Thursday, April 05, 2018

Sights and Sounds: 'Star Trek Discovery Chapter 2' soundtrack; Ziggy Marley to release new LP; Moorea Masa & The Mood debut LP

Here is a roundup on new music news to get you through your Thursday...

Soundtrack Features Original Music by Emmy® Award-Winning Composer Jeff Russo 

April 5, 2018 – CBS Television Studios announced today the release of the second volume of original score from the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, which premiered in 2017.
The album, featuring the score by Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Russo and distributed by Lakeshore Records, will be available digitally on April 6 and on CD May 25, 2018. The soundtrack will be available on LP later in the year. 
Russo shared his excitement about the progression of the music for the second chapter of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.  “As the story developed, the score needed to adapt,” said Russo. “The mirror universe storyline in episodes 10 through 13 created interesting possibilities for the score. For example, it allowed me to introduce new characters and geographical themes. Additionally, for the season one finale of STAR TREK DISCOVERY, I was able to include Alexander Courage's iconic theme into the episode, as well as include the rerecording of the STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES end credits for our finale end credits.”
            “Grand, glorious, hopeful, heartbreaking, intimate, bittersweet, tense, soaring, surprising.  Over 51 years, in its many iterations, there's been no shortage of adjectives to describe the music of Star Trek,” said co-creator Alex Kurtzman.  “On the other hand, the list of composers capable of capturing them all is short, and this is where Jeff Russo comes in.  Jeff manages to hold each note in beautiful balance, evoking the nostalgia of Alexander Courage's original theme while scoring Discovery with his own unique ear and heart.  We're lucky to have him, and we hope you'll love his music as much as we do.”
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Mary Chieffo, James Frain and more.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout, Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers.
Two-time Grammy nominee and Emmy-winning composer Jeff Russo is at the top of his field, scoring varied and compelling music for television, film and video games. Russo won the Emmy and received two additional Emmy nominations for his thrilling and angst-producing score on FX’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series “Fargo.” Russo is currently scoring Mark Wahlberg’s action-thriller film, “Mile 22,” Starz’s “Counterpart,” starring J.K. Simmons, and season two of FX’s hit series, “Legion,” based on Marvel Comic’s “X-Men,” starring Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza. He recently completed the score for season one of CBS’s reimagining of the iconic cult-classic series “Star Trek: Discovery,” and also scored Starz’s “Power,” produced by Curtis Jackson “50 Cent.” In addition to film and television, Russo recently received a BAFTA nomination for Best Music for Annapurna Interactive’s video game, “What Remains of Edith Finch.”
Additionally, Russo scored HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated series “The Night Of,” starring John Turturro, FX’s John Singleton series, “Snowfall,” and the Netflix original show, “Altered Carbon.” Russo also composed the music for Jon Avnet’s film “Three Christs,” starring Richard Gere, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and Craig Macneill’s film, “Lizzie,” starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Russo began his music career in 1990, after founding his rock band TONIC. The group quickly achieved great success and in 2003, received two Grammy nominations, one for "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" for "Take Me As I Am," and one for "Best Rock Album.” The band was a great showcase for Russo’s guitar work and songwriting that allowed him to branch out and begin his solo career in producing and composing.
Beyond his recent success in composing, Russo created the iconic musical themes for series including Spike’s “Tut,” starring Ben Kingsley, and USA Network's "Necessary Roughness," starring Callie Thorne and John Stamos. Russo collaborated with Zoe Keating on both WGN’s “Manhattan” and A&E Network's "The Returned.” 
According to Variety Magazine, “Jeff Russo understands how music can affect an audience. When music is employed, he sees it as an enhancement to character development, and is careful to create music that subtly flows with the action and visuals of the scene.”
Russo has also composed music for the New York Ballet Company Cedar Lake Ensemble.

Ziggy Marley to release seventh solo studio album 'Rebellion Rises' on May 18, 2018, via Tuff Gong worldwide




Eight-time GRAMMY® award winning musician and reggae icon Ziggy Marley will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises on May 18th through Tuff Gong Worldwide.  Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this passionate and indelible new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love. 

“The rebellion begins in the mind, the melody, and the music,” assures Ziggy. “We are a conduit of that. The rebellion is consciousness. Now the consciousness starts spreading, we become aware and we rise.”

No track embodies this message better than the album’s title track and official first single “Rebellion Rises.”  A manifesto with a chant-like chorus, the song emboldens its listeners to use the power we all have as instruments of positive change around the world.

“The better side of humanity, cannot let the side of humanity that push negativity and hatred be more willing,” Marley explained in a recent interview.  “It cannot happen. It’s a battle of wills. We’ve got to have more will.”

Rebellion Rises marks Ziggy’s first studio release in two years, following 2016’s critically acclaimed self-titled project which took home the 2016GRAMMY® award for Best Reggae Album and marked his fourth consecutive debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart.  Pre-orders for Rebellion Rises are available at beginning today, and digital pre-orders will be available starting Friday, April 6th.  All digital pre-orders will include an instant grat track of “Rebellion Rises,” which is also now available for streaming on Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.  Access the stream HERE.  The single’s official lyric video also released today and can be viewed HERE.   

This June, Ziggy will embark on the first leg of his North American tour with stops in a number of west coast markets including Napa, CA, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA.  The tour will then make its way to Europe beginning June 29th where it opens in Legnano, Italy.  Dates are below with more to be announced shortly.  For additional concert and ticket purchase information, please visit

Dates:                                   City:                                                       Venue:
4/28/18                                San Bernardino, CA                         KayaFest (Performing w. The Marley Brothers)
6/8/18                                   Napa, CA                                             Uptown Theater 
6/10/18                                Carmel, CA                                          Sunset Center
6/12/18                                Jacksonville, OR                                Britt Pavilion
6/13/18                                Seattle, WA                                        Seattle Zoo
6/14/18                                Portland, OR                                       Portland Zoo
6/16/18                                Kamas, UT                                           DeJoria Center
6/17/18                                Winter Park, CO                                Hideaway Park
6/18/18                                Aspen, CO                                           Aspen
6/19/18                                Albuquerque, NM                           Villa Hispana Outdoor Theater
6/20/18                                Phoenix, AZ                                        Van Buren Theater
6/22/18                                Santa Ynez, CA                                   Chumash
6/23/18                                Sacramento, CA                                Ace of Spades
6/24/18                                San Francisco, CA                             Sigmund Stern Grove
8/23/18                                Bellvue, CO                                         Mishawaka Amphitheatre           
9/1/18                                   Vienna, VA                                          Wolf Trap

Dates:                                   City:                                                       Venue:
6/29/18                                Legnano, Italy                                    Rugby Sound Festival
6/30/18                                Paris, France                                      Elysée Montmartre
7/1/18                                   Brussels, Belgium                             Couleur Café Festival
7/2/18                                   Amsterdam, Holland                       Paradiso
7/5/18                                   Trenčín, Slovakia                              Pohoda Festival
7/7/18                                   Cologne, Germany                          Summerjam Festival
7/10/18                                Vienna, Austria                                 Sunsplash Festival Austria
7/12/18                                Tolmin, Slovenia                               Overjam Int’l Reggae Festival
7/13/18                                Novi Sad, Serbia                                Exit Festival
7/16/18                                Karlsruhe, Germany                        ZELTIVAL Sommerfestival
7/17/18                                Feldkirch, Austria                             Poolbar Festival
7/18/18                                Luxembourg, Luxembourg           Den Atelier
7/20/18                                Wassertrüdingen, Germany        Afrika & Karibik Festival
7/21/18                                Ostrava, Czech Republic                Colours Of Ostrava
7/23/18                                Zürich, Switzerland                          Kaufleuten Zürich
7/25/18                                Copenhagen, Denmark                 Store VEGA
7/26/18                                Langesund, Norway                        Wrightgaarden
7/27/18                                Stockholm, Sweden                        Gröna Lund
7/28/18                                Östersund, Sweden                        Storsjöyran Festival

An eight-time GRAMMY® winner, EMMY® winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley has released twelve albums to much critical acclaim. Now with his own label Tuff Gong Worldwide, and publishing company Ishti Music, Marley has complete control of his master recordings and publishing. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley.  After eight records with The Melody Makers and three GRAMMY® Awards, with such chart-topping hits as "Look Who’s Dancing," "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down," he kicked off a legendary solo career in 2003 with Dragonfly. He impressively garnered the GRAMMY® Award for Best Reggae Album” in 2006 (Love Is My Religion), 2013 (In Concert), 2014 (Fly Rasta) and 2016 for the self-titled Ziggy Marley - which marked his fourth consecutive debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart.His first children’s album Family Time received the 2009 GRAMMY® for Best Children’s Album,” and he also took home a Daytime EMMY® Award for I Love You Too,” which shares its title with his 2012 debut children’s book, a multicultural picture collection based on the beloved song, which explores a child’s relationship with parents, nature and the unstoppable force of love. Tapping into his expansive creativity, he created the graphic novel, MARIJUANAMAN and launched Ziggy Marley Organics—an innovator in GMO-free coconut oils and hemp seed snacks. As an extension of his passion for health and sustainable living – Marley published the Ziggy Marley & Family Cookbook in 2016.

Tuff Gong Worldwide was founded in 2006, an off shoot of the original Tuff Gong label, which was founded in 1965 by Bob Marley with the vision of producing, distributing and promoting his music free from the constraints of corporate label politics. In a time, decades before artist-owned record labels were commonplace, the legendary Bob Marley’s vision was characteristically well ahead of its time. Now, nearly a half-century later, his dream is being realized.  Today, Ziggy Marley is a completely independent artist – owning all of his master recordings since 2006 and all of his compositions with Isthi Music – his publishing company. Marley’s robust business goes far beyond music, into book publishing, film and television. For more information, visit

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Moorea Masa & The Mood announce debut album 'Shine A Light' coming Friday, May 11, 2018

"Her voice is a charming blend of silken tonal clarity,
 luxuriant phrasing and perfectly weighted power and restraint. 
She coexes the listener an instinctive emotional response 
and she seduces with her tenderly emotional delivery"
- Next2Shine

"Irresistible and staggeringly beautiful, 
Masa displays a delicate balance of restraint and raw power"
- The Oh Es Tee

 "Though she clearly embraces R&B; to its fullest here, 
she often shows an appreciation for both folk and pop 
without ever playing to the obvious choices in any genre"
- PopMatters

April 4, 2018 - Portland, OR - Moorea Masa & The Mood have announced their debut full-length, Shine A Light, out May 11, 2018. Earlier this year, Masa released the single and music video for "I Can't Tell." Check out the premiere of the video and single onPopMatters

Shine A Light was co-produced by Jeremy Most and thoughtfully explores topics such as love, loss, hidden pain, and the politics of being a woman. Speaking to the new record, Masa explains, "Shine A Light comes from the depths of a sometimes-troubled childhood and expresses a belief that the unexamined life is not worth living. I'm really sharing my whole heart in this album."

"This year I've really been digging deep into my history, my own learning lessons, and the state of the world," she continues. "I feel like I took a light and shined it into all the darkness and beauty that I was previously too scared to look at."

Songs have always been there for Moorea Masa, being raised in the musical mecca of Portland, Oregon. The daughter of an Italian immigrant father and an African-American mother born abroad, this singer/songwriter/guitarist has been making music for as long as she can remember. At fifteen, she was already looking for chances to perform by sneaking into local clubs, where she was lovingly adopted into the vibrant community of Portland musicians. Masa then left to study at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England, and spent time living in a cave and soaking in flamenco music in Granada, Spain. Returning home to the Pacific Northwest, Masa began her music career in earnest. 

Not just writing and performing her own original material, she recorded with El Vy and The Decemberists, sang with soul legend Ural Thomas (who appears on the new album), and toured with Allen Stone. As a solo artist, she's garnered major praise from Emily KingCorinne Bailey RaeThe MotetNick Waterhouse, and many more. Now 25 years old, she has been touring with crooner KD Lang as she preps for the release of Shine A Light.

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Shine A Light Tracklisting:
01.The Garden
02. Be Somebody 
03. Ever Moving
04. I Can't Tell
05. Nature's Song
06. Don't Let Me Run ft. Ural Thomas 
07. Wanna Be Close 
08. Conversation
09. Wake Up // Lover Be Found ft. Lo Steele 
10. Shine A Light

Upcoming Tour Dates:
w/ Raquel Rodriguez
May 17 - Bellingham, WA @ Firefly Lounge 
May 18 - Salem, OR @ The Gov Cup 
May 19 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
May 20 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir (Album Release Show)
May 21 - Eugene, OR @ Hifi Lounge
May 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Lost Church 
May 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
May 26 - San Diego, CA @ Urban Healing Center

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