Frieda Pinto turns it on in Bruno Mars’ next single Gorilla! What’s next rocking a guitar?

Frieda Pinto Frieda Pinto the girl that gave me that strong sensation of Déjà vu of a friends late mother Audrey Hepburn at Toronto International Film Festival Gala (TIFF 2013), ‘100 Years of Indian Cinema’, the grace and the glam and the utterly spellbinding personality. Frieda Pinto is giving everyone another sensation a far racier side as she writhes around a stripper pole in the provocative video released on the singer Bruno Mars Facebook page on Tuesday.
While some may be shocked by this, I am not the least bit surprised. Freida plays the sultry Isabella, a stripper in a seedy bar, her beauty the envy of the other women in the joint. Actor Luis Guzman makes a cameo as the stripclub owner, introducing Freida as the ‘new girl in town’. I knew there was a reason I like Frieda. I call it ‘changing it up’ and as I am currently directing a film documentary on David Bowie the man who throughout his life has always been changing up the game I would personally like to see a collaboration between Bowie and Pinto. Changing it up once again this time with some guitar work with Bowie? ( I seriously need to stop letting my imagination run -off). But hold on a second it not that wild an idea.

As Frieda Pinto was leaving the TIFF 2013 Gala I asked Shaun Marq who looks after some of the coolest luxury gifting lounge that he should invite Frieda to come see the goodies. Pinto was hesitant at first as her car was about to arrive but as it was on the way out, why not check it out, and that is exactly what she did. Being a guitar dude, I suggested to Frieda that she take a Jarrell Guitar, and if you don’t know how to play, not to worry. I had an ace up my sleeve. That ace was singer, songwriter, guitarist Monte Pittman. Not just any dude. This dude taught Madonna another lady who like Bowie keeps ‘changing up the game’. What happened next? These tweets say it all. You can check out Frieda Pinto’s cool Jarrell Monte Pittman guitar in this video – Check it out – Let’s all go on the wild side.

 

 


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David Bowie Film Takes – Jarrell Guitar On Tour And You Can Win

Swedish Model Josefine with Jarrell Guitar, fashion by Magpie designers for Prince at Ritz Carlton Toronto

From the mind of visionary designer Phillip Jarrell comes an extensive collection of acoustic and electric guitars, basses, amps, microphones, and unique guitar accessories for the serious musician. Phillip Jarrell has combined his personal insights from a lifetime in music, art and design and invested them all into a comprehensive line of top quality products for musicians and producers.

Jarrell guitars and basses are handmade with the finest tone-woods, Tone Pros hardware and Seymour Duncan pickups according to Phillip Jarrell’s personal specifications. These modern classics embody years of painstaking design, experimentation and refinement into a focused group of guitars and basses ready to rock yet refined to meet the expectations of the most accomplished players. Jarrell Guitars include acoustic, semi-hollow, chambered, and solid body instruments.

WINNING A JARRELL GUITAR:

As the production of the David Bowie film tours the world to various locations in each city a Jarrell guitar will be showcased at a venue that is music related.

1. In each location at a selected venue the guitar will be showcased and by following all on Twitter, you get in the game to win.

2. #DavidBowieIS #Film you comment on Bowie. It can be one word.

3. You are now in the game.

The fun does not just stop here, throughout the production of the film followers can win cool gifts with those whom we have partnered with to help make a very exciting project, in the style and manner of Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol

Why you may want to win this guitar. All you need to do is check out this video. Playing the guitar in this video is Monte Pittman, and Gary Lucas.

Monte Pittman:

Monte Pittman is an American musician, songwriter and studio musician, based out of Los Angeles, known largely as Madonna’s long-time guitarist but has quite a diverse professional resume, including stints that range from glam-pop star Adam Lambert to metal band Prong.

Pittman started playing guitar as a teenager when he “finally got my first guitar when I was 13”. His guitar teacher was Robert Browning. He also took music theory and piano lessons from Delores Rhoads at the Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood.
Pittman’s early musical influences came from bands and artists such as Kiss, Metallica, Slayer, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, Pantera, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead, to name a few.

Gary Lucas:

Gary Lucas is an American guitarist, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, a soundtrack composer for film and television, and an international recording artist with over twenty solo albums to date. He has been described as a “guitarist with a global guitar” (Larry Rohter, 9 May 2011, New York Times) “one of the best and most original guitarists in America” (David Fricke, 16 Nov. 2006, Rolling Stone); a “legendary leftfield guitarist” (The Guardian, 24 Dec. 2005); “the thinking man’s guitar hero” (The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2007), “perhaps the greatest living electric guitar player” (Daniel Levitin) and one of “the most innovative and challenging guitarists playing today” (fRoots, March 2002). Lucas’ style melds easily into rock and blues, has “avant-garde affinities,” but is “not easily typecast.” (Steve Dollar, May 6, 2011, Wall Street Journal). He is also associated with vocalist Jeff Buckley, who performed for a year in Lucas’ band, Gods and Monsters, early in his career.

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Madonna – Monte Pittman – MDNA – Medellín and a girl called Ana


The world is in a constant flow. As one trend passes a new trends emerges. At times this happens in a split-second or as long as in a minute. Welcome to the world of Twitter and living in the now, and going with the flow. This is a story of a fan Ana Uribe in Medellin, Colombia her passion for Madonna and her MDNA tweet putting her a heart-beat from her idol musical performer Madonna, on a world tour MDNA World Tour 2012.

I am not sure where I was when the tweet from Ana came Abu Dhabi, or India getting on a plan or off, but as I always do I responded. Soon afterwards, Ana informed me about Hard Rock in Medellin and her relationship with them and with a click of a thumb I was able to connect Ana in Medellin, to recording artist and the principal guitarist for Madonna Monte Pittman’s manager, Lisa Claus. Thousands of miles apart, various time zones.

As far as social media goes it’s great, and combine that with someone with a global social network and look out anything can happen. Good things can happen. Dreams can come true. In the case of Ana, she tells me they have for her. You take a thread, weave it into the fabric and behold a colorful story in a rich tapestry.

Here is my interview with Ana, who through her relationships arranged for Monte Pittman to play at the Hard Rock in Medellin, is going to both the MDNA shows and the rest is up to the universe. Through the process Ana and I became friends and wouldn’t you know it I also knew someone in Medellin in music, that is another story.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER MADONNA?

1. I first discovered Madonna when I was 12 years old when I heard her first song Everybody! And after that I knew I was going to be her biggest fan!
Love everything about her: music, lyrics, her voice when she sings, her voice when she talks, the way she dance, her charisma, her intelligence and most of all her self confidence!

HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT MDNA TOUR IN YOUR CITY:

2. I am extremely excited! More than words can describe! Is a dream come true! I still can’t believe it!

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT MEETING MONTE PITTMAN?

3. Being with Monte Pittman and being his interpreter is much more than I ever dreamed! Is being in some way close to Madonna and part of her world! I still cant believe it!

IF YOU WHERE TO MEED MADONNA WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

4. OMG! If I could meet Madonna I would thank her for all the joy she has brought into my life with her music, I would tell her that that is the most unforgettable moment of my entire life and I would beg for not to be speechless! And of course I would say: I love you!

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND MUSIC?

5. I am really proud of my family! All of them are professional musicians : from my grandfather who played sax, flute and clarinet in the symphonic orchestra of Colombia and also was part of the famous Lucho Bermudez Y Su Orquesta . All my uncles and aunts and my father have a long history in music with many awards in the classical and jazz music. Two of my uncles were nominated for a Grammy, one last year and the other one in 2001.

My father: luis Uribe Espitia and my aunt Blanca Uribe, Luis Biava and jaime Uribe.

Parties with them are amazing!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TWITTER?

6. I really created and account in Twitter to follow everything that concerns MDNA tour. I made a comment in an interview that Timothy Khan made to Monte Pittman. I said he was so lucky to have the chance to be so close to him. He answered to me saying that it would be great to arrange something with him in Medellin! I couldn’t believe it and when MDNA starts getting close I send him a message and he answered right away! He put me in contact with Lisa Claus his manager and in 4 days everything was ready! It’s a dream come true! I have so much to thank to Timothy Khan!
I love Twitter now.


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Prince The Godfather of Chicago Kills it with a Guitar Orgy!

Chicago, it’s my kinda town. It’s where my Godfather was from. He had moved from Chicago to Las Vegas back in the day, built a hotel, then some mobster from Chicago came and burnt it down.  My Godfather Beldon Katelman sold the property to Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. the infamous American business magnate, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, film maker and philanthropist, and moved to Los Angeles.

My Godfathers brother Harris Katelman helped Rupert Murdoch assemble and build what is now Fox Television.

My Godfather died of a heart-attack while having sex with a 22 year old call girl in his sauna at his home on Baroda Drive in Beverly Hills, California. The man had style.

Harris Katelman during lunch at Toscana in Brentwood told me about my Godfather “he was not just your Godfather, he was the Godfather”. This was no revelation to me.  The man was from Chicago.

Chicago is where Prince the supreme master of funk came to make his stand with Welcome 2 Chicago three-night residency at United Center.

Prince came with a gun and guitar (in the poster anyway) but he came to help, Rebuild the Dream, founded by Van Jones, is a mobilization of hundreds of thousands of everyday people–from seniors to students, moms, dads, Brothers and Sisters–who come together to build strong vibrant communities and to fix our economy from the ground up.

“We couldn’t be more excited about partnering with a legend like Prince. Our economic system is broken. Rebuild the Dream exists to unite arts and organize into a potent force to support the Dreams of Our Communities. There are few artists who have Prince’s unwavering commitment to a vision of a sustainable, fair economic future.”

– Van Jones, Co-founder and President of Rebuild the Dream.

There was a lot of talk about the concert of the previous opening night. Yes, there were problems with the first show, they were called kinks that had not been ironed out ( like the refs in NFL’s Monday Night Football), few glitches.

Then came Tuesday and show number two. An army had been mobilized by Prince to resolve the issues of the night before.

Tuesday night rolled around and Prince went gangsta on Chicago.

From the get go Prince started to kill it.  Yea he brought his A game which consisted of guitar orgy, Jennifer Hudson, and ‘Partyman’ not to mention his full sexy set play list.

Prince even apologised to everyone saying “we worked out the kinks”.

Let me tell you something, they sure had worked out whatever was not working the night before and the people of Chicago they were loving it.

I love guitar, I always have. Those who went to high school or college with me will tell you when I booked bands they had killer guitar players.

I am blessed to have come to meet recently Phillip Jarrell, Dick Wagner best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and KISS, getting a chance to chill with Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist of Kiss, and then Monte Pittman, singer, songwriter, who has his second solo album out and is the lead guitarist for Madonna on her MDNA World Tour that had just rolled through Chicago.

So the thought’s that raced through my mind as Prince started to make his guitar sing, in-a-full-on-orgy, what a mind blowing experience it would be to see Monte Pittman on the stage with Prince shredding his MPS guitar. I was not alone on this thought.


 

To enjoy Prince you need to be living in the now. Enjoying the moment, the vibrant energy of the band, the brass, the horns, drums, guitars and the man himself, the artist, singer, songwriter, pure musician, spiritual man, the master of funk, the gangsta of music, Grammy winner, the kid who came to rock, Chicago; Prince. Tonight he is going to take it all to another level, crank it up, get ready, do your stretch’s, take a nap, what ever you need to do, to get ready to party, think purple, because tonight doves are gonna fly. This lady is on with Prince tonight. So bring it.

 


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From the Ritz to Madonna and Monte – MDNA Tour – Tiff12

It’s the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), and while there are many parties one party you do not want to miss is Madonna, and her MDNA World Tour.

The MDNA World Tour for me started in front of the Ritz Carlton in Toronto where Madonna’s very talented guitarist, singer, songwriter, musician, performer came to shred a bit of his MPS Jarrell guitar.

After receiving a call from Kelsey who worked so hard on Tiff’s biggest party fund-raiser “The Night That Never Ends” I was off to the show having to painfully part company with the beautiful Jane and a bottle of Ravine Vineyard Wine. Why? you ask. I did it to see Monte, seriously.

Having been an alter-boy, Madonna got me to go to church again with a twist. Madonna’s life-long themes of church and spirituality once again dominated the show.

The Girl Gone Wild opened the show, which had plenty of moving parts, slick lighting, big screens, and great sound.

Monte Pittman on a busy day had said that the sound check takes longer then the one-hour-and-55-minute show. It’s totally worth it, you feel every beat, hear ever note, so you can be assured of a good party.

Needless to say the dancers, they can dance well.

Tiff has been good to Madonna and she did not forget Tiff mentioning it several times, and showing clips of the film that was at Tiff last year W.E., while she sang the movie’s Golden Globe-winning song Masterpiece, with Monte Pittman by her side making the guitar sing.

Highlight for me at the show, watching and listing to Monte do his thing on his MPS, after all that’s why I had left a beautiful women behind at the Ritz, yes I am passionate about music and guitar.

When Madonna started Turn Up The Radio all those who had now heard and seen pictures of Monte Pittman at the Ritz started jumping, to me this part of the show really kicked-ass.

Madonna, what can I say she made it a family affair, rocked it, and acknowledged Tiff. She and all those around her are true artist’s.

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Music in Films with Monte Pittman – Ritz Carlton – Tiff12

Monte Pittman, got his big break in music because of a film director. That director happened to be none other then Guy Ritchie, who at that time was married to Madonna.

Monte taught Guy guitar, that led to him teaching Madonna some pointers, which led to touring with Madonna as her lead guitarist. That’s how magic happens. But if you’re a nice guy magic just keeps happening as  it did again at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Toronto, in the heart of the Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff12.

Music people, get out do live shows in the middle of film festivals and deals will happen. Studio executives don’t have time to listen to demos, CDs or come to some venue.

The Ritz Carlton in Toronto is not just a hotel;  it wants to make it happen for everyone, creates an environment in which business can take place and during the week of the film festival, they brought in another big gun, Madonna’s man, on tour with the MDNA World Tour 2012, Monte Pittman.

Monte Pittman, played his MPS Jarrell guitar in front of the Ritz Bar. Watching Monte play was a film producer who has ten film on the slate ready to go and  is showing a film at Toronto International Film Festival.

This led to them meeting and here you get to see film business which is what Tiff is all about taking place.  The art of film-making meets music.

My Manager will call your manager. This is Toronto, it’s the Ritz, the Toronto International film festival, with Monte Pittman.

One day Monte Pittman will be picking up an Oscar for scoring a film. I can see it now. Check it out.

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