Jeremy Dutcher is a Canadian tenor and composer of Wolastoq hertiage. He has done an amazing service in preserving the cultural heritage of his people, and the interpretations of this music remind one, as is described on his Bandcamp page, as having the same feeling of Antony and the Johnsons as well as the works of Rufus Wainwright’s more operatic moments. I look forward to Jeremy digging deeper into his roots.
[Music] Djurdjura – Ad ezzi ssaâ (La Roue du Destin)
[Music] Kate Smith – God Bless America
Kate Smith seems very appropriate today, 14 years after the 9/11 attack.
[Music] Urszula Dudziak – Space Lady
Urszula Dudziak is a vocalist and pianist from Poland who did quite a lot of work in the United States during the 1970s.
[Music] Scott Walker – The Seventh Seal
How many people do you know who could seamlessly pull off an Ingmar Bergman reference in a song? Scott Walker does so admirably.
[Music] Emilio de Gogorza – Chanson de la Touraine (1919)
Emilio de Gogorza was a Spanish-American baritone who was at his peak during the early part of the 20th Century. Here he is performing a song from Panurge by Jules Massenet.
[Music] Pelageya – Ptashechka (Live)
I’m quite new to the work of Russian pop singer Pelageya. From Novosibirsk, Siberia, this songbird comes from a classical music background, having once been invited by legendary Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich to perform in France along with other luminaries, including Ravi Shankar and B. B. King.
Though I find the live version wonderfully sparse, I’m including the studio version for the sake of comparison below:
[Music] Elina Duni Quartet – Ka nje mot e gjysem viti
Perhaps Albania’s most beautiful export, Swiss-based jazz singer Elina Duni captivates with this tune.
[Music] Fats Waller – By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1942)
Masterful romantic music, courtesy of Fats Waller and my niece, who has apparently fallen in love with this track.
[Article] Nina Simone Documentarian Reveals Singer’s Shockingly Violent Temper
Nina Simone was always worth celebrating as a wonderful musician. She was also, unfortunately, a bit of a monster to her daughter. What Happened, Miss Simone?, will show a balanced view of her public and private persona.