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Classical CD Release: The Divine Art Recording Group presents Diana Boyle -The Mozart Sonatas (April 8 2016)

From a media release:

The Divine Art Recording Group
Diana Boyle, piano
The Mozart Sonatas (April 8, 2016)

Divine Art Recordings is delighted to announce this upcoming release - a full selection of the Piano Sonatas  by W A Mozart, performed on this 2-CD set by Diana Boyle, whose interpretations even of these well known works will speak anew to listeners. Diana has been deeply studying and meditating on these works in her remote secluded piece of paradise, to gain the fullest and most subtle understanding of every note.  The result is a performance of great delicacy, lightness and flair which has never been before created.

Diana Boyle is an English pianist who has lived and worked in the solitude of a Portuguese hilltop for many years. This secluded and magical location has created in her an inner peace and tranquillity, and the time to think deeply about her music, which shows through to wonderful effect in her interpretations of baroque and classical works. She strokes the keys with int…

Jazz Release: Laura Perlman - Precious Moments (Mile High Records - January 15, 2016)

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Jazz Release:
Laura Perlman - Precious Moments
(Mile High Records - January 15, 2016)

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As Michael Doherty writes: "I love how Laura Perlman takes her vocals from intimate, sexy, vulnerable places to these great heights of confidence and joy."

The recording is a triumph for Perlman, who studied voice, piano and film scoring at Berklee College of Music.  Although she dreamed of singing jazz, practicality led her to music editing for the movies. She made it big in that world, with credits on films like "Thelma and Louise," "Driving Miss Daisy," and "A League of Their Own."

In 2002, everything changed when Laura was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.  After beating cancer, she returned to her first love, singing.

A decade later, a new diagnosis changed her life again. A rare blood disease required a bone marrow transplant.  The experience crystallized the importance of focusing on her musical dreams.


Ocean by H10 Hotels opens the Ocean Casa del Mar - ​its fourth hotel in Cuba

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Ocean by H10 Hotels opens the Ocean Casa del Mar, 
​its fourth hotel in Cuba

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Mexico, February 25th 2016. Ocean by H10 Hotels has opened the five-star Ocean Casa del Mar, a newly-built resort with an ideal beachfront location. It stands in Cayo Santa María, the largest of the Villa Clara Keys located in the north of Cuba. The 800-room resort has direct access to a stunning beach that runs for almost 1 kilometre along the coast. “This five-star resort offers a wide range of services, including its large pools, extensive selection of cuisine, a 24-hour All-Inclusive service and a full program of entertainment for both adults and children, with the sole objective to guarantee our costumers satisfaction” pointed Oscar Serrano, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Ocean by H10 Hotels.
Cayo Santa María is an increasingly popular tourist destination in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Buena Vista Bay, a natural paradise with stunning white sandy beaches and…

Ancient Korean Music Today: Jeong Ga Ak Hoe New York City Debut March 16 2016

From a media release:

Live@365: A Global Music Series
Breaking Beauty, Finding Balance: Jeong Ga Ak Hoe Redefines Korean Tradition While Seeking the Whole
New York City Debut March 16 2016 at 7:00pm 

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In Korea, artists and philosophers have long strived to find connection and oneness with the natural world. Part of that quest happens via music, as performers and listeners tune in to the sound of the voice, of gut, bamboo, and metal, and discover balance amid nature’s ebb and flow.

This goal of jowha, or harmony and balance, informs every part of the youthful, tradition-bending ensemble Jeong Ga Ak Hoe. With a gentle sense of drama, with an ongoing curiosity about how ancient melodies can move modern listeners, the group transforms song forms like pansori and the sounds of traditional instruments like the gayageum (zither) into new works that seek the golden mean between past and present, change and stasis. Ritual resonates with newly composed work for traditional instruments i…

Minimalism Live: Soundstreams presents ELECTRIC COUNTERPOINT March 19 2016 in Toronto

From a media release:

Soundstreams presents 
Part of the Ear Candy series

March 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm, The Theatre Centre- Toronto

Get up close and personal with minimalism’s past and present: 
three works by Steve Reich plus new works by five Toronto artists.

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Toronto – Soundstreams presents the second and final concert in our 2015/16 Ear Candy series dedicated to big ideas in small venues. Electric Counterpoint at The Theatre Centre on March 19 plays fast and loose with minimalism, the musical movement that has inspired artists from Radiohead to DJ Spooky. Taking flight from our 80th birthday concert for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich in April, this concert is an intimate journey through some of Reich’s masterworks and current influences featuring local artists Matt Smith, Brandon Valdivia, Germaine Liu, Dan Morphy, and SlowPitch Sound.

“The first time I heard It’s Gonna Rain was during a grade 9 music class,” says Kyle Brenders, Ear Candy curat…

Okavango African Orchestra CD release concert February 27 2016 in Toronto

From a media release:

Batuki Music Society is proud to present 
the Okavango African Orchestra CD release concert
at the Ada Slaight Hall, Daniel's Spectrum
Saturday February 27 2016 at 9:00 PM

Okavango African Orchestra - 12 instruments, 10 languages, 7 countries…one special concert.

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TORONTO - Okavango African Orchestra features a cast of nine accomplished African-born musicians who now live in Toronto and Montreal: Daniel Nebiat (krar, vocals-Eritrea), Tichaona Maredza (marimba, nyunga-nyunga, hosho, vocals-Zimbabwe), Donne Roberts (guitar, vocals-Madagascar), Kooshin (kaban, vocals-Somalia), Ebenezer Agyekum (bass-Ghana), Sadio Sissokho (kora, tama, djembe, vocals-Senegal), Nicolas Simbananiye (vocals-Burundi), Aron Nitunga (guitar, vocals-Burundi) and Kofi Ackah (percussion-Ghana). The concert will also feature dancer/choreographer Mabinty Sylla (Guinea).

The orchestra takes its name from the Okavango Delta, a basin in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, where many differe…

dance Immersion Presents Footsteps Across Canada Feb 26 & 27 2016 in Toronto

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dance Immersion Presents
Footsteps Across Canada

Friday February 26, 2016 - 8PM
Saturday February 27, 2016 - 1PM & 8PM
Harbourfront Centre Theatre 
213 Queens Quay W - Toronto, ON

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TORONTO - dance Immersion's 2016 Showcase Presentation is a celebration of the human spirit and diverse Canadian expressions executed by six dynamic choreographers from across the country.

This explosive mix of works takes place during African History Month and features Esie Mensah (Ontario), Mikhail Morris (Ontario), Rodney Diverlus (Alberta), Rhodnie Désir (Quebec), Mafa Makhubalo (Ontario), Liliona Quarmyne (Nova Scotia).

These artists each represent a unique voice within this country’s dance ecology, and will grace the stage with dance manifestations, influenced by both their past and present journey, ranging in style’s from African to Dancehall, from Contemporary to Jazz and more.

Audiences will embark on a total dance experience reflecting and celebrating the human sp…

Art/Travel - Travel Italy: Ten Must See Art Treasures of the Emilia Romagna

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Art/Travel - Travel Italy
Ten Must See Art Treasures of the Emilia Romagna

Discover more about the Emilia Romagna

The Emilia Romagna is a region in northern Italy that lies between the River Po to its north and the Apennine Mountains (to its south). It is one of the most fertile and productive regions of Italy, thanks to the mitigating effect of the Adriatic Sea on the coastal climate.

This is the land of Verdi’s novels and Giovanni Pascoli’s poetry, as well as Fellini’s unmistakable cinema - a director who became a legend through his many masterpieces that come to life in this, his native region. In Emilia Romagna, the old architecture blends into green hills. The landscape offers everything from beaches to thermal springs; salt lagoons to hills covered in fruit orchards and other crops.

Emilia Romagna sits on the border with the third-smallest country in Europe, the Republic of San Marino. The provinces of the region are: Bologna (the region's c…

Only in Toronto: The Artists' Newsstand Celebrates 50 Years of the Bloor Subway Line February 25 2016

From a media release:

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Artists' Newsstand Open till April 30, 2016

TORONTO - To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bloor-Danforth subway line, The Artists’ Newsstand at Chester Station will host a Birthday Party on Thursday, February 25 from 4pm to 7pm featuring live performances, music and complimentary cake, balloons and prizes. The previously dormant Gateway newsstand was re-imagined in May 2015 as an artists’ hub to benefit both commuters and artists.

The festivities kick off at 4pm with a historical character performance about the subway construction by award-winning theatre artist Moe Angelos. At 6:30pm, burlesque artist Dainty Box will present a fun, family-friendly performance to the music of The Supremes. In between, a DJ will be playing the hit songs of 1966, including These Boots are Made for Walking, Good Lovin’ and Monday Monday.

The Artists’ Newsstand is…

New Orleans Mardi Gras Funk: Cha Wa Announces Debut Full-Length Release Funk 'N' Feathers April 1 2016 & Live Dates

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Mardi Gras Indian funk band Cha Wa will release their debut album, Funk 'n' Feathers, on April 1, 2016, after years of explosive, thunderous live performances all over the Crescent City. The new recording is a red-hot combination of two of New Orleans’ quintessential trademarks, Mardi Gras Indians and street level funk music. Funk 'n' Feathers combines deep funk, percussive polyrhythms, and a mix of singing and Mardi Gras Indian chanting that fuse into an intoxicating, hypnotic blend of culture that could only come out of the Crescent City. Cha Wa will celebrate the album with a hometown show on release day and performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April. “Cha Wa” is a slang phrase used by every Mardi Gras Indian tribe, meaning “We’re comin’ for ya” - and thi…

Balkan/Romani - Eva Salina sings Šaban Bajramović on Lema Lema (Vogiton Records - February 11, 2016)

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Eva Salina sings Šaban Bajramović
Lema Lema (Vogiton Records - February 11, 2016)

"Salina grew up into a modern interpreter of Balkan styles. Her new album pays tribute to a late musician whose story is shrouded in mystery and urban legend." -NPR's Weekend Edition

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ŠABAN BAJRAMOVIĆ was king. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, he recorded music that resonated so deeply with Yugoslavian audiences that it’s still heard today at backyard parties in the Bronx, or even as far away as Australia. A larger-than-life legend of Serbian music, Bajramović operated so far outside of the music industry that it’s a wonder he could become such a star. Yet his music resonates even today, not least in the ears of a young American who fell down the rabbit hole of Balkan song. Renowned vocalist EVA SALINA grew up immersed in Balkan singing, and began her travels to the Balkans for study at the remarkable young age of 12. Growing up in the tradition, she had the…

Latin Alternative Music: RUIDO Fest Returns to Chicago July 8 to 10 2016 - Early Bird Tix on Sale February 12

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The First 3 Day Multi-Stage Outdoor Latin Alternative Music Festival in U.S. is Returning For The Second Year to Chicago, Illinois on 
July 8, 9 & 10 2016

• A Limited Supply of Discounted Early Bird Tickets Are Being Released On Friday, February 12th at 10 AM (CST) Available while supplies last
To buy Tickets Click Here

"It was only the festival's first year, but its strong vision, distinctive lineup, and solid organization made it instantly memorable, and I can't wait for it to return." (Noyse/Vice)

"Ruido is truly the first of its kind: a three-day outdoor festival in the U.S. showcasing the best in Latin alternative that recognizes veteran acts like but also digs deeper by featuring new and experimental artists.. It's the festival that Chicago absolutely deserves." (Remezcla)

"Ruido Fest is not only a name of a musical event, it's also a promise on its way to be one of the most established events in its genre. …

Solo Bass Release: Moppa Elliott's 'Still, Up In The Air' & Live Date February 16 2016 in Brooklyn

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Hot Cup Records Releases Still, Up In the Air
Debut Solo Album by Bassist Moppa Elliott
Elliott Celebrates in Concert
Tuesday, February 16 at Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY

Hot Cup Records is proud to release Still, Up in the Air, the first solo album by bassist Moppa Elliott. The album was recorded on February 16, 2015 at St. Stephen's Pro Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, PA, a space that has served as the venue for several other Hot Cup releases.  Primarily known as the leader of the ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Elliott demonstrates both his mastery of the double-bass and his personal approach to solo improvisation.  The recording will be released on February 12, 2016 and Moppa celebrates with a concert on February 16 at Shapeshifter Lab in a concert that includes MOPDtK and solo sets by Moppa.

There is a long and storied history of solo bass recordings and Still, Up in the Air adds something new.  While the influence of Barre Phillips, Malachi Favors…

Indie Jazz with a Twist: Jim Wellman Album Release: Dawn To Dusk - Feb 29 2016

Indie Jazz with a Twist:
Jim Wellman
First MP3 Release: Probably Good - Jan 18, 2016
2nd MP3 Release : EP For The First Time - Feb 8, 2016
Album Release: Dawn To Dusk - Feb 29, 2016

From East Sussex, England, comes an album of what can only be called conscious funk, disco and RnB. You'll get your science lessons along with a dash of post-modern sociology to a funky groove in this imaginative concept album from Brand New Heavies founding member Jim Wellman.

Jim Wellman was set to retire from the music biz by the fall of 2014. But, his planned retirement instead became a comeback as a solo artist, inspired in particular by the mainstream media's propaganda on the situation in the Ukraine. According to Wellman's bio,

"The album is social commentary, but viewed through perspectives of human psychological evolution, and analysis of mass communication and propaganda. The core of the work is the understanding that Man lives in a world of amazing technological development, but is …