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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: LIVE REVIEW

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet at Duncairn Arts Centre

Read "Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet at Duncairn Arts Centre" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet Duncairn Arts Centre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 22, 2018 Coming so soon after Belfast's annual jazz festival, Brilliant Corners, the appearance of Sirkis/Bialas IQ at Duncairn Arts Centre was a real treat for jazz fans. Better still, the concert was free, sponsored as it was by ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit. Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

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 Budd Kopman

Drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, whose last album from 2013 was the highly acclaimed Shepherd's Stories is back with new group, co-led by the extraordinary Polish vocalist, composer and poet Sylwia Bialas. The album consists of ten journeys, they are much more than tracks, which contain many moments of intense yearning, sorrow, happiness and love.

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

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet: Come To Me

Read "Come To Me" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Led by drummer Asaf Sirkis and vocalist Sylwia Bialas, the International Quartet is completed by pianist Frank Harrison (a long-time collaborator with Sirkis in Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble) and bassist Pat Bettison. Come To Me is the band's debut, a collection of original compositions by Sirkis and Białas that heralds the arrival of a strong ...


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