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Unfolding The Flemish Roots

MANdolinMAN – Unfolding The Roots (ARC Music EUCD2705, 2017) This is a wholly contemporary release. While material predates familiar Belgian musical influences like Jacques Brel, Django Reinhardt and Toots Thielmans, MANdolinMan?s approach certainly shares those legends? ?what the hell, let?s try this different thing and see what happens? approach. This is a Belgian quartet, after … Continue reading Unfolding The Flemish Roots

Musical Mystics & Lovers: Conversation with Composer Moshe Denburg for the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra

Times are changing. And yet, we still gaze backwards at ancient musical traditions and continue preserving the cultures of our lineages. In British Columbia, Canada, musicians from varying musical and religious traditions share an orchestra and stage. The musicians perform on modern European and traditional instruments from Asia, the Middle East and beyond. We can … Continue reading Musical Mystics & Lovers: Conversation with Composer Moshe Denburg for the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra

Artist Profiles: Namgar

Singer Namgar Ayushievna Lhasaranova is the leader of the band and her name was used to call the entire group. She grew up in a Buryat family in the tiny village of Kunkur near the border crossing of Russia, Mongolia, and China. She comes from a long family line of shamans. The other original members … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Namgar

Breaking the Ground a Little More

The very names of the CDs I?m reviewing here (some, anyway) indicate that they?re looking to go to places that haven?t yet been fully explored musically. Ever-eager to hear new trails mapped out in the world of world music, I couldn?t be happier.     Tunisian Amine Mraihi is a wizard of the oud (Arabic … Continue reading Breaking the Ground a Little More

Cracovia Music Agency Announces the Stars of 22nd Summer Jazz Festiwal at Piwnicy Pod Baranami

  On July 11, 2017, the Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling will be appearing at Opera Krakowska [the Krakow Opera]. Branford Marsalis has already appeared many times at the Summer Festival in Krakow. The program announced this week by the Cracovia Music Agency combines the famous saxophonist?s quartet with one of the best jazz … Continue reading Cracovia Music Agency Announces the Stars of 22nd Summer Jazz Festiwal at Piwnicy Pod Baranami

Artist Profiles: La Excelencia

La Excelencia was founded by Julian Silva and Jose Vazquez-Cofresi who in 2005 formed the orchestra in New York City. The orchestra was created with the intention to bring a new outlook to salsa music by being hip, young, writing about social issues, and breaking the mold yet not losing the true roots of salsa. … Continue reading Artist Profiles: La Excelencia

Artist Profiles: La cumbiamba eNeYé

La cumbiamba eNeYé is an ensemble that performs concerts and workshops with traditional instruments from the African Diaspora in Colombia, as well as indigenous and European instruments and influences. All these are mixed together in the traditional musical styles that developed throughout the colonial era, and continue to evolve. ?eNeYé? has the range of versatility … Continue reading Artist Profiles: La cumbiamba eNeYé

Sarod Virtuoso Alam Khan to Perform in New York

Sarod master Alam Khan is set to perform on Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:00 p.m. in Manhattan, New York. Alam Khan will celebrate his father, the acclaimed sarod player and teacher Ali Akbar Khan, on what would have been his 95th Birthday. Om Gam Ensemble will be the opening act. Alam Khan will be joined … Continue reading Sarod Virtuoso Alam Khan to Perform in New York

Artist Profiles: La Chicana

La Chicana was formed in the first months of 1996 by Dolores Solá, Acho Estol and Juan Valverde with the clear intention of producing tango music with a rougher edge. They favor the ‘canyengue’ or orillero street rhythms and humorous melodrama of early tango as opposed to more solemn later flavors. They truly believe that … Continue reading Artist Profiles: La Chicana

The Second Edition of ‘Flamenco Eñe’ Showcase to Take Place in Malaga

The Flamenco Eñe Showcase will take place May 18 through May 21 at the Picasso Museum in Malaga. This showcase, presented by The SGAE Foundation, in collaboration with the Picasso Museum of Malaga and the Regional Ministry of Culture of Andalusia, through the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco, was launched in 2016. Flamenco Eñe has the … Continue reading The Second Edition of ‘Flamenco Eñe’ Showcase to Take Place in Malaga