Yesterday, I took a quick look at the World Europe Music Chart to search for some new music. I stopped at No.1 -Toumani &Toumani and Sidiki Sidiki. I knew the name Toumani but I was not familier with the second name.I couldn't quite place the name Toumani but a quick Google search reveal that Toumani is a Mali kora player. With that information, I remembered that my introduction to the music of Toumani was in reference to the Derek Gripper album One Night on Earth:Music from the Strings of Mali that I first listened to last November. Here is that review.
For the last week or so the album 9 Dead Alive the latest from Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero aka Rodrigo y Gabriela has been on the iPhone and like all of their albums from this string wizards it’s great.Since their self-titled début album premiered in 2006 on the Irish music charts at number 1, the duo have sold more than 1.2 million albums, performed at The White House for the U.S. President Barack Obama! As well as collaborating with Hans Zimmer on the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides soundtrack while also contributing to the soundtrack for the Shrek prequel Puss in Boots!
Not bad for two musicians who started out playing metal in a band Sanchez and his brother formed, Tierra Acida (“Acid Land”) and whose record deal fell through in 1997!! After the deal fell through Rodrgo and Gabriela left Mexico City for the resort town of Ixtapa on the Pacific coast of Mexico. They played in beach side bars and practiced for long hours Eventually, the left Mexico for Dublin, where they gained notoriety playing on the streets! After gaining a cult following by playing on the streets, they finally released that self-titled album in 2006 and like they say “the rest is history!”
So as I looked down the list of jazz musicians who are celebrating their birthdays today, I saw Randy Raine-Reusch a multi-instrumentalist. Since I am always interested in multi-instrumentalists I clicked on his name to find out more about him and I saw several pictures of Randy playing some very strange-looking instruments.One of them that interested me was this one… hum?? What instrument is that? As I explored more I discovered that…..
Randy Raine-Reusch was born on May 2, 1952 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and eventually made his way to the Pacific Coast to Vancouver where he began to explore various traditional music from around the world, starting with the Appalachian dulcimer. He has gone on to become a composer, concert-artist and improviser specializing in New and Experimental Music for world instruments. An innovator interested in extending the boundaries of music, he has created distinct new performance styles on a number of world instruments from his collection of 700!!
So now it is time to relax unwind and get ready for sleep. For the last two weeks I have, on most mornings, done one of the days from the Yoga Journals 21 Day Yoga Challenge beginner series. Over the last forty years while never doing yoga on an everyday basis I have done it a lot. Predominately, Hatha yoga, but I also have done Iyengar yoga, and Kundalin, which I did for about a year. Usually I find that if I do yoga for a few days in a row I feel better, have a lighter step and more energy. Most times I catch myself asking why I feel so good and of course my response is you are doing yoga, duh! And then of course I stop! Why I don’t know! Anyway, over the last two weeks I am seeing the same results and while part of the wellness that I feel may be attributed to the fact that I am away from my self-inflicted stressful job I am still working around the house and feeling great!
So at Number 23 on the Echoes Music Chart for January of 2014 is Nightfall from Adam Hurst. Now of the 25 artists/albums listed there is really only one artist whose name I recognize and Adam is not it. Moby is really the only artist whose name I’ve known for more than a few months! Artist’s whose music i have recently explored include: Bombay Dub Orchestra(7), David Helpling and Jon Jenkins (10) and Darkside (9).
Anyway I went to Spotify to hear what Adam’s music sounded like. The above picture, which is the cover of his album Elegy gave me my first clue!! Cello music!! duh! So I turn on Nightfall and was immediately entranced by his music! When I went to read his biographies at various sites, I read this description
….was born February 1, 1959 in Cologne, West Germany to a Chinese-German father and a Hungarian mother. As a child, he spent most of his time traveling throughout Europe and Asia with his family. He began playing classical guitar at 11, and flamenco guitar at 14, after he “found a Flamenco LP in the bargain bin at a local supermarket”. After performing rock music in his native Germany, he moved to the United States and settled in Boston for a few years, performing in various rock clubs. In 1986 Liebert settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he began looking to create a new musical sound...Read More
And what a new sound he and his band Luna Nigra have created. Building on influences such as “Carlos Santana, Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin, Robert Fripp, and Jeff Beck, Ottmar has created a music that is not Flamenco in the strictest sense because it doesn’t follow the song forms, “compas” or techniques. He has labeled the music “New Flamenco.” or “Nuevo Flamenco”. Personally, I don’t care what you call it, all I know is that it is great music, and I think that the general public agrees with me. Liebert has received five Grammy Award nominations, and 38 Gold and Platinum certifications in the United States, as well as certifications in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His début album Nouveau Flamenco (1990) is a double-platinum album in the United States!! Often when I am working away at work on a project that needs writing verses CAD or calculations, Liebert’s music is playing in the background. It’s the same when I’m at home relaxing with a good book!! Links: Website: http://www.ottmarliebert.com/index-flash.php: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottmar_Liebert AllMusic:http://www.allmusic.com/artist/ottmar-liebert-mn0000157377 So let’s kick off a relaxing Saturday morning with Ottmar and Luna Nigra and a performance of “Snakecharmer”.”Happy Birthday” Ottmar!!
So today was an eclectic music day. I had to return to Lambertville today, so I loaded music on the iPhone from two different genres. First some folk music from a longtime favorite, Brooks Williams, his latest release, More New Everything which is an EP. Then some New Age from guitarist Alex DeGrassi. I listened to those two albums on the way to the site. Then on the way back, I listened to music from a third genre Prog Rock from the album Ravens and Lullabies from Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman. As I was listening on the way back, I thought about what tied all three of these albums from different genres together. The answer was that three of the four artist are exceptionally fine acoustic guitar players!!
I have enjoyed the music of Brooks Williams since his 1999 release Hundred Year Shadow. The first time I heard the album I thought “This is one damn good guitarist!! Brooks’ next release in 2000 was Little Lion his first all instrumental album and to this day it is one of my favorite guitar albums!! Since those two albums, I’ve liked some of his releases better than others, so I have not picked up every album. But listening to More New Everything today I was hearing the Brooks Williams that I first enjoyed 13 years ago!! Some great songs and some great guitar!! Now i have to go back and listen to New Everything, since the tracks on More New Everything are left over from the New Everything session!! Because if these songs were left out, how good must New Everything be!!! I also need to go back and listen to some of the albums that I haven’t listened to over the years!!
So the other day I was checking the Echoes list of top 25 albums for November and at number 13 was the band Eklipse.and their album Electric Air. I went to MOG and found the album and on the cover were four women holding three violins and a viola. Hum, I thought that looks pretty interesting. So the album went on the iPhone and played in the background while I did some chores around the house. I didn’t pay close attention to the music, but I really like it and felt that this certainly could be part of my work’s soundtrack!
What I read later at Femme Metal Webzine – (the result of a google search) was that…….
The band Eklipse is made up of four ladies playing classical interpretations of pop and rock songs. Their debut album is titled “A Night in Strings”, and while it may not be strictly a metal album, there is no denying the talent that this band possesses; besides they are opening for Nightwish, which is a cool thing. Recently, the Viola player Viola was kind enough to answer some questions and give us more info on Eklipse.
This excellent release by Egberto Gismonti was conceived under the concept of a circus, an institution that has the ambivalent quality of being at the same time universal and regional; the “circense” tradition exists in almost all parts of the globe, but it is enriched by the smaller companies that keep struggling to survive in poorer setups, adding regional elements to the whole. It fits like a glove for the music of Gismonti, which also aims to enrich Brazilian musical tradition with elements of worldwide classical and popular acquisitions. More at MOG
So I was familiar with the name when I saw it on the list of birthdays at All About Jazz and even though I had listened to his, well for me anyway “different” guitar music, I still did not know much about this Brazilian musician. So it was off to Wikipedia:
(Twin Sons of Different Mothers and times?)
(tangentially speaking – about the headline the Yo – is usually followed by Adrian ….. here (ADD strikes again)
Checking out the Roots Music Reports Jazz Chart this afternoon, I saw a name that interested me at number 12, right after the Duduka Da Fonseca Trio, was Roberto Fonseca and his latest album Yo. So the question before the house was who is this Roberto Fonseca and what does he play!! I download the album from Spotify and only got to listen to it on the way home. Now that is not a good thing because the trip home from work only last about four minutes (note that is one of the reasons that I have worked at the same job for the last 34 years!!) Anyway, the brief listen to the opening track “80s” was really all I needed to hear to know that I wanted to hear more from this artist! After work I listened to most of the album and while portions of it are not really my taste, I did enjoy the album, and who knows in another few months with the way that my taste is evolving, it may be right up my alley!! Anyway here’s some information about Roberto…….