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Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto: Glass

Read "Glass" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

It's a rare occasion these days when a certain album manages to shake quietly the foundation of what music is and what it can be. It's very difficult to position an album that breaks all its precedents through an approach that blends a live performance and improvisation. Glass is the latest collaboration between composer Sakamoto and ...

Erik Friedlander: Rings

Read "Rings" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Repetition is sometimes seen as a bad thing. The mundane cycle of everyday life involving the same actions. However, it is only through repetition that differences can occur. A weekend is only special because it stands out as a difference from the ordinary week. But repetition is not only useful as a way of appreciating difference, ...


Miho Hazama: Time River

Read "Time River" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sono anni importanti per il jazz orchestrale. L'emergere di giovani arrangiatori e bandleader iniziato di recente con Jason Lindner, Darcy James Argue, Ryan Truesdell, Kyle Saulnier e altri non s'è fermato, anche grazie al ruolo formativo del New England Conservatory e della Manhattan School of Music.
È da lì che vengono alcuni dei nomi ...


Mirko Signorile: Soundtrack Cinema

Read "Soundtrack Cinema" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Primo lavoro in solitudine del pianista pugliese Mirko Signorile, questo album raccoglie, come da titolo, alcuni brani tratti da colonne sonore cinematografiche, ma anche--e soprattutto--composizioni dello stesso Signorile.

Lo stile adottato alla tastiera è sostanzialmente classico, le interpretazioni sono sfumate e personali, sospese e affascinanti, tuttavia raramente sorprendono o si sviluppano in situazioni capaci ...


Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble: Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto

Read "Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Violinista originaria di Tokio, la poco più che quarantenne Meg Okura è un'apprezzata jazzista che ha lavorato con nomi di primo piano della scena statunitense. In questo curioso lavoro borderline la musicista è alla testa del suo Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble -quintetto atipico con flauto e violino accanto alla ritmica--con il quale riproporre in forma ...

Skadedyr: Kongekrabbe

Read "Kongekrabbe" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Skadedyr is a Norwegian democratic-anarchistic band comprised of 12 young and promising musicians, masterminded by tuba player Heiða Karine Jóhannesdóttir Mobeck and keyboards player Anja Lauvdal, both collaborated in the disbanded Your Headlights Are On. The 12 musicians offer unorthodox instrumental combinations-- brass, guitars, vocal, two drummers, strings and accordion-- and all are active on groups ...


Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist

Bang on a Can, New York’s innovative and energetic champion of new music, officially announced the new clarinetist for its “All-Star” lineup. The Bang on a Can All-Stars have become a singular vehicle for visionary composition over the course of the last 20 years, and with the addition of Ken Thomson will continue to set the ...


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 ...


Eyal Hareuveni's Best Releases of 2011

Read "Eyal Hareuveni's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

A list that represent only the tip of many excellent releases that I have listened to in 2011. In no particular order...

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Amir ElSaffar



Another great release by the excellent trumpet player and composer who weaves modal music of the Iraqi ...


Ibrahim Maalouf: Diagnostic

Read "Diagnostic" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Much like his uncle, the celebrated author Amin Maalouf--who brought Levantine raconteur to the western novel--trumpeter/composer Ibrahim Maalouf infuses his jazz with Middle Eastern musicality. On Diagnostic--the last installment of a trilogy--Maalouf actually draws from many different sources to create a unique sound that remains definitely in the jazz tradition.

The all-woman, Franco-Brazilian ...