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Sensaround: Heart/Noise

Read "Heart/Noise" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Sensaround is an electro-acoustic trio of Australian and Scottish lineage, co-led by the familiar names of Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald and the less recognized Shoeb Ahmed. Heart/Noise is the group's third release following the 2014 Isotropes (hellosQuare recordings). The music defies categorization, combining--as the musicians describe it--"jazz ambience, ghostly dub, and post-punk experiments...." It is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

WOMAD 2018

Read "WOMAD 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

WOMAD 2018 Charlton Park Malmesbury, England July 26-29, 2018 If festivals might have become bonded to female performer quotients (or not, depending on the individual festival), there is no potential negative effect when selected artists are of the high calibre presented at this year's WOMAD. Indeed, most of ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

David Byrne: How Music Works

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

How Music WorksDavid ByrneHardcover, 352 pagesISBN: 1936365537Canongate Books Ltd.2012By 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 ...


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