1. I always believed that Music is not a competition! Still, on this very day, in 2011, I went to my first music contest - “Chira Chiralina”Contest. I did it to prove something to myself. I came back with 2 prizes - The Grand Prize & The Instrumental Virtuosity Prize.

    Not bad. Thank you. 

     
  2. Looking for a guitar teacher in Richmond or in Putney? I’m happy to oblige!

    As a matter of fact, Ritz Music & Tuition Centre is the answer for all things musical!! Check their website, be sure follow them on facebook & twitter: http://www.ritzmusic.co.uk

     

     
  3. Pretty much sums up what music education is all about.

     
  4. Is This The Real Life? The Untold Story Of Queen’ by Mark Blake

     
  5. Perfect sunny Party Picnic at the Pensford Field, wonderful musicians, delightful audience.

     

  6. Storyteller/Storydoer

     

    Everyone loves a good story.  I don’t have to hang a storyteller sign around my neck for you to believe I am one. I am no wordsmith, I know it, I prefer telling my stories by word of mouth, the same way I prefer listening to live music; - but, ever so often I find myself having to write a story down, so as to reach as many story-lovers as possible. Why? Because it’s a magical story.

    Here we go!

    In May 2012, Cristina and me thought of recording some videos in our new home, which we were to leave soon and move to London. The series was to be called The Acoustring Sessions.

    We got to work. Two of the songs were my interpretations on  Lewis & Clark by Tommy Emmanuel and Scott Joplin’s ragtime - The Entertainer. But it’s the third song that really tells the tall story.

    Sometimes the best things that happen are the things that you didn’t plan. Let me explain. I didn’t plan to write a song, it just came to me. I didn’t plan to get inspired by looking at the beautiful painting we had in our living-room, called Sssshhh…. It just happened. It was meant to happen! The painting inspired me to go to that beautiful creative place that I always long to revisit and write a song -The Quiet Song.

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    And so, The Quiet Song became the original one of The Acoustring Sessions, and later on was recorded in the studio and uploaded on the internet.

     

    One year passed and, come July 2013, I got a mail.  Deborah Azzopardi, the Artist of ‘our’ beautiful-colourful painting that inspired me to write The Quiet Song was writing me, saying she had listened to my song.

     

    How incredible is that?!? How often do such things happen?  Was it a happy accident? I don’t think so. A pleasant surprise? Undoubtedly. The accident of finding something extraordinary while not specifically searching for it or just one of life’s miracles? Take your pick, I go for the miracle. 

     

    And that’s not all. I was about to have a show in the Kew gardens, I invited Deborah Azzopardi, and guess what? She came!! And she is the most amazingly human being one can ever meet, an unbelievably humble artist, one you feel you’ve known forever, even though you’ve just met her 5 minutes ago. Her paintings are absolutely seductive, full of life and colour. See for yourselves!

     

    Deborah Azzopardi, the Artist that painted “SSHH…” the painting that hangs in our living room - and the homes of many others around the whole world - painting that inspired me to write The Quiet Song, got to listen to my song LIVE, in person! 

    ***Here’s the video of this incredible experience.

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    It all happened!! It’s one of those tall stories that is actually HUGE, because it’s true. Magic did happen! A story that started with an Artist creating a painting that inspired a musician, who wrote a song and got to meet the Artist who created the painting that inspired the musician to write a song…

    A miraculous story that came full circle. A story that, even though it started ‘quietly’, could not stay ‘Shushed… 

     
  7. Saturday 13th July - save this date, as it’s going to be a Noris’n’Flo day in two parts:

    Part 1 - WEST FEST - starting 3pm, at Acton Central W3, The Station House Stage (map above).

    Part 2 - SUMMER PARTY PICNIC - starting 7pm, Pensford Avenue TW9 4HR

    A rock’n’roll picnic day full of joy and music, in the very heart of the residential Kew, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Join us, follow the yellow brick road: map.

    After the Noris’n’Flo performance I’ll stay on stage a bit longer, as part of the Simon Taylor & Band Project. 

     
  8. Get ready for a Hot Summer Night Concert, on the 10th of July 2013, starting from 8pm, at Caffe Concerto, in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, Arial Way, Balcony, Village, W12 7GE.

    We created a Facebook event, for all of you, facebook-ers, so everything should be crystal clear. Just hit the ‘Going’ button and come, join us for a night with Noris’n’Flo!

    I have just 8 more tickets left. If you are planning on coming please book before they run out.

    Looking forward to entertaining you!

     
  9. Saturday 13th July - save this date, as it’s going to be a Noris’n’Flo day in two parts:

    Part 1 - starting 3pm, at Acton Central W3

    Part 2: starting 7pm, Pensford Avenue TW9 4HR

    A rock’n’roll picnic day full of joy and music, in the very heart of the residential Kew, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Join us, follow the yellow brick road: map.

     


     
  10. This tree that I pass by each day on my way home, reminds me of a singer-bassist, long of leg, long of jaw, smoky-eyed peeping piratically from beneath a lopsided Afro, lonesome cowboy, rock star extraordinaire - Phil Lynott. A poet, a rocker, a legend.

     
  11. A good guitar sound is vital, it helps set the mood and overall feel of a song. There are tons of effects one can add, and they come in a variety of forms, but I prefer to stick to the basics, I like the natural sound of my acoustic guitar, I always did. 

    There is something that I changed, though, lately.

    I just started using handmade WOOD GUITAR PICKS and I was surprised at how much the sound has been tweaked for the better. It is more clear & accurate, more soothing to my ears. It’s warmer, richer and at the same time, my guitar has a more resonant sound. Just play around and try a wood guitar pick. See how good it feels!!

    These beauties can be ordered on-line, here.

     
  12. I bid you welcome, my friends!

     
  13. Romania Spring Tour - an acoustic follow up of “The Lollipop” televised show, aired on National Television 2, having AG Weinberger & The BoomTown Pickers, Noris (guitar) & Sebi (bass), as on stage performers.

    27th of March - Iași, Luceafarul Theatre
    28th of March - Braila, Maria Filotti Theatre
    29th of March - Galați, The Bankers

    + TBA

     
  14. National Learn to Play Day

    If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a rock ‘n’ roll band or a symphony orchestra but have never had any musical training, here’s a chance to find out if your inner axe legend, shower room singer, desktop drummer or virtual virtuoso is anything more than a daydream. Take a free taster class with a proper music teacher and see if you’ve got talent.


    Just book your place, turn up and try. I’ll be at the Ritz Music & Tuition Centre in Richmond, starting 10 am.

     

     

     
  15. Despite all symptoms (sore throat, coughing and Flo’s back pain) this has proved to be a truly enjoyable concert. Beautiful-friendly people and a warm audience at Caffe Concerto in Shepard’s Bush, London. Thank you, everybody!!