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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2019, Part 1-2

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 16-19, 2019

There was a lot of positive buzz leading up to the 35th edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville. On paper, the schedule looked very strong. Looking back over past ...


Wayne Horvitz: A Musical Portrait

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This week we focus on the music of Wayne Horvitz with special attention for his latest two releases, The Snowghost Sessions and Those Who Remain. It's hard to condense in two hours the long career and many facets of a composer and pianist of great versatility, but we will do our best to present highlights from ...


Samantha Boshnack: A Musical World Without Boundaries

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The city of Seattle has an eclectic relationship with jazz historically, in terms of innovation and embracing the notion of music without boundaries, of musical communities interacting and supporting each other. Samantha Boshnack fits perfectly into that musical paradigm. Whether writing and performing with her 14 piece ensemble B'shnorkestra, or in a quintet setting, Boshnack has ...


Brad Shepik / Ron Samworth: Quartet 1991

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Tony Reif is calling a mulligan here. Some twenty-five years ago, shortly before he founded and launched the Songlines imprint and long before he was known the world over for his work in the production and promotion of creative music, Reif went into a Seattle studio to produce a recording for a quartet fronted by guitarists ...


Anthony de Mare: Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

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It looks, on paper, like a striking idea. Take a pianist (Anthony de Mare) who has been a virtuosic rising star in the classical and avant-garde arenas over the past quarter century. Commission a set of 36 interpretations, for solo piano, of music by one of musical theatre's preeminent composers, Stephen Sondheim. Choose participants ranging from ...


Zeno De Rossi Trio: Kepos

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Uscito in anteprima nel 2013 in allegato alla rivista Musica Jazz e riedito nel 2014 per dalla El Gallo Rojo Records (con una traccia in più, l'ultima), Kepos è senza dubbio uno dei lavori migliori usciti nel nostro paese negli ultimi tempi. E la cosa non può stupire, dato che ha preso forma nella testa di ...


I nuovi orchestratori - 2: Kyle Saulnier - Rob Mazurek

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Parliamo ancora di orchestre e arrangiatori [per leggere la prima puntata di questo approfondimento -clicca qui. Tralasciando per il momento di considerare i contributi più innovativi della scena europea (tra cui spiccano la Vienna Art Orchestra e l'Italian Instabile Orchestra) dopo la stagione del Free la ricerca d'avanguardia statunitense non si è fermata.
Purtroppo ...


Robin Holcomb and Talking Pictures with Wayne Horvitz: The Point of It All

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In questi tempi tormentati e dilaniati, solo i poeti sanno indicare il cammino. E Robin Holcomb è una poetessa coi controfiocchi e ovviamente non sbaglia questa ennesima rarefatta occasione. Sono con lei il marito tastierista Wayne Horvitz e un manipolo di eccellenti musicisti canadesi che oscillano operativamente fra Vancouver e Seattle, certamente uno degli snodi geografici più importanti per la ...


Vision Festival 16 - June 9: An Evening of Special Projects

Vision Festival 16 - June 9: An Evening of Special Projects

The special project nights embody the epitome of the festival and the most striking contrast with the pre packaged, off the shelf bloat fests. And the events are thoughtfully timed to allow for movement between performances in the Main Stage and the Downstairs Theater, where the evening begins with the final panel discussion looking to education with seasoned and ...


Bill Frisell: The ECM Years

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Nothing trumps right place, right time. Sure, most artists pay plenty of dues-- sometimes in the public eye, oftentimes not--but for some, there's that serendipitous event that leads to greater visibility. Bill Frisell, surely one of the most important and influential guitarists of his generation, undoubtedly deserves all the accolades and artistic freedom he's achieved in ...