Sir Ivan: Sings of Peace and Love
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Sir Ivan: Sings of Peace and Love

New York City : NY : USA | Aug 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM PDT
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Sir Ivan

This twenty-first century flower child believes it is time to bring back the days when “hippies” filled the parks to hear folkies like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Arlo Guthrie extolling the virtues of peace and love; at a time when flower children gathered in protest against war, violence, and for the rights of others.

Sir Ivan – the Peaceman – knows all too well the ravages of a violent world. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Siegbert Wilzig spent 18 months in two concentration camps – Auschwitz and Maulthausen – when he was only 17, Ivan Wilzig had 59 of his relatives murdered by the Nazis during World War II.

Ivan believes that it is time for a new generation of flower children. And so he is leading the way…

…in song.

Sir Ivan has created a new music genre just for this purpose by taking the peace songs of the “hippy” era and putting those songs to a techno beat to create a musical form he calls technippy.

Ivan wears and performs wearing a long cape adorned with a large peace symbol. When not performing the cape becomes quite a conversation piece.

Ivan Wilzig was trained to be a banker and take over the family business while keeping his music just a hobby. Ivan has been singing since he was five years old. But at the age of 45 Ivan handed in his resignation as a member of the board and turned his hand to making music full time.

For his first single Ivan chose the John Lennon hit “Imagine” but instead of recording the song as it has been done hundreds of times, Ivan put the song to a fast techno beat. The song broke into the top 40 of the Billboard Dance Chart on September 4, 2011 – exactly one week before the terrorists struck in New York City.

Since then Sir Ivan has not only broken into the top 40 but has broached the top 10 of the Billboard charts to chart along side of pop divas Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez.

Sir Ivan’s latest single is an original tune called “La La Land”. A song about a perfect world with no war or hate. The song has not only made it into the top 40 of the Billboard Dance Chart but has become a big hit across the pond in the United Kingdom.

Sir Ivan’s debut album “I Am Peaceman” is filled with 15 classics from the sixties including “Imagine”, “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “San Francisco”, “Here Comes the Sun”, and Kumbaya”.

Why Sir Ivan?

This first generation American went far beyond his Prussian ancestry to find inspiration for his “country home” in the Hamptons. With the help of brother Alan, Ivan built an authentic Medieval castle complete with moat, drawbridge, towers, and dungeon filled with items for torturing prisoners. While resembling the castles of old from the outside, the inside is a palatial affair with themed bedrooms. After the castle was built Ivan got a license plate for his brother that read Sir Alan and one for himself that read Sir Ivan. And so the name stuck. Sir Ivan uses his castle to throw some of the most lavish parties in America and help raise money for numerous charities.

Not just a singer, Sir Ivan has appeared in numerous television programs that have featured him and his castle. Syfy fans may remember Sir Ivan and Mitzvah Man on the Syfy series “Who Wants to Be a Superhero?”.

Keenly aware of the toll hatred and violence has taken on humanity, Sir Ivan has created The Peaceman Foundation to help battle hatred and violence. All of the proceeds from Sir Ivan’s music goes to The Peaceman Foundation.

Sir Ivan is in the process of working on a second album that will feature duets with Grammy winning pop singer and Broadway star Debbi Gibson and “American Idol” alum Kimberly Locke.

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Sir Ivan with "La La Land"
Sherrill Fulghum is based in Niagara Falls, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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