Natural Products Expo West Hits Anaheim

The Natural Products Expo West/Engredea, produced by New Hope Natural Media, will be held March 9th-13th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Projected to be the largest in its 36-year history, the sold out trade-only event will play host to more than 3,000 companies and 70,000 attendees. The natural products industry is experiencing growth of 9% per year, driven in part by new and emerging brands. This year, the number of entrepreneurial exhibitors will hit 600, including a full 400 brands that will be featured at the Anaheim Hilton, a must visit area to see the newest products. Get Social & Mobile App: Exhibitors and attendees can follow @NatProductExpo on Instagram and Twitter or Facebook.com/NaturalProductsExpo for all the latest #ExpoWest buzz.

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The updated Natural Products Expo mobile app now features ActivLocator, a personal indoor GPS to help attendees quickly find their way, discover what’s around them and get more done. Also access schedule-planning tools, find new exhibits and surf digital product showcases. Education Highlights: The 2016 Education Conference will focus on: Making the Impossible Possible, Trust, Vitality, Fixing Food, The Changing Distribution Landscape, Stewardship, Better Business, Cultivating Organic, and The Changing Supplements Market. Featured keynote speakers will bring conference themes to life with the inspirational story of Erik Weihenmayer, adventurer and activist celebrated as the only blind person to climb Mount Everest; Sam Kass, former senior policy advisor for nutrition policy & executive director of Let’s Move!; and Dr. Martha Rogers, one of the leading authorities on building trust. New Product Trends: “Natural Products Expo West and Engredea continue to break records and are completely sold out for 2016, highlighting the rapid growth in organic and natural products. From the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace to the Hilton to the Anaheim Convention Center exhibit floor, this annual event maintains its status as the single most important opportunity for launching new products, spotting leading trends from all over the world, and as a gathering place for the entire industry” said Adam Andersen, managing director, New Hope Natural Media. More info at http://www.expowest.com/ew16/public/enter.aspx

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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The Madison & Mulholland Gift Bag for the Oscars 2016

The Oscars 2016, product placement company, Madison & Mulholland featured a super-sized 20’’gift bag filled with all items for travel, beauty, fashion, and the home. Here’s a look at over 25 of the brands featured!

 The Madison & Mulholland 2016 Ultimate Nominee Bag was gifted to celebrities & VIPs at the Oscars
The Madison & Mulholland 2016 Ultimate Nominee Bag was gifted to celebrities & VIPs at the Oscars

Some of the top A-list celebrities receiving Madison & Mulholland included Amy Schumer, Angelina Jolie, Melissa McCarthy, Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Diane Lane, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Roberts, Rooney Mara, and Rachel McAdams.

Kate Hudson featured her new athletic line Fabletics including a gift card for industry goers. The inspiration behind the brand is reaching consumers that are active whether they’re running a marathon or running around town. The brand is all about offering great workout apparel at a more affordable price point.

A Red Carpet Favorite was the “Regal” vintage-inspired necklace by Madison & Mulholland, which retails for $250 perfect for a LBD or collared top!

The "Regal" Vintage necklace looks great at VIP events
The “Regal” Vintage necklace looks great at VIP events

 

Leather-maker, Laundi Vindi’s fine leather goods were also inside this years Oscars bag allowing industry goers a $500 gift card. Laundi Vindi boasts handpicked leathers known for their beauty and durability.

A gorgeous leather handbag from Laudi Vidni sure to get attention on any red carpet
A gorgeous leather handbag from Laudi Vidni sure to get attention at any VIP event

Yarnpop.com was also featured in this year’s products offering a beautiful tote to taking your knitting projects with you on the go!

Travel On featured a Cosmetic Travel Bag, Multipurpose Packing Cube, and 18’’ Wheeled carry-on. Travel On is known for their Anti-Theft bags,which are gaining notoriety in the travel industry.

Perpetual Shade Luxury Eye Masks provided travel eye masks that said “HATER BLOCKERS!” ($69)

Gig Headphones are an amazing product with a dynamic range
Gig Headphones are an amazing product with a dynamic range

Gig Headphones were another popular item in this years bag. I recently used the Gigs headphones on a flight back to New York and was amazed with the sound quality and durability.

Industry professionals were also treated to Tee Time Gold Cards valued at $5000 to be used at over seven thousand courses worldwide. Other great travel offers in this year’s bag included The Hotel Card offering $5000 in hotel bookings.

Other accessories included iPhone cases by Naw Jack, which features Corium designs along with BUCO bags featuring coin purses perfect for keys, credit cards, and of course lip gloss ($98)! Infinity headbands by Ambrosia Designs also featured a stunning rhinestone headband perfect for any age! Proceeds from all sales go to girls in foster organizations within South Florida.

Other charitable goods included Luxchilas Bags who support the women of the Wayuu Tribe of Colombia. The brand is known worldwide for their luxury “Wayuu Mochila” bag. The bright, geometrical design of Luxchilas brings life to any outfit.

RetroSpecs & Co. included their yellow Optyl frames from circa 1960-80s ($69). Retro Specs aim is to preserve the revolutionary designs of eyewear from the past.

An assortment of beauty products filled Madison & Mulholland’s Oscar bag from Sea Radiance who featured their gentle cleanser and rapid eye lift along with certificate for $100 towards lasers, botox, and fillers at Dr. Debra Jaliman’s clinic at 931 Fifth Ave, New York.

An Idaho favorite, Mirai, is a Japanese inspired product with natural healing powers (persimmon green tea extract, coconut oils, and others). The Mirai Clinical Body Care Collection included Purifying & Deodorizing Body Wash, Deodorizing Body Bar, Purifying & Deodorizing Spritzer ($94).

Mirai Clinical was honored to have its body care collection selected for inclusion at the 2-16 Ultimate Nominee Gift bag, which was given to this year’s Oscar nominees and A-List presenters
Mirai Clinical was honored to have its body care collection selected for inclusion at the 2016 Ultimate Nominee Gift bag, which was given to this year’s Oscar nominees and A-List presenters

Le Metier De Beaute gifted anti-aging complex liquid foundation, a kaleidoscope of cheek color, Amelie crimson lip color, along with liquid eye liner ($300 value). Bliss included their ever-popular Fab Girl décolleté and bust soufflé.

Other health and beauty products included Zarabee’s Naturals Honey Cough Soothers, Cough & Throat Relief, and Immune Support Vitamin Drink Mix ($8).

Other novelty items included Susan Miller founder of Astrologyzone.com who featured wall and pocket planners/calendars with art by the renowned artist Izak Zenou.

Cholocation’s ($50) and Think Thin sweetened up the gift bag with Salted Carmels infused with protein powder.

Libations in this years bag were provided by Avon Silver Tequila ($50) and Powell & Mahoney Craft Cocktail mixers ($8).

For the home, Italian Luxury designer, Pratesi featured its ascetically pleasing pillows with fun and intricate designs. Parker Wool gifted its Longwool luxurious sheepskin cushions perfect for the home office or bedroom.

With so many amazing brands to experience, Madison & Mulholland outdid themselves this Oscars season!

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Locanda Del Lago is among the Best of the Best in Los Angeles

After dining at many of the premier restaurants in the Los Angels area, Hollywood Press Corps had the pleasure of experiencing Locanda Del Lago in the 3rd Street Promenade of Santa Monica and it is among the best of the best. Specializing in dishes from the northern region of Italy, Michelin star rated chef, Gianfranco Minuz has definitely perfected his farm to table menu and sommelier, Joseph Matlock, knows exactly how to pair wines with each course.

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Lago’s Great Bar with Maitre’d JD

The restaurant is tastefully decorated in Italian decor with warm lighting, rich colors, gorgeous chandeliers and beautiful wood tables. Located conveniently on the 3rd Street Promenade, steps away from the Santa Monica Pier, this wonderful restaurant attracts tourists and locals alike.

We decided to keep it simple so we chose the Celebration of Winter tasting menu. Each item has been created with the freshest organic produce obtained from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and sustainable proteins, and always follow the suggestions of the Seafood Watch by Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Prior to our first course, we were brought a treat of parmesan lace and refreshing cocktails prepared personally by mixmaster Joseph Matlock. The thin, crunchy cheese strips are a welcome alternative to the traditional bread sticks and slices that most restaurants provide and paired perfectly with a delicious raspberry lemon drop martini. This was such an incredible start, I would come back just for this pairing!

Baby artichoke salad Fresh produce from Santa Monica Farmers' Market
Baby artichoke salad
Fresh produce from Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

The most amazing salad was our first course. Insalata dI Carciofi al parmigiano or Raw Market Baby Artichoke Salad, was hand crafted using  baby artichokes, celery, arugula, parmesan cheese, and was seasoned with a delicious lemon dressing The wine pairing was the perfect choice of sparkling wine from Italy, Prosecco, Valdo. A perfect start to a grand meal.

RIsotto con Cime dI piselli E Cappesante was delivered as our next course. It was made with Carnaroli Risotto, Market Pea Shoot, Peruvian Bay Scallop, and ParmesanCheese. A Pinot Grigio, Borgo Conventi, ’14 was chosen as the pairing and it was quite a treat. Of all of the risottos that The Hollywood Press Corps has had the pleasure of tasting, Locanda Del Lago has proven to be one of the top creators of this crowd-pleasing dish. Perfectly seasoned, delightfully creamy, and precisely rich, I would recommend this item to the pickiest of diners.

For our first main course, we chose the pesce spada alla grIglia, cavolflori e salmorIglio, which was a perfectly Grilled Pacific Swordfish, Sautéed Market Cauliflower with Paprika in a Sicilian Salmoriglio Sauce. It was paired with a Chardonnay, Chateau St. Jean, ’12. The wine was buttery and smooth and enhanced the healthy, fresh flavors of the fish and vegetables. A great choice for those of us who are health conscious but still want grand flavors.

Roasted Lamb chops photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
Roasted Lamb chops photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Our second main course was Costolette dI Agnello Arrostite, Primizie del Mercato dI Stagione, which is a roasted, all natural Niman Ranch Lamb Rack Chop with Farmers’ Market seasonal baby veggie mix, in a tomato-thyme Sauce. Deeply Italian in flavors and aromas, this dish paired ideally with a chewy Cabernet Sauvignon, Buehler, ’13. This was a satisfyingly delectable meal.

Amazing Frozen Coffee Marangue
Amazing Frozen Coffee Meringue

And the grand finale was a winter dessert specialty that tasted so much like an Italian decadent delight. Semifreddo Al Caffe’ E Amaretti is an Italian frozen coffee meringue with Amaretti cookies and was paired with a Moscato d’Asti, Michele Chiarlo. A fabulous departure from teramisu, this dessert did not disappoint. It capped off the perfect meal and was light and spectacular.

The Hollywood Press Corps was thankful to have been invited to this incredible restaurant. It truly was one of the most delicious evenings we have experienced to date. A definite “must-try” dining establishment for anyone traveling to or even through the Santa Monica area. You will be pleasantly rewarded with amazing flavors, incredible service, and a romantic, slightly rustic, environment.

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Pop Art at the Galerie Montaigne in West Hollywood


It was an amazing night on Friday, February 19th as the stars came out to West Hollywood check out art at Galerie Montaigne. The Hollywood Press Corps was on the red carpet at as the celebrities and artists arrived. Known for his Belgian neauvaux pop art, Georges Monfils was presenting amazing sculptures that everyone was talking about.

http://www.georgesmonfils.com/
Raised in Flemish Belgium and Northern France, Georges Monfils’ style mixes his “old world” heritage with his exposure to the “factory” (Andy Warhol) cult. His style is referred to as “nouveau pop”.  No topic is “off limits” for Monfils. He had sculptures in the middle of the space that were made of vinyl records. One piece had a Star Wars theme that resembled Darth Vadar…on a turntable.

 

In the back of the main gallery was an egg chair by artist Jonathan Loubens. Decked out in skulls and spikes, the chair was a huge conversation piece. Actor John Savage agreed that it would look great in anyones living room.

Loubens uses inspiration from haute couture, music, and poetry, trying to create artworks that honor those arts. His career full of spirituality and eccentricity gave him the desire to explore new paths. He now dedicates himself to the creation of unique and priceless works of art.

http://www.jonathanloubens.com/

Also on hand and walking the red carpet was artist Fano

www.fano-theartist.com

After growing up in the fashion industry, Fano’s artistic fiber and undeniable talent were inspired after spending three years in Antilles with the love of his life. Out of nothing, he finds himself at the head of a fashion empire in the textile industry, after having created the “trapeze dress” fitting all morphologies. Between Paris and the Antilles island, he chooses to stay in the front line by designing all store-front windows of the boutiques he opens, himself, showing his unending controllable taste for creation.

In the back outdoor area was Loneroc (Laurent Proneur) —

http://www.laurentproneur.com/
Music and self-expression drove Laurent through significant success as both a producer and performance. Best known for being a part of the Street Art movement Laurent, then LONE, pioneered hip-hop in Europe alongside greats like MC Solar, Menelik, and NTM. Inspired by this new poetry, dance and fashion, Laurent expressed himself by creating a lifestyle of radical freedom that focused on color, impact, and pushing the boundaries of perception. Currently painting in Los Angeles, he describes his work as a “neoteric experiment in fine art graffiti”. Sometimes frenetic, but more often grounded in purposeful focus, Laurent’s work vacillates between instigating deep self-reflection or insisting the simplicity of a beauty moment.

His art has to be seen to be believed.

It was such a great night of art and fashion. The Galerie Montaigne knows how to throw a fun VIP event!

Dustin Brown

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UPSCALE DINING AT BARRIQUE VENICE

Enjoying fine wine and a romantic atmosphere at Barrique Venice
Enjoying fine wine and a romantic atmosphere at Barrique Venice

Venice, California is known for its eclectic culture and artistic vibe. Among the many shops and stands are hidden some of the best dining destinations in Los Angeles. Barrique easily scores at the top of the list for fine Italian faire.

Barrique is located on Main Street in a lovely, yellow, bungalow-style home with indoor and outdoor seating. It is clean, modern and very romantic. Soft lighting intentionally keeps the room dark and reliant upon the ambient candle light from each individual table. The atmosphere is very intimate and perfect for a memorable dining experience.

The idyllic and picturesque dinning room at Barrique Venice
The idyllic and picturesque dinning room at Barrique Venice

The Hollywood Press Corps Magazine was greeted by Tony Black, owner of Barrique Venice. He seated us upstairs at a cozy table for two by a window. The tables are made from wine barrels giving the modern theme a rustic twist. Tony presented us with a wonderful, light, crisp white wine Molise from Italy to be paired with our first course, a delicious Branzino and Sea Urchin Carpaccio with Sea Weed and Orange Wedges. This was an amazing choice to begin our meal. Light and full of flavors, perfectly balanced and just enough to entice us before our next antipasto treat.

The delightful foie gras as prepared perfectly
The delightful foie gras was prepared masterfully

Chef Antonio Mure joined us at our table to inquire about our experience so far and to present our next tasting, Grilled Foie-Grass served with Pan Brioche and poached  pears. The understated elegance of this dish was a pleasant surprise. Not too rich or heavy, this also paired beautifully with the wine. The portions at Barrique are exactly right. Just enough to enjoy the flavors and move on to the next delicacy.

Chef Mure shaving mouth watering truffles on to a plate of handcrafted mushroom ravioli
Chef Mure shaving mouth watering truffles on to a plate of handcrafted mushroom ravioli

Chef Mure and Tony Black were both very attentive and a real delight to spend the evening with. Chef Mure would arrive with each of his courses to give us a little history of the dish and a back story on his process and presentation. The next course was home-made Red Beet Tagliolini Pasta, Marsala Quail Ragù on a Bed of Taleggio Cheese Fondue. Tony paired a fruit forward Sicilian Red wine with this dish and the two flavors played in perfect harmony. Chef Mura was so proud of his dish and referred to his pasta as “orgasmic” and “better than sex”. And with that statement came the next pasta dish, a traditionally hand-pinched, home made ravioli filled with fontina cheese from the Piedmont region of italy. The ravioli were delicately dressed in a white truffle butter sauce and Chef Mure personally shaved truffles over the top of the dish for an extra bump of exquisite flavor.

The Mediterranean Sea Bass was prepared with braised Maui Onions and fresh Zucchini
The Mediterranean Sea Bass was prepared with braised Maui Onions and fresh Zucchini

For our main course, we were presented with a Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass with Braised Maui Onions and Zucchini in a Blood Orange Sauce. We also reverted back to a white wine, a lovely citrus toned chardonnay that enhanced the slightly tart fruit flavors of the seafood dish. Once again, it was the perfect pairing. The sea bass was tender and flaky with a delicate hint of Italian seasoning and earthy flare.

To finish our evening we enjoyed a traditional Italian Easter cake from the Naples region. It was a light version of a cheesecake, sprinkled with powered sugar and lined with a creme fraise sauce and berries. Buttery, flakey and simply delicious.

The entire meal was satisfying yet light and healthy, allowing us to have enjoyed many wonderful flavors without feeling over stuffed at the end of the evening. Great food, incredible ambiance, and delightful character from both restauranteur Tony Black, and Michelin Star rated chef Antonio Mure left us feeling happy and satisfied and ready to make reservations to come back very soon! HollywoodPressCorp definitely recommends Barrique for an incredible dining experience and an intimate retreat for close family and friends.

http://www.barriquevenice.com/#tonyblack78gmailcom

 

The dessert at Barrique is the perfect ending to the meal. All photos courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos
The Italian Easter Cake dessert at Barrique is the perfect ending to the meal. All photos courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos

 

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Help Support Mansfield, Ohio’s DJ Flip | Hollywood Press Corps

The Hollywood Press Corps recently got a chance to interview DJ Flip from Mansfield, Ohio. Rhonda Sylvester, known as Mansfield’s DJ Flip, is a cancer survivor and spokesperson for breast cancer awareness. Her DJ equipment was recently stolen and her vehicle was vandalized with racists graffiti. The incident occurred on Hammond Avenue. The Mansfield Police Department are asking anyone with information to contact them at (419) 755-9724.
If you would like to donate money to DJ Flip, please reach through her Go Fund Me Project at https://www.gofundme.com/g6fwtays

DJ Flip - Your Lady DJ -
DJ Flip – Your Lady DJ –

Hollywood Press Corps(HPC):Could you take a minute and tell us your experience of living in Mansfield? Did you go to high school in Ohio?
DJ Flip: I am a resident of Mansfield Ohio I’ve lived here all my life. Mansfield, Ohio is very very small town. Thirty years ago this place was booming and DJs could find jobs. Well, anybody could back then, but it’s not that way now. DJs don’t support each other around here and there’s so much back biting that people don’t respect the DJ anymore. There’s a lot of price undercutting so we’re not able to get paid what we’re worth. I am the first female black DJ ever in the history of this city. You may consider me to be an icon or on the list of first black in this area.
I am a high school graduate of Mansfield Senior High which is located in Mansfield, Ohio.
HPC: What is your social circle like in Mansfield?
DJ Flip: I have a very small social circle. I sit on several boards in the Mansfield area. First of all, I am a breast cancer survivor and I sit on the board of directors of the Pat Kracker Breast Cancer Fund, I am an active member of the Mend Mansfield Coalition, I currently run my own breast cancer awareness campaign called the Dj Flip Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, I am a motivational speaker at the Harmony House homeless shelter, and I guess you could say I am Mansfield community Dj.
HPC: What is your favorite kind of music?
DJ Flip: I don’t have any particular genre. I like them all. I can’t really pick one because my music library allows me to mix several genres in one DJ set. So if I had a wedding to do and they were several different walks of life in the room, I could play something that will please everyone. But if I had to pick one it would be R&B, soul and country.
HPC: How did you get into DJing?
DJ Flip: Growing up, I always wanted to be a professional dancer. So when I was old enough to go into the bar scene, I would always be the best dancer. Then I started asking the DJ to play certain songs for me, and sometimes they would play them and sometimes they would not. So the more I went, the more I got disgusted about the man who was playing the music. I felt that I could do a better job with a little practice. So I would stand behind the DJ as he was the director of the party. I liked the way the crowd responded to the music that he played. So I thought to myself, “Wow! I would sure like to be him! I bet you I can do this! I know I’d be really good at it.” And that’s how I became a disk jockey. I’ve been in the business for over 35 years.
HPC: Do you play parties and weddings?
DJ Flip:Yes I do play at parties, weddings, special events, fundraisers, children’s parties, clubs , anniversary parties and graduations. You name it, I’ll do it!!! All I need is a playlist and a few people that want to have a great time.
HPC: How can someone book you?
DJ Flip: For booking information you can contact me at rhondasylvester50@gmail.com. You can find me on Facebook under Rhonda Sylvester or your lady dj, or contact me by phone (419)543-9189.
HPC: Can you tell us about your favorite gig that you played?
DJ Flip: My all time favorite gig that I played was the “Each One Reach One” rally that took place on the square of my city. They gave away over 2000 pairs of shoes and 2000 book bags. It had a capacity crowd of over 700 people and we marched for the peace and the violence of our city.
HPC: How did you get the nickname DJ Flip?
DJ Flip: Flip was always my nickname since birth. So when I became a DJ, it was simple – DJ Flip.
HPC: Can you tell us what happened to you recently?
DJ Flip: What happened last week was life changing to me. Someone vandalized my car with racial slurs with spray paint and they also stole my DJ equipment. I was devastated. And since then, my car was involved in a hit and run accident. Now my car is totaled. It was a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. They found the woman, so now I have to wait for the insurance to come through. I’m still not going to have enough money to purchase the car that I had before because it’s out of my budget. I’m disabled as well. All I can really say at this point is, “Lord give me strength to accept the things I cannot change!”

Sond of the vandalism on DJ Flip's vehicle
Photos of the vandalism on DJ Flip’s vehicle

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HPC: How can someone donate money or equipment to DJ Flip?
DJ Flip: People can donate or send money to the https://www.gofundme.com/g6fwtays or you can contact me through my email if someone would like to ship me something. Anything will help at this point. I would greatly appreciate all the help I can get.
HPC: Is there something that would surprise people to know about you?
DJ Flip: Something that would surprise people to know about me is that I have not traveled anywhere in the United States besides to visit relatives. I haven’t seen any blue waters. I have not flown in an airplane. I’ve never been on vacation. I’ve never done anything besides go to Cedar Point once in my life. Cedar Point is an amusement park located an hour away from Mansfield in Sandusky, Ohio. But the way I play my music, it seems like I’ve been all around the world. So to travel and to DJ and to speak to people about breast cancer awareness would be my ultimate dream and one of the things I want to do on my bucket list.

Equipment stolen from DJ Flip in Mansfield, Ohio
Equipment stolen from DJ Flip in Mansfield, Ohio

HPC: Is there anything you’d like to add?
DJ Flip: I would like to take the time to thank the Hollywood Press Corps for giving me the opportunity to give this interview. I would like to thank Dustin Brown for reaching out to me on Facebook. I didn’t know how far my story had travel but apparently it has gone very, very far. I hope it will reach millions of other Americans and millions of other DJs and maybe someone will have some compassion for my situation. I know things happen to people every day. But I truly have a passion for making people happy, and it is truly an honor when people hire me so they can have memorable events.

Dustin Brown

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Interview with Dutch Jazz Musician Joris Posthumus

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From left to right. Satoshi Tokuda (bass), Yuichiro Tokudo (alto sax), Joris Posthumus (alto sax), Shunichi Yanagi (piano) and Gaku Hasagawa (drums). Photo courtesy Hanayo Airbara

 

The Hollywood Press Corps’ traveled to Tokyo, Japan and got a chance to meet up with jazz musician Joris Posthumus. He is Internationally known for his NU-bop composing and alto saxophone playing.  Joris was busy recording a new album but had time to do an interview.  The album, Joris Posthumus Group, Tokyo’s Badboys will be released by Challenge Records International, autumn 2016

Jazz musician and composer Joris Posthumus
Jazz musician and composer Joris Posthumus. Photo courtesy Hanayo Airbara

When did you start playing your instrument, and what or who were your early influences?

At the age of six I started playing the drums. After a couple of years I decided to change to the clarinet. My first teacher also played the tenor sax and I changed to alto, an old Bundy Selmer.

My early heroes were mostly tenor players like Ben Webster, Colman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins.
I got tapes from my teacher with a lot of different players on it, some I liked, and some I really did not understand yet. It’s funny how your ears develop in time and you appreciate more and more music and styles.

Joris on alto sax in the recording studio.  Photo courtesy Hanayo Airbara

 

What do you personally consider to be the defining moment in your work or career?

For me 2010 was a great year. I was selected for a Young VIPS tour, a prestigious price that gave me the opportunity to play many of the big venues in Holland. Also, I released my first album, The Abyss, had an aperients in a TV show and was invited to play at the North Sea Jazz festival.

What are currently your main artistic challenges?

I recorded an album in Tokyo, September 2015, release will be 2016 so I put a lot of effort in this at the moment and I’m planning a tour both in Japan in 2016 and a tour in Holland for this group in 2017.
Touring Holland and Belgium with a project called ‘De Zeeland Suite’.
I also joined a new group, Jacob Bedaux Quartet., album recording 2016

What do improvisation and composition mean to you and what, to you, are their respective merits?

I feel that melody and improvisation are connected. It’s a symbiosis. I always have the melody in mind when I am improvising and try to play as melodic as possible. I am also thinking about sound and what the song needs.

How important are practising and instrumental technique for achieving your musical goals?

Of course practicing is a vital part of your development as a musician, and I try to do this as often as I can. In the summer I usually go to a greenhouse nearby my garden and study there. Also I study piano. I feel that as a horn player this is a real asset and also provides a more visual way to write songs.

 

What do you try to capture when recording?

I think to get that live sound, and intention, is the biggest challenge when recording in the studio. First takes are always special, there is a freshness that is hard to capture for a second time. For me a ‘good’ take is when the whole band and song stands out.

Who is your favourite Japanese jazz musician? Could you describe the Japanese jazz scene?

At the moment this would be my pianist, Shunichi Yanagi. He is a big talent and I am happy he is in my group.
The Japanese jazz scene might not have the biggest stages and festivals in the world but it compensates for it by having a lot of small jazz venues. During my tour in 2014 I played many clubs and was amazed by the diversity of venues out there. Of course there are some bigger stages and festivals but I really dig the smaller clubs. I feel that jazz in general is really alive in Japan. Anywhere you go you can hear jazz around you, in restaurants, bars, on the street, anywhere.
The level of musicianship is high and there are many great players out there.

Joris in Tokyo, Japan
Joris in Tokyo, Japan. Photo courtesy Mr. Banno

Could you say a few words in Japanese?

My Japanese is really bad, so I will spare you this. I am starting Japanese lessons soon because I would really like to do enouncements in Japanese when I am there.

What are your future plans in Japan?

My future plans for Japan are to go there and promote the album with my Japanese band.
Together with Gaku Hasagawa(drums) Shunichi Yanagi(piano) Satoshi Tokuda(bass) Yuichiro Tokudo(alto sax) and Yuki Nakae (tenor sax) I want to show Japan and the world what a great group this is.

What are your goals for the future?

To write, play and record more. To visit more countries and connect with more musicians globally.

What is something that would surprise our readers to know about you?

I am a big gardening freak, love growing my own food for me, my wife and kids. We have a big garden where I grow lots of different vegetables. I find it very relaxing and it gives me time to think about music. There is no noise there.

Who is your favourite Dutch musician?

Jeroen van Vliet. He is a great piano player and composer. I did a project with him called De Zeeland Suite Revisited. A special project about a part of Holland at our coastline. Last year he won a big price in Holland, The Boy Edgar Price.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

I would like to end this with a quote from Eric Dolphy:

When you hear music, after it’s over, it’s gone in the air. You can never capture it again
Check out Joris’ website at;

http://www.jorisposthumus.com/

Dustin Brown

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