CD Hotlist - Rick Anderson writes.......With this album, bassist Pino Palladino and multi-instrumentalist/producer Blake Mills have created a weird but wonderful mix of sounds and flavors, resulting in something that is explicitly jazz-adjacent but hardly jazz. Billed as "both a producers' album and a players' album," it germinated from snippets of musical ideas that Palladino sent to Mills for his musical input, and to which Mills responded so comprehensively that eventually, in Palladino's words, "it dawned on both of us that it would be a collaborative record." From the tightly composed broken-beat groove of "Soundwalk" to the bubbling Afrobeat-plus-skronk of "Ekuté" to the slippery and funky "Chris Dave," the sound has a weirdly electronic vibe, even when most of the actual sounds are being made by acoustic instruments and the drums are live. Of course, some of the instruments credited are a bit mysterious: on one track Mills is credited with "rubberized guitar"; on another, he plays a "gamelan fretless bass." I promise this album is unlike any you've heard this year, or any year.
EL PASO INC. Celebretainment writes.....Moby has teamed up with Gregory Porter and Amythyst Kiah on a remix of 'Natural Blues'. The 55-year-old musician has reimagined his biggest hits from the past three decades featuring the Budapest Art Orchestra with new orchestration and arrangements for his upcoming LP, 'Reprise'. And the latest cut is a new version of the 2000 single by Moby from his acclaimed 'Play' album.
Moby said: "I've had songs that are very despairing, and some that are celebratory, but more often than not I guess my music lives in a bittersweet in-between. Gregory Porter and Amythyst Kiah's performances bring a new sense of yearning to the song that encompasses both light and dark tones. Their thoughtful interpretations bring out deep nuances to the track only they could uniquely offer."
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The List - Bang Showbiz writes.....Moby has been "surrounded by classical music" since his childhood. The 55-year-old star has revealed he was surrounded by lots of classical musical influences during his childhood and even though he's made his name in a different genre, his music has always featured "classical elements". He shared: "I grew up surrounded by classical music. My mother was a pianist. My great-grandmother actually taught classical composition to Arthur Fiedler, the legendary conductor. My uncle was a classical flautist. "So even though I grew up playing in punk rock bands, classical music was sort of ingrained in me from an early age."
Despite this, Moby acknowledges that his new album, 'Reprise', is markedly different to his earlier releases. The chart-topping star's upcoming album will feature orchestral and acoustic arrangements of songs from earlier in his career.
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Composer Guy Jackson is the featured guest on this Score to Screen podcast. The Sea of Solitude composer shares details about challenges he faced translating the heavy emotional themes from the video game into music as well as discusses the exciting experience of arranging tone poems for each character.
The Score to Screen podcast series is produced and hosted by Crossover Media's Max Horowitz. LISTEN
Sea of Solitude takes you on a personal journey of a young woman's loneliness. As the gameplay unfolds, set sail across a beautiful and evolving world, where nothing is quite what it seems. Meet fantastical creatures and monsters, learn their stories, and solve challenges. Explore a flooded city, either by boat, on foot, or by swimming through the water itself. Dare to look what lies beneath the surface, in a haunting struggle of darkness and light, and discover what it truly means to be human.
Based in North London, Guy Jackson specializes in highly crafted layered musical compositions, amalgamating acoustic and electronic sounds while encompassing both classical and ambient genres. His work is perfectly suited to the silver screen, enhancing and supporting the mood and tone of a broad variety of visual content. Guy is the resident composer and sound designer for Berlin based online game creators, Jo-Mei Games. He scored and produced the sound effects for titles such as Koyotl, Who Let the Pets Out? and Monkey Bay. Another of the titles that benefited from the Guy Jackson treatment, Brave Little Beasties (published 2013), was rated 10/10 for sound by Browsergame-magazin.de ─ proof, if ever there was any doubt, that a Guy Jackson score will enhance your visual creative. In association with his long-term collaborator, pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, Guy produced two CDs with the critically acclaimed Transparent Music project, which features musicians such as the legendary Davy Spillane, trumpeter Arve Henriksen, bassist Mo Foster and slide guitarist Michael Messer.
SEA OF SOLITUDE (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK)
1. Discover the Past
2. Leave Me Alone
3. Sunny's Theme
4. I Picture You Before Me (instrumental)
5. Through the Dark Matrix
6. Kay's Theme
7. Overcome with Emotion
8. Engulfed by the Monster
9. The Onward Journey
10. Octopus Theme
11. My Floating Sanctuary
12. Lonely Dark Shadows
15. Cold on the Outside
16. Battaglia - Lento Cortese
17. Braving the Cold
18. I Picture You Before Me
19. The Darker Side
20. What If?
COMINGSOON.net - JEFF AMES writes....Welcome to a special edition of CS Score, soundtrack lovers! This week we're jumping right to the chase to get to our amazing interviews with Jeff Russo, composer of hit shows such as Fargo, Star Trek: Picard, Lucifer, For All Mankind and Clarice, among many others. We also got a chance to speak with composer Osei Essed, who has worked on the documentaries Accept the Call, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality and the recently release Amend: Fight for America.
Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, Jeff Russo is creating some of the most varied and compelling music for television, film and video games. Russo earned an Emmy Award, and two additional nominations, for his score on FX's Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning series Fargo. His music can be heard on CBS's Star Trek: Picard; Star Trek: Discovery; and Clarice; Netflix's Cursed; Altered Carbon; The Umbrella Academy; Apple TV+'s For All Mankind and Starz's Power. Past credits include Hulu's The Act, FX's Legion, Starz's Counterpart, Noah Hawley's feature film Lucy in the Sky, Mark Wahlberg's action-thriller film Mile 22, Craig Macneill's Lizzie and more. Russo also received a BAFTA nomination for Best Music for Annapurna Interactive's video game, What Remains of Edith Finch.
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I Pray For My Enemies is the name of the first new recording in a decade from Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named Poet Laureate of the United States. It's an album of singing, speaking and playing from Joy and a variety of top-notch musicians that seeks healing for a troubled world.
It was released March 5th, 2021, and Michigan's PublicRadio90 KURT HAUSWIRTH spoke with her about it.
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Musical pioneer Moby is set to release his new album Reprise, on May 28th via Deutsche Grammophon. Reprise sees Moby revisiting and reimagining musical highlights from his past. Together with the Budapest Art Orchestra, he has re-envisioned some of his most recognizable rave classics and anthems with new arrangements for orchestra and acoustic instruments. He's also joined by a stellar line-up of guest artists from across the musical spectrum, including Alice Skye, Amythyst Kiah, Apollo Jane, Darlingside, Gregory Porter, Jim James, Kris Kristofferson, Luna Li, Mark Lanegan, Mindy Jones, Nataly Dawn, Skylar Grey and Víkingur Ólafsson.
Reprise includes Moby's biggest tracks including; Natural Blues.' Originaly released as the fifth single from his fifth studio album 'Play' on March 6, 2000, the song is built around vocals sampled from "Trouble So Hard" by American folk singer Vera Hall (1937). 'Natural Blues was one of several songs on Play produced by Moby based on samples obtained from albums of American folk music originally compiled by field collector Alan Lomax. The single was first released in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. In Iceland it peaked at number 1.
Moby - Natural Blues makes this week's JazzFM - B List
Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated pianist Joey Alexander follows his major-label debut album, WARNA (Verve Records), with three new singles "SALT" (March 19: LINK), "Under the Sun" (April 23: LINK), and "Summer Rising" (May 28) set for global release on Verve.
Multi GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist/composer Arturo O'Farrill and nonprofit the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) announces today they have reached more than 1 million people in over 25 countries through their innovative "ALJA Digital Village" programming since its launch one year ago in March 2020.
Cande y Paulo, the Argentinian duo who caught the attention of the world when a performance of ‘Barro Tal Vez', an achingly intense but minimalist Argentine rock classic went viral on YouTube amassing over 12 million views, today announce their debut.
This is the third volume of the Danish String Quartet's ongoing Prism series, which shows how the radiance of Bach's fugues is refracted through Beethoven's quartets to illuminate the work of later composers.
Icelandic pianist and post-classical composer Eydís Evensen has confirmed details of her debut album, BYLUR, which will be released on 23rd April, 2021 by XXIM Records, Sony's new imprint for innovative, post-genre instrumental music.
On new 'Goldberg' double set, Lang Lang's playing is impressive and his virtuosity is never in doubt / LIMELIGHT
Posted: September 2, 2020 12:00 AM
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And still they come – excuse the cliché – Goldberg Variations that is, as surely as spring showers. This time it's Lang Lang, both in live performance and in the studio. In terms of duration, both versions are interminable and imply that most, if not all, repeats are made. The overall result is rather "Tureckian", after Rosalind Tureck, high priestess or grande dame of the work, whose marmoreal 1957 EMI recording became both the touchstone of later versions and the over reverential (piano) keyboard equivalent of the St Matthew Passion, for decades.
There's no dreaded "overarching narrative" here: Both Lang Lang's versions last more than 90'. Comparisons aren't that easy: the opening aria of the studio version is more inflected (and interesting). What's equally interesting is the number of recordings which adopt an adagio tempo here, where none is stipulated by the composer. Variation 2 is smoothly and convincingly legato in both. Variations 11 and 20 feature brilliant duet playing.
Lang Lang tends to handle the grander, more extrovert ones more successfully. For instance, in Variation 16, a stately French overture, he comes into his element. In the so-called "Black Pearl" Variation, No 25 (so-called by Wanda Landowska, though no-one ever appears to have discovered why) I thought he appeared, at almost 10 minutes, to be struggling to display "depth of feeling" but succeeded only in sounding slow and heavy. Other accounts with greater flow manage to sound both more enigmatic as well as more profound.
At other points, Lang Lang's playing is certainly impressive and his sheer virtuosity is never in doubt. That said, stick to Perahia (either version) or Alexandre Tharaud.
"This is a very important dream-come-true moment", says Lang Lang. The superstar pianist, who waited 20 years before playing Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental composition in public, has finally achieved his goal of recording the Goldberg Variations. The result of two decades of deep study and personal reflection, his vision of Bach's Aria and 30 Variations is out now onDeutsche Grammophon.
One of the world's biggest classical stars, Lang Lang, returns with his brand new solo album ‘Piano Book' – a collection of pieces which first inspired him to play the piano and led him on his path to international stardom. The recording, his first new studio album in three years, marks his return to Universal Music Group and Deutsche Grammophon – the label he first signed to in 2003.
Lang Lang says: "I want to take every music lover on a journey through my favourite piano pieces. I hope to inspire as well as motivate every piano student to remain focused during daily practice, and to play and understand these essential pieces for what they really are: true masterpieces!"
‘Piano Book' gathers together many of the miniatures that generations of amateur pianists have grown up with. Lang Lang holds them in the highest regard, believing them to be classics in their own right. He wants to encourage piano students across the world to fully appreciate them.
The ineffable magic of New York City fires the imagination of superstar pianist Lang Lang on his new album New York Rhapsody (Sony Classical) available September 16, 2016. He is joined by a wide array of special guests including Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Jason Isbell, Jeffrey Wright, Kandace Springs, Lindsey Stirling, Lisa Fischer, Madeleine Peyroux andSean Jones.From the haunting reveries of Gershwin and Copland to the in-the-moment intensity of songs made famous by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Lou Reed and Don Henley, New York Rhapsody rediscovers the dazzle and the soul of America's most symbolic city. Following the release of the album, a star-studded concert special Live From Lincoln Center will air on PBS on November 25, 2016 as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. The video for "Empire State of Mind" with Lang Lang and singer Andra Day premiered on Town & Country.
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Ever since his first visit to the magical space that is the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, Lang Lang had dreamed of performing there. When his dream came to fruition in the form of a special recital on June 22, 2015 he chose Chopin's four momentous Scherzi and Tchaikovsky's rare but masterly cycle The Seasons to present to his audience. A studio recording of the repertoire was made in the Salle Liebermann at the Opéra Bastille and the live concert was filmed in 4K in the Hall of Mirrors for release on DVD and Blu-ray.
Sony Classical is delighted to announce Lang Lang's first albumentirely devoted to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartavailable September 30. World renowned pianist, Lang Lang, will be joined by the legendary Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Harnoncourt is famous for his ability to match deep knowledge of 17th and 18th century musical language with an interpretative mind of outstanding originality.
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The world's best-selling pianist, Lang Lang, joins one of the most renowned orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle for Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto and Bartók's Second Piano Concerto.
'I've wanted to record with Maestro Rattle and his orchestra for a long time. The Berliner Philharmoniker is extraordinary to work with – the winds and brass are from a different planet and Sir Simon creates a depth of tone with the orchestra, particularly when playing quietly, that's unique. Some of my happiest musical experiences have taken place with this orchestra. We performed the Prokofiev 3 in 2007 in Salzburg and I gave four performances of the Bartók 2 earlier this year with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Both works have such life and such rhythmic vitality that to my ears they sound absolutely contemporary. I believe these concertos have a musical relevance that's absolutely right for our time," - Lang Lang
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Sony Classical is proud to announce its debut release "Live In Vienna" from one of the most thrilling and inspiring musicians of our time, the world-renowned pianist Lang Lang. Recorded and filmed live in Vienna's legendary Musikverein concert hall, the Sony Classical debut will be available on August 24 in multiple formats. This release represents Lang Lang's second live recorded recital to date after the best-selling "Live at Carnegie Hall" in 2004, which marked his international breakthrough as a recording artist. He has performed the new album's program at the world's major concert venues and will continue to tour with it throughout 2011.
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