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Bray Jazz Festival 2018

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Bray Jazz Festival
Various Venues
jny:Bray, Ireland
May 4-6, 2018

From the hilltop vantage point the Irish Sea lies veiled under a blanket of thick mist. Greystones, five miles to the right, birthplace of the great Christy Doran, peeks out, seemingly floating above the misty clouds like a Roger ...

Jazz From Around the World: Asia

Read "Jazz From Around the World: Asia" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Asia is the most culturally and ethnically diverse continent. It is, therefore, hard to distill all its jazz influenced musical legacies into 10 albums. Some countries have robust jazz scenes that, nevertheless, are fundamentally derivative of European and American styles. In other musical cultures jazz has just recently made inroads. Below are 10 historic records that ...

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Marius Neset/Trondheim Jazz Orchestra: Lion

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Lion is a good name for Marius Neset's first recording with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, for like a great cat, the Norwegian orchestra purrs and prowls, roars and pounces. Regardless of tempo--whether cruising or charging--there's majesty in the collective voice. Commissioned for the Molde Jazz Festival in 2012, the momentum from that performance took Neset and ...

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Rabih Abou Khalil and Penelope X at the Bitola World Music Festival 2013

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Rabih Abou Khalil/Penelope X
Bitola World Music Festival
NU Centar za Kultura
Bitola, Macedonia
November 9, 2013

Bitola, one of the most beautiful cities in southeastern Europe, is a place that ignites the imagination immediately. With its tasteful and stylish architecture reflected in multicolored facades and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alexander Balanescu: The Aggressive Lyricism

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Alexander Balanescu, the London-based violinist of Romanian origin, leads the avant- garde string quartet Balanescu Quartet, formed in 1987. Before that, Balanescu was part of the Michael Nyman Ensemble and Arditti Quartet. Ever since he has worked closely with artists of various musical orientations such as saxophonist John Lurie, singer David Byrne, pianists Keith Tippett and ...

Francesco Turrisi: Songs of Experience

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Pianist Francesco Turrisi's first two albums as leader, the classically influenced jazz of Si Dolce e il Tormento (Diatribe Recordings, 2009) and the more brooding, improvised Fotografia (Diatribe Recordings, 2011) were united by Turrisi's mostly spare voice as much as they were by the folk, classical and jazz threads from which he draws inspiration. Here, Turrisi ...

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Karin Hammr, Chris Jennings, Ingrid Jensen, Patrick Goraguer: Land

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Given the vast, wide-ranging collective experience of the four musicians, which runs the gamut from bop to big band, from South African jazz-fusion to pop, and from Brazilian music to more experimental fields, a more obviously eclectic recording wouldn't have been a surprise. Instead, the music on Land has a distinct, unified identity. Songwriting credits are ...

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Daphna Sadeh: Through Walls

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It's to her credit that Israeli-born composer and double bassist Daphna Sadeh has embraced the vibrant multi-culturalism of the great melting pot of Israel to be the defining character of her music. Her exile is less political than driven by more basic human needs, and her openness to all cultures and a brighter future shines through ...

Daphna Sadeh and the Voyagers: Reconciliation

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The ringing endorsement by John Zorn, describing bassist Daphna Sadeh and the Voyager's Reconciliation as 'brilliant and hypnotic... seductive and powerful music" might sound just a tad like self publicity, given that he commissioned the music for his own label, were it not for the fact that it is true. Sadeh has led the Voyagers on ...

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Rabih Abou Khalil

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Spirit of Fès Milano, Teatro Dal Verme, 27 novembre 2006 All'interno di Spirit Of Fès, rassegna di musica, teatro ed incontri, collegata al festival della città di Fès in Marocco, il concerto del libanese Rabih Abou Khalil ha rappresentato il momento di maggior vicinanza con il jazz. Jazz molto sui generis, ovviamente, trasversale già a partire dalla configurazione strumentale. ...