Noni Rene

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Interview contact: Ginny Shea, Mixed Media T: 401-942-8025 E:Reply to ginny@mixedmediapromo.com for Noni Rene EPK
:Noni Rene “Grunge Soul”
Philly Soul, New York Heart
🎸Noni’s new tracks “Good Vibes” and “The Time,” are a good indication of energy and optimism, songs are wise and deep, relatable, and invigorating.

No one will disagree that it’s a tough time for musicians. But :Noni Rene is having none of it. The gritty, grunge-soul singer/songwriter with serious hip-hop cred from NYC is digging deep and finding ways to make things happen. “I can’t sit back and worry, thinking all of this will pass,” she says. “I have to put the pieces together. Now’s the time to get it done.”

Like so many promising musicians, :Noni had big plans for the spring and summer, plans that are now on hold. She has found this pause something of a paradox. “It’s been like a blessing and a curse,” she says. “I was looking forward to South by Southwest, but the pain of missing out on it has brought about new opportunities.”

Shortly after the pandemic shutdown :Noni, aka “TheVillageKid,” received a sponsorship from REC Philly and Amuse.io, which has given her a legit record label relationship and access to network resources that are sure to help her move forward, even during this uncertain musical time. While live performance, the lifeblood of the industry, especially for :Noni, has been put on ice, she has still found ways to move forward. “Even though I can’t access stages across the actual, physical United States, I’m still pretty excited to be where I’m at.”

The sponsorship has also enabled her to work with musicians remotely, to discuss her recorded work and works in progress. “It’s been going so well,” she says, “I’m thinking of opening up our sessions to the public.” One of the perks of working with REC Philly at this point is that :Noni now has time to put the music-career building blocks into place, including putting her legal responsibilities and business affairs in order. “I no longer have the excuse that I have too much going on,” she laughs. “Now is the time to get those things [I’d typically put off] done.”

:Noni’s partnership with Leesta Vall Sound Recordings, got her jump-started with a direct-to-vinyl live session released in 2019.

:Noni’s freshest new music, tracks “Good Vibes” and “The Time,” are a good indication of the energy and optimism she’s been after since 2014. Her songs are wise and deep, relatable, and invigorating.

She’s been test-driving those tracks and others on her Zoom-based live performances, which, though no substitute for her supersonic in-person gigs, have been a blast. “It’s pretty cool,” she says, “watching everybody in their little squares vibing along to the music. I love that you can reach people all over the world!”

:Noni’s been reaching people steadily since her earliest days. Back then, you could find her opening for legends like Big Daddy Kane and Rakim and killing it at NYC Battle of the Bands contests. Today, she’s a heavyweight performer in her own right, with a steadily growing fan base in love with her grunge-soul, her sassy ideals, and her infectious optimism.

“I really do love performing,” she says. “I love communicating and sharing my message with different audiences. I find they’re open to the experience, and to what I have to say. That’s been really amazing for me. It keeps me going.”

 

Community String Project

Community String Project

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Interviews contact: Robert Arsenault 396-7395

or  Alan Bernstein at 401-500-1243 or alan@communitystringproject.org

COMMUNITY STRING PROJECT TO OFFER CLASSICAL GUITAR ENSEMBLES THIS FALL

Instruction in Classical Guitar will be added to the Community String Project classes for adult students this Fall. The new program, available to adults 18 and older, consists of a Beginning Classical Guitar Ensemble and an Advanced Ensemble. Students must have their own classical guitar.

The Classical Guitar Program will be taught by Virginia “Vicki” Boyle who has been teaching Classical Guitar at Mt. Hope High School for the past 20 years.  Ms. Boyle developed the Guitar Program at Mt. Hope – four years of high school guitar culminating in a classical guitar ensemble.  Her award-winning ensembles have performed throughout New England as well as New York, Washington, D.C. and Florida.

Ms. Boyle will be demonstrating the Classical Guitar at CSP’s upcoming String Instrument Playgrounds at 6pm on September 10th at the East Providence Library, 6pm on September 12th at the Portsmouth Library, and at 6:30pm on September 13th at the Barrington Library.

For more information on the new Classical Guitar Program, as well as youth and adult classes in Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass, visit communitystringproject.org  or contact Alan@communitystringproject.org.

CSP, now in it’s 10th year of bringing affordable and accessible string instrument lessons to the East Bay Community, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and a member of The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

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2017

For release during the week of September 4th

Contact: Robert Arsenault 396-7395

Have you ever been tempted to pluck a string or four on a Double Bass? Do you fancy yourself whipping out the violin at a family gathering and accompanying the chorus of Christmas carols? Does the sound of a viola in the quiet of a summer backyard or beach send shivers up your heartstrings? Is that irrepressible urge to play the elegant cello still alive in your soul? Come to the first annual “String Instrument Playground” presented by Community String Project and let the music begin!

The event will begin at 6:30 pm on Monday, September 11, 2017 in the Gallery Room at the Barrington Public Library.   Adult musicians (participants and instructors) from the Community String Project will give a brief performance/demonstration of their own beloved instrument- violin, viola, cello and bass, and explain their own journey to CSP. Some of these folks took the leap and began with no prior musical experience or note reading ability. Others have rekindled an old relationship with their instrument that began in grade school!   Following the demonstrations, the audience is invited to put their own “hands on” each instrument to truly get a feel for how it is unique in shape and sound.

Should your hands, heart and ears fall in love with an instrument that evening, CSP registration materials will be available. Anyone who signs up that evening will receive a one time 15% discount off the cost of a semester fee. The Community String Project offers beginner, intermediate and advanced instruction in a group setting, rents instruments at a nominal fee while supply lasts and offers comprehensive support in the procurement, care and use of stringed instruments.   Lessons and rehearsals in each of our four Adult Ensembles begin at the end of September and take place at the First Congregational Church (corner of Bradford and High Streets) in Bristol.

The Community String Project is beginning its 9th year, providing affordable and accessible string instrument lessons to children and adults. View our website at www.communitystringproject.org. For further information, contact Alan Bernstein at 401-500-1243 or alan@communitystringproject.org.

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Interested in learning to play a string instrument?  Did you play when you were younger and want to regain and improve your musical skills? The Community String Project provides affordable lessons to more than 135 youngsters and adults in Bristol, RI. This non-profit organization has provided after-school lessons and a Youth Orchestra Program for elementary and middle school students. With CSP, students get the opportunity to become involved in a supportive activity that have increased their self-esteem and engagement. Adults travel from as far away as Kingston and Pascoag to join with others to play music each week. CSP offers weekly beginner lessons and lessons for more experienced musicians.

Learn to play a string instrument in a supportive environment-registration is on September 10. A limited number of instruments are available to rent from CSP. Lessons take place at the First Congregational Church in Bristol, RI beginning the week of September 22nd.

For more information, contact Cheryl at 401-500-1243 or go to communitystringproject.org.

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