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The Journey Charts The Remarkable Musical Voyage Of Saxophone Bebop Legend Charles McPherson (Capri Records Feb 17 2015)

From a media release:

The Journey Charts The Remarkable Musical Voyage Of Saxophone Bebop Legend Charles McPherson

• CD to be released February 17, 2015 on Capri Records
Pre-order on iTunes


"Bebop, sharp and driving." - Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"Alto saxophonist/composer Charles McPherson has been playing masterful bop and its extensions for several decades." -Michael G. Nastos, AllMusic


One of the last authentic practitioners of bebop saxophone, Charles McPherson remains at the top of his game. On his new album The Journey, McPherson demonstrates all the vigor, inventiveness, technical dexterity and expressive warmth that drew attention to this brilliant alto stylist during his formative associations with Charles Mingus, Barry Harris, Pat Martino and Art Farmer. The vitality, wit and sheer power of his playing on The Journey belie the fact that McPherson has been in the public eye since the early 1960s. His lyrical and virile improvising throughout the recordin…

Upcoming Release: CommonUnion59 - Heartbeat Serenade (Independent: February 11, 2015)

Alt-Country/Folk/Pop - Upcoming Release:
CommonUnion59 - Heartbeat Serenade
(Independent: February 11, 2015)


• To be available from their website & on CDBaby

If there's one thing I love, it's sweet harmonies and track #1 on Heartbeat Serenade - It's Alright - begins with the intertwined voices of Steve McKenzie and Laura Malasig in a song with twangy alt-country hooks.

It's one aspect of a kind of dual nature to this upcoming release, the third full-length album by San Francisco based CommonUnion59, with Steve McKenzie on vocals, guitar and banjo)and Laura Malasig on vocals, piano and glockenspiel. Other musicians on the album include Kevin Hayes (drums, percussion) and Jake Leckie (bass). It's coming out on February 11 2015.

In that alt-country mode their lyrics cover the usual romance/Americana beat straight up in country storytelling style - no post-modern irony allowed. There are some clever flashes,

It's a long way back to the stars
From where we are


(fro…

Violinist Jennifer Koh Performs Final Installment Of Bach And Beyond At 92nd Street Y NYC On January 31 2015

From a media release:

VIOLINIST JENNIFER KOH PERFORMS THE FINAL INSTALLMENT
OF HER BACH AND BEYOND SOLO VIOLIN PROJECT
AT 92ND STREET Y ON JANUARY 31 2015

Tickets


Program to include the world premiere of a new work commissioned from John Harbison
Bach’s Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 and Berio’s Sequenza VIII also to be performed


NEW YORK, NY—Violinist Jennifer Koh returns to 92nd Street Y to perform Bach and Beyond Part 3, the last program of her three-part recital series exploring the history of solo violin repertoire by pairing Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas with modern-day works and new commissions. Ms. Koh debuted Bach and Beyond in 2009 to commemorate the 325th anniversary of Bach’s birth. At this recital, Ms. Koh gives the world premiere of a new Bach-inspired work by American composer John Harbison in their first collaboration together. Mr. Harbison’s work, titled For Violin Alone, was co-commissioned by 92nd Street Y, Cal Performances, and the University Musical Society for the Bach and Be…

Nightwood Theatre Presents: HER2 January 13 to February 1 2015 in Toronto

From a media release:

HER2
By Maja Ardal
Directed by Kim Blackwell


World premiere

January 13-February 1, 2015
Tues-Sat at 8:00 pm, Sat/Sun at 2:00 pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St


TORONTO - An all-star cast features in a probing, heart-wrenching examination of the uneasy relationship between medical science and the human spirit.

Seven women with one thing in common—a highly aggressive form of breast cancer—are recruited for a clinical trial of a new drug. While the researcher measures its progress in terms of blood counts and tumour sizes, the subjects of her experiment, struggle to deal with the renewed dread that paradoxically accompanies this sudden glimmer of hope in their lives. As the group under goes the treatment they bond together into a community characterized not by medical statistics but by their human qualities of courage, humour, and wisdom.

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Playwright Maja Ardal talks about the piece

Canadian Premiere: Sharr White's psychological thriller The Other Place January. 18 to February 8, 2015 in Toronto

From a media release:

Canadian Stage announces casting for the Canadian premiere of Sharr White’s psychological thriller The Other Place
Daniel Brooks directs with a brilliant ensemble cast at the Bluma Appel Theatre Jan. 18 to Feb. 8, 2015

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Toronto, ON –
Canadian Stage presents the Canadian premiere of The Other Place, a darkly comedic and emotional thriller by Sharr White, nominated for outstanding new off-Broadway play by the 2010-11 Outer Critics Circle Awards. Helmed by award-winning director Daniel Brooks (RACE), The Other Place is brought to life by a talented ensemble cast featuring, Joe Cobden (Tarragon Theatre’s An Enemy of the People), Tamsin Kelsey (Pietá at Summerworks), Haley McGee (Helen Lawrence) and Jim Mezon (Red) – on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E) from Jan. 18 to Feb. 8, 2015.

“A wonderfully unorthodox American playwright, Sharr White's newest play deals with a subject that concerns us to an ever-increasing degree: mental incapacitation …

Saxophonist/Composer Rudresh Mahanthappa Previews Upcoming CD Bird Calls Saturday, January 10 2015 at Winter Jazzfest - New York City

From a media release:

Saxophonist/Composer Rudresh Mahanthappa Previews Upcoming CD Bird Calls
Saturday, January 10 2015 at Winter Jazzfest - New York City
10:00 p.m. at Minetta Lane Theatre, 18-22 Minetta Lane, NYC

Bird Calls examines the influence of Charlie Parker through a 21st century jazz lens
The CD is out February 10, 2015 on ACT
Check out more about the Winter Jazz Festival


“To observe that Mahanthappa fused the incantatory phrase-making and exotic scales of Indian music with the free-wheeling improvisational spirit of American jazz would be an understatement. He's so thoroughly immersed in both worlds that he conjured up a startlingly original merger of the two.” “• Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“An itchy, ambitious, often molten mosaic of styles and cultures.” ⎯ Britt Robson, JazzTimes


Saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa previews his new Charlie Parker-inspired CD Bird Calls on January 10 as part of the Winter Jazzfest Saturday Marathon. He performs at 10:00 p.m. a…

Recently Released: Argentina's Panda Elliott - Forastera (Independent)

From a media release:

Recently Released:
Argentina's Panda Elliott - Forastera (Independent)

Buy it now and name your price


Panda Elliot is 3 in 1: woman, band and producer. A fresh new face in the music scene, she recently launched her second album “Forastera”. She is a restless, young Argentine artist who participated in numerous bands across the world (Venezuela, UK, Argentina) before starting her own project in 2011. Composer and guitarist, she consolidated her solo career with “Es mi nombre”, her first album.

After a successful 2014 in which she performed at SXSW, Forastera now reveals a more confident Elliot, well established in her own developing style. A personal evolution from her previous recordings is evident. Elliot perfectly balances her urge to create danceable beats and rhythms with her passion for rock music.

“Forastera” shows a more confident Panda Elliot, well established in her own style. A personal evolution with clear goals: lots of dancing, sensuality and rock &…

Alt/Indie Rock Recently Released: The Torn Images - Reviver (Independent - November 19, 2014)

Recently Released: The Torn Images - Reviver
(Independent - November 19, 2014)

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Alt/indie rock with a splash of neo-grunge - The Torn Images offer an interesting collection of songs on his latest full-length release, Reviver. Torn Images is the altar ego of Briand Arabaca (vocals/guitar) and he's joined on the release by other artists from his native Orange County, California, including Jonathan O’Brien - bass/guitar/keyboard/percussion (the producer in this project, member of indie rock band Workfriend), Andy Hernandez - guitar (audio monitor/engineer of LA indie rockers Grouplove; past: work with Young The Giant) and Tyler De Young - drums. The album was recorded in August 2014.

Stylistically, the album covers a range of modern rock influences with a retro edge to it. I do hear Blur, Nirvana, and Muse but the vocals owe more than a nod of recognition to the late Layne Staley (Alice in Chains). It works well when it's emotive but risks becoming mannered at times. M…

Nacional Records Celebrates Grammy Nomination for Ana Tijoux

From a media release:

Nacional Records Celebrates Grammy Nomination for Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux Nominated for 'Vengo'
'Vengo' Recently Nominated for a Latin Grammy
Ana Tijoux Recently Won "Record of the Year" Latin Grammy for a Collaboration with Jorge Drexler


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LOS ANGELES - Leading independent label Nacional Records is proud to announce a Grammy nomination for Ana Tijoux’s ‘Vengo’ for 'Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.’

‘Vengo’ debuted #1 on iTunes and has earned strong praise at Newsweek, NPR, Billboard, Spin, Rolling Stone, NY Times and many more outlets around the world.

‘Vengo’ is the follow-up to Ana Tijoux's Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated album 'La Bala,' which was widely celebrated by critics as one of the best albums of the year. The buzz around Ana Tijoux has been steadily building since her Grammy nominated debut ‘1977’ was featured in ‘Breaking Bad,’ ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars' and EA Sports’ FIFA video g…

Christmas at the Riverside Church Harlem NYC - Candlelight Carol Festival December 21 2014

From a media release:

Candlelight Carol Festival
The Riverside Church, an Interdenominational, International and Interracial Congregation
490 Riverside Drive (between 120th & 122nd Streets)
Sunday, December 21 2014
Two Services: 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.


Prelude Music:
Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon, 2:30 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.
Handbells, 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Harp & Organ, 3:25 p.m. & 6:25 p.m.

Tickets - ($25 Adults/$15 Seniors/$10 Students/ Children 14 & Under)
• For more information, call (212) 870-6784.

The Candlelight Carol Festival, one of the long-standing Christmas traditions at The Riverside Church, celebrates the beauty of the season through song.  This service of music of light combines carillon, organ, harp, and all of the choirs of The Riverside Church and culminates in a ritual sharing of candlelight illuminating the Nave. Music will include traditional songs and selections by composers Lee Hoiby, Amanda Singer, John Rutter and Francis Poulenc.

Th…

Queens Calling a celebration of eight diverse female choreographers February 6 to 7 2015 at Harbourfront Toronto

From a media release:

dance Immersion proudly presents

Queens Calling
a celebration of eight diverse female choreographers
Friday February 6 to Saturday February 7, 2015
at Harbourfront Toronto


TORONTO - Queens Calling is a celebration of sisterhood, kinship and womanhood from eight dynamic and diverse female choreographers from across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. This powerful performance is part of TD Bank’s Then and Now Series for Black History Month and runs February 6 & 7, 2015 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly Enwave Theatre).

Queens Calling is dedicated to the 219 girls tragically abducted from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria. It features an inter-generational cast of female choreographers who will captivate and transport audiences with their electrifying work, bringing positive energy to the challenges that still exist for women around the world. Eight acclaimed diverse choreographers grace the stage with works that range in style from Contemporary African and Lindy…

A Toronto Holiday Tradition: Theatre Columbus Presents The Dog & The Angel December 11 to 30 2014

From a media release:

The Dog & The Angel by Martha Ross,
presented by Theatre Columbus
December 11 - 30, 2014
Showtime 7:30pm
Evergreen Brick Works - Toronto


The tradition of outdoor theatre returns this season with The Dog & the Angel by Martha Ross, writer of the Multi Dora Award-nominated The Story. Featuring: Leah Cherniak, Paul Rainville, Michael Rinaldi, Courtenay Stevens, Jennifer Villaverde & Connie Wang

Tickets & Show Schedule
Directions & Shuttle Schedule


A play about one family’s annual holiday party run amok; the dog is in a coma, the christmas tree angel is missing and the litigious neighbours threaten to crash the party. Featuring an all star cast, six local choirs and George, the golden doodle.

Written by Martha Ross
Directed by Jennifer Brewin
Music Direction by John Millard

THE TRADITION
Each year, Theatre Columbus produces an outdoor processional plays at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works during the December holidays.

These winter shows explore the role of…