David Crosby and son James Raymond, set for Plaza Live / Orlando Sentinel


David Crosby has a very succinct reason for why he's still making music. "I love singing," said the acoustic folk legend. "I love singing so much that I can't even start to tell you." Crosby is touring behind his album "Sky Trails." He hits Orlando's Plaza Live on May 26 with his band, including his son, James Raymond.  On the phone from the road, Crosby, 76, discussed why he loves collaboration, his image and the lasting influence of his boat "Mayan," which he sold in 2014.  PHOTO: (ANNA WEBBER) p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} READ THE Orlando Sentinel Q&A
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Lao Tizer chats with 89.3WRTC


The Lao Tizer Band, now larger and exploring new methods on Songs From The Swinghouse. Featuring eight blistering original instrumentals and three iconic classic rock songs with reimagined arrangements, Lao says "We've never done anything with a vocalist and we've never done any cover songs, so this is the first time that I decided to delve into that realm, to basically expand the scope of our music."  Coordinating promo for the band's upcoming New Haven date, Lao sat down with 89.3WRTC's Bob Parzych to talk about the album and the tour. Listen to the attached segment.
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David Aaron Carpenter - Motherland is KUSC: Download Of the Week


For his second Warner Classics album, David Aaron Carpenter – "a star violist" in the words of the Los Angeles Times – brings together concertos by Dvořák, Bartók, Walton and a dance cycle by contemporary composer Alexey Shor. Carpenter identifies a connecting theme of "a longing for the homeland … a reverence for native musical folk tunes and language." He is accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under three distinguished conductors: Kazushi Ono, Vladimir Jurowski and David Parry. KUSC: Los Angeles was introduced to this recording and recently made it Album of the Week. Now you can download a track for free from contemporary composer Alexey Shor; Gathering Storm as performed by award-winning violist David Aaron Carpenter. Help yourself!
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Kayhan Kalhor jojns Brooklyn Rider for OSU Presents at LaSells Stewart Center / Corvallis Gazette Times


Brooklyn Rider, a New York City-based string quartet, will team up with Kayhan Kalhor, a master of Iranian and Kurdish music, for a Thursday night 5/24 concert at Oregon State University. The concert, part of the OSU School of Arts and Communications Presents series, at the LaSells Stewart Center. Brooklyn Rider. founded in 2008, draws on influences beyond the traditional classical realm. The group has collaborated with banjoist and composer Bela Fleck, singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane and jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, among others. Kayhan Kalhor is a Grammy-nominated composer and performer. He performs on the kamancheh, a traditional Iranian string instrument, and is a founding member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. The program includes Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider performing "Silent City," an elegy by Kalhor written in response to the destruction of the Kurdish city of Halabja. READ THE FULL Corvallis Gazette Times ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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David Aaron Carpenter - Motherland is KDFC: Download Of the Week


For his second Warner Classics album, David Aaron Carpenter – "a star violist" in the words of the Los Angeles Times – brings together concertos by Dvořák, Bartók, Walton and a dance cycle by contemporary composer Alexey Shor. Carpenter identifies a connecting theme of "a longing for the homeland … a reverence for native musical folk tunes and language." He is accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under three distinguished conductors: Kazushi Ono, Vladimir Jurowski and David Parry. KDFC: San Francisco was introduced to this recording and recently made it Album of the Week. Now you can download a track for free from contemporary composer Alexey Shor; Gathering Storm as performed by award-winning violist David Aaron Carpenter. Help yourself! p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
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Bill Frisell - Music IS sincere guitar artistry / 91.5KIOS: Last Call 'Pick of the Week'


Guitarist Bill Frisell is back with another album, and this one is a solo date. Frisell is a one-man band with electric and acoustic guitars, loops, bass, ukulele and music boxes. He roams freely through his influences, which range widely from country, to folk & rock & jazz. The satisfying results will please almost any listener who is interested in sincere guitar artistry. Highlights of disc include "Ron Carter", 'Rambler" and "Pretty Stars". The disc includes 16 tracks that are perfect for solitary listening or in the company of those who appreciate heartfelt music that can't be  in the background. READ THE FULL 91.5KIOS: Last Call 'Pick of the Week' REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Geometry explains Mark Abel's art songs on Time and Distance / San Francisco Classical Voice


During a phone conversation with composer Mark Abel, geometry explains the variegated art songs on his new CD, Time and Distance.  Oscillating within a triangle whose end points are classical, rock, and jazz music, the San Simeon-based musician's fourth release under the Delos label curves to navigate text. Stark, sorrowful, soothing, soaring, and always poetic words written by Abel and California poets Kate Gale and Joanne Regenhardt project an array of warm colors quickened by the pinpoint sharpness of in-your-face subjects. There are the skewed frames of sexual or environmental assault, the startling angularity of suicide or forgiveness, the downward slope of lost dreams and urban landscapes, among other topics. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} READ THE FULL San Francisco Classical Voice ARTICLE
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Simone Dinnerstein talks Circles with classical radio


The Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry and pianist Simone Dinnerstein have teamed up on a new recording of keyboard concertos by Philip Glass and J.S. Bach. The album, entitled Circles, released on Glass' Orange Mountain Music features the world premiere recording of Glass's Piano Concerto No. 3, a new concerto for piano and strings co-commissioned by A Far Cry and composed by Glass specifically for Dinnerstein, whom the New York Times calls "an utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation." It is paired with Bach's Keyboard Concerto in G minor. In conjunction with this release, SD has made herself avail. for interview to Classical Radio Stations throughout the US. Please watch for our tweets throughout the day.
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Kazem Abdullah discusses his ravishing Orchester Aachen recording of 'Daphnis et Chloe' on All Classical Portland


Kazem Abdullah is an American conductor (he hails from Indiana, studied at Tanglewood and Peabody), and was General-Musikdirektor of the Symphony Orchestra in Aachen, Germany from 2012 to 2017.  Maestro Abdullah has also been to Oregon:  About ten years ago he subbed for one of Carlos Kalmar's concerts. Based on the new recording (a live recording made during Aachen's annual music festival), it would be great to have him back to conduct the Oregon Symphony, because Ravel's "Symphonie choreographique", Daphnis et Chloe, comes across as a ravishing tone-painting, as the Aachen strings mingle with the sinuous choruses (Aachen has four distinct choirs, and they are joined by the Salt Lake Vocal Artists).  Abdullah holds all these energetic elements together, all the way to the rapturous finale.  The conductor shares more about the music, and himself, in John Pittman's downloadable conversation. LISTEN TO All Classical Portland SEGMENT p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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  Interview with All Classical Portland's John Pitman

Kavita Shah chats with AM1080: KSCO, Santa Cruz


Francois Moutin & Kavita Shah - Interplay is an improvisational journey across lyric-driven and wordless pieces alike. Together, Moutin and Shah embrace virtuosity, spontaneity, and lyricism through a repertoire of standards and original music adapted to the unique instrumentation of acoustic bass and voice. The album, recorded at Sear Sound Studios in New York and Le Studio de Meudon in Paris, features 11 tracks ranging from classics like 'dith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" to instrumental songs like Dafnis Prieto's "Blah Blah" to original compositions by Shah and Moutin. Moutin & Shah tour stopped in the Bay Area for dates in SF and Berkeley and took some time to chat with AM1080: KSCO, Santa Cruz - Raising the Standards show with Mike Jacobi.   LISTEN TO THE FULL SHOW
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Wedding music dominates this week's CLASSIC fM - top30chart


Wedding season is well and truly here, as three new wedding albums have made their way into this week's Classic FM Chart. After Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle, Classic FM – The Wedding Collection, Music For a Royal Wedding and The Wedding Album have all made sudden entries into the Classic FM Chart. At the top of the chart, John Williams: A Life in Music holds at No. 1, while Max Richter's The Blue Notebooks has leapt up a huge 24 places to No. 2. SEE THE CHART
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The gorgeous, transporting music of Tony Banks 5 sounds like a soaring soundtrack / STAGEANDCINEMA


Tony Banks gathers no moss. At 68, the co-founder of Genesis is releasing yet another album, his tenth outside of the band. After a successful career as songwriter, singer, film scorer, and multi-instrumentalist (most especially on keyboards), Banks turned to orchestral compositions. His third, released in February 2018, is labelled "classical" but the gorgeous, transporting music sounds exactly like a soaring soundtrack. Easily the most successful of his triad - the first two were Seven: A Suite for Orchestra (2004) and Six Pieces for Orchestra (2012) - Five consists of five long-playing tracks that lift the spirit and cleanse the soul, a pretty neat trick given that these types of compositions seem suited for a romantic adventure story and could easily have become cheesy muzak. READ FULL STAGEANDCINEMA REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Top 10 Albums for May

Hailey Tuck :

Junk

Austin born, Paris based 27 year old singer Hailey Tuck is an extraordinary talent. Her debut Silvertone album ‘Junk', produced by the legendary Larry Klein, is a 12 track masterclass in evocative, effortless, totally sublime singing. Hailey joyously rips up the rulebooks turning jazz on its head by putting her own spin on songs by artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen (They Don't Make It Junk), Ray Davies (Alcohol) and Paul McCartney (Junk). Classics from Cabaret and Leonard Bernstein rub shoulders with brand new songs. All are totally and literally addictive.
Various :

The Royal Wedding - The Official Album

Decca Records is proud to release The Official Recording of The Royal Wedding, one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. Having recorded the entire service live at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle today, every piece of music, the readings, blessings and the vows will be available to listen to permanently on all streaming services in just a few hours: a first for a Royal Wedding. The physical album, on CD, will then be released into retail stores around the world from 1st June.  The musical highlight of the moving and joyous ceremony was British cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, one of the most exciting musicians of his generation, who was personally asked by the bride and groom to perform at their wedding. The 19-year-old musician took centre stage for the all-important signing of the register. Dressed in a black Paul Smith suit with vibrant pink tie, Sheku played three beautiful pieces: "Sicilienne" by von Paradis, Schubert's "Ave Maria," and "Après Un Rêve" by Fauré. He was accompanied by orchestra*, as the Royal Couple officially became husband and wife. Knowing he was performing not only for the Royal Family, 600 invited guests in the Chapel, and an estimated global audience of up to three billion people, the talented teenager was thrilled to be involved in the occasion:
Sullivan Fortner :

Moments Preserved

Three years after the release of Sullivan Fortner's charming Impulse! Records debut, Aria , the 31-year-old New Orleans-bred pianist and composer returns with his enchanting sophomore effort, Moments Preserved , which finds him leading a sterling trio with bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jeremy "Bean" Clemons. Fortner's profile on the international jazz scene has ascended considerably since the release of Aria, an album, which The New York Times described as containing "an air of crisp assurance." In addition to touring in support of his debut, he's been the pianist for singers Cécile McLorin Salvant and Roberta Gambarini; trumpeters Roy Hargrove, Etienne Charles, and Ambrose Akinmusire; guitarists John Scofield and Peter Bernstein. The year after his debut dropped, New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center crowned Fortner with an "Emerging Artist" award. Produced by Grammy-winning Brian Bacchus, Moments Preserved arrived at the end of a productive recording period; Fortner participated on six recording sessions in less than two months. Nevertheless, he hails Moments Preserved as one of the "most honest and emotionally direct" albums he's made yet. While gathering tunes for the album, he reflected on many key life moments that have occurred since winning the 2008 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship and the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship. Those moments include concluding his eight-year tenure in Roy Hargrove's band then emerging as a bandleader. Juggling his personal life with his demanding professional life has taken a certain toil too. "I wanted an album with music to reflect some of that," Fortner says, "In order to do that, I had to work backwards. I've been studying with [pianist] Barry Harris and researching the music of people like James P. Johnson, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. I've also been playing more solo piano and duos with Cécile; there's a lot things that I was thinking about when making this record."
Max Richter :

The Blue Notebooks

DG releases a new, deluxe edition of Max Richter's The Blue Notebooks to celebrate its 15th anniversary with brand new artwork as well as new arrangements, remixes and a previously unreleased new track. Written in 2003, The Blue Notebooks was originally composed in protest to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and features readings by Tilda Swinton of selections from Kafka's The Blue Octavo Notebooks and Czesław Miłosz's Hymn of the Pearl and Unattainable Earth.
Simone Dinnerstein | A Far Cry :

Circles

The Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry and pianist Simone Dinnerstein have teamed up on a new recording of keyboard concertos by Philip Glass and J.S. Bach. The album, entitled Circles, will be released on Glass' Orange Mountain Music label on May 11. The album features the world premiere recording of Glass's Piano Concerto No. 3, a new concerto for piano and strings co-commissioned by A Far Cry and composed by Glass specifically for Dinnerstein, whom the New York Times calls "an utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation." It is paired with Bach's Keyboard Concerto in G minor. Dinnerstein and A Far Cry toured the new Glass concerto in the fall of 2017, and recorded the album in the stellar acoustics of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. Of their world premiere performance at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, the Boston Globe wrote, "[Dinnerstein and A Far Cry] caught and held the music's patient grandeur, giving each phrase, each chord judicious gravity." The Wall Street Journal called it "an inspired pairing," adding "Mr. Glass could not have hoped for a more graceful, fluid reading."
Tony Banks :

5 w/Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Five is a collection of five compositions written by Tony Banks and was produced by long-time collaborator Nick Davis. Nick Ingman, renowned orchestrator and conductor, agreed to be involved in the project immediately after hearing the demos played to him personally by Banks. Ingman has worked with a plethora of artists and musicians from David Bowie and Oasis to the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 15 NEW  46 TOTAL SYND: C24, TRH, CLASSIC fM Direct: MOOD Markets Include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Minneapolis, Austin, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Cupertino CA, Pensacola FL, Evansville IN, Montclair NJ, Long Island NY, MI(Statewide), MN(Statewide), TX(Statewide), Winnipeg INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Romania Online: Song Facts, Prog Archives, GOLDMINE, Cryptic Rock, Zone Music Reporter, ZephyrPlanetRadio, MusicasImaginadas, CalmRadio, Radio Vegas, AccuRadio, SOUNDVISION
Robin McKelle :

Melodic Canvas

An Enigmatic Sound, a Storyteller's Narrative and a Live Performance Style Imbued with Rat Pack Moxie ' Singer and Writer Robin McKelle is a Genre-Blurring Musical Alchemist, Taking Listeners on a Sonic Trip to the Old South, Sprinkling in Hints of the Motown Era or Even a Sade Album, and Mixing it Together to Create Her Inspiring 'Melodic Canvas' of Soul, Jazz, Gospel and More 41 TOTAL SYND: Modern Jazz Today Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, St. Louis, Houston, Rochester, Reno, Berlin, Barcelona, Pisa INTER: Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain Online: jazz & blues Audition, Jazz Weekly, Greenarrow TheTelegraph, Fip, SoulandJazzandFunk, MAKINGASCENE, Dailymotion, Jazz Spotlight On Sinatra, BroadwayWorld
Various :

Hopes and Dreams - The Lullaby Project

History was written in 2000 BC, and 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Brahms' Lullaby, so this precious musical tradition has deep cultural and emotional roots. These personal songs bring people together, span generations, and tell stories about where we come from, who we are now, and our hopes for the future. The legacy continues with the release of Hopes and Dreams: The Lullaby Project on Decca Gold (Verve Label Group). The recording is inspired by the Lullaby Project, a program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute which pairs pregnant women, new mothers, and family members with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. Hopes and Dreams: The Lullaby Project features fifteen lullabies written by parents from across New York City, as performed by Fiona Apple, the Brentano String Quartet, Lawrence Brownlee, Rosanne Cash, Joyce DiDonato, Janice Freeman (The Voice 2017), Rhiannon Giddens (Nashville), Angélique Kidjo, Patti LuPone, Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs), Dianne Reeves, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pretty Yende, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  12 NEW  73 TOTAL SYND: CBC Direct: MOOD Markets Include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Detroit, Baltimore, Long Island NY, Knoxville TN, Spokane, Madison, Winnipeg, Puerto Rico, Barcelona INTER: Canada, UK, Spain Online: The Jazz UK, Pure Jazz Radio, GreenArrowRadio, all about jazz, Quisqueya FM, billboard, CBFwebRadio, AccuRadio, Jazz From Gallery, BroadwayWorld.com, Forbes, elnuevodia.com p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
Bill Frisell :

Music IS

Almost every day, Bill Frisell gets up in the morning, has some coffee, and writes music. At this point, there are piles and piles and piles of single pages of staff paper filled with his graceful script. "I don't know where the melodies come from," says Frisell. "I try not to judge anything and just let them be." Frisell's mantra, or motto so to speak, is, "Music is good" – a statement said to him by his dear friend and great banjo player Danny Barnes. "That is something that I can say is always true. It's so perfect. Everything I need to know is that phrase, ‘Music is Good.' I almost called the album that, but then I thought that might be too literal. It's good to leave it open."  7 NEW  258 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, All Jazz Radio, BBC Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Portland, Cleveland, Milwaukee, St. Louis, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Denver, Kansas City, Baltimore, Albuquerqe, Berekeley CA, San Antonio, Louisville, Wichita, Madison WI, Sacramento, Long Is NY, Boulder CO, Madison WI, Buffalo, Tucson, Reno, Hartford CT, Knoxville TN, Honolulu, WV(Statewide), MS(Statewide), KS(Statewide), VT(Statewide), OR(Statewide), Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Pisa, Melbourne INTER: Canada, Mexico, UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland, South Africa, New Zealand Online: Soulandjazz.com, popMATTERS, JazzPages, Freelance, ArkansasOnline, Radio Valencia, Taintradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, Jazz Views, GreenArrowRadio, Jazz Weekly, HUFFPOST, Radio Free Amsterdam, City World Radio, Film Journal, MAKING A SCENE, Elsewhere, JazzTimes, Audiophile Audition, Quisqueya FM, jazznadblues report, Taintradio, Broadway.com, CFWebRadio, BrooklynVegan, saltpeanuts, Jazzdagama, jazztrail, QuisqueyaFM, jazzwise, GuitartWorld, allaboutjazz, SomethingElse, Sequenza21, JamBase, ArkansasOnline, TroonRadio 45 JazzWeek ADD's
Johann Johannsson :

Englaboorn & Variations

During the weeks before his untimely passing on February 9, award-winning Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was closely involved in preparations for the reissue of his debut album, Englabörn. Originally released in 2002, the record had been especially remastered, and a second disc containing reworkings of a number of its tracks had also been assembled. Some were by Jóhannsson himself – including a piano version of the title track, performed by fellow Deutsche Grammophon artist Víkingur Ólafsson – while others involved included Ryuichi Sakamoto, A Winged Victory for the Sullen and Hildur Guðnadóttir. Following discussions with his family, the release of Englabörn & Variations went ahead on March 23, 2018. 16 NEW  53 TOTAL SYND: PRI: Echoes, CLASSIC fM Direct: MOOD Markets Include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Cleveland, Detroit, Berkeley CA, Louisville KY, Knoxville TN, VT(Statewide), MI(Statewide), WA(Statewide), Winnipeg, Barcelona INTER: Canada, UK, Spain Online: Resident Advisor, FACT, Musicas Imaginadas, The Quietus, Quiet Music, popMATTERS, CRACK, A Closer Listen, Pitchfork, New Music Buff, Synchrotones, Rough Trade
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