Friday, February 15, 2019

Sylvain Leroux: Quatuor Créole

The Montreal-based flutist, Sylvain Leroux is a peripatetic traveller. When he is not in Montreal, or Chicago, or New York, he might be in Toronto or Vancouver, heralding the uninitiated into the sound of his tambin, a Fula flute, played by the people of Conakry...

Thomas Larcher: What Becomes

Thomas Larcher (b. 1963) – What Becomes – Tamara Stefanovich: piano (1 – 21), Mark Padmore: tenor (22 – 32); Thomas Larcher: piano (22...

Claude Debussy: Images (Books I & II) and Préludes (Book II)

Debussy’s two sets of Images (1905 and 1907) are musical homages to pure sensation, conjuring the sound of bells through leaves, sunlight reflected from the scales of goldfish scales...

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...

Mãe Carinhosa, Cesária Évora’s Posthumous Release

Cesária Évora was that kind of singer you would have liked to represent your country as a music ambassador. Her feeling to express the profound, pure, tropical and African sound is incomparable. Her voice is a unique treasure for the world...
Jane Antonia Cornish: Into Silence

Jane Antonia Cornish: Into Silence

Jane Antonia Cornish: Into Silence; Anna Elashvili: vn; Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir vc; Caitlin Sullivan vc; Claire Bryant vc; Hamilton Berry vc; Vicky Chow pf In his...

Nicole: Raízes / Roots

Raízes / Roots explores the nature of the interconnectedness of things, indeed. Picking up on that, this excellent album is like an elegant...

Yamandú Costa e Hamilton de Holanda – Live

This 2008 concert, recorded in Saõ Paulo is steeped in the gorgeous emotions of saudade—so steeped in it that it is impossible not to...

Carol Bach-y-Rita: Minha Casa

Although there is a proliferation of American musicians – especially vocalists – who are dipping into Brasilian repertoire, mostly singing phonetically, it is an...

La República Offers an Elegant Fiesta

Explosion of Latin taste and enjoyment is what La República brings us with his new album “Fiesta Elegante”. Led by the brilliant composer, arranger and pianist Juancho Valencia, this work is the sound of many lands and regions including the Caribbean coast...
Tamikrest Presents: Kidal

Tamikrest Presents: Kidal

If you are left agape at the untold beauty of the desert, you will be left breathless by how it is described by the...

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...

Romero Lubambo: Só—Brasilian Essence

Solo instrumental performances can be solitary pursuits, but not for Romero Lubambo and here is why. More than most guitarists, Mr. Lubambo has an uncanny knack of being able to sound as if his performance were a sort of chamber orchestra...

Monsieur Doumani: Grippy Grappa

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/83254248" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] While most of the world has heard of the celebrated Cyprus-born pianist Nicolas Economou, perhaps not too much...
Strunz & Farah - Tales of Two Guitars

Strunz and Farah: Tales of Two Guitars

The celebrated guitar-duo of Strunz and Farah are no newcomers to the collision of music from Spain to Latin America and beyond. Indeed the...

Benjamim Taubkin, Simone Sou, Guilherme Kastrup: Sounds of Life

There is never any precedent for the work of pianist Benjamim Taubkin. Here he is again traversing music’s topography with drummers/percussionists Simone Sou and...
Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Vice Versa: Viajando Com O Som

Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Vice Versa: Viajando Com O Som

Every hundred years or so the world receives a rare (a musician, poet, sculptor, painter or dancer) an artist the like of whom the...

Leni Stern: Jelell

When a musician goes all the way to Dakar, Senegal to make a record that probably means many sleepless nights after many long recording sessions; probably also field recordings as well, or at least rehearsals in the field...

Márcio Faraco: Cajueiro

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161296097" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] Taking the Brasilian out of Brasil is sometimes possible, but try taking the Brasil out of the Brasilian...
Beth Levin: Bright Circle

Beth Levin: Bright Circle

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20, D 959; Johannes Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24; David Del Tredici: Ode to...

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