Let’s Come Together and Sing for Change

Hello world,

a while ago my talented friend Jihae had the idea to start a beautiful initiative to help the overwhelming global refugees crisis in most continents through music, I was very happy to contribute and help producing this project along with Oscar-winner score producer Teese Gohl.

Now it’s a reality: Let’s Come Together is an interactive musical peace movement to activate the public’s participation in supporting UNHCR and NGOs in their fight for human rights in the midst of a global refugee crisis through the power of music.

Every week starting November 5th 2015 until December 7th, a group or a choir will perform “Let’s Come Together” and record the video of the performance to share on social media. The Putney School in Vermont has already launched the project with Jihae and Teese a few days ago.

We invite you to do the same! You don’t have to be a singer or a musician to participate, just gather your tribe of friends and sing.

Share a video recording of your version of “Let’s Come Together” on http://www.facebook.com/LetsComeTogether7 with hashtags #SaveRefugees #LetsComeTogether #UNHCR


LET’S COME TOGETHER

Words & Music by JiHAE
Arrangement by Teese Gohl
Production by Simone Giuliani and Teese Gohl

Let’s come together in one harmony
Let’s come together as one family
Since only love can heal the world
Let’s plant love and hope in every boy and girl

Let’s come together as one heart and soul
To brighten the weather and to break the mold
Since only love can heal the world
Let’s plant love and hope in every boy and girl

Come let’s come together for everyone’s freedom across the lands
Oh let hope overflow from the cold river to our loving hands

Let’s come together and sing a new song
A song full of laughter, a song of joy
Since only love can heal the world
Let’s plant love and hope in every boy and girl
Together we can heal the world
Let’s plant love and hope in every boy and girl

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On Dec 7, 2015 we are inviting people of all ages, races, nationalities and voices across the globe to gather together and sing at a public place in your town. Be sure to post  the time and location of your singing gathering on: www.facebook.com/LetsComeTogether7

Please also visit Jihae’s ‘Causes’ page for a lot of useful information about the refugee crisis and more details about this project.

“We don’t choose the place we are born, just as we don’t choose to live where natural disaster strikes. If we turn our backs on innocent children and families that have been stripped of everything but their lives, can we expect the world to do anything different if misfortune befalls us?

Each time the international community chooses to ignore international law due to fear and xenophobia, our civilization deteriorates further. If we use race and religion as a reason to ignore people’s right to freedom, can we expect others to do anything different to us?”

– Jihae

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MOMENT NYC | A visiting music history program for New York City schools

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Our organization MOMENT NYC (The Meaning of Music and Entertainment in NYC) created an education program dedicated to bringing the rich history of New York’s music to city schools through presentations, performances, and events.

Music created in New York City has reached and influenced nearly every corner of the globe. Our mission is to celebrate, preserve, and support the diversity, heritage, and musical communities of this city, and to educate and inspire future generations. 

From the Lenape Indians to Tin Pan Ally, Be Bop and Broadway, from Salsa and Punk Rock to Hip Hop and Opera, from the Brill Building, The Apollo and Lincoln Center to Folk music, from the present day and everything in between… MOMENT NYC takes young students on a journey through the musical history of New York City.

MOMENT NYC wants to bring this exciting local music history program to your school. Please contact us at info@momentnyc.org to find out how.

Music exposure has been proven to benefit developing minds and is something every child should experience. Help us bringing music history live in New York public schools!

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Monday Michiru: Zanzibar/Brasilified – New 12″ remixes by Louie Vega, 4MuLA, Yukihiro Fukutomi

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Hello world,

I’m very pleased to announce the release of new exclusive remixes for Monday Michiru on vinyl, released worldwide by Hydra Records.  I’m psyched to share remixer & producer credits on this gorgeous 12″ with Louie Vega and Yukihiro Fukutomi.

Louie needs no introduction: his history with Masters at Work and Nuyorican Soul is nothing short than legendary and I really dig his latest outfit Elements of Life.

He remixed Zanzibar, a track that I originally produced for Monday’s record “Brasilified” – I was thrilled to play piano and keyboards on this remix, since I also love the original version written by the great Brazilian master Edu Lobo.

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Monday Michiru Zanzibar/Brasilified 12″ Remixes by Louie Vega, 4MuLA, Yukihiro Fukutomi – SIDE B

4MuLA – my electronic music/remixer/mad hatter alter-ego, is going Brazilian all the way with the Brasilified Bomba Samba Remix, already getting some great buzz from Japan!

Yukihiro Fukutomi is a producer/DJ from Japan with a very elegant approach, he worked with some of my favorite acts in the broken beat and future-jazz scene, true pioneers: Kyoto Jazz Massive (partners in crime with Monday Michiru since way back) and Jazztronik among others. He gave his cool spin to Brasilified, the title track from Monday’s record.

Check out the remixes and get your copy HERE

Enjoy!

Italian troubadour Peppe Voltarelli remixed by 4MuLA!


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gets remixed by 4MuLA!

‘Scarpe Rosse Impolverate’ (Dusty Red Shoes) by Italian Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 1.21.18 PMtroubadour/cantautore Peppe Voltarelli is re-imagined in an Electro-Swing Remix by New York producer Simone Giuliani also known as 4MuLA.

The busy Italian chansonier/author/actor kicks off his debut tour of Chile, supporting the release with 4 concert dates running from November 28th thru December 3rd followed by more shows in Luxembourg, Italy and Germany. 

For more information check out Peppe’s site: http://www.peppevoltarelli.com

What is Music today? Simone’s interview on ‘LOVE FOR’

Hello everyone,

hope you all had a fantastic summer. I’m happy to be back in New York after my trip abroad and happy to cherish an unforgettable experience -my first time- in Japan, working there with… (more news on the next post!)

This time I’d like to give a shout-out to the friends at LOVE FOR Magazine, Simone Polga and DOGTROT for inviting me to be a part of a cool project exploring Music, Design, Food and Fashion in our modern times.

You can check out my interview here or just click on the image below

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Simone Giuliani interviewed for LOVE FOR – ‘What is Music today?’

The LOVE FOR interview series gathers many other talented friends from allover the world: Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace), Richard Julian, Rosita Késs, Saturnino, Riccardo Onori, Giuliano Palma, Max Pani and more…

Stay tuned for more news and projects ~ thanks, as always, for being a part of my musical world.

Love,
Simone

The Happening new album: ‘These Are My Diamonds’

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Good people! The Happening new album ‘These Are My Diamonds’ is out!

Please support the artists and get it on iTunes  – don’t forget to write a few words about it, thanks! -> https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/these-are-my-diamonds/id827729287

Here’s a promo video that our man Alex Forster made during the recordings:

What is The Happening?

The Happening is a gathering of eclectic musicians from different musical backgrounds coming from allover the world to meet in a special location for one week, to write and record improvised and spontaneous music.

The natural chemistry between musicians is the most important thing when writing and creating something out of nowhere, and Jamie Catto, the creator of this unbelievable project, is a master at choosing the people who will be part of The Happening. It feels like we have all known each other for many years, when in fact sometimes, we only meet for the first time to record the album.

I’m very grateful and blessed to be a part of ‘These Are My Diamonds’ with Dave Randall on guitars, Renaud-Gabriel Pion on woodwinds, Lévon Minassian on duduk, Alex Forster on the sound board/co-producing,  Suzy Von Sonntag, Leon Schultz, Jens Scheuter, Vince DeCicco, and Louis McGuire.

Onto the next musical adventure…

Recording with Toshiko Akiyoshi & Lew Tabackin

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Hello everyone –

I’m very pleased to tell you that I recently recorded with Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin.

Toshiko and Lew are two incredible musicians and the most wonderful people. For those who are not familiar with their work, their big band is one of the most legendary in jazz, Toshiko is a 14-time Grammy nominee, they have written some wonderful music through the years and are still kicking! Highly recommended music.

The session was done at MSR Studios, recorded and mixed by Dave Darlington. Special thanks to Brad Leigh and Monday Michiru. Big ups to the musicians: an excellent group of string players, Lew Tabackin on flute, Paul Gill on double bass, Aaron Kimmel on drums, Toshiko Akiyoshi conducting and yours truly on keyboards.

Looking forward to more sessions like this one, this is why I love what I do…

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