THE RIES BROTHERS…ON THEIR WAY!

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The Ries Brothers

The Ries Brothers (pronounced ”Rees”) are a brother duo that write and performs their original material influenced by their love of blues, funk, reggae, the music of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Jack Johnson, Sublime and more. They recently completed a 10 city tour with the legendary band CHICAGO which included a performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. They have also opened for Daughtry, Los Lonely Boys, REO Speedwagon, Little River Band, Firefall, and The Edgar Winter Band. Older brother Charlie (19) handles the lead vocals while simultaneously playing the drums and keyboard bass. The duo’s full sound is a result of Charlie’s unique ability to do just this. Kevin (15) plays guitar, provides background vocals and is the co-writer on many of their original songs. (From The Ries Brothers’ Website)

The Talent Notes had the opportunity to ask Charlie Ries a few questions about his music, talents and what it is like touring with his brother…

TTN: What is the process like when writing and performing your songs with your brother?

Charlie Ries: Usually I’ll write a song on piano, and ask him to come up with a riff, or a hook for it. Sometimes we write together; I’ll write a verse and then he’ll write a chorus or we’ll reverse it. When we play live; we like to keep it very fresh and raw. There’s a lot of improvisation, and we never play everything the same way show after show.
TTN; What styles of music do you prefer to play and/or create?

RIES: Blues, Rock, Alternative, Funk, and Reggae all come together to create our sound.

TTN: How is musical a “spiritual gift” to you personally?
RIES: Personally music is a spiritual gift because it is so much more than just sound. It can move you and make you think, and that’s what it should do. It’s an amazing opportunity to create something that can affect people. That opportunity shouldn’t be wasted!

TTN: Can you tell us about your experience at the Los Angeles Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project? What made it memorable to you and did it jump-start your career, if so how?

RIES: It was incredible. It was the first chance we had to really meet kids who shared our love for music. We learned from each other’s style and we all still keep in contact and jam together! We had been a band for about 2 years before entering the project, and it really gave us a boost in motivation and music knowledge.

 

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TTN: You have toured with the band CHICAGO and opened for various artists like Daughtry, Los Lonely Boys, REO Speedwagon, Little River Band, Firefall, and The Edgar Winter Band. How were these performances different from each other?

RIES: They were all such honors. We usually play bars and clubs and to be able to play big stages; we just appreciate it so much more! We play every show like there are thousands of people watching; but on those there actually were! That even added to the experience.

TTN: What was it like touring with CHICAGO?

RIES: It was an amazing honor; and I still can’t believe it. The things we learned and the stage experience we got was incredible. We played the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville! That was always a life goal and we’ve done it already because of them! They are the nicest people; and I’m very proud to say we’ll be heading back out on tour with them this April!

TTN: How do you and your brother cope with stage fright if you get nervous before a performance?
RIES: I get very nervous before I go on; but I calm myself down by reassuring myself that we’ve practiced and we know the stuff and we just gotta go out and play. As soon as I get up there it goes away and we just have fun!

TTN: What songs are you currently working on?

RIES: We’ve been working hard in the studio on lots of new songs!

TTN: What would you like your listeners to know about your new songs that you are currently working on at the studio?
RIES: We bring many different genres together to create our sound, and these songs really show that. We’re excited about showing the world who we are!

TTN: Where do you hope to be, as artists, in 10 years?

RIES: I have a list of places that would be just incredible to play and I hope to get to them all. The main focus though is I want to be able to give true, real music to the people who work so hard every day and deserve something great to listen to. I want to be great because music is a very spiritual gift and I want to explore all that can be done with it. I want to give something to music fans that they maybe haven’t experienced before. I want our music to be there for people and help them through everything, just the way my heroes’ music helps me through things.

TTN: What advice do you have to other aspiring musicians and artists?

Play, play, and keep playing! The only reason we were able to get on bigger shows, is by doing literally hundreds of little ones. That’s the only way we knew how to get our music in front of people; by going out and playing. We give up nights and weekends, but it’s really been paying off lately!

 

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Vincent Ingala: Rising Saxophone Star

 

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What’s better than a cruise to Alaska? A Dave Koz Cruise to Alaska! The talent aboard the ship on a Dave Koz cruise is phenomenal, the musicianship, first-rate. Yet along side all these fabulous artists, a noticeably younger saxophone player can be found. Each night he performs along with the other more seasoned artists. Who is this young artist? It is Vincent Ingala. In such a competitive field, one wonders how such a young guy could land such a great gig alongside these names who’ve been at it for a while. Well, The Talent Notes had the chance to speak to Vincent and ask him if he’d tell us more. We found Vincent to be not only incredibly talented, but also extremely gracious and modest where his talents were concerned. Vincent is certainly a breath of fresh air!

TTN:  Vincent, you look very young, yet you are performing alongside some big names, you were breakthrough artist of the year for 2013 XM Watercolors, you are performing in Europe and with Dave Koz… how is all of this happening for you so quickly?

VINCENT:  I just never expected that any of this would happen.  In 2010 I released my first album.  I was playing locally, I had a local following in Connecticut, but I never really expected that it would go well. But unbeknownst to me the year after the album was released, radio stations all over the world started playing it. I was really surprised! Come to find out, when we released the album on iTunes, there are people out there who are just looking for new music. These people get so enthusiastic and it start catching on!  This sort of hooked me up with a record promoter in Vegas and he ended up pushing the album at a local station. It got to be #14 on Billboard! We really thought this would just be something on a local level…I never had this sort of goal, it just sort of happened. It seems if you have high expectations you are likely to be disappointed, but if you don’t have big expectations then things work out better. I think there is something to that.

TTN:  How did you initially meet Dave Koz?

VINCENT:  That’s a good question! It was very cool, I met him when I was 16 years old.  I was living in Prospect, Connecticut and the neighboring city was Waterbury…it had to be 2008 or 2009. It was a Christmas show and the local theater was putting on the show and I was the opening act. I had not met him before. I did a thirty minute warm up thing and I met him that night and we stayed in touch after that. I was just releasing my first album at the time. The relationship progressed and that led to the cruise and other opportunities. I kept in touch and we saw each other a year later in 2011. I made my debut in Sand Diego where I was doing a little showcase at a club there. There were two other artists and it turns out Dave happened to be in the audience that day. He was with a man who was a promoter at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach  Jazz Festival. So this all really goes back to age 16. Since then we have remained  friends and I’m now working at his new club in Beverly Hills. It was only five years ago, a lot has happened in that four or five years, I never would have dreamed.

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Vincent Ingala performing at the Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club

TTN:  What can you tell us about the Spaghettini Sunday brunch and the Dave Koz Lounge?

VINCENT:  Yes, well I will be performing there on Sundays. The house band has been doing lunch I am taking on that role in the new Spaghettini Lounge every Sunday brunch with my band.  It’s a different crowd…family style, and it’s a learning process for all of us as we are all going into it cold. I’m very excited about it.

TTN:  Did you come through a high school band department?

VINCENT:  Yes, I came through a public school until high school, then I went to a private school. The band department was great and the director was very good. It’s sad that not many kids are in band anymore. You have to play music as part of your life, it becomes who you are.  The other side of things is that I’ve seen lot of incredibly talented people in high school that would have been incredible players but they never pick up their instruments again.

TTN:  Any on stage mishaps or bloopers you’d like to share with us?

VINCENT:  One thing is I did my first Dave Koz cruise four years ago in Alaska playing with Peter White. It was my first show on the big stage and I was very excited because I had grown up listening to Peter White music. My parents were huge fans! I remember we were back stage, and the show was about to start. For some reason I thought I had all the time in the world to get ready, but the shows were moving quickly. Mindi Abair was on first then there was a quick transition and I thought it was a long transition. I was talking and laughing backstage, then all of a sudden Peter White said WE ARE ON! I have never moved so quickly because I started the first note of the number with him (laughs). I made it, but I learned a good lesson from the experience.

 

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Vincent surrounded by well known smooth jazz performers! Photo by Smooth Jazz Live

TTN:  What’s next for you Vincent?

VINCENT:  The brunch is really the next big thing for me. I’m also finishing up a third album and hoping to have it released in February or March, the first quarter of next year. Some guest people are on the album.  I will be playing the Mallorca Jazz Festival in Spain next April, and continuing a package tour we are doing with a  Swedish Keyboard player.  He has been my touring partner all year. We just have a great vibe together, we are very energetic and  he is young like me, so we have a soulful flair. I am seeing places that I have never dreamed of seeing. I’m seeing the power of music and what it does and how it brings people together. Music is a universal language. There is nothing that gets in the way with music and you can go all over the world and people can relate and share that common interest. That type of thing is truly addicting, and that’s why performers keep touring and continue to do it into their ripe old age.

We hope Vincent continues to tour into his ripe old age!! Read more about Vincent:

 Vincent Ingala’s Official Website

Spaghettini Beverly Hills and the Dave Koz Lounge

Vincent Ingala on the Yamaha Website

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2014 Heart of Art Award Winner: Lucy Casado

 

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Congratulations to Lucy Casado!

We are excited to announce the winner of our Second Annual Heart of Art Award as Lucy Casado! Lucy definitely embodies the characteristics of supporting talent, and the arts, and we are happy to announce that she is the recipient of this year’s award! Lucy has touched many lives with her dedication to the arts, as was evident by the number of votes that she received and the sentiments that were expressed. We salute you Lucy, as you continue to make a difference in the lives of others!

What’s next?

Lucy will be presented with the 2014 Heart of Art Award trophy AND we will feature a complete interview with Lucy in the very near future, so that you can learn more, firsthand, about her dedication and why so many people believe that Lucy is truly the “Heart of Art.” Thank you to all of you who submitted your votes. We would also like to thank our other two finalists for all that you have done and will continue to do, to support talent and the arts; Bob Devin Jones and Daniel Lir/Bayou Bennett!

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2014 Heart of Art Award Recipient

Lucy Casado

Read Lucy’s nomination:

I’d like to nominate Lucy Casado for her dedication and selflessness shown to countless creators of music for a lifetime. Lucy Casado, at 87 years young, is known as the namesake and owner of Lucy’s El Adobe Restaurant, a famous haunt of many Hollywood Celebrities.

More than the enchiladas and margaritas served, though, Lucy has created a culture of compassion and love for the arts, politics and charity work. Musicians including Linda Ronstadt, Glenn Frey and Don Henley of The Eagles, Jimmy Webb, Jackson Browne and many others have credited her for feeding them and nurturing their hopes and aspirations during their “starving artist” years as undiscovered musicians.

This is no ordinary Mexican restaurant, and there’s one person to hold accountable, Lucy. You might walk in during the 2 weeks every year that she hosts 5-10 monks who travel from Tibet to create a mandala for peace at the restaurant while being fed and hosted by Lucy.

You may walk into a political press conference, as Jerry Brown, the current Governor of California, refers to Lucy as his adopted mother and calls her Mrs. California. She was the founder of California’s oldest Hispanic organization – the Mexican American Political Association, and she’s tireless when it comes to using her powers for good, whether it be supporting the arts or creating or supporting foundations to help people she loves, or just feeding people and making them happy for the 50 years her restaurant has been open.

LUCY IS OUR HEART OF ART!

Vote For Your Favorite Heart of Art Finalist!

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Our Finalists Are Revealed

Congratulations to our finalists for the Second Annual Heart of Art Award. Those of us that represent The Talent Notes are proud to present such a diverse group of finalists who each embody the heart of art in their own way! The finalists are:  Lucy Casado, Daniel Lir/Bayou Bennett, and Bob Devin Jones. The winner of this year’s Heart of Art Award will be chosen by the vote of our readers!

Vote For Your Choice

Now it is time for voting for the finalist that you feel most embodies the characteristics of the Heart of Art Award. Remember that this award aims to recognize those who have made a difference in the world of the arts; those who have given their time, talents, effort or knowledge to the cause.

The Winner Receives

The Winner will be awarded our  beautiful Second Annual Heart of Art Award trophy, and will be featured in a full-length personal interview with The Talent Notes!

How to Vote

Click on the names to read the profile of each finalist. At the bottom of the page you will see a voting button, just click and your vote will be recorded!

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Lucy Casado

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Bob Devin Jones

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 Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett

Last Day to vote is Wednesday, November 26th!!

Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett – Heart of Art Finalist

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Daniel Lir & Bayou Bennett — Husband and Wife Director Team

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Meet Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett. They are a husband and wife director team who own Dolce Films, at Dolcefilms.com. Daniel and Bayou dedicate themselves to furthering other artists and help to teach the art of filmmaking to young artists.

 In addition, they have created numerous documentaries that bring certain unseen groups into the spotlight. For example, they worked on the following music video project, that is slated to bring funds to those on skid row:

http://www.musicraiser.com/projects/2745

You can see more about the directing work of Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett here:

www.dreamteamdirectors.com

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Bob Devin Jones – Heart of Art Finalist

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Bob Devin Jones

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 Bob Devin Jones has been working hard since 2002 to make Saint Petersburg, Florida a brighter place for the arts as co-founder and Artistic Director of the Studio@620. With his artistic eye and panache for talent he has been scoping out the nascent artistic scene of the Tampa Bay Area for the for the benefit of any who know about the studio and its productions.

He envisions the studio as a breeding ground for creativity, and a meeting place for local artists, though productions aren’t limited to local talent. The Studio@620’s motto  “The answer is always yes!” describes the openness of the studio’s approach. Anyone who has the desire to get their work out there and be seen or heard, will find a platform, a network and support at the Studio@620. Serving as a multi-purpose space the studio has seen countless plays, dance performances, concerts, galas, lectures, awareness and community events, open musical collaborations and poetry readings.

In a town that is just starting to rise to its potential, and encapsulate the burgeoning artistic voice of the Tampa Bay Area, Bob Devin Jones and the Studio@620 is there to make sure every artist has a stage.

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Lucy Casado – Heart of Art Finalist

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Lucy Casado – Owner of Lucy’s El Adobe, Hollywood CA

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I’d like to nominate Lucy Casado for her dedication and selflessness shown to countless creators of music for a lifetime.  Lucy Casado, at 87 years young, is known as the namesake and owner of Lucy’s El Adobe Restaurant, a famous haunt of many Hollywood Celebrities.

More than the enchiladas and margaritas served, though, Lucy has created a culture of compassion and love for the arts, politics and charity work.  Musicians including Linda Ronstadt, Glenn Frey and Don Henley of The Eagles, Jimmy Webb, Jackson Browne and many others have credited her for feeding them and nurturing their hopes and aspirations during their “starving artist” years as undiscovered musicians.

This is no ordinary Mexican restaurant, and there’s one person to hold accountable, Lucy.  You might walk in during the 2 weeks every year that she hosts 5-10 monks who travel from Tibet to create a mandala for peace at the restaurant while being fed and hosted by Lucy.

You may walk into a political press conference, as Jerry Brown, the current Governor of California, refers to Lucy as his adopted mother and calls her Mrs. California.  She was the founder of California’s oldest Hispanic organization – the Mexican American Political Association, and she’s tireless when it comes to using her powers for good, whether it be supporting the arts or creating or supporting foundations to help people she loves, or just feeding people and making them happy for the 50 years her restaurant has been open. Lucy is truly, among other many other things, the heart of art!

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The Second Annual Heart of Art Award

 

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It’s time again for our Annual Heart of Art Award! Last year was an overwhelming success with so many votes coming in for supporters of the arts and talent. We look forward to listing the finalists for this year’s award, so get those nominations in!  Read on…

 

Who should I nominate?

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to the arts? How about someone who has influenced or impacted you on a personal level? We, at The Talent Notes, would like to recognize them with our Second annual Heart of Art Award. The Heart of Art Award, aims to recognize an individual who has made a difference in the world of the arts; someone who has given their time, talents, effort or knowledge to the cause. This can be a coach, family member, teacher, director, or even someone who has no training whatsoever! If you know someone like this, we want to hear from you!

How do I nominate someone?

Nominations will be accepted by email at thetalentnotes@gmail.com. Please submit a short paragraph including the nominee’s full name and contact information, and what you believe qualifies them to be recognized as the “Heart of Art.” You can include organizations they belong to, causes they have supported, outstanding characteristics they possess, or anything else you can think of! The “Heart of Art” is someone who is centrifugal to the arts, as the heart is to the body. We are looking for the most outstanding, well-rounded ambassador of the arts you know, so give it some thought!

What happens next?

When the submissions have been considered, the finalists’ profiles will be posted on our website (www.thetalentnotes.com). The winner will be decided by vote, so get your friends and family to support your favorite nominee!  The finalist with the greatest number of votes will be recognized as the winner of The 2014 Heart of Art Award. Once chosen, the recipient will be presented with the above trophy, and a full interview with this year’s “Heart of Art” will be posted on The Talent Notes site. Nominating someone to be the “Heart of Art” is a wonderful way to thank them for all they have done. There are so many people to be thankful for–so get to writing and nominate your favorite today!

Last day to nominate is Saturday, November 1st

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Jenny B. Rawson,  last year’s winner of the “Heart of Art” award

Tadzio Smith, Co-Founder of “Stagelighter”

Introducing: Stagelighter!

Have you ever wished that you could have a professional evaluation of your acting talents? Are you open to positive suggestions and coaching? Perhaps you don’t have access to acting schools or acting coaches.  Learn about the website “Stagelighter” from co-founder Tadzio Smith, and see if this opportunity is something that might benefit you!

 Hear it from Tadzio Smith:

How Does “Stagelighter” Work??

 

 

Dive into the Stagelighter website and see for yourself!!

www.stagelighter.com

Interview for The Talent Notes by Caroline Meisner

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Remi: Haitian Artist

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Art exists in as many shapes and forms as do the artists themselves. Today, we meet Remi, a Haitin artist, who lived through the devastating Haitian earthquake. Remi uses his love for art and his talents to make a living for himself and his family. If you are interested in supporting Remi and his family by purchasing one of his paintings, please leave a comment OR simply email us at thetalentnotes@gmail.com!

REMI: Hi! My name is Remi.

TTN:  Where do you live?

REMI:  This is my house, and this is where I work. I’m keeping my house private; I have some pictures of my art in the back. I’m very happy I get to paint for the people, and I’m very happy with my profession of painting. It might be three or four months when I paint nothing, but that’s because I try to balance my life and my profession. I like my profession because I’m close with the people here. Haiti does not have many tourists, but sometimes people buy the paintings from me. So I have my life, my house, and my profession.

TTN:  Where were you at when the earthquake happened, and can you tell me about that?

REMI:  I was outside my house in the rain when the earthquake happened, and everyone was saying that an earthquake was happening. One month after the earthquake I was very scared sleeping in my house. I began sleeping in the car.

TTN:  So, you’re far enough away from Port Au Prince, that your area wasn’t really affected by it?

REMI:  My area wasn’t really affected by it, but a lot of people were very scared, so I got my phone and when I tried to call my friend in Port Au Prince, the communication stopped. A lot of people didn’t have any communication.

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TTN:  How long have you been painting, and where did you learn to paint?

REMI:  I’ve been painting since 2001. I went to school, and after I finished one year, I go to teacher who helps teach me the practice of painting.

TTN:  So now you’re willing to use your talent to help children learn how to paint?

REMI:  Yes, my dream is to help the children. I don’t have much to give them but I can offer them my talent, the talent from inside my head.

Remi teaching one of his many art students.

Remi teaching one of his many art students.

TTN:  Who purchases your paintings?

REMI:  Sometimes two or three tourists come by, missionaries too. But sometimes my life can get very difficult because the missionaries will pass my house, and I have many paintings but it could go from one month to three months where I don’t sell anything.

TTN:  What are your paintings?

REMI:  My paintings are acrylic paintings.

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TTN:  Do you pant things you see or does it come from your imagination?

REMI:  Sometimes it comes from my imagination, sometimes I look at the mountain, or the house or the tree, or I paint people I see as they walk through the garden. So, I look for a picture to capture and I keep it in my head which I then use as my inspiration.

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The Talent Notes would like to thank Leanne Rodeheaver for her help in obtaining this interview, and Caroline Meisner for her help with transcription!