Turkish-born Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, a Grammy-nominated composer, vocalist, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, has been getting wide recognition through his palpitating fusion of modern jazz and world music. His new installment with the project Whatsnext?, whose new additions include Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Tiger Okoshi and Antonio Sanchez, is now out and fully grown to conquer more listeners. Sanlikol demonstrates his true value when he puts together a 13-piece jazz combo and a 17-piece big band, and makes them sound amazingly articulated.
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Johannes Brahms, the perfectionist, destroyed many of his early works. Yet he kept his first published piece of chamber music, even after revising it 35 years later. Joshua Bell's latest recording - 'For the Love of Brahms' on Sony Classical with cellist Steven Isserlis, pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, is a landmark the new album is a unique project that features works of Brahms and Schumann that Bell calls "music about love and friendship." A personal, deeply affectionate impulse frequently sparked the music of Johannes Brahms and his mentor, Robert Schumann – often including their mutual friend, the violinist and composer Joseph Joachim. It clearly drove all three works on For the Love of Brahms.
WRTI: Philadelphia - Susan Lewis talked with violinist Joshua Bell, who has recorded the Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 that Brahms wrote when he was just 20 years old. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol recently released Resolution. It's the follow-up to his 2014 album What's Next, a name that also applies to his shape-shifting jazz orchestra, which can be pared down to a combo, depending on his needs. Sanlıkol writes in both contemporary classical and jazz styles and draws heavily from Turkish influences.
For Resolution Sanlıkol recruited a roster of A-list guests to solo on the compositions, including clarinetist Anat Cohen, soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Sanlıkol actually composed the musicians' showcases with them in mind after he secured their commitments, rather than try to fit them into the music he had already completed. "I designed [the compositions] to make sure that it was these four specific artists that these pieces were written for," he says. "This was not a project where I brought them in to blow."
"I had the pleasure of meeting Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol a couple of decades ago, at Berklee College of Music," Sanchez tells Modern Drummer. "I always remembered him as an avid and talented composer and a really nice guy. We tried a few times to do things together, but our schedules didn't allow it until recently. I was very happy to hear from him last year when he asked me to record a couple of tracks on his upcoming big band recording. We caught up and he explained to me that he had been deeply immersed in Turkish music for the past few years, getting reacquainted with his roots."
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ECM, the famous jazz label, was a pioneer with his first classical album, Music for 18 musicians Steve Reich, to pave the way for what would become a "quiet revolution" in the world of classical music. That was in 1978. While other labels were sleeping gas despite the success of the works of Reich data in concert, the ECM producer Manfred Eicher, launched its New Series bringing to the attention of the world aesthetic of vanguard that would emerge as a wave attracting new audiences and releasing promising horizons.
Until today, this new trend has spurred some generations of creators from diverse backgrounds (DJ, film music, loop patterns and bunk for soloists) and I bet Reich without we would not know Sleep (2015) of Max Richter nor Orpheus (2009-2016) Johann Johannsson. The bet of Eicher was rewarded with sales of over 100,000 copies in the first year and his "new series" is steadily increasing new titles.
Leading the way to what? Towards a new vision of music that incorporated electronic music (rhythm phase shift effects on magnetic tape), non-western music (African percussion and Jewish cantillation), folk music (diatonic scale, deliberate absence of hyperchomatisme). I speak of revolution because the tightness of the barriers between Western music and other genres here or elsewhere had just been broken. It was in the early 80's healthy break against the pretentiously self-proclaimed chapels of "serious" music, for which accessibility and mixing genres were reprehensible taboos. Since then, two discs were published (1980 and 1982).
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of this composer passionate and ethnomusicology bachelor of philosophy, ECM re-edits in a single box the three albums that have lost none of their freshness. To date, the quality of interpretation (especially the tempo and sound quality) remained unsurpassed.
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Lauten Audio has a knack for producing quality microphones. Their ‘Eden' tube microphone is no exception, as it became the microphone of choice for capturing David Crosby's vocals in his latest album, "Lighthouse". Recorded by producer Fab Dupoint at Groove Masters, Jacskon Browne's private studio in Santa Monica, CA, Fab Dupoint recommended a vocal A/B against the Neumann U47 (Crosby's favorite microphone). After hearing the results, David chose to go with the Lauten Audio ‘Eden' instead of his old friend. The passing of the torch from vintage tube, to modern classic tube, ‘Eden', along with the help of Dupoint, captured what David described as the best vocal sound of his entire career.
Describing his sonic ideas as co-producer and engineer on the album, Dupont reveals, "I have a certain idea of how music should sound to make me happy-and Michael League and David Crosby had a very clear idea of what they wanted to do. Since they decided to not put any drums on the record that allowed me to do whatever I wanted. After going back and listening to David's old stuff and more recent stuff, my vision was to do something extremely pure, to focus on the lyrics and the picking on the guitars." Lauten Audio's Atlantis FC-387 microphones were also used to record acoustic guitars in combination with vintage microphones.
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Rudolf Buchbinder began the season of Sunday afternoon piano recitals at Orchestra Hall with an old-fashioned program played with contemporary restraint. Seven works by J. S. Bach, Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven had clarity, precision, fluency and a virtually complete absence of interpretative excess. Had we encountered the performances on records, they would have been in the category of trustworthy introductions to masterpieces, which is to say, respectful, intelligent accounts giving more light than heat.
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Oscar-winning documentarian Morgan Neville (2013's Twenty Feet from Stardom) teams up with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma to tell the fascinating and emotionally stirring tale of the Silk Road Ensemble. An eclectic collective of traditional artists, hailing from some of the world's most remote and turbulent regions, the group attempts to find common ground through the musical arts, while championing unique cultural expression from their disparate home countries.
Fifteen years after its conception, Silk Road is now a successful multicultural educational programme embedded everywhere from New York's inner-city schools to Harvard University. But the original focus of the project continues, and Neville's film follows Ma as he assembles – almost Seven Samurai style – his latest orchestra for a special reunion concert. Some of the participants in Ma's musical collective have braved repression to continue playing, and the film celebrates music's unique ability to unite people.
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Coming off a Grammy win earlier this year for his last album, Past Present, John Scofield has been largely in the spotlight over the last year, sitting in the with The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, gracing the cover of Downbeat and garnering the attention of NPR.
Twenty years after her recording debut, Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploration beyond the ordinary with Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork to be released September 16 on Impulse!/Verve Label Group.
Resolution marks a major step forward for Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, the musical polyglot, multi-instrumentalist, restless bandleader and prolific composer who writes in both contemporary classical and jazz but draws heavily from Turkish influences.
'Ensemble Caprice: Adagio' is this week's KDFC: San Francisco / Download Of the Week
Posted: November 5, 2013 12:00 AM
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Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute,Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. Performed entirely on period instruments, their new Analekta disc: Adagio is a powerful, emotional recording and is this week's: KDFC: Download Of The Week.
On Chaconne - Voices of Eternity, Ensemble Caprice gathers some of the most beautiful chaconnes and passacaglias from the hundreds of composed during the Baroque period. In the chaconne and the passacaglia, repetition of the same harmonic formula allowed for the representation of a notion of time that transcended that of day-to-day experience – in other words, eternity! As a geometrically variable group, Ensemble Caprice here draws on the talents of seven musicians playing period instruments, who are joined by organist Jean-Willy Kunz, sopranos Dawn Bailey and Jana Miller and mezzo-soprano Maude Brunet. In addition to the instrumental pieces judiciously selected from a vast repertoire, Matthias Maute (conductor and composer) has rearranged certain others for two recorders and bass, including Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Chaconne BWV 1004 for solo violin and Monteverdi's Chi vol che m'innamori (with its closing "Today we are light, and then tomorrow, shadow"). The album also contains hauntingly beautiful 16th-century Czech folksongs. Everything, in a program of heightened feeling, takes us to this indescribable notion of eternity.
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Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute, Ensemble Caprice renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music records ‘Adagio.' Founded in Germany in 1989, Ensemble Caprice is now well established in Montreal and has achieved national and international success. The Ensemble is often invited to perform in Europe and in the United States.
"The music of the CD Adagio: A Consideration of a Serious Matter lies exactly where real questions begin..." - Matthias Maute
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Winner of one Juno and three Prix Opus from Conseil quebecois de la musique, notably "performer of the year" in 2010, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. The New York Times even called it "a group that encourages listeners to rehear the world." This new recording of the Ensemble combines Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Brandenburg Concertos, composed between 1712 and 1721, with a few preludes and one fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich, as arranged by music director Matthias Maute.
31 New 'ON' this week: 172 Total
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Ensemble Caprice is proud to present: Salsa Baroque. One can describe baroque music of Latin America as a fusion of harmonies and rhythms of Europe and Africa blended with Amerindian nuances and styles. This unique fusion dates back to the 16th century and gave rise to a complex and fascinating multitude of musical forms resulting in a great variety of instrumentations, structures, and rhythmic and melodic phrasing. Salsa is the Spanish word for sauce, designating at the same time a dance as well as a family of musical genres in Latin-American music. It is this latter meaning and its ancient roots that, together with a bit of humour, we have taken to give the title Salsa baroque to our project. Despite the human and political tragedies surrounding the colonization of the South-American continent, the multipolar musical culture that resulted is distinguished by its fiery spirit and passion: here is music with a unique character that enriches the repertoire of the 17th century with refreshing novelties.
13 New 'ON' this week: 66 Total
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The Ensemble Caprice members are putting on their gypsy attire! Following a wild journey along with Vivaldi on the bohemian road, they do it again with Telemann! High-octane performances of the composer's oeuvre are intertwined with sparkling Matthias Maute's arrangements of gipsy pieces. All the colors and opulence of a unique cultural heritage offered to you. From Telemann's own writings, after listening to gypsy musicians and their music: One can hardly believe what wonderful imaginative ideas these pipers and fiddlers have as they improvise. In only a week, a composer could be inspired for an entire lifetime. I have written several major concertos in this style.
8 New ON this week 69 Total Synd: APM/Performance Today, PRI/Classical 24 Direct: SiriusXM/Boundaries, Music Choice/Light Classical, In-Flight on Air Canada Markets include: Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Houston, Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, Kansas City, Berkeley CA, Honolulu Online: Taintradio, RadioIO, Beethoven.com