Over the last half decade, Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups-most notably, Sons of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming, and Shabaka & the Ancestors-and embracing influences from the sounds of London's diverse club culture, including house, grime, jungle, and dub. "The common theme in my career as a jazz musician has been wondering if what I'm doing is the thing that I should be doing," says Hutchings, who studied classical clarinet at college at London's prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama. "Me learning about jazz, how to play and interpret, was always a case of just trial and error. I think where I've come to recently is I've stopped trying to think ‘Is what I'm doing valid? or ‘Is what I'm doing part of the jazz tradition?' and just see myself as a musician."
Hutchings is featured on the cover of the May issue of Downbeat. SEE COVER IMAGE
JWVIBE's Jonathan Widran writes.....It may not be necessary to fully appreciate its majestic sweep, but those who find themselves seduced and culturally and spiritually uplifted from the get-go by Ain't Got Long, the Art of Time Ensemble's soulful and multi-faceted sixth album, should probably know a little something about the groups' nearly quarter century history as they engage in the pin drop perfection of the collection's exquisite and colorful arrangements of Great American Songbook and other classics and the gorgeous vocal showcases of jazz great Madeleine Peyroux (Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "What'll I Do") and renowned Canadian performers Gregory Hoskins ("Calling All Angels," "After Mardi Gras"), Jessica Mitchell (Radiohead's "Exit Music (For a Film)," Joni Mitchell's "River") and Sarah Slean ("Sad Song").
Playing on the name, this album is all about the art of timelessness.
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Skope's Sasha Lauryn writes....."A world in which people seek the uncertainties, and possibilities, of art" is the vision of one of the most innovative ensembles to be gracing the popular music landscape right now. With the recent release of their latest album, it's undeniable that Art Of Time Ensemble is bringing that vision to life. Led by the artistic direction and vision of Andrew Burashko together with arrangements by Jonathan Goldsmith who reinterpreted a wide array of songs that qualify as standards. Goldsmith stays faithful to the original melodies and form and then pushes the boundaries as far as possible in every conceivable way. After immersing myself in the deeply sensory sonic landscapes, mesmerizing motifs and hypnotic storytelling that their recent album ‘Ain't Got Long' boasts, I can say with certainty they do just that. The Canada based collective have been breaking archaic genre boundaries since 1998, as their eclectic mix of musicians has attracted captivated crowds on multiple tours. Honestly, I'm just waiting for them to announce their next road trip. This album features the phenomenal pipes of Madeleine Peyroux, Gregory Hoskins, Jessica Mitchell and Sarah Slean. Perhaps it's Andrew's perfect pairings of soundscape with singer or the astounding arrangements of the songs themselves that sets this album apart from anything I've experienced.
Whatever it is, I can't get enough.
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WRTI's SUSAN LEWIS writes......The Catalyst Quartet uncovers music and the stories of the people who wrote it in its new recording series UNCOVERED. The first volume focuses on music by late 19th-century English composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
The Catalyst Quartet, founded in 2010 by the Sphinx Organization, aims to "reimagine" the classical music experience. "Sometimes classical music is presented like a museum piece," says violist Paul Laraia. "We want to make sure everything we do has relevance to today," and so the ensemble's programs reach out to a diverse audience, with diverse repertoire.
This new project, Uncovered, featuring music of composers who have been overlooked because of race or gender, begins with an album of music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a Black English composer born in the late 19th century, the child of an English mother and an African father from Sierra Leone.
Ironically, Coleridge-Taylor, who was born in 1875 and died suddenly at the age of 37, was acclaimed during his short lifetime. Raised in England, he started violin at 5, joined the Royal College of Music at 15, and at 23, had a triumphant premiere of his cantata, Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, set to the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He toured the U.S., where he visited The White House at the invitation of President Teddy Roosevelt. He was so successful, the story goes, that New York musicians in the early 1900s began referring to him as "The Black Mahler;" others are said to have called him "The Black Dvorak."
And while Hiawatha's Wedding Feast remains familiar to many choral ensembles and you may recognize his melodies such as Deep River, much of his over 80 compositions, including operas, ballet music, songs, a symphony, violin concerto and chamber music are unknown today.
Volume 1: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor includes one quartet, and two quintets, one featuring pianist Stewart Goodyear, and one with clarinetist Anthony McGill.
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Acclaimed guitarist Todd Mosby joins me for the latest episode of Harmonious World. We all need perspective right now, and there's a lot of that in Todd's latest album - Aerial Views . Todd's comment about creating music that musicians will love to perform on is very apt and I finish with Aether, one of my favourite tracks of 2021. Harmonious World Podcast gives many thanks to Todd for allowing me to feature clips from Aerial Views alongside our conversation.
'SOMETHING came from Baltimore's' Thom Gouker......Yeah! This was a big thrill for me. I was nervous interviewing one of my favorite artists of all time, Joe Lovano, so I decided to ask him 20 goofy questions to see how he handled them. He easily accepted the challenge and spun junk questions into gold. It's very impressive and that it why I suggest that you check out the Youtube interview, we chatted for 1 1/2 and must of it make it to tape.
"Garden of Expression" is the sent album with the trio Lovano/Crispell/Castaldi, the first was the 2018 release "Seeds of Change"
Do we have to explain who Joe Lovano is????? This is copied from Wiki. Joseph Salvatore Lovano (born December 29, 1952) is an American jazz saxophonist, alto clarinetist, flautist, and drummer. He has earned a Grammy Award and several mentions on Down Beat magazine's critics' and readers' polls. He is married to jazz singer Judi Silvano with whom he records and performs. Lovano was a longtime member of a trio led by drummer Paul Motian.
LIMELIGHT Magazine's Clive Paget writes......Superlative soloists and compelling chamber music from a quartet on a mission.
One of the revolutions set in progress by last year's Black Lives Matter protests has been the refocusing of the classical music industry's attention of composers of colour, many of them historical figures formerly the preserve of the curious collector and rarely programmed live.
New York-based Catalyst Quartet was founded in 2010 by the Sphinx Organization, an outstanding Detroit-based social justice organisation dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. The ensemble (Karla Donehew Perez, violin; Abi Fayette, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; and Karlos Rodriguez, cello) build programs and projects accordingly and this excellent release of music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is the first in a projected series of "Uncovered" CDs focussing on composers overlooked because of race and/or gender (others releases will include music by Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, William Grant Still, Florence B. Price, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and George Walker).
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Icelandic pianist and post-classical composer Eydís Evensen has confirmed details of her debut album, BYLUR, which will be released on 23rd April, 2021 by XXIM Records, Sony's new imprint for innovative, post-genre instrumental music.
On 26 March 2021 the ambitiously multifaceted musician/composer Clark presents his chillingly affecting ninth studio album Playground In A Lake, on which he broadens horizons and tries new things, with profound results.
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), and "Summer Rising" (May 28) set for global release on Verve.
Peter Manning Robinson chats with 90.1WUSB - Captain Phil's Planet
Posted: March 30, 2021 12:00 AM
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Interview with WUSB: Stoney Brook NY
WUSB's Captain Phil filling in for Jim Dexter features the Peter Manning Robinson interview recorded for Captain Phil's Planet. Phil writes...Peter Manning Robinson (http://www.petermanningrobinson.com/) is a pianist, an Emmy and multiple BMI award-winning composer, inventor of The Refractor Piano™ and vegan chef. Performing live with his newly created Refractor Piano™, Peter plays a new style of music called "Refracted Music". Without prerecorded tracks, triggered samples, external sounds or MIDI instruments, he creates a unique new music using only an acoustic piano that is "refracted" during his live performances. Peter's foundations in classical structure and jazz improvisation induce a transcendent musical experience.
Peter Manning Robinson was born in Chicago and grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and Los Angeles,
California. Peter started playing the piano at age 3 and began performing with bands by the time he was 12. Though touring and playing in clubs at a young age, he still managed to receive formal music training at USC and Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has performed and recorded with such jazz greats as Ernie Watts, Phil Woods, and Freddie Hubbard. Peter's film and television scores have won him many awards including an Emmy Award for KABC's Above and Below and five BMI Music Awards for Without a Trace.
His orchestral works have been recorded by members of The London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber
Orchestra, and Musica Nova. In his early 20s, Peter developed severe tendonitis and was told by numerous doctors he would never be able to perform live again. Still able to play for short periods of time, he immersed himself in session work and film scores but was determined to resume live concertizing. Through a mutual friend, Peter met Phil Cohen, Founder/Artistic Director of the Leonardo Project at Concordia University in Montreal. After evaluating Peter, Phil told him he could retrain him but he would have to, in Phil's words: "unlearn everything you know about playing the piano." Peter agreed and through Phil's techniques, he developed a completely new way of playing within a year. During this time Peter continued to evolve his already healthy lifestyle to encompass vegan food, meditation, yoga, kickboxing and growing his own herbs and produce. An accomplished vegan chef, he uses a unique nutritional regimen to keep his mind, body, and spirit optimally fit. Peter views both his refractor Piano™ and his kitchen as "laboratories" where his complex cooking recipes inspire new music compositions and viceversa.
He met the director and filmmaker Klaus Hoch while scoring Klaus's film Flypaper and reconnected in 2010 to collaborate on the creation of The Refractor Piano™. The Refractor Piano™ is the culmination of Peter's lifelong work and experimentation with alternative forms of musical instruments (acoustic, Asian and electronic). In April 2016, Peter presented his acclaimed debut concert with The Refractor Piano™ at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica incorporating both his Refractor and acoustic piano compositions with unique visual elements.
The Refractor Piano™ is an acoustic piano (usually a Steinway), fitted with transducers and microphones, whose live sound is "refracted" through a unique, proprietary system of hardware and software created by pianistcomposer Peter Manning Robinson and codeveloped by filmmaker Klaus Hoch.
Mimicking visual refraction or quantum refraction, the instrument, when played by Peter, is capable of generating a remarkable array of neverheardbefore sounds. The music incorporates both
composition and improvisation and while each piece is always recognizable, the "refraction" process makes each performance unique and never an exact reproduction. One can think of the "refraction" process as layers of sound that are uniquely manipulated, morphed, and layered. These sounds create chambers that open and flow, in numerous ways, to other chambers that can exist individually or intersect and "refract" each other. This creates an everchanging, evolving sound.
Peter decides which elements to "refract" in real-time and "rides the refractions" as he and The Refractor™ bend and morph the sound. These new textures form the distinct instruments and voices of each composition. Using the entire pianoinside and outwith his fingers, mallets, and other implements, Peter conjures neverheardbefore sounds in this new type of music. Thus Peter is functioning as a composer, pianist, and conductor in real-time. With compositional foundations in classical structure and jazz improvisation, the new "Refractor Music" played by Peter creates a truly unique, transcendent live music experience. "Refractor Music" needs to be heard live!
Multiple award-winning composer and pianist Peter Manning Robinson, will be releasing his debut double-CD album titled DOUBLE HELIX with Heart Dance Records this spring on Friday, Sept. 25th. Robinson is the inventor of The Refractor Piano™ and showcases his unique style and original compositions, colors and sounds, which he calls "Refracted Music" on his new release.
"the title Double Helix refers to the two strands of piano music on this album. On one disc are eight very evocative, transformational, solo piano improvisations and on the second disc are eight "Refractor Piano™ music" pieces - a new, innovative way to create immersive, never heard before music using my invention: a "Refracted", acoustic piano. "Like the helixes of DNA, the two intertwined strands of music are aspects of the same musical voice." - Peter Manning Robinson.
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