Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Zimmer vs Williams

I often go to the Royal Albert Hall, it's one of my favourite places in London but I have never seen it like I did last weekend! I went to 'The Music of Hans Zimmer vs John Williams' - The very best scores from the two greatest film composers of all time. 

MUSIC LIGHTS LASERS FIREWORKS!

First of all, the lighting during this concert was absolutely AMAZING!





And then there was the music!


It wasn't the first time I have heard the music of the great John Williams live! But OMG there were EIGHT French Horns and TWO Tubas! It was EPIC!

I'm a tough cookie but put me in front of an orchestra and I am like jelly! Within 5 minutes of the first piece by Williams, I was almost in tears! Tears of pure joy and love of that magical sound. The sound of an orchestra! No one composes for an orchestra quite like John Williams! There's something very powerful, playful, almost child-like about his music. None of his scores sound the same. You can feel his excitement and energy through his music and it pulls at your heart in a particular way, words can not even describe!


In contrast, and I don't wish to offend anyone, but I found Hans Zimmer's scores fell flat for me. They just didn't pop. His use of the orchestra is quite basic, that's not an insult, just an observation, it's not on the level of Williams. Even his pieces with strong melodies like Pirates of The Caribbean (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was composed by Klaus Badelt, one of Zimmer's colleagues at Media Ventures) didn't come across compared to the likes of Star Wars, ET, Jurassic Park and Superman. Zimmer is known for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements which I love and while I appreciate his idea to "work more collaboratively", I do sometimes wonder which parts of which scores he actually writes! However, I have to say, my feelings changed once the orchestra began to play Inception!

WOW!!! What an emotional, pulsing, deeply powerful piece of music and yes... now I can hear his unique style! This piece completely won me over and was the most intense moment of the concert. I took a video but I can't seem to upload it which is a shame!

I must mention how awesome Anthony Inglis, the conductor was! Not only doing a terrific job conducting but also very entertaining and had the audience laughing on more than one occasion! Half way through the concert, there was an announcement! He was taken ill and Johnny Depp was now going to conduct! He came on dressed as Jack Sparrow! It was brilliant.


He did it again during Star Wars... This is what it would look like if Darth Vader were to conduct an orchestra with a lightsaber lol!


Music isn't a competition, we all have our own tastes and preferences and the world is big enough for every musician and composer out there. For me, John Williams is a musical genius... I would highly recommend this concert to everyone! It makes for an interesting study and amazing experience transporting you into another world with its incredible, atmospheric lighting/laser display and fireworks!

Feeling passionate...

Anna-Christina 


Zimmer Vs Williams
Royal Albert Hall
Conductor Anthony Inglis
London Concert Orchestra

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN / THE DARK KNIGHT RISES / INCEPTION / THE DA VINCI CODE / GLADIATOR / MAN OF STEEL BATMAN BEGINS
VS
E.T / HARRY POTTER / JURASSIC PARK / CLOSE ENCOUNTERS / STAR WARS / SUPERMAN



Thursday, 7 June 2018

Mindful Living

I returned to the second year of the Mindful Living Show at the Business Design Centre on the 1st and 2nd June last week. I was invited by Dawattie Basdeo who had a Stand for her 'Magnificent Me Magnificent You' range and copies of 'Nature's Rainbow Mindfulness Meditations for Teens' album (music composed by yours truly).



The Mindful Living Show offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the art of mindfulness and the various ways in which it can benefit daily life.

On the first day, it was lovely to see that some businesses from last year had returned and it was nice to see some familiar faces. Everyone's positive energy created such a calming Zen like atmosphere and it was fun meeting visitors. I couldn't experience any of the seminars but I did get to wander around every now and then to meet the other exhibitors.

I got to play some Singing Bowls which was great, especially as I recorded them last year!


On the second day I was able to catch one seminar in the morning with Will Young. He talked about the importance of listening, the use of language and having boundaries. His delivery was fantastic! Down to earth, open, insightful and to my surprise, very humorous! He had the whole audience laughing on more than one occasion which was lovely! I didn't get to speak to him afterwards as he had to rush off to do a matinee, however Dawattie cleverly managed to slip him a copy of our CD Nature's Rainbow Mindfulness Meditations for Teens!


Later on that day, Dawattie gave a workshop in the Demo Zone on breathing techniques. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of this as I decided to take part. I'm glad I did because it was really good and I learned a few techniques I didn't know about.

It was wonderful to be part of the Mindful Living Show again this year and I'm looking forward to returning next year. A nice venue, lovely staff, well organised and great people involved which left everyone feeling uplifted, inspired and energised.

Have a look on their website: www.mindfullivingshow.com
You can purchase Nature's Rainbow here: https://magnificentmemagnificentyou.com

Anna-Christina  
 

Friday, 25 May 2018

Make Like Superwoman

Next week is a super busy week for me! Here's a quick rundown of some of the things I will be doing...

May Half Term Holiday Library Events


I can't wait for my Story Time sessions at the libraries! I will be introducing the children to my circus story 'Billy Joins The Circus'!

This audiobook has been popular at schools and nurseries and I enjoy teaching the children about the circus. My sessions involve singing, dancing, drawing and all things fun! After each session I will be posting drawings by the children and hopefully I can take one or two photos!
On Thursday, it's my first visit to Camden Town Library, so I'm even more excited!

Full details including dates, times and libraries can be found here: http://musicaudiostories.com/blog/may-half-term-story-times

You can join the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/590151228050526/


The Mindful Living Show


I'm delighted to be back at The Mindful Living Show next week Friday 1st June and Saturday 2nd June with Dawattie Basdeo. Magnificent Me Magnificent You have a stand with CDs available of Nature’s Rainbow Mindfulness Meditation for Teens, the album I composed the music on. Here's some information about the event for you...


The Mindful Living Show is a new event that offers you a unique opportunity to learn more about the art of mindfulness and meditation and the different ways in which it can benefit your life.

Ticket price includes free access to seminars and practice sessions with some of the greatest speakers, authors, teachers and minds in the worlds of mindfulness, meditation and relaxation. It also includes access to a range of fantastic features that will inform, educate and inspire, allowing you to pick up tips from the experts, further your practice and gain a greater understanding of how mindfulness can impact all areas of your life.

The event will be held at:

Business Design Centre

52 Upper Street,
London,
N1 0QH



The last time I did this event, I felt so proud to be there, introducing people to a CD I helped to create. It really was a brilliant two days and if Mindfulness is something you are interested in, definitely come along.

And in between these wonderful things, I'll be in and out of the studio doing edits on a couple of music projects!

I'll make like a Superwoman! 😊

Anna-Christina  

Friday, 4 May 2018

May Half Term Story Times

I'm so excited to announce I'm back, doing my part to help keep London Libraries alive and buzzing, with my May Half Term Holiday Library Events!


In the last 3 days of May, I will be visiting three London libraries with my special 45 minute Story Time! If you have children between the age of 2-7 years old, come and join me!

Your child will:
  1. Learn about the circus and be encouraged to use their listening abilities and their imagination.
  2. Make drawings which will be published in a gallery on my website making them part of my creative world.
  3. Take part in my energetic circus story, singing and dancing along.

For storytelling with a difference catch my Story Time at:


KENTISH TOWN LIBRARY

Tuesday 29th May
11:00am - 11:45
262-266 Kentish Town Road
London
NW5 2AA
Tel: 020 7974 4444
Tube: Kentish Town

WEST HAMPSTEAD LIBRARY

Wednesday 30th May
11:30am - 12:15
Dennington Park Road
London
NW6 1AU
Tel: 020 7974 6122
Tube: West Hampstead

CAMDEN TOWN LIBRARY

Thursday 31st May
2:30pm - 3:15
Crowndale Centre
218 Eversholt Street
Kings Cross
London
NW1 1BD
Tel: 020 7974 8692
Tube: Mornington Crescent


All of my sessions are free to attend for children and families.
I can't wait!

Anna-Christina 

Join the Facebook Event Page to keep up to date with all the news on my library visits.
Subscribe here to follow my amazing adventure and get one of my audiobooks for free!

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Rock'n'Rollin'

It was such an honor for me to be added to the Women & Bass community this year! They have shared a few of my photos playing Bass from my band Lilygun's Inside music video. I always wanted to be a Bass player and thanks to my friend asking me to join his band Sister Witch on Bass, I find I have become one!

Speaking of Sister Witch... Catch me live on The Big Bad Bass:

Saturday 12th May at The Windmill Brixton

22 Blenheim Gardens
London

SW2 5BZ
Doors 7.30-11.30pm
(Sister Witch on stage at 10.15pm)
Entrance £5
Advanced tickets available now from WeGotTickets


Other dates announced on Lilygun's website

Between rehearsals and gigs with Sister Witch and planning the next Lilygun music video (did you see the latest Lilygun video clip on YouTube posted over the weekend?), I am about to begin an exciting new project this month! As always, I can't say too much about it right now but it's going to be great!

So I'm spending much of my time over the next few weeks composing and being a musician! I have also been doing a lot of piano practice lately too. Sometimes, when you start composing music for other people, you stop composing music for yourself. There doesn't seem to be enough time! I forget how much I enjoy playing the piano and I've realised, it's important to make time to practice. A lot of ideas pop into my head when I'm just playing around and it's fun. Sometimes I get carried away and end up playing for hours! Then I panic because I'm behind in my daily schedule! 😄 Being a composer/musician and a business owner is definitely a balancing act!

Composer/musician Anna-Christina - www.annachristinamusic.com

I'm longing for the warmer weather arriving with Spring...
I hope!!!

Anna-Christina  

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Get one of my Audiobooks for free!

This month my company, Music Audio Stories, has launched a children's drawing challenge! This is your chance to download one of my stories for free and submit a drawing of it, which will then be published on our website. I really love this idea. It's a great way to get kids involved. When I have visited nurseries and schools with my Story Time, they have been so excited to see their drawings online the next day. I would have loved something like this when I was a kid!

Sound like fun? Here's what to do...

Music Audio Stories - March Drawing Challenge
  1. Subscribe to get your free Audiobook here.
  2. Listen to the story with your child. Join in by marching to the music. Trust me, they'll love this!
  3. Encourage your child to create a drawing of the story. They can draw Sid the ant and/or any of the scenes in the story.
  4. Label the drawing with your child's first name and their age.
  5. Send us the drawing via Facebook, Google+ or Tweet us @musicaudiostory and we'll add the drawing to our Kids Corner making it part of our creative world forever!

Book Details here: March of The Ants

If there are any "big kids" out there who want to join in, please do! We welcome everyone's drawings.

Kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren... everyone's invited to join in!

On Radio

This week my band was featured on radio and today, another one of my Audiobooks is being aired! I'm so happy to be part of Active Kids Radio. This will be the first time my story, Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure will be featured on radio!

North Carolina based Radio Active Kids is a radio program for kids. But not just for kids - for everyone! They play intelligent kid's music for the young and the young at heart. Join host Sagan and the gang from 8-10am Saturday 10th March in an interactive show that explores all things kids. The show will feature cool kid-friendly tunes, storytelling and comedy! Requests and call-ins are a must! If you can't catch the show live, an archive will be available for 1 week after the broadcast date, starting on Sunday.

I am currently mixing and mastering my new story which will be revealed very soon. I'll keep you posted on news of it's release...

Keep warm,

Anna-Christina 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

A to Zen of Life

March plan...

Avoid negative sources, people, places and habits.
Believe in yourself.
Consider things from every angle.
Don't give up and don't give in.
Everything you're looking for lies behind the mask you wear.
Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.
Give more than you planned to.
Hang onto your dreams.
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Keep trying no matter how hard it seems.
Love yourself.
Make it happen.
Never lie, steal or cheat.
Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
Practice makes perfect.
Quality not quantity in anything you do.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Stop procrastinating.
Take control of your own destiny.
Understand yourself in order to better understand others.
Visualize it.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
Xcellence in all your efforts.
You are unique, nothing can replace you.
Zero in on your target, and go for it.


Anna-Christina  

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Passion Never Retires

Exciting news this month... I was interviewed by Peter de Kuster for his online Passion Never Retires guide. It's part of a worldwide project to have stories of people who have created a life and work they love and never want to retire from. I talk about work, my greatest extravagance, favourite writers and authors and trivia in this fun interview - Passion Never Retires

Anna-Christina - Passion Never Retires interview

It's a privilege to be part of such an inspiring project.

Music Audio Stories

I am thrilled to announce that my audiobook March of The Ants has been featured on BlackBerry Kids Radio! BlackBerry Kids Radio teach children through music and games 24/7. Visit their website to hear songs for kids from ages 12 months to 12 years and participate in their community events and online giveaways here: http://www.blackberryradio.com/kids.html

There's so much going on in the land of Music Audio Stories right now, it's actually quite overwhelming! As I mentioned before, I have decided to drastically change my book idea and now I am focusing on creating a series of books packaged together! There's so much to think about, consider and learn and I am trying to do things one step at a time but I do feel a bit like I am climbing a mountain right now! 😮

Composing

I was back in the studio finishing off a new project which I have been involved in. It's such a pleasure to work on music I really enjoy creating. At times, I'm doing so much business stuff, I forget I am a musician! Nothing a long studio session can't fix though. I'll be posting more details about this project soon.

Movin' & Groovin'...

Anna-Christina 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Back On Stage

As some of you know, I caught a horrendous flu towards the end of last year which seemed to linger on forever! So my start to this year has been a slow one. I did however have plenty of time to review my Music Audio Stories book and I have decided to make some drastic changes to it!

This will be my first entrance into the publishing world and it's a big step for me. I've come so far and achieved so much with Music Audio Stories, it's important I don't rush the process so I can make sure I get it right. What I'm trying to create is unusual, so there isn't a standard formula I can follow which makes things a lot harder. I'm on quite a journey!

Follow my amazing adventure and get a free gift here: www.musicaudiostories.com




This week I am back on stage with Sister Witch! Here are all the details:

Thursday 8th February - 9.30pm

New Cross Inn

323 New Cross Road
London
SE14 6AS
£3 adv / £5 door (or £3 NUS)
Happy Hour 6-7pm £2.30 on selected pints / half price spirits!

I am also doing a really fun interview at the moment, so look out for that...

I brought myself a little treat! I searched high and low for the perfect 2018 Planner and finally found one I love. I highly recommend the Deluxe Law of Attraction Life Planner. I've enjoyed filling in all the goal setting sections and it's great for helping you to clarify and structure everything you wish to achieve.


Stay healthy...

Anna-Christina

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Agent of Change Campaign

Agent of Change Campaign: write to your local MP and Government Ministers to protect music venues.
I am passing this on to all of my followers as it's a topic I feel passionate about...



Alarmingly, around 35% of music venues across the country have closed in the past decade. Music venues play a vital role in supporting the industry’s ecosystem and ensuring a healthy music industry. They also play a key role in nurturing the talent of tomorrow.

A growth in demand for property in city and town centres has led to increasing rents and landlords deciding to sell property and land to developers. This has placed rising financial burdens on pre-existing operators of grassroots music venues, who are often situated in areas that are popular for redevelopment. It has made them vulnerable to a more liberalised planning system.

Former Government minister John Spellar MP is promoting new legislation in Parliament to protect music venues in the wake of this. The Planning (Agent of Change) Bill would place the agent of change principle to planning law on a statutory basis. “Agent of Change” means those bringing about a change take responsibility for its impact. The Bill has political momentum and has secured cross-party support. There is a very real prospect of that this proposal could become law, providing much-needed support to music venues in the process.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has committed to the principle in his London Plan. The Welsh Government are delivering on it. The Scottish Government are also looking into it. It is time for the UK Government to get behind the Bill and back the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill.

• Please write to your MP in support of these proposals and ask them to call on the Government to adopt the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill. To find out who your local MP is, click here.

• Please write to the following Government ministers and ask them to support the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill:

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street
London
SW1A 2NH

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Secretary of State
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

• Alternatively, you can send a tweet to @sajidjavid @DominicRaab @JakeBerry @MattHancock @mhclg @margot_james_mp now & ask them to support the @spellar Bill on 10th January.

UK Music Members

Anna-Christina