Haute Music: Armin van Buuren Brings the ASOT 500 tour to Miami, USA

Armin Van Buuren, the worlds #1 DJ is bringing his globally proclaimed radio show, A State of Trance to the United States for a 500th episode celebration, and what better way to celebrate than Miami’s Ultra Music Festival? Celebrating ten years, a series of five weeks, five continents, five separately aired live broadcasts, one electronic music pioneer. While there may be one man behind the decks, delivering his take on trance and progressive, van Buuren has invited many of his colleagues and fellow DJs along to play alongside himself throughout the course of the five events. Joining Armin Van Buuren in Miami this Sunday are Ferry Corsten, ATB, Gareth Emery, Sander Van Doorn, Alex M.O.R.P.H, Cosmic Gate and Marcus Schossow.

Buuren who is also scheduled to headline Ultra Music Festival’s main stage on Saturday night, will have an entire ASOT 500 tent, fully equipped with a light show, worldwide trance family and a live broadcast by Digitally Imported Radio. Miami being the second stop on Armin’s A State of Trance 500 tour, following last weekend’s spectacle in Johannesburg, South Africa, the tour will continue in Buenos Aires Argentina on 4/2 and Den Bosch Netherlands on 4/9, wrapping up in Sydney Australia on 4/16.

When the 26th annual Winter Music Conference also held in Miami announced it would be held two weeks earlier for the first time since the start of Ultra Music Festival, many party-goers and festival attendees were forced to make a decision as to whether or not they would attend the traditional WMC or be one of the festivals some odd 100,000 attendees. For the first time in the history of the festival, an extra day was added in 2011 making the festival span Friday-Sunday. One thing is for certain, if Ultra Music Festival was concerned with ticket sales due to the absence of the music conference this year, the now sold out 3-day bonanza is proof that nothing comes between the love of the music.

 

Among Armin Van Buuren, Ultra Music Festival 2011 headlines also include The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Moby, Kaskade, Underworld, Duran Duran, Avicii, Will.I.Am, Carl Cox, Fedde Le Grand, Sasha, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, BT and Trentemoller – just to name a few. Winning the International Dance Music Award (IDMA) for Best Music Event 2011, Ultra Music Festival is sure to be one of the years hottest electronic dance music festival.

 

For more photos & info, check out www.ultramusicfestival.com

Article By: Mark Mancino

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Music Monday: Latest Dance Mix from NYCAngela

Happy Monday everyone! Just because it’s raining in NYC, doesn’t mean you should feel gloomy. Listen & download my latest dance demo to brighten up your day! The tracks played through out the set include:

  • Chromeo- Don’t Turn the Lights On (Christian Martin Remix)
  • Afrojack vs. Way Out West feat. Tricia Lee Kelshall -Replica of Mindcircus (Dave Dresden Mashup)
  • Sultan & Ned Shepard feat. Nadia Ali – Call My Name (Kaskade Remix)
  • Adam K & Soha – Circadian Rhythm (Original Mix)
  • Florence & The Machine – Cosmic Love (Morgan Page Bootleg Remix)
  • Kaskade – Dynasty (Dave Martin Remix)

Click here to listen & download! 🙂

Created by: Angela Samartano

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Haute Music: Ag Ag Lady – Tracks are Disappearing

Ag Ag Lady’s most recent release, Tracks are Disappearing is a raucous, brashly loud collection of tracks that range from jarring in-your-face glitch fests to bouncy indie-dance dips with allover the place tempos.  From start to finish the album is a seamless sonic undulation that caroms about your aural cavities and sounds, or rather feels like it could be doing some permanent damage, but it’s not.  It didn’t seem to have intentions of hurting the ear, but the way Ag Ag Lady plays with volume without actually playing with volume posits an interesting side conversation.

The first track, This is the Sound, starts off slow with thinly spliced sheets of ambiance that gradually speed up and thicken as the track moves along and works in a spaced out bass line.  Moving forward, it careens into a profusion of layers, at once overbearing and simultaneously playful, a feeling that’s held up for the rest of the album diverting only to let in the more indie-dance tracks like, Tell Me Baby.  The song Love Affair was treated with a little bit of that indie-danceness with its oddly catchy auto-tuned melody over a tempo that starts out calm and breaks it’s way into a full on adrenaline rush.

There’s a general back and forth between more industrial sounds like in Run into the Wall and the ping-y video game sounds that begin The Other Side.  The vast sonic chasms created by going from clunky and metallic with booming bass to high-pitched glints of techno quirks contributes to that volume play he seems to be doing.  Moving from one end of the sound spectrum to another tricks the ear, which is the album in a nutshell; tyrannical ear tricks.

Article by: Kate Magoc

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Haute Music: VIA Presents Onra

720 Records is situated on Butler St. in Lawrenceville,  the burgeoning creative neighborhood of Pittsburgh increasingly becoming composite of galleries, quirky eateries, studio spaces and bars with good draft lists and great music.  Perusing 720’s vinyl offerings, it was easy to see why the VIA Presents crew chose this little record store to stage an Onra show. The music in the racks was all Chuck Chillout, Graffiti Rock alum, Erykah Badu, and miscellaneous Dilla projects.  The store offers vinyl geeks a palette of thoughtfully selected tunes, and threw off those music geek vibes that went along with a crowd of creative dance-aholics. Some were there to dance, others to be inspired, but everyone got what they came for.

Pittsburgh based audio artist, Discuss started off the evening with his sometimes languorous, and sometimes fast paced sonic bravado.  His set came in waves of tempo pushing ups and ethereal ambiance that built tension, exploding into blankets of beats and glitches and wa-wa’s.  The complex tempo changes eased the crowd from social gabbery into focused dancing and set the mood for the rest of the night. There were moments of piano prominence, a warm glittering homage to the classical amidst the electronic sound scape. The moments that put the ‘I’ in the oh-so reductive label IDM, which should be avoided in a discussion of Discuss, whose very name denotes all-inclusiveness.  The undulations of his set propagated a sort of think-motion. He’d momentarily unwind the crowd to the point of near sedation, and then gradually work the collective body movement back up with a distinctly techno backdrop to complex layers of throbbing melody; at once peaceful and serene and simultaneously dance inducing.

The V component of VIA, the visual accompanying the audio, was provided by yet more local talent.  For Discuss’s set we got the video art of Laurie Trok whose visuals were more than complimentary to the languid, enveloping sound scape.  She worked primarily in black and white as well as shades of grey; not to say that the sounds lacked color, if we can even relate sounds to colors, though trying to do so is kind of what VIA is all about.  Her shades of gray video art complimented the note of seriousness in the music. If bright color had been prevalent, the mood might have gone towards kitsch but she kept it subdued and slightly vintage with soft, blur-tinged shapes, a dada-esque geometric montage.

Discuss

 

After a brief interlude with music provided by DJ’s Nicerec and Harry Lurker, the electro-pop/chillwave quartet Golden Ages took the stage and as a multi-member act brought a lot more noise, sometimes raucous and sometimes beautifully chill.  Their sound has been compared to the likes of Fuck Buttons and Animal Collective but also holds a certain touch of the 70’s electronic sound spread by Neu! Think Nagativ, rock ‘n’ roll strings poking through a wash of cacophonous synth but also picking up the pop and living up to that Animal Collective comparison.  Artist Di-ay Battad took over the visuals for Golden Ages and her set was a little more playful than Trok’s as she reached for organic and curvilinear shapes, the images were reminiscent of strange plant life and water droplets, which worked well with the pop tones emanating from Golden Ages’ amps.

 

Golden Ages

 

Finally, in the stifling heat of the back room at 720 Records, Onra and sonic cohort Buddy Sativa began their set with My Comet, a synth-drenched, throbbing ode to vintage funk and smooth R&B.  It declares from the beginning in a robotic sort of way, “I want to hear future funk,” and then breaks open into the smooth waves of Onra’s hip-hop, funk, and electronic blend, keepin’ it futuristic but still old school kind of funky.  His set was mostly the instant crowd pleasers, tracks that pay tons of homage to Dilla; songs like Send Me Your Love, which has all kinds of cheesy R&B flavor, note the repetitive use of the word ‘baby,’ but the cheesiness is all part of the fun.  It’s still irresistibly sexy and the packed crowd danced all the way up to the track that he played off of Chinoiseries, and then some weren’t sure what to do.  It definitely still grooved though, just in a slightly globe-trotting RZA sorta way, a quilt of Chinese and Vietnamese pop music mixed with modern dance beats, an example of Onra as some kind of dance inducing musicologist.

 

The party relocated to the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern where the second part of the double feature was held.  Having fallen on a Wednesday, the night of Pittsburgh’s decade old weekly drum and bass show – FUZZ! gave Onra’s deejay set a storied local significance, Polish Party House meets Vietnamese Parisian producer – globalization at it’s finest.  His deejay set proved his massive range of musical tastes that goes from weird to vintage to pop and while he dropped the poppiest song a bass lover would want, Big Boi’s Shutterbug, he backed it up and framed it with tribal bass keeping Shutterbug still very Onra-like.

 

Onra

 

As an evening of blended together art forms, the audio with the visual, VIA succeeded in creating an experience like no other. It was a smart, thoughtfully produced party that emphasized local talent, and simultaneously introduced music fans to an amazing international producer.  Getting Onra as both an accomplished beat maker, as he demonstrated with his set at 720 Records, and also as a crowd pleasing deejay at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, was kind of the best way to experience him, both polished and freewheeling.  There was no doubt that the crowd loved him as they clung to the dance floor, blissfully unaware that the bartenders had stopped serving.  No doubt he would’ve had the BBT rocking for at least three more hours.

 

 

Article By: Kate Magoc

Photos by: Lindsay Mullen

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A Haute Minute: Italian designer Pamela Quinzi

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the Chelsea style house of Italian born fashion designer, Pamela Quinzi. Pamela was such a gracious hostess, letting us play dress up with all her gorgeous shoes and dresses. She revealed how she has only been living in New York for only a year, but is infatuated with the city. Born in Rome, Italy, Pamela moved to Milan after high school to study in Europe’s most prestigious fashion university, ISTITUTO MARANGONI.

When asked about her feelings on New York, Pamela replied, “After 10 minutes in Time Square, I knew I had to live in New York! This city bring to my life so much energy every day and inspires my work. I spent the summer in Manhattan and I returned to Italy to pack up my apartment.”

HAUTE NYC: How did your passion for fashion design begin?

Pamela: I really think I was born to be a fashion designer. haha Since I was very young, at the age of 4 years old, I started to designs dresses and shoes. I still have a book that my mom did for me collecting all my small sketches!

 

 

HAUTE NYC: Where do you draw inspiration from your designs? Does your own style have any influence on your creative mind?

Pamela: I love the history of fashion. My style reminds me of the baroque allure; all the embroidery, lace, crystals, and the feeling to be a princess! But now, I am a  New York pop princess!

HAUTE NYC: Where can we find Pamela Quinzi designs? What are your plans as a designer for the upcoming year?

Pamela: Right now, I feel very lucky because you can find Pamela Quinzi Design in one of the most fashionable and trendy shops in Manhattan, MODALISTAS, located at the Limelight Market on 6avenue and 21st street! I’m also planning to sell my collection online very soon! I will have more fashion show to promote myself in NY and in Italy! My collection doesn’t really have a season. They are unique pieces, handmade art creations. At least, I like to call theme like that!

 

For more of my interview with Pamela Quinzi, check out frockOn.com

Check out Pamela’s design page – www.pamelaquinzidesign.com

Article & Photos by: Angela Samartano

Haute Around the World: Memories of Miami Fashion Week 2011

Last Saturday, March 5th, I had the pleasure of attending the Miami Beach International Fashion Week Events, and boy was I in for a treat. The events started with the Culinary Style Café which was a showcase brought to us by Chef Alberto Bogado from chic restaurant BARU Urbano, located in the Downtown, Brickell area of Miami. Stella Artois, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Goya, Johnson & Wales University, and Joy Wallace Catering Production all came together to give us a taste of Chef Alberto’s culinary delights. Some of the treats included Pan Roasted Filet Mignon in Baru sauce with root Vegetable Hash, Tostones stuffed with cheese and Hogao sauce, and my personal favorite, the Milo Brownies. So next time you are in Miami, make sure to make a pit stop at BARU Urbano and satisfy those taste buds!

After my belly was satisfied I headed over to the fashion shows, which completely captivated me. I was able to attended two different shows, each had a mixture of designers from all over the world. The first event was the Pret-A-Porter Style Showcase featuring Eccentric Apparel-USA with special guest “models,” LUXXE Collections-USA, Boston Proper-USA, Mariela Allaix-Argentina, Marina Makaron Moscow-Russia and Bata Spasojevic. Spasojevic was just recently the winner of the MBIFW designer competition at Banja Luka Fashion Fair in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was my favorite of the two events, which included Eccentric Apparel’s models, which happened to be dogs! These were some fashionable pups, wearing scarves, hoodies and coats of all sorts of fabrics and designs.

My second favorite designer was Marina Makaron, who used the paisley print to all avail. Her designs featured silk and chiffon scarves, full of abstract floral prints. This designer was very retro inspired, reminded me of the ever fabulous Emilio Pucci. I could definitely wear her designs to the beach or even with a maxi-dress.

The second showcase was the Copa Airlines Showcase featuring Claudia Bertolero-Peru, Federico Visuetti-Panama, Marcelo Quadros-Brazil, Eduardo Gonzalez-Colombia, and Giovanni Scutaro-Venezuela. This showcase was something out of this world. I completely fell in love with Giovanni Scutaro’s spectacular wedding dress, headpiece and all. He made me want to find a man and go get married in this exact dress. But for now I can just dream of wearing such a magical dress.

 

 

Article by Magen Martin

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Haute Around the World: London Fashion Week Recap

The second round of Fashion Week landed in London, with editors and ‘it’ girls hot on its tail. Kicking it all off was Matthew Williamson, who mixed things up with colour texture and print.  Starting with a striking over-sized woollen Aztec print coat, the collection moved to sculpted dresses and tailored trousers in amazing pops of colour, bringing life to any fall 2011 wardrobe. Embroidery, feathers and fur populated the second half bringing a luxurious feel to the collection.  The colour palette was toned down to grey, black, peach, lemon and icy blue with an occasional splash of yellow. A collection truly worthy of its showcase.

 

Erdem Fall 2011

 

Sunday arrived with the anticipated collections from Erdem, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, and Peter Pilotto. Erdem was pretty, classic and in rich deep hues. Classic Erdem floral prints came in sequins, velvet, silk, and lace in a number of different cuts and shapes.  The V neck was a clear theme with much of the collection featuring a plunging neckline. The collection was rich, powerful, and extremely wearable.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011

 

Through the true art of showmanship, the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 collection made its debut.  With a seemingly endless runway, the show fell under the watchful eyes of Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung, Anna Wintour, Kate Bosworth and Mario Testino (all Burberry clad of course). The collection started with a pop of color with a tangerine sculpted coat and moved towards a mouth-watering watermelon colored bell bottomed coat with exposed pockets.  Chunky coats and heavy knit jumpers with toggle detailing were teamed with tremendously skinny trousers, which created an unlikely but beautiful silhouette. The primary colored Burberry rainbow fizzled out through checked tweed coats into the Burberry trench in natures favorites; tan, brown, khaki and beige then onto an angelic closing of the collection populated by sleek shapes and a mostly monochrome palette.  Fur met with patent leather on short bomber jackets and trimmed longer ‘bubble’ coats.  Delicate bows clinched ivory drenched waists on the most beautiful coats I have ever seen in my life.  Fur became the shoulder pads and bled down the arms to the cuffs, then there were the Macs.  In the shape of a classic Burberry Mac, yet with the texture of a winter coat – patterned ivory wool was finished with a bow around the waist and a fur hat.  The collection came to a close, through black and white checked tweet with the looser coats. Then came the finale. A magical winter wonderland exploded as Christopher Bailey’s creations took one more walk down the runway, ensuring the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 won’t be one we’ll be forgetting any time soon.

Peter Pilotto Fall 2011

Peter Pilotto’s fall 2011 collection had one main theme running through; Arabian nights gone posh.  Draping materials sagged around the neck and billowed in the breeze as the models strutted down the catwalk. Everything was loose with an earthy natural feel that appeared to be more SS11 as opposed to fall 2011. It was a nice enough collection with interesting cuts and tie-dye patterns but not something I would personally wear during the colder months.

 

Christopher Kane Fall 2011

Similar to Erdem, Christopher Kane highlighted the beauty of the V neck but mixed it up a little.  Jagged edged plastic straps filled with mixes of blue and green and pink and orange liquid, which resembled small snakes lying around the models necks, dipped low revealing elegant chests. All the while sprucing and sexing up what would usually be quite a simple dress.  A futuristic collection with Aztec feeling prints, sequins, chiffon, and plastic which brought sex appeal to the collection and shown Christopher Kane as the true artist that he is.

 

Marios Schwab Fall 2011

 

Marios Schwab – a man who donned a topknot even @OscarPRGirl would be proud of. A beautifully structured collection that shown the importance of a great cut around the neck and a nipped in waist.  Tuxedo style neckline dresses floated out against an overpoweringly white backdrop, in-between corset style dresses with sewn on Swarovski pearls, high-waisted trousers and shaped bubble coats. The collection was all about the detail which brought texture to a smooth, elegant collection.

Mulberry Fall 2011

 

Last but by no means least, is Mulberry. With a fairytale Fantastic Mr. Fox theme, the Mulberry show took place in the ballroom at Claridge’s, London.  Decorated with woodland scenery, giant toadstools, stuffed birds and drenches of foliage, the show began with Alexa Chung sitting front row.  The majority of the collection was very earthy, with muted colors including  beige, aubergine, khaki, grey, and hints of tan.  Then were the classic pops of color in deep plums and lilacs. Styles were classic mixed with contemporary, with quilted trench coats worn over dresses with a flouncy hem.  Jodhpur style trousers with knee boots, box pleated a line minis and culottes.  My favorite piece from the collection was the box pleat Mulberry purple print mini skirt worn with a simple lilac roll neck, classic yet young and playful.  The fashion world was alive with the amazing sound of Mulberry.

 

Article by: Jenni Fleet

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