Quartetto di Cremona stops by WCLV: Cleveland for interview and performance

Internationally renowned for their "extremely mature and lyrical sound" (Strad), the Quartetto di Cremona ( Cristiano Gualco, violin, Paolo Andreoli, violin, Simone Gramaglia, viola, Giovanni Scaglione, cello ) now graces the stages of the most prestigious venues. Their focus and intensity brings life to music from the "tight blend and immaculate voicing" of their Brahms to the "sleek and elegant" dynamic countouring of their Mozart (Strad). The Quartetto di Cremona's dedication to their work as a string quartet shows through their music. In their upcoming fifth volume of the Complete Beethoven Chamber Music for Strings, the Quartetto di Cremona – currently Italy's most exciting string quartet – present an enraptured late work, the Quartet Op. 132 with the great Adagio "thanksgiving", alongside Beethoven's only String Quintet, Op. 29, this together with Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet. The guys are on a cross-country tour of the United States, and they stopped by WCLV to play Anton Webern's Langsamer Satz in the KeyBank Studio. Two of the members, Cristiano Gualco (violin) and Simone Gramaglia (viola), spoke with Bill O'Connell about their new CD, upcoming performances, and life on the road.  Listen the attached segment and watch the video
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Sharon Isbin's Troubadour wins ASCAP Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Award

The winners of the 47th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music were announced today by Paul Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation.  The Awards were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer, critic and commentator Deems Taylor, who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as President of ASCAP.  Last year the Awards were renamed to also honor the memory of Virgil Thomson (1896 – 1989), one of the leading American composers and critics of the 20th Century, and a former member of the ASCAP board of directors. The 47th ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards are made possible by the generous support of ASCAP, The ASCAP Foundation and the Virgil Thomson Foundation. The award recipients will be honored on November 17 at a special invitation-only ceremony and reception hosted by Paul Williams at ASCAP's New York offices. The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Television Broadcast Award recognizes Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, an American Public Television-produced documentary that provides an in-depth look at the career and musical impact of classical guitarist Isbin. Receiving honors are Sharon Isbin and Producer Susan Dangel.           Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org. The purpose of the Virgil Thomson Foundation is to further and promote the performance, preservation, dissemination and public appreciation of serious music in general and the music and writings of Virgil Thomson in particular. http://www.virgilthomson.org
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Anne Akiko Meyers interviews with All Classical Portland

American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers recently visited us at All Classical Portland, as part of her performance with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein's Serenade (After Plato's "Symposium").  Just before her arrival, Anne and I spoke by phone about "Serenade: The Love Album" (Released on the Entertainment One label), which features that very work by Bernstein, and an "exploration of love in all its dimensions", to borrow her words.  It's a disc that certainly expresses love in all its many forms from beginning to end, and does it well. Bernstein's Serenade is inspired by Plato's Symposium, effectively the description of a big "party" between Plato and philosophers who came before him; an imaginary bacchanal that probes deep questions about the nature of love.  Bernstein's piece is for violin and orchestra, but is not a concerto:  it's an expression of what the composer found in the writings of Plato. Following this exuberant and, as Ms. Meyers' admits, very challenging work (challenging to perform, not to listen to), the violinist plays eleven gorgeous melodies from stage and screen, all arranged by contemporary composers who put their mark on the pieces, but retained the original intent of the songs.  "When You Wish Upon A Star", originally from Disney's "Pinocchio", is one of the highlights of this sequence for me.  Meyers plays the piece with sentiment, but not in an overly sentimental way (if that makes sense!).  In my conversation with Anne, you'll hear this melody, and as you listen to All Classical Portland, you'll encounter more of these deftly-crafted arrangements. Anne was a great joy to talk to, and I hope that we have the opportunity to have her back in Portland in the near future. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW.
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Jersey City's WFMU wins ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Radio Broadcast Award

The winners of the 47th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music were announced by Paul Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation.  The Awards were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer, critic and commentator Deems Taylor, who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as President of ASCAP.  Last year the Awards were renamed to also honor the memory of Virgil Thomson (1896 – 1989), one of the leading American composers and critics of the 20th Century, and a former member of the ASCAP board of directors. The 47th ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards are made possible by the generous support of ASCAP, The ASCAP Foundation and the Virgil Thomson Foundation. The award recipients will be honored on November 17 at a special invitation-only ceremony and reception hosted by Paul Williams at ASCAP's New York offices. The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Radio Broadcast Award honors the non-commercial, free-form radio station WFMU in Jersey City, NJ, for its eclectic and adventurous music programming over the course of decades.  Recognized with awards are Station Manager/Program Director Ken Freedman and Music Director Brian Turner.            
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'Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson' airs tonight on PBS - Miami / Sun Sentinel

It's like moonwalking meets salsa in a special concert event airing this week. In July, a group of artists gathered at the Olympia Theater in downtown Miami to perform the late King of Pop's music as part of "Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson." Now the concert will be broadcast at 9 p.m. Oct. 9 on WPBT-Ch. 2 in Fort Lauderdale-Miami and WXEL-Ch. 42 in the West Palm Beach TV market. Hosted by singer and percussionist Sheila E., the event also featured singers Jon Secada, Judith Hill and Angel Lopez and others performing with a 37-piece band to give some of Jackson's classics a Latin flavor. The project was organized by Miami producer Tony Succar, who in April released an album of Jackson's songs arranged to tropical rhythms by Latin musicians. He and PBS officials thought the album, also called "Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson," could also be presented as a TV concert special to launch the public broadcaster's national Arts Fall Festival series of programs. "Salsa music is for people to dance, and Michael Jackson's music is for people to dance. It married perfectly," said the Peruvian-born Succar, who is also a multi-instrumentalist and arranger. READ Philadelphia Tribune ARTICLE
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John Scofield - PopMatters interview

Jazz has relatively few "stars" these days, musicians who might be described the way actors sometimes are: as bankable, as the ones who can "open" a film with some guaranteed box office. Even famous jazz musicians such as legend Sonny Rollins or Wynton Marsalis aren't moving many discs these days. Jon Scofield, a guitarist who at the age of 63 isn't exactly a matinee idol, would probably laugh at being compared to a movie star. In conversation Scofield is unassuming and genial, every bit the polite kid raised in Wilton, Connecticut who happened to discover a passion for music. And who, despite being a "jazz" musician, finds himself a guitar hero in 2015. Truth be told, when a record company wants to start a new imprint to put out jazz, John Scofield is the go-to musician. He'll get them off on the right foot. With Past Present, Scofield is making his first appearance on the new/old Impulse! label, which is the latest of Universal Music's jazz brands. Impulse, of course, was the home in the 1960s to John Coltrane and other firebrands of the avant-garde, even though it was started by producer Creed Taylor and found early success putting out Ray Charles'sGenius+Soul=Jazz. This mixture of the daring and the soulful fits Scofield beautifully. And it makes sense that in helping with reviving Impulse!, Scofield has gone back to his own past to revive a band that is arguably one of the most important of the last 25 years: his quartet with Joe Lovano on saxophone. Past Present features Lovano, drummer Bill Stewart (also from the previous configuration), and Larry Grenadier on bass, who replaces the late Dennis Irwin. PopMatters talked to Scofield about the new record, the band, and his status as soft-spoken jazz hero. READ THE INTERVIEW
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The Diverse World Of Yo-Yo Ma / NPR

Few musicians possess an appetite for diversity as voracious as Yo-Yo Ma's. The renowned cellist, who turns 60 today, calls himself a "venture culturalist." His collaborations include making music for dancers (including Monday night's collaboration with American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland on Stephen Colbert's Late Show), filmmakers, garden designers, architects, Kabuki artists, Muppets and figure skaters. "Music, ultimately, is one of the great ways that we as humans have for coding internal life," Ma said in a PBS documentary. "It's glue that joins people together." Ma's list of awards and achievements is exhaustive: 18 Grammys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of the Arts. He is a Kennedy Center Honoree, United Nations Messenger for Peace and a member of the President's Committee on Arts and the Humanities. Still, despite all the honors, perhaps Yo-Yo Ma's greatest gift is just being himself - with tireless curiosity and a generous spirit. To mark Ma's 60th, we've collected a handful of performances that barely begin to display the depth of this singular artist. READ THE FULL Deceptive Cadence PIECE READ THE FULL KNPR PIECE
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Piano Guys release video of Coldplay's 'Sky Full of Stars'@Salt Flats

The Piano Guys love highlighting the beauty of the Beehive State and their new video is no exception. In "When Stars and Salt collide," the band covers a Coldplay song called "Sky Full of Stars." They filmed the video at the  Salt Flats. According to the video description, they knew where they wanted to record the  video as soon as they finished writing the music. "What better venue than a place of our ‘roots' and where your names would be the ‘stars' of the film, starkly contrasted against the eternal white salt stretching as far as the eye can see?"  SEE FOX13 - Salt Lake City PAGE WATCH THE VIDEO
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NYC'S Blue Note now using virtual reality to stream shows / Yahoo Tech

Imagine you're sitting in an intimate, dimly lit club in New York's Greenwich Village. A jazz band is playing, the audience is clapping along, the woman next to you is sipping a colorful concoction from a long-stemmed martini glass. It all feels and - above all - sounds so real. But it's not. You aren't really in the club. You aren't in New York. In fact, you never left your house. You're sitting instead on your own couch, in the comfort of your own living room, watching the show on a virtual-reality headset. While this might sound like a scene cut from Back to the Future, it's actually happening: A legendary New York jazz club - Blue Note - is pioneering such virtual events as a new way for jazz fans all over the world to watch concerts and, eventually, other live events.  READ THE FULL Yahoo Tech ARTICLE AND WATCH THE VIDEO
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New Classical Tracks: Anne Akiko Meyers - Serenade: The Love Album

New Classical Tracks is a Syndicated Feature airing Nationally on Classical 24 & Statewide on Minnesota Public Radio. Listen to Julie Amacher's Feature with Anne Akiko Meyers. READ THE TRANSCRIPT - You're planning a dinner party, and the conversation is more important than the cuisine. So who would be on your guest list? On her latest recording, The Love Album, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers plays host to seven ancient Greek Philosophers who gather for a raucous evening to extrapolate on the meaning of love. That's the setting for Leonard Bernstein's Serenade. "I really wanted to showcase the serenade and celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday that's going to be coming up, and also to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary by having this album that's based on love and all its dimensions," Anne explains. "It starts with the Serenade, which is, in my opinion, one of the most undervalued and underplayed concert works. And it's based on Plato's Symposium, which is this raucous dinner party where seven philosophers are all discussing and praising the god of love, Eros. And it comes in five movements and it has a very arresting opening in which the violin is essentially naked. It's just naked violin in the start. And it then it goes up to this high, high stratospheric A-note where the orchestra and the violin all come together and it's like a collective tsunami. And then it opens up this whole dinner party about love. "It's a very complex work and it's incredibly challenging for the soloist," Anne continues. "I think it mirrors a lot of Leonard Bernstein's own inner conflict that he was feeling at the time about his sexuality. He went to this book to look for answers, and he's a very probing, thoughtful artist. "But the Serenade has so many moments of tenderness, of really expressiveness, lyricism, virtuosity and jazz," Anne notes. "There's a swagger - the only way Leonard Bernstein could write, you know, was with this really charming jazzy swagger in the last movement." Anne Akiko Meyers Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer/Christie Stockstill - Anne says for her, this work has been a journey of discovery for more than two decades. "It's constantly revealing itself to me because just like any artist, you're changing and developing and it's really like reading a wonderful, beautiful book," she says. "You just find out new things that you discover, and I think there's just such a power and there are some moments of sadness, of loneliness that I recently felt like he was trying to convey. Especially like in the fourth movement. It's almost like you had this feeling of someone just stroking your head and saying, 'It's going to be OK.' It's music that definitely grows with you, and I really look forward to playing it many, many more times." Anne has paired these seven philosophers with seven arrangers who have re-worked 10 memorable songs from the American Songbook and classic films. One of her all-time favorites is Sammy Fain's "I'll be Seeing You," arranged on this recording by Brad Dechter. "It's music that really speaks about the afterlife," Anne says, "and you know it was so popular in the '40s after the end of World War II. … A lot of people were missing each other, and this song came on the radio regularly. And I also heard it actually at the Academy Awards when Queen Latifah sang it, and it stayed with me. It just stayed in my heart and memory to see all these people who've passed away, these great legends, these great contributors to society. And this simple, sublime music playing in the background, I was like … wow. Just stunning. I need that music. I need that in my life." Angela Morley re-worked the famous love theme from Ennio Morricone's Cinema Paradiso, a film that's close to Anne's heart. "I think for most people, when you hear movie music you actually don't think about the scene it was connected to," Anne says. "You just listen to the music and you're moved, emotionally, by its beauty, and that's what you remember. It's your own memories, it's your own ideas of what happened maybe during your life, during that time the music came into your world. And I was really moved like most people by the movie Cinema Paradiso, and I gave that as a present to my then-boyfriend who is now the father of my two children, and my life partner, and my husband. We watched it together - I remember being incredibly sick at my parents' house in St. Louis. And yet we put this movie on and it's like, 'Ahhhh.' You know? It was so meaningful at the time." And then there's a funky new arrangement of Gershwin's "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess. "I just couldn't stop smiling when I practiced that one," Anne admits. "I was like, 'Wow - I love this!' It's got this honky-tonk kind of element to it - it's really kind of bad ass. And I loved that. It's so much fun to play and I also got my own rhythm section with that piece, which was a first. So I just love Brad Dechter for giving me that opportunity, for sure." In case you're wondering, Anne Akiko Meyers is fully expressing this music on the newest love of her life: "I'm now playing on the Guarneri del Gesu, the ex-Vieuxtemps that was made in 1741, and I always just kind of chuckle thinking like, 'Wow. It's playing tangos and 'Wish Upon a Star' and 'Gabriel's Oboe' and all this beautiful music from the 20th century and the 21st century, and yet it just resonates. Its power and its beauty come to life with this music. So I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to let it purr, you know, and let it sing as much as possible." Enter for a chance to win a copy of this CD - This week on New Classical Tracks, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of Anne Akiko Meyers' Serenade: The Love Album on CD. Winners will be drawn at random. Be sure to enter by midnight CDT on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.
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Emerson String Quartet shines in Haydn's 'Sunrise' & Shostakovich / Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The Emerson Quartet, which opened Chamber Music Pittsburgh's season in Carnegie Music Hall Monday, was formed in 1976, with the above violinists and violist Lawrence Dutton. Cellist Paul Watkins joined the ensemble in 2013. The group's unanimity and high technical accomplishment was immediately evident in the opening Haydn Quartet (Op. 76, No. 4). It's nicknamed the "Sunrise" Quartet because it begins with the lower strings sustaining a chord while the first violin plays a rising melody that blossoms into a sprightly theme that dominates the opening movement. Intonation must be perfect and the pulse precise to make the effect, which was certainly the case on Monday. The Adagio movement, equally exposed, conveyed an eloquent simplicity. The folk-like character of the Minuet and Finale that followed was meshed with classical elegance and restraint. READ THE FULL Pittsburgh Post Gazette REVIEW
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Anne Akiko Meyers interview with WCLV: Radio - Cleveland

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eOne has released Anne Akiko Meyers' 31st album: Serenade: The Love Album, an exploration of love in all its dimensions, featuring Leonard Bernstein's "Serenade" and ten world premieres from seven living composer-arrangers. "Serenade" is one of Leonard Bernstein's masterpieces, and was recorded in anticipation of the composer's upcoming 100th birthday celebration. It is based on a reading of Plato's Symposium, in which seven ancient Greek philosophers debate the meaning of love. Anne Akiko Meyers, a champion of living composers, commissioned seven renowned composer-arrangers to create ten works for violin and orchestra from love-inspired music from stage and film to pair with the Serenade. The London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart join Anne in this recording, which will be released on the celebration of Anne's own parents' 50th wedding anniversary, produced by Susan Napodano DelGiorno and engineered by GRAMMY-award winner Silas Brown. Leonard Bernstein's Serenade, originally titled Symposium, is a five movement tour de force for violin, strings, harp, and percussion. It was premiered by Isaac Stern in Venice on September 12, 1954, with the composer conducting and is Bernstein's most popular piece for solo instrumentalist and orchestra. New works include orchestrated arrangements of modern classics such as Brad Dechter's versions of "Laura," Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me," and a bluesy, honky-tonk iteration of "Summertime." "Gabriel's Oboe," arranged by J.A.C. Redford, with its acrobatic, high notes, is juxtaposed poignantly with the solemn beauty of Steven Mercurio's take on "Emmanuel." Matthew Naughtin's tongue-in-cheek "Jalousie," bookended by elements of the Tchaikovsky Violin concerto, energetically flows into Astor Piazzolla's soul-busting "Oblivion," arranged by Peter von Weinhardt, and to the magical luster of Leigh Harline's "When You Wish Upon a Star," arranged by father-son composing duo Steven and Adam Schoenberg. Dechter's soaring reworking of "I'll Be Seeing You" and Bernstein's "Somewhere" from West Side Story close out the album. Complete tracklisting is below. Serenade: The Love Album was recorded on the 'Ex-Vieuxtemps' Guarneri del Gesu violin, dated 1741, which is considered by many to be the finest sounding violins in existence. Anne Akiko Meyers has been awarded exclusive lifetime use of this instrument. This year, she was featured in a story with the violin on CBS Sunday Morning. Anne Akiko Meyers was the top-selling classical instrumentalist on Billboard in 2014, a year in which she released two critically-heralded and popular albums. The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, released in February 2014, debuted at #1 on the classical Billboard charts, and American Masters, released in September, was named one of the Best of 2014 by Google Play and called "the most noteworthy new music encounter" of the year by the Chicago Tribune.
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Interview with WCLV: Cleveland - Mark Satola

Top 10 Albums for October

John Scofield :

Past Present

John Scofield updates his early-'90s quartet with drummer Bill Stewart and saxophonist Joe Lovano by recruiting bassist Larry Grenadier for his fetching, appropriately titled impulse! debut, Past Present. Between 1990 and 1992, the celebrated guitarist released three well-received discs – Meant to Be, Time on My Hands and What We Do – for the Blue Note label as the John Scofield Quartet. On those records, either Marc Johnson or Dennis Irwin played bass. Nevertheless, Grenadier also has history playing with Scofielld; he toured with Scofield in support of the 1996 disc, Quiet. The nine exciting tunes Scofield penned on Past Present also reflects his philosophy on playing jazz music. He stresses the importance of being knowledgeable of the music's deep, complex roots while simultaneously being spontaneous and in the moment while performing it. For an artist with such a multifaceted discography as Scofield's, getting to the root of jazz means channeling the blues, as demonstrated on the disc's closing, titled-track.  11 NEW  166 Total SYND: NPR/Songs We Love, PRI/Jazz After Hours, Voice Of America Direct: SiriusXM/Real Jazz, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, Portland, St. Louis, Detroit, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Orlando, Tampa, Honolulu, Montreal, Vancouver Online: MOJA, Something Else, Taintradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, Party 934, KUHS, Green Arrow, Jazz Weekly INTER: Canada, Australia, Ireland 54 Jazzweek ADD's
Arturo Sandoval :

Live at Yoshi's

Melbourne, Australia's ALFI Records present the new album from brilliant trumpet player Arturo Sandoval - Live at Yoshi's. The prolific Cuban-born, Los Angeles-based Sandoval has squeezed a whole lot of living into his 65 years. His bio reads so much like a film script that his life was actually turned into an HBO movie starring Andy Garcia. Trained in classical music at the Cuban National School of Arts, Sandoval eventually defected from Cuba while in Europe on tour with Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra and settled in Miami to begin his musical life anew as a jazz composer, performer, producer and bandleader. 45 Total Markets include: San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Detroit, Denver, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Louisville, Boulder Online: Taintradio, MOJA, Jazz From Gallery 41
Yo-Yo Ma | Kathryn Stott :

Songs from the Arc of Life

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott create a unique classical music experience with their new Sony Classical recording Songs from the Arc of Life available September 18, 2015. This all-new recording also celebrates thirty years of friendship and collaboration in concerts and recordings for Ma and Stott. The album includes pieces they have frequently performed but never recorded, as well as a handful of discoveries. 38 NEW  171 Total SYND: NPR/First Listen, Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, Louisville, Buffalo, Madison WI, Columbus OH, Honolulu, Canada Online: Associated Press , axs, AARP, Today Show Weekend, Wall Street Journal, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Live With Kelly & Michael, New York Magazine, AllMusic, Classicalite  Taintradio
Black Violin :


Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste (viola) and Kevin "Kev" Marcus Sylvester (violin) are Black Violin, a duo who radically fuse hip-hop and pop with classical music to create a kaleidoscope of sounds uniquely their own.  Classically trained musicians, they have opened for such diverse top names in music as Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and also creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Linkin Park, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys, the latter for the Billboard Music Awards. Set for release on September 18 on Universal Music Classics, their major label debut was produced by Eli Wolf (The Roots & Elvis Costello, Norah Jones).   
Arvo Part :

Musica Selecta

Arvo Pärt and Manfred Eicher have maintained their creative partnership for more than thirty years. Eicher launched ECM New Series in 1984 as a platform for Pärt's music, bringing the Estonian composer to the world's attention with the album Tabula Rasa. Since that epochal release, all first recordings of Pärt's major works have been made for ECM, with the composer's committed participation. This association between composer and record producer is, as Paul Griffiths has noted, "an example of loyalty and collegiality unique in our time." Musica Selecta - A Sequence by Manfred Eicher features Gidon Kremer, Keith Jarrett, Susan Bickley, Alexander Malter, Alexei Lubimov, Thomas Demenga, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Lynne Dawson, The Hilliard Ensemble, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Vox Clamantis, Sinfonietta Riga, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Latvian Radio Choir, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Swedish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Choir, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste, Saulius Sondeckis, Dennis Russell Davies, Andrey Boreyko. 26 NEW -  32 Total SYND: Classical 24, Hearts Of Space, CBC, Stingray Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Detroit, Baltimore, Austin, New Orleans, Buffalo & Rochester NY, Canada Online: Taintradio
Mother Falcon :

Good Luck Have Fun

Austin-based indie orchestra Mother Falcon has released their third full-length album, Good Luck Have Fun, on Universal Music Classics. Their first release on UMC, the album marks the beginning of a new partnership, which includes plans to record and release a fourth album in 2016. Mother Falcon's Matt Puckett says of this new venture, "Good Luck Have Fun explores more deeply the indie-pop as well as the neo-classical sides of our sound.  It's new territory for us both sonically and now in our partnership with UMC. We feel the team at the label truly understands both aspects of what we are up to musically and we can't wait to see what comes next. 18 NEW  23 Total SYND: CBC, Stingray Direct: MOOD Markets include: Boston, Philadelphia, Portland, Houston, Detroit, New Orleans, Austin, Albuquerque, Rochester NY, Montreal Online: Taintradio, Louisville.com, MyStatesman
Lang Lang :

In Paris

Ever since his first visit to the magical space that is the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, Lang Lang had dreamed of performing there. When his dream came to fruition in the form of a special recital on June 22, 2015 he chose Chopin's four momentous Scherzi and Tchaikovsky's rare but masterly cycle The Seasons to present to his audience. A studio recording of the repertoire was made in the Salle Liebermann at the Opéra Bastille and the live concert was filmed in 4K in the Hall of Mirrors for release on DVD and Blu-ray. 50 NEW  91 Total SYND: Classical 24, CBC, TRH Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Houston, Portland, Detroit, Denver, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Austin, New Orleans, Memphis, Albuquerque, Louisville, Columbus OH, Buffalo, Honolulu, Canada Online: Taintradio
Laura Karpman :


"Ivesian collage with club-culture remixing"- The New York Times "Carnegie Hall reaches a climax with Laura Karpman's new work"- The New Yorker "Fevered, restrained, super-lush in turns...always impressive."- Vanity Fair "Audacious, mesmerizing… Karpman has the skill to shift musical gears with ease." - Gramophone ASK YOUR MAMA - Setting of  Langston Hughes' 1961 epic poem by Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman A Carnegie Hall commission & RELEASED via AVIE RECORDS. A plural vision of the American dream deferred, ASK YOUR MAMA bursts the boundaries of time, place and expression, tracing the currents and tributaries of cultural diasporas, from African to the Americas, the South to the North, cities to suburbs. The prophetic voice of Langston Hughes echoes throughout, "ONE'S COUNTRY IS YOUR MAMA." Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and released by Avie records.
Ed Calle :


Blending the mambo of Cachao with the structural and improvisational roots of blues, swing, jazz, bebop, Afro-Cuban jazz, rock, and pop, Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue began as a celebration of and collaboration with great musicians and friends who have played important roles throughout the history of Miami's music scene. During the composition and orchestration of this material, music was specifically tailored for a large number of soloists and featured artists. As the tracking began, an unprecedented congress of legendary musicians transformed the music breathing into it a life of its own. With great excitement and energy, all of the brilliant artists featured on Mamblue agreed to participate and created an environment of love and respect for the music, each other, the music community we represent, and the listeners we serve. 21 NEW  37 Total Markets include: Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Denver, Raleigh NC, Rochester NY, Honolulu INTER: Canada, France Online: Jazz From Gallery 41, descarga, Jazz Weekly, Pullin 4, thebestofbrazil
World Music 5 :