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Stream hotly anticipated new album from Alt-J for the first time via free This Is All Yours app

alt-J today launch a groundbreaking new app allowing fans the unique opportunity to stream their forthcoming new album, This is All Yours, weeks ahead of mainstream release in carefully selected worldwide locations chosen by the band via their handsets.

From today, fans can download the This Is All Yours app, powered by BLAST technology, from Google Play (for Android) or the Apple App Store (for iOS). The album will begin streaming via the app immediately in selected parks and places of interest worldwide (not currently available in North America). You will be able to see where your nearest streaming location is and the app will notify you of new areas as they are added. Locations can also be viewed online at altjband.com/map.

alt-J will release their eagerly anticipated second album, This Is All Yours, in the UK on 22 September via Infectious Music in CD, digital and double-vinyl editions. Described as “an assured and strange album from a highly intriguing and inventive outfit” by MOJO, it features acclaimed singles Every Other Freckle and Hunger Of The Pine, which are both available as an instant grat to those that pre-order the new album. September sees the band embark on their biggest headline tour to date; see altjband.com for details.

About This Is All Yours – The App:

Users must sign in to the app either via their existing Facebook or Spotify accounts or create an account specific to the app. They will then see the distance to their nearest ‘Blast’ area where they can stream the album. The app will count down the distance as they get closer to the streaming location, there will also be a specially designed map to help direct them to the area. As soon as a user steps into the area the tracks from the full album will appear on their handset and, as long as they remain within the Blast, they can listen to the album in full. At any time fans can create their own messages to share with other people with the app in their area. They can also share the experience via Facebook and Twitter.

About alt-J:

alt-J are Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green. They released their debut album An Awesome Wave to critical acclaim in May 2012 (September 2012 in North America). The album won the Mercury Music Prize in November 2012 and was nominated for British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards in February 2013, one of three nominations the band received. In May that year An Awesome Wave received the Ivor Novello Album Award. It has now sold over one million copies and has been streamed more than 200 million times on Spotify.

About BLAST:

This app is part of the BLAST platform. BLAST is a dynamic network based on your location, connecting you to other fans nearby. To find out more about BLAST and how to access our full suite of services, go to http://www.blast-app.com/

About Creative Tech and Thinking by Strange Thoughts Ltd:

Strange Thoughts is a tech-led creative agency working with global brands and bands to create innovative campaigns. www.strangethoughts.co.uk

Kyle Shepherd Trio Dream State CD Cape Town Launch

Kyle Shepherd Trio - Dream StateThe Cape Town launch concert of the Kyle Shepherd Trio’s Double Album ‘Dream State’ will happen on Friday 29 August 2014 at UCT’s SA College of Music.

The launch of ‘Dream State’ marks the 5-year Anniversary of Shepherd’s much-lauded Trio.

The concert, presented by fineART Music and generously sponsored by Ultra Event Technical Solutions and Dunstone Wines features Shepherd, the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award (SBYA) winner for Jazz and African News Network, ANN7’s 2014 Young South African of the Year Award Nominee, on piano, together with two of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians, namely, Shane Cooper – the 2013 SBYA recipient – on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums.

‘Dream State’, a 21-track double disc album of Shepherd’s original compositions, features Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums. The pre-eminent SA saxophonist, Buddy Wells, features on five of the tracks.

In this studio recording, the Trio, rather magnificently captures the fluidity, intensity and inventiveness of its live performances that has entranced audiences across South Africa and abroad. View the Official ‘Dream State’ EPK Video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtOj4D_ZUaw

In her review of the official launch concert held at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg on 26 July 2014, revered Jazz music journalist, author and historian, Gwen Ansell, wrote in Business Day that “Repeat listening to the same material on record underlines what a distinctive voice Shepherd now has. Those fragments of musical home that have always characterised his compositions and playing are still there; the reworkings, though, are often unexpected and subtle, emerging from a modern and personal pianism that isn’t in anybody’s shadow. Dream State joins an impressive 2014 list of albums of the year.”

In the album’s liner notes, renowned arts journalist, Percy Mabandu succinctly described the ethos of the trio in this way:

“There’s a palpable connectedness they share as players, a connection that also touches attuned audiences at their live performances too. This band is on a search for more than beautiful notes. They are asking more of the music. Its corporeal and ethereal aspects are invoked into the simultaneous sound ritual. Each performance takes on the nature of a meditation and as Zim Ngqawana said, ‘the music must lead us towards ourselves’. ”

‘Dream State’ which was recorded by Peter Auret at the Sumo Sound Recording Studio, mixed by Pål Svenre (Sweden) and mastered by Tim Lengfeld at TL Mastering, is the 27-year old pianist’s 4th Album. His previous critically acclaimed releases, ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and South African History !X, have all garnered South African Music Award nominations.

Since the release of his debut album in 2009, Shepherd’s international career has advanced remarkably with performances, either as a solo pianist or trio, quartet and other formats in France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Denmark, South Africa at The Cape Town International Jazz Festival and The Joy of Jazz Festival, Zimbabwe at The Harare International Festival – HIFA, China and India.

The twenty-seven year old virtuoso pianist will embark on a Solo Piano Tour of Japan in September 2014 which will include a performance at the prestigious Tokyo International Jazz Festival, Japan on Sunday, 07 September 2014; after which he heads for the USA with Kesivan & The Lights for a show at Carnegie Hall, New York on the 30th of October 2014. The Kyle Shepherd Trio is billed to play at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Sandton, on 27 September 2014.

Copies of the new CD will be on sale at the launch concert and will be also be available at most major retail stores in South Africa and downloadable via all major digital platforms worldwide, during August 2014.

CONCERT INFO:

– Date: Friday, 29 August 2014
– Time: 20:30
– Duration: 80 min (one set only)
– Venue: UCT, SA College of Music (behind the Baxter Theatre), Lower Campus, off Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, Cape Town.
– RESERVATIONS: Pre-Book & Pay Online at QUICKET and only pay R90.00*!
* Quicket adds a service fee of R3.90 to each ticket (capped at R10 per transaction)

OR To Book and Pay R100.00 entry fee in CASH at Door please visit the Booking Form at www.kyleshepherd.co.za/?page_id=614 OR Call 072 351 5204!

The event is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/778287495527143

Kyle Shepherd trio to launch double album ‘Dream State’

Kyle Sheperd trio - Dream StateRenowned South African pianist and composer (2014’s Standard Bank Young Artist of the year [SBYA]) – Kyle Shepherd – launches his new album “Dream State” with a live concert in Johannesburg on Sat the 26th of July 2014. Presented by Wits Theatre, this show is one of the highlights of the Wits 969 Festival programme.

“Dream State” – Shepherd’s 4th album release (his previous 3 album releases all nominated for SAMA awards) – is a double album of 21 original tracks of impeccable jazz based music from one of South Africa’s most progressive pianists and leading composers of his generation.

The album, and its launch at WITS, mark and celebrate the 5th anniversary of the existence of the Kyle Shepherd Trio, which features Kyle Shepherd on piano; Shane Cooper (2013 SBYA recipient (and also that year’s jazz SAMA award winner)) on double bass; with Jonno Sweetman on drums. [The album itself also features pre-eminent SA saxophonist Buddy Wells on 5 tracks].

In this studio recording, the Trio, magnificently captures the fluidity, intensity and inventiveness of its live performances, that have entranced audiences across South Africa and also abroad. There is a natural synthesis and well-honed interplay that has evolved between Shepherd, Cooper and Sweetman over the years that has enabled and seen them explore the sound relationships between a variety of different music genres:

“Firstly, what makes this new album different from the three albums I’ve released before – in which I’ve paid special homage to my culture and heritage as a South African and African – is that it contains compositions that I’ve written specifically with this trio in mind and taken into account our unique individual attributes and expressiveness that ultimately forms the basis of the cohesiveness of the ‘sound community’ that we’ve become and the dialogue that we share with each other during our trio performances. Secondly, with this album, we are exploring the inter-relationships within the universal sound spectrum between different genres ranging from classical music, progressive rock and Jazz music through to free improvisation, and breaking down some of the artificial boundaries that exists (mostly in our minds) between the original composition structural form and space – all in the most uninhibited and imaginative way possible,” says Shepherd.

In the album’s liner notes, renowned arts journalist, Percy Mabandu succinctly described the ethos of the trio in this way:
“There’s a palpable connectedness they share as players, a connection that also touches attuned audiences at their live performances too. This band is on a search for more than beautiful notes. They are asking more of the music. Its corporeal and ethereal aspects are invoked into the simultaneous sound ritual. Each performance takes on the nature of a meditation and as Zim Ngqawana said, ‘the music must lead us towards ourselves’. ”

Shepherd is ecstatic about the release of this double album and equally grateful to Standard Bank for the SBYA award. “I am truly honoured and humbled to be part of a long lineage of South African artists who are recipients of this prestigious award. I’m also grateful that with this Award, Standard Bank has given me the opportunity to record all this work and release it on a double album.

‘Dream State’ which was recorded by Peter Auret at the Sumo Sound Recording Studio, mixed by Pål Svenre (Sweden) and mastered by Tim Lengfeld at TL Mastering, is the 27-year old pianist’s 4th Album. His previous critically acclaimed releases, ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and ‘South African History !X’, have all garnered South African Music Award nominations.

Shepherd’s career nationally and internationally has grown tremendously since the release of his debut album in 2009 – with notable concert appearances, as well as international album releases (notably in Germany and Japan). Shepherd is versatile, and performs either as a solo pianist, as a trio or quartet, as well as other formats. Using this variety Kyle Shepherd has featured at (amongst others) the following impressive venues and festivals:
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and L’Onde Théâtre et Centre d’art as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris (France). The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland), Jazzwerkstatt Festival Bern (Switzerland), Reformierte Dorfkirche Kleinhüningen (Switzerland), Klubschule St. Gallen (Switzerland). Der Sendesaal, (Germany), Hallenbad Kultur Am Schactweg, (Germany), Body & Soul Jazz Club (Japan), Shikiori (Japan), Kaho Gekijo Kabuki Theatre (Japan), The Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Joy of Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Harare International Festival – HIFA (Zimbabwe),The Tianjin International Jazz Festival (China), No Black Tie (Malaysia), MICA (India), B-Flat (India) and The Gonsalves Mansion ‘Home of Jazz’ (India).

Shepherd will be performing a solo piano concert at The Tokyo Jazz Festival (Tokyo, Japan) on the 7th of September 2014 and with Kesivan &The Lights at Carnegie Hall, New York, USA on the 30th of October 2014. The Kyle Shepherd Trio is billed to play at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Sandton, on the 27th September 2014. Shepherd is currently completing a series of performances at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival (National Arts Festival, Grahamstown).

Copies of the new CD will be on sale at the launch concert and at major retail stores in South Africa, and will also be downloadable via all major digital platforms worldwide as of end July 2014.

Johannesburg Launch Concert Details:

Date: Sat 26 July 2014
Venue: WITS Great Hall – WITS University [1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein] (JHB)
Time: 20:30
Cost: R40 – R50
Reservations: www.webtickets.co.za
Wits 969 Festival Website: www.wits.ac.za/witstheatre/23825/

A Cape Town launch concert date will be announced shortly…