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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments

Read "Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb: “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage them, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers their tastes and sensibilities. This So You Don't Like Jazz column explores ways ...

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Article: Album Review

Wu Man & Kojiro Umezaki: Flow.

Read "Flow." reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


The various East Asian musical heritages share some similarities yet are distinct in many important aspects. Japanese-born, USA-based composer & shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player Kojiro Umezaki joins award-winning Chinese pipa (lute) virtuoso Wu Man for a set of enchanting solos and duets on the intimate Flow. Together they highlight those shared elements and beautifully contrast the ...

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Article: Album Review

Sandeep Das and the Hum Ensemble: Delhi to Damascus

Read "Delhi to Damascus" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Patna-born and Boston-based tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das has had a long collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. For his debut as a leader, the mesmerizing Delhi to Damascus, he has put together a program of Levantine and South Asian tunes. The group, which includes Das and three colleagues, is called the HUM Ensemble and ...

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Article: Album Review

A Bu: Live At Beijing Poly Theater

Read "Live At Beijing Poly Theater" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Beijing's Poly Theater has held over three-thousand international artistic events since its opening in 1991. The prestigious fifteen-hundred seat cultural hub was the site of a 2018 solo piano concert by Dai Liang (aka, A Bu), possibly the best unknown pianist in music. A prodigy who began playing at four, the pianist was discovered in 2012 ...

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Article: Radio

Kinan Azmeh's CityBand Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Kinan Azmeh's CityBand Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS


Clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh is internationally renowned for his intense, spirited performances. The Syrian born musician uses music to transcend cultural barriers, performing with projects as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, the New York Philharmonic and Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans. In 2006 he formed the CityBand, a four-piece band that strikes a balance ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Dai Liang, aka A Bu: Beijing Prodigy

Read "Dai Liang, aka A Bu: Beijing Prodigy" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In 1950, in the wake of World War II and the early years of the Cold War, the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong founded the Central Conservatory of Music as a consolidation of several musical institutions. Located in Beijing, the school resides on the former site of the seventeenth century residence of one Prince Yixuan. ...

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Article: Album Review

Kayhan Kalhor: Hawniyaz

Read "Hawniyaz" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Western music listeners may not be quick to conjure a connection with Iran and improvised music but there is much spontaneity across genres throughout the Central Asian region. One of the few artists known to U.S. markets is kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor. The kamancheh, sometimes called the “spike fiddle," is common to Central Asia and dates ...

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Article: Album Review

Maria Ahn: Je t'aime Bowie

Read "Je t'aime Bowie" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Da quando il Kronos Quartet e altre formazioni simili hanno abbattuto gli steccati tra musica accademica e musica popolare interpretando in chiave contemporanea i classici del rock, le contaminazioni tra i generi non si sono risparmiate. E se in passato erano i musicisti rock a cercare di nobilitarsi strizzando l'occhio al mondo classico con ibridizzazioni tanto ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Childs: Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Read "Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The latter day jazz community, by and large, has embraced songwriting icons from the other side of the fence. Numerous artists associated with jazz have visited in on Bob Dylan's iconic work, explored the dark soul of Tom Waits, reshaped the poetic work(s) of Leonard Cohen, and/or tapped into the Joni Mitchell well. But what of ...


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