Joshua Sellers, composer and producer based in West Memphis, posted me this message:

I had to share this funny (and pleasing) coincidence with you. Searching on YouTube for shakuhachi music, I came across a shakuhachi player Ninjutsu (far more disciplined than me!) who has recorded some wonderful music which I just downloaded from iTunes. But what was funny was that the top video he listed under his favourites on his YouTube page is our video for “Linger”! What a strange coincidence! LOL! I just had to share that odd discovery with you :-)”

Thanks Josh for sharing this curious coincidence: how small the web (and the world) are. On his Riverflow blog, Joshua explained what “shakuhachi” is. It is a Japanese end-blown flute. It is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (吹禅?, blowing meditation). Its soulful sound made it popular in 1980s pop music in the English-speaking world.

 So here’s the link to NinjutsuLives on YouTube:

 Links to the “Linger” video on YouTube pages:

 Earscapes Channel

 Lacer/azioni Channel





 “As running fast water…” is the title of this “Lacer/actions” artwork (cm.62×42, canvas, unique original copy). The image’s details are referred to a torn poster sticked up on billboard.

The rain and the humidity gave to paper interesting shapes that really are recalling drops or a wet surface.

The image may rise some questions. What does “As running fast water” expression evokes? Life? Years? Success? Economy? Pain? Joy? Maybe everything? Maybe everyone?

This canvas will be on show at “Parallax AF” in London, at “La Galleria”, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, October 14-15-16, 2011. An opportunity that lasts 3 days. “As running fast water…” Exactly…




BERGAMONEWS, in Italy, has dedicated an article to Roberto Alborghetti’s artwork “Nine Eleven, New York 2001”.

The Italian daily news website has today a special issue about the WTC attacks X Anniversary. 

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La Galerie Susini (Aix-en-Provence, France) réouvre ses expositions avec l’Artiste Sofie Prenez Photographies.

Pour repartir de plus belle, la Galerie Susini ( 19 Cours Sextus, Aix-en-Provence, France) réouvre ses portes, et vous invite à découvrir sa exposition avec l’Artiste Sofie Prenez Photographies, ouverte jusqu’au 24 septembre 2011 (vernissage: 9 septembre, h.18,30, avec la presence de l’Artiste).

“Sofie Prenez nous entraîne dans un urbanisme onirique où l’acte créateur est au coeur de la pratique. Ses photographies en tant qu’ images tableaux sont autant d’invitation au voyage. Dans cette série, les images sont habitées par la figure de la Femme, elle est l’ondine mélancolique, l’esprit de la nature, la femme orchidée, le visage immanent. L’orchidée est récurrente comme un symbole fort et transcendé du féminin. La volupté féminine voyage à la frontière tenue qui sépare la mélancolie du songe. Une immersion dans l’intime, un appel à la subjectivité du spectateur.

La notion d’hybridation imprègne les visions picturales de l’artiste. Les photographies et le graphisme se côtoient révélant ainsi le mélange des influences ; la nature sauvage et luxuriante qui reprend ses droits face à la cavalcade urbaine, la dureté des lignes qui s’entrechoquent face à la douceur des courbes, les tons froids en rupture avec les couleurs chaudes. Le regard du spectateur est invité à plonger dans ce monde hybride. Il parcourt un univers muséal transfiguré par la présence des muses qui sont des miroirs aux multiples faces reflétant tour à tour la créatrice, le sujet regardant, le sujet regardé et les apparences illusoires de celui qui s’y regarde. Tout porte vers le regard, une métaphore du regard hybride”.

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design launches annual series to spotlight genres and artist s who have had a positive impact on society.

Santa Fe University of Art and Design announced the launch of Artists for Positive Social Change, a groundbreaking, university-wide series of events, courses, lectures and performances. Each academic year, the university will focus on the exploration of a specific genre that is relevant to society and the artists within the genre that have respectfully and fearlessly pushed the creative boundaries of their profession. Led by Photography Department Chair David Scheinbaum, the first annual Artists for Positive Social Change series for the 2011–2012 academic year will focus on the genre of hip-hop as a major influence on today’s culture and social fabric as well as work of hip-hop artists who push the boundaries of their medium. The year of hip-hop will begin in September and end with a three-day capstone symposium and performance on campus in May 2012.

“This program broadens the real-world relevance of our curriculum in an innovative way,” Scheinbaum explained. “So much of teaching is theoretical. It’s important to teach theory, but it’s even more important for students to meet the players and see what it’s like to lead lives in artistic professions. This series brings artists to campus who have had a major impact on their chosen fields by pushing the respective boundaries and have exhibited excellence and creativity in their approach to ethics, creative ideas, professionalism, quality.”


Scheinbaum chose the subject of hip-hop to launch the series for personal reasons. “My personal photographic work is steeped in hip-hop,” he said. “For the past 12 years, I’ve photographed hip-hop artists with positive messages.” He led the development of the

Artists for Positive Social Change series in part as a way to share his experiences with an audience larger than his own classroom. Elements of hip-hop culture, genre and practice will be discussed in courses in every department. Series-specific courses will include the study of rap lyrics as poetry in the Creative Writing and Literature Department; a course on the production of music videos through the Moving Image Arts Department; a series of workshops and performances in the Contemporary Music Department; and a study of the “art” of hip-hop culture, including graffiti and dance, through the Art and Theatre departments.


Performance is another exciting component of the program. A yet-to-be-announced roster of hip-hop artists will visit the campus to give lectures, participate in discussions, perform and—most importantly—meet and talk with students. In May, students will have the opportunity to attend a three-day capstone event that features guest lectures by academics and scholars and concludes with a performance by a prominent hip-hop group.


“Many of the artists I work with have a strong sense of social responsibility,” Scheinbaum said. “That’s an overriding theme of this first series. Hip-hop music often addresses community issues and social responsibility. These artists are a voice for this generation and bringing them onto campus is an exciting way to offer an innovative, motivating curriculum to the students.”


Future series will draw on artists from different disciplines, including poetry, theater and film. Scheinbaum said, “This program will epitomize our teaching: artists who are pushing the boundaries, sticking to their ethics and producing work of quality and relevance.”



Santa Fe University of Art and Design, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, provides students with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines practical experience with core theory to prepare graduates to become well-rounded, creative problem-solving professionals. The curriculum is designed to inspire creativity, passion and outstanding performance in contemporary music, creative writing, performing arts, art, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), photography, business and education. Its location, in one of the world’s leading centers for art and design, provides a perfect setting for learning in a city where creativity and innovation are central to the community. For more information, visit

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,





Four blue colored images merge into the meditative sound of the Usa composer and producer. A videoclip “for the contemplative eye and ear”.


The meditative music created by Joshua Sellers – composer and producer – meets “Lacer/Actions” artworks by Roberto Alborghetti in a videoclip titled “Linger”. Made by Earscapes, the video presents a Joshua Sellers soundtrack accompanied by four images comin’ from the huge collection of Roberto Alborghetti (pics of torn posters and papers “captured” on cities walls). The pics – their titles are: “A quiet summer afternoon”, “A teardrop on your face”, “A wave on a shore” and “My dreams in a lonely night” – have the blue as a prevailing color. They suggested to Joshua Sellers to produce a clip “for the contemplative eye and ear”.

Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti are very glad about this collaboration borned and created in distance thanks to the web: Joshua lives in Arkansas (Usa) and Roberto overseas, in Italy (Europe). The meditative and slowly electronic sound of Joshua Sellers merge into the “Lacer/Actions” images that Roberto Alborghetti takes from ads billboards all around the world. A beautiful experience of sounds and colors (lenght: 9 minutes and 44 seconds). Josua Sellers said about it: “I do think that art and music can be a way of creating a meditative space, to slow down. It’s something I am naturally drawn towards I think.“


Joshua Sellers ( ) has attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe studying music composition. Over the years, Joshua has worked as a performer, songwriter, producer, engineer, DJ and musical collaborator in classical, rock, folk, jazz, avant-garde, electronica and ambient music. As a member of the pop-rock duo Joker, Joshua released the album Homecoming in 2009.

In addition to musical projects, Joshua Sellers has been given an arts grant by the state of Louisiana for a poetry reading at the Masur Museum of Art (1996). Joshua has also been a co-editor of Hart Beats, a journal of philosophy and spirituality published in Monroe (1996-1998).
Joshua has long been fascinated with the sound textures. As a child, he would play with tape recorders, altering the tape speed or running the tape in reverse. Joshua Sellers: “I discovered that you could use a recording device not simply to document sound, but to create unique sounds never heard before.”

Reviving his interest in these childhood experiments, Joshua first began recording ambient music under the pseudonym Murmur in 2003. Rather than rely on the latest state-of-the-art synthesisers, Joshua uses found sounds, toy keyboards, electric guitars and shakuhachi as sound sources.
Joshua Sellers: “In music, we place traditional musical elements like rhythm, melody and harmony in the foreground and so we tend to not notice the actual texture as much. In my music, that’s a perception I want to reverse.”
In 2010, Joshua Sellers completed his first full-length album of ambient music, Amniosis. A new EP, State of Flux, is due to be released later in 2011, followed by a large-scale work, Elemental. Joshua Sellers: “I like to think of my pieces as enigmatic abstract icons, each providing a quiet meditative space and luminous presence of its own.”
Joshua Sellers currently lives in West Memphis, Arkansas, with future plans to emigrate to New Zealand.


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Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders”: it’s a new book by Dr. Srini Pillay, who provides evidence-based research on the importance of “trusting your gut”.

Intuition—a “preemptive sense that something is happening” –occurs because our brains make up their minds with early subtle information, says Srini Pillay, M.D. In other words our brains, at a subliminal level, are capable of recognizing patterns , accurately evaluating situations and coming up with a plan.” Many leaders are highly intuitive, says Dr. Pillay, but too often struggle with how much to trust their gut reactions, and in that struggle lose something extremely valuable, both personally and professionally.  Brain science can help us understand why to harness intuition and how to do this more effectively.

Dr. Pillay’s insights are well worth paying serious attention to. A highly respected psychiatrist (Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School) and Invited Faculty at Harvard Business School, he is also a neuroscientist with 17 years of brain imaging research at Harvard as well as a successful business owner and executive coach ( Having closely studied the role of intuition, Dr. Pillay provides evidence-based research on the importance of “trusting your gut” in business and devotes an entire chapter to this in his new book, Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2011).
In the book, which is now being used as a basis for leadership development in several companies, Dr. Pillay tells the story of a client he once coached who did trust her intuition even though all factors pointed her in a different direction.  She interviewed for a senior management position with a significant pay raise, more flexibility, and more responsibility,  The Fortune 500 company wanted to hire her.  But as she walked around meeting people she detected fear and threat from the employees. With no rational reasons, just the “discomfort” she felt, she turned down the offer.  A few months later, the company had suffered a collapse that led to a significant restructuring that would have left her without a job.  As Dr. Pillay concluded, “It was fortunate she was listening to these signals from within. I think this is an excellent cautionary tale for anyone to consider.”  
Dr. Pillay is also the author of Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010), which won the Books for a Better Life Award for Best Motivational Book for 2010 award, and in which he offers perspectives on empathy, remorse and the brain.  That book, also voted one of the top five health books for 2010 by Men’s Journal, will be out in paperback this August 30.