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Vijay Iyer at Sonic Laboratory

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Vijay Iyer Sonic Laboratory, Sonic Arts Research Centre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland January 13-14, 2020 Queen's University's world-renowned Sonic Laboratory, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Belfast, got the new decade off to fine start, with two evenings in the company of Vijay Iyer. The first evening was a solo piano performance; the second, a presentation-cum-Q&A session. Iyer's concert came almost a year after the solo piano gig in SARC by Craig ...

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Atom String Quartet: Penderecki

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Following its stunning interpretation of the music of Polish jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert on Seifert (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, 2017), Atom String Quartet turns its attention to the oeuvre of another great of contemporary Polish music--classical composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. Born in 1933, Penderecki's writing encompasses choral works, operas, symphonies, concerti, chamber music, sacred music, and on one occasion, music for large jazz ensemble. He is, simply, one of the classical giants of the past sixty years. Penderecki's boldly original ...

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Jon Hassell / Farafina: Flash Of The Spirit

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The trumpeter and keyboard player Jon Hassell is often labelled a practitioner of ambient music. This is a misconstruction resulting mainly from Hassell's encounters with Brian Eno, who is widely perceived as ambient's originator. Hassell's oeuvre, a technologically enabled fusion of western and non-western musics which he calls Fourth World, is a wholly different kettle of fish. Eno defines ambient as “music that does not demand the listener's attention but rewards such attention if it is given." The ...

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Silent Fires: Forests

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Silent Fires is a quartet which brings together Italian pianist and composer Alessandro Sgobbio with three renowned Norwegians, violinist Håkon Aase, vocalist Karoline Wallace and trumpeter Hilde Marie Holsen--whose one-woman album Lazuli (Hubro, 2018) was very well received. As the YouTube clip below shows, in concert the four are often joined onstage by contemporary dancer and real-time choreographer Synne Garvik. While the four musicians are all experienced improvisers, their debut album Forests is not freely improvised but consists of eleven ...

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New Year New Decade

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Happy New Year! The first broadcast of the new decade included new releases by Works for Me, Viktori Japilatovic and Bill Cunliffe, with birthday shout outs to vocalists Susannah McCorkle (pictured), Nancy Lamott, Michelle Walker, Georgia Mancio and Jelena Jovović, saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, pianists Myra Melford and Lisa Hilton, clarinetist Anat Cohen and Clark Terry, among others. Also a preview of the upcoming Winter JazzFest. Playlist Anne Sajdera “New Year" from New Year (Bijuri) 00:00 Michelle Walker “Call ...

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Que Vola, when French Jazz meets Cuban rumba

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French trombonist Fidel Fourneyron launched his Que Vola project in 2017 while visiting Cuba and playing with local band Osain del Monte. Call it French Jazz meets Cuban rumba.... and the result is a real blow! They gave an energetic show in jny: Paris in February 2019 during the Sons d'Hiver Festival at Musée Branly Theater in celebration of their album release. Recently, Fidel Fourneyron was awarded most promising artist 2019 by the French Jazz Academy and it was well ...


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