Sunday, April 21, 2019

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica – Where Here Meets There

It seems almost trite to talk of where cultures collide, when it comes to the music of Brian O’Neill, or Mr. Ho—as he likes to sometimes call himself. The musical big bang theory is centuries old and that would necessarily make that epithet old hat. The question that arises when Mr. O’Neill makes his music...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Adam Rudolph & Go: Organic Orchestra – Sonic Mandala

This recording of Adam Rudolph’s Sonic Mandala with the Go: Organic Orchestra is an iconic one. It is probably Adam Rudolph’s most important opus to date: symphonic in scope from its very micro aspects to its macro ones. In it Mr. Rudolph seeks to and successfully expands the textures and timbres of...

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...

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...

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...

Presenting José Rizo’s Mongorama

José Rizo's Mongorama picks up where the Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars left off. After a decade of fruitful existence, performing and recording four terrific CDs (Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars 1 and 2, The Last Bullfighter and Tambolero), the veteran KJazz radio host, producer, composer and bandleader takes a new direction and moves on to a new project, which is actually a continuation of the original...

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