Gao Ping b. 1970 – 20th C. High Culture seen in a 21st C. lens. Conservative. 1-6 inspired by pre-TV storytelling, european sextet Ensemble Pyramide. 7-9 gao @ piano. folk melody permutations. 10-14 gao@piano w/US cellist anita jehli. departs from a line of poetry. 5 movements of unified chi. 15-16** ping at piano focusing on unintentional sounds, vocalizations **high entertainment value** don’t sleep
Hemroid The Leader
After early success, the Depression turned him into a streetsweeper until 60s blues revival resurrected him. Recorded March ’69. Tracks left off his Fourth & Beale album. On his bed, leg off, slurring, drunk, out of tune. Blues, rags, religious, vaudeville. Recording tells a story, he’s a good show. Grows on you.
Religious:3,12. Drunk:4,8,9,12. Track 7 yodels. Mistakes:9. Track 2 ends when he gets worried the the snuff’s all gone.
Culture live in South Africa 1998. CONs: Cheesy MIDI horns, “Shall I go away?” annoying pandering. PROs: Classic tunes. I like Culture. But the canned version presented here is tough. The best tunes are ones that dive headlong into the cheese. Check out the sick guitar on “I’m Not Ashamed” #14. Weed carol #13 “International Herb”. #5 “Christopher Columbus”
Guilty pleasure at best, otherwise shlocky. Jah gotta pay the bills after all
Contemporary roots reggae. Slick Harrison Stafford production features the instrumentalists. Uncomplicated, straightforward pop approach. Like Moses sings on Living In Babylon, “Not everything good for talk.”
Knaack studied with Cage and is known as the Junkman, having written percussion music for junk, performing at the Kennedy Center For The Arts as well as the Vans Warped Tour. These are earlier compositions, written for a Polish experimental music festival and dance company. Knaack’s approach to percussion incorporates chance elements. It can sound like a teenager practicing along to the radio. Very challenging.
11 guitar improvisations re-orchestrated for small ensembles: guitar with cello. trombone, bass clarinet, or electronics. 2018 Edgetone release. Open-ended. Some tracks are more active than others. Wayne Grim lives in Berkeley, CA, attended Mills in ’98.
Images in transition, transforming in time, like indiscreet undulations of the desert, or lines of poetry are the basis for “12 Poems,” short (2:21 max) for violin and piano. “I want to drink from the storm,” says composer Robert Gibson.
“Soundings” double-bass quartet a conversation in deeper voices. Gibson played bass for Mose Allison, Bob Berg, and Barney Kessel in the 80s. Sounding is the nautical term for depth measurement.
Night Music solo pieces ready for grave listening.
Varequete began his career as a modernizer and finished a traditionalist. In the 1960s he made radio hits popularizing the carimbó, a rhythm that in 2014 was designated Brazilian Cultural Heritage by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute. You may recognize it as the lambada? Drums – sax, clarinet, and fiddle at times. Vocal sing alongs and Varequete chatting.
Born in Lebanon, resident of Germany&France since ’76. Well known world/jazz/classical fusionist does not disappoint., joined by great Michel Godard(tuba) Nabil Khaiat(frame drums) & the Balanescu Quartet. Abou-Khalil shreds. Tuba adds great texture, solos on 5.
Flute, cello & piano new chamber music trio premieres 4 works by American composers. Mimi Stillman-f (artistic director), Charles Abramovic-p (Temple University), Nathan Vickery-c (NY Phil), joined by Soprano Lucy Shelton and cellists Gabriel Cabezas and Alexis Pia Gerlach.
Piano & tenor sax duo, Stefano Ferrian, Simone Quatrana resp. 7 instant compositions, recorded fall 2017, prod. Gianni Mimmo for Amirani Records. Searching dense piano clusters. Horn swings. Dedicated to Syria.
Balasubramaniam, G.N. – “Carnatic Voice (1910 – 1965)” – [Indian Record Manufacturing Company Limited, The]
4 great Carnatic (south India) vocal tunes from GNB, as he was popularly known. Born in Gudalur, a small village near Mayavaram in Tanjore, India (Tamil Nadu- South India). Voice, violin, hand drums. Vocal mastery. Take a trip into the droning moan.
1 track, 40 minutes, Operettas in Catalan Spanish. Spanish opera with dialogue and song. A variety of scenes. Put out by Mexican label Orfeon. Influential hispanic theater.
pull out the cork with your teeth, kick your boots up. horses, women, the stories are in these rancheras and corridos sung by “El Charro de MÃ©xico” (Mexico’s Horseman), 150 albums, 25M sold, acted in 120 films. anthemic.
#13 in the Music Of Indonesia series focuses on the stringed instruments of the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. A ceremonial tone pervades throughout.
2 CD chronological review of Major Works from 20th century composers. Debussy Bartok Shostakovich cage stockhausen Schoenberg takemitsu- strange and incomprehensible the gang’s all here. 180-page booklet to put this music in context.
10 block-Trundlers for festival season. Ariwa 1982. Big tunes. Digital sound. A3 A5 B1 B3
Toronto-based dance troupe’s Spanish-influenced “Rondalla” plectrum ensemble and kulintang gong dance accompaniments. Maddening to listen to. Track 17 will make you feel weird.
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