Músicos maravillosos que conocí en micrófonos abiertos

No recuerdo la última vez que fui a un micrófono abierto, pero después de darme cuenta recientemente del hecho que la mayoría de los músicos que conozco, los he conocido por consecuencia de uno, creo que voy a hacer un esfuerzo por ir a más micrófonos abiertos en el futuro. Nunca sabes lo que vas a encontrar, pero es algo muy bonito cuando conectas con otros músicos, y no sólamente por colaborar. Como alguien cuya música es literalmente su vida y su carrera, es un gran alivio conocer a gente como yo, que sencillamente lo entiende todo. El proceso creativo, la lucha contra el perfeccionismo, trabajar independientemente -todo- y así todos podemos animarnos e inspirarnos el uno al otro. Sobretodo, los artistas incluidos en este post son buenas personas, lo cual, para mí, es más importante.

Dónde sea posible, voy a intentar evitar definar los géneros; tendrás que comprobar para ti mismo. De una u otra manera he sido afortunda de poder trabajar con estos músicos y creo que tú también deberías conocerlos.

Saskia Maxwell

Desde hace tiempo, Saskia Maxwell se ha presentado a un nivel muy superior al que se esperaría para su corta edad. Ya ha sumado cientos de concertos y ha sido telonera para artistas como JP Cooper, Ralph McTell, Rae Morris y Rachel Sermanni. Es una guitarrista muy hábil, con letras ingeniosas y cautivadoras, y con una voz de ángel conmovedoramente etérea.

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Marvellous Musicians that I Met at Open Mics

I can’t tell when last I went to an open mic night, but having recently realised that most of the musicians that I’ve befriended are as a result of one, I think I’ll be making an effort to go to more of them in the future. You never know what you’re going to find, but it’s a beautiful thing when you make these connections, and not just for the sake of collaboration. As someone whose music is literally her life and career, it’s such a relief to know people like you who just get it. The creative process, the tussle with perfectionism, the independent hustle – all of it – and in that way, we are all able to encourage and inspire each other. Above all, the artists featured in this post are really nice people, which matters a smidgen more to me.

Where I can, I’m going to avoid attempting to define them by genre; you’ll just have to taste and see for yourself. In one way or another I have had the great pleasure of working with these music-makers, and so I think that you should know a little more about them too.

Saskia Maxwell

For some time, Saskia Maxwell has been a far more experienced performer than her young age would suggest. Having already racked up a gig count in the hundreds and opened for artists such as JP Cooper, Ralph McTell, Rae Morris and Rachel Sermanni, she is a very skilled guitarist, with clever, bewitching lyrics and the hauntingly ethereal voice of an angel.

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FEATURED: Kathryn Stevens – Artist

Apart from being pleasant or intriguing to experience, art, when made with pure and sincere intentions, can be a powerful healer. Sometimes your soul is looking for something cheerful and inspiring, other times for a good laugh. In this case, I’ve found something calming, profound, and quietly encompassing.

Kathryn Stevens is a fine artist and painter, originally from Cornwall and currently based in Bristol. Having studied at Bath School of Art and Design, Stevens’ speciality is abstract painting, with her main medium being oil paint on canvas.

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REVIEW: Palomar Theatre – ‘Darlings’

I took a short trip to Bath with my dad and my brother yesterday to see a new theatre production about a seemingly in control young woman with an uncomfortable and unconfronted past.

Darlings tells the story of main protagonist Eve (Katie Anderson) and her casual relationship with boyfriend and “new addiction”, Gabe (Toby Robertshaw). A semi-drunken chat after a night out begins to reveal – through delicate puppetry and reverberating soundbites – a lot of previously uncovered history. All this intrigues Gabe at first, but brings out Eve’s defensive side and sets them up for an unavoidable yet necessary revelation.

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DESTACADO: Melvzxlife – Fotógrafo

¿Sabes cuando te salta algo en el feed que NO es un meme, ni un video gracioso, ni alguien nuevo de que te puedas enamorar, y sueltas un “joer”? Pues, casi nunca, cierto. Bueno, eso es lo que a mí me pasó esta semana cuando vi esto:

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DESTACADO: Aiden Harmitt-Williams – Fotógrafo

Es generalmente aceptado que la fotografía se trata de capturar momentos específicos. Para los artistas, es bastante difícil lograr presentar reflexiones fotográficas de la realidad, por no hablar de superar ese concepto de una manera tan concienzuda, pero imperceptible.

Aiden Harmitt-Williams es un fotógrafo y escritor de Bristol, Reino Unido. Mucho de su material son retratos, pero también saca edificios y paisajes, ha trabajado en varios desfiles y shootings de moda, y sus fotos han aparecido en portadas de revistas y carátulas.

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FEATURED: Aiden Harmitt-Williams – Photographer

Photography is generally understood to be about capturing specific moments in time. As an artist, it’s tough enough to grasp the ability to present photographic reflections of reality, let alone go above and beyond that concept in such a conscientious yet imperceptible manner.

Aiden Harmitt-Williams is a photographer and writer from Bristol. Many of his works are portraits, but he also shoots buildings and landscapes, has worked on a number of fashion shows and shoots, and had his work featured in magazines and on album covers.

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Hare in the Chair – Upholstery shop and service

When shopping for furniture, most people’s first port of call is one of the usual big brands, or whichever of them recently put out a new tantalizing ad campaign. But if you live in or near Bristol and are looking for bespoke, high-quality and contemporary chairs, footstools and cushions – even for existing ones to be reupholstered – I’d encourage you to shop locally, and more specifically with a store that is extremely passionate about the furniture that they produce.

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FEATURED: Melvzxlife – Photographer

You know when something that’s NOT a meme, funny video or potential new crush pops up on your timeline, and you’re just like, “damn”. Yeah, not that often is it. Well, this happened earlier this week when I saw this:

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LIVE REVIEW: ‘Life & Soul’ Bristol 9.4.17

We could all use some uplifting and encouragement, so when a live music, poetry and spoken word event pops up with the name ‘Life & Soul’, you can expect it to do exactly what it says on the tin.

On Sunday 9th April, public relations and events company E. Stellar PR hosted its first live event at Toto’s Wine Bar in Bristol. Where “soul and inspiration collide”, the evening promised to “uplift, inspire, spread love, bring life and be 100% honest and real as artists share their truth”. Sounds good, no? I must reveal that I was part of the line-up, and I also happen to be sibling to the organizer, but here’s proof of my non-bias:

(Yes, I did just use Twitter as a credible source – it’s 2017.)

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EXHIBITION: “Don’t Trust These Walls” at 123space

You never know what to expect when you walk onto Stokes Croft any night of the week. There are dozens of cafes and bars always packed with brooding or buzzing punters socializing their sorrows away, music is always pulsating through the walls of these same establishments, and there is certainly an ever-present people-driven spirit that supports and welcomes art of pretty much any format. Last Wednesday, siblings Beulah Davina, ThisisDA and Eric Sings picked the rustic and minimalistic 123space to host an exhibition displaying their art and music.

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LIVE REVIEW: Julia Turner “Fifteen Times the Moon” Album Launch

Last Friday I attended an important gig for a good musician friend of mine. Jazz, blues singer-songwriter Julia Turner, whose new album Fifteen Times the Moon is set for release this year, hosted a pre-release album launch at the Bristol Folk House.

The show took place downstairs past the cafe in the medium-sized hall, which had a surprisingly really intimate feel. People sat in groups around tables or on a line of chairs off to the side of the stage. Lighting was dim (obviously, that would be pretty harsh to make people eat and drink in the dark now, wouldn’t it), which added to the cosiness – I felt as though I were in a living room. A big one, of course.

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