With over 25 years experience in event production/coordination, marketing, public/media relations, creative concepts/research, tour/talent booking with a few of Montreal's most renowned festivals and organizations, and an extensive background in Communications from Concordia University, another ten years experience goes further back to the corporate travel business, where Risa was awarded the nationally renowned Plaque for Outstanding Achievement (province of Québec) presented by the Canadian Industry of Travel and Tourism and Agent Canada Magazine - Vancouver, B.C.,.
Alongside Cybermedia, she also designed several websites such as Montreal After Dark (at the time, voted the city’s #1 award winning Nightlife website Montreal Independent Music Industry - MiMi) and the Best of Montreal - BOM Awards 1995).
Long after Sonic Ritual productions in 1994, she launched Insightful Events in 2007, leading to yet another series of unique monthly events, as well as other projects and collaborations that followed. (details here).
Contributing to collectives and festivals on a freelance basis since then, the creation of this Aurakle seemed like the only next logical step forward.
The following endorsements and testimonials are available in their original form, signed and dated, as well as the original Mirror article in print. To obtain hard copies please don't hesitate to to get in touch.
Saltspring Island, B.C.
Risa has been a supporter of fine music for ages now, with a background in event management and production in Montreal's biggest venues, working on the famous Montreal Jazz Festival and luckily for us, with Interchill for years in Montreal. Her energy, understanding and experience made her a real asset to our team, and I'm still benefiting from the lessons she taught us. So, if anyone needs a dedicated person to coordinate their event or promote their music, projects, or productions, then look no further.
Andrew M. Ross Collins
Relocation to Saltspring Island, B.C.
le lundi 4 février 2002
C'est avec grand plaisir que j'écris cette lettre de référence pour toi. Travailler avec toi a été stimulant, amusant et enrichissant. Ta précieuse expérience et ton talent rare, ta personnalité calme et conciliante, ton enthousiasme à faire ton travail et ton jugement juste et sensible sont de grands atouts pour une entreprise.
C'est donc sans hésitation que je te réfère à ton futur employeur comme étant une employée responsable, vaillante, performante et agréable.
En tout souhaitant bonne chance dans tes recherches.
Les Disques Audiogram
January 10th 2002
We had the pleasure to work with Risa Roumeliotakis as a Hall Director for the Metropolis between February 1999 and October 2001. In this period, she showed a great deal of creativity and sense of responsibility.
In her everyday task, she had to look after staff management and relations with our promoters. Her attitude and flexibility made our collaboration with her a most pleasant experience.
I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in our business. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any further information.
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
January 4th 2001
Since working with Interchill from 1999 to 2004, Risa's responsibilities included marketing worldwide, publicity, promotional concepts and budgets, artist biographies, press kits and press releases, web content, artist/media/public relations, booking and coordination of record launches and special events, hiring of interns and sponsorship proposals.
She's trustworthy, intelligent, responsible, diligent, quick to learn, a good self-starter, as well as being easy to get along with and clear in her communications. Risa has proven to be an invaluable resource; her positive nature and professional dedication are second to none and have made a substantial difference in Interchill's marketing efforts. She has been a solid member of our team, and the quality of her work has been recognized not just by us, but also by the artists on our label ~ all of whom have benefited from Risa's work. She will be a strong and valuable asset to her next employers.
Andrew M. Ross Collins
Relocation to Saltspring Island, B.C.
Oct 28th 1999
Nightlife Issue 1999 - The Most Influential People & Places of the Decade
Greek girl, huh? Sure, but Risa Roumeliotakis is more like a Greek goddess of the grueling grunt work behind hoards of live music in Montreal (all styles) and she loves it. And you should love her for it.
Resumé : former corporate travel agent, former promotions and production manager of Foufs, current director of operations of Metropolis, current publicity person for Interchill Records and ongoing director of her one-gal operation called Sonic Ritual, in which she'll do everything from media relations to tax paperwork for musicians.
"I think of myself as part of a collaborative network" says RR. "I'm still a music fan first and foremost." She means it man. Now bow down.
by Chris Yurkiw
Senior Music Editor
Feb 15th 1999
As music editor for Hour Magazine in Montreal for the last three years, I have had the pleasure of working with Ms Roumeliotakis on a number of different occasions. I have, without exception, always found Ms Roumeliotakis to be thorough, well-informed and unfailingly professional in the execution of her responsibilities as a music promoter and producer. She has made her voice known in Montreal, and is highly regarded not only as a steadfast contributor to the scene here, but also as a tireless fan. It is my considered opinion that any organization willing to take her on could only benefit from such an addition.
Senior Music Editor
June 16th 1998
Club/Venue (Capacity 1600)
From September 1996 to June 1998, Risa spent her first few months here responsible for the club's publicity & promotion and later granted the position of Int'l Talent Buyer and Production Manager in charge of the entire department. She was responsible for bookings, contracts, market research, immigration and tax exemption forms for bands, booking of technicians and security for shows, stage management, sponsorship proposals, accounting (budgets and reports), among many other responsibilities. During her employment here she proved to be dynamic, self-sufficient, knowledgeable, concise, dedicated and always well-informed. Risa's accomplishments and work was recognized city-wide in the business for it's dependability as well as for her excellent organizational and communication skills. She would undoubtedly be an asset to any production house or record label.
June 10th 1998
99.9 The Buzz Radio
Re : Everclear & Marcy Playground Gig
Hey Risa - YOU ROCK !
Thank you SO MUCH for your help on our show !
WE LOVE YOU !!!!
Karl, James & the rest of the BUZZ dorks
Station Manager, Music Director & Staff
99.9 The Buzz Radio
October 21st 1996
S.L. Feldman & Associates
I just wanted to drop you a short note to thank you for all your hospitality towards Waiting for God on their recent cross-Canada jaunt. The band had a warm reception and a good show at your room and we just wanted you to know that we certainly appreciate the effort put forth.
Reconstriction / EMI will be releasing the new CD on December 3,
mixed by Ken Marshall (Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Download)
and it promises to launch this band into superstardom !
Please extend our thank yous to your staff !
S.L. Feldman & Associates
Vancouver, BC, Office
I love YOU !
I cannot thank you enough for your support during this tour. I (as well as many others, although I can't speak for them) have never worked so hard in my life and your appreciation and efforts in this ultra-neato event meant the world to me. It was completely amazing to experience the energies who are Test Dept and Sheep on Drugs. They are incredible people with good brains and good messages and talented and hopeful and hard working..... I couldn't ask for more. BUT ..... for the first time, I came to terms with the (obvious) fact that they rely on our work here at invisible to be able to live productively as artists. OH MY GOD !!! THEY'RE RELYING ON ME !!!! This HUGE lesson, as well as responsibility, I terrifyingly and affectionately undertook and loved! and learned! and loved! and I am so glad you were excited and helped too. I often wonder what's going on in the pop-culture, where "art" is not about knowing one's soul, let alone CHALLENGING IT, but more about falling in love, being in love, trying to be loved, hyping love, love, love. This is crazy. Maybe if pop music taught us to love ourselves first; and learn about what is important to us as individuals; and to express what we know as individuals; and learn from eachother;... and open the borders; and open our minds........the rest would fall into place..... dreamy dream dream.....
Thank you again..... I mean it !!!
All my beast and bad punctuation,
Los Angeles, California
I can't thank you enough for the courtesy at your club! It was also great talking with you about how the music scene and distribution is in your area / country. You gave me alot of insight that I may not have ever gotten.
Hope our next show with you does as well as all previous successes.
Los Angeles, California
le 14 novembre 1997
Oblik Instance & Press Play Records
Au nom de tous les membres du groupe, il me fait grand plaisir de vous adresser nos plus sincères remerciements pour votre contribution exceptionelle au succès de notre spectacle aux Foufounes Électriques, jeudi le 6 novembre 1997.
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié l'enthousiasme dont vous avez fait preuve tout au long de la soirée. Votre compétence, votre diligence, votre promtitude et votre sens professionel ont été abondamment soulignés par toutes les personnes qui ont contribué à l'organization du spectacle et forts appréciés des membres du groupe. Vous avez su inspirer confiance et assurer le bon déroulement du spectacle.
Sachez qu'OBLIK INSTANCE n'est pas seulement une formation musicale mais aussi une famille dont vous faites maintenant partie. Comme toute famille, nous n'oublions jamais nos membres.
En vous réitérant toute notre reconnaissance, je vous prie de recevoir, chers amis, l'expression de mes salutations distinguées.
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just another personal musical journey
From the 80's to the mid 90's...
Most memorable music hangouts :
Le Cargo, Glass, Foufounes Électriques, Soundgarden, Thunderdome, Sphinx, La Nausee, Stornaway Gallery, Cathouse, IsArt, the Gallery, Lézard, World Beat Cafe, Passport, and later Yoda's Den.
Risa's first unique creative sound inspirations grew alongside the humble beginnings surrounding Claude Rajotte's renowned New Music Foundation (NMF) in 1982.
Without ever having any prior interest in public radio before, (to avoid ads), she fell in love immediately with this exceptional, one and only weekly radio show on ChomFM, listened and recorded it religiously every Monday night. An engaging new addiction that promoted a few alternative bands she'd already known, and introduced many more such as...
Joy Division, Dead Can Dance, Brian Eno, Einstürzende Neubauten, Young Gods, Jah Wobble, Spiritualized, Stabbing Westward, SPK, Leftfield, Nitzer Ebb, OMD, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nina Hagen, Killing Joke, Suede, Neon Judgement, Pixies, Bauhaus, Slowdive, Fugazi, Luna, PWEI, Diamanda Galas, TheThe, Spahn Ranch, 808 State, Suede, Klaus Nomi, Sianpheric4, Jesus Lizard, Cocteau Twins, Cabaret Voltaire, Iggy Pop, The Smiths, The Fall, Ministry, Ride, Lush, Skinny Puppy, Veruca Salt, Clock DVA, Primus, The Orb, Pete Murphy, Meatbeat Manifesto, The Cure, Front 242, Danielle Dax, Elastica, Jane’s Addiction, The Sundays, KMFDM, Curve, Gang of Four, Scorn, House of Love, Charlatans UK, James, Future Sound of London, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Stone Roses, Test Dept., Jesus and Mary Chain, FM Einheit, Wire, Echo & the Bunnymen, Inspiral Carpets, Frontline Assembly, Delerium, PJ Harvey, The Stranglers, Propellerheadz, The Cramps, Underworld, Herbaliser, etc., (among many others)...
Another favorite music source at the time was Patti Schmidt's CBC Brave New Waves (1984 onward), as well as some of the more obscure, experimental sounds coming from the occasional CKUT underground / alternative show.
For the next two decades, she enjoyed re-recording her own personal compilations of all her favorite tracks (from the NMF collection) on cassettes that she shared with close friends.
Most memorable concerts of the decade (80's-90's) :
The Fall, Killing Joke, Nina Hagen, Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Siouxie and the Banshees, GBH, UK Subs, Gang of Four, Subhumans, P.I.L., the Stranglers, Dead Kennedys, Charlatans UK, Young Gods, Simple Minds, Suede, Black Flag, House of Love, the Pixies, Jesus and Mary Chain, Lush, Kraftwerk, Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, 808 State, Meatbeat Manifesto, the Sundays, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, NIN, David Bowie, King Missile, PJ Harvey, Soundgarden, the Cure, Frontline Assembly, Stray Cats, etc.,
Special thanks to Sylvain Houde (Foufounes), Dan Webster, Paget Williams, Nick Farkas, and Nancy Ross (Greenland productions), and Rubin Fogel (Fogel / Sabourin).
Other 80's favorites :
Local alternative Djs : Larry Law and Philip Faith
Local record store : Dutchy's Record Cave
Record labels : Mute, Interscope, 4AD, Warp, etc.,
Music mags : The Face (UK), NME, URB, Alternative Press (before $ell out)
After having been in the travel and tourism industry for over a decade, she decided to start using her own benefits to book tours, rentals, and accomodations for bands across the country as their agent.
Towards the end 1993 the internet was finally born. With only a meager dial-up connection, and the invaluable support of Mark Prince (Cybermedia), she started desiging websites, and only two years later Montreal After Dark, was voted the city’s #1 award winning Nightlife website (Montreal Independent Music Industry - MiMi 1995). There was also the Musicians Referral Network a Classifieds style match-maker website (relatively similar to today's kijiji) for bands and musicians seeking each other to complete their bands, for short-term recordings or long-term performances, inviting all local bands to join from across the province.
Lollapalooza 1993 - headlining : Front 242, Primus, Fishbone, Rage Against the Machine, etc.,
A year later, she started Sonic Ritual, an artist touring / booking agency with yet another website, representing local artists like Pure Drama, AWM, Rhea's Obsession, Chiwawa (aka the Clouds), Sianspheric4, and later Dj Maus, Verderosa Nyc, Adham Shaikh, Toires, etc.,.
At the time, producing local gigs such as the Sonic Ritual Summer concert series, and the North by Northwest concert series, among others, in various different venues, focused on the import and export of Eastern Canadian talent, while going back to Concordia University for her Communications degree, and taking on a seasonal freelance contract as Production Assistant Coordinator / Publicist for Drum Fest 94.
Woodstock 94 - headlining : Aphex Twin, the Orb, Dj Spooky, Orbital, Primus, Nine Inch Nails, Porno for Pyros, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Peter Gabriel, Blind Melon, Green Day, etc.,
Lollapalooza 1994 - headlining : Smashing Pumpkins, The Breeders, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, L7, The Flaming Lips, The Verve, Guided by Voices, Stereolab, Shonen Knife, etc.,
Greenland Productions / Donald K Donald hired Risa (freelance) as their Production Coordinator / Publicist for both the Montreal Independent Music Industry Awards (MiMi’s) - (for 2 editons 1995 and 1996), as well as the very first Néo-Musique Montréal / New Music Montreal (NMM NMM Festival) 1995.
In September 1995, she was invited by Martine Prévost of Polliwog (artist agency for Groovy Aardvark, QRN, etc., later Montreal festival) to join their showcase of bands and crew of music journalists, on their bus to the CMJ Music Marathon / Musicfest weekend in New York, where she attended various conferences by top renowned industry professionals (including keynote speakers such as David Bowie, as well as panelists from some of her favorite Alternative record labels), sharing their expertise on Booking and Touring, Artist Development, A&R, Independent Labels, Contracts and Legal Representation, Distribution, Music Marketing and Promotion, Sponsorship, Alternative Radio Programming, and much more.
CMJ Music Marathon / Musicfest 1995 in NYC / headliners : Tricky, PJ Harvey, Echobelly, Laika, Foetus, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Ben Neill, etc.,
Lollapalooza 1995 - headlining : Sonic Youth, Beck, Patti Smith, Laika, Hole, etc.,
Risa was hired at Foufounes Électriques, as their Production Manager
Almost immediately, she travelled to both California and Nyc, to meet with booking agencies in person, that would later bring in more opportunities, leading to more outstanding productions such as :
The Cramps, Spiritualized, The Damned, The Legendary Pink Dots, Pigface, Fishbone, Laibach, The Jesus Lizard, Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, Frontline Assembly, Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV), Catherine Wheel, Carter USM, Stabbing Westward, The Misfits, King Diamond, Gene, The Inbreds, Consolidated, The Lunachicks, Everclear, Cubanate, Blinker the Star, The Fleshtones, FM Einheit, New Bomb Turks, Raggadeath, Autour de Lucie, C-TEC, The Geraldine Fibbers, Fu Manchu, Marcy Playground, Blanks 77, Spahn Ranch, The Planet Smashers, Scorn, The Humpers, The Kingpins, Broken Hope, Switchblade Symphony, The Mahones, Dead Voices on Air, Numb, The Allstonians, The Torture King, Genetic Control/Fair Warning's 15th Anniversary, The Sneaker Pimps, Shonen Knife, The Dandy Warhols, Dread Zeppelin, etc., to name a few.
CMJ Music Marathon / Musicfest 1996 in NYC / headliners : MeatBeat Manifesto, Orbital, Loop Guru, Primus, PWEI (Pop Will Eat Itself), Wedding Present, Perfume Tree, Kelley Deal 6000, NIN, etc.,
Transitions in the flavors and fusions between industrial synth and electronic music were becoming much more pronounced, and bands like Download, Orbital, C-Tec, Delerium, Cubanate, Dead Voices on Air, (among others), were slowly going digital.
That's when Risa met Louise Gauvreau (DJ Maüs) @ Yoda's Den, who introduced her to the dubby jungle drum'n'bass vibes she was playing on vynil at the time, opening yet another door to delicious new sounds. As they grew much closer, they eventually shared many more electro-parties / gatherings in lofts and warehouses on Prince street, and elsewhere on the outskirts of Old Montreal.
By the summer of 1997 there was Arrival II Risa's first electronic outdoor festival, in a wonderful location featuring 3 stages, including Jeff MkUltra, Nuclear Ramjet, Freaky Flow, Misstress Barbara, Rikam, Nivoc, Neerav, and many more.
Soon after that, Risa and Maüs started booking her first European tour. Casper (Kaleidoscope - UK) who was already in touch with Maüs, was managing Interchill's UK office as their distributor at the time, and spoke to Andrew Ross Collins about hiring Risa in Montreal.
Around the same time, without any prior knowledge of this serendipity, while attending the first Eclipse 1998 in Montreal (produced by Rikam - EOMF / Tech Safari), she discovered Adham Shaikh and Gordon Field, playing in the chill room of a massive go-kart warehouse where she fell in LOVE with their music.
The connection was eventually made, and Andrew hired Risa as Interchill's new Marketing Director alongside Gordon Field (A&R), where she was responsible for world-wide marketing, promotion, publicity, artist and media relations, writing and editing artist biographies and web content, production of special events and record launches, artist bookings / contracts, sponsorship proposals / contracts, radio tracking, etc.
Somewhere between the transition from analog to digital, with experience and perspective from both acoustic live performance shows, and electronic composers/producers, as we watched technology, gadgets, instruments, and new digital toys begin to evolve much quicker in the early 90's, we also saw many more electro-acoustic/fusion artists stepping further into the spotlight.
With early childhood exposure to mediterranean and middle-eastern flavors, thanks to the wonderful influence of Andrew, Gordon, and Adham's discerning ears for pure bliss, and the wave of ethno-electro fusion exploding on dancefloors everywhere, Risa's affinity for ethereal / spiritual world sounds had been officially re-awakened.
Not too long after that, she met with André Ménard (Co-founder / Vice-President -
Montreal Int'l Jazz Festival) where they shared a long chat about music, and she handed him one of her own cassette compilations. A few weeks later, he got in touch with her to let her know how much he loved it, and encouraged her to either start her own label, or Dj to share her eclectic collection with a much wider audience. He then offered her a position as the new Director of Operations at Metropolis (capacity 2200) concert hall for (L'Équipe Spectra / Montreal Int'l Jazz Festival).
As head of operations, Risa was responsible for hiring, direction, supervision and coordination of staff (75 - 100 employees) for all events and concerts (internal and/or external productions), settlements with producers, administration, box office reports, artist and media relations, safety regulations and inspections, security, customer service, and all operations in general. Needless to say, while keeping her day-shift gig going with Interchill, there was no time for sleep.
Then in the summer of 1999, OM Festival (2nd edition) featured 5 stages, with a line-up including Neil Sparkes and the Last Tribe (Transglobal Underground - UK), Caspar (Kaleidoscope - UK), Mercan Dede, Adham Shaikh's EKKO project (with live musicians including Naki (stikharp), Neil Sparkes, E.Shankar (tabla), Uwe (sitar), Sophie Garant (violin), among others), as well as sets by Dub Gnostic, Andrew Ross Collins, Legion of Green Men, Adityo, Gordon Field, Jeff MkUltra, Nuclear Ramjet, Nivoc, Rikam, and many more.
They built a magical Interchill stage around a sparkling waterfront surrounded by beautiful multi-colored lights, that was one of the most ...u.n.f.o.r.g.e.t.t.a.b.l.e... stages we'd EVER seen !!!
2000 and beyond
After spending a few years at Interchill, with very little sleep from the previous nightshift at Metropolis, getting up every morning to hear a fresh new artist, with a fresh new sound, from any random part of the globe, was ALWAYS a thrill never to be missed.
The favorites in Risa's collection evolved much deeper towards the roots of psy-ethno/chill, dub, ambient, trance, electro, tribal, origins and fusions, starting from mid to end 90's with even more exceptional releases from artists like Transglobal Underground, Future Sound of London, Natasha Atlas, James Asher, Michael Stearns, Suns of Arqa, Bill Laswell, Jonny L, Steve Roach, Sheila Chandra, Nitin Sawhney, Grooverider, Bally Sagoo, L. Subramaniam, Badmarsh & Shri, Gabriel LeMar, Black Star Liner, Cheb-I-Sabbah, Global Communication, Loop Guru, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Spacetime Continuum, Solar Stone, Rabih Abou Khalil, Thievery Corp, Richard Horowitz & Sussan Deyhim, Funki Porcini, Animal Zen, Talvin Singh, Afro Celt Sound System, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bandulu, Toumani Diabate, Dzihan & Kamien, Skylab, Vedic, XangBetos, Underworld, Ayub Ogada, Juno Reactor, Zion Train, Ravi Shankar, Joi, etc., on pioneer labels like Dragonfly, Astralwerks, Real World, Dakini, Flying Rhino, Waveform, SpiritZone, Twisted, Blueroom, Hearts of Space, TIP, Instinct, Six Degrees, Outcaste, and of course Interchill, (among many others), that changed the course of her musical journey with every exciting new discovery, nourishing her soul with a whole new level of inspiration and creativity moving forward.
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