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Arkadia Strikes Up Music DVD

21 Sep, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf

Cuba Mia: Portrait of an All-Woman Orchestra

As music DVD continues to strike a chord with consumers, small record labels like Arkadia Entertainment Corp. are looking to chime in with their own eclectic catalogs.

Arkadia, the New York-based multi-Grammy nominated label, will release eight to 12 music DVD titles each year.

The first release will be Cuba Mia: Portrait of an All-Woman Orchestra, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and is being broadcast on PBS.

Filmed on location in Havana, it is a female musical perspective akin to favorite The Buena Vista Social Club, according to the company.

The second Arkadia title to hit DVD will be Latin Nights, diving into nightclubs and coffeehouses for salsa, cumbia, merengue, jazz, samba and more styles performed by such artists as Tito Puente, Memo Acevedo and Cocada. Both titles street Oct. 11 (prebook Sept. 27).

The company also has an archive of TV performances from a roster of artists including Dianne Reeves, Willie Bobo, Stanley Turrentine, Tania Maria, Laurindo Almeida, Jimmy Smith, Pete & Conti Condoli and more.

Arkadia plans to package companion CDs with most DVD releases, and load up the video discs with bonus features such as interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, photo galleries and bonus music tracks.

“We want to bring the best possible music programs to the DVD market, with such enhancements and special features that allow for maximum enjoyment of the program and a thorough understanding of the artist and their art,” said Bob Karcy, Arkadia president.

Arkadia also has launched a high-definition initiative, shooting a series of new programs in high-def, starting with this summer's Woodstock Radio 25th Anniversary Mountain Jam Concert at Hunter Mountain in Woodstock, New York.

“We are looking to the future,” Karcy said. “A world that will blend audio and video in a high-definition format.”

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