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October 16: iPhone and iPod "Face the Music" double album application available in iTunes store October 24th weekend! Buy it now!
Yurovski (b. July Pierre Chowdhury, Chelsea, London UK, who later became a U.S. Citizen as Adam Pierre Yurow) is the founder, lead singer, composer, keyboardist and programmer and brainchild of Canorous. Yurovski is a Bangladeshi Muslim, who actually grew up and was raised in Washington D.C. to adoptive Jewish parents. His material birth family has a famous artistic pedigree, in which his Birth Uncle, Rocky Shahan Chowdhury, played bass with David Bowie’s first band, The Konrads, in London during the early 60’s and also won the International Song Festival in the early 70’s. His Maternal Birth Grandfather Babul Chowdhury founded a Dance Company in the early 1950’s that is still alive to this day in Dhaka Bangladesh: Yurovski’s Birthmother was the child star in his Grandfather’s Dance troupe that toured the globe.
Yurovski’s stage name, on the other hand, comes from his great, great uncle, Yakov Yurovski, who along with about six others Bolsheviks, assassinated the last Tsar of Russia as well as his entire family. His early music influences came from the Jewish Synagogue (Temple), in which his family regularly attended. Noticing that Yurovski had an ear for music at a very early age, his parents began sending him to study piano, violin and composition at age seven and voice at age nine to the Selma Levine School in Washington, D.C. He was regularly asked to sing voice solos throughout his youth and high school years as well at his Synagogue youth choir. It was at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, USA however, that he formed his first (and only other) band, Ippi Tombi (which means Happy Times in Swahili) with Mozsiki (b. July Imre Viktor Mozsik, Budapest, Hungary), the current Drummer of Canorous.
After high school, and realizing that a career in the music industry at that time was like going to work for The Mob—or a bunch of socially accepted gangsters--Yurovski decided to pursue a business degree instead, working full-time through college and graduating from NYU. A long-time Mobile Internet Industry veteran, spending many years at Silicon Valley Mobile start-ups, Yurovski decided to begin writing music again in 2005. It was world events at that time--especially the War in Iraq, the US government response to Katrina, the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and the atrocities in Darfur--that influenced Yurovski’s call to action in protest. After many unusual unsuccessful attempts to land a volunteering position for a number of NGO’s, and frustrated by what he viewed as NGO bureaucracy, Yurovski decide that his music composition would be his NGO to communicate awareness on human rights issues in a post 9/11 world.
It was during his days studying The Bible at Synagogue that Yurovski learned that, above all else, you must the help the person who does not know how to ask or know how to find help. Deeply influenced by the lifelong commitments to social justice of his Maternal Grandfather, Uncle and Mother who were a Teamsters Union Labor Attorney, Civil Rights Activist and a Public Defender respectively, their influence would leave an indelible mark on his music compositions forever. Between 2005 and 2008, he wrote an average of one complete song per week, and had the difficult decision choosing which songs would be part of his first album (and which would be material for upcoming releases). At first, thinking that he would produce a dance record, he began to work with a white-label (bespoke) DJ House/Trance Remixer in New York who had been commissioned by well known DJ’s in the New York House Music community.
Finding dissatisfaction with the overall warmth of dance records that primarily used desktop software, however, he turned to creating music that was entirely--if not, in the least, in the majority--developed from analog instruments: keyboards, drums bass and the voice. `
Yurovski did not want Canorous to sound like every other guitar-driven band out in the pop music world either, however, and, currently, Canorous’s music reflects that. At this point, Yurovski set out to find a drummer who could bring a different color to the sound. He knew Mozsiki was the best unknown drummer in the world, from his first and only other band, Ippi Tombi, and he convinced Mozsiki to record the drums for the “Face The Music” sessions. Mozsiki is a bona-fide rock star in his home country of Hungary, and has played in many, many bands since the age of 11 scoring platinum albums in his homeland along the way. Mozsiki often plays the metronome in his sleep.
In recording Canorous’s first album, “Face the Music,” Yurovski was faced with quite a few hurdles. The bassist pulled out unexpectedly due to death in his immediate family and the studio’s resident keyboardist stepped up to play bass. Then, another lead vocalist also dropped out, leaving Yurovski to cover nearly all sixteen lead vocals and arrange the background vocals on his own. Canorous’ backup and sometimes, lead female singer, Suhana (b. March as Suhana Feroz Begum, Khulna, Bangladesh), who also hails from Yurovski’s birthparents home country, was mostly raised in Libya. However, her strict Muslim parents did not provide the access to the arts and it’s only in her adult life that she’s has come into her own as a musical as well as visual artist. Suhana is the band’s photographer, as well as an accomplished painter, photographer, lighting director and graphic designer (trained at the Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts); she is also studying at a school for French Culinary Arts.
Going to a Canorous live shows, will be a significantly extraordinary and underground experience: no PA’s are used in Canorous shows. That’s all that Canorous can say on this subject for now! A Canorous show can happen anywhere at any time and fans who sign up to receive mobile text alerts or are already logged into the Canorous Apple iPhone/iTouch iPod application can go to a Canorous show with only a couple of hours notice. Canorous Live shows are a Patented unique live show experience not available anywhere else.
“Face the Music,” by the Electro/Pop Protest band Canorous, is their first album. It will be the first-ever digital-only release available in four different languages simultaneously around the world. Five of the singles from the album, “Rise Up”, “I Want My Country Back,” “Right to Care,” “Humanity” and “Heart Burned Away” are sung in English, Mandarin, French and Spanish. There is also a Canorous iPhone/iPod Touch Album Application featuring the bands Social Networking, Live Show M-Ticketing, exclusive Video and Audio as well as Human Rights/Social Justice news feeds, scheduled on the release date on October 16th, 2009, in the Apple iTunes App store and the BlackBerry App World store (November) and with over 200 mobile networks worldwide: an iTunes LP will also be released. They also plan to take their Patented live show experience on the road for their first tour and record their second full album release later this winter.
Yurovski – Voice, Keyboards, Programming, Bass
Suhana – Backing Voices, Keyboards
Mozsiki - Drums & Percussion
Music & Lyrics by: Yurovski
Arrangements by: Yurovski
Produced by: Alex M. Jozsa & Yurovski
Engineered by: Alex M. Jozsa
Mixed & Mastered by: Alex M. Jozsa & Yurovski
Recorded by: Alex M. Jozsa (Vocals & Instruments), Daniel Lynas (non-English Vocals) & Conor Creaney (some Instruments and Background Vocals)
Recorded at: Wonderful Studios, Soho, New York USA (Vocals, Bass & Synthesizers)
Tom Tom Studios Budapest Hungary (Drums & Percussion)
Mixed & Mastered at: Pannonia Studios, Budapest Hungary
Canorous thanks: Their Parents, Jerry Yurow & Jane Handler, Alex M. Jozsa, Imre Mozsik, Michael Paleologos, Marlon Bishop, Jade Hurtado, Daniel Lynas, Mark Alston, Jonathan Bradshaw (Spanish), Marina Vanesa Recalde (Spanish), Gabriel Jimenez (Spanish), Barbara Burgess (French), Stanislaus Berteloot (French), Violette de Bartillat (French) Shawn Lei (Mandarin), Doug Honorof (Mandarin), Shuki Alburati (Arabic), Greg Montalbalno (Synthesizer Technician), Everett Williams Jr, Barbara Dahlman, Tobi Tate, Ann Walker, Jeffrey Slemmer and Ron Joseph.