Richard Galliano Quartet | New Jazz Muzette

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Newsletter | Comments Off on Richard Galliano Quartet | New Jazz Muzette

Richard Galliano Quartet New DOUBLE Album Release On Your Desk “New Jazz Muzette” In his 30 year career, Galliano has successfully revamped the image of the accordian, an instrument considered passé, and now takes his inspiration  for his new double album from his musical idols: Piazzolla, Coltrane, Bill Evans and Debussy   Richard Galliano has decided to celebrate his 30 years in music together with some talented friends – Sylvain Luc on guitar, Philippe Aerts on acoustic bass and Andre Ceccarelli on drums. His new double album, “New Jazz Musette”, is releasing on February 17th, 2017, on the Ponderosa label, out of Milan, and features a selection of his favorite compositions. In fact, it has been thirty years since the release of his first album, “Spleen”, when he was the leader of the “New Musette Quartet”. “Following in the footsteps of Astor Piazzolla, who invented the New Tango, today I am re-creating the “New Musette”, says Galliano, because I think that this music cannot be played the way it was played in the ‘30s. When I play these tunes now, I take my inspiration from my musical idols: Piazzolla, Coltrane, Bill Evans and Debussy.” “Musette” is a traditional Italo-French form, popular music. Like the blues in the United States and the tango in Argentina, it surfaced at the same time, in the first decades of the twentieth century. All three are the fruit of a social and cultural fusion: Italian and French musicians for musette, Italians and Argentines for the tango, Africans and Americans for the blues. Immigrants far from their homelands created new musical forms, combining tradition and melancholy: that’s how it was for the blues in the US, and for the milonga in Argentina. The same thing happened in France, on the forgotten outskirts of the big cities. And the “New Jazz Muzette” proudly joins the folds.   Visit Richard Galliano on Facebook...

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Introducing Dactah Chando

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Blog, Newsletter | Comments Off on Introducing Dactah Chando

Delivering a World Class Reggae Album “Ansestrel” CMJ World Chart Debut at #28 From the Canary Island of Tenerife, Dactah Chando moves between the most classic roots, the most powerful drum and bass, dub, dancehall and raggamuffin on his latest album.     Dactah Chando, hailing from the Canary Islands in Spain,  is one of the most prolific artists. He is a producer, singer, songwriter promoter and manager, involved in the Reggae scene for more than 20 years. He started his  career in 2009 with the release of the single “Power fi chant”, in advance of the album “Clara” in 2011,which created his international jump to the global reggae scene. Many achievements since that point on occured for Chando– international press reviews, critics picks, live performances in the best international festivals, and four albums leading up to his latest release,  “Ansestral” , being hailed as one of the best roots reggae albums in the Spanish language ever made.  Excellent sound quality, arrangements, and inspirational and conscious lyrics are the characteristics of Dactah´s...

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Ludovico Einaudi’s “Elegy For The Arctic”

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog, Events, News & Info, Newsletter | Comments Off on Ludovico Einaudi’s “Elegy For The Arctic”

Now Available To Radio For Download Ludovico Einaudi performs ‘Elegy For The Arctic’ next to a melting glacier, on a floating platform in the middle of the ocean in Svalbard, Norway. Click to watch the video. Acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi performed on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean near Svalbard, Norway as part of a Greenpeace campaign to encourage world leaders to protect and safeguard the future of the Arctic. The PR campaign was the biggest and most successful Greenpeace has undertaken, garnering press and headlines all over the world. At the end of 2016, Ludovico released a luxe cd/dvd box set which includes his entire ‘Elements’ album plus three solo piano variations and the never-before released track ‘Elegy for the Arctic’,  written specifically for Greenpeace and their efforts, which proved to be the biggest and most successful campaign they have undertaken, getting press and headlines all over the world. Download ‘Elegy For The Arctic WAV file here   We cannot fulfill the many requests for the full box sets so please download this wav file now for airplay and thank you for your support of Ludovico Einaudi! Watch for U.S. tour date announcements soon! “A thing of rare beauty” – GQ Magazine “The hippest classical artist the world has ever known” – Never Enough Notes “A highly polished performance of music so incredibly tasteful” – The London...

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New York Times: “Ludovico Einaudi, a Classical Artist for the YouTube Age”

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Blog, News & Info | Comments Off on New York Times: “Ludovico Einaudi, a Classical Artist for the YouTube Age”

By STEPHEN HEYMANDEC. 30, 2016 The Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi, 61, is one of the world’s most-streamed classical artists, with more followers on Spotify (about 740,000) than Mozart (680,000). His music, by turns minimal and lush, incorporates an array of influences from Bach to rock to West African kora music. While sold-out audiences across Europe find something sublime in his searching style, some classical critics disagree — like Ben Beaumont-Thomas of The Guardian, who says it’s nothing more than the “dashed-off poignancy of an Instagrammed sunset.” No one, however, debates his commercial success. His latest album, “Elements” (Decca/Ponderosa Music&Art), climbed the charts in several countries, including Britain, where it became the first classical release in 23 years to break into the Top 15, briefly outselling pop stars like Taylor Swift. This past summer, Mr. Einaudi became an even more visible star when Greenpeace filmed him playing the piano on a floating platform beside melting glaciers in the Arctic Ocean, to highlight the effects of climate change. That piece, “Elegy for the Arctic,” has been watched more than 2.5 million times on YouTube. The following are edited excerpts from a conversation with Mr. Einaudi. Ludovico Einaudi – “Elegy for the Arctic” – Official Live (Greenpeace) Video by Ludovico Einaudi Your father, Giulio Einaudi, founded an iconic Italian publishing house, and your grandfather Luigi Einaudi was Italy’s president from 1948 to 1955. Do you think that coming from such a public family has made being onstage more natural for you? I never thought about that. Even though my grandfather was the president of Italy after the war, he was a very sober, studious person, completely unlike today’s politicians who are constantly talking on TV. My father was more eccentric for sure, but even if his publishing house was very famous, he was still very concentrated on his work rather than being a public person. Is there a genre or category that your music fits into? I never feel at ease when they try to categorize my work. Also I think labels are in a way restricting. You can put the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the same category, but the types of music, the colors each band evokes, are completely different. It’s the same with Mozart and Beethoven — they express two very different aspects of music. Today when they ask me if my music is minimal, is classical, is contemporary — I can say yes or no, but it doesn’t make sense of what I am doing. What about “classical crossover” — a genre that’s perched between classical and pop music, which some people say vulgarizes or dumbs down classical music? I don’t like the idea of “classical crossover,” even if sometimes I see this category given to what I’m doing. There are many commercial projects in that genre, where they make a quartet out of beautiful fashion models or whatever. I take things more seriously than that. And I don’t have a commercial perspective in what I’m doing. On the other hand, the idea of “crossover,” of crossing boundaries, is interesting in the arts, but this...

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Christmas 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Blog, Events, News & Info, Newsletter | Comments Off on Christmas 2016 Newsletter

Ludovico Einaudi Drops Luxe CD/DVD Box Set During this year’s world tour, Ludovico and crew were planning a box set release and filming a number of concerts for it. This special limited edition box set includes the entire Elements album, plus three solo piano variations and the never-before released track ‘Elegy for the Arctic’,  performed atop an iceberg earlier this year for a global Greenpeace Campaign. The box set will be available in time for holiday gift giving. Download “Elegy For The Artic” wav file here. Additionally, Ludovico’s new webpage is designed so that you can perform the brand new track ‘Elegy For The Arctic’ on your keyboard or mobile  device. It’s fun! Check it out here The box set also includes an hour long DVD featuring nine live tracks from London’s Royal Festival Hall concerts in July 2016 plus 16 color postcards featuring exclusive tour photographs. “A thing of rare beauty” – GQ Magazine “The hippest classical artist the world has ever known” – Never Enough Notes “A highly polished performance of music so incredibly tasteful” – The London Times   Helen Jane Long Tour Wrap, New Album, Xmas Single and Future Plans   Helen Jane Long performed at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco as part of her U.S. tour in support of her 4th album “Identity”,  and hired local musicians in each city to play her original scores. Helen Jane Long just wrapped her U.S. tour dates in support of her 4th album, “Identity” and it was a triumph for the composer.  All dates were extremely well attended and Helen greeted her fans after each show, typically in the lobbies of the venues.  A big shout out to all the appreciative audiences that travelled in from far and wide to see Helen perform in New Orleans, Lancaster PA, Chicago and San Francisco. We are already planning tours for 2017, with the first kick off in spring in New York City. Watch Helen’s facebook page for announcements. We have so much in store for you including a live album, recorded last year at St. James Church in London, releasing on December 10th.   And, for all of you vinyl fans, watch for news about the forthcoming companion “Identity” album releasing on orange vinyl! We’re just setting up distribution now but Helen’s fans can always order directly from Helen’s website. It’s coming in the next few weeks. We’d like to thank all the radio stations and fans who have supported Helen’s music and tours over the course of her growing career.  We are attaching here Helen’s version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” for your seasonal pleasure and wishing you the coziest holiday season ever. Download “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” WAV file by Helen Jane Long here.   Andy Iorio Is Writing and Recording A New Album For 2017 Download Andy Iorio’s Christmas single “We Three Kings” Andy Iorio had a great year. Tons of radio airplay exposure, lots of live shows and an HMMA nomination for best Contemporary Classical track, “Rush”, that appears on Andy’s “II” album. The media had alot to say about Andy...

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