Rumba De La Isla
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Fans of Pedrito Martinez's current group should prepare to have some of their expectations blown on Rumba De La Isla. There's a different energy at work on the Cuba-born rumba master's interpretation shares de la Isla's forward-thinking approach, though his aim here processes the music through a lens of his artistry that seems to have much more impressive. His take on "Yo Vivo Enamorao," for exam-cries and the downward curled edges of certain lyrics-from emotive vocals to evocative percussion. Martinez's own clarion voice sweeps along improvised lyrics, calm and unwavering, as thick layers of rhythm intimate de la Isla's passion. "Dos Estrellas Relucientes De Las Alegre Primavera" also underscores the mellow beauty Martinez can unearth through this approach, as his soft touch on the congas and call-and-response vocals build against violinist Alfredo de la Fe's - Jennifer Odell
Rumba De La Isla: Que a Mi Me Vio De Nacer; Yo Vivo Enamorao; Dos Estrellas Relucientes De Las Alegre Primavera; Solo Vivo Pa'quererte; Volando Voy; Quiero Quitarme Esta Pena; No Naqueres Na'De Mi; Gitana Te Quiero; Homenaje A Camaron. (50:15)
Personnel: Pedrito Martinez, composer, arranger, chekere, congas, cowbell, vocals; Román Díaz, bata, cajon, spoons, vocals; John Benítez, bass; Piraña, cajon; Niño Josele, guitar, handclapping; Alfredo de la Fe, electric violin; Xiomara Laugart, backing vocals; Abraham Rodríguez, backing vocals.
Utah's favorite dads, The Piano Guys just released their new video ‘Home' covering the hit song from 2012 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. Shot in their home state of Utah near Zion National Park, Steven Sharp Nelson commented on the impetus to make the video. "We love being on tour and meeting our fans! However, as we travel along with our equipment, cellos and baggage one thing never gets checked away - we miss home. We miss our family. When we first heard ‘Home' we couldn't help but be emotionally drawn to it."
The video is being released in conjunction with the group's new album The Piano Guys 2, which features more imaginative mash-ups and arrangements on music from Pachelbel to The Turtles to Bruno Mars
The Piano Guys started making music videos together for fun, a hobby which turned into a worldwide phenomenon when their self-made YouTube videos amassed 220 million views to date.
Veteran gospel act The Blind Boys of Alabama has signed with Sony Masterworks, Paste has learned. The band is now set to release a new album this fall, taking production notes from other than Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. An album title has not yet been released. The album will feature a few unexpected guest spots, which will be announced later. Its release will be followed by an international tour.
The band's current lineup includes founding vocalists Jimmy Carter, along with vocalists Bishop Billy Bowers and Ben Moore. Drummer Eric McKinnie, guitarist Joey Williams, bassist Tracy Pierce and keyboard player Peter Levin round out the lineup.
Vernon will add The Blind Boys to his growing list of production credits, which includes work with James Blake, Kathleen Edwards and Land of Talk.
45 North / Friday, May 3, 2013
Anne Strainchamps talks with a jazz composer and two-time Grammy winner Maria Schneider about her new album: 'Winter Morning Walks.'
Also on the show, Zoe Keating is a cellist with a lot of pluck. Acting as her own agent, tour manager, producer and publisher, Zoe tells Anne Strainchamps how to orchestrate a "slow, sustainable, career" as a musician-mother, how to crowd-source a tour, and why she writes odes to iTunes. A little later in the hour:
'Soul Flower,' Robin McKelle's new album on Sony Masterworks, set for release on June 11 might have called 'The Real McKelle.' "It's the record I've always dreamed of making" the singer says. McKelle who wrote most of the albums songs is true to it's title blending soul, blues, and R&B and showcasing not only her powerful expressive sound but also a great gift for devising familiar melodies that take hold immediately. McKelle also firmly puts her stamp on the project insisting on recognizing the backing band on the cover credit: Robin McKelle & The Flytones.
"I grew up listening to Nina Simone and Gladys Knight. I sang their classics and what I enjoy most today is building my own repertoire in that same soulful vein" McKelle says, as her lyrics delve into today's gloomy news. "You turn on the radio in the morning, you watch TV in the evening, and all you hear is crisis, crisis, crisis'. Wherever you are in the world the word is repeated ten thousand times a day, So I've tried to offer a take based on real life - people's experience, the everyday impression they have." The Rochester New York native does however end the session on a glamorous jazz note, with a cover of 'I'm A Fool To Want You' immortalized by Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.
House & Garden was inspired by our love of natural life, of our gardens and the central place they play in our home-lives, our friendships and relationships. Jim and I were working one day, it was a beautiful spring day, and Jim said he'd started a song while thinking about the strawberry plants he has in his garden. His mother gave him the cuttings planted by his father, and though he passed on many years ago, his memory is kept alive in the garden. What a beautiful gift to reflect on your loved ones as you tend your flowers! We wrote the rest of the lyrics with specific flowers in mind and what they represent (love, faith, comfort).
We felt the album should be simple with spare instrumentation and a focus on stories, lyrics and vocal harmonies. The sound is refreshingly rich, with sweet surprises as the guitar and voices take on the sound of bees, mayflies, a music box, and even cello strings."
The Piano Guys are back with a new album, The Piano Guys - Volume 2, with their unique take on music from Pachelbel to The Turtles to Bruno Mars, available on Portrait, Sony Masterworks' new adult contemporary imprint.
During the past ten years the Quartetto di Cremona has matured into a string quartet of international renown, combining the Italian culture of string playing with an awareness of historical performance practice.
On Violin Lullabies, Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Matthew Hagle perform 25 classic cradle songs for violin, including works by Johannes Brahms, George Gershwin, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Richard Strauss, and Maurice Ravel.
Once scored not only once, but eight times at this year's Tony Awards. Bringing home the Tony for Best Musical, Once beat out its rival Crossover client Newsies. Once also received the Tony awards for: Best Book of a Musical (Enda Walsh), Best Actor in a Musical (Steve Kazee), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Bob Crowley), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Natasha Katz), Best Sound Design in a Musical (Clive Goodwin), Best Direction (John Tiffany), and Best Orchestrations (Martin Lowe).
Based off the 2006 film of the same name, the cherished cult favorite of many young musicians and film buffs alike has attracted a steady, but humble stream of attention from the Broadway community since opening on the Great White Way. With a talented cast of actor-musicians, Once tells the story of Guy meets Girl (quite literally the names of the main characters), who connect through a love of music. Hauntingly beautiful music and simple design and choreography construct this relatable tale and make Once the standout musical of the season.
For more information on the musical, or to buy tickets and the soundtrack, please visit http://www.oncemusical.com/index.html.
Newsies, the breakout new American musical, today received eight Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. Additionally, Newsies was recognized with nominations for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan), Best Original Score (Alan Menken and Jack Feldman), Best Book of a Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel), and Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob).
8 New 'ON' this week: 40 Total
SYND: Dial-Global, The Bill Miller Show, Footlight Parade Direct:Music Choice/Stage & Screen, DMX, SiriusXM/On Broadway Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Baltimore, Toronto, Jacksonville FL, Wichita Online: Live 365, BroadwayCafeSociety, The StandardsChannel, WGOE
Once is the celebrated new Broadway show based on the Academy Award-winning film. The show includes all of the beloved songs written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova for the critically acclaimed film. The score features the Oscar-winning hit "Falling Slowly," as well as two new songs, "Abandoned in Bandon" and the Czech folk song "Ej Pada Pada Rosicka." One of the most unique elements of this musical is that the 13-member cast of the show act, sing and play all of the instruments: there is no orchestra or separate band. A distinctive aspect to the cast album is that it was produced allowing these talented actors/musicians to record the music in the same style and environment as their stage show. This special recording process not only showcases the gorgeous new orchestrations by Martin Lowe, but also captures the live essence of this extraordinary ensemble.
5 New 'ON' this week 84 Total
SYND: Dial-Global, Radio DeLuxe, Sixty Second CD Markets include: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Portland, New Orleans, Long Is. NY, Toronto
Online: Broadway.com, Playbill.com, Taintradio, BroadwayCafeSociety.com, LIVE 365
ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his stepbrother doesn t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
33 New 'ON' this week: 39 Total
SYND: The Bill Miller Show
Direct: Music Choice/Stage & Screen, Spafax In-Flight, DMX Markets include: Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Portland, Detroit, Pittsburgh
Ghostlight Records is proud to release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of: Catch Me If You Can, a score that captures music from the new production based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it. Catch Me If You Can Earns Four Tony Award Nominations: 'Best Musical', 'Best Actor: Norbert Leo Butz', 'Best Orchestrations: Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank', 'Best Sound Design: Steve Canyon Kennedy.' The production has also been honored with Drama Desk Award Nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics & with an Outer Critics' Circle nomination for Outstanding New Score. The upcoming OCR was recorded April 18, 2011 at MSR Studios in New York City. It was Produced for Records by Marc Shaiman and Scott M. Riesett. Album Executive Producer: Kurt Deutsch. Recorded and mixed by Lawrence Manchester. CD Booklet features a liner note by Frank Abagnale.
9 New 'ON' this week: 50 Total
Synd: Sixty Second CD, Dial-Global, Footlight Parade Direct: Music Choice, SiriusXM, In-Flight Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, Denver, Detroit, Long Island, Toronto, Hartford CT., Jacksonville FL
MASTERWORKS BROADWAY proudly announces the upcoming release of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of WONDERLAND, Alice Through A Whole New Looking Glass. Produced by Frank Wildhorn, David Lai and Jason Howland, and with a book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, choreography by Marguerite Derricks and direction by Gregory Boyd, WONDERLAND is now in performances at Broadway's Marquis Theatre where it opened on April 17, 2011. "The rich history of Masterworks Broadway includes many memorable musicals from The Sound of Music to The Secret Garden that appeal to audiences of all ages, and we are delighted to add Wonderland to the list," said Alex Miller, Senior Vice President of SONY MASTERWORKS. "The songs in Wonderland are so melodic, catchy and upbeat. Frank Wildhorn imaginatively uses the widest possible palette of musical colors to bring the characters to life."
13 New 'ON' this week: 31 Total
Synd: Sixty Second CD
Direct: SiriusXM/Frank DeCaro Show
Markets include: New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, Long Island NY, Jacsonville FL, Wichita
Online: BroadwayCafeSociety.com, Radio Applause, Live 365
Ghostlight Records will release the Original London Cast Recording of SISTER ACT, the acclaimed musical which came to Broadway beginning March 24th 2011. Oliver Award nominee Patina Miller, star of the London production, reprises her role as Deloris on Broadway, and appears on the new CD. The album was produced by Doug Besterman, Michael Kosarin and Alan Menken. SISTER ACT features an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Enchanted), lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner ("Cheers") with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed). Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Forum, Smokey Joe's Cafe), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard
6 New 'ON' this week: 44 Total
Synd: Dial Global, Sixty Second CD, The Bill Miller Show, Footlight Parade Direct: Music Choice Markets include: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cleveland, Baltimore, New Orleans, Toronto, Hartford CT, Jacksonville FL, Ft. Wayne IN
MASTERWORKS BROADWAY proudly announces the upcoming release of the New Broadway Cast Recording of: PROMISES,PROMISES. The recording is produced by Grammy Award winners David Caddick and David Lai. For the first time in over forty years PROMISES, PROMISES returns to the stage starring Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes and Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Directed and choreographed by Tony and Emmy Award winner Rob Ashford, this new production of PROMISES, PROMISES, with Neil Simon's funny and touching book and Burt Bacharach and Hal David's hit-packed score, opened at the Broadway Theatre.
10 New 'ON' this week: 36 Total
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