Musician Toni Curmi is back on Guitar after 10 years!
On Thursday 22nd November 2018, Toni Curmi mesmerized the audience at Pintonino Valletta Waterfront - Malta. Toni Curmi was the special guest at the 3rd edition of Arte e Vino: a fusion of arts, music, food and wine by Art Malta Sound in collaboration with S. Rausi Trading Ltd. The evening entitled ‘I Have Something to Tell You’ creatively directed by Artist Aaron Lu, invited the star of the evening to share his journey as a musician.
The niches at the location held photographs, awards and memorable icons from Toni’s experiences. The audience joined the warm atmosphere of the evening in conversation and enjoyed a dedicated menu by the host and chef patron Charles Pintonino. From his early days in approaching music, the first encounter and inspiration to master his techniques in guitar playing, the sudden steps, lifetime experiences, obstacles and joyrides - the audience listened attentively to what Toni had to tell us. ‘Hekkoja’ the Ibanez Guitar hand painted by Aaron Lu was unveiled. Toni surprised us all with a memorable live performance and took us on a journey in music; transposing us from one story to another in sounds. Through his experience in Sitar playing and intensive interest in music techniques, Toni reached another level of maturity in guitar playing which was expressed with great passion to the delight of those present.
Noel Scerri, who has known Toni and played together for many years, expressed that he was blown away and surprised by Toni’s excellent performance. ‘Vice Versa’ the painting by Aaron Lu which was presented at the evening depicts the artist's vision of Toni and Noel as ‘musically inseparable’ and a complimentary reflection of one another. The painting which is the cover of the new upcoming album by Swara was declared as a silent auction with the proceeds going to the making of the album.
Also present at the event were Mr. Kurt Camilleri representing SmartCity Malta, Mrs Anna Ferris representing Faber Castell - The Concept Malta, artists and friends.
Who is Anthony Curmi?
A baggage of experience dating back to 1985, both locally and overseas. Double Malta Music awards winner with Rock band Blade back in 1998. He has performed live as well as recorded albums or session recordings both locally and overseas.
Excels in freestyle musicianship with very well trained musical ear. Anthony plays also Didgeridoo, percussions and Guitar. With his roots in Rock music (lead guitarist). Eventually he took a definite side step towards eastern music, especially Indian Classical Music. Offers a lot of spirit and verve in his music and style. Currently gigging with Cushion as well as preparing musical material for the band's first EP.
Who is ArtMalta?
ArtMalta, a communications platform merging arts, music, design and business audiences was born in January 2016. The concept was co-founded by Gabriella Mallia and Aaron Lu (nom de plum Luigi Rossi). By August of the same year, ArtMalta organized the PoP Up Art Gallery at Villa Castro Naxxar with 50 artists, performers and designers. ArtMalta organized a number of events in Malta and in Italy, including art exhibitions and music concerts.
In May 2018, ArtMalta started to operate at Aldabra Ateliers & Gallery in SmartCity Malta. With an online platform of more than 12,000 members and 3 main sub-division brands; Think1st (Design), ArtMalta Sound (Music), and AMOT (On Tour Projects), ArtMalta seeks to continue to bring the message of good taste and respect in communications. ArtMalta is a journey of meeting and discovering dedicated people through arts, a platform of sharing creative ideas and bringing people together to create new experiences.
Photos by Max Pixbymax
Video by Noel Scerri
Fit-3 ta' Novembru 2018, infetħet il-wirja ta' Paul Haber fil-Gallerija Aldabra, fi SmartCity. F' din ir-Retrospettiva li b'unur qiegħda tippreżenta 37 skultura u installazzjoni, Haber isir l-awtur li jerħi l-ispirtu tiegħu fi tfittixa ta' disinji ġodda, id f' id mal-istint artistiku tiegħu. Skultura għaqlija, b' ambizzjoni fit-teknika u b' kuluri saturata li fi kliem l-artist, huma ''l-kuluri ta' Malta.''
Il-forom jirriflettu xbihat fin-natura, xi mdaqqiet karnali. Oħrajn juru r-rabta tal-artist mal-wirt kulturali ta' pajjiżu. Ir-Retrospettiva ta' Haber hija mixja f'żewġ vjaġġi paralleli; l-ewwel mixja hija matul l-esperjenzi tal-artist li jesebixxi b'tant dedikazzjoni u umilta` minn art twelidu, saħansita fiċ-ċentru ta' Pariġi f' Ġunju 2018.
It-tieni mixja hi dik bejn dak li jesperjenzaw is-sensi viżwali fl-estetika u bejn is-sotto-konxju f'għarfien surrealista. L-artist qiegħed ipoġġi f'armonija disinji u kuluri avventurużi, fejn waqt li l-għajn tal-udjenza tiġri ma' dawn id-disinji, l-udjenza ssib ruħha f'mistoqsija quddiem dawn il-kompożizzjonijiet ġodda.
Tispikka l-liberta` tal-artist f'dawn ix-xogħlijiet li mhumiex ristretti anzi qalbiena. Il-kunfindenza u l-esperjenza tal-artist fil-ħidma taċ-ċeramika, tippermettilu jintilef fil-produzzjoni artistika waqt li jħaddan id-dixxiplina fit-teknika, u joħloq b'għożża kompożizzjonijiet b'karatteristiċi individwali.
Paul Haber ggradwa fiċ-ċeramika mill-Kulleġġ tal-Art Ċentrali ta' St. Martin f'Londra wara studji intensivi fl-arti u l-iskultura f'Malta, l-Italja u r-Renju Unit.
Ħajr speċjali lil The AV Warehouse
Aldabra Atelier & Gallery is truly exited to introduce our first guest at #artevinoatpintonino. Please welcome Giovanni Soldini and the Crew of MaseratiMulti 70 Giovanni Soldini Pagina Ufficiale
With Chef Patron Charles Pintonino and Marchesi Antinori.
Special mention to S. Rausi Trading Ltd - Wine, Spirit & Beverage Merchants
A Message from Noel Scerri at The Plaza
This is an experience I will never forget... a piano improvisation at the center of an art gallery. It is hard to explain how powerful and at the same time magical it is. It is truly inspiring.
I would like to thank all the audience that have watched my performance.
Wish to personally thank Aaron Lu Luigi Rossi and Gabriella Mallia for making this a reality and for their continuous support. Would also like to thank the management of The Plaza, Sliema for providing the space and for their contribution in art.
Another thanks goes to Brincat Pianos for providing this amazing piano and also to Andrew Bugeja for perfecting its condition.
Would also like to thank Just Burger for their kindness in sponsoring our food.
Special thanks to my family (especially to my wife Sylvana), to Cushion and all my friends.
And finally a big well done to all the artists involved at Aldabra Atelier & Gallery❤️
In the fast-paced age we live in, speed is sometimes mistaken for quality.
In visual arts as in music, the 'tempo' does not determine the quality of the art piece but rather gives it style and mood.
Following a teaching career of 40 years, Alfred Camilleri recognizes the intensity of timings in a composition.
Every artist has his own 'tempo'.
Today we are truly honored to announce that Alfred will be observing #AlanAquilinaCase and Nikolai Bonello Jenkins to help them grow closer to their 'tempo' in art.
'Procedure Oriented' is one of the activities atAldabra Atelier & Gallery where young talent is given the opportunity to cross junctions in direction to their own pathways; learning at their own pace by observation and reflection through a constant critical reflection.
Alan and Nikolai will be working on the Project 'I Come in Peace' in Aldabra's Atelier #3, which will be exhibited, at Aldabra Gallery, SmartCity Malta between 1st - 7th May 2019.
Ambassador Ms Helga Mizzi with the Mayor of the 11th Arrondissement of Paris François Vauglin presenting the miniature artwork 'Bataclan' by Aaron Lu Art on Thursday 4th October 2018.
'An expression of continued MT FR solidarity in the run up to the commemoration on 13 November 2015 events.'
Good Morning, today Aldabra Atelier & Gallery presents #Artwalk at Level 3, The Plaza Sliema Malta inviting the public to have a walk through arts. An exhibition by Christian Formosa 's Paintings provokes conversation, and artworks by special guests uphold our concept at Art Malta to unite through cultures and bring the message of good taste together as a team. Each artist reflects his style and story in his work.
Paul Haber 's work inspired from the Mediterranean nature surely is an inspiration to all artists, an installation which was exhibited in #Paris this Summer. 'Valletta' by Alfred Camilleri is in itself a celebration, reflecting the artist's elegance through its technique and his passion through the subject. Bernard Montebello showcases his passion for digital art portaying surreal emotions on canvas. Aaron Lu Luigi Rossi expresses his creative spirit and vision in his installations collaborating with Lambretta Scooters Malta and Scotch and Soda. Art from China by Ping He is a vibrant expression of contemporry age. Tapestry by Domenico Caruso reflects a true mastery of weaving technique capturing emotions in texture.
Today we will unveil an Ischia-inspired painting by Giuseppe Sticchi to the audience in Malta.
We at #Aldabra are truly proud and thankful to all involved.
We have also placed 7 easles for the brave artists who would like to join the #artwalk at The Plaza. Get in touch. Stay tuned for more updates and photos during the day, and welcome to THE ARTWALK.
An Exhibition of Tapestry Works presented by Maestro Domenico Caruso
Domenico Caruso is the Italian weaving master and the Art Director at ‘Tessiture Artistiche Caruso & Scuola Tappeti.’ The artworks depicts masterpieces in a perfectioned technique upholding heritage. The Caruso School of Tapestry in Italy is based in San Giovanni in Fiore. The Maestro Domenico Caruso is a descendant of an ancient family of artisans, producers of carpets since the eighteenth century.
Master-artist Domenico Caruso, professor of the Design and Art of weaving and Decorating Fabrics in various schools and academics, directs the School of San Giovanni in Fiore, where various artists produce and export classical and contemporary artistic rugs, tapestries, towels, furnishing and clothing fabrics worldwide. At this laboratory, where even very old looms from the seventeenth century are used every day, there are splendid works made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk, broom).
On 24th July 2018, The ‘World of Caruso’ will be inaugurated at Aldabra Gallery by Mr. Clayton Day,
Principal at Global College Malta. Public viewing is between 25th July - 25th August 2018.
For organized private viewings, please contact us email@example.com
Global College Malta
Global College Malta has launched the Annual Scholarship Competition through which five students will have the opportunity to earn a full ( 100%) scholarship for the following undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes:
Kindly follow the link below to register and choose the course in which you are interested in. Once you have been deemed eligible for your chosen course by our academic staff you will be able to sit for a test on the 25th of July. The 5 individuals who obtain the highest marks will receive a full scholarship for their chosen course ( one for each course above). Registration closes on the 20th of July 2018.
REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE | 20TH JULY 2018
Time & Location
Jul 25, 5:30 PM
Global College Malta, SmartCity Malta, SCM01, Ricasoli SCM1001, Malta
Global College Malta is one of the top private institutions of higher education based in Malta, offering a wide range of European accredited degree courses both at undergraduate as well as postgraduate level. Global College Malta is a part of Study World Education Holding Group, which has institutions worldwide.
The campus is located in SmartCity Malta – a modern and innovative business hub with a truly global perspective. The area is designed to be the perfect combination of both commerce and entertainment providing a genuine micro-cosmos geared towards learning and innovation.
The motto, “developing people to their true potential” is not only the cornerstone of Global College Malta's philosophy but is reflected in everything at swgcm – from the courses offered, the academic and support staff, to the building and campus facilities. The College is committed to providing students with the practical skills, beyond the theoretical framework, to help them succeed in their day-to-day professional lives.
For more information, visit www.gcmalta.com or contact on telephone number: 21801252 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 8th July 2018
On Sunday 8th July, a group artists have come together at Aldabra Atelier & Gallery, SmartCity Malta creating a truly magical evening with live music in candlelight.
The Cal State La Classical Guitar Ensemble at Aldabra Gallery
California State University Los Angeles Classical GuitarEnsemble, was founded in 2016 by ensemble Director and CSULA music faculty, Satik Andriassian. The ensemble members consist of a wide range of performers including music majors, non-music majors, alumni and other university community members.
The Classical GuitarEnsemble quickly made much recognition on campus as one of the majorensembles in the Music Department. For the past two years, the ensemble has performed for several important functions on campus as well as their regular season concerts. The ensemble was the featured ensemble in 2017 Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition and Festival. The ensemble is scheduled for their first California Tour during the Fall of 2018.
Satik Andriassian, Music Director & Conductor
CAL STATE LA Classical Guitar Ensemble Members
Michael Anthony Villa
Mickayla Nicole Claffey
Jose Juan Vasquez
Pianist Niya Morrissey
Niya Morrissey is an Irish pianist, who over the years has performed in major music venues in Malta, Switzerland, Greece, Germany and Russia, to name a few.Closer to home, Niya’s shared her passion for music in Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Katherine Brennan Hall of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, St Anns Church, University College Dublin’s O’Reilly Hall and Little Museum of Dublin.Multiple prize – winner Niya is the recipient of the University College Dublin Music Scholarship in 2011. Niya has also received awards in Chisholm and O’Hea competitions in RIAM’s annual Pianofest, along with the Nordell and Benson Senior Piano competitions at Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil in 2015 and 2016.
In her Alma Mater, that is Royal Irish Academy of Music, Niya was the finalist of the 2015 Maura Tessier Piano Bursary. She also participated in the Irish Round of the Dublin International Piano Competition in 2014 and 2017. Niya has performed her debut solo recital in Biel/ Bienne, Switzerland in February 2016. As well as performing solo repertoire, Niya possesses keen interest in chamber music and song accompaniment. In 2017 alone, Niya and her trio partners have given numerous performances of D. Schostakovich’s Piano Trio no 2 in Royal Irish Academy of Music and most recently, at Belfast Arts Festival, as a part of their Chamber Music series.
Other highlights of 2017 include working with distinguished Romanian Soprano Corina Ignat, as a part of the French Music workshop curated by the renowned vocal coach and pianist Iain Burnside. Most recently Niya participated in masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Vanessa Latarche, John O’Conor, Fali Pavri, Aaron Shorr, Therese Fahy , Hilary Coates, Ivan Ilic, Christian Favre, Iain Burnside, Christopher Elton, Joanna McGregor, Ronan O’Hora, Katja Avdeeva, Katya Apekisheva and Sara Bryans.As a part of the Culture Night September 2017, Niya was honoured to perform a solo recital in the Mansion House - official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal MacDonncha. Niya is a graduate of Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin, where she studied with renowned pianist and pedagogue, Lance Coburn.
Swara is a soothing Indian Fusion project. Noel Scerri and Anthony Curmi both state that they are musically inseparable. With this solid bond as a backbone to any of their interesting projects, and after having formed the critically much well acclaimed Indian Fusion band Cushion, Noel and Anthony wanted to return to their roots.
Swara is a modern approach, a new perspective, to the ancient enchanting sounds of Indian music. Using only Sitar and Keys, which actually are two opposites when comparing the ultra modern technology that Noel is using in this project, opposed to the ancient bare and enchanting sound of the sacred Indian Sitar that Anthony lays over the carpet of sublime ambience, creates a truly magical and unique sound, Swara.
Noel and Anthony are studying Indian Classical music together, using a method that even in itself is innovative, and to this knowledge base, they are adding modern ideas with no boundaries to create their own unique sound. Swara is an experience in itself, and the wall of sound created by Swara is quite impressive when considering that all the music one receives is coming just from two musicians. Noel and Anthony are also humble in approach, and they state that even if they touch just one single spirit during their performance night, they are satisfied. Thing is, it happens that with their beautiful music, good for young and old and basically for all open minds, they are surely doing more than just that. With their increasing appearances, a few recordings also in mind, and a growing fan base, Swara seems to be more than just a duo, and surely a special one.
Adrian Ir-Russu Brincat
Adrian Irrussu Brincat (b. 27 January 1976) is a professional musician born from Ħaż-Żabbar, Malta. He is commonly known as Irrussu (the Russian). He started studying music at the age of nine at the Maria Mater Gratiae Philharmonic. After he developed his skills and techniques under the supervision of Paul Borg. Adrian's trumpet playing gained immediate attention.
In 1993 he joined the KRAB Brass Quartet leaded by Paul Borg. At that time the band played Classic, Swing and Rags style. KRAB Brass was invited by the Malta Arts Council to perform various kinds of music from worldwide composers. Later on KRAB was transformed into the Versatile Brass Ensemble featuring twenty musicians.
In 1994 Adrian joined the Band of The Armed Forces of Malta and currently he is the lead trumpeter there. The Army band participates regularly on international military tattoos, more times have been in Germany, also in Belgium, Russia, Italy and Libya as well. Adrian usually plays solos in the shows and also likes jamming with other musicians abroad.
In 1999 he studied at School of Music to improve his Jazz skills and learning harmony under the supervision of Mro.Paul Abela. One year later Adrian joined the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra as a part time musician for five years.From time to time Irrussu participated in concerts held by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra including the National Orchestra Goes Pop, the Movie Spectacular, Pop Fever and Rockestra.
In the meantime Adrian continued to improve his jazz techniques on trumpet and early he became a self-taught artist.His impeccable performances started to attract the attention to many local and foreign music experts and he constantly received excellent reviews, in particular due to his participation in festivals organised by the Malta Tourism Authority including the Valletta Festival, the Mdina Festival, the Fireworks Festival, the Mediterranean Food Festival and the Malta Historic Cities Festival. Including other national festivals like for example Festival of History and Heritage, Pageantry Music and Dance, International Summer Festivals or Malta Arts Festivals.
Adrian is also a popular face on television as he is a resident musician in number of TV programmes. He has also taken part in various musicals under the direction of local and foreign directors including Les Miserables, Sister Act, Fiddler on the Roof, Moulin Rouge, the Seussical Musical,West Side Story, Legally Blonde and yearly Pantomines (Christmas shows) for more than 10 years.
Adrian Ir-Russu is a freelance trumpet player, based in Malta. As a versatile musician, Adrian plays in different bands and with various changing setups.
Aldabra Atelier & Gallery would like to thanks all musicians, artists and guests for their participation.
A special thanks to Panta Lesco Group, Brincat Pianos, The Londoner Pub, Protrade Malta, Callus Garden Centre, Pictures & Frames, J.Lautier, Asciak Carpets, Coronation Candles and JB Stores for their kind support.