Crossover Media Artists Brooklyn Rider & Bela Fleck to perform at NJPAC /

Premier banjo player Béla Fleck & the game-changing quartet Brooklyn Rider will join bassist Christian McBride for All Strings Attached, an eclectic array of musical stylings, from bluegrass and classical crossover to jazz and world beat. This program will be presented by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8pm in the Victoria Theater. READ THE FULL ARTICLE.
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Placido Domingo - Encanto del Mar / The Buffalo News: Gusto review

Inside every singer with a big voice there seems to be a little voice, demanding a pop project. Placido Domingo, one of the great voices of our time, is accompanied on this disc, Encanto del Mar, by a small cafe ensemble: guitar, cello, bass, harp, percussion, occasional saxophone and bandoneon. One of the songs is "Aranjuez," based on the beautiful concerto by Rodrigo, and Domingo also sings "En Mediterranee," by Georges Moustaki, the French/Greek writer of romantic songs. There are also traditional Cyprian and Catalan songs. Domingo has it over other opera singers tackling pop projects in that his voice, in this setting, isn't annoying. He has a tremendous feel for the music, and the songs sound great in his rich voice, especially when as you listen you feast your eyes on the pictures of him on the beach. It's frustrating, though, that the songs give his voice no workout at all. Most songs have a range of just a few notes and you are sitting there thinking, this man can sing Wotan! So it is kind of a waste, like admiring a greyhound just sitting there in a little cage. But it's pretty all the same. - Mary Kunz Goldman
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David Buckingham reflects on a myriad of influences with new release - The View

The View was the name of an estate in the heart of the English countryside that David Buckingham used to work at when he was a student to fund his way through college. The photo on the album cover is of the Andalusian skyline. These two "views" reflect the crossover of influences and inspiration in David's compositions. Or as Gordon Giltrap put it: "It's good to hear so much Englishness coming through those Spanish influenced pieces". Views aren't the only form of inspiration that seems to run as a theme throughout these compositions; water also seems to play a big part in inspiring, from Waterscape, a composition for Spanish guitar re-tuned to DADGAD, an Irish tuning; to the composition entitled Chiemsee, inspired by a lake in Southern Germany of the same name; to Agua Clara (Clear Water). Taking a view across the diverse styles that flavout this album one can hear flamenco, classical, subtle hints of jazz and latin harmonies (particularly in Brisa Flamenca) and minimalism (in the beautiful and reflectional Agua Clara). Whilst Gordon Giltrap also said of the album "I defy anyone to better the virtuosity displayed in these pieces" Martin Taylor also noted David's sensitivity and said "what I love about David's compositions and arrangements is that he puts the music first". Possessing an impressive technique can sometimes lead to unnecessary embellishments but David knows exactly when to let the music breath and when to inject that special something.  The album opens with Waterscape, David's composition for Spanish guitar tuned to DADGAD. The middle section for this piece is haunting and reflective and the flamenco five-note tremolo is used to wonderful effect. After gently bringing us into his musical world with Waterscape David ups the ante and invites a few musician friend to join us in the form of Manuel Berraquero (flamenco guitar), Claire Furley (vocals) and Marco Vargas (taconeo – flamenco footwork). The piece is call Brisa Flamenca which means flamenco breeze in Spanish and, true to word, it washes over you like a welcome Mediterranean breeze on a balmy evening.  David's ability to arrange well-known pieces and present a fresh take on them is shown in his re-workings of You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder, Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton and Street Life by The Crusaders.  Nic France, percussionist for Pink Floyd's David Gilmore can be heard on three tracks: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, The View and Street Life. Nic's ability to lock in with David and catch each and every one of David's subtle expressions makes him the perfect addition to these tracks. Chiemsee is perhaps the most classical composition on the album, inspired by the great Bavarian lake in Germany. San Vicente too is classical in style but David sneakily leads us into a jazzy groove before sauntering back to the second section of the song. The View takes us back to David's flamenco roots and has a really energetic feel with Nic helping to drive the  groove forward from beginning to end. Argentine singer Guillermo Rozenthuler also joins in the fun, adding some smooth floating melodies that play perfect compliment to the grittier underlying textures laid down by David and Nic. After taking us on a musically eclectic journey many faceted flamenco moods David ties things up with a very reflective, thought provoking composition entitled Agua Clara. This is the perfect end to musically and creatively rich debut album and leaves the listener intrigued as to which direction David will go in next. One feels that the waters that so inspire him could flow in any direction but that they will flow in a beautiful and eclectic manner with ripples of flamenco, classical, jazz and romance.
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Break of Reality to play Iowa's St. Ambrose University / The Dispatch

The unique Break of Reality breaks down barriers between classical and rock music - and between audience and performers. Formed in 2003 at the Eastman School of Music, the group breaks down barriers at concerts by engaging with the audience throughout the performance. They will be bringing their hip, laid-back quartet to the Galvin Fine Arts Center at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa this Saturday. READ THE FULL Dispatch ARTICLE.
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Mary Chapin Carpenter revamps her songs on Songs from the Movie / Hartford Courant interview

There's normally a common thread, which runs throughout Mary Chapin Carpenter's albums. But that's not so for her 12th album, Songs From the Movie. The 10 tunes are revamped versions of songs from her prior releases, which is a refreshing new twist for the veteran bard. "The albums I've made throughout my career have been like concept albums," Carpenter said while calling from Westbury, N.Y. "My albums have always had songs that had those connections. It was good to do something different. It was a fascinating process, revisiting what I had recorded before and taking them to another place. It was a healthy exercise. A lot of recording artists revamp their songs when they tour. This was just taking it one step further. I knew "Time Stands Still" would be on this album. Then I just went on from there. But from there I think I made up a list of 40 or so songs." READ THE FULL Hartford Courant INTERVIEW.
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2CELLOS releae new music video for The Trooper Overture

2CELLOS have released a new music video for "The Trooper Overture," a mash up of Iron Maiden's hit "The Trooper" and Gioachino Rossini's William Tell overture. In this new video, the 2CELLOS star as two classical music-loving nerds who imagine themselves transformed into crowd surfing rock stars after seeing an ad for "Want to Be a Rock Star?" Watch their new youtube video for The Trooper Overture.
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Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age / Critic's Pick review

Among Bill Frisell's many gifts as a guitarist is the ability to provide a vibrant new voice to the roots music of his youth. In the past, that has largely been defined through jazz standards and Americana classics. Last year's electro-chamber adventure, Big Sur, opened the repertoire to a wider stylistic array of West Coast inspirations. But on the fine new album Guitar in the Space Age!, perhaps his most accessible record in 15 years, Frisell expands his source material to include the pop, surf, twang and rock sounds that caught his ear as a teenager. But anyone thinking Guitar in the Space Age! is some retrofitting exercise needs to strap in and give this recording a full-length test flight. He doesn't take the melodic liberties here that he has with some of his Americana explorations, but the guitarist does toy with the temperament, tone and tempo of the music to make the album's 14 songs sound like a sonic mural that is best enjoyed as a single suite rather than a composite of single-tune snapshots. READ THE FULL REVIEW.
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Philippe Quint - Tchaikovsky | Arensky / Gramophone review

Philippe Quint's Tchaikovsky Concerto incorporates the finale both in its original guise and with the emendations made by Leopold Auer (1845 1930). With his golden tone and rock-solid technique, Quint gives a commandingly articulate display, his contribution easily a match for Graffin's in terms of recreative spark and intrepid personality, and he enjoys notably spirited support from the Sofia Philharmonic under Martin Panteleev. In short, I derived enormous pleasure from this new partnership. READ THE FULL Grammaphone REVIEW
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Brooklyn Rider redefines what a String Quartet Is, in the 21st Century / Lucid Culture

For the past few years, Brooklyn Rider have pushed the envelope pretty much as far as a string quartet can go, and in the process have raised the bar for other groups: they transcend any preconception about what serious composed music is all about. Their latest album, The Brooklyn Rider Almanac – streaming at Spotify - is their most ambitious effort yet, and may well be the one that most accurately captures what the group is all about. They draw on a wide composer base, including their own members, an A-list of mostly New York-based players and writers across the musical spectrum, from indie classical to Americana to rock and now even jazz.
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Mark O'Connor once again visits NPR - Mountain Stage

Mark O'Connor has been visiting Mountain Stage since 1988, during which time he's become one of America's most beloved and highly regarded violinists. O'Connor composed what has become the world's most-performed modern violin concerto and released nearly 40 albums, including Hot Swing, a tribute to legendary French jazz master (and O'Connor's longtime friend and mentor) Stephane Grappelli. O'Connor has also authored his own teaching method, which focuses solely on American music. On today's episode ( October 20, 2014 ) of Mountain Stage, O'Connor plays six songs drawn from his method books, ranging from his wildly popular "Appalachia Waltz" to "St. Louis Blues" and Bill Monroe's "Gold Rush." He's backed throughout his set by violinist and American fiddler Maggie Dixon. SET LIST includes: "Jessie Polka"
"Emily's Reel"
"St. Louis Blues"
"Simple Gifts"
"Appalachia Waltz"
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Anne Akiko Meyers - The American Masters / all about jazz review

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers follows up her superb Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (eOne, 2014) and provides a partner to her The American Album (RCA Victor, 1996) that featured the music of Copland, Ives, Baker and Piston. On the present recording, Meyers opts for a more contemporary fare composed by Barber, Corigliano and Bates, three composers whose careers overlap mightily.  READ THE FULL all about jazz REVIEW
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Behzod Abduraimov again proves to be a super sub / Los Angles Times review

Behzod Abduraimov, the 24-year-old breakout pianist from Uzbekistan, is making a formidable name for himself in Los Angeles through the time-honored means of subbing. This past saturday, Abduraimov stepped in to replace violinist Lelia Josefowicz, to play the Prokofiev Concerto No. 3, which has been getting a lot of exposure in L.A. lately. I doubt if even the most jaded, super-saturated listener could have resisted Abduraimov's spectacular take on the Prokofiev with Juanjo Mena and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. READ THE FULL Los Angeles Times REVIEW.
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Top 10 Albums for October

Daniel Hope :

Escape to Paradise: The Hollywood Album

"Daniel Hope is a force to be reckoned with." Gramophone Deutsche Grammophon releases Classical BRIT-Award-winner Daniel Hope's new recording, Escape to Paradise: The Hollywood Album, in the US (The album is released in Europe a day earlier.) The British violinist has a "thriving solo career" per the New York Times, which "has been built on inventive programming and a probing interpretive style." The new release draws on Hope's extensive research into European composers - among them Eric Wolfgang Korngold, Miklós Rózsa, Hanns Eisler, and Franz Waxman to name a few - who fled fascist persecution to relocate to Los Angeles where they penned some of the 20th century's most iconic film scores. Recorded with Alexander Shelley leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and guest artists including vocalists Sting and Max Raabe, Hope's unprecedented new collection juxtaposes examples of the émigré composers' film and concert music with selections by those they influenced – like leading contemporary movie composers John Williams, Ennio Morricone, and Thomas Newman – in a nostalgic search for the quintessentially lavish "Hollywood sound. 40 NEW   48 Total SYND: PRI/Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Portland, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Austin, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, Louisville, Buffalo, Canada Online: Taintradio, ClassicallyHip
Jackie Evancho :


Platinum-selling, 14-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho releases her third studio album, Awakening. Produced by Nick Patrick, Awakening is Evancho's first album under her recent worldwide recording agreement with Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait. The release will be supported by an International tour, a new PBS Special (set to air in December) and appearances on America's Got Talent (9/10), Today Show (9/22) and Queen Latifah (10/2). Awakening signals some new directions for Evancho. Without foregoing the beautiful and lush classical-crossover compositions for which she has become famous, and extends her stylistic reach with contemporary material on songs such as the haunting folk song "The Rains of Castamere" from HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, her version of U2's "With or Without You," and several original songs including the anthem "Take Me There" and "Open Fields of Grace." 22 NEW -  29 Total SYND: CBC Direct: Music Choice Markets include: Philadelphia, Wash DC, St. Louis, Cleveland, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Canada Online: ClassicallyHip, Taintradio, Daily Herald
Sergio Mendes :


"The sound of Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes has been a summer soundtrack for generations of listeners." - NPR In a career that spans more than half a century, Sérgio Mendes is an old hand at creating a unique sonic blend that electrifies a mass global audience. His knack for delivering hit after hit has made him the most successful Brazilian musician of his time. A grand conceptualizer, his well-polished talents as a pianist, composer, bandleader, vocalist and producer make him a truly singular artist. With Magic, his debut recording for the storied OKeh label, he triumphs once again, delivering a timely update on the infectious mix of Brazilian rhythms and contemporary styles from his homeland, the U.S. and elsewhere that make the Mendessound instantly recognizable.
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. 
The Bad Plus :

Inevitable Western

The Bad Plus - bassist Reid Anderson, pianist EthanIverson, and drummer David King - release their tenth studio recording, Inevitable Western, is comprised entirely of originals and continues the band's committed belief in what Nate Chinen of The New York Times dubbed ‘avant-garde populism' - the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative. Inevitable Western sees the group exploring the same set of aesthetic principles that fired their inception: an exploration of myriad musical forms born of jazz and advanced using any sonic source that forwards music that is uniquely The Bad Plus. The spark continues on tracks like Anderson's lyrical "Do It Again" and the post-rock twists and turns of King's "Gold Prisms Incorporated." This is an album where pop, blues and folk meld with classic melodies and rhythmic innovation into that rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for themasses. 19 New 'ON' 108 Total SYND: 60 Second CD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Miami, Atlanta, Baltimore, Seattle, Cleveland, Houston, Portland, Denver, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Boulder CO, Berkeley CA, Las Vegas, San Antonio, El Paso, Honolulu, Canada, UK Online: Taintradio, MOJA, GreenArrow, WGOE,, Jazz From Gallery 41, Good Music Speaks, Jazz Man, Willamette Week
Cecilia Bartoli :

St Petersburg

This fall, best-selling mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli looks to the little-known operas of 18th-century Russia on her upcoming release, Cecilia Bartoli– St Petersburg. These Baroque musical treasures were written by Italian and German composers working for the Russian court: specifically, Francesco Araia (at the court 1735–59), Hermann Friedrich Raupach (1759–61), Vincenzo Manfredini (1761–63), and Domenico Cimarosa (1787–91). The works were commissioned under the rules of empresses Anna Ioannovna (1730–40), Elizaveta Petrovna (Elizabeth, 1741–62), and Catherine II (known as Catherine the Great, 1762–96). The three rulers continued and completed the wholesale redefinition of Russia into an enlightened European state that began under Peter the Great. Cecilia Bartoli – St Petersburg, which releases on October 14, aims to shed new light on this incredible and momentous time for Russia, while simultaneously exploring the first instances of operatic music writing in the country. 30 NEW -  35 Total SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Austin, New Orleans, Honolulu, Canada Online: ClassicallyHip
Lang Lang :

The Mozart Album

Sony Classical is delighted to announce Lang Lang's first albumentirely devoted to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartavailable September 30. World renowned pianist, Lang Lang, will be joined by the legendary Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Harnoncourt is famous for his ability to match deep knowledge of 17th and 18th century musical language with an interpretative mind of outstanding originality.  36 NEW   46 Total SYND: PRI/Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Denver, Cincinnatti, Austin, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit, Louisville, Honolulu, Canada Online: Taintradio
Billy Childs :

Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

When the Grammy-winning Composer/Arranger/Pianist Billy Childs was 11 years old, his older sisters introduced him to the work of Hall Of Fame singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. Her blend of Broadway-inspired melodies, jazz improvisation and socially conscious lyrics have stayed with him. Now he has returned to this early source of inspiration, conceiving and orchestrating Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, an all-star interpretation of this songwriter's beloved works. Released by Masterworks, Mr. Childs leads guests include - Renee Fleming, Esperanza Spalding, Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss, Ledisi and Wayne Shorter. 22 NEW 'ON'  -  104 Total SYND: PBS/Tavis Smiley, NPR/Weekend Edition, VOA/Jazz America, Dial Global, The Midnight Special, UnderCurrents  Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Baltimore, Houston, Detroit, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Madison WI, Honolulu, Toronto Online & Press Downbeat, Taintradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, MOJA, CD Insight, TribLive, GreenArrow, The Jazzy Vegetarian
Brooklyn Rider :

The Brooklyn Rider Almanac

Brooklyn Rider -"the future of chamber music," according to Strings magazine-celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall with a major multi-disciplinary project called the Brooklyn Rider Almanac, beginning with a new Mercury Classics album of specially commissioned work from a diverse group of composers, set for worldwide release on September 30. In the cross-disciplinary spirit of Der Blaue Reiter ("The Blue Rider"), the legendary European artistic collective that is the group's namesake, each work-by musicians including Bill Frisell, Padma Newsome, Vijay Iyer, Aoife O'Donovan, Glenn Kotche from the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, and Greg Saunier from the rock band Deerhoof-is inspired by a creative muse of the composer's choice from the past half-century, ranging from groundbreaking composer Igor Stravinsky to king of funk James Brown to Mississippi novelist William Faulkner to iconic choreographer Mark Morris. 19 NEW  57 Total SYND: NPR, Classical 24 Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Dallas, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, New Orleans, Baltimore, Austin, Louisville KY Online: Taintradio, ClassicallyHip, MusiClassical
Joshua Bell :


Violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most acclaimed classical musicians of today - renowned for his expressive, elegant, intelligent playing and his deep commitment to bringing the classical tradition to wider audiences. Over the past three decades he has recorded more than 40 albums including most of the great violin repertoire. Now, Sony Classical is excited to announce that Bell has for the first time recorded the masterpieces of J.S. Bachwith the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.  In his third season now as their music director, Bell performs Bach's sublime Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, along with a never-done-before 'violin and orchestra' arrangement of the famous Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 (adapted from Mendelssohn's piano accompaniment), the Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita No. 3 for solo violin (using Schumann's accompaniment), and the universally beloved 'Air on the G string'.  39 NEW -  126 Total SYND: Classical 24, CBC, Sunday Baroque, The Romantic Hours Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, Spafax, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Portland, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, Austin, New Orleans, Memphis, Louisville, Honolulu, Canada Online: ClassicallyHip, Taintradio