Chloe Flower is ready for the holidays! The dynamic pianist, producer and activist just dropped the music video for her eloquent twist on the ultimate holiday classic "Carol of the Bells" and we can't get enough of it.
Once again teaming up with Asian-American female director Deb Tam who shot the music video on film, "Carol of the Bells" delivers a cinematic visual that evokes old Hollywood glamour as it switches from black-and-white to color vignettes. Taking place in the iconic Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn with Great Gatsby glee and high-fashion elegance, Chloe performs with palpable passion at a Steinway & Sons piano as a choir carries the heavenly chorus and ballroom dancers joyfully launch stunning routines.
"I think the part where I dance is my favorite memory because of how scary it was for me. Every dancer on set was INCREDIBLE, so I felt embarrassed dancing in front of them. But there was no time to think about it, so I just went into Chloeyonce mode and got it done,"
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Sir David Attenborough's distinctive voice and an original score by award-winning composer Ilan Eshkeri feature in a new four-minute prequel, set against breath-taking scenery from the forthcoming new BBC One blue chip natural history series A Perfect Planet.
The ‘sneak peek' prequel will be released globally on TV, social and digital platforms on 23 November at 2pm GMT ahead of the series, which will premiere next year around the world. This brand new series explores the great forces of nature that support, drive and enable life on earth.
The first four episodes explore the power of volcanoes, sunlight, weather and oceans. The final episode in the series looks at the dramatic impact of the world's newest force of nature: humans – and what can be done to restore our planet's perfect balance.
Award-winning composer Ilan Eshkeri created the music for A Perfect Planet, joining the ranks of Hans Zimmer and Steven Price who have previously created scores for other BBC natural history landmarks. Eshkeri's body of work includes collaborations with Annie Lennox, David Gilmour, Sinead O'Connor and KT Tunstall.
Commenting on the project, Eshkeri said: "Creating the music for A Perfect Planet has been a hugely rewarding experience. The series celebrates the extraordinary world we are a part of as well as showing the delicate balance of the systems that support life, and what we need to do to ensure its future stability. It's a message that's very important to me and one that I believe we have a responsibility to engage with – in a way that not only educates but inspires the next generation. This influenced my approach to the music, and set me on an unconventional path. Composing the music for A Perfect Planet has also been enormously challenging – not least because of the unprecedented logistical issues of trying to record an orchestra during the lockdown! I'm grateful to everyone at the BBC and Silverback who supported me and the ideas I threw at them and I hope my music can play a small part in helping to inspire change."
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This week, we sample a new crop of recent releases along with a few classic sides mixed in. A few new albums starring the cello make the playlist – there's a cello version of Bob Marley's classic "Redemption Song" from the talented family group The Kanneh-Masons; "She's Like the Swallow" from Ofra Harnoy's new album On the Rock; and Yo-Yo Ma's new version of "Over the Rainbow" recorded with pianist Kathryn Stott.
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The soul legend and the indie wunderkind talk releasing music during the pandemic, privilege in the industry, and making Pete Townshend cry.
On this week's show, we pair in conversation the artists behind two of 2020's best albums: soul and blues legend Bettye LaVette and indie wunderkind Phoebe Bridgers. Though separated by five decades in age, when the two met backstage at a Tibet House US benefit at Carnegie Hall earlier this year, they immediately developed a mutual friend crush. Now that we've gotten them reconnected here, it appears something very dope is on the horizon… but more on that in the talk!
Their warm, freewheeling convo takes in a lot, including: a wonderful overview of a career Bettye calls "tenuous at best"; the unexpected benefits of promoting a new album during the pandemic; and privilege in the music industry. We also get to hear about making Pete Townshend cry, quirky Little Stevie Wonder, and learn the answer to Bettye's query "What is a Princess Nokia?" (Photo Credit: left, Frank Ockenfels; right, Carol Friedman; Edited by: Keenan Kush)
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The American violinist; Rachel Barton Pine is joined by WQXR: NYC broadcaster; Elliott Forrest to give lessons in support of battered women and children. The pair's Zoom classes will be auctioned off online from November 20th-28th as part of a larger fundraiser held by the Los Angeles House of Ruth, a shelter for the abused.
Barton Pine, the violinist, will provide a violin-specific course while Forrest, will give two classes on juggling.
"We have found over 40 years that our clients who are victims of domestic violence and those who are homeless have one thing in common: They do not have family or friends to help them," Executive Director of the Los Angeles House of Ruth, Jennifer Gaeta, said.
"So, we become their family: getting them back on their feet by providing counseling, tutoring, parenting and anger management classes, referrals and so much more prior to transitioning them into section 8 housing for which we have a remarkable 90% success rate."
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Today!! - Tuesday November 24, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The nominations were unveiled during a livestream event, with past winners like Dua Lipa, Imogen Heap and Nicola Benedetti presenting alongside Gayle King and Sharon Osbourne. This year Crossover Media represented projects in 16 GRAMMY nominated categories. Here's the list
BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM
Data Lords, Maria Schneider Orchestra
BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM
Four Questions, Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM
Blackbirds, Bettye LaVette
BEST GLOBAL MUSIC ALBUM
Love Letters, Anoushka Shankar
BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
1917, Thomas Newman
BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION
"Baby Jack" - Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
"Sputnik" - Maria Schneider
BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL
Hynes: Fields, Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion
Ives: Complete Symphonies, Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic
BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
Ives: Complete Symphonies - Los Angeles Philharmonic
BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Hynes: Fields, Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion
BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO
"Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchesta" - Boston Symphony Orchestra
"Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas" - Igor Levit
"Destination Rachmaninov - Arrival" - The Philadelphia Orchestra
BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM
Adès Conducts Adès, Mark Stone & Christianne Stotijn; Thomas Adès, conductor; Nick Squire, producer
BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION
Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Thomas Adès
The Editor's pick of the best new albums reviewed in the December 2020 issue of Jazzwise, featuring Keith Jarrett, Elina Duni & Rob Luft, Mary Halvorson, Rob Mazurek and Sun Ra Arkestra.
'On Lost Ships, guitarist Rob Luft makes his ECM debut and vocalist Elina Duni presents a new ensemble – and the result just happens to be a minor classic. On the strength of this album, Luft, a BBC New Generation Artist and an impressive soloist in ‘jazzy' jazz ensembles – whether it be honouring Monk and Coltrane with saxophonist Dave O'Higgins or in Byron Wallen's Four Corners – seems to have been put on earth to work in tandem with Duni. Implicit in working with such an exceptional talent is subtlety in both technique and conception, of doing the right thing at precisely the right moment, to enable her talent to blossom...'
- Stuart Nicholson
Personell: Elina Duni (v), Rob Luft (g), Fred Thomas (p) and Matthieu Michel (flhn). Rec. February 2020
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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.
On March 1, 2019, American pianist Lara Downes releases her new album, Holes in the Sky, on Portrait, an imprint of the Sony Music Masterworks label.
Holes in the Sky is a genre-fluid collection of music written and performed by today's leading female artists, celebrating the contributions of phenomenal women to the past, present, and future of American music.
The music of Holes in the Sky tells the story of what women and girls can contribute to the world when they are given a chance - their dreams can make holes in the sky. Lara collaborates with an extraordinary multi-generational group of female guest artists on this album, including the iconic singer / songwriter Judy Collins, boundary-breaking violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, fast-rising cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, and the urban youth vocal ensemble Musicality.
The album is presented in direct support of PLAN International Because I Am A Girl, bolstering the rights and empowerment of girls and young women around the globe; Women's Empowerment in Sacramento, ending homelessness one woman - and one family - at a time; the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles, a permanent and supportive housing and healthcare provider for women; Girls on the Run in Spokane, teaching life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement; and the Lower East Side Girls Club, breaking the cycle of poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial, and environmental leaders.
Lara Downes' new album For Lenny celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special friends-and-family tribute to the man behind the music. The recording features Bernstein's aptly-named Anniversaries for Piano, new arrangements of his songs, and world premieres of works dedicated to Bernstein by leading American composers including Stephen Sondheim, John Corigliano, and Stephen Schwartz. The album is introduced by an essay from acclaimed writer Adam Gopnik.
Pianist Lara Downes releases a solo album, America Again, worldwide on Sono Luminus on October 28, 2016. The album's title is taken from Langston Hughes' poem, Let America Be America Again, written in 1938. America Again features twenty pieces selected by Downes that explore the elusive but essential American dream, written by composers including Duke Ellington, Lou Harrison, Morton Gould, Amy Beach, George Gershwin, Angélica Negrón, Dan Visconti, Leonard Bernstein, Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, Florence Price, Aaron Copland, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and more.
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth, Lara Downes releases: A Billie Holiday Songbook on Steinway & Sons Records, A personal tribute to this sensitive, timeless icon of American music.Radiant. Intimate.
Lara Downes grew up listening to Holiday's recordings with her father, born and raised in Harlem. Trained in the conservatories of San Francisco, Paris, Vienna and New York, Downes acknowledges that Holiday's singing has been a lifelong influence. "As a musician, I learned from Billie Holiday to make something completely personal when you make music," she says. "something that is completely your own - maybe something unexpected, something indefinable, perhaps complicated, but beautiful. To take a chance. As the song says: "But beautiful to take a chance, and if you fall, you fall. And I'm thinking I wouldn't mind at all."
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In June of 1955, Glenn Gould made his groundbreaking recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations for Columbia Records, rescuing the Goldbergs from obscurity in one of the most significant classical recordings of a generation. Critically acclaimed pianist Lara Downes will be breaking ground of her own when Tritone Records releases her new CD 13 WAYS of Looking at the Goldberg, a fascinating new take on Bach's masterpiece. In an extraordinary coincidence of fate and timing, Lara's recording of her new Goldberg project took place over the same four days in June as Gould's historic 1955 sessions.
11 New 'ON' this week: 93 Total
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Pianist Lara Downes is known for her fusing of rare pianistic sensitivity and evocative, thought-provoking concepts. Her latest album, Exiles' Café-released on the Steinway & Sons label  -- is the result of a moment of inspiration after hearing a lovely little piece entitled Tango from the Exiles' Café. Downes fantasized about this café and created a narrative around it, which she describes as "both real and metaphorical." This album captures the pain, nostalgia, and freedom that are indelibly tied to this state of being-in exile. Featuring miniature works by composers such as Chopin, Milhaud, Bartok, Weill, and including a premiere work by Mohammed Fairouz, Exiles' Café goes beyond an examination of what is to be in exile, to consider the inspiration exiled composers drew from the musical communities they found in their new homes. Because in this sense, the exiles cafes were actual places – there were indeed such locations throughout history to which composers and musicians gravitated and found each other, and they and their music were influenced accordingly.
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