FunkyCozy @ Anu August 26th 9PM-2AM with Carmen Rizzo
We'll be doing FunkyCozy on a slightly different take ( bleh we've never been about sticking to genres anyway) with Carmen Rizzo - think beaty funky ethno madness :-)
After Two Grammy nominations, producing, engineering, remixing, co-writing and being a musician on records for everyone from mega DJ Paul Oakenfold, Coldplay, Alanis Morrisette, Seal to rock god Pete Townshend of The Who, Carmen Rizzo finally carved out time to record his own CD.
Fittingly, the lush, cinematic beat driven disc is called Carmen Rizzo “The Lost Art of the Idle Moment” (The Lab/Universal). Rizzo’s first solo album features collaborations with a wide range of guest vocalists & collaborations, including Esthero (Canada), Welsh singer Jem, Norwegian singer Kate Havnevik, Ladybug Mecca from The Digable Planets (NYC), Grant Lee Phillips (LA), Thomas Heinrich (Germany) Alpha (UK) and Diedre Dubois (France).
“The reason I chose this title for the CD is based on my life having become so busy with career and family that I realized I had lost the art of the idle moment,” Rizzo says. “I no longer knew what it was like to have any idle moments in my life. Making this record was a way to express that and to escape and do music from my heart. I wanted to make something I would buy and that I could play for people with no excuses”.
And he has. Already, tastemaker Jason Bentley, Nick Hartcourt & Ann Litt from L.A. radio station KCRW have championed the disc before he even had a record deal. Rizzo recorded all over the world, in friends’ homes, hotel rooms and studios, wherever and whenever he could, using all the wonderfully eclectic influences he’s picked up over the years. The songs include gorgeous vocal tracks, particularly the dreamy “Too Rude” (with Esthero) and mysterious “Travel in Time” (with Kate Havnevik), and atmospheric instrumentals such as “Overlooked Happiness”.
The quality and eclecticism will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Rizzo’s work. The two-time Grammy nominee has, after all, worked with Alanis Morissette, Coldplay, Seal, BT, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cirque du Soleil, among many others, and made records with a slew of notable producers, including Marius de Vries, Trevor Horn, David Foster and Don Was.
You can find out more about Carmen at http://carmenrizzo.com/
Official Website: http://funkycozy.com
Added by sinukus on August 25, 2006