Archive for January, 2012

Composer/Pianist Vijay Iyer Announced as 2012 Winner of the Prestigious Greenfield Prize

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Greenfield Foundation are proud to announce that Composer-Pianist Vijay Iyer is the winner of the $30,000 Greenfield Prize, awarded this year in the field of music. Iyer will receive the award at a special celebration dinner on April 1, 2012 in Sarasota, FL. Serving on the jury that selected Iyer were Linda Golding, past president of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. music publishers and founder of The Reservoir; Jennifer Koh, solo violinist and prolific recitalist, and Limor Tomer, general manager of concerts and lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh Releases ‘Plugged In’

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The Raw Edge of Rock Girding The Communication of Jazz

April 26, 2012 via Bee Jazz

Featuring JOZEF DUMOULIN – Keyboard (Belgium), PATRICE BLANCHARD – Electric Bass (Martinique/NYC) & RUDY ROYSTON
Drums (NYC)

The simple act of “plugging in” is easy to take for granted, but it provides power, illumination, charge; the same could be said for connecting a power cord or for the meeting of creative minds. On Plugged In (Bee Jazz), his fifth album as a leader, French-born, Brooklyn-based saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh discovers the spark of inspiration provided by both, assembling an exhilarating electric quartet and collaborating with the jaw-dropping Belgian keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin.

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Composer/Guitarist Joel Harrison Negotiates Contrasting Textures and Genres on His Stunning New All-Star Septet Album, SEARCH

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

March 27, 2012 on Sunnyside Records

Featuring Donny McCaslin, Gary Versace, Christian Howes, Dana Leong, Stephan Crump & Clarence Penn

Joel Harrison’s latest CD, Search, finds the critically acclaimed composer/guitarist challenging himself compositionally, using extended forms and techniques borrowed from many of his favorite classical composers. The end result transcends style and genre – the writing is stunning, and cements Harrison as one of the most important contemporary composers of the day.

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Theo Bleckmann Releases ‘Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush’

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Out March 13 via Winter & Winter –

Featuring HENRY HEY (piano, minimoog synthesizer, fender rhodes piano, prepared harpsichord, voice), SKÚLI SVERRISON (electric bass, voice), CALEB BURHANS (electric five string violin, electric guitar, voice), JOHN HOLLENBECK (drums, percussion, crotales, voice)

After tackling American maverick composer Charles Ives and receiving a Grammy nomination for it, vocalist Theo Bleckmann now takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop recluse Kate Bush. This project goes beyond merely re-creating Kate’s Bush music, taking it into other realms of sound and interpretation. Bush’s œuvre is indeed mysterious and often enigmatic in nature: unusual song forms, oracular lyrics amd unpredictable meter- and harmony-changes are an anomaly in pop music, making it the perfect vehicle for Bleckmann’s distinctive, interpretive spirit and interest in the unusual. Even though Bush still remains a household name, it is fair to say that her music is not your usual run-of the mill boy-meets-girl/boy-loses-girl fare. Her use of British and Irish myths, her references to psychology, literature and film, her meticulously multi-layered productions and her unusually high voice make her idiosyncratic body of work challenging for other artists to interpret.

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PETE ROBBINS’ Transatlantic Quartet Releases LIVE IN BASEL, Working With All European Musicians

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Out February 7th via Hate Laugh Music

Featuring MIKKEL PLOUG – Guitar (Denmark), SIMON JERMYN – Electric Bass (Ireland/Brooklyn) & KEVIN BROW – Drums (Canada)

Alto saxophonist and composer Pete Robbins has united a quartet of musicians with far-flung origins from across North America and Europe. Recorded at the end of one of their numerous European tours,Live in Basel documents a band focused on the interaction of its members.

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Vijay Iyer – One of “Today’s Most Important Pianists,” According to The New Yorker – Releases a Visceral New Trio Album, Accelerando

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Iyer is Also The Cover Story
of the February 2012 Issue of JazzTimes

Accelerando is the follow-up to the Vijay Iyer Trio’s Grammy-nominated Historicity – voted the No. 1 Jazz album of 2009 around the world, including in the DownbeatInternational Critics PollThe Village Voice Jazz Critic’s PollThe Los Angeles Times and by The New York Times

“Truly astonishing, the Vijay Iyer Trio makes challenging music sound immediately enjoyable.” – National Public Radio

“[a] pillar of contemporary jazz…dynamic and revelatory” – Village Voice

“…a stunning album…” – Paste

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