Jake Shimabukuro's new album, Nashville Sessions, is one of the most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging recordings yet from the man whose music has redefined the ukulele for the 21st century. In Shimabukuro's gifted hands, the age-old Hawaiian instrument has become a medium for previously undreamed of levels of expressiveness and musicianship. And with Nashville Sessions he's reached a new plateau with the instrument. The result is one of the boldest and most unique ukulele records ever made-a new benchmark for the uke.
WRTC: Hartford CT, Bob Parzych talks with the Ukelele master about all things Uke. How YouTube helped him, and his extensive touring and upcoming CD, The Nashville Sessions.
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The first edition of The Jazz Directors Series, produced by creative music organisation Brighter Sound in collaboration with renowned Manchester venue Band on the Wall, will see 13 young professional musicians working with composer Terence Blanchard on specially arranged material from his long career in jazz and film scores. The Multi-Grammy Award winning trumpeter and film composer is also set to pay an extended visit to the north of England when he sets out on a series of dates this September with The Inner City Ensemble, which will feature young musicians drawn from across the region.
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Houston's 'Moores School' Madison Artist Series presents pianist Lang Lang on Thursday, September 15, 2016. 7:30 pm - 9 pm. Program includes:
Albeniz: Suite Espanola (selected)
Granados: Goyescas (selected)
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor
Lang Lang's new Sony Classical album - New York Rhapsody is set for release on September 16, 2016. Featuring Special Guests Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Jason Isbell, Jeffrey Wright, Kandace Springs, Lindsey Stirling, Lisa Fischer, Madeleine Peyroux and Sean Jones. Named New York City's First Ever NYC Cultural Tourism Ambassador, Lang Lang's PBS Special Live From Lincoln Center Coming In November.
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"We hope we can sing something that'll lift you up and make you feel good," Jimmy Carter rasps to greet us. At 85, the group's remaining active founder shows a zest impressive for any age. He happily returns a "We love you!" from the floor and promises a heartfelt performance. Sure enough, the band sheds any rustiness during Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready," and for 80 minutes they fill the room with those gorgeous gospel harmonies that have defined the Blind Boys for seven decades.
The group creates a sound as rich as its history. Carter sits flanked by longtime mates Ben Moore and Ricky McKinnie (both also blind, though thankfully that's not a strictrequirement) and joined by newer faces Paul Beasley and Joey Williams. Behind the colorfully-suited frontline, a frenetic rhythm section keeps bouncing and stomping with flair. The singers remain vibrant, standing, shouting, clapping and/or shaking booty whenever the mood hits. This is one group unafraid to dance like nobody's looking.
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It's one thing to say that Black Violin wants to bust stereotypes with their music and careers. After all, they're two African-American men playing violin to hip hop in a field that is overwhelmingly lacking in black musicians. But to merely state that is an academic sort of assessment, dry and matter-of-fact. It's quite another to see them do it live onstage, where you get to see just how impactful their unique blend of hip-hop and classical music can be.
Yes, the group is making classical music interesting to another generation. And yeah, it's great that they're completely loosening up the shirt collars of classical music purists. But at the end of the day, it's just an exhilarating show. That's what we're all here for. Watch the subject of our latest Uncharted episode bring their interesting blend down to Miami, where the duo rocked out at the Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in a homecoming show.
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It's become an annual tradition of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a rite marking the end of summer in the Berkshires: a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in bucolic Tanglewood to send off audience members and musicians alike, humming "Ode to Joy." But rarely has the orchestra's music director participated in the performance. This past Sunday, music director Andris Nelsons became the first to do so since 1969, when Erich Leinsdorf was in that position. Initially, Christoph von Dohnanyi was supposed to conduct it this season. But Dohnanyi canceled due to complications from cataract surgery. Meanwhile, Nelsons, who had committed to conducting Parsifal at Bayreuth this summer, unexpectedly pulled out of the German production, allowing him to sub in. See how Nelsons did below.
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Maybe this is stretching the point, but there is a photograph among the inside cover art of The Bad Plus' new album "It's Hard" that speaks not only to the record's repertoire of cover material, but to the very nature of this purposely out-of-time jazz trio. It pictures two outdoor phone kiosks standing side-by-side with their instruments removed - the skeletal remains of a formative but obsolete means of communication.
That's not to insinuate The Bad Plus is in any way an archaic band - quite the opposite, in fact. What it achieves on "It's Hard" is a return to form. There are no guest soloists, no outside vocalists and no askew production touches. It has the trio adapting a set of what could be called new standards, a collection of largely pop-directed works that aren't simply recast in a jazz setting but are wholly reconfigured. Such a task isn't new to The Bad Plus. The trio has interpreted a variety of material throughout its career, culminating with a full transformation of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" on a 2014 album.
"It's Hard," ironically, is both an easier listen and a more direct glimpse of the trio's sense of pop-to-jazz transference with seemingly abandoned works (by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and Kraftwerk), contemporary classics (from Crowded House, Cyndi Lauper and Johnny Cash) and tunes representing two cross-generational jazz stylists (Ornette Coleman, Bill McHenry).
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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.
Charlie Hunter is not only a singular guitarist - he uniquely plays a custom-made seven-string ax that allows him to deliver bass grooves simultaneously with rhythm chords and solo notes - but he's also a creative whose style and expression continue to advance with each project he immerses himself into.
Florence Foster Jenkins is the new comedy-drama directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) which tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer.
re:works is the result of a groundbreaking project that sees the rich catalogue of Decca Classics being opened to some of the world's foremost electronic producers, including Mr Scruff, Starkey, Henrik Schwarz, Fort Romeau, Patrice Bamuel, Martin Buttrich and Kate Simko.
'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