June 23, 2017

Verneda Adele of HUMAN INTONATION Featured in NYC-DOHMH "Bare It All" Ad Campaign for Sexual Health

Groundbreaking "Bare It All" ad campaign empowers LGBTQ New Yorkers to find a doctor they can talk to openly about their sex lives

Now in full swing, June is LGBT Pride Month, the time of year that honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, and celebrates the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. In connection with Pride Month, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC-DOHMH) has launched a new, citywide sexual health awareness campaign, "Bare It All."

As a long-time partner and former Co-Chair of the Brooklyn region of New York Knows, the NYC-DOHMH's city-wide HIV Testing initiative, Verneda Adele White, Founder and Creative Director of the premium, charity-driven apparel brand Human Intonation (www.humanintonation.com), is featured in the provocative and groundbreaking campaign with trailblazers including Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the NYC-DOHMH. The campaign empowers LGBTQ New Yorkers to talk openly with their doctors about their sex lives, drug use and any issues that affect their health. It also encourages New Yorkers to find a health care provider who allows patients to share details of their lives without judgment.

On June 6th, the de Blasio Administration published and distributed New York City's first-ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights, which details health care protections on local, state and federal levels to empower LGBTQ New Yorkers to get the health care they deserve. The Bill of Rights also reiterates that medical providers and their support staff are legally required to offer LGBTQ New Yorkers quality care regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

"We, at HUMAN INTONATION, believe in equal quality healthcare for all, and personally as an avid ally of the LGBTQ community, I welcome the opportunity for my image to be used in a way that encourages others to access the care that is right for them," says White. "We encourage everyone to 'Bare It All' as a gateway to making positive choices about our sexual health including HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment." The "Bare It All" campaign has been covered by NY1, and will appear on the NYC subway, MTA bus stands and online in both English and Spanish.


ABOUT HUMAN INTONATION: Inspired by Verneda Adele White's personal family experience during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the loss of her very close cousin to AIDS, HUMAN INTONATION® is the premium, charity-driven apparel brand dedicated to raising awareness and funding for today's pertinent social & human rights issues including HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment.

SOURCE: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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June 1, 2017

Nick Brodeur Wins Studio Package from ReverbNation

Laguna Beach singer/guitarist awarded recording time with Orange County Production House

For the third annual year, Hybrid Studios and Orange County Production House have selected a band or artist to receive free studio recording time through a ReverbNation competition. The 2017 winner is Laguna Beach's Nick Brodeur, a talented singer and guitarist who will now get his opportunity to record at Hybrid Studios under the direction of OCPH.

"Part of the mission of Hybrid Studios and Orange County Production House is to bolster the local music scene," said studio Co-founder Billy Klein. "With that in mind, we decided to pick a local artist this time around, and we believe Nick is really going to shine in studio."

Nick Brodeur was chosen from a list of nearly two thousand applicants. Previous winners of the ReverbNation competition include Los Angeles' Andy Allo and Yucaipa's Hoity Toity. Now a studio tradition, Hybrid and Orange County Production House have every intention of running the contest again in 2018.

You can catch Nick Brodeur live at the Montage in Laguna Beach on June 16th.

About Hybrid Studios

Hybrid Studios is a fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio, it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.

For more information on Hybrid Studios, please visit http://www.hybridstudiosca.com/.

For more information on Orange County Production House, please visit http://www.ocproductionhouse.com/.

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May 30, 2017

LGBTQ Authors Tour of Color Kicks Off Tour in Memphis on Saturday, June 17

Authors Toni Newman, Victor Yates, Armistead Burks and Craig Stewarts will kick off the LGBTQ Tour of Color at Memphis Tri-State Pride on Saturday, June 17, at the Crown Plaza Memphis Downtown, from 10 am - 1 pm. The moderator will be Victor Yates.

The LGBTQ Tour of Color will kick off the tour at the Memphis Tri-State Pride on Saturday, June 17, 10 am to 1 pm, at the Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown. The LGBTQ Tour of Color includes Authors Toni Newman, Victor Yates, Armistead Burks and Craig Stewart. They will be reading passages from their books with open forum to follow.

Craig "The Writer" Stewart is the author of Words Never Spoken and One Thing for Certain, Two Things for Sure memoir series, which contains penetrating commentary on drug addiction, incarceration, and transitioning from dating women to men. www.craigthewriterstewart.com

Victor Yates, 2016 Lambda Literary Award Winner for LGBT Debut Fiction, is the author of A Love Like Blood and Half Somali and Cuban, in which 17-year old Carsten Tynes deals with the intricacies of sexuality, race, Americanism, syncretism, and migration under his dying father's abusive hand. www.victoryates.wordpress.com

Toni Newman is the author of I Rise, the first African-American transgender memoir in the U.S., which is the story of her transformation from an effeminate, conflicted male to a proud and educated transgendered woman. www.tonidnewman.com

A.D. Burks, author of Sex and Surrender: An Addict's Journey, graphically recounts his 12-year sexual addiction and how he finally reconciled his sexuality and spirituality. In the 4 STEPS: A Practical Guide to Breaking the Addictive Cycle, Burks provides a framework to break the addictive cycle and uncover the sources of pain which trigger addiction. www.the4stepsguide.com

GOALS of The LGBTQ Tour of Color:

– Prepare the future leaders of the current and next generation to be more knowledgeable and compassionate to the issues facing the LGBTQ community of color
– Educate attendees on how the intersections of race, religion, gender roles and sexuality affect the LGBTQ community and society
– Educate audience members about the transgender community
– Encourage attendees to lead authentic lives
– Deliver HIV awareness messaging that resonates beyond traditional Public Service Announcements
– Explain how undiagnosed cases of sex addiction are increasing HIV and STI rates
– Explain the signs and dangers of addiction
– Explore how The 4 STEPS can break the addictive cycle
– Address the stigma that the LGBTQ community of color faces within religious organizations
– Bridge the divide between intergenerational groups
– Empower current and future generations of the LGBTQ community of color to thrive and not just survive

To find out more about the LGBTQ Tour of Color or to book the authors, please email info@lgbtqtourofcolor.com or visit http://www.lgbtqtourofcolor.com.

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May 26, 2017

Svjetlana Bukvich's "Once You Are Not a Stranger"with Janis Brenner & Dancers, Gibney Dance June 1-3

Bukvich Becomes the Go-To Composer for New Works from Innovative Dance Minds

KeyMedia Public Relations is pleased to announce that our client, composer Svjetlana Bukvich, is continuing to share her talents within the medium of dance. In her latest collaboration she has joined forces with Janice Brenner and Dancers, costume designer Sue Julien, lighting designer Mitchell Bogard, and installation artist Eva Petrič to create the interdisciplinary work Once You are Not a Stranger.The piece looks at the idea of empathy and "otherness" in a multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious world. Performed with live music, including Ms. Brenner on vocals and Ms. Bukvich on keyboards, the company is excited to premiere this collaboration as part of Janice Brenner and Dancers NY season June 1-3 at Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at Gibney Dance, NYC. The first time the piece was seen was on February 10, 2017 at the National Theater Sarajevo as part of XXXIII Sarajevo Winter Festival - The Silk Road Art. The work received the 2017 O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, Inc. grant.

Svjetlana's first collaboration with NY dance occurred in 2013, when she composed music for the renowned choreographer Carolyn Dorfman to create the stunning piece Interior Designs. She would go on to work with the doyen of the NY downtown dance world, choreographer Jeanette Stoner in 2015, and again with Dorfman on TRACES in 2016.

The Brooklyn Rail states, "Bukvich is one of the notable musicians who have embraced the energetic complexity of prog-rock via contemporary composition (and to dispel any reactionary social beliefs, prog-rock is cool, just ask Steve Reich). Her trademarks are sonority, color, texture, and a feeling for the metaphysical and her collaboration with Dorfman has earned raves."

Other notable accomplishments this year have been her composing Hard Rain, Johnny for bassoon and electronic sound, which premiered at the Festival of Microtonal Music in Berlin, Germany by the virtuoso bassoonist Johnny Reinhard. It received its American premiere on March 12 2017 at the Composers Concordance's 6th annual festival New York // New Music. This piece went on to premiere at the Odessa Festival of Modern Art - Two Days and Two Nights of New Music on April 22 held at the Concert Hall of the Odessa Philharmonic Society. In January 2017, the fantastic ETHEL string quartet premiered her piece for string quartet, bass guitar and tape at (le) Poisson Rouge in NYC.

About Svjetlana Bukvich: Svjetlana Bukvich specializes in an art-rock tinged blend of classical, avant-garde, world and experimental music for dance, film, and the concert stage. Integrating technology, trail-blazing performers, and tuning of her own design in productions described as "ecstatic musical experiences"
(New Music Connoisseur), she has appeared in numerous venues in the US, and internationally including Beijing, London, Johannesburg, Berlin and Copenhagen. A 2013 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Music/Sound, Bukvich has enjoyed support from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Soros Foundation, the American Composers Forum, the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University, GENERATE: The Frances Richard Fund for Innovative Artists of Promise, New Music USA, 2016 Live Music for Dance, and USArtists International. Critics have called Bukvich's only solo release to date, the album EVOLUTION (PARMA Recordings) "genre-busting," and "astounding and mind expanding."

About Janis Brenner & Dancers: Janis Brenner & Dancers has performed throughout the US, Asia and Europe since 1989 and has been presented by leading NY organizations. JB&D is known for the caliber of its dancers, its multidisciplinary residencies, its "emotionally authentic" and musically diverse work. Brenner is an award-winning dancer/choreographer/singer, and Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers. Known for "meticulous artistry", she has toured in 35 countries and is acclaimed as a "singular performer" with a multifaceted artistic range. Honors: "Bessie" in Meredith Monk's work, Lester Horton Award, Fund for US Artists, U.S. State Department, Asian Cultural Council, The Trust for Mutual Understanding and O'Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation.

About KeyMedia Public Relations: Located in New York City, KeyMedia Public Relations (http://www.keymediapublicrelations.com/) is a results-driven, boutique PR firm and Production Company providing a full spectrum of services which range from creative to strategic to advisory.

For more details about the NY Premiere of Once You Are Not A Stranger, see the link below: https://gibneydance.org/venue/gibney-dance-agnes-varis-pe.... Please visit http://www.svjetlanamusic.com for more news from Ms Bukvich!

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May 22, 2017

Actress Linda Kuriloff Brings Awareness of Mental Health to her Role in On Strivers Row

"I want my legacy to be how hard I made you laugh, how deep I made you cry, and how open I left your mind." -Linda Kuriloff

Actress Linda Kuriloff will portray the character of Ruby Jackson in the play On Strivers Row, beginning May 19 and running through June 18, 2017. The performances will be presented at the Metropolitan
Playhouse located at 220 East 4th St. in New York. Tickets are currently on sale and can be ordered online or by calling 800-838-3006.

The role has special importance to Kuriloff, who works at East Village Access, an organization that serves the mental health community. She chose to play Ruby to bring awareness to mental health issues and the far reaching impact they have on family members.

While the play isn't about mental illness, at one point the character of Ruby describes one of the symptoms of her grandfather's mental health episodes. Kuriloff plays the granddaughter of a person with a mental health illness and her performance is especially appropriate as May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Written by Abram Hill and directed by Timothy Johnson, On Strivers Row is set in the early 1940s and opens with Oscar and Dolly Van Striven preparing for their daughter's extravagant debutante party in their upscale townhouse. Even as the Van Striven fortunes are failing, they must continue the façade of wealth, power and importance.

Ruby is a presumptuous lottery winner who made her fortune betting on horses. Her goal is to find entry and acceptance in the educated and elite black society of Harlem's richest community nicknamed Strivers Row, beginning with the Van Striven ball.

The play has been described as a satire by some, but the work is much more complex. It addresses stereotypes and classism in the U.S. and within the black community in the 1940s. On Strivers Row provides social commentary and a unique look at the chaos that ensues when perceptions and the accepted pecking order is disrupted.

The performance at the Metropolitan Playhouse promises fun, enlightenment, and an historic look at the emerging social and educational changes taking place in the black community of 1940s New York. The character of Ruby Jackson enables Kuriloff to display her considerable acting talent and bring an added awareness of mental health illness, a topic everyone should care about.

About Linda Kuriloff
Linda Kuriloff is an actor, writer, stand-up comic, teacher and career coach who uses her many talents to help others and address issues that can sometimes be uncomfortable to hear but need to be explored. She connects with fans through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lindakuriloff/).

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May 11, 2017

Video Trailer: Hiraeth // Limerence

Just released: a short and sweet video trailer for the upcoming show HIRAETH // LIMERENCE, on stage at the 13th Street Repertory Theater in NYC from May 18-20. Get tickets here.

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April 16, 2017

Hiraeth // Limerence

Two brand new, original, all female, one-acts are coming to the 13th Street Repertory Theater in New York City in May. More to come on this exciting new show--for now, see a brief description below.

Hiraeth- a one-woman one-act, tells the tale of an eighteen year old girl working her way through a rough past. It's an uplifting story of the triumph of the creative human spirit over the dismay of things once had but lost. Hiraeth is a Welsh word that means- a homesickness for a home you can't return to, or that never was.

Limerence- a five-woman one-act, is an exploration of friends and acquaintances telling tales from their past and offering each other small bits of wisdom to help them get through whatever they're experiencing. It's a glimpse into the world of true, meaningful, unadulterated friendship. Limerence means- the state of being infatuated or obsessed with another person, typically experienced involuntarily and characterized by a strong desire for reciprocation of one's feelings but not primarily for a sexual relationship.

These two original one-acts, played by a phenomenal cast, will make for a spectacular evening in the intimate black box theater setting of the 13th Street Repertory Theater in Manhattan.

Written, Directed, Produced by Daniel Coyle
Hiraeth stars Ashleigh Kiven and Jing Zhang
Limerence stars Kaitlin De Santis, Michelle Rocco,
Patricia Yeazell, Claire Thompson, and Crystal Sharadin

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April 6, 2017

Gypsy Jazz || Music Mapped Out

It's not always about discovering new artists. Sometimes it's about discovering artists you've somehow never heard of. Ladies and Gents, I give you: Django Reinhardt - I'll See You In My Dreams (1930s).

If that piqued your interest, you should try 
Django Reinhardt [FULL ALBUM]

Music Mapped Out: How Fans Interact With Music Across U.S. Regions [INFOGRAPHIC]

Where we live plays a major role in how we listen to, buy and engage with music, according to a Nielson study. For example, music fans in the Pacific region of the U.S. make up the largest group of subscription streamers in the country. But the  Mountain region has the highest overall listening rates across the country when factoring in all platforms.

Continue reading "Music Mapped Out: How Fans Interact With Music Across U.S. Regions [INFOGRAPHIC]" »

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March 24, 2017

A Video From Dia Frampton || Indie Label Advice

September 9, 2013 was the second night of Dia Frampton's residency at The Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles). This video captures what a typical show with Dia is like. See how enjoyable this is?

Links Galore: 

Indie Label Advice From The Great Escape 2014

The Great Escape is a major European music festival and convention that took place earlier this month in Brighton, UK. Two high points of the convention included an interview with Tru Thoughts founder Robert Luis and a keynote from CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke. Both shared some practical thoughts for record labels on the contemporary music biz with Cooke giving direct-to-fan a new take from the label's perspective.

Continue reading "Indie Label Advice From The Great Escape 2014" »

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March 18, 2017

Music We’re Loving || Jazz Babies

Nostalgia is such a powerful thing, isn’t it? Don’t we all long for “how things used to be,” even if we weren’t alive to experience that thing the first time around? It seems to be one of those charmingly, deeply human qualities. I, for one, yearn for the days of champagne parties and jazz babies, when ladies were “dames” and a gentleman changed his shirt for dinner.

So, should you ever find yourself knee-deep in bootleg hooch with a wild-eyed fella who calls himself Bugsy, feel free to slap one of these records on the old phonograph and get a wiggle on. “Get hot baby, get HOT!"

The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn are an early jazz, swing, and blues band, composed of acoustic guitar/vocals, upright bass, homemade washboard percussion, trumpet, and saxophone. Their repertoire of witty songs from the 1920s and ‘30s is augmented by original tunes with moving – yet often bawdy – lyrics and catchy 4-part vocal harmonies. Feel-good, grab-your-gal-and-dance type songs.

Listen to: “Blue Drag,” from the Permanent Magic album

Davina & the Vagabonds are a quintet playing jazz, roots, Americana, and the blues in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. I was lucky enough to catch a performance in Atlanta this spring, and by golly, if that wasn’t one of the most energetic live shows I’ve ever been to. It’s exuberant, “rollicking New Orleans flavor” at its giddy best.

Listen to: “Pushpin,” from the Black Cloud album

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February 28, 2017

Boys, Girls, Booze, and Blues

Lately, the 90°+ temperatures in NYC have me thinking of sitting on Southern porches, swaying slowly in a rocking chair, a glass of whiskey quietly sweating into my hand. Should you be so lucky to be doing just that, here are a few musical suggestions to make sure your afternoon is a boozy, bluesy success:


Jessi Robertson, a Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter, makes magical alt-folk-Americana music with a voice and lyrics that are at once sweetly vulnerable and darkly gritty. Another reason to love her? Ten percent of the proceeds from her album “Small Town Girls” are donated to The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.

Listen to: The title track, “Small Town Girls”


Danielle Bourjeaurd’s music has an undeniably country backbone with a touch of rock & roll swagger. With a voice full of gutsy confidence à la Patsy Cline, she sings of relationships gone sour with an “I didn’t need you anyway” attitude that we seriously dig.

Listen to: “Way Too Late,” her independently released single


Moon Palace, the recording and performance name of Philadelphia-based Christopher Bohn, makes the kind of atmospheric folk music that is hazy and dreamlike, yet commands your full attention in considering his poetic lyrics. If you love Bon Iver and Iron & Wine (which we totally do), you’ll love this guy (who we also totally do).

Listen to: “In Our House,” the second track of his self-titled album

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February 17, 2017

Joy Rides with The Brothers Rigney

Hi. Yes, you, hello there! No need to lurk behind the computer screen, we’re quite friendly here! Welcome to the very first blog post of Parachuting Buddha Records, where the beer and snacks flow as freely as our bad puns and worse metaphors.

Speaking of beer and snacks, I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to a band that has been rocking in the free world for nigh on 20 years: The Brothers Rigney. (Yep, that right there was the best transitional sentence ever . . . you drink beer and eat snacks in the living room, right? Whatever, just go with it.)

The Brothers Rigney is a hard rock trio based out of Austin, Texas. TBR was founded by brothers: Bryan is their lead vocalist and bassist, while Paul rips it on the guitar. Inspired by classic rockers like Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen, as well as more hard rock bands such as Great White and Montrose, this trio brings a real sincerity and energy to every performance.

Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I grew up the child of a disco queen and a flannel-sporting rocker dude. And though I can shake my “Hot Stuff” almost as well as any Donna Summer devotee, my musical tastes are aligned far more with the likes of your average Q104.3 radio rotation. From time to time, my dad would pack my sister and I into his Explorer, grab his favorite Stones or Who cassette, pump the radio as loud as the speakers could stand, and tear like an absolute madman around our neighborhood – whizzing through stop signs with total disregard for life or limb or New York City speed limits. He called these terrifying flights through the darkness “joy rides.” To my 12 year-old self this was, of course, the ultimate exhilaration, better than any rollercoaster.

I’m telling you this story because listening to The Brothers Rigney conjures up those memories, those feelings of panicked exultation: the deft guitar solos that come in during tracks like “Face the Day” and “Happy” are just right for rolling down the windows and letting the wind cut through your hair. But don’t mistake these fellows for the heedless type of hotel-trashing rocker: thoughtful lyrics like those of “Forever Blue,” and the clean, tight drumbeats in songs such as “Bastard” are powerful in their economy and the attending emotional clarity.

I’d say their brand of bluesy classic rock – the mix of Bryan Rigney’s gritty vocals with Paul Rigney’s skillful riffs – is the perfect addition to any late night joy ride.

To find out more about The Brothers Rigney, please visit their website at http://thebrothersrigney.com

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