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2012/12/28

Rainlore's World of Music will become simply Rainlore's World in the New Year, with a subtext of '- Music, Arts & Letters.' This is in order to reflect the much broader spectrum the site has come to include over the years. Over the next year or two, a thorough revamp of the site is hoped to be carried out to take this into account and to simplify the site and make it more user-friendly too. For the time being, the domain will remain the same. Comments and suggestions always welcome.

Don't forget Alban Low, currently artist-in-residence at Twickfolk, Twickenham, will be having an exhibition, Art of Folk, from 6pm on Sunday 27th January 2013 at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Low is renowned for his illustrations of gigs (inc. some he has already kindly done for this site!), album artwork as well as animations, including commissions for the BBC. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

Happy New Year!

 

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2012/12/19

A review of a sensational album this time. It is the London Piano Trio's glorious recording of the Mendelssohn & Cotter Nixon 1st Piano Trios. Robert Atchison, Olga Dudnik and David Jones - things simply don't get better than this. Sadly, I had to sit on this for some weeks, and hence the launch recital was reviewed here first, last time, featuring the wonderful illustrations of Alban Low. Pure trio heaven.

And don't forget Alban Low, currently artist-in-residence at Twickfolk, Twickenham, will be having an exhibition, Art of Folk, from 6pm on Sunday 27th January 2013 at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Low is renowned for his illustrations of gigs (inc. some he has already kindly done for this site!), album artwork as well as animations, including commissions for the BBC. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

Finally, a repeat of last week's 'service announcement.' Rainlore's World of Music has, over the years, branched out as it were and also come to include literary reviews, as well as so far occasional TV, film, and fine art reviews. In order to reflect this greater inclusivity, the site will undergo a minor name change in the New Year, although the domain will remain the same at least for the foreseeable future. A major revamp of the site will then take place over the next year or two, which will hopefully also improve the whole visitor experience. Comments and suggestions are most welcome via the feedback form.

A Happy Festive Season and A Happy New Year!

 

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2012/12/13

If a tad late, definitely worth waiting for is the review of an outstanding classical recital.

Indeed, a classical recital made in heaven would be a good way of describing Sally Silver, Richard Bonynge, Gabriella Swallow; London Piano Trio - Launch Of Massenet/Mendelssohn Albums At St. John's, Smith Sq., London SW1, Tuesday 20th November 2012. Musically as stunning as it was visually. And beautifully illustrated by the brilliant Alban Low, too! The London Piano Trio are, of course, Robert Atchison, violin, Olga Dudnik, piano, and David Jones, cello. Their album launched here will be reviewed next time.

And speaking of Alban Low, he is currently artist-in-residence at Twickfolk, Twickenham, and will be having an exhibition, Art of Folk, from 6pm on Sunday 27th January 2013 at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Low is renowned for his illustrations of gigs, album artwork as well as animations, including commissions for the BBC. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

Finally, a 'service announcement.' Rainlore's World of Music has, over the years, branched out as it were and also come to include literary reviews, as well as so far occasional TV, film, and fine art reviews. In order to reflect this greater inclusivity, the site will undergo a minor name change in the New Year, although the domain will remain the same at least for the foreseeable future. A major revamp of the site will then take place over the next year or two, which will hopefully also improve the whole visitor experience. Comments and suggestions are most welcome via the feedback form.

A Happy Festive Season and A Happy New Year!

 

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2012/11/16

Massenet And Mendelssohn!

A Celebration of two exciting new CDs on the Guild Music label

Tuesday, 20 November, 2012 - 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA
Guild Music launches CDs of Massenet songs by soprano Sally Silver with pianist Richard Bonynge and cellist Gabriella Swallow, and the First Piano Trios of Mendelssohn and Cotter Nixon by the London Piano Trio.

On the cabaret and singer-songwriter scene, accordion Maestro Romano Viazzani will be performing at the Lyric Theatre Bridport with Bethany Jameson, Yaron Stavi (Double Bass) and Declan Daly (Violin) in Soiree Parisienne on 1st December. There are two performances. Matinee and Evening.

And after surviving Hurricane Sandy in New York last month they're going back for more! They'll be at Feinsteins on the 5th December (on before Michael Feinstein himself ) so if you happen to be in NY do come along.

Bethany Jameson can be seen in another Soiree Parisienne performance at The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1 on Friday 7th December. Early booking most advisable as this is bound to sell out fast!

And this from accordion maestro Romano Viazzani: 'We have had a fabulous response from teachers up and down the country regarding our Accordion Teacher's Association meeting on January 13th 2013 at 2pm at the Royal Academy of Music, London. We are now 30 strong and waiting to hear from a few more teachers who haven't yet replied. Please RSVP so we know how many to expect. For those teachers who haven't decided yet please come and join us. Don't miss out. We need you and together we can work towards something positive for accordion students in the UK.'

 

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2012/09/23

Some interesting upcoming events for the classical accordion connoisseur.

RAM student Bartosz Glowacki is at the Royal Festival Hall Foyer on 26th September at 1pm playing Gubaidulina, Tchaikovsky and Scarlatti.

RAM student Kristian Sacalowski plays Hans Abrahmsen's 3 Little Nocturnes for accordion and string quartet in the presence of the composer himself on 13th October at Oxford University.

On 14th October maestro Romano Viazzani will be playing Piazzolla, Handel and many more with the Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles of the Harrow Young Musicians at Hatch End High School. Keep an eye on their web site for announcement.

Martynas Levickis is at the Wigmore Hall on 5th November at 7.30 playing Bach and Per Norgard.

There is an Accordion Showcase on 19th November at the Royal Academy of Music. DJ Hall.

James Crabb is at the Barbican on 24th November with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Also an accordion concerto. Details on the Barbican web site.

 

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2012/06/27

An eventful update, and as always reviews first. A real international bevy of beauties! Of which one album and a gig here. Here we go, in alphabetical order.

From the far side of the pond we have Kobi Arad Band's Sketches Of Imaginary Landscapes, a definite candidate for an exemplary 'Third Stream' album if ever there was one! Have your mind blown by the Amazing Arad! A gem of an album. Arad's deep spirituality has its roots in Kabbalah - the real one, not the fake celeb variety - and it doesn't get much deeper than this. Pianist/keyboard player extraordinaire Arad's classical influences and indeed references will astound with their breadth and depth.

The gig comes in the shape of Kayhan Kalhor & Madjid Khalaj Live At The Barbican Centre, London EC2, Friday 15th June 2012. To my utter chagrin, I was unable to attend this myself, however, a very capable guest reviewer came to the rescue as it were, and there's also further editorial comment from yours truly. This was originally billed as Maestro Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble - Passionate Poems Of Rumi, then became Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan - Passionate Poems Of Rumi, and at the very last minute changed into the above. A regrettable chain of events, and perhaps an object lesson in how not to organise a major event at one of London's three major concert venues. Hence I felt that an editorial comment was decidedly called for, especially in view of this site having heavily plugged the event here as well as on Facebook. Please note that it has been my utmost endeavour to be wholly constructive at all times.

And now for something completely different. Although in no way directly connected with classical music, this is surely of greatest interest to all music lovers and musicians. Just short of a couple of months ago I reviewed a wonderful album, Rich Siegel's The Way To Peace, essentially a vocal jazz/singer-songwriter type album concerning itself with the plight of the Palestinian people in occupied Palestine and peace. The lyrics are humanist/humanitarian although yes, political, but hardly what one could call extremist.

To quote Siegel, 'My experience with Brent Black began in March, when I was contacted by the publicist who had just done an e mail blast for my CD release event, and he indicated that jazz reviewer Brent Black had contacted him requesting a review copy of my CD. I was obviously happy to send one. The result was an extremely positive review which Brent posted on his jazz review blog "Critical Jazz". In this review he acknowledged that my CD is highly political, and that he disagrees with my politics, but he was highly complimentary none the less...'

However, within about a week, Black 'pulled' the review and even posted an apology on Facebook, addressed to his Jewish readers, for having reviewed the album in the first place, as Siegel supports 'the destruction of Israel.' Obviously, all this was done under extreme pressure. But while it is of course Mr. Black's right to 'pull' whatever he likes from his blog (poor journalistic practice though that is), inventing 'quotes' maligning Rich Siegel is decidedly wrong. Again, to quote Siegel, 'Anti-Zionist? Yes. Pro-Palestine? Definitely. Destruction of Israel- or of anything? No.'

These kinds of tactics are all too familiar here, with the most laughable 'quotes' being invented for leading jazz musician and humanist activist Gilad Atzmon left, right and centre. The perpetrators of such despicable lies, given sufficient rope to hang themselves manage to do so very nicely and make themselves a laughing stock as indeed we have seen.

It would seem that Black expected when he pulled his review of The Way To Peace, the quotes from it that Siegel had already used at various places would likewise magically disappear. They didn't, and in some cases couldn't.

Moreover, quoting Siegel again, '...I wrote an op ed about my bizarre experience of being "reviewed and then un-reviewed" which has been published on the deLiberation-dot-info political commentary website, which I imagine didn't please Brent, but was as much my right as it was his to pull the review. This op ed was relevant to activists for Palestine, as it is yet one more example of the bullying anyone publicly critical of Israel has to endure.'

Black's blog appears to have at least partially been transformed from a jazz blog to a 'Rich Siegel defamation blog,' with thirteen or more ridiculous articles with equally ridiculous titles devoted to attacking Siegel and name calling. Additionally, Black seems to bombard Siegel with equally ridiculous emails filled with lies, invented quotes, insults, abuse and the like.

Such a vendetta of hatred and defamation is wholly unacceptable. Rainlore's World of Music fully supports Rich Siegel and declares its full solidarity with him.

To finish, just a few of my pet peeves, addressed to artists. Sleeve notes, credits etc. - please people, keep a reasonable font size, a clear, easy to read font, and in a colour that's contrasting strongly with the background. I really hate having to spend time with a magnifier or even loupe and bright lights. Another thing is, always, always please give track times, this also helps radio presenters and increases your chances of getting airplay. A total playing time is also helpful. Makes it easy for me for instance to decide if I have sufficient time to play a CD at a given time and not end up wasting my time playing only part of it because time's run out. I loathe additional PR material, never read it (or at best, after my review is written), along with long sleeve notes (again, only read after review is written). I hate being hassled by publicists/managers and such, if I had to reply to all their emails sometimes, I wouldn't have the time to write the review! Another sin that applies mainly to that particular species - I do know when I'm being brown-nosed and hate it; it's ugly, unpleasant and unnecessary, so don't do it. If I have accepted your review request, I'll review, don't worry. At times though, as at present, things can get extremely busy and it might take a little time for me to review. I'll always do the best I can, and also please bear in mind, I'm not even getting paid for this. Being asked to come to a gig at only a few days' (or even one!) notice just isn't possible - the longer the notice the better. Being told I'm on the guest list repeatedly, even when I've already made clear that I'm unable to attend, is also irritating. Right, 'nuff said for now.

Finally, some gigs that should be of interest here. First, Morley Accordion Orchestra is giving two concerts in early July. On Tuesday 3rd July, from 12 to 1 pm, there will be a free concert in the Emma Cons Hall in Morley College (51 Westminister Bridge Road - across the road from Lambeth North tube). This is one of the Morley Lunchtime Concerts series - the Accordion Orchestra concerts are aways among the favourites. The Orchestra will be playing a lively and varied programme, with some solo performances and duets by their amazing leaders, Ian Watson and Julie North.

Then on Saturday 7th they will be giving a full-scale concert in the Lost Theatre, on the Wandsworth Road. This will be their first London concert outside Morley College, and they will be joined by guest soloists - Sarah Crisp (Violin) and Christine Kinsella (Soprano). Have you been to the Lost Theatre yet? If not, here's your chance to discover it - it used to be the lecture hall of the Polytechnic of the South Bank, on Wandsworth Road opposite the junction with Lansdowne Way and has been converted into a smashing little theatre. Leader Ian Watson is also playing with the LSO and the fabulous Rene Fleming at the Barbican on Sunday 15th July. Another concert not to miss!

This week, on Friday 29th June, 7pm (show 9pm), Vérité Productions Presents On The Banks Of The Seine by Bethany Jameson and Romano Viazzani, at The Green Note, Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1. This is their 2012 Summer launch tour. Bi-lingual cabaret singer-songwriter Bethany Jameson and master accordionist Romano Viazzani are launching their stunning new Vérité Quartet and welcome Declan Daly on violin and Ben Hazleton/Alan Gibbson on double bass into the team. Expect gorgeous music, plenty of glitz and glamour, gentle (and some not-so-gentle), witty new lyrics and tunes you will hum all the way home. Sources of inspiration include Fascinating AIDA, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Victoria Wood, G&S, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich and Ute Lemper. There are the gorgeous French chansons (1930s – 70s), Piaf, Brel, Hot Club de France… sultry Tangos by Piazzolla and Galliano, some unexpected gems! A real treat for cabaret, chanson and tango connoisseurs.

Other dates for the show include Saturday 30th June - The Lyric Theatre, Bridport, Dorset, Saturday 2.30 pm and 8pm; Sunday 1st July - The Winchester Pub, Bournemouth, Dorset, 7.30pm (Tickets); and Thursday 5th July - The Battersea Barge (short showcase at Cheese'n'Crackers).

Iranian Maestro Kayhan Kalhor can be seen again at the Asia Stage of BT River of Music on Saturday 21st July 2012 at Battersea Park, Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4NJ. No time available for Kalhor's performance at time of writing. Guaranteed entry tickets are free and a processing fee of £3 per ticket will be applied to each transaction.

Chinese lutenist and countertenor Cheng-Ying Chuang will perform World Lute Encounter with sitarist Mehboob Nadeem and a group of Indian musicians in Fishguard, Wales on Sunday, 29th July @ 8.00pm. Rhos-y-Gilwen, Cilgerran. Tickets are £12. There will be a Pre-Concert Curry Supper served at 6.15pm, £9.50.

 

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2012//06/10

Another severely delayed site update due ongoing computer issues and other complications. But to make up, another slew of reviews of really outstanding events and at least one mind-blowing and several very interesting albums, here and elsewhere. Here, reviews of two albums.

The real killer of an album this time comes in the shape of Aruán Ortiz & The Camerata Urbana Ensemble's Santiarican Blues Suite! This will blow your mind, regardless of how you come at this album. This is just amazing music. With this composition of Afro-Cuban contemporary classical music, Ortiz firmly establishes himself as one of the most significant of contemporary composers!

An perhaps at first odd one that turned out not so odd at all comes with Vincent Berger Rond's Elle avait raison Hathor - you have to listen to this properly before you make your judgement! Forget the 'labels' of 'experimental' etc. - just listen!

And just a reminder of a very special major event next week that you may not wish to miss. Iranian classical/traditional and kemancheh Maestro, Kayhan Kalhor will be in two unique concerts with Turkish baglama maestro and singer Erdal Erzincan, also a long time collaborator with Kalhor: Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan - Passionate Poems of Rumi. The concerts will be at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 85 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG on Thursday, 14th June 2012, 7.30 till 10pm - more Information & tickets: http://www.swanpromotions.com/edinburgh/. And at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS on Friday, 15th June 2012 7.30 till 10.30 pm; more information & tickets: www.SwanPromotions.com/facebook. Early booking is advisable as tickets are selling well! Don't miss this unique opportunity of a unique musical experience for anything!

 

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2012/05/16

A very delayed site update, due to computer problems and other complications. But on the other hand, a real slew of reviews, with one amazing album here.

This is Kayhan Kalhor With Ali Bahrami Fard's absolutely stunning I Will Not Stand Alone. This latest offering from Kalhor will stop your heart and blow your mind! The four times Grammy nominee pulls out all the stops here with perhaps his finest album yet. You simply have to hear this, and there's even an opportunity to do so live in the UK next month! For more details see below.

World Lute Encounter - Talk & Demonstration with sitarist Mehboob Nadeem and Chinese lutenist (zhongruan & liuqin) and countertenor Cheng-Ying Chuang is a free event at Ming-Ai (London) Institute, 1 Cline Road, London N11 2LX, this Thursday, 17th May 2012. Booking (free) required via email or phone:
Liangwei Zhu: zhuliangwei AT yahoo.co.uk 07766655168;
Jue Wang: wangjuewwjj AT sina.com 07401931687.

Also on May 17th and 18th, Daphna Sadeh's new project Born in Parallel - a composition for Baroque and World music ensemble will be recorded live in London! It's at All Saints Church in East Finchley, 35a, Durham Road, London N2 9DP, at 6pm (Doors open at 5.45pm). Here's Daphna Sadeh on this exciting project. 'In the past year I have been developing a new project sponsored by a Grant for the Arts from the Arts Council - Escalator. This project has granted me the option to bring in to life an ambition I was having for many years. My vision was creating a dialogue between languages of music, originating from east and west, each one resonating its own history. The composition I wrote has 4 movements, or as I like to think of it, 4 moods. It will be played by an ensemble of Middle Eastern, Jazz and Baroque brilliant instrumentalists, each improvising in their own style.'
Musicians: Daphna Sadeh - composition and orchestration; David Murphy - conducting and orchestration
World / Jazz musicians:
Stewart Curtis - woodwinds; Frank Moon - oud; Mark Bassey - trombone; Daphna Sadeh - double bass; Guy Schalom - percussion
Baroque musicians:
Bojan Cicic - 1st violin; Hilary Michael - 2nd violin; Clare Barwick - viola; Joe Crouch - cello; Judith Evans - double bass; Rachel Brown - flute; Leo Duarte - 1st oboe; Joel Raymond - 2nd oboe; Zoe Shevlin - bassoon
It is a matter of great personal regret that I am unable to attend and review this fascinating event. Daphna Sadeh is a world music and classical musician and composer of remarkable calibre who started her world music career with the now legendary East West Ensemble in Israel and has since coming to Britain considerably enhanced the scene here with her Voyagers ensemble, among others.

And looking ahead just a little, Maestro of Persian Classical music, Ostad Kayhan Kalhor, whose latest album I Will Not Stand Alone has just been reviewed here, a member also of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble from its beginning, will be gracing UK shores with one of his all too rare visits in June, with two concerts with his Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble, one in Edinburgh and one in London. Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble, Passionate Poems of Rumi will be at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 85 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG on Thursday, 14th June 2012, 7.30 till 10pm - more Information & tickets: http://www.swanpromotions.com/edinburgh/. And at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS on Friday, 15th June 2012 7.30 till 10.30 pm; more information & tickets: www.SwanPromotions.com/facebook. Early booking is advisable! Don't miss this unique opportunity of a unique musical experience for anything! The performance also includes tracks from I Will Not Stand Alone. This will probably be the musical event of the year!

 

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2012/05/02

A few accordion events for May and June from accordion maestro Romano Viazzani. 'Sunday May 6th is World Accordion Day. There will be a live stream on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/283464785074069/ and there will be lots of interviews including Ksenija Sidorova, Martynas Levickis and even I will be interviewed after 10pm thatnnight as I have a gig during the day! Hope you can all tune in.' And 'Open Day to mark the 25th year of the Accordion department on Sunday 10th June 2012 at the Royal Academy of Music with Special guest, Lars Holm. Teachers are welcome to bring their students. Anyone wishing to play in an open lesson situation, please inform the RAM accordion department administrator, Karen Ingram on 0207 873 7380 or email k.ingramATram.ac.uk. There will be a concert given by RAM accordion students. Admission is free. 11.00 am to 6.00 pm.'

Looking ahead a little, New York based Maestro of Persian Classical music, Ostad Kayhan Kalhor, a member also of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble from the start, will be gracing UK shores with one of his all too rare visits in June, with two concerts with his Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble, one in Edinburgh and one in London. Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble, Passionate Poems of Rumi will be at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 85 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG on Thursday, 14th June 2012, 7.30 till 10pm - more Information & tickets: http://www.swanpromotions.com/edinburgh/. And at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS on Friday, 15th June 2012 7.30 till 10.30 pm; more information & tickets: www.SwanPromotions.com/facebook. Early booking is advisable! Don't miss this unique opportunity of a unique musical experience.

 

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2012/04/09

Continuing with the recent trend of cross-cultural events and albums, we have a review of a truly remarkable album. Cheng-Ying Chuang's Wandering Voices spans Europe and China and a good fourteen centuries, from ancient Chinese melodies to contemporary, and from Dowland to Schubert. Far East meets West in a fascinating and beautiful way, all tied together by Chuang's outstanding countertenor. And please, don't fall into the tired old trap of thinking Chinese music strange or inaccessible, it is neither, as this album will show you. In fact, this is a must for any true music lover whose interests reach into the Early Music world! Chuang is no stranger to this site, having only recently been part of World Lute Encounter Live At The Forge with Mehboob Nadeem. They can be seen/heard together again at World Lute Encounter - Talk & Demonstration on Thursday, 17th May 2012, 6:30 - 8:30pm (or 2 - 5pm? - check!) at Limdokwing University of Creative Technology, 106 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NL. Booking required via email or phone. Liangwei Zhu: zhuliangweiATyahoo.co.uk 07766655168; Jue Wang: wangjuewwjjATsina.com 07401931687.

Please note that in order to reduce the number of constantly repeating links, those referring to pages or local page items that can easily be found in the navigation bar at the top of each page will in future be omitted. This will affect references to, e.g., 'reviews.'

 

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2012/04/01

Please note that the 2011 part of this page has now been archived, and the 2011 portions of other pages will follow shortly.

 

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2012/03/25

Slight delay to this current update due the dreadful 'man flu.' But on the positive side, this made possible the inclusion among the reviews of one of the most sensational, magnificent gigs imaginable. I speak of none other than Mehboob Nadeem & Cheng-Ying Chuang - World Lute Encounter Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, on Thursday 22nd March 2012. A truly glorious encounter between mainly classical Hindustani and Chinese music! Unlike too many cross-cultural musical experiments, this was genuinely meaningful and just magnificent. If you missed it, you have one more chance to catch this fabulous encounter on 30th March at the Museum of Asian Music, 1-2 Bradford Rd., London W3 7SP. Advanced booking is required, Tel: 020 8742 9911 or online http://www.amc.org.uk! This truly is a must for any serious classical music aficionado with an interest in the traditions of other cultures.

More reviews of some truly exciting music coming up soon!

 

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2012/03/04

At last, we're getting there catching up! Another review again this time, an album. And after last time's excursions into the world of North Indian Classical music, this time we visit the remarkable world of Persian Classical music! An extraordinary CD found itself on my player recently. Well, many do, but this is something we don't hear too often here, unfortunately. The Agrin Ensemble's Art Of Improvisation In Iranian Music is their debut album of Persian Classical music, and it really is something special. What's more, we're lucky enough to have these extraordinary musicians, Mehti and Adib Rostami, who make up The Agrin Ensemble, based in our midst in London!

I'm going to need just a little more time for the next site update, things have been just a bit too hectic. Shouldn't be too long though.

 

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2012/02/25

We're at last getting on top of things here at Rainlore's World of Music and catching up with most of the long overdue reviews! To start with, a gig review of guitar maestro Simon Thacker's latest East-West ensemble's recital, Simon Thacker And Svara-Kanti At The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1, Thursday 8th December 2011. A fascinating blend of classical, both Western and Indian, and world music. And a new programme for this project is already being put together!

Staying with Thacker but his previous project, an album - Simon Thacker And The Nava Rasa Ensemble's Nada ~ Ananda. Ostensibly more classically oriented with works by Shirish Korde and Nigel Osborne, it still makes for excellent world music - good enough to have made the very tough shortlist of the AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011! Even to have made the shortlist is an achievement for any album, DJ Ritu's and yours truly's selection and scoring process was rigorous and adhered to very strict criteria. So, well done, Mr. Thacker!

 

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Reviews


There is a full index of all reviews available on Rainlore's World of Music. Also, there is an index listing all CD reviews , which includes reviews of music from all genres, and another one listing all live music reviews.

Reviews added 2012/12/19:

London Piano Trio :  Mendelssohn & Cotter Nixon 1st Piano Trios (2012/12/14)

 

Reviews added 2012/12/13:

Sally Silver, Richard Bonynge, Gabriella Swallow; London Piano Trio - Launch Of Massenet/Mendelssohn Albums At St. John's, Smith Sq., London SW1, Tuesday 20th November 2012 (2012/11/21)

 

Reviews added 2012/06/27:

Kobi Arad Band : Sketches Of Imaginary Landscapes (2012/06/25)

Kayhan Kalhor & Madjid Khalaj Live At The Barbican Centre, London EC2, Friday 15th June 2012 (2012/06/22)

 

Reviews added 2012/06/10:

Aruán Ortiz & The Camerata Urbana Ensemble :  Santiarican Blues Suite (2012/05/23)

Vincent Berger Rond :  Elle avait raison Hathor (2012/06/05)

 

Reviews added 2012/05/16:

Kayhan Kalhor With Ali Bahrami Fard :  I Will Not Stand Alone (2012/05/15)

 

Reviews added 2012/04/09:

Cheng-Ying Chuang :  Wandering Voices (2012/03/07)

 

Reviews added 2012/03/25:

Mehboob Nadeem & Cheng-Ying Chuang - World Lute Encounter Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Thursday 22nd March 2012 (2012/03/23)

 

Reviews added 2012/03/04:

The Agrin Ensemble :  Art Of Improvisation In Iranian Music (2012/02/29)

 

Reviews added 2012/02/25:

Simon Thacker And Svara-Kanti At The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1, 8th December 2011 (2011/12/09)

Simon Thacker And The Nava Rasa Ensemble :  Nada ~ Ananda (2011/12/19)

 


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