Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Aldo Del Rio: El Bardo

Before the Cuban pianist came to fame, there were trovadores. Depending on which province a Cuban listener resided, one trove was greater than the other. But visionaries such as Sindo Garay stilled ruled the roost - Sindo Garay lived more than 100 years actually...
Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band: Tramontana

Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band: Tramontana

Juan Andrés Ospina enriches music in incalculable ways. First there is his attractive way with melody, which he enriches with the kind of flirtatious...

Terakaft: Alone

Two Tuareg musicians and guitarists, Liya ag Ablil (aka Diara) and Sanou ag Ahmed, two Frenchmen, Andrew Sudhibhasilp and Nicholas Grupp, on bass and...
Various Artists: Festival International Nuits d'Afrique 2019

Various Artists: Festival International Nuits d’Afrique 2019

Summer is music festival season in Canada and the rest of North America too. And while it’s easy to lose share of voice in...

Toninho Ferragutti – O Sorriso Da Manu

Whether he came to the accordion by way of the forró—xôte and Baião—or by way of the gaucho bands that he often plays in, Toninho Ferragutti has now mastered the instrument. However, he is now more than a virtuoso; the complete mastery of the emotion and the magical idiosyncrasies of the...
Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II

Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II

It is one thing for a culture to survive torment, repression, and genocide as the European Jews did throughout history – especially during and...
Various Artists: florilège de la guitare

Various Artists: florilège de la guitare

Even a cursory look at the GHA Records catalogue will reveal that the label is a treasure trove of contemporary guitar music – largely...
Terell Stafford and Dick Oats - Luck Be A Lady - A Tribute to Frank

Terell Stafford and Dick Oatts: Luck Be A Lady – A Tribute to Frank

However you may choose to regard this disc – as an extended extended-play or as a very short CD – the effect of listening...

Michel Nirenberg: Retrato/Portrait

Hard on the heels of the carioca, Leo Gandelman comes the infinitely younger carioca, Michel Nirenberg, a musician steeped in choro and samba. A...
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...
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble - Fire, Sweat & Pastis

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble: Fire, Sweat & Pastis

Considering the music of the Helsinki-Cotonou and their vibrant recording Fire, Sweat & Pastis; if we can credit African music for giving us our...

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb: Roadsides

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/66402164" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] While the hatred between one human being for another will make even the wildest animals squirm with disgust,...

Nilza Costa: Revolution Rivoluzione Revolução

Nilza Costa is an extraordinary Afro-Brasilian musician. She has a riveting voice that—in the Western music realm would be considered contralto—is mesmerising because of its sensuous almost physical quality in which Ms. Costa does not so much as sing...
Mãe da Lua: Kalibé

Mãe da Lua: Kalibé

That the seemingly oracular Brasilian lyricist and musician Mãe da Lua is in tune with the environment where in the world she may be...
Kurt Weill and Lenya

Kurt Weill – Franz Werfel: The Road of Promise

MasterVoices and Orchestra of St. Luke’s/Ted Sperling; Ed Harsh: concert adaptation; Ludwig Lewisohn, William A. Drake, Charles Alan, Kelley Rourke: English translation; Noam Sheriff:...

Zeynep Ozbilen: [ zee ]

By the end of this programme of rather short works—most of which are little more than five minute spans of music –you can’t imagine...

Ravi Shankar: The Living Room Sessions Volumes 1 & 2

In most ancient societies, it was—and still is—believed that all music is the sound of the cosmos; the very dust that made up space, singing in communion with Him that created it all. Many of those societies, such as the Incas and Mayas, have long since ceased to exist...
Alejandra Torres - Renacer

Alejandra Torres Presents: Renacer

When we last heard of the violinist Alejandra Torres, she was heard supporting the Colombian contrabass guitarist bassist extraordinaire Juan Garcia-Herreros, better known as...

Plácido Domingo: Encanto Del Mar

Elan, imagination and passionate engagement: The great Spanish tenor brings it all to his exemplary performance of Encanto del mar, the cycle of Mediterranean...
Barbara Hannigan - An Evening with the Empress of Song

Barbara Hannigan: An Evening with the Empress of Song

Two years ago I saw Barbara Hannigan perform György Ligeti’s Mystères du Macabre dressed in a schoolgirl’s kilt, chewing bubblegum. The orchestra was Sinfónica...

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