Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Samuel Pompeo Quinteto: Que Descaída

Samuel Pompeo Quinteto: Que Descaída

Anyone who doubts that all modern music in the Americas came from the erstwhile "Americanised" African slaves who wrenched from their home country and...

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...
Kátia Moraes: Mistureba

Kátia Moraes: Mistureba

The beautiful mischief of Afro-Brasilian polyrhythms comes alive in this music by Kátia Moraes together with her entourage. The visceral energy that literally explodes...

Monique Mizrahi’s Honeybird: Out Comes Woman

Listening to Monique Mizrahi you are shaken to the very core of your being. Something resembling a musical collision is taking place not unlike...
Pablo Aslan: Contrabajo

Pablo Aslan: Contrabajo

If the world of Argentinean music epitomised by its (Argentina’s) sensual tango was propelled into the future by Alberto Ginastera, Osvaldo Pugliese,...

Michael Shrieve: Spellbinder

Michael Shrieve, the celebrated drummer of the original Santana band has not exactly been leading a quiet, retired life on a desert island. But...

Che Puro Ciel: The Rise of Classical Opera

The minor revolt that brought back opera seria, reviving and recalling epic Greek drama, its incumbent sense of theatre—complete with the finery of its costumes, stage settings and art direction—as well as belle canto did not begin until early in the 18th Century...

Banda Magda Presents: Amour t’es là

The remarkable aspect of Magda Giannikou’s musicianship is not that she can play almost any instrument, but it is that she is a remarkably talented singer who has absolute pitch. She has an angelic voice and she usually sings with a...

Barb Jungr: Shelter From The Storm

Élan, intelligence and passionate engagement: British chanssonier Barb Jungr brings all of it to her exemplary performance on Shelter From The Storm – Songs...
Eumir Deodato: Os Catedráticos 73

Eumir Deodato: Os Catedráticos 73

Eumir Deodato is arguably one of the most illustrious Brasilian composers, producers and performers to have ever transitioned from Brasil to the United States....

Concha Buika Live in Concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto

“Much like Chavela, Buika is able to make her audience feel completely exposed. Her songs transport us to a place where we are left...

Sofia Vitória & Luís Figueiredo: Palavra de Mulher

The legendary troubadour of Brazil, Chico Buarque de Hollanda appears to have been somewhat of a polarizing figure, even in the Musica Popular Brasileira movement (MPB), whose ramparts he bestrode like the proverbial Colossus. This in terms of sheer output...
Benji Kaplan: Uai Sô

Benji Kaplan: Uai Sô

The glorious albeit devilishly complex writing and the spirited and eloquently ornamented playing by Benji Kaplan and the wonderful members of the ensemble on...

Deline Briscoe: Wawu

The arrival of the album Wawu by Deline Briscoe is guaranteed to quicken any reviewer’s pulse. The unusual vocalist and songwriter has...
Väsen: Brewed

Väsen Presents New Album: Brewed

There is a word not often used in Swedish to describe that which is everything that Väsen brings out in its home-grown music, and...
Jane Antonia Cornish: Seascapes

Jane Antonia Cornish: Seascapes

Jane Antonia Cornish – Seascapes: Seascapes I, Seascapes II, Seascapes III, Seascapes Epilogue; Yügen; Drift The composer Jane Antonia...

Pauline Jean: Nwayo

This second album by the mesmerising contralto, Haitian-born and raised Pauline Jean takes her extraordinary musicianship to another level. Jean’s excellent performance perfectly captures...

The Garifuna Collective: Ayó

The uniqueness of the Garifuna Diaspora has resulted in their truly singular cultural anthropology. These are a people who descended from the Arawak and the Caribe peoples, who migrated to the Caribbean and coastal Central America hundreds of years ago...
Anat Cohen - Happy Song

Anat Cohen Tentet: Happy Song

This recording by the Anat Cohen Tentet shows the clarinetist and her ensemble traversing the widest musical topography she has in a very long...

Lakou Mizik: Wa Di Yo

“Lakou Mizik,” say the members of Lakou Mizik, “Is Haiti”. Lakou Mizik is Haiti because group is a stupendous crucible of the music of...

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