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November 2, 2017
MATTHEW KOCEL IN CONCERT
This Saturday, November 4, 5:55pm - 11:11pm @ Unity Vancouver
Proud & Grateful to be on stage with Matthew, a treasured local artist and sound healer, for what will be a stellar evening of music, muse and spiritual uplift to bring you back home to your heart. Matthew and his special guests will be performing his new album “GRACE”, co-produced & recorded at Autumn Studios.
Please join us! Tickets here
September 29, 2017
Alexa’s Premiere Single “LIKE A CHILD” is here!!!!!
Like a Child is a song about coming of age, life transitions and discovery beyond childhood. This modern pop ballad explores a variety of styles and sounds, supporting a truly unique and blissful female vocal filled with sweet, lofty tones and emotional power far beyond what we might expect from a 16 year old! Inspired by a 1970's style ballad, Like a Child is a modern take on a classic sound.
Please visit our Music page to listen, view, download and stream …. and thank you for your wonderful support!
See the Video here!
September 1, 2017:
Welcome to a Brand New Season ~ Just 3 weeks until AUTUMN!!!
~ Helping and supporting our young artists learn and grow into the dreams of their hearts and lives! A privilege to share….
BAND-AID @ SURREY CITY HALL ~ Sat, Sept 9, 10am-10pm
2nd Annual YOUTH MUSICIAN DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Location: Surrey City Hall (13450 104 Avenue)
Register: Call 604-501-5566 or register online with #4547961
Band-Aid is a community-driven, youth-led development day designed for local singers, songwriters, solo artists, bands and DJs between 12-22 years of age. Young musicians join music industry mentors for a jam-packed day of workshops. Work, learn and collaborate with fellow musicians and music professionals. The day ends with a jam that goes into the night, and friends and family are welcome.
Register for Band-Aid
Call 604-501-5566 or register online with number 4547961 for this free one-day event. All local musicians between the ages of 12-22 years are welcome to attend. Music performance spots at Surrey Youth Fest on Saturday, September 23, 2017 will be offered firstly to those who attend Band-Aid. Space is limited, so register today!
• Song Writing with Marlie Collins
• Vocal Coaching with Peter Jorgensen
• Guitar Clinic with Arthur Smith
• How to Be a Great Artist & Business-Person at the Same Time! with Mark Fenster
• Introduction to Electronic Music Production with Sean McGowan, Nimbus School of Recording & Media
• Live Recording with Nimbus School of Recording & Media
• Stage Presence with Speed Control
~ ALEXA’s Premiere Single Release “Like a Child” coming VERY soon! Please stay tuned and hear the new Magic!
June 21, 2017:
Happy Summer Solstice Everyone!!!! Enjoy the warmth and light!
So Blissed and Blessed to have played a small part in music recording for the new play “Th’Owxiya” by Kwantlen First Peoples’ playwright Joseph A. Dandurand. Such a beautiful experience to hear and feel his beautiful Spirit!
When Marguerite wrote ask if I could record Joseph on his hand drum and vocals, and add to that a classroom full of grade school kids singing background vocals, I couldn’t be more intrigued! What a treat!
Thank you Joseph and Marguerite! Can’t wait to see the play this weekend! And thank you Axis Theatre Company for presenting this work!
~ Mark Fenster presents a Mentor Session @ Nimbus School of Recording & Media ~ “How to be an Artist AND Businessperson at the same time!” Through his decades of work in the business world as well as the musical arts world, Mark has developed a unique perspective on how to bridge the two seemingly disparate, yet necessary, ways of living and working = Business and Artistry. There are many connectors and even more common attributes than one might begin to imagine - and most if not all of them are simple truths, to both the heart and the mind.
It’s a private presentation for Nimbus students, alumni, faculty and staff. Gratitude to Kristina and everyone at Nimbus!
~ Alexa’s brand new single “Like a Child”… in final production, pre-mix…
Stay tuned for more as we update progress of this exciting project!
May 10, 2017:
~ The Other Side of Hatred
Having heard of my recent family journey to France, Sheryl MacKay reached out asking if I’d like to come in for another interview, this time about my own family story. I gratefully accepted, and you can listen to the interview on CBC NXNW (date tba).
~ Francis Xavier Edwards’ home grown CD “String Poetry” to be featured on CBC across the nation!
We just received a most heartily enthusiastic response from CBC Music that they love the new work and will be airing these tunes on several network programs across the country. We couldn’t be more proud and agree more heartily with their well-placed enthusiasm :)
~ “Alexa” is working on her brand new single “Like a Child”…
Stay tuned for more as we update progress of this exciting project!
March 25, 2017:
~ A journey to the other side of hatred
(On a personal note …. March 20th from our Facebook page…) I’m in France with my beautiful wife and daughter visiting family who hid and saved my mother during the holocaust. Flowing through Paris, Bois le Roi, Lyon and Montpellier, we have found that the very same lovingkindness that saved my mom and so many others is still here in the children and grandchildren of these magical souls. I cannot describe the depth of love and joy that has been shared, however there are plans to do something in music to try to share these sentiments in the near future.... for many of my French family are amazingly talented musicians!!!!! More to tell on that soon. In the meantime, yesterday we visited the Maison d'Izieu where my mom and so many other children were cared for and saved by Sabine Zlatin and the Pallarès family. It was emotional, moving and so very loving. The director, knowing that the children of both my mom and the Pallarès family were here, took time on his day off to meet with us and show us around. We are deeply grateful. There is love and there is hope. And with this, I send once again my gratitude to you all. Love, light, peace and hope be with you always and all ways. Mark
(And today…) Home. Our flight landed last night ... we ourselves expect to land in a day or so .... bodies the same (sort of ;), souls expanded beyond our simple understanding, gratitude and peace beyond description....
~ Mozart Requiem with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
(with Mark Fenster as Bass Soloist)
April 7, 7:30pm @ Sts Joachim and Ann in Aldergrove, BC
April 8, 7:30pm @ First Avenue Christian Assembly, Chilliwack, BC
~ Matthew Kocel’s beautiful new album “Grace” is now available!
Having preformed with Matthew several times, shared his mediation sessions and his sound journeys, producing his new CD was an immense Joy for me and all who played a part. The music is inspiring, beautiful, moving and healing in its truest sense. Please have a listen (and feel) to these wonderful musical verses, and enjoy the abounding love, peace and harmony.