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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.

Now to the beef! A review of a superlative gig, starring the British Queen of Chanson and Cabaret, Bethany Jameson - Petit Café De Paris Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 7th December 2012. A sensational show, sensationally illustrated by outstanding artist Alban Low! Things really don't get any better than this. And latest news is that Ms. Jameson's cabarets are to become a regular feature at the Green Note, so keep checking for the next date and book early!

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.

Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie has recorded her third album! Something to look forward to immensely and most impatiently.

Happy New Year!

 

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2012/12/19

A review of a sensational album.Marvin B. Naylor's The Stargazer's Symphonium is a singer-sonwriter album that is just out of this world! An enormous talent, as well on the 12-string guitar, is emerging and waiting to be discovered. This album is just amazing, and it's about time Naylor got himself onto the London scene! You just have to hear this album.

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 '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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2012/11/27

Sorry, no, no Rolling Stones review - Mick J. obviously forgot to arrange for the AAA press tix. And he's such a nice boy, really. Ah well...

Thus, no reviews here this time. However...

Regardless of whether you're a film fan or not, you ought to read Sarah Gillespie's acutely perceptive review of Ben Affleck's thriller Argo! Titled Argo and The Iranian Savage - a Film Review, there are lies, more lies, and more propaganda - the film, that is, and Ms. Gillespie's review should be a real eye-opener!

You also might want to have a look at Yani Haigh's video Help is On the Way, using Rich Siegel's song of that title from his excellent album, The Way To Peace. It's an excellent video about solidarity with Gaza in the wake of the recent renewed savagery perpetrated by Israel. Go on folks, let's make this go viral!

In other news, some fab gigs that you'd probably have to be stark raving mad to miss. First, this Saturday 1st December, there's Burton Bradstock at The Forge Venue in Camden Town, London NW1, but you'd better book fast! This is part of The Forge's The English Songbook series.

Then, on Thursday 6th December you'd be forgiven for doubting your sanity for missing Gabrielle Ducomble giving a fresh interpretation to classic songs by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astor Piazzolla in her Pizza Express Soho debut, with Nicolas Meier (Guitar), Julian Ferraretto (Violin), Dan Teper (Accordion/|Piano), Nick Kacal (Double Bass), and Saleem Raman (Drums). Book early for this extravaganza of chansons, Argentine tango and more! You'll never forget that incredible voice!

And Friday 7th December, you might want to cast aspersions upon your sanity again if you were to miss an evening of fabulous French chansons starring Anglo-French cabaret chanteuse Bethany Jameson with aclaimed accordionist Claudio Allodi and fabulous virtuoso violinist from Cabaret Vérité, Declan Daly, in Petit Café de Paris. They'll also be in Camden Town, at The Green Note. But hurry - you want to avoid disappointment don't you?

 

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2012/11/16

Definitely worth waiting for, a review of a kick-ass album. Plus, lots of other news of course.

The sensational album comes from Vusi Mahlasela and Say Africa. Southern African folk/singer-song-writer at its best! Although originally released in South Africa in 2011, this superlative album saw its UK release only this year. Why were we kept waiting?!

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.

Viazzani will also be at the Bull's Head in Barnes, London with singer/songwriter David Vaughan (vocals/piano) and Daniel Broncano on Clarinet at 8.30 on Wednesday 19th December.

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!

In other news, here are some interesting upcoming gigs courtesy of Kazum:
Wednesday 21 November
SHANTEL & BUCOVINA CLUB ORKESTAR
ROMANCE & ANARCHY TOUR
One of the biggest names on the Balkan scene is back with his full Bucovina Club Orkestar. Expect some new tunes as well as floor filling favourites, exstasy, anarchy and romance. OK all Kazumians, Kazumites, and Kazumis, this is our big show of the season, your presence is requested!
+ The Roustabouts
@ Village Underground Shoreditch
Holywell Lane E1
Details & Tickets
http://t.ymlp204.net/jqjsakahebqadamwalaubeuw/click.php

Saturday 30 November
La Grand Fete
line up
A great Autumn line-up of African artists:
Krar Collective from Ethiopia, Muntu Valdo from Cameroon, Kasai Masai from Congo and, from Ghana, Afrik Bawantu. Gonna be a beautiful party!
@ Passing Clouds Dalston
Details & Tickets
http://t.ymlp204.net/jqjmapahebqapamwataubeuw/click.php

 

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2012/10/31

Two album reviews this time. They bring a double blast of chill nordic air in the form of two albums broadly from the 'world music' scene. From Finland, there's Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha's Yo Rovaniemella, although this might perhaps be better described as popular music of sorts. But have a look for yourself.

While from Norway, there's the Einar Olav Larsen Trio's Lysblain. Polkas and Waltzes and other dances galore, but in a modernised idiom, and plenty of fiddling too. Also a slightly strange concoction perhaps, but an interesting one...

 

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2012/10/18

Just one album reviewed this time. And as usual, other news.

Nick Tann's The Vinyl Project takes us deep into singer-songwriter territory - an album and an artist to take note of. Originally to be released as a vinyl LP, the CD has a vinyl look. But it's the music that counts. And it stands up very well indeed. Tann's 12-string guitar work included!

Chico Chica, whose album Melangerie was recently reviewed here, are busy touring this autumn. They started on Tuesday 16th October at Canterbury Arts Festival, but you can still catch them as follows - 28th October Whighams Jazz Club, Edinburgh; 29th October Buckhaven Community Centre, Fife; 30th October Lathones Inn, Fife; 31st October Café Jazz, Cardiff; 1st November Somerset (venue tbc); 2nd November Hazlewood House, Devon; 4th November The Place, Bedford; 15th November Chapel Arts, Bath; 20th November St Ives Jazz Club. As a taster, have a look at the video of their fabulous track Isla Sonada! That should get you in the mood for some cool chill out grooves!

 

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2012/10/04

Three albums and an exceptional single of interest here are reviewed this time. In alphabetical order:

Greek singer-songwiter Alkinoos Ioannidis' Local Stranger is a 'best of' compilation. More of interest to pop fans, especially MOR, than anything.

The first of two absolute killer albums comes in the form of flamenco guitarist Mehran's Subterranea, a beautiful concept album. Prog rock flavoured flamenco, or flamenco flavoured prog rock? Judge for yourself.

Exceptional because it is, and because I only very rarely review singles, we have State Of Undress' I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) single. It's, well, gorgeous! So gorgeous, Gok Wan himself loves it and had to have it playing on his web site. More 'naked' news below.

The second absolute killer album, much delayed due to 'lost in post' syndrome, takes the shape of The Unthanks' Diversions Vol. 2 - The Unthanks With Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band, their second fabulous album within less than a year! Something to keep both folkies and brass band connoisseurs happy! It's stupendous! More Unthanks news below.

The fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio is back on track now also with play-again and iTunes podcasts, up to episode 57! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! Don't miss some fan-tas-tic studio guests and tracks from all quarters of the globe, including tracks from calypsonian Alexander D. Great's latest album, The Night Watchman, reviewed here recently.

More news about folk rock band State of Undress and their latest single. Apart from Gok Wan having it play on his web site, I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) has already attracted quite a bit of media attention and airplay! The New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times of Friday 29th September had a feature, and on the same date there was excellent coverage in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, which also named State of Undress as Band of the Week and had the song on their web site. On Monday 1st October BBC Radio Somerset's Emma Britton played the 'gorgeous' song and chatted to lead singer Charlie Rose about it all, while on the preceding Saturday Zoe Kleinman on BBC Radio Solent's Big Dorset Brunch gave the 'gorgeous' song a play and said some lovely things about it... Have a listen to the podcast - available until next Saturday 6th October!

There are also a State of Undress page and a couple of groups on Facebook! The 'State of Undress' page is a general fan page, the 'State Of Undress' group is also general. The 'Let us make 'State Of Undress' famous!' group, set up by a fan, is about, well, what it says on the tin. Why not 'get naked' and help make I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) a hit - you can buy the track for a measly 79p on iTunes. Help get the message across that women do not have to conform to size zero super model and other 'standards' inflicted upon them by the beauty industry, media, advertising and so on, to be gorgeous!

The Unthanks are going to make it not just two, but three albums in less than a year, with Diversions Vol. 3 - Songs from the Shipyards slated for release on 5th November! It's another real cracker (review here RSN!) and before release will be available exclusively on The Unthanks' October tour with a difference. Song from the Shipyards is a beautiful and moving film tracing the story of shipbuilding, accompanied by a soundtrack performed live by The Unthanks. The album was recorded in the studio this time and contains the best of the music from the soundtrack of the Tyneside Cinema commissioned film.

Genre-clasher extraordinaire Renu launches her new album Midnight Radio at Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA, on Thursday, 25th October 2012, 7.30pm. Draw your curtains and lock the doors for a psychedelic, hispanic, twisted rock opera journey with Renu and her amazing band The Revellers! A spectacular occasion in itself that you really don't want to miss, there's also support from Bondage and Beyond by Veena Basavarajaiah, 'A solo inspired dance work of France based visual artist Nicole Dufour,' Alice Phelps, Voice and Harp, and DJ Aardvark. Renu's debut album Love From London was received rapturously by BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM, and had an ecstatic review here.

 

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2012/09/23

This time, reviews of one amazing album, and one fan-tas-tic gig (which is the cause of this update being delayed - see below!) here. And back to alphabetical order.

Pete Oxley, Nicolas Meier's Travels To The West is of course a superb guitar duo from the MGP stable. Something we have long been deprived of, this is a most welcome release of this form. Although coming from the jazz realm, this album should be of interest to any guitar music lover.

The gig reviewed is the sensational Joanna Strand - Fly Transatlantic Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Tuesday 11th September 2012. This was to launch the cabaret album reviewed here last time. It features fabulous illustrations by Alban Low, renowned for his album covers, gig illustrations, and animations. These are the reason for this update being a tad delayed, as of course artists need time to complete their artwork, and then there is the lengthy editing and layout process. I make no excuses, for the wait is more than worthwhile as you will see! Brilliant illustrations for a brilliant gig, exclusively first seen here. We hope to repeat this experiment soon!

In the studio shortly to record her third album will be the stunning Sarah Gillespie, singer-songwriter extreaordinaire! Performing a mix of material old and new, Ms. Gillespie also has a busy gig schedule this autumn. For details please see her web site.

Also, there's Joanna Strand's Ralph Rainger tribute Thanks For The Memory with guests at the Leicester Square Theatre on 29th September at 5pm, another occasion not to be missed.

And good news for transatlantic connoisseurs, i.e., on the other side of the pond. This autumn the Joanna Strand and band will be Flying Transatlantic at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th) on 28th and 29th October at 9pm! So if you're even vaguely near NYC, don't miss this fantastic opportunity!

For more on Joanna Strand's forthcoming gigs, see the Fly Transatlantic web site.

More of Cabaret Verite and Bethany Jameson and other shows soon. In the meantime, Cabaret Verite and Bethany Jameson will be at the Cabaret Carousel Show on 30th September. On 3rd November they will be at the Little Theatre Bournemouth with their production of We'll Always Have Paris. Cabaret Verite and Bethany Jameson will also be at the Pheasantry on 4th November. One of their fabulous On The Banks Of The Seine shows at the Green Note in Camden Town recently was reviewed here, and I hope to catch more of them soon.

 

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2012/09/08

After some delay due to 'man flu,' which also, to my greatest regret, caused me to miss out on two fabulous gigs, here we are again! Only one album review here due to aforementioned 'man flu,' but a real killer of an album.

This is acclaimed actress and singer Joanna Strand's Fly Transatlantic vocal jazz/cabaret debut album. Standards from the 1930s to modern classics as they haven't been heard before, and a proper concept album too! And with an all-star side! An album that just blows you away.

Joanna Strand and friends are launching this fabulous album at The Forge, 3-7 Delancy Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7NL on Tuesday 11th September at 8pm - so book soon and don't miss this fabulous event! Tables can be reserved for diners and non diners: 0207 387 5959.

The band will also be presenting Ms. Strand's Ralph Rainger tribute Thanks For The Memory with guests at the Leicester Square Theatre on 29th September at 5pm, another occasion not to be missed.

And good news for transatlantic connoisseurs, i.e., on the other side of the pond. This autumn the band will be Flying Transatlantic at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th) on 28th and 29th October at 9pm! So if you're even vaguely near NYC, don't miss this fantastic opportunity!

For more on Joanna Strand's forthcoming gigs, see the Fly Transatlantic web site.

 

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2012/08/10

This time, reviews of a real cocktail of three albums here. They could hardly be more different from one another.

To start off, we have Chico Chica's cheerful debut,  Mélangerie. Itself a cocktail of strongly Latin-flavoured pop-jazz (take that whichever way you like), this is the perfect album to chill by and get your foot tapping! Heavyweight jazz it ain't, more Latin pop really but great fun and a highly enjoyable listen.

No need to blush, they don't really appear in any such state - the sensational State Of Undress' latest offering, Journeys Of The Heart, is exuberant yet feeling roots folk-rock, for want of a better way to describe this wonderful music. Have a Piddle and enjoy yourself! No, it's a brand of ale from Dorset, whence the band hail from. Simply sensational, you just have to check this ensemble out if you haven't encountered them before. And watch out for them, I'm convinced they're going places!

And we have some Malian Touareg music in the shape of Tamikrest's Toumastin, guitar-driven and thoroughly contemporary sounding. Some of their tracks have been very popular already on DJ Ritu's A World in London radio show! Although dating from last year, this album is still well worth checking out for all fans of guitar music.

 

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2012/07/25

Just one album review here this time.

A fascinating avant-garde/experimental solo acoustic guitar album comes from Ido Bukelman, Solo. Full of surprises, it's definitely worth checking out. Even if the more experimental scene normally isn't quite for you, you may be surprised by this album. And there's more to come from both Bukelman and the enterprising, fascinating Israeli Out Now label shortly, including the godfather of Israeli free jazz, Harold Rubin himself.

 

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2012/07/11

Two reviews, one album and one super gig this time. Sticking with alphabetical order, we have alasVALS' Felicidad Equidistante, an album of gentle Spanish and English language singer-songwriter songs, broadly described as folktronica. A fascinating album, however you want to classify it. It's certainly nothing like as outlandish as it may first sound and actually rather wonderful!

The super fantabulous gig takes the shape of Bethany Jameson & Romano Viazzani / Vérité Cabaret Quartet - On the Banks Of The Seine Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 29th June 2012. Everything it promised and more. French chansons a la Piaf, Cabaret songs, tangos, both classic and new originals. A class act that hopefully will come back to London soon.

 

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2012/06/27

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

From one of the most gifted guitarists on the British scene comes what he considers 'a side project,' Francesco Lo Castro's Electric Affairs - an excursion into electronica with some of the most amazing electric guitar that will leave your mouth gaping! If Santana is your cuppa, you'll absolutely love this. Oh, and Carlos had better look out... Another gem of an album that I could hardly wait to review, I liked it that much on a quick first listen when it came in.

Staying in the UK, we have Juwon Ogungbe's Life Force Music. It deliciously refuses to fit any particular category, but try world beat (sort of) if you must. It's a wonderful blend of Afro/Afro-Latin grooves, pop, and some classical aspects thrown in for good measure. Read the review, and buy the album! Ogungbe incidentally was a recent guest on DJ Ritu's fabulous A World in London show on SOAS Radio.

And now for something completely different. 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. 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).

Reviewed here today and recent AWiL guest Juwon Ogungbe's Life Force Music: Live At Cottons (The Rhum Jungle) is on Thursday, 19th July 2012 at 8pm. Cottons - The Rhum Jungle, Islington, London N1. Dance to A Taste of Pepper and other great tunes from the album! Advance tickets. In association with Outerglobe.co.uk and Colourful Radio. Life Force Music CD on sale.

 

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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 one astonishing album.

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!

 

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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 gig and an amazing album here.

The gig reviewed is Guillermo Rozenthuler - Brazil, Meu Amor Live At Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Bloomsbury, London WC1 4th May 2012 - a wonderful event with a completely packed out house as well. Argentinean singer extraordinaire Rozenthuler has at last 'come out' and admits his love affair with Brazilian music! Perhaps a first for an Argentinean tango singer? This performance might have filled the Royal Festival Hall, with people having to be turned away. Was it the sheer magnetism of Rozenthuler, or the greater pull of Brazilian music over tango? The latter, sadly indeed, still has a long way to go in Britain.

Yair Yona's World Behind Curtains is the guitar picker extraordinaire's second album. This will again take your breath away. This John Fahey School with Brit Folk influences and vaguely Israeli flavourings picker has lots to offer for almost anybody, and certainly any kind of fan of acoustic guitar music.

Don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week (or any week, come to that) whatever you do, either live on Wednesday at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from Friday as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! Today's show features very special guests Sarah Gillespie and Gilad Atzmon and should be yet another unmissable! You can watch the official video of Sarah Gillespie's The War On Trevor on YouTube! A must!)

The next dates to catch the dynamite Gillespie live are May 27th, Black Mountain Jazz, Abergavenny, and June 1st, The Red Lion, Birmingham Jazz, Birmingham; also June 3rd Gilad Atzmon & The OHE featuring Sarah Gillespie @ Strawberry Hill Jazz Festival, London (lunch time concert).

Saturday 19th May 2012 at 7.30pm at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, Bishop's Gate (opp. Liverpool St. station), sees AVALONIA, a unique and exciting new collaboration featuring the stunning vocals of legendary Asian singing sensation Najma Akhtar, the pioneer of ghazal-jazz fusion, and flautist Jacquelyn Hynes, Irish folk singer J.Eoin, multi-instrumentalist Maurice Judge and the amazing master percussionist Hossam Ramzy!
AVALONIA is a unique collaboration between Irish, Arabic and Indian musicians, and the result is a moving and thrilling mixture of Indian and Irish Gaelic sean-nós song, traditional Irish dance music and mesmerising Arabic beats.

 

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2012/05/02

A slightly delayed update due to cut finger tips impeding typing, and reviews of an amazing gig and an equally amazing album. The gig was none other than the extraordinary Sarah Gillespie And The War On Trevor Live At The Vortex, Dalston, London N16, Thursday 26th April 2012 - an explosive gig if ever there was one! Part of the tour in support of her The War On Trevor project, this was unmissable! Maybe Gillespie might like to rename her gigs Sarah Gillespie - Live And Dangerous? Real High Voltage!

The next dates to catch Gillespie live are May 27th, Black Mountain Jazz, Abergavenny, and June 1st, The Red Lion, Birmingham Jazz, Birmingham; also June 3rd Gilad Atzmon & The OHE featuring Sarah Gillespie @ Strawberry Hill Jazz Festival, London (lunch time concert).

The album is native New Yorker Rich Siegel's The Way To Peace - an extraordinary musical fusion of peace activism and spirituality! Featuring an all-star line-up that includes UK based jazz ace Gilad Atzmon, Siegel has come up with an album of amazing songs that carry his peace message beautifully and particularly address the aggression against the Palestinians.

 

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2012/04/20

Reviewed this time is the incomparable, un-classifiable (in that she cannot be conveniently pigeon-holed into any one genre!) singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie's eagerly awaited The War On Trevor, an extraordinary fifteen minute narrative song cycle so not her third album yet. This indeed has universal appeal. Essentially an anti-war song in the very best tradition... well, you simply have to hear this! Launched at Ronnie Scott's on 3rd/4th April, another chance to hear Ms. Gillespie in London is next Thursday, 26th April, at The Vortex in Dalston.

 

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2012/04/09

Please note that the 2011 part of this page has now been archived.

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2012/04/01

A slightly premature site update in order to include a review of an unexpected but sensational gig elsewhere. Here we are concerned with the magnificent Martin Alvarado with Horacio Avilano Trio's extraordinary album Más Allá. You'll know when you've been tangoed after this! Alvarado is no stranger here, and only a month ago we reviewed his recent London gig at The Forge. Music to melt or break your heart, this is an exquisite sampler of not just tango but also other forms of Argentinean song.

 

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2012/03/25

Slight delay to this current update due the dreadful 'man flu.' But on the positive side, a review of an album no-one should want to miss out on! About a month ago we featured a most exciting gig by the fabulous Renu. This time, it's the turn of Renu's Love From London album as promised. A magnificent, genre-busting labour of love! Musical polymath Renu delivers outstandingly beautiful polyglottal music that defies categorisation!

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 this time again, of a gig - the fabulous tango singer Martin Alvarado Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, 1st March 2012. If you missed this extraordinary gig, you might be very sorry... Just the previous day, Alvarado, with bandoneónista and pianist Mikko Helenius, was also DJ Ritu's studio guest again on A World in London 33 on SOAS Radio. If you missed this, you can still catch it on play on demand or as a podcast on iTunes! And Alvarado's UK leg of his current 21st European tour continues until March 11th, so get your skates on and catch this phenomenon live!

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 and catching up with most of the long overdue reviews! So for this time, a gig, Renu Live At The Front Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1, Friday 16th December 2011. How does one, how could one possibly describe or classify musical polymath Renu's wonderful genre-busting, polyglottal music? Simple answer - don't even try! Just enjoy. And this one even was for free! More about Renu soon with a review of her fabulous debut album Love From London from 2011.

 

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2012/02/17

At last we are also catching up with some long overdue reviews. For tango lovers, there is Martin Alvarado Live At The Light Temple, Austin Street, London E2, Saturday, 26th November 2011 - quite a magical tango gig! Alvarado is one of Argentina's finest 'Tango Ambassadors' and later this month is already returning for another UK tour, so be sure to catch him then.

Hopefully, we'll do a little more 'catching up' next week!

 

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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 2012/12/28:

Bethany Jameson - Petit Café De Paris Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 7th December 2012 (2012/12/08)

 

Reviews added 2012/12/19:

Marvin B. Naylor :  The Stargazer's Symphonium (2012/12/16)

 

Reviews added 2012/11/16:

Vusi Mahlasela :  Say Africa (2012/11/05)

 

Reviews added 2012/10/31:

Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha :  Yo Rovaniemella (2012/10/26)

Einar Olav Larsen Trio :  Lysblain (2012/10/26)

 

Reviews added 2012/10/18:

Nick Tann :  The Vinyl Project (2012/10/09)

 

Reviews added 2012/10/04:

Alkinoos Ioannidis :  Local Stranger (2012/10/02)

Mehran :  Subterranea (2012/09/26)

State Of Undress :  I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) (Single) (2012/10/02)

The Unthanks :  Diversions Vol. 2 - The Unthanks With Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band (2012/09/24)

 

Reviews added 2012/09/23:

Pete Oxley, Nicolas Meier :  Travels To The West (2012/09/14)

Joanna Strand - Fly Transatlantic Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Tuesday 11th September 2012 (2012/09/12)

 

Reviews added 2012/09/08:

Joanna Strand :  Fly Transatlantic (2012/08/10)

 

Reviews added 2012/08/10:

Chico Chica :  Mélangerie (2012/08/08)

State Of Undress :  Journeys Of The Heart (2012/08/02)

Tamikrest :  Toumastin (2012/08/08)

 

Reviews added 2012/07/25:

Ido Bukelman :  Solo (2012/07/21)

 

Reviews added 2012/07/11:

alasVALS :  Felicidad Equidistante (2012/07/10)

Bethany Jameson & Romano Viazzani / Vérité Cabaret Quartet - On the Banks Of The Seine Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 29th June 2012 (2012/07/03)

 

Reviews added 2012/06/27:

Francesco Lo Castro :  Electric Affairs (2012/06/20)

Juwon Ogungbe :  Life Force Music (2012/06/21)

 

Reviews added 2012/06/10:

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

 

Reviews added 2012/05/16:

Guillermo Rozenthuler - Brazil, Meu Amor Live At Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Bloomsbury, London WC1 4th May 2012 (2012/05/05)

Yair Yona :  World Behind Curtains (2012/05/09)

 

Reviews added 2012/05/02:

Sarah Gillespie And The War On Trevor Live At The Vortex, Dalston, London N16, Thursday 26th April 2012 (2012/04/28)

Rich Siegel :  The Way To Peace (2012/04/30)

 

Reviews added 2012/04/20:

Sarah Gillespie :  The War On Trevor (2012/04/12)

 

Reviews added 2012/04/01:

Martin Alvarado, with Horacio Avilano Trio :  Más Allá (2012/03/27)

 

Reviews added 2012/03/25:

Renu :  Love From London (2012/03/19)

 

Reviews added 2012/03/04:

Martin Alvarado Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, 1st March 2012 (2012/03/02)

 

Reviews added 2012/02/25:

Renu Live At The Front Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1, 16th December 2011 (2011/12/17)

 

Reviews added 2012/02/17:

Martin Alvarado Live At The Light Temple, Austin Street, London E2, Saturday, 26th November 2011 (2011/11/27)

 

 

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Both formal and informal articles, both on as well as off site, on all manner of topics relating to music broadly fallin into the 'Other Music' category, i.e., music not covered elsewhere on Rainlore's World of Music. Titles are accompanied by brief descriptions of the content. A full index of articles and features is also available.

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