India Urbana record release

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Hello beautiful people!

In the midst of this tropical weather I’m glad to announce the worldwide release of Bê Ignacio’s latest CD, ‘INDIA URBANA‘ – out on July 26, 2013.

I co-produced and arranged the title song for this beautiful album by here in New York and I’m proud to be on board of this international project with talented colleagues like Markus Schmidt, who produced the album and played drums, the great Randy Brecker on trumpet and flugelhorn, Dave Darlington at the mixing board, Klaus Mueller on piano and many more wonderful guests.

Glad to report that the first single from ‘India Urbana’ is already climbing the charts in Europe!

Screen shot 2013-07-16 at 2.04.32 PMHere’s a sneak preview of India Urbana: http://www.simonegiuliani.com/perm_links/india_urbana/be_india_urbana.m4v

Music Power! Simone

‘Reject’ premieres at the 37th Cleveland International Film Festival

Hello everyone!

I recently came back from the 37th Cleveland International Film Festival where I had the pleasure to attend the premiere of ‘Reject‘, the wonderful film directed by Ruth Thomas. As some of you might already know I wrote the soundtrack for this film – it’s a unique feeling to be sitting in a packed movie theater being able to listen to your music that way… Adrenaline!

Reject‘ was incredibly well received, every screening was sold out and this (my ego aside) made me particularly happy because of the message the movie carries, informing more and more people about the very important subject of social rejection.

I’d like to thank once again Ruth Thomas, Peter Brauer, Kurt Engfehr who did a stellar job with this project. The Cleveland team was amazing, impeccable organization. Thank you Brenda Benthien for your kindness and all the festival associates and volunteers.

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L to R: Peter Brauer (producer/editor), Prof. Kip Williams (social psychology expert), Ruth Thomas (director/producer), Dr. Herbert E. Thomas (author of ‘The Shame Response to Rejection’), Simone Giuliani (composer)

ImageWhile at the festival I watched some other great films: Good Ol’ Freda directed by Ryan White, the amazing story of Freda Kelly, the Beatles‘ secretary.

I had the luck of sharing a ride from the airport with Freda and we hit it off, what a wonderful lady.  Here’s me and Freda at the festival HQ.

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A beautiful film I watched is Rafea: Solar Mama directed by the über-talented Mona Eldaief.

This is the incredible story of a Bedouin woman, Rafea, who travels to India to become a solar engineer. If she succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters.

That’s all for now folks! I’m writing you from Bass Hit Studios in New York where I’m producing the new Monday Michiru album, she sounds amazing – stay tuned for more news and enjoy the Spring.

Music power,
Simone

The Happening

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Just finished recording one of the most exciting albums with 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 music. I have been blessed to participate to the past two recordings: one in Berlin last September and the last one in Wiltshire (UK), a few days ago.

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 to be a part of this international open band along with Dave Randall on guitars, Renaud-Gabriel Pion on woodwinds, Lévon Minassian on duduk, Alex Forster on the sound board/co-producing, Simone White, Suzy Von Sonntag, Matt Webb, Leon Schultz, Jens Scheuter, Vince DeCicco, Louis McGuire and in past editions Duncan Bridgeman, Maxi Jazz and many other talented friends.

Here are some pics from the last two Happening editions (Berlin and UK) – enjoy!

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Sighieri new release feat. Simone Giuliani

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I’m thrilled to be part of of the new Sighieri release, ‘The Wrong Album’, out today on Warner/Music Valley Records.

Sighieri is an über-talented artist, songwriter, musician, thinker and overall a wonderful person, 360 degrees.

Our song ‘The Bit of a Cracker‘ features Claire Dubois, Hyo-Jin Le, Danielle McDowell, Adeline Moreau as a string quartet, I played piano and recorded and conducted strings.

Other wonderful guests on the record are Emy Berti, Francesco Franco and Pio Stefanini. Thanks Francesco for inviting me to be a part of this cool project!

You can download Sighieri‘s album here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-wrong-album/id530367790

Vogue Italy

Ok now I’m blushing –

thanks to Fabio Gibellino and Vogue Italy for this nice article: http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/vogue-arts/2012/04/the-traveller

Print edition also available, Vogue Italy April 2012. Grab a copy!

This great photo was taken by Michael Weintrob – http://www.michaelweintrob.com

New song released: ABSENCE

Hello beautiful friends, I’m happy to announce the digital release of my new song ‘Absence‘.

You can preview it and buy it here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/absence-single/id517695767

If you leave a comment on iTunes I’d really appreciate it! Thanks..

The artwork of ‘Absence‘, (which you see in this post) is an original painting by the very talented Italian artist Noumeda Carbone, visit her here.

A shout out to the wonderful musicians who recorded this piece with me:
Janine Dubois – cello, Yona Liu – double bass and moi on piano and celesta.

Thanks all for your support – it’s good karma! Stay tuned.
Simone

HARMAN Lexicon® LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle provides a World of Sounds for Composer, Orchestrator and Producer Simone Giuliani

Hello friends, I’m glad to announce that I’ve been endorsed by one of my favorite pro audio brands: Lexicon!

Check out the whole story here:

http://harmanprogroup.blogspot.com/2012/03/harman-lexiconr-lxp-native-reverb-plug.html

Stay tuned for more,
Simone