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  • Building a live electronic set, the DAW-less way
    Building a live electronic set, the DAW-less way

    Building a live set #1:




    If you're like me and you enjoy synthesizers (a bit too much) and the idea of performing music appeals to you, then chances are you've probably thought about playing live in some aspect, and let me be upfront and say building a "live system" was one of the most mentally challenging, but rewarding things I've done in my electronic music making... read more

  • The Hold Steady new single out 7 September 2018
    The Hold Steady new single out 7 September 2018

    Single release: 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' by The Hold Steady
    Release date: 7... read more

  • Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam new album out 9 November 2018
    Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam new album out 9 November 2018

    Album release: 'Blackout Cowboy' by Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
    Release date: 9 November 2018
    Label: By The Time... read more

  • THE TWILIGHT SAD! Announce New Album ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ 18th January 2019
    THE TWILIGHT SAD! Announce New Album ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ 18th January 2019
    Today, Glasgow's The Twilight Sad announce their return with the band's fifth full-length – and their first for their new label Rock Action Records – IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME arriving on January 18th, 2019. The news comes accompanied by a second taster of the record – following recent... read more
  • Universal Audio announce Apollo X
    Universal Audio announce Apollo X




    Universal Audio have revamped their range of Apollo rack interfaces with the newly announced Apollo X, significantly upgrading the converters and built-in DSP.


    Main new features include:

    “ELITE-CLASS” AUDIO CONVERSION pairs 24-bit/192kHz converters with all-new analogue circuitry, raising the performance from what was already very respectable AD/DA in the last generation devices. Universal Audio claim the widest dynamic range and lowest distortion of any integrated audio interface on the... read more

  • Native Instruments Komplete 12 & new hardware announced
    Native Instruments Komplete 12 & new hardware announced

    Native Instruments are back! Today NI announced a whole new line-up of hardware and software including the highly anticipated Komplete 12. These releases signify a move to make their ecosystem more accessible for all types of users, from beginners wanting to make their first beat, all the way through to serious producers and sound designers who demand the best sound quality and the most diverse... read more

  • XYLOURIS WHITE! New Shows Added!
    XYLOURIS WHITE! New Shows Added!

    … in faraway places; MONA, Hobart (sold out), Alice Springs Desert Festival and the Wave Rock Weekender in Hyden W.A join Darwin Entertainment Centre and the Blue Mountains Theatre on the-road-less-travelled. They join Sydney’s Camelot Lounge and... read more

  • Which Plug-ins come with my UA Interface?
    Which Plug-ins come with my UA Interface?


    Which Plug-ins come with my UA Interface?

    We often get asked which UAD plug-ins to use and add with UA Interfaces, but it's always worth checking out the plug-ins that come bundled with them. Below is a roundup of all the UA Plug-ins that come FREE with any of the Audio Interfaces from Universal Audio - so before you start adding to you system, see what you've got included below :



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  • Jake Gordon | Interview
    Jake Gordon | Interview



    Jake Gordon is a MPG nominated Mixer, Producer and Engineer who has worked with artists as varied as Dizzee Rascal, J-Hus, Emeli Sande, Lethal Bizzle, The Vaccines, Everything Everything, Tinchy Stryder, Clean Bandit, Plan B, Naughty Boy as well as mixing the Mercury Prize winning album by Skepta. Working out of Miloco Studios, Jake is now the 'go-to mixer' for urban music and I caught up for a chat about how he likes to work and how... read more

  • Glide Magazine Premieres Dangermaker’s “Pressure”

    Glide Magazine just premiered Dangermaker’s latests track/music video “Pressure.” Can you say OBSESSED? Because that’s exactly how we feel about this track! Dangermaker’s new LP is set to release on October 5th, 2018, and we are so stoked about this sneak-peek!

    About “Pressure,” Glide Magazine states, “ …a lively cut filled with slinky beats and hooks galore.. Dangermaker hits on all production cylinders in bridging an indie pop vibe, that like a good Daft Punk tune, strays to the safe side of street... read more

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  • Alberta a.k.a David Boone wrote each of the 11 tracks from his forthcoming album “MMMMM” on a salvation army piano, with a couch modded guitar, and recorded in a garage built studio. The result: an album that is relentless in its exploration of both color and attitude. Four weeks after “MMMMM” was done, he sold all of his things, outfitted an old work van worthy enough to catch some rest in, and took off. Now, as he tours the east coast, Alberta is preparing for his album’s launch date on October 5th.

    Our friends at The Southern Sounding got a taste of Alberta’s sound and did us the honor of premiering Alberta’s latest track “Parlour” from the “MMMMM” album. About “Parlour” The Southern Sounding writer, Joshua Pickard says, “Boone wraps himself up within a series of twirling organ lines, clanging guitar rhythms and sparse percussive echoes. Its bluesy atmosphere is supported by a pitch black humor and wit that infuses every word and description.”

    Read the full article here!

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  • Co-produced at Native Sound Recording with David Beeman (Pokey Lafarge, Tristen) and mixed by David Vandervelde (Father John Misty), the new single from Summer Magic, is bottled sunshine uncorked and unleashed. “A Certain Little Chord” is drenched with silky harmonies, a propulsive melody, and a bright guitar that drives it all together. The single is off the upcoming album, Sharks and Other Dangers, out August 31. 

    Kevin Bachmann wrote “A Certain Little Chord” as an infectious warm song with a darker undertone. While it’s dotted with creamy swirls of “oohs” and “aahs”, the lyrics tell a defining story. Musically very upbeat, “A Certain Little Chord” is the sound of a family being shattered. The contrast between music and lyrics echos the changing seasons as the long days get a little shorter, and the cool breeze on the horizon starts to creep in. The message is delivered through stanzas of icy bell chimes, big pop hooks, and a synth solo. Every element balances together in a sun-kissed package.

    Sharks and Other Dangers is an album that thumps and moves, sways and grooves. From the psychedelic pulse of “Running Game” to the power-pop shock of “A Certain Little Chord” there’s an infectious heartbeat pulsing through each tune, just waiting to be discovered. The album was recorded at Beeman’s own Native Sound Recording in St. Louis. Spanning the course of several years, there are certain holdovers from former musical iterations that find a comfortable space within the album’s splashing sonic waves. Bachmann explains, “Overall, some of the songs were written around the time I left Troubadour, while the other half were written more recently. Most of the songs are related to me, to specific relationships or events in my life.” With bright jangly indie rock, an emphasis on melodic hooks, and a blend of darker upbeat songs, the ensuing mixture balances each element in harmony.

    About Summer Magic:

    Summer Magic is the musical project of St. Louis native Kevin Bachmann. He is a former member of the bands Lapush, and Troubadour Dali, with music being featured on Last Call with Carson Daly, The Hills, and Laguna Beach. Bachmann has shared the stage with Warpaint, Tristen, and A Place to Bury Strangers. He began working on Summer Magic in 2015. His upcoming debut album was co-produced at Native Sound Recording with David Beeman (Pokey Lafarge,Tristen), and mixed by David Vandervelde (Father John Misty). It is due out in the fall.

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    St. Louis based singer and multi-instrumentalist, Summer Magic has a music career spanning over a decade. Having been a part of other music projects, such as the well-regarded St. Louis shoegaze band Troubadour Dali, he is getting ready to release his own album Sharks and Other Dangers later this month. The second single, "A Certain Little Chord" landed a premiere in The Big Takeover, which you can read in full here

    "'A Certain Little Chord' swims in bright, silky harmonies, catchy melodies, strummy guitars, and propulsive rhythms. It’s bottled sunshine uncorked and unleashed for thirsty ears. Drink up!"

    Be sure to follow Summer Magic on Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify!

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  • A Certain Little Chord

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    Sharks and Other Dangers

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    Album release: Longbranch/Pennywhistle by Glen Frey and JD Souther
    Release date: 28 September 2018
    Label: Geffen/UMe

    Los Angeles – August 3, 2018 – Longbranch/Pennywhistle, the legendary 1969 collaboration between late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey and longstanding songwriting partner, JD Souther, will make its CD debut as well as return to vinyl for the first time in nearly 50 years on September 28 via Geffen/UMe. The album has been remastered and remixed by acclaimed producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner (Eagles, Steely Dan, Toto) and Souther. Released earlier this year as part of the Glenn Frey box set 'Above The Clouds: The Collection', the eponymous album is being made available as a standalone CD and on 180-gram black vinyl for the first time ever. Pre-order Longbranch/Pennywhistle here.  

    Longbranch/Pennywhistle represented the budding essence of a songwriting team that would tap into something quite intuitively special that eventually took flight on such well-loved and enduring Eagles tracks to come such as 'Best of My Love', 'New Kid in Town', 'Heartache Tonight' and 'The Sad Café'. Agrees Souther, “Longbranch/Pennywhistle gives you some sort of foundation for what’s to come.”

    Produced by Tom Thacker, Longbranch/Pennywhistle boasts an impressive list of top-tier collaborators including rockabilly guitar legend James Burton, slide maestro Ry Cooder, pedal-steel legend Buddy Emmons, Wrecking Crew pianist Larry Knechtel, session drummer Jim Gordon, bass master Joe Osborn, and fiddle player nonpareil Doug Kershaw.

    A second album was never cut and the band subsequently broke up. Frey went on to co-found the Eagles, occasionally with Souther’s songwriting pen and vocal harmonies in tow, while Souther mainly focused on a successful solo career (“You’re Only Lonely,”) and the occasional duet with the likes of James Taylor (“Her Town, Too”) and Linda Ronstadt (“Prisoner In Disguise”), in addition to authoring signature hits interpreted by the likes of Dixie Chicks (“I’ll Take Care Of You”) that yet again served to redefine the country genre.

    Forever intertwined together in Longbranch/Pennywhistle, Souther and Frey will always represent the pioneering So Cal-transplanted songwriting duo who opened the door on a genre that ultimately knows no limits. Songs like album standouts 'Kite Woman' and 'Run, Boy, Run' serve as the literal seeds of the country-rock movement Frey and the Eagles perfected to a T.

    “Glenn Frey was my roommate, best friend, and first songwriting partner in Los Angeles,” Souther says. “We knew we were onto something original, as are most young musicians, including our soon-to-be friends and collaborators Jackson Browne and Don Henley; but quite honestly, we were just trying to do our best work in a very competitive environment. If in doing that we evolved a new architecture of some sort, fine, but remember we were all listening carefully to each other and to the giants before and among us. We listened to Miles, Hank Williams, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Trane, Bach, Cole Porter, Tim Hardin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and Carole King to name a few. We always said that if you want to make great music you should listen to great music. This album was our freshman project."

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    Exhibition: Pop-up art exhibition to raise money for Samaritans
    Date: 30/31 August 2018
    More info: Band website

    • IDLES announce pop-up art exhibition to raise money for Samaritans
    • Live in-store dates to promote the new album
    • First ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner

    IDLES have announced an art exhibition to celebrate the release of their second album 'Joy as an Act of Resistance' out on Partisan Records. Pre-order the album here.

    Open for two days, between 12pm and 8pm, and curated by the band, the exhibition will take place at HM Electrics Gallery, 65 Nile St, London N1 7RD

    The gallery will contain 18 pieces of work across several mediums, with contributions from:

    • Orlando Weeks
    • Nigel Talbot
    • Tao Lapsley
    • Russell Oliver
    • Robin Stewart
    • Tom Ham
    • Dapper Signs
    • Chris Nicholls
    • Ed Barrett
    • Beth Cater

    The gallery will be free entry and artwork on display available to buy, with all proceeds going to the Samaritans charity. Watch the IDLES gallery video here.

    The band have also announced a run of live in-store dates around the album:

    • 30 Aug UK London, Banquet Records, 9pm
    • 31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 3pm
    • 31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 7pm
    • 03 Sep UK Portsmouth, Pie and Vinyl, 1pm
    • 03 Sep UK Brighton, Resident, 6.30pm
    • 04 Sep UK London, Rough Trade East, 7pm
    • 05 Sep UK Sheffield, Record Junkee, 1pm
    • 05 Sep UK Nottingham, Rough Trade, 7.30pm
    • 06 Sep UK Leeds, Crash Records, 1pm
    • 06 Sep UK Manchester, FOPP, 5.30pm
    • 07 Sep UK Cardiff, Spiller Records, 7pm

    Last week the band shared further new material in a searing takedown of toxic masculinity entitled 'Samaritans'. A live favourite for sometime, the Theo Watkins directed music video compiles archival clips displaying traditional masculine imagery. The FADER writes: ""The mask of masculinity is a mask that's wearing me," sings front man Joe Talbot over the top of a tight and anxiety-laced guitar riff. It's the third single... and one of their most confrontational songs to date." Listen/watch here and feel free to share.

    Speaking of the song’s message, front man Joe Talbot says:

    "There's been a long line of bullshit that has pushed men into a corner, where simple masking becomes a trope of masculinity and a catalyst for insanity. What we wear, what we eat, what razor we use, high performance chewing gum, go faster shampoo, how we treat women, how we treat ourselves, how we die. I truly believe that masculinity has gone from an evolution of cultural praxis to a disease. I wanted to encourage a conversation about gender roles by writing this song."

    'Samaritans' is the third song to be released from IDLES's much-anticipated upcoming album 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance'. Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), The album takes aim at everything from nationalism and immigration to class inequality - all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarises: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”

    • Read Joe’s full statement on the album’s inspiration and origins here.
    • Watch the video for album opener 'Colossus' here.

    This autumn, IDLES will embark on their first ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner yet at O2 Forum Kentish Town on 18th October. Their last London headliner, at Heaven, sold out nearly six months in front. Tickets are on sale now here.

    • Watch the video for pro-immigration anthem and current single 'Danny Nedelko' here.

    "IDLES might just be the best live guitar band in Europe." - The Quietus

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  • Beth // James single, “Lion Eyes” will be featured in the August 10 Spike Lee feature film, BlaKkKlansman, produced by Jordan Peele of Academy-Award® winning Get Out.

    From visionary filmmaker, Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman is a story of the continuous struggle for civil rights in the early 1970’s. Among many noteworthy names, the film stars Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Alec Baldwin and John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son). It follows Washington as Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, as he courageously works to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Beth // James’ Mikaela Beth Kahn and Jordan James Burchill says of their participation in the film, “We’re excited to be involved with a film that’s shedding light on the disgusting racism and hate still happening in America today and all over the world. We believe that black lives matter and like the movie says, we believe in ‘all power to all the people.’”

    About Beth // James

    Beth // James is the musical duo of Jordan James Burchill and Mikaela Beth Kahn. Burchill has played guitar for Ndambi and Avant, Tameca Jones and Brannen Temple (The Dixie Chicks, Janet Jackson). Kahn has sung with Ben Folds and toured with Chrisette Michele. Their 2017 debut EP, All In Life, was produced by Brian Douglas Phillips (David Ramirez, Rob Baird). The Austin-American Statesman named it one of “5 Standout EPs” of 2017, and they were voted as a runner-up for “Best New Austin Band” in the 2017 Austin Music Awards. Kahn was also voted as a runner-up for “Best Female Vocalist” in the 2017 Austin Music Awards.

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  • Former Prisoner star Val Lehman today announced a 40th Anniversary Fan Event in Melbourne to celebrate the iconic TV show turning 40. A number of much-loved cast members will reunite at a Melbourne (CBD) venue on Sunday 24th February 2019 giving fans from all over the world an opportunity to meet the actress responsible for creating some of the most memorable characters ever to appear on television.
    Val commented "Prisoner fans world wide have been begging me for a 40th Anniversary celebration after the success of my last big event in 2009 for the 30th! With a cast list of 13 and capacity for 300 fans it's going to be BIG! I can promise a few surprises. I'm happy to announce the cast are looking forward to it too. Sadly our numbers are now dwindling, well we're all getting on. This is definitely the last Prisoner event I will be mounting… so don’t let me down.” she joked.

    Cast members in attendance will include Val Lehman (Bea Smith), Event MC Jane Clifton (Margo Gaffney), Maggie Kirkpatrick (Joan 'The Freak’ Ferguson), Colette Mann (Doreen Anderson), Fiona Spence (Vera Bennett, a.k.a. 'Vinegar Tits’), Patsy King (Governor Erica Davidson), Amanda Muggleton (Chrissie Latham), Betty Bobbitt (Judy Bryant), Anne Phelan (Myra Desmond), Jentah Sobott (Mouse), Jacqui Gordon (Susie Driscoll), Maxine Klibingaitis (Bobbie Mitchell) and (the one and only gent) flown in especially from Arizona, Gerard Maguire (Deputy Governor Jim Fletcher a.k.a. Fletch the Letch* Confirmed cast members appearance is subject to change due to work or illness.

    Youll also be able to check out the new Prisoner action figure DOLLS at my Event, maybe you'll win a set as well as meeting the woman who created them. Lehman continued. "Come and help us celebrate Australia's most internationally recognised, awarded, celebrated and ground-breaking TV series ever… and there will be more so don't miss out.” she teased.

    Prisoner premiered on Network Ten on 27th February 1979 and was set in the fictional women's prison, Wentworth Detention Centre. It featured a predominantly female cast – unique for its time on Australian television. The 11-times Logie-winning show was particularly successful in the UK where it reached cult status and was the first Australian drama series broadcast in prime time in the United States.
    Sunday 24th February 2019 - Melbourne (CBD Venue) 
    (MC Jane Clifton, Event Manager Joanne Lehman, Photographer Cassie Lehman)

    * Profit raised by the Event will benefit Positive Women (Support and advocacy for women living with HIV) and Australia Zoo

    Ticket Info / Booking Enquiries:
    Please contact Priz40th@gmail.com

    Media Enquiries & Interview Requests:
    RiSH Publicity
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  • The new ambient folk single, “Evermore” from Melbourne singer songwriter, Harp Samuels is the soothing sound of wind chimes crashing about in the growing breeze of a looming storm. A song about searching for the afterlife, “Evermore” is the light peaking through the dark rain clouds, pushing them away. It is the second single off of his upcoming album, Breathe, due out September 14.

    It all started when he stumbled upon the bell effect and became hooked. The sound provides a constant ring throughout the track, circling around a soft drum, with the bang amplifying as all the elements spiral upward like a peaceful hurricane. The winds gain speed. The drum beat swells inside the eye of the storm as its grey swirl of energy thickens and reaches higher into the sky. Each word, caught in the chaos, tries to find their way out to something more serene. He sings, “I’ll seek until I see the place beyond our world.” The way one would succumb to the hurricane lifting up and blowing away everything in sight, waiting for the winds to slow down, Samuels has done in the aftermath of his parents’ death. While picking up the pieces of what is left behind, he is left searching for the eternal afterlife to provide consolation moving forward.

    The album, Breathe, is a step onto undiscovered territory for Samuels. Walking towards a more electronic-driven sound, Samuels takes strong glides into a new musical realm, which is something he values as a musician. He says, “My whole life I’ve loved spacey kind of electronic music, and synth based stuff so I decided to go for it! I used a Roland synthesizers, played in the beats with my fingers, a lot of vocoder, and often live manipulated the sounds during the recordings to get different vibes tonally and to keep some sense of the ‘natural.’” His eagerness to expand and morph into new things musically is a representation of how he views life, as a constant cycle of changing and adapting. Breathe, inspired partly by feelings of dealing with grief and finding hope, is his way of adapting. It serves as a means to connect with other people searching for a light through a troubled forest. Life experiences like losing both parents, divorce, travel, and general failure and success have brought Samuels to where he is now. He is not afraid to live freely and experiment. Honesty and rawness are flickers of light on each track, and put together, a bright beaming light strategically placed safely in the center of a dark room.

    About Harp Samuels

    Harp Samuels is a Melbourne, Australia born singer-songwriter. He has released two EPs, Getting There in 2013, and Colours of Waking in 2015. He then studied in California for a few years before releasing his debut album, Wanting, in 2017. His upcoming album is a testament to the spiritual, contemplative side of himself as a result of the loss of his father. It is also a completely new sound for Samuels, having moved away from his folk- driven past to a more ambient sound without a single guitar on the album. His debut album has over 200K streams on Spotify, and he has been featured on Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist. He also has been featured on MTV unplugged and a banner in Times Square.

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  • Like a bright sun seen through an overcast haze, the new single from baroque singer-songwriter Baeilou is a warning of eventual planetary demise. “Mourning Mantra” uses a staccato cello and a caramel sweet melody to talk about the shifting landscape of earth. From the floating fish in the sea, to the flying birds in the sky, it’s a call to action, sooner rather than later. “Mourning Mantra” is off the upcoming EP, Inside Under, out August 24.

    “Mourning Mantra” wanders in and out of soft edges and a smooth, punctuated cadence. A conversation between Mia Pixley and her cello (named Baeilou), the two discuss the current state of the environment like friends meeting for coffee. Pixley explains where her inspiration came from, “I value an awareness of the psyche, heart, emotions and our interconnectedness with all of that. I worry that as many of us, become intensely virtually/digitally connected, that we (myself included) will disconnect from the earth/each other. It’s very important to me that this doesn’t happen.” The song feels like a gentle breeze blowing across the very setting that faces extinction. Through the shaking leaves, and the cool grey sky, it carries this message up through the atmosphere’s protective barrier.

    Performing with the cello is unlike a traditional musical experience. There’s a give and take to the respect it deserves and commands. Pixley explains why this is so sacred to her, “One must embrace the cello to play it. I love its belly, neck, and its curve. It feels sensual to me. I wanted a name that had the sounds of its smoothness, but I also wanted something that had a southern and Afro-caribbean-esque sound. Part of my adoptee experience as a biracial person especially, has been a lot of piecing things together and feelings things out until they feel right, somehow. I know very little about either of the cultures of my blood but somehow little bits still comes out in my music, and I want to honor that. The process of finding the name Baeilou for my cello, and eventually this project, was this piecing together approach as well.” Pixley also works in mental health and the sense that there was a growing distance from an emotional connection to one another sparked the inspiration for Inside Under. The project unintentionally goes inside an emotional responses to a lot of what we’re going through both politically and socially. Each song is an active conversation between herself and Baeilou.

    About Baeilou

    "Baeilou" names Mia Pixley's cello, as well as her roots, experimental, and classical music inspired solo project. An Austin, Texas native, Mia is a cellist, singer and songwriter living in Oakland, CA by way of New York City (her cello is a Bay Area native). Baeilou's sound is a combination of her southern roots, pop, classical, and some kind of supernatural quirk. Baeilou has recorded with GRAMMY award winning artist Fantastic Negrito, performed in award winning Off-Broadway musicals, and been the principle musician in award winning full feature film scores. She holds a professional studies diploma in cello performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a PhD. in Clinical Psychology from CUNY Graduate Center.

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