David Yazbek returns to Feinstein's/54 Below with the ACPO, from bway smash-hit - The Band's Visit / THEATREMANIA


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} Tony-nominated composer David Yazbek, currently represented on Broadway by the new musical The Band's Visit, will return to NYC's Feinstein's/54 Below on March 12  for an encore show after seven prior sold-out events. Joining Yazbek are special guests from The Band's Visit, Ari'el Stachel (Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominee for The Band's Visit) and John Cariani (Something Rotten!, Tony nominee for Fiddler on the Roof). The concert will feature songs from Yazbek's albums and shows - old, new, and upcoming. Prior guest performers at DY's shows have included Patti LuPone, Michael Cerveris, Anaïs Mitchell, and Patrick Wilson. Yazbek's previous credits include The Full Monty (Tony nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony nomination), Boardwalk Empire, and the Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego theme. READ THE FULL THEATREMANIA 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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Lara Downes interviews with 90.9WRCJ: Classical Detroit


Lara Downes' new album For Lenny celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special friends-and-family tribute to the man behind the music. The recording features Bernstein's aptly-named Anniversaries for Piano, new arrangements of his songs, and world premieres of works dedicated to Bernstein by leading American composers including Stephen Sondheim, John Corigliano, and Stephen Schwartz. The album is introduced by an essay from acclaimed New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik.

LD sat down with 90.9 WRCJ - Classical Detroit, Chris Felcyn to discuss the new recording. Listen to the attached clip
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  Interview with WRCJ's Chris Felcyn

Lara Downes - for lenny is KUSC: Download Of the Week


Lara Downes' new album For Lenny celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special friends-and-family tribute to the man behind the music. The recording features Bernstein's aptly-named Anniversaries for Piano, new arrangements of his songs, and world premieres of works dedicated to Bernstein by leading American composers including Stephen Sondheim, John Corigliano, and Stephen Schwartz. The album is introduced by an essay from acclaimed New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik. Taking her inspiration from Bernstein's boundary-breaking approach to music-making, Lara has invited a diverse group of guest artists: opera legend Thomas Hampson, roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, superstar beatboxer Kevin "K.O." Olusola (a member of the chart-topping a cappella group Pentatonix), and Mexican/American clarinet prodigy Javier Morales-Martinez. 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} This week, you can download "The Story of My Life" from Wonderful Town for free on KUSC: Los Angeles
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Lara Downes - for lenny is KDFC: Download Of the Week


Lara Downes' new album For Lenny celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special friends-and-family tribute to the man behind the music. The recording features Bernstein's aptly-named Anniversaries for Piano, new arrangements of his songs, and world premieres of works dedicated to Bernstein by leading American composers including Stephen Sondheim, John Corigliano, and Stephen Schwartz. The album is introduced by an essay from acclaimed New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik.

Taking her inspiration from Bernstein's boundary-breaking approach to music-making, Lara has invited a diverse group of guest artists: opera legend Thomas Hampson, roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, superstar beatboxer Kevin "K.O." Olusola (a member of the chart-topping a cappella group Pentatonix), and Mexican/American clarinet prodigy Javier Morales-Martinez. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} This week, you can download "The Story of My Life" from Wonderful Town for free on KDFC: San Francisco
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Roberto Fonseca to Tour North America in April / billboard


Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca is set to tour the United States and Canada in April. Known to international audiences for his past appearances with Buena Vista Social Club and Omara Portuondo, Fonseca will appear with his trio, which features Yandy Martínez on bass and Michel Castellanos on drums. Fonseca became the first solo Cuban artist to release an album on the storied jazz label Impulse! with his latest recording, ABUC. Afro-Cuban soul singer Dayme Arocema shares the bill on some dates. Young Afro-Cuban soul singer Dayme Arocema shares the bill on some dates.    April 13 -  San Antonio, TX @ Jo Long Theatre April 15 – Vancouver, B.C.@ Chan Centre For the Performing Arts (Co-bill with Dayme Arocema) April 16 & 17 – Seattle, WA  @ Dimitriou´s Jazz Alley April 18  – Portland, OR @ The Mission Theater April 21 – Northridge, LA @ Valley Performing Arts Center (Co-bill with Dayme Arocema) April 22 – San Francisco, CA @ Miner Auditorium (Co-bill with Dayme Arocema) April 24 – Princeton, NJ @ Berlind Theatre
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Dianne Reeves gives awe-inspiring performance at Jorgensen Center / UConn Daily Campus


Five-time Grammy winner and jazz artist Dianne Reeves shook Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 17 with her thundering vocals and contagious personality. "You can clap your hands, stomp your feet, shout out loud or dance down the aisles. It's okay. Just don't hurt yourself," Reeves told the crowd of students and locals sitting in the cabaret setting. "Be free with me." Reeves performed a variety of old and new jazz styles including standard, bossa nova and contemporary during the show that ran about two hours. The Dianne Reeves Quartet consisting of Peter Martin, pianist; Peter Sprague, guitarist; Reginald Veal, bassist; and Terreon Gully, drummer, helped Reeves' songs come to life. 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 Daily Campus ARTICLE  
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Sonny Rollins establishes ensemble at Oberlin


It was a letter that helped jazz legend Sonny Rollins make up his mind. The 87 year old jazz legend, whose life life-long mission has been to give back to others wanted to award a major gift to one of the schools that had  honored him with a doctorate. The question became: "where?" Rollins who has received honorary degrees from a number of institution was considering Berklee College of Music, The New England Conservatory and Julliard School. When James McBride, the award-winning fiction author and musician heard about Rollins' plan, he sent the saxophonist a letter with a suggestion. "Why not Oberlin?"
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Angel Joy Blue and Carl Tanner debut 'Turandot' with the SDOpera / The San Diego Union-Tribune


When she was 4 years old, Angel Joy Blue saw her very first opera: "Turandot." This week, the Southern California soprano will mark another first. She'll make her role debut as Liù in Giacomo Puccini's beloved grand opera, "Turandot," with San Diego Opera. Production star Lise Lindstrom is one of the world's leading Turandots and is returning to play the role in San Diego for the second time since her company debut in 2011. American tenor Carl Tanner is making his company debut in the role of Calaf, a part he says he's had the privilege of singing 114 times to date. "I feel very honored to have my first Liù with Lise and Carl. I couldn't ask for better collaborators," Blue said during the first week of rehearsals earlier this month. "Turandot" was Puccini's grandest and most opulent opera. It was also his last. It premiered at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in April 1926, 17 months after his death. READ THE FULL San Diego Union-Tribune 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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Seong-Jin Cho interviews with classical radio about new Debussy recording


Following his two previous Chopin albums on the Yellow Label, it is entirely fitting that Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, should turn to Debussy for his third album. Towards his life's close, the French composer edited the piano works of Chopin, an experience that reignited his creativity, opening his heart to music he had loved since childhood. In turn, Cho's connection to Debussy runs deep. "I have always loved Debussy's music, but my feeling for it has deepened during my studies with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire," Cho recalls. "Michel never presses me to accept his ideas on interpretation, which would be so easy for such a great master of Debussy's music. His lessons are like meetings in which we discuss my playing, talk about music and art, and allow things to develop naturally." In conjunction with the album release, Seong-Jin Cho will be speaking today with Classical Radio Stations throughout the US including; C24 Network, MOOD Media KDFC in San Francisco, KMFA: Austin, WCPE: Wake Forest NC, WCVE: Richmond VA,and Statewide Networks - Minnesota Public Radio and Net Nebraska. Watch for our tweets.
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Shut Up and Play the Piano, a natural choice for a Berlinale world premiere / The Hollywood Reporter


Self-styled genius and musical prankster Chilly Gonzales is the focus of Philipp Jedicke's career-spanning documentary. Piano virtuoso, serial collaborator and self-declared genius, Jason Beck is a singular figure on the music scene. Fully immersed in his outsized alter ego of Chilly Gonzales, this Canadian cult star blurs the lines between rapper and classical composer, performance artist and punk provocateur. He also has strong Berlin connections, making German first-time director Philipp Jedicke's documentary portrait Shut Up and Play the Piano a natural choice for a Berlinale world premiere. READ THE FULL Hollywood Reporter REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
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Mastering the piano with Lang Lang, makes Gramophone's 'look at apps'


  Five years ago, apps were being heralded as a potential future for cultural publishing. Some superb standalone offerings imaginatively exploited the potential of touchscreen tablets, and the best of those still hold their head up high half a decade on. Two superb examples came from Touchpress as then was (the company is now known as Amphio). Pianist Stephen Hough's exploration of the Liszt Sonata, complete with note patterns cascading down the page, multiple camera angles and in-depth commentary, was highly praised by us when launched. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was the subject of a collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon which placed four performances – Fricsay, Karajan, Bernstein and Gardiner – together for ease of instant comparison (and has seen an extraordinary 1.5m downloads!). We last surveyed the scene in 2014, but, despite this auspicious start, the app world has since moved in a slightly different direction. Rather than a vast new genre of boundary-pushing products, apps have tended to become access points to something else, be it scores or recordings – though we'll encounter a few impressive exceptions below. Cost is probably a factor – apps can be very expensive to produce – and so too I suspect has been device memory. Tido, from the eminent publishing house Edition Peters is currently focused on music for piano. Scores are reproduced with clarity on a calming paper-tint background, and a purple haze (rather than a line, thus recognizing flexibility in performance) moves according to what you're listening too – or, more importantly for performers, what you're playing. Tido has also partnered with Faber Music to produce Mastering the Piano with Lang Lang. The same familiar icons of ‘annotate', ‘play' and ‘metronome' sit below the staves. Given how many children have become inspired to play by Lang Lang, I can't imagine a more appropriate virtual teacher. READ THE FULL Gramophone 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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Andrea Bocelli speaks with the Daily Beast


It's a defying-the-odds story tailor-made for the big screen: born with glaucoma, a shy and withdrawn Italian boy is stripped of his eyesight at the age of 12 following a freak soccer injury, only to grow up and become a world-renowned singer. Such is the journey of Andrea Bocelli, the 59-year-old Tuscan tenor who sold over 80 million albums worldwide, performed for presidents and popes, and had his timeless classic, "Con Te Partiro," memorialized on the greatest television show ever: The Sopranos. Now, Bocelli's been given the biopic treatment in The Music of Silence. Directed by Michael Radford (Il Postino) and adapted from Bocelli's memoir of the same name, it stars Game of Thrones' Toby Sebastian as the Bocelli proxy Amos, a blind youngster who, with the help of a Maestro (Antonio Banderas), achieves fame and fortune beyond his wildest dreams.  The Daily Beast spoke to Bocelli-through a translator, mind you-about the film based on his life, his unique modus operandi, and whether or not he backed out of performing at the president inauguration of his longtime pal, Donald J. Trump. READ THE Q&A 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 February

Sons of Kemet :

Your Queen Is A Reptile

Shabaka Hutchings, saxophonist, band leader and composer, has signed to impulse! records under the umbrella of Verve Label Group. One of his groups Sons of Kemet will release their third album Your Queen Is A Reptile on impulse! on March 30, 2018. To celebrate this signing and the label returning to the United States under VLG, impulse! will present a showcase at Winter Jazzfest on January 12 at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring Sons of Kemet and pianist Sullivan Fortner.  
Steve Tyrell :

A Song For You

Grammy Award winner and two-time Emmy nominee, Steve Tyrell, releases his latest album, A Song For You, on New Design Records / East/West Records. The 12-track release features Tyrell's takes on classic love songs by Van Morrison, Leon Russell, Jackie Wilson, Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer and more. Also featured on the record is the final work of Tyrell's friend and collaborator, the legendary - Paul Buckmaster-one of the foremost arrangers and concertmasters of the rock era."A Song For You" was the very last song Buckmaster worked on in his storied Grammy Award-winning career. 30 TOTAL SYND: Voice Of America Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta,  Baltimore, Honolulu, SD(Statewide), HI(Statewide) Berlin, Barcelona INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Germany Online: MOJA, Jazz From Gallery 41, BroadwayWorld, the audio beatnik p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} 9 JazzWeek ADD's
Sheku Kanneh-Mason :

Inspiration

18-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason came into the spotlight when he won the prestigious BBC Young Musician award in 2016. Signed to Decca Classics, his debut album features Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No.1, the piece Sheku performed in the BBCYM final. Recorded live with Mirga Gra'inytė-Tyla & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Inspiration also includes a broad range of new cello arrangements, from Saint-Saëns' "Le Cygne (The Swan)" to Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry." Released as a single on January 5, Sheku's moving arrangement of "No Woman, No Cry" has reached over 600K streams worldwide and made an unprecedented appearance for a classical artist on Spotify's United States Viral 50 Chart, charting among artists such as Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA and Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B.
Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz, Gary Versace :

The Subject Tonight Is Love

Countless poets, philosophers, artists, musicians, writers and dreamers have taken up that same subject since Hafiz's day, but despite seven intervening centuries of exploration, love continues to offer an inexhaustible supply of complexities and mysteries. On The Subject Tonight Is Love, their first album as a trio, vocalist Kate McGarry, guitarist/bassist Keith Ganz and keyboardist/accordionist Gary Versace rise to that eternal challenge, investigating the concept of love in its many forms and from several different perspectives over the course of a dozen alluring songs, from timeless folk tunes to transformed jazz standards, celebratory pop songs to evocative originals. 30 NEW  164 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, PRI/Jazz Happening Now, WFMT Jazz Net, VOA, Radio DeLuxe, SingOut Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, New Orleans, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Long Is NY, Louisville, Hartford, Tampa, Reno, Tais, Honolulu, KS(Statewide), VT(Statewide), Vancouver, Barcelona, Berlin, Pisa, Stokholm INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweeden, Australia Online: Cadence Magazine, tedgioia.com, ginalovesjazz, Taintradio, Green Arrow Radio, Jazz From Gallery 41, MOJA, Jazz Weekly, HotHouse, Jazz History Online, Jazz Da Gama, Pure Jazz Radio, all about jazz, Radio Valencia, Radio Free Amsterdam, Straight No Chaser, Spectrum Culture, Taintradio, Green Arrow Radio  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} 33 JazzWeek ADD's
John Paesano :

MAZE RUNNER

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of THE MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with original music by award-winning composer John Paesano. The soundtrack will be released digitally on January 26, 2018 and is available for preorder here. The film will be released on January 26th, 2018. In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. 18 TOTAL SYND: The Score, BBC Direct: SiriusXM INTER: UK, Spain Markets include: Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Portland, Long Island NY, San Antonio, Barcelona Online: GURU, Zephyr Planet Radio  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}
Daniel Hope :

Journey to Mozart

Daniel Hope returns to core repertoire with Journey to Mozart, an intimate exploration of Mozart's world comprising both works by the titular composer and pieces by his contemporaries Gluck, Haydn, Mysliveček and Salomon. Performed with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Journey to Mozart features two popular violin concertos by Haydn and Mozart (both in G Major), the famous Adagio in E Major, K. 261 and more. 37 TOTAL SYND: C24, Beethoven Net, CBC Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle, Austin, Memphis, Hartford CT., SC(Statewide), MN(Statewide), NJ(Statewide), Canada Online: The Berkeley Daily Planet
OSM Chamber Soloists :

Beethoven, Strauss

Under the artistic direction of Andrew Wan, principal violist of the OSM, this album highlights the great musical qualities of the musicians of the OSM in reduced formation: Andrew Wan on violin, Neal Gripp on viola, Brian Manker on cello, Ali Yazdanfar on bass, Todd Cope on clarinet, Stéphane Lévesque on bassoon and John Zirbel on horn. The Septuor in E flat major, op. 20, by Ludwig van Beethoven and Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders !, arrangement by Franz Hasenöhrl of the symphonic poem Till Eulenspiegel, op. 28, by Richard Strauss allows us to appreciate the mix of timbres of three important orchestral groups of the orchestra: strings, woodwinds and brass. After the Septuor, where the musical texture remains finely chiseled thanks to the variety of timbres, we marvel at Hasenöhrl's ingeniousness to suggest an entire orchestra with only five instruments. Together, these two works constitute a program where predominates a certain lightness - embellished with a touch of humor. 25 TOTAL SYND: C24, CBC Direct: MOOD  Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Hartford, MI(Statewide), MN(Statewide), Canada Online: AccuRadio
Johann Johannsson :

The Mercy

From Academy Award-winning director James Marsh (The Theory of Everything, Man of Wire) comes The Mercy, a tale of yachtsman Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth)'s disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race that results in his outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea. The soundtrack for The Mercy features music by Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival, mother!). The music is a combination of newly written, commercial orchestral scores, and existing pieces from Jóhannsson´s catalog, such as Orphée, Englabörn, Free The Mind and Copenhagen Dreams. 33 TOTAL SYND: NPR/ASC, The Score Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Portland, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Louisville, Knoxville TN, MI(Statewide), Barcelona INTER: Spain Online: Musicas Imaginadas, CalmRadio, Tiny Mix Tapes, Variety, Journeyscapes  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
Lisa Batiashvili :

Visions of Prokofiev

Following her acclaimed album with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim, Tchaikovsky & Sibelius Violin Concertos, Lisa Batiashvili releases Visions of Prokofiev, a new album with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The album features Prokofiev's two violin concertos as well as select movements from his famous ballets (Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, The Love for Three Oranges), newly arranged for solo violin and orchestra by Lisa's father, Tamás Batiashvili.
Max Richter :

Hostiles

The latest film from director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), Hostiles stars Christian Bale as a legendary Army captain in 1892 who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family through dangerous territory. The Hostiles soundtrack features music by composer Max Richter (The Leftovers, Sleep). Richter has received both Grammy and Emmy nominations for his work in film and television. Recent awards include The European Film Academy Award for Waltz with Bashir, the International Film Music Critics Award for The Leftovers, and a German Film Award and Australian Film Critics Award for Lore.  58 TOTAL SYND: C24, Beethoven Net, CBC Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Detroit, Denver Pittsburgh, Hartford CT., MN(Statewide), MI(Statewide), WV(Statewide), OR(Statewide), Montreal INTER: Canada, UK, Japan Online: The Berkeley Planet
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