Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Isabel Bayrakdarian – Ravel, Sayat-Nova & Kradjian: Troubadour and the Nightingale

In his seminal book "The Spirit of Romance—an attempt to define somewhat the charm of pre-renaissance literature of Latin Europe" (1910) Ezra Pound created what was very possibly the most definitive treatise on the poetry and music of the Golden Age of medieval Europe...

Banda Magda Presents: Yerakina

Banda Magda gave notice that a magnificent new group was breaking through. That linear leap has given way to a vertical propelling of Banda Magda into the rarified realm of magical musical sojourns. This also means that its beautiful leader, Magda Giannikou...

A Fascination With “Bombay”: Richard Bennett; Bombay Dub Orchestra

It is “Bombay” to artists from as far removed as London is from New York unabashedly referred to as such by an artist in the work of art, and not “Mumbai” as Indians have now been forced to call it. Perhaps it rings truer or perhaps it just rolls off the tongue more easily...

Badi Assad – Between Love and Luck

Every time guitarist and vocalist Badi Assad makes a record, she re-invents herself. The album, Between Love and Luck is no exception. But until now, Ms. Assad had shown her propensity for the guitar and genius for miraculous vocalastics, but principally in her native tongue...

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) : The Art of Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750); The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) Angela Hewitt: piano I had always approached Bach’s monumental work The Art...

Fatoumata Diawara – Fatou

The Malian sensation Fatoumata Diawara is fast making her name around the world. The move to France first got her recognised and now she is one step away from the world. A woman who has near perfect-pitch, Ms. Diawara, like most African singers...

Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective: Roots Before Branches

The deep energy of Henry Cole’s drumming comes from a singular ability to fond the rhythmic center of the music. Creating a wall of...

Clarice Assad: Imaginarium

The release of Clarice Assad’s Imaginarium puts her in contention for some major recognition, for with this recording, Ms. Assad has created a veritable museum of music; a cultural cornucopia—with Brasil at the centre of this spectacular universe...

Berta Rojas – Salsa Roja

If the renaissance of modern guitar playing began with the Spaniard, Andrés Segovia and continued under such luminaries as Agustín Pío Barrios of Paraguay, the Brasilian Laurindo Almeida and the Englishman, Julian Bream, it is now being well-served by a group of fine instrumentalists such as...

Ludovico Einaudi: Taranta Project

This excellent album Taranta Project is like a magnificent oriental railway system linking jazz, folk and Middle Eastern held together by gossamer like strains...

Anoushka Shankar – Traces of You

Anoushka Shankar, who is performing at Koerner Hall in Toronto this Saturday, Nov 23, received her musical instruction at the feet of her father and the grandmaster of the sitar, Pandit Ravi Shankar who was not just one of the greatest musicians of the Indian sub-continent, but one of the greatest...

Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso: Segunda Vez

The same rich ethnic cocktail that formed Brazilian society, from African, European and native ingredients, underlies its native genius for music. It also makes the country and its musicians unique in all of Latin America. As Ary Barroso put it in his iconic song…

Amanda Martínez with Special Guest Javier Limón at Koerner Hall

It was a magical night for Canadian singer/songwriter Amanda Martínez. During this long-awaited concert at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music's Koerner Hall, followers of...

Gordon Grdina: The Poetics of Music

Gordon Grdina is a Vancouver-based oud, bouzouki and guitar player of unbridled musical ingenuity. Few musicians—especially guitarists and oud players—have a vision as broad and seemingly limitless as him. Moreover, he is a lyrical player on every instrument as well. His musical language is poetic...

Chico & Rita – Animated movie by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

Chico & Rita is the story of many artists whose days of glory faded in the past and slowly fell into oblivion. It is...

Rhythm of the Heart, Raquel Bitton’s Tribute to Tino Rossi

It is not easy at all to interpret legends and musical icons like Edith Piaf, but Raquel Bitton has done it in a respectful and wonderful way. Continuing with the tribute to the most important contributors of French singing, Raquel Bitton brings us "Rhythm of the Heart"...

Cristina Pato: Latina

The late cellist Jacqueline Du Pré and the legendary percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, and now the virtuoso Galician bagpiper (gaita player) Cristina Pato… Very...

Handel & Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus

In the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church Psalm 109 Dixit Dominus--“The Lord said unto my Lord” has actually been set to music more times than any other Psalm. The motive is simply this: within the cycle of five psalms sung each day at Vespers, the Dixit Dominus...

Tango Nostalgias – Julio Botti and his Tango Journey

Tango Nostalgias is the new album of the Argentinian saxophonist Julio Botti, a pure and new voice of the tango movement that maestro Astor Piazzolla started in Argentina decades ago. Ten poignant and profound themes are part of this cd where Pablo Ziegler...

Antônio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina: Elis & Tom

Both Antônio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina have recorded several spectacular albums on their own. Elis Regina's most memorable disc could easily be Saudades...

SOCIAL MEDIA

6,910FansLike
7FollowersFollow
82FollowersFollow
20,617FollowersFollow

UPCOMING EVENTS

NEWS

FEATURED POSTS

CONCERT REVIEWS

MOST POPULAR POSTS