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At 5:33pm on August 19, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Martin:

Link: http://www.freewebs.com/mindsofglass/

If it doesn't work, simply copy and paste the link on your browser. You'll find new images in the gallery.

Regards

Marta:)

P.S.: Unfortunately, I' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.Feel free to add me if you want.

At 12:07am on August 19, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear martin,

I like the rhythm of your music...!!!

Regards

Marta:)

At 11:09pm on August 18, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear martin,

Thanks for your comment...have you seen the¨ Minds of Glass¨ videos yet?

Marta:)

At 1:25am on August 18, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear martin ,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage -http://www.miartemartagracielabressi.webs.com/- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com
You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.mindsofglass.webs.com/
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Minds of Glass:  ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).

MINDS OF GLASS http://www.meuse-rhine-journal.com/html/Lei_20101014112719.html


http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/

http://www.fivegoldenstarsinternationalartgallery.com/

If it doesn't work, simply copy and paste the link on your browser. You'll find new images in the gallery.


Regards,

Marta

P.S.: Unfortunately, I' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.Feel free to add me if you want.

At 10:39pm on August 17, 2012, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Martin,

You really have a knack as a songwriter, arranger and player.  Very original and tasty.  Your lyrics convey wonderl images and stories.  I plan to include your Pittsburgh song on the main network player as soon as I revise it.

At 3:33am on September 27, 2011, Raymond Ratiliff Jr. said…
Hey! Martin sorry if I am getting back to you so late but I was screening my e-mail and seen your invite, sure man any time as long as my schedule allows weekends are usually good for me. (rayme31@hotmail.com)
At 3:52am on December 16, 2010, Gary Tole said…

Martin, good for you! I had no idea you were from the "Burgh"! I see that we are going to be at Baldwin High School on October 30, maybe we can see each other there and catch up. Happy Holidays ~ Gary

At 5:54pm on December 13, 2010, Gary Tole said…

Long time ago...are you from Pittsburgh originally? Where do you live now? All My Best ~ Gary

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At 9:21pm on June 25, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Martin,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- http://www.freewebs.com/miartemartagracielabressi- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.freewebs.com/mindsofglass

New Website: http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/

Regards,

Marta

P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.

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