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Taka Kigawa Performs Pierre Boulez' Complete Solo Piano Music August 25, 2014 at le poisson rouge New York City

From a media release:

Taka Kigawa, piano 
Performing Pierre Boulez' complete solo piano music
August 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM
at le poisson rouge


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NEW YORK CITY -
Critically acclaimed pianist TAKA KIGAWA will present a solo piano recital with the program of Pierre Boulez Complete Solo Piano Music. He will perform Twelve Notations, First Sonata, Second Sonata, Third Sonata (including a rare performance of “Sigle”), Incises, and Une page d’éphéméride.

Pierre Boulez will turn ninety years old this coming March, 2015. To honor and celebrate his musical legacy and artistic achievements, this season and the upcoming season Taka Kigawa is touring worldwide with the Pierre Boulez Complete Solo Piano Music program. Recently he performed the program at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of the most celebrated concert halls in the world, and the concert was a huge success. Pablo Gianera, the critic for the Argentine major newspaper La Nacíon wrote, “Kigawa, whose rhythmic sensibil…

Indie Artists: CD Baby Makes CD Baby Pro Available in Canada, Increases Potential Royalty Revenue

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Northward Bound: CD Baby Makes CD Baby Pro Available in Canada, Increases Potential Royalty Revenue for More Indie Artists

CD Baby Pro, the one-stop toolkit for indie musicians seeking publishing administration and the income streams publishing generates, is now available to Canadian artists. Canadian musicians can opt in to collect royalties via CD Baby, thanks to a new relationship with SOCAN, the Canadian Performing Rights Organization (PRO), and an ever-deepening collaboration with international rights administrator Song Trust. This means more independent artists in North America can tap into substantial, often unclaimed pools of money.

CD Baby Pro launched last year (April 2013), and unexpected payouts for independent musicians point to the importance of publishing administration. One example: NYC-based indie rockers The Orion Experience got a check for $1800 out of the blue, for UK mechanical royalties, money they had no idea they were owed but that CD Baby Pr…

Recently Released: Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World (Eternal Mind Records - June 23, 2014)

Recently Released:
Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World
(Eternal Mind Records - June 23, 2014)

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Based in Asheville, North Carolina these days, Matt Townsend got his start busking on the streets of Burlington, Vermont about four years ago before graduating to coffeehouses and other venues in the area. It seems entirely appropriate that his debut full-length CD "Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World" should be a crowd funding success, featuring 9 tracks and a full band. He previously released a solo EP, "What Light Shall Be" in November 2012 and he's been busy playing in the northeastern U.S. and as far as Ireland since then.

This is straight up folk/folk-rock music that will appeal to any Dylan or Neil Young fan along with a new generation of listeners looking for insightful lyrics and a laid back folkie groove. This isn't a throwback album, but rather a continuation of the genre into the present. Matt counts Bob Dy…

Glitch: Experimental Electronic Artist 1700 Monkey Ninjas

Experimental Electronic Artist:
1700 Monkey Ninjas

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Well that's what art is, innit? Is you being free of all the world's heaviness.

Slagg II, the latest single release by 1700 Monkey Ninjas (1700MN) opens with a sample of British comedian Karl Pilkington intoning one of his more notable observations. Quirky, evocative, the message is entirely in keeping with the ethos of both the piece and the 1700MN body of work.

1700MN’s output since mid-2012 has been prolific and has consisted of self-produced indie audio releases available via the usual routes on iTunes and Amazon.com along with a series of some 40 videos that he’s released via his Youtube channel.  The videos feature his music paired with one of his digital art pieces. Like his music, the digital designs use a variety of eye popping techniques and colours in an abstract, post-modern fashion.

If the earliest waves of electronic artists helped to explore and establish the range of sounds available, subsequen…

CD Review: Eric Frisch' Goodbye Birdcage (Independent - April 14, 2014)

CD Review: Goodbye Birdcage
(Independent - April 14, 2014)
Eric Frisch - vocals, piano, guitar, bass, percussion

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I found myself humming the tune to Pretty Girls and some of the other songs on Eric Frisch's release Goodbye Birdcage hours after I'd listened to the CD. Eric's obvious love of that bright, innocent pre- and early-Beatles era pop music lights up this collection.

He lists his many influences from the Beatles, Beach Boys, Sam Cooke and the Four Tops to Bob Dylan and Jackie Wilson and credits his parents back home in Toronto for introducing him to the music early on. He's been in New York City for two years now and released Goodbye Birdcage at a concert at Webster Hall. The self-produced release is his first full-length CD.

Naturally, it features a sixties pop standard instrumentation of the classic four-piece guitar-drums-bass-vocals along with a horn section and back-up chorus here and there. His vocals are pop-lite and convey the appropriate youth…

Off Broadway: Brad Fraser's Love and Human Remains Opens July 21 2014

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Off Broadway: Brad Fraser's Love and Human Remains
Opens: Monday, July 21st 2014
Closes: Saturday, August 2nd 2014
730PM performances
Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd St - New York, New York 10036
Phone +1 212-564-1235

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NEW YORK CITY - Here's the Official Trailer for LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS by Brad Fraser - playing this summer at the Peter J Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons 7/21-8/2. Tickets on sale at TicketCentral.com. We are expecting a sold out run. Do NOT miss this edgy, provocative experience that will leave you breathless and wanting more.

Love and Human Remains by Brad Fraser is an edgy, provocative, dark-humored drama about the intertwined lives of seven individuals. Starring Frances Brennand Roper, Zach McCoy, Kerri Lynn Miller, Nicholas Baroudi, Paul Castro Jr, Cassandra Paras and Dan Almekinder.

From Brad's website:

David McMillan is a former actor, current waiter watching his twenties tick away. T…

Electro Latin: Héctor Guerra Releases Fantazy Video from the Upcoming Album Desde el Infierno

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Electro Latin:
HECTOR GUERRA presents the new video of the new song from his upcoming new album to be released January 2015


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Los Angeles, CA - July 9th.- FANTAZY is the first single of HECTOR GUERRA's upcoming new album, which will be called "Desde el Infierno" [From Hell"] and it will be released in January 2015.

One of the major figures of Electro Latin takes us through a musical trip with FANTAZY, which goes from the elements of Cumbia, Banda Sinaloense, Dancehall, Trap,  House, Reggae, and Hip Hop. This first single has been produced at Artco Studios (México Df)  by Marco Moreno (The Who, Paulina Rubio,  Wyclef Jean, London Symphony Orchestra, Moderatto, Natalia Lafourcade)

The video was beautfully shot in the Coast of Nayarit, Mexico and was directed by Benjamin Ramauge and Eva Aguilera.

FANTAZY comes out after an extensive two-year tour, presenting his first album AMOR, which was praised as one of the best independent latin al…

Habari Africa Festival – July 18-20 2014 at Harbourfront Toronto

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Batuki Music Society and Harbourfront Centre unveil inaugural Habari Africa Festival lineup – July 18-20, 2014
An unprecedented exploration of contemporary African arts and culture in the heart of Toronto’s waterfront

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TORONTO, ON –
From the African continent to the shores of Lake Ontario, Batuki Music Society invites Toronto and its visitors to the inaugural Habari Africa festival, a free multi-disciplinary music and arts festival that displays the rich and diverse culture of Africa from July 18-20.

Habari Africa will feature a mix of traditional, fusion and emerging music and dance styles performed by musicians based in Canada, as well as international touring groups. Batuki Music Society will display an authentic African experience through presentations and workshops that celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African music, arts and culture.

“Like the country’s landscape…

Review Heylel - CD: Nebulae (Independent - June 30, 2014)

Review
Heylel - CD: Nebulae (Independent - June 30, 2014)
Members/Instruments: Ana Batista/Vocals, Narciso Monteiro/Guitar, Keyboards,Vocals, Filipe Braga/Drums, Sérgio de Meneses/Bass

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Portugal's Heylel recently released their debut album Nebulae, a moody, atmospheric venture that crosses into progressive rock with a sideline of goth and more.

The songs are spacey and atmospheric with lush  electronic/orchestrala arrangements and the addition of melodic lead guitar lines that build layers of sound. There are wind sounds, church bells and cymbal-rich power drumming to the sound of mystical and philosophical lyrics - in short, just what you'd want from a progressive rock band who are themselves fans of King Crimson and the like. There are flashes of a hypnotic groove reminiscent of Middle Eastern sounds and a darker kind of vibe that ventures into goth territory.

Heylel's sound is anchored by the pure vocals of Ana Batista with occasional choral-like back-u…

2nd Annual New Music Season Bryant Park, New York City - Fridays July 11 to August 8 2014

From a release:

2nd Annual New Music Season
Bryant Park, New York City
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back-to-back each week.
July 11 to August 8, 2014

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NEW YORK CITY New Music in Bryant Park, presented by Bryant Park Corporation and Chamber Music America, returns to Bryant Park this Friday for its second season. The series brings an extraordinarily talented jazz and classical ensemble to the park’s Upper Terrace for five consecutive Friday evenings, each performing exciting new work commissioned by Chamber Music America.

The series kicks off with performances by the all-star groups World Time Zone and SYBARITE5. World Time Zone plays a mix of straight-ahead jazz with a cool bluster and far-reaching curiosity, influenced by soul, funk, R&B, and folk. The concert features Michael Blake’s commissioned work Contrasts In Individualism, an homage to the legacies of saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young.

The award-winning string ensemble SY…

Hopestreet Recordings Present: The Bombay Royale - The Island of Dr. Electrico (US release July 8 2014)

From a media release:

CD Release - HOPESTREET RECORDINGS PRESENT:
THE BOMBAY ROYALE – THE ISLAND OF DR ELECTRICO
US RELEASE DATE: JULY 8, 2014

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Melbourne-based, world-conquering originators of vintage Bollywood-inspired surf, spy, disco and funk, The Bombay Royale, have unveiled a new single with a bold new video. Henna Henna is the first glimpse of their latest album, The Island of Dr Electrico (out July 8 on HopeStreet Recordings via Kudos).

A sweeping, exhilarating romp sung in Bengali with raunchy wild-west flourishes, Henna Henna is The Bombay Royale’s first single from their much-anticipated second album. The “high concept” (pun intended) film clip for Henna Henna, directed by Kess Broekman-Dattner (The Bamboos / Hermitude/ Clare Bowditch), depicts The Mysterious Lady and her crack team’s efforts to rid the dastardly Skipper of the key to his secret lair and rescue the Tiger, on a private jet somewhere above the Pacific Ocean.

Cast
The Skipper - The Mysterious Lady - The…

Recently Released: Juliette Jules EP - Black Crow (iAMCORP - May 23, 2014)

Recently Released:
Juliette Jules
EP - Black Crow
(iAMCORP - May 23, 2014)

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Reputedly a performer on the streets of Paris since the age of fourteen and discovered by music producer and manager Peter Karroll singing in a Parisian park just a year ago, Juliette Jules released her debut EP Black Crow on her sixteenth birthday this May.

The 5-song EP showcases her expressive voice in swingy, easy to like roots/pop compositions held down by acoustic guitar and tinkly piano with a vintage sound to it. While grounded in the whole contemporary singer/songwriter mode, Juliette's music has the melodic depth of the classic artists of the late 1960's and early 1970's like Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith - artists she discovered attending concerts with her mother. The songs have a satisfying, singalong kind of vibe that will appeal to older listeners as well as her contemporaries.

The material is lit up by a fluid vocal style that's capable of both richness and subtlety. There&…

Scotiabank Buskerfest Returns to Downtown Toronto August 21-24 2014

From a media release:

15th Annual
Scotiabank BuskerFest
in support of Epilepsy Toronto
Announces New and Returning Acts from around the Globe!
AUGUST 21-24, 2014 throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood

Toronto -
Epilepsy Toronto is pleased to present their signature fundraising event, Scotiabank BuskerFest.  In partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA, they are proud to announce an outstanding roster of international and Canadian acts, both new and returning, for the 15th edition of Toronto's international street performers festival. Scotiabank BuskerFest runs Thursday, August 21 to Sunday, August 24 throughout the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood, from Queen to College Streets and surrounding areas (including Trinity Square Park and Yonge-Dundas Square).

An estimated one-and-a-half million spectators attended the festival last year - an astounding success for its first year along the downtown Yonge Street corridor. Organizers are anticipating at least as many this year, as more buskers t…

CD Review: Andrew Remondini - Non Sequitur (Independent - May 29, 2014)

CD Review:
Andrew Remondini - Non Sequitur
(Independent - May 29, 2014)

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Tuneful and layered, Non Sequitur, the debut album by Italian composer Andre Remondini, ably spans the gap between contemporary classical and electronic pop music.

He's been on the radar since his single Ocean Whispers (co-written with DJ Mauro Picotto) reached #3 in the Italian sales charts in 1996, followed by a slew of other dance singles that charted in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe.

Andrea has actually been making music since the age of 12. Self-taught at the piano, his first experiments in electronic music featured old school computer and keyboard technology. A decade later, at 22, he worked as a staff songwriter/studio musician/sound engineer at an indie dance label in Italy. He left that gig to pursue his own music and Non Sequitor is the result. Andrea plays all the keyboards and produced the album himself.

His transition from dance to progressive synth-pop comes in the form of a single, tit…

Recently Released: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca - La Rumba SoYo (June 24 2014 - Cumbancha)

From a media release:

RICARDO LEMVO & MAKINA LOCA
New Album La Rumba SoYo
(June 24, 2014 - Cumbancha)

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La Rumba SoYo, the new album from Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, is a multinational undertaking that was recorded on three continents and in four countries (US, Canada, France and Angola). It took Lemvo three years to complete and sees him diving even deeper into his Angolan roots for inspiration. Cumbancha will release the album in North America on June 24, 2014 and in Europe and the rest of the world this fall.

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La Rumba SoYo by Ricardo Lemvo

With his band Makina Loca, the Los Angeles-based singer produces an appealing blend of African and Cuban music that has earned him a worldwide following. Lemvo's early recordings drew mainly from Congolese rumba and soukous mixed with Cuban son and salsa. His 1998 hit "Mambo Yo Yo," which appeared on the first of two albums he released on Putumayo, can be heard to this day pouring o…