MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Hi Guys!

We are officially ‘shutting shop’ today for the Christmas/New Year break, so just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a fantastic and safe Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

It’s been a truly fantastic year, and we have been fortunate to have met and worked with so many lovely clients – many of whom we can now call friends. And of course, it’s been wonderful to work alongside these incredibly talented musicians and the wonderful venues and suppliers we have met along the way.

We re-open on the 6th January, 2011 and look forward to seeing you then!

Love,

The Team at Funkified Entertainment

http://www.funkified.com.au

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Sydney Camerata: What A Year!

There is no doubt that 2010 has been a fantastic year for music. So many brilliant albums released (we’re listening to a mix of Sia, John Legend and The Roots, and Kanye. So good!), and so many great gigs – it’s wonderful that so many people are appreciating live music.

When we were thinking of stand-out Sydney musicians of 2010, we really couldn’t look past exceptional classical group, Sydney Camerata. Formed in 2008 by Sydney musician Mathisha Panagoda and led by the extraordinary violinist Liz Gormley, Sydney Camerata was founded with the aim to ‘nurture and promote Sydney’s finest emerging string players and composers’. The result: a collective of incredible young musicians with a refreshingly energetic take on classical performance.

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And what a year this group have had! Sydney Camerata have organised and performed four highly-acclaimed public concerts  over the past eight months, each featuring the full string orchestra (see these performances HERE). Their chosen repertoire ranged from Mendelssohn and Dvorak to Britten and Piazzolla, as well as premiering a number of works by young Australian composers, one of which (Cliff Kerr’s ‘Degustation’) was commissioned for recording. The group were also invited to perform live-in-the-studio for 2MBS FM earlier in the year. Currently embarking on a tour to North Queensland, the Sydney Camerata are performing an exciting series of concerts as a quintet, performing works including Piazzolla’s ‘Libertango’, Britten’s String Quartet No.3 and more.

However, possibly their greatest achievement to date is their winning performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Souvenir de Florence’ at this years Musica Viva, where they were awarded first place for the highly competitive Chamber Music category.

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With even more concerts planned for 2011, and an exciting tour in the works, this group is definitely one to watch.

For more information on Sydney Camerata click HERE.

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Top Bridal Waltzes of 2010!

2010 has been a busy year. At Funkified, we’ve been so lucky to be involved with so many wonderful and unique weddings, and to have met so many lovely and completely in-love bride and grooms. Of course, being involved with the music side of things, we always love to hear the specific songs that couples have selected for their wedding – particularly their bridal waltz. So we though we would share with everyone the most popular bridal waltz’s of 2010, as well as some our favourites.

Photo Courtesy of Starr Photography http://www.starrphotography.com.au

Our Favourites From This Year:

KASKADE – Stepping Out (Late Night Alumni Slow Dance Remix). There is literally a huge pool of chillout/electro music that people just don’t consider when selecting their bridal waltz. This song is one fantastic example – the tempo is perfect for dancing, the lyrics are great and it’s just a gorgeous song.

STEVIE WONDER – As. Not as well known as ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ and ‘Sunshine Of My Life’, this song is Stevie at his best. From the classic album ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’, this song is a perfect marriage of great lyrics with sublime harmony.

RAY LAMONTAGNE – You’re The Best Thing. We’re happy to admit it – at Funkified we really are suckers for a good horn section… Who isn’t?!

INXS – Never Tear Us Apart. Dramatic, passionate, over-the-top; this is the perfect vehicle to take your wedding from memorable to epic.

ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO – Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Featuring ukelele, this version of the well-known favourite is breathtakingly beautiful. There won’t be a dry eye in the room, we can guarantee it!

 

Most Popular Bridal Waltzes Of This Year:

1. FRANKI VALLI – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You. It seems that ‘Jersey Boys’ being on Australian shores this year has reminded couples what a great song this is. Far and away the most popular choice.

2. NAT KING COLE- L.O.V.E. Another traditional favourite, it appears that there has been a resurgence back to the jazz and big band classics of Sinatra, Dan Martin and Nat King Cole.

3. ALICIA KEYS – If I Ain’t Got You. From the more modern end of the spectrum, this song makes a fantastic first dance. .

4. JASON MRAZ – I’m Yours. The trend of selecting ‘folkier’ first dance songs is on the rise, led by this great song by Mraz.

5. AL GREEN – Let’s Stay Together. An oldie but a goodie, this one has been a popular bridal waltz request since it was released nearly forty years ago.

What song do you plan to have as your bridal waltz? Let us know and put it in the comments section – we’d love to hear from you!

http://www.funkified.com.au

Wedding Reception Entrance Music

Wedding receptions are often like one giant party. The formalities of the ceremony are over, the posing for photos has been done, and your final responsibilities as bride and groom are to relax and enjoy the celebration with family and friends.

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So it makes sense, since the reception is being held in honor of the two of you, to make an entrance with a bang.

The following songs are some of our favourites, and are guaranteed to get your party started!

  • ‘Crazy In Love’ – Beyonce
  • ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ – Stevie Wonder
  • ‘Beautiful Day’ – U2
  • ‘When Love Takes Over’ – Kelly Rowland
  • ‘Let’s Get Loud’ – J.Lo
  • ‘One More Time’ – Daft Punk
  • ‘I Gotta Feeling’ – Black Eyed Peas
  • ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ – Michael Jackson
  • ‘Let’s Get It Started’ – Black Eyed Peas
  • ‘This Will Be’ – Natalie Cole
  • ‘Let’s Stay Together’ – Al Green
  • ‘Just The Two Of Us’ – Bill Withers
  • ‘I Feel Good’ – James Brown
  • ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ – Van Morrison
  • ‘Ain’t No Mountain’ – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Turrell

Click HERE for more information on wedding music.