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.
Hemroid The Leader
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.
Areon Flutes is a new music flute trio. Sounds like birds, air, activity. 3 commissions from SF area composers. Recorded at the SF Conservatory of Music in December 2016. Hosts of the Areon Summer Flute Institute here in Los Altos, a unique summer music experience for elementary through collegiate flutists.
Choral liturgy music from the Russian Church, released in 1992 by harmonia mundi. Track 16 composed by Stravinsky. The Slavyanka Russian Chorus was founded April 1979 in San Francisco, named for a 19th-C. Russian settlement at Fort Lee near the mouth of what is now called the Russian River.
“SIX CLASSIC ALBUMS”– 44 tracks from 1957-59 on 4 CDs from European imprint Real Gone Jazz, 2012. Rollins, Coltrane, Pettiford, Roach, Haynes, Charlie Rouse.. gang’s all here. . Back cover of the booklet has the personnel. CD4 solo in SF. He had a ring that said MONK, he would hold it upside down and it spelled KNOW. “Always know,” he said.
British composer Robin Holloway (b1943) reworking material from Schumann, chopping it up and pushing it this way and that. Performed by the Nash Ensemble, named for the beautiful Nash terraces of their native London. 1979’s Serenade in C is almost jazzy at times, especially the Finale (#5). Fantasies on’s Schumann’s Liederkris (1971) follow, with Schumann’s originals, sung by young and robust show-stealer Toby Spence, sandwiched in between. Kind of an odd program, but it works.
12 duets between Syrian oud and Chinese pipa. Their string instruments offer different interpretations of the same ideas. Hong teaches and Rafea was artist-in-residence at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. The tunes are improvised, the players are masters, the vibe gets thick. Sometimes with ancient tradition, time and understanding seems to become dense and harden. These players are kicking up dust, looting the columbarium, hybridizing new alloys and making waves in the aether.
Tidbits for the musical gourmet are served up extremely pleasant. 18th & 19th c. guitar duets with flute, harpsichord, cello or violin. Track length between 7 and 11 minutes, most containing several movements. You could play a single movement, bring diversity to your set, use as a bed. Get creative. The different instrumentations bring different sounds. Very enjoyable.
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