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ARTICLE: RADIO

Anais Drago Interprets Zappa

Read "Anais Drago Interprets Zappa" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This episode features the debut album from Italian Violinist Anais Drago who interprets and builds on the music of Frank Zappa. In addition there is music from Frank himself and also jazz and other interpretations of his music from a variety of different ensembles.

Playlist Anais Drago “Phialella Zappa 1" from Anais Drago ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

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He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matthias Schriefl: Keine Angst vor... Schreefpunk

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Chi ha frequentato l'Alto Adige Jazz Festival negli ultimi anni, ha avuto modo di incrociare spesso il trombettista e polistrumentista germanico Matthias Schriefl, sia con proprie formazioni e realizzazioni, che in qualità di ospite o in lavori a lui espressamente commissionati. Tra le altre cose, segnaliamo la sua presenza di solista pirotecnico nel bel gruppo Plankton, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sam Leak and Dan Tepfer: Adrift

Read "Adrift" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Adrift is an unusual recording featuring two pianos in an original work by Sam Leak. It's hard to neatly categorise since it presumably draws its influences from a variety of sources. It could be described as neo-classical, minimalist or chamber jazz but is most probably a mixture of all these elements since it assiduously resists any ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sean Noonan: The Aqua Diva

Read "The Aqua Diva" reviewed by Don Phipps

Surreal, comic, wistful, and whimsical, Sean Noonan's The Aqua Diva provides a unique journey into a world that is part Tom Waits, part Mose Allison, part Frank Zappa, and a whole lot of Sean Noonan. Noonan articulates and sings odd ditties and lyrics which introduce us to the Aqua Diva, Bubbles, the Smoking Man, and other ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Flying Machines: New Life

Read "New Life" reviewed by Roger Farbey

It takes barely a couple of plays but then the main hook line of Alex Munk's stonking title track grabs you and won't let go. This is very much in the vein of mid-period Frank Zappa with Munk's guitar wired to the extreme end of the jazz/metal spectrum. But it's not all sound and fury, as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Yellow Shark di Frank Zappa al Romaeuropa Festival

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The Yellow Shark di Frank Zappa
Romaeuropa Festival
Parco della Musica
Roma
10.10.2018

The Yellow Shark è l'ultima opera orchestrale realizzata da Frank Zappa nel corso della sua vita, e rappresenta la summa (e probabilmente anche l'apice) della sua attività di compositore e musicista “serio," come ha sempre voluto ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Evil Genius: Experiments on Human Subjects

Read "Experiments on Human Subjects" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

It would be an uplifting experience to see this trio go at it in a live setting. For those who need comparisons, think of a cross-pollination between some of John Zorn-produced kinetic avant-garde jazz fusion, psych and rock ensembles along with Frank Zappa influences, and punk jazz groups.

Guitarist Max Kutner is the lead ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Anais Drago - Un violino per Zappa (e oltre)

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Tra i tanti materiali musicali che ci passano quotidianamente tra le mani, ogni tanto ce n'è qualcuno che ci colpisce particolarmente, per un motivo o per l'altro. Questa volta è toccato al CD che rappresenta l'esordio discografico di Anais Drago, sia per l'eclettico curriculum della giovane violinista di Biella che per il fatto di essere un ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anais Drago & The Jellyfish: Anais Drago & The jellyfish

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Tra i giovani talenti che si affacciano alla ribalta della scena jazzistica merita attenzione la giovane (classe 1993) violinista piemontese Anais Drago, che in questi giorni pubblica il suo CD d'esordio per la label francese Another Music Records. Il lavoro rappresenta lo sviluppo della sua tesi di laurea in composizione jazzistica e consiste nella rielaborazione di ...