Daniel Hope - Escape to Paradise: The Hollywood Album / KDFC 'CD Of the Week'

The versatile British violinist, Daniel Hope, shines a new light on Hollywood scores in his latest CD, which seeks out the "echoes of exiled European composers" who escaped to Hollywood during the 30's. Escape to Paradise: The Hollywood Album includes music of Miklos Rozsa, Erich Korngold, Franz Waxman, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, and others. Sting contributes a track as well.  For the Week of September 15, ​Daniel Hope - Escape to Paradise: The Hollywood Album is KDFC - San Francisco 'CD of the Week.' Tune in to hear the tracks.      
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Maya Beiser - 'Wish You Were Here' is WFMT: New Release of the Week

Cellist Maya Beiser's latest recording - Uncovered is an album of classic rock tunes re-imagined and re-contextualized in stunning and multi-layered performances. Consisting almost entirely of Beiser's multi-tracked cello with drums and bass added by collaborators Glenn Kotche (Wilco) and Jherek Bischoff, these "uncovers" - in new arrangements by Evan Ziporyn - breathe new life into works by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Howlin' Wolf, King Crimson, Muddy Waters and AC/DC. Pink Floyd: 'Wish You Were Here'  form Maya Beiser - Uncovered is WFMT: Chicago - New Release of the Week. Released through Innova 900
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Nicola Benedetti releases Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy / MPR interview

Nicola Benedetti talks with Minnesota Public Radio's Julie Amacher about her new album - Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy, an exploration of Scotland-born Benedetti's roots. At the heart of the album is Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Benedetti also plays a tribute who songwriter and poet Robert Burns, who composed some Scotland's most beloved songs is from the county where Benedetti grew up. And in an unusual move for a Classical soloist, she presents traditional Scottish folk music alongside leading folk musicians Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain, and singer Julie Fowlis. incorporating a different sound and rhythmic expression. "It's definitely quite a different skill," Benedetti says.  HEAR THE FULL  MPR INTERVIEW HERE
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Sergio Mendes on his early career / NPR All Things Considered: My Big Break

Sergio Mendes talks on NPR: All Things Considered for their "My Big Break" series, explaining his early experiences in music. Born in Brazil, Mendes' passion for music began with classical piano. After hearing Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," he began studying Jazz and local Bossa Nova styles. Later traveling to the U.S. to play Carnegie Hall, but he then struggled in Los Angeles to find a record deal. Eventually Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss discovered his band and signed him to their A&M label, recording Herb Alpert presents Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66. The album's first track - Mas Que Nada - became a worldwide hit and transformed Mendes' career. HEAR THE FULL NPR Interview HERE
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Marco Benevento sings on new album

Marco Benevento introduces a new element on his album Swift - his voice. Always a singer, Benevento drifted away from vocal work while he was studying jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music, but started singing again a few years ago when he covered 'The Bands' classic "The Last Waltz." Since moving from New Orleans to Woodstock, Benevento has worked more as a singer. He finds that singing allows him to establish a different relationship with listeners. "It's cool to see the audience engaged," Benevento says. READ THE FULL Metro FEATURE HERE
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Maya Beiser - Uncovered / KING: Second Inversion review

Growing up diligently practicing the cello and listening to classical music, Maya Beiser felt little ashamed the first time she heard rock music. After listening to Janis Joplin, Beiser "felt shaken to the core," she says. "It felt so sacrilegious that I wasa giddy with guilt." This feeling inspired Beiser's latest Innova album - Uncovered, a collection of beautifully deconstructed classic rock songs performed on cello. Channeling the mood of the original recordings, Beiser "shreds and wails" to capture the rough qualities of her rock inspirations. KING: Second Inversion calls Uncovered "the ultimate homage to the perfect imperfection of rock music."  READ THE FULL KING: Second Inversion REVIEW HERE
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Daniel Hope - Escape to Paradise / WFMT ' New Release Of the Week'

In his latest album, Daniel Hope shines a new light on Hollywood scores, seeking out the echoes of exiled European composers such as Miklós Rózsa, Franz Waxman, Hanns Eisler, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and more. The centerpiece is the famous Violin Concerto by Korngold. The album also contains contemporary soundtrack classics such as Schindler's List, American Beauty, and Cinema Paradiso to reflect on the strong musical influence the exile-composer had and still has on contemporary film composers. Daniel Hope: Escape to Paradise on 'Deutsche Grammophon' is the WFMT - Chicago: NEW RELEASE OF THE WEEK.
Rózsa: Ben Hur: Love Theme (3:03)
Daniel Hope, violin; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Alexander Shelley

Heymann: Ein blonder Traum: Irgendwo auf der Welt (3:23)
Daniel Hope, violin; Quintet of the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin Hupfeld: As Time Goes By (2:51)
Daniel Hope, violin
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Billy Childs - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro / Audiophile Audition review

"Kudos are due to Childs and producer Larry Klein for putting together this flawless project." Audiophile Audition reviews Billy Childs' Sony Masterworks release Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, giving his "powerful and compelling" homage a "solid five stars." Map To The Treasure features guest vocalists from a wide variety of backgrounds. Renee Fleming, Shawn Colvin, Lisa Fischer, Rickie Lee Jones, Esperanza Spalding, Susan Tedeschi, Allison Krauss, Ledisi, Dianne Reeves, and Becca Stevens are backed by Childs' stunning arrangements, providing "the dramatic impact Nyro's songs so richly deserve." The album also features guest instrumentalists Wayne Shorter, Yo-Yo Ma, and Chris Botti. READ THE FULL Audiophile Audition REVIEW HERE
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Five Crossover Media artists featured in Royal Opera House Cinema at Symphony Space

Symphony Space partners with WQXR - New York in presenting Royal Opera House Cinema, offering high definition screenings of repertoire favorites performed in London. Presented from New York's Jay Sharp Theatre, five Crossover Media artists – Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, and Thomas Hampson – will be featured throughout the season. The Schedule: September 28 - Verdi, La Traviata Renée Fleming (Violetta), Monika-Evelin Liiv (Flora), Kostas Smoriginas (Marquis d'Obigny); Joseph Calleja (Alfredo), Thomas Hampson (Giorgio Germont); Antonio Pappano, cond.; Richard Eyre, dir.   October 19 - Puccini, Manon Lescaut (new production) Kristine Opolais (Manon), Jonas Kaufmann (Des Grieux), Christopher Maltman (Lescaut); Antonio Pappano, cond.; Jonathan Kent, dir.   November 23 - Verdi, I due Foscari  Plácido Domingo (Francesco), Francesco Meli (Jacopo), Maria Agresta (Lucrezia); Antonio Pappano, cond.; Thaddeus Strassberger, dir. READ THE FULL Classicalite POST HERE
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Kat Edmonson releases The Big Picture / The New York Times feature

Beginning her career in Austin, Texas, Kat Edmonson developed her "antique pop" sound playing in coffeehouses, hotels, and wine bars. Moving to New York a few years ago, Edmonson discovered listeners with a strong affinity for her unique style. "Some of my development in making this album has been in accepting who I am and finally believing there's an audience for me," she says. Edmonson's film-inspired Sony Masterworks release The Big Picture reflects her childhood. As a kid, she enjoyed doing pretend photo shoots, writing songs, and putting on plays in her parents' living room. Now 31, she considers the music video for her new song Rainy Day Woman a "glorified version of that." READ THE FULL New York Times FEATURE HERE
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Nicholas Payton plays Detroit Jazz Festival / Amsterdam News review

Amsterdam News calls Nicholas Payton's Detroit Jazz Festival performance "an unforgettable moment in live jazz." Payton's powerful adaptation of Miles Davis and Gil Evans' Sketches of Spain featured Vicente Archer, Bill Stewart, and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra conducted by Norah Duncan IV. Payton explains how Miles inspires him. "At this point, Miles is my favorite musician, period," Payton says. "I understand his music so intimately that for me it's not even about a style, but conjuring a spirit that at any moment I can call upon to walk through me. READ THE FULL Amsterdam News REVIEW HERE
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Janine Jansen plays the last night of the Proms / The Telegraph interview

Janine Jansen closes out the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall Saturday night, playing Chausson's Poeme and Ravel's Tzigane. In an interview with the Telegraph, she discusses her Proms experiences. "I love [Royal Albert Hall]... it feels warm and intimate." Growing up watching the concerts on TV, she first performed at the Proms in 2003 and has returned almost every year. "The audience gives you such energy," she says. Her performance will broadcast on BBC TV and Radio 3. READ THE FULL Telegraph INTERVIEW HERE
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Top 10 Albums for September

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.
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.
Bebel Gilberto :


World renowned, multi-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto will heat up the summer season with her trademark blend of warm Brazilian rhythms and ethereal vocals when her first new studio album in five years, Tudo, is released August 19 on Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks.    The intoxicating new 12-track collection celebrates Gilberto's penchant for sonically transporting listeners to Brazil, with bright, incandescent bossa nova-infused melodies, lyrics about love, and a lilting performance style that has earned her a devoted fanbase worldwide.   20 NEW   79 TOTAL SYND: NPR/First Listen Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC., Cleveland, Seattle, Miami, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, San Diego, Orlando, San Antonio, Memphis, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA Madison WI, Honolulu, Canada, Brazil + Online
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.
Maya Beiser :


"Cello goddess" (The New Yorker) Maya Beiser releases her next album Uncovered on August 26, 2014 on the Innova label, followed by a US tour beginning September 2014 to cities including New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Portland and more. (Tour schedule included at the end of this release.) Uncovered is an album of startling classic rock tunes, re-imagined and re-contextualized, in stunningly moving performances by Maya Beiser. A cover tune can be an homage to the original, but these "uncovers," in new arrangements by Evan Ziporyn, attempt to do more – to evoke the unprecedented power of the music of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Howlin' Wolf, King Crimson, Muddy Waters, and AC/DC as musical masterpieces and as totems of our collective consciousness. 12 NEW   53 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Echoes & The World Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland, Austin, Baltimore, New Orleans, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Chatanooga TN, El Paso, Madison WI Online & Press: GreenArrow, Taintradiio, Flavorwire, NYTimes, Blogcritics, Paul Leslie
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.
Somi :

The Lagos Music Salon

Few contemporary albums bare as particular a narrative as The Lagos Music Salon. The new album by the superb chanteuse Somi, finds her breaking new ground with a hybrid style of music that organically integrates the essence of jazz and soul with the musical depth of her African heritage. "It's the first time ever that I put all other pursuits on hold to focus solely on the creative process," says Somi, who decided to move to Lagos, Nigeria from her New York home base without a game plan but with a passionate desire to find a new direction for her vision and voice.  15 NEW ON - 92 Total SYND: NPR/All Things Considered & Weekend Edition Sunday, PRI/Jazz After Hours, UnderCurrents  Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland, Minneapolis, San Diego, Houston, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Baltimore, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Berkeley CA, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Buffalo, Honolulu INTER: UK Press & Online: Huffington Post, PopMatters, Downbeat, Jazz From Gallery 41, AXS, Critical Jazz, Live 365, Step Tempest, Wondering Sound, iRock Jazz, Taintradio,, Okayafrica, All About Jazz, MOJA, New World Buzz
Time for Three :


Time for Three – violinist Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violinist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer – defy traditional genre classification happily and infectiously, with an uncommon mix of virtuosity, creativity and showmanship.  The American trio who thrive on originality will release their Universal Music Classics self-titled debut. The album showcases not only the trio's melody-rich string weave but also its unique flair for collaboration.  It was these compelling qualities that led Universal Music Classics to sign the trio as their first U.S. act to their newly branded label.   Time For Three features tracks co-produced by Rob Moose from Bon Iver and Grammy-winning producer David Lai, and memorable pairings with pop singer-songwriter Joshua Radin, jazz saxophone icon Branford Marsalis,  Decca's young cello star Alisa Weilerstein, ukulele ace Jake Shimabukuro, and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine. 10 NEW   161 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Echoes & Classical 24, APM/Performance Today, UnderCurrents, FolkScene, The Midnight Special Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cleveland, St. Louis, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Portland, Austin, Denver, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Louisville, Columbus & Toledo OH Online & Press: the indie,, Classically Hip, wildmansteve, Taintradio, NYTimes, Giocosity,
Dom Flemons :

Prospect Hill

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

Sketches Of Spain

The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, celebrating its upcoming tenth anniversary year, releases its second full-length album, Sketches Of Spain [Revisited], an orchestral transformation of the 1960 iconic original by Miles Davis and Gil Evans. For this reinterpretation of the 1960 classic recording, CJP artistic director and composer Orbert Davis created two new compositions, incorporated traditional African and Middle Eastern instruments, and made numerous modifications in ensemble orchestration. The result is an intimate yet powerful performance that transports the listener to a different world. 11 NEW   102 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, CBC Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Portland, New Orleans, Detroit, San Diego, Las Vegas, Berkeley CA, Albuquerque, Long Is. NY, San Antonio, Montreal, Madison WI, Honolulu, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, South Africa