10/4/18

"MOZART IN COLOR"


The New Album By TKG


Album Review and article By Adriana Rubio


“Mozart in Color” is the new album by TKG, the brothers’ trio band from Athens, Greece. A magical album with a unique sound going from classical to electro-ambient-rock music, a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the creation of new songs inspired by Mozart’s greatest compositions while appreciating his music through a prism.

Guitar virtuoso Theodore Kalantzakos said:


“We have composed Mozart in Color, in the same way we would make a new rainbow using the colors of a prism.
Mozart is undoubtedly a musical genius who has moved and influenced countless artists. We are not an exception. Firstly as listeners and then as composers, we found ourselves on the other side of his talent’s prism, to meet this wonderful rainbow that Mozart reserves to anyone who gets deeper into his work. We have used this rainbow, as an invaluable treasure, as a palette to re-mix the colors into a new music painting”.


“Mozart in Color” is a 9 tracks album leading the listener to a variety of musical climax without losing the essence of keeping the classical style intact. The album starts with an ambient “Intro” to situate the listener into a thrilling place pretty similar to those found in action chasing-movie-scenes, amazingly created for the opening of an outstanding music painting album. It gets even better with the Green track 1 based on Mozart Symphony N° 40.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered one of the greatest composers of all time. His music presents an audacious form of expression and very often has been found intricate and dissonant (in musical terms), so this requires high technical mastery to perform it as well as having a clear understanding of orchestra’s instruments.

I applaud musicians TKG trio brothers band Theodore, Loukas and Nick Kalantzakos not only for their musical talent but the confidence to compose and play through the colors of Mozart’s most notorious compositions.  


 And while going through the tracks, the listener will find a wide range of exquisite sounds brilliantly performed by Nick Kalantzakos on synth and followed by the creative drumming of Loukas Kalantzakos who can play the strongest beat - hits and then turn to a jazzier counter - tempo drummer creating extreme chasing atmospheres without losing the classical essence of Mozart compositions. My favorite tracks in this regard are the “Intro”, “Green”, “Orange” and “Blue”.  

 “Mozart in Color” is by far the greatest creation by TKG. Their music palette counts with one of the brightest prisms in the field of experimental - ambient - electro - rock, guitar virtuoso Theodore Kalantzakos on fretless guitar, electric and synth guitars, along with a cretan lyra and a cello.


Theodore’s experience working with orchestras in previous compositions for studio recordings and live shows (Rudolph Shenker Guitarist for Scorpions) as both arranger and composer has given him enough encouragement to lead “Mozart in Color”.

Mozart in Color Track List:

1.  Intro
2.  Green (based on Symphony No. 40)
3.  Orange (based on Serenade No.13 for strings)
4.  Pink (based on Piano Concerto No. 21)
5.  Turquoise (based on Piano Sonata No. 11)
6.  Blue (based on Piano Concerto No. 20)
7.  Yellow (based on Piano Sonata No. 8)
8.  Red (based on Symphony No. 25)
9.  Outro

TKG presented for the first time the new compositions at the ancient theater of Herodes Atticus Odeon, in Athens Greece, opening for the Classic Rock 2, on September 21st and 22nd 2018. Sold out!



Credits:
Theodore Kalantzakos (Electric, Fretless and Synth Guitars)
Loukas Kalantzakos (Drums)
Nick Kalantzakos (Synth)

Guests:
Andreas Vargas (Cretan Lyra)
Stavros Parginos (Cello)

Executive Producer:
Anastassios Alexopoulos

Mixing/Mastering:
Dimitris Staikopoulos (Electricity Sound Studios)

Management / Press contact:
Robin4Arts GmbH
Maria Papalamprou

To purchase “Mozart in Color”, you can visit Spotify, iTunes and/or CDBaby sites.

 "Mozart in Color"

 A magical album with a unique sound going from classical to electro - ambient - rock music, a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It's by far the greatest creation by TKG!



8/21/18

"THEODORE KALANTZAKOS"


LEADING THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
WITH TALENT AND HARD WORK 

Article By Adriana Rubio
Pictures: Courtesy of TKG Group


In January of 2015 Guitar Virtuoso Theodore Kalantzakos from TKG was Guitarist of the month on this Blog! And three years later he delights us all with a number of outstanding concerts as he and the band continue to grow at full speed.


Theodore is the leader of an amazing trio brothers’ band from Athens, Greece. I had the opportunity to interview him and talk about the band’s musical projects and releases on several occasions. And from time to time I also say hello to the band’s drummer Loukas Kalantzakos who plays the best combinations of “tempo-touches” without losing the beat power.


It really is a band where talent is right there, you just can feel it while the music transports you to incredible places as they dive into ambient jazz and cinematic sounds. However, there’s a solid metal element with a key presence of progressive-experimental rock in many of the band’s compositions as they let creativity flow during the songwriting process. Keyboardist Nick Kalantzakos is without a doubt a very important piece for the experimental-ambient part.


Now, three years after being Guitarist of the month on this Blog, Theodore Kalantzakos had the opportunity to jam with International acclaimed Guitarist Steve Vai after a guitar seminar which was part of the Alien Guitar Secrets Master Class Tour on March 20, 2018 at the Art Music School Fakanas in Athens, Greece.



And on July 16, 2018 they had the Scorpions “Once in a life time” show; with the Athens State Orchestra, Live at Kallimarmaro, Athens, Greece.



They joined the Athens State Orchestra; Theodore was in charge of coordinating all the electric instruments to open the show playing some of Scorpions best compositions (as arranged for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000).


“Guitarist Rudolf Schenker played “Hurricane” with us; it was the last composition of our opening act. This was the second time I had the chance to be on stage with Rudolf Schenker… actually the first, but there is a virtual one too!!!”






In 2014, Theodore Kalantzakos arranged Rudolf Schenker’s “Love is the Answer” for the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. It was a Philippos Pliatsikas (popular Greek singer) & Prague Philharmonic Orchestra show at Odeon of Herodes Atticus that recorded live and released by EMI.



“Aside from arranging all the compositions, I played the guitars too. Rudolf had sent us a video of him which was projecting while we were playing live!”



Here is a video https://youtu.be/G-L4Q-s6lNw from the live show and this is the live recording https://youtu.be/eINgY7-fdoA .



Theodore and his band TKG Group have a new full-length album ready to be released titled “Mozart in Color”.  The band will present some compositions of the upcoming at one of the most beautiful theatres in Greece.



“We're going to present some compositions of our upcoming album "Mozart in Color" at one of the most beautiful ancient theatres, the "Herodes Atticus Odeon", on September 21 and 22 as opening act for Prague Philharmonic orchestra”.



As you can see Theodore Kalantzakos and his band TKG Group are firmly focused on the road to success which can be achieved only with talent, hard work and perseverance.



Kudos to him and the band! And thank you so much as always for being in touch! You guys ROCK!







6/21/18

"CHRIS CORNELL CASE"


-INCONSISTENCIES-
Stop Lying To People!
By Adriana Rubio

The sadness and uncertainty caused by the death of rock singers, artists, musicians and actors go beyond the crude facts of filling the empty spaces in some newspaper report and TV news segment as just a leafy tree that blinds the community forest sight.

There is a very thin line between "Suicide and accidental overdose" as well as between "Suicide and Homicide". Unfortunately what stays in the middle is always called "Conspiracy Theory” no matter what.



It's all too obvious that it's so disgusting. It's just a matter of common sense to realize that many things are wrong here. We cannot swallow everything; we must read between the lines because the evidences are right there. Evidences can change a "Suicide" case to at least "Doubtful Death".

It’s really alarming the huge number of dependent people to anxiety pills and opioids for chronic pain. The pharmaceutical industry makes more money creating unstable and dependent people to all kinds of medications; than trying to find cures for the ill in a real supervised treatment base. Having a prescription signed by a prestigious doctor doesn’t mean the patient is being supervised or taken care of; it’s just a ticket permission to buy the medication in a legal way, a number. 


How many tests do doctors perform on patients suffering from anxiety and/or depression? Is there any real follow up on the patient’s condition or it’s just “here’s your prescription”? Is there any medical report on the patient behavior?

For how long has the patient been medicated to treat depression or anxiety? Does the patient's history show that he could be suicidal? Is there any suicide attempt reported before? Does the patient receive psychological assistance or alternative therapy other than just taking the pills? Is there any safety plan?

The same questions and more go for the patients who suffer from chronic pain and usually are under Opioid prescriptions. Who take care of the medication dosage? If pain decreases and patient’s condition improves: Why do patients keep taking the same doses if the pain has decreased? Did they try to reduce the dose but couldn’t make it because of nausea, tremors, fever or watery eyes? Does anyone in the medical field explain to patients the risks of being under Opioid prescriptions?

Opioids are highly addictive; it’s serious stuff. If the condition improves but the medication is not adjusted, the risk of addiction is really high. Other patients get worse and during the process of changing and mixing dangerous medication they end up overdosing.

Artists and musicians are very exposed to this kind of treat, and when they suddenly die; their deaths are not properly investigated. The stigma of being named many things related to drug treatments, rehab, bipolarity, anxiety and depression amongst some other conditions, make the bag weight easily falling to the suicide side instead of digging a bit deeper.


Looking back to Kurt Cobain’s death, there’s no doubt that he was murdered. You just have to read the toxicology results carefully to understand that Kurt was already incapacitated before the gun shot occurred. “A dead man can’t pull the trigger”. It’s clear as crystal. He had a triple lethal dose of heroin in his system. Heroin (also known as “smack,” “H,” “junk,” “skag”, “brown” and “death wish” amongst some other street names) acts as an extremely addictive and potent pain-killing drug. And after crossing the blood-brain barrier, heroin is metabolized into morphine. Additionally, Valium (Diazepam) was also present in Kurt’s bloodstream. Diazepam is a controlled substance drug that’s available as the brand-name drug Valium. Diazepam belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines.

“Class of drugs” refers to medications that work similarly. They have a similar chemical structure and are often used to treat related conditions such as anxiety, muscle spasm, agitation, tremors, and alcohol or drug withdrawals, certain types of seizures amongst some other conditions.

The most common side effects that occur with Diazepam are drowsiness, tiredness or fatigue, muscle weakness, inability to control muscle movements (ataxia), headache, dizziness, dry mouth or excessive saliva, nausea and constipation. So as you can see Diazepam mainly acts as a sedative drug.

“Lorazepam” (Ativan) is also a Benzodiazepine drug as Diazepam (Valium), and is the substance found in Chris Cornell system, a prescription drug to treat anxiety… and according to what Chris wife said, he was slurring words during the telephone talk and said “I may have taken an extra Ativan or two”…

According to police reports, Cornell was lying on the floor with an exercise band around his neck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chris had performed a sold out concert with Soundgarden in the City of Rock at the Fox Theatre, on May 17th just hours before the sad discovery.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office revealed “TOO SOON” that Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging.


Cornell’s bodyguard Martin Kirsten went to Chris room after the concert to fix his computer and gave him two Ativan pills around 11:30 pm. And about 45 minutes later Chris wife called Kirsten to check on him because on their last phone talk after the gig he did not sound well.

Kirsten knocked on the door and no one answered it. As he was not registered to the room, the hotel management did not open the door for him so he kicked it down himself including the door to the bathroom which “according to Kirsten it was locked”. Martin Kirsten found Chris Cornell lying on the floor with blood running from his mouth and an exercise band around his neck.


Why the bodyguard was there to “fix his computer”? If Chris was going to kill himself, why would he want his computer fixed? 

As for the supposed hanging… An average American bathroom door is 203.2 cm tall which equals 6 foot 8 inches in height. Chris Cornell was 6 foot 3 inches tall. How did he hang himself? Did he really hang himself? He was found on the floor or partially suspended?

Do you know what? There are very important inconsistencies in this case that make the whole thing look “unbelievable”.

The toxicology test describes the substances and the concentration levels that were present in Chris system. Among the drugs found is an antagonist for Opioids called “Naloxone” which was administered at the scene by the paramedics presuming an Opioid overdose.

But the most interesting substance found in Chris system is Ativan (Lorazepam). The levels of Lorazepam that were found in Chris system are “normal”. So it leads to some more unanswered questions…

Did he really take an extra Ativan or two? Who’s lying here? Was he really slurring words on the phone as his wife stated? Could it be possible that the lab made the toxicology test wrong to conclude that Chris hanged himself in full consciousness of his acts? 


There’s something terrible wrong here, too many inconsistencies. Chris wife has blamed Chris doctor in a desperately act of “explaining” whatever the hell that made Chris hang himself, if he did (unlikely). She blamed the “opioid” medication that was prescribed to Chris for a shoulder injury YEARS AGO, a medication that Chris was NOT taking. And according to the toxicology test: “NO opioids found in his system”.

STOP LYING TO PEOPLE!!!

The levels of Lorazepam that were found in Chris Cornell system are “normal” for the dosage taken.

Did he really take an extra Ativan or two? Who’s lying?

Was he really slurring words on the phone as his wife stated?

Why the bodyguard was there to “fix his computer”?

If Chris was going to kill himself, why would he want his computer fixed?

This is what the toxicology report says about the “Lorazepam” (ATIVAN) found in Chris system:

“Toxicology Result 41 ng/ml”

“Daily divided oral doses of up to 10 mg are generally prescribed for anxiety. Following a single oral dose of 2 mg, Lorazepam concentrations in plasma averaged 20 ng/ml, declining to 10 ng/ml by 12 hours”.

“Chronic oral administration of 10 mg dose resulted in an average steady-state plasma Lorazepam level of 200 ng/ml (range 140–240 ng/ml”.

“In blood the maximum therapeutic effect with Lorazepam is reported to be within the range of 30-50 ng/ml”.

“Fatalities with Lorazepam are relatively rare and generally have postmortem blood concentrations exceeding 300 ng/ml”.

“Toxicology Result 41 ng/ml”

The whole thing smells really bad. There are too many inconsistencies that need to be clarified including the nine fractured ribs, the visible trauma at the back of his head, the blood that was running from his mouth and the blood drops that were found at the scene on the bathroom wall. Blood drops are VERY important in any doubtful death scene. 

In forensic terms: The direction of blood droplets can be determined from the shape that it forms when they hit the flat surface. The tail of the elongated drop points to the travel direction…

BLOOD AS AN IMPORTANT TOOL IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION  
By Kristina Pokupcic Ministry of the Interior Zagreb 10000, Police College, Croatia.

Properties of Blood
Blood is a fluid with its mayor biological, chemical and physical properties which must be taken into account when analyzing bloodstains on the crime scene. Blood is liquid connective tissue which is consisted of blood cells and plasma.

It is body fluid which accounts for about 7% of body weight of an average person, the total being 4-5 l for women and 5-6 l for men [11]. Blood is mainly used to transfer various substances throughout the body, as well as for defense from different kinds of pathogens [12]. An average person can survive rapid loss of about 1/3 of total blood from the body and more than that can lead to death [11].

When bloodshed events happen, due to its physical and chemical properties blood spreads across the scene of a crime. Since placement and spreading of bloodstains obeys the laws of physics, there are mathematical methods which can be used to calculate the origin and the force applied to cause particular blood spatter [13]. Like any other fluid, blood has no shape of its own but when cast adjusts to its surroundings on various surfaces, textures and from different angles forming different shapes of stains on walls and furniture in a closed space such as a room.

Journal of Forensic Sciences and Criminal Investigation:


RIP CHRIS CORNELL