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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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Budapest Music Center: A cultural confluence at the heart of Hungary

Read "Budapest Music Center: A cultural confluence at the heart of Hungary" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The Budapest Music Center, known by its acronym BMC, was founded in 1996 by Hungarian trombone player, music educator and entrepreneur László Gőz. Upon initial conception, the institution's main goal was to create a musical network to help Hungarian musicians and other interested parties to gain an overview of the country's musical happenings, past and present, ...

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2020 Fano Jazz by the Sea

Read "2020 Fano Jazz by the Sea" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Fano Jazz By The Sea Rocca Malatestiana Fano, Italy July 24-31, 2020 In the first half of 2020, the Italian jazz scene was heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic that so tragically hit the country. Winter and spring festivals in Bergamo, Torino, Novara, Bolzano, Vicenza, and other cities, had to ...

Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Along with Alfred Lion's Blue Note and Orrin Keepnews' Riverside, Bob Weinstock's Prestige was at the top table of independent New York City-based jazz labels from the early 1950s until the mid 1960s. Like those other two labels, Prestige built up a profuse catalogue packed with enduring treasures. Originally a record retailer, Weinstock ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

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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