Friday, January 24, 2020

Lenka Lichtenberg and Yair Dalal – Lullabies from Exile

I have been listening to the music of Lenka Lichtenberg for some time now. Still, it never fails to amaze me that I find...

Various Artists – Brazil! The Birth of Bossa Nova

Brasil has long since moved on, but that Bossa Nova is still alive and well and still fascinating for the world—not just as a...

Paulo Padilha: No Lojinha de eu me Sinto Milionário (Cronicâs Cantadas, Canções Contadas)

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/40082668" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] From Sao Paulo, a city more socially-conscious than Rio, where protests against poverty in the context of the...

Beethoven: Complete Works for violoncello & piano

Ludwig Beethoven: Complete Works for violoncello & piano: Jean-Guihen Queyras: cello; Alexander Melnikov: piano Beethoven’s first two sonatas for violoncello and piano Opus 5 No....

Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/32962779" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] Charlie Haden was one of the first to mix the voice of legendary chanteuses in with his famous...

Laura Dreyer: Vida. Arte. Amor.

Every once and awhile an artist comes around to surprise everyone with the proficiency in an idiom naturally foreign to him or her. The...

Nilza Costa: Revolution Rivoluzione Revolução

Nilza Costa is an extraordinary Afro-Brasilian musician. She has a riveting voice that—in the Western music realm would be considered contralto—is mesmerising because of its sensuous almost physical quality in which Ms. Costa does not so much as sing...

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...

Ludwig Van Beethoven Piano Trios Opus 70 No. 2, Opus 97 “Archduke”

Beethoven’s first published works—his Opus No.1—were three trios for piano, violin and cello and already they show a marked advance on Haydn’s trios in the comparative interdependence of the three parts. Their freedom from Haydn’s oppressive formality...

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...

Quique Escamilla: 500 Years of Night

Born and raised in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, Quique Escamilla is no stranger to the Zapatista rebellion and the history of struggle in the region since the Spanish Conquest. "500 Years of Night" is the outcry of a modern troubadour...

Simon Thacker’s Svara Kanti: Rakshasa

At first blush Simon Thacker’s Svara Kanti might give the impression that they are Shakti Redux, but could not be further from the truth. From the music on Rakshasa, it is clear that Mr. Thacker’s approach to fusing the European with the Indian is...

Craig Hartley’s Books on Tape

Books on Tape, Vol.1 is Craig Hartley’s debut recording, a work that expresses his viewpoint about music from a wide range of rhythms, not only in different kinds of jazz styles but also experimental, classical, rock and avant-garde genres...

Meg Okura and The Pan Asian Chamber Ensemble Project play Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Music

This fascinating work is the perfect symbiosis of eastern and western music, creating a new jazz atmosphere. The violinist and composer Meg Okura leads the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, this tremendous band consists of some virtuous...

Carlos Pavan – Suite del Interior

The beautiful "Suite Del Interior" by the Argentine guitarist Carlos Pavan is sometimes described as being a “mixture of classical, folk and jazz music”. But perish the thought. This is a magnificently composed classical piece that is based on...

In the Finding of a Masterpiece

Andre Pirro’s classic, "The Aesthetic of Johann Sebastian Bach" brings to life the aesthetic of the master who changed all music since Palestrina, creating a German Renaissance that paved the way for Ludwig Van Beethoven and Richard Wagner...

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...

Benjamim Taubkin and Brasil e Marrocos: Al Quantara e caminhos de ida e volta

Benjamim Taubkin is the gold standard for pianists who come from a country better known for its guitarists. It is the profound beauty of his playing—his vocalastic phrasing and deeply emotional romanticism—that makes him not only...

Maria João Pires Plays Beethoven Concertos 3 & 4

This album of concerti 3 and 4 is a profound recording. It creates a palimpsest of Beethoven’s creative mindset during the last years when he had his sense of hearing and could perform his work. His earliest concerti were distinctly eighteenth works...

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...

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