Art, Artists and Inspiration!

David Emmanuel Noel: Photo Credit Gary ThomasI’ve been extremely productive with Occhi Arts and Entertainment over the last few months, launching the platform’s Contemporary Art Gallery. We’ve had the privileged of showcasing the work of several talented artists, including Pantea Mahrou, Despina Symeou, and Gary Thomas.

Pantea Mahrou began her professional career ten years ago, delving into architecture and taking a leading role in her family’s construction company. She went on to teach at the acclaimed Azad University of Tehran. From a young age, she fell in love with ancient architecture, specifically the Archimedean era, which has inspired her study into its rich history. She remains committed to uncovering its mysteries and secrets. Using spiritual symbols, and architectural influences, her work provides energy that encapsulates the rich history of Middle Eastern culture with a contemporary perspective on life.  Paying careful attention to the colors used, she provides audiences with a sense of calm and peace.

Pantea Mahrou
Pantea Mahrou

Multidisciplinary Artist Gary Thomas’ creativity and thirst for knowledge has inspired many years of study, growth, and development in the creative arts industry. He also continues to highlight major players, celebrities and document the activities of individuals in the industry, particularly with photo portraits. Gary has an archive of photographs. Over the years he has photographed many household names such as Nile Rodgers, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, TLC, Professor Sir Magdi Habib  Yacoub, Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Hugh Masekela, and Van Morrison. I was honoured to be included as part of this list this month, featuring the accompanying photo (Above)

Gary Thomas

Despina Symeou is a Painter-Printmaker who lives and works in London. After the study of art forms focusing on fine art, printmaking and photography, Despina specialized in Jewellery Design, gaining a B.A.Hons Degree from Middlesex University. In recent years she has returned to the two-dimensional formats that had originally fired her imagination, predominantly in etching. Her work is currently featured in Occhi Contemporary’s online exhibition ‘ Not Just For The Bedroom’ Please visit the Occhi Contemporary Website for further information on the artists, news, and forthcoming shows.

Despina Symeou

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.

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!

 

Singer- Songwriter Nancy G Looks Forward to the Release of ‘Adriadne’s Lullaby’

Nancy Goudinaki (photograph by David Les Hinton)

It’s always a pleasure to touch base with artists I’ve interviewed and can call friends to see what they’re currently up to.  In 2012 I wrote a blog about the talented vocalist Nancy Goudinaki (aka Nancy G) and reviewed her first album entitled ‘I Wanna Be Your Star.’ I’m happy to say she’s been back in the studio, recording her second album. The first track to be released is ‘Ariadne’s Lullaby.’  Check out my recent interview with her for Occhi Magazine where she talks about the track and inspiration for the new album entitled ‘ I Can Play.’ Wishing you all a great day!