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WAV Artist-Jaesen Kanter

By Elano Pizzicarola

Meet Jaesen Kanter, 39. He calls himself, not an activist, but an “artivist.” “I use my art to inspire and invoke change. I’m very passionate about the environment and social change,” says Kanter, with fervent eyes, choosing to sit on a large rubber Pilates ball.

“You put the right visual together and you can really affect people.”

Kanter left Camarillo High School at 17. Eager to travel, he joined the Air Force, living in Germany for four years.

“In hindsight, going to Europe was the best decision I could have made…,” Kanter says.

“It opened my eyes to the world outside of the ‘American propaganda machine.’ I would encourage everyone to travel.”

Kanter never called himself an “artist,” despite decades of being behind a camera. He feels that artists, in particular, produce work that is on canvases and presented in art galleries.

So at WAV, he receives unexpected criticism with his work being embraced as art by his neighbors and reacts surprised and speechless. But being surrounded by other artists sparks an intense urge to produce work, Kanter says.

“I go to someone’s studio and they’re making something, and I’m like, ‘I want to go back to my place and make something,'” says Kanter, who found an artistic passion in himself he never knew existed, describing it metaphorically.

“It was a smoldering thing. Now, all the sudden, it is this raging inferno.”

Kanter has a history of clients who are environmentally sound, from Disney to the X-Games. So the green architecture of the WAV makes him feel at home.

“When I first found out about the place and found it was a LEED certified building, it made me wanna be in here that much more,” Kanter says.

He brings up a short film called “The Story of Stuff.” In the piece, author Anne Leonard, who wrote the book that shares the film’s title, reveals how the products we use pollute the earth.

“Most people don’t get it,” says Kanter, who feels environmentalists can use art to reach those who are uninformed on environmental issues.

About three years ago, Kanter worked with Los Angeles Parks and Recreation and Disney’s environmental Wonderful Outdoor World (WOW) program. Kanter and his team brought a group of inner-city kids up to Mammoth for four days. What ensued was a lesson on the flow of water, how it went from the Sierras to their kitchen sinks.

The vacation ended with snowboarding, when Kanter and his group of environmentalists took this opportunity to discourage the kids from littering the snow with garbage. They reassured the kids that the trash could end up in the water they drink.

Kanter has recently tried his hand at a music documentary called “Matilija Magic: The Delany and Bonnie Project” about the band, “Delaney, Bonnie and Friends.” The project excited him, as a picture of the husband-and-wife duo, Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, hangs on his wall beside his front door.

“I sat down and interviewed everyone from Kenny Loggins to Kenny Gradney,” says Kanter, who has enjoyed gaining a multitude of information from the gig. “It’s just been quite amazing.”

HorizonVU Music stands in support of the Poor Elijah Foundation

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by Phil

A while back, I wrote a piece for this blog entitled, “Delaney & Bonnie and Friends deserve induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” http://blog.horizonvumusic.com/?s=delaney.

We do believe that Delaney & Bonnie and Friends deserve induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and as we  have had more contact with the Bramlett family and friends, we have become supporters of the Poor Elijah Foundation (PEF). You’ll find the link under HorizonVU Music’s Partners and Friends on this page.

The Poor Elijah Foundation was created by Michele Bramlett (eldest daughter of Delaney Bramlett) along with her sisters and friends Maria Angel Schaefer, Lisa Marvin and Jaesen Kanter. Specifically the foundation works to “educate” the musician in the entertainment industry and provide financial assistance to working musicians who would otherwise slip through the cracks of the business. The long and short term plan is to raise monies through the production and promotion of charitable musical events, art exhibits, DVDs, CDs, and any other such fund-raising that are permitted under the povisions of the Foundation’s non-profit status.  Once all corporation costs are met; the remaining monies raised will go directly to the education/mentoring of and or assisting the musicians with financial relief.

Music legends Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett created some of the most distinctive and unique music of the early ’70s. Together their dynamic energy attracted Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Duane Allman, Billy Preston, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Mason, Leon Russell, Gerry McGee, Jim Keltner, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock, Rita Coolidge, Tina Turner and so many more.

Delaney produced an assortment of artists such as Etta James ,Dorothy Morrison (on “Happy Day”) and wrote for and produced Elvin Bishop, John Hammond, Bobby Whitlock and The Staple Singers.He did the late great King Curtis’s last LP and taught Curtis how to sing, out of which two hits came, “Teasin” and “ Lonesome Long Way From Home”. King Curtis kept a room at Delaney’s and they spent hour after hour playing and recording together.

Bonnie was born sing. A fact not lost on those around her. She began singing at the tender age of 14 with Ike and Tina Turner. Bonnie remains the ONLY white Ike-ette. She also sang with The Allman Brothers Band, and is the ONLY Allman Sister.

Please join us in our support of the Poor Elijah Foundation. Plenty more news to follow!

New CD by Michael Allman and Friends of the Poor Elijah Foundation

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New CD by Michael Allman and Friends of the Poor Elijah Foundation

Written by Teri Merchant
Monday, 25 October 2010

“To Delaney & Bonnie From Friends Of The Poor Elijah Foundation”

New CD by Michael Allman and Friends of the Poor Elijah Foundation. Michael Allman and the Friends of Poor Elijah Foundation with Floyd Tom Skinner at Tree Sound Studios have recorded D&B songs “Livin On The Open Road” and “Get Ourselves Together” to honor the MAGIC of Delaney & Bonnie and to support the Poor Elijah Foundation and the movement of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Available for download now –





Michael Allman – Vocals

Tony Tyler – Guitar & Vocals

Ike Stubblefield – B-3 Organ & Piano

Todd Smallie – Bass

Yonrico Scott – Drums & Percussion

Donna Hopkins – Vocals on Get Ourselves Together

Laura D’Orsi – Vocals on Livin’ on the Open Road

Produced by Floyd (Tom) Skinner

Executive Producer – Gina McClain

Engineered by Miguel Scott

Edited and Mixed by Miguel Scott & Floyd (Tom) Skinner

Recorded at Tree Sound Studios Norcross,GA

Mastered by Miguel Scott at Tree Sound Studios Norcross,GA

Original Painting (cover) by Michelle Bramlett

Digital Art Design by Jaesen Kanter

A Very Special Thanks to Paul Diaz for his Unmatched Generosity!

An All-Skinn Music Group Production for the Benefit of The Poor Elijah Foundation – 2010

Michael Allman and Friends of Poor Elijah Foundation CD cover for singles “Livin On The Open Road” / “Get Ourselves Together” honoring Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.

“Just Paint What Your Dad Loved” were the words of Michael Allman as we discussed the cover art for his CD “To Delaney & Bonnie From The Friends of the Poor Elijah Foundation”

The figure in the top right corner is honoring Michael Allman and his dedication to the movement of PEF and the induction of D&B and Friends into the RRHOF. Michael, with F Tom Skinner, and ”Friends of Poor Elijah” did an amazing job and the Bramlett family is so proud. You rocked it. Thank you.

Dad loved horses and he loved to ride. He loved our “Rock and Roll Ranch”. He loved being home. My Dad was a brilliant composer and loved and rocked the most soulful horn sections.He heard music in his head all the time. The guitar is a given…I can’t even imagine Dad without his guitar close by. He loved, and was influenced by, Robert Johnson. Dad said, “He was a good friend of mine ‘long time ‘fore I was born.” He loved his front porch. Swinging and singing and sitting on his chair and playin guitar and talking and telling stories and looking at his roses.

I painted the corner of the album “The Original Delaney & Bonnie and Friends – Accept No Substitute” to honor the Magic. The figure in the top left corner is from an image Jaesen created.My Dad loved to fly in his dreams.This symbolism was created during the first works of the Elijah Series. It represents Dad’s hand and who he touched directly. Those he taught, mentored, inspired, and loved.The back cover is an image of an empty greyhound tour bus by Jaesen Kanter. Can you imagine the stories on that bus? MAGIC!

In Tune with Art

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Courtesy of Jim Messina 'Wells Fargo' and other works by Jim Messina will be on display Saturday in Ventura during a benefit for the Poor Elijah Foundation.  See sidebar for information on this art and music show event.

Courtesy of Jim Messina “Wells Fargo” and other works by Jim Messina will be on display Saturday in Venturaduring a benefit for the Poor Elijah Foundation. See sidebar for information on this art and music show event.


Poor Elijah Foundation benefit in Ventura

You know Jim Messina’s music. Over the years, this gifted singer, songwriter and guitarist has created timeless tunes as part of Poco, Buffalo Springfield and Loggins & Messina.

What many people don’t realize is that he’s a gifted artist, too. His paintings — of schoolhouses, bank buildings and quaint inns — seem to harken back to simpler, quieter times. You can see his work — and maybe catch a glimpse of the man himself — from 3-10 p.m. Saturday at the WAV Theater, 35 W. Thompson Blvd., Ventura . The occasion is an art and music show to benefit the Poor Elijah Foundation, a new Ventura-based organization dedicated to providing financial relief to struggling musicians. The foundation was named after a Delaney Bramlett song and it is run, in part, by Bramlett’s daughter, artist Michele Bramlett.

Besides Messina’s paintings, work by Michele Bramlett and Jaesen Kanter will be featured. Providing the soundtrack will be Johnny Smith and David Bell, Paull E. Rubin, Paul Kanter and Victor Vega & The Bomb. Food and wine will be served and a five-minute trailer for “Matilija Magic — The Delaney & Bonnie Project” will be screened. The in-progress documentary, Michele Bramlett hopes, will help further her efforts to get her late father’s group, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

For more information on the benefit, visit http://www.poorelijahfoundation.org/.

Messina’s website is http://www.jimmessina.com.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/jul/23/no-headline—g35vgoexhibits23/?partner=RSS#ixzz0yoDZ3bQa
– vcstar.com

Southern Fried Magazine

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The Delaney and Bonnie Project – Matilija Magic Trailer

Written by Teri Merchant
Monday, 16 August 2010

This is the trailer for the soon to be released documentary – Matilija Magic. The Poor Elijah Foundation is a national, non-profit organization of musicians, lawyers, entertainment professionals and artists dedicated to assisting musicians succeed in the music industry. Founded in 2010, PEF has 6000 members and online supporters, served from offices in Ventura, California. PEF is in the process of applying for tax exemption status. The short and long term plan is to raise monies through the production and promotion of charitable musical events, art exhibits, DVDs, CDs, and any other such fund-raising that are permitted under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Once all corporation costs are met; the remaining monies raised will go directly to the education/mentoring of and or assisting the musicians with financial relief.

If you’re under the age of 40 or were living under a rock in the ’60’s and early ’70’s — you may not realize the impact Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, along with many of their friends, had on the music we’ve been listening to all these years. They raised the bar for jammin’! The Wall Street Journal published a good article this week on the history of the band.

On a personal note … My boyfriend, Craig Thomson, had an older brother that played bass on 2 of Delaney and Bonnie’s albums. Craig was lucky enough to learn a few licks from their band’s drummer, Chuck Morgan. He may not have continued to pursue his dream as a professional musician had it not been for Chuck’s mentoring and encouragement in those early years.