Joshua Bell plays Mostly Mozart Festival / New York Times review

Musical lines are like sentences, and their character can vary as much as sentences do. Soem players will produce a given passage plainly, like a quotation from John Grisham. But on Wednesday evening at Avery Fisher Hall. with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under David Zinman, the star violinist Joshua Bell was like a Henry James in tone. READ THE FULL New York Times ARTICLE HERE
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The 442s. A most Memorable Noise / Deep Roots

The who, what, when, where, why and how of this astonishing, seemingly out-of-nowhere foursome, The 442s includes the following factoids: violinist Shawn Weill, a Chicago native, and cellist Bjorn Ranheim, a Minnesota native, met when both were with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. Both are now members of the St. Louis Symphony. There, in the Gateway City, Weill and Ranheim crossed paths with Maness and double-bassist Sydney Rodway, both of whom were/are entrenched in the town's close-knit jazz scene and were doing projects with local jazz-pop vocalist of the first rank Erin Bode and St. Louis Symphony concertmaster David Halen (Mr. Rodway does double duty as Ms. Bode's husband). READ THE FULL Deep Roots ARTICLE
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Richard Reed Parry - Music for Heart and Breath / KING: Second Inversion ' Album Of the Week'

As a gigantic Arcade Fire fan, my heart grew 10 sizes when I found out about Richard Reed Parry's Music for Heart and Breath, an album of original compositions.  When I actually heard the music and learned about the inspiration for the pieces, I was knocked over like I haven't been in the longest time. The musical conceptualization of this album comes from the heart – literally.  Each of the six pieces requires involuntarily moving organs of the body to dictate the tempi and rhythms.   How, you may wonder, does one determine those speeds? Paging Doctor Beat.  We'll need your stethoscopes.  READ Maggie Stapleton's FULL ARTICLE
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O'Connor String Quartet plays Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Mark O'Connnor's O'Connor String Quartet performed with his O'Connor String Quartet to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival at the Lensic Performing Arts Ceter Friday 8/22. READ THE FULL Santa Fe New Mexican ARTICLE HERE
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Time for Three chats with CPR about new self-titled album

Time For Three's new, self-titled album finds the trio playing its classical-folk hybrid collaborating with musicians like saxophonist Branford Marsalis and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Violinists Nick Kendall and Zack De Pue and bassist Ranaan Meyer give the group an eclectic sound. For example, on one track they mix Bach with folk singer-songwriter Bon Iver. The results are sometimes hard to describe. "We've called ourselves a classical garage band," Meyer told CPR Classical's Monika Vischer. "We're just really proud to be a part of something that's moving in a direction. It feels right and it feels really good." Listen to Time for Three's interview with CPR's Monika Vischer.
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Bebel Gilberto - Tudo / Republic of Jazz review

Tudo is Brazilian singer and songwriter Bebel Gilberto's first album in five years. It marks a reunion with producer Mario Caldato, Jr., who helmed her breakthrough offering, 2000's Tanto Tempo. Recorded in six different studios in America and Brazil, Gilberto's MPB weds modern bossa, samba, contemporary jazz, and adult pop. Tudo's sound is elegant, more restrained yet more colorful than anything she's attempted before. She wrote or co-wrote seven of these tunes and sings in Portuguese, English, and French. The dreamy, sun-drenched opener, "Somewhere Else," with bossa guitars, jazzy piano, brushed drums, and gentle percussion, is brilliantly but subtly illustrated by a slightly dramatic string arrangement from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (who does the same on two other selections), making the tune a kind of manifesto. That determination is furthered in "Nada Nao," as Gilberto is supported by acoustic guitar, bass, and a bevy of percussion instruments. READ THE FULL Republic of Jazz REVIEW.
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Vittorio Grigolo on getting young people to the opera / The Wall Street Journal interview

Vittorio Grigolo is the tenor of the moment. The 37-year-old Italian first made a name for himself singing the key role of Rudolfo in "La Bohème" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2010 and since then has become the important young male face of the opera world. The former Sistine Chapel chorister will end his summer tour with a return to the 13,000-seat Arena di Verona. He will play Romeo in Charles Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" based on Shakespeare's timeless love story. READ THE FULL Wall Street Journal INTERVIEW.
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Somi - The Lagos Music Salon / All About Jazz review

To most people, the junction of New York and Lagos, Nigeria may not seem like a natural place for an album to take shape. Somi, thankfully, thought otherwise. This worldly and well-traveled vocalist makes it seem like the most natural of meeting points on The Lagos Music Salon.

Somi's music has always been informed by African, R&B and soul influences, but an eighteen month stay in Lagos helped her dig deeper into the African cultural soil than she ever had before. The resultant album, powerful, cool, vibrant, sly and lively all at once, could be considered the latest and most developed strain of "New African Jazz" that she's produced yet: that's a term Somi herself coined to describe her music a while back, but it fits this one like a glove. READ THE FULL All About Jazz REVIEW.
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Kavita Shah plays Old Lyme CT / WNPR feature

Shah's music reflects the insatiably curious mind of an ethnographer, the soul of a poet, and the eye of a painter. An artist of many parts, Kavita Shah, an ascending, young singer/songwriter of Indian descent, applies her keen, empathetic intelligence, ethereally beautiful voice and adventurous spirit by using global music and multi-cultural influences as sources of inspiration for expressing her personal and cultural identity on her adventurous debut album aptly titled Visions. READ THE FULL PIECE AND LISTEN
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Time for Three's self-titled album / WGTE interview

Crossover string trio Time for Three (Zach De Pue, Ranaan Meyer, and Nick Kendall) joins us for a conversation about their latest album, which features their own mash-ups and arrangements of popular contemporary music as well as performances by guest musicians. Listen to the interview on Toledo, Ohio: WGTE.
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Time For Three Interview with WGTE

Kavita Shah plays Old Lyme CT / Hartford Courant profile

Singer Kavita Shah's journey to the recording of her debut album, "Visions," was a long one, involving hours spent honing her skills - on stages and in classrooms - punctuated by bursts of inspiration and self-discovery. If you want to talk degrees and accolades, Shah's pedigree is impressive: the undergraduate diploma from Harvard (she majored in Latin American Studies). The master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Composition and arranging studies with Phil Markowitz and Jim McNeely. Performances on some of the most prestigious venues in the country, and so on. READ THE FULL Hartfor Courant ARTICLE Kavita Shah performs on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.50. Information:
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Hilary Hahn - In 27 Pieces / Limelight Magazine review

It's always a burning question. When the performer walks back on stage, what encore will she play? Something slow and meditative, like Bach, or maybe flashy Paganini at breakneck speed? Encore pieces are a revered repertory, which according to Hilary Hahn were "shaped by the performers who preceded us". So, this stellar violin virtuoso has asked a different question: what should today's encores sound like? Her answer came in an ambitious project: commissioning 26 composers to write encore pieces, plus holding an open competition to find a 27th. The result is a ripper, two-disc compilation, In 27 Pieces, with one of the most profoundly contrasting arrays of compositional style and language you could imagine. You'll find older, more established writers, like Finnish master Einojuhani Rautavaara, with newer voices thrown into the mix. Each piece explores a different sound world, and posits a unique idea of what an encore should do. Some works are slow, lyrical and open, others fast, dissonant, and impossibly demanding when it comes to technique and flair. Everyone will have a favourite, but Israeli composer Avner Dorman's Memory Games is an outright thrill to listen to. Hahn's performance is stunning in every encore. She is often lauded for her rich tone and flawless technique, and you can expect nothing less in this eclectic fare that will entrance lovers of new music, and entice those with more traditional tastes as well. Her bravura is matched perfectly with Cory Smythe's solid accompaniment, which is frequently just as complicated as the violin. Some of these encores have more 'wow' factor than others, but this begs another question: does an encore need to be showy? There's not a hint of ostentation in Hahn's set of 27, demonstrating that today, ‘virtuosity' means something more than just flashy fireworks.
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Top 10 Albums for August

Somi :

The Lagos Music Salon

Few contemporary albums bare as particular a narrative as The Lagos Music Salon. The new album by the superb chanteuse Somi, finds her breaking new ground with a hybrid style of music that organically integrates the essence of jazz and soul with the musical depth of her African heritage. "It's the first time ever that I put all other pursuits on hold to focus solely on the creative process," says Somi, who decided to move to Lagos, Nigeria from her New York home base without a game plan but with a passionate desire to find a new direction for her vision and voice.  21 NEW ON - 65 Total SYND: NPR/All Things Considered & Weekend Edition Sunday, PRI/Jazz After Hours, UnderCurrents  Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Minneapolis, San Diego, Houston, Seattle, Denver, Berkeley CA, Albuquerque, Buffalo, Honolulu INTER: UK Press & Online: Huffington Post, PopMatters, Downbeat, Jazz From Gallery 41, AXS, Critical Jazz, Live 365, Step Tempest, Wondering Sound, iRock Jazz, Taintradio,, Okayafrica
Maya Beiser :


"Cello goddess" (The New Yorker) Maya Beiser releases her next album Uncovered on August 26, 2014 on the Innova label, followed by a US tour beginning September 2014 to cities including New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Portland and more. (Tour schedule included at the end of this release.) Uncovered is an album of startling classic rock tunes, re-imagined and re-contextualized, in stunningly moving performances by Maya Beiser. A cover tune can be an homage to the original, but these "uncovers," in new arrangements by Evan Ziporyn, attempt to do more – to evoke the unprecedented power of the music of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Howlin' Wolf, King Crimson, Muddy Waters, and AC/DC as musical masterpieces and as totems of our collective consciousness. 18 NEW   24 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Echoes & The World Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Chatanooga TN< Madison WI Online & Press: GreenArrow, Taintradiio, Flavorwire, NYTimes, Blogcritics
Time for Three :


Time for Three – violinist Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violinist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer – defy traditional genre classification happily and infectiously, with an uncommon mix of virtuosity, creativity and showmanship.  The American trio who thrive on originality will release their Universal Music Classics self-titled debut. The album showcases not only the trio's melody-rich string weave but also its unique flair for collaboration.  It was these compelling qualities that led Universal Music Classics to sign the trio as their first U.S. act to their newly branded label.   Time For Three features tracks co-produced by Rob Moose from Bon Iver and Grammy-winning producer David Lai, and memorable pairings with pop singer-songwriter Joshua Radin, jazz saxophone icon Branford Marsalis,  Decca's young cello star Alisa Weilerstein, ukulele ace Jake Shimabukuro, and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine. 28 NEW   139 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Echoes & Classical 24, FolkScene Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cleveland, St. Louis, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Portland, Austin, Denver, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Louisville, Columbus & Toledo OH Online & Press: the indie,, Classically Hip, wildmansteve, Taintradio, NYTimes
Dom Flemons :

Prospect Hill

Dom Flemons - founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and American Songster - will release his third solo album'Prospect Hill' on July 22 on Music Maker Relief Foundation. 'Prospect Hill' finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reintrepreting the music to suite 21st century audiences.
Gabriel Kahane :

The Ambassador

From Die Hard to the architecture of Richard Neutra and R.M. Schindler, from Blade Runner to the fiction of James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler, and from fires, riots, and earthquakes to the lives of so many Americans who have looked to Southern California as a panacea, Gabriel Kahane's The Ambassador (Masterworks)draws its inspiration from a multitude of sources to tell intimate, human stories against the backdrop of Los Angeles architecture and popular culture.  42 TOTAL Markets include: New York, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Cleveland, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Honolulu Online & Press: The NYTimes  
Benjamin Lapidus :

Ochosi Blues

World-renowned Cuban tres and guitar virtuoso Benjamin Lapidus and his new group Kari-B3 release his long awaited 7th Latin jazz recording and 8th as a bandleader. The album features heavyweights from the Latin and jazz worlds such as Pedrito Martínez, NEA Jazzmaster Cándido Camero, 7-time Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria, Jared Gold (organ), Frank Anderson (organ), saxophonist Paul Carlon, NYTimes bestselling author T.J. English, trumpet sensation Greg Glassman, vocalist Bobby Harden, organist Frank Anderson, reed legend Walter "Gene" Jefferson, vocalists Enid Lowe and Hiram Remón, Latin-Grammy nominee Charlie Sepúlveda (trumpet), trombonist and vocalist Elizabeth Frascoia, and Chicago R&B session guitar ace Aaron Weistrop. 11 NEW   58 Total  Markets include: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Miami, Houston, Detroit, Denver, Pittsburgh, Long Is. NY, Orlando, San Antonio, Madison WI, Honolulu Online: Taintradio, Latin Jazz Corner, Green Arrow Radio, Live 365, Jazz From Gallery 41, The Jazzy Vegetarian
Orbert Davis :

Sketches Of Spain

The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, celebrating its upcoming tenth anniversary year, releases its second full-length album, Sketches Of Spain [Revisited], an orchestral transformation of the 1960 iconic original by Miles Davis and Gil Evans. For this reinterpretation of the 1960 classic recording, CJP artistic director and composer Orbert Davis created two new compositions, incorporated traditional African and Middle Eastern instruments, and made numerous modifications in ensemble orchestration. The result is an intimate yet powerful performance that transports the listener to a different world. 15 NEW   59 TOTAL Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Portland, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Berkeley CA, Albuquerque, Long Is. NY, Chatanooga TN, Madison WI, Honolulu INTER: Canada, Australia, South Africa Online & Press: GreenArrow, Taintradiio, Audiophile Audition, Classical Candor, Live 365
Gustavo Santaolalla :


Gustavo Santaolalla's solo instrumental album Ronroco was a game-changer for the visionary artist when it was released in 1998. Camino, released by Sony Music Masterworks is the long-awaited follow up to that album – a rich, beautifully crafted instrumental journey illuminating Santaolalla's unmistakable sound. Camino again features the Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer playing the ronroco, his signature 10-string Andean folk instrument similar to the charango, as well as other instruments that he has mastered including the guitar, guitarron, oud, cuatro, toba violin, and bouzouki. The album includes 12 new tracks, along with one of the featured tracks from Santaolalla's recent BAFTA Games-nominated soundtrack to Sony PlayStation's The Last of Us. 18 NEW - 42 Total SYND: PRI/The World Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Houston, St. Louis, Portland, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, Rochester NY Online: Taintradio, All Music,, Pop Matters
Various :

Red Hot + Bach

Red Hot + Bach charts a new pathway into the musical universe of Johann Sebastian Bach. Through the collaboration of performers, producers, DJs and artists from around the world and across the spectrum of contemporary music, different facets of Bach's centuries-old masterpieces are transformed with fresh energy and modern virtuosity that know no limits. The creators of Red Hot + Bach embrace Bach as a living artistic force, as real and as vital today as he was when he lived (1685-1750). They range across nineteen freely imagined tracks from mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, The Punch Brothers), singer/songwriters Gabriel Kahane and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), jazz legend Ron Carter, DJ/producer King Britt and the Icelandic band amiina, to imaginative classical artists such as the Kronos Quartet, composer Max Richter, violinist Daniel Hope and organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter.  13 NEW   64 TOTAL SYND: NPR/Hearts Of Space, PRI/Echoes & Classical 24 Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, New Orleans, Detroit, Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, Austin, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Louisville, Berkeley CA Online & Press:  Taintradio, MOJA, Bass Musician Magazine
Kat Edmonson :

The Big Picture

Kat Edmonson announces October tour dates in support of her third album, The Big Picture out September 30 via Sony Music Masterworks. A full tour will follow in early 2015. Edmonson's premiere track "Rainy Day Woman" is available via iTunes HERE and for streaming on SoundCloud HERE.  Check out her new video album trailer HERE. The album is her label debut and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney) in his Los Angeles studio. Of the album, Edmonson states, "There's no particular theme, but there are some commonalities, one of which is my ever-underlying influence from motion pictures and film scores. I have always felt that music and film go hand in hand, because that was how I was first exposed to music-from old movies and musicals-and to me there wasn't a separation between an actor acting, dancing and singing." See full tour dates below.