HOLA! It's surely been a while since my last blog. (first time trying out the new newsletter thing) Hope everyone is off to a wonderful start to the summer season! - The days are longer, the nights are warmer - just perfect for creating the right environment for some hot and spicy 'musica' and setting the mood of the evening. Lately I've been busy gearing up for several shows in promotion of my self-titled debut album, "Arrizza", which was released back in early Feb' of this year. I am happy to announce that the album has already received some wonderful reviews and feedback from others who have purchased a copy online, and I have been truly humbled and grateful A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!! - blessings - If you haven't already heard the album yet, no worries! You can take a full listen to several tracks in its entirety in the Music Player widget on the official website(www.guitarraarrizza.com) - at the top right-hand corner. Just click "play", relax and enjoy the music! ------------------------- ARRIVING SOON: - CD FORMAT - For those who have been waiting for the CD format copy of the album, the time is almost here! - I have been working on the stages of getting all the album cover art and everything else ready for manufacturing. YIPEE! - In the meantime, it is still available as a digi-download format (On CD BABY) and download cards are able to be purchased at upcoming shows. Looking forward to receiving the first batch of CD's soon! :-) --------------------
HOLA MIS AMIGOS y AMIGAS!!
Hope all's well! A lot of exciting times ahead -- let's share what's been going on as of late!
NEW ALBUM RELEASE:
Well the moment has finally arrived! - THE WAIT IS AT LONG LAST OVER - My long-awaited 1st album is NOW AVAILABLE!! (digi-download format) ~ A project that has taken many months of hard work and prayer, has at once come into fruition...a labor of love indeed! - "Heart & Soul" - It's been quite a musical journey, and I hope that the music, speaks for itself - and that it will be a pleasurable listening experience! - ENJOY!!
READY FOR DOWNLOAD STRAIGHT FROM CD BABY - click on the link below and have a "digi-copy" of your very own today! - Download to your favorite device: iPod, iPad, mobile, or even on your laptop - Then close your eyes, and relax - A beautiful musical journey awaits!!!
GUITARRAARRIZZA.COM - NOW ONLINE!
In conjunction with album release, my official website is READY TO GO! - Welcome to my online, "mini casa" - Feel free to look around and explore: - listen to some "musica", watch videos, read blogs plus other entries (More interactive goodies will be added on in the times to come) - and other cool stuff that will be periodically posted from time to time. Catch up on all the latest happenings all from one online location! -
Want to know where the next gig is? - NO PROBLEMO! - Or if you would just like to drop a line to say "Hi" - by all means! (I'll try my very best to respond, scout's honor!) ~ Feel welcome, put your feet up and check around - "discover, explore, experience" -
OH! - don't forget to sign up on the "mailing list" before you head on out! (located on the top "Right hand" corner of the side ticker, under the "Musica" player) - Keep up with the latest news & happenings with the periodical e-newsletter that I send out from time to time - THANKS!! :-)
Much blessings, Arrizza (Guitarra Arrizza)
Howdy folks! - Wow time flies, it feels good to be back and catching up on my blogs here. HOPE EVERYONE HAD A JOYOUS HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!! - 2014, here we are!!!
As we bring in the new year, may we reflect on the wonderful times and memories of the past, learning from the past, and continuing to grow with new experiences and wonders. 2014 has just begun, and new exciting times lie ahead for each one of us, may it be a great one for all! :-)
------------------------------------------- HERE'S WHAT'S NEW: -------------------------------------------
NEW SINGLE - "YALLA YALLA" -
that's right, you heard it! - At long last my music is now officially on the radar...starting the new year with the brand new single, "Yalla Yalla" - a favorite among listeners, is NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD!!! - you can purchase a copy straight from here on Reverbnation (just go to my RN store - or click on the "BUY" button in the playlist), go on CD BABY, iTunes, Amazon and other online music stores on the web! - BUY A COPY AND BEGIN AN EXOTIC MUSICAL JOURNEY INTO THE HEAT OF THE DESERTS AND BACK - "Spanish/Middle Eastern/Mediterranean" fusion - AT ONE OF ITS BEST!!!!!
"YALLA YALLA" - FEATURED ON SPOTIFY - For those who have access to Spotify (free or Premium), you can now enjoy streaming the song straight from your computer, laptop, iphone, ipad or any other mobile device - (Just type in the search, "Arrizza" and it will take you right to my artist page)
"ARRIZZA" - the debut album - COMING SOON!
Yes the moment we've all been waiting for (myself as well, hehe) is gradually approaching. The long awaited debut album is finally complete and will have a release date somewhere in early January to Early Feb. - STAY TUNED FOR THE LATEST!! - Trust me, it is WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!! -
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH: - in conjunction with the album release, my official website (www.guitarraarrizza.com) will be launched as well, where folks can feel at home and keep up on the latest news and updates and other cool exclusives! - music, videos, photos, and other interactive media will be available for checking out -
NEW "ARRIZZA" MOBILE APP: Okay, Okay...I was going to keep it hush hush for a little while, but oh well...lol - I'm happy to announce that my new mobile app is ready for download for your android or apple mobile phone. Stream/buy music, read the latest happenings and other goodies - ALL WHILE YOU'RE ON THE GO! - DOWNLOAD THE FREE MOBILE APP TODAY!! (link is right next to my RN show list)
"OJOS DE LA TIERRA" - featured album collaboration - NOW AVAILABLE!
I'm also excited to announce that my latest musical collaboration on U.K. Spanish guitarist, Mark Barnwell's 3rd release, "Ojos de la Tierra" - which I shared in my last blog, IS NOW AVAILABLE!!! - a wonderful album that will surely captivate listeners with its variety of various musical styles. I make a special guest appearance performing harmony and lead Spanish guitar on 3 songs: "Cafe Tierra", "Cielos Cubiertos", and "Ojos de la Tierra" - Want to take a listen? - Check it out on Mark Barnwell's website (www.markbarnwell.co.uk) and purchase a copy of the album (CD/MP3 download) - Also available on CD BABY, Amazon, and other online music stores -
"TOP 10" RN CHART RANKING: - Thanks to all the wonderful support and positive feedback throughout the months, I'm still listed on the "TOP 10" charts (currently #2) in the Latin genre for my area - over 48 consecutive weeks already!!! - WHAT A WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR - I truly am humbled and grateful from the heart...let's keep the momentum going!!!
Much blessings, Yannaki - "Arrizza" (Guitarra Arrizza)
Hello everyone! - It's been a while since my last blog update. Took a nice little music break last week to spend some precious time with my family (who came to visit all the way from Canada) - had a blast!! - Watched funny movies, even including a late-night impromptu live mini performance! - There's nothing more special that to share your time with those whom you love ~
Ahh....Now back to the usual routine: Here's what's new!
- Gigs - Will be performing for the annual 2013 "Alive After Five" Summer Festival - along with local South American Incan band, "Tumi Arts" (dates TBA) who will be headlining - "STAGE 1" - looking forward to it!!
- "Flamenco Fusion" - Will be guest performing with NJ Nuevo Flamenco guitarist Victor Tarassov, at such cool venues like, "Mediterra" (Princeton's finest Mediterranean-style taverna & restaurant), the "Blend" bar & lounge and once again at the lovely Hopewell Valley Wineyards in September -
- Also will be making a return to Monday night at the Long Island Ale House here (presented by "ThinkTank Records") in Medford, NY! -- Check back for more info as it comes!!
Sneak preview vid of "Arrizza" - the debut album - has been posted ahead of the official release (looking for an early August date) -- CHECK IT OUT AND ENJOY THE LUSH TROPICAL AND FIERY LATIN, WORLD AND NEW AGE-INFLUENCED SOUNDS!! -
"Showcasing all 14 original musical compositions in this one lovely vid, here's a taste of what's to come......Super excited as all the many months of hard work coming all together, culminating into what I hope will be, a beautifully orchestrated sonic experience that will surely touch the soul and speak to the heart......in many ways"
TOP 10 on the RN charts: - Thanks to all the positive feedback and support I have received over the months, Guitarra Arrizza has been in the "Top 10" of the Latin charts in the Long Island area (Medford) on ReverbNation - holding the #1 position last week! - Not that I'm a fan of charts, but I am truly grateful and humbled by the response....THANK YOU ALL! - please continue to spread the word about "Guitarra Arrizza" and feel free to share the music with those whom might like it!
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOSHOOT: - Alas, the very first at that! - hehe....Last weekend I had the privilege of having my talented cousin (a free-lance pro photographer & graphic artist) take some cool promo shots of me (with my brand new guitar) - Cant wait to see how they look!!! *blush*
"GUITARRAARRIZZA.COM" - the official website - is in the works!! STAY TUNED FOR ITS LAUNCH -
DEBUT ALBUM! - At last, what everyone's been waiting for.....is in the final post-production stages (after having the original late June date being pushed back for a couple of finishing touches) - We're looking at an early-mid August date now......I also can't wait too!! -
*Will be available as a digital MP3 download - CD format will be available for purchase at future shows in the coming months....
Enjoy the Summer everyone! - blessings - (Guitarra Arrizza)
Upcoming gigs: -
2nd Annual Halloween Fiesta! -- (4pm-8pm) - Oct 31 - live in front of my house - HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! - wear your best halloween costume!
YES, IT IS BACK!! -- "Guitara Arrizza" will be performing, dressed as a Romani Gypsy, once more for this year's 2nd annual Halloween fiesta....featuring an hour set of some fiery flamenco rumba pieces....also sharing the stage with a couple of other musical acts well suited for Halloween - as well as a debut performance by upcoming progressive metal band, "Hypocritical Oath" -
(A SPECIAL 2nd SHOW WILL BE SET FOR NOV 3rd - which happens to be the last day of the "Dia De Los Muertos" (Day of the Dead" tradition - Venue to be determined.....STAY TUNED!! - this show will feature "Guitarra Arrizza" - as well as some other ghoulish musical acts)
"Flamenco Fusion" - Victor Tarassov & Guitarra Arrizza- will be performing together once more......this time in Long Island! - at some select venues.....(Details to follow as they come....)
ALSO IN THE WORKS: - Guitarra Arrizza is also planning for a performance at the new "Sicilia Risturanti" -- located in Levittown, NY -- Long Island's only authentic Sicilian restaurant and lounge featuring a fine selection of some of the most well-known Sicilian delicacies to savor your palate! (We are hoping to be hosting a special fundraising charity event along with the performance, in support of the homeless and needy - back in Sicily - As well as supporting the Sicilian-American community, and preserving the Sicilian culture and language)
== FOR UP-TO-DATE INFO ON UPCOMING EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT MY REVERBNATION PAGE: "www.reverbnation.com/guitarraarrizza" ==
Hola my friends!
Well, amazing just like that, here we are in Autumn - a season of quiet introspectiveness and symbolic of change and transition - as we bid farewell to the hot lazy days of Summer, and come into Fall....there is much change in the air...."Leaves turning, the crisp chill in the morning sky, the birds migrating South for the winter, and the harvest begins for many little critters of nature" -- Definitely a time to take in some bit of reflection and slowing things down a bit....
What an amazing and exciting summer it has been indeed! - from performing at some real cool venues (such as the "Leaf Lounge" in the historical part of Easton, Pennsylvania....home of the famous Crayola crayons & markers) - alongside with New Jersey Nuevo Flamenco guitarist, Victor Tarassov - to having the true honor of performing solo in front of a 2,000 strong audience at the "1st annual Ecuadorian Independence Festival" - as well as many more in between.....including being invited back at the Alive After Five Summer Festival this year - WHAT A BLAST!!
And as always, it is a pleasure to have such a supportive and wonderful crowd....who come from all walks of life to listen and enjoy the music - I'd like to say once again, a special "THANK YOU" - from my heart for all the continued support!! - I have received some real positive feedback and heartfelt comments from new fans and people who came to the gigs and enjoyed the music ~ I'm still humbled and awe-strucken by the response I have gotten in the last couple of months.....What keeps me going here, it's all about sharing the music and bringing people together....with the very simple motto of, "Peace, Love & Joy" :-)
Latest News & Updates:
"Ojos de la Tierra" - album collaboration -
In my last blog, I announced that I've been honored to be featured as "guest guitarist" in a couple of tracks from U.K,'s very own Latin/Nouveau Flamenco guitar extraordinaire, Mark Barnwell, on his upcoming 3rd album entitled "Ojos de la Tierra" - featuring 10 lovely original compositions - all in which is backed by a fine selection of world-class talent from near and far - including mufti-instrumentalist Tim Juckes on violin and bass & U.K. Smooth Flamenco guitarist Al Marconi -
I am excited to say that the album is in its final stages of production and is coming out beautifully! - As my first major collaboration, it's a thrill to work together with such great musical talent - (Stay tuned for more news!)
- For info relating to the Ojos de la Tierra album, check in at: http://www.markbarnwell.co.uk/ - for more details! -
"Arrizza" - the "Limited-Edition" compilation album
The long-awaited self-titled "Limited-Edition" compilation album....I'm also glad to announce, is in its final stages of completion and will be released to the public very soon! (the release date has been pushed back from mid-summer due to extra collaborative effort being featured on the album and polishing up the music to taste) --
-- The album features 14 carefully selected original compositions, some of my best tracks to date, as well as much requested songs, including the crowd fav, "Yalla Yalla" - A REAL TREAT FOR THE EARS & THE HEART - (will be available as a "digital MP3 download" at CD BABY, iTunes, Rhapsody....etc...)
"Guitarra Arrizza" - STILL #2 IN THE CHARTS --
Much to my suprise and joy, I'd like to lastly announce that I've held a solid position at #2 in the Latin Music charts in my particular area for much of the year - WOW!! - Once again, I'd like to extend a BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE for their continued support and spreading the music - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE MY MUSIC! - And stop by to say "hi" from time to time...!! ======================================
Much blessings, love and light - "Guitarra Arrizza"
Hey everyone!! - :-)
Wow, it's been quite a while since I've last updated with a new blog here - It's great to be
back "online" once again. First off, I would like to take the time and say a warm and kind
"Thank You" to all of my music friends and fans for their continued support & love -- I've
been so touched by the positive feedback and comments I have received by so many at my
recent performances in the past few months, as well as on my facebook page and here on RN --
I can only be humbled and express my gratitude from my heart, It is a real blessing and Im
forever grateful - "THANK YOU!"
Now, for some exciting happenings going on:
May 5th: - Hopewell Valley Vineyards (performing "guest guitarist" with NJ nuevo flamenco guitarist Victor Tarassov) - 6-9pm -
TBA: "Guitarra Arrizza" @ the Long Island Ale House, Medford NY
-- More will be announced as they come -- stay tuned!!
NEW MUSICAL COLLABORATION:
I'd also like to announce a new musical collaboration that I've been working recently in the past few months. Thanks to the wonders of technology and the Inernet, "Guitarra Arrizza" has for the very first time joined forces with U.K's very own Nouveau Flamenco guitarist, Mark Barnwell, recording tracks for his brand new upcoming release, "Ojos de la Tierra" - a wonderful exotic fusion of sounds and rhythms from across the world. Also featured on the album is U.K's other Latin guitar phenomenon, Flamenco-Jazz guitarist, Al Marconi, and talented bassist & violinist, Tim Juckes. (for more info on Mark Barnwell's new album and more, check out his website at: http://www.markbarnwell.co.uk/) - So far, it's been a real exciting musical journey indeed! -
LIMITED-EDITION RELEASE: (digital download)
Listeners everywhere, your message has been heard! - I've received such positive feedback on my music lately, and people have asked me where can they can purchase my tunes? - So by request, I've decided on making available a special "limited-edition" album featuring a compilation of my most popular compositions to date....hopefully to be released sometime in Mid-Summer....It will be available as a digital download, (CD Baby, iTunes, etc...) - but I do plan to have a few copies for purchase at my performances....FOR A LIMITED-TIME ONLY!! - so be sure to check in on the latest!
"STRUMS OF DELIGHT" album:
In addition to the other projects I'm doing, my first "official" full-length studio album, "Strums of Delight", is still in the works...it hasn't been forgotten! - As of late, I've been in the studio re-recording tracks and cleaning things up to bring new life to the project...Release date is uncertain at this time, but I hope to have it to near completion by the end of this year.. - It's well worth the wait, I promise ya!! :-)
Be sure to check out my facebook page (type: "Guitarra Arrizza") and my MySpace page (myspace.com/guitarraarrizza) - for the latest news and exclusives....If you like my music, feel free to join along and spread the word!! - I really appreciate it - thanks!!
Much blessings & light,
Yannaki (Guitarra Arrizza)
HAPPY NEW YEAR's TO ALL!! --
May we welcome 2012 with optimism, a sense of new understanding, peace, joy, and most importantly....love ~ for love is what brings us all closer together....Let us start anew, new beginnings, and new experiences await us all! -- May we all rise above the obstacles that might be on our way....and seek our true bliss deep inside our hearts.....As we approach a new age for humanity, it is vital that we, as a collective, raise our global awareness, one person at a time...for what is reflected within us, is what is expressed outwards - May we reflect joy, light, happiness, creativity and all those wonderful things in our hearts, and in our minds - Gradually, our sense of reality on this planet will change ~ for the better ~ "Namaste"
blessings from "Guitarra Arrizza"
Well, tis' the season to be jolly -- the Holiday Season is in full bloom! -- my most favorite time of the year (apart from the cool gifts, just being with the company of family and friends, the simple things) -- I just wanted to wish everyone a blessed Happy Holidays and may the magic and beauty of the holiday season enlighten our hearts - Thank you all for the wonderful support you continue to show!! - I am truly humbled by the unexpected positive feedback on my music and fan-ships I have received....It really means a lot to me, and for me....not just as a musician, but personally....that is such a wonderful gift to have!! :))
From the bottom of my heart, "for only the heart knows" -- Blessings, "Yannaki" (Guitarra Arrizza)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Be sure to check in soon!! -- I will be posting a few of my Christmas pieces soon.....Just in time for the holiday cheer - STAY TUNED!!!
**EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD** -- FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!! -- you can download my featured song "Yalla Yalla" as an mp3, if you join my mailing list -- So come and pay my page a visit! -- I really appreciate all the support...Thank you from the bottom of my heart ~ blessings ~