MAHAN


http://phindie.com/mahan-esfahani-in-recital-at-the-mccarter-theatre-center/
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JULIA WOLFE


http://news.psu.edu/story/457173/2017/03/21/ems-museum-art-gallery-hosting-conversation-pulitzer-prize-winner-wolfe
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'Beat the Blues to Save Lives' set for NYC's B.B. King's / jambands.com


Grammy-winning gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama will participate in a charity concert this week, taking place at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City and benefitting Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) and the Jed Foundation. The concert, dubbed Beat the Blues to Save Lives, will take place this Thursday, March 23, and will also feature vocalists Dana Fuchs and Ruthie Foster, both of whom have lost loved ones to suicide, along with The Apocalypse Blues Revue and Bill Heller of The Rippingtons. SEE THE jambands.com PAGE   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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Jan Lisiecki interview with All Classical Portland


The Canadian pianist, Jan Lisiecki (lee-SHYETS-kee) first garnered the attention of critics in 2010 (the bicentenary of Chopin's birth) with a recording of the Polish composer's piano concertos. The recording caught Deutsche Grammophon's attention, and they signed the teen pianist right away. Mozart and Schumann works soon followed. Now Lisiecki (whose parents are Polish) returns to his roots, so to speak. "Works for Piano and Orchestra" is probably the only succinct way to describe the wonderful gems to be found on the recording: the Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise; Rondo à la Krakowiak (based on a dance from Krakow); Variations on "La Cì darem la mano"; and the Fantasy on Polish Airs. These works were all written by Chopin when he was about 19 or 20 years old, and performed by him on a grand tour of Europe at that time. The 21-year-old Lisiecki tells me (in my recorded conversation posted on this page), that he's still in awe of this genius who could not only play such music, but create such original and challenging pieces; works which are still seldom taken up by most pianists. I've heard many interpretations of these youthful works by Chopin, and each has its own character and merits. However, Lisiecki, with Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański and the NDR Elbphilharmonie, have produced performances that show an unprecedented cohesion between soloist and orchestra, and sensitivity to the material. Lisiecki said of these pieces "The only way to make it work is to create a sound that is unanimous, which is what we achieved together." I'm already eagerly awaiting what Mr. Lisiecki will achieve with his next endeavor. LISTEN TO THE All Classical Portland INTERVIEW
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  Interview with All Classical Portland's John Pitman

Jennifer Kloetzel interview with WVIA: ArtScene


The Cypress String Quartet recently decided to disband after 20 years together. For their final recording project, the ensemble chose the two string sextets by Johannes Brahms. The quartets' members are Cecily Ward and Tom Stone (violins), Ethan Filner (viola) and Jennifer Kloetzel (cello). They are joined on this recording by longtime collaborators violist Barry Shiffman and cellist Zuill Bailey. For this final project, they performed live in front of a studio audience at Skywalker Sound Studio. Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel spoke with Erika Funke from WVIA: Pittston PA - ArtScene about this final recording and why they chose the Brahms sextets as opposed to the quartets.   LISTEN TO THE attached SEGMENT 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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  Interview with WVIA's Erika Funke

Chicago Tribune Q&A with Luka Sulic


The classically trained duo, 2CELLOS, gained millions of fans after they released their version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" on YouTube. Signed to Sony Music Masterworks, the group's latest CD, "Score," features their take on classic songs from films ("Titanic," "Chariots of Fire") and television ("Game of Thrones"). During a break from rehearsal, Luka Sulic phoned from his home in Slovenia for this interview. "Stjepan (Hauser) is based in Croatia and that's where our studio that we record in is," said Sulic, 29. "So we travel a lot for work. But we love it. Over the past few years, the best reward for us has been doing something that seems to inspire a younger generation to play an instrument or make music. That's the best reward you can get and we are very happy when parents tell us that their children started playing music because of us." READ THE Chicago Tribune Q&A with Luka Sulic 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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City Winery presents Carnegie Hall, all-star tribute to Jimmy Webb / CMT.com, MusicRow, NewsOK


Ashley Campbell, Toby Keith and Dwight Yoakam will represent country in a City Winery - all-star tribute to Grammy-winning hit-maker Jimmy Webb on May 3 at Carnegie Hall in New York. A Celebration of the Music of Jimmy Webb will feature additional performances by Amy Grant, Art Garfunkel, Billy Davis, Jr., Johnny Rivers, Judy Collins, Marilyn McCoo of Fifth Dimension and Webb himself. Proceeds from the night will support the Alzheimer's Foundation in honor of his friend, Glen Campbell. Webb is behind some of our biggest hits, and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was a recipient of the ACM's Poet's Award in August 2016. Webb is also a member of ASCAP's board of directors and more than 50 years into his career, he still performs regularly.  SEE THE FULL CMT.com ARTICLE READ Music Row ARTICLE READ NewsOK 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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Raul Midon set for Ridgefield Playhouse. Q&A with Westport Magazine


Regarded as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices-"a one-man band," according to The New York Times-singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón recently announced the release of his ninth studio album since he began his career in 1999. Fittingly, he entitled it Bad Ass and Blind. Blind since birth, the New Mexico native has dedicated his life to fighting stereotypes and creating exceptional music that goes beyond all limits, striking a chord for listeners with open ears, open minds and open hearts. Over the years, Midón has worked with several musical legends, including Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg. His much-anticipated upcoming album features collaborations with Bill Withers, Lizz Wright, Richard Bona and Dianne Reeves. Set to hit the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse this on March 26, Midon sat down with Westport Magazine for som pre-show, pre-album chat.     READ THE FULL 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} 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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Leif Ove Andsnes & NCO. Serious at Cadogan Hall / theguardian review


When they choose, though, the Norwegians can do serious too. Seated and playing from the score this time, and with Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the keyboard, two substantial Mozart piano concertos were the centrepiece of the concert. Once again, interplay and colour were to the fore. Andsnes's account of the agitated D minor concerto K466 was darkly authoritative, but it lacked the insight and flair that he brought to a more convincing account of the E flat concerto K482 after the interval. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images READ THE FULL guardian REVIEW 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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Michael Whalen - Dream Cycle / Retailing Insight review


In 1996, pianist/keyboardist Michael Whalen released a fantastic album of electronic spacemusic entitled Night Scenes: Music for the Evening. It became one of my all-time favorites. Now, twenty years later, he has returned to similar (with some new wrinkles) territory on Dream Cycle, nine tracks of exquisite melodic "dreamy" electronic music. Featuring three superb vocal tracks (including an amazing take on The Cranberries' big hit, "Dream") and a collection of stellar instrumentals, Dream Cycle represents Whalen's unique vision of night music-not necessarily subdued or "quiet" but never too energetic either. It's ideal for late night drives through deserted city streets. In-store play in the evenings is recommended. - Bill Binkelman
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Madeleine Peyroux plays Santa Barbara's Arlington Theatre / Jazz Weekly


Madeleine Peyroux showed at her Arlington Theatre concert that she has been able to accomplish what is surely the goal of every artist; that of finding one's own voice. That has been doubly hard for Ms. Peyroux, as early in her career she was unjustly labeled as a Billie Holiday sound-alike. Yes, her voice still has a stroke of Lady Day's lilt and tone, but Peyroux has wisely emphasized the bohemian and gypsy side of life during her career, creating a puree' for all of her interpretations of material to be sift through. 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} Teamed up with the gents that accompanied on her recent album Secular Hymns, namely Jon Herrington/b and Barak Mori/g, Peyroux took the audience through various moods and journeys. Sometimes delivering cozy and upbeat swing as on "(Getting Some ) Fun Out of Life" and "Don't Wait To Long," she also delivered minstrel-like street performances, acting out lyrics to "Hello Babe" or telling harrowing stories with her flexible voice on "Tango Till They're Sore" and "Guilty." With dirge-like string accompaniment, Peyroux penetrated each heart with a haunting read of " Danny Boy" while having a jolly good time with a Dan Hicks-inspired read of "Getting Better" while even some sensuous samba made sense as Peyroux and her team took you to the beaches of Brazil with an ultra-romantic "Agua de Beber" before landing on the steps of the Left Bank with a solo performance of "La Javanaise." READ THE FULL Jazz Weekly REVIEW
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Access Hollywood features 2CELLOS


2CELLOS, music's most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, go to the movies for their new Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks album Score, released last Friday - March 17, 2017. Bringing 2CELLOS' game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television, Score will be supported by a world tour, kicking off with its U.S. leg this summer. The new video for "Game of Thrones" is out now – watch it here. "We love movie music! This album represents some of our favorite pieces of music by our favorite film composers. Having the opportunity to arrange them for cello whilst working with the world class London Symphony Orchestra has been a dream come true," says Stjepan. Access Hollywood TV featured 2CELLOS in their "Hollywood Radar New York" segment this weekend. WATCH
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Top 10 Albums for March

2CELLOS :

Score

2CELLOS, music's most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, go to the movies for their new Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks album Score, available March 17, 2017. Bringing 2CELLOS' game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television, Score will be supported by a world tour, kicking off with its U.S. leg this summer. The new video for "Game of Thrones" is out now. "We love movie music! This album represents some of our favorite pieces of music by our favorite film composers. Having the opportunity to arrange them for cello whilst working with the world class London Symphony Orchestra has been a dream come true," says Stjepan. 22 NEW  47 TOTAL SYND: C24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Berkeley, Columbus OH, Hartford CT, Canada Online: AccuRadio, Musicas Imaginadas, Musicas Imaginadas, Journeyscapes  All Press Secured by Angi Barkan, Larissa Slezak, Sony Masterworks 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.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}
Paris Combo :

Tako Tsubo

"Tako Tsubo", the lounge-tinged title track of Paris Combo's new album, is inspired by a rare condition known also as the "broken-heart syndrome" - thank goodness Paris Combo have the cure! On their new record, the chanteuse Belle du Berry leads us through a deliciously varied collection of musical atmospheres, ranging from the intimacy of the live combo to more lush orchestral settings and beautiful 60's retro à la Bacharach with near-psychedelic overtones. Markets include: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Davis, Point Reyes Station, Santa Barbara CA, Hartford CT, Joliet IL, ong Island, Greene/Columbia NY, Mount Vernon, Olympia WA Online: Lucid Culture, Radio Valencia
Theo Bleckmann :

Elegy

Beyond being a vocalist of rare purity and daring, Theo Bleckmann is a sound painter who creates what JazzTimes has described aptly as "luminous webs" in music. The German-born New Yorker – after appearing on two ECM albums by Meredith Monk and on another by pianist Julia Hülsmann of Kurt Weill songs – makes his striking label debut as a leader with Elegy. This album showcases Bleckmann as a composer as much as a singer, with several instrumental pieces voiced by what he calls his "ambient" band of kindred-spirit guitarist Ben Monder, keyboardist Shai Maestro and the subtle rhythm team of Chris Tordini and John Hollenbeck. Highlights include Bleckmann's sublime rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Comedy Tonight" ("tragedy tomorrow… comedy tonight"), as well as the mellifluous vocalise of "Little Elegy" and achingly poetic song "To Be Shown to Monks at a Certain Temple." 14 NEW  93 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, CBC Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New Orleans, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Hartford CT, Knoxville, Rochester NY, Honolulu, Toronto, Vancouver INTER: Canada, Germany, Mexico, UK, France Online: all about jazz, wsj, Mozart and me, Straightnochaser, KUHS, SoulandJazz, JazzTrail, allmusic, Jazz from Gallery 41, Radio Valencia, theguardian, OBSERVER, stereotag, writteninmusic.com, mdr, Europe Jazz Network, Radio France, Radio Univeridad 19 JazzWeek ADD's All Press Secured by Tina Pelikan- ECM 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}
Max Richter :

Three Worlds - Music from Woolf Works

Following the success of SLEEP, Max Richter reveals his latest recording project – a new album entitled - Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works. It's drawn from his music to Wayne McGregor's award-winning Royal Ballet production Woolf Works – inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf – and will be released on Deutsche Grammophon on January 27, 2017. Woolf Works returns to the Royal Opera House in London, with performances beginning on January 21 and continuing on February 2,4,8,11,13 & 14. There will also be a worldwide cinema broadcast on February 8 with subsequent screenings.  9 NEW  61 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24, Hearts of Space, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD, AccuRadio Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Berkeley CA, Albuquerque, Louisville, Hartford CT, ME(Statewide), MN(Statewide), Barcelona INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Romania Online: Musicas Imaginadas, popmatters, Second Inversion, soundblab, Reviewsnewage, Russell Trunk's Exclusive, Troonradio.com, Journeyscapes, Radio Cluj, Lost Frontier, Radio Despi                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}
Jethro Tull :

The String Quartets

Ian Anderson and The Carducci Quartet have just released "Loco (Locomotive Breath)" from the new album Jethro Tull: The String Quartets, out which premiered yesterday on Billboard. "Loco" is a string quartet arrangement of "Locomotive Breath," Jethro Tull's 1978 hit off the group's album Bursting Out. CLICK HERE to read Billboard's new interview with Ian Anderson, conducted by renowned music journalist Gary Graff.  The String Quartets' version of "Locomotive Breath" is an instrumental that features violin, viola, cello, and bass, with Ian Anderson on flute.  It was arranged by Ian's keyboardist John O'Hara, whose mission was to "delve deeper and offer a new imagining of each piece. An orchestrator's job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work." O'Hara also felt "a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song."
George Winston :

Spring Carousel

Celebrated American pianist George Winston will release a cancer research benefit album, Spring Carousel, on RCA Records on March 31, 2017. Spring Carousel features a collection of 15 solo piano compositions written by Winston while in recovery from a bone marrow transplant for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) at City of Hope, in Duarte, California, near Los Angeles. Proceeds from sales of Spring Carousel will directly benefit City of Hope. George Winston is available for interviews upon request. 10 NEW  48 TOTAL SYND: WoodSongs, Quiet Music, Echoes Markets include: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, San Antonio, El Paso, Tampa, Long Island NY, Baton Rouge LA Online: Music To Heal the Heart, Musicas Imaginadas, Reviewsnewage.com, BroadwayWorld.com, MainlyPiano.com, Journeyscapes, mostlyfolk.com  
John Williams | Steven Spielberg :

The Ultimate Collection

Celebrating one of the most definitive and beloved partnerships in the history of motion pictures, John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection delivers an essential sampling of Williams's musical scores for Spielberg's films – a critically acclaimed, award-winning, chart-topping collaboration now in its fifth decade. Comprised of a three-CD set and bonus DVD, this collection brings together Williams's two previous discs of his music for Spielberg films, which he recorded with the Boston Pops Orchestra for Sony Classical: The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration (1991) and Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg Scores (1995). Those discs include music from Sugarland Express (1974) through Jurassic Park andSchindler's List (1993). 9 NEW  51 TOTAL SYND: C24, TRH, WWOne, Sixty Second CD, The Score Direct: SiriusXM, AccuRadio, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Portland, Cleveland, Houston, Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Long Island NY, Louisville, Sacramento, Columbus OH, San Antonio, MN(Statewide),  NE(Statewide) Online: GURU
Lee Konitz :

Frescalalto

Alto saxophone jazz master Lee Konitz teams up with pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington for his first-ever release on Impulse!, Frescalalto. The quartet covers jazz standards and breathes new life into works such as "Stella By Starlight," "Body and Soul," and more. The album will be released digitally on February 10. This quartet contains a fascinating intersecting history: Forty years ago, Kenny Washington made his recording debut playing with Konitz on his 1977 LP, Lee Konitz Nonet. The two performed together again on 1992's Jazz Nocturne, which also featured Impulse! recording artist and pianist Kenny Barron. Furthermore, over the decades, Kenny Washington and Peter Washington (no relation) made up one of New York City's distinguished jazz rhythm sections, performing frequently with Barron and other jazz greats.  10 NEW  56 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, CBC Markets include: New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New Orleans, Portland, Milwuakee, Louisville, San Antonio, Santa Barbara, Knoxville, Tulsa, Reno, Birmingham AL, Honolulu, WV(Statewide), VT(Statewide), HI(Statewide), Honolulu, Vancouver INTER: Canada, UK, South Africa Online: Downbeat, JazzTrail, GreenArrow, Quisqueya FM, Radio Valencia, KUHS, Party 934, Jazz & Blues Report 11 JazzWeek Reports p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica}
Cast Albums :

Freaky Friday

The world premiere studio recording of Disney's Freaky Friday, the new musical based on the beloved novel by Mary Rodgers and two hit Disney films, is released digitally by Walt Disney Records today, February 10, 2017. The album is available now wherever digital music is sold (http://disneymusic.co/FreakyFriday) and streamed (http://disneymusic.co/FreakyFridayW). Featuring a book by Bridget Carpenter (TV's "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood") and a score by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning team of Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics), creators of the celebrated Broadway musicals Next to Normal and If/Then, Freaky Friday had its world premiere at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA in fall 2016. The production was directed by two-time Tony nominee (Rocky Horror Show and Memphis) and artistic director of the world-renowned La Jolla Playhouse Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys; On Your Feet!). 
David Chesky :

The Spanish Poems

Composer David Chesky's newest album, The Spanish Poems represent David's fusion of Latin rhythms with modern classical harmonies. Written for soprano and orchestra, these most challenging vocal works are effortlessly performed by the versatile Maureen McKay who sings with a gorgeous tone, great clarity, expression and virtuosity. The first work "Poem No. 9" (also known as "The Girl from Guatemala") has a text by the Cuban poet Jose Marti. A lyrical seductive dance builds into a fiery end as our heroine dies from love. A text by the Spanish poet Garcilaso De la Vega is the basis for "Sonata No. 5". This song is a slow mysterious ballad with a middle section transforming into a brisk dance which then returns to the original ballad. "The Romance of Love" is based on the words of an unknown Spanish poet. This song is a fast exciting uptempo dance that features a dazzling display of vocalism from Ms. McKay.
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