All About Jazz - TROY DOSTERT writes.....Confirming the many advantages of a regular working ensemble, the Alchemy Sound Project came together in 2014 to provide an additional venue of exploration for several members of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute in Los Angeles. Although the group possesses an affinity for fusing classical composition techniques with expansive improvisation, what stands out on Afrika Love, the collective's third release, is its undisguised love of the jazz tradition.
With a three-horn core of trumpeter Samantha Boshnack and multi-instrumentalists Erica Lindsay and Salim Washington, the veteran members of the group also include bassist David Arend and pianist Sumi Tonooka. And as been the case on each of its releases, the ensemble is once again complemented by guests on trombone and drums-on this album, Michael Ventoso and Chad Taylor, respectively. Ventoso's presence adds low-end sonority to the group's crafty arrangements, while Taylor brings his own characteristically alchemical rhythmic tendencies to the album.
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KXSF 102.5 FM San Francisco - Frequency Uplift! Bob Thayer is in conversation with jazz pianist/composer VIJAY IYER, on his new trio and music ‘Uneasy.' They discuss creating art and social change, and on challenging the political and cultural moment.
Uneasy, with Tyshawn Sorey and Linda May Han Oh, is Vijay Iyer's second trio album on ECM and his seventh appearance as a leader on the label. Navigating from one shape-shifting idea to another, he continues to push boundaries from one album to the next. His unique musical approach has gained him many accolades and much praise from the international press, The New York Times summarizing his persona as a "social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway". On Uneasy, he draws on the history of the music while continuing to push it forward. In the course of this endeavour, the political and social turbulences dominating today's American landscape are reflected in musical contemplation and tense space. In his liner notes, Vijay elaborates on how today "the word ‘uneasy' feels like a brutal understatement, too mild for cataclysmic times. But maybe, since the word contains its own opposite, it reminds us that the most soothing, healing music is often born of and situated within profound unrest; and conversely, the most turbulent music may contain stillness, coolness, even wisdom."
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WFMT'S LISA FLYNN WRITES......Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin is also a versatile pianist. In the summer of 2020, when the pandemic shut down most of the cultural life all over the world, he found, as he describes it, "kind of a salvation" in playing the piano – and recorded his first solo album. Nézet-Séguin was inspired also by the memory of his admired teacher Anisia Campos who had passed away that year. Playing the piano "gave me an opportunity for introspection, something that I think most of us did – not only artists and musicians, but every human being – recalibrating our priorities, what our purpose is in life, and what our aspirations are. It was important for me to reflect the whole range of repertoire that Madame Campos taught me, and to offer this album as a journey through some very dark and intimate places, but also through some dreamy ones, more positive and hopeful. It's a broad spectrum from Scarlatti to today."
For June 14 2021, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Introspection: Solo Piano Sessions is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release.'
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JOMORO is the alias of the musical merger of...Joey Waronker – Veteran drummer of session and live renown with the likes of Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, Adele, Beck, Roger Waters, Air and R.E.M., and full-fledged member of Ultraista and Atoms for Peace, the latter of which also featured bandmate...and Mauro Refosco – International percussionist hailing from Brazil to Broadway-specifically David Byrne's American Utopia-with additional credits ranging from Vampire Weekend and Red Hot Chili Peppers to Dirty Projectors, Bebel Gilberto and Caetano Veloso, among others.
Whereas the two have recorded together before-notably alongside Thom Yorke, Flea and Nigel Godrich on Atoms For Peace's #2 charting album AMOK-with JOMORO, Joey and Mauro build their own world at the crossroads of the electronic and the percussive. The expanse of the duo's musical realm is mapped throughout the sonic geography of its debut album, Blue Marble Sky (Sony Music Masterworks): a 12-track travelogue that transports the listener to aural environs ranging from the tranquil Brazilian rainforest to bustling city streets, with occasional breezy pop detours along the way.
This is a double interview as Harmonious World Podcast's Hilary Robertson speaks to JOMORO. LISTEN
The New York Times critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.......June 3, 2021. The New York Times - LAUREL GRAEBER writes......Cinema Treats, Short and Often Sweet. These are just a few of the subjects in KidsFilmFest, an international slate of short cinematic adventures that this year, like last, will be shown entirely online. For $10, families can view the two programs, which are presented by the Brooklyn Film Festival, any time from noon on Friday to 10 p.m. Eastern time on June 13. Streaming on CineSend, each series - eight titles for ages 3 to 7, and nine for ages 8 to 15 - will be followed by a recorded discussion with filmmakers.
The animated choices include Xi Chengzhuo's beautiful, wordless "Ballad of Music Notes"; Catherine Chen's "Yuan Yuan and the Hollow Monster," in which a girl defeats a hurricane; and Susan Lim and Samudra Kajal Saikia's "Boy Scientist," about geek romance. But the most powerful love story is live action: "At Last," Lorena Gordon's portrayal of a gay teenager's coming of age - and heartfelt coming out.
Gramophone Magazine noted that GRAMMY-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta conducts performances that are assured, spontaneous and superbly played. An award winning musician and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and National Council on the Arts, Ms. Faletta has introduced over 500 works by American composers, including over 100 world premieres, and her discography tops 120 titles. Not only does she lead the Buffalo Philharmonic, but is also Music Director Laureate of the Virginia Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and Artistic Adviser of the Hawaii Symphony and Cleveland Institute of Music - Orchestra. Hailed for having ‘Toscanini's tight control over her ensembles, Walter's affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski's gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein', Joann Falletta is a leading force for the music of our time.
In 2018, The Buffalo Philharmonic made their first international tour in three decades and performed at Warsaw's Beethoven Easter Festival. The impetus for the tour was the BPO's friendship with Krzysztof Penderecki and his wife, Easter Festival founder and artistic director Elzbieta Penderecka. That year the festival celebrated the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, as well as Penderecki's 85th birthday, and Maestra Falletta also made history as the first American women conductor to lead an orchestra at the prestigious event.
JoAnn Falletta is here with us to discuss the great Polish composer; Krystof Penderecki. LISTEN
JoAnn, met Penderecki when guest-conducting in Krakow, and invited him to Buffalo. In December 2016, Penderecki led the BPO in concert. Soon after that, the BPO accepted Penderecka's invitation to perform at the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw. What was your first impressions of meeting Penderecki?
For our conversation today, JF and I touched on 3 Penderecki pieces that you have performed and recorded; the Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, the Horn Concerto subtitled Vinterreise, and the Adagio from Symphony #3.
The Double Concerto, a commission from Vienna's Musikverein which marked the society's bicentenary provided Penderecki an opportunity to try out an idea suggested to him by Julian Rachlin, who wanted a work that he could play and record both the solo violin and viola parts. Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major is probably the most well known example of a piece in this format. Max Bruch and Benjamin Britten have also contributed, JF gives thoughts on
Why there are relatively few compositions in this configuration.
Why Penderecki's Double Concerto has had a huge impact on the repertoire.
the Horn Concerto running counter to Penderecki development.
the Adagio from Symphony No. 3
Maestra JoAnn Falletta in a candid interview about Krystof Penderecki
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H enoxn's Liana Malandrenioti writes......The presence of Smaro Grigoriadou in contemporary Greek music is very valuable , as a soloist, as a composer, as a researcher and mainly as a performer with her decisive contribution to the support and promotion of Aesthetics Kertsopoulos. The discography of Kertsopoulos is based on the system and method of Aesthetics, but also on the musical realization of this interpretive school. In her record debut in 2009 she introduced the term "Reinventing guitar" (reinventing the guitar), where on the cd she appeared as a soloist and as a composer with works for guitar by Bach, Skarlatti, Jose, Kertsopoulos and her own (in her first world performances). Aesthetics Kertsopoulos) and surprised us with new interpretive proposals for the traditional guitar repertoire, through a redefinition.
The recent record work entitled «A Healing Fire» ( A Therapeutic Fire ), was released amid pandemic in adverse conditions for the world of music and recorded again from Delos.
In this album, Grigoriadou, holding in her hands exclusively the guitars of the teacher and companion of George Kertsopoulos, chooses to perform works by composers of different eras, one of the Baroque era and three of the twenty-first twenty-first century. The works have been recorded with two instruments by Kertsopoulos of non-conventional construction and acoustics. Interventions include pedal mechanisms, new string materials and non-standard settings. We hear a rich and clear sound and an interpretation that reaches perfection. She arranges the arrangements of the works for the specific guitars. The interesting sound experience opens with the transcription for Sonata for Violin no. 2, in minor, BWV 1003, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Grigoriadou interprets the sonata with thought and clarity and proves that this innovative approach with her guitars gives baroque music a special charm. The Night after John Dowland ( Opcturnal after John Dowland ), Op. 70, by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), completed in 1963 especially for the important and relatively recently lost guitarist and lute player Julian Bream (1933-2020). Bream endowed the guitar repertoire with many important works as he inspired great composers of his time to write works for guitar such as William Walton, Michael Tippet, Richard Rodney Bennett, Malcolm Arnold, Alan Rawsthorne, Lennox Berkeley and Hans Werner Henze, etc. .a. The Night of Britten based on the theme of the song Come Deep Drive ( Come, heavy Sleep) belonging to First Book Quadrophony Song or Aryans ( First Book of Songs or Ayres of Four Parts ). This is a collection of twenty songs for voice and lute, published in 1597 and belonging to the leading English (or Irish) Renaissance composer John Dowland (1563-1626). Grigoriadou conveys to us the beauty, the rhythm and the harmony of the Night with subtle sensitivity.
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Following on from her award-winning, debut album Romance, a portrait of Clara Schumann that landed at the top of the UK Classical Chart on its release in 2019, 25-year-old British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason presents her vibrant second album Summertime, fizzing with her signature virtuosic flair.
Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated pianist Joey Alexander follows his major-label debut album, WARNA (Verve Records), with three new singles "SALT" (March 19: LINK), "Under the Sun" (April 23: LINK), and "Summer Rising" (May 28: LINK) set for global release on Verve.
Danish-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter, pianist and producer announces her new digital EP, Live from Brooklyn, set for release on 21 May 2021
Following the release of her fourth studio album Myopia in 2020, Agnes Obel returns with a new four-track digital EP, Live from Brooklyn.
A fresh and open music – delicate, space-conscious and adventurous – is shaped as drummer Thomas Strønen and pianist Ayumi Tanaka, previously heard together in the ensemble Time Is A Blind Guide, resurface in a trio with clarinettist/singer/percussionist Marthe Lea.
Niv Ashkenazi - Violins of Hope is first-rate / Classical CD Reviews
Posted: May 30, 2020 12:00 AM
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"Violins of Hope is an artistic and educational project composed of instruments that were owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust." - James A. Grymes, author of Violins of Hope
Violinist Niv Ashkenazi plays one such violin for this recording, and states in the booklet, "I have chosen Jewish repertoire from throughout its lifetime..."
Mr. Ashkenazi is an alum of the Perlman Music Program, and I often hear hints of Perlman in his playing. With this particular violin, his tone is gorgeous - husky and full of texture, perfectly suited to this music. He plays with passion and exceptional musicianship. There are times where I could do with less portamentos (for example, the opening Dauber Serenade and, especially Williams's Schindler's List Theme, here arranged for violin and piano), but elsewhere his playing is naturally expressive and free of excessive emoting.
As to the repertoire, listening to it from beginning to end, one gets the feeling of routine; it ends up sounding a bit too much of the same thing. However, taken in smaller chunks, one hears more variety and much very good music (most of which I was not previously familiar with). Highlights for me are Julius Chajes's The Chassid, and the very rhapsodic Three songs Without Words, by Paul Ben-Haim.
Mr. Ashkenazi benefits enormously throughout from the superb piano accompaniments played by Matthew Graybil, also a masters graduate from The Juilliard School. The recorded sound is excellent - warm, clean and intimately mic'd.
This is an interesting project and an interesting recording. Once again, Albany Records provides an invaluable addition to the recorded repertoire with an emphasis on American performers. I can recommend this CD to anyone with an interest in this project, and this particular program of music by Jewish composers. The entire production is first-rate and I enjoyed it.
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. The project 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 Violins of Hope have traveled to Jerusalem, Sion, Madrid, Maastricht, Monaco, Rome, Berlin, London, Bucharest, Dachau, Dresden, and Auschwitz. In the United States, the project has been presented in Charlotte, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Washington, D.C, Cincinnati, Nashville, Birmingham, Knoxville, Phoenix, Louisville, Fort Wayne, and San Francisco.
Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope is the first solo album to be recorded on one of these instruments. Niv Ashkenazi is the only violinist in the world to hold an instrument from the Violins of Hope collection on a long-term loan, and this album was conceived as a way to create a lasting record of the voice of that violin. Ashkenazi is joined on the album by his fellow Juilliard graduate, pianist Matthew Graybil, and the duo first worked together on the project at various ‘Violins of Hope' events in Sarasota Florida in 2017. The Weinstein family commented; "Niv is the only violinist we trust absolutely to bring out the sounds of long gone horrors, with an honest sound and much love for this music and our legacy."