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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs

Read "Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Un lavoro ambizioso, profondo e impegnativo, questo Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs di Wadada Leo Smith, dove il musicista affronta nuovamente con passione un capitolo della vicenda nero-americana per la dignità e i Diritti Civili negli Stati Uniti. Ricordiamo lo splendido lavoro, riunito in un cofanetto di quattro CD pubblicato nel 2012 ...

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs

Read "Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs" reviewed by Doug Hall


Acclaimed trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator Wadada Leo Smith has released an oratorio of seven songs inspired by the iconic civil rights leader Rosa Parks. In his own words, Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs is “concerned with ideas of freedom, liberty and justice, a meditation centered around the civil rights movement." Looking ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Wadada Leo Smith Presents The Create Festival, April 8 & 9, 2017 In New Haven

Wadada Leo Smith Presents The Create Festival, April 8 & 9, 2017 In New Haven

Visionary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith presents the first-ever CREATE Festival, a two-day celebration and exploration of his inventive and unclassifiable music that will feature classic works alongside world premiere performances. Taking place Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 2017 at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street, New Haven, Connecticut, the festival will include performances ...

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Article: Album Review

SLM Ensemble: Source

Read "Source" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


SLM is an acronym for Source Liminal Music as well as a tri-consonantal root of of the Hebrew and Arabic words for peace, shalom and salam. It is also the name of a composition of master double bassist Mark Dresser and composer-conductor Sarah Weaver, written for the “Deep Tones for Peace" event in April 2009, a ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Min Xiao-Fen's Asian Trio at Firehouse 12 This Friday 5/23

Min Xiao-Fen's Asian Trio at Firehouse 12 This Friday 5/23

On Friday, May 23rd, New Haven's Firehouse 12 will present a two-set performance by world renowned pipa master and vocalist Min Xiao-Fen and her Asian Trio, featuring cellist Okkyung Lee and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. Collectively representing the countries of China, Korea and Japan respectively, this innovative group will perform Ms. Min's original work, “ Return of ...

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Article: Live Review

The 1st Chinatown Asian Music Festival

Read "The 1st Chinatown Asian Music Festival" reviewed by Elliott Simon


1st Chinatown Asian Music Festival New York, NY November 12, 2005 The first Chinatown Asian Music Festival was a culturally uplifting experience as the unrivaled inclusive power of music was front and center. Presented by Blue Pipa Inc. and showcasing Asian music from three distinct cultures; China, Japan and ...

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Article: Opinion

Min Xiao-Fen: Prove, Improve, Improvise

Read "Min Xiao-Fen: Prove, Improve, Improvise" reviewed by AAJ Staff


By Min Xiao-Fen I still remember when I was ten years old, my father, Min Ji-Qian - a professor, educator and pipa* master at Nanjing Normal University in China - was teaching one of my classmates. He lent one of his pipas to her, and I immediately got so jealous. Ever since then, ...


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