Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Snarky Puppy: Family Dinner Volume Two

This is an exceptional realisation of the roots of what Snarky Puppy is all about. Forget the connotations of the name. Forget the fact...
Eliane Rodrigues photographed by Karine Gondim

Eliane Rodrigues: Audacity and Utter Beauty Forever in ÆTERNUM

All music – indeed all art itself – is a conceit in which the artist perpetrates one or another act of beautiful or decorous...
All Rivers at Once by The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative

All Rivers at Once by The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative

The poem, All Rivers at Once written by Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, is the inspiration for the performance of the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative...
David Buchbinder - Odessa-Havana Project

The Toronto Sound: David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana

April 7, 2018 - Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory - Toronto When you have Maestro Hilario Durán involved in a project you can be assured...
Lenka Lichtenberg: Masaryk

Lenka Lichtenberg: Masaryk

The tumultuous and traumatic history of both the Jewish Diaspora and the history of the Czech Republic have always come together in the profoundly...
Michael Colgrass: Side by Side

Michael Colgrass: Side by Side

Michael Colgrass - Side by Side: 1: Letter from Mozart; 2:Side by Side; 3: Schubert Birds Boston Modern Orchestra Project – Gil Rose: cond; Andrew...

Berta Rojas – The Enigma of Arrival

I rarely conduct interviews using email and don’t really like doing them over the telephone either. In my view, the talking and listening –...
David Broza: The 40-Year Journey to Peace

David Broza: The 40-Year Journey to Peace

It is one of those true travesties that an artist such as David Broza should still inhabit the fringes of music. While it’s also...
The Spirit and Vocalastics of Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

The Spirit and Vocalastics of Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

The unvarnished beauty that ensues when art and science meet and then go hand in hand is sometimes expressed via the magisterium of the...

Richard Bennett: Pianism and Music

I first heard of Richard Bennett when I received a link to his then “new” album, New York Swara. On it he re-imagined the...

Christmas Music 0 to 2013: A Word to the Wise

At one time, for a rather long period of time, most Christmas music consisted first of music that was liturgical. Although the earliest known Christmas music to become somewhat widely sung predates the 13th Century, when St. Francis of Assisi is credited with “inventing” the Christmas Carol...

Festival International Nuits d’Afrique – 30th Anniversary – A Celebration In Style

30 years ago, in 1987, Lamine Touré had a dream. He turned his dream into reality when Nuits d'Afrique was born. It all started in...

The Enduring Magic of Guinga

To speak of Guinga without a litany of praise would be almost sacrilegious and blasphemous. The musician and composer from Rio may be counted...
Damien Sneed and the Toronto Mass Choir: “We Shall Overcome” A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King

Damien Sneed and the Toronto Mass Choir: “We Shall Overcome” A Celebration of Dr....

"We have come a long, long way but we still have a long, long way to go." (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) For two hours...
Tangi Ropars: Moskitto’s Here to Stay

Tangi Ropars: Moskitto’s Here to Stay

Tangi Ropars is one of three Moskittos who you won’t be able to make go away, much less swat. He comes from hardy stock...
The Exhilaration of Terry Riley

The Exhilaration of Terry Riley

The nine hundred and fourth at Toronto’s Koerner Hall happened on the eve of one of the coldest (and snowiest) days in Canada. But...

Jamey Haddad Jazz Ensemble in Toronto

Under One Sun - Jamey Haddad Jazz Ensemble Master percussionist Jamey Haddad, who collaborates regularly with singer-songwriter Paul Simon, composer Elliot Goldenthal, and saxophonist Joe...
Dagar Dynasty: The Mysticism of Dagar “Vani” Dhrupad

Dagar Dynasty: The Mysticism of Dagar “Vani” Dhrupad

Through the millennia prophets, mystics, poets, painters and musicians have heard a voice in the silence of the heart, which is, of course the...
The Aesthetic of Johann Sebastian Bach: A Masterpiece Revisited

The Aesthetic of Johann Sebastian Bach: A Masterpiece Revisited

The second edition of André Pirro’s 1907 classic, L’Esthétique de Jean-Sébastien Bach – The Aesthetic of Johann Sebastian Bach – translated by Joe Armstrong...

The Mighty Musicianship Of Leo Blanco

What makes the art of South America so alluring? It has existed, and more importantly, it has been developing in a steaming cauldron, cooking...

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