Mozart in the Jungle - Season III is KDFC 'Album of the Week'

Tune in throughout the week for tracks from KDFC: San Francisco - Album of the Week. More to discover with KDFC. For the Week of January 23rd, we select - Mozart in the Jungle: Season III Soundtrack.  Sex, drugs, and classical music! That's basically what it's all about in the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. Based on the book of that name by oboist Blair Tindall, Mozart in the Jungle is about the machinations and interpersonal tribulations of a major (unnamed) New York City orchestra, helmed by a charismatic South American conductor, (played by Gael Garcia Bernal). The show has blown away expectations with its continuing success. Season III features more classical favorites, performed by some of our biggest stars, eg. Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma, and the Sony Classical album release features additioanl performances by soprano Ana María Martínez and Plácido Domingo.....Discover New Music with KDFC's Album of the Week! p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
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Download pre-rel from Tift Merritt's 'Stitch Of The World' on 98.9: WCLZ - Portland ME

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px} Grammy nominated  - Tift Merritt's new album Stitch of the World will be released - January 27 on Yep Roc Records. Merritt's sixth studio album, Stitch of the World was written on a friend's farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt's California cabin and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. Merritt workshopped the songs on Stitch of the World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping in to him in an airport. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina."Dusty Old Man," the album's first single, recently premiered via Rolling Stone Country, who said, "Powered by guitars from Marc Ribot and pedal-steel wiz Eric Heywood over a bouncy shuffle rhythm from drummer Jay Bellerose and bassist Jennifer Condos, ‘Dusty Old Man' has more of a bluesy, loose-limbed feel than anything Merritt has ever done This week's 98.9: WCLZ - Portland ME free download is "Wait For Me" from Tift Merritt featuring Sam Beam. Merritt's new album, Stitch Of The World, is out Friday.
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The Good, the Bad and the Devine, at Dazzle in Denver / Westword

Four years ago, local guitarist Dave Devine was set to play his first set of music from Ennio Morricone's spaghetti Western soundtracks at Dazzle jazz club. The Good, the Bad and the Dazzle show was something that he and Kevin Lee, a fellow guitarist who was the venue's music manager at the time, came up with to coincide with the conclusion of the National Western Stock Show. Devine says his first instinct was to show the parts of the films they were playing music from, whether it be Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West. But after scraping 'the projections' idea, Devine thought the music was strong enough to stand on its own and he transcribed the songs and wrote parts out. Over the last few years, these Dazzle shows have become an annual tradition while also bringing in an entirely new crowd that Devine had never seen before. While keyboardist Patrick Lee and singer Tania Katz have performed the last three times with Devine, the guitarist will also be joined by Kneebody trumpeter Shane Endsley, who also performed last year, as well as three members of DeVotchKa: drummer and trumpeter Shawn King, bassist Jeanie Schroder and violinist and accordionist Tom Hagerman. Hear the Good, the Bad and the Dazzle on both Saturday, January 21, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 22. READ FULL Westword ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px}
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The Bad Plus set for SF Performances & Herbst Theatre / SFGATE

Rolling Stone summed it all up: "It's about as badass as highbrow gets." Returning to SF Performances on Saturday Jan 21, this boundaries-testing, style-expanding trio avidly explores and innovates sonic sources encompassing jazz, pop, blues, folk and the classics the band calls "the rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for the masses." The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. The Bad Plus' 10th studio recording, Inevitable Western, sees bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King further honing the same conceptual base that fired their inception. Yet again they continue to explore myriad musical forms born of jazz along with any sonic source that forwards music that is uniquely The Bad Plus. Inevitable Western is an album where pop, blues, and folk meld with classic melodies and rhythmic innovation into that rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for the masses. Presented by San Francisco Performances SEE THE SFGATE PAGE
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Lang Lang & Metallica / Musical Toronto - COFFEE BREAK video

Metallica, one of the world's most adored trash metal rock bands, has released a video featuring Chinese superstar pianist Lang Lang playing their hit song "One". The video was filmed at Le Sports Center in Beijing on January 18, 2017 during the band's ‘WorldWired' tour. It is now going viral with over 1.5M views on Facebook alone. According to Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Lang Lang was approached by Metallica's team about the idea to play togeather, and he was excited to see it happen."It's a perfect stage for musical friends to be united," Lang Lang said in a statement to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "Now everywhere I go, particularly in America, everyone is talking about it." WATCH VIDEO via Musical Toronto  SEE Anti Music PAGE
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Max Richter - THREE WORLDS: MUSIC FROM WOOLF WORKS set for release later this year / Soundblab review

With the release of Memoryhouse in 2002, the world was introduced to Max Richter's unique talent for combining sounds that seemed to both satisfy and defy the label of "modern classical." It's a label that's all too easily applied to any music that seems as if it could soundtrack dramatic moments in independent films, and while this certainly applies to much of Richter's music, he has consistently produced albums that manage to surprise with their creativity even as they subtly overwhelm with their emotional impact.  

After the impressive feat of composing an 8-hour album, and a very good one at that, Richter now takes a respite from his frequent excursions into music for film and television and returns to Deutsche Grammaphon with a concept album. This time the inspiration is English author Virginia Woolf, and Richter's compositions provide the score for a ballet now being performed at London's Royal Opera House. Readers may be happy to know that my lack of familiairity with Woolf's oeuvre (sadly, my experience is limited to picturing Nicole Kidman's prosthetic nose in The Hours) did nothing to dampen my enjoyment of the album. READ THE FULL Soundblab ARTICLE
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Regina Carter in St. Louis for 'Jazz at the Bistro' dates, stops by Fox2 for perf/chat

Jazz violinist Regina Carter, known for her ability to make her violin sound like a "human voice," is set to release her new Sony Masterworks CD, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, in April of this year.  The source of Carter's inspiration, Ella Fitzgerald.  The CD and her upcoming touring program, Simply Ella, mark the 100th birthday of a musical legend. The program celebrates the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald – THE source of Regina's musical inspiration. An influence she has cherished throughout her life,   Regina Carter is the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, who awarded Regina their prestigious fellowship "genius grant." Carter is finishing up her Jazz at the Bistro dates tonight, Saturday Jan 21         Carter and band stop by Fox2 St. Louis   WATCH THE FOX2 SEGMENT    
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Mike Garson at NAMM 2017

From Bach to Bowie, east coast to west coast, piano keyboards to computer keyboards, Mike Garson has worked to make the world a more creative, compassionate and compelling place. He remains a man of many talents and limitless inspiration. No artistic medium is off-limits to this avant-garde individual to whom the word "no" is quickly transformed into the word "now." Best known for his impressive skills as a pianist, he is a respected composer and an evolving computer artist. Embracing the idea of the "Renaissance Man," Mike continually experiments with new ways through which he can communicate his humanistic ideals and hopes for the world in which he lives. WATCH Mike playing the   Ivory II virtual piano by Synthogy   at NAMM 2017
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ELDAR at Namm 2017

The New York Times described the New York based pianist and Grammy-nominated artist Eldar Djangirov as "a blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess that was all the more impressive for seeming so casual...  an ebullient impressionist."  Dr. Billy Taylor said, "Eldar Djangirov's playing shows brilliancy, complexity, and discipline...  he's serious about his music, he's thoughtful about what he does."  Jazz Times said, "Maybe he made a pact with Lucifer to be the greatest pianist ever."  Praised as "a genius beyond most young people I've heard" by Dave Brubeck.  Downbeat magazine stated that "his command of his instrument is beyond staggering."  ELDAR attebded this year's Namm 2017 show.      WACTH HIM PLAY
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Seth Walker on 90.3 WMKY - Muddy Bottom Blues

A soulful singer, a skilled songwriter, and a guitarist with a sharp, clear tone, Seth Walker didn't come to the blues and R&B by the normal path, whatever the normal path might be -- he grew up in a two-family commune in rural North Carolina and began his musical path at three years old as a cellist. Both his father and mother were classically trained musicians, and Walker's childhood was full of classical music, but there was also plenty of country, rock, and pop thrown in there, too. Walker discovered the guitar when he was in his late teens and, thanks to a savvy uncle, he was introduced to the blues, and fell under the spell of blues artists like T-Bone Walker, Snooks Eaglin, and B.B. King. Seth Walker will be featured on WMKY:Morehead KY  - Muddy Bottom Blues Program #89 - Friday January 20 at 8:00PM ET SEE THE WMKY PAGE
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Ennio Morricone by Olivier Alary / FACT

Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don't have to. This week, we've got a tribute to World-renowned Italian composer and soundtrack master - Ennio Morricone, who recently celebrated his "60th year in showbiz." In honor of that milestone, Morricone recently released his new Decca album - ‘Morricone 60', the day after his 88th birthday. The collection celebrates EM's prolific career which spans 60 years and 600 compositions.  The deluxe album version is accompanied by a DVD called ‘MORRICONE & TARANTINO at ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS', which documents thecomposer and director collaborating on The Hateful Eight. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px} The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Days of Heaven, The Hateful Eight… Ennio Morricone has composed more classic Hollywood scores than, well, pretty much anyone ever. With over 500 movies to his name, though, spaghetti westerns are just the tip of Morricone's iceberg – he has also composed for jazz and pop artists and created groundbreaking experimental work. Guiding us through the lesser navigated corners of his career is post-classical composer Olivier Alary, whose Vinyl Factory mix focuses on Morricone's ‘60s pop compositions, his atonal work with the Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza, his 1970s film work and more. LISTEN TO Ennio Morricone by Olivier Alary - The Vinyl Factory mix 78
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Sony Classical to release Simone Dinnerstein's 'Mozart In Havana' this April / Broadway World

Sony Classical will release acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein's new album, Mozart in Havana, on April 21. The new album, recorded in Cuba, may be her most ambitious to date and is a testament to music's ability to cross all cultural and language barriers. For it, Dinnerstein has collaborated with the virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto Nos. 21 and 23. In June, the Orchestra will also make their American debut in a series of concerts, the first time an orchestra of this size has traveled to the U.S. from Cuba since the revolution. In one sense, Mozart in Havana is a return to Dinnerstein's origins as a musician. Her connection with Cuba started early with Solomon Mikowsky, a Cuban émigré who became her piano teacher when she was nine. Mikowsky would tell stories of his childhood in Cuba and the country's many musical influences. Dinnerstein recalls, "I learned so much from Solomon, and one thing was that a musical culture is not something you have to be born to but something you can choose." p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px} READ THE FULL Broadway World ARTICLE
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Top 10 Albums for January

Renee Fleming :

Distant Light

Internationally renowned soprano Renée Fleming begins the New Year with a refreshing new album entitled ‘Distant Light' – her first orchestral album in three years. It features an adventurous mix of music by Samuel Barber, Anders Hillborg and Björk and will be released on Decca Classics on January 6, 2017. For this album, Fleming has chosen works in which music and poetry merge to create soundscapes, each piece evoking emotional states - nostalgia, unease, desire, joy - with cinematic clarity. The pieces are also united by the idea of a singer as a generative force, involved not only in the performance of music, but at the outset, in its creation. 
Bill Laurance :

Live At Union Chapel

Recorded in late May 2015 in front of a live audience at Union Chapel in London, this powerful performance features the very best of this talented keyboardist's (and founding member of Snarky Puppy's) solo catalogue. Featuring Snarky Puppy bandmates Michael League (electric and upright bass) and Robert "Sput" Searight (drums), with contributions from percussionist Felix Higgenbottom and a full string section and French horn. This is a truly great contemporary jazz piano concert with nods to modal jazz icon Bill Evans, post-Coltrane piano giants McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock, and the fusion of Joe Zawinul & Chick Corea. Includes 90-minute concert DVD with behind the scenes footage during rehearsal, designing the set list, an interview with Michael League, and a tour of Sput's drum "castle." 7 NEW  98 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, Jazz Happening Now Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Portland, Cleveland, St. Louis, Baltimore, Denver, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Raleigh NC, Madison WI, Boulder CO., Tampa FL, Knoxville TN, ME(Statewide), Honolulu, Vancouver INTER: Canada, UK, Ireland, Italy Online: Jazz from Gallery 41, Jazz Standard, SoulandJazz, GreenArrow, Downbeat, Observer, Radio Valencia, JazzWise, Jazz Weekly 23 Jazzweek ADD's
Soundtracks :

The Book of Love

Sony Masterworks proudly announces the release of THE BOOK OF LOVE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music composed by Justin Timberlake and Mitchell Owens. The soundtrack is available January 13 and the movie opens in theatres the same day. Directed by Bill Purple, The Book of Love also stars Mary Steenburgen, John Robichaux, Paul Reiser, and Orlando Jones. It was produced by Michelle Purple, Jessica Biel, Mike Landry, Carlos Velazquez and Chuck Pacheco, with music composed by Justin Timberlake. Bill Purple's drama The Book of Love, formerly known as The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, is presented by Electric Entertainment and opens in theaters on January 13. 17 TOTAL SYND: The Score, Sixty Second CD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Portland, Baltimore, New Orleans, San Antonio, Madison WI Online: GURU, GreenArrow
Paolo Conte :

Amazing Game

From Paolo Conte, one of the most charismatic, idiosyncratic and internationally successful singer/songwriters of the past four decades comes the first-ever instrumental album. Conte has captivated audiences the world over for the past four decades. With his gruff voice and unmistakable style, he tells the tales of his humorous but poignant views of the world through his music.  This album is his own special tribute to the happy times her has spent immersed in music, and is timed ahead of his 80th birthday in January 2017. 11 NEW  41 TOTAL Direct: MOOD, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Denver, Portland, Houston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, Boulder CO, Rochester NY, Montreal INTER: Canada, Slovakia Online: World On A Note, Quisqueya, worldbeat canada p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica}
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta :

Silence On Joue - Prise 2

Having personally done the research for this directory, choosing a variety of film music extracts, I had in mind to revisit their original version are bringing another dimension of sound with my violin and these wonderful musicians that I lead and around me. I also worked closely with various composers and arrangers that I thank and congratulate.  Thank you to all the team for Analekta trust over the years the support and expertise worthy of the greatest. My reason for being as a musician is my audience and that is that I realized that 40th, oops, double I said, 41st album. - Angele Dubeau 22 NEW  50 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Hartford, Madison WI, Honolulu, AL(Network) Online: AccuRadio
Hans Zimmer :

The Classics

Sony Classical is delighted to announce a key new recording event: a brand-new album performed by stellar musicians of the day that showcases some of Hollywood's greatest ever movie themes, written by one of the world's most innovative musical talents and leading film composer of our time – Hans Zimmer. This vivid collection of back-to-back blockbuster hits brings together for the first time Zimmer's unmistakeable movie themes, re-imagined and in arrangements especially written for some of our top musicians including superstar pianist, Lang Lang; cello wizards, 2CELLOS and Tina Guo; outstanding violinists, Maxim Vengerov and Lindsey Stirling; Classic BRIT Award-winning saxophonist, Amy Dickson; internet sensations, The Piano Guys and with stupendous vocals by Leona Lewis. 30 TOTAL SYND: The Score, Sixty Second CD Direct: SiriusXM, AccuRadio, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Portland, Baltimore, Detroit,  New Orleans, San Antonio, NE(Statewide), Canada Online: GURU, Yahoo Finance
Soundtracks :

Mozart In The Jungle - Season 3

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of the Mozart In The Jungle Season 3 Soundtrack, available digitally and on CD on December 9, 2016.  The album features original performances by soprano Ana María Martínez and beloved classical artists including Joshua Bell, Plácido Domingo, and Yo-Yo Ma. Mozart in the Jungle is a half-hour comedic drama based on the critically acclaimed memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music by Blair Tindall. The series draws back the curtain on the world of music, where artistic dedication and creativity collide with mind games, politicking and survival instincts. 29 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24 Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD  Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, Portland, St. Louis, Austin, Buffalo, Hartford, IA(Network), NE(Network), Honolulu Online: AccuRadio
Soundtracks :


On December 2, 2016 Masterworks Broadway/Epic Records will release "Hairspray LIVE! Original Soundtrack Of The NBC Television Event" the companion album to NBC's broadcast of "Hairspray Live!" which will air on Wednesday December 7, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The all-star cast features Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Ephraim Sykes, Shahadi Wright Joseph, exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio, and Special Guest Stars Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin, and Rosie O'Donnell.
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Sony Classical and Madison Gate Records release of Passengers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) features music by Thomas Newman. The Sci-Fi Adventure follows the spaceship "Starship Avalon" in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" when malfunctions occur in two of its sleep chambers. Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, American Hustle) and Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty, The Magnificent Seven) are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on the new planet.  28 NEW 34 TOTAL SYND: The Score, Sixty Second CD, C24, TRH, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, San Antonio, SC(Network), Canada,  Online: GURU
Soundtracks :

A Street Cat Named Bob

Sony Music Masterworks announces the release of A Street Cat Named Bob-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Available November 11, the soundtrack features six original songs written by written by Charlie Fink (Noah and the Whale), sung by the main actor, Luke Treadaway alongside music scored by Oscar nominee David Hirschfelder. The film opens in theaters November 18.  Based on the much-loved, international best-selling book, the new film, A Street Cat Named Bob, tells the moving and life-affirming true story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, has his life transformed by his friendship with a stray cat.