Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"VIOLET WAVES" (Ondas Violetas) By The Artist, Ithaka


"VIOLET WAVES" (or Ondas Violetas) a new recycled surfboard sculpture by contemporary artist and songwriter, Ithaka for his project The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ithaka_(musician)

The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard

In 1989, while living in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, Ithaka began one of the major art projects of his life, The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard. This is a large body of contemporary sculpture work created using garbaged surfboards as raw building material and recycling them into wall-hanging modern art pieces. The series to date, which is said to contain an estimated three hundred full-sized sculptures, has been exhibited on four continents and featured in hundreds of magazines and on many TV features. The most recent solo exibition of these works was hosted by WOA: Way Of Arts in Cascais, Portugal in December of 2012. He has been active with this medium continuously since its inception and all in every area he has had residence; Japan, Greece, Portugal and Brazil - in additional individual pieces made in Mexico.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ithaka "Stay Strong Little Brother" (with lyrics)

video


Ithaka "Stay Strong Little Brother" (with lyrics)


Directed by Holly Cherry and Ithaka
in Lisbon, Portugal-1997.

Starring: Ithaka, Lo Mateus (aka M'Loa), and Hugo Campos.

This track appeared on californian-born Ithaka's second
album Stellafly which was recorded in 1997 while the artist
was living in Portugal.

The song was written by Ithaka (lyrics)
with Joe Fossard & Ewan Butler (music).
Produced by Joe Fossard.

Vocals: Ithaka
Background Vocals: Jo (aka Josette, Hi-Fi Jo)
Guitar: Ewan Butler


The album "Stellafly" by Ithaka
was originally released
November 1997 in Portugal
where the prestigious national newspaper Jornal Publico awarded it with:
Album Of The Year

[ and also: Single Of The Year (Seabra Is Mad) & Video Of The Year (Seabra Is Mad).



The album was also nominated
for four Blitz Premios (The Portuguese Grammy) for;
Best Album, Best Male Vocalist,
Best Single (Seabra Is Mad) 
and Best Video (Seabra Is Mad).



All licensing inquiries for any Ithaka releases

should be directed to Scion Four Music (New York).

Sunday, February 17, 2013

"THE FORGOTTEN FOUR" a short-story by Ithaka


One of the most euphoric days in my entire life…
eating fish and gulping down wine and firewater 
with nineteen kindred souls in the Garden of Eden.

I never return to places I’ve experienced real magic. 
And after only a couple of days on Atalaia Island, 
I already knew that I’d never be going back there.

You never know if it’s the place itself that’s incredibly special, 
or that small envelope in time you spend there. 

You walk around through life  
with these amazing Technicolor memories 
(it’s all we really have in the end) 
and if you go back and it’s not the same, 
it destroys all the wonder and perfection preceding.

by ithaka ©2002- from the short-story entitled,  The Forgotten Four (published in Water Magazine - USA)

Full story at: http://ithakastories.blogspot.com/2007/09/forgotten-four-short-story-by-ithaka.html

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ithaka Exhibit at WOA-Way of Arts - On Surf Portugal Vid Mag [English Subtitles]


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApFrWqZPE38


Published on Feb 14, 2013
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California-born contemporary artist, musician, photographer, writer and surfer, Ithaka,

featured on Surf Portugal Vid Mag

regarding his November/December 2012 exhibit

at Gallery WOA - Way Of Arts in the Cascais/Lisboa area.


Most Ithaka music available on itunes.com

http://twitter.com/#!/ithaka_ [ithaka twitter]

http://planetithaka.blogspot.com/ [ithaka blog]

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"POLARIS" A New Sculpture By Contemporary Artist, Ithaka

"Polaris" A New Sculpture By Contemporary Artist, Ithaka, from the massive body of work known as The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard, here photographed with Camille Ebreo in Los Angeles - 2013


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Contemporary Artist, Ithaka in Visão Magazine


Contemporary artist, poet and musician, Ithaka 
photographed by Miguel Manso at Gallery WOA-Way Of Arts 
in Estoril, portugal for Visão magazine (2007).

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The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard is a body of sculpture work created by contemporary artist, musician, photographer, writer and surfer, Ithaka. The project, which began in 1989 consist of approximately two-hundred and fifty wall-hanging sculptures that have been made using recycled surfboards as raw building material. The series to date has been exhibited on four continents. The most recent solo exibition of these works was hosted by WOA: Way Of Arts in Cascais, Portugal in December of 2012.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Reincarnation_Of_A_Surfboard

Friday, February 8, 2013

Ithaka - Somewhere South Of Somalia



Contemporary artist, poet and hip hop vocalist 
Ithaka in East Africa during inspirational trip
 for his third album, Somewhere South Of Somaila
 (released 2001).

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In 1998, after over six years in Portugal, Ithaka returned back to California where he recorded his third album called Somewhere South Of Somalia with producer Conley Abrams III. The lyrics from this album were written on a two month journey into East Africa.[3]

Mr. Fish Head (Ithaka in Mexico)

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Contemporary Artist And Hip Hop Vocalist, Ithaka On Cover Hollywood Weekly - July 2010 Issue


Contemporary Artist And Hip Hop Vocalist, Ithaka On Cover Hollywood Weekly - July 2010 Issue

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His abstract photographic art and body of sculpture work known as The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard have been exhibited globally, his most recent solo showings were hosted by The Camp in Costa Mesa, California in June 2010,[6] Gallery Alma Do Mar in São Paulo, Brazil in October 2010 and WOA-Way Of Arts in Lisbon, Portugal in December 2012 .[7]
At present the artist creates most of his musical, photographic and sculptural works at Recanto Akahti, his small ranch in rural South America located on the edge of the Atlantic Forest inAkahtiLândia, Brazil.[8]
Ithaka borrowed his stage name, he has said, specifically from the title of the poem "Ithaca" by the Greek poetConstantine P. Cavafy, which in short summarizes that a journey is more important than the destination, that enjoyment of the journey of life, and the increasing maturity of the soul as that journey continues, are all the traveler can ask for. The poem, Ithaka has stated publicly, has served as a kind of life guide for the artist since he was in his early twenties. It should be noted that Cafavy's poem itself was inspired by the Homeric return journey of Odysseus to his home island, as depicted in the Odyssey, even further connecting the artist Ithaka to his Greek ancestry.


Hip Hop artist, Ithaka in Sintra, Portugal 2005


Poet, contemporary artist and hip hop vocalist, 
Ithaka in Sintra, Portugal 2005

Photographed by: Livia Brisa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ithaka_(musician)


In Lisbon he recorded his first two hip hop albums, Flowers And The Color Of Paint and Stellafly. His song, Escape From The City Of Angels appeared on the soundtrack for Columbia Pictures' feature release, The Replacement Killers.[1] Using his alter-ego name of Korvorão (the raven-shark) sometimes spelled Korvowrong or Korvorowng, Ithaka was also the lyricist/vocalist on the track "So Get Up" by Underground Sound Of Lisbon.
During his active years in Portugal, the artist's projects were nominated for a total of nine Blitz Awards (the Portuguese equivalent of The Grammy Awards) including; Best Album (for "Flowers And The Color Of Paint" in 1995 [2] and Stellafly in 1997) and Best Male Vocalist (in 1995 & 1997). In addition, the prestigious national newspaper, Publico awarded his 1997 release Stellafly as "Album Of The Year" and considered his most popular song from that record Seabra Is Mad as both the "Song Of The Year" and "Video Of The Year". In an end of the decade retrospective article about Portuguese music, Publico also cited his debut release "Flowers And The Color Of Paint" as one of the country's Ten Most Influential Albums Of The 1990's.
In 1994, the international hit "So Get Up" that Ithaka wrote the lyrics for and vocalized (in participation with Underground Sound Of Lisbon) was nominated for "Song Of The Year" at that year's Blitz Awards, and later climbed to 8th Place on Billboard's U.K. Independent Dance Charts (and 52nd on Billboard's U.S. independent Dance Charts).
In 1998, after over six years in Portugal, Ithaka returned back to California where he recorded his third album called Somewhere South Of Somalia with producer Conley Abrams III. The lyrics from this album were written on a two month journey into East Africa.[3] Later Ithaka relocated his base to Rio de Janeiro where he recorded two more albums, Recorded In Rio and Saltwater Nomad. In 2007, he briefly returned to Portugal to record with former Underground Sound of Lisbon member DJ Vibe, providing vocals and lyrics for the track "You".

Ithaka at Studio Fibra in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


Californian hip hop vocalists/lyricist/producer, 
Ithaka, at Studio Fibra in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 
recording his 5th full-length album "Saltwater Nomad"

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ithaka excerpt from the song "Stonemobile"

What they should 

have told the Scarecrow 

from the Wizard of Oz.


Ithaka excerpt from the song "Stonemobile" 

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Album Flowers And The Color Of Paint (1995)
[Nominated for three Blitz Premios (
Portuguese equivalent of The Grammy Award]