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Vijay Iyer/Prashant Bhargava: Radhe Radhe, Rites of Holi

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Vijay Iyer/Prashant Bhargava Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi ECM 2014 Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi is a sumptuous visual and sonic collaboration between Vijay Iyer and film maker Prashant Bhargava. It was commissioned by Emil Kang, Executive Director of the Carolina Performing Arts as part of a wider series of works to celebrate the centenary of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring (1913), which in its day, with its avant-garde orchestration, ballet and elaborate stage design was something of a multi-media show-stopper itself. Though Bhargava based his visual narrative on the ...

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Olivia Trummer: Fly Now

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Singer or pianist? Actually, both hats fit Stuttgart-born Olivia Trummer pretty snugly, as evidenced by her splendid opening slot for Charles Lloyd in Dublin's National Concert Hall in November--alongside bassist David Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady--and her subsequent sell-out show at the EFG London Jazz Festival. Trummer possess a soulful voice of pristine quality and displays a feathery, understated lyricism on the keys; both assets are finely tuned and beautifully balanced on this, her fifth recording as leader. As a singer and lyricist Trummer is something of a late bloomer. A classically trained pianist and a jazz piano ...

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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014

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Penang Island Jazz Festival Bayview Beach Resort Malaysia December 4-7, 2014 It was business as usual at the Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014, following the tenth anniversary celebrations of the previous year. That milestone was no small feat for Festival Director Paul Augustin, business partner Chin Choo Yeun and their loyal team, in a region where jazz of all stripes--with the notable exception of smooth jazz--occupies the bottom rung of the popular music ladder. Along the way, the PIJF has not only established itself as the longest-running jazz festival in Malaysia but as one ...

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Kenny Barron & Dave Holland at Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Kenny Barron & Dave Holland/The Jeremy Monteiro Trio Queen Elizabeth Hall EFG London Jazz Festival 21 November, 2014 The prospect of Kenny Barron and Dave Holland performing as a duo was a mouthwatering one. Both are well versed in the format. In 1971 Holland combined with Derek Bailey and then with Barre Phillips on ECM; Barron recorded in duet with Ted Dunbar in 1975. Since then Barron has conversed one on one with Regina Carter, Charlie Haden, Joe Locke, Buster Williams and Mino Cinelu, while Holland has got up close and personal with Sam ...

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Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's

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Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet Ronnie Scott's EFG London Jazz festival November 20, 2014 One of the most pleasing aspects of the EFG London Jazz Festival is its reach into the many jazz clubs dotted around the capital. Whilst the concert halls host the big names and draw the tourists it's smaller venues like Pizza Express, The Bull's Head, Café OTO, the Polish Jazz Café, the Vortex and the 606 Club that champion jazz night after night all year round. Top dog in this department, without a doubt, is Ronnie Scott's, where the Asian ...

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Charles Lloyd New Quartet at The National Concert Hall

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Charles Lloyd New Quartet National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland November 18, 2014 At seventy six, saxophonist/flutist and composer Charles Lloyd could be forgiven for resting on his considerable laurels. Most musicians, however, are reluctant to trade the buzz of live performance for the free bus pass and Lloyd is no exception. Lloyd still performs in the major concert halls and at the most prestigious jazz festivals around the world to standing ovations and glowing reviews. At this point he could easily churn out crowd-pleasing material from a discography that stretches back to Discovery! (Columbia, ...

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension at The Royal Festival Hall

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension Royal Festival Hall EFG London Jazz Festival November 20, 2014 For any artist to be invited to play three years in a row is unusual by the standards of most festivals. Guitarist John McLaughlin, however, is not 'any artist,' having blazed a unique and highly influential trail from his collaborations with Miles Davis and The Tony Williams' Lifetime in the 1960s and with his own groundbreaking bands the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti in the 1970s. Nor does the London Jazz Festival fall into the category of 'most festivals,' with ...



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