Keith Jarrett Kolne Concert most watched piano concert ever
When Keith Jarrett, famous improvisational pianist, agreed to an invitation to play in Kolne, on a poorly tuned piano, he empathised with the 19 year old Vera Brandes, then Germany’s youngest concert promoter.
1400 people had bought tickets,
She/he couldn’t let them down.
Although he wasn’t happy, playing, with an out of tune and broken pedal piano and he wan’t really over the moon about the result, the Keith Jarrett Kolne concert became the all time best selling piano concert album.
The synergies, connections, that the young promoter Vera realised through that experience, what she learnt in in what Keith Jarrett produced that night in Kolne, led her to study the brain and music and led her to a career where music could heal.
Keith Jarrett renowned jazz pianist and Vera Brandes former promoter and now music and brain researcher.
Anita Roddick (then Anita Pirilli, daughter of Italian immigrants), came across a book about the Nazi concentration camps at ten she felt “a sense of outrage and a sense of empathy for the human condition” and believed that the observing eye could also tell a better story through making and campaigning.
Anita made use of the cocoa butter she’d seen used by Polynesian women to become a business that walked the walk. I remember Bodyshop before it became Bodyshop: gorgeous pots of face cream in unusual outlets, geranium, the scent...you felt as if you were being nourished.
And nourishment, nourishing your skin, nourishment of your senses, is at the heart of Skin Elixir, at the moment a single, perfect line of moisturiser and perfume:
Above pots of Skin Elixir Moisturiser: here’s what’s inside:
Organic essential oils of
Unrefined Virgin Black Seed Oil
Full of nutrients and naturally-occurring vitamin E.
Frankincense oil is the ‘king’ of oils
Used by Babylonians, Assyrians and Egyptians
Calming, increasing clarity,
Circulation, promoting elasticity.
Healthy, dewy, glowing skin and complexion
For anxiety and stress,
and a perfume: Sang Froid:
Above Shona Munro, with Skin Elixir and a Vial of Sang Froid
Here’s a view:
Warm, comforting, sensual, sexy
Balsam de Peru
Rich-vanilla like, earthy, fresh, balsamic aroma
Woody, fresh hints of spice and fruit, calm aroma,
Rich sweet vanilla,
Fresh fruit tones,
Warm and earthy,
Accented-a sweet top note
Sweet and tangy
Mid note; Geranium
Sweet and lingers.
Like a Midsummer Night’s Dream
Skin Elixir is Shona Munro’s ethical production business.
Detailed customer research, an understanding of the food supply chain, social enterprise and small biotech business in Nottingham over the last fifteen years means that it’s not surprising that Shona Munro has got so far in three months with Skin Elixir. Connecting to the SEO and social media Bluestocking Debbie Dooodah, was also a great move.
Shona has the courage, creativity and knowledge because she sees things in a complete, and whole way. She’s smart and she values the heart and challenging the accepted thinking on things: change comes from within us first.
In Shona’s view, we have to be the change we need to see.
Originally from Hull, the place where they have white phone boxes:
Shona had studied French and Strategic Business, her role models being a father who’d worked with big brands like Heinz and an uncle who developed his own successful printing business from scratch.
The spirit of can do is in her family and, three months into her post redundancy project they’re as motivated as her. She’s doing this for her four year olds as well as for herself.
In Skin Elixir, Shona’s developing a business that will be predominantly online but with rich pockets of local distribution and development and Made in Nottingham might be a good outlet. She wants to get to a production level of 400 units a week over the next two years.
I get the feeling that this business is about showing that something can be profitable that’s grown in Nottingham, she can make a living through it and yet it’s also about creating social and cultural value, sharing knowledge and collaborating.
A good example of this distribution of the ability to create, make and do is Primary in the heart of the city where art, making, printing, gardening, bread and cake baking and a cafe have come together for the good of everyone. Chris Lewis Jones of Nu Urban Gardeners is based there.
Primary is curled around the idea of distributing the creativity and knowledge that regenerate the city and to create new forms of value. I think that Shona, experienced in businesses of all kinds, talented jazz musician, poet, is part of that movement.
A bit like the work of Jennie Syson in her research and development work and projects for Hinterland and setting up the very first mid career gallery for contemporary art and artists, Shona is driven to succeed and in an ethical and rejuvenating way.
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