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Norman Seeff 'Sessions in Sound' Exhibition

 

LONDON New exhibition ‘Sessions in Sound: Photographs by Norman Seeff’ is set to unveil at London’s Proud Galleries this month. The exhibition - from 23 rd November 2018 to 13th January 2019 - features Seeff’s portrayals of influential musical icons. Lucy Reid takes a preview.    lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

All Images courtesy of: Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

As these depictions show, Seeff intimately captured the spontaneity of his subjects with alluring engagement whether it be a pensive Mick Jagger or a leisurely Johnny Cash (above).  Norman Seeff moved to New York aged 29 to pursue his passion, after training as a doctor in his native South Africa. Renowned album cover designer, Bob Cato, gave him his first major assignment – to photograph Robbie Robinson and The Band for the liner notes of their album ‘Stage Fright’.

 

 'Chelsea Hotel Color', Blondie, 1979,  Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

Despite an inauspicious start - Seeff got lost on his way to Woodstock and arrived  hours late - Cato’s work was used on the band’s album cover. Seeff had arrived.

In 1973, Seeff opened his own studio on Sunset Boulevard and saw him work with a whole spectrum of musicians.

 

'Mick Jagger', 1972, Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

In 1985, Seeff photographed musician Ray Charles and later recalled how “Ray was testy at the start of the session. Ultimately, he loved the process and ended up calling me ‘brother’. It was a seminal session.”

 

'Reflection', Joni Mitchell, 1975, Proud Galleries © Norman Seeff

 

The exhibition also features a selection of unseen photographs, including a portrait of Patti Smith from Seeff’s 1969 acclaimed photoshoot with Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe. This session has arguably become one of Seeff’s most famous and he cited Patti Smith: “After Robert’s death, Patti told me these shots come closest to her remembrance of the profundity of the love between them.”

 

 'Robert & Patti II', Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, 1969, Proud Galleries© Norman Seeff

 

On his creative ethos Seeff says he constantly seeks “a place with my subjects that defines pure presence, where we can stand and just look at each other without any filters.”

 

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GAIKA Hosting Halloween Curse of the Red Kiss Party

 

LONDON Halloween night sees Gaika host and perform in the panache of The London Edition following his debut album and installation at Somerset House in summer. Chris Page  chris@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

His merry band of collaborators unleash their dark carnival - The Spectacular Empire – in the hotel's basement for a night of music and frolics. Get ready to join their blend of Caribbean dancehall and London Grime sprinkled with R&B, trip-hop, grunge and Prince.

The Curse of The Red Kiss promises to transport guests from 1835 to 2018 to solve the mystery of the curse.  Upstairs guests will revel in the opulence of Berners Tavern to disco and champagne. And downstairs...

“Welcome to a world in which authority has been removed and cities destroyed, a world where chaos reigns” This is the Spectacular Empire. 

 “Ghetto’ isn’t just to do with black people,” Gaika says, “but it’s all the people who live under the boot, the 99%, and how we end up revelling in what other people deem the shadow.”

 

Tickets to the party cost £25 and include a welcome Halloween cocktail.

 

Details in headline image

Party, £25 per person

Book via EventBrite: here

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Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora Lead Cyberbullying Campaign

 

LONDON The #IWILLNOTBEDELETED initiative was launched today at The Mondrian hotel headed by Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne (above). They were joined by brands ambassadors from Rimmel cosmetics and global beauty company Coty who announced the initiative to combat beauty cyberbullying.  Lucy Reid     lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

It centres around bullying, particularly among young girls, about physical appearance through negative or abusive comments on their social media channels.

The campaign aims to address the social inhibitors to free expression on social media which lead to people deleting social media posts or profiles.

Through a partnership with Cybersmile   #IWIILNOTBEDELETED will create an online forum for conversation about beauty cyberbullying where young people can share experiences and answers to this growing issue.

Sara Wolverson, VP, Rimmel Global Marketing, Coty, said: “Rimmel is about championing self-expression in beauty. We have always been against narrow definitions of beauty and people being judged because of the way they look.” 

Rimmel will join Cybersmile to create the Cybersmile Assistant, an AI-driven tool to be featured on its website from across the globe to help visitors affected by beauty cyberbullying.

Coty and Rimmel have also published a report looking at young women’s experiences of beauty cyberbullying. Key findings of this global report are:

Ø    1 in 4 women have experienced beauty cyberbullying

Ø    57% of those who have experienced beauty cyberbullying didn’t tell anyone

Ø    67% of those who experienced beauty cyberbullying lost confidence

Ø    46% of women who have experienced beauty cyberbullying have gone on to

self-harm

Scott Freeman, CEO, The Cybersmile Foundation commented: “I am confident that our partnership will change and save lives all over the world.”

Rita Ora, Rimmel global brand ambassador, said: “I am really proud to work with Coty and Rimmel on this campaign and support the message that beauty cyberbullying is not okay. I hope that by working with a business the size of Coty, we can get this message out to millions of people worldwide and truly change things for the better.”

Cara Delevingne, Rimmel global brand ambassador, commented: “Cyberbullying related to beauty choices has a real impact on people long after the incident occurs. The idea that some people make decisions in anticipation or fear of potential bullying is heartbreaking. I look forward to working with Rimmel to try and find a way of addressing this growing issue.

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Mendes & Geiger Cover Queen's "Under Pressure"

 

LONDON The first of three Queen covers has been released today by Universal Music Group (UMG) to mark the legacy of Queen’s Freddie Mercury ahead of the forthcoming biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox). Shawn Mendes’ cover of the 1981 number one hit, “Under Pressure” is the first of the releases. Abigail Parkin   abigail@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk 

 

Shawn Mendes (above) has released an acoustic version of Under Pressure which was produced by Teddy Geiger (pictured below) and includes her guest vocals. All there covers feature UMG artists and the releases support the Mercury Phoenix Trust (MPT). The Mendes-Geiger collaboration honours both Queen and the Fighting AIDS Worldwide campaign through the MPT. This will also see Mendes, UMG and Queen donate net profits of the track to the MPT.

 

 

 

 

"I am so honored to be able to support the amazing legacy of Freddie and Queen by doing a cover of one of my favorite songs, ‘Under Pressure.’ It was so exciting to me to be able to do this with my close collaborator and one of my best friends, Teddy Geiger, for a cause that is very close to our hearts," commented  Shawn Mendes.

“Shawn is a hugely talented artist and he and Teddy have given us a stunning version of this Queen and David Bowie classic. All of us at The Mercury Phoenix Trust are eternally grateful to Shawn and UMG for helping us in this way in the ongoing fight to conquer the global AIDS epidemic,” said Queen’s manager, Jim Beach.

“Universal Music is home to some of the greatest artists in the world and it’s been incredible to work with some of our brightest young stars to celebrate one of our most iconic bands. I’m honored to have the ability to put a project together that benefits the MPT and shines a light on causes close to my heart,” said Dave Rocco, EVP Creative for UMG.

 

Hear 'Under Pressure'...  

 

 

The MPT was founded in 1992 by Brian MayRoger Taylor and Jim Beach to support the global fight against HIV/AIDS. See:

http://www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com

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VICE Trailer Released by Entertainment One

WASHINGTON: Entertainment One UK has sent over its trailer for the film VICE starring a remarkably transformed Christian Bale. Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk
 
From writer and director Adam McKay (The Big Short) and starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carelland Sam Rockwell, VICE is coming soon to UK cinemas.
 
The film explores the story of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
 
See the trailer here:
 
 
 
 
 
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Muse To Headline MTV World Stage In Bilbao

 

BILBAO: MTV has announced that Muse will headline “MTV World Stage Bilbao,” following  “MTV Music Week” ahead of the 2018 MTV EMAs,

The band plays on Saturday 3rd November at San Mamés Stadium opening the way for the EMAs which will be broadcast live on Sunday 4th November from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain. This year the event is in partnership with the film "Overlord".

English/Spanish electronic folk band, Crystal Fighters, will also perform at the three-hour live event, with other performers to be announced at a later time.

Seated and standing tickets will be available Monday 8th October at 1200 CEST for only five euros each at mtvema.com.

The five-time MTV EMA Award-winning English rock band, Muse, includes Matt Bellamy, lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist; Chris Wolstenholme bass guitarist and vocalist; and Dominic Howard, drummer.

With over 20 million album sales worldwide, Muse has several Billboard top 100 hits including “Uprising,” “Madness” “Time is Running Out,” “Psycho,” Super Massive Black Hole” and “Starlight.” The band’s new Album ‘Simulation Theory’ will be released on Friday 9th November, and this will be the first time Muse performs tracks from their new album in Spain.

Crystal Fighters comprises  frontman Sebastian Pringle; Gilbert Vierich, guitarist and percussionist; and Graham Dickson, guitarist. They describe their style as "fast, mesmeric and passionate."  MTV describes it as a "joyous explosion of beats, electronics and bass dazzlingly delivered onstage."  Audiences can look forward to a powerful live show incorporating dance music with acoustic guitars and traditional Basque instruments. 

For more information about ”MTV World Stage Bilbao,” visit mtvema.com.

 

 

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Is Your Head Above Water?

 

 

 

LONDON Head Above Water is a new piece interactive sculpture on London’s South Bank with panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the iconic city skyline. It is designed to encourage debate on mental health. Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Taking the form of a giant wooden head elevated above the Thames, this striking piece. As part of the London Design Festival (15 - 23 Sept), and designjunction (20-23 Sept), British designer Steuart Padwick will make a dramatic change to the London skyline in support of mental health.

The ‘Head’ is deliberately gender, ethnicity and age neutral and stands as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion, positivity and change, for those who have come through or are still confronting mental health issues, and the people who support them.

This public art supports, Time to Change, the nation’s mental health anti-stigma campaign.  One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, yet many people still report being misunderstood by those around them. Time to Change will use the dynamic platform to challenge negative attitudes and stimulate public perception and understanding around mental health.

At night Head Above Water will be lit, and people will be able to engage with its changing colours to reflect how they are feeling through a designated Twitter feed - in real time.  Dr Sally Marlow Phd, Engagement and Impact Fellow, The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (loPPN) at King's College London has advised on the changing colours to reflect different narratives and concepts used to describe emotions. Consulting engineers Hoare Lea are the specialists behind the lighting scheme.

Steuart Padwick said, “Head Above Water is a symbol of hope. It needed to be big, powerful and prominent… a beacon of humanity caring for others.  This is not my head or about my battles.  This is for those who have or have had mental health issues…. I want anybody and everybody to relate to it….to open a door perhaps ….”

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Camilla Elphick Brings Bluebird To Heel

It’s not often that desserts invoke the idea of footwear but a Chelsea restaurant’s collaboration  with Camilla Elphick is set to change that. Abigail Parkin  abigail@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Bluebird in Chelsea is sweetening up its dessert menu with the help of Camilla Elphick, the award-winning British footwear brand. The menu takes inspiration from two of Camilla’s favourite things: ice cream and shoes.

The My Favourite Things Menu will launch on the 13th August at the restaurant in King’s Road. For that month diners can contemplate sweet nuances of the infamous Silver Lining Boot arrow detail along with heart silhouettes inspired by her celebrity favoured ‘Lover’ styles and, naturally, her iconic PEZ heel.

Head pastry chef, Roger Pizey brought the visions to life taking the cues from the shoes. He certainly had vibrant colour to work with; the summer 2018 collection PEZ Daisy shoes sport bright orange heels and lively daisies. The culinary translation? Dark chocolate fondant with lemon verbena centre, chocolate ice-cream and a colour pop of edible flowers.

Elsewhere black sesame ice cream with blackberry sorbet, white chocolate arrow and edible glitter evokes the design imagery of Silver Lining Boots.

Bluebird’s pudding includes a different flavour of ice cream to toast the dessert tasting menu in the first collaboration between the two celebrated British brands.

Camilla Elphick said: “I’ve loved every second of this partnership! Combining two of my favourite things- shoes and ice-cream! We decided to create edible incarnations of our designs, and the outcome, three mouthwateringly pretty and delicious desserts. My favourite is the PEZ Daisy shoe inspired chocolate fondant. Although, a mouthful of all three and a glass of fizz would be the dream…”

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Bombardier Jet Reveal

GENEVA: Bombardier has revealed its Global 5500 and Global 6500 jets, the newest in its Global business jets range.

Bombardier’s reveal took place at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva and presented a positive portrayal of the Canadian company which was dogged by bankruptcy issues only three years ago.

The planes are powered by new Rolls-Royce Pearl engines and come with a new wing design and cabin interior. The Global 5500 has a range of almost 6,000 nautical miles making flights from Sao Paolo to Paris a breeze while the 6500 has a range of 6,600 miles.  The flight range of the new planes will be a challenge to rival Gulfstream which currently holds the distance trophy for long range  business jets.

A 13 percent increase in fuel efficiency helps the environment and  operational efficiency.  

Inside the 5500 and 6500, Bombardier’s Nuage (French for ‘cloud’) seats will cosset passengers.

The jets are expected to take to the skies by the end of 2019.

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Middle Housewarming, Shanghai

SHANGHAI: The House Collective opens the newest House in the group with an opening offer for guests.

The Middle House opens in April and brings Shanghai to its collection. Here's a visual invite of what to expect.

 

House lobby

 

The Middle House stands in the heart of Shanghai and offers 111 guest rooms and 102 serviced apartments known as The Middle House Residences.

 

Chinese cuisine at Sui Tang Shang

 

Architect Piero Lissoni brings an Italian flourish to the hotel and residences in a blend of intimate luxury and urban sophistication. 

 

Studio 70 bathroom

 

The Middle House is the sixth hotel in Asia from Swire Hotels and the fourth House under Swire Hotels’ award-winning The House Collective.

 

Opening offer

 Between 16 April and 30 June stay at the newest House in the group from RMB 2,500 opening offer which includes stay in a Studio 60 and complimentary breakfast at Cafe Gray Deluxe.

 

Full terms and conditions on the website:

 https://www.themiddlehousehotel.com/en/offers-and-gifts/opening-offer/