Pierre-Laurent Aimard - WETA - CD Pick of the Week

Pierre-Laurent Aimard embarked on an artistic journey into the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Digging deep beneath the surface of one of the composer's greatest works, Aimard's Bach odyssey will span four continents, reaching audiences in fifteen countries with thirty-four performances featuring the first book of The Well-tempered Clavier. Aimard's latest Deutsche Grammophon album presents his mature thoughts on The Well-tempered Clavier Book I, embracing everything from the sublime stillness of its opening Prelude in C major to the labyrinthine twists of the final Fugue in B minor. Pierre-Laurent Aimard - The Well-tempered Clavier is the WETA: Wash DC - CD Pick of the Week and the disc will receive 8 spins per day and a total of 57 during the week (Mar 2 -8). Classical Conversation I've attached a schedule of the air times of the 90-second on-air feature - they're associated with one or two CD Pick spins each day.
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Simone Dinnerstein interviews with WOSU: Columbus OH

Simone Dinnerstein who recently released: Broadway-Lafayette on Sony Classical celebrates the transatlantic link between France and America through the music of George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue), Maurice Ravel (Piano Concerto in G Major), and Philip Lasser (The Circle and the Child: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, written for Dinnerstein). The album was recorded with conductor Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse. Of Broadway-Lafayette, Dinnerstein says, "Over the centuries, France and America have influenced and supported each other in many ways, and this music explores the link between the two cultures." Simone Dinnerstein spoke with WOSU: Columbus OH - Boyce Lancaster about her new recording. Listen
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Pedrito Martinez Group set for Dakota in Minneapolis / Jazz Police

The Pedrito Martinez Group plays The Dakota in Minneapolis on Wednesday March 4. One of the most exciting Afro-Cuban ensembles of the past decade, the Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. After performing at the Dakota last summer, percussionist/vocalist Martinez and his ensemble are back by popular demand. SEE Jazz Police PAGE
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Anne Akiko Meyers discusses 'American Masters', the violin, and the Corigliano lullaby written for her daughter / WOSU interview

The latest recording by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers features a mainstay of the violin repertoire in Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, a world-premiere in of a concerto written for her by Mason Bates, and a short piece to help her daughter sleep written by composer John Corigliano, a Pulitzer, Grammy, and Academy Award winner. All three pieces are delivered beautifully by Meyers on the 1741 ex-Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu violin.  Meyers has been awarded exclusive lifetime use of this fabulous instrument, which she relishes. Anne Akiko Meyers spoke with WOSU: Columbus OH - Boyce Lancaster about her recording, her violin, and the Corigliano lullaby written for her daughter Natalie which has become her regular nighttime companion.
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Joshua Bell & Sam Haywood play Arizona's Mesa Arts Center / KBAQ interview

Violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most acclaimed classical musicians of today. With over 40 albums he now takes on the great violin repertoire of Bach on his new Sony Classical CD of the same name. Recorded with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bell performs Bach's Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, along with an arrangement of Chaconne fron - Partita No. 2, adapted from Mendelssohn's piano accompaniment, the Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita No. 3 for solo violin, using Schumann's accompaniment, and the universally beloved 'Air on the G string'. KBAQ: Tempe AZ - Sterling Beeaff sat down with Bell to discuss the album and the upcoming tour that includes pianist Sam Haywood. The pair are in town to play Arizona's Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday, February 25 with a performance of Brahms, Beethoven, Bartok and Grieg.  
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Jimmy Webb plays the Music Box Supper Club this Saturday Feruary 2nd.

Jimmy Webb plays the Music Box Supper Club this Saturday Feruary 2nd. Responsible for some of the biggest hits in music, and for 50 years now, Webb has been making others famous . . . and rich. But he's come to grips with it. He said.... "if it made me mad, I would have quit a long time ago. When I first got into this business, I noticed that on a 45 (RPM) single, it would say 'GLEN CAMPBELL,' and in parentheses in very tiny letters it would say, 'Jimmy Webb,' '' Webb said. "You knew from Day One that you were not considered to be the important part of the machine, which is ironic, because without this raw material, without these songs, all these highs wouldn't have happened.'' READ THE FULL ARTICLE
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Bobby McFerrin to thrill Istanbul

10-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin is set to play the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert (CRR) Hall this week, as part of his Spirityouall tour,  McFerrin has redefined the role of the human voice. On Spirityouall, released in 2013 on Sony Masterworks, he uses recording field recording sound with African-American rhythms to create this melting pot. of folk tradition. SEE THE Daily Sabah PAGE
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Unsuk Chin brings Aice In Wonderland to LA

Modernist Korean composer Unsuk Chin brought her arresting version of Lewis Carroll's iconic creation - Alice in Wonderland to LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall last Friday February 26. The opera featured - Rachele Gilmore as Alice and Christopher Lemmings as Mouse, and Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A huge undertaking, the project was written for Fifteen singers assuming 31 roles and an eclectic orchestra that includes plenty of utensils. Nothing in this opera is easy including executing the high pitched sounds compliments of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus.  READ THE FULL Los Angeles Times REVIEW READ NYTimes REVIEW
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Simone Dinnerstein - Broadway-Lafayette / WFMT: New Release Of the Week.

Simone Dinnerstein celebrates the time-honored link between France and America through three different composers – Maurice Ravel, George Gershwin and Philip Lasser.  Her album features the world-premiere recording of the Piano Concerto, The Circle and the Child, by Lasser, who wrote the work for Dinnerstein in 2012. The concerto is an amalgam of both French and American musical sound worlds. 'Lasser: Piano Concerto, The Circle and the Child: I, Poco Allegro (11:43)' from Simone Dinnerstein' Broadway - Lafayette ( Sony Classical ) is the WFMT: Chicago - New Release Of the Week. Simone Dinnerstein, piano; MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra / Kristjan Järvi
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Jonathan Biss new Beethoven disc is WFMT: New Release Of the Week.

Jonathan Biss engages with Beethoven as a concert pianist, a teacher and a recording artist. Biss has undertaken a nine-disc recording project of the entire Beethoven sonata cycle. The fourth volume includes the Sonatas Nos 1, 6, 19 and 23 (Appassionata). This year, Biss will relaunch his popular online course ‘Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas,' designed to help both novices and experts understand the composer's piano music.   Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 6 in F major, Op 10 No 2 (15:56) from Jonathan Biss - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol 4 on JB Recordings is the WFMT: Chicago - New Release Of the Week.
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Bill Frisell keeps his music provocative / Kansas City Star

Guitarist Bill Frisell, one of the leading lights on his instrument for about three decades now, is putting a little bit of protest back in his music. His current group, a jazz/Americana project, features the unrepentant protest songs of Woody Guthrie. And he's bringing it to the Kansas City's White Theatre@Jewish Community Center this Friday March 5 as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series. Frisell's note-bending playing has always had an elusive, lonesome quality - a quality in common with giants of American music from Hank Williams to John Coltrane. And it has been natural for Frisell to link his jazz with folk, country, pop and Americana: He has been doing it since the '80s. For a show called "Woody Guthrie's Better World," he's bringing his Big Sur Quintet, with violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang, cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Rudy Royston. (You might remember Scheinman and Royston from a KC appearance with Ben Allison a few years ago.) The multiple-strings sound is a dramatic departure from just about every other jazz band on the road today. But departing from the norm doesn't scare Frisell. Guitar-based events are fairly common around Kansas City, but everything about this one is distinctive. We've heard just about every other giant of jazz guitar in person more than we've heard from Frisell. So this genre-bending show is bound to be one of the highlights of the year.  SEE THE FULL Kansas City Star PAGE     Jazz has been used as entertainment music, dance music, background music and intellectual music. But it has also had an important role as protest music, from the time when it seemed taboo to mix light-skinned and dark-skinned people on the bandstand, through the civil rights era and sometimes even now.     Read more here:
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Nilson Matta - EastSideRioDrive is #3 Most ADDed'@Jazzweek

Sao Paulo-born & New York City-based bassist - Nilson Matta has just released his new album EastSideRioDrive. Unlike nearly every South American-styled CD this unique, creative discc blends sounds of the South via Romero Lubambo and Cyro Baptista, and North via Anne Drummond and Craig Handy, as well as pianist Edsel Gomez from Puerto Rico. This wonderfully balanced mixture of jazz and brasilian sounds from these two hemispheres is soothing and relaxing in places, gutsy and bold in others. 

Will Friedwald from the Wall Street Journal commented - "To reconsider an old expression, this album doesn't just represent the "best of both worlds" – but rather the collective greatness of at least three or four."  EastSideRioDrive was '#3 Most ADDed'@Jazzweek
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Top 10 Albums for March

Nilson Matta :


To reconsider an old expression, this album doesn't just represent the "best of both worlds" – but rather the collective greatness of at least three or four.  - Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal Bassist/Composer Nilson Matta releases "EastSideRioDrive," a uniquely creative recording that's got some real force and punch to it. The blend of South (Romero Lubambo, Cyro Baptista) and North (Anne Drummond, Craig Handy) American musicians– as well as pianist Edsel Gomez from Puerto Rico - is a wonderfully balanced mixture of jazzy sounds from the two hemispheres.  It's soothing and relaxing in places, but gutsy and bold in others – it utilizes the conventions of the genre creatively and, at the same time, refuses to be limited by them. 49 NEW  77 Total Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Denver, Detroit, New Orleans, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Louisville, Raleigh NC, Knoxville TN, Canada Online: Accuradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, Party934, KUHS, Soul City Radio
2Cellos :


2CELLOS, music's most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, return with their new album Celloverse (Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks) on January 27, 2015. Supported by a world tour with the U.S. leg kicking off Feb. 19 in Minneapolis, 2CELLOS latest music video is their take on Avicii's hit "Wake Me Up,"  Propelled into international fame in 2011 after their version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" went viral with 20 million-plus YouTube views, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser return to their rock roots on their third album, Celloverse.Self-produced by Sulic and Hauser, Celloverse showcases 2CELLOS' unique ability to reinvent current and classic rock/pop songs, starting with "The Trooper Overture," a metal-meets-classical mash up of Iron Maiden's hit and Rossini's "William Tell Overture." The album includes their take on AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" (the video has 31 million views), "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons, "Shape of My Heart" by Sting and Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us." Rounding out Celloverse is the Paul McCartney classic "Live and Let Die," with special guest Lang Lang and the title track, an original song penned and arranged by 2CELLOS. 
Billy Childs :

Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

When the Grammy-winning Composer/Arranger/Pianist Billy Childs was 11 years old, his older sisters introduced him to the work of Hall Of Fame singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. Her blend of Broadway-inspired melodies, jazz improvisation and socially conscious lyrics have stayed with him. Now he has returned to this early source of inspiration, conceiving and orchestrating Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, an all-star interpretation of this songwriter's beloved works. Released by Masterworks, Mr. Childs leads guests include - Renee Fleming, Esperanza Spalding, Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss, Ledisi and Wayne Shorter. 22 NEW 'ON'  -  104 Total SYND: PBS/Tavis Smiley, NPR/Weekend Edition, VOA/Jazz America, Dial Global, The Midnight Special, UnderCurrents  Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Baltimore, Houston, Detroit, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Madison WI, Honolulu, Toronto Online & Press Downbeat, Taintradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, MOJA, CD Insight, TribLive, GreenArrow, The Jazzy Vegetarian
Simone Dinnerstein :


Sony Classical releases the new CD from pianist Simone Dinnerstein - Broadway-Lafayette on February 24, 2015. The music on this album celebrates the time-honored transatlantic link between France and America through the music of George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue), Maurice Ravel (Piano Concerto in G Major), and Philip Lasser (The Circle and the Child: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, written for Dinnerstein). The album was recorded with conductor Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse. 35 New 'ON'  55 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24 Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Louisville, Buffalo, Honolulu, Canada Online: ClassicallyHip, Classicalite
Avi Avital :


The GRAMMY-nominated Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital has been praised as a both an "enthralling and sensitive soloist" (Boston Globe) and a "convincing advocate for his instrument" (Wall Street Journal).  As the first mandolinist signed to Deutsche Grammophon, he has brought the instrument to entirely new audiences, building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and a commitment to commissioning new works and arrangements in a range of genres. Avital has now released - Vivaldi, his third album on DG that returns the instrument to its origins-the Venetian Baroque and master composer Antonio Vivaldi. On this CD Avital captures the mystical spirit of Venice, shedding new light on Vivaldi's musical genius by performing his own transcriptions of the composer's works. He is joined on the album by the Venice Baroque Orchestra on this, the ensemble's twelfth recording on Deutsche Grammophon. Avital and the VBO are also about to embark on a major North American tour this spring, stopping in Southern California, Miami, Boston and Carnegie Hall as well as Calgary and Montreal. 25 New 'ON'  100 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24, Classical Guitar Alive, Sunday Baroque, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD, Spafax Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Houston, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Memphis, Albuquerque, Louisville, Buffalo, Honolulu, Canada Online: ClassicallyHip, Tainradio
Kat Edmonson :

The Big Picture

Kat Edmonson announces October tour dates in support of her third album, The Big Picture out September 30 via Sony Music Masterworks. A full tour will follow in early 2015. Edmonson's premiere track "Rainy Day Woman" is available via iTunes HERE and for streaming on SoundCloud HERE.  Check out her new video album trailer HERE. The album is her label debut and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney) in his Los Angeles studio. Of the album, Edmonson states, "There's no particular theme, but there are some commonalities, one of which is my ever-underlying influence from motion pictures and film scores. I have always felt that music and film go hand in hand, because that was how I was first exposed to music-from old movies and musicals-and to me there wasn't a separation between an actor acting, dancing and singing." See full tour dates below. 
Branford Marsalis :

In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral

Branford Marsalis continues to prove that there is no context too large or small to contain his gifts. One setting notably absent from Marsalis's resume until now has been the unaccompanied solo concert.  This most daunting of formats poses particular challenges that were met with his signature blend of serious intent, technical rigor and emotional directness when Marsalis brought his soprano, alto and tenor saxophones to Grace Cathedral on October 5, 2012.  This San Francisco landmark, the site of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts in the Sixties and, since 1983, home to recitals at the centerpiece of the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, proved an ideal setting for a program spanning early and post-bop jazz, baroque and contemporary classical music and spontaneous improvisation.  The results can be heard on In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral, the new album that Marsalis is releasing on his Marsalis Music via OKeh Records.
Mohammed Fairouz :

Follow, Poet

Universal Music Classics releases a new album on the Deutsche Grammophon imprint of works by Mohammed Fairouz titled Follow, Poet, marking the composer's debut on the Yellow Label, and the first release in Universal Music Classics' Return to Language series. Produced by David Frost, the album includes the elegiac song cycle Audenesque sung by mezzo soprano Kate Lindsey, and the ballet Sadat. Both works feature the New York City chamber orchestra Ensemble LPR conducted by Evan Rogister. 23 New 'ON'  26 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: Music Choice Markets include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans, Austin Online: Taintradio, ClassicallyHip
Yolanda Kondonassis | Jason Vieaux :


Internationally acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and virtuoso classical guitarist Jason Vieaux join forces to release their first duo recording, Together, which features original works for harp and guitar including Alan Hovhaness' Spirit of Trees, Xavier Montsalvatge's Fantasia, Máximo Diego Pujol's Suite Magica, and two world premiere recordings of works commissioned by the duo: Knock on Wood (2012) by Keith Fitch and Hypnotized (2013) by Gary Schocker. Together will be released on Azica Records on January 27, 2015 at all major retailers. The duo will make its New York debut at the 92Y on February 28, 2015 as part of the Art of the Guitar series. 43 New 'ON'  56 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Classical 24 Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Albuquerque, Columbus OH Online: ClassicallyHip
Joel Fan :

Dances for Piano and Orchestra

Pianist Joel Fan is one of the most dynamic and accomplished musicians performing before the public today! Consistently acclaimed for his recitals, recordings, and appearances with orchestras throughout the world, Fan is recognized for his work with cellist Yo-Yo Ma as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, with performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and he has also collaborated with numerous other ensembles, including the Shanghai Quartet, Imani Winds, and A Far Cry. Fan's latest CD - Dances for Piano and Orchestra features the Northwest Sinfonietta and features an anti-concerto program which includes the Pierne Fantasie-Ballet, the Chopin Krakowiak, and the Wedding Cake caprice waltz by Saint-Saens. 23 NEW   98 Total SYND: Classical 24, CBC, The Romantic Hours Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, Spafax Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Seattle, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Portland, Cincinnati, Denver, Memphis, New Orleans, Austin, Albuquerque, Omaha, Buffalo, Omaha NE, Madison WI, Honolulu, Canada Online: Taintradio, ClassicallyHip