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Matt Darriau, saxophonist, clarinettist, ethnic-woodwind specialist and composer, Darriau has made several innovative contributions to the New York music scene. His background in the fertile and eclectic milieu of the New England Conservatory of Music's Third Stream Program in the 80's, and the continued practice of Balkan, Klezmer and Celtic folk idioms, have helped shape his aesthetic and passion for creating new and unusual music. He has been awarded grants and commissions from the NEA, Chamber Music America (2005/7) and is a Grammy winner (2007) with the Klezmatics. Jazziz magizine selected him as one of the 150 most influential jazz musicians of the last fifteen years, for the impact he has had in bringing Balkan and world rhythms to jazz with his band Paradox Trio

ARTICLE: RADIO

Paradox Trio - The Balkan Side of Downtown NYC

Read "Paradox Trio - The Balkan Side of Downtown NYC" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

At some point in the '90s Balkan-tinged jazz was all the rage in the downtown scene that gravitated around the Knitting Factory and the Bell Café. Whereas many of the bands that were at the forefront of that movement are gone, a quarter century later, the Paradox Trio and its unique blend of jazz and creative ...

Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook

Read "Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook" reviewed by Martin Longley

Hal Willner The Stone June 14, 15, 17, 2016 Hal Willner spent six nights in residence at The Stone, presenting two sets each evening. This Philadelphian producer has immaculate taste, as illustrated by his greatest achievements: a series of conceptual albums that feature a host of carefully selected artists, assigned ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Pyeng Threadgill and Brandon Terzic team for The Blues Sessions residency at Barbes

Pyeng Threadgill and Brandon Terzic team for The Blues Sessions residency at Barbes

If the American Blues tradition has been overly saturated by endless retellings of the same songs by the same artists, it is not so much a declaration of a lull in creativity and innovation as much as it is a sign of how powerful the roots are. It is the well spring from which all current ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

David Fiuczynski: Salt, Sweat, Love, Tears

Read "David Fiuczynski: Salt, Sweat, Love, Tears" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] David Fiuczynski is a very unique guitarist. Many of you know him from his successful band called Screaming Headless Torsos. He's played with Hasidic New Wave, trumpeter Cuong Vu, and pianist Hiromi. I first met David at a rehearsal with drummer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hristo Vitchev and Liubomir Krastev: Rhodopa

Read "Rhodopa" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Bulganin modern jazz guitarist Hristo Vitchev resides in the Bay Area and alternates between a variety of jazz formations. On Rhodopa, which is a mountainous region in Bulgaria (named after the character from the Greek mythology known also as Hera, sister of Zeus) he teams with clarinetist Liubomir Krastev who shares with him Bulgarian roots on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25: Groningen, The Netherlands, August 26-27, 2011

Read "Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25: Groningen, The Netherlands, August 26-27, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe

Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25Groningen, Netherlands August 26-27, 2011 Only in the Netherlands. Where else would anyone think to create such a harmonious conjugation of jazz and cycling? Now in its 25th year, the annual ZomerJazzFietsTour (Summer Jazz Cycling Tour) takes place in the bucolic countryside just outside Groningen in the northern Netherlands. ...

Paradox Trio with Bojan Z

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Released: 2010
Track listing: 01. Zdravo; 02. Faux Six with Glass; 03. Taipan; 04. La Petite Gitane; 05. Oj Ti Momce Orhidance; 06. Pomegranate; 07. The Turk from Downtown; 08. October Gaida.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matt Darriau: Paradox Trio with Bojan Z

Read "Paradox Trio with Bojan Z" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il trio di Matt Darriau è in realtà da sempre un quartetto e in occasione del quinto lavoro discografico (per l'italiana Felmay) si trasforma addirittura in un quintetto, con la preziosa aggiunta del pianoforte di Bojan Zulfikarpasic (per gli amici Bojan Z). La miscela fra jazz e melodie balcaniche che ha sempre caratterizzato l'attività del gruppo ...

Liquid Clarinets

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Released: 2009
Track listing: 01. Aegean Suite; 02. Tarantella Montemaranese; 03. Liquid Clarinet; 04. Ivailovsko Horo; 05. Uskudar/Tsifteteli Theme; 06. Salita al Monte Vergine/Traditional Tarantella; 07. Ebony Counterpoint; 08. Darriau's Doina/Mayn Tayere Odessa. Tutte le composizioni sono traditional tranne i brani 3,7,8 di Matt Darriau.


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