Nominated for instrumental album of the year, Upfront is the third release from pianist Ron Davis's SymphRONica project, an outlet for the jazz crossover that springs from his fertile imagination. Abetted by a string quartet, Davis covers a wide range of styles, from the genteel neo-baroque of "Drew Bourrée" to the intoxicating tango-meets-klezmer sounds of "Chance." Of the album's 12 tracks, his take on Miles Davis's iconic "So What" stays closest to the jazz idiom, and benefits from some nicely detailed drumming and expressive guitar and electric piano solos. Stay until the end and hear how the pizzicato strings ingeniously escort the song out of the room.
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Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1 is a meeting of musical styles and traditions that brings together the world views of songwriters Paul Beaubrun, Jackson Browne, Habib Koité, Jenny Lewis, Raúl Rodríguez, Jonathan Russell and Jonathan Wilson alongside members of Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik at the Artists Institute of Jacmel.
Steeped in polyrhythmic drumming of Haitian Vodou, complex notes of Spanish Tres, Flamenco and Malian Guitar, interwoven with North American folk and rock, Let the Rhythm Lead is a musical odyssey, employing an array of diverse songwriting traditions and genres to tell stories of new friendships and collaborations, powerful spirits and ancient traditions, all the while honoring humanity, love, understanding, awakening and rejuvenation. Six languages narrate the journey with singing in English, French, Creole, Khassonké, Manding and Spanish.
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Louisa May Alcott's classic tale "Little Women" is back on the big screen, in at least its fifth cinematic adaptation, this time in the confident hands of writer/director Greta Gerwig. She has assembled a magnificent cast, using a great script (that she wrote), and crafted a warm, superb movie that is absolutely one of 2019's best.
For those unfamiliar, "Little Women" is about the March sisters: their lives and adventures in Massachusetts around the time of the Civil War, in which their father has volunteered to fight for the Union. As women in a less enlightened era, they are at a disadvantage when it comes to certain privileges enjoyed by men, but that doesn't stop them from carving their own paths.
Alexandre Desplat's music is playful and sad and always pairs well with its scenes. Jacqueline Durran's costume design shows why she won the Oscar for that category. Yorick Le Saux's cinematography is sumptuous, and he and Gerwig employ warm and cool color palettes to differentiate the dual timelines, though they begin to merge as the past catches up to the present.
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On Saturday, February 22, at 8:00pm and Sunday, February 23, at 4:00pm, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will perform an all Beethoven program, the Eroica and the Emperor, in honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. Soloist John O'Conor, known as ‘the world's preeminent Beethoven interpreter', will perform Piano Concerto No.5, (Emperor). John O'Conor Is one of the most popular soloists ever to collaborate with Greenwich Symphony. The concert will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Greenwich High School. A free pre-concert lecture will take place one hour before each performance.
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While recording their third studio album, The Undivided Five, A Winged Victory for the Sullen experienced the capricious extremes of life and death. "This record was bookended by two huge events in our lives," explains Dustin O'Halloran, speaking on Skype from Los Angeles. The other half of this highly acclaimed American ambient duo, Adam Wiltzie, joins us from Brussels. "A really close friend died when we started working on the record. Towards the end of the album cycle, my first child was born."
Dustin O'Halloran, Adam Wiltzie deceased friend was the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. The album's title is inspired by a group formed by a pioneering Swedish artist called Hilma Af Klimt, who was a mystic, as was WB Yeats, Gustav Mahler, Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky. In 1896, Af Klimt founded a ‘Friday group' called ‘The Five' with four other like-minded female artists.
"They communed with the other side," O'Halloran says. "It wasn't based on Catholicism or anything, but more about the spiritualism of communicating with the unknown. In a lot of ways that is like the magic that happens between Adam and I. Our project becomes something bigger than us. It becomes its own entity with subconscious ideas in tune to universal energies." O'Halloran and Wiltzie discovered more parallels. Photograph: Jonatan Gretarsson
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Musician Jake Shimabukuro released a new album, Trio, on Friday, which features his first-ever recording of a traditional Hawaiian song "Wai'alae." The song is special to Shimabukuro as he shares, "When I first started touring in Japan back in 1999, I opened for one of my favorite Hawaiian bands, ‘Side Order Band.' It consisted of Chris Kamaka, Bryan Tolentino, Del Beazley, and Asa Young. They are four legendary musicians who I grew up listening to. During that tour, the band would open up the concert with Wai'alae and it brought tears to my eyes as I missed home so much. Recording Waialae on the Trio record was a tribute to these four stellar musicians who inspired me since I was a little kid strumming my mom's ukulele."
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Laila Biali recently released the first single 'Sugar' from her deeply personal new album, 'Out of Dust.' The JUNO Award winning Biali's hard-won optimism is apparent in the music on this new recording. Co-produced by Biali and her husband, Ben Wittman, 'Out of Dust' is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting even as it confronts her recent challenges (and the current political climate!) head-on "These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss," Biali reveals. "I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life's greatest challenges can produce something meaningful, even if only to make us more aware of and empathetic to the struggles of those around us."
The album will be released Friday, March 27, and Biali is currently touring through Canada and the US. She recently stopped by CBC Radio One's 'Saskatchewan Weekend' with Shauna Powers to discuss the recording, touring and life's challenges. LISTEN
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Milan Records today releases THE NEW POPE (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FROM THE SKY – HBO – CANAL+ SERIES produced by FREMANTLE'S THE APARTMENT and WILDSIDE, co-produced with HAUT ET COURT TV and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) with music by LELE MARCHITELLI.
Referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele," Jake Shimabukuro is a true virtuoso, and exhibits his talents once again with the release of ‘Trio', available February 14th through Music Theories Recordings.
You Already Know, the New Deal/Impulse! debut from the acclaimed drummer Ted Poor-"a trustworthy engine in countless modern-jazz settings," per the New York Times-isn't your typical jazz drummer's recording, almost defiantly so.
The roles require a big voice and a big temperament: these women are divas in distress, whether it is Maddalena in Giordano's Andrea Chenier, describing her mother's death at the hands of French revolutionaries, or the title character of Ponchielli's La Gioconda contemplating suicide. Netrebko brings them all to life with her creamy, flexible sound.
The 44-year-old also takes on both soprano roles in Puccini's last opera, Turandot. First comes fragile slave girl Liu's Signore, ascolta!, capped by a lovely soft high B-flat. Then the steely title character's In questa reggia, with its climactic high C.
Besides the pure vocal pleasure it brings, this album serves as a landmark in the remarkable growth of a singer who began more than two decades ago as a light-lyric soprano, moved into bel canto, then Verdi and Puccini – and recently even ventured into Wagner. SEE The National PAGE
Fresh from making her sensational Wagnerian debut as Elsa in Lohengrin at the Dresden Semperoper – four performances, all of which were met with thunderous ovations – Anna Netrebko, the best-known soprano of our time announces her forthcoming recording, VERISMO. Set for international release on September 2, 2016 VERISMO, highlights the evolution of this classical superstar's impressive career, as she explores some of the darker reaches of the soprano repertoire. Having successfully broached the weightier Verdian roles of Giovanna d'Arco and Lady Macbeth, she is continuing to expand her vocal and artistic range, as demonstrated on this new album by her portrayals of Puccini's Manon, Butterfly and Tosca, Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur and Giordano's Maddalena (Andrea Chénier).
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Little known outside Russia, Tchaikovsky's Iolanta is one of Anna Netrebko's favourites. She stars in this new recording of the opera, released as she prepares to sing the title role at the Met. Most of us are unfamiliar with Iolanta, but Anna Netrebko has long been a passionate champion of the work, which she feels is one of the most beautiful operas ever written. Over the years she has frequently revisited the role of the king's daughter who doesn't realise she is blind because the whole court has protected her from that knowledge. Iolanta is a lyrical fairy-tale with its own inner world of music – and an astonishingly modern parable.
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What better way to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Richard Strauss than with one of the world's most renowned sopranos, Anna Netrebko performing Strauss' Four Last Songs. In an album dedicated to Richard Strauss, Netrebko is accompanied by conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim and one of Germany's oldest and most prestigious orchestras, the Staatskapelle Berlin. The recording will be available December 9, 2014 on Deutsche Grammophon. Recorded live in Berlin earlier this year, this marks Anna Netrebko's first recording of these iconic Strauss songs. Known for her poise, her voice's unmistakable color, and her coloratura technique, Strauss' Four Last Songs are a perfect match for Netrebko's expressive style. The album also features Barenboim and the Staatskapelle performing Ein Heldenleben, one of the most vivid and popular tone poems by Strauss, who himself conducted the Staatskapelle over 1,200 times as the General Music Director over a century ago.
With her first studio album in five years, Anna Netrebko celebrates the mighty power and compelling human drama of Verdi's music. Propelled by her unforgettable interpretations of landmark roles, the Russian soprano has surged to the top of the opera world since the release of her debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon a decade ago. Anna Netrebko – Verdi is destined to stand out among major highlights of the composer's bicentenary year, thanks to its carefully selected program, thoughtful interpretations, and passionate music-making, Netrebko's eloquent artistry evokes the golden age of singing that Verdi and his compositions helped create.
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