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Sirkis/Bialas IQ: Our New Earth

Read "Our New Earth" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A lament for our damaged earth, a prayer for a better future, Sirkis/Bialas IQ's second recording, after its well-received debut Come To Me (Stonebird Productions, 2015), is an ambitious, far-reaching work. Contemporary jazz with a world view, Our New Earth draws from Middle Eastern, Southern Indian carnatic, Eastern European folk and contemporary classical traditions. That it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sirkis/Bialas IQ: Our New Earth

Read "Our New Earth" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Established in 2014, when this band released its first album Come To Me (Stonebird Productions, 2015; limited distribution by MoonJune Records) it called itself The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet. It has shortened the name to Sirkis/Bialas IQ, but it's still international: Asaf Sirkis (drums) is an Israeli living in England; Sylwia Bialas (vocals) is a Pole living ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2015

Read "Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2015" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

This is my first year end list as an AAJ contributor, hopefully the first of many! I reviewed a lot of great music, major label and independent productions alike. Here's the ten that rose to the top of my list of favorites, in no particular order. Eberhard Weber Hommage à Eberhard ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet: Come to Me

Read "Come to Me" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È una musica avvincente e ricercata quella che si ascolta in Come to Me: atmosfere intime e raccolte che si confrontano con sequenze incisive, sia vocali che strumentali. Protagonista è un quartetto al suo debutto, guidato dalla cantante polacca Sylwia Bialas e dal batterista israeliano Asaf Sirkis. La prima risiede in Germania mentre Sirkis vive in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet: Come To Me

Read "Come To Me" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet demonstrates how well a vocalist can work as the featured soloist in a quartet. Even better, they make you forget the instrumentation in the beauty and joy of the music they make. The group truly deserves the “International" part of their name. Drummer Asaf Sirkis is an Israeli living in England; vocalist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Asaf Sirkis Trio: Shepherd's Stories

Read "Shepherd's Stories" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Maybe it's the unfashionably hot weather that's hit the UK in recent summers, but there's something almost cheery about drummer Asaf Sirkis' Shepherd Stories. Sirkis' church organ/guitar based Inner Noise recordings wove a jazz-gothic tale, while The Monk (SAM Productions, 2008)--with guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos and bassist Yaron Stavi--balanced tantalizingly between pretty melancholy and a slightly dark ...


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