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Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer Plays Indonesia

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Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer Various Locations Bandung and Jakarta, Indonesia March 2-5, 2017 It was supposed to just be a soundcheck and rehearsal. But the energy and focus delivered as Indonesian pianist/composer Dwiki Dharmawan ran his Pasar Klewer band through the various numbers most of this group had recorded in London in 2015 (and had only performed once later in Bali) manifested in what was clearly a tight and orderly rollout. And not without ...

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Derby Derby: Love Dance

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Ormo Records is a small French label dedicated to producing out-of-the-mainstream music that has one foot in the jazz tradition and the other alternatively venturing into post-rock, minimalist, and freely-improvised idioms. Bassist Sylvain Didou is the driving force behind the label's music, as he's composed and appeared on each of their releases so far, one of the most noteworthy being the suitably-titled Order/Disorder, by Oblik (from 2015). Despite its avant-garde characteristics, that album was quite convincingly a “jazz" record, with ...

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Christian Lillinger’s Grund at Cologne Philharmonic

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Christian Lillinger's Grund Cologne Philharmonic Cologne, Germany March 18, 2017 Many German cities can boast of a vibrant jazz scene. Cologne is one of the most dynamic of them all, with a widespread foundation of educational institutions, popular clubs and broadcasting. Most important, there's a dedicated, cooperative network of well-schooled, non-conforming musicians. One impressive collaborative for just such experienced-based experiments is the septet who form Grund ("ground"), under the compositional direction ...

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Xavi Reija: Reflections

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Spanish drummer Xavi Reija's previous trio was a fusion outfit with guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and bass guitarist Bernat Hernandez, as heard on Resolution (MoonJune Records, 2016) and Live at RZZ Barcelona (MoonJune Records, 2016). He turns to a traditional acoustic piano trio here, with pianist Nitai Hershkovits and bassist Pau Lligadas. There's a different kind of energy in this band, but there is energy aplenty. That energy is especially audible in a track like “Capella (we still dance)," ...

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Colin Hay at the Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture

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Colin Hay Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture New York, NY March 18, 2017 Had Colin Hay not made his mark as a musician with Men At Work and as a solo performer, he'd surely have gained fame as a stand-up comedian. Hay has a wickedly funny sense of humor. This sense of the absurd was very much in evidence during his performance at the Concert Hall at the New ...

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Greg Poppleton: Back In Your Own Backyard

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There is something about early jazz before the Swing Era, especially that of the 1920s. Its infectious happiness, innocence and floating lightness, its close ties to Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook and how much this music was an integral part of the times makes it irresistible to almost anyone even remotely interested in the history of jazz. However, jazz is forever restless, and, even back then, always in search of new means of expression. Those ...

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The 2017 Tibet House Benefit Concert

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The 2017 Tibet House Benefit Concert Carnegie Hall The 30th Anniversary of the Tibet House Benefit Concert New York, NY March 16, 2017 The Tibet House is dedicated to preserving Tibet's rich and unique culture here in the United States. This is especially important because up to 95% of Tibet's material culture on its home soil has been lost or destroyed. The Tibet House U.S. was founded in 1987, by the Dali ...

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Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks: Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'

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You never knew quite where you were with Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks--that was the great thing about them. Sometimes Hicks would come on stage looking like Cab Calloway in a red jacket, rainbow tie and black hat. Next night he'd be in his psychedelic cowboy outfit. And he nearly always wore a sardonic look that said, “Don't take this serious, folks." He kick-started the Haight-Ashbury scene in San Francisco in the 1960s, writing and singing ...

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Harutaka Mochizuki: Through The Glass

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Harutaka Mochizuki is a multi-instrumentalist who dedicates a significant part of his output to solo saxophone performances, following a long tradition of Japanese experimental improvisers that, from Kaoru Abe onward, has investigated this particular musical environment with uncompromising rigour. In Through The Glass, Mochizuki confronts this tradition with a very personal voice, distancing himself from the style of Abe, whose influence was evident in previous records, while further developing some of his distinctive traits -- like the preference for ...


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