For a little culture while you stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak, we're offering daily recommendations of streaming concerts, online musicals, virtual art exhibitions and more. Here are eight picks for Friday, all times Pacific:
The rising young British cellist; Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who famously played at the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, performs classical favorites with family members live from their home quarantine. 10:30 a.m. Friday. Free. facebook.com/ShekuKMOfficial
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Margaret Batjer plays solo pieces for violin by Bach, and composer-pianist Sarah Gibson performs her work "Our Eyes Once Watered." 7:30 p.m. Friday; available on-demand afterward. Free. LACO.org
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The Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo will present Joyce DiDonato's "In War and Peace" through its Teatro Digital between April 2 to 9, 2020. The concert, which features Il Pomo d'Oro, will be shown on the Teatro Mayor's Facebook page and on the www.teatrodigital.org. The program features baroque music from composers Händel, Leo, De Cavalieri, Purcell, Gesualdo, and Pärt.
The concert was part of the international tour which began on Nov. 17, 2016, at the BOZAR in Brussels and lasted nearly three years traveling across four continents to 44 cities within 25 countries. The tour ended this past fall in Washington, D.C. The tour was inspired by her album "In War and Peace: Harmony through Music" which was released in November 2016 on Erato, which was also inspired by the tragic events of November 2015 in Paris.
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Jazz has always been Slow Culture's forte. That being said, vocal jazz never really got our full attention. But that was before Laila Biali's single Sugar hit our inbox on a rainy morning. At that time, we din't believe that the whole album would stay in our playlist for long. Little did we know! We will review ‘Out of Dust' – Laila Biali's eighth album – next week. To cure our wait (and hopefully, yours!), we're delighted and honored to publish today the interview we did with The Artist Formerly Known As Laila Biali.
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Last summer, back when family trips were still a thing you could do, our family took a great one – starting with a family event in southern California, there was a day at Disneyland, some Los Angeles sightseeing, and then a Route 66 road trip all the way from San Bernardino to Albuquerque.
But in our family, even a family vacation ends up including some radio – and so while the kids went off to see the Peterson Automotive Museum, your editor took advantage of the chance to meet one of radio's most interesting owners. Saul Levine, now in his nineties, put 105.1 FM on the air in Los Angeles back in 1959 as KBCA and has owned it ever since, now as one of the last independent big-market radio owners in the country.
After expanding his empire over the years with stations as far away as Hawaii and San Francisco, Levine's Mount Wilson Broadcasters is back to his base here in Los Angeles, anchored in an office building hard by the side of the 405 freeway in West LA. (It's visible mostly for the big billboard that advertises Saul's stations to what's usually a packed audience of rush-hour drivers a few yards away.)
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JUNO Award winner Laila Biali's deeply personal new album, Out of Dust features not only contributions from the singer/pianist's husband; Ben Wittman and son, but also multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis. "There's a line from a song by the indie gospel group, Gungor, that has become like an anthem to me," Biali says. "‘He makes beautiful things out of dust.' That's where the title for the album comes from, and as a songwriter and musician, my ultimate intention and hope is to spread a little more love."
Laila Baila's 'Take Me To The Ally' from Out of Dust is the Jazz FM Breakfast Track of the Week for April 6, 2020
Jazz FM had the pleasure to have had the World first exclusive play of Nina Simone's 'Fodder In Her Wings'. The song is taken from an obscure French Nina Simone recording from 1982 and is set to have its full commercial release for the first time - Fodder On my Wings.
Originally recorded for a small French label and only sporadically available since its initial release, Fodder On My Wings will be reissued tomorrow. The original album will be expanded with three bonus tracks from the recording sessions from a rare French reissue released in 1988.
A lesser-known but important part of Simone's musical history, Fodder On My Wings contains deeply personal songs.
At the time she recorded the album, Simone was living in France and extremely lonely; her mental illness was worsening and her family life was fractured. It's out of this despair that one of the many album standouts, the near title track "Fodder In Her Wings," was birthed.
An 'A list' track, Nina Simone - Fodder on My Wings gets 'JazzFM world exclusive' & 'Album of the Week'
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Maybe it's the impact of the movie Harriet; maybe it's all the fine work of artists such as Mavis Staples and Rhiannon Giddens and others who have brought more awareness of old spirituals sung in the fields by slaves, some of which later became rallying songs for the Freedom Rides and the Civil Rights era. Whatever the catalyst, this music seems more present than ever. Pianist Lara Downes delivers these mostly well-known spirituals and freedom songs, some alone on the piano, and others with a diverse cast of guests on Some of These Days.
Some of this music Lara Downes is playing has been with us for centuries. Her interpretations are so precious, that they should continue to extend for centuries to come. It's a masterful recording.
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‘Love Letters' marks a different direction for the internationally celebrated artist; it offers a shift in intimacy and content and comes at a pivotal time in her career as she signs to her new record label, Mercury KX.
Milan Records today announces the February 28 release of WENDY (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by award-winning composer, songwriter and producer DAN ROMER and the film's award-winning director BENH ZEITLIN.
Wolfgang Muthspiel, whom The New Yorker has called "a shining light" among today's jazz guitarists, returns to the trio format with Angular Blues, the Austrian's fourth ECM album as a leader, following two acclaimed quintet releases and his trio debut.
World-renowned guitar hero Al Di Meola welcomes a new decade with an ambitious follow-up to his 2013 studio recording All Your Life: A Tribute to the Beatles with a sophomore homage to the Beatles, entitled Across The Universe, due out on earMUSIC on March 13, 2020.
In their concert series "Rituals for Peace" Elektra Kurtis and Ensemble Elektra are bridging cultural borders and genres of music, using the essence of Mediterranean music, spiced with Polish, Greek and Arabic flavor, based in contemporary Jazz and Classical music forms. The group brings a fresh perspective to creative music, connecting the modern beat of New York's life with its members' multi-ethnic roots. Their mission is to integrate musical traditions and styles and to emphasize building peace through live music rituals. The Ensemble has performed at venues like Joe's Pub, Symphony Space, jazz clubs (Cornelia Street Cafe), and festivals in Europe (Tampere Jazz Happening in Finland, Jazz at Starówka in Warsaw Poland).
Musicians include: Elektra Kurtis (violinist, composer and leader of Ensemble Elektra), Curtis Stewart (violinist with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, PUBLIQuartet), Lefteris Bournias (Regina Carter, leader of Apollo Orchestras), Bradley Jones (bassist with: Ornette Coleman, Elvis Costello, Elvin Jones) and Reggie Nicholson(drummer with: Muhal Richard Abrams, Billy Bang, Leroy Jenkins).
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Bridges from the East, the new CD from Polish born Elektra Kurtis comes straight out of the composer's Greek heritage. Always an outsider, Kurtis' music is deeply personal with interweaving elements referencing different music styles and origins. Committed to making the music her own, Bridges from the East reflects the sound of Eastern Europe and North Africa, cultures Kurtis relates to the most, and although separated geographically all of this music is connected by human spirit, emotion, ethics, and expression.
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