Zana Messia is performing with Rakia brass Band at the premiere of "Brasslands"@ LA Film Festival Saturday, June 15. It's a free event!! Live music at 7! Screening at 8.30! www.figat7th.com
✭6:30: DOORS Open: Musicians Institute, Performance Center, 6752 Hollywood Blvd, 90028. Musicians Institute is a privately owned for-profit music vocational school located in Hollywood, California. Graduates have played with Elton John, Velvet Revolver, Korn, and Pink, and earned top placing positions on American Idol. ✭6:45 -7:10: MUSICAL GUEST APPEARANCE: Zana Messia and The Balkan Soul Orchestra. A native of Bosnia and Herzegovina who now lives in Los Angeles, Zana Messia joins forces with an ensemble of top L.A. musicians (The Balkan Soul Orchestra) to share a unique musical journey that combines her lifelong love of traditional jazz with the spirit of the Balkan Roma music that first captivated her as a child. Zana just finished recording her new album Balkan Soul executive produced by Harvey Mason, who has been a leading producer and musicians in jazz for decades. Says Christopher Levine, author of Eclectiblogs, “Think really great female jazz vocalist with a touch of Tom Waits…on a world tour adapting the music to each culture along the way. She along with the Balkan Soul Orchestra plays some very addicting, not to mention some really great music.” www.zanamessia.com ✭7:15 - 8:10: KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Michael Levine, on Obsession, Optimism, and Obligation. With more than 25 years experience and having worked with some of modern society's biggest names and companies, Michael Levine is the founder of LCO. As the author of 19 books, including Guerrilla PR - considered the most widely used introduction to Public Relations in the world - Levine is an industry expert who is frequently called upon by national media to provide PR insight into topical news and events. Called by USA Today, "one of Hollywood's brightest and most respected executives," Levine has been responsible for public relations campaigns for, among others, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Charlton Heston, Linda Evans, Jon Voight, Suzanne Somers, Demi Moore and Michael J. Fox. His clients have run from movie & TV stars, to sports heroes, to music figures, comics, producers and multi-national corporations. When not in the office, Levine can be found speaking at national conferences, conducting philanthropic work for the community, including annual motivational speeches to LA County prison inmates, following political developments or enjoying photographing life and local scenery.
Exclusive interview with Zana Messia who will be performing live worldwide on Gosh!Radio (www.goshradio.com) July 14th, 2012
ZANA MESSIA AND THE BALKAN SOUL ORCHESTRA CD RELEASE PARTY “Think really great female lounge/jazz vocalist with a touch of Tom Waits…on a world tour adapting the music to each culture along the way. She along with the Balkan Soul Orchestra play some very addcting – not to mention really great-music.” Zana’s band, The Balkan Soul Orchestra, has just completed their debut album. Executive produced by world renowned drummer Harvey Mason who is also featured on the album along with: multi instrumentalist Daniel Weinstein, Danny Frankel on drums and percussion, pianist Theo Saunders, saxaphonist Doug Webb, and Balkan guitarist Almer Imamovic. The sound of The Balkan Soul Orchestra is an organic mix of world fusion, combining elements of Balkan Roma music and jazz. Their debut album has been described as a post modern phenomenon, reflecting our shrinking planet, where cultures collide, mix, and a new future emerges. Special surprise guests will be in attendance so don’t miss this very special evening! More information about the new album: zanamessia.com ------ 4349 Tujunga Avenue Studio City, Ca 91604 / 818-769-0905 General Admission: Guests are seated at a location of their choice on a first come first serve basis. This ticket is an automatic reservation and doors open 1 hour prior to Show-time for Dinner seating. VIP Booth Package: Vitello's has a limited number of booths and guests are seatedwith a general admission ticket if they are available. If you desire to reserve a booth you may purchase this VIP package which includes a booth seat , extended menu selections and a complimentary dessert. This ticket is an automatic reservation and doors open 1 hour prior to Show-time for Dinner seating. $13 food or drink minimum.
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Bio: World history books remind us that the mountainous region of Eastern Europe known as the Balkans has endured countless wars and upheavals. Yet there is an enduring sense of joy in the traditional music of these countries that transcends political strife and has the ability to cross cultures, unit...See Full Bio
“To pick a favorite song or at least one that stands out above the rest is simply impossible. Each tune is more alluring than the last, sung with a passion and conviction by an artist who obviously lives for her craft. Balkan Soul is an intriguingly diverse CD that is irresistibly dreamy, sultry and humbling to listen to. I highly recommend you get yourself a copy.”