THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 
 SONG NOMINEES & WINNERS 
 15th Annual

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
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.
Come Over

Ti Orkest

Dominica, DM

Come Over

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Come Over

Ti Orkest

Dominica, DM

Come Over

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Ti Orkest, which means little orchestra in our own native tongue, is a Caribbean Band for Soca and Cadence/Creole Music lovers. We also dabble in Reggae, Dance-hall, Jazz, Hip-hop, House, our local Bouyon music, and anything that gets our fans and supporters moving.

Here in the nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica, Ti Orkest was established in December of 2010 following multiple dialogues among friends and co-workers, on starting a group that would impact people's lives. Since then, this common interest has been one of the major factors fueling our inspiration and dedication to the set cause. Our members are Creig Henry (band manager and sound engineer), Dexter Ulysses (bass guitarist), Carlos Williams (male vocalist), Bernett Serrant, and Gerrant Guiste (Keyboardist), Vernandra Christian ( drummer), Stanton Guiste (guitarist), Shalina Samuel and Melinda Ulysses (female vocalists). In every performance, we aim to bring that "feel-good-vibe" and energy to our audience. Just to name a few, Ti Orkest have performed in established events in Dominica such as the State President’s Cocktail, the annual Creole in The Park and “Jazz n Creole” fringe events (2013,2014,2016) and at the annual World Creole Music Festival. Additionally, Ti Orkest has been featured on the televised Tempo Network that serves the Caribbean region.

For moments of relaxation, dancing and dining, Ti Orkest has you covered. The band has provided live entertainment at popular bars, hotels and annual village festivals and continues to provide its services for the peoples enjoyment. We, Ti Orkest hold the title as the reigning NCCU Cadence-lypso Band Champions for 2015-2016. This show aims to promote our local Cadence music. Additionally, we proudly host our very own annual "Wine & Wishes" party which is full of surprises for our patrons.

Fun and games aside, Ti Orkest has contributed through its services to benefit and relief/awareness concerts for Diabetes patients (2013) and for victims of natural disaster tropical Storm Erika which rampaged the island in August 2015.

Currently we are working on our up coming album titled "Come Over" which will comprise of songs in various Caribbean styles mainly Soca, Reggae, and Cadence music. This album will be geared at sharing our Caribbean tradition and culture with the world.

All in all, we work towards being an irreplaceable, refreshing and powerful icon at the forefront of the music industry, bringing people together, touching every corner of the globe and doing what we love.
The Jeremy Project: Walk in My Shoes

Bett Butler

TX, US

The Jeremy Project: Walk in My Shoes

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The Jeremy Project: Walk in My Shoes

Bett Butler

TX, US

The Jeremy Project: Walk in My Shoes

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Bett Butler began her lifelong musical journey playing piano--and occasionally, pump organ--in tent revivals across the South. It wasn't a long stretch from there to working in professional theater as a performer, musical director and accompanist, where several of her original musicals were produced. She moved on to a career as a full-time musician playing nightclubs, rowdy roadhouses, and jazz festivals.

Butler authored two critically-acclaimed albums of original music: Short Stories, which earned a “recommended” rating from All Music Guide; and Myths & Fables, winner of a performance grant from the Artist Foundation. Her song “When Love Has Left the Room” won the Jazz category of the 2006 International Songwriting Competition. Her album American Sampler placed in the top 10 in the iTunes Great American Songbook category its first week in release and won Best Cabaret Album in the 2012 Independent Music Awards.

She co-owns Mandala Music Production with her spouse and partner, bassist/composer Joël Dilley, where they produce music licensed by HBO, Food Network, and Animal Planet; the Discovery, Cooking, Travel, and Playboy Channels; and more. Their latest collaboration, WINTER LULLABY: SONGS FOR THE CHRISTMAS CHILD, is set for release this holiday season.