Chieli Minucci and Karen Briggs join Lao Tizer in Norfolk / The Virginian-Pilot


Growing up on a Colorado commune, Tizer was exposed to a broad range of music and experiences. His "hippie" parents, as he describes them, were of Russian-Jewish heritage, and though neither one played a musical instrument, Tizer started improvising on the piano when he was young. Part of his musical education came from his dad's large LP collection. His parents listened to classical and world music, from Japanese shakuhachi music to artists such as Ravi Shankar. They also read Eastern religion and named their son after the Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu. "I had a very diverse diet of influences," he said. "The music we hear when we are young and impressionable affects us." Hampton Roads audiences can get a taste of this multitalented keyboard artist when the Lao Tizer Band performs Saturday at the Attucks Theatre as part of the Church Street Jazz Series. READ THE FULL Virginian-Pilot ARTICLE
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John Coltrane - 1963 'New Directions' set makes JAZZIZ: 'New Release Cheat Sheet'


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} For jazz fans, Friday is more than just a stepping stone to the weekend. It's the day when new albums are released and new music fills the air. If you're wondering just which albums will catch your ear, we're here to help. We've combed through the list of albums coming out today to bring you some of our absolute favorites. From an instant classic by a Latin jazz master to a box set featuring music from John Coltrane's most pivotal year, here are six albums you can add to your collection right now. Pivotal year. Pivotal tracks. That's the catchphrase behind this new collection of John Coltrane tracks from Impulse Records. The box set, released today and available in five-LP or three-CD versions (as well as streaming on digital services) collects every take recorded by the legendary tenor saxophonist in 1963, the year he recorded such noteworthy albums as t features material from Coltrane's recordings during that year from the albums John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Dear Old Stockholm, Newport ‘63 and Live at Birdland. The box set also features tracks from the recently unearthed collection Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album. Buy it here. SEE ALL JAZZIZ CHEAT SHEET RELEASES FOR 11/16
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Brian Newman teams with Lady Gaga for 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' / RollingStone


Trumpeter Brian Newman teams with Lady Gaga for a jazzy rendition of "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," one of the cuts that feature on the musician's just-released new album Showboat. Gaga's vocal prowess and Newman's horn skills take center stage on the powerful version of the track popularized by Nina Simone and the Animals. Newman and Gaga previously worked together on 2014's Cheek to Cheek, the singer's duets album with Tony Bennett; live sets from Newman, a veteran of the New York club circuit, occasionally featured a surprise "drop-in" by Gaga, a friend of the trumpeter. "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood was on a short list of songs we wanted to record with LG," Newman said of the collaboration in a statement. "Our choices of how to arrange this song and every song always stays true to our original sound as a band. While steeped in the tradition of the Great American Songbook and at the same time we are pushing the boundaries of the music we know and love." Newman added, "LG makes that very easy for us because of her great range and vast knowledge of the music. We didn't want to do what was already done and make it our own. This definitely shines on this track and I'm excited for everyone to hear it!" Newman's Showboat, out today on Verve, also features covers of Tom Waits' "Jockey Full of Bourbon," Bing Crosby's "Pennies From Heaven" and Beck's "Tropicalia."  PHOTO: David X Prutting/BFA/Shutterstock LISTEN TO THE TRACK via RollingStone p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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Ella Fitzgerald tribute set for the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra / LOCAL12


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} In the history of music, there have been many first ladies but only one is called "The First Lady of Song" and that's the great Ella Fitzgerald. The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra featuring vocalist Adia Dobbins will celebrate Ella's repertoire at the Redmoor in Mt. Lookout on Nov. 15. Adia along with bassist Aaron Jacobs perform a sample. The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (CCJO) is a 17-member ensemble dedicated to performing, preserving, and teaching Jazz as a living art form. Founded by University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music professor Scott Belck, its members are some of the preeminent Jazz artists and educators in the nation, all of whom have deep ties to the greater Cincinnati music education community. The ensemble explores the works of contemporary composers as well as those of the masters of the Jazz heritage, including Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and Gil Evans. ? The members of the CCJO have performed, toured and/or recorded with many of the top names in the jazz and commercial music industry. These include Ray Charles, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Fred Hersch, Conrad Herwig, the Temptations, Arturo Sandoval, Tony Bennett, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Bootsy Collins, Clark Terry, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. As educators, nearly all of the ensemble members serve on the music faculties of prominent university music schools, including: Miami University, Capital University, Northern Kentucky University, Butler University, Xavier University, the University of Dayton and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The CCJO is led by artistic director Rob Parton, associate professor of trumpet at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Scott Belck serves as ensemble artistic director emeritus. The CCJO is the proud winner of the 2016 CityBeat Cincinnati Entertainment Award in the Jazz category. The CCJO believes in the power of music to transform lives for the better and seeks to bring the beauty and elegance of Jazz to students and audiences alike. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} WATCH THE LOCAL12 VIDEO
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Rachel Barton Pine - Blues Dialogues is the WFMT: Featured New Release


Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, a longtime advocate for music by black composers, performs a program of blues-influenced classical works for solo violin and violin and piano by black composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Pianist Matthew Hagle, Pine's frequent recital partner, joins her on Blues Dialogues, their third album together on the Chicago-based label Cedille. World-premiere recordings include Noel Da Costa's A Set of Dance Tunes, based on American fiddle tunes, and Billy Childs's Incident on Larpenteur Avenue, a single-movement violin sonata/tone poem written as a response to a fatal shooting by police. Another premiere is Wendell Logan's violin and piano arrangement of Duke Ellington's 1935 composition, In a Sentimental Mood. Rachel Barton Pine - Blues Dialogues is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'
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Alice Sara Ott - Nightfall is the WFMT: Featured New Release


Alice Sara Ott takes a very personal look at the magical moment in time and space between day and night, light and darkness, basing her explorations on works by Debussy, Satie and Ravel. The German-Japanese pianist decided to mark the dual celebration of her 30th birthday and her 10th anniversary as a Deutsche Grammophon artist by examining her relationship with three French composers who have had a significant influence on her, and whose music made an indelible impression on the Parisian arts scene at the turn of the 20th century. With meticulous attention to detail, she traces the shifting moods in these works, revealing the fascinating interplay of the light and dark tones used by Debussy, Satie and Ravel to create such wide-ranging atmospheres. Alice Sara Ott - Nightfall is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release' p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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How Rachel Barton Pine is working to #ExpandTheCanon with 'Music by Black Composers' project / WFMT


Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has always had an interest in looking beyond the classical canon. In addition to the acclaim she has won for her interpretations of music by well-known composers like Bach, Handel, and Paganini, Pine has also sought to include underrepresented composers in her repertoire. A native Chicagoan, Pine grew up looking for new and exciting pieces to play at her favorite sheet music shop, Performers Music. She gravitated to pieces inspired by the blues and jazz, and her passion for this music eventually led to an important undertaking: the founding of the Music by Black Composers Project. With its social media hashtag "#expandthecanon," the project aims to show young Black artists and audience members that "they are part of classical music's past, and that this is not somebody else's music." READ THE FULL WFMT: Chicago ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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Jon Batiste chats with BUILD about 'Hollywood Africans'


Pianist, bandleader, vocalist and New Orleans musical royalty Jon Batiste releases "Hollywood Africans," his first solo album via Verve Records (Verve Label Group). Recorded in a church-turned-studio in New Orleans and produced by T Bone Burnett, Jon Batiste's major label debut is an homage to his musical heroes and an intimate portrait of the artist – many songs are just Jon and his piano. An internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, composer, educator and television personality, Batiste spreads his unbridled optimism coupled with a profound understanding of the arts. Born into a long lineage of New Orleans musicians, Batiste is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a master's degree. After graduating, he toured globally with his band Stay Human and currently appears nightly on national television as the bandleader and musical director for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Jon is a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Musical Director for The Atlantic and Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He balances a demanding performance schedule with speaking engagements, curating events, occasional acting and producing opportunities, all while relentlessly composing new music. Jon is also a coveted brand ambassador–featured in campaigns for Chase, Apple, Lincoln Motor Company, and numerous fashion brands including Bonobos, Ralph Lauren, Barney's and Nordstrom. He has worked with famed photographer Annie Leibowitz, among many others, and his personal style has been profiled in various fashion publications including GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Jon's mission is to share his faith, hope and love with the world around him. Watch the attached video p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Christen Lien performs 'Unconditional' at NEXUS Global 2018


Christen Lien's provocative compositions, hypnotic performance style, and innovative entrepreneurial business approach all reflect her passion for challenging the status quo. Through her art she seeks to support her fans to process the complex and oftentimes dark emotions that oppress individual potential and hold back collective power. Lien is an avant-garde artist who creates an innovative brand of musical storytelling. She bends the classical genre by integrating innovative technology and collaborating with artists and musicians from many mediums. The violinist has performed for heads of state, diplomats, Fortune 100 executives, royalty, celebrities, and has inspired many crowds around the globe. Lien Performs "Unconditional" at NEXUS Global 2018. Watch the attached video p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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MENTORLY features OSM concertmaster - Andrew Wan


August of 2008, Andrew Wan was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. His relationship with the orchestra began with performances of Elgar's Violin Concerto, hailed as one of the top two musical moments of 2007 by La Presse. As soloist, he has appeared in Canada, the United States, China, New Zealand, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, and Switzerland under conductors such as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, Jacques Lacombe, Vasily Petrenko, James DePreist, Bernard Labadie and Michael Stern. In May of 2012, he closed the MSO's inaugural season in the Maison Symphonique with Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto, conducted by music director Kent Nagano, and on their tour of South America in April of 2013, he performed as soloist and concertmaster in Ravel's Tzigane and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. The 2013-14 season marked the world premiere of a work commissioned for him and the MSO – Les mouvements de l'âme, by Serge Arcuri. His live recording of the three Saint-Saëns Violin Concerti with Nagano and the MSO were released by Analekta in the fall of 2015 to wide critical acclaim. His association with Analekta records produced the 2017 OSM recording 'The Saint-Saens Autumn.' This year, the label followed up releasing the first of three albums that will cover Beethoven's complete Violin Sonatas, performed by Wan and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin. The dynamic and expressive playing of the two musicians and their obvious musical complicity make this first album nothing less than impressive. Hamelin was the winner of the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.    WATCH THE ATTACHED MENTORLY VIDEO p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Vienna Philharmonic and Yuja Wang mark 100 years since end of Great War / euronews


The world famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War with a symbolic "Concert for Peace" during a memorable performance at the Royal Opera House at the Palace of Versailles Maestro Franz Welser-Möst conceived the programme, a musical journey with devastation, hope and contemplation. The conductor said: "I think these days of commemoration are there to pause for a moment and think about what happened. How have we evolved over the past 100 years." The First World War showed no mercy to artists. Many died or returned injured like the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein. He lost his right arm on the battlefield. Maurice Ravel composed a concerto for him - marvellously interpreted by the charismatic pianist Yuja Wang. "The way he has written it, it's like he's had three hands or four hands in his head I mean there's a top melody and then, this in the middle, and it's like the most beautiful harmonies there and so much intricacies and the instrumentation, he's using, the colours he's creating. And you know it has a groovy, wild side," Wang said. READ THE FULL euronews ARTICLE & WATCH THE VIDEO p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Deluxe John Coltrane box compiling five 1963 albums to be released / MIXDOWN


JOHN COLTRANE'S 1963 ALBUMS TO RECEIVE DELUXE BOX SET RELEASE Including the Famous "Lost Album" is set for release on November 30 via Impulse! Records. The box set is comprised of Coltrane's prolific output from 1963, which generated three studio albums – Both Directions at Once, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, and Dear Old Stockholm – and two collections of live recordings, Newport '63 and Live at Birdland. Both Directions at Once is an especially notable inclusion, given that it remained undiscovered from its recording in 1963 until its release by Impulse! Records earlier this year. The new box set release also arrives courtesy of Impulse, who signed Coltrane in 1961 where he remained until he passed away in 1967. SEE THE MIXDOWN PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Top 10 Albums for November

John Coltrane :

1963: New Directions

A selection of Coltrane's 1963 Impulse! recordings, derived from the original albums Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Dear Old Stockholm, Newport ‘63 and Live at Birdland In the brief, bright arc that is the career of John Coltrane, 1963 marks a point of transition between past jazz masterpieces and future work, which would transcend the boundaries of the music itself.  That year's recorded output shows movement in many directions: a look back at the past, continued examination of a familiar repertoire, exploration of more traditional formats and a look forward at compositions and approaches that would further extend the reach of jazz.
Imogen Heap :

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap, The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is presented as four contemporary musical suites, each showcasing one of the play's theatrical acts.  This unique new album format from Imogen Heap chronologically features the music heard in the stage production, further reworked to transport listeners on a sonic journey through the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Tall Heights :

Pretty Colors For Your Actions

Rising duo Tall Heights release their much-anticipated sophomore album Pretty Colors For Your Actions today via Sony Music Masterworks.  Pretty Colors For Your Actions heralds a new chapter for Tall Heights, who made their major label debut with 2016's Neptune and have since racked up 140 million streams to date as well as critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, Wall Street Journal, Paste, Stereogum and more.  The 11-track collection is grounded by the duo's signature melodies, layered and shaped with live instrumentation and contemporary production to create a sonic universe all their own.  
Charlie Haden-Brad Mehldau :

Long Ago and Far Away

Legendary jazz bass player Charlie Haden and pianist Brad Mehldau joined forces back in November 2007 to perform together at the Christuskirche church in Mannheim, resulting in the live recording Long Ago and Far Away. After 11 years, the recording has finally been released on Impulse! Records. After meeting for the first time back in 1993, Haden found a way to bring Mehldau out to LA to perform with himself and Lee Konitz at the Jazz Bakery in 1996. This led to a trio recording on Blue Note (1997) called Alone Together. In 2011, he and Brad recorded a live album with Lee Konitz and Paul Motian for ECM called Live at Birdland. Mehldau and Haden remained friends from the time of their first meeting – they had a special connection. In the early days, Haden, in a sense, mentored this young pianist in life lessons. He would later go on to pronounce Mehldau one of the most important musicians of his generation because of his unique voice, his depth of knowledge and facility on the instrument, and how he has moved the language of jazz forward.
Jon Batiste :

Hollywood Africans

Jon Batiste is an internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader and composer. As an educator and television personality, he spreads his unbridled optimism coupled with a profound understanding of the arts. Born into a long lineage of New Orleans musicians, Batiste is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a master's degree. After graduating, he toured globally with his band Stay Human and currently appears nightly on national television as the bandleader and musical director for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Jon is a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Musical Director for The Atlantic and Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He balances a demanding performance schedule with speaking engagements, curating events, occasional acting and producing opportunities, all while relentlessly composing new music. Jon is also a coveted brand ambassador–featured in campaigns for Chase, Apple, Lincoln Motor Company, and numerous fashion brands including Bonobos, Ralph Lauren, Barney's and Nordstrom. He has worked with famed photographer Annie Leibowitz, among many others, and his personal style has been profiled in various fashion publications including GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Jon's mission is to share his faith, hope and love with the world around him.
Brian Newman :

SHOWBOAT

Trumpeter and singer Brian Newman's first album for Verve, SHOWBOAT, is out today and features a brand new track with his long-time friend and colleague  LADY GAGA on "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," a song that was first recorded by Nina Simone in 1964, and subsequently covered by The Animals. Joe Cocker and Elvis Costello among a host of other artists through the decades.  Brian explains, "Please Don't let Me Be Misunderstood was on a short list of songs we wanted to record with LG. Our choices of how to arrange this song and every song always stays true to our original sound as a band. While steeped in the tradition of the Great American Songbook and at the same time we are pushing the boundaries of the music we know and love. LG makes that very easy for us because of her great range and vast knowledge of the music. We didn't want to do what was already done and make it our own. This definitely shines on this track and I'm excited for everyone to hear it!"
2CELLOS :

Let There Be Cello

The Croatian duo of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, better known as 2CELLOS, today release their much-anticipated new album, Let There Be Cello, via Sony Music Masterworks – available everywhere now.  A follow-up to the 2017 release of Score, Let There Be Cello finds the pair exploring a diverse catalogue with their signature boundary-breaking playing style.  Known for their electric live performances, 2CELLOS now gear up to take their newest album on the road for their first-ever U.S. arena tour, which is set to kick off February 2019.
Ludwig Goransson :

VENOM (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Sony Music announces the release of VENOM (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on October 5 with original music by three-time GRAMMY Award nominee Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station, Creed, Atlanta).  Amongst an impressive resume of TV and film credits, Göransson is best known for his collaborative work with Donald Glover, producing records under the Childish Gambino pseudonym, including the critically-acclaimed and GRAMMY® Award-winning album Awaken, My Love!
Tony Bennett, Diana Krall :

Love Is Here To Stay

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall celebrate their shared love of the music of George and Ira Gershwin on their new collaborative album, LOVE IS HERE TO STAY, set for a September 14th release on Verve Records/Columbia Records.  Tony Bennett, who celebrates his 92nd birthday today, has been friends with Diana Krall for over 20 years. The two toured together in 2000 and recorded duets for two of Bennett's albums ("Duets" and "Playin' With My Friends"), but this marks their first full album project together.  LOVE IS HERE TO STAY is out just in time for the 120th Anniversary of George Gershwin's birthday which takes place on September 26th.  Both multi-Grammy winning and platinum-selling artists, Bennett is the only artist at the ages of 85 and 88, respectively, to have an album debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Krall is the only jazz artist to have eight albums debut at #1 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart.  Danny Bennett, President and CEO of Verve Label Group commented, "When Tony Bennett and Diana Krall sing the music of the Gershwins, it's truly the consummate artistic pairing of singers and songwriting.  It's one of those recordings that when you listen to it, you recognize instantly that it had to happen - it was just a matter of getting these two extraordinary performers into a studio and putting the Gershwin songbook in front of them."
Yo-Yo Ma :

Six Evolutions - Bach Cello Suites

YO-YO MA releases Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites today.  The new album from Sony Classical marks Ma's third and final recording of the works and celebrates his nearly six-decade-long relationship with the music.  Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites is available to stream and download now on all digital service providers and for purchase as a 3-LP 180-gram vinyl set. As Ma's "constant musical companions" for almost 60 years, Bach's Cello Suites first entered the cellist's life at the age of four, when he learned the first measure of the Prélude to Suite No. 1 under his father's instruction.  His Grammy Award-winning first complete recording of the suites was made in his late twenties. His second, Inspired by Bach, was released in his early forties and recorded alongside a multi-genre, collaborative exploration of the works. Both previous recordings of the Cello Suites, also on Sony Classical, became landmarks in classical discography, as well as milestones in Ma's musical life.  Since then these works have been a through line in his life, guiding him through times of happiness as well as hardship, prompting Ma to ask, "What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times'"
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