Coronavirus: Be Safe and Careful!

Hi all! It’s been a very long time since I blogged and I’ve missed it. At the neglect of my blog, I’ve been very active editing and writing for Occhi Magazine. In the last few months we’ve reviewed some great films, directors, authors, visual artists and award-winning musicians such as Jackiem Joyner and legendary Sergio Mendes. Please visit the Occhi Magazine website for further information. I’m also pleased to say OPEN Ealing has also opened its community art centre in Ealing, London.

Unfortunately, like other venues, the community’s use of the venue has been under threat due to the coronavirus. Under the growing shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ll be confined in my studio, writing and working on some new work I hope to share with you.

In these difficult and unprecedented times I wish you and your loved ones the very best. Like most of you, I’ve witness empty shop shelves, panic buying and a great sence of fear. Please look after yourselves and each other by following recommendations proposed by the World Heath Organisation and your national health authorities.

In Conversation with Musician Ray ‘Mr Goldfinger’ Angry

Raymond Angry, David Emmanuel Noel & Occhi MagazineRay Angry is a classically trained pianist, producer, musical director and one of the most sought after artists today. Aside from his documented talents, he’s a very unassuming, respectful and admirable individual, which I’m sure is an attraction for the plethora of acts who have worked with him. Ray’s first-class resume features collaborations with Jeff Beck, Wynton Marsalis, Mark Ronson, Q-Tip, Yolanda Adams, Daniel Winans, Joss Stone, Sting, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Esperanza Spalding, Dionne Warwick, Dianne Reeves, Queen Latifah, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Christina Aguilera and ongoing associates The Roots. Currently, in London, we managed to catch up to discuss his current residency, initiatives and future projects. The full interview is available via Occhi Magazine

For further information on Ray Angry please visit his official website, TwitterFacebook and Instagram accounts

Ray appears with Daniel Merriweather at LAYLOW, Golborne Road, London, UK this evening from 8pm

Raymond Angry Photo by Jill Greenberg

In Conversation With Musician Richie Goods

Richie Goods, David Emmanuel Noel, Occhi Magazine
Photo by: Kasia Idzkowska

Richie Goods is someone who comes to mind when I think of an artist who excels in the techniques of musicianship. Possessing an extremely professional and buoyant approach to his art, Richie Goods is a celebrated bassist, bandleader, and producer, who has worked with a plethora of universally recognized acts including Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, and Alicia Keys.

His new album entitled  ‘My Left Hand Man’ celebrates the legacy and compositional talents of his late mentor, Mulgrew Miller.  It is an intoxicating collection of tracks that respectfully pay homage to Miller. Confidently fusing elements of jazz, blues, and funk, the album successfully delivers a broad-stroke of psychedelic sounds, solos, and memorable renditions delivered meticulously by a cohort of some of the finest musicians on the circuit. Featured artists include pianists Shedrick Mitchell and Mike King, guitarists Tariqh Akoni and David Rosenthal, Lil John Roberts on drums, vocalist Jean Baylor, vibraphonist Chien Chien Lu, and percussionist Danny Sadownick. The composition and musical arrangements are what we expect from an artist of Good’s standing, leaving it easy for me to recommend this to your record list. It was great catching up with Richie to discuss the album and his career in general. The full interview is available on the Occhi Magazine website.

Article 25’s 10 x 10 Art Auction 2019

I’m looking forward to Article 25’s 10 x 10 Art Auction 2019 at the Royal Institute of British Architects. The event supports ongoing work with vulnerable communities around the world. Article 25 is an architecture charity based in London that has worked on more than 90 projects in 34 countries, making it arguably one of the most influential architectural NGOs in the world. It uses design to improve health, livelihood, and resilience to disasters and is driven by Article 25 of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to adequate and dignified shelter. The charity’s vision is a world where all communities have access to better housing, safe school buildings and effective clinics and hospitals, and they provide the skills and expertise needed to make this a reality.

The ’10×10 London’ event is the charity’s flagship fundraising event.  It is a unique concept, bringing together 100 prominent artists, designers, and architects to create 100 pieces of art, offering 100 unique reflections on the constantly changing landscape of the city. The initiative covers a grid of 100 squares across London’s Isle of Dogs, parts of Greenwich and Poplar, so as not to miss out on the architectural riches on display in these neighboring parts of the city. The Isle of Dogs has a long history of change. It was a major shipping market hub for London acting as a gateway for international shipping both imports and exports for the capital. Today Canary Wharf sits proudly at the center of the same Isle of Dogs location, exporting global financial services, real estate development and associated corporate consulting services. The theme encourages artists and architects to illustrate the rich tapestry of historic landmarks, diverse communities and cultures, and champions of commerce past and present.

The event takes place at the Royal Institute of British Architects, Portland Place 66 Portland Place London, England, W1B INR on Monday, November 18, 2019, from 19:00

For ticket sales, further information on Article 25 or artwork to be auctioned please visit the Article 25 website.

Having fun with Occhi Magazine

Hi all! Trusting all is well with you and yours! The last few months have been eventful, working on new pieces, participating in the BEAT and exploring opportunities with a new US-based project. Moreover, I’m becoming more involved in Occhi Magazine’s management. We’ve covered a number of independent film releases, NY’s Comic-Con, and featured some truly gifted actors, singers and visual artists including Grammy Award-winning artist/producer Anu Sun, singer-songwriters Danielle Todd and Renee Wynter, and actress Kathy Kolla. If you are an artist or know of someone who should feature please let me know. It’s great sharing and supporting fresh talent!

For those unfamiliar with the magazine, we cover arts and entertainment, as well as fashion and beauty. It is a digital platform based in New York, with reporters in Arizona, California, Canada, Illinois, Ohio, and New York. I invite you to visit us at www.occhimagazine.com 

Now the summer is coming to the end, I will no doubt spend more time painting in a warm studio. Of course, I’ll be happy to share the results with you! Have a great day all!