Lara Downes creates refreshingly imaginative video to encourage voting / The Rehearsal Studio


This past Tuesday was Voter Registration Day, singled out by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to recognize the need to "protect our health and our civil liberties at the same time, including our fundamental right to vote." To this end the ACLU created a Web page with separate hyperlinks for each of the fifty states, providing information about the different ways in which a vote may be safely cast. To encourage visiting that Web page, pianist Lara Downes created a video of a performance of "Take Care of This House." Members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus singing from the windows of the White House (courtesy of Crossover Media) In this video each performer appears in a window of the White House. First we encounter Downes playing in a window with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the next window. Other instrumentalists include guitarist Conor Padmanabhan and another cellist, Ifetayo Ali-Landing. There is also an impressive number of contributing vocalists with line-by-line accounts taken by Thomas Hampson, Isabel Leonard, Ailyn Pérez, Lawrence Brownlee, Anthony Ross Costanzo, Julia Bullock, and J'Nai Bridges. Finally, all the windows are filled by the members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, after which Judy Collins provides a spoken epilog on why this musical journey was so important. The resulting video makes for a refreshingly imaginative approach to media, but what matters the most is that we all react to the message behind the media! READ THE FULL Rehearsal Studio ARTICLE
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In honor of the pianist's centennial, Brubeck Editions will issue 'Time OutTakes,' an album featuring alternate versions of iconic 1959 tracks / RollingStone


"Take Five," a 1959 track by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, was always a musical oddity: a swinging, instantly catchy jazz piece written in the uncommon time signature of 5/4. But it was also a huge hit and the first platinum-selling single in jazz history. Roughly 61 years after the release of "Take Five" on Brubeck's Time Out album, the late pianist's estate will release TimeOutTakes, a new album of previously unreleased alternate versions of pieces from the iconic LP. Wednesday, in advance of Time OutTakes' December release, Brubeck Editions is unveiling a never-before-heard early run-through of "Take Five," streaming above. On the alternate version, you can hear how the band is still acclimating to the feel of the piece's 5/4 rhythm. They play the tune faster than on the familiar take and drummer Joe Morello hadn't yet settled into the famously relaxed beat that made the five-beat structure feel so natural. You can also hear alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, who composed "Take Five," getting used to improvising on the tune. In his drum solo, Morello sticks close to the rhythm of Brubeck's "1, 2, 3; 1, 2" piano vamp, slowly building up density and excitement as he goes. Whereas on the final, Brubeck and bassist Eugene Wright play behind Morello's feature, here the drummer takes the spotlight alone. READ THE FULL RollingStone ARTICLE
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HBO premieres 'Fandango At the Wall' featuring; Arturo O'Farrill / Scenester


HBO will premiere the feature music documentary FANDANGO AT THE WALL on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-9:32 p.m. ET/PT). The film is a joint production between Tiger Turn Productions and Sony Music Latin and is directed by Varda Bar-Kar and executive produced by Quincy Jones, Andrew Young, and Carlos Santana. The film follows multi-Grammy award winning musician Arturo O'Farrill and multi-Grammy award winning producer Kabir Sehgal who journey to Veracruz, Mexico to recruit master musicians for a live album recording at the U.S.-Mexico border wall.  The film will premiere on HBO Latino and be available to stream on HBO Max. At the heart of the film is the "Fandango Fronterizo" music festival that takes place annually on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border. Jorge Francisco Castillo, who founded the festival, invites Sehgal and O'Farrill to Veracruz, Mexico to meet the masters of son jarocho, which is a 300-hundred-year-old folk music that combines indigenous, Spanish, and African traditions. They travel through the scenic countryside of Veracruz recruiting the best of these musicians to join them at the upcoming border festival. With musicians on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, the festival becomes a celebration of friendship and harmony transforming the wall from an object that divides to one that unites. The film features remarkable and dynamic music that blends quintessential son jarocho songs with lush big band jazz arrangements. The film was produced in partnership with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. READ THE FULL Scenester ARTICLE & WATCH THE VIDEO
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Bettye LaVette, the underdog of American blues, chats with JazzFM91


Bettye LaVette's first single in 1963 was a major hit, but for the next 40 years, the R&B singer bounced between label deals and near-destitution as her peers such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross became superstars. LaVette grew up in Detroit, the birthplace of Motown, but the label's founder Berry Gordy Jr. never brought her onto his roster. But LaVette is having the last laugh. At age 74, she's now enjoyed five Grammy nominations and numerous lifetime achievement awards. LaVette's new studio album Blackbirds is the ninth record she's released since 2003, when she kicked off a late-career resurgence. She brought The Who's Pete Townshend to tears when she performed Love Rain Over Me at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors. It led to her performing at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony. Her talent for finding new emotion in other people's songs is such that Justin Hayworth from the Moody Blues once told her that he'd written Nights in White Satin, but he never understood it until she sang it. Her voice, both on stage and in person, is what makes LaVette so extraordinary. After all these years, she's in a lane of her own. Bettye LaVette is the last of the great women of R&B's golden era. LaVette joined us for a conversation about her long career as the underdog of American blues. LISTEN TO THE JazzFM91 - Toront CAN SEGMENT
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89.9WUCF Magazine takes on the two polarized worlds of 'Data Lords' with Maria Schneider


Data Lords is a new double-album by Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. Inspired by conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, the recording features Schneider's acclaimed orchestra of 18 world-class musicians. Schneider says; "No one can deny the great impact that the data-hungry digital world has had on our lives. As big data companies clamor for our attention, I know that I'm not alone in struggling to find space – to keep connected with my inner world, the natural world, and just the simpler things in life," says Schneider. "Just as I feel myself ping ponging between a digital world and the real world, the same dichotomy is showing up in my music. In order to truly represent my creative output from the last few years, it felt natural to make a two- album release reflecting these two polar extremes." In the latest, 89.9WUCF: Orlando FL Magazine - Bob Kelley reviews the latest from keyboardist and arranger Antonio Adolfo - we celebrate the birth of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins - and Maria Schneider lets us in on her take of two polarized worlds with "Data Lords".   LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT
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  Interview with WUCF's Kayonnne Riley

Sharon Isbin chats with 95.5KHFM


Guitarist Sharon Isbin recently released her newest collection of diverse music entitled Affinty. On this historic ZOHO release, the  legendary guitarist performs multi-faceted and virtuosic new works for guitar, written for her by four leading composers. From the Africa-influenced El Decameron Negro by iconic Cuban guitarist/composer Leo Brouwer, through the Chinese and Spanish-inspired Seven Desires for Guitar by Tan Dun, to Richard Danielpour's sensual song cycle Of Love and Longing (with multiple Grammy winner Isabel Leonard) and the  jazz and world music-influenced Affinity: Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra by Chris Brubeck with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra/Elizabeth Schulze, Sharon Isbin gives her inimitable imprint to, and vastly enriches major new repertoire for guitar. The four world premieres also include a two-guitar arrangement for her by Colin Davin of Antonio Lauro's Waltz #3 Natalia.  Isbin speaks with 95.5:KHFM: Albuquerque - Brent Stevens about the meaning behind the recording's title. Listen to the attached interview
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Ludwig Goransson wins his first Emmy award / Finance Rewind


Ludwig Göransson is a famous Swedish composer, record producer, and conductor. He worked in many great films but never won an Emmy. Other than that he won Grammy's award for best soundtrack for visual media in Black Panther. On September 19th Saturday, Ludwig was announced as the best music composer for a series, where he scored his first Emmy. Göransson tweeted thank you to the academy for this honor and all the fame Mandalorian received this Emmy season. He even thanked Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau for giving him such a great opportunity to cross genres and boundaries with the score. Ludwig is no longer a secret that how talented and amazing person he is. He will be going to touch high places if goes with this speed and ability, Mondo's Mo Shafeek said in an interview. But he didn't tell about the chameleon-like ability to play with multiple genres. "His music for films like Creed and Black Panther showcase not only his collaborative nature but also his relationship to pop and hip hop, as well as blending untraditional instrumentation with traditional orchestras." Shafeek added: "His score for The Mandalorian is similarly masterful in its ability to be wildly experimental while never feeling out of place – like a synth spaghetti western score that feels inspired in equal parts to Ennio Morricone, John Williams, and Hans Zimmer, while also never feeling like a pastiche. We are honoured to be the home for this complete score." READ THE FULL Finance Rewind ARTICLE
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Laylow's 'TrinityVille' produced by Sofiane Pamart, makes 'DJBOOTH: 5 Best French Rap Songs for February 2020'


Following the injustice of being overlooked at the Victoires de la Musique, French rap continued its skyward trajectory in February with an abundance of high-caliber releases. New projects from Isha and Laylow were the highlights of a month that also saw ghostwriter extraordinaire, Meryl, release a stellar debut album, Jour avant caviar. From a February rich in sonics and superlative lyricism, here Laylow - "TrinityVille" is among DJBOOTH 'five choice additions to your French rap playlist.' Produced by Dioscures and Sofiane Pamart, "TrinityVille" is the third single from Trinity. A lambent, cyber trap ballad that finds Laylow doubling down on his belief that 2020 is his for the taking ("This year, I promised myself that I'd raise the level and the standard"). Bullishly dismissing the current wave of industrial action in France as a movement that conflicts with his own ("I've worked like never before, a son of an immigrant doesn't strike"), "TrinityVille" furthers Laylow's individualistic quest to revamp French rap in dynamic fashion. READ THE FULL DJBOOTH ARTICLE
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Laid against the backdrop of 1968 America, a 16-year-old jazz evangelist and a quick thinking high school janitor lead to Thelonious Monk's 'Live From Palo Alto' / Passion of the Weiss


In recent years record labels have bombarded jazz fans with a seemingly endless supply of "lost masterpieces" and newly discovered concert recordings. While some of these are superfluous (do we really need more live Keith Jarrett or Miles Davis albums?), others catch moments of such inspired creation that shelving them would do a disservice to the music. Bebop icon Thelonious Monk's Palo Alto falls into the latter category. Recorded live in concert in October, 1968 at Palo Alto High School in California, it's the unlikely result of the hustle of an enterprising 16-year-old jazz evangelist named Danny Scher, a quick thinking school janitor, and fortuitous timing-all laid against the backdrop of 1968 America.  Palo Alto lives up to the hype it will no doubt generate. It features Monk's touring quartet, which includes his longtime collaborator tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist Larry Gales, and drummer Ben Riley. Although the concert was of Scher's making, the janitor is the reason we are able to hear it, as he offered to have the piano tuned in exchange for permission to record the concert. Following the show Scher received the tapes which found their way into his attic, where they sat for decades.  Upon hitting the stage, Monk plinked down a few chords, Rouse and Gales played a few notes, and Riley gave his drum kit a quick once over-just a brief check to see how the room felt. It must have felt good, because instead of playing "Ruby, My Dear" at its usual slow ballad pace, the band took it at a sprightly medium swing tempo. Their immediate energy was an encouraging sign that the night would be special. During his solo Rouse mixes bebop with ballad phrasing, gliding with ease over Monk's slanting accompaniment lines and Riley's tidy brushwork. Where Monk might often land sharp jabs on the keys, here he's just as light and nimble as Rouse.  Musically, the concert was a triumph. Even if Monk and the band saw it as just a paycheck, they refused to phone it in and turned in a performance that 52 years later will certainly end up topping many critics' best of 2020 lists. From a social aspect, Scher feels that for one night, Monk's performance helped call a "truce" between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. For him and members of the community, it was a temporary balm for the tensions between the two cities. Naturally one concert could not solve decades of inequity, and even Scher's claim of a truce may be naïve. Nonetheless, a night with a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction backstory could produce music that was nothing less than special. READ THE FULL Passion of the Weiss ARTICLE
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Camille Thomas 'Voice of Hope' is the 90.1WRTI: Classical Album of the Week


"Beauty will save the world." Those are the words of cellist Camille Thomas, whose new album, Voice of Hope, speaks to this very idea. This album concept, at first glance, might have been at risk of feeling overly saccharine. It turns out, it'll take no more than nine seconds before the opening Kaddish by Ravel pulls you in and you know this is no lightweight endeavor from Thomas. This is not a sweet, innocent beauty, but one of visceral yearning, colored with mesmerizing, sometimes hauntingly beautiful soundscapes. Thomas delivers this, her second release on the Deutsche Grammophon label, alongside musical colleagues very much on her home turf - the Brussels Philharmonic and their French music director Stéphane Denève. Hear Camille Thomas and Stéphane Denève discuss the recording of Never Give Up on 90.1WRTI: Philadelphia
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Laila Biali honoured with Hagood Hardy Prize at 31st annual SOCAN Awards


Canada's most successful songwriters, composers and music publishers are will be honoured in the 31st annual SOCAN Awards, held for the first time online, with Shawn Mendes solidifying his place in songwriting royalty earning two of the most prestigious prizes, becoming the most-awarded SOCAN member in a single year. Follow @socanmusic on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#2020SOCANawards) to join in the celebration of more than 50 award winners announced today through September 25th via special virtual presentation. Celebrations include Drake, LIGHTS, bülow, Andrew Lockington, Daniel Caesar, Laila Biali and more. Biali has some new music for fall/winter including the release of Anthem by Leonard Cohen.
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CBC Radio 1 premiering Laila Baila's 'Anthem' in celebration of Leonard Cohen's 86th birth anniversary


Laila Biali released her cover of 'Anthem' by Leonard Cohen last Friday, Sept 18, for Leonard's birthday celebration TODAY Sept 21.  The 2019 JUNO-Award winner covers her fellow Canadian and music icon with his relevant song that delivers a salient message for the times we find ourselves in: "Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that's where the light gets in." Leonard would have turned 86 today. This single releases on the heels of Laila's highly succsessful 2020 album release, Out of Dust, which came out on March 27 and features an expansive ensemble of instrumentalists and singers including GRAMMY Award winners and nominees Lisa Fischer, John Ellis, Larnell Lewis, and others. CBC Radio 1 is premiering the track today along with the Quarantunes video. Watch the attached
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Top 10 Albums for September

Lang Lang :

Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations

"This is a very important dream-come-true moment", says Lang Lang. The superstar pianist, who waited 20 years before playing Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental composition in public, has finally achieved his goal of recording the Goldberg Variations. The result of two decades of deep study and personal reflection, his vision of Bach's Aria and 30 Variations is out now onDeutsche Grammophon. 
Diana Krall :

This Dream Of You

Diana Krall releases her new album, This Dream Of You, on Verve Records today.  The single "Autumn in New York" features a trio with Christian McBride and Russell Malone. This Dream Of You is music for right now but it is also a "long playing record," one that feels like a movie that you might share with someone because you know they'll stay with it until the final reel. As Diana says, "If ‘But Beautiful' is the overture, then ‘Singing In The Rain' is the end title." Diana Krall is the only vocalist, in the jazz category, to have nine albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy® Awards, ten Juno® Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums.  
Thelonious Monk :

Palo Alto

In the fall of 1968, a sixteen-year old high school student named Danny Scher had a dream to invite legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and his all-star quartet to perform a concert at his local high school in Palo Alto, CA. In a series of twists and turns, against a backdrop of racial tension and political volatility, that concert was recorded by the school's janitor. Palo Alto is now available  physically on Impulse! Records and digitally on Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment. 
Maria Schneider Orchestra :

Data Lords

Data Lords is a new double-album by Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. Inspired by conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, the recording features Schneider's acclaimed orchestra of 18 world-class musicians. "No one can deny the great impact that the data-hungry digital world has had on our lives. As big data companies clamor for our attention, I know that I'm not alone in struggling to find space – to keep connected with my inner world, the natural world, and just the simpler things in life," says Schneider. "Just as I feel myself ping ponging between a digital world and the real world, the same dichotomy is showing up in my music. In order to truly represent my creative output from the last few years, it felt natural to make a two- album release reflecting these two polar extremes." ALL PRESS SECURED BY ANN BRAITHWAITE
Labrinth :

Euphoria (Original Score From The HBO Series)

Milan Records, an imprint of Sony Music Masterworks, today releases'EUPHORIA (ORIGINAL SCORE FROM THE HBO SERIES)'with music by chart-topping, multiplatinum-selling artist and producer'LABRINTH.''Available everywhere now, the album features score music from the first season of the hit HBO series and marks Labrinth's first-ever project as lead composer.' Written and recorded in close collaboration with the show's writer Sam Levinson, his original compositions feature prominently throughout the series as a sonic companion to the show's angst-driven narrative.''The resulting 26-track collection is a genre blending mix of gospel, soul and electronic influences, indicative both of Labrinth's imitable style as well as the show's deeply moving storyline.'' Of the album,'LABRINTH'says, "My experience with'Euphoria'has made me a better musician. It was a dream come true to give wings and add magic to the different storylines. It was a collaborative effort among Sam Levinson, the crew and the cast - I only added texture to an already phenomenal show. I hope that anyone who listens to the music embraces feeling something."
Daniel Hope :

Hope@Home

Violinist Daniel Hope spent his period of social distancing by performing chamber concerts online from his living room in Berlin with specially invited guests including Christoph Israel, Till Brönner, Matthias Goerne and more. Deutsche Grammophon is proud to present Hope@Home the album, a selection from this series of livestream events which attracted a combined audience of 2.5M viewers. Every track is live, one take only. As Hope says, "There were no patches or editing, no second takes. Sometimes life doesn't allow for second takes. This was my world for six magical and highly unusual weeks. I hope you enjoy listening."      
Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project :

Nebula Project, Kites and Strings

Ben Rosenblum doesn't just invite a diverse array of influences into his music. While his projects reflect his potent and deeply rooted point of view, the pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger positively thrives on a thrum of contrasting approaches. With Kites and Strings, his third album as a leader and the debut of the Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project, he's convened an exceptionally vivid cast of collaborators and provided them with a program of arrestingly beautiful pieces. Slated for release on October 16, 2020 via One Trick Dog, the album is the work of an artist who's found that his voice contains multitudes. Regularly employed by some of jazz's most revered masters, Rosenblum has already established a national profile as bandleader by logging thousands of miles on the road, playing some 100 gigs annually with his trio at clubs, theaters, schools and community centers, and relishing the opportunity to bring jazz into communities where fellow musicians rarely play. 
Michael Shapiro :

Frankenstein - The Movie Score

James Whale's film classic Frankenstein (1931), starring Boris Karloff, was released without a musical score, as were many films in those early days of the talkie.  A number of critics, including Leonard Maltin, have remarked that Frankenstein is badly in need of music.  Michael Shapiro's 70-minute score is written to be played simultaneously with the screening of the film.  For modern-day concert- and moviegoers, his haunting music adds significantly to the emotional impact of the film.   Michael Shapiro was commissioned in 2002 by the Boris Koutzen Foundation to write this film score. The world premiere of this work, with live chamber orchestra and film, occurred in October 2002 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Jacob Burns Film Center in New York. Since its premiere, it has received over 50 performances worldwide, including its European premiere at the Bergen International Festival in Norway, and at the Mariinsky Theater Film Annex in St. Petersburg, with major symphony orchestras in the United States, Canada, and the U.K., by Federal service bands such as the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., and the Royal Canadian Air Force Band (La Musique de Aviation royale canadienne) in Winnepeg, and university ensembles throughout the Americas.
Melody Gardot - Sting :

Little Something

World-renowned singer-songwriter Melody Gardot announces her long-awaited new album along with the release of a highly anticipated single which sees her join forces with 17-time Grammy Award winning music icon Sting. The duet ‘Little Something', released today on Decca Records, brings together Gardot and Sting's distinctive vocals on this up-tempo, Latin inflected pop track.  Mixed by 4x Grammy-Award winner, Robert Orton (Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lana Del Rey) the song was created by Melody Gardot, Sting, his long-time guitarist Dominic Miller and French producer Jen Jis.
Ella Fitzgerald :

The Lost Berlin Tapes

Verve Records announces the release of a never-before-heard stellar live recording from the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald.  The Lost Berlin Tapes were recorded – incredibly in both mono and stereo – at Berlin's Sportpalast on March 25, 1962 and finds Ella at the top of her game with a trio led by pianist Paul Smith, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, and Stan Levey on drums.  There was just something about Berlin that brought out the best in Ella. In February of 1960, she gave a concert at the Deutschlandhalle, which became one of her best-known and best-selling records, Mack The Knife: Ella in Berlin. The album won her 2 Grammys, it went on to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  Two years after that historic concert, Ella returned to the city at the height of her career, in the midst of her most extensive European tour to date. Flanked by her stalwart rhythm section including pianist Paul Smith, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks and drummer Stan Levey, Ella delivers an energized, top-of-her-game set a month before her 45th birthday. 
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