Czech heritage is at the forefront with Elyse Anne Kakacek's album release "Formless." In 1894, composer Antonin Dvorak completed a song cycle in English that was translated from the 1579 Czech version of the Bible. Elyse Anne Kakacek uses Dvorak's English text of the Bible translated from the Czech version in her album "Formless."
Rio Grande Guardian arts correspondent Mario Muñoz spoke to Kakacek about her album "Formless." This podcast features the interview. LISTEN
From Maria Schneider:
"We are heart-broken to miss our annual "Thanksgiving at Jazz Standard." So this year, we are coming to you, with never-before-seen videos and more.
Tune in Friday, November 27th at 7:30PM EST to a live-stream (right here on Facebook or on mariaschneider.com). Afterwards, streamable at your leisure through Monday, November 30th, 11:00AM EST.
Before you tune in, to bring in the smells and tastes of the room, perhaps order out a little barbecue (Blue Smoke is my favorite!), turn the lights down low, light a candle, and let us transport you, first to Jazz Standard with videos from our July & Nov. 2019 performances. Marie Le Claire is also editing her fabulous never-seen video (outtakes from our new recording Data Lords) to bring you inside of our recording session. At the end, you'll see the band reunite on Zoom to talk about music, life, to laugh or cry, and to tell you how much we miss you!
From Nov. 27th-30th, 35% of all sales of recordings and downloads at www.mariaschneider.com will go to the musicians in the band, and 100% of "Additional Support" given at point of purchase will go to the musicians. See the Page
Violinist Angèle Dubeau's catalog of recordings has now reached the impressive number of 100 million streams on streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer. In her career, she has also sold over 600,000 albums and is one of the few classical musicians in the world to have received Gold Records. Her recent albums have been featured as Albums of the Week on important radio stations like Classic FM in London, KDFC in San Francisco and KUSC in Los Angeles. In recent years, she has performed with her ensemble La Pietà in Europe, Latin America, USA and Canada.
Pianist, composer, and bandleader Keith Jarrett is one of the most prolific, innovative, and iconoclastic musicians to emerge from the late 20th century. As a pianist (though that is by no means the only instrument he plays), he literally changed the conversation in jazz by introducing an entirely new aesthetic regarding solo improvisation in concert. Though capable of playing in a wide variety of styles from classical to folk musics, Jarrett is deeply grounded in the jazz tradition. He has recorded over 80 albums as a leader in jazz and classical music. And he has won the Down Beat Critics Poll as a pianist numerous times, including consecutively between 2001 and 2008. His 1975 solo piano album The Köln Concert is the best-selling solo album in jazz history, and the all-time best-selling piano album.
The recently released; Budapest Concert is the second complete show to be issued from KJ's 2016 European tour, recorded two weeks earlier than the widely-acclaimed concert released as Munich 2016. The new double album documents the pianist's solo performance at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest. Jarrett, whose family roots reach back to Hungary, viewed the concert as akin to a homecoming – also with regard to his lifelong affection for Bartók, as he explained to the audience - and the context inspired much creative improvisation.
For the Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Thanksgiving edition of KPFK: Los Angeles - Global Village - Thurs, John Schneider dedicates the 2 hour show to Keith with music and John's interview with Keith he conducted from 2005. LISTEN
Sitar Master and San Dieguito Academy alum Anoushka Shankar has been nominated for Best Global Music Album category during Grammy 2021 nominations. As a surprise to fans, the Recording Academy recently announced the nominations for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards on 24 November 2020. The nominations were announced in a live stream on Tuesday. Beyoncé is leading the 2021. Shankar has also been nominated for Best Global Music Album category, previously recognised as Best World Music Album.
The daughter of late Indian music legend Ravi Shankar, she is nominated at the Grammy's 2021 for her six-song 2019 album, "Love Letters," which mixes Indian and Western classical traditions with state-of-the-art pop, Celtic music and more. It's also her first record, on which Anoushka sings, although with only one range. The singer also shares the nominations for the Best Global Music Album with Antibalas for the album Fu Chronicles, Burna Boy's album titled Twice As Tall, Bebel Gilberto for the album Agora and Tinariwen's Amadjar. The music award ceremony will be live-streamed on January 31 at 12:00 pm PT and 3:00 pm ET.
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The 63rd Grammy Awards nominations confirmed what we at Front Row Boston already knew: that despite an industry shuttering global pandemic, it was a stellar year in music. We had the pleasure of capturing some of the nominated musicians as they coursed their way through the Boston area. From intimate in-studio sessions to full concert recordings at House of Blues Boston.
Brooklyn Rider presented a gripping performance at our Fraser Performance Studio. Their eclectic repertoire draws rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits the veteran string quartet with "recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble."
Brooklyn Rider has been nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
check out one-of-a-kind performance by Brooklyn Rider
Cal Performances at Home Concert presents this online concert by the legendary cellist and acclaimed pianist. The show was filmed this month during their performance at Taiwan's National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The songs are inspired by music that Yo-Yo Ma recorded at his home during the beginning of the pandemic lockdown. Stream it until December 12th. Yo-Yo Ma's new album, which debuts next month, is also titled Songs of Comfort and Hope.
Cal Performances at Home Concert presents - Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott: Songs of Comfort and Hope makes 91.7:KALW San Francisco 'Sights & Sounds Thanksgiving Picks.' SEE THE PAGE
Sony Music today announces the November 20 release of THE CROWN: SEASON 4 (SOUNDTRACK FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) with music by BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-winning composer MARTIN PHIPPS (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders).
Dynamic pianist CHLOE FLOWER has given the Christmas classic "CAROL OF THE BELLS" an eloquent twist on her latest single, which was co-written and co-produced alongside GRAMMY® Award-winning icon Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.
Conceived jointly by violinist Movses Pogossian and violist Kim Kashkashian on the occasion of Tigran Mansurian's 80th birthday, the Con anima project brings together a dedicated cast of players to perform the chamber music of Armenia's great contemporary composer.
Recorded in Buenos Aires last year, Albores [Dawn] is among Dino Saluzzi's most intimate albums, featuring the great Argentine bandoneonist alone with the instrument that has been his constant companion since childhood.
Having amassed over 55M streams on his piano album ‘Tales of Solace' released earlier this year, Grammy and Academy Award-nominated composer, songwriter and producer Stephan Moccio returns with a brand-new instrumental Christmas album ‘Winter Poems', out on now on Decca Records.
Christopher Tin's 'To Shiver the Sky' encourages listeners to take flight / New Classical Tracks
Posted: October 29, 2020 12:00 AM
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If you're familiar with composer Christopher Tin, it may be because he made history as the first composer to win a Grammy Award for music written for a video game.
"The song that I wrote a Grammy for is called Baba Yetu, and it's actually a choral setting of the Lord's Prayer in Swahili. And it was originally written for the video game Civilization IV which is a very legendary franchise in the gaming world. In 2009, I rerecorded the song and released it on my debut album, Calling All Dawns. So six years after the song was brought to the world - in this form of a video game theme - is when it was finally honored as as a Grammy winning song."
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was featured on that Grammy-winning song, and they're collaborating with Christopher once again on his latest solo recording, To Shiver the Sky. It's a grand production featuring three choir and two opera stars: soprano Danielle de Niese and tenor Pene Pati.
"I had an idea early on that I wanted to do an oratorio based on the history of mankind's quest to fly. The history of aviation, from Da Vinci's notebooks and the legend of Daedalus and Icarus all the way through John F. Kennedy declaring that we would be putting a man on the moon by the decade's end. And this started because, once again, I had written a theme song for a video game. In this case, it was Civilization VI. And that song became a bit of a hit.
And so I took that song, repackaged it, rerecorded it, wrote 10 other movements around it, and found a way to basically tell the story of aviation through the words of those who actually helped propel it forward.
The piece that was the origin for this oratorio was called Sogno di Volare and it was from the video game Civilization VI and it's the first track on the new oratorio. And it's also the main theme in that it's a recurring musical motif that comes back again and again across the course of the album. Anytime humanity suffers defeat or failure or setbacks, the dream of flight theme comes back and summons us back to that cockpit, back on our feet to to try to push forward to achieve our dream of flying."
One of the pieces that really caught my ear was Astronomy. It starts quietly, in polish with words by Capernicus. It's also kind of comforting, too.
"It was in this sort of spirit of comfort, of beholding the beauty of the cosmos and sort of reveling in it, that I thought, I want this particular piece to sound. I want it to sound peaceful and calm and tranquil, but give you the impression that you are gazing at the stars and the splendor of the universe.
If you were actually to look at the sheet music, I have actually drawn in - using notes played by the orchestra - the various constellations that relate to flight. So, Phoenix, Draco the dragon, Cygnus, the Swan... If you were to draw lines between the note heads on the conductor score, and we actually even created a little video that's on my YouTube channel to show just where these constellations just sort of magically appear in the music.
TWO-TIME GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER CHRISTOPHER TIN SIGNS TO DECCA GOLD ANNOUNCES MAJOR LABEL DEBUT ALBUM - TO SHIVER THE SKY
Recognized as the first artist to win a Grammy Award for music written for a video game, composer Christopher Tin will release a new album titled To Shiver the Sky on August 21. This album will mark Tin's major label debut after signing to Decca Gold.
The first single Sogno di Volare ("The Dream of Flight") is a new recording of Tin's beloved theme to the popular game Civilization VI, a choral setting of Leonardo da Vinci's writings on flight. "The inspirational main theme serves as a recurring motif throughout the album, periodically returning after moments of darkness and despair," recalls Tin.
To Shiver the Sky, is "an oratorio about the history of flight, and mankind's quest to conquer the heavens," explains Tin. The ambitious 11-track album will also mirror that story with the parallel evolution of Western classical music. Tin ultimately settled on eleven historical figures which are "our greatest astronomers, inventors, visionaries and pilots," he details. Each of whom serve as the basis for a composition, adding up to a kaleidoscopic epic that crosses centuries, continents, and perspectives.
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 Mystre 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.
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Award-winning composer Christopher Tin's debut album Calling All Dawns brings together some of the finest performers from around the world in a musical journey through the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Over 200 musicians contribute, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 4 choirs, a Maori mens chorus, as well as an international cast of featured soloists. The Soweto Gospel Choir performs a rendition of Tin's masterwork 'Baba Yetu', a song widely known as the theme to the video game Civilization IV. Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sings the lovely Polish 'Hymn Do Trojcy Swietej', medieval superstars Anonymous 4 perform the Irish 'Caoineadh', and Portuguese fado sensation Dulce Pontes performs 'Se E Pra Vir Que Venha.' Iranian vocalist Sussan Deyhim is featured on the lively 'Hamsafar', and Japanese pop star Lia, sharing the spotlight with Aoi Tada and Kaori Omura sings about the passing of the seasons in 'Mado Kara Mieru.'
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