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Gino Sitson’s Adventure

Gino Sitson is a singer with a vocal range of four octaves. He soars while others crawl. As a high-flying acrobat, he glides from one place to another in an instant, reminiscent of Bobby McFerrin. He sings jazz; he sings classical; he sings traditional African music. And he mixes them together in a spicy gumbo. … Continue reading Gino Sitson’s Adventure

Flamenco and Jazz, Andreas Arnold?s Two Hearts

Andreas Arnold – Odisea (Galileo Music, 2019) Andreas Arnold is a US-based, jazz-trained German guitarist who fell in love with flamenco and spent some time in southern Spain immersed in flamenco culture. Odisea is his third release and it is deeply influenced by flamenco guitar and Mediterranean music. Unlike other non-Spanish guitarists who play easy … Continue reading Flamenco and Jazz, Andreas Arnold?s Two Hearts

Fado Festival NY&NJ 2019 to Feature Portuguese Stars in Downtown Manhattan and Newark

Fado Festival NY & NJ 2019 will offer an exciting representation of fado’s past, present and future. The festival will present four of fado?s biggest names: Camané, Hélder Moutinho, Ana Sofia Varela, and Maria Emília, as well as the fado-inspired Unites States- based Portuguese jazz singer Sofia Ribeiro. This year’s festival will take place May … Continue reading Fado Festival NY&NJ 2019 to Feature Portuguese Stars in Downtown Manhattan and Newark

Artist Profiles: Maria Emília

Maria Emília was born in São Paulo, Brazil, but always had a strong connection to fado. Her Portuguese grandfather introduced fado to Maria Emília and her father. She moved from Brazil to Portugal at a young age, and began singing fado early at Taberna do Ganso and other well-known venues in the Minho region. Althoug … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Maria Emília

Artist Profiles: Ana Sofia Varela

Ana Sofia Varela Fernandes, better known as Ana Sofia Varela, was born in Lisbon on March 28, 1977). She was a finalist in RTP’s contest “Selecção Nacional” and later performed in Festival RTP da Canção in 1995. In 1997, Carlos Zel invited her to perform at Lisbon’s fado houses. She began a collaboration with Mário … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Ana Sofia Varela

Artist Profiles: Camané

Carlos Manuel Moutinho Paiva dos Santos Duarte, better-known as Camané, was born on December 20, 1966 in Oeiras, Portugal. He started getting appreciation in Portugal in 1979 after winning the ‘Grande Noite do Fado’ (Great Fado Night) contest. He became one of the leading male singers and achieved commercial success with six certified gold albums: … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Camané

The Stylish Celtic Flute Allure of Flook

Flook – Ancora (Flatfish Records, 2019) Flook, the Celtic flute powerhouse, is back with a fabulous new album. Ancora is Flook?s first studio album since 2006 and the four musicians have delivered another gem. Flook performs original contemporary instrumental pieces rooted in Irish folk music traditions. The primary composers are the two flute players, Sarah … Continue reading The Stylish Celtic Flute Allure of Flook

Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers to Perform Special Concert at Carnegie Hall

Chris Thile will conclude his season-long Debs Composer?s Chair residency at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The special one-night-only performance at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, includes his celebrated acoustic groups Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers on the same bill for the first time. Nickel Creek Chris Thile, mandolin Sara Watkins, fiddle Sean … Continue reading Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers to Perform Special Concert at Carnegie Hall

Africa Oyé Announces Headliners for 2019 festival

The Garifuna Collective from Belize and celebrated reggae artist Horace Andy will headline the 27th annual Africa Oyé festival this summer in the UK. Africa Oyé will take place June 22 and 23, 2019 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park.  The festival celebrates the music and culture of Africa and the Diaspora with two free days of … Continue reading Africa Oyé Announces Headliners for 2019 festival

Masterful and Reverent Vietnamese Zither

Tri Nguyen – The Art of the Vietnamese Zither (ARC Music, 2019) Okay, I know what you’re thinking. You see the title The Art of the Vietnamese Zither and I can hear the huff of your sighs and feel you rolling your eyes from here. Perhaps you are imagining a rather spare, academic exploration of … Continue reading Masterful and Reverent Vietnamese Zither