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Anna Chromy

CHINESE PRESIDENT XI PING ON SILK ROAD MISSION TO ITALY, MONACO AND FRANCE from 22 to 26 March 2019

When the Government of China was looking in 2015 for a symbol of its Official Pavilion at EXPO2015 in Milano, they did not turn to a Chinese artist, but to a European artist who has his sculpture studio in Pietrasanta and Carrara in Tuscany. The reason for this choice was the extraordinary popularity of the sculptor Anna Chromy in China, who is considered in this country as a Cultural Ambassador between Europe and China (Phoenix News).

Anna Chromy used as theme for her Silk Road Sculpture two bionic towers symbolizing the new city developments along the ancient road. The towers end in two stylized hands holding the world between them, as symbols for the Eastern and Western ends of the Road, connecting the two most advanced civilizations of that time. The towers are engraved with ornaments showing the caravans of the ancient trade road, which brought the silk and other goods from China to Europe. On top of the Globe flies the Angel of Peace, as a tribute to the City of Xi’an (“Eternal Peace”), the starting point of the Ancient Silk Road.

Anna Chromy is represented in China by Phoenix Television, with 550 million viewers the global no.1. She is Honorary Fellow of the National Sculpture Academy of China, a Member of the Chinese City Sculpture Committee, the first Western artist to have a solo exhibition in the National Museum of China in Beijing, and to have a permanent work in the Entrance Hall of this prestigious Museum. She has also numerous other works in public locations around China.

A SILK ROAD IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF PHOENIX MEDIA CENTER IN BEIJING

On November 28, 2017, the Founder and Chairman of Phoenix Satellite TV, Mr. Liu Changle, welcomed the Silk Road sculpture of Anna Chromy into the Permanent Collection of the Phoenix Media Center in Beijing. After the ceremony the CEO of Phoenix TV Art and Culture invited Anna Chromy and Wolfgang Stein for a visit to the private parts of the Forbidden City normally reserved for State guest only.

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Kandace Springs

“Prince’s protoge spreads her wings on breathtakingly eclectic second album

An accomplished pianist with a sensuous, smoky voice”

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the soulful pianist and vocalist is self-assured, distinctive and strikingly contemporary.

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Singer and pianist Kandace Springs has released her remarkable second album Indigo (Blue Note), a 13-track LP of originals and choice covers that showcases the full breadth of Kandace’s artistry from smoldering R&B (People Make the World Go Round , 6 8) to gorgeous jazz ballads (Unsophisticated, featuring Roy Hargrove) to the pop songcraft of “Breakdown” and Don’t Need The Real Thing. All but two tracks are produced by drummer/producer Karriem Riggins (Common, Erykah Badu) with additional production by Jamie Hartman (Rag’n’Bone Man), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae), Jimmy Harry (Madonna, P!nk), and Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken (Rihanna). Indigo is available on vinyl, CD, download, and streaming services.

For Kandace it boils down to a question that connects past to present: “What would Nina Simone do if she had the technology of today? You could never put Nina in a boxߞshe would do a blues followed a classical piece, a jazz standard and then a Beatles cover. This LP took a lot of inspiration from that it’s a mix of everything that I am.” Indigo offers a fairly plausible answer to that impossible query: songs that swirl classical composition with quiet-storm cool, jazz poise with hip-hop swing, tropical warmth with soulful depth, and earthen groove with airy psych.

Given that diverse palette, Karriem was exactly the right person to work with Kandace to catalyze the best parts of various interests into something new. “I love crossing genres and the direction on Indigo was to marry all the different things to tell her story”, says Karriem, who tracked his drums at various studios while on the road with Diana Krall, and chopped and reassembled his and Kandace’s recordings into what you hear. “It sounds organic because everything was built around the songwriting. She says so much on the piano, and her voice is amazing it’s the focal point of the whole sound.”

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Kandace will embark on a U.S. headline tour beginning September 28 that includes album release shows in Los Angeles (Troubadour, October 1), New York (Sony Hall, October 28), and a hometown Nashville show (City Winery, November 4), followed by performances in Europe and Asia. See below for a full list of tour dates and visit kandacesprings.com for ticket info.

Kandace Springs ߝ Tour Dates:

September 28 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ

September 29 Voodoo Room @ House of Blues San Diego, CA

September 30 – The Parish @ House of Blues Anaheim, CA

October 1 The Troubadour Los Angeles, CA

October 2 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA

October 4 The Jack London Revue Portland, OR

October 5 Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA

October 7 – Vancouver International Jazz Festival Vancouver, BC

October 24 City Winery Boston, MA

October 25 Daryl’s House Club Pawling, NY

October 27 – Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA

October 28 – Sony Hall New York, NY

October 29 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA

October 30 The Hamilton Washington, DC

November 2 Stage Door Theater Charlotte, NC

November 3 City Winery Atlanta, GA

November 4 City Winery Nashville, TN

November 13 Forum Leverkusen Leverkusen, Germany **with WDR Big Band**

November 16 New Morning Paris, France

November 17 Queen Elizabeth Hall London, England

November 19 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 20 Quasimodo Berlin, Germany

November 27 Tokyo International Forum Tokyo, Japan

November 28 Sankei Hall Breeze Osaka, Japan

December 1 Blue Note Beijing Beijing, China

December 2 Blue Note Beijing Beijing, China

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Prince once said that Kandace “has a voice that could melt snow.” The music icon heard her cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” online in 2014 and invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain, becoming a mentor to the young singer and pianist. Kandace’s 2014 self-titled EP turned even more heads and led to performances on Letterman, Kimmel and Fallon, as well as the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals. Okay player called her as “a vocal force to be reckoned with” and Afropunk dubbed her “a versatile and vital artist”

Kandace draws much of her musical inspiration from her father, Scat Springs, a respected session singer in Nashville. It was due to him that Kandace grew up surrounded by music, and he encouraged her to take piano lessons after he watched her peck out melodies on the instrument when she was 10. Yet as a girl, she was equally interested in other creative outlets, especially visual art and, more unexpectedly, automobiles. “My dad gave me a Matchbox car, and my mom gave me a Barbie,” she says. “I drew a mustache on the Barbie and never played with it again, and I still have the Matchbox car.” (Her obsession with cars, which she collects, rebuilds, and resells, continues to this day.)

Something deeper in the young musician was sparked when she heard Norah Jonesߣ 2002 Blue Note debut, Come Away With Me. “The last song on the record is ߢThe Nearness of Youߣ and that song really inspired me to learn to play piano and sing. It was just so soulful, simple and stripped down. That really moved me and touched me. It’s when I realized, This is what I wanna do.”

Kandace began gigging around Nashville, and eventually an early demo she recorded caught the ears of Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, the production team who have written hits for Shakira, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson, and are best known for discovering Rihanna as a teen and signing her to their production company SRP. Rogers flew to Nashville with an offer to sign Kandace. Still only 17 years old at the time she and her family decided that it wasn’t the right time to pursue a recording career, instead taking a job at a downtown Nashville hotel where she valet parked cars by day and sang and played piano in the lounge at night.

A few years later, Kandace was talking about going to automotive design school, but her mother suggested that she get back in touch with Rogers and Sturken. She instead moved to New York and started working seriously on new songs and demo recordings. She eventually landed an audition with Blue Note President Don Was at the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, winning him over with a stunning performance of Bonnie Raitts “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (the original of which he had coincidentally produced).

If you listen closely to Indigo, you’ll hear a nod to Prince in the lyrics of “Fix Me” but the best tribute she could pay to him, Ms. Simone, and the humble legacy of the man who introduced her to music, her father, is by, as Karriem words it, “creating something that adds to the art form.” With Indigo, an album that couldn’t have been made by anyone but her, Kandace Springs does exactly that.

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THE QUAIL × MONTEREY CAR WEEK

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering Returns to World-Renowned Monterey Car Week on August 24, 2018

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The luxury-lifestyle event will host seven press conferences throughout the day from premier automotive manufacturers and sponsors including Polestar, Karma Automotive, Gunther Werks, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti and Hennessey Performance 

WHAT: More than 200 of the collector car world’s finest and rarest motorcars will decorate the rolling grasses of Quail Lodge & Golf Club, as The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering returns to Monterey Car Week on Friday, August 24.  Now in its 16th year, the luxury-lifestyle event will feature six international culinary pavilions, fine wines and a family-friendly atmosphere, along with an array of special classes including “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356,” “The Alois Ruf Reunion,” “The Great Lancias” and “50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Espada & Islero.”

This year’s event will also be highlighted by a program of unveils and debuts from revered international manufacturers throughout the day. The schedule is as follows:

 9:00 AM: Polestar

 9:30 AM: Karma Automotive

10:15 AM: Gunther Werks

10:30 AM: Lamborghini

10:45 AM: Rolls-Royce

11:20 AM: Bugatti

12:10 PM: Hennessey Performance

WHERE: Quail Lodge & Golf Club, 8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, California 93923

WHEN: Friday, August 24, 2018

8:00 am – 10:00 am (media preview hours)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

About The Peninsula Signature Events

The Peninsula Signature Events is organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila, and Paris – future openings, Yangon and London. Quail Lodge & Golf Club is home to the following Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail Ride, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, The Quail Rally and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. http://signatureevents.peninsula.com.

The Quail × A Motorsports Gathering

The premier automotive event will welcome four featured classes — “The Great Lancias,” “50th Anniversary of the Espada & Islero,” “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356” and “The Alois Ruf Reunion” — during its Monterey Car Week Event held at Quail Lodge & Golf Club on August 24, 2018

Today, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has officially announced four featured classes for its 16th-anniversary celebration on Friday, August 24, 2018. Recognizing Italian heritage and German innovation, the special selection will include “The Great Lancias,” “50th Anniversary of the Espada & Islero,” “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356” and “The Alois Ruf Reunion.”

“The Great Lancias” class will be highlighted by notable models that exemplify the Italian manufacturer’s strong rally heritage. Key vehicles will include a 1974 Stratos HF Group IV, a 1955 Aurelia B24S and a 1988 Delta Intergrale 8V.

Meanwhile, the “50th Anniversary of the Espada & Islero” class will pay tribute to two of Lamborghini’s most timeless V12-powered touring cars: the low-production Islero GT and the 2+2 Espada that became one of Sant’Agata’s best-selling models. Half a century after both models debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, 21 of these iconic vehicles will be on display.

The Quail will also celebrate German automotive history and legacy through the special “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356” class. The display will include noteworthy examples of the marque’s first production sports cars such as a 1951 356 Pre-A Split Window, a 1958 356 A Speedster, a 1965 356 C Coupe and other seminal vehicles from the legendary marque.

“The Alois Ruf Reunion” will focus on German innovation through a selection of sports cars from the legendary Pfaffenhausen manufacturer and tuner. Included in the class will be the 1988 CTR “Yellowbird” #001, freshly restored by RUF themselves. The car will be presented alongside the new 710 horsepower CTR, making its North American debut. Along with the old and new CTR, several other prominent RUF vehicles will grace the event — from the CTR2 to the RCT and many more.

“To amp up the anticipation surrounding The Quail, we are featuring four new classes for car enthusiasts from around the world to enjoy,” said Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “Guests of the show will be delighted to see a remarkable selection of cars that represent the Italian and German perspectives of automotive excellence.”

Keeping with tradition, these featured classes will complement the familiar roster of pre- and post-war classes as they line the prestigious greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club.

In addition to the world-class selection of vehicles, The Quail will offer an array of culinary pavilions, award-winning wines and spirits and a Fireside Chat Series in the elegant yet family- and pet-friendly environment. Guests will also be invited to attend the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction taking place concurrently on the Quail Lodge Farm Field.

The event is sold out; however, if an individual has missed the opportunity to purchase tickets, they may submit a waitlist request online. Other options for admission include The QuailHelicopter Ticket and The QuailCharitable Patron Ticket, which are still available for purchase. For more information about these ticket options, please click here. To learn more about the event, please visit the event website and follow the action on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About The Peninsula Signature Events

The Peninsula Signature Events is organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila and Paris – future openings, Yangon and London. Quail Lodge & Golf Club is home to the following Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail Ride, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, The Quail Rally and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. http://signatureevents.peninsula.com.

TECHRULES REVEALS REN RS

TECHRULES GROWS GLOBAL CAPABILITIES AHEAD OF REN RS REVEAL AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

Techrules will reveal the production design for its high-performance Ren RS supercar on 6 March 2018 at the 88th Geneva Motor Show. In addition to establishing key partnerships with China-based global companies, Techrules is in discussion with potential international automotive partners to form strategic alliances to assist with the production and launch of vehicles for markets around the world.

The Beijing-based company is prioritising the growth of its commercial capabilities by working with a number of global automotive and non-automotive companies. This will enable Techrules to further the development of its range-extending proprietary micro-turbine technology for a variety of mobility and industrial applications.

World premiere: Ren RS

The performance-focused Techrules Ren RS is a new single-seat, light-weight variant of the Ren supercar first previewed at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. Presenting a similar dramatic, aerospace-inspired design and fighter jet-style canopy, the Ren RS has been crafted by world-renowned automotive designers Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Designed for track use only, Ren RS has been honed for high performance racing by renowned motorsport specialist L.M. Gianetti of Turin. The Ren RS can be configured with four or six electric motors – with the latter configuration featuring two motors at the front and four at the rear, delivering a maximum power of 960 kW (1,287 hp/1,305 ps) to launch the car from 0-100 kph in just 3 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 330 kph.

At the heart of the Ren RS is Techrules’ revolutionary Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) powertrain. The patent-protected range extender system uses a turbine to drive a generator which rapidly charges the high capacity 28 kWh battery pack, which combined with several proprietary technical innovations delivers an exceptional range of 1,170 km from 80 litres of diesel fuel.

Strategic alliances are currently being formed for its supercar and premium car business. This will allow Techrules to enhance its engineering and production capabilities, ahead of the launch of the Ren supercar within two years, as well as other vehicles and products.

Increasing global capabilities

Techrules is making significant investments to grow its own research and development capabilities. World renowned electric vehicle expert Prof Dr Ching Chuen Chan is leading a newly established Techrules R&D centre in Beijing, which develops and tests core components for different types of turbines, as well as complete turbines for powertrains of commercial and passenger vehicles.

Professor Chan has a long list of merits. He is the founder of the Electric Vehicle Association, a Fellow of the Royal Acadamy of Engineering in the UK and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Techrules is also developing partnerships with several major China-based global corporations. This follows significant interest in the micro-turbine recharging technology, with its weight-saving and range-extending capabilities making it ideal for a wide variety of automotive and non-automotive applications, including various industrial appliances in markets around the world.

Joint ventures are being agreed with new energy bus manufacturer Wuzhoulong Motors, and CRRC, the world’s largest supplier of rail transit equipment. A partnership is also being finalised with Shenzhen BAK Technology Co. Ltd, a global leader in battery research and development.

These collaborations will enable Techrules to develop its TREV powertrain for use in a variety of mobility solutions, including low-emission and fuel efficient public transport and light commercial vehicles.

Matthew Jin, Chief Technical Officer of Techrules, said: “This is an exciting phase in the growth of Techrules, as we grow our global reputation by sharing the extensive knowledge and experience we have of using turbine technology to deliver unprecedented range capacity in electric vehicles. We are developing new proprietary technical innovations to deliver enhanced efficiency and performance in a range of applications – and with an ultra-low environmental impact.”

Visitors to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show can find out more about Techrules and see the Ren RS on Stand 2051 in Hall 2.

About Techrules

Techrules is a new automotive research and development company based in Beijing, China. Its mission is to develop automotive powertrain technologies to help next generation vehicles be more efficient, more environmentally-friendly, easier to use and deliver a better user experience.

Techrules is a subsidiary of Txr-S, a research and development as well as an investment company which has other subsidiaries operating in the fields of powertrain development, biogas production and aerospace.