Monday, October 18, 2021

Steinar Aadnekvam: Freedoms Trio with Rubem Farias & Deodato Siquir

It’s not news when a European instrumentalist and composer is seduced by the charms of music from other realms and cultures. That’s been happening...

Hu Vibrational: The Epic Botanical Beat Suite

You can be sure that when Adam Rudolph and an ensemble of breathtaking drummers get together mystical and wonderful things will happen. The hand-drummer,...
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...

Gilberto Gil: Mystical Tropicalista in Toronto

It is eight o’clock and the audience has taken its seats in the musical shrine, Massey Hall. A cursory look around reveals that the...

Carol Saboya, Antonio Adolfo, Hendrik Meurkens: Copa Village

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188899586" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] The concept of a kind of Rio de Janeiro/ New York mash-up—Copa Village—as it is called might not...
Margaret Herlehy: Rosewood Café

Margaret Herlehy: Rosewood Café

Pé de Moleque, Quebra Queixo, Algadao Doce, Pacoca, Sambossa - Celso Machado; Nachele Tempo - Benedito Lacerda, Pixinguinha & Fabio Oliveira; Choro Negro -...

Nick Finzer: Hear & Now

The Virtuosity and Passion of Nick Finzer´s Trombone Hear & Now is the new album by the virtuous trombonist and brilliant composer Nick Finzer. This...

Mente Clara: Forrozêra

Musicians with a passion for Brasilian music soon rather than later discover Hermeto Pascoal and fall under the spell of “Bruxo”, the “Sorcerer”. But...

Sandro Albert Trio: Samba Bop

Sandro Albert brings two aspects of his existence into sharp focus with the release of this short album, Samba Bop. One deals with and...

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...

Gino Sitson: VoiStrings

At first blush, it is tempting to draw comparisons between Gino Sitson and Bobby McFerrin. Yes, there are similarities in their approach to “vocalastics”,...

Carmen Souza: Live at Lagny Jazz Festival

It is fulfilling to attend a Carmen Souza concert just to listen to her breathtaking version of “Donna Lee” alone. However, there is much more to fall in love with than Miles Davis’ chart that Charlie Parker made famous by the singer on Live at Lagny Jazz Festival...

Albare’s Thoughts about Humanity

Sensational and delightful could be two of many words to describe Only Human, the new cd by the guitarist Albert Dadon, well known as...

Antonio Loureiro – Só

The Paulista, Antonio Loureiro, born and bred in Minas Gerais, is an eminently gifted multi-instrumentalist and is to be ranked with the new generations of Musica Brasileira musicians such as that other ingenious multi-instrumentalists, André Mehmari. But that is where all comparisons must end. Mr. Loureiro is...
KUNÉ Canada's Global Orchestra: KUNÉ

KUNÉ Canada’s Global Orchestra

Ever since the legendary Jazz trumpeter first coined the phrase “World Music” to describe the new idiom in which he was expressing his music...

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...
Various Artists: Putumayo Presents World Peace

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents World Peace

As we (all seven billion of us) spin on our blue, spaceship earth, inexorably into the future, twenty-four hours of the day, three hundred...
Achilles Liarmakopoulos & Coline-Marie Orliac: Obvious

Achilles Liarmakopoulos & Coline-Marie Orliac · Obvious

For Ludwig van Beethoven, there was but one way to create art, “Don’t only practice your art,” he said, “But force your way into...
New Caracas: Nos

New Caracas: Nos

That music this beautiful and life-affirming can arise from the death-defying Venezuelan consciousness of principal songwriter Luis D’Elias and this group New Caracas comprising...

Introducing Grand Fatilla’s debut album: Global Shuffle

Before this musical idea was presented formally on different stages, the basic band began as a trio: Mike Rivard (bassist), Matt Glover (electric mandolinist) and Roberto Cassan (accordionist) met up to look into folk music from all over the world...

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