Lamp are an indie pop, jazz, and alternative trio from Japan. Formed by Taiyou Someya (composer, guitarist, conductor, producer), Yusuke Nagai (vocal, multi-instrument-player, composer) and Kaori Sakakibara (vocal, flute, accordion) in 2000, they are heavily influenced by 60s American music, ethereal tunes, and bossa nova. They debuted in 2003 with the release of a six-track EP, "Soyokaze Apartment 201" (そよ風アパートメント201). All of their albums are released under MONTE BLEU, an indies label.
Fred Hersch (born October 21, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a contemporary American jazz pianist who has become a consistent and highly demanded performer on the international jazz scene. Hersch began playing piano at a very young age and graduated from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His teachers included Sophia Rosoff. He moved to New York City in the late 1970s where he soon found a place playing with notable artists such as Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, and Charlie Haden.
Vinicius Cantuária is a brazilian singer-songwriter. His musical style can be seen a mixture of bossanova, jazz and electronic influences. For more details see the Vinicius Cantuária homepage.
Lead singer of Brazilian pop/rock band Pato Fu. In 2007 she released her first solo album "Onde Brilhem os Olhos Seus", with songs composed by people like Tom Jobim and Chico Buarque and first recorded by Bossa Nova singer Nara Leão.
Jazziz praised Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad (pronounced Bah-Jee Ah-Sahje) as "a virtuoso of the highest order" while Guitar Player pegged her as "fearless!" Wonderland, her second for Deutsche Grammophone is not only an album fantasy and hope; it is also a plea for some sanity in this insane world of ours. The CD touches on many taboo topics including rape, prejudice, child prostitution and loss of cultural identity.
There is more than one artist with the name of Sofia : 1) Sofia Berntson (born 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden), known professionally as Sofia is a Swedish singer who often sings in Greek. She has released three CD singles since 2007 and has taken part in the Swedish song selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen, twice, in 2007 and more recently in 2009. In 2007, Sofia participated in Melodifestivalen with the song "Hypnotized".
"Mistress of Melody", "Mary Poppins on Acid", "Joyce Grenfell meets Madonna", are all great quotes given to the hilarious singer/songwriter/performer Lorraine Bowen! Lorraine is a fabulous performer, Very original and talented, she has been performing for many years all over the world. Wearing glamorous dresses reminiscent of 60s London fashion, she takes us into her world of colourful kitsch yet keeps us down to earth with a sense of mundane domesticity. Lorraine's songs are about spinach, bicycles, disinfectant, mobile phones and her favourite film stars.
Chris Montez (born January 17, 1943) is a Mexican-American singer, best known for enduring 1962 single "Let's Dance", which went to #4 in the United States, and #2 in the UK. Following the death of Ritchie Valens, Montez became one of the leading rockers of the Hispanic community of Los Angeles, California. Born Ezekiel Christopher Montanez in Los Angeles, California, Montez was brought up in Hawthorne, California.
Nicola Conte is a DJ and producer from Bari, Italy known for introducing an innovative style of acid jazz that incorporates bossa nova themes, melodies drawn from Italian film scores of the 1960's, easy listening themes, and ethnic Indian music. Conte, a classically-trained musician, is mastermind of a collective of acid jazz revivalists, "The Fez collective" (and originally a member of the group Fez Combo), based in the Italian town of Bari, and the Schema label, their record label for promoting their distinctly Italian approach to acid jazz.