DARÍO CARDOSO LAUNCHES NEW SONG THROUGH THE INTERNET
SANTIAGO, 6 July 2007 - On occasion of the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Báb (Forerunner of the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith) next July 9th, Darío Cardoso has specially launched today a new version of the classic song "Prisión de Hierro" written by Daniel Ferioli. This new recording of the song, which relates in Spanish the aforementioned episode in a poetic and moving way, also features guest vocalist Solange Béreaud. The recording in MP3 format is freely available for downloading from Darío's web site, where the lyrics, guitar chords and an account of the song can also be found. Darío humbly wishes to contribute with this new recording to the different commemorations that will be held around the world on this date.
PROFILE ON KAMAL SIEGEL PUBLISHED IN INTERNATIONAL ARTS MAGAZINE
BRISTOL (UK), 2 May 2007 - An extensive profile on Kamal Siegel and his album First Steps has been published in a double issue of Tabula Rasa, an arts magazine based in the UK with an international team of collaborators. In six full pages, the profile titled "First Steps through a Musical Landscape" covers Kamal's beginnings as a musician, his thoughts on the creative impulse and its spiritual origin, the story behind each of the fourteen songs on the album and details of the recording process. In addition, the article contains a selection of illustrations and photographs by Kamal, who is also a graphic artist.
The magazine Tabula Rasa was established in late 2005 and defines itself as a place "where spirit and art converge". As well as profiles, it also includes poetry, drama scripts, articles, essays, short stories and projects, complemented by high quality graphics, drawings and photographs. Coincidentally, this double issue also features an article titled "People of the Earth", with text and photographs of the Mapuche, one of the indigenous peoples of Chile. Kamal Siegel was born in Chile and lived for many years in the Mapuche region of the country.
This double issue as well as the premier issue of the magazine are freely available as digital downloads at www.tabularasaarts.com
KAMAL SIEGEL FEATURED ON ALBUM PRODUCED BY GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER
LOS ANGELES (USA), 6 March 2007 - Kamal Siegel's song "Bird & Tree" from the album First Steps, has been included in the album "Temple of Light - Volume 1", recently released by Insignia Records and DivineNotes.com. The album, produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner KC Porter, features 22 songs performed by artists from around the world, and its purpose is to help raise funds for the construction in Chile of the Bahá'í Temple for South America, also known as the Chile Temple and Temple of Light.
Kamal Siegel is the only artist of Chilean origin featured on the album, and his participation is especially significant for him. While living in Santiago in the 80's and 90's, he recalls looking out of his bedroom window and seeing the hilltop where the Temple was to be built. He tried to imagine what it might look like and thinking about how incredibly visible it would be to everyone. Kamal says that "having one of my pieces be a part of this album is a tremendous honor and a dream come true. When looking out that window I always hoped that I would someday be able to help build the Temple in some way".
The album is the brainchild of KC Porter, a renowned producer, composer, arranger and performer in the Latin music field. He has won three Grammy Awards and has worked on albums by artists such as Santana, Ricky Martin, La Ley, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Laura Pausini, Emmanuel, Ana Gabriel and Luis Miguel, amongst many others.
The album can be purchased as a CD from Insignia Records, CD Baby and the Bahá'í Distribution Service, or as a digital download from DivineNotes.com. More information on the album, artist biographies and sound samples can be found at www.divinenotes.com/templeoflight
Information on the Chile Temple project can be found at www.temple.cl.bahai.org
MUSIC BY KAMAL SIEGEL FEATURED ON MICROPROGRAMMES FOR RADIO AND TELEVISION
TEMUCO, 30 October 2006 - A series of ten microprogrammes for radio and television featuring instrumental pieces by Kamal Siegel on the soundtrack, was launched today at a full audience event.
Titled "Araucanía: entre letras y poetas" (Araucania: between lyrics and poets), the series covers the life and works of ten poets of the region, some of them deceased classic authors and others prominent contemporary ones. The instrumental piece "Bird & Tree" was used as the main theme of the entire series, and portions of other instrumental songs were used during other passages, all taken from Kamal Siegel's debut album First Steps.
The series was created and developed by audiovisual producers Nabil Rodríguez and Soledad Guillén from Producciones El Camión, to motivate the reading of these poets' works, and was supported by the Reading Encouragement area of the Fondo Nacional del Libro y la Lectura (National Book and Reading Fund), granted by the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes (National Culture and Arts Council).
The ceremony was held at the Campus San Francisco auditorium of the Universidad Católica de Temuco (Catholic University of Temuco), with an attendance of 150 people related to audiovisual arts, investigation, poetry, anthropology and history, including the director and two counsellors of the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes of the Araucanian region, board members of the Lautaro branch of the Sociedad de Escritores de Chile (Writers' Society of Chile, SECH), together with some of the poets and artists featured in the series. Four of the ten microprogrammes were projected during the artistic and cultural act, which also featured live poetry readings and a musical presentation by a group that performs Mapuche and Latin-American music using electric instruments.
The series is to be aired shortly through regional cable television and radio channels, while arrangements are being made for its distribution through other media.
SONG BY KAMAL SIEGEL FEATURED ON MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION BY CHILEAN MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND UNESCO
SANTIAGO, 1 September 2006 - Kamal Siegel's song "Cascada" from the album First Steps, was featured today as the soundtrack for a multimedia presentation given by the Chilean Ministry of Education at the launch of the Heritage and Educational Network in Santiago.
The presentation was about the Educational Heritage Programme, an initiative developed by the Ministry together with UNESCO which is applied in schools throughout the country. The purpose of this programme is to assist students in perceiving, appreciating and preserving links towards tangible and intangible aspects of their history, such as buildings, objects, symbols, oral traditions and legacies.
The multimedia presentation consisted of an updated and in-depth version of the original made in 2004, which also features "Cascada" and can be viewed at the programme's website at www.mineduc.cl/patrimonio.
The event, hosted at the Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda which is located under the Plaza de la Ciudadanía on the south side of the Palacio de La Moneda, the seat of the Chilean Government, was attended by representatives from UNESCO, Fundación Futuro, Corporación del Patrimonio Cultural de Chile, Fundación Artesanías de Chile, Fundación Chile and Museo Histórico y Militar de Chile, plus groups of primary and secondary students with their teachers.
ALBUM FIRST STEPS FEATURED IN BILINGUAL MAGAZINE
SAN FERNANDO (USA), 1 April 2006 - An article about the album First Steps was published in issue Nº 58 of El Ruiseñor / The Nightingale bilingual magazine. The full-page feature includes a background on the artist Kamal Siegel and how his musical style originated, both in Spanish and in English.
FRESH DEBUT ALBUM BY SINGER/SONGWRITER KAMAL SIEGEL
SEATTLE/SANTIAGO, 12 November 2005 - Kamal Siegel, a singer/songwriter born in Chile and currently residing in the USA, has just released his debut album titled First Steps. With styles ranging from classical guitar to new age, jazz, flamenco, folk and rock, the album features eight songs in English and Spanish and six instrumental pieces.
Born in Punta Arenas, one of the southernmost cities in the world, Kamal grew up in various parts of the country. Although his world centered on drawing and painting for many years, his artistic interests began to expand at the age of 15 when he picked up his father's guitar. Filling his life afresh with music he discovered that through writing music, art could have a meaningful message. He began to teach himself how to play classical style guitar by learning musical pieces by ear. Unaware that the instrumental works he studied had multiple guitar tracks, he managed to learn and play them on one guitar by experimenting with alternate tuning
By exploring these subtleties of classical guitar, his music writing began expanding on themes that go beyond today's trends, such as spiritual tension, racial unity, true happiness, oppression, inner conflicts and various other issues unaddressed in today's music industry. His music, though at times heavy, also finds expression in light, fun and joyful themes of rebirth and spiritual glee
Kamal currently resides in Seattle where he works as a graphic artist. He also performs regularly at events in the Seattle area.
More information about the album, sound samples and purchasing options can be found here.
FIRST STEPS ALBUM PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC
BRIGHTON CREEK, ROY, 3 September 2005 - A preliminary edition of the album First Steps was issued at the Brighton Creek 8th Annual Arts Festival, USA, and Kamal Siegel performed a few songs at the event. The album was very well received by the participants.
RECORDING AND DESIGN OF FIRST STEPS ALBUM COMPLETED
SANTIAGO, 30 August 2005 - After countless recording sessions in four different studios between 1996 and 2005, including revisions and approvals over the Internet during the final stage between Santiago, Chile and Seattle, USA, the recording, mixing and mastering of the album First Steps by Kamal Siegel has been completed. The graphic design, executed by Kamal, is currently being proofed and a short-run edition of the album will soon be manufactured as a preliminary release.