Max Richter's 'Voices' envisions a better world / NPR Q&A

When thinking about putting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to music on Voices, Composer Max Richter tried to capture the essence of "the world we haven't made yet." Richter has scored soundtracks and had his music placed across film and television, including recent Hollywood movies such as Mary Queen of Scots, Hostiles and Ad Astra. But Richter's also a composer who's not afraid to take on political issues in his music. In his previous works, he's responded to the conflict in Kosovo, the Iraq War and the 2005 London terrorist attacks. On his latest album, Voic
 
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Nicola Benedetti really shines on Elgar 'Violin Concerto' / Classical Music Sentinel

For a composer known to epitomize the "British" style and sound of orchestral music, the Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) sounds more like a Russian work in a Glazunov sort of way. During its lyrical passages in particular it exudes a melancholy typical of the Slavic temperament. And it's within these introspective moments, especially at the recapitulation of the opening movement's main theme near the end of the concerto, that Nicola Benedetti really shines, and lends the music a dark, autumnal tone. This creates a fine contrast to the sparkle she b
 
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Bettye LaVette is The Bluegrass Situation: Artist of the Month

The very definition of persistence, Bettye LaVette is among the newest inductees into the Blues Music Hall of Fame, yet she pulls her material from nearly every imaginable corner of music. In addition to her distinguished R&B output that dates to the 1960s, she has interpreted the greats of folk and country music, ranging from Bob Dylan and Patty Griffin to George Jones and Dolly Parton. Now the five-time Grammy nominee is honoring many of the Black women who inspire her with Blackbirds, a collection that takes its name from the Beatles standard. However, as LaVette has stated before, P
 
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Simply put, Max Richter is one of the most successful composers of our time / ABC - Australia

His music sinks deep into the question not only of who we are, but who we aspire to be. His works have been streamed over a billion times and, perhaps more importantly than that, he is the composer to whom we turn as we try to find truth in this world. His new album, Voices, is just out, and it is a work almost beyond categorisation. Voices started as a small idea ten years ago when Richter composed a short piece called "Mercy" in response to events around Guantanamo Prison. Richter's aim was to write a piece to think to, a piece which would provoke us, inspire us, beguile us, something
 
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Who is Daniel Barenboim? / udiscovermusic.

Daniel Barenboim is one of the most famous classical musicians on the planet and one of the greatest artists of our time. As a pianist he is particularly admired for his interpretations of the works of Mozart and Beethoven. Since his conducting debut in 1967 he has been in great demand as a conductor with the world's leading orchestras. Daniel Barenboim was married to cellist Jacqueline du Pré and they became the music industry's golden couple. In 1999 he founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, with the academic Edward Said, which features Arab and Israeli musicians. Daniel Barenbo
 
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Goat Rodeo with Aoife O'Donovan perform 'The Trappings' for Colbert: #PlayAtHome series / JamBase

Supergroup Goat Rodeo featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan and bassist Edgar Meyer are featured in the latest installment of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert‘s #PlayAtHome video series. The quartet is joined by vocalist Aoife O'Donovan for a performance of "The Trappings." "The Trappings" appears on the group's recently released sophomore studio album, Not Our First Goat Rodeo. O'Donovan is also featured on the studio version of the song from the quartet's first LP since 2011's The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Yo-Ya Ma told the tale of
 
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"The Trappings" - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Maria Schneider sends a strong message about mass manipulation on 'Data Lords' / SOMETHING ELSE!

Even a globally-renowned, multiple Grammy-winning orchestra such as Maria Schneider's is difficult to fund in the 21st century, and she has to rely on commissions and the crowdsourcing website ArtistShare to bring her projects to the public. Data Lords is Schneider's fifth album in a row she's made using ArtistShare and her first since 2015's autobiographical The Thompson Fields, an album that racked up a bunch of 5-star reviews. Schneider had a different theme in mind for her next album, one that expresses society's loss of control and identity due to the massive, aggressive and stealt
 
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Voguing meets classical in new Chad Lawson video / 98.7WFMT

Music and motion come together beautifully in a new video featuring the work of pianist and composer Chad Lawson. Explaining the link between the images and his music, Lawson quotes painter Edgar Degas: "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." The video for Prelude in D Major, directed by Agostina Gálvez, features the dancers Jason Rodriguez and José Lapaz Rodriguez. Jason has become the new face of the art form of voguing, bringing his distinctive moves to the television series Pose, set in the ballroom scene of the 1980s. In the video, the two dancers perform
 
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Daniel Barenboim - Elgar 'Sea Pictures,' 'Falstaff' is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Daniel Barenboim and Decca Classics continue their acclaimed Elgar series, recording Sea Pictures again after four decades and paired with the symphonic poem Falstaff. Recorded live in the winter of 2019, the album features the Berlin Staatskapelle and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča in her first recording of Sea Pictures. For July 30 2020, Daniel Barenboim Elgar -Sea Pictures, Falstaff is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'
 
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Max Richter's 'Voices' takes its theme from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights / iNews

There are enough records in the world already, thinks the ­composer Max Richter. So when he writes music, there has to be a "good reason". So far, those have included the Kosovo War, which he tackled on his debut album Memoryhouse in 2002, the Iraq War, the subject of 2004's The Blue Notebooks, and the 7/7 bombings, on 2010's Infra. 2015's eight-and-a-half-hour concept album Sleep was intended as a break from the pressures of the digital age and became a classical phenomenon, streamed more than 450 million times. His latest, Voices, began with the contemplative violin and piano-
 
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Sharon Isbin releases a pair of albums, one with her in the lead and the other in a unique quartet setting / Jazz Weekly

Guitarist Sharon Isbin first caught my eye when I saw her in a trio setting where she held her own with Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo at a concert at CSUN. Here, she releases a pair of albums, one with her in the lead and the other in a unique quartet setting. The first, Affinity, has her in solo, duet and concert settings all to rich rewards. The feature piece is Chris Brubeck's "Affinity: Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra" which includes intricate and romantic fingerwork with modern Iberian tones and sweeping strings. Leo Brouwer's "El Decameron Negro" is darker and filled with
 
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Jimmy Heath approaches the eight tracks on 'Love Letter' with keen sensitivity / THE REHEARSAL STUDIO

Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath died this past January 19 at the age of 93. That means that he lived through just about every genre of twentieth-century jazz. His personal involvement in making jazz can be traced back to performances with both Howard McGhee and Dizzy Gillespie. A little over a week ago Verve released his final album entitled Love Letter. There are only eight tracks, all of which are ballad classics, including songs written by Billie Holiday, Mal Waldron, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, and Gordon Parks (who is probably better known for his work in photography and film). Hea
 
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Silkroad names Rhiannon Giddens as new artistic director / THE UNDEFEATED

Folk artist, banjo evangelist, Grammy winner and MacArthur genius grant recipient Rhiannon Giddens will be the new artistic director of Silkroad. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma founded the artistic organization in 1998 to foster multicultural connection and collaboration among music artists across the world, sort of like an ongoing United Nations jam session. Silkroad announced the decision Tuesday morning. Giddens' first official appearance as Silkroad's new artistic director will be July 29 during Tanglewood's virtual "Recitals from the World Stage." "Rhiannon is an extraordinary human being and mu
 
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glideMAGAZINE revisits select Medeski Martin & Wood recordings from the past 25 years

Medeski Martin & Wood have traveled a most intriguing career path over the course of their near-thirty years together. Since their formation as an unusually ambitious jazz trio through the blossoming as groovemeisters in the next decade than on to today's de facto hiatus, the threesome has followed its collective instincts as unerringly as they do within the spontaneity of their moments live on stage. In essence, these three musicians constantly challenge themselves, exhibiting confidence in their individual technical abilities as deep and abiding as their bond as a band. That, in turn,
 
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Kim Portnoy - Caprice is a winner / STAGE & CINEMA

The eponymous first track is compelling, propulsive, and melodious - a uniquely American sound that one might call Aaron Copland in Buenos Aires. Played with gusto by The Arianna String Quartet and Vera Parkin, who is positively making out with the piano, it seems that Mr. Portnoy is not just composing for his own happiness, but ours as well. Kirk Hanser and John McClellan offer the introspective trio of guitar duet "Intermezzos" that calls to mind the classicism of Andrés Segovia - the duo's expressive performances compliment Portnoy's wide palette of tone, and his musical personali
 
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Creating the soundscapes of 'Ghost of Tsushima' with Its audio director & composers / the escapist

Coming off of 2014's inFamous: Second Son, Sucker Punch went hard to work on what would be the studio's next game, Ghost of Tsushima. This game was going to be Sucker Punch's most ambitious project yet, and with that came new challenges. The game's audio director, Brad Meyer, told me that the team wanted Ghost of Tsushima to act as a sort of time machine. When playing the game, the intention was to transport players back in time to make it feel like they were assuming the role of a samurai in feudal Japan. "Our next task was deconstructing the gameplay to figure out how we could mak
 
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Caroline Shaw chats with WVIA: Public Media - Art Scene

Caroline Shaw, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2013, speaking about her oratorio, "The Listeners," commissioned by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, in connection with the recent release of a recording of the work and a song trilogy titled, "Is a Rose" with Anne Sofie Von Otter. The soloists for "The Listeners" are contralto Avery Amereau and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, who is from Williamsport, PA. LISTEN TO THE interview with CS and WVIA: Public Media - Art Scene host Erika Funke
 
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'A Neon Jazz Interview' catches up with John Scofield

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Legendary Jazz Guitarist John Scofield. We caught up with him to talk abut his newest 2020 CD Swallow Tales that celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow made in an afternoon in New York City in March 2019 .. John was a 20-year-old student at Berklee when he first met and played with bassist Swallow, and they have continued ever since, in many different contexts. Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, he has gone on to become a jazz legend with great tales .. We talked about this new material and th
 
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Niv Ashkenazi - Violins of Hope is 'beyondcriticism'

Niv Ashkenazi is the first and only artist to receive his fiddle on long-term loan from Violins of Hope. The recital from which we heard luminous excerpts is the first solo album released under the Violins of Hope banner. Founded by the Israeli luthiers Amnon Weinstein and his son Avshalom Weinstein, Violins of Hope collects, restores to concert quality, and loans out string instruments owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust. Back then, in concentration camps and ghettos, they provided comfort for some and a means of survival for others. "Wherever there was music, there w
 
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Bettye LaVette Q&A's with Blues Matters

Bettye LaVette is a US treasure, a blues-soul singer with a truly remarkable background and heritage. Now approaching seventy-five years of age – "I'll be 75 in January," she tells me – she has weathered countless twists and turns in her own personal musical journey since first recording as a young sixteen-year-old teenager with Atlantic Records in Detroit. And, as we chat, surprisingly UK pop giants The Beatles somehow or other creep, albeit forcefully, into the conversation about her current place and her new album, ‘Blackbirds,' due to launch on Verve in August.
 
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On 'Vienna and the West,' Gernot Wolfgang creates a hybrid musical language all his own / Mainly Piano

Subtitled "Groove-Oriented Chamber Music, Vol. 4," Vienna and the West is part of a series of albums by composer Gernot Wolfgang that includes Common Ground (2006), Short Stories (2011) and Grammy-nominated Passing Through (2016). This album is the first of Wolfgang's music that I've heard, so I can't compare it to his previous recordings, but I love that he has created a hybrid genre of sorts that combines modern classical elements with jazz and other styles of music to form a musical language all his own. The eight original compositions on the album are performed on a variety of instrumen
 
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John Scofield fits between post-bop, funk, jazz & r&b / Montana Public Radio

Legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield speaks with host John Floridis and answers questions submitted by Musician's Spotlight listeners through social media. In addition to dozens of recordings under his own name, Scofield's recorded collaborations read like a who's who of jazz royalty: Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, Gary Burton, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and his bass-playing mentor, Steve Swallow. His most recent recording, "Swallow Tales," finds Scofield recording "old-school style" with the bassist-composer on some of his most well-known pieces. In addition to playing
 
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Bettye LaVette delivers powerful renditions that touch her personally on new 'Blackbirds' release / 91.7WSUM - GreenArrow

2020 Blues Hall Of Fame inductee Bettye LaVette is a native of Detroit. Her first recording in 1962, at the age of sixteen, was on Atlantic Records. She later charted with such singles as "He Made A Woman Out Of Me" and "Do Your Duty," Since then she has recorded ten albums. Her most recent album Things Have Changed, also produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards), was released on Verve in 2018 and received two GRAMMY nominations, which brings her total Grammy nominations to five. Her latest release, "Blackbirds," features songs primarily popularized by some of her peers, other i
 
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Keeping Score with Keegan DeWitt

Keegan DeWitt is the featured guest on our Keeping Score podcast, produced and hosted by Crossover Media's Max Horowitz. The All The Bright Places Composer reveals to us what it was like crafting the sweeping score, working alongside director Brett Haley, and recording at Capitol Studios. Based on the internationally bestselling novel by Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places tells the story of Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who meet and change each other's lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they come
 
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David Shifrin sits down with WMBR: Boston to discuss Mark Abel's 'The Cave Of Wondrous Voice'

The Cave Of Wondrous Voice - Chamber Music and Songs of Mark Abel features David Shifrin, clarinet • Carol Rosenberger, piano • Hila Plitmann, soprano  Fred Sherry, cello • Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker, violin Dominic Cheli, piano • Sarah Beck, English horn. This album sings and dances, with Mark Abel's "colorful blend of styles that serve the emotional nature of each work to bracing and poignant effect" (Gramophone) and further clarifies why Abel is "one of the most interesting figures in American contemporary music" (Pizzicato). The program begins with Intu
 
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  Interview with WMBR's Ken Field

John Finbury's 'Quatro' is a fiesta that stretches from Spain to Latin America / Latin Jazz Network

John Finbury has long since displayed a prodigious gift for musicianship in all its forms – not simply popular forms, but also traditional  and contemporary Brasilian forms of music and dance too. He has followed up his Brasilian sojourn, Sorte! – John Finbury ft. Thalma De Freitas, with Quatro, a veritable Spanish fiesta that traverses a musical experience that stretches from Spain to Spanish Latin America. The title of his album, however, is more than a geometric suggestion that references the composition of this group; it is rather a metaphor that is culturally topograph
 
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'Not Our First Goat Rodeo' is an unqualified 'A' / The Graham Album Review

It used to be that musicians playing in specific styles tended not to collaborate much. There seemed to be steep walls between, for example, classical music and rock and bluegrass. There were occasional efforts at fusing disparate styles, but they tended to come off as one-off novelties, and not lasting associations. These days, the musical world is much more stylistically diverse, with musicians from what would seem like very different worlds regularly jumping genres – sometimes as an economic necessity – and also collaborating, blending their styles in interesting ways. Th
 
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Bettye LaVette opens up about 'Blackbirds' on Kansas City's KCXL: Neon Jazz

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Legendary Blues Hall of Fame Singer Bettye LaVette  .. She opened up about her new 2020 CD Blackbirds that will be out on August 28, 2020 .. The album coming out during the COVID-19 pandemic is a tribute to iconic black women in music .. This Blues Hall of Famer is a native of Detroit and at 16 she released her first recording in 1962  on Atlantic Records .. That led to a storied and glorified career that has included 5 Grammy nominations and so many fans that adore her music .. Get to know her . Neon Jazz is a ra
 
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Sharon Isbin discusses 'Affinity' and 'Strings for Peace' with 89.1/88/7WMHT

Guitarist Sharon Isbin has two new recordings out, Affinity and Strings for Peace. She talks about those with 89.1/88/7WMHT: Troy NY, Rob Brown. Isbin also discusses the place of music in our world today, and how she went from launching model rockets to the concert stage. On Affinity, Isbin performs multi-faceted and virtuosic new works for guitar, written for her by four leading composers. From the Africa-influenced El Decameron Negro by iconic Cuban guitarist/composer Leo Brouwer, through the Chinese and Spanish-inspired Seven Desires for Guitar by Tan Dun, to Richard Danielpour's
 
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Barenboim and Elgar. A musical love story continues / The New York Times

In recent years, the conductor Daniel Barenboim and his Staatskapelle Berlin have released a series of recordings of works by Edward Elgar. A fifth album in Daniel Barenboim's Elgar cycle with the Staatskapelle Berlin comes out today Friday   Outside England, the music of Elgar (1857-1934) still has a crusty, flag-waving reputation, despite the efforts of musicologists and the advocacy of musicians. But over the past eight years, Mr. Barenboim, 77, and his Staatskapelle Berlin have released accounts of Elgar's two symphonies, the oratorio "The Dream of Gerontius" and the Cello
 
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Mark Abel heads into 'The Cave of Wondrous Voice / Hollywood Soapbox

Mark Abel, the composer who has been making and recording music for several years, recently released a new album of chamber music called The Cave of Wondrous Voice, featuring three pieces - "Clarinet Trio," "Intuition's Dance" and "The Elastic Hours." The recording effort serves as a quality example of Abel's recent fascination and mastery of the chamber art form. The recording has been in the works for quite some time - long before coronavirus hit earlier this year. Now, when the music world has been ordered to stay home and think of unique ways to share their art, he has moved ahead w
 
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Max Richter uses real voices from across the planet to remind us we need more than ever to become one global family / Louder Than War

There's not many albums that start with a long dead First Lady reading the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but that scratchy recording of Eleanor Roosevelt still hits a nerve. Over the last decade Max Richter has quietly pulled together this complex and moving piece using chunks of that ground breaking document created in 1948 after the horrors of the Second World War, alongside 70 crowd sourced voices from around the world set to this trademark arpeggios, drones and strings with a soprano Grace Davidson added to the mix. Not content with that epic challenge h
 
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The 'Driveways' soundtrack is not just rich in spirit, but a soothing tonic for these challenging times / Stage & Cinema

The 2019 American drama film Driveways, directed by Andrew Ahn and starring Brian Dennehy, was a hit when it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, 2019. It missed theatrical release due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but was released on video-on-demand on May 7, 2020 (it currently stands at 100% Fresh on RottenTomatoes. The soundtrack album - now available for streaming - is not just rich in spirit, but a soothing tonic for these challenging times. Each of composer Jay Wadley's tracks, whether small chamber groupings or solo piano, are gorgeously reflective New Age
 
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Downtempo guru Tom Holkenborg explores different sounds on White Lines and is featured on Slow Flow Echoes

Milan Records release of WHITE LINES (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) with music by multi-platinum producer, musician, composer and educator TOM HOLKENBORG aka JUNKIE XL features music written by Holkenborg for Netflix's newest original series WHITE LINES which follows a young woman navigating the island of Ibiza in the wake of her brother's mysterious death.  Drawing from his experience as a multi-platinum-selling producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ, as well as his lengthy scoring resume of hit titles including Sonic the Hedgehog, Mad Max: Fury Road and Deadpool, Ho
 
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Daniela Mercury struts, twirls and sambas with her masked band, and makes The New York Times '10 Best Quarantine Concerts Online'

With in-person shows still mostly on hold, musicians are finding new ways to insert life into livestreams. Some livestreamed concerts emulate the one-time-only experience of live shows - they're webcast just once in real time, then disappear from the web. Others recognize that anything that's digitized can be recorded and replayed. Here, alphabetically, are 10 of the best virtual concerts that have stayed online. Can a stadium concert fit into a living room? Daniela Mercury, a Brazilian superstar who performed for hundreds of thousands of people on New Year's Eve 2010 in Rio de Janeiro,
 
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Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra turns its weekly Sunday-night Birdland slot into a virtual set, and makes The New York Times '10 Best Quarantine Concerts Online'

With in-person shows still mostly on hold, musicians are finding new ways to insert life into livestreams. Some livestreamed concerts emulate the one-time-only experience of live shows - they're webcast just once in real time, then disappear from the web. Others recognize that anything that's digitized can be recorded and replayed. Here, alphabetically, are 10 of the best virtual concerts that have stayed online. Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, a big band dedicated to the fusion in its name, has turned its weekly Sunday-night slot at Birdland into virtual sets that hold su
 
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Laila Biali & Ben Wittman join JPR for a 'Live Session'

Laila Biali has been winning over fans and critics alike for years. Case in point: her first JUNO nomination came back in 2011 for the album Tracing Light. In 2019, Laila Biali took home the JUNO award for "Best Vocal Jazz Album." Known for her engaging stage presence and popular appeal, Biali's music fills the space in between traditional jazz and contemporary pop - alongside artists like Brit sensation Jamie Cullum and fellow Canadians Nikki Yanofsky, and Diana Krall. On her new album Out of the Dust, Biali addresses the ups and downs of life (including some very personal recent d
 
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Vox Clamantis - Cyrillus Kreek: 'Suspended Harp of Babel' is highly responsive to the music of the Estonian language / Planet Hugill

To listen to the choral pieces on this disc is to hear music which is somehow familiar. The name of the composer Cyrillus Kreek may well be unfamiliar, but his use of Estonian folk-song as material and his way of treating it musically has had great influence in Estonia. To listen to this music is to hear an essential component of the DNA of much 20th century and contemporary Estonian music. The Suspended Harp of Babel from ECM Records features Vox Clamantis and Jaan-Eik Tulve (conductor), Marco Ambrosini and Angela Ambrosini (nyckleharpa), Anna-Liisa Eller (kannel) in four of Kreek's ps
 
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Questions posed by W.E.B. Du Bois are espoused in word and song by Arturo O'Farrill on new penetrating album / Jazz Weekly

Questions posed by author W.E.B. Du Bois in his book The Souls of Black Folk are espoused in both word and song by Arturo O'Farrill in this penetrating and serious of his most recent albums. There is an inclusion of a choruses prepared by Jana Ballard, who deliver narrations in solo or choir settings ranging from modern classical to gospel to operatic. The Four Part A Still, Small Voice is a musical reflection to the 2008 financial disaster that effected our country so deeply, and it includes liturgical tones, defiant brass and reeds, and percussion discussions, all based on the biblical st
 
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Mark Abel takes us on a journey to 'The Cave of Wondrous Voice' / New Classical Tracks

Mark Abel has been composing for most of his life, even when he served as a specialist in foreign news at the San Francisco Chronicle. His music career has pollinated from rock to jazz. Then he found his way back to the classical music he grew up listening to with his Dad. It was that music that influenced Mark's first full-fledged chamber music recording, The Cave of Wondrous Voice.'   Features; David Shifrin, Fred Sherry, Hila Plitmann, Carol Rosenberger, Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker, Dominic Cheli, Sarah Beck  PHOTO: Corina Gamma LISTEN & READ
 
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A Washington Post' critic's suggestions for 'art with meaning' during the 'stay-at-home pandemic' includes; Carnegie Hall's Live streaming series

As the pandemic grinds on, I find myself trying to be more disciplined about wasting time, especially online. I want to go there only with a purpose, not just to while away a few hours clicking idling from distraction to distraction. Some artists, and institutions, seem to be equally purposeful, making and doing things for their online audiences with the same sense of intention and meaning. The best of them even offer a sense of what life will be like after the pandemic creates a new normal, when we all live in a hybrid world of "real life" and virtual aesthetic consumption. Here are a
 
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Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen discusses his role of David on PBO's recording of Handel's SAUL with Sunday baroque aryeh interview

Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen sings the role of David in Philharmonia Baroque's 2020 recording of George Frideric Handel's oratorio SAUL. Still in his 20s, the young American musician is a rising star with numerous awards and ambitious projects already under his belt. He chatted with Sunday Baroque's Suzanne Bona about his path to becoming a professional musician. LISTEN   Sunday Baroque is heard on radio stations from coast to coast and beyond, and we are THRILLED! Here is a state-by-state list of stations, with links to their websites. If your local station does n
 
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Mark Abel's 'The Cave of Wondrous Voice' is compelling in narrative, depth, and energy / GRAMOPHONE

Mark Abel's 'The Cave of Wondrous Voice' sings and dances. Abel's idiom eludes easy pigeon-holing-its contours extend from art song to larger forms with orchestra to a full length chamber opera, Home Is a Harbor.      The program begins with Intuition's Dance, a combination of frolic and dreamy ruminations featuring the incomparable clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist Carol Rosenberger. (Together again for the first time since their memorable albums for Delos, recorded in 1984!) Next comes the remarkable Hila Plitmann singing the powerfully movi
 
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89.1KMUW features music from upcoming Bettye LaVette 'Blackbirds'

Blues Hall of Famer Bettye LaVette is set to release; 'Blackbirds,' on August 28 via Verve Records. Blackbirds features songs primarily popularized by some of her peers, other iconic women in music, who she personally respected and admired. The album finds LaVette in top form delivering powerful renditions of songs that touched her personally. It also re-unites her with producer Steve Jordan. From Dinah Washington's "Drinking Again," Nina Simone's "I Hold No Grudge," Nancy Wilson's "Save Your Love For Me" and more, all delivered in LaVette's rich and raspy tone w
 
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WSUM: Madison & GreenArrowRadio chats with Steve Swallow about new John Scofield - ECM release

Friend of the proGram, John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in an outgoing and spirited recording, aply titled "Swallow Tales" – made in an afternoon in New York City in March 2019. John was a 20-year-old student at Berklee when he first met and played with bassist Swallow, and they have continued ever since, in many different contexts. I had the honor of chatting with Mr. Steve Swallow about the way this album (out now on ECM Records), came together, from start to finish. We get into the way the three "generations" got to the working part of t
 
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Sharon Isbin - Strings for Peace showcase the marvelous interplay between the sarod and classical guitar / World Music Central.org

Strings for Peace is a fabulous set of four ragas composed by Indian sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan for American classical guitarist Sharon Isbin. The four beautiful, evocative pieces showcase the marvelous interplay between the sarod and the classical guitar.  The album features Sharon Isbin on classical guitar; Amjad Ali Khan on sarod;  Amjad's two sons, Ayaan Ali Bangash and Amaan Ali Bangash on sarod as well; along with tabla player Amit Kavthekar. In Sharon Isbin's own words: "The music Amjad Ali Khan has composed for guitar and sarod is sheer genius, and I don't use this term
 
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'Women & Children.' Exuberant eclectic originals by Rick Cutler / Contemporary Fusion Reviews

It's been a good while since I reviewed multi-instrumentalist Rick's work in issue # 110, where he got good marks from me… on his fifth release, he gives us some of the most exuberant and eclectic originals you will hear in 2020.  Though I didn't see any LIVE performances from the new adventure, you can check out several of his albums when you SUBSCRIBE to the Rick Cutler YouTube topic channel. A truly good artist will be able to paint images for the listener to experience… it won't be difficult at all for you to envision a romantic walk through mystical night streets
 
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Rick Wakeman and his English Rock Ensemble pump new life into the 70's prog rock ethos / SOMETHING ELSE!

When discussing the philosophical importance of "The Rhodora," Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "On Being Asked, Whence Is the Flower?" – which loosely translates into "Where the hell did this come from?" Well, big unexpected news from the prog front: Rick Wakeman and his English Rock Ensemble have pumped new life into the progressive rock ethos of the mid '70s. Yeah, Lazarus sort of comes back from the grave with this one, and to (almost) quote yet another on-and-off-again fellow Yes guy, Jon Anderson, "Tell the moon dog, tell the march hare, we have progressive rock heaven." Ah - the
 
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Caroline Shaw talks PBO with FM91WGTE

In 2013 Caroline Shaw became the youngest person ever to win the Pulitzer Prize in music, which established her as one of America's foremost living composers. Now she has a new album release which represents a team-up with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and opera star Anne Sofie von Otter, among others. Caroline joins FM91WGTE: Toledo OH to talk about her music on the disc, which has ties not only to the far-flung past, but also to modern events: namely, the so-called "Golden Record" that was launched into deep space on the Voyager spacecraft in the 1970s. LISTEN
 
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IDAGIO welcomes Yo-Yo Ma to its global concert hall / BroadwayWorld

Empty concert halls and a dramatic drop-off in events: the corona crisis has pressed a pause button for the concert and opera business. But thanks to IDAGIO, classical music lovers can still enjoy unique musical experiences. Now, the leading classical music streaming service welcomes Yo-Yo Ma, the most renowned cellist of our time, to perform in its Global Concert Hall. On July 24 at 8:00 pm New York time (25 July, 02:00 CEST), the Grammy Award winner dedicates a 60-minute concert to the music of the late Ennio Morricone. The concert is accessible to viewers all over the world and will
 
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Cousins James and Regina Cater reconnect during the pandemic to examine America's extremely difficult 400 year history / DOWNBEAT

First came the coronavirus and then the killing of George Floyd, his neck fatally compressed under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. For Black Americans, a convergence of plagues compounds disappointment and outrage-a double whammy. "Being on ‘lockdown' and glued to the news during the pandemic, the world witnessed a speck of the systemic racism that Black Americans face, daily," said violinist Regina Carter from her home in New Jersey. "Examining and discussing America's ugly history over the last 400 years is extremely difficult for some, but there is no other choice; Ge
 
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Sharon Isbin's 'Strings for Peace' illustrates how north Indian classical music can convey unity and optimism / Roots Music Report

Music is often used as a vehicle to build community, and "Strings for Peace" illustrates how North Indian classical music can convey the world's hope for peace, unity and optimism. Multi Grammy award winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin has a long-standing spiritual connection to India, its music, and transcendental meditation. The four world premiere ragas, composed by sarod virtuoso Amjad Ali Khan, provide soothing music for reflection and meditation. The album also features Amjad Ali Khan's sons (Amaan and Ayaan) on sarod, as well as tabla virtuoso Amit Kavthekar. The sarod (meaning
 
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Steve Swallow chats with 91.7WSUM - Green Arrow Radio

Friend of the proGram, John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in an outgoing and spirited recording, aply titled "Swallow Tales" – made in an afternoon in New York City in March 2019.  I had the honor of chatting with Mr. Steve Swallow about the way this album (out now on ECM Records), came together, from start to finish. We get into the way the three "generations" got to the working part of this piece of art. Talking with Mr. Swallow was a learning reminder of how things are born into change. Hearing him talk about how he had to wear a bass
 
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'Music Unites' hosts 'MusicVersity,' which teaches students the music industry virtually / Spectrum News 1

Working to empower high school students through music education, Music Unites is a nonprofit foundation founded by Michelle Edgar, an agent at ICM Partners in Global Branded Entertainment and Concerts. The nonprofit just launched its summer program, Music Unites: Summer 2020 MusicVersity, in partnership with the Compton Unified School District. A Nonprofit company, Music Unites is hosting their free summer event, MusicVersity, virtually. The organization used obstacles created by COVID-19 as fuel to create a great online program. Program participants will learn about aspects of the musi
 
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Sharon Isbin pushes the Indian music envelope on 'Strings for Peace' / NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY

Perennially adventurous guitarist Sharon Isbin has a couple of ambitious new albums out: the first, a Chris Brubeck concerto for guitar and orchestra, the second a landmark collaboration with Indian sarod virtuosos Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash. Titled Strings for Peace, it's a terse collection of four classic ragas, streaming at Spotify. Kyle Paul's arrangements are pristine and uncluttered, giving all the musicians plenty of room for individual contributions. Isbin's judicious use of chords adds welcome, lowlit color and resonance. READ THE FULL NEW YORK
 
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Maria Schneider makes Jazzwise - August cover, talking about the dangers of big data

Jazzwise magazine's August issue is on-sale now with multi-Grammy Award winning composer/bandleader Maria Schneider on the cover talking about the dangers of big data and the tech giants on our music and lives. Inside there are interviews with top UK pianist Andrew McCormack, sax/piano stars Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau, US alto sax guru Rudresh Mahanthappa, renowned singer-songwriter David Crosby on his jazz influences plus a 50 year trip back to Miles Davis at the Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 and the nation's most extensive jazz reviews and news section. And lest you forget, Jazzwise
 
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NPR shares archival 'Tiny Desk' featuring Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain / LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC

NPR Music has dug into its vault for an archival Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain. The in-studio performance was originally published on July 26th, 2010. As the live music shutdown continues, NPR Music has been forced to get creative in order to provide consistent content. The Tiny Desk Concert series has pivoted to the Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series, and the public radio network has begun rolling out archival sets. The concert comes just two years into the long-running history of the Tiny Desk series, and provides viewers an early look
 
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Watch Bill Frisell's 'Keep Your Eyes Open' / udiscovermusic.

Acclaimed guitarist Bill Frisell has released "Keep Your Eyes Open," the second single to be revealed from his forthcoming Blue Note album,   Valentine, featuring his trio with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston. Mixing originals new and old, jazz standards, traditional songs, and covers, Frisell's new album ‘Valentine' is set for release on August 14. "Keep Your Eyes Open," which originally appeared on Frisell's 1997 album Nashville, is accompanied by a new video by Monica Jane Frisell,  Valentine will be released by Blue Note Records on August 14. Produ
 
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Colin Stetson proves saxophones make everything better in Sarah Neufeld/Arcade Fire collaboration / CBC

Depending on whom you ask, saxophone solos in songs are either badass or unbearably cheesy. And even though there are undoubtedly some examples that would fit the latter category, there are also plenty that belong in the former.  Saxophones are often associated with jazz, classical music and marching bands, but they also play an important role in modern rock, R&B and other genres with musicians like Clarence Clemons, Kenny G and Kamasi Washington all putting their stamps on modern-day hits.  Below, we've listed 15 Canadian songs that feature amazing sax parts. Some
 
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Music Fest News is absolutely floored by Shabaka and the Ancestors 'We Are Sent Here by History'

Floored. Absolutely floored by the sophomore album from South African group Shabaka and the Ancestors titled We Are Sent Here by History, released March 13. (And it seems like a trip to the group's first album, 2016's Wisdom of Elders, is mandated.) Shabaka Hutchings is a tenor saxophone and clarinet player who also has two other groups: The Comet is Coming and Sons of Kemet. All three now record on Impulse!, the label that gave us John Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, Archie Shepp, and hundreds of other brilliant jazz artists. Hutchings is British; all other musicians on this recording are f
 
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Interesting facts you should know about Thelonious Monk from AmoMama

Thelonious Monk might not be as popular as some other Jazz musicians, but he was a jazz genius who was considered one of the most creative originators of his time. Here is a look into his life and death. Many people go down in history for the impact they have made on the world. While some are known for their revolutionary ideas, some are considered originators. One such originator was the talented pianist and jazz musician Thelonious Monk who was born in 1917 and died in 1982. Lovers of the genre would forever cherish his life and contribution to Jazz music. READ THE FULL AmoMama A
 
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NEA set to host virtual '2020 Jazz Masters' concert / The Southern Maryland Chronicle

The National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, will host a special online-only concert in honor of the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters-Dorthaan Kirk (A.B. Spellman Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy), Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell, and Reggie Workman-on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater will emcee this premier event, which will include performances by acclaimed jazz musicians-including honorees McFerrin, Mitchell, and Workman-recorded from locations around the country. The 2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concer
 
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Terence Blanchard's songs are the perfect fit for HBO's 2020-rebooted 'Perry Mason' / Men'sHealth

HBO's Perry Mason is a few things all at once. It's a reboot of a property that has, at one time or another, been a series of books, a TV show, or a radio show. It's a Robert Downey Jr. passion project (and one the Avengers star is still a part of as an executive producer). It's the network's latest in a series of non-True Detective shows that are nonetheless in the True Detective spirit (joining Sharp Objects and The Outsider). But more than anything else, it's safe to say that Perry Mason is a sleek, stylish show. From the sharp direction and cinematography, to the
 
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Rome renames music hall after Ennio Morricone / The Hollywood Reporter

Rome's city council voted on Friday to rename one of its concert halls after Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, who died last week in the Italian capital. The Music Park Auditorium will now be called the Ennio Morricone Auditorium.   Morricone won a lifetime achievement Academy Award in 2007 as well as an Oscar in 2016 for the score he wrote for The Hateful Eight. At Rome's City Hall ceremony, director Giuseppe Tornatore, whose Cinema Paradiso won an Oscar as best foreign language film and featured Morricone's sentimental music, struggled against tears as he paid tribute to th
 
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Jade Simmons talks reconstructing law enforcement + 2020 independent run w/The Breakfast Club / DIGITAL & RADIO FACTS

2020 Independent Presidential candidate, Jade Simmons, brings a new lane of experience to the table, eschewing the traditional path of politicians who have come before her. We have seen what politics, as usual, can do. It's time now for a fresh take and a new vision. Named one of the "Best Keynote Speakers of 2019" (Northstar Meetings), Jade spent the first few years of her career performing as a classical concert pianist. Following an artistic epiphany, she pivoted from playing the piano to impressing audiences, to using the piano as the vehicle by which to provide the inspiration, inf
 
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Inbal Segev discusses new Clyne-Elgar album with 89.1/88.7WMHT

Cellist Inbal Segev's new cd on the Avie label with the London Philharmonic conducted by Marin Alsop with Anna Clyne's Dance and the Elgar Cello Concerto. These two works are separated by almost exactly 100 years. The Elgar Cello Concerto, written in the shadow of the war to end all wars, and Clyne's brand new Concerto based on a poem by Rumi. Segev talks about both pieces as well as her work with other women composers, what she is doing during the pandemic in New York, a commissioning project and much more in this interview with 89.1/88.7WMHT: Schenectady - Rob Brown.
 
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Sharon Isbin discusses 'Affinity' with 89.3WQED: Pittsburgh

On this historic ZOHO release; 'Affinity,' legendary guitarist Sharon Isbin performs multi-faceted and virtuosic new works for guitar, written for her by four leading composers. From the Africa-influenced El Decameron Negro by iconic Cuban guitarist/composer Leo Brouwer, through the Chinese and Spanish-inspired Seven Desires for Guitar by Tan Dun, to Richard Danielpour's sensual song cycle Of Love and Longing (with multiple Grammy winner Isabel Leonard) and the  jazz and world music-influenced Affinity: Concerto for Gui
 
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Aspen Music Festival favorites are Sharon Isbin and the Pacifica Quartet

Grammy winners and Aspen Music Festival regulars Sharon Isbin and the Pacifica Quartet were going to team up to play music for guitar and string quartet by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Vivaldi, Turina and Boccherini this August in Harris Hall. But this is a concert you can hear on their recently released CD, "Souvenirs of Spain & Italy." Classical Music from Aspen host Chris Mohr chats with guitarist Sharon Isbin about their recent release. SEE THE Aspen Public Radio PAGE
 
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Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen chats with 89.1WMHT: Schenectady about PBO's 'Saul'

As part of the organization's ongoing efforts to bring recorded music to audiences the world over, and especially during the COVID-19 crisis, Philharmonia Baroque Productions unexpectedly releases the live audio recording of Handel's Saul, the award-winning performances from April 2019, led by Handelian expert and outgoing PBO Music Director Nicholas McGegan. With an all-star cast featuring rising star countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen as David, alongside the Orchestra & Chorale, this June 5 digital-only release marks the 14th on Philharmonia's recording label, and Nich
 
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Beethoven graphic novel celebrates composer's 250th birthday / udiscovermusic.

A new Beethoven graphic novel reimagining the life of the legendary composer through striking new visuals will be published in November. Z2 Comics and Deutsche Grammophon have announced a new Beethoven graphic novel, The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology, will be published in November, a month before the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth in December. The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology reimagines the life of the legendary composer through striking new visuals created by world-class artists. The deluxe edition of the Beethoven graphic novel will be accompanied by an exc
 
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The 90.7WGXC Morning Show chats with Michael Whalen

In the first hour of the broadcast, composer Michael Whalen will discuss his new release, Sacred Spaces,, a large scale electronic project that has been in the works for 10 years. Whalen, the winner of two Emmy awards, is a composer of more than 650 television and film scores and thousands of advertising jingles.  The WGXC Morning Show is a radio magazine show featuring local news, interviews with community leaders and personalities, reports on cultural issues, a rundown of public meetings and local and regional events, with weather updates, and more about and for the community, ma
 
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The outdoors is the new indoors at The Falcon in Marlboro / hv1

From its beginnings in the loft of Tony Falco's barn in Marlboro, the Falcon has paid as much fastidious attention to its physical environment as to its roster of jazz, blues, world, rock, and experimental talent. That loft was more sacred than rustic. Paneled in dark wood reclaimed from a church and treated with beautiful and acoustically useful area rugs, the original Falcon, as a space, was every bit the equal of the outsize bookings - Brad Mehldau, Dave Liebman, John Scofield - that stunned and delighted the Hudson Valley music scene at the start of this millennium. And that pairing of
 
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Sharon Isbin discusses her two new albums with 91.9WUOT

Multiple Grammy award-winning classical guitarist, Sharon Isbin, has just released two new albums: Affinity, which features world premiere recordings of music by several composers, including Chris Brubeck, Tan Dun and Richard Danielpour, and Strings for Peace, which combines western classical guitar with north Indian classical music.  Sharon is no stranger to collaborations with musicians spanning practically every genre: from rock musician, Sting, to opera star, Isabelle Leonard; South American percussionist, Thiago de Mello, to the New York Philharmonic. Collaborating and creatin
 
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9 black classical performers speak with The New York Times about transforming the white-dominated field

With their major institutions founded on white European models and obstinately focused on the distant past, classical music and opera have been even slower than American society at large to confront racial inequity. Black players make up less than 2 percent of the nation's orchestras; the Metropolitan Opera still has yet to put on a work by a Black composer. The protests against police brutality and racial exclusion that have engulfed the country since the end of May have encouraged individuals and organizations toward new awareness of long-held biases, and provided new motivation to ch
 
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BBC Proms 'fantasy' season combines performances including Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Nicola Benedetti / udiscovermusic.

Classical music festivals around the world have had to be postponed and cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic – and the historic BBC Proms is no exception. BBC Proms ‘fantasy' season combines archive concerts and live performances by artists including Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Nicola Benedetti. In its 125th year, the organisers have announced a special ‘fantasy' season which aims to be a ‘beacon of hope' during the global health crisis. BBC Proms 2020 brings together archive recordings of some of the stand-out concerts from the past 30 years alongside a
 
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Jimmy Heath makes a grand exit with the final album of his career / glideMAGAZINE

Precious few of us get to live until age 93, even fewer can look back at that point over 76-year career, and even fewer can see a lifelong dream realized just a month before passing. The beloved saxophonist-composer Jimmy Heath certainly makes a grand exit with the final album of his career, the finishing touches to which were applied just a month before his death.  Known for his expertise in rendering ballads, Heath delivers an all-ballads recital on Love Letter. Appropriately for the jazz icon, these sessions involve a star-studded multi-generational cast including NEA Jazz Master pi
 
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Anne Sofie von Otter chats with 89.1WMHT about PBO&Caroline Shaw

The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO) breaks new ground as a pioneer in bridging new music with old instruments-in a collection of commissioned works composed by GRAMMY- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. "PBO& Caroline Shaw", the 12th release on the Philharmonia Baroque Productions label, coincides with the launch of the "PBO&" imprimatur, created to record and showcase vital contemporary composers who are committed to composing for the unique sounds of period instruments. The recording will be released on April 3 and reflects the range and versatil
 
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Caroline Shaw chats with New York City's 89.9WKCR about new PBO recording

The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO) breaks new ground as a pioneer in bridging new music with old instruments-in a collection of commissioned works composed by GRAMMY- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. "PBO& Caroline Shaw", the 12th release on the Philharmonia Baroque Productions label, coincides with the launch of the "PBO&" imprimatur, created to record and showcase vital contemporary composers who are committed to composing for the unique sounds of period instruments. The recording will be released on April 3 and reflects the range and versatil
 
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Sharon Isbin takes FM91 on a tour of her two latest albums: 'Affinity' and 'Strings for Peace'

World-renowned guitarist Sharon Isbin takes us on a personal tour of her two latest albums: Affinity and Strings for Peace. Affinity is loaded with works written for Isbin, including the title track – a new guitar concerto by Chris Brubeck which contains a musical nod to his late father, legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck (whose centenary is in 2020). Also on that disc: works that span the global palette from Tan Dun, Leo Brouwer, Antonio Lauro, and Richard Danielpour (whose song settings of Rumi poems also feature the wonderful mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard). Sharon also introduces
 
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'Mainly Piano' reviews Chad Lawson's 'Waltz in B Minor' & 'Prelude in D Major'

Waltz in B Minor (single) Chad Lawson has been one of my favorite pianists for many years. When I first saw him play live in 2011, his velvety piano touch literally stopped me in my tracks. More than proficient in many genres of music, it is with his own breathtaking compositions that Lawson truly shines the brightest. Never one to show off with a lot of bravado or fancy finger work, Lawson's goal with his music is to provide a peaceful respite where people can breathe. "If you listen to any of my albums, they all revolve around the idea of stillness," he says. "I'm just trying to
 
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Nir Felder's improvised fingerings / PREMIER Guitar podcast

Called "the next big jazz guitarist" by NPR in 2010, Nir Felder has become a highly sought-after musician as both a solo artist and sideman. Equally adept across a wide range of genres, inspired by icons from John Coltrane to voodoo chile Jimi Hendrix, Felder has forged a unique and highly recognizable sound. He is a member of Band of Other Brothers (Jeff Coffin, Jeff Babko, Will Lee, and Keith Carlock) and has performed with Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington (with whom he recorded the GRAMMY-winning Money Jungle), Vijay Iyer, Jack DeJohnette, Me
 
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Chris Haugen - First Light. You really can't ask for more / Mainly Piano

First Light begins with the title track, a piece that reflects the stillness and peace of a brand new day. The "official" video for this piece is visually stunning and illustrates the music beautifully. "Waves" reflects on the ocean at its most serene with a lazy surf and beams of light dancing on the water. More ambient than melodic, it's almost as relaxing as a walk on the beach. "Peaceful Dream" is also very ambient and moves with the rhythm of someone's breathing while in a deep sleep. "Distant Shores" ups the tempo a little for a daydream about what life might be like on the other side
 
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Gustavo Santaolalla's 'The Last of Us Part II' is sensitive, with an occasional foray into action mode / Film Music Central

The original soundtrack for The Last of Us Part II is now available from Sony Music. The music for this soundtrack was composed by Gustavo Santaolalla (who also worked on the original The Last of Us), with additional music composed by Mac Quayle. Gustavo Santaolalla is a musician and film composer from Argentina who has previously won the Oscar for Best Original Score for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Babel (2006), not to mention his work in other film and video game soundtracks. Santaolalla is also slated to compose the music for the upcoming HBO series based on The Last of Us. Of the
 
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Rick Cutler's Women & Children is a colorful, lyrical, spiritual, grooving and meditative, 12 track romp / JWVIBE

With an eclectic whirlwind of a resume that includes work on hit Broadway shows, an Emmy nomination for co-writing the theme to "Dateline," MD and keyboardist for late tap legend Gregory Hines and work with everyone from Liza Minelli, Freddie Hubbard and Donna Summer, it was only a matter of time before composer, pianist and drummer Rick Cutler really cut loose in his solo career and presented a freewheeling showcase of everything he can do in a single collection.  After 15 years mostly focused on piano works (with a few vocals and percussive elements chiming in), that inspiring, m
 
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Steve Swallow tells tales on Hamilton Ontario's 101.5 The Hawk

Guitarist John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in an outgoing and spirited recording, made in an afternoon in New York City in March 2019 - "old school" style as Scofield says, acknowledging that more than forty years of preparation led up to it. John was a 20-year-old student at Berklee when he first met and played with bassist Swallow, and they have continued ever since, in many different contexts.  "I love these songs", says Scofield of the selection of Swallow compositions explored here – a broad range including tunes that have become
 
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NYC's WQXR checks in with Sharon Isbin

WQXR: New York's Elliott Forrest sat down with Grammy winning guitarist Sharon Isbin who once again branches out with two new albums: "Strings for Peace," a collection of Indian Ragas with the sarod player Amjad Ali Kahn and the other new album 'Affinity' is all World Premieres, from such composers as Chris Brubeck and Tan Dun.   Strings for Peace, with sarod master, Amjad Ali Khan, and his virtuoso sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, is a groundbreaking release steeped in the tradition of ragas and talas of North Indian classical music.  Available via the ZOHO l
 
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Remembering John Coltrane / AmoMama

The jazz legend John Coltrane remains one of the most influential musical artists of the 20th century, more than fifty years after his passing at the young age of 40. There was a message in his music that is as relevant as ever in our times. The late jazz saxophonist and composer rose to fame by playing for big names of the jazz tradition such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis, making him a key exponent of the genre. But as big a part Coltrane played in establishing jazz as one of the greatest American creations, he never ceased to push the boundaries
 
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Caroline Shaw chats with the 'Rio Grande Guardian podcast'

In our latest music album review we interview Caroline Shaw about her new work with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. Shaw is a Grammy and Pulitzer prize-winning composer. The new album is titled "PBO and Caroline Shaw." PBO Is an ensemble based in San Francisco and has been around for a few decades.  "They are known for performing baroque music on period instruments. But, interestingly, instead of performing music from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, they are now commissioning new works from this century. Which is very exciting," Shaw said. (Photo credit: Kaitlynns
 
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JazzFM's 'Dinner Jazz' features Jimmy Heath - Love Letter

Verve Records releases Love Letter next Friday, the first all-ballads album from magisterial tenor saxophonist-composer Jimmy Heath. In addition to his original material, this elegant collection offers the jazz ambassador's beautiful take on ballad classics, and includes songs written by Billie Holiday, Mal Waldron, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, and Gordon Parks. The album also features 21stcentury vocal superstars Gregory Porter and Cécile McLorin Salvant, and trumpet icon Wynton Marsalis.   JazzFM's Mark
 
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Anne Sofie von Otter, in her own words on Hollywood Soapbox

Anne Sofie von Otter is one of the most celebrated singers working in the realm of classical music today. She has performed live for audiences around the world, and her mezzo-soprano voice can be heard on many acclaimed recordings, including the new album PBO & Caroline Shaw, which finds von Otter offering a song cycle of Shaw's compositions alongside the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO). The operatic roles over her 30-plus years of musical dominance are almost too many to summarize. Some of her recent ones include Leocadia Begbick (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Maha
 
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House Of Prog Radio broadens horizons with Dave Soldier's 'Zajal'

It is not often I feel totally unprepared and unable to write a review of an album, and it only happens when I am sent something which is so far outside my own musical terms of reference that I find I am floundering somewhat, close to drowning. I do recall it happening when I reviewed Dennis Rea's incredible ‘Views From Chicheng Precipice' some years back, as there he was bringing traditional Chinese music into a modern format (I highly recommend both that album and his book ‘Live at the Forbidden City'). In this instance composer and instrumentalist Dave Soldier explores the be
 
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'Glass House' from Laila Biali's 'Out of Dust' featured on Punto Radio's animajazz

In episode 927 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , broadcast on TUESDAY 14 July at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in an immediate podcast on http: // animajazz. eu will be protagonists of the evening includes; LAILA BIALI - CD "Out of Dust" - "Glass House". We remind you that "ANIMAJAZZ" can be heard on TUESDAY at 20.30 in immediate podcast 
 
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Inbal Segev joins FM91WGTE for wonderful and engaging conversation on new Avie recording

The wonderful and always engaging cellist Inbal Segev joins FM91WGTE: Toldeo OH to talk about her latest album, which pairs one of the most famous concertos in the cello repertoire (Edward Elgar) with a new work (Dance) by Anna Clyne, inspired by the poet Rumi. Just as the Elgar concerto served as an elegy for the First World War, Anna Clyne's Dance provides inspiration at a time of global conflict due to the covid-19 pandemic. Joined by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and maverick conductor Marin Alsop, Segev turns in a thoughtful, measured reading of both works.
 
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90.7WWOZ: New Orleans announces 'The Next Fest Thing' radio festival / LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC

WWOZ 90.7 FM New Orleans has announced a follow-up to April's "Festing In Place" virtual festival, dubbed "The Next Fest Thing". Artists such as Dr. John, Jimmy Buffett, The Neville Brothers, and more will take part in the festival that runs from Friday, September 4th to Sunday, September 14th. Produced in cooperation with the Archive of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, "The Next Fest Thing" will also include performances by Fats Domino, Tank and the Bangas, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Jon Batiste, Mavis Staples, and other jazz, blues, Cajun, and zydeco artists. Sp
 
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The overarching tone of this immersive experience 'The Last of Us 2' is set by composer Gustavo Santaolalla / techradar.

The dystopian Seattle of The Last of Us 2 is a vision of the Pacific-Northwest unlike anything witnessed in the pages of Lonely Planet. The cordyceps fungus has lain waste to a city flooded by busted waterways and overgrown with foliage, which only serves to camouflage its diseased population. Rusted campervans share blocked highways with abandoned tanks and the detritus of a guerrilla conflict that is dysfunctional, desperate and coming to get you. But amid the chaos of this beautiful apocalypse there are scraps from the past and connections with a vanished life that help to build the
 
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason returns to a socially distant stage / BBC

The cellist, made famous for performing at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding, has returned to a socially distanced stage. Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been spending lockdown live streaming concerts with his six siblings from their home in Nottingham. Now he's stepping onto a larger stage once more for the Philharmonia Orchestra summer session series.\ Mason recently released an original composition entitled, "Melody." Written for solo cello, on Decca Classics, and having just celebrated his 21st birthday, Sheku is happy to mark the occasion with his own work, Sheku says:
 
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Ludovico Einaudi releases; '12 Songs From Home' / Pianist

Piano legend Ludovico Einaudi has released a brand-new album of 12 tracks, which is now available on all major streaming platforms. The Italian recorded this new release at home on his own upright piano during the Covid-19 lockdown in Italy. Einaudi designed the artwork himself. During the lockdown, he was regularly hosting live online performances for his thousands of fans, and it was the experience of these self-broadcasts that inspired him to create this album.  READ THE FULL Pianist ARTICLE
 
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Liza Pulman teams with Max Raabe for 'Willst Du Bei Mir Bleiben' / BroadwayWorld

Singer and comedienne, Liza Pulman has teamed up with the legendary million-selling German artist, Max Raabe to duet on his song, Willst Du Bei Mir Bleiben (Will You Stay Beside Me). The song, taken from his 2018 award-winning album Der Perfekte Moment, has been re-interpreted into an intimate and achingly beautiful duet; with two unique voices that marry together in perfect harmony. With shades of the smoky Parisienne feel of a Jacques Loussier arrangement. The track also features both the internationally acclaimed classical pianist Simon Lepper and the highly sought-after jazz dru
 
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Watch John Williams, Anne-Sophie Mutter concert of film favourites with the Vienna Philharmonic / CLASSIC fM

Cinematic legend John Williams made his historic debut with the Vienna Philharmonic earlier this year, conducting the orchestra in his most iconic scores in the world-famous Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein. Joining him on stage was virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter, who played some of the violin arrangements he had written specially for her, including the magical ‘Hedwig's Theme'. We also heard a spectacular rendition by the Vienna Phil of ‘Flight to Neverland' from Hook (watch here) and the formidable ‘Imperial March' (watch here ). Williams described leading one of the
 
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6 overlooked tweaks to please your classical listeners / Current

Classical radio is preserved in America on a small island in public broadcasting. So stations dedicated to classical have the responsibility, if not the mission, to continually refine and improve their music service. Success is in the details, and some straightforward tweaks might make your sound more appealing. It is not easy stepping back from your enterprise to apply original ideas or reconsider old ones. Enter a fresh set of ears. READ THE FULL CURRENT ARTICLE
 
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