John Balicanta releases new EP on iTunes

John Balicanta

John Balicanta

New York – For anyone who has ever sweated, cried, laughed and/or screamed at a Lola Ray concert, you’ll be happy to know that the former band’s intrepid frontman John Balicanta has spun himself into a whole other universe entirely. And in this new universe, it is not dark and cold, but warm, vibrant, and hella cool.

Balicanta, a Filipino-American artist based in Los Angeles, announced on February 1 that he released a new all-instrumental EP on iTunes, a musical score that he has just composed for playwrite Jonathan Goldberg’s new play “Luck of the Ibis”, for which the EP is named.

While Lola Ray is on an indefinite hiatus (yes, as a hardcore Lola Ray fan, my heart can only deal with saying “hiatus” for the time being), Balicanta seems to be leaping and bounding over all sorts of things to bring to life new creations that are simply…in one word…stunning.

“Luck of the Ibis” is a 3-track EP that outlines Balicanta’s first attempt at producing an original musical score. But for a first attempt, this EP is a sumptuous feast for the ears. Deeply rich in depth and magnitude, the music shows how Balicanta adeptly steps outside the realm of shredding guitars, lyrical angst, and that rock god persona to achieve a higher plane of epic countenance.

I have been saying to myself that work such as this belongs not just to the theater stage, but on the big silver screen of movies. Hollywood, are you listening to this!?!?

This EP gives us just a small inkling of what Balicanta is capable of as his ability and songwriting/music-writing process matures. I daresay, Lola Ray fans the world around, our beloved John is alive and kicking. And here is the proof.

To purchase the $2.97 EP please visit iTunes.

To preview a track, Underwater Dance, from the EP please visit Balicanta’s myspace page.

Review by Feliza Mirasol

John Park: We’re rooting for you!

I don’t really watch American Idol.  But there’s a guy named John Park who sounds phenomental.  Check out his audition here:

I suppose it’s a little weird that everyone keeps commenting on how “surprised” they are at his voice.  I guess William Hung’s legacy still haunts the American Idol audition rooms… But aside from that (and Shania’s obsession with his “bottom end” and his “lips”), the man can sing.

John Park, you’ve got my vote.

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Victor Lin Quoted in USA Today Article

victorJazzman Victor Lin was quoted in a USA Today article about why the year 1959 was so important to jazz music.  Commenting on the progression of jazz up to that point, Lin says:

“1959 didn’t just happen — jazz had been evolving all the way up through that point, and everything was headed that way,” says Victor Lin, a musician and jazz educator at Columbia University in New York and the Stanford Jazz Workshop in California.

Lin will also be presenting a seminar on 1959 at the Stanford Jazz Festival on July 29 (stanfordjazz.org).

Check out the full article here and some of Lin’s work here!  He’s pretty great…

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Miles Fisher – Produced by Sean Han

Sean Han of Blip Blip Bleep is a multi-talented fellow.  In addition to fronting and songwriting for BBB, he’s also lending his producing talents out to other musicians.  His latest project is a collaboration with Miles Fisher, a talented singer, songwriter, and actor.  His new Sean Han-produced EP can be downloaded for FREE here!

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The first track, “Don’t Let Go” is my favorite… The super hook-y chorus will have you singing along, no doubt.

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