On March 31, 2018, at the #LincolnCenter in #NewYork took place the final of the 16th INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, annual ceremony that celebrates the best Indie music projects of the year around the world, with performances and awards in 96 categories of music, but also video, photography and design. At this year's event, among the nominees of the Jazz Song category, also the guitarist from #Sassari Roberto Tola, with the song FUNKY PARTY, chosen by the jury among those included in the album, internationally award-winning BEIN 'GREEN, which saw the participation of guests stars from the world Jazz and Fusion scene, such as Bob Mintzer, Najee, Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Tim Collins and Bill McGee.
A fierce competition with finalist songs of the highest level, where the song Funky Party has found absolute consensus in the popular jury (Vox Populi Award), which has given him the prestigious award. An anime choir among fans around the world, with the United States at the top, followed by England, Italy, Canada, Australia, Russia, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, the Baltics Countries, France, India, the Philippines, Nigeria, Holland, Sweden, and also Philippines, South Korea etcetera...
Among the other finalists in competition also excellent artists, such as: the Frank Catalano with legendary David Sanborn and also Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orchestra (tie from the Jury vote), Berta Moreno and Mamiko Watanabe.
"Now I'm at work with my second album, which I hope to release in 2018 and will still host artists of great importance and international music, which I prefer not to mention yet".
Thanks go to Natalia Vlaskina, who co-produced the album, and to follow me step by step since when I released my debut album, up to here. My family, Mum and Dad, friends of all times, too long to mention everyone here, all the radios around the worldwide web and FM Radio Stations (mostly of them tagged here), who gave and give me a continuous support, so as all my fans and followers.
Special thanks also go to all from #TheIndependentMusicAwards, to Martin and Robert, and all staff which made such a great heavy work with so many artists all around the world.
Deeply from my heart, I also wish to greet, and not least, all the musicians and artists whom have worked in my lucky debut album, which I want to name one by one:
Guests of honor: Bob Mintzer, Najee Rasheed, Bill Sharpe, my dear friend Jill Saward, Tim Collins, Bill McGee.
The band and the artists who worked for me and with me: Jason Meekinsand Viktor Rodriguez Víctor Rodríguez Tomás - drums; Brandon Meeks - Electric Bass and Double Bass; Larry Salzman - percussion; Vince Wiley, Gordon J. Zamor - keyboards and piano; Enzo De Rosa - Piano; Joe Di Fiore - Flute and Alto Sax; Jorge Ro - Trumpet and Flugelhorn; Artem Zhuliev - Tenor Sax; the Ars Musicando Ensemble orchestra, namely: Marco Ligas, Vittorio Vargiu, Alessio Manca, Francesca Fadda (Violin) - Donatella Parodi (viola) - Giuseppe Fadda (Violoncello) and Sergio Fois (Contrabasso); Alberto Erre - Mixing and recording at the Rockhaus Blu Studio in Sassari, and Tommy Bianchi - Mastering at the White Sound Mastering Studio in Florence.S