[Music] Kyriakos Sfetsas – Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol​.​1

Kyriakos Sfetsas is originally from Lefkadia an island in Greece, and started this particular band in the mid-1970s in order to expand the boundaries of what Greek traditional music is.  Apparently, there is a lot more music of his which has yet to be released.  This is as fine an intro to his works as […]

[Music] Alexandre Navarro – Imaginations

Checking out the tags at the bottom of his Bandcamp page, I noticed that Alexandre Navarro’s latest release, Imaginations, is listed as post-rock.  Absolutely, positively not! This has more of a feeling brought out in albums by classic artists like Harmonia, a touch of Popol Vuh and maybe even the Russian soundtrack composer Edward Artemiev.  […]

[Music] Manja Ristić – The Nightfall

Manja Ristić is a Serbo-Croatian violinist and experimental music composer whose works have left me captivated.  This latest release, The Nightfall, collects for compositions inspired by the seasons.  From her Bandcamp site: In haiku poetry, “Kigo” is a seasonal reference, a word or group of words which locates the poem in a season of the […]

[Music] Rauppwar & Sir Edgar Carpenter – Reptilian Abnormalities

Though this is nowhere near easy listening, this collaboration between Brazil’s Rauppwar and Mexico’s Sir Edward Carpenter don’t make mere noise – they add a rather cosmic, psychedelic element to it. Not for the faint of heart, but rewarding in its own way. It was released by Cian Orbe, out of Santiago, Chile.

[Music] Abu Obaida Hassan – Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan

Abu Obaida Hassan had a wonderful career during the 1970s and 1980s making the kids sway in Khartoum, Sudan with his tambour, but by the second decade of this century, Sudanese media pronounced him dead.  Thankfully, he is far from it, and courtesy of Ostinato Records, he has a fine retrospective coming out on May […]

[Music] Erlon Chaves – Procura​-​se Uma Virgem OST

Procura-se Uma Virgem turned out to be a very pleasant slab of easy/cheesy/sleazy listening from soundtrack composer Erlon Chaves, who should have been working in Europe, where is mellow style would have been perfect for directors like Jess Franco and Mario Bava.

[Music] Aisha Orazbayeva – Telemann Fantasias

Aisha Orazbayeva is London-based violinist who originally hails from Kazakhstan.  She has become a new favorite master of the instrument who easily balances a mastery of avant-garde contemporary music (think of compositions by Luciano Berio and Morton Feldman) and the sumptuous compositions of Georg Philipp Telemann, whose works were the bridge way from the Baroque […]