ESQ celebrates 40 Years, with Chaconnes and Fantasias, music of Britten and Purcell / KDFC - State of the Arts


The Emerson String Quartet celebrated its 40th season this year, and partly inspired by their newest member, cellist Paul  Watkins, who joined them in 2013, their most recent release includes the works of two of England's best known composers: Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten. Violist Lawrence Dutton and violinist Eugene Drucker say the ensemble's success comes in part from having a sense of humor, being able to express themselves, and being very lucky. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px} "Sense of humor, that's the first part, I think, right off the bat. You have to be able to laugh at yourselves, you have to be able to give criticism, and take criticism," Lawrence Dutton says. "But to be honest, you just have to be lucky, and the fact that when you're a bunch of young kids putting together an ensemble, you somehow grow together and manage to stay together in a way that works. There's no guarantee of that, it's like a marriage, you know, it takes work, but you can be just lucky, and I think we were lucky with… the personalities got along. We're all very different, but the personalities work together." When the ensemble formed in 1976, founding members Eugene Drucker and violinist Philip Setzer were still at Juilliard.  Dutton and cellist David Finckel would join within a few years, and the lineup stayed for decades. On their newest album, they dive into Britten and one of his inspirations. "It's at least as much personal as it is nationalistic, Britten's preoccupation in some ways with the music of Purcell," Drucker says. "And the fact that Purcell composed a Chaconne – the British term for it is Chacony – which Britten himself edited so it could be performed by string orchestras. Even though we had previously played the Britten second and third Britten quartets, we hadn't intensively focused on them… Purcell we had never played."  The Purcell piece they play in the video below inspired the rhythms of the final movement of Britten's second quartet, which is also on their disc Chaconnes and Fantasias – Music of Britten and Purcell. LISTEN TO THE KDFC: San Francisco - State of the Arts SEGMENT
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Sachal Ensemble set for US tour this Fall / BroadwayWorld


A jazz song from the late-50s, an Oxford-educated financial advisor and a group of once-celebrated but unemployed musicians -- some of whom no longer even owned an instrument -- are not the standard ingredients from which global hits are made. But then the story of the Sachal Ensemble, from Lahore, Pakistan, is anything but standard. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px} The 10-piece group, touring the United States for the first time this October / November, combines conventional Western instruments (such as piano, bass, drums) with traditional Pakistani ones, such as tabla, dholak (a two-headed hand drum) and sarangi, a bowed string instrument. Its repertoire on this tour will mix traditional Sufi music, ragas and beloved Pakistani film songs (such as " Ranjha Ranjha," from the movie Raavan) with uniquely South Asian spins on Western classics, including The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts," Michel Legrand's "The Windmills of Your Mind," and, of course, their highly distinctive take on Dave Brubeck's hit "Take Five," a video of became a YouTube hit with over 1 million views. The international sensation created by the Brubeck "Take Five" video led to, among other things, an invitation in 2013 for the Sachal Ensemble to collaborate with trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The musicians' extraordinary journey from Lahore to Lincoln Center was captured in Song of Lahore, a documentary film by two-time Academy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken. A U.S. album release soon followed on Universal Music Classics, also titled Song of Lahore, (May 20, 2016) produced by Grammy Award-winner Eli Wolf and featuring the Sachal Ensemble collaborating with a diverse group of artists including Wynton Marsalis, Meryl Streep, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Nels Cline of Wilco, Madeleine Peyroux and Sean Lennon. A recent Pakistan-only release, titled Jazz and All That, includes the ensemble's striking versions of Brubeck's "Blue Rondo A La Turk," and songs such as Stevie Wonder's "You've Got It Bad Girl", Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave" and Henry Mancini's "The Pink Panther." READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld ARTICLE
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NerdSpan gives strong recommendation to Danny Elfman's Rabbit and Rogue


In terms of artistic arithmetic, Rabbit & Rogue definitely follows the less is more formula, as in listening to Elfman minus movies, you meet Elfman unfettered by film. That said, Danny Elfman's style is so pronounced and evocative of ‘the movies' that when I first started listening to Rabbit and Rogue it was as if I discovered herunto discarded motifs from his movie scenes. How to describe the Elfman musical signature? I would call it Sci-Fi Americana, as it seems equal parts Coplandesque wistfulness for the lost horizon and Kirk wrestling a shirt-shredding Gorn to note-plucking harmonies wrung from Stravinsky. While I'm very curious to see the ballet for which this soundtrack was composed, Rabbit & Rogue is already such an evocative and imagistic piece that the music already dances-the notes are not only sounding but performing. Rabbit & Rogue has six tracks: "Intro"; "Frolic"; "Gamelan"; "Rag"; "Lyric"; and, "Finale." However, "Intro" is more or less a truncated version of "Gamelan," so really there are five distinctive pieces of music on Rabbit & Rogue. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px} Overall Rabbit & Rogue receives a strong recommendation not only for soundtrack nerds looking for a new Danny Elfman for their collection, or writers looking for more creative juice, but for fans of ballet and those more voracious music junkies that are looking for something new.  The limited deluxe edition of Rabbit & Rogue arrived in stores on June 30th, and you can find it through this link; alternatively, you can buy it digitally through here. READ THE FULL NerdSpan REVIEW
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Schiff, Avital, Chen, Benedetti & Tafelmusik among 'Musica Viva' 2018 highlights / Sydney Morning Herald


One of the greatest living pianists, Sir Andras Schiff, returns to Australia after more than two decades next year as the highlight of one of the most ambitious seasons in years for Musica Viva. Schiff, especially noted as a Bach specialist, will play a gala recital in Melbourne and Sydney, with an attractive but different program ranging from Bach to Brahms in each city in October, according to the just-released 2018 season for Australia's specialist chamber music group. The star power in the subscription season is also high, with violinists Nicola Benedetti and Ray Chen, pianist Joyce Yang, clarinettist Sabine Meyer and mandolin player Avi Avital. Avital and the Giocoso String Quartet, who won the Musica Viva and audience prizes at the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Festival, visit in April, with a program including a new work written for the unusual combination by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin. Canadian group Tafelmusik, touring for the third time in May, combine precision playing with video in a tribute to Bach and his world, followed in July by Joyce Yang, who won a silver medal as the youngest contestant at the 12th Van Cliburn competition. Australian-raised virtuoso Ray Chen tours in July, the acclaimed Borodin Quartet from Russia returns in September, and violinist Benedetti joins cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk in their new piano trio in November. READ THE FULL Sydney Morning Herald ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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OperaWire's 10 must see Fall productions


After showcasing a wide range of repertoire that will be showcased this fall in the United States, it's time to look at the European theaters. With hundreds of houses around the world opening at the same time, it was challenging to put together this list. But after looking through several theaters, OperaWire has curated the must-see operas for this fall and winter season that are sure to please audiences as well as challenge them with new works. 10. La Favorite – Teatro Real de Madrid - On Nov. 2 Jamie Barton makes her Teatro Real debut as Lenore in Donizetti's "La Favorite" making it one of the most anticipated for Spain audiences. Barton, who has risen to fame all over the world will be joined by the new Bel Canto king Javier Camarena as Fernand. Simone Piazzola sings Alphonse while Daniel Oren conducts what should be two stellar nights at the opera. 9. Marnie – English National Opera - After premiering "Two Boys" in 2011 at the ENO, Nico Muhly returns with his second world premiere with the company.  This time Muhly is collaborating with librettist Nicholas Wright on an adaptation of Winston Graham's novel by special arrangement with Universal Pictures. Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer makes his UK opera debut, collaborating with ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins in a production that stars Grammy Award-winning mezzo Sasha Cooke in the title role. The opera premieres on Nov. 18 and is slated to appear at the Metropolitan Opera in a few years. 8. Le Nozze di Figaro -Bayerische Staatsoper - Christof Loy is one of the most of acclaimed directors of our time and this season he will direct a new production of Mozart's masterpiece. Constantinos Carydis conducts the production which stars a young cast including Christian Gerhaher, Federica Lombardi, Anett Fritsch, Alex Esposito and Olga Kulchynska. The production opens Oct. 17 and will be broadcast on BR Klassik. 7. Fra Diavolo – Teatro dell'Opera di Roma - Technically this is still part of the 2016-17 season but it is part of the fall and the fact that the opera is even being presented is simply exciting. Opening on Oct. 8 the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma has lined up a superb cast that includes John Osborn, Pretty Yende and Sonia Ganassi. Conducted by Rory Macdonald, this is one rare piece that audiences may want to catch. 6. Il Trovatore – Opera Frankfurt - Elza Van Den Heever is one of the most versatile performers today, dominating the repertoire of Strauss, Verdi, Handel, Mozart, Bellini, and Donizetti. Five years after taking on the role of Leonora at the Canadian Opera, Van den Heever returns to the opera and headlines a new production by David Boesch. Also starring is Brian Mulligan and Piero Pretti, this is one exciting young cast for this Verdi Masterpiece. The production opens on Sept. 10. 5. La Bohème – Royal Opera House - In 2015, John Copley's 40-year-old production retired after numerous successful runs. Two years later the Royal Opera House is bringing a new production by Richard Jones. Music Director Antonio Pappano will conduct the Puccini masterwork after numerous years and has lined up a phenomenal cast for the premiere. Michael Fabiano, Nicole Car, Mariusz Kwiecien and Nadine Sierra star in the production. Opening on Sept. 11, the production will be filmed live in HD on Sept. 25. 4. Autumn Sonata – Finnish National Opera - One of the most anticipated productions at the Finnish Opera is the adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's Oscar-winning film by composer Sebastian Fagerlund, one of the most highly acclaimed Finnish composers. With a libretto by Gunilla Hemming in a new production by Stéphane Braunschweig, the opera should be intriguing for audiences. It will also be a chance to see Anne Sofie von Otter in her Finnish National Opera debut in an opera that was specifically written for her. The opera has its world premiere on Sept. 8. 3. Szenen aus Goethes Faust – Berlin Staatsoper - While this Schumann work is not considered an opera but an oratorio, the Berlin Staatsoper is presenting it in a new production by Jürgen Flimm with Daniel Barenboim conducting. What makes this even more enticing is the cast that the company has lined up. René Pape will perform the role of Mephistopheles while Roman Trekel will be Faust. Elsa Dreisig sings Gretchen. The rarely staged work received its premiere on Oct. 3. 2. Andrea Chénier – Teatro alla Scala - Anna Netrebko has had two triumphs in new roles including "Aida" and "Adriana Lecouvreur." Now La Scala audiences will see her first Maddalena in "Andrea Chénier." The new role marks her third of the year and it also marks her third time headlining opening night at La Scala. She will be joined by her husband Yusif Eyvazov in the title role, Annalisa Stroppa and Luca Salsi. Riccardo Chailly conducts the production by Mario Martone. "Andrea Chénier" opens Dec. 7 with the performance streamed in cinemas and television all over the world. 1. Don Carlos – Opera National de Paris - It's hard not to look forward to this production when Jonas Kaufmann, Sonya Yoncheva and Elina Garanca are all headlining. Ildar Abdrazakov, Ludovic Tezier and Dmitry Belosselskiy also star in what is likely to be the Opera de Paris' highlight of the season and a historical performance. The new production will feature the original French version directed by the visionary Krzysztof Warlikowski under the direction of Philippe Jordan. "Don Carlos" opens on Oct. 10 with a performance slated for cinema. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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Sharon Isbin is Capital Public Radio - Artist of the Week


Guitarist Sharon Isbin performing "Capricho arabe" by Francisco Tarrega. Let's start with a selection from Isbin's new album called Alma Espanola or "Spanish Soul;" released just this past month. She may be familiar to concert goers since she's been to the area several times to perform. Most recently, Isbin appeared at the Mondavi Center last year with the New York Chamber Soloists. This piece is called Capricho arabe by Francisco Tarrega. Tarrega is referred to as the "father of classical guitar." Guitar music settled in Spain and South America in the late 1800s. The Spanish composer Tarrega is not only one of the great scribes for the instrument but one of the great guitarists as well. I've heard the Capricho arabe played by guitarists other than Isbin, most notably, the Spaniard Andres Segovia, who lived closer to the time of Tarrega. His performance is more forceful than Isbin's. He packs a little more power than she does. But I quite like Isbin's interpretation which is subtle and lyrical. Frankly, it just sounds like she has more elegant, flexible fingers than Segovia. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica; min-height: 12.0px} If every artist played the piece the same way, it would be pretty boring. Great musicians will usually follow the rules put forth by composers, but where there is not a marking in the music - that's where an expert performer shines. As in the quote from Claude Debussy, "music is the silence in between the notes."  Listen to the Kevin Doherty - Sharon Isbin segment attached, and  LISTEN TO THE FULL Capital Public Radio SEGMENT HERE    p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial}
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The Wichita Lineman. A perfect sonic landscape / HUFFPOST UK


With the passing of Glen Campbell last week, many writers and authorities are commenting on the supersonic hit written in a few hours by Jimmy Webb and recorded in one afternoon in 1968. It was an immediate hit and permanently lifted Campbell from the country music genre to being a far-ranging popular artist. When I first heard The Wichita Lineman, aged about ten, I choked with emotion. The rawness of the lyrics, even though they couldn't have made a lot of sense to a child, did. Perhaps it was the key changes (F major juxtaposed against D major) that painted a haunting picture of loneliness and indescribable distances or the whining of Glen's tenor voice; or the improbable line, "I hear her singing in the wire". PHOTO: Lynn Houghton  READ Lynn Houghton's FULL HUFFPOST UK ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
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Time for Three set for Cooperstown Summer Music Festival / BroadwayWorld


From ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" to Carnegie Hall, audiences have been delighted by the high-energy virtuosity of Time for Three. The trio will offer a blend of jazz, folk, classical, and pop in a concert at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival on Sunday, August 20 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Hotel. Time for Three - Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; Charles Yang violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass - perform mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, James Taylor, Mumford and Sons, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more, as well as original arrangements. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px} "Time for Three are phenomenal string players and dynamic performers," says Festival artistic director Linda Chesis. "I am delighted to be featuring them here in Cooperstown." Time for Three comes to Cooperstown just after performing at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Chautauqua. "Seeing them in an intimate 200-seat venue here in Cooperstown is a wonderful opportunity," says Chesis. READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld ARTICLE
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ESQ's Eugene Drucker and Lawrence Dutton discuss Chaconnes and Fantasias with KUSC Radio


The Emerson String Quartet celebrating its 40th season recorded Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell, the first release on Universal Music Classics' new US classical record label, Decca Gold. On this new album, the Emersons explore the close affinities of the music of Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten, arguably two of Britain's most well known composers. Included here are Britten's String Quartet Nos. 2 and 3, and Purcell's Chacony in G minor and Fantazias Nos. 6, 8, 10 and 11.  Eugene Drucker (violin) says of this album, "it's hard to believe that the music on this CD spans almost three centuries, ranging from Purcell's surprisingly pungent harmonies to Britten's distinctive voice: pitched outside the mainstream of European modernism, experimental yet deeply rooted in his extensive knowledge of older music, drawing inspiration from and breathing new life into old forms."  Drucker and violist Lawrence Dutton sat down with KUSC: Los Angeles - Brian Lauritzen to discuss the new recording and their 40th season. Listen to the attached interview.
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#Bloomerangs - Horizon Sunset creates a global jazz for the new millennium / Jazz Weekly


The collective group Horizon Sunset mixes 22 artists from places as diverse as the US, Uruguay and Argentina, in order to create a global view of jazz for the new millennium. Most consistent in the rotating batting order are drummer Tato  Bolognini and bassist Marco Messino, keeping a foundation for the horn laden soul jazz of "Eden Pine Trees" and "Purple" while delivering latin moods with percussionist Luis Ravizza on "Man B."A reggae-ish "Young Dads" features a nice guitar line by Rodrigo Cotelo and some synth soul is dominant on "Pensive" and "Low Ride." While politics may separate nations, funky blues seems to bind them together. SEE THE Jazz Weekly PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica}
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Charlie Watts meets The Danish Radio Big Band - LIVE, featured on Voice of America's JAZZ AMERICA


Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts returns to his love of jazz for a live album of big band classics, originals and Rolling Stones covers on Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band (Impulse! / Verve). Before the Rolling Stones were a known entity in the early 1960s, Charlie Watts had a day job that took him to Denmark. While he was there, he entrenched himself in the jazz and blues scene, sitting in with bands big and small, keeping his passion for music alive while he earned his living. Fast-forward fifty years to 2010: Charlie Watts got together with the Danish Radio Big Band and rehearsed for four days, presenting a concert at the newly opened Concert Hall of Denmark in Copenhagen that was broadcast on Danish National Radio. CHARLIE WATTS & DANISH RADIO BIG BAND…(satis)faction (Charlie watts meets the DR big band) is featured on Voice of America's JAZZ AMERICA...SHOW #1883…for 12-13 AUGUST 2017. Here's the full show playlist KENNY CLARKE-FRANCIS BOLAND BIG BAND…let's face the music & dance (all smiles) DOUYE…summertime (daddy said so) * Steve Turre Interview   THE AIRMEN OF NOTE & STEVE TURRE…el camino real (2017 radio broadcast) KENNY BURRELL & LOS ANGELES JAZZ ORCHESTRA…mama ya ya (unlimited 1: live @ catalina's) RANDY WESTON…the African family part 2 (the African-nubian suite) AL JARREAU & METROPOLE ORCHEST…cold duck (al jarreau & the metropole orchest)  * Cyrus Chestnut Interview THE AIRMEN OF NOTE & CYRUS CHESTNUT…spicy honey (2017 radio broadcast) U.S. ARMY SWAMP ROMP…I wish (voodoo boogaloo) GLENN MILLER…in the mood (recorded in new york-1939) HOUR TWO... JAZZ AMERICA...SHOW #1884…12-13 AUGUST 2017 CHARLIE WATTS & DANISH RADIO BIG BAND…(satis)faction (Charlie watts meets the DR big band) BILLIE HOLIDAY & RAY ELLIS'S ORCHESTRA…all of you (recorded in new york-1959) * Steve Turre Interview THE AIRMEN OF NOTE & STEVE TURRE…ray's collard greens (2017 radio broadcast) RAY CHARLES ORCHESTRA…ghana (swiss radio days-live 1961 BENNY GOODMAN & PEGGY LEE…why don't you do right (1942)  * Cyrus Chestnut Interview THE AIRMEN OF NOTE & CYRUS CHESTNUT…giant steps (2017 radio broadcast) TIM HAGANS & NDR BIG BAND…Seymour moskowitz (faces under the influence) PAT METHENY & SWR BIG BAND…hommage (hommage a eberhard weber)
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Blind Boys of Alabama - Jimmy Carter interviews with NPR: Weekend Edition Sunday


Sometimes, all you have to hear is a few notes, and you know that a voice has been lived in; you can hear a long life of ups and downs, a rich and weathered sound. That is certainly true of singer Jimmy Carter, one of the founding members of the Blind Boys of Alabama. The Grammy-winning group had its recording debut nearly 70 years ago; now, it has a new album, Almost Home. The album includes written to honor the lives of Carter and Clarence Fountain, the group's now-retired leader: Songwriters were encouraged to listen to in-depth interviews with Carter and Fountain and compose songs based on what they heard. Carter and the band's manager, Charles Driebe, joined NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro for a conversation about these songs, the group's long career and what it means to be "almost home." Listen to that conversation at the audio link, and read on for an edited transcript.

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Top 10 Albums for August

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Tulip Fever

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of TULIP FEVER (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring music by Danny Elfman. The soundtrack will be available worldwide on August 4th, 2017 Based on the best-seller novel by Deborah Moggach, Tulip Fever follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander) in 17th century Amsterdam, who begins a passionate affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together. The protagonist is played by Alicia Vikander, who is currently in the midst of what is often called a "moment," having won an Oscar for her performance in "The Danish Girl" with several other high-profile films forthcoming, including "Jason Bourne" and "The Light Between Oceans".
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War For The Planet Of The Apes

Sony Music proudly announces the release of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with the music of Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino. War for the Planet of the Apes is the third chapter to the 2011 & 2014 movies "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes". From acclaimed Writer-Director Matt Reeves and Screenwriter Mark Bomback, "War for the Planet of the Apes" features Caesar and his apes being forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. 10 NEW  27 TOTAL SYND: The Score, Sixty Second CD Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Portland, Albuquerque, Long Island NY, AL(Statewide), MI(Statewide), ME(Statewide) Online: GURU
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The Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone.  Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic "app-venture" through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it's deleted forever. Directed by Tony Leondis.  Produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate.  Screenplay by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel and Mike White. Story by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel. 11 NEW  34 TOTAL SYND: The Score, CBC Direct: SiriusXM Markets Include: New York, San Francisco, Portland, Detroit, Long Island NY, Chattanooga, Spokane WA, SC(Statewide), Barcelona, Berlin INTER: Canada, Spain, Germany, Romania Online: Soundtracksandtrailermusic, CalmRadio.com, Urban Cinefile, Jazz From Gallery 41, Affinity Magazine, Radio Cluj, Quisqueya FM  
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The Passion of Charlie Parker

The Passion of Charlie Parker is a new album from producer Larry Klein that tells the story of Charlie Parker using his music as inspiration for new songs that narrate his life. Guest artists include Gregory Porter, Madeleine Peyroux, Kandace Springs, actor Jeffrey Wright, and more. The album will be available on impulse!/ Verve digitally on June 16, with physical release to follow on June 30. Larry Klein says, "With this album I've endeavored to do something new and different in an effort to illustrate who ‘Bird' was as an archetypal character, and to draw attention to the huge impact that his work had on Jazz." Rather than create another tribute of traditional bebop tunes, Klein partnered with lyricist David Baerwald to create a musical play that tells the story of Charlie Parker's life while still playing with the jagged melodic nature of Charlie Parker's compositions. 6 NEW  116 TOTAL SYND: Jazz After Hours, Jazz Happening Now, Jazz Inspired, Voice of America Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Portland, Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Austin, Denver, Albuquerque, Orlando, San Antonio, Sacramento, Louisville, Knoxville, Madison WI, Rochester, Tampa, Honolulu, OR(Statewide), WV(Statewide), VT(Statewide), KS(Statewide), MS(Statewide), HI(Statewide), Toronto, Vancouver INTER: Canada, UK Online: GreenArrow, Jazz & Blues Report, KUHS/Vaya, Soulandjazz.com, Jazz Weekly, Jazz Weekly, Que4 Radio, Freaky Party, theguardian p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} 45 Jazzweek ADD's p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica}
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Spider-Man Homecoming

Sony Music proudly announces the release of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) featuring the music of Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino. The soundtrack will be released on July 7 and is available for pre-order here.    ABOUT SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING: A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.  Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. 9 NEW  49 TOTAL SYND: The Score, Sixty Second CD, CLASSICfM Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Seattle, Houston, Portland, Detroit, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Long Island NY, Berekley CA, San Antonio, El Paso, AL(Statewide), MI(Statewide) INTER: Canada, UK Online: AccuRadio, GURU, The Verge, Planet S, SCREEN RANT, The Atlantic, The Eclectic Chair, Humboldt 101  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial}
Diana Krall :

Turn Up The Quiet

The multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer Diana Krall's highly anticipated new album Turn Up the Quiet will be released on May 5th by Verve Records. The first words Diana sings are, "Lately, I find myself out gazing at stars". Minutes later, the same voice asks, "Isn't It Romantic'", with such tenderness that it is hard to disagree. "I have thought about these songs for a long time. Being in the company of some of my greatest friends in music allowed me to tell these stories just as I'd intended. Sometimes you just have to turn up the quiet to be heard a little better." 8 NEW  265 TOTAL SYND: NPR/TTBOOK, CBC, All Jazz Radio, Jazz Radio Berlin,Jazz Radio BCN Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami, Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, Denver, Detroit, Austin, San Diego, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Memphis, Sacramento, Orlando, San Antonio, Long Island NY, Berkeley CA, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Memphis, San Antonio, Louisville, Knoxville, Madison WI, Hartford CT., Boulder CO, Long Island NY, Sata Fe, Wichita, Reno, Omaha, Tampa, Honolulu, OR(Statewide), KS(Statewide), WV(Statewide), SD(Statewide), VT(Statewide), WI(Statewide), Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin, Barcelona INTER: Canada, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, South Africa, New Zealand Online: Jazz From Gallery 41, MOJA, all music, billboard, T&C, Downbeat, salt peanuts, People Magazine, Straightnochaser, bebop spoken here, tedgioia.com, ginalovesjazz.com, Urban Cinefile, Green Arrow Radio, jazzradio.com, Jazz Views, The Jazz Breakfast, Quisqueya FM, jazzradio.net, Psychedelic Baby Magazine, Jazz Radio BCN, Vintage Vinyl News, HamiltonJazz.com, Woman's World, BroadwayWorld.com, Guru, Radio Valencia, Phase Global Radio, Jazz Weekly, Jazz Spotlight On Sinatra, Radio Free Amsterdam, Jazz & Blues Report, jazz From Gallery 41, CT Now 62 JazzWeek ADD's p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px}
Miles Mosley :

UPRISING

Mosley's debut solo album UPRISING features his genre-defying and otherworldly core six-piece band The West Coast Get Down collective, and is available on Verve digitally NOW. The album will be available on CD on May 19th and on vinyl July 14th. Released on April 7th UPRISING has garnered praise from critics and fans alike. Entertainment Weekly called UPRISINGone of "13 new releases you need to hear now," while the first single "Abraham" was named one of NPR's ‘Top 100 songs of 2016." Having debuted at #4 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart and also reaching #2 on the iTunes Jazz Album Chart, UPRISING showcases the dynamic range of genres and expression that encapsulates Mosley's magnetic force that defies categorization. 9 NEW  109 TOTAL SYND: UnderCurrents, CBC, Modern Jazz Today, All Jazz Radio Markets Include; New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, St. Louis, Detroit, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Austin, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, Sacramento, Knoxville TN, Madison WI, Omaha, Boise, Reno, Honolulu, Vancouver, ME(Statewide), VT(Statewide), ME(Statewide) INTER: Canada, UK, Italy, Germany, South Africa Online: GreenArrow, anima Jazz, Soulandjazz.com, Jazz From Gallery 41, Jazz Times, Jazz Weekly, B&S, Paste, JamSphere, IMDb, Monsters and Critics, SoulandJazzandFunk, Roots Music Report, udiscovermusic, Artist Direct/Interviews, audioBoom, Jazzandrock.com, Morning Star Online, LondonJazzNews, The Eclectic Chair, Telluride Daily Planet p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} 20 JazzWeek ADD's
Jane Ira Bloom :

Wild Lines / Improvising Emily Dickinson

American original Jane Ira Bloom does it again. This time the 21st-century soprano saxophonist reimagines the poetry of 19th-century visionary Emily Dickinson in two different settings. This new 2 CD pack, has the quartet (Dawn Clement (piano), Mark Helias (bass)& Bobby Previte (drums) interpretating Dickinson's poetry both instrumentaly and in spoken word settings that feature readings by popular stage & film actor Deborah Rush. After the success of her 2016 trio album release Early Americans, Bloom shifts gears with Wild Lines / Improvising Emily Dickinson. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; min-height: 11.0px} Bloom composed Wild Lines when she was awarded a 2015 CMA/ Doris Duke New Jazz Works commission. She was inspired to musically reimagine Dickinson when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser herself
Joshua Bell :

The Classical Collection

Sony Classical announces the release of Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that the internationally acclaimed, Grammy® Award winning violinist has recorded for the label over the past twenty years.  The collection is available worldwide on August 18th, 2017. Displaying the unique breadth, versatility and breathtaking virtuosity, beguiling sensitivity and sheer tonal beauty that has made Bell an icon for audiences of all ages and musical tastes throughout the world, this new collection showcases Joshua Bell in cornerstones of the violin concerto repertoire, chamber music and concert pieces.
Vienna Philharmonic :

Summer Night Concert 2017

Summer Night Concert 2017: The Vienna Philharmonic with Christoph Eschenbach & Renée Fleming Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of this year's Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2017, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach with soprano Renée Fleming as soloist.  The Summer Night Concert, performed this year on May 25th 2017, is an annual open-air event, which has been held since 2008. The previous series was the "Concert for Europe", which took place from 2004 until 2007. The park of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna/Austria is the magical setting for the concert, which is free of charge for all residents and visitors of the city. The illustrious conductors who have previously led the orchestra at this event are Georges Prêtre, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta and Semyon Bychkov. 
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