French musician and composer Julian Julien delivers a series of musical vignettes inspired by international photography and cinema. The music crosses numerous stylistic boundaries, depending on the context or theme. You’ll find ambient electronic moods, avant-garde experimentation, new jazz, world music, classical music, minimalism, Zeuhl-style electric bass, and cinematic environments.
Julian Julien uses a mix of wind instruments and percussion performed by musicians who come from a jazz, classical and rock background, including Frédéric Collignon (cornet, vocals), Siegfried Canto (flute), Michaël Havard (soprano, tenor and baritone saxophone) and Rémi Dumoulin (bass clarinet). Other musicians include Hélène Argo (vocals), Guillaume Billaux (guitar), and Adeline Lecce (cello).
Terre II is a beautifully crafted collection of multifaceted music pieces deeply inspired by the various currents in today’s progressive music.
The Claudia Quintet, an ensemble led by composer and drummer and John Hollenbeck has will be touring Europe and North America in the next weeks.
The Claudia Quintet plays jazz influenced by classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock. The ensemble has released seven albums, six of them on Cuneiform Records. The eighth album, Super Petite, is scheduled for release on Cuneiform in Summer 2016.
Keyboardist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith have recorded a new album titled “a cosmic rhythm with each stroke,” scheduled for release March 25th, 2016.
Vijay Iyer is a former member of Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet and the two had been looking for an opportunity to collaborate as a duo for some time. They recorded “a cosmic rhythm with each stroke” in November 2015 with Manfred Eicher in the studio.
The key feature of the new album is a suite dedicated to the late Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi, whose work will be on display at the opening this March of The Metropolitan Museum’s Breuer Gallery (at the site of the old Whitney Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side), where Iyer will be Artist-In-Residence.
Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith on tour:
March 30-31 – New York, NY – Metropolitan Museum of Art Breuer Building
April 1 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
April 7-8 – Cambridge, MA – Fromm Concert Series at Harvard
April 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Occidental College
April 16 – Fullerton, CA – Cal State Fullerton
Additional dates to be announced
Lighthouse (Kscope) is the title of the new album from Russian progressive duo iamthemorning, scheduled for release on April 1. Lighthouse is the follow up to the band’s 2014 album Belighted. The iamthemorning includes Marjana Semkina on vocals and Gleb Kolyadin on grand piano and keyboards.
Lighthouse includes guest musicians Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) on drums, Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) on bass and additional vocals on the album’s title track by Mariusz Duda (Lunatic Soul, Riverside).
Lighthouse features classical music, Canterbury-style progressive rock, northern folk, jazz and electronic influences. Featuring a story of the progression of mental illness, the album takes the listener through the stages with the story’s central character, her attempts to fight it, and temporal remission leading to a final breakdown. Lyrically, the works and lives of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath inspire the album.
The album artwork for Lighthouse was created by watercolor artist Constantine Nagishkin who the band has previously collaborated with before.
Lighthouse will be released on CD, LP (with MP3 download code) and digitally.
Magma, one of the seminal progressive rock bands of the 1970s has announced its 2016 North American Tour. Magma is known for its sensational mix of rock, jazz, odd time signatures, theatrical choir arrangements, heavy and distorted pulsing electric bass, epic pieces, downtempo grooves and much more. The legendary influential group led by drummer Christian Vander will be performing new and classic Magma material.
The current lineup includes Christian Vander on drums, vocals; Stella Vander on vocals and percussion; Isabelle Feuillebois on vocals and percussion; Hervé Aknin on vocals; Jérôme Martineau on Fender Rhodes; Benoit Alziary on vibraphone; Jim Grandcamp on guitar; and Philippe Bussonnet on bass.
Spark is the 10th album by Hiromi, one of the greatest pianists in the current jazz music scene. In this recording, Hiromi continues her power trio format, collaborating with bassist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, The O’Jays) and drummer Simon Phillips (Mike Oldfield, The Who, David Gilmour, Judas Priest, Toto, Jack Bruce).
What makes Hiromi’s music so attractive is the fact that she breaks musical boundaries, incorporating elements from classical music, Latin jazz and rock. Her structured sections as well as her improvisational skills are impeccable examples of open minded contemporary jazz craftsmanship. At the same time, she leaves plenty of space to Simon Phillips and Anthony Jackson who contribute remarkable creative drumming and bass work
Simon Phillips’ powerful drum strikes provide a rock-like energy that permeates the entire album.
“Playing with this trio is like a never-ending adventure,” Hiromi says. “They never play safe and they always look for new things; we always play as if this is our first and last show. With how much passion and love we feel for the music, every show I feel a spark.”
Swedish jazz-rock band Oddjob has recreated traditional folk songs related to herding and transformed them into contemporary jazz pieces. There are barely any visible folk music elements aside from the brief field recordings of herding calls.
The music resolves around the outstanding fiery interplay between the trumpet, saxophone and piano supported by creative drumming and bass lines. There are also exquisite laid back occasions like tracks 3 and 7, titled simply “Folk #3” and “Folk #7”.
The lineup includes Peter Forss on acoustic bass, Per “Ruskträsk” Johansson on saxophones, bass clarinet and alto flute; Goran Kajfes on trumpet and modular synthesizer; Daniel Karlsson on grand piano and Crumar organ; and Janne Robertsson on drums.
Oddjob delivers beautifully crafted jazz pieces inspired by traditional folk music.
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.
Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond