[Music] Gunesh – Гунеш LP​/​CD (1980)

Gunesh (or, more appropriately, The Gunesh Ensemble) was a jazz-prog outfit led by one of the world’s most incredible and entertaining percussionist, the late Rishad Shafi, who died in 2014.

Presch Media GmbH has done a wonderful service in reissuing their 1980 debut, which is less flashy or jazzy, but very mellow, progressive, and showing a glimpse of their future greatness.

The good news is that the band is apparently carrying on, and judging by the mp3s I’m hearing on their website, they will be in good hands for some time to come.

 

[Music] Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet: Eight Winds (ECM 2407)

Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet Eight Winds Sokratis Sinopoulos lyra Yann Keerim piano Dimitris Tsekouras bass Dimitris Emanouil drums Recorded April 2014 at Sierra Studios, Athens Engineer: Giorgos Karyotis Produced by Manfred Eicher U.S. release date: January 15, 2016 Sokratis Sinopoulos is a master of the lyra, a bowed instrument whose lilt has polished a handful of […]

via Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet: Eight Winds (ECM 2407) — between sound and space: ECM Records and Beyond

Straight from ECM Records‘ site, the label introduces us to the music of Sokratis Sinopoulos.  What gorgeous listening for this Eastern Orthodox Christmas Eve!

[Music Performance] PINTOTONICS n + 1 edition January 8, 2018

P I N T O T O N I C S n + 1 edition January 8 2018

Huis de Pinto
St Antoniebreestraat 69
1011 HB Amsterdam
(020) 3700210 > reservation recommended
www.huisdepinto.nl
www.presentsoundsamsterdam.nl

20:00 doors open
20:30 start 1st set
23:00 end of event

Entrance 10 + 7 (students/cjp)

SET 1 > SOLO
‘SOLAMENTE
Ig Henneman/viola

Intermission

SET 1 > ENSEMBLE

Mirko Montaldi Ensemble &
the ‘Erik Satie/’Vexations’ project

Mirko Montaldi/guitar
Lucio Tasca/guitar
Jasper Stadhouders/guitar

We hope to welcome you!

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Coming up

February 12

Solo set by Maarten Ornstein/bass clarinet

Ensemble set by Blue Lines Trio & Ada Rave

Ada Rave/ tenor sax, clarinet
Michiel Scheen/piano, compositions
Raoul van der Weide/contrabass, compositions
George Hadow/drums

March 12

Solo set by Ab Baars/shakuhachi, tenor sax, clarinet + solo cd presentation

Ensemble set by Janssen & Janssen
Guus Janssen/piano, compositions
Wim Janssen/drums

[Music] Mamadou Diabate, Dramane Dembélé, Claudio Spieler – Barokan

The month of September was rather spectacular for me.  First, I was able to see my beloved friends in Skopje, Macedonia, where people are almost as close as my own blood relatives.  The next little joy I experienced was going to the Without Borders World Music Consortium, where I had the pleasure to re-connect with comrades who spend their days promoting the best of World and Ethno Music in their respective countries.

I am especially indebted to seeing Stefanie Schumann of Delicious Tunes, who introduced me to the work of Mamadou Diabate, a balofon player originally from Burkina Faso (now residing in Vienna, Austria, if I’m not mistaken).  After being blown away by his band, who were showcased on the final evening of Without Borders (along with Breton sensations Plantec), I was given a CD which featured not only Mamadou and fellow countryman, the pelu (flute) player Dramane Dembélé and Austrian percussionist Claudio Spieler.

After having the honor of meeting Mamadou, I was given some rather impressive background information. He comes from a Samba “Jeli” family, and has several works available (all of which we hope to review in the future).

Throughout the disc, the musicians play very comfortably together, as if they had been a trio for a long time. As it turns out, Mamadou and Dramane perform together with some frequency, but Claudio’s percussion work underpins the the balafon and peul beautifully.

Where the album shines, however, is when Mamadou sings, especially on the song Koroya. His voice, in harmony with Dramane’s reminds me of the best of West African music, and the balafon adds even more body, serving, in some sense, as a third voice.

The record is pretty much flawless, and will we a welcome addition to World Music connoisseurs into their collection.  To purchase the CD, either contact Mamadou directly, or Delicious Tunes.

[Music] Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band – Egyptian Jazz

What a magnificent find! Salah Ragab is the father of Egyptian Jazz.  He produces a sound that blends the best elements of the venerable genre, as well as bits of Latin, soundtrack, and even cha-cha-cha in his concoction.