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Philip Glass, early protagonist of the Minimalist movement, studied with Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger. His first job, assisting Ravi Shankar on a film soundtrack, heralded the start of his own successful cinema career, and to date he has scored over fifty movies. Early works tended to be abstract, but from the mid-1970s his attention shifted towards the stage. His first operatic triumph, Einstein on the Beach, did much to reinvigorate the international contemporary opera scene. Profoundly interested in traditional cultures, Glass often draws on Eastern traditions, as in Monsters of Grace (1997), a multimedia collaboration based on the writings of Rumi. Born in Baltimore on January 31, 1937, Philip Glass discovered music in his father's radio repair shop

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Anansi Trio: Calling

Read "Calling" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The Washington, DC based Anansi Trio create a lot of varying sounds with a deceptively simple lineup of reeds, bass and percussion. Their first album, On The Path (Anansi Trio, 2018), established their approach of mixing jazz and world rhythms based around the intricate sound of Mark Merella's combination trap drum and conga setup. This second ...

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Andrew Schiller Quintet: Sonoran

Read "Sonoran" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The Sonoran Desert lies across the American Southwest and Northwestern Mexico. It is where bassist Andrew Schiller was born and it is the inspiration for the music on this CD he has written that draws from jazz, folk and classical sources. Schiller's quintet has a front line of tenor sax, alto sax and bass ...

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Joe Rosenberg Ensemble: Marshland

Read "Marshland" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Soprano saxophonist Joe Rosenberg seems to try out a new configuration of his Ensemble every time he records. On his previous release, Tomorrow Never Knows (Quark, 2017) he led a quintet with cello and piano in the front line. On this new effort, he changes to a three-horn format with trumpeter Bart Maris and tenor/soprano saxophonist ...

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The Philip Glass Ensemble plays the music of the Qatsi Trilogy at Philharmonie de Paris

Read "The Philip Glass Ensemble plays the music of the Qatsi Trilogy at Philharmonie de Paris" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Philip Glass Ensemble Philharmonie de Paris Qatsi Trilogy Paris, France 06-08.12.19 In a long and illustrious career laden with major works and countless performances, the “Qatsi trilogy" holds a special place in composer Philip Glass' oeuvre. The Qatsi refers to the three documentaries or art films directed by Godfrey ...

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Michael Eaton: Dialogical

Read "Dialogical" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Saxophonist Michael Eaton covers a lot of ground on this CD, using several different configurations of musicians in a program that encompasses angular, funk-laced fusion, airy sax and flute duets, a multi-saxophone workout and minimalism in the Philip Glass style. A key sideman here is guitarist Lionel Loueke whose unique style of playing and ...

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Ostrava Days 2019

Read "Ostrava Days 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ostrava Days Various Venues Ostrava Czech Republic August 22-31, 2019 The biennial Ostrava Days festival rolled around again, and there's nothing quite like a once-every-two-years event to make time appear to flow even faster than normal. As a moderne composition festival, it is difficult to accurately ...

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Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble at Malmo Live Konserthus, Sweden

Read "Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble at Malmo Live Konserthus,  Sweden" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble Malmo Live Konserthus 50th year jubilee Malmo, Sweden May 26, 2019 Throughout his nearly 6-decade career, composer Philip Glass continues to light up stages around the world. Particularly during this past May, his music lit up many stages throughout Europe as there was a ...

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Anoushka Shankar: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Over twenty years, Anoushka Shankar has grown into one of the world's leading sitarists. She has long been omnivorous in her musical tastes and this has resulted in a journey without borders. A daughter and student of the late Ravi Shankar, who almost single handedly introduced Indian music to Western musicians and audiences, she has nonetheless ...

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Carla Bley Trio at Dazzle

Read "Carla Bley Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Carla Bley Trio Dazzle Denver, CO March 24, 2019 At age 82, Carla Bley has been around. But not everywhere. Remarkably, her two nights at Dazzle last weekend marked her first appearances in Colorado as a performer. Still, the depth and scope of her past music-making is unmatched ...


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