"Hey everybody, prepare yourself," is how Stephen Colbert welcomed Kinky Boots and Pose star (and "fashion icon") Billy Porter to Wednesday's Late Show. And while that might smack of old-school timidity in the face of one of the most gloriously outrageous and talented performers out there, Colbert was more than game to let Porter both give him a quick accessory makeover, and speak feelingly about how the ball culture depicted in FX's Pose was and remains a powerful, necessary "chosen family" for many gay people. "Sometimes our biological families are not equipped to love us unconditionally in the ways that are necessary for us to thrive when we are LGBTQ people," explained Porter. "It's a culture that came, that emerged out of these people being thrown out of their houses just because of who they are."
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Though she had her share of setbacks-one of which was very early on when she contracted polio as a child-Joni Mitchell is one of the biggest names in the music industry. Not only known for her catchy, touching, original, and enduring music, Ms. Mitchell's lyrics have been celebrated for their deep emotional meaning and poetic verses. Even if you have never listened to her original versions, you have definitely heard one of her songs before.
I was first introduced to the songbook of Joni Mitchell by my mother when I was starting high school. She kept all the CDs in two black cases stored by the stereo. I used to pick albums randomly, mostly classical, but I would always pass over the grouping of Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro. One day, I decided to actually try one of these CDs. I don't remember exactly which one, but there's a good chance that it was Ladies of the Canyon (1970) or Blue (1972). At the time I didn't really like them that much. However, when I played Court and Spark (1974), my whole mindset was changed. That's the beauty of Joni Mitchell's music, from folk to pop to jazz and everything in between, she's done far too much to be summarized with just a single album.
And as such, TREBLE's Konstantin Rega compiled a guide to getting started with the Canadian troubadour's large and rewarding catalog. READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Back in 2017, Springsteen revealed that the album was "influenced by the Southern California pop music of the '70s… Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, those kinds of records. I don't know if people will hear those influences, but that was what I had in my mind. It gave me something to hook an album around;
When Uncut spoke to Jimmy Webb, the legendary songwriter admits he didn't expect to ever be cited by Springsteen: "I had heard these rumours and thought, ‘Is it possible that this is true? This guy needs us like a migraine!' I think it's a very bold and admirable step, and it certainly shows that he's connected with the ground. He's planted down here with all of us. It shows there's no snobbery in him."
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In the episode n ° 870 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , airing TUESDAY 18 June at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also in streaming on www.puntoradio.fm is 'Malibu' from Richard Ford's latest recording; 'Basso Profondissimo.'
The musical world of Basso Profondissimo springs from the imagination of English bassist and producer Richard Ford. The collection was conceived and played on bass, creating a unique and surprising melding of sounds and adding some rough edges to the genres of jazz, ambient, bossa nova and neoclassical.
Sharing some of the same musical landscape as Sigur Rós, Lyle Mays, Bebel Gilberto, ECM Records, and Bill Frisell, Basso Profondissimo employs a cinematic language, often minimal and evocative. There are surprising moments, as when softer passages burst into something rougher and edgier. In the neoclassical-leaning pieces, unexpected elements surface, like ﬂoating transparencies revealed from somewhere back in the scenery. Elsewhere, bubbling rhythms emerge, cracking pieces open into exotic meters. This is not a work concerned with virtuosity (though references to seminal bassists like Jaco Pastorius can be heard in places). This collection is about evoking moods and character, not about ﬂash.
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This new release features works for solo piano by female composers from the 19th to the 21st centuries, performed by Anna Shelest. Opening with the sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, the album includes works by Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger, and Chia-Yu Hsu. Hailed by The New York Times as a pianist of a fiery sensibility and warm touch, Shelest is an award-winning pianist who has thrilled audiences throughout the world.
For Friday June 14, 2019, Anna Shelest - Donna Voce is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'
At the emotional heart of the album is Bach's Chaconne in D minor, whose serenity Samuelsen has chosen to counter with the nervous agitation of "Knee Play 2" from Philip Glass's "Einstein on the Beach." The rest of the program grew organically from the seeds of Bach and Glass, tracing themes of change and renewal, from the increasingly complex variations of the Chaconne to the expansive melodic development of Clark's "Mammal Step Sequence." The album also contains Vladimir Martynov's "The Beatitudes," Peter Gregson's "Sequence (Four)," arrangements of Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Heptapod B" and Brian Eno's "song By this River," and Peteris Vasks' "Vientulais Engelis (Lonely Angel)". The mix also includes four works by Max Richter, with whom she collaborates on a regular basis, including "Vocal," for solo violin, and "November." "The need to go into a room and just listen to sound – almost like sound therapy – is bigger than ever," Mari said. "People are hungry for it, and I wanted to use my creativity to collaborate and experiment with some of the great people living today. Slowing down, and people leaving their busy lives behind, is only going to become more important, so there will be more room for this type of collaboration, and this type of music, in the years to come."
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Raul Midón first met Lionel Loueke when the Benin-born guitarist/vocalist was a member of trumpeter Terence Blanchard's band, which was working on the score of Spike Lee's 2004 film "She Hate Me." Midón was a rapidly rising star hired to write and perform the movie's theme song, "Adam n' Eve n' Eve," a piece that captured Lee's tangle of sexual politics.
Midón, a singular vocalist and guitarist, recognized a kindred spirit in Loueke, and that initial encounter planted a seed that got further nourishment the next year when Midón joined Herbie Hancock in the studio to record Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" for the pianist's album "Possibilities" (Vector/Hear Music).
By that point, Loueke had joined Hancock's band, and he's been touring and recording with the trailblazing pianist, keyboardist and composer ever since. But he's taking the down time from Hancock's band to launch a new collaboration with Midón, a freshly minted duo that performs Monday at Santa Cruz's Kuumbwa Jazz Center and Wednesday at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage (they also give a master class at the California Jazz Conservatory on Tuesday evening).
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After sending shockwaves through the socialsphere following her electrifying performance alongside Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards, high-energy performance pianist Chloe Flower releases her first-ever original single on Sony Music Masterworks.
On April 19, Angélique Kidjo will release Celia (Verve/Universal Music France), an album that honors Celia Cruz, widely known as "the Queen of Salsa" and the most popular Latin artist of the 20thcentury.
From the filmmaking team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, PAVAROTTI is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people.
Lara Downes - Holes in the Sky is ideastreamWCLV - Recording Of the Week
Posted: April 15, 2019 12:00 AM
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From the Sony/Portrait press release: "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 Downes 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's title comes from a quote by Georgia O'Keeffe. The Washington Post called Holes in the Sky, "a charming selection of pieces by some powerful composers - a celebration of otherness, as well as an act of repatriation." Lara Downes is scheduled to do a WCLV Facebook Live recital from the KeyBank Studio on April 16, playing selections from Holes in the Sky.
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.
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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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