Q&A: Terry Riley at 80 / KQED

Terry Riley is one of the world's most legendary living composers. His 1964 work In C is widely revered as a foundational text of the musical form eventually known as minimalism - where very short repeated phrases gradually morph into different musical shapes, often to mesmerizing effect. In 1970, Riley became a disciple of Pandit Pran Nath, the famed North Indian classical music vocalist, and immersed himself deeply in the study of Indian music. Riley's varied compositions over the past six decades bridge gaps between non-Western and Western music, and between improvisation and composition. His openhearted, expansive approach to music has inspired legions of musicians worldwide, cutting across the usual divides of rock and roll, jazz, classical and electronic music. On June 24, the northern California-based composer celebrated his 80th birthday. For the past few months, organizations around the globe, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to the Musiekgebouw in Amsterdam to London's Barbican Center, have hosted concerts and festivals in the composer's honor. Last weekend, closer to home, the Kronos Quartet - which has collaborated with Riley for 35 years - produced a three-day festival of concerts celebrating his life and work at the SFJAZZ Center. The event featured a wide array of Riley's friends and guest musicians, including tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and pipa player and composer Wu Man. Read KQED'S review of the festival here, and  read about Riley turning 80, the evolution of his creative process, and the reason he never made it to Yoko Ono's loft in the 1960s.  READ THE FULL KQED: San Francisco Q&A
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Snarky Puppy plays Montreal's Metropolis /

What is the jazz equivalent to "poptimism"? Jazz festivals have answered this question poorly: it's pretty easy to spot who the designated crowd pleasers are supposed to be in a festival lineup because they're usually not jazz artists - someone like Willie Nelson or the Steve Miller Band is supposed to draw crowds that jazz itself cannot. But like any other form of music, there are artists who live the American dream of working hard to build something from nothing, gradually winning over audiences one city at a time through sheer talent and work ethic. That's Snarky Puppy - they incite crowd surfing, and I'm late to this party. A full house at Metropolis was not.
The band has played Montreal several times in increasingly larger rooms, but this venue in this jazz festival was clearly a moment to savour for band and fans alike. As soon as I formed a description about what opening tune "Flood" was about - Level 42-ish funk vs. Steely Dan-ish horn charts - it quickly mutated into a 15-minute beast building from climax to climax, charged by dense polyrhythms. These were no "shake your funky tambourine" jams, they were tightly scripted percussion arrangements displaying serious musical education pushed upward by inspired ideas.   READ THE FULL ARTICLE
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Tiempo Libre's Jorge Gomez on 'Cuba Libre.' Musical which readies for U.S. debut this Fall / Fox News Latino

WATCH INTERVIEW WITH Jorge Gomez on Fox News Latino Here's the transcript - Cumbia. Timba. Cha cha cha. Samba. Rock'n'roll. These are the sounds of the Cuban band Tiempo Libre, whose music will be the highlight of a new musical hitting the stage later this year. "Cuba Libre," which will premiere this fall in Portland, Oregon, is the story of Cubans in the mid-1990s, when food and jobs were particularly scarce, and the future was only for dreamers. "It's a story about how Cubans survived in one of the hard times. It's called Periodo Especial (Special Period)," said Tiempo Libre leader Jorge Gomez. "We don't have money. We don't have food. We don't have electricity. We don't have anything." It was a time when living meant surviving. The classically-trained pianist had fallen in love with American music while illegally listening to Miami radio stations via a makeshift antenna he installed on his rooftop in Havana. "We tried to get anything from the United States," the musician recalled. "We even danced with the commercials. That was the beginning of Tiempo Libre - listening to Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder," he recalled. "That was a new door for us." It was those sounds that have inspired Tiempo Libre to three Grammy nominations and six albums, including their newest, "Panamericano," out in stores now. Gomez defected to Miami more than 15 years ago to pursue his dream of making music.  "We live in Miami… You walk down the street and you find people from Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic. Those are my friends. This is my neighborhood," Gomez said. "And that's the album - including all those cultures into the music."   
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Half-way through the year, my favourite jazz CDs so far / Ottawa Citizen

With The Thompson Fields, composer, arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider celebrates a long-awaited reunion with her vaunted jazz orchestra, a homecoming nearly a decade in the making.  Featuring eight new original works by the leader, The Thompson Fields makes brilliant use of Schneider's 18-piece jazz orchestra, a long-standing ensemble that spotlights such first rank players as Donny McCaslin, Rich Perry, Frank Kimbrough and Lage Lund.  The performances reveal an ever-deepening relationship between Schneider and her musicians, many of whom she has worked with over a quarter of a century.  The album follows a momentous year that found Schneider's recent album Winter Morning Walks garnering three wins in the classical category of the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, making her one of the rare musicians to win GRAMMYs in both the jazz and classical categories. The CD is powered by ArtistShare andavailable exclusively at Waiting to board his flight, the Ottawa Citizen's Peter Humm came up with this list.   David Berkman - Old and New Friends (Palmetto Jazz)
David Cook - Scenic Design (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)
Chris Dingman - The Subliminal and the Sublime (Inner Arts)
Dave Douglas - High Risk (Greenleaf Music)
Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet - Family First (Beat Muisc)
Albert "Tootie" Heath - Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside)
John Hollenbeck - Songs We Like A Lot (Sunnyside)
Vijay Iyer Trio - Break Stuff (ECM)
Keith Jarrett - Creation (ECM)
Steve Kaldestad - New York Afternoon (Cellar Live)
Chris Lightcap & Big Mouth - Epicenter (clean feed)
Rudresh Mahanthappa - Bird Calls (ACT)
Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields (Artistshare)
David Smith - Impetus (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)
Kenny Werner Trio - The Melody (Pirouet) And to think, there will be another six months' worth of CDs to consider before Peter pulls together that last-word list on the best jazz discs of 2015.     SEE THE Ottawa Citizen PAGE
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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman is KIOS Jazz CD Of The Month

A band known for their fearless re-arrangements of pop classics into unpredictable jazz explorations, The Bad Plus have earned a reputation as iconoclasts. For listeners who might have hesitated listening to them in the past, the addition of a fourth member to the band is a revelation. Joshua Redman, tenor saxophone, joins the core trio-- Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, and David King on drums on a new recording, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman. And the band has never sounded better. Listen to "Silence Is The Question" and you will hear a nearly 15 minute long roof raising experience of music which recalls John Coltrane's most spirited flights in the 1960s. Joshua Redman's saxophone artistry adds immensely to the overall sound of the band, which has a well deserved reputation for musical fearlessness and bold leaps into the unknown. Standout tunes include "Beauty Has It Hard", "Dirty Blonde", "Faith Through Error", "Friend Or Foe" and the previously mentioned "Silence Is The Question". The Bad Plus is well known for their fearless demolitions of pop classics such as "Chariots of Fire" as well as reverential performances of numbers such as "New Year's Day". They have performed twice in Omaha to enthusiastic audiences. The band visited Omaha in 2013 with a concert that included a performance of   Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. With the addition of Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman reaches new heights of creativity, inspiration, and artistry. The Bad Plus fans will not be disappointed by this addition to the band's recorded works. The Bad Plus Joshua Redman is KIOS: Omaha NE Jazz CD Of The Month Listen to a 2013 interview with Reid Anderson of the Bad Plus
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Nir Felder interview with Time Out Hong Kong

In an era of music dominated by viral YouTube sensations and a revolving door of here-today-gone-tomorrow pop starlets, jazz feels ever more niche. But even if the days of multi-platinum albums like Miles Davis' Kind of Blue are long gone, new generations continue to keep the faith. One of the current scene's most notable performers is Nir Felder. An award-winning music student – he won the Jimi Hendrix Award from Berklee College of Music's guitar department – he has honed his craft in New York and served an apprenticeship as sideman on more than a dozen albums. Off the back of his debut album as leader – 2014's Golden Age – he arrives in Hong Kong for the first time. Felder, talks to Douglas Parkes about switching rock bands for jazz trios and the pressure of being labelled ‘the next big jazz guitarist.'  READ THE FULL Time Out Hong Kong INTERVIEW
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Twin Danger self-titled debut is ALLMUSIC 'Editor's Choice'

Twin Danger's 2015 self-titled debut showcases the Brooklyn duo's smoky, neo-noirish jazz- and R&B-infused sound. Formed in 2013, Twin Danger is a collaboration between longtime Sade guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman and vocalist/guitarist Vanessa Bley. The daughter of jazz pianist Paul Bley, Vanessa Bley has a yearning yet cherubic vocal style that's matched with subtle precision by Matthewman's sophisticated horn arrangements and nuanced instrumental accents. In some ways, their languid, stylish aesthetic does bring to mind the distinctive pop Matthewman helped craft with Sade in the '80s and '90s. However, Twin Danger also have eclectic, wide-ranging tastes that -- while certainly steeped in the moody, midtempo, brushes-on-snare-drum swing of jazz -- can surprise, as on their torchy, theatrical reworking of Queens of the Stone Age's "No One Knows." Elsewhere, on cuts like "Pointless Satisfaction," "Coldest Kind of Heart," and "When It Counts," you can also hear the influence of legendary cool jazz trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker and idiosyncratic singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. In fact, backing Twin Danger on most of the tracks is longtime Baker associate bassist Larry Grenadier. Also joining Twin Danger at various times are such virtuosic jazz and crossover pop sidemen as pianist Gil Goldstein (Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Sting), trumpeter Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Jens Lekman, Rufus Wainwright), drummer Joe Bonadio (Sting, Grover Washington, Jr., Chris Botti), and others. While Twin Danger are by no means a straight-ahead jazz group, the inclusion of such experienced jazz musicians proves how much care Matthewman and Bley have taken in shaping an album that works as much more than a genre-bending conceit. Ultimately, with Bley cooing at you through a half-lidded smile, and Matthewman blowing smoke rings around her with his saxophone, Twin Danger have crafted a jazz album perfect for the boozy, late-night afterglow of a rock club, a sound so besotted with heartache, you'll want to close your eyes in reverie.  SEE THE ALLMUSIC PAGE
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Breckenridge CO National Repertory Orchestra honors America with Mark O'Connor

Three days before the Fourth of July, Breckenridge's National Repertory Orchestra will honor America's natural beauty and proud musical traditions with its Wednesday, July 1, concert, "The Americana Symphony Project." Music by American composer and fiddle virtuoso Mark O'Connor will be set to the nature photography of Summit County's John Fielder. Both O'Connor and Fielder will be in attendance for the event, which will also see O'Connor and his wife, Maggie O'Connor, performing on violins. Mark O'Connor is living proof that the classical tradition is still alive and growing, and his 2009 "Americana Symphony" proclaims a proud place in this tradition for Colorado's own beautiful landscapes. A world-class fiddler as well as a composer, O'Connor is rooted in both classical music and American forms. He has won two Grammy awards, including the 2001 "Best Classical Crossover Album" for his work in a string trio with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and bassist Edgar Meyer. He is also a seven-time national fiddling champion and a six-time winner of the Country Music Association's "Musician of the Year" award. READ THE FULL Summit Daily ARTICLE
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Nareh Arghamanyan joins Des Moines Symphony for Iowa Public Radio Symphonies

Iowa Public Radio's Symphonies of Iowa gives you one more chance to catch all of the fabulous concerts from Iowa's 2014-2015 symphony season in its encore series. The series begins Monday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m. with the Des Moines Symphony's "Masterworks 1: Season Debut-The Firebird" concert.  Maestro Joseph Giunta begins the program with Rimsky-Korsakov's stately and majestic Procession of the Nobles. Guest Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan takes the stage with the orchestra for Khachaturian's bold and expressive Piano Concerto. The concert concludes with Prokofiev's "Classical"Symphony No. 1 and Stravinsky's colorful suite from The Firebird. Featuring: Maestro Joseph Giunta, Nareh Arghamanyan, piano. Program Includes:
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV - Procession of the Nobles
KHACHATURIAN - Piano Concerto
PROKOFIEV - Symphony No. 1 "Classical"
STRAVINSKY - Suite from The Firebird (1919) SEE THE FULL IPR PAGE
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WATCH!! - 'Release Day Hangout' with Twin Danger!

Check out the attached - Release Day Hangout Video with Twin Danger! Brainchild of Grammy Award Winner saxophonist Stuart Matthewman who co-wrote many of Sade's biggest hits such as "No Ordinary Love" and "Your Love Is King," and Vanessa Bley, the well known vocalist for the psychedelic and environmentally conscious rock outfit - Beast Patrol, the duo's just released self-titled Decca/Universal debut album is a smash at radio, media and with their fans. Crossover Media's Amanda Bloom spoke with them about the album, touring and working together.    
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Somi's 'Ginger Me Slowly' makes NPR's 'Heavy Rotation' - 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Somi is a study in cosmopolitanism. Born in Illinois to Rwandan and Ugandan parents, she spent a few years in New York before moving to Nigeria to record The Lagos Music Salon. The standout single from that album, "Ginger Me Slowly," gained traction after it was featured on the BET network melodrama Being Mary Jane. The song beautifully fuses organic soul with jazz undertones; its title is an East African expression that means, "to spice someone up and make them feel good." "Ginger Me Slowly" accomplishes that objective and more, as it wraps a sublimely structured melody around Somi's beautiful, elegant voice - a reaffirmation of music's power to uplift, captivate and inspire. Somi's 'Ginger Me Slowly' makes NPR's 'Heavy Rotation' - 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing
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Snarky Puppy plays Ottawa Jazz Festival / Ottawa Citizen

For more than a week, this year's TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival's main stage series had pretty much maintained that purely instrumental music just wouldn't cut it. From Lisa Fischer to the Roots to Chris Botti's singer Sy Smith to Huey Lewis, Steve Miller and Joel Plaskett, vocal music ruled. It was up to Snarky Puppy then on Saturday night to show that a singer wasn't essential. And so the music world's fusion band of the moment did, offering intricate but accessible compositions rich with jamming to fans old and new. Thanks in some part to two previous appearances at the Ottawa jazz festival in the OLG After Dark tent, the group had its die-hards among the hundreds of listeners who stood on either side of the park and swayed to the music or whooped at the beginning of a favourite song. Add to them the park's core denizens seated on lawn chairs, and the park was about half full. Here's what the octet version of the Brooklyn-based band, which has a flexible lineup, played: Strawman
Skate U
Bent Nails
What About Me
Thing Of Gold
Tio Macaco
Shofukan encore:
Quarter Monster READ THE FULL Ottawa Citizen ARTICLE
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Top 10 Albums for July

Maria Schneider Orchestra :

The Thompson Fields

With The Thompson Fields, composer, arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider celebrates a long-awaited reunion with her vaunted jazz orchestra, a homecoming nearly a decade in the making.  Featuring eight new original works by the leader, The Thompson Fields makes brilliant use of Schneider's 18-piece jazz orchestra, a long-standing ensemble that spotlights such first rank players as Donny McCaslin, Rich Perry, Frank Kimbrough and Lage Lund.  The performances reveal an ever-deepening relationship between Schneider and her musicians, many of whom she has worked with over a quarter of a century.  The album follows a momentous year that found Schneider's recent album Winter Morning Walks garnering three wins in the classical category of the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, making her one of the rare musicians to win GRAMMYs in both the jazz and classical categories. The CD is powered by ArtistShare andavailable exclusively at 33 NEW 167 TOTAL SYND: NPRI/All Things Considered, PRI/Jazz After Hours, Voice Of America, Radio DeLuxe Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Cleveland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Detroit, San Diego, Denver, New Orleans, Albuquerque, San Antonio, El Paso, Santa Fe, Orlando, Tampa, Knoxville, Hartford, Sacramento, Honolulu, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver Online: MOJA, Taintradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, Audiophile Audition, KUHS, Party 934, Jazz Weekly, INTER: Canada, UK, United Arab Emirates 51 Jazzweek ADD's All Press Secured by Ann Braithwaite
Tiempo Libre :


Three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean group Tiempo Libre will release Panamericano, their first album for Universal Music Latin Entertainment in partnership with Universal Music Classics on June 30.  Tiempo Libre are seven classically-trained musicians internationally renown for their critically acclaimed, dance-inducing, Latin-fused music. "We have always written songs about our lives – both past and present.  But Panamericano is truly about Tiempo Libre today – living a culturally rich and fulfilling life, personally and musically, in Miami.  We are surrounded by people and influences from all over the US and Latin America who inspire us. And the featured artists on the album reflect that amazing diversity and inspiration.  This is possibly our most personal album yet – and to have it released by Universal Music Latin Entertainment is a dream come true," says band founder Jorge Gómez. 20 NEW  109 TOTAL SYND: UnderCurrents Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Detroit, Denver, San Diego, New Orleans, Salt Lake, Berkeley CA, Raleigh NC, El Paso, Madison WI, Honolulu, Montreal Online: New World Buzz, Jazz From Gallery, Taintradio, BOOMOnline, Party 934, KUHS, MOJA
Snarky Puppy | Metropole Orkest :


When Snarky Puppy won a Grammy in January of 2014, the question I was asked most was, "Was this on your bucket list of things to do before you die'" And my answer to each of them was, actually, no. I have only one thing on my list. The only thing I want to do before I die is make an album with an orchestra. It had been a topic of discussion for three months at that time. During the October 2013 recording sessions for "We Like It Here" in Utrecht, our good friend Friederike Darius had invited two of the Metropole Orkest's managers to join us as guests. Within ten minutes of the performance's end, we had already crafted a plan to make a record together. Sometimes life is that easy. Not always, not most of time, but every once in a while, it is. 17 NEW  168 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, Jazz Variations, CBC, Stingray Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Cleveland, Portland, New Orleans, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Detroit, San Diego, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Memphis, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Tucson, Orlando, Long Island NY, Hartford CT. Rochester NY, Buffalo NY, Knoxville, Honolulu, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver Online: MOJA, artsdesk, Taintradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, DirtyDog, Sun Music,, Audiophile Audition INTER: Canada, UK, France
JD Souther :


Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, iconic musician and actor JD Souther releases his new album Tenderness via Sony Music Masterworks. Produced by Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Herbie Hancock), the album will be available on May 12, 2015 and supported by select tour dates across the country and internationally. "JD Souther is both a legendary and mysterious figure in American popular music," says Chuck Mitchell, SVP of Sony Music Masterworks. "He's a self-described ‘classicist' who, in his new work, draws a through line between the first great songbook of Porter, Kern, etc., and his own generation's massive impact on the art of the song. The result is an album that brings a new and fresh perspective to this amazing singer-songwriter's contributions." 27 NEW  58 Total SYND: Woodsongs, Out of the Woods, FolkScene, Acoustic Cafe, Sixty Second CD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland, Baltimore, Austin, Berkeley CA, Sacramento, Tucson, Columbus OH, Mobile AL, Wichita KS, Lexington KY, Canada Online: Taintradio, Something Else!
David Sanborn :

Time and the River

After saxophonist David Sanborn recorded the well-received Quartette Humaine acoustic jazz album with pianist Bob James as a one-off for OKeh Records in 2013, the label continued the conversation with the renowned six-time Grammy winning alto sax star who released eight gold albums and one platinum. That exchange led to Sanborn to link up with his old collaborative friend, electric bassist Marcus Miller, to serve as producer in creating the superb jazz-meets-R&B recording Time and the River. "I felt like I was in good hands," says Sanborn. "Marcus can cover all the bases-as arranger, composer, instrumentalist, producer-and since we have a lot of history together, working together was like shorthand." 11 NEW  153 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, Stingray DIRECT: In-Flight Markets include: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Cleveland, Miami, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Portland, Houston, Baltimore, Houston, Denver, Detroit, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Orlando, Memphis, Albuquerque, Long Island NY, San Antonio, El Paso, Omaha, Raleigh NC, Knoxville TN, Honolulu, Toronto, Vancouver, UK Online: Jazz From Gallery 41, GreenArrow, MOJA, JazzBreakfast, TheJazzIntersection,, JazzWeekly, Taintradio,, Live 365 INTER: Canada, UK, Australia 55 JazzWeek ADD's Reported by New World 'n' Jazz Promo
Jesse Cook :

One World

Jesse Cook releases his new, highly anticipated album ONE WORLD on Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). One World is the most sonically diverse and distinctive disc in Cook's vast and varied catalogue, which has earned 11 Juno nominations and one win for 2000's Free Fall. On these 11 instrumentals, programmed beats and dusty electronic textures are interwoven with syncopated handclaps, deep dubby basslines and popping percussion. Sitars and violin share the space with Jesse's unique guitar stylings along with synthesizers and sound effects.  The overall feel of One World is just that, an in depth musical journey of exotic world music. 11 NEW  95 TOTAL SYND: PRI/The World & Echoes, Stingray, Jazz Variations Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Portland, Houston, Minneapolis, Denver, Detroit, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Madison WI, Honolulu, Toronto Online: GreenArrow, Party 934, KUHS,, Taintradio, Google, GURU, Jazz From Gallery 41
Christopher Tin :

The Drop That Contained The Sea

The second album from two-time GrammyTM Award-winning composer Christopher Tin, entitled The Drop that Contained the Sea, has entered the Billboard Classical Traditional Charts at #1 after its first week of release.  The ten-part song-cycle explores the theme of water in its different forms, with vocal performances by fellow GrammyTM Award-winners the Soweto Gospel Choir and Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, as well as early music superstars Anonymous 4, Mongolian pop starNominjin, world-renowned fadista Dulce Pontes, GrammyTM-nominated choir Schola Cantorum and more. 15 NEW   31 TOTAL SYND: PRI/The World, Stingray Direct: Galaxie Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, Portland, Baltimore, Berkeley CA, Albuquerque, Canada Online: Taintradio, Venturebeat, Live 365

Plays Terry Riley

ZOFO is at it again, this time with an all Terry Riley album, which includes original compositions, arrangements and a special commission by the duet. It is quite evident in this music that the composer and the performers were personally engaged in the making of this electrifying project. From the very beginning, Terry Riley worked in collaboration with ZOFO in the making of this album. Mr. Riley himself said: "There is nothing quite like hearing the full 8 octaves of a piano sounding in all its orchestral richness." He certainly makes full use of the sounds of the piano in the pieces originally written for piano-four-hands, from The Heaven Ladder, Book 5, which include the varying "Cinco de Mayo," "Jaztine," "Waltz for Charismas," "Tango Doble Ladiado," and "Etude From the Old Country." Keisuke arranged "G Song" and "Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight," which were originally composed for the Kronos Quartet, and Eva arranged "Simone's Lullaby," originally for solo piano. The arrangements were both challenging and fun to create, but ZOFO managed to keep the transparency and flavor of Riley's originals while exemplifying the unique potential for four-hand piano. The "Praying Mantis Rag" was composed especially for ZOFO, and actively illustrates their vibrant character as a duet. 39 New 'ON'  72 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Classical 24, CBC, The Romantic Hours Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD, Spafax Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Cleveland, St. Louis, Seattle, Minneapolis, Houston, Portland, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Albuquerque, Honolulu Online: Taintradio,, AXS, Midwest Record, ClassicallyHip
Mahan Esfahani :

Time Present and Time Past

"He's a brilliant player - two days after this recital I'm still tingling over his forensic attack and silk-smooth arpeggios - but he also knows about friendly presentation… Dashingly eloquent, dizzyingly skilled, Esfahani makes the harpsichord seem an instrument reborn." (The Times) Minimalism meets Baroque with Mahan Esfahani's new recording on Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion, Time Present and Time Past. On Time Present and Time Past, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani brings together Baroque music and minimalism-two forms of music one might not utter in the same breath, but that share a certain DNA-on this daring new album. Of the project, Esfahani says "As I started to understand the great possibilities of minimalist style, my mind began to make connections to the same techniques-specifically the manipulation of patterns and "cells" of material-as practiced by composers of the 17th and 18th centuries." 37 NEW  82 Total SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD, Spafax Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Dallas, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Portland, New Orleans, Baltimore, Detroit, Denver, Pittsburgh, Austin, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, Louisville, Buffalo, Columbus OH, Madison WI, Honolulu, Canada Online: ClassicallyHip, Taintradio
Pete Townshend :

Classic Quadrophenia

A leading icon of the British music revolution of the 1960s, Pete Townshend made his name by creating the power chord, smashing guitars on stage, and penning anthems of teenage rebellion like My Generation. Now, approaching 70 and half a century after he penned the archetypal rock lyric "Hope I die before I get old," Townshend has created a "classical" version of one of The Who's landmark albums – Quadrophenia – called: Classic Quadrophenia, for a symphony orchestra, opera singer and choir. This new version released by Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics was orchestrated by Rachel Fuller. The album features Alfie Boe as Jimmy, Pete Townshend as The Godfather, Billy Idol as Ace Face/Bell Boy and Phil Daniels  (the star who played Jimmy in the original movie version of Quadrophenia).  as Dad. Also featured on the recording are the London Oriana Choir with Choirmaster Dominic Peckham, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ziegler and orchestrations by Rachel Fuller.  27 NEW  33 TOTAL SYND: Sixty Second CD Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Charleston SC, Tucson, Boise, Omaha Online: USA Today, Ultimate Classic Rock, Billboard