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Blog do escritor Luís Soares

Chopin Evocations

Daniil Trifonov stands for virtuosity, musical poetry and evocative power. He is the world’s top young pianist today - and the music of Chopin is close to his heart.

His new album "Chopin Evocations" is one of the most exciting recordings of 2017: two-and-a-half hours of music uniting Chopin's two beautiful piano concertos with Chopin solo works and pieces by Mompou, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Barber paying homage to the genius Chopin who, in Trifonov's words, "revolutionized the expressive horizons of the piano."

Nighttime Skyscrapers

Watch pianist and composer Michelle David, a 2017 Luna Composition Lab Fellow, play her own piece "Nighttime Skyscrapers." Recorded live in the Q2 Music studio.

 

Hosted by John Schaefer
Video: Kim Nowacki
Audio Engineer: Irene Trudel

Setembro sai em Outubro

‘Setembro’ is the brilliantly conceived and executed album from three supremely gifted and creative musical minds in Portuguese pianist Mário Laginha, English saxophonist Julian Argüelles and Norwegian percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken. Their combined maturity and vision has produced an album of sublime beauty and personality distinguished by effortless and flowing creativity. With propulsive grooves, complex but ever-lyrical melodies, and open-minded interaction ‘Setembro’ demonstrates the vitality and importance of what is great about contemporary jazz in Europe.

 

Collectively the trio is able to surmount even these individual parts. The warmth of Mário Laginha’s pianism, the percussive energy of Helge Andreas Norbakken and the lyricism and English romanticism of Julian Argüelles bond on an album that is structurally bold, improvisationally audacious, emotionally open and undeniably beautiful. Argüelles has donated two compositions but it’s Mário Laginha who takes the major writing credit with eight songs. The brilliance and inventiveness of his writing illuminates this supremely gifted pianist and composer’s talents and although he’s relatively undiscovered outside Portugal, Setembro will be sure to ignite Mário’s profile throughout Europe and the world.

 

Rooted in the various traditions of its members, but never less than modern, the music on the album pursues its subtle beat. Take Laginha’s Coisas de Terra. Pulsating with melodic and rhythmic intensity from the start the emphasis quickly shifts, opening a more subtle and emotive vista where the lyricism of Arguelles saxophone and an ostinato figure from the piano intertwine while Norbakken spatters expansive colours from his uniquely diverse percussive setup.

 

The music is episodic and full of the delights of exploration viewed through the charisma of these great players. With Mário Laginha taking the majority of compositional credit, the aptly titled, Setembro, is an album that explodes in the warmth and energy of a Portuguese late summer in a celebration of what is great about European jazz today.

Out October 6, 2017

La Valse

Yekwon Sunwoo plays Ravel's La Valse

 

Gold Medalist of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition convenes the most promising rising star pianists from around the world for 17 days of intense competition.

The winners of this year’s edition come to The Greene Space at WQXR for their first public appearance as winners.

Marseille

Track taken from "Marseille" - Ahmad Jamal NEW ALBUM // OUT : June 2017 on Jazz Village
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Images : Julien Caja / Giant Steps Medias
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Ahmad Jamal : Piano
James Cammack : Double Bass
Herlin Riley : Drums
Manolo Badrena : Percussions
Abd Al Malik : Vocals
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℗ et © 2017 harmonia mundi musique S.A.S. | JazzVillage, a label of [PIAS]

Produced by Ahmad Jamal, Catherine Vallon-Barry & Seydou Barry
Recorded in July 2016 by Vincent Mahey, studio Sextan, Malakoff, France
Mixed in August 2016 by Vincent Mahey, Studio Sextan, Malakoff, France
Mastered in January 2017 by Raphaël Jonin, J RAPH i.n.g, Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
Executive Producers : Seydou Barry / Jazzbook Records and Pascal Bussy

Piano provided by Steinway & Sons