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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 ...

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Big Ears Festival 2017

Read "Big Ears Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 23-26, 2017 Knoxville's Big Ears Festival expanded to a full four days this year, giving it more time to go its expected merry, eclectic way. In a break with usual practice, there was no official Composer in Residence. That distinction could have gone to Gavin Bryars ...

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Live From Birmingham: The Manchester Camerata Orchestra, The Gloaming & Kirk Fletcher

Read "Live From Birmingham: The Manchester Camerata Orchestra, The Gloaming & Kirk Fletcher" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Godfather, with live accompaniment by The Manchester Camerata Orchestra Symphony Hall September 16, 2016 There seems to be a growing tendency for talkie screenings with live musical scoring. Back in the day, it was only silent movies that received the fleshly musician treatment. Current digital technology makes it easier ...

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Sinikka Langeland: The Magical Forest

Read "The Magical Forest" reviewed by John Kelman

Some pairings seem, in retrospect, to be made in heaven; so inevitable that it's only when they actually take place that it becomes clear how predestined they were all along. Sinikka Langeland--a forward-thinking traditional singer and kantele (Finnish zither/dulcimer variant) champion garnering significant attention in her home country of Norway over the past two decades--has, since ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 3-7, 2016 In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all: swing blues soul improvisation latin gospel R 'n' B crossroads silence groove world ...

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Erik Honoré: Heliographs

Read "Heliographs" reviewed by John Eyles

Erik Honoré has such an impressive curriculum vitae that it is difficult to know where to begin... In association with his frequent collaborator Jan Bang, since 2005, he has been responsible for the annual ground-breaking Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, where all concerts are remixed live. Over the years, that feature of the festival has attracted such ...

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Diatribe Records Solo Series II

Read "Diatribe Records Solo Series II" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Four years on from Diatribe Records' outstanding Solo Series I, which featured solo piano recordings by Izumi Kimura and Isabelle O'Connell, a guitar solo offering from Simon Jermyn and a clarinet solo work from Paul Roe, the Dublin label is back with the equally impressive Solo Series II. The four musicians presented in this second round ...

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Punkt Festival 2014

Read "Punkt Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Punkt Festival Kristiansand, Norway September, 4-6, 2014 Kristiansand, home of the Annual Punkt Festival for the past decade, is a municipality situated on the southernmost point of Norway at the Skagerrag strait. It has a population of 86,000 (the greater urban area, 155,000) and is the county capital of Vest- Agder.


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