Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Renaud García-Fons: Beyond the Double Bass

In 1997 Renaud García-Fons released an album entitled Oriental Bass. While the name may be all but forgotten and perhaps with it the album as...

María Cangiano: Corazón de Mujer

María Cangiano is an amazingly talented folk singer from Argentina. Actually she is unclassifiable although her heart is in the folkloric tradition of that country. The reason she does not fit that mould completely is that Ms. Cangiano has a magnificent...

Vocalastics – Voice as the First Instrument

If the eyes are shut tight and the mind ran free, it might be possible to hear, spectrally, the sound of monks chanting at vespers, in the abbeys of Europe. It might also be possible to hear the passages with stunning melisma and magnificent intertwining...

Sofia Ribeiro: Mar Sonoro

The poetic imagery conjured up by Sofia Ribeiro and her expressions of grief and joy have inspired ten of the most haunting and beautiful...

Taraf de Haïdouks: Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts

The Romani people have a magical, mystical grace. They come from old and some say they can trace their ancestry to the sun. All...

Bill Gable: No Straight Lines

At his sublime best, Bill Gable’s recordings are so singular that comparisons with other performances of similar repertoire are not relevant, so much has...

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...

Bartók and Folk: Complete Works for Male Choir, Interspersed with Folk Music

Béla Bartók: Male Choruses – Four old Hungarian Folksongs (BB60); Evening (BB30);Slovak Folksongs (BB77); Székely Folksongs (BB106); From Olden Times (BB112); Four Old Hungarian...

Monsieur Doumani: Sikoses

Demettris Yiasemides, Angelos Ionas and Antonis Antoniou, collectively Monsieur Doumani, have put together a diverse programme with some thought, though personal connections predominate –...

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...

Tobias Grim: Brazil Lines

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156283689" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] The reputation of guitarist Tobias Grim, despite the possibility of having a folkloric Swedish repertoire will rest largely...

Introducing The Boston Cello Quartet

Boston Cello Quartet: Artistic Profile The first of its kind in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Cello Quartet was founded in...

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...

Kelly Thoma: 7 Fish

Kelly Thoma must love her lyra and its ability to bend pitches and play multiple ones, because the music she writes and arranges for...

The Master Musicians of Jajouka: The Road To Jajouka

The master musicians of Jajouka have existed in the southern Rif Mountains of Morocco for over 4000 years; their music celebrated largely by the populations around their village. The only Europeans and Americans outsiders to discover them...

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...

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...

Spanglish Fly: New York Boogaloo

Musicians as disparate in style – Duke Ellington and Cecil Taylor – have insisted that a listener must be compelled to dance to music....

Alune Wade & Harold López-Nussa: Havana-Paris-Dakar

There really is no telling what the truly magnificent pianist Harold López-Nussa will come up. He has participated in some of the most remarkable...

The Brandenburg Concertos: Freiburger Barokorchester

The Brandenburg Concertos are one of the most celebrated and captivating compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. Paced with bracing athletic vigor and featuring some of the most beautiful and challenging counterpoint...

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