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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2016, Part 1

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Various Venues Victoriaville, Quebec May 19-20 2016 Part 1 | Part 2 The 32nd edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville began with a performance of new compositions by Norwegian guitarist/composer Kim Myhr with Montreal's Quatour Bozzini in the town's new cultural space, Carré 150, an impressive $28 million structure that stands on the site of the former Cinema Laurier, ...

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Rob Mazurek/Emmett Kelly: Alien Flower Sutra

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It's nothing new for Rob Mazurek to travel the road less taken. What's surprising is that he continues to locate so many alternate routes of expression; his creative compass pointing in directions rarely seen by others. Alien Flower Sutra , a (mostly) duo outing with Emmett Kelly, explores yet another artistic set of elements that should be un-relatable but are rendered quite the opposite.The concept for Alien Flower Sutra has been a work in progress for some time ...

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Rebecka Larsdotter: Whirlwind

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Finding a balance between original material and the great tradition of jazz classics and standards can be difficult as a singer. Sometimes, you end up with albums that merely replicate what has already been said, and other times you encounter music that cuts all ties to tradition and ends up being strangely anonymous. This is not to say that albums consisting of pure standard material or all original songs cannot be the right path to choose, but the most interesting ...

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Adrienne Fenemor: Mo' Puddin'

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Vocalist, Hammond B 3 specialist and educator, Adrienne Fenemor unveils a tasteful musical treat with the dynamic Mo' Puddin' presenting an explosive session of organ-based music offering a selection of six originals and three standards full of swing and swagger. A New York-based performer and educator since moving to the USA in 2008, Fenemor was born and raised in New Zealand and hailed from a musical family. With no jazz organ players in the country, in 2003 she imported a ...

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Billie Davies: Hand In Hand In The Hand Of The Moon

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Free drummer Billie Davies calls Hand In Hand In The Hand Of The Moon a symphony, which implies composition, larger planned structures, etc. Nothing like that is here, as the music was improvised and recorded in one session. However, this music is not just a free session of highly intuitive and sensitive players; it has a reason for being, and that reason is the intersection of the life paths of two artists working in different media -Davies, a musician and ...

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Two Scandinavian Jazz Orchestras

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It can be notoriously difficult to keep large-scale improvising ensembles in check and prevent their music from spiralling into incoherence. At their best, when the balance between order and chaos is just right, they make thrilling listening and attract fans in abundance, just as jazz big bands once did. Classic examples include Carla Bley & Mike Mantler's Jazz Composers' Orchestra, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, Keith Tippett's Centipede, and Barry Guy's London Jazz Composers' Orchestra. ...

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Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations

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The collective, Alchemy Sound Project, is a core quintet of composers and musicians whose compositions, on their debut album, Further Explorations cross over a foundation of chamber music with traditional jazz. The central players had united under the banner of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute prior to this project. With diverse interests in global influences as well as backgrounds in a multitude of musical mediums, their challenge was to create jazz influenced by classical principles, a bit of a reverse ...

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Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble: The Whistle Blower

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The Whistle Blower is the eighth album from saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and his Orient House Ensemble, but sounds as fresh as the first. As one of the most fearless improvisers of the UK jazz scene, Atzmon has always worn his politics loudly on his sleeve, and here the story of an Israeli Jew who left home in search of new identities rings truer than ever over the course of seven original tunes. The listener emerges from the other ends of ...


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