Middle East Superstar Melissa Rocks the House at Cannes Global Short Film Awards

Middle East pop superstar Melissa at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsPop superstar Melissa is one of the world-class entertainers who recently performed at the upcoming Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event was held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Melissa, born Mariam Chehab in South Lebanon, has catapulted to stardom in what today’s industry considers “a short time.” In 2004 Melissa had the high honor of being crowned Miss Mediterranean. After working as a model for only 6 months, she began her collaboration with Jean Saliba, one of the Middle East’s top producers. Mr. Saliba has been the driving force behind the successful careers and hit records of many Middle Eastern music stars. Mr. Saliba produced Melissa’s first album, released in 2006. Two songs from the album became number one hits in the region, including Somebody Call My Name, a duet with international pop superstar, Dr. Alban. In 2008 Melissa released her second album, followed by her duet hit single Yalli Naseeni with AKON,  composed by her producer Jean Saliba. Melissa toured with AKON, performing before huge audiences in Dubai, Cairo, Amman and Beirut.

Her international single, Nanana, featured remixes with renowned producer and DJ David Vendetta. Her videos on YouTube have garnered millions of views. Melissa’s beauty, talent and enthusiasm signal what is yet to come in this young superstar’s career.

Soprano Valeria Florencio at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards

Soprano Valeria Florencio at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsWorld-renowned French soprano Valeria Florencio recently performed at the  Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France. The event was held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes.

Valeria Florencio studied voice and theater with a number of great masters of lyrical art, including Lauren Nubbar at the famed Juilliard School in New York. Her critically acclaimed performances have included concerts and recitals at concert halls and theaters in France and abroad including Halle aux grains, Capitole, Zénith de Toulouse, Rhine Opera House, theaters of Marrakech, Rabat and Casablanca accompanied by the Moroccan Philharmonic, and numerous prestigious international festivals and TV programs. She has appeared with such luminaries as conductors Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Zedda, Valery Gergiev as well as theatrical director Georges Lavaudant, and has also performed for Monaco’s royal family. In addition to her performing schedule, Ms. Florencio is also a music therapist and a UN Ambassador for the NGO Martial Art Academy based in France.

Singer Nikolay Gladskikh Brings Dramatic Performance to Cannes Event

Singer Nikolay Gladskikh at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsAcclaimed operatic singer and actor Nikolay Gladskikh recently performed at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France on May 20, 2017. The event was held in the Grand Salon at the world-famous Intercontinental Carlton Cannes.

Nikolay Gladskikh is the lead performer in Crude Furie, recipient of the 2017 Global Short Film “Best Music Film” award. He is also a finalist in the “Best Actor” category. Crude Furie is directed by Andrey Nyanchuk and produced by Yuri Khorol.

A native of Novoshahtinsk, in the Rostov region of the Russian Federation, Mr. Gladskikh studied piano at an early age, and went on to study voice at the Moscow State Classical Academy, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. He won the singing competition “Bella Voce” (Russia, 2004) and was awarded Third Prize at the International Vocal Competition “Tommaso Traetta” (Italy, 2006). During his studies in Holland he sang the roles of Sorceress and Spirit in the opera Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, and the role of Orestes in the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach at the summer opera festivals in Mosset, France. Mr. Gladskikh has performed in numerous concerts in Russia, Germany and The Netherlands.

He worked with Belgian director Sigrid T’Hooft on the production of the opera Prince Igor by Aleksandr Borodin at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia and on the production of Händel’s opera Imeneo at the Händel-Festspiele Festival in Göttingen, Germany.

Mr. Gladskikh’s repertoire consists of works by Bach, Vivaldi, Händel, Gluck, Pergolesi, Hasse, Bononcini, Scarlatti, Caldara, Durante, Caccini, Stradella, Falconieri, Purcell, Mozart, Strauss, Poulenc, Rimsky-Korsakov, Offenbach, Bernstein and other composers.

Violinist and Actress Rebeca Nuez Performs at the Cannes Global Short Film Awards

Violinist Rebeca Nuez at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsSpanish actress and classical violinist Rebeca Nuez performed at the recent Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event was held at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes on May 20, 2017 and included luxury fashion shows and entertainment by world-class performers, as well as the presentation of the 2017 film awards.

Rebeca Nuez is a native of Gran Canaria and currently resides in The Netherlands. Ms. Nuez began her music education at age three under the guidance of her father. At six, she began studying violin with her uncle, the renowned Russian violinist Mikhail Vostokov, and continued her studies under his guidance throughout her youth. She then moved to Rotterdam to study with Russian pedagogue Natasja Morozova at Codarts, and went on to earn her bachelor of arts in music with Professor Kyoko Yonemoto. She plans to begin her master’s program next year with Professor Yonemoto. Today, she frequently performs in concerts and recitals in Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and China.

Rebeca Nuez began acting as a young teenager, and began to study performing arts, while continuing her music studies. She has studied at the Mulholland Acting and Film Academy in Amsterdam and at the International School of Screen Acting and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the United Kingdom. She will make her debut at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film, cast in major roles in In Search of the Miraculous, House of Deaths and The Spanish Version, films by accomplished British director/producer/writer Brian Skeet, founder of Joan Productions.

Dancer and Musician Ragunath Manet at the Global Short Film Awards in Cannes

Multi-talented performer Ragunath Manet at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards GalaMulti-talented international performer Dr. Raghunath Manet appeared at the recent Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event was held at the Intercontinental Carlton in Cannes, France on May 20, 2017 and included luxury fashion shows and entertainment by world-class performers, as well as the presentation of the 2017 winning film awards.

A native of Pondicherry, India, Dr. Raghunath Manet is an artist, dancer-choreographer, musician-composer, singer, writer, actor and filmmaker. In dance he specializes in the classical Indian Bharatanatyam, and in music he performs on the Veena stringed instrument. He has worked with many prominent international artists including Archie Shepp, Michel Portal, Didier Lockwood, Carolyn Carlson, Richard Galliano, Bik Régis, Dr. Balamurali Krisha and Drums Sivamani. Dr. Manet holds a doctorate degree in Cultural Anthropology, and has released more than 25 CDs and 5 DVDs in both dance and music. In 1989 he founded the dance and music Academy “TALA SRUTI” in Pondicherry for poor children where he teaches and conducts workshops in dance and music.

Raghunath Manet has performed all over the world including at the Opera de Paris in France, as well as at prestigious festivals and venues in France, Italy, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Sri Lanka, Africa, Singapore, India, Mauritius, USA, Caledonia Islands, New Zeland, the Caribbean and the Reunion Islands. He has appeared at special events for Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chanel, and other iconic brands. In 2017 Dr. Manet received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) 2017 presented by the President of India during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations in Bengaluru, recognizing Dr. Manet’s contributions promoting Indian arts and culture in France. Other accolades include the Officier des Arts et des Lettres (2016) and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres  from the French Ministry of Culture, the Gopio Community Service Award in Jaipur, India (2011), and the Best Performer Award during the 2014 Chennai Music and Dance Festival.

Raghunath Manet has appeared in films including Diamant Noir by Arthur Harari, Le journal d’un séducteur by Daniel Dubroux with Jean-Pierre Léaud and Chiarra Mastroianni, and Perduto Amor by Franco Battiato. His work as a filmmaker includes Dance of Siva, Aathma, Devadai (a documentary), and Karma.

From Boston to Cannes: Singer Songwriter Jared Hanrahan at the GSF Awards Gala

Singer Jared Hanrahan at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards GalaRising teen pop-rock star Jared Hanrahan recently performed at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event was held at the Intercontinental Carlton in Cannes, France on May 20, 2017 and included luxury fashion shows and entertainment by world-class performers, as well as the presentation of the 2017 winning film awards.

Boston-based Jared Hanrahan is a talented 15 year old musician, singer and songwriter. Steve Marshall from The Steve Marshall Band in New York mentored Jared on the electric guitar and gave him the opportunity to play for ALS, Hurricane Sandy, and breast cancer benefits with some very famous musicians like Les Paul Jr., Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Gene Cornish (Young Rascals) and Steve Gadd (Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin).

Jared started writing songs at the age of 12, and currently has 14 of his own original compositions. He performs all over Boston and New York to very enthusiactic audiences.  Jared recently performed at City Hall and at the iconic Faneuil Hall in Boston.  He was the focus of a spotlight feature on NBC Boston with Jackie Bruno.