2D photoshoot for Cuban album cover with Paul Van Ross

8th July 2014.

Today was AMAZING. A photoshoot with a difference.

Last year my incredible friend and fellow artist Michael Teo said “I want to take the photo for your next album cover”.

Well, today was the day. A week ago we caught up for a meeting and Michael shows me several photos outlining a 2D concept whereby people were painted to look like a painting. They looked sensational. I often had to look closer to see that it actually wasn’t a painting….thick brush strokes, beautiful colours….I LOVED IT.

So, I spent the week finding suitable clothing in opp shops that would suit my frame and that paint would adhere to well. Also managed to source a saxophone that we could paint.

Michael, the photographer, had in mind a particular make up artist, Ollie Savage, to do the painting. She was Sooooooo enthusiastic and excited about doing the project.

So Today it came to fruition. A collaboration between artists – musician, make up artist, photographer. Today the concept became reality.

In summary:

– 11 hours standing relatively still
– 1 hour taking photos
– 20 tubes of acrylic paint
– 50 paint brushes
– 1 painted tenor saxophone
– painted shoes, jeans, shirt, vest & tie
– 7 organic apples, 4 coffees, 4 slices of pizza
– Lots of pins and needles in the legs
– 3 extremely patient people with a vision
– 1 make up artist lost in my armpits (working non stop for 12 hours)
– many touch ups
– lots of laughs

= 1 x 2 dimensional looking sax player

A truly memorable day.

Ever grateful to Michael Teo & Ollie Savage.

Can’t wait to get the pic for the album cover.

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Help me donate $1000 to a music charity in Rwanda

Help Me Donate $1000 to a music charity in Rwanda.
In late 2013 I recorded an album in Havana, Cuba, with some of the greatest musicians in the world.

The Album “Mi Alma Cubana – My Cuban Soul” is set for release later this year and is one of the highlights of my career.

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If I get:

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My donation will go to a Music Charity in Rwanda to assist young people in need of the powers of music.

Some extremely talented friends of mine in Berlin started Music Road Rwanda, a grass roots music charity directed by a husband wife team Martin Helmchen (piano soloist with the Berlin, London and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras), and Marie Elisabeth Hecker (won the Rostropovich Cello Competition 2005). They are both professional classical musicians of international standard and frequently organise fund raising concerts to support their charity.

Members of their team travel regularly to Rwanda to assist the only music school in the country, the “Kigali Music School”. Currently there are approximately 75 orphans and 35 adults that learn at the school.

As a result of the genocide in 1994 there are very few musicians left in the country and many of the victims have utilized the power of music to change their lives.

“Music Road Rwanda” promotes the development of musical involvement on several levels.These include:

training for music teachers
public concerts
music therapy
concerts in orphanages and for widows (in cooperation with various humanitarian aid programs)
classes for church musicians, incorporating traditional instruments
networking with local musicians
My great friend and trumpeter Greg Ambroisine (Aus) has spent some time in Rwanda with the charity.