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Hafez Nazeri - Rumi Symphony Project: Untold makes this week's Billboard Top Selling Classical Albums


Hafez Nazeri's Rumi Symphony Project: Untold is one of the first major releases celebrating the poetry and philosophy of the legendary 13th century Persian poet Rumi and his eternal message of peace, unity and love. IT consists of four distinct chapters which at their whole, orchestrate the epic of our universe. The tale begins at the dawn of time, the big bang, and continues with the formation of our planet and life on earth, the emergence of the human race and our journey of the spirit through the seven stages of enlightenment. It ends with an unknown and yet, Untold, ascendance into an indefinable destination of unquantifiable possibilities. This album makes the Billboard Top Selling Classical albums for this week.
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Milos Karadaglic / Limelight Magazine feature


With or without sun-kissed backdrop, the well-groomed 30-year-old radiates a bronzed charisma of his own, hailing from the tiny republic of Montenegro nestled between the Balkan mountains and the Adriatic Sea. His slick image has undeniably played a part in his swift rise to stardom as Deutsche Grammophon's first major guitar signing, for which the label immediately dispensed with the awkward ‘Karadaglić' to introduce an artist memorable and exotic enough to go by a single name, like Madonna or Psy. Mee. Losh. Try it; it rolls irresistibly off the tongue. Miloš Karadaglić himself speaks in soft, fluid tones with a delicately spiced accent, much like the mellifluous sound of his guitar: an instrument he insists is the most accessible in the world, regardless of genre. "There is something very, very special about guitar, because it translates to so many different areas of humanity," he muses. "One of the first things that human beings did is stick a string between two pieces of wood, and somehow it happened that it became the most popular instrument." READ THE FULL Limelight Magazine FEATURE ON Miloš
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PROJECT Trio set to release 'INSTRUMENTAL' celebrates at SubCulture on May 2nd


PROJECT Trio, with beat-boxing flutist Greg Pattillo, cellist Eric Stephenson and bassist Peter Seymour, is set to release their new recording - Instrumental and will celebrate at NYC's SubCulture on Friday, May 2.

A continuation of their journey of exploration of contrasting musical genres, Instrumental features 11 tracks of rhythmically charged PROJECT Trio originals and covers ranging from classical to gypsy jazz, Brazilian and slow jams. The originals include Djangish, an homage to the great Django Reinhardt, Shir and 2against3, both with the classic PROJECT Trio sound, and Sloeberry Jam, a slow jam with a hip-hop/pop/gospel feel. Four more originals, 99 Mondays, The Anthem, BBR andNow were made with a new voice inspired by the sounds of today. The album is balanced by an eclectic collection of coversincluding, Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5, the classic Brazilian "Chorro" song Andre de Sapato Novo, and a PROJECTTrio rendition of Saint-Saëns' Bacchanale from Sampson and Delilah.
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Congratulations to Gregoire Maret. Winner of 2014 JJA Award


Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards for Music and Recording and congratulations to Crossover Media Artist - Gregoire Maret winning for ‘Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz of the Year.'
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Congratulations to Pedrito Martinez. Winner of 2014 JJA Award


Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards for Music and Recording and congratulations to Crossover Media Artist - Pedrito Martinez winning for ‘Percussionist of the Year.'
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Congratulations to Regina Carter. Winner of 2014 JJA Award


Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards for Music and Recording and congratulations to Crossover Media Artist - Regina Carter winnin for ‘Violinist/Violist/Cellist of the Year.'
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Congratulations to Bill Frisel. Winner of 2014 JJA Award


Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards for Music and Recording and congratulations to Crossover Media Artist - Bill Frisell winning for ‘Guitarist of the Year.'
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Congratulations to Terence Blanchard. Winner of 2014 JJA Award


Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards for Music and Recording and congratulations to Crossover Media Artist - Terence Blanchard winning for ‘Trumpeter of the Year.'
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Congratulations to Maria Schneider for winning three 2014 JJA Awards


Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards for Music and Recording. Seven Crossover Media artists received awards for 2013 including - Maria Schneider who wins for ‘Composer of the Year,' ‘Arranger of the Year,' and the Maria Schneider Orchestra wins for ‘Large Ensemble of the Year.'
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Lang Lang wants to get classical music to millions of people through technology


Telefónica and Lang Lang International Music Foundation, want to get classical music to millions of people through technology. If you have an idea or a mobile application project that allows to know, enjoy and share the music experience, present it in the application form and if your idea is the winner, you will get a €30,000 prize to develop it. If you want to know more about the contest, see the Terms and Conditions. The deadline is TODAY!! Tuesday April 15. READ THE Radio Survivor ARTICLE
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Bryce Dessner - St Carolyn by the Sea / Rhapsody Top 10 Albums for April


Orchestral pieces by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood (Suite from There Will Be Blood) and The National's Bryce Dessner ("St. Carolyn By the Sea") join Rhapsody's list of Top 10 Albums for April. Dessner presents three pieces of modern classical music here, written from the perspective of a rock musician who is keenly aware of the raw emotional impact music – any music – can have on an audience. He draws on elements from Baroque and folk music, late Romanticism and modernism, minimalist music and the blues, among others, as well as referencing the work of such legendary figures as John Fahey, La Monte Young, Béla Bartók, Glenn Branca, Benjamin Britten, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Despite this broad spectrum of influences, his voice remains individual and distinct. Check out Rhapsody's Top 10 Albums for April.
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Anoushka Shankar first on-line look at Lasya video / Sinfini Music


Watch Anoushka Shankar's latest video for her song, Lasya, off her album Traces of You on Sinfini Music. Recorded and filmed in Old Street, London, the session is an intimate look at three extraordinary artists: Anoushka Shankar, Pirashanna Thevarajah and Manu Delago. performing one song Lasya. It was filmed, directed and edited by Stefan Krösbacher. Sound recording and mastering by Julian Hepple. Watch the video for Lasya on Sinfini Music.
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Top 10 Albums for April

The Bad Plus :

The Rite of Spring

Sony Music Masterworks releases Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, arranged and performed by The Bad Plus. The long anticipated recording FEATURING bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King takes on one of the most influential works of the 20th century, a complex score fraught with revolutionary experiments in rhythm and metre, tonality and dissonance. The Bad Plus have a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits on what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio, and for the past 14 years have seen the genre-smashing band creating a distinctive repertoire of inventive original music, along with a series of iconoclastic covers of such divergent artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman, among others. 24 NEW   62 Total SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, Sixty Second CD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Houston, Austin, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, El Paso, Madison WI Online: Taintradio, Audiophile Audition, Taintradio, The Jazz Groove
Various :

Jazz and the Philharmonic

JAZZ AND THE PHILHARMONIC is a one-of-a-kind concert project conceived by music producer and impresario Larry Rosen featuring a star-studded roster of award-winning jazz and classical artists performing iconic compositions by legendary composers. The JAZZ AND THE PHILHARMONIC recorded program produced by Rosen, and executive produced by the National YoungArts Foundation, will be broadcast nationally on PBS TV stations and will be released internationally on CD/DVD and digitally by SONY Masterworks' OKeh Records. 17 New 'ON'  36 Total Direct: SiriusXM/Real Jazz Markets include: San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami, Minneapolis, San Diego, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Memphis, San Antonio Online: MOJA, RadioIO, Jazz From Gallery 41, Taintradio
Hafez Nazeri :

Rumi Symphony Project - Untold

Sony Classical is proud to announce the worldwide release for UNTOLD the much-anticipated major label debut from acclaimed Iranian composer, vocalist and virtuoso instrumentalist, Hafez Nazeri. An innovative synthesis of Middle Eastern and Western elements, UNTOLD introduces Nazeri as one of modern music's most exciting new visionaries. Co-produced by Nazeri and GRAMMY Winner David Frost, Untold is one of the first major releases celebrating the poetry and philosophy of the legendary 13th century Persian poet Rumi and his eternal message of peace, unity and love. This magnum opus features 38 Grammy Award winning musicians and engineers and took over four years and more than 5,000 studio hours in five countries to complete. 18 Total SYND: Sixty Second CD Markets include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Berkeley CA, Albuquerque, Madison WI Online: Taintradio, Blogcritics
Vijay Iyer :

Mutations

Mutations is Vijay Iyer's first album as a leader for ECM, and a recording that will widen perceptions of the pianist-composer's work. At its center is "Mutations I-X", a composition scored for string quartet, piano, and electronics. A major piece built out of cells and fragments, it veers through many atmospheres, from moment to moment propulsive, enveloping, lyrical, luminescent, and strangely beautiful. Through thematic interactivity, the interweaving of acoustic and electronic sound-textures, and some decisive improvisational interventions in notated music, Vijay Iyer has created a multi-faceted suite whose very subject is change. Iyer gives a positive value to the concept of ‘mutation' in this music, and variously appears in it as an interpreter of notated elements, as an improviser, and as  "a sort of laptop artist, mixing in noise and different sounds," encouraging the transformative processes. 11 NEW 'ON' - 40 TOTAL Markets include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Austin, Detroit, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Louisville, Rochester NY Online: Tainradio, Jazz from Gallery 41, WGOE
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta :

Blanc

"BLANC like purity and serenity. BLANC for luminous music that can bring interior peace through its strength and powerful evocation. Fully charged emotions that reflect the strange solitude found in illness. After months of battle against cancer, music has been my focal point, it has brought me comfort, tranquillity and sometimes, an essential escape. This music is of Brubeck, Dompierre, Golijov, Hisaishi, Morricone, Mozetich, Munsey, O'Connor, Phillips, Sakamoto, Schyman and Stevens. A music without artifice, real and filled with hope. This album tells my story, the story of a woman like many others who had to fight against illness and, serenely, came out of it stronger." The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation Thanks You Thank you. By buying this album, you will be helping the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation to finance research and innovation, to support women affected by breast cancer and make breast cancer health a priority thanks to initiatives in education and awareness.  68 New 'ON'  72 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Classical 24 Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Memphis, Buffalo Online: Taintradio, allmusic, Le Huffington Post, The WholeNote
Mirian Conti :

Panorama Argentino

Following up on her 2012 Steinway release Nostalgias Argentinas, described as "a disc to savor" by The Absolute Sound and featuring "Infectious verve and impeccable musicianship" (Classics Today), Steinway artist and native-born Argentine pianist Mirian Conti continues to carry the banner for a vast and varied group of composers whose music is rarely heard outside of Argentina. On Panorama Argentino, the selections run the gamut from melancholy to mercurial, folding in the lyrical influences of Italian immigrants like Cayetano Troiani, the homebred impressionism of Ángel Lasala, the unapologetic Romanticism of Carlos Guastavino, the folkloric influences of Remo Pignoni and Enrique Albano, the brassy nationalism of Julián Aguirre, Buenos Aires rhythms from a trio of tango gods- Aníbal Troilo, Horacio Salgán and Mariano Mores, and a classical take on the form by Mario Broeders.  25 NEW ON  30 Total SYND: PRI/Classical 24 Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Sacramento, Louisville KY, Madison WI Online: Taintradio
Regina Carter :

Southern Comfort

Violinist Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation - a designation which doesn't quite paint the picture.  As a result of her curiosity, passion, and quest for beauty brought to every stop taken on her full musical journey, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (a "genius grant"). Those are more apparent than ever on her Sony Music Masterworks debut album Southern Comfort in which she explores the folk music of the South. The album will be released on and coincide with an international tour. 23 New 'ON'  56 TOTAL SYND: NPR/All Things Considered, PRI/Jazz After Hours Markets include: Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Detroit, Louisville, Madison WI, San Antonio, Virgin Islands Online: MOJA, RadioFreeAmericana, Jazz From Gallery 41
Dhafer Youssef :

Birds Requiem

The oud-the 11-string, fretless, acoustic relative of the lute so central to the culture of the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean-is inextricably tied to tradition, more than 5,000 years of it. But in the hands of Dhafer Youssef,one of the most highly respected and influential virtuosi of the instrument in the world, the oud takes a giant leap into the future. For more than two decades, Youssef has paid his respects to the ancient legacy of the oud while integrating its melodious, robust and resonant-but simultaneously delicate tones-with modern sounds and sensibilities, transcending genre and defying the expected. On his new album Birds Requiem (OKeh Records) Youssef has created his most breathtakingly powerful work to date, a suite of 11 interconnected compositions that, he says, were "constructed as music for an imagined movie."
James Brandon Lewis :

Divine Travels

Even for an artist hailed by Ebony Magazine as one of "7 Young Players to Watch" who has studied with jazz heavyweights like Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Douglas, Joshua Redman, and Matthew Shipp, it takes considerable confidence and courage for a young musician to match wits with veteran improvisers like William Parker and Gerald Cleaver. But on his second release, Divine Travels, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis does just that, not only holding his own with that masterful rhythm section but leading them down fresh and unexpected pathways.
Soweto Gospel Choir :

Divine Decade

The Soweto Gospel Choir, one of the most recognised and superlatively talented choirs in the world is happy to release - Divine Decade. Part of the choir's ten year-anniversary celebration, collaborators include - The Soil, Joepraize, Zahara, Elvis Blue, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Solly Mahlangu, Corlea Botha, Robert Plant, Eric Wainaina, Johnny Clegg, Paul Ruske, HHP and U2. The collaboration of all these talented artists resulted in a multi-faceted diverse exploration of sound and feeling.  27 New 'ON' - 48 Total SYND: Global Village Direct: SiriusXM,  Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Miami, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Rochester NY, Akron OH Online: Greenarrow, The Paul Leslie Hour, WGOE
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