THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 
 SONG NOMINEES & WINNERS 
 15th Annual

Bazaar

NEWPOLI

MA, US

Bazaar

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NEWPOLI
MEDITERRANEAN PULSE - RITMI DELLA TERRA

As you hear the tamburello pounding out the heartbeat of Newpoli’s music,
the two female singers start up a wild, frenetic dance, and you'll have a very
hard time sitting still! Welcome to Newpoli live!

The group carries on a tradition that is so old it’s hard to date,
performing music from the South of Italy laced with influences from all of
the surrounding Mediterranean cultures. Originals are mixed with exciting
arrangements of traditional music, the tempo is high, and the drama and
passion in their blood can be heard in every note!

Their latest CD, Nun te vutà, features twelve tracks, six originals, six
traditionals, and more then a dozen handcrafted indigenous instruments
played by eight talented musicians. It’s an album that deals with
contemporary topics with the help of traditional sounds.

Newpoli’s live concerts are passionate, full of rhythm and dance and will
take the audience to Italy and back passing through decades of music
tradition and take a dip in the cultural melting pot that is the south of
Italy.
Corazon Inmigrante

Mari Nobre

CA, US

Corazon Inmigrante

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Corazon Inmigrante

Mari Nobre

CA, US

Corazon Inmigrante

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Mari Nobre is a passionate and versatile Jazz/ Latin jazz vocalist and a Latin pop
singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, California.
-In 2015 she was awarded a Latin Grammy Award certificate as a vocalist on Mr. G's album
"Los Animales".

-In 2015 she receives with her Brazilian jazz band Nobresil the prestigious Jazz Educator Award from Jazz ED Magazine for her album "Original"as
Best World Music Artist and Best World Music Album of the year.

-In 2016 she was recently awarded the American Songwriting Award for her song "Thank You"(Album Nobresil-"Original") in the World music category.

-On July 31st, 2016 she will receive the Dean Martin's Award in Pescara, Italy which is the most
prestigious award for Italian-American artists who are recognized abroad because of
their talent and dedication .

-2016 she will perform for her "Corazon Inmigrante" European tour in several cities and major music festivals.
Her music reflects the sophisticated cultural blend coming from her Brazilian,
Italian and American background.
Mari studied opera in Italy and has received this year a Bachelor degree in Jazz
Vocal Performance and Ethnomusicology from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
She also attended master classes at the prestigious Theolonious Monk Institute and
she recently received a fellowship from UCLA to continue her ethnomusicology
research with a master in African American studies.
She has been touring since the age of 14 in Europe and then in United States
performing in the most famous music amphitheaters, clubs and festivals such as the
Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, the Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts and the Central
Avenue Jazz Festival to name a few. Moreover, she has often performed in Brazil and Europe with
world known musicians currently touring with names like Djavan and Ivan Lins.
Mari is one of the few singers who can sing in five languages: English, Spanish,
Portuguese, Italian and French. She always shows a great versatility and stage
presence.
Mari recently released worldwide her new flamenco pop song "Corazon Inmigrante" which was praised by the international press for being an anthem against racism and intolerance.
Mari’s versatility earned her a respected acting career as well. She is in fact a member
of the Screen Actors Guild and she performed in New York as a lead actress on some
movies as well as commercials. She also acquired extensive experience as a voice
over and worked for several major video and audio projects with Random House,
Living Language and many others.
Moon Over Tanjore

Roman Miroshnichenko, José Antonio Rodríguez & Henrik Andersen

Moscow, RU

Moon Over Tanjore

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An excellent collaborative effort from three of the finest acoustic guitarists of this generation in Europe: Roman Miroshnichenko (Russia), Jose Antonio Rodriguez (Spain) and Henrik Andersen (Denmark). The trio hypnotizes there audiances with there their fantastic instrumental skills, sending the listener off on a musical journey around the globe there rich knowledge of jazz, flamenco, Latin, Indian and Mediterranean rhythms leave you wanting more.

Roman Miroshnichenko
(Guitars)

World class multi-Award winning guitarist, who subdues his audiences by astonishing performance skills, improvisational flight and rich melodies. Roman Miroshnichenko holds the prestigious international musical awards and he is one of the most prominent virtuosos in the contemporary instrumental jazz-fusion field in Europe. WInner of the "9th Annual Independent Music Awards(USA). Was nominated for and won both the regular and Peoples Choice popular vote judging. 10th Annual Independent Music Awards the Best World Beat album of year nominee. First Prize Winner of the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition 2013. "Honorable Mention" Award of the International Songwriting Competition. Finalist of the10th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).

His soaring career as an artist includes numerous awards from international jazz festivals and contests, as well as collaboration, performances and recordings with such world-renowned musicians as: Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Djivan Gasparyan, Heather Headley, Marco Mendoza,, to name a few. Roman is endorsed by Ovation Guitars, Paul Reed Smith guitars, Roland Music, IK MultimediaOrange Amplification, DPA Microphones and D'Addario Strings Proud Artist.

 

José Antonio Rodríguez
(Guitar)

Award-winning flamenco guitarist, composer and music professor from Córdoba, Spain. In the '80s he won several national prizes, e.g. 1982 the Primer Premio para Guitarra Flamenca de Concierto at the XI Certamen Nacional de Guitarra Flamenca in Jerez de la Frontera and 1986 the Premio Ramón Montoya for solo guitar at the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco. In 1984 he became Professor of Flamenco Guitar at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Córdoba.

Full bio

Henrik Andersen
(Guitar, konnakol)

Born in Copenhagen 1966 February 7th. Proffesional guitarist & singer since the age of 18 graduated from The Rhythmic Music Conservatory of Copenhagen with a master in guitar. He became a student of the world-famous rhythm phenomenons Trilok Gurtu (IN) and Pete Lockett (UK) studying south Indian rhythms Konnakol & Thala. Henrik Andersen has toured & recorded with artists all over the world like: Trilok Gurtu (IN), Pete Lockett (UK), Ranjit Barot(IN), Mahesh Vinaykram (IN), Bickram Ghosh(IN) Mandolin U.Rajesh (IN), S.Shashank (IN), Natashah (DK), Outlandish(DK), Roman Miroschnichenko (RU), Music Spoken Here (DK), Oriental Mood (DK), Carla Alexander (BZ), DJ-Schak (DK). And also as a solist performing John McLaughlins concerto for guitar & orchestra "The Mediterranean" last time in 2013 with The Moscow symphony orchestra at the Kaluga International Guitar Festival. The music of Henrik Andersen contains elements from many different cultures and different genres mixed freely in his own personal way. His 12 albums includes jazz, pop, folk, Indian,vocal & instrumental music.
Ngizohamba

Suzanne Dean

MA, US

Ngizohamba

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Suzanne Dean is an arranger, composer, keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist and educator.
In addition to releasing two albums on Nova Records, she worked as an orchestrator on the television series Jake and the Fatman, and has taught at Berklee College of Music since 1997. She has just released her new EP Come to Paradise.

Suzanne received an Associate’s Degree in music from the University of Maine in Augusta, after which she spent some years performing and was the leader of her own jazz quartet. She then attended Berklee College of Music and received a Bachelor's of Music in Film Scoring. After a move to LA, and releasing her first two albums, she attended the Master's program in music composition at California State University in Northridge, California.

Suzanne released her first album on Nova Records in 1987, entitled Dreams Come True. Her second album was released in 1991, entitled I Wonder. These albums featured some of L.A.'s finest studio musicians, such as contemporary jazz greats John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Peter Erskine. These recordings received worldwide distribution and continue to receive airplay in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. The writing and arranging vary from acoustic jazz to fusion and incorporate orchestral elements. In addition to composing and arranging music on the albums, she also served as the keyboardist and vocalist on several of the tracks.

Suzanne’s newest CD Come to Paradise was released April 1st of this year. Once again the CD features well-known LA session musicians including saxophonist Bob Sheppard and guitarist Dean Parks. The music is eclectic but this time consists entirely of original songs for which she wrote both the music and lyrics, with the exception of one song, which was co-written. For this new CD, Suzanne features Nicole Zuraitis, a New York based vocalist versed in a multitude of styles. Suzanne adds some vocals on a few tracks and plays 8 string ukulele on the title track.

Suzanne is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in the Contemporary Writing and Production Department. She teaches Music Application and Theory, Arranging 1, Harmony 2, The Music of Laurel Canyon, Women Songwriters of the 20th Century, Artistry Creativity and Inquiry and Arranging for Songwriters. She also authored and teaches Arranging 1: Rhythm Section, for Berklee online.
El Afecto de la Ciudad

Kenichi Tamura

JP13, JP

El Afecto de la Ciudad

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El Afecto de la Ciudad

Kenichi Tamura

JP13, JP

El Afecto de la Ciudad

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I was born in Tokyo. I heard all Rock music, and I formed a band, and activities of my bands mainly affected by the Allman Brothers Band and Santana. Afterwards Paco de Lucia gave me a lot of momentum, and then started the flamenco guitar. Well, I'm doing a fusion with Flamenco, Rock, and Enka (Japanese traditional style).

In October 2012, leaving first album "Ayaorimoyo (twill pattern)". So I've done 10 concerts near Tokyo. And then I put songs on internet radio Jango. Then I got over 1200 fans in worldwide.

I made a plan to tour in Mexico. In March 2014, I went to Monterrey and Chihuahua, and have done 2 concerts with the group of Flamenco progressive Felah-Enkum Project (Mexican), and it was successful.

Well, I've had a chance to take the contract with "SRL Networks London" to present compilation album.

In November 2014,[email protected], and I played in Los Angeles, the concert is called World Music Concert.

Also in April and May of 2015, I made second Mexico tour, and I played in Mexico city and Torreón.

In December 2015, I released 2nd album called "Corazones y Riquezas".
JAGUAR DEL MONTE

Mariana Masetto

C, AR

JAGUAR DEL MONTE

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JAGUAR DEL MONTE

Mariana Masetto

C, AR

JAGUAR DEL MONTE

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Mariana Masetto is a musician, singer, percussionist and teacher. In 2010 she released his first solo album "La Bumbunita". With a sound approach from singing and percussion, Mariana emerges with a repertoire of folk songs and traditional folk motifs and compositions from Argentine, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, Africa. He studied percussion with: Facundo Guevara, Carto Brandan, Mariana Baraj and Oscar Linero. Singing with: Flora Yunguerman, Mirta Braylan, Teresa Musacchio and Viviana Fortugno. Piano: Enrique Norris. Harmony: Juan Pablo Arredondo. Conducted seminars / workshops / master classes with: Egberto Gismonti, Nana Vasconcelos, Celsinho Silva, Musotto Ramiro, Luis Agudo, Freddy Henriquez, Eugene Rabine, Lucia Pulido, Chrem Carolina, Silvia Nakkach, Maricel Villamonte among others. Yoga teacher, studied Theatre, Body, classical and jazz dances. With his solo or in groups where he participated as guest musician stable or sang and played on the most important escenaries of Buenos Aires. It is dedicated to teaching. She teaches private lessons in voice and percussion in his own workshop.
Nominated in 2013 to Gardel Award in the category The best new Folklore Album with" Soy Libre" Album. Nominated in 2014 to Independent Music Award with "Soy Libre" Album in the category World beat and Nominated in 2015 to Independent Music Award with the song "Solcito"
A Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá

RUNA

PA, US

A Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá

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A Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá

RUNA

PA, US

A Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá

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“There is truly a mystical quality to their playing. They create a lyrical sound that is at once unique as well as seamless.” – Lori Lander Murphy, Irish Philadelphia

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music, since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

The group has been honoured internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song.

“Timeless and flawless…” – Jim Allford, PA Music Scene

Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.

“Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else.” – Travis Rogers, Jr., Music Life and Times

Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Liz Carroll, Ricky Scaggs, Hazel O’Conner, Fiddlers’ Bid, Barcó, Téada, Jonathan Edwards, and the Guy Mendilow Band.

RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle.

Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, RUNA recently released their fourth album, “Current Affairs”, a cross-pollination of RUNA’s signature roots sound with the overtones of Appalachia and Americana. Hailed by Marcene Bronson, (The Celtic Crier) as “an incredible masterpiece”, “Current Affairs” has been nominated in the 2014 Irish Music Awards for “Best New Irish CD” and in the 2015 Independent Music Awards for “Best Bluegrass Song” (Ain’t No Grave) and Best World/Traditional Song (False Knight Upon the Road).

“Celtic music at its very best!” – Gene Shay, co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival; WXPN-FM
3,000 Volts

Lora Bidner

ON, CA

3,000 Volts

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Lora Bidner a compelling singer-songwriter living in Toronto; her critically acclaimed 9 track 2015 album To The North touches on themes of human pathos, self discovery and folklore and includes styles of music from atmospheric haunt-folk in the vein of Fever Ray to electronic-pop in the vein of Florence and the Machine. A multi-faceted artist, Lora’s eclecticism and raw talent keeps her shows captivating as she plays proficiently on piano, guitar, ukulele, and hang drum; her stunning voice can be likened to Tori Amos or Regina Spektor. Lora’s very unique, natural playing style comes from both a self-taught and formally trained background.

Having toured the East Coast along with folk-rock band “The Royal Streets” in the Summer of 2013, Lora performs frequently in Ontario and involves herself in the Toronto and Ottawa music and arts community. Notable performances include performing at the 2015 Ottawa Bluesfest, 2014 Ottawa Folk Festival main stage, the NAC 4th stage for "Musik Ottawa" and performing at the legendary Blacksheep Inn sharing the stage with Juno award winning/nominated artists like Craig Cardiff, Justin Nozuka, Lynn Miles, Jim Bryson, Jill Barber, Danny Michel, Hannah Georgas, Dar Williams and more.

Lora has composed for several short films in the year 2016 and most recently won a 2016 SOCAN Young Composers Award for her original score for the short animation "Missing". In the winter of 2014 she composed the music for the provocative play “The Shape of a Girl” as well as "Me and My Monster" that premiered in Ottawa at the Fresh Meat Festival. Lora was a finalist in the 2009 Folk Festival auditions and winner of the 2010 Capital Youth Spirit of the Arts award. She first got her start writing for film in theatre at Canterbury high school where she won the Ottawa "Creativity" Cappie award in 2008 for original music she wrote for the award winning play “The Triangle Factory Fire Project”.

Having completed her Bachelor of Music degree in the Singer-Songwriter’s program at Carleton University with High Honors with Distinction in 2014, Lora is completing her Masters in Music Technology at the University of Toronto and continues to not only perform but also compose for film/T.V./commercials. Lora is currently writing for several short films and a full-length documentary. Upcoming shows include a show at the legendary Blacksheep Inn on August 26th as well as a performance with award winning duo The Visit on October 15th at Beach United Church.
7 Hours

Man-u-iLL

CT, US

7 Hours

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Man-u-iLL is like a breath of fresh air in a world of pollution, honesty in an industry of lies, sincerity and passion in an art form that seems to have lost its purpose, direction, and impact. My music is a reflection of me, my thoughts, my views, my feelings, it’s in touch with reality and I connect with my fans on a higher level than most.

My name is Josue (Josh in English) Manuel Velez, I’m Puerto Rican, born and raised in Connecticut. I grew from a problem child to a troublesome teen and music has been my main form of expression and outlet since my pre-teens. Back in the year 2000 I was convicted of assault in the 1st degree and sentenced to 8 years suspended after 1 with 5 years probation. I spent a year incarcerated, spending 23 hours out of each day in a cell; I was 18. During that time I started taking my music more serious. Instead of just writing raps to impress peers or crush chypha’s, I started writing actual songs. I also was giving the name Man-u-iLL from a clever cellmate at the time, which asked what my middle name was, as we were thinking of possible alias’s I could use. I told him, “Manuel” and almost immediately he said, “I got it… “Man-u-iLL!” I’ve been known as that ever since. I was released in 2001, second night home I was jumped and left with a few minor and a couple more serious lacerations on my face and head; I was 19 at the time. As I was still running the street I linked up with some talented producers and started recording. I released an 80 minute mix-tape in “2004” titled “Who’s Man-u-iLL” shortly thereafter I was sentenced to 4 out of the 7 years I had hanging over my head, that was at age 22. Basically I got my probation violated out of spite, because I wouldn’t help the prosecutor ruin a friend’s life. I paid the price for my actions and spent about 3 and a 1/2 years traveling Connecticut’s prison system. During in which time I bettered myself in every way possible, physically, spiritually, and lyrically. Age 25 I made it to a half way house and every chance I got my hardheaded self would sneak off to go record.

I finally made it all the way home March 2007 at age 26. I was on the Go from there, performing all over the tri-state every chance I got. Whether it was a showcase I had to pay for, a function I was invited to, a community event, didn’t matter, I was all for it… The response I was getting was unlike most, and I probably would have been in a better position if not for another run in with the law that cost me 3 ½ more months of my life in 2010. I know its ridiculous… But I take full responsibility for my actions, except my consequences and know that I have been my biggest hindrance. Excuses are useless, but I believe things happen for a reason. There is a reason I was blessed with this talent, just as there is a reason you are reading my bio.

My music and me are welcomed from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and beyond. Though my buzz is nowhere near were it could or should be, I touch hearts and stimulate brains. The response I do receive is always inspiring. I’ve opened up for a few big names, I was retired on Connecticut’s 93.7 unsigned showdown “2007 & 2009”, I’ve placed in every competition I’ve been in, I’ve created a buzz for myself mainly locally but have touched areas from east to west and even over seas on a small scale, and I’m currently running my own business, iLL iNK Graphic & Printing Services. I’m one man and I’m working with what I got right now. I’m very fortunate to have a friends and family that love and support what I do. Since my Release in 2008 I have put a 3 projects out, the last one being “Who’s Man-u-iLL PT2 (You Should Already Know)” which was hosted by The legendary Diaz Brothers Tony Touch & Doo Wop. I have made some quality connections but haven’t met anybody who has it in their power to help me take my career to the next level. I’m doing almost everything myself so my moves are naturally limited. I’m not doing badly but I know I can be doing some much better if the right opportunities are presented. I’m looking for stability and I’m trying to make the most of me and my music. I know big things are possible, I know my goals are attainable, I know I have too work much harder, but things are easier said then done sometimes. I just need the financial support; some professional direction and the rest will fall into place.

I’m currently running my business and trying to take it to the next level as well, The music has taken a back seat to the business but they actually go hand in hand being that I provide the physical marketing and promotional tools that I need as an artist. Not to mention the branding of the word iLL in Man-u-iLL and iLL iNK.  I’m slowly but surely making progress’ making the most of the little I got. I know I have the potential to be placed among the elite; all I need is chance and opportunity. At times it gets discouraging and I feel hopeless but things don’t happen overnight and anything worth having is worth the blood sweat and tears, Struggle Is Necessary.
Dolores

Emily Shirley

TX, US

Dolores

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Emily Shirley’s brand of thoughtful songwriter pop/rock is as finely tuned and brightly colored as the graphic design projects she works on for her day gig.  Her latest release, DuoTone, is a  genre-bending hybrid of indie-pop melodies woven over thoughtful, grounded lyrics. It represents the full, vibrant sonic image of a writer who has come into her own in the Austin, Texas scene.


A Connecticut native, Emily was steeped in church choir, musical theater, and Debbie Gibson at a young age.  Classically trained on piano and a veteran of high school and college semi-pro acapella choirs, she found her place as a vocalist and writer when she joined the Boston based band Amun Ra as the lead singer, touring their soulful pop songwriting with breakbeats and electronica to clubs across the Northeast.  They released 2 full length albums in her 6 years with them.


In 2006, Emily moved to Austin, Texas and realigned her musical existence.  Starting over in a new city without a band as well as juggling her graphic design business and being a mom, “I had to carve out my solo space and find a way to let music work with my lifestyle,” she notes.  She fell in love with the piano again and began writing and gigging; she released her EP Tiny Truths in 2010, produced by Daniel Barrett (Ruthie Foster, Susan Gibson). Reviewsic described the EP’s sound as “executed with the same old-meets-new-quirkiness of Feist.”  In 2013 she found her band again, joining Austin favorite The Belle Sounds on piano, synth, and vocals.  She's toured Texas and the West Coast with The Belle Sounds, performing in esteemed venues like Strange Brew in Austin and The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.


Most recently, Emily released a series of singles that culminated in the release of her 2015 EP DuoTone, now available as a limited edition disc.  Featuring songs produced by Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco) and Daniel Barrett, DuoTone displays Emily's ability to illuminate scenes and landscapes through sound.  "Suffering Soul" has a sonic palette that drops the listener in the middle of the desert, parched and desperate, searching for salvation.  “Starstruck” brings a swinging piano and brassy horns to themes of nostalgia for more innocent artistic times, and hints to her list of musical influences like Nellie McKay and Rufus Wainwright.  Emily Shirley’s artistic point of view and skillful sonic experimentation make for a varied and stirring repertoire.  “My formative years are still happening,” she jokes when describing her musical life, the honest response of a musician and creator always on the lookout for the next spark.