FLOW Wins Album of the Year at ZMR Music Awards, Preps for GRAMMY Museum Concert Tonight, May19

FLOW performs at the ZMR Awards, wins Album of the Year; photo courtesy of John Diliberto

FLOW wins ZMR’s Album of the Year & Best Contemporary Album.

FLOW members Will Ackerman, Lawrence Blatt, Fiona Joy and Jeff Oster

GRAMMY-winning guitarist Will Ackerman, pianist Fiona Joy, guitarist Lawrence Blatt and flugelhornist Jeff Oster create
compelling contemporary music as FLOW.

…music that values the tapestry of sound over individual threads…they created a music of subtle shadings and slowly decanted moods…””

— John Diliberto

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, May 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — From the New Orleans Jazz Museum and the 2018 ZMR Awards – where they won Zone Music Reporter’s Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album – to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, FLOW continues to create a buzz around a spirited and dynamic musical synergy worthy of its cool moniker.

The ensemble's soulful all-original, genre-transcendent vibe has been described as a fresh, international acoustic sound rooted in the classic tradition of Windham Hill, the label founded by one of the group’s members, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Will Ackerman. If you ask the ensemble – which includes Australian pianist/singer Fiona Joy, acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt and trumpet and flugelhorn player Jeff Oster – they’ll simply say, “We’re just good friends making music together.”

Perfectly reflective of that warm and organic familial concept, the foursome have invited some very talented friends to join their performances along the way, from “regulars” like album co-producer Tom Eaton and Jeff Haynes, to guests Erik Scott, Kathryn Kaye, Todd Boston, Eugene Friesen, and Vin Downes. Their highly anticipated tour kicked off May 10th at The New Orleans Jazz Museum, included a performance at the 14th Annual Zone Music (ZMR) Awards at Roussel Hall in New Orleans on May 12th, continued this past Tuesday in Seattle and Thursday in Marin. It wraps with a performance at Los Angeles' famed GRAMMY® Museum tonight; remaining tickets are limited.

In his review of last weekend’s ZMR Awards, renowned music tastemaker John Diliberto, host of the acclaimed radio show Echoes (PRI), wrote, that FLOW “played a set of tunes from their debut album that revealed their subtle, intuitive interplay, music that values the tapestry of sound over individual threads…they created a music of subtle shadings and slowly decanted moods…”

The music of FLOW is graceful and atmospheric, with a rhythmic ease that found an early audience and feature stories in Billboard and Keyboard Magazine. Michael Foster, editor of Ambient Visions, described their sold-out Weill Hall debut at Carnegie Hall in October 2017 as “a gratifying aural journey to hear these four remarkable musicians set aside their ambitions or expectations about what the album should be in favor of allowing it to be formed entirely through their interactions as a group into something greater than each one would have been capable of doing on their own.”

Released last October, their self-titled debut album FLOW debuted at #4 debut on Billboard’s New Age chart, The collection has since earned a spot on several “Best of 2017” lists, followed by an IMA win for Best New Age Album, and capped off last weekend with its two Zone Music Reporter Awards. Five professional music videos and a documentary support the album.

Covering last Tuesday’s Seattle concert at The Royal Room, veteran Jazz critic Dick Metcalf noted “a truly amazing display of bardic talent in a two-hour show that had each and every listener hushed to full-quiet mode…I give FLOW a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”

According to guitarist/producer Blatt, owner of LMB Music in San Francisco, it was his passion for jazz fusion that sparked the idea of an ensemble. "The inspiration comes from Chick Corea's classic ‘70s all-star band Return to Forever with Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola, who joined forces, wrote music and produced a sound that was more powerful than any of their individual works,” he says. “That was the idea, bringing great musicians together with this kind of concept. When I started thinking about who it might be, my thoughts turned naturally to Jeff and Fiona. We knew pretty quickly that this was going to develop into something.”

FLOW is planning a number of performances throughout the U.S. in 2018, including another date at Carnegie Hall this September 2018; for more information, videos, social media links, and future concert dates visit www.FlowTheGroup.com.

Connect with FLOW:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/flow-feat-will-ackerman-fiona-joy-lawrence-blatt-jeff-oster/id1261146158
Amazon: http://a.co/7cTM0Kl
Facebook: www.facebook.com/flowthegroup/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/FLOWTheGroup
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCSQCXywfxkay0kYBHaLC3vw/featured
For dates, visit https://www.flowthegroup.com/thearrivaltour/

For media requests or review copies, contact publicist Beth Ann Hilton, The B Company, at bethhilton(at)theBCompany(dot)com.

Beth Hilton
The B Company
3105608390
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FLOW: Our Story


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Just Released: "Orbs of Azure" by Ellie Raine. A Scythe and Sorcery Epic Adventure with a new Spin on the Grim Reaper!

"Willow of Ashes", Book I of the NecroSeam Chronicles

Book I, “Willow of Ashes”

"Orbs of Azure", Book II of the NecroSeam Chronicles

Book II, “Orbs of Azure”

Ellie Raine, Fantasy Adventure Author

Announcing Ellie Raine's "Orbs of Azure". A Reaper’s soul trapped inside his twin, a Death Princess looking for him, and a dark prophecy yet to be fulfilled.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA , USA, May 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — ScyntheFy Press announces the publication of their latest book "Orbs of Azure", by Ellie Raine, a fresh new voice in High Fantasy. "Orbs of Azure" is the second book in the NecroSeam Chronicles, a unique epic fantasy series like no other! This original tale is set in an alternate world where reapers are honorable knights who protect both the living and the dead. These scythe-wielding warriors not only escort souls of dead to safety, but they are honor-bound to kill the demons formed from corpses whose souls have been left to rot.

In Book I, “Willow of Ashes”, an apprentice Reaper named Xavier with necromantic powers becomes trapped inside his twin brother after he is flung into the ocean. The coexisting necromancers surface up from their home in the caverns of Grim to the Land Realm above in search of Xavier’s missing body, unexpectedly crossing paths with a sister reaper who was sent to find Xavier by a mysterious Oracle. But this realm is infested with soul-devouring demons, and armed with their crystal scythes, the reapers must survive an army of these nightmarish beasts along with bone-crushing dragons that have been awakened from their slumber.

In Book II, “Orbs of Azure”, the quest for Xavier’s body is put on hold when things escalate into full-out war. For the first time in centuries, knights of the Death Realm are forced to fight against living souls in a double-war with both demons and men. When their comrades are taken captive, the twins join Death Princess Willow on a rescue mission to free them from an impenetrable fortress high in the desert canyons, discovering new powers they never knew they had. Along the way, they encounter unexpected allies of different realms, all searching for the "shadowblood", a legendary hero who looks just like the twins… if they had been born as one.

Both Books of the NecroSeam Chronicles is available in all formats (Ebook, Paperback, Hardcover). You will find them in all bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple.

See the Books2Read Universal Book links below for all Ebook locations:

Willow of Ashes: https://www.books2read.com/u/4jwVPv

Orbs of Azure: https://www.books2read.com/u/bQB0n0

About Ellie Raine

Ellie Raine grew up in a family of book lovers, comic readers, and video gamers in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia where she always dreamed of making the next explosive game series that would catch fire like the Final Fantasy games, except hers would have darker themes that put the spotlight on her favorite fable: the Grim Reaper.

But that plan took a detour after she went to the Art Institute of Atlanta to make that dream happen. In the midst of her drawing classes, she made the mistake of taking a creative writing course from which there was no return. She'd always loved fantasy books much like her family (she had a thing for dragons particularly), but she never thought it would end up becoming her passion. Her ongoing Scythe-and-Sorcery book series, The NecroSeam Chronicles, was originally intended to be that explosive video game series, but she's found that the book adaptation is far more fulfilling and exciting.

In 2016, her first book in the series, Willow of Ashes, was published under Dark Oak Press, but was updated, expanded and republished under her indie imprint in 2018 along with the subsequent books in the on-going series. The third book in the NecroSeam Chronicles, Pearl of Emerald, is due to be released in July 2018. Her other works include a supernatural-noir novella titled Nightingale that was published with Pro Se Productions in 2018.

You can find out more about Ellie Raine and her books at: http://www.NecroSeam.com

Mary Giles
ScyntheFy Press
7708499396
email us here


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Maypole tree, Christmas tree, every Child's dream: First Mountable Tree For Children

COMO new trees and animals for our children

COMO(R) new trees and animals for our children

With the Kickstarter campaign of the German Spartas UG parents and grandmas may get one of the exclusive COMO®-Block-Sets and support this company by May 29th

My first son and I had the idea to invent a brick that has six sides for building on. My second son already used the new COMO(R) blocks for building models inspired by famous movies.”

— founder and CEO Frank Karl

MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY, May 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Spartas UG is the first toy brick producer which brings a mountable and demountable tree into the brick market. The best thing is: new bricks/blocks of ideas enable the kids to build on onto six sides opening all new possibilities and enable them to realistically build needle trees, leaf trees or even Christmas trees. With the current Kickstarter campaign parents, grandpas, grandmas and nursery teachers may get one of the exclusive COMO®-Block-Sets and support this innovative company at the same time.

The innovative tree set by COMO® enables children to build a realistic copy of needle trees and leaf trees

With its COMO®-blocks the company Spartas UG revolutionizes the traditional brick world. For the first time it is possible to build movable animals using standard blocks. In addition there are new bricks of ideas having six(!) sides for building on in contrast to the just two sides of the old blocks. This opens up room for amazing building fun never seen before. With the "silver" Nature-Set children may build many different trees, plants, flowers and animals which they have seen while playing in the woods before.

Emotional contact to nature is very important for children. Children see different kinds of trees in the woods and have a wonderful time using all of their senses. The COMO® Set "Tree" supports learning in a playful way and promotes the creativity of children by giving them new possibilities for building at the same time. Using the new COMO® blocks of ideas children can build on onto six sides. This enables them to build easily and realistically copies of trees and other plants as well as of green animals such as frogs, dinosaurs, birds or lizards. The COMO® Set "Tree" also includes colorful bricks which the kids may use to decorate their own Christmas tree at Christmas time.

Here parents, grandpas, grandmas and nursery teachers have the possibility to get to know more about two of the COMO®-packets. They may fast and easily subscribe to Kickstarter to get one of the innovative COMO®-packets by 29th of May.

They can find further news about Spartas UG and the innovative COMO®-blocks here on our blog.

Frank Karl
Spartas UG
0049 176 66 36 42 28
email us here

COMO not only six sides to build on but also movable models from standard bricks for the first time.


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Monumental bronze fountain by American artist Sandy Scott (b. 1943) will headline Auction Life's June 3 sale in Florida

Bronze fountain by the renowned American artist Sandy Scott (b. 1943) (est. $30,000-$60,000).

Original gouache painting by the French artist Erte (1892-1990), titled Parisian (est. $4,000-$6,000).

Stunning Mikimoto 18kt gold, emerald and pearl bracelet set, with pearls having excellent luster (est. $6,000-$8,000).

Leica M6 black camera with Summicron-M 1:2/35 lens, one of several Leicas in the sale (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Circa 1840 watercolor seascape painting titled Entrance to Amsterdam Harbour, signed with an illegible monogram (est. $1,000-$10,000).

Also sold will be several Leica cameras owned by a former photographer for National Geographic and a Mikimoto 18kt gold, emerald and pearl bracelet set.

This is the most concentrated auction we’ve staged to date and it also took us the longest, but the potential rewards are great because of the merchandise.”

— Tarek ElJabaly

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, UNITED STATES, May 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A beautiful and monumental bronze fountain by the renowned American artist Sandy Scott (b. 1943), several vintage Leica cameras previously owned by a photographer for Sports Illustrated and National Geographic, and a stunning Mikimoto 18kt gold, emerald and pearl necklace-bracelet set will all be sold at Auction Life on Sunday, June 3rd.

This will primarily be an online auction, starting at 1 pm Eastern, with limited seating available for live bidders and an RSVP required. Online bidding is facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Auctionzip.com and eBay Live. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. All lots can be viewed now, on the Auction Life website. Visit www.auctionlifeflorida.com.

Officially titled an Antiques & Assets Adoption Auction, the sale will consist of more than 500 lots of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, fine art and sculptures. Over 20 lots will be Part 2 of an estate of dedicated lifetime collectors – a husband and wife team – who traveled the U.S. in the 1980s and ‘90s, purchasing works from notable galleries. Auction Life sold Part 1 in November.

The Part 2 offerings will include original works and exhibition art by artists such as Gayle Nason, Kerry Kinman, Frank Lalumia, Mary Vander Molen, Pablo Antonio Milan, Patrick Coffaro, Frederic Remington, Carol Hamilton, Derry Lynn Day, Mary Wyant, Phyllis Kapp, Ronald Himler and Clifford Beck. The Sandy Scott bronze fountain, though, is the headliner.

The fountain – titled Fountain of Peace – is impressive, at 72 inches tall by 56 inches wide, and is an artist’s proof (est. $30,000-$60,000). It depicts birds in various stages of flight above, and birds drinking from, preening around and bathing in, a large bird bath. It’s signed and dated (“85”) to the base and includes Scott’s original engineered plans for the water basin/reservoir.

Vintage Leica cameras are highly sought after by collectors. The ones in the auction include a Leica M6 black camera (#2469472) with Summicron-M 1:2/35 lens (est. $2,000-$3,000); a Leica M4 black camera (#1384338, est. $500-$1,000); and a Leica Winder M camera (#14402) with motor drive (est. $100-$200). All three were owned and used by photographer Karen Johnson.

The Mikimoto bracelet set features pearls ranging in size from 8.0-8.5 mm throughout, having excellent luster. The 30-inch necklace has an oval 18kt gold floral pendant clasp with white gold or platinum leaf accents as well as a 7mm emerald cabochon to the center. Four 18kt gold nugget spacers interrupt the first three pearls on each side of the pendant closure (est. $6,000-$8,000).

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The French artist Romain de Tirtoff, more popularly known simply as Erté, (1892-1990), is represented in the auction by an original gouache painting titled Parisian (est. $4,000-$6,000), rendered on watermarked paper. The image area is 14 inches by 10 inches and the frame measures 26 inches by 22 inches. The title is handwritten in script on back.

A circa 1840 watercolor painting titled Entrance to Amsterdam Harbour is gorgeous and will adorn any wall handsomely in its 36 ½ inch by 50 ¼ inch gilt gessoed frame, but is signed with a monogram that’s illegible so the estimate was difficult to assign. A 1986 invoice indicates it previously sold for over $4,000. Now, it could fetch $1,000-$10,000. Provenance shows that it was once owned by Yngve Soderberg, a notable nautical artist.

A large glass wall sculpture by Jon Kuhn (Am., b. 1949), 40 inches by 29 inches, should bring $1,000-$2,000. The mixed media abstract wall hanging is signed and dated 1984. Kuhn is best known for his glass sculptures made with trapped shards of colored glass within their centers, using a cold-working process of grinding and polishing.

Also in the auction will be Part 1 of the personal collection of an unnamed antique dealer and important 1970s/’80s-era Miami real estate developer and contemporary of Miami downtown development titans Jorge Perez and Ugo Colombo. All items in the collection were purchased from Sotheby’s in London, Geneva, Monaco and New York, between 1982-1985. Included are Chinese jade and other carvings, Russian and Judaica silver items, Meissen and Continental porcelain, fine artwork and more.

“This is the most concentrated auction we’ve staged to date and it also took us the longest, but the potential rewards are great because of the merchandise,” said Tarek ElJabaly, owner and auctioneer of Auction Life, based in Loxahatchee. “It’s always rewarding to see the catalog online, with many lots attracting immediate attention.”

Auction previews are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, or to RSVP for limited seating at the live venue in the West Palm Beach area, please call Tarek ElJabaly at (561) 757-1551. He can also be reached via e-mail at auctionlifeflorida@gmail.com.

Auction Life’s team of consulting specialists has over 50 years of combined experience in the fields of estate jewelry, fine art, sterling silver, diamonds and antiques. Tarek Jabaly has been heavily involved in the South Florida auction industry for years, as an auctioneer, estate buyer, manager, auction coordinator and consignor liaison.

Auction Life, Inc. is currently seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about selling an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (561) 757-1551 or you can email them at auctionlifeflorida@gmail.com. To learn more about Auction Life, Inc. and the auction on Sunday, June 3rd, beginning promptly at 1 pm Eastern time, visit www.AuctionLifeFlorida.com.

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Tarek ElJabaly
Auction Life, Inc.
(561) 757-1551
email us here


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Monumental bronze fountain by American artist Sandy Scott (b. 1943) will headline Auction Life's June 2 sale in Florida

Bronze fountain by the renowned American artist Sandy Scott (b. 1943) (est. $30,000-$60,000).

Leica M6 black camera with Summicron-M 1:2/35 lens, one of several Leicas in the sale (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Stunning Mikimoto 18kt gold, emerald and pearl bracelet set, with pearls having excellent luster (est. $6,000-$8,000).

Original gouache painting by the French artist Erte (1892-1990), titled Parisian (est. $4,000-$6,000).

Circa 1840 watercolor seascape painting titled Entrance to Amsterdam Harbour, signed with an illegible monogram (est. $1,000-$10,000).

Also sold will be several Leica cameras owned by a former photographer for National Geographic and a Mikimoto 18kt gold, emerald and pearl bracelet set.

This is the most concentrated auction we’ve staged to date and it also took us the longest, but the potential rewards are great because of the merchandise.”

— Tarek Jabaly

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, UNITED STATES, May 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A beautiful and monumental bronze fountain by the renowned American artist Sandy Scott (b. 1943), several vintage Leica cameras previously owned by a photographer for Sports Illustrated and National Geographic, and a stunning Mikimoto 18kt gold, emerald and pearl bracelet set will all come up for bid at Auction Life on Sunday, June 3rd.

This will primarily be an online auction, starting at 1 pm Eastern, with limited seating available for live bidders and an RSVP required. Online bidding is facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Auctionzip.com and eBay Live. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. All lots can be viewed now, on the Auction Life website. Visit www.auctionlifeflorida.com.

Officially titled an Antiques & Assets Adoption Auction, the sale will consist of more than 500 lots of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, fine art and sculptures. Over 20 lots will be Part 2 of an estate of dedicated lifetime collectors – a husband and wife team – who traveled the U.S. in the 1980s and ‘90s, purchasing works from notable galleries. Auction Life sold Part 1 in November.

The Part 2 offerings will include original works and exhibition art by artists such as Gayle Nason, Kerry Kinman, Frank Lalumia, Mary Vander Molen, Pablo Antonio Milan, Patrick Coffaro, Frederic Remington, Carol Hamilton, Derry Lynn Day, Mary Wyant, Phyllis Kapp, Ronald Himler and Clifford Beck. The Sandy Scott bronze fountain, though, is the headliner.

The fountain – titled Fountain of Peace – is impressive, at 72 inches tall by 56 inches wide, and is an artist’s proof (est. $30,000-$60,000). It depicts birds in various stages of flight above, and birds drinking from, preening around and bathing in, a large bird bath. It’s signed and dated (“85”) to the base and includes Scott’s original engineered plans for the water basin/reservoir.

Vintage Leica cameras are highly sought after by collectors. The ones in the auction include a Leica M6 black camera (#2469472) with Summicron-M 1:2/35 lens (est. $2,000-$3,000); a Leica M4 black camera (#1384338, est. $500-$1,000); and a Leica Winder M camera (#14402) with motor drive (est. $100-$200). All three were owned and used by photographer Karen Johnson.

The Mikimoto bracelet set features pearls ranging in size from 8.0-8.5 mm throughout, having excellent luster. The 30-inch necklace has an oval 18kt gold floral pendant clasp with white gold or platinum leaf accents as well as a 7mm emerald cabochon to the center. Four 18kt gold nugget spacers interrupt the first three pearls on each side of the pendant closure (est. $6,000-$8,000).

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The French artist Romain de Tirtoff, more popularly known simply as Erté, (1892-1990), is represented in the auction by an original gouache painting titled Parisian (est. $4,000-$6,000), rendered on watermarked paper. The image area is 14 inches by 10 inches and the frame measures 26 inches by 22 inches. The title is handwritten in script on back.

A circa 1840 watercolor painting titled Entrance to Amsterdam Harbour is gorgeous and will adorn any wall handsomely in its 36 ½ inch by 50 ¼ inch gilt gessoed frame, but is signed with a monogram that’s illegible so the estimate was difficult to assign. A 1986 invoice indicates it previously sold for over $4,000. Now, it could fetch $1,000-$10,000. Provenance shows that it was once owned by Yngve Soderberg, a notable nautical artist.

A large glass wall sculpture by Jon Kuhn (Am., b. 1949), 40 inches by 29 inches, should bring $1,000-$2,000. The mixed media abstract wall hanging is signed and dated 1984. Kuhn is best known for his glass sculptures made with trapped shards of colored glass within their centers, using a cold-working process of grinding and polishing.

Also in the auction will be Part 1 of the personal collection of an unnamed antique dealer and important 1970s/’80s-era Miami real estate developer and contemporary of Miami downtown development titans Jorge Perez and Ugo Colombo. All items in the collection were purchased from Sotheby’s in London, Geneva, Monaco and New York, between 1982-1985. Included are Chinese jade and other carvings, Russian and Judaica silver items, Meissen and Continental porcelain, fine artwork and more.

“This is the most concentrated auction we’ve staged to date and it also took us the longest, but the potential rewards are great because of the merchandise,” said Tarek ElJabaly, owner and auctioneer of Auction Life, based in Loxahatchee. “It’s always rewarding to see the catalog online, with many lots attracting immediate attention.”

Auction previews are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, or to RSVP for limited seating at the live venue in the West Palm Beach area, please call Tarek ElJabaly at (561) 757-1551. He can also be reached via e-mail at auctionlifeflorida@gmail.com.

Auction Life’s team of consulting specialists has over 50 years of combined experience in the fields of estate jewelry, fine art, sterling silver, diamonds and antiques. Tarek Jabaly has been heavily involved in the South Florida auction industry for years, as an auctioneer, estate buyer, manager, auction coordinator and consignor liaison.

Auction Life, Inc. is currently seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about selling an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (561) 757-1551 or you can email them at auctionlifeflorida@gmail.com. To learn more about Auction Life, Inc. and the auction on Sunday, June 3rd, beginning promptly at 1 pm Eastern time, visit www.AuctionLifeFlorida.com.

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Tarek ElJabaly
Auction Life, Inc.
(561) 757-1551
email us here


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PARENTS’ DREAMS ARE STUCK IN REALITY …. but they want to dream about unicorns and wizards just like their children!

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, May 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — PARENTS’ DREAMS ARE STUCK IN REALITY…
…. but deep down they want to dream about unicorns, superheroes and wizards
just like their children!

● New study reveals parents want to dream about fantasy and magical worlds as much as their kids
● 65% of kids believe their parents’ dreams are boring
● 75% of kids think mum and dad dream more about money and worries
● 92% of kids consider their dreams to be more imaginative than those of adults
● 9 in 10 kids claim that their dreams make them happy and excited the next day
● Findings also highlight what kids most like dreaming about, and why good shut-eye is vital for their development and wellbeing

LONDON – New research released today from sleep app for kids – Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories – pulls back the bed covers on the nation’s dreaming habits. Revealing parents long to escape from reality and dream about unicorns, superheroes and wizards as much as their children.

The nationwide study examining the imaginations and dream habits of parents and their little monsters, reveals that adults are really just big kids at heart – wanting to relive the wonders of childhood imagination.

When asked what dream they most wished to have, both kids and parents confessed they wanted to ‘ride a flying unicorn’ (15% of adults / 17% of kids), ‘save the world with magical superpowers’ (13% of adults / 14% of kids) and heart-warmingly, ‘for everyone in the world to be happy’ (23% of adults / 15% of kids).

In contrast to the fantastical dreams that parents wish for, their kids think adults dream about reality, such as money (29%), family (22%) and work (15%). What’s more, two thirds (65%) of children brand their parents’ dreams as boring, with 92% of kids believing they have a better imagination than adults, leading to better dreams.

Leading Sleep Expert and physiologist Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, comments on the study, “Children have an amazing capacity to imagine and daydream and it’s important that they have the time and space to do so especially at bedtime. When children dream and imagine, their brain is given the chance to reorganise and consolidate the information of the day. A process that is vital for brain development and learning.”

This insight is backed by the survey which found that 90% of youngsters feel happy and excited for the next day when they have had an imaginative dream. However, it is not just kids that benefit from a good night’s sleep full of dreams, as Dr Nerina explains: “Adults need to allow themselves to daydream and allow their imagination free reign too; it is vital for creativity, problem solving and memory consolidation. But these days, with relentless demands and overflowing inboxes, we find ourselves with so little time to go ‘offline’. Children place more importance and find it easier to let their imagination roam free, we could all learn and benefit from this as adults.”

Moshi Monsters creators Mind Candy commissioned the study to celebrate its sleep app ‘Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories’, a bedtime aid for kids featuring enchanting and tuneful audio tales that help children drift off and enjoy a good night’s sleep, set in the world of much-loved world of Moshi.

They spoke to kids directly about what they dream about, what they think adults dream about and why they have better dreams – https://www.youtube.com/embed/bJonLOsJy8U?ecver=1

Other popular wacky and wonderful dreams revealed by the little ones included the revelation that 1 in 5 wanted to live in another world or universe, such as space or in the sea with mermaids and dolphins.

20% would love to experience some form of flying in their dreams, such as piloting an aeroplane made of marshmallows or riding a unicorn. Whilst 15% would love to have a super power, such as being a super-wizard or president of the universe.

Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories supports the creation of a good night's sleep, focusing on that final ‘light’s out’ moment, after the bedtime story has been read. These charming stories feature dreamy melodies and calming narration, with guided relaxations and soothing sounds. Use of the audio app supports the regular bedtime routine and helps to lull kids into a peaceful sleep.

Dr Nerina, continues, “Technology has become deeply ingrained in our daily lives and, if used in a positive and mindful way, it can enhance our lives and way of living. The Moshi Twilight app can help to settle children and create a greater sense of peace and inner safety when used as part of a regular bedtime routine, especially with its use of audio stories without the need for children to look at a screen”.

Since its launch on mobile and tablet, Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories has been a big hit with kids and adults, with 73% [1] of families using the app saying their kids drifted off to sleep faster, on average 20 minutes a night faster than their usual bedtime routine.

Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories is a free app on mobile and tablet which can be expanded with a subscription package offering access to an extended library of stories, relaxations and soundscapes – with new content added every week. The app has been developed in partnership with leading wellbeing and mindfulness app Calm, recently named as Apple’s App of The Year 2017.

Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories is available to download on the Apple App Store for iOS, Google Play for Android and the Amazon Appstore for Fire OS.

Moshi Twilight has also recently launched as a leading service for families on Amazon Alexa, with the Moshi Twilight skill offering over an hour of content, activated by parents with the simple command “Alexa, ask Moshi Twilight to play a Sleep Story” once they have activated all kids skills in the Alexa app.

-ENDS –

For more information, images or videos on Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories or access to Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, contact:

Katie Hordern – Katie@alfredlondon.com / 0207 033 6566
Gabrielle Hurn – gabrielle@alfredlondon.com

Gabrielle Hurn
Alfred London
02070336566
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Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories


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Sewing Patterns for Children with Autism or Sensory Challenges

Ruth Maddock Makes creates autism and sensory friendly kids sewing & knitting patterns – available from her website as paper patterns or digital downloads.

HEREFORD, HEREFORDSHIRE, UK, May 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Designer Ruth Maddock from Ruth Maddock Makes has released a new collection of sewing and knitting patterns for children.

The inspiration for the collection comes from the children’s question ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ and each of the garments is showcased in exclusively designed fabric following this theme. (These fabrics are available to order separately from her shop at spoonflower.com)

While studying for an MA in Contemporary Craft Ruth Maddock investigated the concept of ‘Designing for Happiness’ and the result of this was the creation of a children’s clothing line that would suit all children including those with sensory processing disorder (SPD) who often find commercially made clothes itchy, scratchy, difficult or confusing.

For many children, these challenges leave them in a state of anxiety and they may find it very difficult to learn or engage socially when they are wearing ‘clothes that hurt’.

Children with SPD may also be on the Autistic Spectrum or have other diagnoses.

The garments Ruth Maddock has created all feature external seams, soft fabrics, and can be worn either way round for those children who struggle with getting dressed.

The patterns range in price from £3.50 to £14.95 (GBP) and are available on the website at ruthmaddockmakes.com

‘Ruth Maddock Makes create clothes to make kids happy.’

‘He couldn't wait to put them on. I showed him the "clothes designed and made
especially for people who don't like edges or labels or scratchy bits like you, with special seams and the t-shirt that can be worn both ways, so you don't have to worry about getting it wrong" he said that he'd rate them 100% amazing, and asked "Did he have to give them back?" He agreed to take them off only when I hinted that a larger size might be available and that if he was happy to model for you there might be the possibility of getting hold of some that he could keep. He said, "Great clothes that don't hurt!"’ (Ruth Zuleika Cameron-Swan)

CONTACT INFO

More information about SPD and Ruth Maddock’s MA journey can be found on the website ruthmaddockmakes.com
To contact her or for an interview please email ruth@ruthmaddockmakes.com
Media high-res photos are available upon request.

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Big Data Driven Insights Helping Gaming, Media and Entertainment Companies in Building Successful Products

Big Data in Global Media, Entertainment & Gaming Market 2021

Big Data in Global Media, Entertainment & Gaming Market 2021

Big Data in Global Media, Entertainment & Gaming Market

Big Data in Global Media, Entertainment & Gaming Market

Big Data in Global Media, Entertainment and Gaming Market 2021 is now available from MarketResearchReports.com

LEWES, DELAWARE, DELAWARE, UNITED STATES, May 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Global Big Data market in Media, Entertainment and Gaming industry is poised to grow in the future mainly due to increase in the number of companies looking forward to incorporating useful customer insights based on their preference and behaviour and use it to produce content that will be more liked and consumed by the customers.

The objective of this study is to understand the current big data market in media, entertainment and gaming industry across different geographies around the world and to forecast the growth for the next 5 years. The report covers 4 big data service providers and cases based on how big data is being used in the industry with several use cases explaining the benefits of big data in media, entertainment and gaming industry.

The report covers detailed company profiling along with value chain, financial performance, business strategy and products and services involved and required in big data analytics in media, entertainment and gaming industry with a presence across geographies. Also mentioned are the market opportunities for big data analytics in media, entertainment and gaming industry.

The key findings include the current value of big data market in media, entertainment and gaming industry valued at XX billion USD with an expected CAGR of 15% to reach XX billion USD by 2021. The end users of big data analytics involve production and media houses that create their own content like New York Times and Eros International or Netflix. Also, gaming industries like EA which provides real time help and support to gamers around the world and Miniclip which uses big data to develop more games based on the popularity of a game.

Scope of the Big Data Market in Media, Entertainment and Gaming Industry Report

•This report provides a detailed view of global big data market in media, entertainment and gaming industry with current value and future projections.
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•This report profiles 4 key service providers related to big data market in media, entertainment and gaming industry.
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Sculptor Preserves Historical Legacy, During National Parks Arts Foundation Residency at Gettysburg Battlefield

The opportunity to be a resident at Gettysburg affords me a level of accuracy in subject and detail that would be difficult to obtain without working directly at the park…”

— Sean McGraw, NPAF Artist in Residence, Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIAL, UNITED STATES, May 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Invited back to Gettysburg National Military Park for the second time, artist Sean McGraw will bring his unique perspective to Gettysburg National Military Park this May & June as the Park’s featured Artist-in-Residence. McGraw is a sculptor whose visual accuracy honors the legacy of our country's most tumultuous times. His residency will take place May 15th, 2018 to June 15th, 2018, often available to the public, sculpting in the Visitor Center Rotunda on occasion throughout his residency.

“The opportunity to be a resident at Gettysburg affords me a level of accuracy in subject and detail that would be difficult to obtain without working directly at the park,” said McGraw, acclaimed artist of history.

McGraw received a Bachelor's of Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design before studying at Academy of Classical Design. Although he turned to teaching at Armory Art Center and Martin County High School in Florida, he never gave up developing his work. Eventually, the National Academy of Design in New York offered McGraw studio space. He studied sculpture, worked at a foundry, and began Historical Sculpture LLC.
During his tenure as Artist-in-Residence, McGraw will work interactively with visitors by encouraging them to contribute their art and ideas to his pieces. After broadening his perspective, through his first residency, this time around Sean will be focusing on WWI soldiers as well as Civil War soldiers. Being the 100th anniversary of the U.S.’s major offenses of Argonne and St. Mikiel, studying doughboys training in Gettysburg and France, will be fascinating. Through varied texture and vibrant color, he aims to memorialize the sacrifices made by our Service Members, highlighting their bravery and strength, as well as explore the themes of “Liberty and Justice for All” and embracing diversity.

This Artist-in-Residency program is made possible by a joint effort of the Gettysburg Foundation and non-profit The National Park Arts Foundation, with support from the National Park Service. Through a legacy of artists, the program aims to connect visitors and the Gettysburg community to the park in a novel and compelling way, to inspire the preservation of our shared cultural heritage and the immortalization of this current point in American history.

“We created the Artist-in-Residence program at Gettysburg National Military Park to engage new audiences and tell Gettysburg’s stories in new and compelling ways.” said Tom Forsyth, deputy superintendent at Gettysburg National Military Park. “The arts have an amazing legacy within the National Park Service.”

More About Gettysburg National Military Park

The Civil War is a fundamental piece of American History that, to modern day, displays the American ideals that this country stands. During this legendary war, the success of The Battle of Gettysburg is what led to the invasion of the North, and subsequently the surrender of the Confederacy. It was branded as the Civil Wars most gruesome battle and later facilitated Abraham Lincoln to write the time-enduring "Gettysburg Address." The idealistic park grounds house numerous statues and Civil War era pieces that immortalize the influential event.

More About The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF)

The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. by creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. The project is supported by the Gettysburg Foundation and other generous benefactors. NPAF National Park projects are supported entirely by donation and charitable partnerships. The Gettysburg Foundation supports the Gettysburg NMP program, which has become a model for artist residencies in all of the national parks. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors ranging from corporate sponsors and small businesses to art patrons and citizens- lovers of the parks. NPAF is always seeking new partners and donors for its wide-ranging philanthropic programs.

For more information on how you can support the Gettysburg National Military Park Artist in Residence and other NPAF arts programs nationwide contact:
Website: www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org
Email: media@nationalparksartsfoundation.org

Cecilia Wainright
National Parks Arts Foundation
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AICTE inks creative writing partnership with Scottish EdTech player

Swara Shukla from MageQuill presents a memento to the Chairman of the AICTE, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe

The All India Council for Technical Education has established a partnership with a Scottish EdTech company in an innovative approach to enhace writing skills.

DORNIE, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM, May 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ —
– MageQuill creative writing platform enables storytelling in modern context
– Global competition sees participation of over ten thousand Indian colleges

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has established a partnership with an EdTech company from the Scottish Highlands who have developed an online creative writing platform, MageQuill, that connects young writers with a trusted network of international mentors to enable storytelling in the 21st century.

In the first phase of the relationship between AICTE and Mossytop Dreamharvest, the company behind MageQuill, AICTE’s cohort of 10,400 colleges and 8 million students will be invited to participate in a global competition to contribute self-authored stories with the winning submission turned into a computer game that will be launched in 2019.

AICTE is known for taking an innovative approach to education. It recognises the benefits of engaging across multiple platforms and places a focus on preparing its students for emerging trends in the years ahead.

MageQuill CEO and founding director Marianne Rugard Jarvstrat said: “The MageQuill Game Lore competition encourages games lovers, technology enthusiasts and creative writers to write lore for the game they want to play, with one chosen to be developed into a game. It is a global competition celebrating storytelling within a modern context. We’re excited to be working with the AICTE team, who share our own vision around the power of the written word and its many applications in an online environment.”

Chairman of the AICTE, Professor Anil D. Sahasrabudhe: “AICTE has been vibrantly endeavouring to improve not only quality of technical education, but also holistic development of students. Written communication skill is one of the important aspects in student development. Communication in the written story form is a powerful tool in social engagement. MageQuill has come forward with a competition based on this skill set. AICTE sees great value for its students through this competition.”

Mossytop Dreamharvest Ltd owns the trademarks MageQuill and Bombadil Publishing, and is headquartered in Dornie in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Mossytop is the English translation of the Gaelic name, Sgurr na Coinnich, which is a prominent peak on the Isle of Skye that is clearly visible from Dornie. Bombadil is revolutionising online publishing and enabling new ways of learning for young people across the world via its pioneering creative writing platform, MageQuill. With a growing client base of schools, colleges and universities in the UK, Europe, India, China and the Americas, MageQuill connects young writers in over 90 countries with each other and a trusted network of international mentors.

AICTE – The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is the statutory body and national level council for technical education under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, India. It works towards promotion of quality in technical education, planning and coordinating development of the technical education system, and regulating and maintaining norms and standards.

Marianne Rugard Jarvstrat
Mossytop Dreamharvest ltd
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