"Sociocultural but also political aspects come out of the way that music and poetry influence the listener-reader. To make the long story short, through the human transmitter or receiver the information is exploited and then transmitted into his everyday life."
Christos Yermenoglou: Musical Speech
Christos Yermenoglou started his music studies in…Continue
"I think it’s not important how you PLAY the music, but how you LIVE it."
Mike Sponza: Made In The Sixties
Blues, soul and rock’ n’ roll are the key words to describe Mike Sponza, guitarist, singer and composer, on the European blues panorama since early 90’s. A lifetime commitment to develop a personal style, contemporary and rich of different…Continue
"Music is one of the most powerful healing forces in the universe, and in my opinion blues-based music is the most healing of all! When people have a shared musical experience, their hearts open up, and that helps bridge the divides that may exist between different groups."
Laurie Morvan: Intergalactic Blues Rock
The Laurie Morvan Band is a…Continue
"Music has always and continues to be a universal language. At my shows and the festivals we’ve played you can see people of all nationalities, religions, age, ethnicity and class grooving and moving together. And for those few minutes, we are what we were intended to be… humans-loving individuals. "
Keeshea Pratt: (We) Believe (Her)…Continue
"Blues is a feeling, it is all about the expression of human emotions..."
Ripoff Raskolnikov: Lost & Found
Both an accomplished blues guitar player and a prolific singer/songwriter, Austrian born Ripoff Raskolnikov must be considered one of the most idiosyncratic figures on the European blues scene. Like thousands of his colleagues, he admires and…Continue
"Certainly, folk music has always been a way to address social injustice of all types. Not to mention that it's also just beautiful and soulful and incredibly varied. Of course, the music of the 60's gave voice to the concerns and desires of a whole generation and the impact was huge. Today, rap music reaches that large group and chronicles the issues of the day in much the same way that folk has for generations. In a lot of ways it's the new…Continue
"Music is a different, but very powerful medium for reaching people - for giving ourselves hope, purpose, a sense brother/sisterhood, and just having a hell of a good time! Which we sorely need, all of us, in a challenging world."
Big Harp George: The Artisanal Blues
Big Harp George/George Bisharat is a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer,…Continue
"The blues lives on. The Blues touches our inner self (soul). It's a universal language."
Paul Filipowicz: The Tales of Bluesland
Singer, guitarist, songwriter and harmonica player Paul Filipowicz is a blues hero of the world scene todays. He is one of the last blues guitar players that literally were brought up on Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters,…Continue
"It certainly helped to gain social acceptance for black performers in the USA during the Civil Rights Movement and it also helped to bring the issues to the fore with songs like ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ helping society to understand the issues that were needing addressing. Blues also offered a wider voice to those members of society who were not able to attend the rallies and marches and helped by enabling them to feel involved by listening to the new…Continue
"Blues is really the strongest connection in music between black and white and goes to show that music does not discriminate, neither should we."
Matty T Wall: New Sound, Vintage Soul
The blues is music that traveled on trains and steamboats from the Mississippi Delta to the neon streets of Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis. For MattyTWall - a…Continue