Mike Garson set for '2019 David Bowie Alumni Tour' / RollingStone


For the third year in a row, veteran members of various David Bowie's backing bands are hitting the road to play music from his vast catalog. This year's incarnation of the A Bowie Celebration tour is lead by Spiders From Mars keyboardist Mike Garson (who played with Bowie from 1972 all the way to his final live appearance in 2006), guitarist Earl Slick, bassist Carmine Rojas, multi-instrumentalist Mark Plati and guitarist Charlie Sexton along with vocalists Bernard Fowler and Corey Glover. The setlist switches a bit from show to show, but it tends to mix enormous Bowie hits like "Rebel Rebel," "Fame" and "Ziggy Stardust" with deeper cuts like "Bring Me The Disco King," "Win" and "Sweet Thing." Between songs, Garson often tells stories about his long friendship with Bowie. They have been joined by a number of guest vocalists on recent tours, including Perry Farrell, Joe Sumner and Evan Rachel Wood. SEE   A Bowie Celebration – The David Bowie Alumni Tour via RollingStone PAGE
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Paris Combo transports 'Freight & Salvage' audience / The Daily Californian


It takes a unique kind of musical group to completely transform a venue, a band that uses its sound to remake a space and transport its audience. In its Saturday performance at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Paris Combo achieved this difficult task, bringing the vibrant flare of a jazz club in the "City of Lights" to Berkeley. This chemistry was on full display for The five-piece outfit, each song performed with exuberance and expert musicality. The setlist for the night allowed each band member to have a moment in the spotlight, with each track providing chances for every instrument to shine. In "Señor," for example, Lewis' muted trumpet and piano lines backed du Berry's scatting vocals. Meanwhile, Potzi's guitar solo catalyzed the crescendo of the song, while Jeannin's drums and de Segonzac's bass line provided a consistent backbone for the melody. The performance perfectly encapsulated the band's aptitude for functioning as a fully cohesive group working in precise harmony while also showcasing each performer's strengths. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} READ THE FULL Daily Californian ARTICLE
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BRSO&C: Jansons - Rachmaninoff, The Bells is the KUSC: Download of the Week


The Bavarian Radio Choir is delighted to be nominated for the Grammy Awards 2019 in the category "Best Choral Performance" for their recording of Sergei Rachmaninov's masterpiece "The Bells" with the BR Symphony Orchestra.' The recording was made during a concert in January 2016 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz under the baton of chief conductor Mariss Jansons. The choir was conducted by Peter Dijkstra, artistic director of the BR Choir. The CD has been released by the label BR KLASSIK. This is the second time the BR Choir has been nominated for the Grammy Awards: in 2015 for the recording of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" for choir and orchestra of the BR under the direction of Bernhard Haitink and Peter Dijkstra.   This week KUSC: Los Angeles is happy to share with you the Symphonic Dance #1 from the Russian Romantic composer's final orchestral work.   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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BRSO&C: Jansons - Rachmaninoff, The Bells is the KDFC: Download of the Week


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} The Bavarian Radio Choir is delighted to be nominated for the Grammy Awards 2019 in the category "Best Choral Performance" for their recording of Sergei Rachmaninov's masterpiece "The Bells" with the BR Symphony Orchestra.' The recording was made during a concert in January 2016 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz under the baton of chief conductor Mariss Jansons. The choir was conducted by Peter Dijkstra, artistic director of the BR Choir. The CD has been released by the label BR KLASSIK. This is the second time the BR Choir has been nominated for the Grammy Awards: in 2015 for the recording of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" for choir and orchestra of the BR under the direction of Bernhard Haitink and Peter Dijkstra. This week KDFC: San Francisco is happy to share with you the Symphonic Dance #1 from the Russian Romantic composer's final orchestral work. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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BRSO&C: Jansons - Rachmaninoff, The Bells is WFMT: Featured New Release


Two large symphonic works by the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff can be experienced on this release by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under music director Mariss Jansons. "The Bells" is a choral symphony based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The four movements for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra depict different kinds of bell sounds representing four phases of human life. The album also holds Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances" from 1940 – the last completed work by the composer. The performances were recorded in concert in January 2016. For January 11, 2019, BRSO&C: Jansons - Rachmaninoff, The Bells is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'
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Radical Face - Missing Film is; 'in the images' / The Indy Review


Radical Face‘s new album Missing Film is instrumental. The key is in the images it evokes and if those images are pretty. And the music, does it arouse some sort of sentiment? Pianos and strings cultivate this rich soundscape. I found the songs took me to various locales from a walk in overgrown grasses between old oak trees with the breeze brushing the branches together on a summer afternoon ("Horizon Lines") to a cold morning on a battlefield, puffs of breath crystallized with soldiers gripping spear hafts and waiting to find out what destiny holds for them ("Tension"). Or there's some friends running ("I'll Be There Soon") supported by a playful synthesizer. And then death, and sadness and love lost ("Ashes in the Wind," "Waltzing in the Ashes," "Hearsay," "Leaving the Ground"). But that's what the producer in my mind's eye sees. What does yours? This album affirms my suspicions that Ben Cooper (the force behind the band) could score a moody indie drama. His music, already featured in films and TV shows, inspires such rich emotion- generally along the sad and/or nostalgic tenor- that he'd have little problem hitting the climactic highs and intense lows that a film project would ask of him. READ THE FULL Indy Review
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GRAMOPHONE: Listening Room - Episode 55 includes Ottensamer, Wang, Lisiecki and Denk pre-release tracks


to whet the appetite.....Mendelssohn from Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang (this is a partnership of real character) as well as from Jan Lisiecki (a former Gramophone Young Artist of the Year). The pianist Jeremy Denk is due to give us a characteristically imaginative programme ranging from Machaut from Ligeti, ‘c1300-c2000'. Along the way, he swings by Brahms - here's his Intermezzo Op 119 No 1. And from a forthcoming Orff Carmina burana, recorded in Beijing as part of DG's 120th anniversary celebrations, we've a taster of ‘O Fortuna'.  READ THE FULL GRAMOPHONE ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Alfredo Rodriguez, Pedrito Martinez duo, set for 2019 JazzFest / ABC2 WBRZ: New Orleans


On Tuesday, New Orleans-based 'Jazz Fest' announced it's full line-up for it's 50th anniversary celebration this year. Grammy® nominated artists; Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez, who usually leave audiences completely mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing as a duo, have appeared together only on rare occasions, up until now. Their new Quincy Jones produced, Mack Avenue recording; 'Duologue' reunites the duo for a 'different approach' collaboration. The album is set to release on February 1st. Tracks: 1. Africa; 2. Estamos Llegando; 3. Thriller; 4. Cosas del Amor; 5. Duologue; 6. El Punto Cubano; 7. Flor; 8. Jardín Soñador; 9. Super Mario Bros 3; 10. Mariposa; 11. Yo Volveré. PHOTO: Tom Ehrlich SEE FULL Jazz Fest LINEUP via WBRZ2: New Orleans 
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Formosa Quartet 'From Hungary to Taiwan' is the WFMT: Featured New Release


This imaginative recording project offers virtuoso treatment of folk music from Hungary and Taiwan, illuminating many aspects of the two cultures, all within beautifully rendered new classical compositions.  In addition, the recording incorporates one of the masterpieces of 20th-century string quartet music – Bartok's incandescent String Quartet No. 4. Winners of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the London International String Competition, the Formosa Quartet was hailed as "spellbinding" by BBC Music Magazine.   Formosa Quartet 'From Hungary to Taiwan' is the WFMT: Featured New Release for January 14, 2019 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Win tix for 2CELLOS at Shrine Auditorium on KTLA5


Rising stars and YouTube sensations 2Cellos are bringing their Let There Be Cello Tour to Los Angeles, and jazz guitar king Jon McLaughlin is coming along for the ride.  With over a billion streams globally these Croation cellists have taken their instrument to brilliant new heights.   Watch the KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News this weekend for your chance to win two loge level tickets to see 2Cellos at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Friday February 8th.  Don't miss your chance to see these virtuosos break down the boundries between classical, pop, and rock music. Already have the code word?  CLICK KTLA5 PAGE TO ENTER p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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Charlie Chaplin was a prolific composer - Violinist.com interviews Philippe Quint


Charlie Chaplin -- that clownish icon of silent film -- was a prolific composer? "It was an absolutely crazy discovery for me," said violinist Philippe Quint, who on Friday released Chaplin's Smile, a collection of 13 new arrangements of songs from Chaplin's films and his debut recording with Warner Classics, with pianist Marta Aznavoorian and a guest appearance by Joshua Bell. The project -- three years in the making -- was a tremendous source of inspiration for Quint. It all started when Quint was fishing around for what music to record next. He'd been recording an album every year until 2016; when he took a break to figure out what to record next. Some of his previous recordings included: the Kabalevsky, Khachaturian & Glazunov Concertos; the Tchaikovsky Concerto; Bruch and Mendelssohn; Opera Breve; Paganini works. At this point, he was ready for something different. "This is when I started hibernating for three years -- in my apartment, with help from two arrangers and my wonderful pianist Marta Aznavoorian - This month Quint, along with pianist Aznavoorian, will perform music from the album in a multimedia recital tour with concerts in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, London, and Berlin. The recitals will also focus on Chaplin's encounters with some of the greatest classical composers of his time, including Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Schoenberg, with narrations of those meetings from Chaplin's My Autobiography. They will also include photos and clips from Chaplin's most famous films, including City Lights, The Great Dictator, The Kid, Limelight and Modern Times. Opening for Quint in New York, Los Angeles, and London is Chaplin's granddaughter Kiera Chaplin. Here is Quint's concert schedule. READ THE FULL Violinist.com ARTICLE
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Mari Samuelsen signs to Deutsche Grammophon / theStrad


The Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen has signed an exclusive agreement with Deutsche Grammophon. Her first single, Max Richter's ‘November', was released on Friday to coincide with the ARTE broadcast of her performance at Beijing's Forbidden City in October, as part of the DG 120 celebrations. Samuelsen's debut DG album, which will be released in early summer 2019, was recorded with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and conductor Jonathan Stockhammer. Tracks range from Bach's Chaconne in D minor to orchestral pieces by leading contemporary composers, including Max Richter, Brian Eno, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Peter Gregson. Max Richter's music has become a core part of Mari's personal playlists as well as her live repertoire. Immediately taken with his 2012 DG release Recomposed, she has since played the Vivaldi-inspired score with Richter in concert, most recently in December 2018 in Hong Kong. They have also performed Memoryhouse and worked together on his latest album for DG, Three Worlds – Music from Woolf Works. ‘Apart from being a wonderful violinist,' says Richter, ‘Mari has an instinctive understanding of my compositional world and an uncanny ability to communicate my intentions.' READ THE FULL Strad ARTICLE
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Top 10 Albums for January

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A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper

Impulse! has brought together some of the great progressive jazz musicians of our time to pay tribute to The Beatles'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper will be available on vinyl for Record Store Day on November 23, available on CD, digital, and streaming platforms on November 30, with a wide vinyl release on January 18, 2019. A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper includes performances and interpretations by artists such as UK saxophonist and Impulse! recording artist Shabaka Hutchings, Impulse! pianist Sullivan Fortner, Verve recording artist Miles Mosley, Onyx Collective, percussionist Antonio Sanchez, guitarist Mary Halvorson, The JuJu Exchange and more.  This stellar lineup represents some of the great progressive jazz artists from around the world: Shabaka from the UK Jazz scene, Miles Mosley and Cameron Graves from LA's West Coast Get Down, Onyx Collective from NYC, Makaya McCraven and the JuJu Exchange from Chicago.  
John Coltrane :

1963: New Directions

A selection of Coltrane's 1963 Impulse! recordings, derived from the original albums Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Dear Old Stockholm, Newport ‘63 and Live at Birdland In the brief, bright arc that is the career of John Coltrane, 1963 marks a point of transition between past jazz masterpieces and future work, which would transcend the boundaries of the music itself.  That year's recorded output shows movement in many directions: a look back at the past, continued examination of a familiar repertoire, exploration of more traditional formats and a look forward at compositions and approaches that would further extend the reach of jazz.
Pablo Aslan :

Contrabajo

At the suggestion of bandoneonist, arranger, and composer Raúl Jaurena, I set out to create a body of work for bass and string quartet, in order to feature the bass not only as foundation and a melodic instrument, but as a driver of rhythm. As I was mulling over the idea, I got an invitation from Cho-Liang Lin, Artistic Director of the La Jolla Music Festival, to play a concert with Paquito D'Rivera and the Escher String Quartet in 2016. In turn, Pac-man, as he calls himself, invited me to bring some repertoire to the musical shindig, and thus the album was off to a start. I enlisted my teacher and friend Gabriel Senanes, who lives in Buenos Aires, to write and arrange several pieces. This led naturally to inviting him to be the Artistic Producer. He contributed two mini-concerti that sent me to the practice shed for months and forced me to up my game, a common thread throughout the making of this album.
Cecilia Bartoli :

Antonio Vivaldi

Almost 20 years after her historic Vivaldi album, Cecilia Bartoli turns to the composer once again for her brand new solo recording, Antonio Vivaldi. The album is a glorious collection of Vivaldi arias, performed with French baroque orchestra Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi. This new release also marks 30 years since Bartoli signed to Decca Classics. Cecilia Bartoli's 1999 recording The Vivaldi Album redefined her status as an artist: for the first time, she was widely appreciated as a rescuer of neglected or forgotten music, in her dual role as meticulous researcher and passionate interpreter. The Vivaldi Album shone a spotlight on the Italian as a composer of vocal works, sparking a revival in the operas of Vivaldi, who had hitherto been primarily known for his concerti. The album sold 700,000 copies in five years and went Gold in six countries. It paved the way for similarly trailblazing releases, including the Italian arias of Christoph Willibald Gluck, the legendary castratos (on the album Sacrificium) and Bartoli's personal 19th-century hero, the mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran.
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra :

The Capitol Studios Sessions

Decca Records is thrilled to reveal details of the forthcoming album from Hollywood icon Jeff Goldblum and his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, entitled The Capitol Studios Sessions. The highly anticipated debut from the jazz pianist will be released on November 9, 2018. Goldblum, who has been playing the piano since he was a child, has performed with his jazz band at venues in Los Angeles and New York City over the past few decades. When he's not filming, the actor hosts a weekly jazz variety show at LA's Rockwell Table and Stage. Frequented by locals and A-listers alike, the show intersperses Goldblum's love of jazz with his passion and skills at improvised comedy. The atmosphere and energy of these shows is captured perfectly on this album, which Jeff credits to producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Madeleine Peyroux). For the recording, Larry recreated the buzz of The Rockwell at the legendary Capitol Studios. The studio was transformed into a jazz club – food and drink was served to an invited live studio audience of Rockwell regulars, friends and family. 
Soundtracks :

Roma

Sony Music, Netflix, Participant Media, and Esperanto Filmoj present the Motion Picture Soundtrack of ROMA, which is available through all digital platforms, on the same day that the film premieres on Netflix. Curated by the director Alfonso Cuarón and the soundtrack producers Lynn Fainchtein and Randall Poster, the soundtrack of ROMA brings us back to the sonic Mexico of the 1970s, when the famous XEW, a reference of Mexican radio, transmitted English pop and rock, while gradually introducing the new Mexican pop, through performers like José José, Juan Gabriel, and Rigo Tovar, musical icons that in the present, have remained as references of Mexican and Latin American music.
Daniel Pemberton :

Spider-Man, Into the Spider-Verse OMPS

Sony Music proudly announces the release of SPIDER-MAN™: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) featuring original music by multiple Golden Globe nominee Daniel Pemberton. The soundtrack will be released digitally and on CD on December 17, 2018. Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animations' Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse will debut in U.S. theaters on December 14. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that's the first of its kind. Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta :

Ovation

Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà - Ovation. Recorded in concert during the One Last Time tour, we hear a violinist at the top of her form and a concert where magic and perfection are in symbiosis. In December 2017, with two sold-out concerts at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, the One Last Time tour by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà came to an end. This tour of thirty-three concerts was, for the violinist, an opportunity to thank her Quebec fans for the support they had given her throughout her career. It was on that tour, during the concerts at Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, that Ovation was recorded. This new album features musical works composed by the likes of Einaudi, Richter, Glass, Enescu and Saint-Saens and which have been landmarks of the first 20 years of La Pietà's career. The album also showcases a violinist at the top of her form and a concert where magic and perfection are in symbiosis.
Joyce DiDonato :

Songplay

Joyce DiDonato with Craig Terry, Charlie Porter, Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison & Lautaro Greco With her album Songplay, Joyce DiDonato takes a new and creative angle on vocal music from the Baroque and Classical periods, as well as from the 20th century. The 14 tracks on Songplay succeed in being simultaneously familiar and unexpected. The album serves up music by Vivaldi in both its customary Baroque purity and swinging to the heady rhythm of a samba. It brings a tango sizzle to an aria by Vivaldi's contemporary Marcello, and it plays with the voice of Bach in George Shearing's ‘Lullaby of Birdland'.    "Songplay, as a title, suggests exactly what this album is," says the pianist Craig Terry, who developed the concept for the album along with Joyce DiDonato.
Hee-Young Lim :

French Cello Concertos w/London Symphony Orch, Yoo

Hee-Young was appointed as the Principal Solo Cellist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She was one of the first female Asian cellists ever lead a section in a major European orchestra. In 2018, she was invited to join the teaching faculty of the Beijing Central Conservatory, the first Korean professor ever appointed to this prestigious conservatory. Praised by the Washington Post as "a deeply gifted musician, with a full, singing tone, near- flawless technique and a natural lyricism that infused nearly every note she played," cellist Hee- Young Lim has quickly established herself as one of the most charismatic and fast-rising cellists of her generation. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Calibri; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Calibri; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 13.0px}
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