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Clive Carroll Concert @Ritz Music London | 8 November 2015

We don’t meet people by accident. They cross our path for a reason.

The first time I saw Clive Carroll it was three years ago, in November, at a concert he had at the Half Moon in Putney.

I was mesmerized by his warm tone, musicality, technique and his unparalleled ability to master any style under the sun. I was speechless. Still, I decided it wasn’t the right time to lose my nerve. After the gig I went straight to talk to him. And I’m glad I did – as we kept in touch, and I suppose that was the day I began mentally planning a Clive Carroll Concert.

There was no specific ‘real’ plan or date set in stone, but I was resolute that I would make it happen!

If you’re a guitarist and you’re not yet familiar with Clive Carroll‘s music, forget about reading any further and check out his music – right now.

Clive is a world-class virtuoso performer; a hard-working musician, writing his own music, recording, touring and organizing his own workshops. I know this first-hand as I’ve been to one of his workshops and it was a very valuable experience, one I’d like to repeat soon enough.

A busy musician, Clive started this year with a tour in the States opening for The Guitar Wizard of Oz – Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P.  The tour was so successful that in September he was back in the USA, satisfying the demand for more dates. So we were extremely fortunate and excited to be bringing him to Richmond this November, as part of his sell-out UK tour.

Funnily enough, one year ago in November we were busy promoting a Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. Masterclass at the same venue, Ritz Music, London.

Curious about Clive Carroll’s concert?

Well, Clive obviously likes to jump right in the deep end. He started his performance with a new original, ‘In the Deep’ – a profound, harmonious song that left us breathless from the first note. Clive had written the song in standard tuning with the low E string tuned down to B, the propulsive bass-line sinuously threading its way through a delicate melody. Brilliant!

From there we were transported in time, through different musical genres and eras, from the Renaissance to Baroque, Classical, Modern, even Jazz finger-style. Listening to Clive’s originals, one can’t help but sense the deep reservoir of musical knowledge that nourishes them – Mozart, Tarrega, even Debussy.

He followed with a medley of jazz standards where the bass-line, chords and melody were so clear it seemed almost unreal.

Clive then moved into Blues territory. In one of my favourites, ‘Mississippi Blues’, Clive bent the neck of the guitar like there was no tomorrow, creating a very unique effect – almost like hearing a guitar played with a bow. Phenomenal!

Some of the pieces featured exotic tunings, such as DADGAD (a traditional Irish tuning) used in ‘The Kid From Clare’, where Clive played some incredible triplets that usually you’d only hear on the fiddle. He even played an original inspired by Romanian folklore. Accompanying these enthralling performances were fun stories of other great musicians he’s worked with: Tommy Emmanuel, John Renbourn, John Williams…

Towards the end, Clive played a wonderful piece, ‘Eliza’s Eyes, a song written for his daughter in a very vibrant tuning: CGCGCD.

Judging by the happy smiles in the audience during and after the show, I’d say Clive Carroll’s concert at Ritz Music was a huge success!  And we were left wanting more!

CliveCarroll Concert at Ritz Music, 8Nov2015, photo by Cristina Schek (67)

Thank you, Clive! We’re already looking forward to your return!!

Photography by Cristina Schek

 

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Life Is A Miracle by Noris | Official Video

 

Life Is A Miracle

Music & lyrics: Noris | A film by: Cristina Schek 

I hope you enjoyed it and you’ll spread the love!

There’s also a miraculous story attached to this song: a beautiful collaboration between UK’s Queen of Pop Art, Deborah Azzopardi and Noris Schek.

Read the story here: Life is a Miracle – Sometimes Unpredictable: new work from London artist Deborah Azzopardi in collaboration with musician Noris Schek

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Tommy Emmanuel Masterclass @Ritz Music London | 26 October 2014 | Photos

A massive ‘THANK YOU!’ to Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. for accepting our invitation and for all those defining moments of clarity put into words and exemplified through music during the Master Class today! We’ve learned a lot from the man who walks the walk, the most hard-working musician I know. And we had fun!

 

Tommy Emmanuel Masterclass, Ritz Music, 26Oct2014, photos by Cristina Schek

We’d also like to extend a big ‘Thank you’ to all those present. We have gained real wisdom, from one of the very best – each of us in a unique, deeply personal way, and we think, worth sharing!

Finally, thanks to the Ritz Music Team – their dedication has insured the success of this ambitious project!

Photography by: Cristina Schek

Follow this link for more photos from the Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. Masterclass.

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Recording Session @ 1TakeTV | Josh Barry ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’

Josh Barry (vocals) ad Noris Schek (guitar) join 1Take TV in EAB Recording Studios in West London for a performance of ‘Locked out of heaven’ by Bruno Mars.

Sound production by Elliot Bradley. Filmed by Jonah James, Beatrice Black and Cillian Farrell. Edited by Jonah James.

http://www.1take.tv

 

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Josh Barry & Noris Schek @The Troubadour, London

I must confess that I’m still blown away by the unbelievable amount of talent I’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with, at The Troubadour – starting with my band mate Josh Barry, who’s got a phenomenal voice, the soulful Lizzie Deane and her awesome jazz band Richard Laws, Jo Phillpotts, Paul Williams, Roger Evan, who did not come empty-handed, but with a beautiful debut album Set Me Free, the sensational Jumoke Fashola, who set the house on fire, the charming Ellie Rose performing her 100th gig (!), the powerful duo made of Phil Gibbs & Martin J Stephens, and last, but definitely not least, a surprise appearance from the legendary Peter Howarth, the current lead singer of ’The Hollies. The event was hosted by Carly Wilford & Danny Williams.

Photos courtesy of Cristina Schek.

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Noris Schek, Joshn Barry at The Troubadour (3)

Noris Schek, Joshn Barry at The Troubadour (4)

Noris Schek, Joshn Barry at The Troubadour (5)

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I want MOORE!! | Concert Review

I wrote this concert review after seeing Gary Moore live for the first time, and meeting him at a press conference in 2008. It was published in the most important music magazine in Romania – Sunete. My deepest regret is that in 2010, while Gary was in Presov for a concert, I wasn’t able to give him a translated copy of this review. My only consolation is the fact that he knew for sure how much he was loved by his fans.

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Gary Moore Concert Review

14th of June 2008, Alsoors, Hungary

I’m a BIG Gary Moore fan ever since I was 13. He simply became my idol. I bought all his albums; I listened to his music in the morning, in the evening, late at night. Anytime, all the time! Gary Moore

Gary Moore is an Irish blues-rock guitarist, with a career of over 40 years, continuing to amaze and surprise me, musically, by everything he does. No matter which period of his career we look at, anytime, anywhere, and with whomever he played and collaborated with, Gary did it with a lot of intuition, professionally. He was part of the legendary rock band Thin Lizzy, he played jazz-rock in Colosseum II, but Gary Moore became notorious for his solo career, Continue reading

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Tommy Emmanuel Concert Review | Sunete Magazine, Issue 16, 2009

Tommy Emmanuel concert review, published in Sounds Magazine, 2010.

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Please click images below to view full size.

English version to follow.

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Gary Moore Interview

 This is the transcript of a press conference interview held in Alsóörs, Hungary, where Gary Moore was interviewed by a room full of journalists. I, being the huge Gary Moore fan I am & will always be – was lucky enough to be there and ask him a question of my own.  14.06.2008

 

Q: You started studying piano. What was the reason why you left piano?

Gary Moore: (laughs) ‘Cose I was shit. I couldn’t play piano. Terrible. I was the worst pupil. I didn’t like reading music so I failed very quickly.

Q: Do you consider yourself to be a soloist or you consider yourself to be a member of a band, which is characterized by your own attitude, musical attitude?

Gary Moore: You can’t be very much on our own so, I always have a band. I can’t play alone so I always have to have a band, but it’s my music.

Q: “Still Got the Blues” it’s a kind of rock icon that’s been played by all of the guitar players in the world. What did Peter Green mean to you, whom did you dedicate this album to?

Gary Moore: It wasn’t for Peter Green, that’s a different album. (Journalists give the right answers.) You know best. You’re the experts.

Q: In the middle of the 70’s John Hiseman reformed Colloseum and invited you as the guitar player in the band.  Was it a challenge for you to play in a jazz-rock band?

Gary Moore: Ya, it was. The whole point of that was that I wanted to play with the best musicians and challenge myself musically.

Q: At the end of the 70’s you joined Thin Lizzy.

Gary Moore: Ya, three times. Continue reading

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Laurence Juber Guitar Masterclass | 8 October 2017, The Telegraph Putney, London

Delighted to announce a Guitar Masterclass with two-time Grammy-winner Laurence Juber, Lead Guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings.

The event will take place on Sunday October 8th from 6-9pm, at The Telegraph (Putney Heath, London SW15 3TU) – and is organised in collaboration with Ritz Music & Tuition Centre in Richmond.

The 3 hour event will provide a unique opportunity to experience Laurence Juber’s amazing talent and extraordinary virtuosity as he demonstrates and discusses his guitar techniques fusing folk, jazz and pop styles; a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one acoustic guitar.

Tickets for this event are £30 and are available exclusively at:

Ritz Music & Tuition Centre:
88 Sheen rd, Richmond TW9 1UF
tel: 020 8332-1488
e: richmond@ritzmusic.co.uk

Places are extremely limited (maximum capacity 50 guests) and tickets are bound to sell fast, so if you’d like to be there contact Ritz Music (details above) to secure a place.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Past Guitar Events organised in collaboration with Ritz Music & Tuition Centre in Richmond include a very successful Masterclass with the Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel CGP, in October 2014 and an exceptional concert with UK’s acoustic guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll, in November 2015.

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Save The Date

SAVE THE DATE: 19 November 2016, 8.30pm @The Adelaide, Teddington

Delighted to be welcomed back at The Adelaide, the friendliest pub in Teddington ! I love singing here, great vibey crowd!

Looking forward to a funky good time on Saturday, November 19th, 8.30pm! Put this date in your diary and come along!!

The Adelaide
57 Park Road,
Teddington, Middlesex
TW11 0AU

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The Adelaide, Teddington | 22 October 2016 | Photos

What a night – still talking about the fun we had! Thank you, Mariana and The Adelaide team for being such gracious hosts and treating us so royally. Pretty phenomenal gig and the encores made the fun last that much longer!

Can’t wait till next time – November 19th!

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SAVE THE DATE: 22 October 2016, 8.30pm @The Adelaide, Teddington

Hello wonderful people!

I am so excited and pleased to be playing at The Adelaide in Teddington – a very special place (!), on Saturday, October 22nd.

Familiar, friendly, new, old, smiley or even sad faces. All are welcome! Come say hi and enjoy! All kicking off from 8.30pm

57 Park Road,
Teddington, Middlesex
TW11 0AU

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Adelaide, Teddington – The Queen of food, drink & live music

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