"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.
Once again, the Canadian Brass doesn't disappoint at Krannert / Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Posted: April 14, 2019 12:00 AM
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The Canadian Brass, North America's favorite brass quintet, came to Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana last Sunday afternoon and played an engaging program to the delight of a houseful of fans that greeted and cheered these players as if they were old and beloved friends, and indeed they are. The members of the quintet, Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Christopher Coletti (trumpet), Caleb Hudson (trumpet), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Jeff Nelson (horn) have fine-tuned their special brand, the lighter side of the classical repertory, played with energetic brilliance, with a lot of laughs along the way.
Christmas Time is Here! The Canadian Brass brings us beloved music from Vince Guaraldi, Charlie Brown, The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty and more! Perhaps if the Grinch had just gotten a little taste of what a Canadian Brass Christmas is like, he would have been celebrating with the best of them! On October 29th, the Canadian Brass' forthcoming holiday album Christmas Time Is Here - released on the Steinway & Sons Record label will be available to melt all the icy hearts in the land.
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Celebrate the life and music of American jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Seventeen outstanding arrangements featuring Louis Armstrong's best-loved songs and most recognizable hits including Ain't Misbehavin', Sweet Georgia Brown, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Shout, Black Bottom Stomp, Struttin' With Some Barbecue, Black and Blue and Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.
The title track, Swing That Music is a song that Louis Armstrong composed and later, it became the title of his autobiography.
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Opening Day Entertainment Group presents the Canadian Brass: Legends, a unique album of all new recordings from the world's most famous brass group. Featuring popular pieces for quintet, double quintet and full brass ensemble, including works by Monteverdi, Handel, Gabrieli, Barber, Copland, Mozart, Lennon/McCartney, the album is conducted by Robert Moody, and these Brass arrangements were created by some of the best in the business including Arthur Frackenpohl, Michael Allen, Richard Price, Stephen McNeff, Fen Watkin and Christopher Dedrick. The disc also includes the newly commissioned Golyardes' Grounde by Malcolm Forsyth, who has won a Juno Award for composition and was named Canadian Composer of the Year in 1989, among other honors.
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Canadian Brass: Takes Flight features members of the world's most famous brass ensemble in their premiere release on the Steinway & Sons record label. Canadian Brass are now exclusive Conn-Selmer artists and perform on 24-karat gold-plated Bach and Conn instruments. The group has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, has more than 200 published arrangements, and has sold well over 2 million albums worldwide. They've had a plethora of educational initiatives over the years including work with El Sistema in Venezuela. Canadian Brass has shaped the recent and emerging history of brass performance and, as shown by its new members, has a keen eye on the next generation of professional players.