Label Spotlight: KALAN Music

HasanSaltikAmong its many interpretations, music can inspire enjoyment and relief, or present a gigantic universe to be explored and discovered. Hasan Saltık, founder of the stand-out Turkish label, KALAN, is more of the discoverer kind and with that, has built what many would count among the pioneering Turkish labels.

An established figure worldwide, Hasan Saltık has been awarded the Prince Claus Award and selected as one of Time Magazine’s “European Heroes.” When he decided to highlight the forgotten pieces of Turkish Folk music in 1991, KALAN Music was born. In its first years, KALAN attracted a remarkable amount of interest from various music authorities by re-mastering the good-old original gramophone records of authentic Turkish music. Doing so made KALAN the first Turkish label to highlight this concern of preserving local music in Turkey. Throughout almost a quarter of a century, KALAN has maintained this objective and continued bringing old records to modern-days.


The Orchard Walks Down Yo-Yo Ma’s “Silk Road”

12001076_10154330601093782_6105970626622626588_oIf you’re in Toronto right now, you know the TIFF competition (that’d be Toronto International Film Festival) is already getting tough. Or shall we say… stiff. Some incredible films are making their rounds, getting bought up in a hot flash and sending excited movie-goers into a frenzy. One such film is the acclaimed documentary making its world premiere Sunday night, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. And you’re lookin’ at the very lucky distributors of the film right here.


Freeloader Friday: Windhand, The Dap-Kings & More

781676730926Hey, everybody! I’m back again. For those of you I didn’t get to meet last week, my name is Adam DeAscentis and I’ll be stepping in as host of Freeloader Fridays over the next few months. This week is jam packed with great new music — here are my favorites!

Let’s first check out Windhand’s latest album release, Grief’s Infernal Flower. This gritty, Psychedelic Rock band has delivered some seriously grungy new material and thanks to our friends at NPR, you can stream the whole album right now. Reminiscent of Nirvana and other down-tuned, over-driven rock bands, this music tends to the darker side of the spectrum. But keep your ears open! Pockets of Acoustic serenity on tracks like “Sparrow” and “Aition” provide a pleasant balance.


When TV and Vinyl Come Together, Starring Orchardite Ben Liemer

In recent years, The Orchard has diversified — our Film/TV department has been steadily staffing up offices on two coasts and raising its film industry profile in acquiring larger, more mainstream indie films. Even as we adjust to the new streaming-oriented musical landscape and how to best monetize it, our Film division is scoring big with new distribution deals on the film festival circuit. Will television be the next distribution frontier? And why would a member of the Physical Music Distribution department blog about Movies & TV?

Because I got cast as an extra in Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger/Terence Winter‘s upcoming HBO series “Vinyl”! (See pictured left, in a vintage Nino Cerutti 3-piece suit on set.)


Tell Your Story with Flipagram

Flipagram-App-Download-for-PC-TechPanorma-1Flipagram is a fast growing social network that allows anyone to create visual stories with photos & videos, set to music. “Flipagrams” are unique in their length — the average is about 30 seconds, but there is no time limit. You are able to add links to the caption, which is not supported on platforms like Instagram, and any music used in a Flipagram is also automatically linked to iTunes and Spotify to download or stream. Flipagrams can also easily be shared to other social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

What makes Flipagram unique is the engagement it spurs: it empowers fans to create and share their stories with music and in turn allows the artists to like, comment and “reflip” that content. The result: a platform of fans creating mini-music videos that promote your music.