Published on March 30 2009

The Wind Whistles are Liza and Tom from Vancouver, Canada, occasionally joined by various friends on their albums. And what comes out when all these friends make music together is indie-folk suitable for nights sitting at the campfire, relaxed but not boring.

The Wind Whistles

They recorded their first album Window Sills in 2008 and subsequently went on tour across Europe, the UK and Canada during which they were even invited to play at a Czech breakfast TV show.

Since touring is such great fun, the next tour is already scheduled: from late May they will be touring Germany and then continue in Canada (you can find the dates here). And after that? "We have dreams of touring so many parts of the world and are considering South America for next year. Japan would be nice too."

That makes for many occasions to sell their CD with its 28-page booklet made with love, that you can also purchase here and their T-shirts that "are a life saver!"


Published on March 24 2009

We are pleased to announce the Opening Evening of the 5th Qwartz Awards will take place under the Niemeyer Dome on Thursday, 2 April.


You might or might not know that Qwartz is an international competition open to artists and labels involved in electronic and experimental music. Each year, prizes are awarded to artists in the avant-garde of digital culture. Qwartz is a partner of jamendo.

During the concert in Paris, the Brasilian pianist Otavio Henrique Soares Brandao, who received a Qwartz Award two years ago, will perform, as well as the American experimental duo Post Piano, namely the honorary president of Qwartz Taylor Deupree and the composer Kenneth Kirschner.


This prestigious venue was designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer and is located at the French Communist Party's headquarters! The evening is placed under the patronage of Creative Commons, featuring three artists who publish their works under CC.

It will introduce the bestowal of an honorary Qwartz Award to Lawrence Lessig, creator of CC, the next day at the Cirque d'Hiver, another prestigious Parisian venue, where the 5th Qwartz Awards ceremony will take place.

Doors open: 7.15 p.m.
Concert starts: 8.p.m.
80 tickets available for 15€
reservations at rsv05[@]

Coupole Niemeyer
8, Avenue Mathurin Moreau
75019 Paris
M° Colonel Fabien

Written by blog

Published on #Concerts

Published on March 23 2009

After the UK and New Zealand, France is considering a so-called "three strikes" law to fight illegal file-sharing on the internet. Here at jamendo, we of course support free and legal music downloads, which is why we are launching a "Thanks for downloading" campaign!

The French parliament is currently debating a new law, dubbed "Hadopi", that would warn illegal downloaders that they better stop, by sending them an e-mail,  followed by a letter, and eventually go as far as cutting off their internet connection. Hence the "three strikes" denomination. The UK and New Zealand decided not to impose such a strict punishment and pulled back on the cutting-off element, while German authorities stated that depriving people of their internet connection was just too much. But in France, the government is strongly backing this law, and debates are heating up.

In order to make an ironic yet serious statement in the middle of these important discussions, jamendo has decided to reverse the logic of the proposed law by thanking web users for downloading music. We will therefore send a thank you e-mail to anyone who downloads one of the 200.000 tracks currently available on jamendo, encouraging them to share the music with their friends.

Second strike: jamendo will send a thank you letter along with an "accomplice kit" (containing stickers and documentation about jamendo) to the most active downloaders, to help them promote jamendo artists and free music in general.

As for the most active of its users, instead of cutting off their connection, jamendo will actually reimburse them a month's worth of their internet service subscription! This is for every person who will manage to convince a public place (bar, restaurant, shop, hotel...) to become a "free culture spot" by resorting to our Jamendo PRO service for their background music. Learn more about this.

Jamendo wants to demonstrate that there are plenty of talented artists who know how to profit from the opportunities offered by the internet and embrace innovative monetization models. Their first fans should be thanked, not punished.

Sylvain ZIMMER, creator of Jamendo
press (at)

Written by amelie

Published on #News

Published on March 17 2009

Usually, you come to jamendo to look for music you will like. But today, you can decide yourself on the topic of a new song!


Jonay is an artist from Sweden always looking for new challenges. He makes hip hop and didn't want his next song to be about the usual topics like love or friendship. So he made a beat (not mixed yet, but that's what this is: a work in progress) that he published right here and came up with some unusual topic suggestions for the lyrics to go with it.

So, now it's up to you: choose your favorite topic from this list by leaving a comment below. In one week, we'll count the results and tell Jonay to get busy!

  • Skydiving
  • Cellphone
  • Traffic Lights
  • Headphones
  • Bar chairs
  • Briefcase
  • Sofa