Music* A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away) / Photography * Cristina Troufa experience

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 A Flock of Seagulls

A Flock of Seagulls are an English new wave and synthpop band originally formed in 1980 in Liverpool by Michael “Mike” Score (keyboards, vocals) and his brother Alister “Ali” James Score (drums); with their most famous line-up consisting of the Score brothers along with Francis Lee “Frank” Maudsley (bass) and Paul Reynolds (guitar).

The group had a string of international hit singles including “I Ran (So Far Away)” (1982), “Space Age Love Song” (1982), “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” (1982), and “The More You Live, the More You Love” (1984). They became notable in the 1980s for their video for “I Ran (So Far Away)”. The band has also won a Grammy Award.

A Flock of Seagulls was started by Mike Score in 1980 in Liverpool. The band’s name was taken from The Stranglers song “Toiler on the Sea”, according to Mike Score. The inaugural line-up of the band featured Mike, who was previously a hairdresser, on keyboards and lead vocals, Ali Score on drums, and Frank Maudsley on bass. The band added Willie Woo on guitar; and then brought in Mark Edmondson to replace Ali on drums when the Score brothers had a falling out.  Not long afterwards, Edmondson departed to make way for a returning Ali; and shortly thereafter Woo departed the band and was replaced by teenager Paul Reynolds (of the band Cindysbeentrippin), who had been a close friend of Edmondson, at the behest of Maudsley; thus creating the band’s classic line-up. After practising above Score’s hair salon, the band started playing clubs and eventually got a recording contract.

Eventually, under the management of Tommy Crossan and Mick Rossi (Checkmount Limited), they began to release singles through Jive Records. The group released their debut single ‘Talking’ (produced by Nelson), on Bill Nelson‘s Cocteau label. They were then signed to major label Jive, distributed through CBS records, where they released their second single ‘Telecommunication’. The single was also produced by Nelson and became a club hit. Their third release was the EP ‘Modern Love is Automatic’. Originally released as a 4 track EP on both 7″ and 12″, the 12″ edition was soon reissued adding ‘Telecommunication’. This 5 track EP was also their first release in the U.S. In 1982, the group’s fourth single ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’, produced by Mike Howlett, the former bass player of the band Gong, became a worldwide hit, reaching number 1 in Australia and the Top 10 in both the US and New Zealand. Their debut album and another single, ‘Space Age Love Song’, were both also successful. In late 1982, the band finally found major success in their home country with ‘Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)’, the first single from their next album Listen, which reached the Top 10.  Later, the band was praised for having broken the ground for other musical acts during the advent of the video music area, but as it turned out, 1982 was the peak year of their commercial and critical success. (wikipedia)

Cristina Troufa
Born in Oporto – Portugal, Cristina Troufa is a Portuguese artist born (February 6th,1974) and based in Porto, Portugal. Cristina holds a Licentiate Degree in Painting since 1998 and a Masters Degree in Painting since 2012, both in FBAUP (University of Fine Arts of Porto). She has exhibited throughout Portugal, in solo and group shows since 1995 and international exhibitions in Italy, Spain, Australia, France, Canada, Denmark and Taiwan. Cristina Troufa want to consolidate the idea of a self-portrait and/or self-representation but for other hand wants to reflect on a spiritual, emotional, and psychological inner self-portrait, that may be done conceptually. In her recent works, she uses her own image in autobiographical paintings that explore her life and spiritual beliefs. As a form of self-knowledge and self-questioning, her work explores an inner world in a symbolic way, which remains inaccessible to the voyeur that can only guess what each painting represents. The artist describe her work as: “…something spiritual, a route between several lives and several times in the same life, coexisting side by side from strategies of self-representation that ultimately, question the meaning of life”…”The theme of my work is about my life, about myself and my beliefs. I explore in my work the self-representation in the looking for my inner self, my self-portrait.”

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