Thursday, February 23, 2017
Ithaka - Saltwater Nomad (Recorded In Rio De Janeiro)
1. Ith Intro
2. Split Personality
3. A Million Light Years
4. Lust The Power Supreme
5. The Life You Wanna Live ?
6. N' Portugal
7. One Month Stand
8. I Ride 2008
10. Six Years (Time To Move On)
11. The Cameraman
12. Roommates From Hell
13. Ninety-Eight In The Shade
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Ithaka was born in Southern California. The half-Greek poet, vocalist and producer lived in Lisbon for a number of years in his late-twenties until early-thirties. There in Portugal (in 1993), he wrote and recorded a poem entitled So Get Up for a program on Radio Comercial, Lisbon. He later rerecorded it for a local progressive-house music project called Underground Of Lisbon (the finished song was also called, So Get Up). It was soon released internationally on a multitude of compilations.
Until today, almost 25 years later, the track is considered one of the most important musical exports in Portugal's history. Although in fact, the lyric-writer and voice of this iconic dance music anthem is a Californian of Greek descent.
So Get Up has since been remixed and re-released over a thousand times, with some versions by large scale EDM artists such as Armin Van Buurin, Cosmic Gate, Fatboy Slim and Miss Kittin. So Get Up is the current Guinness World Record holder for most re-mixed acapella.
Also in Portugal, Ithaka recorded two award winning hip-hop albums, Flowers And The Color Of Paint (1995) and Stellafly (1997). His song, Escape From The City Of Angels (featuring Marta Dias) from the album Flowers And The Color Of Paint was featured in Antoine Fuqua's first full-length feature film entitled, The Replacement Killers (1998) starring Chow Yun Fat and Mira Sorvino
Ithaka then returned to the U.S. for a number of years where he recorded Somewhere South Of Somalia (2001) with LA producer, Conley Abrams III.
The song, What U Gotta Do, from this album was featured in the soundtrack of the hit video game NBA2K7.
He later lived in Brazil (Rio and AkahtiLândia) for over ten years where he recorded three more albums, Recorded In Rio (2004), Saltwater Nomad (2007) and Voiceless Blue Raven (2013)...and also released a collection of career highlights called Fishdaddy Flashbacks (2011) with the Indy label Sweatlodge Records.
Although rarely returning to the dance music world since recording So Get Up,
in 2007, Ithaka wrote the lyrics and vocally recorded "You" with DJ Vibe, using his poem originally entitled, We Are The Players.
In early 2017, Ithaka released a collection of acapella poems including the original pre-Underground Sound Of Lisbon 1993 demo-version of So Get Up.
The album, entitled, So Get Up & The Lost Acapellas, was compiled using lost vocal poems from 1993 and new recordings made in Mexico City in 2016.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Músico californiano Ithaka promove exposição Reencarnação de uma Prancha de Surf em Costa Mesa, Califórnia (EUA).
Cartaz da mostra Reencarnação de uma Prancha de Surf. Foto: Reprodução.Entre os dias 5 e 12 de junho na cidade de Costa Mesa, Califórnia (EUA), o músico e artista californiano Ithaka promove a exposição Reencarnação de uma Prancha de Surf.
Surfista, fotógrafo, rapper e escultor, Ithaka é norte-americano de descendência grega. A ideia da mostra surgiu depois que o artista quebrou acidentalmente sua prancha em 1980.
Vinte anos se passaram e Ithaka continua usando pranchas recicladas como a principal matéria-prima para o seu trabalho. Já são mais de duas centenas de obras produzidas desta maneira.
“Este trabalho consiste em dar vida nova ao descartados. Além de ser um objeto como outro qualquer, uma prancha de surf retrata um dos estilos de vida mais privilegiados do mundo", diz Ithaka.
A exposição Reencarnação de uma Prancha de Surf já passou por Europa, Ásia e América do Sul.
Ithaka Darin Pappas, better known as Ithaka, is an American hip-hop artist, sculptor and surfer who placed this piece up for auction at the Night of a Million Waves Gala and Art Auction on Saturday in Huntington Beach.Photograph by: Ani Yessayan, Los Angeles Times
Eazy E Skateboarding In Venice Beach, California: February 24th 1989Of the thousands of images that Ithaka captured during this period, some of the most unusual were made on February 24, 1989 of a bullet-proof vest wearing Eazy E riding a skateboard in Venice Beach, California and hanging out with the local skateboard community. At the time, skating and hip hop were not very linked culturally.
The day the skate images were captured was during a filming of a segment of Yo! MTV Raps hosted by Fab Five Freddy focusing on Eazy E and N.W.A. Other hip hop recording artists such as Above The Law, The D.O.C. and Kris Kross also appeared as special guests of N.W.A. 
Eazy E, being a skateboard enthusiast, wandered off from the MTV interview to talk with local hardcore skaters near the riding area. Ithaka followed him and gathered everyone together to take several pictures. Among the kids alongside of Eazy E in the photographs appear several now-famous skaters, artists and photographers including; Aaron Murray, Ricky Reynaga, Barnall Weathersby, David Katz, Luke Hudson, Josh Bagel Klassman and Pep Williams. By most members of the skateboard world, this picture is considered historic. One of these images has become a top-selling T-Shirt produced by Thrasher (magazine), a leading international skateboard publication, and has also been used in advertising and other merchandising. In addition, this same photograph has appeared in international photography exhibits involving skateboarding including the group show, "Thrasher: A Retrospective", hosted by House Of Vans London (U.K.) in August of 2014.   
However, the photographs of Eazy E actually riding the skateboard had been lost since they were made and only recovered in 2016, after more than two-and-a-half decades. Since reappearing, these very rare images of Eazy E have appeared in various venues. One was used during N.W.A.'s segment at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, New York. In December 2016, the same image was printed on the cover of the first edition of the magazine General Admission (U.S.)  and in early 2017 other photos were published as part of the Contact High Project created by journalist Vikki Tobek in Mass Appeal Magazine.
To celebrate 2016's international Go Skateboarding Day, the official instagram of Beats By Dre,  owned by Beats Electronics/Apple Inc. licensed an image of Eazy skateboarding for a six month usage. The Eazy E skateboarding pictures have also appeared on hundreds of other websites around the world.