I started out to become a jazz pianist; in the meantime I started singing and I sang the way I felt and that’s just the way it came out.
— Nat ‘King’ Cole, Voice of America interview
Few remember Nat ‘King’ Cole’s incredible piano playing abilities, but they certainly never seem to forget a his smooth, baritone voice, which handled languages outside of his native English with ease.
NPR dedicates a radio program to one of the smoothest voices jazz ever produced here.
Leave it to Miguel Santos of LIFEM to introduce the world to one of the most amazing acts I’ve heard in some time.
Olcay Bayır is a Kurdish singer who hails from Turkey. Nizar Rohana plays the oud, and comes from Palestine. They make a formidable duo.
Belarusian countertenor Slava Kagan-Paley sings Franz Schubert’s version of ‘Ave Maria’, in honor of the ultimate Mother, for all mothers on this day.
Cuncordu e Tenore de Orosei are a vocal group out of Corsica, a land famous for its gorgeous tradition of polyphonic singing. They’re joined here by trumpeter Paolo Fresu, another son of Sardinia for a new release on Buda Musique which should be out very soon.
After a rather brutal week health-wise, I figured it was time to listen to something which would be both lengthy and calm enough to let me wind down a bit. Hearing England’s The Hilliard Ensemble perform this sumptuous work by Arvo Pärt suffices nicely.
Lotte Lenya was the wife and muse of master songwriter Kurt Weill. If this song sounds familiar to you, it should: The Doors, David Bowie and countless others have covered it.
The recording is from somewhere around 1930, and it remains powerful.
Anna Homler is a Los Angeles-based artist who sings using an invented language. Her work is utterly musical and listenable, while retaining its experimental edge. She also happens to be a friend. Imagine my surprise when Belgian artists The Hybryds released this two-part interview with Anna from 1992.
The Internet never ceases to amaze me!
Anna Homler interview in Netwerk 1992 part 1 by Hybryds on Mixcloud
Anna Homler interview in Netwerk 1992 part 2 by Hybryds on Mixcloud