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Nina Anto releases DESIRE music video
Warsaw-born and L.A.-based indie musician and professional pianist Nina Anto lend her magnetic, deep voice and composing talent to create her sonic signature on the intimate short film Desire.

The single release, based on the cinematic narrative, is an artistic protest for LGBTQ+ rights by some of Poland's finest emerging talents - cinematographers Marek Leszczewski (DIR) and Marcin Magiera (DOP), and starring actresses Anna Paliga and Magdalena Osińska.

"Desire" is a story about intimacy, about delicacy, relief and the desire to find someone, about how people can grow together, open up parts of themselves that were previously unknown to them, how they desire each other, love, build up, break up or open up to something new.

For so long
I was dreaming of a touch like yours
But I was too afraid
To loose control

Nina Anto: "The song in a way reflects the music I used to play when I was a classical pianist in Poland, although for a long time now I've been immersed in contemporary music and alt-pop, here I was inspired by the music of Chopin and Szymanowski and how their music was deeply emotional, and often allowed 'rubato', which allows you to disregard a strict tempo in music, and also adapt emotions to the rhythm part. Desire doesn't have a steady pace, it has an emotional one, which is an interesting metaphor for love itself. I love this style of playing, that's why when I was trained as a classical pianist as a child, the romantic era and romantic composers were my favorite to learn from."

When it comes to human rights in Poland, Nina Anto says: "There's so much generational trauma that we carry, and a sense of heaviness that sometimes I feel like that heaviness doesn't allow us as a country to open up and just let people live the way they want to live. But that is the only way to move forward.“

See the video of Desire here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcvfaGLtHuE 
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The Athletic Coup introduces its Sonic Logo
The Athletic Coup: Untold Stories Of Athletes And Niche Sports From Around The World - 
The Athletic Coup announces the start of the festival in Athens, Greece, with the first edition taking place at the Technopolis Amphitheater on May 21, 2024.
The Athletic Coup introduces its Sonic Logo
Learn about the beautiful story of how The Athletic Coup's Sonic Logo came to life - Composed by Paralympic Swimmer Damian Pietrasik and Sonic Signature Prodigy Nina Anto
“The city has a sound I remember well,” says Damian Pietrasik, who represented Poland at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece, which is now home to The Athletic Coup festival. Damian is a blind composer, pianist and sound engineer, and a Paralympic swimmer. He is part of myAUDIOSIGN, which is a collective of sonic signature Wunderkinder, founded by pianist, composer, and music producer Nina Anto.

“It needs drums,” Damian said, and referred to a progressive sound for Athens, and also a classic, raw one, leveraged in Olympic opening ceremonies.

The two of them got together in Damian’s studio in Warsaw to produce the Sonic Logo for The Athletic Coup.

Nina Anto, who traveled in from her current home in Los Angeles, watched the festival’s award-winning documentaries and feature films on the flight to Europe. She says: “What I picked up from these experiences when watching was that what’s really important in all of them is - the journey and emphasizing the process and emotional experiences over just outcomes.

Another inspiration became the word 'persistence’, if you want to become an athlete you need to show up everyday and keep doing what you love, same for us musicians - we understand that well, we need to show up everyday to our practice. This festival is a unique and important celebration, and I wanted the athletes, filmmakers, organizers and the audience to feel special when hearing the sound logo. What a joy to be a part of this wonderful initiative called The Athletic Coup!"

Nina Anto added: “Our goal became clear. It was to emphasize this quality of a journey, persistence but also motivation, and passion that’s often bigger than every obstacle on the way.”

The Athletic Coup’s sonic logo features a layered drum arrangement symbolizing the interaction of mind, body, and soul, accompanied by the claps of joyful loved ones—steady, yet in motion.

Read the full story and an interview with Damian Pietrasik at coupfilmfest.com/2024/the-athletic-coup-introduces-its-sonic-logo
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Los Angeles-based ethereal artist Nina Anto unveils 'Show Me Your Scars'.
Following a recent relocation from London to Los Angeles, a performance at LA-based radio dublab and gaining support from KCRW as well as national media outlets in Poland (TVN24, O2, Onet) for her song ‘Necrosis’, Warsaw-born LA-based singer-songwriter Nina Anto returns with the single ‘Show Me Your Scars’.

Inspired by the likes of Moses Sumney, Sampha or James Blake, ‘Show Me Your Scars’ showcases Nina Anto’s ethereal & deep vocals intertwined with gentle piano notes complimented by delicate strings in the background. Leaning towards candid verses with an outstanding positive message and a swift feature by American rapper Danny Clvrk, Nina Anto unfolds a kaleidoscopic soundscape where soft heartbeats tangle with words flowing effortlessly.

Exploring the complexity of relationships, Nina Anto is more interested in the authenticity of a person. Inspired by her encounter with her neighbor who often only showed their positive and happy side to her, Nina Anto reassures it’s ok to be vulnerable while surrounded by the right people. 

Adding a second layer to this, she explains:  “I had a conversation with Danny about what the song meant to me, and he admitted it was hard for him to be vulnerable because of how society sees men. Wanting to break the pattern, I invited Danny to have a featured rap verse on the song, a way for him to express his thoughts and feelings, and hopefully, also a way to start the conversation.”

Nina Anto ‘Show Me Your Scars’ is now available on SpotifyYouTube, and for content creators on TikTok.
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IMAGE // NINA ANTO | Holy Smoke Photography