Universal releases new trailer for Sally Potter's 'The Roads Not Taken' / The Hollywood News

A new UK trailer has arrived for Sally Potter's new feature, The Roads Not Taken. The film will be released by Universal Pictures in September and stars Javier Bardem (Skyfall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, No Country For Old Men), Elle Fanning (The Beguiled, Neon Demon, Maleficent), Salma Hayek (Tale of Tales, Frida, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) and Laura Linney (Ozark, Sully, Nocturnal Animals). It will land in UK and Irish cinemas on 11 September 2020 after making its world premiere in Berlin back in February. The film weaves a rich, cinematic tapestry as Leo's parallel lives – visible only to him – gradually unravel in moments of tragedy, happiness, regret and humour.  It is only Molly who eventually begins to understand his secret selves. READ THE FULL Hollywood News ARTICLE & WATCH THE VIDEO
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What 'Data Lords' says about the remarkable career of Maria Schneider / theartsfuse

"The sun and everything in this world is there waiting for us-patiently and loyally. To feel its power, we just need to make the choice to get up, go out, look up and connect to its magnificence." That is really, truly, there in the music. Someone once wrote of the Beatles that it is incredibly rare for the most experimental artists in a genre to also be the most popular. "Popular" is of course a relative term in jazz-alas, we do not yet live in the utopian world where the police are called out for crowd control and ambulances are standing by when the Maria Schneider Orchestra disembarks from airplanes. But Schneider has been at the top of readers' and critics' polls in the jazz magazines for Best Big Band, Best Arranger, and Best Composer for over twenty years now. She has a devoted following for her live club dates in New York, increasingly rare as she has happily shot herself in the foot by helping to make her musicians much more famous and expensive. There are many justifiably popular jazz composers and arrangers out there. What's remarkable about Schneider is that, like Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, and Gil Evans before her, she has altered our perception of what a big band can sound like. And she has done it by developing a singular voice and style. It's difficult to recommend a single Schneider record, in the same way that it would be difficult to recommend a single Ellington disc. I recommend her new release Data Lords, but even more urgently I'm recommending her entire discography. It's within the context of her whole career that Data Lords is best understood, so I'm taking the long way around in this review in hopes that you'll fill up your shopping cart when you order Data Lords at artistshare.com. The premise of Data Lords is that the two discs represent the two worlds we now live in: "The Digital World" and "Our Natural World." The uncredited poem in the liner notes lays out the contrasts and sets the agenda for the music: READ THE FULL artsfuse ARTICLE
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Maria Schneider - Data Lords is a major undertaking addressing the effect that the digital world has on creativity / JAZZ VIEWS

The new Maria Schneider album came to me on the day that Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sundar Pichai appeared before the US Congress to answer questions about their impact: pure data lords.  The title of the new album ‘Data Lords' is also about the impact that such companies are having not just on the US but on the rest of the world.  The album is a major undertaking. Maria Schneider is acutely aware of the effect that the digital world has on creativity.  She feels that the digital world reduces our own inner space, reduces creativity.  Schneider writes: ‘I can't imagine I'm alone in often feeling desperate to get away from every device bombarding me with endless chatter, endless things –endless demands. Shutting it all down and encountering space and silence, I easily find myself again drawn to nature, people, silence, books, poetry, art, the earth and sky.'  In some ways that is a summary of the album. READ THE FULL JAZZ VIEWS REVIEW
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New York Public Radio selects Edward Yim to lead WQXR

New York Public Radio (NYPR), home of WNYC, Gothamist, WNYC Studios, WQXR, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, announced today that Edward Yim has been named Chief Content Officer for WQXR, New York City's classical music station. His appointment will take effect on September 28th. In this role, Yim will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic vision that helps WQXR reach a broader, more inclusive audience, drives digital innovation, bolsters WQXR's role in New York City's arts and culture ecosystem, and increases WQXR's relevance and service to the city's communities. Collaborating with teams across NYPR, Yim will oversee all of WQXR's programming and operations, from live broadcasts, podcasts, and digital content, to strategic partnerships, events and community engagement. He will also be responsible for managing the station's operating budget, and fundraising across NYPR's diversified revenue base of members, donors and sponsors. Yim will report to NYPR President and CEO Goli Sheikholeslami. Yim brings to WQXR over two decades of experience at several of the country's premier music institutions, including American Composers Orchestra (ACO), where he has served as President and CEO since 2017. There, he led the organization's strategic planning, staff and fundraising while working closely with the artistic leadership to create the organization's profile and activity. During his tenure, ACO pursued its mission to perform, promote, celebrate, and commission music by American composers -- with particular focus on women, transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists, Black and Latinx artists, and immigrant artists -- and championed works that challenged the notion of a core repertoire. Prior to ACO, Yim held senior positions at several of the nation's most significant music institutions, including the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, IMG Artists, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld ARTICLE
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Sharon Isbin discusses 2 new releases with 89.9WORT

It is hard to imagine a more energentic ambassador for the classical guitar than Sharon Isbin.  With more than 30 albums to her credit, Isbin has made waves in the music world not only by premiering important works for the instrument but by seeking out cross-genre collaborations with such musicians as Steve Vai, Thaigo de Mello, Joan Baez, and many others.  Now as the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzes live music everywhere, Ms. Isbin has released two albums highlighting the possibilities of collaboration across national boundaries and genres. On August 4th she discussed the recordings and her career with Peter Haney of WORT's Back Porch Serenade.   In "Affinity," Isbin revisits concert favorites and debuts new works written for her by noted contemporary composers from three continents.  These include Chris Burbeck's jazz-influenced concerto "Affinity," the album's title track, which Isbin performed in Madison with the Madison Sympohony Orchestra in 2017.  In a second release titled "Strings for Peace," Isbin makes her first foray into Indian classical music, playing compositions in the Hindustani tradition by the noted Sarod virtuoso Amjad Ali Khan, together with the composer and his sons, who are also masters of the instrument.  This release follows a successful tour of India that Isbin undertook with Khan in 2019.  Together, the two releases call for cooperation across boundaries of nation and faith at a time of increasing world tension and division.  Although Sharon Isbin is not currently touring live, she did participate in the 2020 Colorado Music Festival, and the virtual concert, recorded in her living room, is still available for free viewing (registration required).  Isbin hopes that these two new releases and her virtual performances will provide comfort to music lovers as everyone continues to struggle with restrictions on concerts due to the ongoing public health crisis. SEE THE WORT: Madison WI PAGE & LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW
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  Interview with WORT's Peter Haney

Everything is perfect on John Finbury's 'Quatro' / MUSIC ZOOM

The American composer John Finbury writes his music thinking of whole America, Brazil and all South American countries. His music is interpreted by singer Magos Herrera on four of the seven songs, Chano Dominguez on piano, John Patitucci on double bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums. The production is by Emilio D. Miller. The music was recorded in two sessions in New York in 2019, before the virus changed everything. As always, for his part, the music is fascinating and the songs are a continuous change of South American rhythms coming from the various traditions of the continent. Everything is perfect in production, there is very little to complain about, the record is a perfect meeting between producer, composer and musicians. Salón Jardínhe is in a trio, with the pianist taking the applause for how he manages to interpret a bolero rhythm in such a sensual way, but to underline it is also the solo of John Patitucci who transforms his bulky instrument into a kind of guitar. The lyrics are singer in Spanish and English with the sensual and sometimes dramatic voice of Magos Herrera , as on All The Way To The End . Great album, a very high level production in the genre. SEE THE MUSIC ZOOM PAGE
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Shabaka & The Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History makes KAKE abc com '50 best albums of 2020 so far'

Uncertainties have rocked the start of 2020, crushing promises of live concerts at venues and festivals. But today's artists aren't letting these aftershocks pause the show. The start of the new decade was blessed with so many fresh albums in various genres. While reality seems to grow more chaotic by the minute, these new releases are perfect for those who want to temporarily escape from the real world through retro-pop tracks and trancy synth beats blasting in their ears. Stacker created a list of the best 50 albums of the year so far, collecting data on top albums of 2020 from Metacritic. Each album is ranked according to its Metascore as of June 23, 2020, with ties being broken by the number of reviews. #35. 'We Are Sent Here by History' by Shabaka & the Ancestors - Metascore: 84 - Release date: March 13, 2020 Shabaka & the Ancestors are a contemporary jazz outfit brought together by saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings. "We Are Sent Here by History" melds saxophone, trumpet, drums, percussion, bass, and piano notes to evoke images of South Africa's traditions and culture. SEE THE FULL KAKE abc com LIST
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'Affinity' by name, affinity by nature, Sharon Isbin's terrific latest recording evinces a wonderful talent for making fully hers what was written for her / GRAMOPHONE

Chris Brubeck's Concerto for guitar and orchestra Affinity is a single-movement work in three sections: the first bright, jazzy and energetic; the second, based on a melody by his father, jazz great Dave Brubeck, mellow and Chopin-haunted; the third a whirling percussive dance infused with foot-tapping Brazilian and Middle Eastern vibes. Though Rodrigo isn't far away, either. Ably accompanied by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra under Elizabeth Schulze, Isbin gives a sparkling, virtuoso account that neatly underscores Brubeck's bountiful musical syncretism, while revealing a wider vista with smaller peaks and valleys visible in the distance.    Though smaller in scale, Brouwer's colourful El Decamerón Negro for solo guitar also boasts three sections but its romantic tale of love and war achieves its intensity through intimacy, Isbin relishing the sweeping scales and arpeggios, the toccata-like textures and the programmatic elements. After a delightful interlude in the form of a duet version, arranged by and performed with Isbin's former student Colin Davin, of Lauro's popular Waltz No 3, Isbin returns to the subject of love with Tan Dun's extraordinary Seven Desires, a surreal courting ritual between flamenco guitar and pipa, and Richard Danielpour's three Rumi settings for voice and guitar, Of Love and Longing, in which she is joined by the soprano Isabel Leonard. Thanks in large part to Leonard's clear diction and languid phrasing, we're suddenly made aware that a more transcendent, spiritual love was with us on the journey all along.    ‘Affinity' by name, affinity by nature, Sharon Isbin's terrific latest recording evinces a wonderful talent for making fully hers what was written for her, regardless of style.   
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'Love Avalanche' from Sharon Isbin/Amjad Ali Khan - Strings for Peace makes CapRadio - Ear To Ear

No doubt, you've heard some new music in rotation lately on KXPR - music that seemingly stands a bit outside of what you are used to hearing on the classical station.  There's no question that the standard European repertory that we've come to associate with classical music is important. The music is beautiful, powerful, and well, classic. But there's a whole world of amazing and unique classical music either rarely presented or being created right now across the globe. On KXPR, we want to bring you examples of the diverse face of classical music today. Among our few examples of the broad classical music reach we're spinning, from Manhattan (New York OR Kansas) to Mumbai is....Amjad Ali Khan - "Love Avalanche" - Performed by Sharon Isbin. Guitarist Sharon Isbin has been incredibly busy of late. One of her three albums released within the last year is called "String for Peace."  The record is Isbin's first foray into the intriguing sounds of Indian classical music. It's not always easy to separate classical music from its traditional European roots. But when I listen to the music of Amjad Ali Khan, I am reminded that there is so much more out there.  Isbin and Ali Khan have been working on making this collaboration happen for nearly a decade. Isbin's guitar is paired with traditional Indian instruments including the sarod, played by Amjad and sons, and the tabla. Ali Khan says of the collaboration, "The idea is to achieve a cross-fertilization at both the cellular and cosmic levels of two classical music traditions, which are often held to be radically different."  You can hear more about the recording on a recent episode of New Classical Tracks from Minnesota Public Radio. SEE THE FULL CapRadio - Ear To Ear PAGE
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Jean Michel Blais 'Nostos' from 'Angele Dubeau - Pulsations' makes CapRadio - Ear To Ear

No doubt, you've heard some new music in rotation lately on KXPR - music that seemingly stands a bit outside of what you are used to hearing on the classical station.  There's no question that the standard European repertory that we've come to associate with classical music is important. The music is beautiful, powerful, and well, classic. But there's a whole world of amazing and unique classical music either rarely presented or being created right now across the globe. On KXPR, we want to bring you examples of the diverse face of classical music today. Among our few examples of the broad classical music reach we're spinning, from Manhattan (New York OR Kansas) to Mumbai is....Jean Michel Blais - "Nostos" - Performed by La Pieta Jean Michel Blais draws inspiration from a lot of composers, but is probably most akin to minimalists like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. "Nostos" was improvised initially on the piano in the composer's bedroom in Montreal and recorded on a Zoom microphone, a style of collaboration all too familiar to many of us these days.  On the album "Pulsations," the work is arranged for string orchestra and the cinematic qualities of the piece are very apparent. "Nostos" is chock-full of emotional, sweeping melodies and lush textures. The title in Greek refers to an epic journey by sea like the one found in Homer's "Odyssey," and the piece sounds as though it could easily be the accompaniment to a hero's return to his loved ones from battle. SEE THE FULL CapRadio - Ear To Ear PAGE
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Caroline Shaw's 'And So,' performed by PBO with ASVO makes CapRadio - Ear To Ear

No doubt, you've heard some new music in rotation lately on KXPR - music that seemingly stands a bit outside of what you are used to hearing on the classical station.  There's no question that the standard European repertory that we've come to associate with classical music is important. The music is beautiful, powerful, and well, classic. But there's a whole world of amazing and unique classical music either rarely presented or being created right now across the globe. On KXPR, we want to bring you examples of the diverse face of classical music today. Among our few examples of the broad classical music reach we're spinning, from Manhattan (New York OR Kansas) to Mumbai is.... Caroline Shaw - "And So" - Performed by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Anne Sophie von Otter. I just love how this song begins: A harpsichord and a voice, that's all. The way that something so simple can command your attention is a testament to how great a composer Caroline Shaw is.  She utilizes the rest of the orchestra very carefully as they pluck their way through the second verse, all the while momentum builds in the stunning mezzo-soprano voice of opera star Anne Sophie von Otter. Caroline Shaw is an expert at writing gorgeous melodies that weave through unique textures in the ensemble. "And So" is part of a larger song cycle called "Is A Rose" that juxtaposes 18th and 21st-century poetry and music. SEE THE FULL CapRadio - Ear To Ear PAGE
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Ray Chen's lockdown produces 'Solace' / udiscovermusic.

Award-winning violinist Ray Chen, described as "the ray of sunshine in the violin world" by The Times, has announced his new studio album Solace, professionally recorded and released from his home during the global lockdown, will be digitally released on 7 August 2020.  Solace features six movements from J. S. Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin representing the personal and powerful feelings Ray Chen has experienced this year. Violinist Ray Chen will digitally release his new Bach album ‘Solace', recorded from his home during lockdown, on 7 August 2020.
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Top 10 Albums for August

Maria Schneider Orchestra :

Data Lords

Data Lords is a new double-album by Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. Inspired by conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, the recording features Schneider's acclaimed orchestra of 18 world-class musicians. "No one can deny the great impact that the data-hungry digital world has had on our lives. As big data companies clamor for our attention, I know that I'm not alone in struggling to find space – to keep connected with my inner world, the natural world, and just the simpler things in life," says Schneider. "Just as I feel myself ping ponging between a digital world and the real world, the same dichotomy is showing up in my music. In order to truly represent my creative output from the last few years, it felt natural to make a two- album release reflecting these two polar extremes." ALL PRESS SECURED BY ANN BRAITHWAITE
Max Richter :


Over a decade after its inception, ground-breaking composer Max Richter announces the release of VOICES – a major new recording project inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first single from his uplifting new work, which he describes as "a place to think and reflect", is out today via Decca Records. It is the latest album from the innovative, billion-streaming artist behind landmark 2015 composition SLEEP, which continues to evolve five years on with the launch of a new app. Available to download now, the app enables listeners to reimagine the 8-hour Deutsche Grammophon recording in custom-made musical sessions to help with focus, meditation and sleep. At the heart of both VOICES and SLEEP is a profound sense of global community, born out of Richter's career-long view of music as activism and his desire to unite audiences worldwide.
Elyse Anne Kakacek :


In January of 2019, award winning soprano Elyse Anne Kakacek joined forces with organist and pianist Dr. Ryan Jackson to create a recording of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's Biblical Songs in English (Opus 99). In the recent pandemic, the pair decided the time was right to offer these cathartic, hopeful and beautiful pieces to the world with an online self-release. The album, entitled Formless, will be released on all digital platforms on August 17, 2020. The album celebrates the recordings and interpretations of Dvorak's Biblical Songs in English by soprano Elyse Anne Kakacek, praised by OperaNews for her "smoldering lyricism", and award winning organist/pianist Dr. Ryan Jackson.
Ilan Eshkeri & Shigeru Umebayashi :

Ghost of Tsushima

Milan Records today releases GHOST OF TSUSHIMA (MUSIC FROM THE VIDEO GAME) with music by ILAN ESHKERI and SHIGERU UMEBAYASHI.  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by both Eshkeri and Umebayashi for the latest action-adventure game from Sony Interactive Entertainment.  Included in the album are tracks written by Eshkeri that serve as the sonic companion to the game's narrative, as well as music written by Umebayashi for the exploratory, open world dimension of the game. Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, Ghost of Tsushima is now available for PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system.  Of the soundtrack, composer ILAN ESHKERI says, "Ghost of Tsushima is such a beautiful game set in a culture that has always fascinated me, with a powerful and compelling story. Everything about it touched me creatively and I learned so much on the journey. The score brings together Japanese music and instruments, with sounds I've performed and a symphony orchestra all led by melody. I hope together it creates an emotional world that touches you and draws you into the heart and spirit of Ghost."
Marcin Wasilewski Trio Joe Lovano :

Arctic Riff

The first-time teaming of Poland's dynamic Marcin Wasilewski Trio and big-toned US tenorist Joe Lovano brings forth special music of concentrated, deep feeling, in which lyricism and strength seem ideally balanced. The alliance plays four new tunes by Marcin and one by Joe, as well as Carla Bley's classic "Vashkar" plus collective improvisations with strong input from all four players;  Slawomir Kurkiewicz's bass skills are particularly well-deployed in the spontaneous piece "Arco". 
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile :

Not Our First Goat Rodeo

Sony Music Masterworks today releases Not Our First Goat Rodeo, the long-awaited follow-up album to the GRAMMY Award-winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions, with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile.  Making its debut alongside the new album is a live performance video for the song "The Trappings," featuring guest artist Aoife O'Donovan - watch here. Sharing the story behind the track, Yo-Yo Ma recalls: "‘The Trappings' came out of a question of aesthetics. I believe Edgar was talking about pop music, how he used to think, ‘Oh, if something's too poppy, I'm not going to like it.' But that's like saying ‘classical music is boring,' or that jazz, rock, rhythm-and-blues are one way, or even ‘people from different countries are'... You know that as soon as you make a general statement like that, it's not true, because you can think of hundreds, thousands of exceptions. ‘The Trappings' is one of those."
Harry Connick Jr :

Stars Still Shine

GRAMMY and Emmy Award-winning singer and actor Harry Connick, Jr. pays tribute to essential workers in an emotional and uplifting new song "Stars Still Shine," on Verve Records out now. The song will be made available to all streaming partners and digital download after its debut on "UNITED WE SING: A GRAMMY® TRIBUTE TO UNSUNG HEROES," a star-studded 2-hour special event conceived and hosted by Harry Connick, Jr. airing on the CBS Television Network.
Bettye LaVette :


Blues Hall of Famer Bettye LaVette has decided to release her stirring rendition of "Strange Fruit" ahead of schedule as it says as much about the history of American racism and the state of the country today.  "Strange Fruit" was originally recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and written by Jewish teacher Abel Meeropol who wrote the song based on a photo of two black men who were lynched as a crowd of white people looked in the camera pointing and smiling. LaVette's version will be featured on her album, "Blackbirds" (Verve) set for release August 28. 
Chelsea Cullen :

I Am Woman

Milan Records announces the Friday, August 21 release of I Am Woman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), an album of music from the biographical film surrounding Australian singer Helen Reddy as performed by Chelsea Cullen.  Available for preorder now, the album features the music of Helen Reddy as heard in the film and performed by singer-songwriter Chelsea Cullen.   Included in the album is Cullen's recording of Reddy's massive hit "I Am Woman," which eventually became the anthem for the women's movement in the 1970s – listen here.  I Am Woman will be available in theaters, on digital and on-demand beginning Friday, September 11.
Kian Soltani :

Dvorak Cello Concerto, Staat Berlin, Barenboim

Praised by The Washington Post for playing with "an easy warmth, drawing the orchestra after him like a halo around a candle flame," cellist Kian Soltani follows his DG debut album, Home, with a Dvořák album centered on the famous cello concerto. Featuring Maestro Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin, the concerto is paired with five arrangements of beloved Dvořák pieces, three of which Soltani arranged himself.