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Welcome to the February 2020 Crossover Media – New Releases podcast with Max Horowitz, Amanda Bloom and Zach Swanson.


We start the podcast by congratulating the 7 Crossover Media artists and projects that won 2020 GRAMMY'S. Of course Imogen Heap hosted this year's Premiere Ceremony which featured most of our winners.

Angélique Kidjo's Celia on Verve/Universal France) won for 'Best World Music Album' ,

Wynton Marsalis won this year's GRAMMY for 'Best Classical Instrumental Solo' for the & Nicola Benedetti recording of the Marsalis 'Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite' album with the Philly Orchestra.

Jennifer Higdon's 'Harp Concerto' won in the 'Best Contemporary Classical Composition' category on the Azica Records recording; 'American Rapture featuring Yolanda Kondonassis, and the Rochester Philharmonic under Ward Stare.

Joyce DiDonato won 'Best Classical Solo Vocal Album' for 'Songplay' on Warner Brothers.

Hildur Guonadottir won 'Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media' for her haunting music accompanying the five-part HBO miniseries; 'Chernobyl'. 

Nadia Shpachenko won 'Best Classical Compendium' category for 'The Poetry of Places' Released on Reference Recordings.

After the GRAMMY winners, we touch on the farewell tribute to longtime Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich which featured; Joshua Bell and Lang Lang.

We also congratulate Canadian 2020 JUNO nominees; Jan Lisiecki for his Beethoven Concertos recording on DG, Kent Nagano and the OSM for the John Adams Album on Decca Classics, Alexandra Stréliski for INSCAPE on Secret City Records and Ron Davis for 'SymphRONica' UPFRONT.

On our January recap, we cover

Thomas Newman's Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the Universal Pictures release of 1917. Newman was nominated for this year's Oscar in the  ‘Best Original Score' category.

DG who recently signed the Oscar-nominated, and Emmy-winning composer Dustin O'Halloran released a single 20-minute track; titled "196 Hz," from his EP, Sundoor. The piece was adapted from a cross-disciplinary collaboration with American artist Slater Bradley for his ‘Sundoor at World's End' – an installation at the Church of Mary Magdalene in Venice during the city's Biennale.

We feature the one and only Sheku Kanneh-Mason who returned with his new Elgar recording on Decca Classics. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle.

We've also been working Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers, the third album in this award-winning Blue Landscapes series from pianist Robert Thies and flutist Damjan Karajic on Real Music.

For February we have; ‘Let the Rhythm Lead: the Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1,' an album conceived of by Jackson Browne under the title ‘Artists for Peace and Justice' the album includes; Browne, and songwriters Paul Beaubrun, Habib Kwutee, Jenny Lewis, Raúl Rodríguez, Jonathan Russell, Jonathan Wilson, and David Belle, alongside members of Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik.

The Verve Records release of; Joey Alexander's 'Warna' features the phenomenal 16 year old Grammy-nominated pianist. His playing is so mature it's astounding, and of course he's also an accomplished composer and bandleader. He's joined on this by bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Kendrick Scott. For those wondering what Warna means; the word translates as "color" from Joey's native language of Bahasa.

Composer Dave Soldier's release; ‘Zajal' explores the beginnings of the popular song. Soldier went back 1000 years at the intersection of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures in southern Spain. During his research for the album, Soldier read about the Andalusian caliphate, when the Muslim, Christian and Jewish com- munities not only coexisted, but co-created much of the world we inhabit today. Together, they produced the novel, cowboy culture, the guitar, the dance suite, the Kabbalah, Maimonides, the discovery of the New World. And modern song.

'You Already Know,' the New Deal/Impulse! debut from drummer Ted Poor, features the wide-ranging drummer who has worked in avant-jazz bands with people like pianist Ben Monder, trumpeter Cuong Vu and Andrew Bird as well as backed artists such as Paul Simon and Chris Thile. On 'You Already Know, ' Poor collaborates with guitarist-producer Blake Mills and the saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo. 

We're also working the new release from Laila Biali – Out of Dust. Nice variety of Jazz and Crlossover on here and we'll be doing various radio roadtrips with Laila throughout this Spring.

Jake Shimabukuro who has been redefining what the ukulele is capable of for the last 20 years, returns with his new album ‘Trio,' his first on Music Theories Recordings, a division of Mascot Label Group.

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