William Susman's 'Camille: I. Vitality' makes KCRW: Rhythm Planet - New Music Favorites


This week's playlist features a mix of jazz, world, tropical Latin, and crossover classical new releases that I'm enjoying now. I love to feature new jazz sides in each playlist, so here is a whole bunch of new stuff. First, from William Susman in a chamberistic style. Susman's new album 'Collision Point' on Belarca Records features Rome-based ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi and features music inspired by love, loss, redemption, and the writings of Allen Ginsberg, Colum McCann and Francis Bacon. The album brings together four premiere recordings including two pieces for the full ensemble: Camille (2010), which was written for the ensemble, and The Starry Dynamo (1994), as well as a piano trio, Clouds and Flames (2010) and a duo, Motions of Return (1996) for flute and piano. SEE KCRW: Los Angeles - Rhythm Planet's New Music Favorites FULL PAGE
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Sharon Isbin discusses 'Souvenirs of Spain and Italy' with All Classical Portland


Guitarist Sharon Isbin has recorded nearly everything in her instrument's repertoire. Still, it's refreshing to hear that, when an artist such as Ms. Isbin revisits a work (such as the Vivaldi D Major concerto), she gives us an interpretation with subtle differences from what came before. On "Souvenirs of Spain and Italy", Isbin partners with Pacifica Quartet, so the Vivaldi has an especially intimate feel to it. The disc also sheds light on works that have stayed in the shadows somewhat. The Quintet by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco is such a work. Turina's "Bullfighter's Prayer" and Boccherini's Quintet with the Fandango finale (complete with castanets and tambourine) give us a well-rounded tour of the Iberian and Italian peninsulas. LISTEN TO THE All Classical Portland SEGMENT p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Angele Dubeau's 'Pulsation' this week is 'Happiness Does Not Wait' by Olafur Arnalds


A pulsation marks time, our time. It infuses its rhythm in it and evokes the heart. This week's pulsation is 'Happiness Does Not Wait' by Olafur Arnalds. Pulsations, Angele Dubeau's new album, brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. "A pulsation marks time, it infuses its rhythm in it and also evokes the heart. Just like those composers whose music calls out to me and who, with their unique signatures, mark time, our time. Features the music of; Olafur Arnalds, Jean-Michel Blais, Ludovico Einaudi, Alex Baranowski, Craig Armstrong, Peter Gregson, Yann Tiersen, Abel Korzeniowski, Johan Johannsson, Max Richter and Dalal." LISTEN via PRX p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Luka Sulic returns to his classical roots with cello arrangement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' / WFMT: Featured New Release


After seven years of touring the world as part of the critically acclaimed duo 2Cellos, Luka Šulić returns to his classical roots with his first solo album for Sony Classical.  A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music and a prize-winning cellist, Šulić takes on one of the most iconic works in classical music for his first independent recording project. His dramatic interpretation of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is the first complete recording of the popular cycle of Baroque concertos arranged for a cello soloist. For November 10, 2019 - Luka Sulic 'The Four Seasons' is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'  SEE THE PAGE
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Luka Sulic - The Four Seasons makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'


Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET. This time we are packed with goodies of all instruments and voices!   A new take on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons will also premiere (with Luka Sulic, one of Two Cellos).   After seven years of touring the world as part of the critically acclaimed duo 2CELLOS, Luka Šulić returns to his classical roots with his first solo album for Sony Classical.  A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music and a prize-winning cellist, Luka Šulićtakes on one of the most iconic works in classical music for his first independent recording project. Available everywhere Friday, October 25, his dramatic interpretation of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is the first complete recording of the popular cycle of Baroque concertos arranged for a cello soloist.  Also arriving today is the album's lead offering, "La Primavera (Spring) Op. 8 No. 1 in D major – I. Allegro," released alongside an accompanying video of Šulić performing the track from his world live Premiere – We'll also enjoy Third Coast Percussion's collaboration with Devonte Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange, and his premiere classical compositions) are debuted on the program, from the album Fields, and music performed by the Black Oak Ensemble, part of a cantata in Doublespeak, music for orchestra and tape, and more! SEE THE PublicRadio90 - Michigan PAGE
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Third Coast Percussion - Fields makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'


Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This time we are packed with goodies of all instruments and voices!  Third Coast Percussion's collaboration with Devonte Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange, and his premiere classical compositions) are debuted on the program, from the album Fields. Grammy Award-winning, Chicago-based percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion teams up with influential, genre-defying multi-instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, singer, and composer Devont Hynes (aka Blood Orange) for an album of imaginative, evocative instrumental music created as the live soundtrack for choreography by the adventurous Hubbard Street Dance Chicago company. The album's three works, all world-premiere recordings, represent Hynes's debut on disc as a classical composer. In Perfectly Voiceless, Philip Glass-style minimalism gives way to a catchy pop melody. There Was Nothing blends synthesizer sounds with bowed mallet percussion instruments and moments of meditative lyricism recall the music of Lou Harrison. The expressive harmonies within the gauzy textures of For All Its Fury point to Hynes' love of Debussy. Third Coast arranged Hynes' music for its immense collection of diverse instruments and performed them on stage with the Hubbard Street dancers in Chicago and on tour. The Los Angeles Times praised Hynes' "lush score" and Third Coast's ability to summon "otherwordly sounds from a multitude of idiophones, drums and other devices." Chicago's New City Stage applauded Third Coast's "extraordinary performance" and "ceaseless river of sound." We'll also enjoy A new take on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons will also premiere (with Luka Sulic, one of Two Cellos), Trumpeter Paul Merkelo has a new recording as well, called The Enlightened Trumpet, and music performed by the Black Oak Ensemble, part of a cantata in Doublespeak, music for orchestra and tape, and more! SEE THE PublicRadio90 - Michigan PAGE
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Black Oak Ensemble - Silenced Voices makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'


Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This time we are packed with goodies of all instruments and voices!  We'll aenjoy music performed by the Black Oak Ensemble, part of a cantata in Doublespeak, music for orchestra and tape. Black Oak Ensemble, a violin, viola, and cello trio comprising three of Chicago's most enterprising chamber musicians, makes its recording debut with Silenced Voices, an album of intriguing works by six promising, early 20th century Jewish composers originally from Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the Netherlands.  We'll also enjoy Third Coast Percussion's collaboration with Devonte Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange, and his premiere classical compositions) are debuted on the program, from the album Fields, and a new take on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (with Luka Sulic, one of Two Cellos). SEE THE PublicRadio90 - Michigan PAGE
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Paul Merkelo - The Enlightened Trumpet makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'


Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This time we are packed with goodies of all instruments and voices!  Trumpeter Paul Merkelo has a new recording as well, called The Enlightened Trumpet.  Recognized among the finest trumpet virtuosos of his generation, Paul Merkelo releases The Enlightened Trumpet, his first recording for Sony Classical. Hailed as "a spectacular soloist ... a most impressive master of his instrument" (Montreal Gazette) who "knows no limits" (Der Spiegel) and with "unusual lyrical gifts" (Gramophone), Merkelo has been Principal trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1995, and has appeared as soloist with prestigious orchestras around the globe, from Melbourne to Shanghai. In The Enlightened Trumpet, Merkelo is joined by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and its founder and conductor Marios Papadopoulos for four spectacular concertos by Haydn, Leopold Mozart, Telemann, and Hummel. We'll also enjoy Third Coast Percussion's collaboration with Devonte Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange, and his premiere classical compositions) are debuted on the program, from the album Fields, A new take on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (with Luka Sulic, one of Two Cellos), and music performed by the Black Oak Ensemble, part of a cantata in Doublespeak, music for orchestra and tape, and more! p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} SEE THE PublicRadio90 - Michigan PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Watch Ola Onabule 'vets-day' live spot from WRTI performance studio


Acclaimed British-Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and music producer Ola Onabul'e makes a special stop in Philadelphia to share selections from his new album, Point Less. He and his band visit with host J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio for an exclusive live video presentation on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th at 4 PM. Ola's songs about love, loss and the human condition have been performed all over the world with his quartet/quintet as well as appearances with much larger ensembles of big bands and symphonic orchestras.  These include several projects with the Grammy winning WDR Big Band of Cologne, the SWR Big Band of Stuttgart, the HR Big Band of Frankfurt, Danish Radio Big Band, and the Copenhagen and Babelsberg Film Orchestra and others. Ola states; "Hands-on, self-sufficiency has always been my mantra for survival in the music game.  I always felt like the creative parts of song writing, producing and recording were merely different stages of a single process".  READ THE FULL WRTI ARTICLE & WATCH THE LIVE SPOT
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Sharon Fendrich - Red Sky Prairie carries with it a message of the calm after the storm / New Age Music Review


Red Sky Prairie is the debut album of Sharon Fendrich. It is a mixture of gorgeous new-age inspired neo-classical instrumentals and influences of the opera that the artist witnessed growing up at live presentations. She has been a student of music since the age of 3. There are not too many people in this world that can say that. The strong influence of family brought Sharon to this point in life to bring listeners her first recording. Red Sky Prairie carries with it a message of the calm after the storm. The picture you see on the cover is an example of the beauty of transformation and strength of mother nature. And how the nature of our human spirit grows, learns, and rises above the storms of life and comes out the other side stronger and ready to face whatever comes our way. Hopefully, this process is a learning experience for every listener.  READ THE FULL New Age Music Review 
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Angele Dubeau once again brings together remarkable composers for 'Pulsations' / WFMT: Featured New Release


With a career spanning over four decades and an impressive discography of more than forty albums, Angèle Dubeau continues to leave her mark in today's music world. Pulsations, the violinist's new album with her ensemble La Pietà, brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. Dubeau has a flair for finding and recording the works of remarkable composers, placing her at the center of the post-minimalist movement, one of the most relevant musical genres of our time. For November 7, 2019 - Angele Dubeau - 'Pulsations' is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'  SEE THE PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Camerata Chicago's Drosten Hall discusses special Vivaldi Four Seasons set with 89.3WQED


Chicago Camerata has released a new album featuring Vivaldi's Four Seasons. This Double CD set is replete with poetry written by Vivaldi himself and incorporates more than twenty musical examples of seasonal elements and characters cleverly depicted in the music - all beautifully narrated by former WFMT: Chicago GM - Steve Robinson. The group's founder, Drostan Hall tells WQED-FM: Pittsburgh, Bryan Sejvar about the recording, what's unique about this version, and how he hopes to make it to Pittsburgh one of these days! Listen p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Top 10 Albums for November

Jon Batiste :

Chronology Of A Dream - Live@The Village Vanguard

The inimitable musician and bandleader, Jon Batiste, sets to release Chronology Of A Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard on November 1. Recorded during his six-night residency in the fall of 2018, the live album is a follow up to his recent critically acclaimed release, Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard, and is part two of the two-part series.  You can listen to the first single "HIGHER" and pre-order the album here. Anatomy of Angels and Chronology of a Dream are two sides of the same coin. Batiste explains, "My compositions on Chronology focus on thematic development within short form structures with memorable melodic themes, while Angels focuses on thematic development within longer form structures that are built for deconstruction, never to be played the same way twice."
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra :

I Shouldn't Be Telling You This

JEFF GOLDBLUM WITH BRAND NEW ALBUM  FEATURING - SHARON VAN ETTEN • FIONA APPLE • ANNA CALVI • INARA GEORGE • GINA SAPUTO In DUETS WITH JEFF GOLDBLUM  - OUT NOVEMBER 1 ON DECCA RECORDS "I'm crying with ecstasy over this new album. Creatively, I'm happy as a clam. This collection of cohorts (cream of the crop), with whom I get to cavort, is outa this cosmos. Ouch, my crackling cranium! I'm crowing!!!" – Jeff Goldblum After his live set being hailed as one of Glastonbury 2019's most iconic moments this summer, at which he announced from the stage that a brand new record was in the works, Jeff Goldblum is now set to release an album which will make the listener smile even more than his first one. If that is possible. With his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, the enticingly-titled album I Shouldn't Be Telling You This will be released globallyNovember 1 on Decca Records and features an impressive array of surprising duet guests.
The Comet Is Coming :

The Afterlife

"Bridging the gap between experimentation and accessibility" (Rolling Stone), The Comet Is Coming announces the digital release of the group's highly-anticipated mini-album The Afterlife, via Impulse! The Afterlife will serve as a companion piece to the group's breakout album Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery and the lead track "Lifeforce Part II." "The Afterlife has been a topic of deep consideration and of the keys to spiritual mythology around the world for millennia," claims kinetic keyboardist Danalogue. He continues to state "The two records can be seen as companions, that cannot exist without each other, like day and night, light and dark, creation and destruction. They were made together, at the same time, and have always been intended to be experienced together."
Laura Karpman :

WHY WE HATE

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} Laura Karpman (Underground, Paris Can Wait, Step, Black Nativity) has scored the Discovery docu-series Why We Hate. The show is directed by Geeta Gandbhir & Sam Pollard and investigates the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. The 6-parter traces the evolutionary basis of hate and uses stories from past and present to reveal the nature of the primal and universal emotion. Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, The Sixth Sense) are executive producing the Amblin Television & Jigsaw production with Stacey Offman, Richard Perello (Super Troopers), Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey (The Americans, The Haunting of Hill House), Yael Melamede, Erica Sashin and Steve Tisch (Forrest Gump, The Equalizer). Karpman has previously scored the Spielberg-produced 2002 mini-series Taken. Why We Hate will premiere later this year on Discovery.
Luka Sulic :

The Four Seasons

After seven years of touring the world as part of the critically acclaimed duo 2CELLOS, Luka Šulić returns to his classical roots with his first solo album for Sony Classical.  A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music and a prize-winning cellist, Luka Šulićtakes on one of the most iconic works in classical music for his first independent recording project. Available everywhere Friday, October 25, his dramatic interpretation of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is the first complete recording of the popular cycle of Baroque concertos arranged for a cello soloist.  Also arriving today is the album's lead offering, "La Primavera (Spring) Op. 8 No. 1 in D major – I. Allegro," released alongside an accompanying video of Šulić performing the track from his world live Premiere –
Sweet Crude :

Rougarou

South Louisiana natives and indie pop six-piece, Sweet Crude release their Verve Forecast label debut single, "Rougarou."  The track presents a darker, more mature sound for Sweet Crude, mirroring the supernatural rougarou, a werewolf-like creature from Louisiana folklore. The single is from the band's upcoming 2020 full-length project and you can listen to the song here. Fronted by vocalist Alexis Marceaux and multi-instrumentalist Sam Craft, Sweet Crude is a drum-infused, bilingual band that takes their native music and language and produces a completely fresh sound that thrusts century-old traditions into the present. Sweet Crude delivers exciting shows featuring exuberantly bellowed harmonies, and lyrics that jump from English to Louisiana French all over New Orleans rhythms. Rounding off the musically multi-faceted group is Jack Craft (Keys), Stephen MacDonald(Bass), David Shirley (Drums) and Skyler Stroup (Trumpet/keys/drums).
Ola Onabule :

POINT LESS

Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabul' has built an enviable career as an international touring performer and has now turned his attention to the North American market with a newly recorded collection of original songs. Onabul''s meticulous attention to detail in his arrangements and production as well as the support from Sennheiser/Neumann have contributed to the manifestation of an impressive recording.'' Point Less, is a follow up to Onabul''s last album, It's The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views on social injustice, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. It is an activist's call - at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity are themes considered on Point Less, rendered with a powerful and knowing generosity of spirit. Onabul' is rueful yet optimistic.
Jan Garbarek, The Hilliard Ensemble :

Remember Me, My Dear

Garbarek blends with the vocal lines – sung captivatingly by the Hilliards – like a fifth voice. With restraint and the greatest of control he wanders and floats through the spaces created by the singers…The early music is not just given a modern sheen. Garbarek explores a space from the inside, but with a sound whose hymnic character and pathos cannot be denied. The music raises the question of what is old and what is new. - Peter Rüedi, Die Weltwoche  25 years on from the release of Officium, the groundbreaking alliance of Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble, comes a live album from their unforgettable final tour. Remember me, my dear, named for the Scottish ballad which concludes the concert, was recorded in October 2014 at Chiesa della Collegiata dei Santi Pietro e Stefano in Bellinzona, in the Ticino canton of Switzerland. The album embodies all the special attributes of this unique alliance between the Norwegian saxophonist and the British vocal ensemble.
Sultans Of String :

Heart Of Gold

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} Sultans of String releases Heart of Gold (Live) By NEIL YOUNG (Silver Fiddle Music) on Nov. 12, on Neil Young's Birthday!! This song has a lot of meaning to SOS leader Chris McKhool. He grew up in a classic music loving house. His mother was a piano teacher and all the kids from the neighbourhood would come to their living room for lesson. McKhool's first instrument was classical violin, which was amazing for ear training. He was even in a string orchestra called the National Capital String Academy, and loved it. But by the time he was a teenager, violin was kind of a square instrument, and when he got to high school he had learned enough about music already that he could teach himself how to play guitar and bought his first steel string guitar from Steve's Music in Ottawa where he grew up. A plywood model by Yamaha. Heart of Gold by Neil Young was the very first song he learned on it.  
Jim James, Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra :

The Order Of Nature

THE ORDER OF NATURE presents a hypnotic meeting of the classical and folk-rock worlds with both classic and brand-new material by Jim James (lead singer of critically/commercially successful My Morning Jacket) and fused with Teddy Abrams' inspired orchestrations with the Louisville Orchestra.
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