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Dálava, Gordon Grdina and Mikkel Ploug: Songs Old, and Sounds New

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Strangeness--a word that connotes foreignness, otherness, and a sense of unease when confronted by the unfamiliar. The sound of recognizable musical forms may attract us, in the same way we are drawn to familiar faces or voices. The sound of a foreign language may set us on the alert; syllables we do not recognize, meanings we ...


TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...


Suoni Per Il Popolo 2017

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Casa del Popolo, Sala Rossa, La Vitrola
Suoni Per Il Popolo
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 1-24, 2017

This year's edition of the Suoni per il Popolo, or Suoni as it is popularly known, was the 17th since the inception of Mauro Pezzente and Kiva Stimac's Casa del Popolo mini-empire, which also ...


Jazztopad 2016, Part 1

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National Forum of Music
Jazztopad 2016
November 22-24, 2016

Wroclaw was this year's European Capital of Culture, sharing that title with Donostia/San Sebastian, a landmark of importance. But it isn't the only distinctive 'C' connected with the annual Jazztopad festival organized by the National Forum of Music, the representative center ...


Songlines: An Independent Voice for New Music

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The independent Vancouver-based record label Songlines Recordings was established in 1992. Inspired by the contemporary jazz music scene in Vancouver, label founder Tony Reif began recording Canadian, American, Dutch, German and French composer-performers. Over the next two decades, the core group of musicians who recorded frequently for Songlines included Benoît Delbecq, Harris Eisenstadt, Gordon Grdina, Wayne ...


Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2014

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 15-19, 2014

Victoriaville, Quebec is a town of some 40,000 two hours east of Montreal, a regional center known for the sober pursuits of dairy and wood production. For the past three decades (beginning in 1983), the town has also hosted ...


Enter the "Gordon Grdina and Mark Helias - No Difference" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

Enter the "Gordon Grdina and Mark Helias - No Difference" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the Songlines Recordings “Gordon Grdina and Mark Helias - No Difference“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on January 21st. Click here to enter the contest (Becoming a fan of Gordon Grdina at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck!


Matt Marshall’s Best Releases of 2013

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Rudresh Mahanthappa
Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Balazs Pandi
Chris Potter
The Sirens
Joe Lovano Us Five
Cross Culture
(Blue Note)
Ketil Bjørnstad
La notte
Howie Smith/Mike Nock
Opal Dream ...


Gordon Grdina/Mark Helias: No Difference

Read "No Difference" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

No Difference takes place at the crossroads of the known and unknown, expected and surprising, and fenced in and free. More importantly, it's an album built upon the bonds of shared experience. Each of the four musicians involved with this project can be paired off with at least one other in their respective backstories. Grdina and ...


Nashaz: Nashaz

Read "Nashaz" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Nashaz was founded by jazz guitarist Brian Prunka after a few chance incidents led him to explore the great pantheon of Arabic music. These meetings made Prunka travel long and winding roads. Geographically, from his hometown, New Orleans, to Brooklyn (where he studied with Palestinian oud master Simon Shaeen and his brother Najib; and to Ramallah ...