The history of aviation is full of outlandish tales and colorful figures. PRX: The World discusses 'To Shiver the Sky' with composer Christopher Tin

Recognized as the first artist to win a Grammy Award for music written for a video game, composer Christopher Tin released his new album 'To Shiver the Sky' last summer. It marks Tin's major label debut after signing to Decca Gold.  To Shiver the Sky, is "an oratorio about the history of flight, and mankind's quest to conquer the heavens," explains Tin. The ambitious 11-track album will also mirror that story with the parallel evolution of Western classical music. Tin ultimately settled on eleven historical figures which are "our greatest astronomers, inve
 
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Keith Jarrett - Budapest Concert makes Echoes November 2020 Top 25

Budapest Concert is the second complete show to be issued from Keith Jarrett's 2016 European tour, recorded two weeks earlier than the widely-acclaimed concert released as Munich 2016. The new double album documents the pianist's solo performance at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest. Jarrett, whose family roots reach back to Hungary, viewed the concert as akin to a homecoming – also with regard to his lifelong affection for Bartók, as he explained to the audience - and the context inspired much creative improvisation.  Keith Jarret
 
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Olafur Arnalds - some kind of peace makes Echoes November 2020 Top 25

'some kind of peace' is the stunning new album from the ground-breaking composer and producer Ólafur Arnalds, available now on Mercury KX. The record features a brand new track 'The Bottom Line' ft. Josin, alongside a beautiful video featuring the work of Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto out today, and 'Loom', Arnalds' collaboration with Bonobo. Also out now is 'finding some kind of peace', a very special behind the scenes film about the new album. Ólafur has been confirmed as the closing act for Iceland Airwaves' virtual festival
 
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Shunia - Breeze At Dawn makes Echoes November 2020 Top 25

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell. Don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep. Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi's influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions. People of many countries have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. Rumi has been described as the "most popular poet" and the "best selling poet" in t
 
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Helene Grimaud creates a 'dialogue' between Mozart and Silvestrov on 'The Messenger'

Pianist Hélène Grimaud has created a "dialogue" of sorts between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Ukrainian-born contemporary composer Valentin Silvestrov in her latest album "The Messenger."  The recording presents three works by Mozart, all in chronological order and in minor keys.  Grimaud sees his use of the minor as suggestive of "confrontations with fate or destiny".  Written in memory of his late wife, Larissa Bondarenko, Silvestrov's The Messenger – 1996 "establishes a connection between the world that once existed and the present day."  It
 
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Olafur Arnalds 'Spiral' from 'some kind of peace' makes NPR Music's 'No. 1 Albums And Songs Of November'

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in November 2020, featuring Kali Uchis' heart-struck devotionals, Tierra Whack's playful pop, metal duo Jucifer's tribute to Arabic music and Salaam Remi's star-studded soundtrack of the Black experience, as well as; Ólafur Arnalds: "Spiral" from Some Kind of Peace. Some Kind of Peace is a perfect description of what lies within; it's the most impactful record I've heard this year. At its center is Ólafur Arnalds' calming piano and electronics, which often sets the tone
 
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Sharon Isbin's 'Affinity' is the 90.1WRTI Classical Album of the Week

In his concerto for guitar and orchestra, Chris Brubeck pays homage to his father, the late jazz great Dave Brubeck. The pianist and composer, whose centennial we celebrate on December 6th, passed away in 2012. Brubeck's piece is the title track of our Classical Album of the Week. Guitarist Sharon Isbin's Affinity features music inspired by different cultures and genres, and has a personal story behind each work.  When Chris was writing his 2015 concerto for guitar and orchestra for her, Sharon says he wanted to tap into her broad-ranging musical interests. He was "intrigue
 
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Melissa Errico set for holiday show at Bay Street Theatre / Dan's Papers Q&A

Tony nominee Melissa Errico, known for her incredible voice and vivacious stage presence, will grace the Bay Street Theater stage on December 10 to perform Season for Joy, an evening of holiday fun and music.  Errico is best known for her starring roles on Broadway, but her career is characterized by diverse interests in many creative corners of show business. She has had a steady career in television, appeared in feature films, and performed in non-musical roles in Off-Broadway plays by Shaw, Wilde, and others. She has also explored music as both a recording artist and concert sin
 
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Wolfgang is back, Bach is back, KMZT1260 is back, K-Mozart is back

Mount Wilson FM announces new digital hybrid technology on KMZT AM 1260 to revive classical radio in Los Angeles and Southern California. 62 years ago Mount Wilson launched classical music on 105.1 FM when less than 25% of homes had FM receivers. Industry experts dismissed it as futile. December 1st, 2020 Mount Wilson again swims against the tide with the assistance of digital technology to re-launch Wolfgang and Bach on KMZT 1260 with an improved analog signal and hybrid technology providing KMZT with stereo. And assisted with Digital FM on 105.1 HD4, www.kmozart.com, and on smartphone
 
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Sarah Mckenzie discusses the fantastic 'Schneller!' with Harmonious World Podcast

There's a brilliant story behind pianist and composer Sarah McKenzie's latest compositions, produced in lockdown in the UK, while Sarah was stranded at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The song SCHNELLER! was inspired by drives on the German highway, the Autobahn. It is one of the very few places in the world where there is no speed limit. For someone not used to this it is quite a frightening experience to travel at 130 mph.  The fantastic 'Schneller!' has four trumpets interweaving, performed by the magical Kenny Rampton and then the sublime 'Waiting H
 
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Smaro Gregoriadou, an excellent interpreter guitar has an excellent new album; 'A Healing Fire' / Neuguitars

"The earliest experience of art must have been that it was incantatory, magical; art was and instrument of ritual.The earliets theory of art, that of the Greek philosophers, proposed that art was mimesis, imitation of reality." I met Smaro Gregoriadou's music a few years ago, in December 2016. I was struck by a couple of her records "Reinventing Guitar II" (2012) and "El Aleph" (2016), in both there was a strong tension towards innovation, towards forms different from those already known and stabilized in the classical field. "It is at this point that the peculiar question of the va
 
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PublicRadio90: Classiclectic Connection discusses 'To Shiver the Sky' with Christopher Tin

The history of flight is full of trial errors; from the stories of Daedalus and Icarus planning escape with wax and feathers, to The Wright Brothers' first successful airplane, human flight has been a dream for humanity for many years. That's what composer Christopher Tin's latest album, To Shiver the Sky, is all about. An "oratorio about the history of flight and mankind's quest to conquer the heavens," ...Sky tells a story of the evolution of this quest for flight, to reach higher than the earthbound. Throughout this album (featuring guest artists such as the Royal Phi
 
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Czech heritage is at the forefront of Elyse Anne Kakacek's 'Formless' / Rio Grande Guardian

Czech heritage is at the forefront with Elyse Anne Kakacek's album release "Formless." In 1894, composer Antonin Dvorak completed a song cycle in English that was translated from the 1579 Czech version of the Bible.  Elyse Anne Kakacek uses Dvorak's English text of the Bible translated from the Czech version in her album "Formless."    Rio Grande Guardian arts correspondent Mario Muñoz spoke to Kakacek about her album "Formless." This podcast features the interview.  LISTEN
 
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Celebrate virtual 'Thanksgiving at Jazz Standard' with the Maria Schneider Orchestra

From Maria Schneider: "We are heart-broken to miss our annual "Thanksgiving at Jazz Standard." So this year, we are coming to you, with never-before-seen videos and more. Tune in Friday, November 27th at 7:30PM EST to a live-stream (right here on Facebook or on mariaschneider.com). Afterwards, streamable at your leisure through Monday, November 30th, 11:00AM EST. Before you tune in, to bring in the smells and tastes of the room, perhaps order out a little barbecue (Blue Smoke is my favorite!), turn the lights down low, light a candle, and let us transport you, first to Jazz Stan
 
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Angele Dubeau's catalog of recordings reaches 100 million streams

Violinist Angèle Dubeau's catalog of recordings has now reached the impressive number of 100 million streams on streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer. In her career, she has also sold over 600,000 albums and is one of the few classical musicians in the world to have received Gold Records. Her recent albums have been featured as Albums of the Week on important radio stations like Classic FM in London, KDFC in San Francisco and KUSC in Los Angeles. In recent years, she has performed with her ensemble La Pietà in Europe, Latin America, USA and Canada.
 
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KPFK: Global Village - Thurs. is thankful for Keith Jarrett

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Keith Jarrett is one of the most prolific, innovative, and iconoclastic musicians to emerge from the late 20th century. As a pianist (though that is by no means the only instrument he plays), he literally changed the conversation in jazz by introducing an entirely new aesthetic regarding solo improvisation in concert. Though capable of playing in a wide variety of styles from classical to folk musics, Jarrett is deeply grounded in the jazz tradition. He has recorded over 80 albums as a leader in jazz and classical music. And he has won the Down Beat Critics
 
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Anoushka Shankar - Love Letters nominated For 2021 GRAMMY as 'Best Global Music Album' / REPUBLICWORLD.COM

Sitar Master and San Dieguito Academy alum Anoushka Shankar has been nominated for Best Global Music Album category during Grammy 2021 nominations. As a surprise to fans, the Recording Academy recently announced the nominations for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards on 24 November 2020. The nominations were announced in a live stream on Tuesday. Beyoncé is leading the 2021. Shankar has also been nominated for Best Global Music Album category, previously recognised as Best World Music Album. The daughter of late Indian music legend Ravi Shankar, she is nominated at the Grammy's 2021 fo
 
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Jeni Slotchiver preserves the heritage of African-American composers with poetic and spiritual renditions / TAKE EFFECT

The piano extraordinaire Jeni Slotchiver returns with a tribute to legendary composers in the area of folk music, where she reworks traditional and folk songs with her always exceptional and profoundly stirring key work. A very relevant record with America undergoing a civiil rights movement, Slotchiver pays homage to primarily African-American composers here, as she preserves their heritage with these poetic and often spiritual renditions.  READ THE FULL TAKE EFFECT REVIEW
 
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Watch Brooklyn Rider in gripping performance from GBH: Fraser Performance Studio

The 63rd Grammy Awards nominations confirmed what we at Front Row Boston already knew: that despite an industry shuttering global pandemic, it was a stellar year in music. We had the pleasure of capturing some of the nominated musicians as they coursed their way through the Boston area. From intimate in-studio sessions to full concert recordings at House of Blues Boston. Brooklyn Rider presented a gripping performance at our Fraser Performance Studio. Their eclectic repertoire draws rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits the veteran string quartet with "
 
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Cal Performances at Home Concert presents - Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott: Songs of Comfort and Hope makes 91.7KALW 'Sights & Sounds Thanksgiving Picks'

Cal Performances at Home Concert presents this online concert by the legendary cellist and acclaimed pianist. The show was filmed this month during their performance at Taiwan's National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The songs are inspired by music that Yo-Yo Ma recorded at his home during the beginning of the pandemic lockdown. Stream it until December 12th. Yo-Yo Ma's new album, which debuts next month, is also titled Songs of Comfort and Hope. Cal Performances at Home Concert presents - Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott: Songs of Comfort and Hope makes 91.7:KALW San Francisc
 
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Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax perform 'Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major' for 'The New Yorker Radio Hour'

Between the two of them, Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Martin have nearly a century of experience in the delicate art of telling jokes. In a conversation with Susan Morrison during the 2020 New Yorker Festival, they discussed their long careers, learning how to adjust to new cultural forces, and the process of aging. Plus, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax perform a piece of music that they have both been playing for more than forty years: Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major. "This is such open, hopeful music," Ax said. Yet Beethoven signed one manuscript of the music, "amid tears and sorrow." "I th
 
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Robin Spielberg's 'Re-Inventions' racking up big #'s on Amazon, Spotify & Pandora

Created during the pandemic, Robin Spielberg reached into her treasure trove of music and discovered long lost friends--classical piano scores that always offered her comfort, companionship and piece. On RE-INVENTIONS, Spielberg presents celebrated composers of the past often held soirees where they concocted new ways to play one another's pieces. Mozart himself said that he strove to never play his pieces the same way twice.On this collection of 15 great masterworks, Robin honors the spirit of the great masters by re-inventing and re-imagining their works on an 1898 Steinway. Composers
 
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Take some Time Out to celebrate 100 years of Dave Brubeck with 90.1WRTI

It was 1959-a pivotal year for jazz as a whole, but for Dave Brubeck it was utterly life changing. After years of college tours he had a smash hit album, Time Out, with his quartet and has been a household name ever since. Join us starting on Monday, November 30th for a week-long celebration of the centennial anniversary of the birth of Dave Brubeck. We'll have special programming leading up to his birthday on Sunday, December 6th. During jazz hours, we'll bring you the music of Brubeck through the years, including collaborations and live recordings. You'll also hear selections
 
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Chloe Flower sits down with Celeb Secrets to discuss 'Carol of the Bells' cover for the holiday season

Chloe Flower is ready for the holidays! The dynamic pianist, producer and activist just dropped the music video for her eloquent twist on the ultimate holiday classic "Carol of the Bells" and we can't get enough of it. Once again teaming up with Asian-American female director Deb Tam who shot the music video on film, "Carol of the Bells" delivers a cinematic visual that evokes old Hollywood glamour as it switches from black-and-white to color vignettes.  Taking place in the iconic Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn with Great Gatsby glee and high-fashion elegance, Chloe performs with
 
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Jonah Kim and Sean Kennard reunite to perform pieces from their youth / New Classical Tracks

For cellist Jonah Kim and pianist Sean Kennard, studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia was like being at Hogwarts. They were mesmerized by the spells they could cast every time they learned some new flashy technique. Two decades later, they've grown into musical wizards, and they just released their debut recording. It features the Sergei Rachmaninoff's Sonata for Piano and Cello and Samuel Barber's Sonata for Cello and Piano, two works they first performed while at Curtis. JK: "We started hanging out. Rachmaninoff actually was the very first piece we play
 
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Ilan Eshkeri creates original score for BBC One - natural history series 'A Perfect Planet' / About Manchester

Sir David Attenborough's distinctive voice and an original score by award-winning composer Ilan Eshkeri feature in a new four-minute prequel, set against breath-taking scenery from the forthcoming new BBC One blue chip natural history series A Perfect Planet. The ‘sneak peek' prequel will be released globally on TV, social and digital platforms on 23 November at 2pm GMT ahead of the series, which will premiere next year around the world. This brand new series explores the great forces of nature that support, drive and enable life on earth. The first four episodes explore the p
 
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Robin Spielberg relives the classics on RE-INVENTED and proves why she is piano royalty / ZONE

Robin Spielberg is a piano player extraordinaire. What you are about to listen to if you stream or purchase her CD or the LP/CD set are RE-INVENTIONS. It takes talent and a lot of courage to take world-renowned and treasured classical pieces by the masters and rework them into your vision. After hearing this album, I think you will agree that Robin should put the crown on her head because she proves why she is piano music royalty. It must have been amazing to live during the time of the great composers and to know them even more so. We know them through their music and that certainly ha
 
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KCRW - Rhythm Planet: Autumn Harvest features; The Kanneh-Masons, Ofra Harnoy, and the new Yo-Yo Ma - Kathryn Stott album

This week, we sample a new crop of recent releases along with a few classic sides mixed in. A few new albums starring the cello make the playlist – there's a cello version of Bob Marley's classic "Redemption Song" from the talented family group The Kanneh-Masons; "She's Like the Swallow" from Ofra Harnoy's new album On the Rock; and Yo-Yo Ma's new version of "Over the Rainbow" recorded with pianist Kathryn Stott. SEE THE 89.9KCRW - LOS ANGELES 'Rhythm Planet' PAGE
 
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Listen to Bettye LaVette on the Talkhouse Podcast

The soul legend and the indie wunderkind talk releasing music during the pandemic, privilege in the industry, and making Pete Townshend cry. On this week's show, we pair in conversation the artists behind two of 2020's best albums: soul and blues legend Bettye LaVette and indie wunderkind Phoebe Bridgers. Though separated by five decades in age, when the two met backstage at a Tibet House US benefit at Carnegie Hall earlier this year, they immediately developed a mutual friend crush. Now that we've gotten them reconnected here, it appears something very dope is on the horizon… bu
 
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Rachel Barton Pine and Elliott Forrest to donate lessons in support of battered women and children / The Violin Channel

The American violinist; Rachel Barton Pine is joined by WQXR: NYC broadcaster; Elliott Forrest to give lessons in support of battered women and children. The pair's Zoom classes will be auctioned off online from November 20th-28th as part of a larger fundraiser held by the Los Angeles House of Ruth, a shelter for the abused. Barton Pine, the violinist, will provide a violin-specific course while Forrest, will give two classes on juggling. "We have found over 40 years that our clients who are victims of domestic violence and those who are homeless have one thing in common: They do no
 
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Crossover Media projects pick up 16 GRAMMY nominations

Today!! - Tuesday November 24, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The nominations were unveiled during a livestream event, with past winners like Dua Lipa, Imogen Heap and Nicola Benedetti presenting alongside Gayle King and Sharon Osbourne. This year Crossover Media represented projects in 16 GRAMMY nominated categories. Here's the list BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM Data Lords, Maria Schneider Orchestra BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM Four Questions, Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBU
 
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Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Fred Thomas, Matthieu Michel - Lost Ships makes 'jazzwise: Editor's Choice, December 2020 - Best New Jazz Albums

The Editor's pick of the best new albums reviewed in the December 2020 issue of Jazzwise, featuring Keith Jarrett, Elina Duni & Rob Luft, Mary Halvorson, Rob Mazurek and Sun Ra Arkestra. 'On Lost Ships, guitarist Rob Luft makes his ECM debut and vocalist Elina Duni presents a new ensemble – and the result just happens to be a minor classic. On the strength of this album, Luft, a BBC New Generation Artist and an impressive soloist in ‘jazzy' jazz ensembles – whether it be honouring Monk and Coltrane with saxophonist Dave O'Higgins or in Byron Wallen's Four C
 
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Keith Jarrett - Budapest Concert makes 'jazzwise: Editor's Choice, December 2020 - Best New Jazz Albums

The Editor's pick of the best new albums reviewed in the December 2020 issue of Jazzwise, featuring Keith Jarrett, Elina Duni & Rob Luft, Mary Halvorson, Rob Mazurek and Sun Ra Arkestra. 'It seems such a short step from 2016, when Keith Jarrett recorded these two double albums towards the end of his European tour, to his shock announcement last month that he has been forced to retire from jazz. The recorded evidence here reveals the creative spirit burning as strongly as at any point in his career – never at loss for ideas or inspiration, he continued to raise the bar
 
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Boston and Birmingham orchestras seek a wider audience through streaming / Financial Times

Programmes from the two cities' orchestras presented high-quality music and more besides Barely a month passes without an advance in how concerts are being presented online. A straight filming in the concert hall has quickly been sidelined, as managements realise that streaming offers the opportunity to attract a wider audience with supplementary material such as interviews and arty videos. The promotional value of all this will not have gone unnoticed. As with last weekend's streamed concert from the San Francisco Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra kicked off its online
 
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Renowned cellist and McGill University professor Matt Haimovitz releases stunning album of French music / Winnipeg Classic 107

The cellist Matt Haimovitz has been hailed by critics as a ferociously talented cellist, who brings his megawatt sound and his uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of musical styles. In addition to a gruelling touring schedule pre COVID, he also teaches an award winning cello studio at McGill's Schulich School of Music.   Haimovitz made his debut with the Israeli Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta at the age of 13, and has gone on to perform as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony to name just a few. He
 
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It's pretty obvious that Bettye LaVette - Blackbird is 'album of the year' / GOLDMINE

Has any artist ever had such a late-career surge of one great album after another? With five gems in the last 10 years, Lavette, 74, with her craggy one-of-a-kind voice that has matured into a sophisticated, soulful strong instrument, has stood head-and-shoulders above almost anyone else of her generation male or female.  Now she's given proper due to those who preceded her with a tantalizing brew of material that's just smokey and romantic enough to be its own genre of Black Americana: wistful, edgy and absolutely brilliant all at the same time. She's also a thief, having done sto
 
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Robin Spielberg Q&A's with MEET THE ARTIST

Created during the pandemic, Robin Spielberg reached into her treasure trove of music and discovered long lost friends--classical piano scores that always offered her comfort, companionship and piece. Celebrated composers of the past often held soirees where they concocted new ways to play one another's pieces. Mozart himself said that he strove to never play his pieces the same way twice. On her new Re-Inventions album collection of 15 great masterworks, Robin honors the spirit of the great masters by re-inventing and re-imagining their works on an 1898 Steinway. Composers 
 
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VIkingur Olafsson on what makes a winning combination / LIMELIGHT

Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has won the Limelight Recording of the Year 2020 for his album pairing music by Debussy and Rameau on Deutsche Grammophon. This may be only his third recording for the Yellow Label, but Ólafsson has made repeated waves thanks to his distinctive and refreshing approach to programming coupled with a breathtaking clarity of technique. Clive Paget caught up with him at home in Reykjavík to discuss the pianist's relationships with each of the two composers, how the album came together, and why, for Ólafsson, an award from an
 
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Stream a solo acoustic Mary Chapin Carpenter performance from an empty Wolf Trap / Portland Press Herald

Dwight Yoakam might not be in the corner, but you'll still feel lucky as you stream a solo acoustic performance from singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter from an empty Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia. Carpenter will play songs from her entire catalog, and it'll almost feel like being down at the twist and shout. Skip the pack of Camels, but have at it with the burrito and Barq's root beer. Part of the ticket cost will benefit the State Theatre's ongoing effort to stay afloat, and you can see the stream through midnight on Sunday.   Mary Chapin Car
 
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Sonny Rollins - The man who became a saxophone / The Sydney Morning Herald

Overnight he plunged from being as bright a star as any in the 1959 jazz firmament to not playing in public. When health issues intertwined with a crippling dissatisfaction with his own art, Sonny Rollins, then the most lauded tenor saxophonist alive, stopped to take stock and absorb the revolution espoused by the free-jazz radicals. To avoid disturbing his neighbours, he practised for endless hours on New York's Williamsburg Bridge. The occasional fan saw him and did a double take. Was that Sonny? His return two years later was like the jazz version of the Second Coming. It was the
 
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globalFEST partners with NPR music's 'tiny desk concerts' for 2021 edition / World Music Central

Influential world music showcase festival globalFEST will be held January 11 – 14, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulty of international travel affected globalFEST's 2021 plans so the organizers came up with a partnership with National Public Radio Music's Tiny Desk concerts. The festival will present exclusive video performances by 16 artists through NPR Music's digital platforms, in a series titled NPR Music's Tiny Desk meets globalFEST. The concerts will feature 12 new artists, as well as 4 yet to be announced artists who have performed at previous globalFEST editions
 
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udiscovermusic. launches global poll to find today's favourite classical artist / Pianist

A brand new global poll is launching to find today's best-loved classical musician. The poll gives voters a shortlist of 100 best-selling living classical artists to choose from. The uDiscover Classical 100 is the first of its kind – a major international initiative, offering fans worldwide the chance to vote for their favourite living artist. Based on global sales data, The uDiscover Classical 100 offers a shortlist of 100 of the best-selling living classical artists to vote for. Among the contenders are superstar pianists Lang Lang and Yuja Wang, cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Sheku
 
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The Metropolitan Opera is streaming family-crisis operas every night this week / Time Out NY

The Metropolitan Opera has officially suspended live performances until September, but New York's premier opera venue continues to entertain opera lovers everywhere by streaming complete recordings from its archives every night of the week. From November 23 through November 29, just in time for what promises to be a particularly fraught Thanksgiving for many American families, the Met is focusing on& dramatic operas about family turmoil, including classics by Verdi, Wagner, Strauss and Donizetti and Thomas and a 2017 work by Nico Muhly. All but one of the productions were recorded i
 
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HBO orders 'The Last of Us' tv show adaptation / PlayStation LifeStyle

The Last of Us‘ TV adaptation has officially been ordered to series at HBO. As such, the newly greenlit show is moving forward full steam ahead, with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin serving as executive producer and writer alongside TLoU co-creator, Neil Druckmann. HBO initially announced the project earlier this year in March. PlayStation Productions will co-produce the show with HBO, as will Sony Pictures Television, Word Games, and Naughty Dog. Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions are also on board to executive produce. Naughty Dog President Evan Wells and HB
 
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Daniil Trifonov's 'Silver Age' is devoted to dazzling works by three Russian greats / Financial Times

"The Silver Age period of art in Russian history is not a single aesthetic," says Daniil Trifonov, "but describes an increasingly fractured social, political and intellectual environment."  In essence, he is talking about the first half of the 20th century. In musical terms this means the generation dominated by Stravinsky and Prokofiev, who both spent long periods away from their Russian homeland and whose music straddled international boundaries. Trifonov's new two-disc set, Silver Age, is devoted largely to these two composers. It is clearly designed to make a majo
 
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Robin Spielberg is a piano player extraordinaire / New Age Music Reviews

What you are about to listen to if you stream or purchase her CD or the LP/CD set are RE-INVENTIONS. It takes talent and a lot of courage to take world-renowned and treasured classical pieces by the masters and rework them into your vision. After hearing this album, I think you will agree that Robin should put the crown on her head because she proves why she is piano music royalty. It must have been amazing to live during the time of the great composers and to know them even more so. We know them through their music and that certainly has provided hundreds of years of entertainment for
 
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News12 Connecticut interviews Bettye Lavette

Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the great soul interpreters of her generation," five-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is a vocalist who can take any type of song – jazz or country, pop or rhythm & blues – and make it her own.  LaVette's commitment to artistry has earned the admiration of musical peers such as Jon Bon Jovi ("she doesn't just sing the song, she lives in each of them") and Bonnie Raitt, who praised her as "one of the most incredible R&B singers singing today…a force of nature."  Over the course of her remarkable, six-decad
 
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After nearly a decade, Helene Grimaud returns to Mozart and offers a vivid perspective / blogcritics

Pianist Hélène Grimaud returns to Mozart after nearly a decade with her new album The Messenger. The set pairs well-known pieces by Mozart with works by Valentin Silvestrov in which the contemporary composer channels – or, let's say, feeds off of – Mozart and other great classical artists. The result is twofold. While perhaps not a totally fresh perspective on Mozart's Fantasias in D minor and C minor and Piano Concerto No. 20, her performances certainly offer a vivid one. Secondarily, it is, for me at least, an introduction to a modern composer whose work elicits
 
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Daniel Pemberton creates an intense and suspenseful soundtrack for 'Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse' / Whitchurch Herald

Two years after its release, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse has been added to Netflix. This quirky animated super-hero film tells the story of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), a 15-year-old gifted student, and his involvement in saving the world. He meets Spider-Man, along with a handful of Spider-Man equivalents from alternate universes. Miles must realise his potential and work side by side with them to defeat the evil King-Pin who plans on destroying the city. The art style of this film is unlike anything else. It has a comic-book feel which gives it a wonderful, playful charm and refere
 
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These quiet tracks on John Finbury's American Nocturnes is symbolic of the gloomy, yet hopeful time in which we live / keysandchrords

About 4 months ago I discussed the album "Quatro" by the American composer John Finbury. John again collaborated with a number of musicians for this new album, such as pianist Tim Ray, cellist Eugene Friesen, harmonica player Roni Eytan, guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, accordionist Roberto Cassan, accordionist Vitor Gonçalves, and singer Peter Eldridge. But it is difficult to put the music in a certain category. Is it classical, is it New Age, or is it jazz? To me it sounds like chamber music with a jazzy twist. They are dreamy, romantic pieces that evoke the atmospher
 
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Michael Ball & Alfie Boe launch new collaborative album, guaranteed to lift all our spirits this xmas season / CelebMix

Singing superstars Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are once again teaming up to spread a little festive cheer this winter, with the release of their magical new album Together At Christmas – out TODAY (November 20th). Released via Decca Records, the uplifting record features new interpretations of Christmas classics including It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas, Silent Night and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas as well as the brand new original song My Christmas Will Be Better Than Yours. Following the phenomenal success of previous records Together, Together Again an
 
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Junkie XL to sell a huge portion of his gear collection on 'Reverb'

Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, has been a true force in composition and music production for decades. While creating dance hits in his earlier career to scoring some of the most-acclaimed film music of recent years-like Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Alita: Battle Angel, or, with Hans Zimmer, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice-he's always used an array of instruments, often playing them all himself. Fans of his work have likely seen this gear in action on his Studio Time YouTube show: walls and walls of 5U and Eurorack modular systems, shelves of vintage synths and drum machines, gu
 
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Shabaka Hutchings with Britten Sinfonia have managed to push what can be done / giglist

Finding a meeting place between jazz and classical is not as easy as the formal elements might suggest, but in this one-off collaboration for EFG London Jazz Festival, Hutchings and Britten Sinfonia created a real accessibility to a performance which might otherwise have felt somewhat like another world. Wrongly, I assumed something else of Shabaka Hutchings before watching this live, and the lack in using any of his more well known outfits (being the driving force through The Comet Is Coming, Shabaka and the Ancestors, and Sons of Kemet) should've been telling. Instead, as he intro
 
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Laila Biali discusses 'Both Sides Now' with the Harmonious World podcast

Multi-award winning singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has performed on prestigious stages from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts. Known for her signature sound that "masterfully mixes jazz and pop" (Washington Post), Biali has received top honors including a 2020 SOCAN Music Songwriting Award plus the 2019 JUNO (Canada's GRAMMY) for Vocal Jazz Album. She has also toured with pop icon, Sting, and hosts a national radio show on CBC Music. Biali celebrates Canadian icon Joni Mitchell's birthday with an intimate cover
 
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Avi Avital - Art of the Mandolin is the WFMT: Featured New Release

"Art of the Mandolin" is a celebration of the mandolin and its diverse repertoire, offering a guided tour of the instrument's rich history and a star performer's personal selection of some of its greatest compositions. However, as Avi Avital comments: "This is not an introduction to the mandolin. It's the essence of the mandolin." Avital, who has commissioned and premiered many new mandolin works himself, was keen to focus here on music composed specifically for his instrument and, in the process, showcase its versatility. He was joined for the recording by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, har
 
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Maria Schneider discusses 'Data Lords' with 89.5WPKN

Data Lords is a new double-album by Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. Inspired by conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, the recording features Schneider's acclaimed orchestra of 18 world-class musicians. "No one can deny the great impact that the data-hungry digital world has had on our lives. As big data companies clamor for our attention, I know that I'm not alone in struggling to find space – to keep connected with my inner world, the natural world, and just the simpler things in life," says Schneider. "Just as I f
 
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Bettye Lavette interview attached jazz variations

Blues Hall of Famer Bettye LaVette released "Blackbirds" (Verve) earlier this year which included her stirring rendition of "Strange Fruit." The track says as much about the history of American racism and the state of the country today.  "Strange Fruit" was originally recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and written by Jewish teacher Abel Meeropol who wrote the song based on a photo of two black men who were lynched as a crowd of white people looked in the camera pointing and smiling. LaVette's version will be featured on her album,  set for release August&nb
 
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Sharon Isbin Q&A's with jazz guitar Today

Multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time". She is the winner of Guitar Player magazine's "Best Classical Guitarist" award, and the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. She has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world's finest halls, including New York's Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston's Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, London's Barbican and Wigmore Hall
 
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Deutsche Grammophon celebrates Beethoven 250 / udiscovermusic.com

On 17 December 2020 the world will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. As part of an ambitious year-long anniversary campaign Deutsche Grammophon and their artists will celebrate Beethoven 250 with a wide range of projects, digital concerts, and innovative releases on and around the composer's birthday including: Deutsche Grammophon has recorded more of Beethoven's music than any other record label Deutsche Grammophon has a long and proud association with Beethoven's music. In 1913 the label produced a recording of the Fifth Symphony with the Berlin
 
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Building multiplatform radio. WGBH drops the W / RADIOWORLD

Beyond Broadcast: GBH: Boston general manager Pam Johnston discusses how to pivot to multiplatform radio Like all of our stations east of the Mississippi River, GBH's radio and TV call letters started with a "W." WGBH recently rebranded to GBH to reflect the growing reality of the digital era beyond broadcast. Today, more than half of GBH's total impressions are digital. As the world moves from the age of broadcast to the era of streaming, we've decided to drop the W from our name to reflect this shift in how we connect with our audiences. Why should traditional radio broadcast
 
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Jake Shimabukuro's joyous return to Stone Mountain Arts Center / centralmaine.com

Jake Shimabukuro will take the stage at 8 p.m. tonight - Thursday, Nov. 19, at Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road in Brownfield. Shimabukuro's last show with us was completely joyous! He says the uke is the instrument of peace. Just what we need. "The Jimmy Hendrix of the ukelele," Shimabukuro has done for the uke what Bela Fleck has done for the banjo. A ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. Made famous by his millions of hits video of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" his music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bl
 
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Daniel Hope streams Hope@Home from San Francisco / Violinist.com

When the first European lockdowns began last March, the multi-talented British violinist Daniel Hope immediately sprang to action with a DIY show called Hope@Home. Hope -- who has experience writing, producing and broadcasting - seemingly overnight created a high-production, high-quality show which he broadcast every single day six weeks from his living room in Berlin. It's lovely to watch, and his guests included classical celebrities such as Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann and Robert Wilson. He didn't stop there -- he created a sequel, Hope@Home on
 
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Andrew Wan, Charles Richard-Hamelin - Beethoven Sonatas is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Analekta presents the release of the second volume of Beethoven's complete Violin Sonatas, performed by two of the most outstanding musicians of their generation: Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the silver medal at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition. This album holds the three sonatas of Opus 12 and Sonata No. 5, known as the Spring, undoubtedly one of Beethoven's most famous chamber works. For November 18 2020, Andrew Wan, Charles Richard-Hamelin Beethoven Sonatas is the WFMT:
 
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Helene Grimaud explores the spiritual nature of Mozart / New Classical Tracks

Helene Grimaud and Camerata Salzburg: The Messenger via Deutsche Grammophon. It has been about 10 years since Helene Grimaud has recorded any Mozart. Her latest release is a concept album that generates a fascinating dialogue between Mozart and the Ukrainian-born contemporary composer Valentin Silvestrov. The Messenger, by Silvestrov is the title track of this recording, and it echoes the music of Mozart, creating a connection between the present and the world that existed before. "I thought it was interesting to have them facing each other and more importantly, these three elements
 
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Kian Soltani plays some terrific Dvorak / ClassicsToday

There have been so many recordings of Dvořák's Cello Concerto that it's difficult to work up much enthusiasm for yet another one. However, as I always say, a great performance is its own justification, no doubt about it, this is a great performance. Kian Soltani plays the piece vigorously, first and foremost. Even the more lyrical passages, such as the second subject of the first movement, the entire Adagio, and the finale's coda never lapse into a stagnant puddle of sentimental goop. Clear rhythm, immaculate intonation even in multiple stops, and a refreshingly smart focus on f
 
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CapRadio's Gary Vercelli tells how it all started with 'Kind of Blue' and LA's KBCA

Watch the video Read the transcript - I'm Gary Vercelli and I am celebrating my 40th year as JMD here at Cap Radio in Sacramento. One day back in the 60's I was walking down Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. A small record store had a speaker posted on the street. I heard the cool modal sounds of Miles Davis beaming over that little speaker. Paul Chambers bass line pulled me into that store like a moth to a flame and I was hooked!  If you like that you'll love this said the clerk handing me an 8 track tape of Wes Montgomery. I popped that8 track into my 65 mustang and started Bump
 
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Chad Lawson's 'You Finally Knew' is very highly recommended / Mainly Piano

I first discovered Chad Lawson's music in 2009 when he released his debut solo piano album, Set On a Hill, and I instantly fell in love. That album went on to win the Whisperings Solo Piano Radio "Album of the Year" award. Two years later, Chad played a house concert in my home in Oregon with a couple of other Whisperings artists, and his incredibly expressive touch on the piano keys literally stopped me in my tracks. In many ways, Chad is a pianist's pianist, but his music is so heartfelt and accessible that it also resonates with many people with less musical experience. Extensively train
 
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On 'Selige Stunde,' Jonas Kauffman and Helmut Deutsch bounce like precisely synchronized trampolinists / LIMELIGHT

With concert halls, studios and airports closed the pandemic has forced Jonas Kauffman to downsize from belts and braces Otello and sumptuous Viennese tributes to something smaller and closer to home. So, he got in touch with his old mate pianist Helmut Deutsch and suggested they make a welcome return to their neglected Lieder repertoire. They put together a running order – "It's our own personal wish list, you might call it an album of encores," Kaufmann says. Kaufmann and Deutsch bounce like precisely synchronised trampolinists on Schubert's Der Musensohn, which opens the disc.
 
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David Greilsammer's new recording charts a fantastical and disorienting adventure through works spanning centuries / The New York Times

Three years ago, in the underground crypt of a church in Harlem, I watched the pianist David Greilsammer perform "Labyrinth," a program that daringly juxtaposed pieces from across centuries. As a young man, Mr. Greilsammer had a dream that strange, alluring sounds were guiding him through a labyrinth. This recital was his attempt to share that sensation. Playing without pause, Mr. Greilsammer audaciously shifted from early Baroque works by Johann Jakob Froberger and Jean-Féry Rebel to fantasies by C.P.E. Bach and Mozart to Ofer Pelz's flinty new "Repetition Blindness." Movements
 
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89.7WCPE talks with Anne Sofie von Otter

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

Ben Rosenblum discusses 'Kites and Strings' with Harmonious World podcast

Pianist, composer, band-leader and amazing jazz accordionist Ben Rosenblum doesn't just invite a diverse array of influences into his music. While his projects reflect his potent and deeply rooted point of view, the pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger positively thrives on a thrum of contrasting approaches. With Kites and Strings, his third album as a leader and the debut of the Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project, he's convened an exceptionally vivid cast of collaborators and provided them with a program of arrestingly beautiful pieces. Release via One Trick D
 
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Re-inventions is a very special collection which shows us a different side of Robin Spielberg / MainlyPiano

Re-inventions is pianist/composer Robin Spielberg's first collection of classical music, arranged and "re-invented" during the 2020 pandemic. Inspired by the historical fact that classical composers often held "soirees" where they presented alternate versions of each others' music, Robin decided to do something similar with favorite classics that she re-discovered while going through her "treasure trove" of sheet music. In the liner notes of the CD and LP, Robin tells the story of one of her piano teachers slapping her hand when she played a new melody for a Chopin waltz. I never had my han
 
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Ofra Harnoy brings a soulful, cleansing timbre like that of falling rain 'On the Rock' / STAGEANDCINEMA

Ofra Harnoy, on the heels of last year's awesome husband-and-wife classical project Back to Bach (also recorded in their new home of Newfoundland), comes this diverse collection of traditional songs, dance reels, and plaintive ballads. Harnoy, who's finding new life on the Analekta label, brings a soulful, cleansing timbre like that of falling rain. And Herriot must be having a blast playing all matters of horns, bass and percussion. His engineering skills are magical, proving that overdubbing is a pandemic's best friend. He also uses guests Fergus O'byrne, Alan Doyle, Kelly-Ann Evans, Maur
 
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Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields makes 'JazzTimes top 10 jazz albums of the 2010s

Earlier in 2020, to celebrate JazzTimes golden anniversary, they conducted five separate readers' polls asking you to tell us your top 10 jazz albums for each of the five decades of JazzTimes‘ existence. Nearly 50,000 votes later, we have the results of all those polls, ranked by the number of votes cast per album, and we're revealing them this week-one day for each decade (starting Monday, November 9). After that, it's time for our critics' Top 50 albums list for the past 50 years, which we'll be rolling out, also by decade, next week (starting Monday, November 16). Add those lists t
 
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Daniil Trifonov - Silver Age is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Daniil Trifonov's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, recalls a time when Russia's composers, poets, artists, dramatists, and star performers were among the most original anywhere in the world. Silver Age illustrates the artistic audacity and brilliance of a turbulent era in the country's history with works by three of its most pioneering composers. The Russian pianist's new album includes Scriabin's Piano Concerto, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2, Stravinsky's Three Movements from P
 
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Ben Rosenblum's Nebula Project music is decidedly colorful, melodic and accessible on 'Kites And Strings' / All About Jazz

Expectations are necessarily guarded when preparing to appraise a recording by the Nebula Project whose leader plays accordion. Be that as it may, any such uneasiness is quickly erased by Ben Rosenblum and his doughty ensemble whose music is decidedly colorful, melodic and accessible-which is not meant to undervalue diversity, another of its discernible points. Rosenblum, who wrote seven of the album's ten numbers, draws on influences as varied as klezmer jazz, Bulgarian folk music and even Johannes Brahms to weave a richly colored tapestry whose purpose is to entice the listener's
 
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2021 She Rocks Awards honors composer, pianist, conductor, arranger, music director and president of The Alliance For Women Film Composers - Starr Parodi / Guitar Girl Mag

The Women's International Music Network (the WiMN) proudly announces a stellar array of honorees for the 2021 She Rocks Awards, sponsored by Positive Grid. This year's ceremony will be very different, as it will be done virtually. With the current pandemic situation, and NAMM moving to a virtual convention, the She Rocks Awards are reimagining the ceremony to fit the current times. The ceremony itself will continue to pay tribute to women in the music industry with the ninth annual She Rocks Awards taking place at 6:30 pm PT on Friday, January 22, 2021. This high-energy evening will
 
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Keith Jarrett on 'the calling' that drew him to jazz / NPR: Fresh Air

Keith Jarrett is acclaimed for his intense and physically energetic improvised performances. NPR: Fresh Air Kevin Whitehead reviews Jarrett's new album, Budapest, and we listen back to a 2000 interview with him. Budapest Concert is the second complete show to be issued from Jarrett's 2016 European tour, recorded two weeks earlier than the widely-acclaimed concert released as Munich 2016. The new double album documents the pianist's solo performance at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest. Jarrett, whose family roots reach back to Hungary, viewed th
 
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Tigran Hamasyan plays EFG London Jazz Festival livestream and reminds us that there is a world elsewhere / London JazzNews

"It's been a while since I've played a concert," said Armenian pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan. The intimacy of the dark studio in California, where he recorded a solo set specially for the Festival, seemed to suit him, as if he was communing with himself. Novelist Jonathan Franzen famously wrote blindfolded in the dark to keep his mind "free of all cliches." As Hamasyan played his intensely original music, drawing on jazz and Armenian folk, he seemed to be responding to The Call Within – the title of his latest album. Hamasyan reminded us for a while that there is a worl
 
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Milan Records releases 'Ammonite' soundtrack by Dustin O?Halloran and Volker Bertelmann / We Are Movie Geeks

Milan Records today releases Ammonite (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with music by Dustin O'Halloran and Volker Bertelmann. Available everywhere now, the album features music written by the duo for director Francis Lee's critically-acclaimed film starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Continuing a fruitful creative partnership, the nine-track album features music co-composed by O'Halloran and Bertelmann, who previously teamed on the Academy® Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe® Award-nominated score for 2016's Lion, A Christmas Carol and more.  Following its world premie
 
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Olafur Arnalds leads UK record store chart with 'some kind of peace' / live4ever

The latest UK Record Store Chart is topped by Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds with his new album Some Kind Of Peace. There's re-entries not far behind Arnalds from Dermot Kennedy and Phoebe Bridgers, while Bruce Springsteen is at #11 this week with his recent E Street Band LP Letter To You. 'some kind of peace' is a stunning new album from the ground-breaking composer, available now on Mercury KX. The record features a brand new track 'The Bottom Line' ft. Josin, alongside a beautiful video featuring the work of Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto out toda
 
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Andrea Bocelli announces 'Believe in Christmas' concert livestream from Teatro Regio di Parma / True Hollywood Talk

The incredible Italian tenor has announced a ticketed global livestream event in Believe in Christmas. Andrea Bocelli will perform live from the Teatro Regio di Parma opera house on December 12. UK fans can watch the one-off event featuring the 62-year-old with musicians and specials guests at 8pm GMT on the day. For the event, Bocelli is teaming up with creative director Franco Dragone, who is best known for Cirque Du Soleil. The festive performance follows Bocelli's breathtaking Music For Hope Easter performance during the first lockdown. Bocelli said: "This is an album I hold ver
 
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On global human rights day, BBC Radio 3 unites with 35 EBU stations to air Voices by Max Richter / RadioToday

BBC Radio 3 is joining with 35 European Broadcasting Union radio stations around the world to air a message of unity through music. They'll make the first ever broadcast of Max Richter's latest work Voices on global Human Rights Day, Thursday 10 December. Including passages adapted from the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, VOICES is inspired by the document's opening statement "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights", which provides the starting point for a musical reflection on the state of the world today. A decade in the making, the piece receiv
 
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Rhiannon Giddens aims at 1800s America in her Silkroad plans / The New York Times

Under its new artistic director, the cross-cultural music organization will start a project devoted to the transcontinental railroad. Rhiannon Giddens's first major undertaking as Silkroad artistic director will be The American Silkroad, a multiyear project focused on the construction of the transcontinental railroad in the 19th century. It was initially surprising news when it was announced in July that Rhiannon Giddens was taking over as artistic director of the cross-cultural music organization Silkroad. What did Ms. Giddens - a vocalist, fiddler and banjo player known prima
 
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Ben Rosenblum's rhythm section cement's 'Kites and Strings' like polished marble / Musicalmemoirs

Ben Rosenblum is a composer/arranger who has written eight of the ten songs on his third album release as a bandleader.  "Kites & Strings" is the first album where he is featuring his arranger talents and his original compositions.  They are songs he's been writing over the past ten years.   The first tune, inspired by Cedar Walton's jazz standard, "Bolivia,"is developed from a propulsive bass line by Marty Jaffe.  Once a chord vamp enters, Wayne Tucker lays down a catchy melody on his trumpet.  The song, titled "Cedar Place," is presented in an up-tempo 7/4mete
 
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Ben Rosenblum - Nebula Project 'Kites and Strings' is all that and more / STEP TEMPEST

Listen to all the musical sounds around us; there are albums that push us into action, others that take us to new worlds, and others that plain bore us. Then, there's "comfort food" music, songs that make us smile, calm us down because the artist(s) is (are) so in sync and sound like that everyone is having such a good time.  For his third album as a leader, pianist, accordionist, and composer Ben Rosenblum has expanded his trio (bassist Marty Jaffe and drummer Ben Zweig) to a sextet featuring Wayne Tucker (trumpet), Jasper Dutz (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet), and Rafael Rosa (gu
 
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KING-FM has a new home with the Seattle Opera / RADIOWORLD

KING-FM had occupied its studios in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle for more than two decades when its landlord informed management that the building would be torn down for condos. The station began looking for a new long-term home. Meanwhile the Seattle Opera had just moved into a new nearby building on the Seattle Center campus near the Space Needle, a building with multiple performance venues and space set aside on the second floor for a future tenant. Their desired tenant would be aligned with the goals of the arts community and pay rent that would help the opera meet o
 
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Matt Haimovitz, Mari Kodoma - Mon Ami, Mon amour makes 'Violinist.com: For the Record'

Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com's weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening! This week's New releases features; cellist Matt Haimovitz - pianist Mari Kodoma "Mon Ami, Mon amour." An experience with the Poulenc Sonata set in motion the idea for "Mon Ami, Mon amour": In 2016, while working with a student on this sonata, Haimovitz reached for the score and lost his balance. His priceless
 
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Dave Brubeck's 'Lullabies' is a great record when it comes to introducing children to the world of jazz / STAGEANDCINEMA

Not long before the great Mr. Dave Brubeck drifted off to eternal sleep one day before his 92nd birthday, he had left for us a final album of soft jazzy lullabies to guide us into peace. Awesome! We teared up at not just the loveliness of the tunes, but that Brubeck is almost playing an elegy for himself. At 91, Brubeck recorded these "children's songs" as a gift to his grandchildren, but there's nothing maudlin about it. This collection makes me feel as right as Brubeck's classic Disney Album from 1957. While I would say that this is a great record when it comes to introducing children to
 
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'Morricone Segreto' expands one's awareness of Mr. Morricone's craft / jazz & blues review

Anyone versed in film music is well aware of composer Ennio Morricone's stature and profound influence in the realm.  This assemblage of the recently departed master's works strives to display his influence beyond the world of cinema, into genres as immediate as hip-hop and electronica.  Jazz listeners should find much engaging fare as well. Culled from Mr. Morricone's works from the late 60's to the early 80's- largely before his work graced American productions- the edgy, frequently quirky character present cohabitated space with an inclination towards sophisticated them
 
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Lao Tizer will lead his band in concert to benefit the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival's - Student Instrument Contest / Grateful Web

Keyboardist and composer Lao Tizer will lead his band that features GRAMMY Award winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal and the mesmerizing world music violinist Karen Briggs in a concert to benefit the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival's Student Instrument Contest.  Winners of the 2020 contest will be honored during the broadcast. The free event will be streamed live on the festival's Facebook page, website and YouTube channel, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST. The inaugural livestream broadcast will feature the Lao Tizer band playing material from the
 
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'Volti' keeps singing during pandemic presenting new work from Danny Clay / San Francisco Classical Voice

Volti Executive Director Barbara Heroux announced the acclaimed San Francisco vocal ensemble's 42nd season, an all-online program of free "cocktail-hour miniconcerts," streamed on 5:30 Saturday afternoons. The concerts are free but Volti is asking "patrons to consider making a donation of $25." Event links are sent after reservations are made at the website. Volti's mission is to foster and showcase contemporary American music and composers, and to introduce contemporary vocal music from around the world to local audiences. The group has commissioned more than 100 new works, by emerging
 
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Max Richter - Voices & Olafur Arnalds - some kind of peace make 'Rough Trade 2020 Albums of the Year' / BrooklynVegan

Always first out of the gate with end-of-year lists, Rough Trade has just announced their 2020 Albums of the Year list. Making the list are Max Richter - Voices & Olafur Arnalds - some kind of peace. Over a decade after its inception, ground-breaking composer Max Richter announced the release of VOICES via Decca Records – a major new recording project inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first single from his uplifting new work, is described as "a place to think and reflect." At the heart of both VOICES is a profound sen
 
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Ludovico Einaudi - 12 Songs From Home is a most intimate concert / The Middlebury Campus

Covid-19 wreaked havoc across the world both physically and mentally, stripping some of their loved ones and others of their mental health. I thankfully fell only into the latter category, and while I was spared the full extent of the pandemic's destruction, I did not leave unscathed. In returning home, I found that an incredible paradox arose, one in which I was simultaneously greeted with overwhelming love and inescapable loneliness. After months of seeing the same four faces day in and day out, I found that the repetition only served to push me further into myself. That is, until one day
 
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Todd Mosby's 'Aerial Views' succeeds on its own artistic terms, evoking the beauty and clarity of the open skies / the arts fuse

St. Louis–based Todd Mosby's Aerial Views flies toward the pastel sunset horizon where world music meets New Age and smooth jazz. Mosby is an unusual guitarist who makes relatively conventional records. He comes from a bluegrass background, but he has studied closely with Indian sitar master Imrat Khan and learned classical North Indian technique. Mosby draws on both in his acoustic performances by playing a hybrid "Imrat guitar" he helped design, a half guitar and half semi-sitar. "This is as brilliant a recording as I have ever been associated with," states Will Ackerman, the fo
 
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The EFG London Jazz Festival returns like never before with a whisper that Shabaka Hutchings will make a surprise guest appearance / jazzwise

In recent years, the EFG London Jazz Festival has become one of the largest such events in the world, with dozens of gigs in everything from the city's biggest concert halls to small clubs. But in 2020, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have meant that festival director Pelin Opcin sees this year's event very differently. "The web is the core of our provision," she says. "It is the main platform for everything, and as such that's very exciting. The crisis has prompted us to develop the digital model far faster and in more depth than we would have done otherwise." Indeed, with a secon
 
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The passionate calm of Olafur Arnalds / NPR: All Songs Considered

Ólafur Arnalds' album some kind of peace is the most impactful record NPR's Bob Boilen has heard this year. The album, centered around Ólafur's melodic piano sounds, is packed with passion but generates an aura of calm. The songs work as a background music, but they're also rich in the kind of textures and intricacies that make it the perfect headphone album. Boilen spoke with Ólafur Arnalds from his studio in Reykjavik. On this episode of All Songs Considered he plays DJ for us and selects music from the many collaborators who helped shape the sound
 
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The Hollywood Reporter ranks top 20 U.S. music schools for film and tv composing

Every year, THR surveys industry professionals to get their take on the world's finest institutions of musical learning, and in particular how they stack up in terms of positioning composers and musicians for jobs in media. This year, however, the focus is on COVID-19 and the challenges it has presented, including limiting the number of players who can perform student compositions. "We're trying to find that compromise for the next incoming group so that they can still have a legitimate, unique experience," says USC's Daniel Carlin. Nevertheless, with help from a survey sent
 
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Jeni Slotchiver invites you to open the door to the past on 'American Heritage' / Russell Trunk's Exclusive magazine

If you are not in the know, in a socio-politically charged year when our understanding of African American history has been in the spotlight and challenged like few times in the past, music can serve as a great instructor.   If you think you know American Music, veteran NY based classical pianist and well-traveled concert performer Jeni Slotchiver invites you to open the door to the past deeper than you ever might have imagined on American Heritage.   A quite extraordinary work paying homage primarily to African American composers of the 19th and early 20th Century
 
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Colin Stetson announces 3 new soundtrack albums / Pitchfork

Colin Stetson is releasing three new albums via Milan Records. The records collect music that Stetson has made for past films and television series; Color Out of Space, The War Show, and Deliver Us will be available this Friday November 13. Color Out of Space (More Music From the Motion Picture), which, as the title indicates, features additional music that Stetson made for the 2019 Nicolas Cage movie Color Out of Space. Milan Records issued Color Out of Space (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) in January 2019. Next is The War Show (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). The War Show is
 
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