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TwoHearts New Merchandise Line

Posted by deborahleey on 22nd September 2014 in Music Notes

TwoHearts has expanded its merchandise from the traditional music products.  Of course, we have those too !  - CDs, T-Shirts, magnets.

Warrior Queen has a new line of woman warrior products to shout out to the world you’re a Warrior Queen, complete with sword.  These products include visors, t-shirts, and eco-canvas bags.

TwoHearts has begun a skincare line, which will be available in time for Christmas.  Hair care, super rich moisturizers, creamy lotions – all made with natural / organic ingredients.  You’ll have a tough time deciding between using them on your skin and eating them – especially the Mint Chocolate Massage Butter.

Join TwoHearts in celebrating your inner joy with one of our CDs and treats for yourself.

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GUEST ARTIST – JON MULVEY (Guitars, Recording Engineer, Producer)

Posted by deborahleey on 2nd August 2013 in Music Notes

Jon Mulvey hails from Los Angeles, California, where he picked up his first guitar when he was just seven years old. Formal Jazz guitar training started at age 11 and he began touring internationally at 15 with top acts. He earned a music composition degree in the Bay Area and then studied under guitar great Joe Satriani. After vaulting onto the world stage, Jon directed his expeCat McLean Concertrtise to the studio, where he has participated in over 1500 recordings. But playing guitar, bass, or keys, as well as engineering, producing, and mastering albums in the studio, are only a few of his talents.

For ten years he was a member of Mingus, with Dorian Mingus (son of legendary Jazz Bassist/Composer Charles Mingus).  Mingus recorded Jon’s music on the Mingus label Debut Records.   Now, Jon combines his formidable training with innate talent to help shape his projects’ unique sounds, which include world fusion band Vortex Tribe, acoustic world Due Cuori, rock’n Jon Mulvey’s Rockethouse and his other solo projects.  Jon has recently joined Davey Pattison (vocalist for Robin Trower and Gamma) as lead guitarist.  He is also a sponsored clinician for EMG Pickups and Ibanez Guitars.

www.JonMulvey.net

WARRIOR QUEEN STORY (last one!) – Snake Warrior – Lady K’abel

Posted by deborahleey on 2nd August 2013 in Music Notes

Selady k'abelventh-century Mayan warrior queen Lady K’abel is identified by an epithet: Maya Holy Snake Lord.  She lived in the Royal Maya city of El Perú-Waka’ in northwestern Petén, Guatemala.

The glyph for K’abel is hands holding waterlilies, and Lady K’abel was the daughter of a Calakmul king. King Yuhknoom Ch’een the Great of the Calakmul Snake dynasty conquered what is now the Petén region of northern Guatemala during his reign (636-686 A.D.). King K’inich Bahlam II (meaning “Sun-Faced Jaguar”), king of El Perú-Waka’ and scion of the Wak or Centipede dynasty, helped Yuhknoom Ch’een during the war. Once the Calakmul empire was established in the area, the Centipede king became the vassal of the Snake king and was given the Snake king’s daughter in marriage.

Lady K’abel was not just the queen consort fobbed off on an allied king. She carried the title of “Kaloomte” or “Supreme Warrior” of the Wak kingdom, meaning she was its military governor. She and her husband ruled together for at least 20 years (672-692 A.D.), but as the Supreme Warrior and Lady Lord of the imperial house of the Snake king, she held greater authority than her husband did. A woman “Kaloomte” is extremely rare in Maya history.  K’abel is considered the greatest ruler of the Late Classic period.

SONG:  Warrior Snake Lady

 

GUEST ARTIST – MELISSA HUBBELL

Posted by deborahleey on 28th July 2013 in Music Notes

MELISSA HUBBELL – Bassmelissa

Melissa Hubbell has packed a lot of music into her young years.  She began piano at the age of five and studied through the US, England and Germany.  At the age of 11, she picked up the electric bass and hasn’t looked back.  She has written compositions and performed both bass and vocals for her own band and for benefits such as with Joan Baez.  She has performed with numerous jazz ensembles around California.

She entered the Oakland School of the Arts as a 7th grader and was immediately placed in the top jazz ensembles in the high school.  She performed and studied throughout junior high and high school – achieving the Maestro Award as the Outstanding Jazz Soloist of all California high school students in 2011.  Melissa is now attending Sonoma State University  where she is double majoring in jazz studies and composition.  She recently was chosen to play with Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marselis at their performances at the prestigious Green Music Center.

 

WARRIOR QUEEN – ZENOBIA OF PALMYRA

Posted by deborahleey on 28th July 2013 in Music Notes

ZenobiaZenobia, generally agreed to have been primarily of Semitic (Arab) descent. Zenobia’s languages likely included Arabic, Greek, Aramaic and Latin. In 258, Zenobia was noted as being the wife of the king of Palymra, Septimius Odaenathus. Palymra, between Syria and Babylonia, at the edge of the and the Persian empire, was economically dependent upon trade, protecting caravans. Palmyra was known as Tadmore locally.  Zenobia accompanied her husband, riding ahead of the army, as he expanded Palmyra’s territory, to help protect Rome’s interests and to harry the Persians of the Sassanid empire.  After her husband was assassinated, Zenobia assumed the title of “Augusta” for herself, and “Augustus” for her young son.

In 269-270, Zenobia and her general Zabdeas conquered Egypt, ruled by the Romans. When the Roman prefect of Egypt objected to Zenobia’s takeover, Zenobia had him beheaded. Zenobia sent a declaration to the citizens of Alexandria, calling it “my ancestral city,” emphasizing her Egyptian heritage.  After this success, Zenobia personally led her army as a “warrior queen.” She conquered more territory, including Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, creating an empire independent of Rome. This area of Asia Minor represented valuable trade route territory for the Romans, and the Romans seem to have accepted her control over these routes for a few years. Zenobia cut off grain supplies to the empire, which caused a bread shortage in Rome.

In 272, Zenobia and her son fled to Emesa, for a final fight with Roman Emperor Aurelian. Zenobia retreated to Palmyra, and Aurelius took that city. Zenobia escaped on a camel, sought protection of the Persians, but was captured by Aurelius’ forces at the Euphrates. A letter from Aurelius includes this reference to Zenobia: “Those who speak with contempt of the war I am waging against a woman, are ignorant both of the character and power of Zenobia. It is impossible to enumerate her warlike preparations of stones, of arrows, and of every species of missile weapons and military engines.”

Song:  Stripes of a Different Jaguar

GUEST ARTIST – DARIA ‘SHANI’ JOHNSON: DRUMS

Posted by deborahleey on 13th June 2013 in Music Notes

DARIA JOHNSON – Drums

Daria ‘Shani’ Johnson is a San Francisco based drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Her style is solid, smooth, dependable and sensual. Her dynamic spirit has earned her the title as one of the most sought-after drummers in the Bay Area.

DariaShani’s appetite to create flourished at a young age. In Los Angeles, she began playing music while attending elementary school. Excelling in the art form, music became her primary subject. She continued her education at Hamilton High Academy of Music. Awarded a scholarship she went on to Berklee College of Music, where she studied with Victor Mendoza, Larry Finn, Rick Considine, Anne Peckham, Luanne Warner Katz and Joe Hunt. Her exceptional skills with percussion and drums brought her to San Francisco where she co-founded the band London Street.  On London Street’s debut release “Life through Lyric and Melody” Shani contributed her undeniable abilities to sing, write, arrange and produce, in addition to her drumming. London Street has toured the West Coast and Europe sharing the stage with John Legend, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone and Ozomatli.

As an in-demand drummer, Daria ‘Shani’ Johnson has played with many fabulous musicians. Her roster includes live performances and studio sessions with Eoin Harrington, Theresa Perez, Esperanza Spalding, Sean Leahy, Vortex Tribe, Crystal Monee Hall, Edna Love, Trevor Garrod, Dan Lebowitz , Kofy Brown, Four Year Bender, Vudustu, Stu Hamm and Adam Theis of the Jazz Mafia.

Warrior Queen Story 5 – Wairaka, New Zealand Maori

Posted by deborahleey on 13th June 2013 in Music Notes

Wairaka, Maori, New ZealandWairaka

Wairaka is a Māori ancestor for the Mt Albert area of Auckland. She is known as one of the beautiful daughters of Toroa, chief of the Ngati Awa tribe and captain of the Mātatua waka (canoe). Wairaka is known throughout New Zealand because of her bravery. She is known as a strong leader of her people.  One story of Wairaka’s bravery is when she saved the Mātatua waka and the Ngati Awa tribe, after their arrival in Aotearoa, New Zealand. With her mighty words she called to her ancestors praying, “Kia Whakatane au i ahau (let me act like a man)”. She grabbed the paddle and advised the women to save themselves from death.  Touching the paddle in those days was very ‘tapu’ or sacred. But Wairaka knew it had to be done.

Song:  Waka Wahine

GUEST ARTIST – AMELIA ROMANO: HARP

Posted by deborahleey on 25th March 2013 in Music Notes

AMELIA ROMANO – Harp

Harpist and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, Amelia Romano uses music as a medium for social change. Having played in a variety of harp ensembles, duets, and as a solo harpist, she explores new avenues of multicultural, contemporary and original music.  Her compositions and sound are influenced by her experiences and exposure to music styles in the San Francisco Bay Area, and year in South Africa.

 

She began studying harp at age nine with Diana Stork and later Cheryl Ann Fulton.  Amelia recently worked as a music teacher, educator, and school coordinator for youth with the Playing for Change Foundation at Ntonga Music School outside Cape Town, South Africa, from July 2010-2011www.harpntonga.blogspot.com.  Since returning to the Bay Area she has continued instructing privately and directing harp ensembles in underserved communities. 

GUEST ARTIST BIO – REBECCA ROUNDMAN: CELLO

Posted by deborahleey on 25th March 2013 in Music Notes

REBECCA ROUNDMAN – Cello     

Rebecca Roudman is one of the San Francisco Bay Areas most versatile classical players.  Rebecca has performed all of the world, both as a soloist and a member of prestigious orchestras in locals such as Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Austria and Brazil. Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Rebecca performs as a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Oakland East-Bay Symphony. She has presented critically acclaimed solos with the Ohlone College Orchestra, the Mission College Symphony, the Community Women’s Orchestra and many others. A favorite of local composers, Rebecca has premiered many modern classical works for cello and had numerous compositions written for her. Rebecca has also accompanied Itzhak Perlman and performed in orchestras conducted by Michael Tilson-Thomas and John Adams.

 

On her cutting edge Zeta electric cello or her classical fusion Lewis and Clark carbon-fiber cello, Rebecca is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most exciting crossover cellists. A frequent performer of jazz, blues, rock and world music, Rebecca has shared the stage with Carlos Santana, Isaac Hayes, Joan Baez, Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Deltron 3030, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Evan Rachel Wood, Liz Phair and many more amazing performers.  Rebecca also fronts her own exciting blues/gyspy band Dirty Cello – a high energy group that has rocked the main stage at a number of large festivals and has had repeat performances at the Hard Rock Cafe and Yoshi’s Lounge.  Rebecca also performs  frequently with R & B musicican Martin Luther McCoy, hip hop super group Latryx (Lateef and Lyrics Born), blues guitarist Danny Click and Bay Area favorites, the Jazz Mafia.

Warrior Queen Story 4 – Fu Hao

Posted by deborahleey on 19th March 2013 in Music Notes

Warrior Queen Story 4: Fu Hao Warrior Queen

Fu Hao, was a key player in the rise of the fortunes of the Shang Dynasty. She married King Wuding (r. 1250-1192 BCE) and was one of the emperor’s 60 wives. Fu Hao took advantage of the semi-mat…riarchal slave society to rise through the ranks.

She is shown to have led numerous military campaigns. The Tu-Fang had fought against the Shang for generations until they were finally defeated by Fu Hao in a single decisive battle. Further campaigns against the neighbouring Yi, Qiang and Ba followed; the latter is particularly remembered as the earliest recorded large-scale ambush in Chinese history. With up to 13,000 soldiers and important generals Zhi and Hou Gao serving under her, she was the most powerful military leader of her time.

King Wuding gave Fu Hao a fiefdom on the borders of his empire, from which she could defend his borders and launch assaults against foreign peoples. In addition to crushing both domestic and foreign foes of King Wuding, Fu Hao served as a high priestess, conducting sacrifices to appease Heaven and honor the ancestors. Although the Shang King exercised ultimate control over ritual matters, which were the most important political activity of the day, oracle bone inscriptions show that Wu Ding repeatedly instructed Fu Hao to conduct special rituals and offer sacrifices. This was very unusual for a woman of that time.

Song: Elegant Dragon