Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Songwriter, Ithaka, Photographed by Rita Carmo in Almada, Portugal


Portrait of Ithaka in Almada, Portugal in 1998 by  Rita Carmo for her debut photography book "Altas-Luzes" (with words by Francisco Miguel Cadete). The book was published by Assíro B Alvim in 2003 in association with Blitz Magazine.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Checking Out Ithaka's Newest Release - [Surfline.com review]

Are you doing in life what you was meant to?
Are you doing in life what you was sent to?
Are you living the life that you wanna live?
Are you living your life in a way to win?

--Ithaka from "The Life You Wanna Live?" (Saltwater Nomad)
 

Are you doing in life what you was meant to?
Are you doing in life what you was sent to?
Are you living the life that you wanna live?
Are you living your life in a way to win?


--Ithaka from "The Life You Wanna Live?" (Saltwater Nomad)

The Chinese philosopher, Confucius once said that a wise man doesn't feel the need to differentiate between work or hobby. And more importantly he doesn't feel the need to reveal to others whether or not he is working or playing.

Observing from distance at the effortless way the multi-artistic Ithaka (aka Darin Pappas) traverses at ease between all of his chosen mediums of expression; [music, sculpture, writing and photography] it appears his life's journey is a soulful balancing act somewhere between the worlds of euphoric creation and aquatic diversion. But on closer inspection, looking at the expertise and attention to detail of any Ithaka project, it becomes evident the man is getting down to first-degree serious business, even if he himself isn't aware of it.
orn in southern California, the hip hop visionary and visual expressionist spent his early youth surfing LA and Orange Counties, but soon began his global wanderings - not only in pursuit of higher quality waves but of profound cultural experiences, both shore side and deep in the cities. For Ithaka, marriage of surf and street comes naturally.

Listen to a track from Ithaka's Album, Saltwater Nomad.
PORTUGAL
After long blocks of time in Greece, Japan and other exotic locales, Ith arrived in Portugal in July of 1992 with a surfboard, wetsuit, Nikon FE camera and very little else. In addition to sampling the region's wealth of epic surf and making friends, he started exhibiting his photographs, creating new sculptures, publishing his short stories, and even began working as a radio host on a national music program. He left the region six years later with two studio albums under his belt and nine Portuguese Grammy nominations. An unlikely place to start an international music career, but Ithaka has not only been influenced by his many Siddharthian journeys, he has become a product of them. And he doesn't exactly reinvent himself at each intercontinental stop along the path, he merely keeps adding layers, carpet-bagging along the way newly learned skills and infinite wealth of mental archeology, the bases for most of his songs, stories and visuals. But even though global as they come as a human being, artist and surfer, he'll be the first to tell you it's not necessary to go far away to get away. He says,

It's all about perception.
How you look at things.
How you absorb things.
Some of the wisest
and most interesting people
I've ever met have barely even
left their home state.
It¹s about breaking routine


And breaking routine is what Ithaka and his bag of tricks is all about. In contrast to his last audio work, Recorded in Rio (a melodic, mostly live-instrument hip hop album released in 2004), the new cd, SALTWATER NOMAD, his fifth full-length, goes to the polar opposite and is largely an electronic production. Recorded in Brazil with producer Tito Gomes, the two serve up twelve clean, bumping, minimalist hip hop story-songs.

Vocal-wise, Ithaka's fluid punctuality can be considered in outstanding company like Everlast, Michael Franti and the late Tupac. And although sonically, Saltwater Nomad will be considered a pop/rap record, lyrically don't expect generic Pimp & Ho/22"-rim/gansta-stylin' references. Ith successfully personalizes the genre, using it as a soundtrack for his straight-up, no bullshit, autobiographical story-telling, walking new ground across subjects like spirituality, global politics, nostalgia, lust, immigration, positive thinking, diabolic roommates (comedy), the intricate complexities of long lasting boy/girl unity and his passion of choice, wave-riding. All scribed with the Ithman's patented crafty, post-Beat Generation urban lyricism.

Breaking routine is what Ithaka and his bag of tricks is all about.
I ride since I was a small fry
Sine the day mammy multiplied
I ride to keep my soul alive
I'll ride until the day, the day that I die
I ride 'cuz I like the view from the tube
I ride 'cuz I like the color blue
I ride to keep my mojo intact
So I got the goods to deliver
When my baby gets back


Ithaka's music has been featured in several surfing films (including the award winning, Timmy Turner's Second Thoughts), and the hit basketball video game NBA 2K7. His hip-hop classic, "Escape From The City Of Angels"? appeared in Columbia Picture's feature film, The Replacement Killers.


For more info see:

www.myspace.com/ithakamusic

Saltwater Nomad (and other Ithaka releases) may be purchased at:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/ithakamusic2

A major retrospective from Ithaka's body of sculpture work entitled, The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard (1989 until present) is currently being shown at the prestigious WOA gallery in Lisbon, Portugal.

 


Checking Out Ithaka's Newest Release - [Surfline.com review]

http://www.surfline.com/templates/article_html.cfm?id=13958

CD REVIEW: SALTWATER NOMAD SURF NEWS CD REVIEW: SALTWATER NOMAD February 29, 2008
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Are you doing in life what you was meant to?
Are you doing in life what you was sent to?
Are you living the life that you wanna live?
Are you living your life in a way to win?


--Ithaka from "The Life You Wanna Live?" (Saltwater Nomad)
The Chinese philosopher, Confucius once said that a wise man doesn't feel the need to differentiate between work or hobby. And more importantly he doesn't feel the need to reveal to others whether or not he is working or playing.

Observing from distance at the effortless way the multi-artistic Ithaka (aka Darin Pappas) traverses at ease between all of his chosen mediums of expression; [music, sculpture, writing and photography] it appears his life's journey is a soulful balancing act somewhere between the worlds of euphoric creation and aquatic diversion. But on closer inspection, looking at the expertise and attention to detail of any Ithaka project, it becomes evident the man is getting down to first-degree serious business, even if he himself isn't aware of it.
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CD REVIEW: SALTWATER NOMAD

Born in southern California, the hip hop visionary and visual expressionist spent his early youth surfing LA and Orange Counties, but soon began his global wanderings - not only in pursuit of higher quality waves but of profound cultural experiences, both shore side and deep in the cities. For Ithaka, marriage of surf and street comes naturally.

Listen to a track from Ithaka's Album, Saltwater Nomad.
PORTUGAL
After long blocks of time in Greece, Japan and other exotic locales, Ith arrived in Portugal in July of 1992 with a surfboard, wetsuit, Nikon FE camera and very little else. In addition to sampling the region's wealth of epic surf and making friends, he started exhibiting his photographs, creating new sculptures, publishing his short stories, and even began working as a radio host on a national music program. He left the region six years later with two studio albums under his belt and nine Portuguese Grammy nominations. An unlikely place to start an international music career, but Ithaka has not only been influenced by his many Siddharthian journeys, he has become a product of them. And he doesn't exactly reinvent himself at each intercontinental stop along the path, he merely keeps adding layers, carpet-bagging along the way newly learned skills and infinite wealth of mental archeology, the bases for most of his songs, stories and visuals. But even though global as they come as a human being, artist and surfer, he'll be the first to tell you it's not necessary to go far away to get away. He says,

It's all about perception.
How you look at things.
How you absorb things.
Some of the wisest
and most interesting people
I've ever met have barely even
left their home state.
It¹s about breaking routine


And breaking routine is what Ithaka and his bag of tricks is all about. In contrast to his last audio work, Recorded in Rio (a melodic, mostly live-instrument hip hop album released in 2004), the new cd, SALTWATER NOMAD, his fifth full-length, goes to the polar opposite and is largely an electronic production. Recorded in Brazil with producer Tito Gomes, the two serve up twelve clean, bumping, minimalist hip hop story-songs.

Vocal-wise, Ithaka's fluid punctuality can be considered in outstanding company like Everlast, Michael Franti and the late Tupac. And although sonically, Saltwater Nomad will be considered a pop/rap record, lyrically don't expect generic Pimp & Ho/22"-rim/gansta-stylin' references. Ith successfully personalizes the genre, using it as a soundtrack for his straight-up, no bullshit, autobiographical story-telling, walking new ground across subjects like spirituality, global politics, nostalgia, lust, immigration, positive thinking, diabolic roommates (comedy), the intricate complexities of long lasting boy/girl unity and his passion of choice, wave-riding. All scribed with the Ithman's patented crafty, post-Beat Generation urban lyricism.
Breaking routine is what Ithaka and his bag of tricks is all about.
I ride since I was a small fry
Sine the day mammy multiplied
I ride to keep my soul alive
I'll ride until the day, the day that I die
I ride 'cuz I like the view from the tube
I ride 'cuz I like the color blue
I ride to keep my mojo intact
So I got the goods to deliver
When my baby gets back


Ithaka's music has been featured in several surfing films (including the award winning, Timmy Turner's Second Thoughts), and the hit basketball video game NBA 2K7. His hip-hop classic, "Escape From The City Of Angels"? appeared in Columbia Picture's feature film, The Replacement Killers.


For more info see:

www.myspace.com/ithakamusic

Saltwater Nomad (and other Ithaka releases) may be purchased at:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/ithakamusic2

A major retrospective from Ithaka's body of sculpture work entitled, The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard (1989 until present) is currently being shown at the prestigious WOA gallery in Lisbon, Portugal.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

"SO GET UP" (Ithaka's 20th Anniversary Rerecord)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2J5hh6hlIo



Poem: "SO GET UP"© ithaka darin pappas 
SO GET UP (Video)


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Originally recorded at:

Antena 1 Radio - Lisbon in 1993

another recording took place
in cascais, portugal in 1994

this version (in video) was recorded
at coffin alley studio, california
on july 8th 2014

for sweatlodge records (los angeles)

Notes:

I wrote this poem, SO GET UP
[aka: the end of the earth is upon us]
in 1993 in the amoreiras area of Lisbon for my daily segment of the program "Bairro Quatro" on Antena 1 - Radio Commercial Portugal. Later in 1994 I rerecorded it in participation with underground sound of lisbon (I was never a member of that project).

Of the 100+ mixes / usages of this poem (and my voice) on musical releases around the world, I have authorized only three.

ithaka 2014


Versions have appeared (both legally and illegally by: Underground Sound Of Lisbon, Danny Tenaglia, Junior Vasquez, Dubfire, Fat Bot Slim, Stretch & Verne, Cosmic Gate, Igor Carmo, Miguel Lemos, Ben Gold, Swing Kings, Wake Your Mind Records, Mowree, Igor Carmo, Rui Da Silva, Dani Sbert, Miss Kittin, JJ Mullor, Maik Ibane, Vendetta, Caos, Kaos, Supermarket, Nervous, Elektro Beats. Twisted Records, Tribal (UK), Tribal (USA)
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Poem: "SO GET UP"
© ithaka darin pappas (1993, 1994, 2014)

Published by:
Ravenshark music (Los Angeles)
Scion four music (New York)
- ASCAP (USA) -

for licensing inquiries contact:
heather trussell at scion four music
heather@scionmusicgroup.com

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end credit intrumental:

ithaka: "Roula's Revenge"

from the album: voiceless blue raven (sweatlodge records)

(available on itunes)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Contemporary sculptures created from recycled surfboards

http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Ithaka-D-Pappas-Art-Exhibit-Ithaka-s-The-Reincarnation-Of-A-Surfboard



Description

Contemporary sculptures created from recycled surfboards. Works from the twenty year project, The Reincarnation Of A
Surfboard by Californian-born artist Ithaka will be on display one night only at The Town Hall at Hurley Headquarters in Costa Mesa.

Read more at http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Ithaka-D-Pappas-Art-Exhibit-Ithaka-s-The-Reincarnation-Of-A-Surfboard#j9sHDPzr9ccs8dQ3.99

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Ithaka
Born in the USA, lives in Brazil. One of the most unusual MCs on the planet. Travels all around the world getting material for his rhymes. His album Somewhere South Of Somalia was written during a two-month solo voyage thru East Africa... Story-telling like we haven't seen since the early days of Slick Rick. Relatively unknown in the U.S., but was nominated for nine Blitz Premios (Portuguese Grammy's) for the records he made while living in Europe during the late 1990s. Read more about Ithaka on Last.fm.


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Exposição na McNamara’s Surf Shop & Gallery ajuda crianças em risco

http://www.regiaodanazare.com/Exposicao_na_McNamaras_Surf_Shop__Gallery_ajuda_criancas_em_risco


Exposição na McNamara’s Surf Shop & Gallery ajuda crianças em risco

A Associação de Intercâmbio Cultural de Artistas Plásticos - Arte pelo Mundo e a McNamara’s Surf Shop & Gallery, na Nazaré, inauguraram, no passado fim de semana, a Exposição Internacional de Arte “Poder das Ondas”, que ficará patente até 30 de Novembro.
19-11-2013 | JL
Parte das receitas deste evento de arte reverterá a favor do Centro de Acolhimento Temporário para Crianças e Jovens em Perigo da Confraria de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré.
O cocktail inaugural, realizado a 16 de Novembro, contou com a presença do atleta Garret McNamara, que deu uma sessão de autógrafos.
Na Galeria, estão expostas pinturas e esculturas de artistas nacionais e internacionais ligados à Arte Surf, Arte Urbana, bem como outros
movimentos e estilos que quiseram se associar a este evento de beneficência, entre os quais Andoni Galdeano, artista basco ligado ao
Surf e ao mar, designer colaborador das mais conhecidas marcas do mundo do desporto, um dos pioneiros do Surf em Marrocos e atualmente radicado em Portugal; ARM Collective, projecto de arte urbana de Gonçalo MAR e Miguel RAM, dois dos artistas portugueses deste movimento artístico mais conceituados a nível internacional, também presentes com obras individuais; Fernando Bari, artista brasileiro, curador e criador do portal cabecaFeita.com, com um reconhecido papel na divulgação da Arte Surf no Brasil; Flávio Caporali, artista
brasileiro actualmente a residir no Perú, atleta de ondas grandes e Tow In, membro da Ocean Riders South America, reputado nome ligado à Arte Surf brasileira e mundial; Ithaka, escultor, fotógrafo, poeta, cantor, produtor musical e surfista californiano, viajante do
mundo,actualmente a residir no Brasil, levou a sua colecção “The Reincarnation of a Surfboard” aos quatro continentes; Luís Geraldes,
reconhecido artista português, actualmente radicado na Austrália. As suas obras, de inspiração metafísica e espiritual, têm presença
assídua nas mais prestigiadas exposições internacionais.“Cada onda tem uma razão de ser, determinada na sua origem e nos
acontecimentos desencadeados no seu trajeto ao longo de milhares de quilómetros, expressando-se por fim numa maravilhosa e espetacular explosão de energia”.
Para o surfista este é o momento tão esperado que proporciona emoções que ficarão gravadas por toda uma vida.
Perante o poder esplendoroso que o oceano gera sentimo-nos assombrados, subitamente conscientes da nossa real dimensão no seio da
Mãe Natureza, mas simultaneamente inundados por uma capacidade criativa e transcendente.
Se desde sempre esse imenso corpo azul nos transporta ao sabor da vontade de saber o que nos espera do outro lado, também ele é capaz de nos levar num percurso de autodescoberta, de procura de quem realmente somos e do que realmente somos capazes de fazer por nós e pelos nossos semelhantes.
- See more at: http://www.regiaodanazare.com/Exposicao_na_McNamaras_Surf_Shop__Gallery_ajuda_criancas_em_risco#sthash.Kaf0lqRr.dpuf