JUNO Award winner Laila Biali's new album, Out of Dust features not only contributions from the singer/pianist's husband; Ben Wittman and son, but also multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis. "There's a line from a song by the indie gospel group, Gungor, that has become like an anthem to me," Biali says. "‘He makes beautiful things out of dust.' That's where the title for the album comes from, and as a songwriter and musician, my ultimate intention and hope is to spread a little more love."
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Michael Whalen's "Sacred Spaces" is an epic recording nearly ten years in the making. "I have been pursuing a spiritual ‘awakening' for most of my adult life. Over the past decade, I realized that I am 100 percent responsible for whatever my relationship with a ‘higher being' might be," says Whalen. Filled with sonic landscapes built from hundreds of layers of sound, "Sacred Spaces" is Michael's tour-de-force electronic project, which seamlessly blends his natural gift for melody with fresh textures and percolating rhythms. Deeply inspired by Michael's film and TV work and his love for progressive rock, "Sacred Spaces" is the ambient recording of the year.
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Legendary maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangaash will be collaborating with multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin. The new album will give viewers a unique teaming of two classical music instruments strumming together. The album, "String For Peace", is scheduled to release on the 22nd of May on the ZOHO label (ZM 202004).
Strings For Peace is a perfect blend of various classics. Viewers will get to listen to a melodious eclectic east-west fusion of sarod and classical guitar. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Sharon Isbin have been contemplating about the east-west fashion and finally, their fusion will come to fruition. The album will contain four tracks and cover various ragas composed by Amjad Ali Khan.
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Produced by Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, and with a sound described as "an album to daydream to", Open Waters finds Todd Mosby once again embarking on a creative journey navigating through elements of Jazz, New Age, Folk and Indian music. Coming from a family of inventors (he is the co-inventor of the Imrat guitar along with Kim Schwartz and Imrat Khan), Mosby's early musical DNA was formed from his love of Bluegrass and Folk music, which eventually expanded into Fusion and Jazz.
Todd Mosby's 'Open Waters' wins the 2019 ZMR 'Best Contemporary Instrumental Album'
If there's an air of resignation to the way pianist/composer Bley has titled the movements of her opening suite-"Life Goes On," "On," "And On," "And Then One Day"-it is belied throughout this gently gripping album by Bley's indelible wit and unsinkable sanguinity. Both are evident in her pithy liner notes, her quotes of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "The Star Spangled Banner" in the "Beautiful Telephones" suite (inspired by remarks made by the current president during his first week in the White House), her play on call-and-response in the closing suite, "Copy Cat," and the unfrantic flow of her elegant melodies and soothing harmonies. The album title could reference Bley's career (more than five decades of recording), her age (she turns 82 in May), or the longevity of this uncannily simpatico trio (25 years and counting). Touching here on the blues and there on tango, now buoyant, now contemplative, the music is richly poignant but never lugubrious, bent but not sharply angular, spacious and light but never ungrounded. Swallow's unique electric bass sound and Sheppard's stately tenor and soprano sax tones, heard in ample solo space, seamlessly lock in with Bley's eccentric phrasing as the band sublimely plays on.
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In episode 919 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , broadcast TUESDAY 19 May at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in an immediate podcast of the evening includes; "Hot Time"; from William Susman's "Scatter My Ashes."
OCTET''s inaugural album has been recorded over the past few years with renowned engineer John Kilgore and was released by Naxos on the label Belarca. The album features the music of William Susman including two song cycles (with poems by his sister Sue Susman) Scatter My Ashes and Moving in to an Empty Space performed by soprano Mellissa Hughes, as well as his Piano Concerto and the ensemble work Camille.
"William Susman's remarkable achievement is to take the familiar instrumentation of American popular music, harmonic and rhythmic influences from jazz and Afro-Cuban music and sinuous melodic lines that are uniquely his own and weave them into something new and fresh, yet timeless and haunting. Memorable yet enigmatic, simple yet profound, Susman's music is irresistible." - John Kilgore (Grammy Award-Winning Classical Engineer)
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Niv Ashkenazi, the only violinist in the world to hold an instrument from the Violins of Hope collection on a long-term loan, has just released an album recorded on that instrument featuring music by composers that were affected by the Holocaust. Ashkenazi, a former student of Itzhak Perlman, is joined on the album by his fellow Juilliard graduate, pianist Matthew Graybil. This recording was part of Ashkenazi's work as Artist in Residence at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) in Northridge, CA.
Violins of Hope is an artistic and educational project composed of instruments that were owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust. Violins in the collection were played in the concentration camps and ghettos, providing a source of comfort for some and a means of survival for others.
Violins of Hope was founded by Amnon Weinstein and his son Avshalom, Israeli luthiers who collect these instruments, refurbish them to concert quality, and bring them to communities all over the world, so that their voices can be heard again. The message of these violins is one of hope, tolerance, and remembrance. Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope is the first solo album to be recorded on one of these instruments.
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Guitarist John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in an outgoing and spirited recording, made in an afternoon in New York City in March 2019 - "old school" style as Scofield says, acknowledging that more than forty years of preparation led up to it.
Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin's new recording, Strings for Peace, with sarod master, Amjad Ali Khan, and his virtuoso sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, is a groundbreaking release steeped in the tradition of ragas and talas of North Indian classical music.
The Bureau (original title: Le Bureau des Légendes) is a French political thriller television series created by Éric Rochant and produced by TOP - The Oligarchs Productions and Canal+, which revolves around the lives of agents of the DGSE (General Directorate of External Security), France's principal external security service.
El compositor austríac Gernot Wolfgang combina les seves arrels musicals austríaques amb la influència, naturalment, més aviat jazzística, fruit de les seves estades a Califòrnia.
Vienna and the West es van gravar del 15 al 18 de maig de 2018 a la sala de l'Alfred Newman Recital Hall, a Los Angeles, amb alguns dels millors músics clàssics. Entre ells hi ha membres de la Filharmònica de Los Angeles, l'Orquestra de cambra de Los Angeles, i de la l'Orquestra de l'Òpera de Los Angeles.
El disc aplega sis obres per a diferents formacions instrumentals, duo, trios, quartet amb piano i un septet: Road Signs, Passage to Vienna, Route 33, Windows, Impressions, i From Vienna With Love. Escrites entre el 2002 i el 2017, Wolfgang fa un recorregut emotiu per Viena i amb variats recursos instrumentals va dibuixant un mapa on hi figura l'assimilació sonora dels dotze tons amb melodies entretallades, i unes harmonies jazzístiques. Molt ben sostingudes per l'enèrgic fagot de Judith Farmer, o els acords dissonants al piano de Gloria Cheng en l'obra Route 33.
Les textures sofisticades, els cantabiles de les melodies que evoquen imatges cinematogràfiques i els ritmes jazzístics creen un ambient que bé podria evocar la malenconia d'un personatge solitari prenent un cafè a la taula d'un saló vienès. La musica de Wolfgang arrela en el romanticisme centreeuropeu: el lirisme intens vers la natura, la dolçor sentimental expressades amb un esteticisme moderat.
Clou el disc l'obra que completa el viatge d'un nòmada romàntic: From Vienna With Love, una obra que reuneix els múltiples llenguatges de Gernot Wolfgang.
English Translation - The consolidation of a language and a style of his own chamber music, has been awarded to Gernot Wolfgang, in works such as Short Stories or Vienna and the West , the consideration of contemporary classics. Albany Records publishes Gernot Wolfgang's new album
The Austrian composer Gernot Wolfgang combines his Austrian musical roots with the influence, of course, rather jazz, as a result of his stays in California.
Vienna and the West were recorded from May 15 to 18, 2018 in the room of the Alfred Newman Recital Hall in Los Angeles, with some of the best classical musicians. Among them are members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.
The album brings together six pieces for different instrumental formations, duos, trios, piano quartets and a septet: Road Signs, Passage to Vienna , Route 33, Windows , Impressions , and From Vienna With Love.Written between 2002 and 2017, Wolfgang makes an emotional journey through Vienna and with varied instrumental resources, he draws a map that includes the sound assimilation of the twelve tones with intricate melodies, and jazzistic harmonies. Very well maintained by the energetic bassoon of Judith Farmer, or the dissonant agreements to the piano of Gloria Cheng in the Route 33 work .
Sophisticated textures, salibliThe melodies that evoke cinematic images and jazz rhythms create an atmosphere that could well evoke the melancholy of a solitary character by drinking coffee at the table in a Viennese lounge. Wolfgang's music is rooted in Central European romanticism: intense lyricism towards nature, sentimental sweetness expressed with moderate aestheticism.
Clone the disc the work that completes the trip of a romantic nomad: From Vienna With Love, a work that gathers the multiple languages of Gernot Wolfgang.
Albany Records just released composer Gernot Wolfgang's chamber music CD VIENNA AND THE WEST. The album is a follow-up to his CD PASSING THROUGH, which received rave reviews and went on to be nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY Award in the category Best Classical Compendium.
VIENNA AND THE WEST was recorded from May 15-18, 2018 in Los Angeles by some of the city's finest classical musicians, among them members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, first-call studio musicians and several GRAMMY nominees (including one winner). GRAMMY nominated Rich Breen was the engineer for these sessions.