The Romantic theme of the wanderer runs through Seong-Jin Cho's latest solo album / WFMT: Featured New Release

The Romantic theme of the wanderer, a free spirit undertaking a journey into the self, runs through Seong-Jin Cho's latest solo album. The globetrotting Korean pianist's program includes two monuments of the 19th-century repertoire – Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy and Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor. The album also contains Alban Berg's Piano Sonata, Op. 1, a single-movement work of extraordinary intensity. All three compositions grow from a simple theme or melodic gesture which is then transformed in the course of a voyage of variation, development, and discovery. "This music looks forw
 
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Libera set for online concert during COVID - 19 pandemic

On Saturday 6th June, Libera were due to perform a concert in Ely Cathedral in the UK. Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic, this event has been postponed - but......... there will still be a Concert - a Mini-Concert which will be shown online! Please join us at 7 30pm UK time, when we will be singing on-line with an orchestra like we've never done before! This will be shown as a YouTube Premier and the concert will be remain on-line after that first 'transmission'. This concert is free for all to watch. But if you are able to make a donation to help us with the cost of presenting
 
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Michael Whalen chats with 97.9:KBOG

Michael Whalen's "Sacred Spaces" is an epic recording nearly ten years in the making. Whalen said; "I have been pursuing a spiritual ‘awakening' for most of my adult life. Over the past decade, I realized that I am 100 percent responsible for whatever my relationship with a ‘higher being' might be." Filled with sonic landscapes built from hundreds of layers of sound, "Sacred Spaces" is Michael's tour-de-force electronic project, which seamlessly blends his natural gift for melody with fresh textures and percolating rhythms. Deeply inspired by Michael's film a
 
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  Interview with KBOG Radio

Igor Levit on Surviving a Satie Marathon / The New York Times Q&A

The pianist Igor Levit is always one-upping himself. His recordings have swollen from a collection of four Beethoven sonatas to the entire cycle; his performances, from a traditional recital to, as of Sunday, a livestream lasting over 15 hours. In an extraordinary act of musical self-flagellation, Mr. Levit played Erik Satie's "Vexations" - a mysterious and absurd work consisting only of four lines repeated 840 times - to evoke and draw attention to the difficulties facing artists during the coronavirus pandemic. (Each iteration was printed on a single sheet of paper; they will be aucti
 
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Sharon Isbin, Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan & Ayaan Ali Bangash: "Love Avalanche" from 'Strings for Peace' makes NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of May

At the end of every month, the NPR Music team picks their favorite albums and songs. Everyone has their passions and they vary widely, from the Atlanta rapper Deante' Hitchcock to the Australian ambient artist Madeleine Cocolas. On this week's show, we hear the No. 1 albums and songs of May as picked by our staff. There's the Portland band MAITA, which features a singer who entered our Tiny Desk contest in 2018. We also have the 20-year-old Eve Owen (who released an album produced by The National's Aaron Dessner), a team-up between classical guitarist Sharon Isbin and In
 
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'The Dream' from Oded Tzur - Here Be Dragons featured on Punto Radio - animajazz

In episode 921 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , broadcast on TUESDAY 2 June at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in an immediate podcast on http: // animajazz. eu will be the protagonists of the evening, which include; "The Dream"; by ODED TZUR from "Here Be Dragons"  Here Be Dragons is the ECM debut of New York based, Tel Aviv born tenor saxophonist Oded Tzur, one of the most strikingly original musicians to have emerged from Israeli's creative jazz scene in recent years, and the leader of an outstanding group. 
 
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Lara Downes plays npr: tiny desk home

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. Lara Downes thrives on collaboration. Her new album features Toshi Reagon, the vocal ensemble MUSICALITY and the string quartet called PUBLIQuartet. But in this intimate piano recital from her home in Sacramento, Calif., her only collaborators are her son Simon, who takes on cinematography duties, and her beloved po
 
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Niv Ashkenazi - Violins of Hope is first-rate / Classical CD Reviews

"Violins of Hope is an artistic and educational project composed of instruments that were owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust." - James A. Grymes, author of Violins of Hope Violinist Niv Ashkenazi plays one such violin for this recording, and states in the booklet, "I have chosen Jewish repertoire from throughout its lifetime..." Mr. Ashkenazi is an alum of the Perlman Music Program, and I often hear hints of Perlman in his playing. With this particular violin, his tone is gorgeous - husky and full of texture, perfectly suited to this music. He plays with passi
 
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Laila Biali discusses 'Out of Dust' with 88.9WUCF

JUNO Award winner Laila Biali's new album, Out of Dust features not only contributions from the singer/pianist's husband; Ben Wittman and son, but also multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis. "There's a line from a song by the indie gospel group, Gungor, that has become like an anthem to me," Biali says. "‘He makes beautiful things out of dust.' That's where the title for the album comes from, and as a songwriter and musician, my ultimate intention and hope is to spread a little more love." Listen
 
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Bear McCreary does his all to give the music for Outlander season 5 a filmic feel / Film Music Central

The soundtrack for season 5 of Outlander, with music composed by Bear McCreary is available now. In Season 5 of Outlander, Jamie Fraser must fight to protect those he loves, as well as the home he has established alongside his wife, Claire Fraser, their family, and the settlers of Fraser's Ridge.  This new mantle of responsibility sees him pitted against his godfather, Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, a leader of North Carolina's Regulator Rebellion.  Claire Fraser is determined to keep her family safe by any means necessary, whatever the consequences… while Brianna Fraser and R
 
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"Wendy' is a playful score with more than a dash of magic / MOVIE WAVE

A reimagining of Peter Pan that transplants it to the American Deep South, Wendy is the second movie from director Benh Zeitlin; as on the first (Beasts of the Southern Wild) he has co-composed the score with Dan Romer. It's a playful score with more than a dash of magic – and if I say that it's got a reasonable sized orchestra, plenty of pizzicato strings, all sorts of percussion, a large number of colourful instruments adding distinctive flavours including dulcimer, glass harmonica, guitars and marimba then you'll probably think it sounds a bit like Thomas Newman. In fact it doesn't
 
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On 'Betty' soundtrack, Aska Matsumiya gets in touch with her youthful, raw, and spontaneous side / Film Music Central

The soundtrack for the HBO Original Series Betty is now available from Milan Records. Starring Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, and Rachelle Vinberg, Betty follows a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding, set against the backdrop of New York City.   The soundtrack for Betty was composed by Aska Matsumiya, who is a LA based Japanese composer and producer who has excelled across Film, Television, Advertising and music production.  Matsumiya says: "Writing the music for Betty allowed m
 
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Kristian Eidnes Andersen's soundtrack for Vivarium is filled with a sense of ?the other" / Film Music Central

Recently, I got the chance to listen to the original motion picture soundtrack for Vivarium. Described as an existential trip to suburban Hell, Vivarium follows a young couple looking for the perfect place to live. In search of their dream home, the couple find themselves trapped in a bizarre labyrinthine neighborhood of identical houses. In time, the surreal situation spirals further and further out of control. The soundtrack for this film was written by Danish composer Kristian Eidnes Andersen. He received a degree from the National Film School of Denmark, and has been sound designer on m
 
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Tom Holkenborg creates beautiful music for White Lines / Film Music Central

I got the opportunity to check out the recently released soundtrack for the Netflix Original Series White Lines, with music composed by Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL). The series follows Zoe Walker (Laura Haddock), a young woman who travels to Ibiza after the body of her brother turns up…20 years after he vanished. The 10-episode premiered on Netflix on May 15, 2020. Tom's film scoring credits have grossed over $2 billion at the box office and include Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Black Mass, Alita Battle Angel, Divergent, Brimstone, The Dark Tower, Tomb Raider, Terminator: Dark
 
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Michael Whalen inteviews with 88.1WMBR

Michael Whalen's "Sacred Spaces" is an epic recording nearly ten years in the making. "I have been pursuing a spiritual ‘awakening' for most of my adult life. Over the past decade, I realized that I am 100 percent responsible for whatever my relationship with a ‘higher being' might be," says Whalen. Filled with sonic landscapes built from hundreds of layers of sound, "Sacred Spaces" is Michael's tour-de-force electronic project, which seamlessly blends his natural gift for melody with fresh textures and percolating rhythms. Deeply inspired by Michael's film a
 
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  Interview with WMBR's Ken Field

Carr-Petrova Duo discusses 'Novel Voices' with 89.7WCPE

The Carr-Petrova Duo's Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project project is designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.  On the concept of the album, the Duo remarks, "Within this album liv
 
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Michael Shapiro talks ARCHANGEL with the Rio Grande Guardian

New York-based composer, conductor and author Michael Shapiro recently recovered from COVID-19. While in hospital in New York he had help from the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, thanks to a local nun. "She got on the phone with the priests and the nuns in Dublin… and they prayed Mass for me. Can you imagine, a Jewish boy from Brooklyn?" Shapiro said this is representative of a connection, spiritually, between all of us. "Blessings to those lovely people. I will never forget it."It confirms where I believe all of us in beloved United States and and international countries mu
 
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  Interview with Rio Grande Guardian, Mario Munoz

Mark Abel's 'The Cave of Wondrous Voice' is straightforwardly intricate, expressive and inventive in the best ways / Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

I've covered the music of Mark Abel on these pages before (see articles from April 13, 2012, June 13, 2014, August 20, 2018). I never consciously sought to cover so many. It was one-at-a-time and I've found myself liking and posting on each. Now there is another one, a new one of chamber works, entitled The Cave of Wondrous Voice (Delos DE3570). It features a song cycle and three instrumental works for small chamber configurations. Generally speaking this is not music that overtly seeks to call attention to itself by being extroverted-Modern or Avant Garde, nor is there a rock o
 
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Sharon Isbin forays into Indian Classical music with 'Strings for Peace' / New Classical Tracks

"For the last 17 years on every single airplane flight that I have taken and every train ride I have worn an N95 mask for 17 years, the entire flight, whether it's 21 hours or five hours or eight hours. And I haven't shaken hands for 22 years." That's one way in which guitarist Sharon Isbin has protected her priceless hands over the years, as she's travelled the globe to collaborate with various musicians. One of her recent collaborations took her to India for the first time, and resulted in a project called Strings for Peace. "It's a collaboration that I'm d
 
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Listen to raga-based music played on Western classical instruments / NEW SOUNDS

Listen to raga-based music played on Western classical instruments: guitar, piano, a classical string trio, and saxophone from guitarist Sharon Isbin and sarod master Amjad Ali Khan, pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek, and Norwegian saxophone player Jan Garbarek with the late Pakistani vocalist Ustad Fateh Ali Khan (not to be confused with Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.)   Hear music played with raga scales, and with a little maneuvering by virtuoso guitarist Sharon Isbin from the record Strings for Peace, with sarod master, Amjad Ali Khan, and his virtuoso sons Amaan and Ay
 
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Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, collaborate with Sharon Isbin - strumming together in unique teaming / REPUBLICWORLD.COM

Legendary maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangaash will be collaborating with multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin. The new album will give viewers a unique teaming of two classical music instruments strumming together. The album, "String For Peace", is scheduled to release on the 22nd of May on the ZOHO label (ZM 202004).  Strings For Peace is a perfect blend of various classics. Viewers will get to listen to a melodious eclectic east-west fusion of sarod and classical guitar. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Sharon Isbin have been
 
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Todd Mosby's 'Open Waters' wins the 2019 ZMR 'Best Contemporary Instrumental Album'

Produced by Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, and with a sound described as "an album to daydream to", Open Waters finds Todd Mosby once again embarking on a creative journey navigating through elements of Jazz, New Age, Folk and Indian music. Coming from a family of inventors (he is the co-inventor of the Imrat guitar along with Kim Schwartz and Imrat Khan), Mosby's early musical DNA was formed from his love of Bluegrass and Folk music, which eventually expanded into Fusion and Jazz.  Todd Mosby's 'Open Waters' wins the 2019 ZMR 'Best Contemporary Ins
 
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Michael Shapiro discusses 'Archangel' with Spokane Public Radio

On ‘Archangel', Michael Shapiro breathes new life into the famous Toccata from the Fifth Organ Symphony by Victorian French composer Charles-Marie Widor with this arrangement for full orchestra named Widorama! played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by the composer. Shapiro's arrangement of the famous Toccata, frequently used by organists for weddings and church services, brings the work into the concert hall in highly dramatic fashion. The album also includes; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra' , ‘Perlimplinito, Opera Sweet, A Lace Paper Valentine for
 
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  Interview with Spokane PR's Jim Tevenan

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow 'Life Goes On' is richly poignant but never lugubrious / the absolute sound

If there's an air of resignation to the way pianist/composer Bley has titled the movements of her opening suite-"Life Goes On," "On," "And On," "And Then One Day"-it is belied throughout this gently gripping album by Bley's indelible wit and unsinkable sanguinity. Both are evident in her pithy liner notes, her quotes of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "The Star Spangled Banner" in the "Beautiful Telephones" suite (inspired by remarks made by the current president during his first week in the White House), her play on call-and-response in the closing suite, "Copy Cat," and the unfrantic flow of he
 
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Bebel Gilberto recommends a 'beach state of mind' on 90.5WCBE's 'Daily Breather'

Our Daily Breather is a series where we ask writers and artists to recommend one thing that's helping them get through the days of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. Who: Bebel Gilberto Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Recommendation: Beach time at home Most people who know me know how important the beach has always been to my life and happiness. Before I was familiar with concepts like mindfulness and meditation, I appreciated the simple crawling-inside-yourself stillness that every trip to the beach made possible - along with the random fun and friendships. So man
 
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'Hot Time' from William Susman's 'Scatter My Ashes' featured on Punto Radio's animajazz

In episode 919 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , broadcast TUESDAY 19 May at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in an immediate podcast of the evening includes; "Hot Time"; from William Susman's "Scatter My Ashes." OCTET''s inaugural album has been recorded over the past few years with renowned engineer John Kilgore and was released by Naxos on the label Belarca. The album features the music of William Susman including two song cycles (with poems by his sister Sue Susman) Scatter My Ashes and Moving in to an Empty Spa
 
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Niv Ashkenazi is the only violinist in the world to hold an instrument from the 'Violins of Hope' / The Jewish Link

Niv Ashkenazi, the only violinist in the world to hold an instrument from the Violins of Hope collection on a long-term loan, has just released an album recorded on that instrument featuring music by composers that were affected by the Holocaust. Ashkenazi, a former student of Itzhak Perlman, is joined on the album by his fellow Juilliard graduate, pianist Matthew Graybil. This recording was part of Ashkenazi's work as Artist in Residence at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) in Northridge, CA. Violins of Hope is an artistic and educational projec
 
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Derek Bermel, on travels with Bartok / Houston Public Media

Close your eyes and travel to exotic new lands!  Academy Award-winning composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel does a lot of traveling, soaking up the musical traditions as he goes. His recent album, Migrations, received a Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category. In this episode, Bermel teaches about composer Bela Bartok who inspired one of the pieces on the album. Bartok moved from his native Hungary to New York City at the outset of World War II, and while a lot of great music came out of his journey, his is also a really human story about being a
 
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89.9 WUCF: Orlando Interviews Robin McKelle

Robin McKelle released her new album Alterations on Doxie Records in February. On it, McKelle delves into the catalogue of some of the most celebrated women of song, interpreting these masterworks through the lens of the jazz idiom. McKelle follows in a long tradition of female song interpreters, lending her sultry vocal stylings to classics by a diverse list of female innovators including Dolly Parton, Sade, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Janis Joplin, Carol King, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, and Lana Del Ray. McKelle is joined on this release by a group of consummate musicians including co-produ
 
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Mark Abel's 'The Cave of Wondrous Voice' is itself a wondrous creation / CultureSpot LA

The Cave of Wondrous Voice, the latest recording featuring new works by composer Mark Abel, is itself a wondrous creation. It features a variety of chamber music pieces in a traditional style but with a contemporary sound. The Delos CD includes three chamber works, two for clarinet, including Intuition's Dance for clarinet and piano and Clarinet Trio, as well as a piece for violin and piano, titled The Elastic Hours, and Four Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva for soprano, English horn and piano. The two compositions for clarinet bookend the album, beginning with the wispy Intuition's Dance, and bot
 
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Jazz Foundation Of America & Relix presents: #TheNewGig Live!

"They really define the gig economy. These are the people who fall through the cracks when something like this goes down. We're talking about people who virtually live from gig to gig."  - Steve Jordan, Artistic Director of The Jazz Foundation. In demanding times, musicians keep us grounded. They call up the strong, beautiful parts of our spirits. But without a single gig taking place during this crisis, there are no clubs to visit and no concerts to attend. The pandemic has left thousands of vulnerable artists in a state of financial free fall. The need is unprecedented, but our m
 
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2002's 'Celtic Fairy Dream' could not have come at a better time, bringing a healthy dose of healing relaxation / Mainly Piano

If there are any superstars in the new age/Celtic genres, 2002 is certainly in that category. Pamela and Randy Copus released their first album as a duo in 1992 and later became one of the best-selling names on the Real Music label before forming their own label, Galactic Playground Music. Their daughter, Sarah, started coming aboard at the age of 10 and the group is now a full-fledged trio that records all of their music in their state-of-the-art home studio in Texas. Celtic Fairy Dream is something of a follow-up to their 2016 album, Celtic Fairy Lullaby, but is more a second collection o
 
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Sony Soundtracks - Keeping Score podcast features 1917's Jos Slovick in 'I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger'

Jos Slovick is the featured guest on Sony Soundtracks Keeping Score podcast, produced and hosted by Crossover Media's Max Horowitz. Jos gives us a glimpse into what it was like acting and singing in the film 1917, as well as his experience recording at Abbey Road Studios.  The folk song "I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger" was performed by Jos Slovick in the film 1917, directed by Sam Mendes. Click Here To Listen To The Podcast "I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger" arrives in the wake of Thomas Newman's critically acclaimed score for 1917. Towards the end of the film, actor
 
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Al Di Meola again delves into the Beatles songbook and again it works surprisingly well / Jazz Weekly

This is the second time that Al Di Meola, usually associated with electric fusion musculature or Mediterranean passions, has delved into the Beatles songbook, and for the second time it has worked surprisingly well. Di Meola wisely doesn't try to reconstruct the moods of the Fab Four (although he does bring in the moody reeds for "Strawberry Fields Forever"), instead using the well -known songs as launching pads into his own world view. The album cover, a  juxtaposition of the guitarist recreating John Lennon's Rock and Roll album with a flamenco guitar pose is a perfect reflection of
 
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'Moogmentum In Place' features Michael Whalen live stream/ SONIC STATE

Composer, musician, and sound designer Michael Whalen will be presenting a Facebook live stream concert with insights, inspiration, and Q&A on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 4pm (ET) /1pm (PT). The event is part of the The Bob Moog Foundation's Moogmentum In Place, a month-long series of musical fundraising events celebrating Bob Moog's birthday and the one-year anniversary of the Moogseum, both occurring on May 23rd. Whalen will broadcast live from his New York City production studio, surrounded by a stunning array of synthesizers and keyboards, including a Minimoog, Moog One, Moo
 
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Sarah Traubel demonstrates perfect technique and dramatic aplomb on 'Arias for Josepha' / Opera Lounge

With special interest one registers a new publication with SONY Classical with the young German soprano Sarah Traubel (S80496C). Of course, the opera friend immediately thinks of the famous Helen Traubel with this name - and this name relationship is actually not accidental. The singer, born in Mannheim, is the great niece of the American soprano legend and the conductor Günter Wand. For her debut album entitled Arias for Josepha , which was created in Prague in August 2019, she has compiled a selection of arias that Mozart and other, less known composers for a coloratura diva of the t
 
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Laila Biali discusses deeply personal new album; 'Out of Dust' with 90.7WGXC

JUNO Award winner Laila Biali's new album, Out of Dust features not only contributions from the singer/pianist's husband; Ben Wittman and son, but also multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis. "There's a line from a song by the indie gospel group, Gungor, that has become like an anthem to me," Biali says. "‘He makes beautiful things out of dust.' That's where the title for the album comes from, and as a songwriter and musician, my ultimate intention and hope is to spread a little more love." Listen
 
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  Interview with WGXC's Cheryl Symister-Masterson

Russian professor's poetry translations set to Mark Abel's 'The Cave of Wondrous Voice' / Bowdoin

The latest album by California-based classical music composer Mark Abel owes a lot to Bowdoin scholar Alyssa Gillespie, chair of the Russian department. "It was a wonderful experience collaborating with Professor Gillespie," he said. The Cave of Wondrous Voice, released this month on the Delos label, is a collection of chamber music recordings, featuring a song cycle based on four poems by the "great and tragic" twentieth-century Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, translated into English by Gillespie. Abel said he compared Gillespie's translations of Tsvetaeva with others in circulation "an
 
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Al Di Meola discusses sophomore homage to the Beatles with 89.9WUCF: Orlando

World-renowned guitar hero Al Di Meola welcomes a new decade with an ambitious follow-up to his 2013 studio recording All Your Life: A Tribute to the Beatles with a sophomore homage to the Beatles, entitled Across The Universe, on earMUSIC. Al Di Meola's exquisite mastery of the fretboard is equal only to his appreciation of the Beatles' legacy that has inspired generations of both musicians and music fans with their famed recording catalog. A retrospective of Al Di Meola's nearly 50-year acclaimed career expressed through his virtuosic arrangements of 14 Beatles songs, Acro
 
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  Interview with WUCF's Kendra Weaver

Al Di Meola brings an electric and electrifying attitude to Beatles tribute album / Elsewhere

Guitarist Al Di Meola is not the first and certainly won't be the last jazz musician to pay tribute to the Beatles, the band he credits with getting him into playing music: "That was a major catalyst for me to want to learn music, so their impact was pretty strong". And actually it isn't the first time he's been down this route. In 2013 at Abbey Road he recorded All Your Life; A Tribute to the Beatles. This one comes in a better cover homage (to Lennon's Rock and Roll album). Di Meola being of the jazz (and jazz-fusion) persuasion brings an electric – and s
 
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Grigory Sokolov - Beethoven * Brahms makes CLASSIC fM: New Releases

Throughout the week Classic FM's presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. This week: ‘Beethoven, Brahms & Mozart' by Grigory Sokolov. It's been three years since his last release, and now Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov returns with an album filled with fantastic live recordings from his tour last summer. "Music made in the present moment, unique and unrepeatable is all that matters", Sokolov's biography page reads. His newly released double-album features works from Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart, along
 
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Seiji Ozawa | Martha Argerich - Beethoven / Grieg with Mito Chamber Orchestra makes CLASSIC fM: New Releases

Throughout the week Classic FM's presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. This week: ‘Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2; Grieg: Holberg Suite' by Seiji Ozawa and Martha Argerich. Conductor Seiji Ozawa and pianist Martha Argerich reunite for a second release, following the success of their first joint album which celebrated Beethoven's First Symphony and First Piano Concerto. Now the virtuoso duo, who first performed together over 40 years ago, release an exceptional recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No
 
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Violins of Hope. Repertoire and an instrument that will not be silenced / xanga - cinemusical

In the midst of a pandemic, an album with the title Violins of Hope is certainly a welcome experience.  This beautiful collection of 10 varied works for solo violin is a picture of musical approaches across the 20th Century gathered around the very instrument that is used to perform them.  Soloist Niv Ashkenazi perform here on a restored violin that comes from the Violins of Hope project.  The collection of instruments are restored violins that were owned by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.  These are then loaned out for use to give these instruments a voice that c
 
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The peculiarity of 'Strings for Peace' / JAZZ QUAD

The West meets the East, the classical Spanish guitar - with the classic Indian sarod, Amjad Ali Khan and his two sons - with Sharon Isbin - this is how you can briefly describe the plot of the album Strings for Peace, which will be released on Zoho Music on May 22. The world has seen many such meetings of music from different cultures: one can recall the duet of Yehudi Menuhin and Ravi Shankar, and numerous projects from the sphere of fusion and ethnic jazz. The peculiarity of this project is that here a very popular string instrument (guitar) in the West sounds in a duet with a fretless s
 
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Lara St John chats with FM91: WGTE on new 'Key of A' album

Violinist Lara St. John recently released her new album 'Key of A' with pianist Matt Herskowitz. The collection pairs Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9, "Kreutzer" in A Major with Cesar Franck's Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, and also includes Fritz Kreisler's Schön Rosmarin.   Says Lara St. John about the program: "I'm a bit of a strange violinist, and when I was a kid, supposed to be learning all these normal works that folks do, instead I was learning Bartok solo sonata and Debussy, and Beethoven Concerto and 10th Sonata, and I just sort o
 
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  Interview with WGTE's Haley Taylor

Lara St. John discusses 'Key of A' with Spokane Public Radio

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John and collaborator, pianist Matt Herskowitz have released a new album; 'Key of A' which pairs Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9, "Kreutzer" in A Major with Cesar Franck's Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, and also includes Fritz Kreisler's Schön Rosmarin. Lara says about the program: "I'm a bit of a strange violinist, and when I was a kid, supposed to be learning all these normal works that folks do, instead I was learning Bartok solo sonata and Debussy, and Beethoven Concerto and 10th Sonata, and I just sort of missed som
 
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Philharmonia Baroque announces the release of 'PBO & Caroline Shaw' / The Violin Channel

Philharmonia Baroque Productions has this week announced the release of ‘PBO& Caroline Shaw‘ – a new recording of commissions from acclaimed GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. Recorded with conductor Nicholas McGegan, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, contralto Avery Amereau and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, the disc features live 2019 performances of ‘Is a Rose‘ and ‘The Listeners‘. "The starting point for 'The Listeners' was actually the Voyager Golden Record, the co
 
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason shares his thoughts on the 'Elgar Cello Concerto' with 90.9WETA: Wash DC

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is best known to those outside Britain as the phenomenal young cellist who played for the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, but in Britain he's quickly becoming almost as famous as they are. His second album, recorded last year in Abbey Road Studios when he was twenty years old, features the Elgar Cello Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. (Jacqueline du Pré was the same age when she recorded the same concerto with the same orchestra in 1965). Sheku shares his thoughts on the concerto and his dedication to music
 
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Nina Simone offers deeply personal trademarks via 'Fodder On My Wings' / GINA loves JAZZ

Nina Simone‘s "Fodder On My Wings" was recorded in 1982 for the French Carrere label and has now been released on hi-res audio on LP and CD on Verve. The album was re-released in 1988 on the French Cy label and included three additional tracks, also included here. Nina had already moved to Paris and was known to be extremely lonely, with her mental health deteriorating. But still, she felt rejuvenated by the newly found African musicians she met while living in France. The songs on offer are deeply personal, sometimes with a weariness that is hard to bare, but sometimes with a sarcast
 
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Ola Gjeilo 'Night' makes KCRW: 'Rhythm Planet - May Melomania'

This week, Rhythm Planet whips up our usual recipe – a mix of new and older releases across a range of musical styles. The playlist begins with Norwegian pianist and composer Ola Gjeilo, from a gorgeous new album called Night-so named as he composed the music at night while looking out over the New York City skyline. I find the entire album perfect for pandemic listening; it's soothing and beautiful but never sappy or sentimental. READ AND LISTEN TO THE COMPLETE KCRW: Los Angeles 'Rhythm Planet - May Melomania'
 
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Laurence Hobgood's 't e s s e t e r r a' makes KCRW: 'Rhythm Planet - May Melomania'

This week, Rhythm Planet whips up our usual recipe – a mix of new and older releases across a range of musical styles. The playlist begins with I love pianist Laurence Hobgood, whom I first heard with Kurt Elling's group. Abetted by a string quartet, we hear his treatment of Glen Campbell's beautiful song "Wichita Lineman."  t e s s e t e r r a  is Laurence Hobgood's program of standards re-woven for jazz trio and string quartet - innovative arrangements of iconic selections ranging from Cole Porter to Sting, Hoagy Carmichael to Paul McCartney, Chopin to Crosby Still
 
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Wolfgang Muthspiel - Angular Blues makes KCRW: 'Rhythm Planet - May Melomania'

This week, Rhythm Planet whips up our usual recipe – a mix of new and older releases across a range of musical styles. The playlist begins withThe playlist also features jazz tracks from guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel,  Wolfgang Muthspiel, whom The New Yorker has called "a shining light" among today's jazz guitarists, returns to the trio format with Angular Blues, the Austrian's fourth ECM album as a leader, following two acclaimed quintet releases and his trio debut. Like Driftwood - the 2014 trio disc that JazzTimes dubbed "cinematic" and "haunting" - Angular Blue
 
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Angele Dubeau - Pulsations makes KCRW: 'Rhythm Planet - May Melomania'

This week, Rhythm Planet whips up our usual recipe – a mix of new and older releases across a range of musical styles. The playlist begins with Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau has arranged quite a few works by contemporary composers that I like a lot. We listen to her arrangement of a Ludovico Einaudi piece.  With a career spanning over four decades and an impressive discography of more than forty albums, Angèle Dubeau continues to leave her mark in today's music world. Her virtuosity brings her on the most prestigious stages and she continues to be awarded
 
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Daniel Hope - Belle Epoque is the WFMT: Featured New Release

The Belle Époque, the period between the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 and the outbreak of World War One in 1914, was a time of apparent peace and prosperity but with a darker reality of social and economic deprivation lying not far beneath its gilded surface. This era of creativity and contradiction has long fascinated Daniel Hope: "I often wish I had a time machine to go back to the salons of Paris, indeed to that entire age," he says. Hope's new recording offers a panoramic snapshot of the music that came out of this world, capturing its mix of late-Romantic, Impressionis
 
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On 'Angular Blues,' the interplay between Muthspiel, Colley, and Blade is especially organic with its own personal dynamic / UKVIBE

For his fourth ECM album as leader, Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel returns to the trio format, with Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums. The interplay between the three musicians is especially organic on this recording, helping imbue the trio with its own personal dynamic. Scott Colley brings a fresh, earthy edge to Muthspiel's compositions. His connectedness to both the guitar and the drums kind of holds everything together in a subtle, effortless way. But it is Brian Blade's contribution that is possibly most striking. In a quiet, skillful way, he uses his experience
 
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William Susman's 'Scatter My Ashes' is true, undiluted neo-classicalism imbued with Impressionist and romantic overtones / acousticmusic.com

In another review this month, I mention there are certain guitar stylists I don't dare begin listening to unless I'm prepared to go through their entire catalogues: Grant Green, Gabor Szabo, George Benson, etc. That's because I get so damned captivated even despite a deep enamorment for the wild fretbenders (John McLaughlin, Robert Fripp, Ritchie Blackmore, that ilk). Well, the same is true on the progressive music side of the house with cats like Mike Oldfield, Barclay James Harvest, and Phillip Glass, especially Glass. There's just something in how he handles the serial mi
 
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Sharon Isbin & Amjad Ali Khan - Strings for Peace is not east-west fusion, but rather a new articulation of Hindustani classical music / CD Hotlist

Sharon Isbin has been a world-famous classical guitarist for decades. Less well-known has been her dedication to transcendental meditation, which she has practiced since her teens, and her concomitant longstanding interest in the classical music of India. On this album she joins a distinguished family of sarod players and an equally eminent player of the tabla for a set of ragas written for her by the patriarch of that family, Amjad Ali Khan. (He and his two sons take turns playing alongside her on these performances.) The combination of sarod–a plucked but fretless stringed instrumen
 
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Al Di Meola goes 'Across the Universe' with 'GreenArrowRadio'

Al Di Meola‘s ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner, and prolific composer, he has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return to Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and
 
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The 'Bang on a Can Marathon,' still lovably scruffy online / The New York Times

With the performing arts landscape ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, a new online ecosystem has risen - temporarily, we hope - in its place. There have been the stalwarts: The pianist Igor Levit livestreamed a daily "house concert," 52 of them, before bringing the project to a close on Monday. There have been archives: The Detroit Symphony has dozens of beautifully recorded concerts available, free, at the touch of a button. There have been worldwide musical meditations over Zoom, string quartets lovingly reconstituted through editing software, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra's r
 
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Lara St John, Matt Herskowitz 'Key of A' is the 98.7WFMT 'Featured New Release'

The new album from violinist Lara St. John and pianist Matt Herskowitz pairs two works in the key of A major: Beethoven's Sonata No. 9, Kreutzer, and César Franck's Sonata. Beethoven's work was written during a period of tumultuous success and the tragedy of his impending deafness. Franck's sonata, considered one of the greatest from the French Romantic period, is in four movements that represent the four stages of human life: birth, youthful passion, tragedy, and joyous acceptance. For May 4 2020, Lara St. John 'Key of A' is the 98.7WFMT 'Featured New Release.&#
 
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2002 - Celtic Fairy Dream gets #2 spot on April: 'New Age Music Guide'

Here is finally some positive news! For New Age music, 2020 has so far been incredible. The age of COVID-19 might seem like a crazy time to release new music, but looking back we can thank Michael Whalen, Nicholas Gunn, 2002, Pam Asberry, and Max Highstein and others for giving us uplifting and fresh music during this trying time.  Indeed, when COVID-19 is a thing of the past, many of the titles on the below list will live on. "Celtic Fairy Dream" might very well be 2002's best album to date, and Nicholas Gunn has struck gold with his new sound. I must also mention "A Better Life &
 
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'Red Crystal' from Jake Shimabukuro 'Trio' featured on Punto Radio: animajazz

In episode 917 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , broadcast on TUESDAY 5 May at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in an immediate podcast on http: // animajazz. eu will be the protagonists of the evening, includes; JAKE SHIMABUKURO - Cd "Trio" - "Red Crystal" Referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele," Jake Shimabukuro is a true virtuoso, and exhibits his talents once again with the release of  ‘Trio', through Music Theories Recordings. It's been a decade and a half since covering Jake's cov
 
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KSCO - Santa Cruz interviews Robin McKelle

Robin McKelle released her new album Alterations on Doxie Records in February. On it, McKelle delves into the catalogue of some of the most celebrated women of song, interpreting these masterworks through the lens of the jazz idiom. McKelle follows in a long tradition of female song interpreters, lending her sultry vocal stylings to classics by a diverse list of female innovators including Dolly Parton, Sade, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Janis Joplin, Carol King, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, and Lana Del Ray. McKelle is joined on this release by a group of consummate musicians including co-
 
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Lara St. John is locked down in NYC but celebrating 'Key of A' / Central Michigan University Radio

Violinist Lara St. John has released her new album 'Key of A' with pianist Matt Herskowitz. The album pairs Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9, "Kreutzer" in A Major with Cesar Franck's Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, and also includes Fritz Kreisler's Schön Rosmarin. Says Lara about the program: "I'm a bit of a strange violinist, and when I was a kid, supposed to be learning all these normal works that folks do, instead I was learning Bartok solo sonata and Debussy, and Beethoven Concerto and 10th Sonata, and I just sort of missed some of these more &l
 
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Sharon Isbin's 'Affinity' is a very interesting disc, with pride of place / The Art Music Lounge

This rather strange CD came to me only as a download from a promoter who works nearly 100% with jazz and jazz-influenced pop music, but I suspected something was different when I saw the name of Richard Danielpour, a strictly classical composer, on the promo sheet and also noted that Chris Brubeck had written a guitar concerto for her. And sure enough, Sharon Isbin is not a jazz guitarist, but a classical guitarist who apparently enjoys playing modern repertoire. Well, good for her!   Chris Brubeck's Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra is a crossover work similar to some of t
 
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2002 blends ancient refrains with futuristic waves of sound on' Celtic Fairy Dream' / Artisan Music Reviews

Take heart, for it is a wondrous time to visit the fairy realm. You can do this handily when you immerse yourself into the fanciful music of 2002's latest album Celtic Fairy Dream. Blending ancient refrains with futuristic waves of sound, the family trio of Sarah, Pamela, and Randy Copus proves once again on album number 20 why the music of 2002 is so highly sought. 2002's soundscapes have ranged from New Age to ambient to Celtic and to World throughout a career of more than two decades. They have specialized in creating a treasury of music that is as harmonically rich as it is timeless. On
 
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Zajal with Dave Soldier and Pedro Cortes - How medieval Andalusia influenced the entire western hemisphere

Composer and instrumentalist Dave Soldier explores the beginning of popular song and locates it 1000 years ago at the intersection of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures in southern Spain. Zajal, along with muwashaha, were the lyrics of medieval Andalusia. While many are still sung today (notably in Lebanon), their offspring are everywhere. On a trip to Spain in 2004, Soldier read about the Andalusian caliphate, when the Muslim, Christian and Jewish com- munities not only coexisted, but co-created much of the world we inhabit today. Together, they produced the novel, cowboy culture, the
 
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The power of the music and ideas on 'Four Questions' makes it possible to compare Arturo O'Farill's work with that of Duke Ellington and Charlie Mingus / Jazz Quad

"What does unity do in the face of adversity / oppression? What does honesty do in the face of lies / deceit? What is decency in the face of insults? How does virtue meet brute force? " This is a quote from a book written in 1903 by the eminent black rights activist William DuBois, "Souls of the Black People". In 2016, philosopher and publicist Cornel West, along with Arturo O'Farill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, presented at one of their concerts the composition Four Questions, where West delivers a speech including these four Dubois questions to O'Farill's music. Today sh
 
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The 20th album by 2002 is a dream come true for peace, tranquility, and solace / Best New Age CDs

Yes, I think we can all agree, it's the perfect time to escape into a dream. Indeed. So, let's go. The 20th album by the Billboard charting group, 2002, "Celtic Fairy Dream," is a dream come true for anyone needing to embrace peace, tranquility, and solace. One of the world's premier New Age music ensembles, 2002 has a sizeable worldwide audience. While husband and wife Randy and Pamela Copus have produced many albums as a duo, their last few releases have featured their daughter, Sarah, who is truly a rising star as a lead vocalist. The young Sarah is a blossoming star, with a voice at
 
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Anne-Sophie Mutter performs unique arrangements from iconic John Williams film scores from Tanglewood / 99.5WCRB

On WCRB In Concert with the Boston Pops, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performs unique arrangements of selections from iconic film scores by John Williams, in concert at Tanglewood. Drawing from her recent recording Across the Stars, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performs selections from Williams's iconic scores, in brilliant new arrangements created especially for her. The program includes music from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Dracula, Superman, Memoirs of a Geisha, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the haunting melodies of Schindler's List, and many more. Anne-Sophie Mutter d
 
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  Interview with WCRB's Brian McCreath

Michael Fine creates an atmospheric drawing with Five For Five / NIEUWE NOTEN

The American Michael Fine is initially known as a producer - he received a Grammy Award for it in 1992 - working from his company Fine Sound Productions, based in Rotterdam. In addition, Fine is active as artistic director, for example for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gergiev Festival. In addition, this centipede plays the clarinet and composes since 2013. Recently Evidence Classics published 'Five for Five' on which we find four quintets for wind and string quartets. The advantage of this is that Fine plays the clarinet himself and therefore knows roughly what y
 
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'Out of Dust' is of the very highest quality and a 'must have' for Laila Biali admirers / JAZZ VIEWS

All but one of the songs are written or co-written by Laila and are mostly a response to her life experiences. It is a somewhat more subdued recording for the most part than her fans are used to, reflective but at the same time with an optimistic outlook towards the future. She has surrounded herself with a fine group of supporting musicians, with the soprano saxophone solos from Godwin Louis outstanding on four of the tracks, plus notable contributions along the way by multi reed man John Ellis, her husband the drummer Ben Wittman and Snarky Puppy trumpet ace Mike "Maz" Maher. The presence
 
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Spokane Public Radio hosts Jake Shimabukuro

Referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele," Jake Shimabukuro is a true virtuoso, and exhibits his talents once again with the release of  ‘Trio', available February 14th through Music Theories Recordings. It's been a decade and a half since covering Jake's cover of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" went viral and propelled Jake to a level of success most never plausible with a ukulele. Now, with nearly twenty albums already under his belt, Shimabukuro enlists the help of bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dav
 
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Well-established colorations, precisely marked trills, firm legations and an urgent and luminous orchestral direction make Sarah Traubel's 'Arias for Josepha' a valuable and exhilarating contribution / MUNDOCLASICO

Like the other two Weber sisters, Josepha came from Mannheim. And also from Mannheim comes Sarah Traubel, the young coloratura soprano who has just released a CD with arias that made the Hofer famous, including both of the Queen of the Night. Also included is an aria dedicated by Mozart to "Madame Hofer" and others from forgotten works such as Der Spiegel von Arkadien (Franz Xaver Süssmayr), The Loving Surprise ossia Il natale d´Apollo (Vincenzo Righini), Das Labyrinth oder der Kamp mit den Elementen. Der Zauberflöte Zweyter Theil (Peter von Winter), Der beiden Antone oder d
 
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Contemporary Fusion Reviews is stunned to discover - Isbin, Ali Khan, Ali Bangash - Strings for Peace

Groundbreaking powerful Premieres for Guitar & Sarod Sharon Isbin – STRINGS FOR PEACE:  I was truly impressed with Sharon's masterful guitar work when I reviewed her "Affinity" album… when I continued on through the digital package I received, I was just stunned to discover this new album… watch a few comments from the artists before I start my review, please. The album releases officially on 22 May, 2020, so samples aren't available right now (I'll come back and add the links in when I'm told it's gone live)… in the meantime, I can tell you that if y
 
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'Downtime' from Joey Alexander 'Warna' featured on Punto Radio: animajazz

In episode 917 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , broadcast on TUESDAY 5 May at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in an immediate podcast on http: // animajazz. eu will be the protagonists of the evening, includes; JOEY ALEXANDER - CD "Warna" - "Downtime" Joey Alexander, the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, composer and bandleader has released his major label debut album, WARNA on Verve Records. The album is primarily a collection of reflective, moving new and original music by an experienced and confident musician. Translating as "colo
 
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Azerbaijan to mark International Jazz Day / AZERNEWS

International Jazz Day is celebrated on April 30 with a series of spectacular events around the world. The idea came from jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. The Day was declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011. Each year on April 30th, Azerbaijan  celebrates this tribute to jazz music and its great role in uniting people across the globe.  International Jazz Day 2020 will take place online and be hosted by Herbie Hancock. The day's centerpiece will be a virtual Global Concert featuring artists from across
 
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Aaron Parks Q&A's with DOWNBEAT

Pianist Aaron Parks writes compositions that bring together jazz, rock and electronica, while his Little Big quartet makes complex meters sound straightforward. Two years ago, the group released its self-titled debut and its internal dialogue continues to grow on Little Big II: Dreams Of A Mechanical Man (Ropeadope). Parks recently spoke to DownBeat about the new album, the complexities of rhythm, and swiveling between electric and acoustic keyboards from his home just north of New York City.     READ THE Q&A
 
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This week's 'Pulsation with Angele Dubeau is 'Chmury' by Abel Korzeniowski

Angele Dubeau's new album; 'Pulsations' brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. "A pulsation marks time, it infuses its rhythm in it and also evokes the heart. Just like those composers whose music calls out to me and who, with their unique signatures, mark time, our time. Features the music of; Olafur Arnalds, Jean-Michel Blais, Ludovico Einaudi, Alex Baranowski, Craig Armstrong, Peter Gregson, Yann Tiersen, Abel Korzeniowski, Johan Johannsson, Max Richter and Dala. Produced by Max Horowitz - Crossover Media, This content,
 
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Martin Frost - Vivaldi is a baroque adventure and the 98.7WFMT 'Featured New Release'

Martin Fröst's new album is a Baroque adventure based on the question: What might Vivaldi have composed for the clarinet if it had been more fully developed? For this recording, three clarinet concertos have been newly composed, made up of music drawn from Vivaldi's most beautiful opera and oratorio arias. Performed on the mellow, song-like chalumeau, the predecessor of the modern clarinet, Martin Fröst and Concerto Köln create a wonderful symbiosis between the old and the new. For April 28, 2020, Martin Frost - Vivaldi is the 98.7WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Rel
 
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89.7WUSF Listen - Music and conversation with Laila Biali

On Monday April 27, 89.7WUSF: Tampa FL - All Night Jazz, the "Other Nine to Five, Mike Cornette shared music and conversation with Juno Award winning pianist and vocalist Laila Biali in advance of her upcoming performance on Wednesday, February 26 at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in Sarasota. In just a few short years, Laila Biali lost a close friend to cancer, mourned a family member's suicide, and was diagnosed with two auto-immune disorders that threatened to upend her career. It was a period of change and heartache-but it was also a season of great inspiration and
 
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  Interview with WUSF's Mike Cornette

Laila Biali often expresses more in a single breath than others do in an entire album / All About Jazz

There's no boxing Laila Biali in. A sharp-minded songwriter, respected pianist and celebrated vocalist who straddles jazz and pop with unusual ease and strength of vision, Biali is truly beyond category. Possessing clear eyes, a perceptive mien and a sharpshooters's gifts in regard to emotional aim, she often expresses more in a single breath than others do in an entire album. Capable of making you laugh and cry all at once, her delivery out of dust is divine. Riding highs and lows, touching on the personal and political, and drawing meaning from all that supports and subverts,
 
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While the Goth/Celt touches are still in effect, 2002's new release; 'Celtic Fairy Dreams' has brighter edges / Midwest Record

Still like Loreena McKennitt but have gotten tired of her making pretty albums that just lay there? The Copus family feels your pain and has crafted the McKennitt album McKennitt should be making. And they're doing it from Texas no less. While the Goth/Celt touches are still in effect, in the main, this isn't music for the dark night of the soul as it tends to have brighter edges. The vet family band knows the territory well enough to keep pushing forward without repeating themselves and show they have the skills to pay the bills for a long time to come. New age is alive and well wi
 
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Al Di Meola talks 'Across the Universe' with The Paul Leslie Hour

It's a great privilege to interview one of the most important, acclaimed and revered guitarists in the world. Al Di Meola is a performing and recording artist, a composer, bandleader, and collaborator with the greatest artists in jazz and rock. His latest album Across the Universe, is Al Di Meola's interpretations of the incredible songs of the Beatles. It is his second release of this kind. In our interview, recorded during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, Al Di Meola gave a thoughtful, but relaxed interview. LISTEN
 
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Laila Biali tours from home / MACLEAN'S

It was a pretty good plan, back when people were still making make plans. In March of 2019 Toronto singer-pianist Laila Biali won a Juno award for jazz vocals. A year later she was all ready to follow up with a new album, Out of Dust, and three months of touring in Canada, the United States and Europe. Then the world went into pandemic lockdown. Out of Dust hit the market on schedule on March 27, but a series of high-profile gigs were wiped off the calendar. So was the chance to share her new music with audiences, so Biali and her bandmates took to the virtual stage. It's a story t
 
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KCRW: Rhythm Planet likes new Sultans of String album and its pair up with Israeli singer Yasmin Levy

The new Sultans of String release; ‘Refuge,' Produced by Chris McKhool and John ‘Beetle' Bailey features; McKhool: violin, viola, ChinCello, vocals, Kevin Laliberté: nylon, steel & electric guitars, vocals Eddie Paton: high strung acoustic guitar, vocals, Drew Birston: electric & acoustic bass, Moog Synth, vocals Rosendo ‘Chendy' León: drums, percussion, vocals Turkish String Session: Gündem Yayli Grubu KCRW: Los Angeles 'Rhythm Planet' likes the new Sultans of String album with its many styles of music and guest artists,
 
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Chad Lawson's velvety touch is very much present in the wistful, dreamy melody on 'One Day You Finally Knew' / Mainly Piano

"One Day You Finally Knew" is the second single from Chad Lawson's upcoming five-song solo piano EP, Stay. The EP is Chad's debut on the Decca label and will be released on May 1, 2020. Trained in both classical music and jazz, Chad has independently released a fascinating collection of albums that range from his own beautiful compositions to his arrangements of classics by Chopin and Bach. I have seen him play live a couple of times, and it's always a magical experience to hear his velvety piano touch combined with his deeply emotional compositions. On "One Day You Finally Knew," that velv
 
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Listen to Nina Simone's isolated vocals on 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' / FAR OUT

When speaking about the greatest vocalist of all time, Nina Simone is always a part of the conversation and for good reason, as her voice is undeniably iconic. So we thought with it being 17 years to the day since she unfortunately left us, that we would pay respect to her magnificence by visiting an isolated vocals version of her classic ‘Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'. The track originally featured on her 1964 record Broadway-Blues-Ballads, the melody and chorus came to Horace Ott after a brief falling out with his girlfriend (and wife-to-be), Gloria Caldwell which Simone would
 
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Michael Shapiro featured on SiriusXM - Living American

Michael Shapiro's works have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe-with broadcasts of premieres on National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Sender Freies Berlin, WQXR, and WCBS-TV. His music, which spans across all media, has been characterized in a New York Times review as "possessing a rare melodic gift." His oeuvre includes more than 100 works for solo voice, piano, chamber ensembles, chorus, orchestra, as well as for opera, film, and television, with recordings on Naxos and Paumanok Records. Michae
 
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Swim with 'Echoes' through 'Blue Landscapes'

Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers, the pioneering third album in the award-winning Blue Landscapes series from internationally renowned pianist Robert Thies and flutist Damjan Krajacic ushers in the new new age by generously offering 15 improvisational tracks. Tonight, Monday, Apr 20, 2020, swim through Blue Landscapes, as the duo talks with Echoes about improvising their impressionistic ambient chamber music with only acoustic instruments and a sound influenced by ECM and Windham Hill Records. SEE THE Echoes PAGE
 
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Nina Simone's back catalogue. Where to start / The Guardian

Nina Simone is in the unusual position of being a towering genius who never recorded an undeniable, canonical masterpiece. If you choose your 10 favourite songs, there's a good chance that they'll be from 10 different albums, which makes one of the many excellent compilations the natural gateway into a vast body of work that encompasses jazz, blues, folk, soul, pop, rock, show tunes, polyrhythms and songs that don't even have genres. The Verve re-release of 'Fodder On My Wings' was one of Nina Simone's favorite albums but has remained one of her most obscure. Ori
 
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From the Bothy Band to the Celtic Fiddle Festival, a 'Journal Of Music' podcast with Kevin Burke

Through his work with traditional music groups such as the Bothy Band, Patrick Street, Open House and Celtic Fiddle Festival, his duo albums with the late singer and guitarist Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, and the solo albums If the Cap Fits, Up Close and In Concert, Kevin Burke has had a major influence on modern Irish fiddle-playing. In this podcast interview below, editor Toner Quinn talks to Kevin about learning music in South London, moving to Ireland in the 1970s to play with Christy Moore, joining the Bothy Band, his work with Ó Domhnaill, Patrick Street and the Ce
 
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  Toner Quinn speaks to Kevin Burke

Yusif Eyvazov announces 'Conversations with extraordinary people' on Instagram / OPERAWIRE

Yusif Eyvazov has announced a new project entitled "Conversations with extraordinary people" on Instagram. The tenor announced the show stating, "I've been lucky to meet and to work with the most talented and outstanding artists of our time. Then I got the idea of an artist being interviewed, not by a journalist, but by another artist. I find it new and exciting because it will be a friendly conversation between 2 pals to discuss the most important and interesting topics. In the opening part of my project I will interview Russian classical musicians. Unfortunately these interviews will
 
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Alexandre Desplat - Little Women makes theartsdesk: weekly soundtracks special

theartsdesk picks Six film scores, spanning more than a century of cinema, for their weekly soundtracks special including; Alexandre Desplat - Little Women Director Greta Gerwig reminds us in her sleeve note that, back in the day, buying a soundtrack recording was one of the only ways to relive a favourite film at home. Her smart, crowd-pleasing Little Women was conceived as "a musical without any singing," and Alexandre Desplat's music features two pianists alongside a chamber orchestra, the pianists' four hands matching the source novel's quartet of young protagonists. Gerwi
 
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Vikingur Olafsson juxtaposes and explores the contrasts and common ground on 'Debussy and Rameau' / WFMT 'Featured New Release'

After the remarkable global success of his award-winning Bach recording, celebrated Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson returns with his third solo album. Debussy · Rameau juxtaposes pieces by two of the greatest French composers – both musical revolutionaries – exploring the contrasts and common ground between them. Ólafsson says, "As extraordinary innovators of both harmony and form, with a unique ear for color and a keen sense of the theatrical, both Rameau and Debussy wrote music which engages more senses than just that of hearing." For April
 
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Lang Lang plays NPR 'Tiny Desk' at home

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space. Here's something unique: a chance to eavesdrop on the superstar pianist Lang Lang at home. It's a place he rarely seems to be, but staying put is important to him during the coronavirus crisis, and he offers a personal performance to reflect on these trying times. The 37-year-old pianist, who typically plays
 
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'The Inbetween' & 'Ocean of Candlelight' from Michael Whalen's 'Sacred Spaces' featured on 'hearts of space'

"Sacred Spaces" is an epic recording nearly ten years in the making. "I have been pursuing a spiritual ‘awakening' for most of my adult life. Over the past decade, I realized that I am 100 percent responsible for whatever my relationship with a ‘higher being' might be," says Micheal Whalen. Filled with sonic landscapes built from hundreds of layers of sound, "Sacred Spaces" is Michael's tour-de-force electronic project, which seamlessly blends his natural gift for melody with fresh textures and percolating rhythms. Deeply inspired by Michael's film and TV work an
 
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As you continue at home, OPERAWIRE recommends you listen to PBO & Caroline Shaw

This week as you continue at home, there are a number of new albums that you can check out. Among the latest releases we recommend you listen to is PBO & Caroline Shaw. The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra releases a collection of commissioned new works by Caroline Shaw. The new release marks the 50th recording for the orchestra and showcases the orchestra's rich repertory bridging the music of the 18th century with that of the 21st century. The album is comprised of the "Is a Rose" trilogy and features soloists Anne Sofie Von Otter, Avery Amereau, Dashon Burton, and conductor Nichola
 
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Seattle-area musicians offer online performances during 'stay-at-home order' / 94.9KUOW

We're into our second month of Governor Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order in Washington. We've baked bread, cleaned cupboards, and binged on endless television shows. KUOW's Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman went online in search of some cultural respite. She found it in classical music; specifically short cello performances on social media. Here are a few places to start your own online music tour: Former Seattle Symphony Orchestra cellist Joshua Roman has played in the world's top concert halls. But now he may reach his widest audience through his regular social media mini-pe
 
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Nina Simone - Fodder on My Wings makes this month's JAZZIZ 'Vinyl Watch'

Vinyl is back! Each month on "Vinyl Watch," we list some of the most noteworthy new vinyl releases - including new albums, reissues, special-edition box sets and more. At JAZZIZ, we share the vinyl community's appreciation of the experience of collecting and playing vinyl records. As an increasing number of music fans discover the joy of vinyl, we hope these lists will serve as a starting point for new musical discoveries. This month includes; Nina Simone, Fodder On My Wings (Verve/UMe) Nina Simone considered her 1982 Fodder On My Wings, recorded shortly after her move to Paris, one of
 
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