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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Rabih Abou Khalil: Bridging Cultural Divides

Read "Rabih Abou Khalil: Bridging Cultural Divides" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Rabih Abou Khalil is one of the most respected virtuoso oud players and composers whose wide range of interests and insatiable curiosity for new music from around the globe has significantly enriched his own work. His music is his own universe where an ongoing dialogue between Khalil and the rest of the world has been occurring. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bobby McFerrin Brings It Back Home with "Spirityouall"

Bobby McFerrin Brings It Back Home with "Spirityouall"

For decades, Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules. The 10-time Grammy winner waged a quiet revolution, blurring the distinction between pop music and high art, goofing around barefoot in the world's finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement. Now he surprises us ...


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