Johnny Gandelsman explores Bach Cello Suites at 'Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series' / NOOZHAWK

The Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series will present Grammy Award-winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman in A Violinist Explores Bach's Cello Suites, 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos. Gandelsman will perform as part of the 40th annual Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series. Since its inception by founder Rose Knoles in 1981, the concert series has brought widely acclaimed classical artists to perform in intimate spaces in the Santa Ynez Valley. Noted for its acoustics and serene ambiance, St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church has b
 
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Joyce DiDonato stars in 'MET Agrippina: LiveinHD' / OPERAWIRE

The Met Opera's Live in HD series for the 2019-20 season continues this Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 with a transmission of "Agrippina," which was composed by Handel to a libretto by Grimani. The broadcast, which kicks off 12:55 p.m. Eastern time, will feature Joyce DiDonato in the title role with Brenda Rae as Poppea, Iestyn Davies as Ottone, Matthew Rose as Claudio, Kate Lindsey as Nerone, Dunan Rock as Pallante, and Nicholas Tamagna as Narciso. Harry Bicket directs the production by Sir David McVicar. Find out which theaters in your local area are transmitting the simulcast by clicking he
 
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Jake Shimabukuro chats with radio about 'Trio'

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 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 Dave Preston, as well
 
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How modern Igor Levit makes Beethoven's piano sonatas sound / theartsdesk picks

Welcome to theartsdesk - Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Bruckner, Notice Recordings. Definitive box sets of sonatas and symphonies, plus striking new music from a US independent label by Graham Rickson for Saturday, 22 February 2020. "Beethoven paid no attention at all to the conventions of his own time In fact, he only ever wrote music for the future." One strength of Igor Levit's magnificent traversal of Beethoven's piano sonatas is how contemporary, how disarmingly modern he makes many of them sound. Speeds in outer movements are generally swift, the dynamic contrasts extre
 
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'Coming About' from Todd Mosby's 'Open Waters' featured on PUNTO RADIO's animajazz

In the episode n ° 907 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , broadcast TUESDAY 25 February at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also streaming on www.puntoradio.fm will be the protagonists of the evening will be TODD MOSBY - CD "Open Waters" Produced by Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, and with a sound described as "an album to daydream to", Open Waters finds 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
 
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This week's 'Pulsation with Angele Dubeau' is Craig Armstrong's 'Far From the Madding Crowd'

Pulsations, Angele Dubeau's new album, 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. This week's Pulsations with Angele Dubeau is Craig Armstrong
 
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Lucas Debargue is perfect BPO collaborator in Sanders Theatre outing of Liszt's PC no. 2 / the arts fuse

A pianist of real character and refinement – plus a huge career in Europe – Lucas Debargue was on hand to lend his musicianship to a relatively rare outing of Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto no. 2. It's hard to argue with the lineup of soloists Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) have brought to town this season. Their trend of finding and presenting some of the most striking artists of the day continued Thursday night at Sanders Theatre with the local debut of Lucas Debargue. A pianist of real character and refinement – plus a huge career
 
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Chris McKhool is making the world a smaller place with 'Fiddle Fire!' / Regina Leader-Post

The Toronto-based musician introduces children to world music through his Fiddle Fire! performances. He's always "adding, adding, adding" to what young audiences will hear when he steps on stage. Over the Rainbow Children's Entertainment Series presents Fiddle Fire! Sunday at 2 p.m. at Sault Community Theatre Centre. "For me, it's just this great opportunity to expose young people to sounds they might not have heard before," McKhool told The Sault Star before a recent show at a school in the provincial capital. "The world's a really big place." He'll feature about a
 
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Lucas Debargue provides core understanding for 'TripAdvisor' audience / The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Boston Philharmonic's theme of geographic connectivity among the three composers on its program at Sanders last night resulted in a concert significantly more interesting than a Trip Advisor's ‘Three-in-One Visegrád Group' excursion. Lucas Debargue, who played this concerto in the final round of his successful stint at Tchaikovsky Competition, was just the ticket. In the concerto known for its ambiguous role of the piano - which seems to oscillate between accompanying other instruments and raging on its own - making some sense of the piano line seems to be the best way to m
 
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Guitarist - activist; Albare on 'The David Suissa Podcast' / JEWISH JOURNAL

'Albare', Dadon is a jazz guitarist and composer. He has recorded two albums with Festival Records in Australia and produced A History of Standard Time, Joe Chindamo's first solo recording and featuring Ray Brown. His latest albums are Midnight Blues (2007), After the Rain (2009), Travel Diary (2010), Long Way (2012), The Road Ahead (2013), 2 Decades of Jazz (2014), Only Human (2015) and Dream Time (2016). Dadon is currently signed to Enja Records. Dadon, is also known an Israel activist. He discusses two of his many passions. February 22, 2020 installment of  The
 
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Laila Biali set for Sarasota's FCMAC / The Suncoast Post

Having earned high honors in the Jazz world, Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali's genre-bending sound has been described by the Washington Post as masterfully mixing jazz and pop, while bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are precise and catchy. Biali will be performing at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Wednesday, February 26th at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.  SEE THE Suncoast Post PAGE
 
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Angelique Kidjo on 'world music' / okayafrica. q&a

Last month, Angelique Kidjo won her fourth Grammy in the 'Best World Music' category. But it wasn't quite like every other year she had been nominated for the award. This time she shared the nomination with fellow African act Burna Boy, the first artist of the continent's current afropop scene to earn a nomination. While there's no question that Kidjo, who won for her 2019 album Celia, was beyond deserving (this was by no means a Kendrick-Macklemore scenario), Kidjo made the conscious decision to dedicate her award to Burna and urged viewers to pay attention to the wealt
 
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Snack Cat finds 'Young Love' TODAY! / SOUL TRACKS:First Listen:

SoulTrackers responded big time last year when we debuted the song "Leaving LA" by the New York-based collective, Snack Cat. Mixing elements of Yacht Rock with 80s R&B – and even a touch of jazz, the band consistently delivers high infectious pop/soul with strong instrumentation. They've become "go to" musicians for many of the soul and rock artists in the region, and are popular at music festivals. The band's newest single, "Young Love," comes out today, and it is another tasty slice of accessible – though deceptively complex - music. The song was born on an L.A. ro
 
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Vienna Philharmonic: Andris Nelsons - 2020 New Year's Concert is the WFMT: Featured New Release

There are few concerts in the world that are awaited with as much excitement as the annual New Year's Concert from Vienna. Directed by Andris Nelsons, the Vienna Philharmonic ushered in 2020 with music from the Strauss family and more in the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth, the 2020 Concert marked the first time that a work by Beethoven was performed at a New Year's Concert. For Friday, January 21, 2020 the Vienna Philharmonic - 2020 New Year's Concert is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Re
 
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Verve/New Deal/Impulse!/ECM artists make this week's PlayMPE 'jazz top 10 downloads and streams'

TOP 10 Downloads    Ted Poor - Push Pull – New Deal, Impulse! Oded Tzur - Here Be Dragons - ECM Shabaka And The Ancestors - Go My Heart, Go To Heaven – Impulse! Joey Alexander – Warna – Verve        TOP 10 Streams                      Ted Poor - Push Pull Newl Deal / impulse!    Oded Tzur - Here Be Dragons - ECM Shabaka And The Ancestors - Go My Heart, Go To Heaven – Impulse!  
 
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Gabriela Montero begins BSO:artist in residence tenure / DAILY ECHO

She is the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's artist in residence, the latest in a succession of supremely talented musicians to have held that post, including Sunwook Kim, Johannes Moser and Nemanja Radulovic. In a move that signals that she is different, Gabriela Montero began her tenure with an impromptu piano performance on Bournemouth Pier last October. The term ends on February 26 with a recital with the BSO principals at the Lighthouse. The other dimension to her being different is her unique improvisational gift. It has given her a devoted following around the world. She
 
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Filled with rage and pleasure, Imogen Heap on making music with machines / WSJ VIDEO

Imogen Heap gives advice for aspiring musicians, shares favorite lyrics and explains why she's interested in a human-machine collaboration for an upcoming project. With four full-length solo albums, two of which were self released, a record certified gold by the RCAA and two Grammy's under her belt, Imogen Heap, who hosted this year's The 2020 Grammys Premiere Ceremony ahead of the evening's telecast has been nominated for her work on Broadway's Harry Potter And The Cursed Child in the best musical theater album category.  Heap's pioneering influence
 
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Jake Shimabukuro is unique among ukulele players / Elsewhere

It has been 12 years since I picked up the album Gently Weeps album by the Hawaiian ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, largely to see what he did with the George Harrison title track. You can make up your own mind on that here, but for me that was all the impetus I needed when this album (with bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dave Preston) turned up. Let's just say Shimabukuro is unlike any other ukulele player you will ever have heard. In fact you'd probably be surprised to learn that it is ukulele at all on most of these tracks where he brings out a lute-like quality (Lament w
 
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Pacific Symphony announces more guest artists and world premieres in 20-21 / SFCV

Pacific Symphony is keeping on with programming that works. Today, the orchestra announced its 2020–2021 classical series, underwritten by the Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation. On the schedule: lots of guest artists, plus a continued commitment to signature events. The biggest name coming to Orange County next season is Lang Lang, who plays Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto with the orchestra on Oct. 4. Longtime Music Director Carl St. Clair conducts the one-night-only concert. As of now, tickets to this performance are only available to season subscribers. Guest
 
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The Bad Plus confirm their 2020 spring tour / NYSMusic

The American jazz trio The Bad Plus confirmed their 2020 spring tour following the release of their second album, ACTIVATE INFINITY, which was released in October of 2019. The spring tour will include a multi-show residency at Village Vanguard in New York City for six consecutive days. The tour will begin on March 19th in  Kenosha, WI at the Bedford Concert Hall and will wrap up on April 12th in Washington, DC at the Blues Alley. The tour will include multi- show residencies not only in New York City but also in Oakland, CA and Washington, D.C. as well. The New York City residency
 
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason releases; the Elgar Cello Concerto / New Classical Tracks

He performed at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. Two years earlier, at the age of 17, he won the BBC's Young Musician Competition. And he's appeared on Britain's Got Talent with his six musical siblings. Yet, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who is just 20 years old and still studies at the Royal Academy of Music, is grounded in the music he loves. He's just released his second solo recording. It features Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor and other pieces that are close to his heart. "What I'm always searching for is the most convincing and
 
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Take a look at Johann Johannsson's trailer for 'Last and First Men' and tell us you're not intrigued / Vanyaland

One of the greatest losses to both avant-garde music and cinema in the past decade was the tragic death of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Known best for his score for Mandy and his work with Denis Villeneuve on films like Sicario and Arrival, Jóhannsson's work became quickly beloved by cinema-heads the world over, which made his passing at 48 even more bitter; he had a lot of life yet to live and a lot more work to do. This included a burgeoning directorial career of his own - a year before his passing, the composer premiered his first film, an adaptation of Olaf
 
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Benjamin Grosvenor chats with classical radio about new Chopin PC recording

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor presents a new recording of two concerto favorites: Chopin's Piano Concertos Nos.1 and 2, released on Decca Classics. Recorded with Elim Chan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), the record marks Benjamin's fifth album on Decca Classics, following the hugely successful Homages in 2016, and is his first orchestral album since 2012. These works have been an active part of Grosvenor's repertoire since his early teens: "Chopin was the first composer to whom I felt a strong connection as
 
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When Anoushka Shankar translates loss, separation and pain in 'Love Letters,' she is accompanied by Alev Lenz / The Indian Express

It's a well-known predicament - the idea of ferrying someone to your mind space. When sitarist Anoushka Shankar takes us there as she translates loss, separation and pain in her personal life in Love Letters, she is accompanied by German-Turkish singer-songwriter Alev Lenz's voice. Through a string theory that Shankar builds with her sitar in Bright Eyes - a heaving piece from Love Letters - Lenz's bare voice fits like a glove. It's as if it was made to be sung along with the sitar. She modulates her voice, goes up and down the scales effortlessly and finds minor yet majestic inflections th
 
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Benjamin Grosvenor visits 'Between the Keys' on New Jersey's Classical Network

27-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of his generation, or any other generation, for that matter. Ever since emerging in his teens as a prodigy mature beyond his years, Grosvenor continues to evolve artistically, as he builds a legacy of recordings that often achieve reference status, such as his Chopin Scherzos and Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit, and a new release encompassing both Chopin Concertos. This week, Grosvenor will be the featured guest on Episode 243 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, hosted
 
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Ted Poor's album release show is set for Columbia City Theatre / The Stranger

Ted Poor, who the NY Times wrote; "a trustworthy engine in countless modern-jazz settings," isn't your typical jazz drummer, and either is his New Deal/Impulse! debut recording 'You Already Know.' If you're at all familiar with the Seattle-based Poor's explorative career-or the wide-ranging work of his principal collaborators here, the deeply influential guitarist-producer Blake Mills and the saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo-this should come as no surprise. Poor's album release show is set for the Columbia City Theatre on March 7,8 SEE The Stranger
 
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Inside this! issue of UNCUT, the cosmic torchbearer of London jazz; Shabaka Hutchings is round to talk about ecstatic improv

Robert Plant, Karen Dalton, Elton John, Stephen Malkmus, Maria McKee, Shabaka Hutchings and Iggy & Bowie – plus our CD of the month's best music – all feature in the new Uncut, dated April 2020 and available to buy in UK shops from February 20. Inside the issue, you'll find: SHABAKA HUTCHINGS: The cosmic torchbearer of the London jazz scene, lynchpin of Sons Of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming and Shabaka And The Ancestors, invites Uncut round to talk "ecstatic improv", radical reinvention and esoteric philosophies. On March 13, Shabaka & The Ancestors will make their Impulse!
 
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Matt Haimovitz set for world premiere of Tapestry Opera's 'Jacqueline' / CJN

When Matt Haimovitz performs at the world premiere of Tapestry Opera's Jacqueline: a portrait of virtuosity, the audience can anticipate music that resonates with the poignant timbre of the famed cellist's intimate association with Jacqueline du Pré as her young protégé. Rising from a young prodigy herself, to peak fame as one of the world's greatest virtuosi and ultimately succumbing to a tragic finale, English cellist du Pré was recognized in her prime as an exquisitely talented female soloist. At the heart of du Pré's life, strings a loving relation
 
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Luna Pearl Woolf covers Leonard Cohen and Jacqueline du Pre / BroadwayWorld

From a deeply stirring Mass to hauntingly re-imagined Leonard Cohen masterpieces, LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood encompasses 25 years of vocal and choral works by the innovative American-Canadian composer. The composer-portrait album features new and compelling performances from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY conducted by Julian Wachner, cellist Matt Haimovitz, soprano Devon Guthrie, mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, and Broadway actress Nancy Anderson. Luna Pearl Woolf's new opera JACQUELINE, about the life of Jacqueline du Pré, premieres at Tapestry Opera in T
 
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Robin McKelle chooses to fuse, on 'Alterations' / MAKING A SCENE

Alterations is jazz vocalist/composer Robin McKelle's follow-up to her 2018 Melodic Canvas which we covered on these pages. While that was mostly an album of originals, McKelle chooses here to, as she says, "fuse jazz, soul, r&b, blues and rock while keeping continuity in the music." These are mostly familiar songs from some of the most celebrated women in song interpreted through a jazz lens. They include Dolly Parton, Sade, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Janis Joplin, Carole king, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, and Land Del Ray. For good measure, McKelle adds just one of her own, in tribute to
 
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Dave Soldier's 'Zajal' covers the origins of western song / keysandchords

Flamenco guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Soldier has been exploring cultural boundaries throughout his life. He founded a string quartet that fused punk, classical and R&B, but also played punk Delta Blues and started the Thai Elephant Orchestra. Now he explores the roots of pop songs, and found them about a thousand years ago at the crossroads of Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures in southern Spain, more specifically in Andalusia at the time of the Moors. The song titles of these compositions are therefore in English, Arabic and Hebrew. The lyrics were always sung
 
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Steeped in polyrhythmic drumming, 'Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1' tells stories of powerful spirits and ancient traditions / MUSIC Monthly

Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1 is a meeting of musical styles and traditions that brings together the world views of songwriters Paul Beaubrun, Jackson Browne, Habib Koité, Jenny Lewis, Raúl Rodríguez, Jonathan Russell and Jonathan Wilson alongside members of Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik at the Artists Institute of Jacmel. Steeped in polyrhythmic drumming of Haitian Vodou, complex notes of Spanish Tres, Flamenco and Malian Guitar, interwoven with North American folk and rock, Let the Rhythm Lead is a musical odyssey, employing an array of diverse so
 
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'So What' by 2020 Juno nominee; Ron Davis makes CBC's 'songs you need to hear this week'

Nominated for instrumental album of the year, Upfront is the third release from pianist Ron Davis's SymphRONica project, an outlet for the jazz crossover that springs from his fertile imagination. Abetted by a string quartet, Davis covers a wide range of styles, from the genteel neo-baroque of "Drew Bourrée" to the intoxicating tango-meets-klezmer sounds of "Chance." Of the album's 12 tracks, his take on Miles Davis's iconic "So What" stays closest to the jazz idiom, and benefits from some nicely detailed drumming and expressive guitar and electric piano solos. Stay until
 
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Robin McKelle follows in a long tradition of female song interpreters on 'Alterations'

Vocalist Robin McKelle delves into the catalogue of some of the most celebrated women of song, interpreting these masterworks through the lens of the jazz idiom on her new album Alterations. 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-producer, pianist and arranger Shedrick Mitchel
 
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Stacey Kent is set for 'Folly Theater Jazz Series' / 89.3KCUR - Kansas City

Fresh from a worldwide tour on the back of the success of her award-winning album, I Know I Dream, (Jazz Japan Awards, ‘Best Vocal Album of 2018'), The Folly Theater is thrilled to present Grammy-nominated Stacey Kent, with a program of Bossa Nova, jazz standards and original songs by Jim Tomlinson, Cliff Goldmacher, and Nobel Prize-winning author, Kazuo Ishiguro. Her unique interpretative gift makes even the familiar sounds fresh and the new sound familiar. The Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Folly Theater, Kansas City MO, as part
 
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'Little Women' will destroy you then put you back together / LIFESTYLE.INQ

Louisa May Alcott's classic tale "Little Women" is back on the big screen, in at least its fifth cinematic adaptation, this time in the confident hands of writer/director Greta Gerwig. She has assembled a magnificent cast, using a great script (that she wrote), and crafted a warm, superb movie that is absolutely one of 2019's best. For those unfamiliar, "Little Women" is about the March sisters: their lives and adventures in Massachusetts around the time of the Civil War, in which their father has volunteered to fight for the Union. As women in a less enlightened era, they are at a disa
 
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'The world's preeminent Beethoven interpreter' John O'Conor, will join GSO for 250th anniversary concert / Greenwich Free Press

On Saturday, February 22, at 8:00pm and Sunday, February 23, at 4:00pm, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will perform an all Beethoven program, the Eroica and the Emperor, in honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. Soloist John O'Conor, known as ‘the world's preeminent Beethoven interpreter', will perform Piano Concerto No.5, (Emperor). John O'Conor Is one of the most popular soloists ever to collaborate with Greenwich Symphony. The concert will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Greenwich High School. A free pre-concert lecture will take place one hour before each p
 
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'A Winged Victory for the Sullen' talk about their music, life and death / The Irish Times

While recording their third studio album, The Undivided Five, A Winged Victory for the Sullen experienced the capricious extremes of life and death. "This record was bookended by two huge events in our lives," explains Dustin O'Halloran, speaking on Skype from Los Angeles. The other half of this highly acclaimed American ambient duo, Adam Wiltzie, joins us from Brussels. "A really close friend died when we started working on the record. Towards the end of the album cycle, my first child was born." Dustin O'Halloran, Adam Wiltzie deceased friend was the Icelandic composer Jóh
 
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Jake Shimabukuro releases 'Trio' featuring the hawaiian classic 'Wai'alae' / ABC - Island News4

Musician Jake Shimabukuro released a new album, Trio, on Friday, which features his first-ever recording of a traditional Hawaiian song "Wai'alae." The song is special to Shimabukuro as he shares, "When I first started touring in Japan back in 1999, I opened for one of my favorite Hawaiian bands, ‘Side Order Band.' It consisted of Chris Kamaka, Bryan Tolentino, Del Beazley, and Asa Young. They are four legendary musicians who I grew up listening to. During that tour, the band would open up the concert with Wai'alae and it brought tears to my eyes as I missed home so much. Reco
 
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Laila Biali stops by CBC: Radio One 'Saskatchewan Weekend' with Shauna Powers

Laila Biali recently released the first single 'Sugar' from her deeply personal new album, 'Out of Dust.' The JUNO Award winning Biali's hard-won optimism is apparent in the music on this new recording. Co-produced by Biali and her husband, Ben Wittman, 'Out of Dust' is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting even as it confronts her recent challenges (and the current political climate!) head-on "These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss," Biali reveals. "I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life's greatest chal
 
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Under Andris Nelsons' direction, there's an infectious bounce and sparkle to 'Vienna Philharmonic 2020 New Year's Concert' / Classical Music Sentinel

Everyone enjoys a great New Year's party, especially when the music's rockin'. And this year's New Year's Concert in Vienna with conductor Andris Nelsons on the podium was no exception, as it included a few hitherto unheard pieces during this 80 years running event.  There's an infectious bounce and sparkle to Nelsons' direction that impels the members of the orchestra to produce a sound marked by precise attacks, sharp accents, and punctilious rhythms and dynamics. At once gracious, velvety rich, highly nuanced and energetic, this is one of the best int
 
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In town for his Georgia State - Rialto Center date, Terence Blanchard chats with 91.9WCLK: Atlanta

Terence Blanchard is in town for his performance TONIGHT at the Rialto Center and talked to UPFRONT about his numerous TV and film projects. He'll be teaming up with Raphael Saadiq this spring to score the soundtrack for NatGeo's GENIUS: ARETHA biopic starring Oscar-nominated actress Cynthia Erivo. He is also reuniting with Spike Lee for Da 5 Bloods and a reboot of Perry Mason. Blanchard also reveals his most challenging project to date and his unfailing love for the late jazz legend Billie Holiday.  READ THE FULL 91.9WCLK: Atlanta ARTICLE
 
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The New Pope soundtrack makes me feel cool, lonely, excited, sad, and a little angry all at the same time / The CUT

The horny pope show is back. Habemus sexy papam. After a three-year gap, HBO's The Young Pope - Paolo Sorrentino's show about Pius XIII, a young, hot pope played by Jude Law - returned in January, only now it's called The New Pope, and instead of Diane Keaton wearing a nun's habit, it features John Malkovich wearing eyeliner.  It was only after listening to "Good Time Girl" on repeat for a few days that I decided to explore the rest of the soundtrack. Listening to it - a mix of classical, pop, and electronica - is like moving through water. The songs have a moody, liquid, sensual f
 
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Ofra Harnoy discusses 'Back to Bach' with 89.7WCPE - The Classical Station

Ofra Harnoy - Back to Bach presents a number of tried and true Baroque favourites on the cello, such as Bach's "Air" from Orchestral Suite No. 3, "Bist Du Bei Mir," as well as some slightly lesser known gems from composers such as Allegri and Corelli, which Harnoy interprets with the profound musicality and passion she is known for. On Harnoy's early Baroque recordings, many works were accompanied with organ, chamber orchestra, or harpsichord. For this album, however, rather than revisiting the conventional settings for these works, she has decided to use brass as accompaniment
 
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Arts Music releases 'Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol.1' from Artists for Peace and Justice / RADIOFACTS

Today, Arts Music releases the benefit album Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1, a collaborative project of songwriters Jonathan Wilson, Jenny Lewis, Jackson Browne, Paul Beaubrun, Habib Koité, Raúl Rodríguez and Jonathan Russell, along with members of the Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik. Along with the album's release, Paul Beaubrun has shared the video for his song "Surrender".   The track "Surrender is a journey within," says Paul Beaubrun. "A journey of letting go of the past and living your life to the fullest in the present. A journey in lea
 
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Verve/UMe reissue of Nina Simone's 1982 'Fodder on My Wings' makes JAZZIZ - The Week in Jazz

JAZZIZ - The Week in Jazz is your roundup of new and noteworthy stories from the jazz world. It's a one-stop destination for the music news you need to know. Let's take it from the top. Verve/UMe to Reissue Nina Simone Lesser-Known Classic: Verve/UMe is reissuing Nina Simone's 1982 album Fodder on My Wings. An essential recording of Simone's late-era, the album has remained relatively obscure within her universally acclaimed oeuvre despite the musician/singer/songwriter herself considering it one of her best ever. Fodder on My Wings will be released on April 12 on CD and LP, and made av
 
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Robin McKelle's 'Alterations' is a tornado of emotions / france musique interview

Robin McKelle, the songwriter is growing. "Alterations" which is published by Doxie / Membran / Sony, is a particularly endearing album, in form - a tornado of emotions, of climaxes interpreted with confounding mastery - as in substance: the echo of the creators who moved her. The artists I have chosen are powerful women who have inspired millions of people. They are legends; they are vulnerable and they represent exactly what I want to be . »Robin McKelle         PHOTO: © Frank Bullitt LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT
 
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Filmmaker Carole Ann Wright releases profile of Ellen Reid as part of the New York Philharmonic's Project 19 / BroadwayWorld

Filmmaker Carole Ann Wright's profile of Ellen Reid - the third composer whose work the Orchestra is premiering as part of Project 19, the New York Philharmonic's celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment through 19 commissions by women composers  Reid talks about the physicality of her writing process and the images - a golden arrow and momentum - she had in mind for her Philharmonic commission. "I'm a five-foot tall woman, so the fact that I think my emotions belong on that stage is a political statement," she says. "I went very personal and wrote about my e
 
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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim announce DG album release of 'Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Symphony No. 7' / udiscovermusic.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim have announced their new album, Beethoven: Triple Concerto And Symphony No. 7. Set to be released on 20 March 2020, the new recording celebrates a triple anniversary – the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, the 20th birthday of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and it will be released 40 years after the legendary Triple Concerto recording made by Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yo-Yo Ma under Herbert von Karajan. Beethoven's Triple Concerto, for violin, cello, piano and orchestra, features three of today's most renowned classical artis
 
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Laila Biali releases 'Sugar'

Out of Dust finds Laila Biali luxuriating in the light she found at the end of the tunnel. Biali Co-produced with her husband, Ben Wittman, and the album is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting even as it confronts her recent challenges (and the current political climate!) head-on. The album features 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
 
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Why experimental artists are crossing over to film / ELECTRONIC BEATS

In the age of digitization and streaming, film scoring allows artists to stake their creative agency and make money in the process In one of Joker‘s pivotal scenes, Arthur flees into a shabby bathroom, churned up from committing his first homicides. He realizes what just happened and channels his agitation into a spontaneous, graceful dance-it's the Joker's spiritual awakening. The power and poetic quality of these two minutes, and the film as a whole, is largely indebted to Hildur Guðnadóttir's congenial compositions, which, with their moaning strings and plodding perc
 
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Robin McKelle's 'Alterations' is not just any set of covers / SoulandJazzandFunk

For her ninth album, 'Alterations', US soul and jazz chanteuse Robin Mckelle has chosen to do something very different to her previous recordings; she's chosen to record a set of covers – though not just any covers. The song selection on 'Alterations' (with one exception) is drawn from the repertoires of celebrated female artists... people like Joni Mitchell, Adele, Nina Simone and Janis Joplin. Robin explains that after recording a few albums of her own original music she wanted to focus once again on her first passion – just singing and, by extension, inter
 
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What do sleep doctors do when they can't fall asleep at night ? They listen to Max Richter's 'Sleep' / HUFFPOST

We all deal with sleepless nights from time to time ― and yes, that includes experts like sleep doctors. Though having trouble falling (or staying) asleep can be distressing, it may be comforting to know that it's a common problem. According to a 2016 Consumer Reports survey, 68% of Americans struggle with sleep at least once a week. "It's perfectly normal for all of us to have poor sleep or insomnia, but it becomes more of an issue for people that begin to become anxious and fixated on their sleep," Ruchir P. Patel, medical director of the Insomnia and Sleep Institute of Arizona, tol
 
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'Let The Rhythm Lead' brings Jackson Browne and friends to Haiti / All Things Considered

In 2016, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne went to Haiti to donate recording equipment to a local music studio. The plan was to help train young producers, but the songs they created together took on a life of their own and led to a new album called "Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit, Vol. 1." Banning Eyre has this review. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LAPE, LANMOU") JONATHAN WILSON, JENNY LEWIS AND SANBA ZAO: (Singing) Lape, lanmou. BANNING EYRE, BYLINE: Jackson Browne has been travelling to Haiti since the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, but he didn't foresee winding up in the de
 
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This week's Pulsation with Angele Dubeau is 'Margot' by Alex Baranowski

A pulsation marks time, our time. It infuses its rhythm in it and evokes the heart. This week's pulsation is 'Margot' by Alex Baranowski.  LISTEN TO THE PODCAST Pulsations, Angele Dubeau's new album, 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 Ba
 
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Watch new video for Max Richter's 'Vladimir's Blues' / udiscovermusic.

BAFTA-winning film-maker Yulia Mahr revealed her new video for ‘Vladimir's Blues', from Max Richter's album The Blue Notebooks. The global premiere was preceded by a 30-minute live chat between Yulia Mahr and Max Richter. The film is an artistic response to escalating global tension. ‘Vladimir's Blues' is about fragile beauty and the power of small things to elevate our everyday experience. Yulia Mahr's short film unlocks the positive power of a technology originally developed for surveillance and military purposes. She essentially subverts that purpose, using thermal imagin
 
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Anna Netrebko wins Sweden's Polar Music Prize / Forbes

Russian-born Anna Netrebko joins Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren as this year's recipients of Sweden's Polar Prize, often described as "the Nobel for Music." Netrebko was the first classical artist ever to be named in TIME magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people, and Warren has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. The prize, described as music's most prestigious, is presented at a ceremony in Stockholm in June. Each recipient receives more than $100,000 (one million Swedish Kroner). Star quality has a deeper meaning in the opera world. Being a virt
 
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Itzhak Perlman narrates 'great violinists of the 20th century' / theStrad

A perfect companion piece to The Red Violin is the two-part documentary called The Art of Violin, directed by Bruno Monsaingeon, a Paris-based concert violinist, who has devoted himself to making films about music (David Oistrakh, Jascha Heifetz, Hilary Hahn on David Oistrakh, Ida Haendel on Yehudi Menuhin Artist of the People?, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Autumn Journey). The first segment is called The Devil's Instrument while the second part is named Transcending the Violin. Itzhak Perlman narrates the film which showcases performances by master violinists of the Twentieth Century
 
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Musicians and music teachers are being called on to shape the future of music education in the UK / CLASSIC fM

The government is asking music industry and education experts to help shape the future of music education in the United Kingdom. Musicians and teachers, and young people and their parents, are being called on to share their experience of music in schools, and to tell the UK government what they want to see in a new national blueprint. Lord Lloyd-Webber has weighed in on the plans, saying: "Every child should have the right to free music education as a vital part of the school curriculum. Music is an empowering force for good. I passionately hope this is the beginning of seeing music bac
 
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Newport Jazz Festival announces 2020 headliners / billboard

The Newport Jazz Festival has announced Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis and Diana Krall as its 2020 headliners. The Newport, R.I. festival will return for its 66th edition from Aug. 7-9 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. Joining the headliners are reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Japanese composer Hiromi and Angélique Kidjo will perform the Talking Heads' Remain In Light. Pianist Robert Glasper will take up residency across all three days of the festival, while genre-bending indie-jazz artists such as Khruangbin and Cory Wong will per
 
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Nadia Shpachenko discusses GRAMMY winning recording with Central Michigan University Radio

Pianist Nadia Shpachenko's GRAMMY winning Reference Recordings release - The Poetry of Places features World Premiere recordings of works for solo piano, for two pianos, percussion, electronics, voice, and toy piano in a fascinating mélange inspired by great architecture and places. The eight compositions monumentalize places as wildly diverse as the Copland House in Cortlandt, NY, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Louis Kahn's National Assembly Buildings in Bangladesh, Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland, and Frank Gehry's House in Santa Monica, C
 
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Robin McKelle's 'No Ordinary Love' builds from a hushed subtlety to a passionate manifesto / SOUL TRACKS

Robin McKelle has spent the past two decades exploring the vast vocal terrains of jazz, soul, and the American songbook. On her ninth album, Alterations, the internationally renowned singer-songwriter delves into the works of female greats ranging from Billie Holiday to Janis Joplin and Dolly Parton. The first taste of the ambitious project comes via a remarkably fresh take on Sade's 1992 classic, "No Ordinary Love." Placed in a classic jazz context peppered with Latin influences, McKelle's rendering of "No Ordinary Love" retains the sultry seriousness of Sade's original, but translates
 
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Listen to the Crossover Media - New Releases podcast for February 2020

Welcome to the February 2020 Crossover Media – New Releases podcast with Max Horowitz, Amanda Bloom and Zach Swanson. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST We start the podcast by congratulating the 7 Crossover Media artists and projects that won 2020 GRAMMY'S. Of course Imogen Heap hosted this year's Premiere Ceremony which featured most of our winners. Angélique Kidjo's Celia on Verve/Universal France) won for 'Best World Music Album' , Wynton Marsalis won this year's GRAMMY for 'Best Classical Instrumental Solo' for the & Nicol
 
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Billy Joel starts the fire in Tampa / The Suncoast Post

The Piano Man started things off in Tampa on Friday night a little different this year. Instead of taking to the ivories, he came out on guitar to a rousing opener of "We Didn't Start the Fire". Billy brought something for everyone on this annual trip to Florida's west coast. There were the hits and there were some deep cuts for the diehard Joel fans! Billy Joel came out playing guitar at Amalie Arena in TampaOn the setlist, to name a few were, "Allentown", "Only the Good Die Young", "My Life", "Don't Ask Me Why" and "Sometimes a Fantasy". The over 20,000 sold-out crowd was ready to
 
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The Hot Sardines play 'Arizona Musicfest' and make Phoenix New Times '10 best concerts'

With an affinity for Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and Fats Waller, New York's The Hot Sardines clearly know their way around hot jazz and Dixieland. Fronted by pianist-bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and Paris-born singer Miz Elizabeth, the ensemble serve up some energetic foot-stomping jazz while laying back on some gorgeous ballads found in their discography, including 2019's Welcome Home, Bon Voyage. The Hot Sardines latest visit to the Valley comes on Tuesday night February 11 when they perform at Highlands Church as part of the ongoing Arizona Musicfest. SEE THE FULL&
 
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Paul Merkelo chats with fellow Eastman School of Music alum and VPM host about 'The Enlightened Trumpet'

Paul Merkelo has served as Principal Trumpet with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for the last 25 years, while maintaining a busy solo career taking him all around the world.  He has released a new album "The Enlightened Trumpet," which features several standard concertos in the trumpet repertoire."The Enlightened Trumpet" VPM's Classical Music Host, Mike Goldberg recently had the chance to sit down with Paul and chat about this project and how he ended up in Montreal.  This was a fun opportunity for me, as we attended the Eastman School of Music at the same time! LISTEN T
 
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'On Stage At Curtis' features powerhouse piano trio with Wei Luo / WHYY - Philadelphia

On Stage At Curtis features a piano trio with pianist Wei Luo who released her self-titled debut album in August 2019, violinist Andrea Obiso recently joined Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia as Concertmaster and cellist Oliver Herbert who made his San Francisco Symphony subscription debut in September 2019 will perform Rachmaninoff's Trio élégiaque in G minor and Shostakovich's Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8. Trio élégiaque in G minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff was written when he was just 19 years old. Most piano trios has three or four movemen
 
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Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet join forces for (Im)migration / San Francisco Chronicle

Two innovative ensembles in the world of contemporary chamber music, Imani Winds and the Catalyst Quartet, are about to join forces in San Jose on Feb 23 at the Green Music Center for a kind of chamber music summit. The heart of the program, which is titled "(Im)migration: Music of Change," will be a new work by composer Jessie Montgomery, who usually serves as the Catalyst's first violinist. Unfortunately, Montgomery's compositional plate has apparently become so full that she's had to withdraw from performance for a bit (violinist Doori Na is expected to step in) but the performance o
 
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Anoushka Shankar is breaking free, literally / 1883

Anoushka Shankar, who is a 6-time Grammy-nominated sitarist, producer and composer is breaking free, literally. After a treacherous period of her life between 2018 and 2019, where Anoushka uses her heartbreak, health issues and domestic upheaval as a catharsis for this haunting new EP. All the while signing to a new record label, Mercury KX where she is debuting her new sound in Love Letters. Experimental, ethereal, beautiful and heartbreaking, are all words that might be associated with this EP. Anousha's sitar playing carries the listener through a story where she reinvents herself an
 
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How the Newman family conquered the Oscars / INDEPENDENT

Last night, Randy and Thomas Newman went head to head. Randy Newman will perform his 'Toy Story 4' song "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Sunday, an entry that has been nominated for Best Original Song. Between them, by the start of 2020, The Newman Family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy) had won 12 Academy Awards, earning 93 further nominations. This year's ceremony also featured the battle of the cousins – Randy v Thomas, who both lost out on an Oscar for Best Original Score. Randy, 76, performed the Toy Story 4 song "I
 
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Southern California 89.3KPCC - Oscar Special includes 'Joker' composer; Hildur Guonadottir

John Horn is joined by Jacqueline Coley, editor at Rotten Tomatoes to break down the Oscar races and debate how members of The Academy may vote for best picture. There are excerpts of John Horn's conversations with nominated actors Renee Zellwegger, Charlize Theron, Cynthia Erivo, Antonio Banderas and Adam Driver as well as interviews with filmmakers Greta Gerwig ("Little Women"), Taika Waititi ("Jojo Rabbit"), Bong-Joon Ho ("Parasite") and Sam Mendes ("1917"). We also have stories about Mayes Rubeo, the Oscar-nominated costume designer for "Jojo Rabbit" and Hildur Guðnadótti
 
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Ma/Ax/Kavakos set for Beethoven at ums / All about AnnArbor

On March 3, cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform at Hill Auditorium with pianist Emanuel Ax and violinist Leonidas Kavakos.  Audiences will see Ma, Ax and Kavakos perform three piano trios written over 20 years ago by Ludwig van Beethoven. Composed specifically for the violin, cello and piano, the songs scheduled to be played are Piano Trio in c minor, Op. 1, No. 3; Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2; and Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 (Archduke). Hosted by the University Musical Society, the concert takes place approximately one year after Yo-Yo Ma visited Flint and Ann Arbor
 
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Lara Downes releases 'Steal Away' From forthcoming album / American Songwriter

There are several ways to experience history. One can glimpse at the surface of it, looking at historic events as points on a linear chain, and keeping in mind that these are all events that have passed and are no longer with us. But one can also choose to fully immerse themselves in history, and attempt to place themselves back in time, which allows one to feel a shared connection with those who came before them. Actively working to empathize with those who've preceded us changes how we view the present. The past isn't entirely in the past, and all that has come before is coded into the DN
 
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Jane Ira Bloom trio set for Brooklyn's 'ShapeShifter Lab' / Jazz-Quad

Soprano saxophonist/composer and NASA artist Jane Ira Bloom brings her trio for the first time to Brooklyn NY - ShapeShifter Lab on March 13 performing with long-time bandmates bassist Mark Helias and drummer Matt Wilson. A pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz, Bloom's been leading bands into new creative territory for over 40 years. She is a multi-time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll and Jazz Journalists Award for Soprano Saxophone and recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship. The trio has always held a special fascination for musicians because "playi
 
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Deeply evocative, Anoushka Shankar releases; 'Love Letters' EP / Yahoo India News

Anoushka Shankar has grown accustomed to the "your famous dad" line of questioning, and will probably hear a lot of it later in the year when she celebrates her father's 100th birth anniversary. But for the moment she is basking in the success of her new Extended Play Love Letters where she has done a very creditable job of convincing you that she's already her own woman, what with the poise and charm it exudes. Deeply evocative in its sound, for the first time ever, Love Letters is being released as an EP, as opposed to a solo album. "I've really enjoyed the process of rele
 
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This spring Philadelphians will get to hear Beethoven all over the place / The Philadelphia Inquirer

So much for the Three Bs. This spring there's pretty much just one: Beethoven.  Philadelphians will get to hear the 16 string quartets (plus the Grosse Fuge) over a stretch of weeks. All 32 piano sonatas will be performed by various pianists - with the widely adored Mitsuko Uchida providing the Diabelli Variations like a cherry atop Beethoven's 250th birthday cake. Yannick Nézet-Séguin's full Beethoven cycle with the Philadelphia Orchestra starts with symphonies No. 5 and 6 in March and end with the 1st and 9th in April. One major pianist after ano
 
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Wynton Marsalis' GRAMMY winning violin music is 'Out of the Box' on 99.5WCRB

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis weaves multiple music traditions together and crafts an entirely unique Violin Concerto and Fiddle Dance Suite for classical violinist Nicola Benedetti. The album features the Philadelphia Orchestra & Cristian Macelaru 99.5WCRB particularly enjoy the Blues movement from the Violin Concerto, as well as As the Wind Goes and Nicola's Strathsbey from the Fiddle Dance Suite.   WHY THIS MUSIC: I've wanted to feature this music since I first heard it last summer because it's so cool and taps into so many musical traditions. And with Nicola
 
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The Wood Brothers bring Rochester fans to their feet, filling the aisles, dancing and singing at Kodak Center show / NYSMusic

Rochester is a strong music city, based mostly on its flourishing local scene. Touring acts aren't as kind to this city between cities. But every once in a while a band comes through, latches on, and rides the tide to local hero-dom. The Wood Brothers are such a band. First opening for the poster-child of Rochester hero bands, Tedeschi Trucks Band. Then breaking through as a club pass band at the Rochester International Jazz Fest. They quickly returned as a main stage headliner, and headlined at the Lilac Festival soon after that. Wednesday night they were back at the Kodak Center for a
 
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You'll be humming and swaying in your seat on 'CLASSIC HAUSER' / CLASSICAL POST

From a young age, HAUSER had a strong admiration for classical music and remarkable potential. Learning to play the cello at the age of 8, he continued his exploration of the instrument and music through college. Upon graduation, HAUSER joined fellow cellist, Luka Šulić, to create 2CELLOS and ultimately take on worldwide fame.  HAUSER has been awarded some of the most prestigious national and international prizes. He has traveled the world for impressive performances, including for Prince Charles at Buckingham and St. James's Palaces, and alongside Sir Elton John on his
 
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Time for female power on Robin McKelle's 'Alterations' / Gina Loves Jazz

.....her first album of cover songs featuring the work of artists like Sade, Lana Del Ray, Adele, Dolly Parton, Billie Holiday, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, or Janis Joplin. Pianist Shedrick Mitchell has helped her co-produce and arrange the album of which Robin says: "The energy and connection with the musicians was so powerful. They lifted me up and made it feel effortless. I've never felt so confident in the studio." The songs were actually recorded live with the band. Robin is on an extended European tour in March, April, and May and plays the New Morning in Paris on March 16th and 1
 
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'Joey Alexander' & 'Shabaka And The Ancestors' swap top spots on this week's Play MPE Top 10 - Jazz Downloads & Streams

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 "color" from Alexander's native language of Bahasa, WARNA follows four Motéma Music albums that garnered the pianist three Grammy nominations and such honors as historic critics' and readers' poll victories in DownBeat and JazzTimes. Joining Alexander on the new album
 
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Joyce DiDonato will present eclectic repertoire from her GRAMMY Award-winning 'Songplay' in Harris Theater expanded 2020-21 season / Chicago Tribune

The Harris Theater's musical offerings will expand significantly during the 2020-21 season. In addition to ongoing attractions such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which will mark its 10th year in residence at the Harris, the institution will present a new lineup of vocal recitals. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will present "Songplay," featuring the stylistically eclectic repertoire from her Grammy Award-winning album of that name. Feb. 17, 2021. Joyce DiDonato greets you with a song in her heart and twinkle in her eye. The American mezzo-soprano's album Songplay unites e
 
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I am intrigued immediately by Robin McKelle's 'Alterations' / MusicalMemoir's

Robin McKelle has picked an eclectic group of celebrated ladies-of-song to tribute on this album, starting with the Amy Winehouse hit record, "Back to Black." I am intrigued immediately, not only by McKelle's unique tone and quality of voice, but equally by the creative arrangements of Shedrick Mitchell. When Robin McKelle sings Adele's platinum record, "Rolling In The Deep," her group adds their own special uniqueness. I am captivated by McKelle's way of emotionally rendering these poignant lyrics. Nir Felder's guitar solo is beautiful. The third track on this stunning album of music was c
 
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Dianne Reeves set for Troy Savings Bank Music Hall / thespot518

Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves will perform unique jazz and R&B stylings at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity and improvisational prowess, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney's six-time Academy Award nominated "Good Night, and Good Luck," Reeves won the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for the film's soundtrack. Ree
 
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Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl return to ums / Detroit Metro Times

Thirty-year-old Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has established herself as a modern-day torch-bearer of the tradition. On 2018's The Window, Salvant and pianist Sullivan Fortner took on great American standards (and songs that should enter the canon, like Stevie Wonder's "Visions" and Aretha Franklin's "One Step Ahead") with a stripped-down, improvisational style that felt like you're in an intimate jazz club. Pitchfork praised Salvant for the way she uses her voice on her take on West Side Story's "Somewhere" to recontextualize its lyrics: "Near the end, sh
 
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As he readies for the Soka Performing Arts Center, VoiceofOC asks "should you believe the hype about Daniil Trifonov?"

Hyperbolic statements, particularly in the arts, should be met with a healthy dose of skepticism. A good question to ask when you hear someone refer to an artist as the "greatest" or the "best," is: "What are you selling?" As Carl Sagan once said, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. In the case of pianist Daniil Trifonov, though, resistance only goes so far. Eye-popping endorsements from the likes of Martha Argerich ("He has everything and more…I never heard anything like that") and The Times of London ("Without question the most astounding pianist of our age") m
 
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Joey Alexander transforms from child prodigy to jazz fixture on 'Warna' / npr

Once a young prodigy, Joey Alexander emerges as a full-blown jazz star on his new album Warna, writes NPR's Tom Moon. Sooner or later, every child prodigy hits a fork in the road: Keep doing the crowd-pleasing, trained-seal tricks that brought fame? Or set out to develop a more individual sound? From the moment 11-year-old Indonesian pianist Joey Alexander gained international attention in 2015, it was clear that he wasn't your average young phenom. He had seemingly limitless technique and a deep understanding of tunes written decades before he was born. Already a fixture in the
 
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Fresh off her GRAMMY win for 'Best Classical Compendium,' Nadia Shpachenko discusses 'The Poetry of Places' with FM91-Toledo

Fresh off her Grammy Award win for Best Classical Compendium, pianist Nadia Shpachenko joins FM91 Toledo OH to showcase The Poetry of Places. Featuring several world premieres, the disc has a fascinating premise: composers writing music inspired by the diverse architectural landmarks that have played a role in their lives. In addition to the piano, there are works that include percussion, electronics, voice, and toy piano with contributions from L.A. Phil principal keyboardist Joanne Pearce Martin, and Los Angeles Percussion Quartet members Nick Terry and Cory Hills. p.p1 {margin:
 
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Dave Soldier's 'Zajal is a super pastiche of influences and exotic sounds / The Graham Album Review

For me, musical eclecticism can be not only fascinating and innovative, but fun when seemingly incompatible influences come together, sometimes with results that can be seriously innovative, and sometimes just wacky. This week we have a super pastiche of influences that combine a number of exotic sounds in what I think is a quite entertaining way. It's by Dave Soldier, and the album is called Zajal. Dave Soldier is a New York based musician who can definitely be described as a dilettante in the best way. He has composed and performed classical music, and leads the Soldier String Qua
 
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The Music Conservatory of Westchester presents: Movie Music with Elliott Forrest / BroadwayWorld

Back by audience demand! On Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7 p.m., WQXR: New York Radio Host and Peabody Award-winning Broadcaster, Elliott Forrest, returns to the Music Conservatory of Westchester for his interactive, multi-media "Movie Music with Elliott Forrest" presentation exploring music from beloved classic films to contemporary favorite movies. "Music tells us so much about the story in any and every film," Elliott Forrest says. "I'm a big fan of some movies primarily because of the music." Expertise and a long-standing career as a broadcaster for WQXR, New York's Classical M
 
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DSQ is set for complete Beethoven SQ cycle at CMS / PLAYBILL

David Finckel, co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, noticed their style first. Four men, walking onto the stage of CMS's Rose Studio in 2012, had a wildness about them. "They looked like Scandinavian cowboys," Finckel recalls. These "cowboys" were the Danish String Quartet (DSQ), auditioning for a place in CMS's young artist program (now called The Bowers Program). Soon it became clear that the players offered more than just style. As they sank into a Beethoven slow movement, "everyone on the jury put their pencils down," Finckel says, "and just liste
 
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Angele Dubeau's 'Pulsation' this week is 'Night' by Ludovico Einaudi

A pulsation marks time, our time. It infuses its rhythm in it and evokes the heart. This week's pulsation is 'Night' by Ludovico Einaudi   LISTEN Pulsations, Angele Dubeau's new album, 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,
 
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On 'Warna' not only is Joey Alexander's technical touch noteworthy, but his composing skills reveal a strong grasp of the pen / Jazz Weekly

Pianist Joey Alexander is now at the phase where he is past being the latest "thrill" of being the "latest" new thing as a child prodigy. Now, he has included in the list of pianists like everyone else, needing to prove he is something beyond a musical novelty. This album with bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Kendrick Scott and guests Luisito Quintero and Anne Drummond on percussion and flute, respectively, goes a long way to prove he's got something to say at any age. The most impressive aspect of Mr. Alexander is that he doesn't overplay his hand (literally) of displaying py
 
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Twenty-five albums into a prolific and varied career, Michel Camilo has lots to talk about / JazzTimes

You don't get an answer when you ask Michel Camilo a question, you get a story-like the one about how he gravitated toward the piano as a child growing up in the Dominican Republic. "When I turned almost five, that Christmas my mother and father gave me a very tiny accordion," says the now 65-year-old pianist, bandleader, and composer. "Luckily it was in tune, so I was able to pick out the melody to ‘Silent Night' by ear. I discovered the notes on my own. Then the next one I played was ‘Happy Birthday.' The family said, ‘Wow!' because I was learning really fast. My uncle c
 
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Lucas Debargue was raging one moment, then daringly swinging the next, before turning to luxuriant Romantic virtuosity in Carnegie Hall - ASO: 'Beyond Beethoven' program / The New York Times

The American Symphony Orchestra's concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday had two claims on news. The first: a cheeky approach to the Beethoven-theme concerts that almost every ensemble seems to be planning this year to coincide with the 250th anniversary of his birth. (Cheeky, because - spoiler alert - no Beethoven works were on the program, titled "Beyond Beethoven.") The second: the New York orchestral debut of Lucas Debargue, an exciting young French pianist. Programming works like Max Reger's "Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven" (1915) certainly gave conceptual coheren
 
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Bernadette Peters brings Broadway razzle-dazzle to Florida Orchestra gala / Tampa Bay Times

Here's what the Florida Orchestra didn't get with Yo-Yo Ma or Itzhak Perlman: A guest of honor seductively whispering out Fever from the top of a Steinway grand. "I've always wanted to do this one," Bernadette Peters said before scaling the piano Saturday night at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. "But it's my first time, so please be gentle." Peters was a new sort of headliner for the orchestra's annual gala, a Hollywood star and two-time Tony winner (three if you count her lifetime achievement award) who filled the Mahaffey with comic charm and Broadway razzle-dazzle. Backed
 
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For the first time ever, Las Vegas will run a Super Bowl ad, and it features; Brian Newman / BEST US CASINOS

With their official name change to the Las Vegas Raiders, and the 2018 Supreme Court ruling that allows sports betting, the NFL's inviting Las Vegas to share in some of the action on their biggest stage. During this sunday's Super Bowl LIV pre-game spots, Las Vegas will run an advertisement for the first time ever. The 30-second "Key of Vegas" spot will air, highlighting the city's new slogan, "What Happens Here, Only Happens Here," between 5:30 – 6 p.m. EST/2:30 – 3 p.m. PST. The spot showcases various Las Vegas residency artists, including Shania Twain, Aerosmi
 
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Naomi Campbell calls for new GRAMMY afrobeats category / Keep the Faith

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has criticised the organisers of the Grammy Awards after Nigerian afrobeats star Burna Boy failed to win at the weekend. Burna Boy was nominated for Best World Music Album for his 2019 record African Giant but lost out to Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo. In a long post published on Instagram, Campbell congratulated Kidjo for her win and for "spreading light and opening minds through your music". But she then criticised the Recording Academy, the organisation behind the Grammy Awards, for putting afrobeats, a popular genre of music that has element
 
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Tennessee Tech alum; Craig Terry wins GRAMMY for his work on Joyce DiDonato's 'Songplay' / Herald Citizen

A musical journey that began with "wonderful music teachers and mentors"  has now resulted in a Grammy Award for a Tennessee Tech alumnus. Craig Terry, who received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1996, won a Grammy  for his collaboration on Joyce DiDonato's "Songplay," which won for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.  "I was completely shocked," he said about his reaction to the news. "The adrenaline, excitement, and joy were like nothing I had ever experienced. I've always been a dreamer.  But in a practical sense, both the nomination and award were a complet
 
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The Guardian thinks Alexandre Desplat will win the 2020 Bafta Award for 'Little Women'

The run-up to this year's Baftas have proved unusually controversial, but what will actually happen on the night? 'The Guardian' thinks Alexandre Desplat will win 'Best music' for 'Little Women.' Sony Music's release of LITTLE WOMEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY® Award-winning composer ALEXANDRE DESPLAT was recorded in New York City under the leadership of Desplat, who conducted a chamber orchestra to perform his original compositions, the score serves as a sonic companion to the film&#
 
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