gooimusic Creative Director leads free Indo-Jazz concert Wednesday

Young American jazz sensation Jared Freiburg, APL Global School students perform to conclude 10-day music workshop, launch gooimusic channel

CHENNAI, India (Aug. 10, 2015) gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg and top music students from APL Global School will perform in a free Indo-Jazz concert at the school on Wednesday (Aug 12), said professor Mohan Narayanan, Chairman of gooimusic’s Advisory Board. Narayanan added, “Jared is a jazz sensation.”

gooimusic Creative Director Jarel Freiburg (right) and Advisory Board Chair Mohan Narayanan creating a new sound by fusing jazz and traditional Indian melodies in Narayanan’s home studio.

gooimusic Creative Director Jarel Freiburg (right) and Advisory Board Chair Mohan Narayanan creating a new sound by fusing jazz and traditional Indian melodies in Narayanan’s home studio.

The program, which concludes a 10-day music workshop at the school, will be at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 104/8C3 Foundry Road, Okkiam, Thoraipakkam, Chennai-600 097. mygooi, gooimusic and the students of APL Global are hosting the event, which will also formally launch in India the gooimusic YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/gooimusic) and its app.

Special guests at the concert will include Tamil movie celebrities director Rajiv Menon, producer AVM Shanmugam and singer Suchitra.

In the workshop, which ran for two hours daily after regular classes, Freiburg taught the specially selected students the essentials of jazz while learning more about classic Indian musical themes. Freiburg, 18, has often mentioned his interest in fusing these themes with jazz. Says mygooi Chairman and CEO Paul N. Greenwood, “though young, Jared is incredibly talented and creative as a composer, singer and instrumentalist.”

Working with Narayanan, 79, Chennai-based educator, composer and expert on world music, the workshop has created an Indo-Jazz theme song for the Indian government’s CLEAN INDIA campaign. Freiburg and the students will debut the song at the concert.

gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg (foreground) with students at APL Global school music workshop in Chennai, India.

gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg (foreground) with students at APL Global school music workshop in Chennai, India.

Also part of the concert program will be Narayanan; Greenwood, Mrs. Gita Jagannathan, Managing Director of APL Global; Mrs. Kiran Merchant, Principal of the school, and Steve Beaumont, President and Chief Operating Officer of gooidev.

APL (Academy for Personalized Learning) Global School’s teaching addresses individual needs in a group context. Accreditation from Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) allows APL to take its personalization to effective levels, preparing students for the Primary Progression Tests, Checkpoint, IGCSE and A level examinations.

About gooimusic

gooimusic  is a YouTube music channel dedicated to the disruptive and the new. Started with a jazz sensibility, it brings together genres and introduces talented performers and composers from all over the world who are creating revolutionary sounds.

About mygooi

mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where the Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.

Mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at http://www.cff.org.

Media Contacts:

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mygooi to Team with menti for Social Platforms

Mentoring capability to be embedded in mygooiconnect

DES MOINES, Iowa (August 3, 2015)

mygooi will team up with Menti (www.menti.co) to provide new levels of social connectivity on its international social media platform, said mygooi CEO Paul N. Greenwood. The platform’s working name is mygooiconnect. “We will be including menti in our platforms whenever relationship building is a goal,” he said.

menti CEO and co-founder Carmichael Caldwell said, “We will be embedded in mygooiconnect to facilitate relationships between mentors and mentees and to create a virtual incubator of ideas.”

Adding that mygooi’s international reach is a strong plus for his small start-up, Carmichael noted, “There’s a lot of great energy both companies are feeding on.”

mygooiconnect is being developed by mygooi unit gooidev.

About menti

Menti seeks to cultivate inspirational people, connect innovative minds and create a community of innovation and creativity. It is based in South Carolina with a presence in New York and Des Moines, Iowa.

About gooidevelopment

gooidevelopment is a global team of digital specialists who provide support for app and web development on both Android and iOS platforms. Its team’s members apply global resources and expertise to seamlessly manage development and expedite results for small and midsized businesses that want to outsource this segment of their operations. Headquartered in Chennai, India, and Des Moines, Iowa, USA, gooidevelopment uses an Agile working process. For more information, visit http://gooidev.com/index.php

About mygooi

mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where the Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.

Mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at http://www.cff.org.

Media Contacts:

Richard Greb
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Mark Perlman
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gooimusic workshop to explore Jazz, South Indian themes

Creative Director Jared Freiburg, Advisory Board Chair Mohan Narayanan to headline program launching innovative music channel in India

CHENNAI, India (July 28, 2015)

gooimusic Creative Director Jared Freiburg will be conducting a 10-day music workshop in Chennai starting the week of August 3. According to gooimusic Advisory Board Chairman Mohan Narayanan, the classes will culminate with a public concert officially launching the gooimusic YouTube channel in India and introducing at least one original musical composition.

Also present for the launch will be Paul N. Greenwood, CEO of mygooi, and Steve Beaumont, President and Chief Operating Officer of gooi development (gooidev).

Freiburg is arriving in Chennai July 31.

gooimusic is the innovative music channel established by mygooi on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/gooimusic).

“I’m looking forward to teaching these select students the essentials of Jazz, while learning more about India’s music,” said Freiburg.

According to Narayanan, a composer who is expert in musical themes from all over the world, Freiburg will also be meeting with leading South Indian classical musicians to discuss their music and the challenges of combining tonal elements from Asia, Europe, America and other parts of the world.

When Freiburg was named gooimusic creative director, he expressed particular interest in fusing traditional Indian music with Jazz, giving well-known Indian themes a more modern twist.

Narayanan said the APL Global School in the Thoraipakkam area of Chennai has selected a dozen students for the workshop, which will run at the school for two hours daily after regular classes. He said, “At the end of the workshop, Jared and I, along with the students, will have created a new Indo-Jazz theme song for the Indian Government’s CLEAN INDIA campaign. The theme song and other pieces will be performed by Jared and the students.”

The theme for the national campaign will be recorded and sent to the Indian Prime Minister’s Office as well as posted on mygooi’s facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mygooi) and on gooimusic. Narayanan said, “I have already started composing the song’s elements and am also writing the lyrics, which will be in the local Indian language, Tamil. It can later be translated into other major Indian languages.”

APL (Academy for Personalized Learning) Global School’s teaching addresses individual needs in a group context. Accreditation from Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) allows APL to take its personalization to effective levels, preparing students for the Primary Progression Tests, Checkpoint, IGCSE and A level examinations.

About gooimusic

gooimusic  is a YouTube music channel dedicated to the disruptive and the new. Starting with a jazz sensibility, it brings together genres and introduces talented performers and composers from all over the world who are creating revolutionary sounds.

About mygooi

mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where the Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.

Mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at http://www.cff.org.

Media Contacts:

Richard Greb
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847-651-1445 / Richardg@mygooi.com

Mark Perlman
mygooi
312-315-0707 / Markp@mygooi.com

 

Remembering A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.”

These wise words were spoken by the late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who passed away the evening of July 27th, 2015. A career scientist turned politician, Kalam will be remembered for his outstanding contributions to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

He also was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.

As India mourns over the loss of a former president, news sources and social media sites are overflowing with tributes to Kalam.

Many of these thoughtful tributes can be found here.

The Dalai Lama even had more than a few words to say about his late friend.

I am very sad to learn of the sudden passing away of our former President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam yesterday evening. This is an irreparable loss. He was not only a great scientist, educationist and statesman, but also above all a real gentleman.

Over the years I had the opportunity to meet and interact with him on many occasions and always admired his down to earth simplicity and humility. I used to enjoy our discussions on a wide range of subjects of common interest, but mainly concerned with science, spirituality and education.

I offer my condolences and prayers to his family and the people of India at this sad time.

As for mygooi, we will honor Kalam’s life by following his wise advise to have a single-minded devotion to our goal in order to succeed in our mission. We will not allow problems to defeat us. We will meet difficulties head-on because they are necessary to enjoy success, and we will continue to dream big so that our dreams can come true.

New Yorker brings innovative violin to gooimusic

mygooi names Yut Chia to music channel’s advisory board

DES MOINES, Iowa (July 19, 2015)

Yut Chia, who gooimusic’s creative director Jared Freiburg says does things with a violin that have never been done before, has been named to the YouTube channel’s advisory board, Freiburg said. Samples of Chia’s work are available on gooimusic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_W0Jyz3in0).

gooimusic (https://www.youtube.com/c/gooimusic) is mygooi’s disruptive and creative YouTube channel presenting innovative music from around the world.

“Yut is one of the most talented and professional musicians I have ever worked with,” said Freiburg. “His sense of musicality is unparalleled. He is a great addition to our advisory board because of his unique style of contemporary playing that goes beyond his considerable classical capabilities. He is becoming a notable source of entertainment and really encapsulates what gooimusic is trying to spread across the globe.”

Freiburg said he was introduced to Yut by mygooi’s Viral Development Officer, Johnny Krohn, who heard the New Yorker playing in a subway. “His talent was obviously gooi, so I was convinced I needed to play with him,” Freiburg said. “We got together early one morning and jammed.”

Chia, 22, plays as “Yut and the Hot Four.” “The Hot Four are the violin strings,” he says, “When I do a performance it’s different people, different set up, etc. We work hard to create amazing music, shows, etc. We love performing, and we plan on being one of the biggest instrumental groups in the world!” His Facebook page is www.facebook.com/YutandTheHotFour.

Chia says he seeks to make people interact with the music he plays. “When you go to a classical concert you have to sit down, be quiet. When I play, I want people to dance, feel free in clap in the middle of a piece, scream, basically feel the music and interact with it.
“The role of gooimusic is to spread amazing music like mine to all the people in the world and show them something amazing.”

While Chia’s music is strictly instrumental, he uses electronic back tracks and beats he creates. “I infuse Electronic Dance Music with the violin.”
Chia began playing violin by taking private lessons. After his first year, he self-taught for a few years before attending Queens College (City University of New York) to perfect his technique.

About gooimusic

gooimusic  is a YouTube music channel dedicated to the disruptive and the new. Starting with a jazz sensibility, it brings together genres and introduces talented performers and composers from all over the world who are creating revolutionary sounds.

About mygooi

mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where the Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.

Mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at http://www.cff.org.

Media Contacts:

Richard Greb
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847-651-1445 / Richardg@mygooi.com

Mark Perlman
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Markp@mygooi.com

 

Hira Mustafa’s ironic, humorous videos join gooimusic

mygooi says channel is to include creativity across genres

DES MOINES, Iowa (June 24, 2015)

Short, humorous videos with unique cultural views, made by Hira Mustafa, are being added to the gooimusic channel, according to gooimusic creative director Jared Freiburg. The disruptive and creative YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/gooimusic) will feature the young artist’s funny and ironic perspective on living in two cultures.

“We are highlighting spoken and comedy presentations as well as vocal and instrumental music, just as the Grammys do,” says Freiburg. “While we continue to grow the literal music of gooimusic, we are also exploring ways to support all forms of fine art including dance, theater, visual art and more.”

Mustafa, a classmate of Freiburg’s at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, “is just an excellent person, professional, creative and knowledgeable in her field,” he notes. “She brings forth great ideas tuned to our target audience. She helps execute pathways to success with her knowledge of other cultures and her varied connections.”

Mustafa, 18, is known for her six-second looping videos on LookWhosHira (vine.co/u/945393810068926464), her Vine Channel, but says she is looking forward to using longer formats for gooimusic. She is also a photographer (www.facebook.com/mustafaphotographywdm).

Born in Dubai, Mustafa lived in Karachi, Pakistan, until moving to West Des Moines when she was three.

“I’ve been the in between child of two very separate cultures,” Mustafa says. “I gained perspective on my Pakistani background and can appreciate the irony and humor of diverse viewpoints. I have fun while my comedy helps people understand cultural similarities and differences.

“An example of this: Often times, people ask me about having to get married off at a very young age. Although there are circumstances where this happens, it certainly is not the common path of a woman in Pakistan. I made a Vine of an American character asking me about it. Buzzfeed put it in one of its articles. My comedy shed light on the stereotype.”

Video is key to her vision, she says, since “everything is transferring to online. You don’t watch TV unless it’s Netflix. The majority of the audience is focused on online videos so gooimusic is the perfect place for my humor.

About gooimusic

gooimusic  is a YouTube channel dedicated to the disruptive and the new. Starting with a jazz sensibility, it brings together musical genres and introduces talented performers and composers from all over the world who are creating revolutionary sounds and images.

About mygooi

mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where the Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.

Mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at http://www.cff.org.

Media Contacts:

Richard Greb
mygooi
847-651-1445 / Richardg@mygooi.com

Mark Perlman
mygooi
312-315-0707 /
Markp@mygooi.com

 

mygooi adds Indo-Jazz fusion to gooimusic playlist

Professor Mohan Narayanan named chair of channel’s advisory board

DES MOINES, Iowa June 19, 2015

gooimusic, mygooi’s disruptive and creative YouTube music channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/gooimusic) has added tracks by Indian composer and music scholar Mohan Narayanan to its playlist, said gooimusic creative director Jared Freiburg.

The works, played by Narayanan, violinist Athira Krishna and pianist Amba Punjabi, combine traditional south Indian classical music with western Jazz and classical rhythms.

Narayanan, 79, will chair gooimusic’s advisory board, noted mygooi CEO Paul N. Greenwood. gooimusic is a subsidiary of gooi LLC.

“Mohan is well known in India for his fusion compositions, and movie and theater scores,” said Freiburg. “The scores draw on Indian tradition and Western themes – from Bach and Mozart to Jazz. And while he and his students have brought cross-over music to Germany, Austria, the U.S. and Canada, he has not received the international recognition his talent and accomplishments deserve. We’re looking to bring broader attention to his works through gooimusic.”

Narayanan’s works on gooimusic includes links to several short movies he has scored.

“The reach of your site…beyond imagination,” wrote Narayanan after his first video was posted on gooimusic. “It is not even four hours and the video has already 300 likes, means about x2 = 600 viewers. This is simply fantastic!”

In addition to being a composer and teacher, Narayahannis a technologist, writer of plays and novels, management consultant and professor for management studies. He founded Chennai, India – based Bhagyanjali Global Media (http://www.bhagyanjaliglobal.com/), which produces Tamil films.

Narayanan connected with world music during 10 years in Germany as a project manager and engineer with Siemens, working on the technology of music-harmonics, frequencies and chords. He has traveled widely (he’s currently on passport number 20) for Siemens Germany and the TVS Group India. When seeing films in countries including Poland and Bulgaria, while he didn’t know the language, he saw how music was being used. “I also collected music wherever I went,” he said.

Music has become a hobby that produced a sound lab that includes an archive of music, equipment and books, which he readily shares with interested students. It includes stacks of Andean folk music, Hebrew melodies, Irish chants, American Indian spiritual songs, Gregorian chants, music of Iran, Peru, China, Jazz, Classical, Indian; the list goes on. “You take any world music, any sound, I have it,” he says.

Composing “just for the hell of it,” he wonders how a raaga (a mode in classical Indian music) sounds with a piano? What Western chords support Carnatic (the classical style of Southern India) music? Where does harmony fit in Indian music? His answers to these questions are there to be heard.

Narayanan says he resents music being “over commercialized” or “monetized”. “Of course, money is important.,” he adds, “but there are some important things in life like religion, sharing knowledge, music, helping others etc. which should not be used just for the sake of making money.”

About gooimusic
gooimusic is a YouTube music channel dedicated to the disruptive and the new. Starting with a jazz sensibility, it brings together genres and introduces talented performers and composers from all over the world who are creating revolutionary sounds.

About mygooi
mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where the Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.

mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at cff.org.

Media Contacts:
Richard Greb
mygooi
847-651-1445 / Richardg(at)mygooi.com

Mark Perlman
mygooi
312-315-0707 / Markp(at)mygooi.com

Your Next Favorite Book: The Payyoli Pendant

The benefits of curling up with a good story far outweigh the cost of purchasing, and the time it takes to find that perfect book.

That’s why we did the work for you.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Kerala on the southwest coast of India and the magnificence of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, The Payyoli Pendant merges modern-day technology with ancient, tantric practices. A precious diamond pendant adoring the brass idol of the Goddess Devi of the Payyoli Temple is the object of possession for the head priest, Varadaraja Bhattar and his nemesis, the Prasnam Namboodiri. The large-sized diamond and the idol, both now with a young girl, Harani, and her cousin, Manikkam, are the embodiments of none less than God Shiva and his consort Devi.

Together, they form the all powerful Shiva-Shakti combination which regulates the Universe and must be safeguarded at all costs. The two young protagonists are helped by no one less than the Goddess Devi herself, whose divine energy and manifestations of intervention, work side by side with the 21st century technologies to ensure that the prized pendant, which possesses enormous spiritual powers, is protected. The clash between good and evil, ancient and the present, results in a dramatic climax. 

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So why do we recommend The Payyoli Pendant for your gooi reading pleasure?

THE PAYYOLI PENDANT, the first novel in the Payyoli Trilogy, is even today after 6 years, ranked at #34 in Tower Books & Records USA in the category Action/Adventure/Mythology/Sci-Fi for Young/Adults readers. When released in 2009 the book held the No 1 position for weeks at amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Tower Books apart from amazon.uk, Germany, France & Japan. It is still popular today in over 45 countries.

Available as e-book, hardcover(blue) and paperback(green) versions from all major e-booksellers. You can get it on Amazon here.

Don’t trust our review? That’s okay, there are plenty more reviews to help make your decision below.

“A profound story – thoughtfully and carefully crafted. Written so beautifully about the mystical journey of mankind. The ending is deeply moving as the Author speaks to the questions of the body without the soul. This book will appeal to a large audience as it deals with morality and choices and technological advances. The message transcends time and place” – Joanne M, Review Manager (USA)

“An adventure/thriller novel as gripping as the Harry Potter series, this is a book with a definitive Indian message. A must for all children – especially Indian kids living in the UK, USA and elsewhere abroad” – Dr S Chandra, a Reader (UK)

“This is an amazing manuscript” Cynthia Sherman, Book Reviewer (USA)

“A worthy contender to Harry Potter !!!!!” – J. Anand Subramanian (India)

“Highly spiritual in concept, cleverly and unsuspectingly woven around the basic Hindu dogma of “Atma (soul) & Paramatma (God)”, the book conveys plenty of the positive aspects of the Hindu culture – the values of Family & Religion – side-by-side with today’s high technological skills of the Indian younger generation” – P Ravi Varman (Movie Director, India)

“The book is combining Hindu mythology, fantasy and modern technology into an intriguing adventure around the world. The book helps to understand peculiarities of Hindu culture and it is especially good for teenagers yearning for great adventures!” -Päivi & Santeri (Travelogue Writers, Scandinavia)

The Payyoli Pendant is a must-read for anyone interested in this thrilling portrayal of how ageless, supernatural powers parallel the information highway and modern-day science.