Acclaimed electronic music trailblazer Steve Roach has received a Grammy nomination in the Best New Age Album category for his Spiral Revelation (Projekt Records) album.
Steve Roach is a pioneer in the development of ambient and tribal electronic music. He is exceptionally prolific, with a discography of over 125 albums. Iconic recordings include Structures from Silence and Dreamtime Return.
Berklee President Roger H. Brown presented an honorary doctor of music degree to groundbreaking guitarist, composer, and band leader John McLaughlin on July 10, during the commencement ceremony for the graduate programs at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. McLaughlin also performed as a special guest at the commencement concert at the Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofia.
McLaughlin is a jazz fusion maestro whose extensive work as bandleader is complemented by his work with fellow stars such as Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and Paco de Lucia. He was at the vanguard of the cross-cultural jazz surge of the 1970s, drawing on Indian music influences with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti.
“The role of music is today what it has always been in the past,” he said in his acceptance remarks. “It is the universal language of love, both human and divine. Music is our highest form of collective unity, since in any given concert there will be Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and atheists, all under one roof, enjoying music.”
He added, “Whatever we give to music with love and dedication is repaid a thousand times in ways that defy categorization. To be a musician is one of the greatest privileges.”
At the commencement ceremony, 137 graduates from 30 nations received master of music degrees in music production, technology, and innovation; scoring for film, television, and video games; and contemporary performance with a concentration in production; or Master of Arts degrees in global entertainment and music business.
The ceremony also celebrated the Valencia campus’ fifth year, during which time the campus has hosted more than 1,500 students from 71 nations and granted $4 million in scholarships to graduate students.
Country For Old Men (Impulse!) by guitarist John Scofield is the winner of Best Jazz Instrumental Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
The other finalists were:
Book Of Intuition – Kenny Barron Trio (Impulse!)
Dr. Um – Peter Erskine (Fuzzy Music
Sunday Night At The Vanguard) – The Fred Hersch Trio (Palmetto Records)
Nearness – Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau (Nonesuch)
Culcha Vulcha (Ground Up Music) by fusion band Snarky Puppy is the winner of the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Grammy Award at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
The album features a mix of jazz, rock, funk, soul, Brazilian music and blues.
The other finalists were:
Human Nature – Herb Alpert (Herb Alpert Presents)
When You Wish Upon A Star – Bill Frisell (Okeh Records)
Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY – Steve Gadd Band (BFM Jazz)
Unspoken – Chuck Loeb (Shanachie Entertainment)
The Recording Academy announced today that Herbie Hancock is one of the honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the most influential and idiosyncratic figures in contemporary jazz, Herbie Hancock has been at the forefront almost every development in electronic and acoustic jazz and R&B.
A stylistically diverse and ever-intriguing canon of songs, including “Maiden Voyage” and “Rockit,” has helped earn him 14 GRAMMY Awards during his impressive five-decade-plus professional solo career. Some of his most influential albums include Empyrean Isles (1964), Maiden Voyage (1965), Mwandishi (1970), Crossings (1972), Sextant (1973) and Head Hunters (1973).
Other honorees include Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and RUN DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.
A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring of 2016.
Jazz and fusion keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea has received a Latin GRAMMY Award for The Vigil, released on August 6, 2013 on Concord Jazz. The Vigil tied with Paquito D’Rivera & Trio Corrente’s Song For Maura for Best Latin Jazz Album.
The Vigil introduces a new electric band with Tim Garland playing tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet and flute; Charles Altura on electric and acoustic guitars; Hadrien Feraud on bass; and Marcus Gilmore on drums. “I love the process of trying various ways of putting the music across to our audiences. Each new experience has points to improve upon, and points that worked well can be noted and kept. How far to push the audience’s tolerance – how far to push my own and the band’s tolerance – how to stay in that wonderful area of adventure without losing contact. This is the nightly challenge. This is what makes being a musician such a joy,” said Corea about The Vigil.
On several pieces of The Vigil, Chick Corea and his band are also joined by guest artists: Pernell Saturnino on percussion and Gayle Moran Corea on vocals. The live track, “Pledge for Peace,” dedicated to John Coltrane, includes saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and long-time Corea musical partner, bassist Stanley Clarke.
Chick Corea is one of the icons of jazz-rock fusion. He was one of the founders of pioneering band Return to Forever. Corea is a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master, 20-time GRAMMY winner, fertile composer, and has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity.
Sonja Kristina of legendary progressive rock band Curved Air, was honored at the Prog Magazine Awards ceremony held at the Globe Theatre in London.
“It is a great honor to receive The Guiding Light Award,” said Sonja Kristina. “I didn’t think very far ahead when I first started out but I feel very blessed now after so many years to be still creating and releasing new albums and performing with such superb musicians in Curved Air. I always did love the camaraderie of being on the road and the alchemy of performance.”
Prog editor Jerry Ewing gave details: “The Guiding Light Award is for those artists who offer inspiration through their actions. As one of the leading ladies of a genre once thought of as very much a male domain, Sonja has been a pioneering spirit in the prog world, and an inspiration to the now many female artists in the genre who have followed on. I cannot think of a better suited recipient.”
Curved Air is well known for its hits “Back Street Luv”, “It Happened Today” and “Vivaldi”. The current line-up features original drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa, classic era guitarist Kirby Gregory together with Robert Norton (keyboards), Chris Harris (bass) and Paul Sax (violin). Curved Air recently released North Star, its first studio album to feature new material in nearly 40 years.
The band will go on tour this fall:
28th – Lydney Summer’s End Festival
3rd – Wakefield Warehouse
11th – Eastney The Cellers
12th – Swansea The Garage
17th – Ilminster Square & Compass
18th – St Ives Guild Hall
19th – Gt Yarmouth ‘Legends of Rock Festival’
24th – Fletching Trading Boundaries
31st – London The Tropic
The Latin Recording Academy announced today that Spanish born singer, composer, director, producer, and actor Miguel Ríos is one of the 2013 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Recognized as one of the pioneers of rock en español, Miguel Ríos is a phenomenal performer. His countless sold-out concerts and tours have resonated with rock music fans of all ages for more than 50 years.
In 1970, he released one of his master works at the height of the symphonic rock movement, “Himno de La Alegría” (“Hymn of Joy”), which featured an extract of Beethoven’s ninth symphony. The recording has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and hit the No. 14 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Miguel Rios released an essential progressive rock theme album titled “La Huerta Atómica” (Polydor, 1976), translated as the Atomic Orchard, very critical of nuclear weapons, that reached cult status in Korea and Japan. Rios released a second progressive rock concept album titled “Al-Andalus” (Polydor, 1977) which focused on Andalusian rock.
In 1982, Miguel Rios released a double-live album of his Rock & Rios concert, selling more than 450,000 copies in less than one year. The recording is regarded by music critics as one of the most important works of modern Spanish rock.
Rios has participated in numerous benefit concerts and received countless awards, distinctions and commendations throughout the Spanish peninsula.
Kotebel has released 5 albums since 2000, including the critically acclaimed ‘Omphalos.’ “The main body of the Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble album is formed by the four movements that comprise the ‘Concerto for Piano‘,” says keyboardist and founding member Carlos Plaza Vegas. “It is pure music; no reference to extra-musical elements. However, the other four pieces on the album are based on conceptual elements.”
Kotebel was formed in 2000 as a wide-ranging project, engaged in the mainstream of progressive “art” music. Kotebel’s music is an elaborate, yet accessible mix of avant-garde symphonic rock, with a diverse range of influences from classical music to jazz to world music.
Kotebel’s current line-up includes Carlos Franco Vivas on drums and percussion; César Garcia Forero on guitars; Jaime Pascual Summers on bass; Adriana Nathalie Plaza Engelke on keyboards; and Carlos G. Plaza Vegas on keyboards.
The two-CD set Forever (Concord Jazz) by jazz fusion legends Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke & Lenny White won the Best Instrumental Album at this year’s Latin Grammy Awards.
Keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White formed the core of the classic, most popular and successful lineup of Return to Forever, the legendary influential electric jazz fusion band. After reclaiming the jazz-rock world in 2008 with the triumphant return of Return to Forever, Corea, Clarke and White decided to revisit where it all began, to get back to basics and the soul of their relationship.
Forever was recorded live. Disc one of Forever is a best-of sampler from Corea, Clarke and White’s “RTF-Unplugged” world tour in 2009. Highlights include jazz standards “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Waltz for Debby” and “Hackensack,” Corea-classics “Bud Powell” and “Windows,” Clarke’s new “La Canción de Sofia” and even RTF pieces “Señor Mouse” and “No Mystery.” Disc two is a bonus CD with its own story.
“The sets we played were basically jam sessions of the standards we knew from the songbooks of Monk, Bill Evans, Miles and others,” says Corea. “Also included are some pieces from the Return to Forever songbook reworked in this acoustic setting.”
“This acoustic trio had not been documented up to this point,” explains White, an innovative and versatile drummer/producer/composer. “It was important to document this because that’s how we started. On the last day of our Keystone Korner gig in 1973 in San Francisco, we had two guitarists sit in, and it became electric. But we come from playing in the jazz tradition. RTF had a real jazz rhythm section, and I think that’s what distinguishes RTF from all the other groups.”
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