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New Music in an Anxious Time: Teis Semey, Peggy Lee and Philipp Gropper

Read "New Music in an Anxious Time: Teis Semey, Peggy Lee and Philipp Gropper" reviewed by Mark Werlin

Historians of jazz identify the African-American civil rights struggle circa 1945-1965 as the locus for the most active involvement of jazz music in expressions of social and political protest. One of the earliest recorded instances of explicit political protest in jazz, “Strange Fruit," was refused by Decca, singer Billie Holiday's record label, for fear of reprisals ...

The Book of Transfigurations

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2017
Track listing: Ej, na tej skale vysokej (Seven pairs of eagles); Dyby ňa moja maměnka stará (Grass); Dyž sem já šel pres hory (The rocks began to crumble); Co ste si mamičko za dům stavjat dali (Iron bars, iron lock); Vyletěla holubička (The bloody wall); Sem chaso spěchajte (You used to look like a lion); Před naším je zahrádečka (Red violet);Studená rosenka (Souling); Na strážnickém rynku (War); Vydala máti (Mother gave away her daughter); Okolo Hradišča voděnka teče (He’s bringing something for me); Fašanku (Carnival); Pásl Jano koně (Sell us your shirt).

ARTICLE: HI-RES JAZZ

Dálava, Gordon Grdina and Mikkel Ploug: Songs Old, and Sounds New

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Strangeness--a word that connotes foreignness, otherness, and a sense of unease when confronted by the unfamiliar. The sound of recognizable musical forms may attract us, in the same way we are drawn to familiar faces or voices. The sound of a foreign language may set us on the alert; syllables we do not recognize, meanings we ...

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Dalava: The Book of Transfigurations

Read "The Book of Transfigurations" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On the tender and haunting The Book of Transfigurations vocalist Julia Ulehla and her partner guitarist Aram Bajakian interpret thirteen Moravian folk songs with a personal and contemporary touch. Joining them in the ensemble Dálava are a quartet of Canadian improvisers who add an additional layer of spontaneous lyricism to this memorable music. Majority ...


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