I've been a drummer since I was a child and thanks to a friend who taught me how to play the guitar, I wrote songs several years ago. I released my first solo album in 2018 singing from the drums along with great musicians who are still with me. I participate in various projects of different types of music from pop to jazz, seeking to nurture my performance and that of my colleagues. Producing songs is one of my favorite adventures right now.
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‘Seize The Day’, written during lockdown by actor and musician Greg Wise, is sung by Heather Ella Rose in the UK, with backing vocals by Marshall Muze in Nigeria, Bass by Neipesmit in Argentina, piano by Juan Barallobres, with drums, guitar, theremin, backing vocals and all production by Lucas Avellina in Argentina. This lovely song is about the importance of appreciating and loving life, even when the day or the time you’re in is hard. It’s a folk type song that starts out small, in the circle of light that is two people, but widens out to take in the enormous change we are now facing - a whole new ordering of things - social injustice, the financial system, and the state of our planet. It is a hopeful song ultimately, as it acknowledges that the ‘world we wove together is unravelling now’, but says ‘take the broken lands, take the broken lives, and heal them now’.MORE LESS
This is a love song for life on earth, with a hugely positive message and a profound meaning at its’ heart. As the lyrics say; ‘We’re bound together like a thousand prayers’. This upbeat song reminds us that love is the one universal truth, and that though we can get lost, we will find ‘ways to survive, new ways to thrive’. The song was written when thinking deeply about how we cannot change systems with the approaches that produced them, and about how this time we are in is particularly challenging. The song proposes that if we all collectively really feel our love for every element of life on earth, from the beauty of nature, to our own sorrows and joys, and for our extraordinary diversity of people and life, it will ‘tune us up’ to more holistic actions and connections. We included a powerful sample from a bbc interview with John Lennon in 1980 Where he says “we know that the power is in the people, we just need to awaken this power” . His words are still so resonant, with all the global protests and demonstrations about everything from anti racism to environmentalism. These protests are a way that love for the earth and all it’s people can be expressed.MORE LESS
This song is about love and death, and hope and fear. It’s about that space in between this life and the next. It’s a deep journey of a song that represents the universal human experience of living with certain death, and uncertain life, but with love as the force that gives us all coherence. The meaning in the song is heightened even more at this time with the global lockdown happening, and it aims to be both a balm and a challenge to the spirit. As the lyrics say ‘Can you hear, can you feel, the coming of eternity, we must face it, face it, with love or fear’ .MORE LESS
This song attempts to contrast an aspect of our life on earth, bound by the base and the material with our eternal and greater life "in the forests" of our spiritual identity. It serves as a reminder of who we really are and the necessity of seeking this greater truth that resides within us all expressing it and exhorting others to do the same. The song begins by describing how in this world we are ultimately part of a herd, being pushed to and from in a world of deceit and concludes with a call to action of "Give me the flute, and sing," in which the sound of the ancient reed flute symbolizes the primal vibration of all creation and true freedom is found among the wilds of the self, and the company of spiritual kin who know that “Immortality lies in a song” and not to concern themselves with the mundane. The song was adapted from Khalil Gibran’s poetry collection "Al Mawakib - Processions". The voice is part of a band that accompanies these contrasting movements almost as in a play. With a mix between sounds and languages of very distant cultures and instruments from different parts of the world, this song offers us a journey to our interior, our ancestors, our future and our relationship with the world we inhabit.MORE LESS
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