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.
David Greilsammer's new recording charts a fantastical and disorienting adventure through works spanning centuries / The New York Times
Posted: November 18, 2020 12:00 AM
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Three years ago, in the underground crypt of a church in Harlem, I watched the pianist David Greilsammer perform "Labyrinth," a program that daringly juxtaposed pieces from across centuries. As a young man, Mr. Greilsammer had a dream that strange, alluring sounds were guiding him through a labyrinth. This recital was his attempt to share that sensation.
Playing without pause, Mr. Greilsammer audaciously shifted from early Baroque works by Johann Jakob Froberger and Jean-Féry Rebel to fantasies by C.P.E. Bach and Mozart to Ofer Pelz's flinty new "Repetition Blindness." Movements from Janacek's mercurial, dreamy, sometimes nightmarish suite "On an Overgrown Path" were inserted among the other pieces.
Mr. Greilsammer played beautifully, but he wasn't fully satisfied. He kept refining the program, trying out different options and juxtapositions, culminating in a new recording on the Naïve label. "Labyrinth" now includes 19 pieces, movements and - in a daring move - even some fragments of works by Lully, Beethoven, Janacek, Crumb, Ligeti, Satie and more, grouped into what Mr. Greilsammer writes in the liner notes are seven "chapters" in a fantastical and disorienting adventure.
The album arrives at an appropriately unsettling moment for the world. And it is an ambitious attempt by a thoughtful artist to rethink what a recital can be in our time.
Mr. Greilsammer, 43, the artistic director of the adventurous Geneva Camerata, understands that mix-and-match programs can come off as gimmicky. And he has certainly proven himself with traditional programming, as when he conducted the 27 Mozart concertos from the keyboard over a single season with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.
But even during his student days at Juilliard, Mr. Greilsammer recalled in 2012, he was concerned that classical music was becoming disconnected from our times. He wanted to bring music from earlier eras "into today" - not by playing older pieces in an unusual way, but by placing them in new contexts.
In his recital program and Sony recording "Baroque Conversations," Mr. Greilsammer brought Rameau, Couperin and Frescobaldi into feisty encounters with modernists like Feldman, Lachenmann and Matan Porat. In "Scarlatti: Cage: Sonatas," another Sony recording, he bracingly alternated Domenico Scarlatti's single-movement Baroque sonatas with pieces from John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. Scarlatti's brazenly inventive sonatas seemed, implausibly, the more radical of the two.
The album consists of a series of triptych "chapters," with two pieces by one composer framing a third by another.
In "Labyrinth," most of the "chapters" are made up of two pieces by one composer framing a work by another. The first chapter begins with Janacek's "The Owl Has Not Flown Away" from "On an Overgrown Path." The piece opens with short, agitated bursts, like grim rustic fanfares, that keep halting and hovering as repose is offered by quizzical passages and chorale-like phrases evocative of ancient folk tunes. This leads into an arrangement of "Les Sourdines," from Lully's opera "Armide" - music that reflects the old-world aura of the Janacek, while alive with crunchy harmonies and snappy rhythms. The triptych closes with another Janacek piece, "Words Fail" - and indeed they do in this troubled, shifting music.
In the next section, two of Beethoven's six Op. 126 bagatelles, from this composer's late years, frame George Crumb's "The Magic Circle of Infinity." As played by Mr. Greilsammer, Bagatelle No. 4 is so pugnacious, it almost sounds like chase music in a silent-film comedy. Yet the middle section turns mysterious, with a hushed, breathless melody unfolding over an obstinate bass pattern.
You remember that mysterious feeling when the Crumb begins: a glistening piece with tinkling chime-like sounds, eerie spiraling figures and thick, plush chords. Bagatelle No. 5, which closes the group, here seems like a graciously lyrical attempt to reconcile the disparate sounds we've just heard. In another chapter, steely, propulsive Ligeti études frame an elegantly intricate piece from Bach's "The Art of Fugue."
The core of "Labyrinth" is given over to Granados's poignant "Love and Death," a rhapsodic 13-minute work with Chopinesque reveries and passages suggesting a forlorn guitar song. The two parts of Mr. Pelz's maniacal "Repetition Blindness" are broken up by Mr. Greilsammer's arrangement of the Baroque composer Marin Marais's "Labyrinth," which on the surface sounds chirpy and animated, but just below is spiked with tart clusters and fidgety runs. Finally, two fiery pieces by Scriabin provide transfixing context for an arrangement by Jonathan Keren of a Baroque piece for orchestra by Rebel, the aptly titled "Chaos" - teeming, unpredictable and astonishing music.
Besides succeeding as listening pleasure, "Labyrinth" challenges the view that classical music is a story of steady, explicable evolution. Maybe music history is more like a labyrinth. This album encourages us to go with it - to look for points of light and grounding, yes, but also to enjoy being disoriented. PHOTO: Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times
"I have always been interested in connecting disparate worlds...Nothing is more moving and meaningful to me than allowing the encounter of two worlds that have never met."
David Greilsammer, Gramophone
Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the first album in an exclusive long term contract with the visionary and internationally acclaimed pianist and conductor David Greilsammer. Titled 'Baroque Conversations' the CD is a program of Baroque masterpieces and four contemporary works exploring the artist's passion for contrasting musical worlds. Full of unexpected transitions and illuminating juxtapositions, his journey through eras, styles and idioms tracks the hidden connections between pianistic forms from the 16th century to the present day.
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