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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live Drummers From Old York: The Yamato Drummers Of Japan, Ensemble Bash & Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

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The Yamato Drummers Of Japan
Grand Opera House
February 18, 2019

The Yamato Drummers Of Japan tour regularly, a less august crew when compared to the old guard Kodō clan, more attuned to a modernised visual sense that makes their relationship with the taiko form less hardcore. Not that their ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Walker: Ropes

Read "Ropes" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Ropes is Manchester-based guitarist Mike Walker's second album as a leader and it couldn't be much more different from his fusion-oriented debut Madhouse and the Whole Thing There (Hidden Idiom, 2008). This album is a jazz-with-strings affair and a fine one at that. The mood is mostly gentler, more reflective and more pastoral than on his ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Stephan Thelen and Sonar: Minimal Grooves at Maximum Volume

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Sonar
Live at Moods
7d Media
2018

Imagine the gamelan-infused minimalism of 1980s King Crimson crossed with the droning heavy-rock menace of Sunn O))). Imagine Steve Reich if he discovered metal and turned to devil worship. You may be approaching the distinct neighborhood of Sonar, though their strange brew is far ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vula Viel: Do Not Be Afraid

Read "Do Not Be Afraid" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Having once wowed audiences at the London Jazz Festival, Vula Viel acquired a more unlikely fan in the shape of Iggy Pop. Maybe it's this trio's post- punk verve that grabbed the Stooges frontman, or Pop might have been seduced by hearing the gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) in such an original context.

Bex Burch was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live Harps From Birmingham: FitkinWall, Robin Williamson & Alina Bzhezhinska

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FitkinWall
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
June 25, 2018

In an uncanny bending of happenstance tendencies, we found ourselves with three harp gigs in less than one week, even though manifested as moderne classical, folk troubadour and spiritual jazz styles.

Harpist Ruth Wall and keyboardist Graham Fitkin regularly work together ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ars Ludi al Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

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Miti di Musica 2018 -Ritmi del Mito. Piccole drammaturgie per percussioni-attori
Ars Ludi
Museo Archeologico Nazionale--Sala del Toro Farnese
Napoli
14.06.2018

Il primo appuntamento della rassegna estiva dell'associazione Alessandro Scarlatti dedicata ai Miti di Musica ospita Ars Ludi, un ensemble di percussioni d'eccezione che lavora da trent'anni sul repertorio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Keith Jarrett: La Fenice

Read "La Fenice" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

La pubblicazione di questo CD era attesa da molto tempo, già programmata quando il concerto fu registrato nel Luglio 2006 nel prestigioso scenario del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, dove il pianista si era esibito in precedenza solo una volta come membro del gruppo di Miles Davis ben 35 anni prima. Non sappiamo quali siano stati ...

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Elogio Del Violoncello A Napoli

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Elogio del violoncello
MAN -Museo che suona
Museo archeologico di Napoli, 31 maggio--3 giugno 2018

Sdoganare la musica classica è impresa titanica. Lo ha ben detto Benjamin Zander (tra le altre cose direttore della Boston Philharmonic Orchestra) in un TED che è sempre consigliato vedere per chi ama la musica, non ...

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Jazzkaar 2018

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Jazzkaar 2018
Tallinn, Estonia
April 20-29, 2018

In the year of Estonia's celebrations, having attained a full century as a Republic, its Jazzkaar festival continues to be amongst the very best of the European range. Held annually in Tallinn, and primarily centred around the Telliskivi Creative City, the festival continued ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by John Kelman

It might be all too simple to explain away Sonar, the Swiss twin-guitar/bass/drums quartet now in its eighth year together, through a series of touchstones. King Crimson, by way of that band's co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft? Check. The influence of Nik Bartsch and Don Li's innovative meshing of Steve Reich-ian minimalism with deceptively complicated polyrhythmic ...