SFCV calls their conversation with Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate; 'fabulous,' 'stupendous,' and 'sensational'

SFCV's Lou Fancher writes.....Unexpectedly, in a conversation with American Indian composer and pianist Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, superlatives like "fabulous," "stupendous," and "sensational" are frequent. It's language you might anticipate from haute couture fashion designers or theater critics overwhelmed by a successful production; hardly the words expected from a serious, acclaimed classical music composer. But if there's one word that most defines the taproot from which he draws inspiration it is "ethos." Tate was raised in a music- and talk-filled home; and his father,
 
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WAMU's 1A chats with U.S. Poet Laureate; Joy Harjo

WAMU: Washington DC - Kathryn Fink writes.....U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo has been busy during the pandemic. She recently released her first spoken word album in over a decade entitled "I Pray For My Enemies." She edited a new anthology called "Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry." And she's set to release a new memoir this fall. Oh, did we mention she's also been appointed to a rare third term? We talk with Harjo about her latest work - and what it means to be the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate.  PHOTO: VALERIE MACON/AFP via G
 
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Smaro Grigoriadou is a special case who explores the sound and technical possibilities of her instrument / Critics' Point

Critics' Point writes.....The distinguished guitarist Smaro Grigoriadou is a special case among her colleagues, as through an endless filial mood, which over the years not only does not decrease, but intensifies, she explores the sound and technical possibilities of her instrument. Her constant companion is her teacher, George Kertsopoulos (b. 1952). The Kertsopoulos , student of the unforgettable guitarist and Master Dimitris Fabas (1921-1996), has dealt extensively with the construction of instruments, especially guitar, which provides the opportunity to experiment in depth and is cre
 
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David Korevaar's third Lowell Liebermann release shines / ClassIc 107.3 - St. Louis

Pianist and music educator David Korevaar recently released a recording of Lowell Liebermann's piano music – the third volume in his series devoted to Lowell Liebermann's solo piano music on the MSR Classics label – as he continues his journey of recording all of Liebermann's works for the piano. This release features each of Liebermann's original works for solo piano composed between 2001 and 2017, including world premiere recordings of his Nocturne No. 8, Op. 85; Nocturne No. 9,Op. 97; Nocturne No. 10, Op. 99; and Nocturne No. 11, Op. 112. Additional works include Liebermann's
 
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David Korevaar discusses Lowell Liebermann's solo piano music with New Jersey Net

The third volume in David Korevaar's highly acclaimed series devoted to Lowell Liebermann's solo piano music (MSR Classics MS1688) continues his journey of recording all of Liebermann's works for the piano.  This release features each of Liebermann's original works for solo piano composed between 2001 and 2017, including world premiere recordings of his Nocturne No. 8, Op. 85; Nocturne No. 9, Op. 97; Nocturne No. 10, Op. 99; and Nocturne No. 11, Op. 112. Additional works include his Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 82; Schubert Variations, Op. 100; and 2 Impromptus, Op. 131
 
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Pino Palladino, Blake Mills - 'Just Wrong' & 'Djurkel' from 'Notes With Attachments' makes All About Jazz: Bob Osborne's 'Selection Of New Releases' for April

 All About Jazz: Bob Osborne writes......2021 is proving to be the gift that keeps giving for new jazz releases. Curtis Andrews returns after a long break from releasing music to deliver an album which is rich in rhythmic exploration, modal and raga-based melodies, and some truly virtuosic performances. There's also the debut from Martin Frieberg, Dennis Gonzalez Ataraxia Trio's second offering, a new one from Tom Rainey's excellent Obbligato band, and a selection of other new albums which ably demonstrate the wide variety of music available in the World of Jazz. N
 
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St. Louis - Classic 107.3 presents; Penderecki in Memoriam Podcast featuring pianist Barry Douglas CBE

The first in the series of the Penderecki in Memoriam Podcast features internationally renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas CBE. Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Douglas collaborated closely with Penderecki including the 2007 premiere performance and recording of the composer's large-scale, single movement work Piano Concerto "Resurrection". This 19-minute podcast, hosted and produced by Crossover Media's Max Horowitz, was curated and produced by PCINY's head of music programming, Anna Perzanowska. Penderecki in M
 
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Jazz Journalists Association honors Maria Schneider, Ron Carter and WBGO's Gary Walker, Jazz United

WBGO writes......Longtime WBGO host and music director Gary Walker and the podcast Jazz United are among the winners of the 2021 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. They join bassist Ron Carter, honored for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, and Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead, recipient of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism, along with others recognized in a total of 47 categories. Gary Walker won the Marian McPartland-Willis Conover Award for Career Achievement in Broadcasting, which has also been bestowed on WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton and Michael Bourne. Jazz United, hosted by Gre
 
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Saxophonist; James Brandon Lewis embodies and transcends tradition / The New York Times

The New York Times - Giovanni Russonello......When James Brandon Lewis plays the saxophone, he usually plants his feet shoulder width apart and bends a bit at the knee, swaying and tunneling into a rhythmic flow. As a bandleader, he almost exclusively performs his own compositions, which have melodies that roam, dart and soar but often stay grounded in a pulse. Even when the music reaches a cruising speed, Lewis takes his time on the horn, more interested in making sure you get a clear taste of each note than in hurrying along to the next idea. Still, by the end of a song, you'll feel a
 
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Through the circumstances of its creation, Jane Ira Bloom - Mark Helias 'Some Kind of Tomorrow' gives us an unusually close perspective into creativity and musicianship / Jazz History Online

Jazz History Online's Thomas Cunniffe writes.....The COVID-19 has shut down the world's economy in short order. While elements of the economy are beginning to open up again, live performances will be one of the last elements to restart. Most club and concert dates have been canceled for the foreseeable future. For many jazz artists, recorded music is their primary source of income. The albums reviewed here are all current releases; most of them were released during the period of nationwide lockdown. Of course, most of the music was recorded long before anyone had heard of the coronaviru
 
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Sons of Kemet - Black to the Future makes 'JAZZIZ - 10 Albums You Need to Know: May 2021'

JAZZIZ - MATT MICUCCI writes......Star-studded trio albums; tributes to Billie Holiday, Wayne Shorter and Keith Jarrett; a sonic poem for the invocation of power, remembrance and healing. All this and more in our list of ten albums out this month (May 2021) that you need to know about. Saxophonist/composer Shabaka Hutchings and his acclaimed British jazz group Sons of Kemet present a new set of pulsing grooves and global influences on their third studio album, Black to the Future (Impulse!). Hutchings defines the record via a statement as "a sonic poem for the invocation of power, remem
 
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Milos seeks the next great classical guitar showpiece / NPR: Morning Edition

NPR: Morning Edition - TIM GREIVING writes .......On his new CD, classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglic plays two works composed especially for him. Miloš Karadaglić was eight when he noticed the dusty guitar sitting on a shelf in his house in Montenegro. "I think my father had this guitar when he was young, and when he tried to seduce my mother - and once he got her, I don't think he played it ever again," Miloš says, laughing. "Typical sort of behavior. I got this guitar and, seriously, the moment I held it in my hands, I felt I found my best friend." L
 
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Milos - The Moon & The Forest is the WFMT: Featured New Release

WFMT's Lisa Flynn writes....Celebrating 10 years with Universal Music, Miloš Karadaglić releases an album featuring two outstanding new concertos, both commissioned for the guitarist – a testament to his musicianship and pioneering spirit, showcasing new guitar repertoire on the world stage. The Moon & The Forest features works by award-winning composers Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings, The Departed) and Joby Talbot (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Winter's Tale). Both Shore and Talbot worked closely with Karadaglić to create distinctive, groundbreaking
 
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Months in the making, k-Mozart re-launches / Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles Daily News - RICHARD WAGONER writes.....Did I say months? Actually, it was over a year. Owner Saul Levine has been planning this since before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic but put it off due to the problems that came about over the past year. At one time, it was to be exclusively on the app and on the HD signal that is available with a special tuner on 105.1 HD4. Since that time, the decision was made to put the format on 1260 AM in an attempt to help spread the word, which it has for the past few months. The re-launch is referring to the addition of hosts and special p
 
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For collector's of intricate and soothing music, 'Strings for Peace' is an impressively produced and memorable release / Review Graveyard

Review Graveyard writes.......Strings for Peace, features four compositions by legendary sarod master Amjad Ali Khan based on four popular ragas specifically written and arranged for Sharon Isbin: 'By the Moon - Raga Behag', 'Love Avalanche - Raga Mishra Bhairav', 'Romancing Earth - Raga Pilu' and 'Sacred Evening - Raga Yaman'. Ali Khan, Sharon Isbin, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash are accompanied on the tabla by Amit Kavthekar, The use of sarod on these four recordings (50 min, 45 sec) pretty much runs the gamut of styles and emotions. It's
 
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Pino Palladino & Blake Mills have created a weird but wonderful mix of sounds and flavors for 'Notes with Attachments' / CD Hotlist

CD Hotlist - Rick Anderson writes.......With this album, bassist Pino Palladino and multi-instrumentalist/producer Blake Mills have created a weird but wonderful mix of sounds and flavors, resulting in something that is explicitly jazz-adjacent but hardly jazz. Billed as "both a producers' album and a players' album," it germinated from snippets of musical ideas that Palladino sent to Mills for his musical input, and to which Mills responded so comprehensively that eventually, in Palladino's words, "it dawned on both of us that it would be a collaborative record." From the tight
 
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Moby teams with Gregory Porter and Amythyst Kiah for 'Natural Blues remix' / EL PASO INC.

EL PASO INC. Celebretainment writes.....Moby has teamed up with Gregory Porter and Amythyst Kiah on a remix of 'Natural Blues'. The 55-year-old musician has reimagined his biggest hits from the past three decades featuring the Budapest Art Orchestra with new orchestration and arrangements for his upcoming LP, 'Reprise'. And the latest cut is a new version of the 2000 single by Moby from his acclaimed 'Play' album. Moby said: "I've had songs that are very despairing, and some that are celebratory, but more often than not I guess my music lives in a bitter
 
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There is so much more than Joy Harjo's Native American poetry contained on 'I Pray For My Enemies' / Skope Magazine

Skope - Dan MacIntosh......To say Joy Harjo is unique, would be putting it mildly. Joy Harjo is an American poet, playwright, musician, and author. Her album, I Pray for My Enemies, is filled with poetry, just as you would expect from a United States Poet Laureate. However, there is so much more than Harjo's Native American poetry contained on the album. Harjo is also a skilled saxophonist and incorporates plenty of jazz sounds (as well as jazz-inspired lyrics, including lines about trumpeting great, Miles Davis) filling out this wide ranging, 16-track opus. READ THE FULL Skope Mag
 
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Moby says 'classical music is ingrained in me' / The List

The List - Bang Showbiz writes.....Moby has been "surrounded by classical music" since his childhood. The 55-year-old star has revealed he was surrounded by lots of classical musical influences during his childhood and even though he's made his name in a different genre, his music has always featured "classical elements". He shared: "I grew up surrounded by classical music. My mother was a pianist. My great-grandmother actually taught classical composition to Arthur Fiedler, the legendary conductor. My uncle was a classical flautist. "So even though I grew up playing in punk rock bands,
 
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'Score to Screen' with 'Sea of Solitude' composer; Guy Jackson

Composer Guy Jackson is the featured guest on this Score to Screen podcast. The Sea of Solitude composer shares details about challenges he faced translating the heavy emotional themes from the video game into music as well as discusses the exciting experience of arranging tone poems for each character. The Score to Screen podcast series is produced and hosted by Crossover Media's Max Horowitz. LISTEN Sea of Solitude takes you on a personal journey of a young woman's loneliness.  As the gameplay unfolds, set sail across a beautiful and evolving world, where nothing is quite
 
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CS Score Interviews Fargo Composer Jeff Russo / COMINGSOON.net

COMINGSOON.net - JEFF AMES writes....Welcome to a special edition of CS Score, soundtrack lovers! This week we're jumping right to the chase to get to our amazing interviews with Jeff Russo, composer of hit shows such as Fargo, Star Trek: Picard, Lucifer, For All Mankind and Clarice, among many others. We also got a chance to speak with composer Osei Essed, who has worked on the documentaries Accept the Call, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality and the recently release Amend: Fight for America. Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, Jeff Russo is creating some of the
 
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'I Pray for My Enemies' is a top-notch album of singing, speaking and playing, for healing a troubled world / PublicRadio90

I Pray For My Enemies is the name of the first new recording in a decade from Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named Poet Laureate of the United States. It's an album of singing, speaking and playing from Joy and a variety of top-notch musicians that seeks healing for a troubled world. It was released March 5th, 2021, and Michigan's PublicRadio90 KURT HAUSWIRTH spoke with her about it. Click to hear the conversation 
 
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Moby's 'Natural Blues' makes JazzFM - B List

Musical pioneer Moby is set to release his new album Reprise, on May 28th via Deutsche Grammophon. Reprise sees Moby revisiting and reimagining musical highlights from his past. Together with the Budapest Art Orchestra, he has re-envisioned some of his most recognizable rave classics and anthems with new arrangements for orchestra and acoustic instruments. He's also joined by a stellar line-up of guest artists from across the musical spectrum, including Alice Skye, Amythyst Kiah, Apollo Jane, Darlingside, Gregory Porter, Jim James, Kris Kristofferson, Luna Li, Mark Lanegan, Mindy Jones,
 
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Rick Wakeman and Justin Swadling join forces on upcoming single; 'Into the Light' / The List

The List - Bang Showbiz writes....Rick Wakeman and jazz star Justin Swadling have announced the release of their upcoming single, 'Into the Light.' The Prog Rock legend and Saxophone player/composer's genre-bending track "brings together Swadling's already mighty talent to create an outstanding record with the soloistic talents of a true Brit." Penned amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 'Into The Light' carries a message of hope. The upcoming single, follows Swadling's 'Red Gables' sessions, including 'The Dreamer' EP, featuring guest vocalist Emm
 
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Ilan Eshkeri Q&A's with Film Music Central

Film Music Central writes.....Earlier this year I had the opportunity to speak with composer Ilan Eshkeri about his work on the documentary series A Perfect Planet. This is my second interview with this composer, as we'd previously talked about his work on the hit video game Ghost of Tsushima. Eshkeri attended Leeds University, where he studied music and English literature. During this time he also worked with fellow film composers Edward Shearmur, Michael Kamen and music producer Steve McLaughlin. His extensive catalogue of film and TV scores include Still Alice, Stardust, The Young Victor
 
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'International Jazz Day' 10th anniversary concert, set to stream worldwide

For the second consecutive year, festivities for International Jazz Day will take place in a virtual setting. The UNESCO-sponsored event, which this year marks its 10th anniversary, will present its 2021 flagship concert in a live webcast that audiences can view via YouTube, Facebook, and the UNESCO and International Jazz Day websites at 5 p.m. ET on April 30. The webcast will include performances streamed from cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Moscow, Cape Town, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro. Performers will include Russian saxophonist Igor Butman, Br
 
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MILOS meets composers Howard Shore & Joby Talbot on 'The Moon & The Forest' / VENTS Magazine interview

VENTS Magazine's Ryan Vandergriff writes......There are but a few musical artists that can be addressed by their forename and elicit almost instant recognition from music aficionados the world over: Mozart, Beethoven, Prince, Madonna and Elvis certainly all qualify for this distinction and, if many music aficionados who more than know their way around a record player have their say, so too does classical guitarist MILOŠ Karadaglic who oft times goes under the mononym of MILOŠ. This Universal Music recording artist who has been described alternately as "peerless" and as
 
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Yolanda Kondonassis Announces 'FIVE MINUTES for Earth'

FIVE MINUTES for Earth® is a project that both celebrates our planet and illuminates the challenge to preserve it. Yolanda Kondonassis has tasked fifteen of today's most innovative compositional voices with creating works or soundscapes of five minutes or less for the harp that express a powerful experience inspired by Earth in one of its many conditions or atmospheres. FIVE MINUTES is also a metaphor for the urgent and compressed timeframe that remains for our global community to find and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.  All composers are generously contri
 
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NPR - Alt.Latino speaks with Ben Lapidus about 'New York City's influence on Latin Music

NPR - Alt.Latino host and producer FELIX CONTRERAS writes.....2021 is turning out to be a good year for books about Latin music. Just last month, we featured books by Leila Cobo and Betto Arcos about Latin pop music and the communities built through these musicians. On this episode, I speak with Ben Lapidus, author of New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990. The deeply researched and resourced page-tuner puts the music we hear today into historical context. In the book, the scholar and Grammy-nominated musician posits that New York City and its Latin musicians hav
 
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Richard Danielpour and Simone Dinnerstein collaborate from separate coasts on 'An American Mosaic' / textura

Richard Danielpour's An American Mosaic emerged, quite literally, in response to earlier recordings by Simone Dinnerstein. In May 2020, the Grammy Award-winning composer called her from Los Angeles-"out of the blue," in her words-to say how much her Bach recordings had sustained him through the initial period of the pandemic and, even more significantly, to tell the pianist about a new piece he intended to write for her. Wanting to compose a work that would bring comfort to those suffering, he devised the fifteen miniatures of An American Mosaic to acknowledge segmen
 
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Art of Time Ensemble - Ain't Got Long is as intriguing as it is inventive. A regal array of avant-garde orchestration that's challenging yet tasteful / GOLDMINE: Indie Spotlight

GOLDMINE's Lee Zimmerman writes....In a cookie music world, Canada's Art of Time stands out by taking a fresh - dare we say, daring - approach to songs that normally breed familiarity, but are reinvented here in experimental ways. The treatments featured throughout Ain't Got Long are distinctive to be sure - opening track "Ain't Got Long" offers an immediate example of the group's off kilter soundscapes - and even the guest vocalists (Madeleine Peyroux, Jessica Mitchell, Gregory Hoskins, and Sarah Slean) fail to find confinement to any particular parameters. Nevertheless, even given the
 
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All Classical Portland talks with Catalyst Quartet violinist Karla Donehew Perez about the exciting new project; 'Uncovered'

All Classical Portland Program Director John Pitman talks with violinist Karla Donehew Perez, of Catalyst Quartet, about the exciting new project they launched in January called "Uncovered", focusing on underrepresented composers in classical music. Volume 1 sheds light on three beautiful works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), a British composer who was greatly admired by contemporary audiences, as well as composers such as Edward Elgar. Ms. Donehew Perez shares the story of bringing this music to life – through the challenges of neglected manuscript scores, to educating audien
 
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Jakob Bro reveals his route through a new trio soundscape on 'Uma Elmo'

88.3WBGO's Greg Bryant writes......The Danish-born guitarist Jakob Bro first caught the ear of the global jazz community 15 years ago, on an ECM release by the Paul Motion Band. He's now a highly regarded ECM artist himself: his new album, Uma Elmo, documents a unique and shifting interplay from a new trio, with trumpeter Arve Henricksen and drummer Jorge Rossy. Recorded last August and September in Lugano, Switzerland, Uma Elmo finds these captivating improvisers at their lyrical best. Though they had conversations before the session, the musicians did not rehearse or perform t
 
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Set to release; 'The Moon & The Forest,' Milos chats with Wake Forest NC's 89.7: TheClassicalStation

Celebrating 10 years with Universal Music, superstar and bona fide "Classical Guitar God" (The Times) MILOŠ releases a brand new album, featuring two outstanding original concertos, both specially-commissioned for the star musician – a testament to his outstanding musicianship and pioneering spirit, showcasing new guitar repertoire on the world stage.  The Moon & The Forest, is set for release this Friday 30th April 2021, and features works for guitar and orchestra by award-winning composers Howard Shore (Lord of the Rin
 
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Daniel Hope's tribute to Alfred Schnittke

"The real legacy of Schnittke's music is its multidimensional exploration of what musical truth in the twentieth century might be, from chaotic polystylism to heartfelt spirituality." - The Guardian This podcast focuses on violinist Daniel Hope's encounter with one of the twentieth century's most original and fascinating composers; Alfred Schnittke. LISTEN Mr. Hope was fifteen when he first heard the music of Alfred Schnittke in 1989. The experience launched a love affair with the Russian composer's work that has continued to deepen ever since. The violinist's latest album for Deuts
 
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One cannot question the Danish String Quartet's finesse, scrupulous attention to detail, and musical integrity on Prism III / ClassicsToday

ClassicsToday's Jed Distler writes.....It is fitting that the Danish String Quartet programs Beethoven's C-sharp minor quartet Op. 131 alongside Bartók's Quartet No. 1, for their commonalities are revealing. Each work's movements play continuously without interruption. And just as Beethoven begins his quartet with a brooding, intensely building fugue, Bartók accurately described his work's long contrapuntal opening movement as a funeral dirge. In this context, the five-voice Fugue from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier makes for an appropriate closing selection. While these
 
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The 1969 LP that marked the 'Shape Of Things To Come' for George Benson / udiscovermusic.

Produced by Creed Taylor, it featured guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones, Idris Muhammad, Ron Carter, and others. udiscovermusic.'s Paul Sexton writes.......For someone who first recorded at the age of nine, George Benson was practically a veteran by the time he released what became his first US chart album, Shape Of Things To Come, at just 26. The year was 1969, and the LP was even more significant as the jazz guitar sensation's first since signing to A&M/CTI. It was also the initial fruit in a long-running relationship with Creed Taylor as producer. The virtuo
 
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On 'I Pray for My Enemies' Joy Harjo digs deep into the indigenous red earth and the shared languages of music / 91.7WSUM

In her first new recording in a decade, Joy Harjo – the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States – digs deep into the indigenous red earth and the shared languages of music to sing, speak and play a stunningly original musical meditation that seeks healing for a troubled world – "I Pray for My Enemies", released on Sunyata Records on March 5, has Harjo collaborating with producer/engineer Barrett Martin on this unique new album. Joy brings a fresh identity to the poetry & songs that have made her a renowned poet of the Muscogee Creek Nation &
 
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Nik Bartsch opens up about 'Ententre' and his life in music / Neon Jazz

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Swiss Pianist, Composer & Producer Nik Bärtsch .. He opened up about his newest 2021 solo album called Ententre and his life in music ..  The pianist finds freedom in aesthetic restriction, while also seizing opportunities to guide the music to new places. This is a cornerstone to his overall approach .. Enjoy the story…  Click here to listen Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journe
 
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Winnipeg's 101.5UMFM features and discusses 'Entendre' with pianist/composer; Nik Bartsch

A fascinating solo album from the Swiss pianist and composer, Entendre offers deeper insight into Nik Bärtsch's musical thinking, illuminating aspects of his playing and the nature of his modular pieces. As its titles implies the new album, recorded at Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo studio, considers listening as a dynamic process. In these solo realizations, Bärtsch's polymetric pieces unfold with heightened alertness to the subtleties of touch. The pianist finds freedom in aesthetic restriction, while also seizing opportunities to guide the music to new plac
 
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8th instalment of the Ola Onabule 'Live Series' celebrates International Jazz Day

A charismatic and sophisticated artist and entertainer. Ola Onabulé's compelling performances possess an emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity that is second to none. Audiences cherish this powerful storyteller and his capacity to cross cultural and musical boundaries with an unflinching pursuit of truth and justice. Ola Onabulé epitomizes a move towards hearty, sustaining music, made by artisans with a commitment to quality, integrity and authenticity. Join us for the 8th instalment of the Ola Onabulé Live Series here on Facebook. This time, Mr. O and the ba
 
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Sons Of Kemet - To Never Forget The Source gets JazzFM: Breakfast Track of the Week

Saxophonist, composer, philosopher and writer Shabaka Hutchings returns with a brand-new album from his Mercury Prize nominated outfit Sons of Kemet. Black To The Future, the band's fourth LP and second on Impulse! Records, is due out May 14. This is the band's most dynamic project yet, featuring prominent vocalists including Angel Bat Dawid, poets Moor Mother and Joshua Idehen, and grime artist D Double E.  The last time Shabaka Hutchings released a record, it was March 13, 2020 – on the eve of the pandemic – with Shabaka & The Ancestors' We Are Sent He
 
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Joy Harjo's first album in a decade is epic, expansive, hard hitting, reflective, provocative, healing and joyful / MUSIC CONNECTION

MUSIC CONNECTION's Jonathan Widran writes.....On Joy Harjo's epic, expansive, emotionally hard hitting, reflective, provocative and ultimately healing and dare we say joyful first album in a decade, the incumbent U.S. Poet Laureate – the first Native American to hold that honor – and award winning musical artist and saxophonist joins forces with Latin Grammy winning producer Barrett Martin and rock legends Peter Buck, Mike McCready, Krist Novoselic and Rich Robinson to deliver timely and timeless (and sometimes quirky) meditational messages to a world in desperate need.
 
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A magical collision of music, dance, and some world-class artistry / CLASSIC fM

CLASSIC fM's Maddy Shaw Roberts writes....A hip-hop dancer and pianist have combined their passions and constructed a hypnotising performance to American minimalist composer Philip Glass' music. While pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays ‘Mad Rush' on piano, hip-hop dancer James Floats Fable moonwalks around the piano in his signature style of ‘glides'.\ Fable, who joined Brooklyn Ballet in 2011, told Classic FM that his performance was inspired by the pain of America's struggle for racial equality, and the heartless killing of George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis. "Wh
 
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Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco form Jomoro, release; 'Delicate Butterfly' featuring Lucius / RollingStone

RollingStone's ANGIE MARTOCCIO writes.....Drummer Joey Waronker and percussionist Mauro Refosco have formed the group Jomoro, dropping the lead single "Delicate Butterfly." Lucius provides shimmering vocals to the track, backed by subtle instrumentation that stretches to nearly four minutes. The track follows "Mirror," released last month. The group also announced the album Blue Marble Sky, out June 4th. The duo wrote and produced the record, trading files during the pandemic. Sharon Van Etten, Brandon Markell Holmes, and Brazilian singer Karina Buhr appear on the album, which conta
 
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BBC3: In Tune explores themes of robotics and artificial intelligence with Dr. Susan Lim

Society currently finds itself at an intersection of technology and humanity as physical forms embedded with Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems fulfil an urgent need for previously unimaginable companions, such as robot caregivers, to address the twin challenges of longevity and loneliness.  It is precisely this concept of an inanimate-human companionship that pioneer surgeon Dr Susan Lim, together with her project Co-Creative Director, Dr Christina Teenz Tan explore in the ‘Lim Fantasy of Companionship' for Piano & Orchestra, composed by Manu Martin. Recorded at Ab
 
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88.3WBGO: Jazz United meets The Checkout with Pino Palladino and Blake Mills

WBGO writes.....If you've been following Jazz United for any length of time, chances are good that you are already familiar with The Checkout - a long-running WBGO podcast and radio program hosted by Simon Rentner, who also produces the show. Every week, Simon turns the spotlight to an artist or subject from what he calls "the other side of jazz," exploring new hybrids and swirling currents around the world. So this week, we're mixing things up a bit with a podcast episode swap - rolling out a recent edition of The Checkout through our Jazz United feed. We handpicked a good
 
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Stitched together with reflective interludes, Simone Dinnerstein's premiere of Richard Danielpour's 'An American Mosaic' coheres as a scrapbook recounting a shared experience / The New Yorker

The New Yorker's Oussama Zahr writes.....Composer Richard Danielpour has said that Simone Dinnerstein's Bach recordings got him through the early months of the pandemic. It's easy to hear why: the pianist's care and equanimity in playing such solidly constructed pieces feels reassuring-proof of an organized world. When Danielpour decided to write "An American Mosaic"-a series of miniatures that depict groups of people affected by the pandemic-he asked Dinnerstein to give its première. The result is descriptive without being sentimental. There's the topsy-turvy mayhem of "Parents
 
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Richard Danielpour's 'An American Mosaic' honors frontline workers / WOSU Public Media

Classical 101's Jennifer Hambrick writes......Composer Richard Danielpour says he barely slept during the month of April 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic forced the U.S. into lockdown and the death toll skyrocketed. "The only thing that was able to relax me enough to sleep," Danielpour later wrote, "was listening to (pianist) Simone Dinnerstein's Bach recordings." Those acclaimed recordings also became the spark for Danielpour's own musical response to the coronavirus pandemic in his piano suite An American Mosaic. Commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival and premiered by Dinnerste
 
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Arturo O'Farrill w/Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Virtual Birdland is special and represents that we cannot be defeated / Republic of Jazz

Republic of Jazz - - Kabir Sehga writes.....The images of 2020 were scary, nights of ambulance sirens, freezer trucks, sleeplessness, a nation's economy brought to a halt. Jobs lost, businesses, restaurants, and yoga studios shuttered. With the exception of some high-tech companies and the well ensconced, everybody suffered. There were other images. Women and men in scrubs and face shields facing an onslaught of suffering with quiet strength. Superheroes clothed in checkout aprons and flight attendant uniforms. People at the lower rungs of the socioeconomic strata who, just by showing u
 
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Shabaka Hutchings is cover feature on DOWNBEAT - May issue

Over the last half decade, Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups-most notably, Sons of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming, and Shabaka & the Ancestors-and embracing influences from the sounds of London's diverse club culture, including house, grime, jungle, and dub. "The common theme in my career as a jazz musician has been
 
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Art of Time Ensemble's 'Ain't Got Long' is soulful and multi-faceted / THE JW VIBE

JWVIBE's Jonathan Widran writes.....It may not be necessary to fully appreciate its majestic sweep, but those who find themselves seduced and culturally and spiritually uplifted from the get-go by Ain't Got Long, the Art of Time Ensemble's soulful and multi-faceted sixth album, should probably know a little something about the groups' nearly quarter century history as they engage in the pin drop perfection of the collection's exquisite and colorful arrangements of Great American Songbook and other classics and the gorgeous vocal showcases of jazz great Madeleine Peyroux (Robert Johnson'
 
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The Catalyst Quartet Uncovers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and is the 90.1WRTI: Classical Album of the Week

WRTI's SUSAN LEWIS writes......The Catalyst Quartet uncovers music and the stories of the people who wrote it in its new recording series UNCOVERED. The first volume focuses on music by late 19th-century English composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The Catalyst Quartet, founded in 2010 by the Sphinx Organization, aims to "reimagine" the classical music experience. "Sometimes classical music is presented like a museum piece," says violist Paul Laraia. "We want to make sure everything we do has relevance to today," and so the ensemble's programs reach out to a diverse audience, with
 
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Whatever Art Of Time Ensemble's 'Ain't Got Long' is, Skope Magazine can't get enough

Skope's Sasha Lauryn writes....."A world in which people seek the uncertainties, and possibilities, of art" is the vision of one of the most innovative ensembles to be gracing the popular music landscape right now. With the recent release of their latest album, it's undeniable that Art Of Time Ensemble is bringing that vision to life. Led by the artistic direction and vision of Andrew Burashko together with arrangements by Jonathan Goldsmith who reinterpreted a wide array of songs that qualify as standards. Goldsmith stays faithful to the original melodies and form and then pushes
 
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Todd Mosby discusses 'Aerial Views' with Harmonious World Podcast

Acclaimed guitarist Todd Mosby joins me for the latest episode of Harmonious World. We all need perspective right now, and there's a lot of that in Todd's latest album - Aerial Views . Todd's comment about creating music that musicians will love to perform on is very apt and I finish with Aether, one of my favourite tracks of 2021. Harmonious World Podcast gives many thanks to Todd for allowing me to feature clips from Aerial Views  alongside our conversation. LISTEN
 
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Ola Onabule presents 'Ballad Of The Star Crossed' for NPR: Live Sessions: WRTI@HOME

WRTI's Maureen Malloy writes....Ola Onabule presents "Ballad Of The Star Crossed" for WRTI's @HOME video series. @HOME is a new initiative that is opening the door to video content from the global artists community. Producers; J. Michael Harrison, Tyler McClure Audio Mastering: Paul Marchesani, Graphics: Matthew Johnston, Stanley Weaver  WATCH / LISTEN TO THE PERFORMANCE
 
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Two from Sharon Isbin and Zoho Records are rare guitar pleasures | part-time audiophile

part-time audiophile - MICHAEL PHILLIPS writes.....This isn't the first time I've seen a performer release two or more albums simultaneously–I still have my LP copies of Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons around here somewhere. It's also not surprising when the two albums are very different from each other–otherwise, why not just release a double album? But it's rare when I see two recordings featuring the same artist exploring very different genres, as is the case with guitarist and multiple Grammy winner Sharon Isbin. Affinity contains
 
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It's 'The Joe Lovano Show' on 'SOMETHING came from Baltimore'

'SOMETHING came from Baltimore's' Thom Gouker......Yeah!  This was a big thrill for me.  I was nervous interviewing one of my favorite artists of all time, Joe Lovano, so I decided to ask him 20 goofy questions to see how he handled them.  He easily accepted the challenge and spun junk questions into gold. It's very impressive and that it why I suggest that you check out the Youtube interview, we chatted for 1 1/2 and must of it make it to tape. "Garden of Expression" is the sent album with the trio Lovano/Crispell/Castaldi, the first was the 2018 release
 
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Catalyst Quartet is on a mission with UNCOVERED Vol. 1 / LIMELIGHT Magazine - Recording of the Month

LIMELIGHT Magazine's Clive Paget writes......Superlative soloists and compelling chamber music from a quartet on a mission. One of the revolutions set in progress by last year's Black Lives Matter protests has been the refocusing of the classical music industry's attention of composers of colour, many of them historical figures formerly the preserve of the curious collector and rarely programmed live. New York-based Catalyst Quartet was founded in 2010 by the Sphinx Organization, an outstanding Detroit-based social justice organisation dedicated to transforming lives throug
 
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In a continuous exploration of harmonic and rhythmic patterns, William Susman releases; Collision Point & A Quiet Madness

Spellbinding Music's GUILLAUME writes....Born in Chicago and based in Palo Alto, California, William Susman is an American composer and pianist whose work encompasses orchestral, chamber, vocal and soundtrack music informed by western classical, jazz, African and Latin American traditions as well as contemporary minimalism. Constantly toying with instrumental permutations – from solo performance to his scaled-down big-band formation Octet – the music of William Susman is a continuous exploration of harmonic and rhythmic patterns. Released in October 2019 and January 202
 
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Mark Helias on pandemic collaborations / Contrabass Conversations

Contrabass Conversations writes......Mark Helias is a renowned bassist, composer and producer who has performed throughout the world for more than four decades with some of the most important and innovative musicians in Jazz and Improvised Music including Don Cherry, Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor, and Uri Caine.  Mark recently released Some Kind of Tomorrow with saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. We talk about what life has been like during the pandemic, this latest remote album collaboration with Jane and about remote collabor
 
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Joe Lovano chats with JazzFM's 'Full Circle'

The debut album of Joe Lovano's Trio Tapestry was one of 2019's most talked-about releases. This musical concept is taken to the next level on its second album, Garden of Expression, a recording distinguished by its intense focus. Lovano, a saxophonist whose reach extends across the history of modern jazz and beyond, plays with exceptional sensitivity in Trio Tapestry. The music he writes for this group-tenderly melodic or declamatory, harmonically open, rhythmically free, and spiritually involving-encourages subtle and differentiated responses from his creative partners, creati
 
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Art of Time Ensemble - Ain't Got Long is a wondrous, honest and deeply respectful undertaking / THE ALTERNATE ROOT

THE ALTERNATE ROOT's Chris Wheatley writes.....Something a little special to brighten up your Spring here. It's fair to say that, when it comes to Classical outfits covering Popular music, fans from both sides approach with caution. The results, when they work, can be brilliant (see Trevor Horn's ‘Trevor Horn Reimagines the Eighties'). Caution, however, is warranted. Such projects can all too easily come off as condescending, and all too often leave the resultant songs stranded deep in no-man's land, stripped of the spirit which inhabited the originals and devoid of th
 
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Joy Harjo reflects on the lessons, rituals and gifts of the pandemic year / The Lily

Poetry ‘can hold grief that's too heavy to bear.' U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo reflects on the lessons, rituals and gifts of the pandemic year. The Lily's Anne Branigin writes.....Before the pandemic, poet Joy Harjo was "running towards exhaustion." At the time, Harjo, then on her second term as U.S. poet laureate, was bouncing between speaking engagements, as well as embarking on her laureate project - a sprawling, interactive anthology of Native American poets. But the pandemic's closures stilled everything, drawing Harjo back to her home, back to her family, back t
 
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Texas Public Radio - Classical Connections chats with home town gents; Balmorhea

Copious creative influences run through 'Balmorhea's' Deutsche Grammophon' debut album. Released on April 9, 'The' Wind' comprises a dozen tracks inspired by meditations on the natural world and its fragility, an ancient tale of a saint who carried the wind to an airless French valley, and thoughts of climate activist Greta Thunberg crossing the Atlantic on the catamaran 'La Vagabonde.'  The Wind' marks both a return to Balmorhea's original set-up and a new beginning for the Texas-based duo of' Rob Lowe and Michael A. Muller. Addressi
 
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Arturo O'Farrill w/Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Virtual Birdland. A clarion call for deadened synapses that need reviving / Midwest Record

Midwest Record's Chris Spector writes.....ARTURO O'FARRILL/Virtual Birdland:  I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing but the pandemic proved that the right players with the right chops don't have to be in the same time zone or even on the same time line to get together in cyberspace and kick it out all together.  Carla Bley was right when she first hired O'Farrill as a tyro.  An outgrowth of weekly streams this bunch crafted to bring some happiness to the stranded masses, you can feel the heat they fearlessly brought and it's muy caliente. 
 
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On 'The Singing Guitar' Conspirare touches on the major themes of 2020....solitude and loneliness / 90.5WUOL - Interview

90.5WUOL's Colleen Phelps writes.....When Texas-based professional choir Conspirare created their album The Singing Guitar they collected pieces centered on solitude, loneliness, and even the big questions asked in The Star Spangled Banner, they ended up touching on the major themes of 2020 that have continued into 2021.  Director Craig Hella Johnson points out that a sense of longing is a timeless feature in music for voice and guitar. And this album has a lot of guitar – three quartets come together for a one-of-a-kind combination with the choir's voices. He'll take you
 
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On 'Uneasy' the Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey trio continually morphs as it explores / JazzTimes

JazzTimes JACKSON SINNENBERG writes.....Astark, black-and-white, distant photo of the Statue of Liberty; composition titles that reflect crises of infrastructure and systemic racism; an underlying tension in the music throughout; all these elements suggest that Uneasy, the new trio album by pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, could be the definitive political work of this year. But describing this record-the first from this group and the first trio work from Iyer since 2015's Break Stuff-as merely political would be painfully reductive. Even though track
 
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The ethereal experience of listening to 'Notes with Attachments' / Washington Square News

Washington Square News - Ethan Saffold writes.....Blake Mills and Pino Palladino, an unlikely duo, are creating an album distinct from their past endeavors. The two veterans in the pop music industry, are from different generations and with different career paths, but their collaboration "Notes With Attachments" forges an entirely new path. "Notes With Attachments" is not a record that I would put on a party or workout playlist. Pressing play on the first track "Just Wrong" is like seeing a landscape painting at an art museum - sure, you could stare at it for thirty seconds and move on,
 
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On 'I Pray For My Enemies,' Joy Harjo brings together poetry, jazz, funk, and traditional Muscogee music and rhythms / Iowa Public Radio

Iowa Public Radio writes.....Joy Harjo is many things. She is in her third term as U.S. Poet Laureate. She is the first Native American to serve as America's poet. She is an author, editor and poet. She is a songwriter, singer and musician. She is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is a member of the Muscogee-Creek Nation and has lived in many places, including Iowa City for a time when she attended the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She has just released a new album "I Pray For My Enemies" that brings together poetry, jazz, funk, and traditional Muscogee music and rhythms. H
 
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Art of Time Ensemble's 'Ain't Got Long' is cinematic and impressionistic / FRONT VIEW MAGAZINE

FRONT VIEW MAGAZINE writes.....With its sixth inimitable album Ain't Got Long, the Art of Time Ensemble – Canada's genre-busting ensemble that fuses high art with popular culture – welcomes a distinctive gallery of guest artists to reimagine ten of the most arresting and unforgettable songs in the contemporary experience. Ain't Got Long is streaming worldwide. Singers Madeleine Peyroux, Gregory Hoskins, Jessica Mitchell and Sarah Slean join the Art of Time Ensemble, led by its founder/artistic director Andrew Burashko, on the new recording, reinterpreting songs t
 
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Montana Public Radio discusses 'Paris' with Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn's new recording pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of a city that has been close to her heart throughout her career. Released by Deutsche Grammophon on 5 March 2021, Paris sees the American violinist resume her productive partnership with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and its Music Director, Mikko Franck. The three-time Grammy Award-winner's album presents the world premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara's Deux Sérénades, commissioned by Mikko Franck. It also includes
 
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NATIVE AMERICA CALLING's April Music Maker is Joy Harjo. A celebration of the music and poetry

NATIVE AMERICA CALLING's ART HUGHES writes.....With a mix of spoken word and jazzy soul sounds, Muscogee Creek Nation musician Joy Harjo might make listeners want to dance to her new album "I Pray for My Enemies". But her creations are also meant to make people think and feel. Harjo, the nation's first Native American Poet Laureate, features words in her Muscogee language layered with graceful jazz. And listeners are treated to her inviting saxophone sounds. Our April Music Maker is a celebration of the music and poetry of Joy Harjo. LISTEN
 
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Jane Ira Bloom, Mark Helias - Some Kind of Tomorrow is a real, personal, emotional communication / bandcamp

bandcamp's George Grella writes..... The practice of social distancing is in some ways fundamentally opposed to the experience of making music with others, especially live and in-person. There is growing evidential and experimental proof in the fields of evolutionary psychology, musicology, and neuroscience suggesting that singing together significantly boosts production of the neurohormone oxytocin, which stimulates social bonds and feelings of well-being. In layman's terms, it feels good to make music with others-and it draws musicians and audiences closer in shared intimacy. Then
 
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Albrecht Mayer's new 'Mozart' album is a personal tribute to the great composer / udiscovermusic.

udiscovermusic.'s Sharon Kelly writes.....Oboist Albrecht Mayer has released his new album Mozart, a personal and affectionate tribute to one of the greatest composers who ever lived. Albrecht Mayer has lived with Mozart's music for almost half a century. He first discovered the composer while he was a boy soprano in the Bamberg Cathedral Choir, an early experience which is perhaps partly responsible for the warm, singing quality of his oboe playing. Albrecht Mayer's new album Mozart is inspired by his lifelong love for the composer's music and is his first all-Mozart album. P
 
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Joy Harjo discusses 'I Pray for My Enemies' with Spokane Public Radio

In her first new recording in a decade, Joy Harjo – the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States – digs deep into the indigenous red earth and the shared languages of music to sing, speak and play a stunningly original musical meditation that seeks healing for a troubled world – I Pray for My Enemies, was released from Sunyata Records/Sony Orchard Distribution on March 5, 2021. Collaborating with producer/engineer Barrett Martin on this unique new album, Harjo brings a fresh identity to the poetry and songs that have made her a renowned poet
 
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Oscar-nominated composer Emile Mosseri discusses scoring 'Minari' before he was hired / KDFC - KUSC

KDFC - KUSC's Brian Lauritzen and Jeffrey Freymann write.....Minari tells the story of a Korean family that moves to Arkansas in the 1980s, hoping to find their American dream by working a farm. For almost every film, the score is the last element to be added – after all the other editing has been done, and the actors have moved on to their next projects. But composer Emile Mosseri approached his score to Minari another way, writing many of the original themes when there was only a script, and the film hadn't yet been shot. He says he sent director Lee Isaac Chung sketches for
 
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Charles Richard-Hamelin: Chopin Preludes is the WFMT: Featured New Release

WFMT's Lisa Flynn writes.....The new album by Charles Richard-Hamelin presents two important works by Frédéric Chopin and consolidates the musician's place in the highest ranks of the pianistic world. Describing the 24 Preludes, Richard-Hamelin says: "One can hear the entire scope of Chopin's output inside the microcosm that are the Preludes. Across all the different major and minor keys, we get hints of his Études, Nocturnes, Impromptus, Mazurkas, and even fragments of larger works such as the Ballades. Yet, there is also a sense of an overarching story being told
 
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Robin Spielberg discusses timeless masterpieces 'reimagined' with the Rio Grande Guardian

Rio Grande Guardian's Mario Munoz writes.....Composer and pianist Robin Spielberg believes in "old school" technology. Yes, she is in the top one percent of artists featured on Pandora Internet Radio, has over 200,000 listeners monthly on Spotify and has sold over a million CDs.  However, Robin told me that one of her top-selling platforms is still the old-fashioned vinyl record. I recently had an enjoyable conversation with Robin Speilberg about her recording work and the continued viability of old school technology.  As a special treat for you, I directly transferred
 
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Yannick Nezet-Seguin, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Rachmaninoff make the 90.1WRTI: Classical Album of the Week

90.1WRTI: Philadelphia's DEBRA LEW HARDER writes.....Sergei Rachmaninoff considered The Philadelphia Orchestra his favorite American ensemble, and our Classical Album of the Week reveals why. Under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, our fabulous Philadelphians offer the first and the final symphonic works of the Russian master (his First Symphony and his Symphonic Dances) with the flair, finesse, and fire that Rachmaninoff came to appreciate in his own frequent performances with the Orchestra, under its earlier music directors Leopold Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy. Under Yannick's b
 
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Jeni Slotchiver interviews with New Jersey Net

Following the success of the Busoni The Visionary series, Jeni Slotchiver is humbled to introduce something so intimately close to home. With Southern roots of her own, Ms. Slotchiver's debut ZOHO CD release American Heritage is her homage to the legendary composers preserving American folk music and creating anew. What was once familiar, is reborn. Spanning 125 years, from Louis Moreau Gottschalk's The Banjo (ca. 1854-5) to Frederic Rzewski's Down by the riverside (1979), American Heritage presents piano compo
 
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With 'The Wind,' Balmorhea captures that essence, renewing valleys with music that thrives in its delicate and patient nature / TREBLE

TREBLE's WILLIAM LEWIS writes.....Saint Caesarius was a sixth century Archbishop of the French city of Arles. Though not a man of great fame, his common touch made him beloved by the people of the region and he garnered an almost mythic reputation as a man of miracles. In one tale, a valley in the region is in the grips of terrible drought, its people hungry and the land parched and fruitless. Caesarius travels to the ocean, where he captures the sea breeze in his glove and carries it to the stricken land. Here he releases the wind over the valley where it brings life, the land becoming
 
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James Brandon Lewis pays homage to George Washington Carver's pioneering legacy on Jesup Wagon / 88.3WBGO - Take Five

88.3WBGO's Nate Chinen writes......Chemurgy, an early-20th century innovation, was the concept of repurposing raw agricultural materials in industrial products - perhaps best exemplified by the Ford Motor Company's use of soybeans and hemp in its automotive line. Henry Ford developed this initiative in close consultation with the Father of Chemurgy: George Washington Carver, an agricultural inventor at the Tuskegee Institute, and the most prominent African American scientist of the age. Tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis pays homage to Carver's pioneering legacy on Jesup
 
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Albrecht Mayer - Mozart is the WFMT: Featured New Release

WFMT's Lisa Flynn writes......Albrecht Mayer has lived with Mozart's music for almost half a century. His encounters with the composer began while he was a boy soprano in the Bamberg Cathedral Choir and have multiplied over the course of his international career. The 55-year-old German oboist has waited until now, however, to record his first all-Mozart album, a personal and affectionate tribute to one of the greatest composers who ever lived. The album comprises six works arranged for oboe, oboe d'amore, or English horn, together with a specially commissioned completion of the
 
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Shai Maestro talks 'Human' with Neon Jazz

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Israeli Jazz Pianist Shai Maestro. In its review of pianist Shai Maestro's leader debut, The Dream Thief, All About Jazz spoke of "a searching lyrical atmosphere, emotional eloquence and communal virtuosity that serves the music." All of which also applies to Human, Maestro's second album as a bandleader on the ECM imprint, which was recorded at Studios la Buissonne in February 2020 and produced by Manfred Eicher. The pianist's outgoing and highly communicative trio with fellow Israeli Ofri Nehemya on drums
 
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Christian Loffler discusses 'Parallels' with Harmonious World Podcast

Invited to experiment with Deutsche Grammophon's Shellac Project – a collection of digitized material restored from early 20th-century 78s in a collaborative initiative with Google Arts & Culture – German musician, visual artist and producer Christian Löffler has created his own experimental electronica tribute to Beethoven. Löffler's digital EP Parallels (Beethoven), featuring "Pastoral", "Fate", "Freiyheit" and "Funebre", was released on 27 November 2020 on the Yellow Label. "When listening to the recordings, I got the idea that Beethoven's music
 
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Bettye LaVette snags a Detroit Music Award for 'outstanding national indie recording on 'Blackbirds' / Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press - Brian McCollum writes.....What a difference a year can make. For its second streaming edition, the Detroit Music Awards served up a crisp, lively, tightly produced affair Sunday night - a bright and optimistic contrast to the homespun virtual event scrambled together during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. If nothing else, it's clear that everyone has gotten better at the self-video routine after 12 months of practice. The DMAs were marking the 30th year of a show that began as the Motor City Music Awards and which traditionally has been hel
 
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Lise Davidsen's Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner is bold, encapsulating and full of drama / The Classic Review

The Classic Review's Leighton Jones writes......Soprano Lise Davidsen's second solo album follows on from her first highly successful release. There is nothing understated from her performances. Bold, encapsulating and full of drama, Davidsen has a distinguished voice, highly expressive and brimming with color. Turning to Beethoven, Verdi and Wagner, Davidsen chose a repertoire that suits the character and nature of her voice. These are not performances for the faint-hearted; Davidsen's Beethoven lacks the subtleties or refinement of period performances, and she treats this in the same
 
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Andris Nelsons - Gewandhausorchester is one of the best Bruckner Eights I've heard in a long time / LIMELIGHT

LIMELIGHT's Greg Keane writes......Sometimes you experience a hitherto completely unfamiliar piece of music, which not only opens up another universe, both musical and spiritual, but also leaves an imprint that becomes a template for all subsequent accounts.  Nelson's Leipzig Bruckner has been rightly lauded (except perhaps the Seventh) and this Eighth and the unjustly neglected Second are no exception. The Second is often nick-named the "Symphony of Pauses" for self-evident reasons but Nelsons somehow manages to makes these silences "sing" – especially at the end of the
 
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'Chasing Magic' promises a jolt of joy reuniting; Ayodele Casel & Arturo O'Farrill. Makes The New York Times - 5 Things to Do This Weekend

NYTimes critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City. The New York Times - SIOBHAN BURKE writes.....A Jolt of Joy. With the change of seasons, the growing availability of vaccines and the cautious return of live performance, New Yorkers may be feeling more hopeful than they have in a while. But whatever stage of the pandemic we're in, it can still be exhausting, as the effects of a depleting year settle in. A new digital production from the tap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel promises a jolt of
 
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John Scofield stripping down for socially distanced solo sets at the Ridgefield Playhouse / The Newtown Bee

The Newtown Bee - John Voket writes.....Multiple Grammy-winning jazz guitar icon John Scofield describes his upcoming socially distanced shows at the Ridgefield Playhouse like the musical equivalent of a tightrope walk. But instead of balancing himself with a bar - he is doing it with a single guitar. While over the past few years, and for the first few times since he took up guitar and began seriously studying the instrument at Berklee in his late teens, Scofield told The Newtown Bee he has been doing a few solo shows and digging it. Having grown up in neighboring Wilton, Scofield
 
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Vijay Iyer teams with new trio for a new record that came together during a period of tragedy and unrest / The New York Times

The New York Times - Giovanni Russonello writes...The pianist Vijay Iyer composed the title track to his new trio album, "Uneasy," back in 2011 for a collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Karole Armitage. It was still a few years before the 2016 presidential campaign, when so many of the country's old wounds and resentments would burst onto public display, but he already felt some undercurrents stirring. "It was 10 years after 9/11, and having been in New York for all that time, any kind of moment of relative peace felt precarious," he said recently by phone from his home
 
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Tanglewood is back this summer, with Beethoven and Yo-Yo Ma / The New York Times

The New York Times Zachary Woolfe writes.....Closed last year, the Boston Symphony's warm-weather home in the Berkshires will host an abbreviated six-week season. There won't be the traditional, grand closing-night performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with its stage full of singers. In fact, to reduce the risk of aerosol transmission of the coronavirus, there will be no vocal music at all at Tanglewood this summer. But there will still be a lot of Beethoven, along with crowd-pleasing tributes to the composer John Williams and familiar guests like Emanuel Ax, Anne-Sophie Mutter
 
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Joy Harjo talks with 91.9WUOT about her brilliant new recording; 'I Pray For My Enemies'

In her first new recording in a decade, Joy Harjo – the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States – digs deep into the indigenous red earth and the shared languages of music to sing, speak and play a stunningly original musical meditation that seeks healing for a troubled world – I Pray for My Enemies, to be released from Sunyata Records/Sony Orchard Distribution. Collaborating with producer/engineer Barrett Martin on this unique new album, Harjo brings a fresh identity to the poetry and songs that have made her a renowned poet of the Muscogee
 
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Harmonious World Podcast chats with Michael Shapiro about 'Peace Variations for solo violin'

Hilary Robertson of Harmonious World Podcast was delighted to be joined for a second conversation with composer Michael Shapiro. The two discuss Michael's 'Peace Variations for solo violin', performed by Tim Fain. Our conversation expanded to include several other works from this prolific and extraordinary composer. I am still waiting for the chance to see Frankenstein  accompanied by Michael's orchestral score, and the next couple of years will bring his new opera, based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Slave. Click here to Support Harmonious World Podcast 
 
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Catalyst Quartet's Karlos Rodriguez talks about the first installment of 'Uncovered' with FM91 - Toledo

FM91 - Toledo's Brad Cresswell writes.....Karlos Rodriguez, founding cellist of the Catalyst String Quartet, talks about the first installment in Catalyst's Uncovered Project - an ongoing performance and muti-volume anthology recorded on the Azica label. The album is dedicated to music of the extraordinary (but somewhat neglected) Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, with guest performances from pianist Stewart Goodyear and clarinetist Anthony McGill. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT
 
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On 'American Heritage' Jeni Slotchiver pays homage to those composers who embody the African-American musical tradition / Fanfare

Pianist Jeni Slotchiver wishes to pay homage to those composers who embody the African-American musical tradition, as well as to Union army hymns. Slotchiver plays arrangements of sea shanties, secular songs and dances, and transcriptions of blues, gospel, and spiritual classics. Six of the composers share African descent, and two of the composers are women.  Slotchiver opens with a lulling, legato version of Coleridge-Taylor's setting of "Deep River," from Twenty-Four Negro Melodies (1904). Its middle section increases in passion and texture, "crossing over into camp ground."
 
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Vijay Iyer Trio - Entrustment makes 88.3WBGO: Take Five

88.3WBGO's Nate Chinen writes.....We've already noted here that Uneasy - the new ECM album by pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Tyshawn Sorey - is cause for celebration. In advance of its release this Friday, it's worth spending time with the album's contemplative closing track, which you could almost characterize as a prayer. The droning resonance in the song, which Iyer wrote as part of a suite for A Far Cry and members of Silk Road Ensemble, carries a specific allusion. "Around that time I was invited by the theater director Peter Sellars to vis
 
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Jon Batiste on his new album; 'We Are' / NPR - Weekend Edition Sunday

WE ARE represents a completely new sonic chapter for Jon Batiste. Inviting some of the most esteemed creative minds to assist in birthing the album, he reached the finish line smack in the middle of the first wave of the worldwide pandemic and volatile social unrest. The result is a body of work characterized by the consciousness of Marvin Gaye, the grounded optimism of Stevie Wonder, the iconoclasm of Thelonious Monk and the swagger of Mannie Fresh. Alongside songwriter Autumn Rowe and producer Kizzo, Batiste wrote and planned much of the project in about a week from his dressing
 
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Cinematic and impressionistic, Art of Time Ensemble's 'Ain't Got Long' is a vastly different kind of listening experience / Midwest Record

With its sixth inimitable album Ain't Got Long, the Art of Time Ensemble – Canada's genre-busting ensemble that fuses high art with popular culture – welcomes a distinctive gallery of guest artists to reimagine ten of the most arresting and unforgettable songs in the contemporary experience. Ain't Got Long is streaming worldwide. Singers Madeleine Peyroux, Gregory Hoskins, Jessica Mitchell and Sarah Slean join the Art of Time Ensemble, led by its founder/artistic director Andrew Burashko, on the new recording, reinterpreting songs that ra
 
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