела! Спасибо музыкантам! И группе Калевала тоже спасибо! И доброго другу Митяю, коорый, как пишущий корреспондент, про все это расскажет более детально, и думаю, не менее восторженно.
Хорошо, что есть у нас такие группы, как Омела, и долгих им лет, и еще больше отличного фолка и прогрессив-метала. Очень порадовали! Спасибо!

Omela 5 years

Омела, кстати, выпускает в сентябре новый альбом. Сыгранные с него композиции показались мне чуть более спокойными и менее метальными, чем материал предыдущего альбома, но это, конечно, надо расслушивать новый альбом целиком и вдумчиво. А в середине июля в Гусе Хрустальном, Омела,  как и еще целый ряд наших фолк-звезд, выступят на фестивале Folk Summer Fest (18-20 июля). Рекомендую!

Чуть позже, возможно, добавлю еще фото…Ну, а теперь по порядку…

Celebrating Omela 5 yers birthday of the band at the Siver boat

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Van Canto at Volta Club, Moscow

Я избгаю слов “самый удивительный” в репортажах и пресс-релизах, но пожалуй, о творчестве Van Canto иначе и не скажешь. А как? Ведь акапелло-метал – явление, и правда, редкое 🙂 А когда концерт проходит в День Всех Влюбленных, успех обеспечен: зал Вольты был полон юных дев и влюбленных парочек 🙂 Нет, все очень занятно, не спорю, но не мое – ну, очень не хватает гитаристов, как-то странно без них честное слово 🙂

А репортаж с текстом Димитрия Кошелева и моими картинками – читайте в Инроке – http://www.inrock.ru/live_reports/van_canto_2014

Van Canto in Moscow

Van Canto in Moscow

Van Canto in Moscow

Van Canto in Moscow

 

Please, do not use this pictures without my permission! Just send me a letter and we discuss it 🙂

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Что бы ты ни делал, будь мастером

Из рабочих мыслей накопилось и чтобы не терять… Есть такая восточная мудрость: что бы ты ни делал, будь мастером. Так вот, раздражает и угнетает меня неочевидность для многих людей того простого факта, что стать хорошим фотографом требует не меньше образования, тренировки и культуры, чем стать хорошим музыкантом. Но вот с гитарой, например, необходимость ежедневной практики очевидна, а вот почему-то очень многие считают, что с фотоаппаратом все иначе… Купил крутую фигню, посмотрел, как на соседнем сайте делают, и уже сразу мастер.

Я не к тому, что все дураки, а к тому, что образование и развитие процесс постоянный и бесконечный, он еще и предшествующий работе все-таки. Я всецело за самоучек и самообразование при этом: оно дает наиболее точную мотивацию и тягу к знаниям, системным знаниям, без которыхв работе не будет хорошего вкуса и понимания того, что ты делаешь. Непрофессионализм не люблю, такой, когда человек останавливается в своем развитии и на достигнутом уровне и никуда не стремится.

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Beth Hart: With a smallest light, the dark flees

After the release of numerous solo albums and recently two very successful disks of classic blues covers, huge amount of concerts in all corners of Europe, it’s hard to believe, but Beth Hart first visit to Russia was only last year, July 2013! When I talked to her a year before that at Guitare en Scene festival in France, she already told me, they would love to come and play in our country, but it’s not easy to arrange.

Now I’m just so happy it became true. This midsummer hot day Beth Hart is doing a double bill gig with the huge blues star – Taj Mahal. But even more, on April 3, 2014 Beth Hart is coming again!

This interview is originally made for Inrock and can be seen here – http://www.inrock.ru/english/interviews/beth_hart_2013
T
he Russian version can be read in printed version.

Beth Hart in Moscow 2013

We are sitting in Beth´s dressing room, talking while Beth is doing her stage make-up. Her husband Scott enters the room, bringing her some food. She instantly smiles full of light giving him a setlist for the show.

Beth: – Hey, Scotty, do you think it’s ok to come out and do some acoustic songs before playing electric with the whole band? I’ve thought that would be nice to open up. And only have a few songs acoustic here: «Under Water», «Delicious», «Baby I Love You», «Chocolate Jesus». And then I bring the band out. What do you think?
Scott: Great! I think that’s absolutely perfect. (He stands up and leaves the room with a setlist)
Beth: Yeah, really?!? I love you!!! ….(She sighs lightly, turns to me, her voice becomes much lower and stronger)… Ok. I’m ready now

It’s so wonderful that you are here in Moscow! What are your first impressions of what surrounds you?
Oh, what I’ve seen so far has not been a lot, but it’s been really nice for me. I went to a “12-step AA programme” yesterday at the church. It was an english-speaking meeting, but there were people that were born and raised in Russia. They were really kind! In all the places where we’ve gone to eat so far, the food has been really spectacular. And of course, the architecture is fantastic and unique! But when my husband took me to Red Square last night and I started to walk through, I couldn’t believe how spiritual it was! It’s moving to see what human beings can do, what they can make, what they can build! I’m looking at that, with all the evening lights and the buildings around, and I’m just going aaargh!

Oh, yes. It’s really a special place that has its own vibe. I saw a pic of you on The Red Square in you twitter yesterday and noticed how happy you look!
Oh, yeah!?! It’s really awesome!

And how do you find the people?
Oh, I find the people to be really strong people. Proud people. Probably, because this country has been here for so long and has so incredible history, so of course, the people would be proud and strong people from the old country. It’s kind of what I thought it might be, but even better. So I’ve been really looking forward to this. I’ve never thought I would get to come to Russia. And I remember that at the early 90s, when the artists from the US started coming from here, I thought: oh, you have to be a big star to go there, so I’ll never make it there. And then for this to happen this year, it’s been really surprising! I’m really happy to be here!

Oh, and I must say, you have fans here and we’ve been waiting for you to come here for quite some time!
Oh, really! Unbelievable! How’s that possible!? Wow!

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Annihilator – Feast in Moscow

It was November 9, 2013. I was waiting for this gig for several months, since Feast was released. The album is special for me for being absolutely classic good old thrash music “like 30 years ago”. I’ve seen Jeff Waters at MusikMesse Frankfurt recently, as he played many many times his new stuff like Deadlock, for example, I’ve just realized I can’t get tired of this music. It´s so substantial and tasty, you feel like after a good work-out in the mountains.
Annihilator, Feast in Moscow
That gig was also special for having worst journalist nightmare interview experience. I was anticipating the talking for 3 months. On the day of the gig, I was almost in hospital being absolutely ill and 100% painkillers, running to the gig after a video shooting with a very nice folk band (the girls had revived me!) . But in the tightest schedule Jeff had, we only had 10 minutes totally on the run. It was blitz-interview backstage with warm-up band already playing really loud. Jeff was very professional and did his press job with patience and care. But in such circumstances you can only ask simple things and get short simple answers. I was longing for a more calm and relaxed talk, so I was feeling completely down. It’s only recently, on the Musikmesse, that we had a chance to record part 2 for the interview and talk in a slightly more relaxed atmosphere, though on the run again))

Annihilator, Feast in Europe. Volta club, Moscow, Russia. November 9, 2013. Photo by Katerina Mezhekova for InRock.

Jeff Waters and me, after the interview. Annihilator, Feast in Europe. Volta club, Moscow, Russia. November 9, 2013. Photo by Dave Padden ;)))

The report by Dmitriy Dasov from this gig is here – http://www.inrock.ru/live_reports/annihilator_2013

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Interview: Beth Hart – Peace Within Myself

It’s been almost 2 years since my first interview with Beth. At that time I went to Europe and she was on my “must-see” list for Guitare en Scene festival in France. We instantly connected and talked openly about many things. I can admit, I am  impressed by the power of Beth’s character and by the beauty of her soul. So this interview still looks relevant and very important…Don’t miss Beth on April 3th at GlavClub in Moscow!

This interview was originally published in №56 (6, 2012) InRock music magazine (Russia) and can be also found here http://www.inrock.ru/english/interviews/beth_hart_2012 Please, be so kind to quote with credits 🙂

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…we had a chance to meet Beth in person at “Guitare en Scene” festival in France. Beth, as emotional and charming in real life as in her music, open and frank, almost ready to hug you for a good question, talked to us about her life and her beautiful music.

Beth cares to establish deep understanding with her audience, and isn’t it something that deep that every true artist strives for?! And we must say she truly succeeded in in this. Her previous album “Don’t Explain”, a gorgeous selection of covers for soul & blues classics, recorded together with well-known guitarist Joe Bonamassa, achieved all possible awards and won critics’ applause. Beth’s new CD “Bang Bang Boom Boom” out in October. We are more than sure it should repeat the success of the previous one. Besides this time it’s not covers, but all-original material written by Beth. We talked to Beth about how “Don’t Explain” has changed her, about the energy and inspiration beneath the new record, about who and what supports her every waking hour, and surely, why blues is the best cure for love. Meet one and only – Beth Hart.

To see your set live was one of my special goals for Guitare en Scene festival, along with ZZ Top. And I really hope there would soon be the day when you come to Russia. That would be really cool, if you come together with Joe Bonamassa or on your solo tour!
Oh, thank you! Thank you! Oh, yes, I hope so too! And I think that this or next year it will happen. I’d been hearing from my label, that we might come in the next 6 months or smth like that. And that would be really amazing, because I’ve never been to Russia.

Beth Hart interviewBeth Hart at Guitare en SceneBeth Hart interview

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Best music and gigs of 2013 Revisited

Музыкальные итоги года мне всегда писать нелегко. Зачастую, наиболее сильно повлиявшие на меня альбомы определяются вовсе не сразу, как они вышли. Их место в плейлисте обычно становится ясным по истечении года, а то и двух. Бывает так, что в какую-то пластинку влюбляешься, болеешь ею и потом она отходит на второй план, скрасив тот или иной момент жизни. Да, все новинки в списке, так или иначе, связаны с какими-то событиями за год. Бывает и так, что это вообще альбом, вышедший лет 20 назад, а тебе он только сейчас по-настоящему попал в кровь. Так, например, было со Slayer, и повод к тому был более чем печальный. Однако, по порядку…

Именно глубину и силу влюбленности и впечатления я и сравниваю, составляя свой хит-парад. Ну, и конечно, критерий: несмотря на мою очарованность пластинкой, а порекомендую ли я это своему лучшему другу.  После того, как большая часть написанного ниже была опубликована в 63 номере журнала Инрок, я переслушала и задумалась внось над составленным списком. Прошло уже 3 месяца от 2014 года и есть внутреннее ощущение, что музыкальная картина года сложилась. Приступаем:

Лучший альбом:

 Black-Sabbath-13-album-art-604x569

 Iggy Ready to dieThe Winery DogsDream Theater 2013 metalharem

Newsted - HMMAnnihilator FeastAvenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
Clutch Earthly Rockersatrianiseesaw

1. Black Sabbath – 13.

Для меня в 10ке альбом этого года есть первый и все остальные. Будучи
безраздельным фанатом самых первых альбомов Сэббат, просто радостно
очень, что эти люди снова собрались вместе и записали сильный и
многослойный альбом. В нем много горячо любимого “старого”, но при
этом он живет и дышит, нет, даже ревет, как мотор, которому чужда
ржавчина и песок.

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The interview with Steve Vai – it finally happened!

Steve Vai, G3 live by Gingertail
Steve Vai, G3 live, a photo by Gingertail on Flickr.

I´ve just talked to Steve Vai and I´m so happy about it! It was worth waiting for a long long time for this interview to occur. We had a very deep and pleasant talk. Thank you to all who made it happen…and to Steve! Pure inspiration that is!