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  • 23 January 2020
Stars turn out for designer Gaultier's final show
 
French designer Christian Louboutin - known for his signature red-soled stiletto shoes - was pictured with Lebanese-born British pop singer Mika.
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Jean-Paul Gaultier: Stars turn out for designer's final show

 

Celebrities have descended on the final fashion show of French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier in Paris, as he bows out after a 50-year career.

Former French first lady Carla Bruni was among the guests photographed at the Paris Fashion Week event.

 

Gaultier shocked fans when he announced it would be his last haute couture runway last week.

He said the event, at the city's Théâtre du Châtelet, would be a "party" to celebrate his decades in fashion.

 

Gaultier, 67, has dressed stars from Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett to Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

 

He designed Madonna's "cone bra" corset, which she wore for her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour.

Other stars at the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 show included American actress and model Larsen Thompson and Czech-Italian supermodel Eva Herzigova.

 

French designer Christian Louboutin - known for his signature red-soled stiletto shoes - was pictured with Lebanese-born British pop singer Mika.

 

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The show comes less than a week after Gaultier tweeted a video announcing that this runway would be his last.

"It's going to be quite a party with many of my friends, and we're going to have fun until very, very late," he said.

Gaultier posted videos of models getting ready backstage on Twitter earlier in the evening.

 

'Emotional night'

Ahead of the show, Burlesque model Dita Von Teese posted on Instagram that some of his "legendary muses" would be taking part.

She predicted it would be an "emotional night" and, in an earlier post, wrote: "I'm so grateful to have been part of the story."

Last year Gaultier criticised what he called "ridiculous" fashion waste, saying big fashion brands are harming the planet by producing "far too many collections with far too many clothes".

At the opening of the event in Paris, he called the outfits on the runway his "first upcycling haute couture collection" and urged the audience to recycle their clothes.

 

"In my first show and this, my last, there are creations made with the jeans I've worn," he said.

"It's the most beautiful of materials. Like a lot of humans, it becomes even more beautiful as it gets older."

He added: "Goodbye to the spanking new, hello to the spanking old!"

 

'Surreal'

Canadian model Coco Rocha tweeted that it was "surreal" that this would be Gaultier's last show.

American actress and model Kat Graham described him as her "fashion idol".

"JPG was the first big design house to dress me, to believe in me," she wrote.

"Thank you JPG for showing me and the world that it's more than ok to be authentically yourself, and to go against the grain."

 

 

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Evening Standard

  • Monday 17 February 2020

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The best ever Brit Awards moments as the ceremony turns 40

 

The Brit Awards are gearing up to celebrate a milestone birthday.

Tonight, the annual awards ceremony will officially turn 40 - and in those four decades, the Brits have given us some of the most memorable moments in British music history.

Though the awards were actually first held in 1977 to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, they didn’t become a yearly event until 1982.

Since then, the Brits have been responsible for plenty of era-defining moments.

 

 

40 years of The Brit Awards - In pictures

Look back on four decades of the Brit Awards in the gallery above...

https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/brit-awards-best-moments-40th-anniversary-a4360451.html

 

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This interview does not mention Mika, but it's interesting for me.

 

Let's Talk

  • 1 May 2020

PressReader https://pressreader.com/article/281556587939358

 

 

ON THE RECORD

 

At the turntable to answer our questions On The Record this month is Daniel Brine, artistic director and chief executive of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

 

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David Brine, Norfolk & Norwich Festival director, pictured on Fye Bridge in Norwich.
Photo: Hugo Glendinning.

 

Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s Daniel Brine makes his music choices

 

1 WHAT’S THE FIRST SONG YOU CAN REMEMBER FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD?

 

On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at. I’ve no idea why my mother sang this to me but I remember loving the bit about the worms.

 

2 WHAT WAS THE FIRST RECORD YOU BOUGHT?

 

My first single was Lene Lovich’s Bird Song. I haven’t heard it for years but looked it up online when you asked and it’s still great.

 

3 WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO MOST RECENTLY?

 

John Grant. And we were, originally, presenting John at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome as the first gig of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival before having to cancel.

 

4 WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU WENT TO?

 

Forgive me. It was Dire Straits at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

 

5 WHO WAS THE BEST ARTIST OR BAND YOU HAVE EVER SEEN?

 

Grace Jones. She was hours late on stage but when she finally arrived she was wild and so were the audience.

 

6 DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SINGER?

 

I’m a big Dolly Parton fan. She’s a great songwriter and has so many fantastic songs. I love to sing along and Dolly is great for that.

 

7 WHICH GENRE OF MUSIC DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST?

 

I like to listen and I like to sing (to myself), so I can be happy with all sorts of music. I love working at the festival because we have a really diverse music programme and the music programmers keep surprising and delighting me.

 

8 WHAT’S YOUR MOST TREASURED ALBUM?

 

My dad died when I was at a Mika concert.

It was just a coincidence, but for a while after I couldn’t stop listening to anything but Life in Cartoon Motion and The Boy Who Knew Too Much.

I wouldn’t necessarily say these are the most treasured but there is definitely a connection I can’t get over.

 

9 CAN YOU SING OR PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?

 

Most definitely not. But my husband is a composer who plays piano and clarinet beautifully and endlessly.

 

10 IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE, WHICH IS THE FAVORITE SONG OF YOUR LIFETIME?

 

The Great Miss Stark because it’s by my husband Jonathan Cooper. It’s my favourite song from his musical Mabel Stark: Tiger Tamer.

 

11 AND WHICH IS THE SONG YOU WOULD TURN OFF IF IT CAME ON THE RADIO?

 

Anything by Dire Straits.

 

12 FINALLY, HOW IMPORTANT IS MUSIC TO YOU?

I love that I have music in my life – at work as part of the festival and at home with Jonathan.

I’m not sure where I’d be without it.

 

 

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PODCAST

 

Track by Track

21/04/2020

 

 

Mika - Life In Cartoon Motion

This week on Track By Track we're bringing some well needed colour and fun with the one and only Mika, and his debut album, Life In Cartoon Motion.

Let us know your thoughts Track By Track- enjoy!

 

 

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PODCAST

 

Track by Track

21/04/2020

 

 

Mika - Life In Cartoon Motion

This week on Track By Track we're bringing some well needed colour and fun with the one and only Mika, and his debut album, Life In Cartoon Motion.

Let us know your thoughts Track By Track- enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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  • 25 April 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000h9ty

Dermot presents the hits that defined the first years of the 21st Century

 

Dermot presents Noughties hits from Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas, Florence + The Machine, Outkast, Shakira and many more in this BBC Sounds Mix.

Featuring a live session track ( Grace Kelly ) from Mika, recorded for Dermot's Saturday show on BBC Radio 2 in 2007.

 

 

AMAZON

 

CD : The Saturday Sessions - The Dermot O'Leary show

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Saturday-Sessions-Dermot-OLeary-show/dp/B000R9QEO0

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Disc: 2

  1. Mika - Grace Kelly
 

 

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19th May 2020
 
Ayrton Khamsin-S Shines for Mika
  • Jacob Waite

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Mika rehearses at Production Park Studios on a set built by Brilliant, decorated by Vince Foster’s lighting using multiple Ayrton fixtures.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Womack/Brilliant.

 

 

The charismatic singer-songwriter Mika’s Revelation tour in support of his fifth studio album, My Name is Michael Holbrook, may have been postponed midway through due to the current COVID-19 crisis, but it wowed audiences from autumn through to this spring. Lighting Designer, Vince Foster who, with an impressive CV which spans well over 30 years, requires little introduction.

 

Foster’s design for Mika’s Revelation was clean and uncomplicated: plenty of floor lighting, significant numbers of side fixtures and trusses in the most effective of locations.  His choice of fixtures was similarly unambiguous: just four different fixtures and overwhelmingly from Ayrton.  Alongside around thirty Ayrton Magic Blade-FX fixtures were approximately one hundred and twenty of one of Ayrton’s newest moving heads, Khamsin-S.

 

“Every moving light is a Khamsin,” opened Foster when we spoke to him about his design.  “I have always been a big fan of Ayrton, using a variety of their fixtures over the years and their move into developing moving heads that have that Ayrton combination of feature-rich technology and quality engineering is really exciting.”

 

The Khamsin-S were everywhere on the rig: the floor, the side hangs, the ‘B’ thrust stage and on both the stage trusses and the one downstage of the B stage. “The rig was designed with input from both Mika and his sister Yasmine. We wanted an unfussy but solid music hall look to allow the audience to focus on Mika himself,” Foster reminisced. “The brief was essentially to create something of a ‘Baron Munchausen’ feel, a slightly tongue-in-cheek, comedic atmosphere. He is the consummate performer, a true showman with a very theatrical approach, and a gift to an LD; he is like a peacock – you shine a light on him and he shows off.”

 

This was the first time that Foster had used an LED light as his primary workhorse as he explained: “I’ve always felt that LEDs are not bright enough for a big, arena sized show but Ayrton’s Khamsin proves that LED has now come of age.  Khamsin is a great fixture, it seems to have everything. It is a big beast but very quiet, and, as for its features: gobo wheels; animation wheel; two prisms; frosts – I have used them all – and of course the excellent beam range which allows me to use it equally as both a wash and a profile.”

 

With no video on this show, the stage uses raked rainbow coloured stripes to allude to the new album cover, the lighting was very much central to establishing the visual ambience of the set. Foster used the Khamsin-S colour palette to full effect with the set list based on rainbow colours.  “With some colour mixing you can lose intensity, particularly when adding greens, but not with Khamsin. Having that facility in the same fixture that you can use effectively as a key light shows the light’s flexibility,” he added. “Mika spends a lot of time out on the B stage so we light him essentially in 360o and can use the Khamsins as back key lighting with support from followspots. In situations like that, and for lighting the B stage, the shutters are very useful, sited as they are on stage, for framing set pieces like the drum risers. I also use a single Khamsin as a big back light with a rotating gobo at the upstage vanishing point for his first entrance, and another under a grill at the top of the ramp to light him from beneath.”

Alongside the Khamsin-S fixtures on the rig were nearly 30 of Ayrton’s Magic Blades-FX.  “The MagicBlade-FX’s are great,” enthused Foster. “The zoom is fantastic, it can create a really wide back light that is completely beamless – like a wall of light.  I have ten up on the mid truss, eight on the floor and nine out on the B stage.  On the thrust, they work really well as uplighters and you get great footlight with a nice even fill which added to the theatricality out there.  I’m also a fan of the individual cell control; with seven cells you can have the outside one colour, then graduate the palette inwards and then flip it around.

 

“I am really pleased that I took the option of using the Khamsin-S and the Magic Blade-FX fixtures as the foundation for this design,” concluded Foster. “The Khamsins have proved to me that they are a perfect choice if you are looking for a light that does everything in an arena environment.  They have more than met that challenge.”

Ayrton is distributed exclusively in the UK by Ambersphere Solutions.

www.ayrton.eu

 

 

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I've been wanting photos of Mika on his pink piano for ages for an art piece I want to do, these are perfect! What an amazing photographer!

 

Thanks for sharing! 😍

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11 minutes ago, TinyLove_CJ said:

Does anyone have an mp3 file if this or able to convert it? I can download it to my phone but it won't play or be shared between devices :(

 

 

Hello

 

Can you try this file? I've converted it into mp3.

 

Grace Kelly BBC2.mp3

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