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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Read "Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018

Read "New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Yes, Virginia, there is jazz at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. From it's inception in 1970, George Wein, mastermind of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, created a festival that was indigenous with New Orleans. Whether it was the music, food, arts and crafts everything was New Orleans. That first year ...

Holger Czukay: Cinema

Read "Cinema" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Cinema is an irresistible five cd/dvd box set of music that enables the discovery of the creative mind of Holger Czukay (1938-2017). It may afford a re-discovery for a select few. Probably best known as a member of the famous Krautrock band CAN, which he co-founded in 1968, this collection surveys his post-CAN creations which were ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

David Byrne Joins SoundExchange Board Of Directors

David Byrne Joins SoundExchange Board Of Directors

As the debate over copyright and royalty reform heats up, its essential to have thoughtful artists engaged in discussions at the highest level. Today SoundExchange smartly gave David Byrne a seat at the table.   SoundExchange has added David Byrne to its Board of Directors. Byrne is a singer, songwriter, artist and author best known as the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

David Byrne: How Music Works

Read "David Byrne: How Music Works" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

How Music Works

David Byrne

Hardcover, 352 pages

ISBN: 1936365537

Canongate Books Ltd.

2012

By definition, a renaissance man suggests a highly cultivated man of many accomplishments, someone who has a broad base of knowledge and interests, and is skilled in multiple fields or multiple disciplines. As a musician, singer, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Danny Michel Releases "Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me" with The Garifuna Collective

Danny Michel first fell in love with the Central American country of Belize 15 years ago when he traveled there for a break from a cold Canada winter. What started as a vacation from the grind of touring and recording changed Michel’s life and led him down a long and winding road towards the creation of ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Lineup For 12th Edition June 21-29 With Record Number Of Artists, Concerts And Venues

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival  Announces Lineup For 12th Edition June 21-29 With Record Number Of Artists, Concerts And Venues

Rochester, NY: John Nugent and Marc Iacona, Producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) today announced the lineup for their biggest festival ever, to be held over nine days June 21-29, 2013. The XRIJF 12th Edition will feature Bob James & David Sanborn with Special Guest Steve Gadd, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Roger Hodgson, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Alice Russell & Tru Thoughts Records Prepare "To Dust"

Alice Russell & Tru Thoughts Records Prepare "To Dust"

To Dust is the first solo album from British soul sensation, Alice Russell since 2008’s critically acclaimed Pot Of Gold, and marks the next step forward in her remarkable career. Whether on a big stage with her 16 piece band, charming a crowd of 4000 into staying out dancing in the rain (as she did at ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bang on a Can Celebrates 25 Years with Triple Bill Concert at Lincoln Center

Bang on a Can Celebrates 25 Years with Triple Bill Concert at Lincoln Center

Bang on a Can takes over Alice Tully Hall presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series in a triple-bill birthday bash on Saturday, April 28 at 7pm featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, and MIT’s Gamelan Galak Tika. Bang on a Can is celebrating 25 years during 2012, having grown from a one-day ...