WorldMusicMix: Peyman Yazdanian(Iran) – Live à Lecce

Peyman Yazdanian

Nouvel album Live In Lecce
Sortie le 29/03/2024 chez Melmax Music

Le pianiste Peyman Yazdanian est de retour le 29 mars 2024 avec la sortie physique (cd et vinyle) de l’album Live In Lecce. Enregistré en 2021 dans les Pouilles en Italie, dans le cadre du festival Conversazione Sul futuro, cet album du pianiste iranien déjà disponible en digital reçoit enfin la lumière qu’il mérite grâce au label de jazz Melmax Music.

Le concert de Peyman Yazdanian à Lecce est le fruit d’une improvisation touchée par la grâce, sur un piano préparé par ses soins. Pendant une quarantaine de minutes, l’artiste nous tient en haleine, suspendu au fil miraculeux d’une inspiration jaillissante et intarissable. Gracieux, lyrique, souple ou percutant, son jeu de piano nous transporte avec autant de couleurs et de profondeur qu’un orchestre.

Pour retrouver un peu de la magie de cette soirée, Peyman Yazdanian dévoile une vidéo où il rejoue un thème de Live in Lecce, capté en session par l’équipe du Cargo.

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À l’occasion de la huitième édition du festival Conversazioni sul Futuro en 2021, le compositeur iranien Peyman Yazdanian s’est rendu en Italie pour y réaliser sa première performance live en Europe depuis longtemps.

C’est plus précisément à Lecce dans la région des Pouilles que ce festival annuel se tient depuis 2013. Les rencontres s’y déroulent en plein air dans les espaces du Convitto Palmieri, des anciens couvents des Augustins et des Théatins, de la librairie Liberrima et du parc archéologique des Rudiae.

Cet évènement a pour but de sensibiliser son public à des sujets de société actuels importants tels que l’éducation, la science, les droits de l’Homme, l’environnement, l’économie, etc. Le concert de Peyman a d’ailleurs été réalisé en hommage à Patrick Zaki, un chercheur égyptien arrêté puis condamné à trois ans de prison pour avoir dénoncé les violations de droits des Coptes, des habitants chrétiens d’Égypte.

Le concert de Peyman Yazdanian s’est déroulé sous la forme d’une improvisation sur piano préparé qu’il persiste à appeler lui-même “piano manipulé”. Ce qui rend cette performance si spéciale est sans aucun doute la façon avec laquelle le compositeur d’origine perse a su altérer le son d’un instrument classique tel que le piano. En entreposant des objets divers sur les cordes ainsi que les marteaux de l’instrument emblématique, Peyman réussit à transformer le son du piano et à obtenir des sonorités percussives plus brutes et impactantes qu’habituellement. Certaines ne sont pas sans rappeler le Gamelan Indonésien.

Ce son cristallin permet à Peyman d’improviser des boucles de piano suivies d’envolées engageant une conversation sur l’avenir avec son piano.

L’album digital issu de l’enregistrement de cette session live improvisée paru le 7 octobre 2022 sur les plateformes de streaming. Il se nomme tout simplement Live in Lecce et comporte cinq mouvements. Il est enfin commercialisé sur CD et Vinyle le 29 mars avec le label Melmax Music.

Le pianiste est également un compositeur de musique de film réputé, et largement récompensé. Sa musique a accompagné les œuvres des plus grands réalisateurs iraniens, d’Abbas Kiarostami à Asghar Farhadi, en passant par Niki Karimi ou Mohammad Rasoulof.

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Giorgio Alessani(France): Nouvel album The Mess We Leave Behind

Giorgio Alessani

Nouvel album The Mess We Leave Behind

Sortie le 01/03/2024 chez Alfa Music / Inouïe Distribution

En concert le 29/02/2024 au Studio de l’Ermitage

Le chanteur Giorgio Alessani revient avec son nouvel album The Mess We Leave Behind pour le 01 mars 2024 sur le label Alfa Music avec le clip à découvrir sur Youtube réalisé par Adriano Testa.

Entouré d’André Ceccarelli à la batterie, Cédric Hanriot au piano, M-Carlos au saxophone, et Rember Duharte à la trompette, Giorgio Alessani nous offre neuf chansons inoubliables, dont une en italien et une en français, avec un texte écrit par la chanteuse Anne Sila, qui chante également un duo sur l’album.
Entièrement écrit pendant la pandémie, The Mess We Leave Behind est le fruit d’un moment de la vie de Giorgio Alessani, passé dans une pièce, isolé du monde, à la recherche de nouvelles inspirations, de nouvelles mélodies et de nouveaux sons qui représentent au mieux ses pensées et ses émotions.
Entouré des plus grands musiciens de jazz de la scène internationale, avec les participations exceptionnelles d’Anne Sila et Juanjo Mosalini, Giorgio Alessani nous offre un album à la beauté indépassable.

Pour découvrir le clip de The Mess We Leave Behind :

Chanteur, auteur-compositeur, musicien (piano et batterie) et arrangeur musical, avec ce dernier opus The Mess We Leave Behind, Giorgio Alessani nous apporte une création originale, un délicieux mélange de jazz pop et d’harmonies contemporaines. Une célébration des plus grands crooners et des plus grands maîtres de la musique swing, en étroite collaboration avec les meilleurs musiciens de la scène jazz contemporaine française : Anne Sila, André Ceccarelli, Cédric Hanriot et M-Carlos et Juanjo Mosalini.

Bienvenue dans l’univers captivant de ce nouvel album de Giorgio Alessani. Plongez-vous dans une expérience musicale unique qui fusionne harmonieusement des éléments de jazz et de pop pour créer un son inoubliable.

Cet album transcende les frontières musicales, transportant l’auditeur à travers des paysages sonores riches et variés. Chaque track est une exploration artistique, un voyage émotionnel qui capture l’essence même de l’expression musicale. Les paroles en anglais écrites par Cedric McClester (poète new-yorkais) sont le fil conducteur de cet album : un véritable voyage à travers toutes nos humeurs et nos sentiments : la tristesse, le désespoir, suivis ensuite par la lumière, la joie de vivre, l’envie d’embrasser, l’amour… le reflet d’une vie.

On retrouve sur l’album la participation exceptionnelle de la chanteuse Anne Sila qui a écrit les paroles pour un titre de l’album, et chante un duo en italien sur le disque.

Giorgio Alessani sera en concert le 29 février 2024 au Studio de l’Ermitage à Paris.

Giorgio Alessani : Chant
André Ceccarelli : Batterie
Cédric Hanriot : Piano
M-Carlos : Saxophone

Rember Duharte : Trompette

Featuring Anne Sila et Juanjo Mosalini

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WorldMusicMix: Leo Courbot(Belgium)-New album: Passion at a distance

Leo Courbot
Nouvel album Passion at a distance
Sortie le 22 mars 2024

Après un premier album remarqué (Vatic Vintage, révélation Jazz Magazine 2021) attirant des comparaisons avec Prince et Jimi Hendrix sur les ondes comme dans la presse, Leo Courbot propose un deuxième disque ambitieux, Passion at a Distance, prévu pour le 22 mars 2024.

Astronaute perché amateur de supernovas guitaristiques, le guitariste Leo Courbot suit son orbite entre galaxies funk et constellations rock. Depuis sa station spatiale bruxelloise, il écrit, compose, arrange et réalise en solo tous ses enregistrements.

Accompagné d’une incroyable équipe de batteurs comme Michael Bland (Prince, George Benson…), Gene Lake (Meshell Ndegeocello, D’Angelo, Maxwell), Stéphane Galland (Joe Zawinul, Ozark Henry…) et Pat Dorcean (Ida Nielsen, Jef Lee Johnson, Zap Mama), Leo Courbot nous transporte dans une odyssée de l’espace hendrixienne et romantique. On peut découvrir en premier extrait le clip du Cantique des Quantiques, avec en invité le batteur extraordinaire Stéphane Galland.

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Astronaute perché amateur de supernovas guitaristiques, Leo Courbot suit son orbite entre galaxies funk et constellations rock. Après son premier album, Vatic Vintage, révélation Jazz Magazine gorgée d’astéroïdes funk, et dans son dernier EP, Wormholes (Octobre 2022), réalisé en compagnie de Michael Bland, batteur star de Prince, le musicien belge annonce la sortie de son deuxième album, Passion at a Distance.

En neuf titres funk-rock originaux, l’album met en scène la quête interstellaire d’un amour authentique. D’une chanson à l’autre, les textes s’appuient sur les vocabulaires cosmique et quantique pour poser le décor: “nuages d’électrons,” “corps célestes” et “trous de vers” y décrivent les distances infimes et infinies où se jouent le désir, les plaisirs et les peines amoureuses.
Pour se détacher des boîtes à rythmes d’un premier album réalisé quasiment seul, Leo
Courbot s’est entouré des batteurs de ses idoles: on retrouve des collaborations avec Michael Bland, repéré aux côtés de Prince et George Benson, Gene Lake qui a accompagné Meshell Ndegeocello, D’Angelo, ou Maxwell), mais encore Stéphane Galland qui a joué entre autre avec Joe Zawinul et Ozark Henry, AKA Moon) et Pat Dorcean (Ida Nielsen, Jef
Lee Johnson, Zap Mama).
Côté esthétique, la musique de l’album est illustrée par une fabuleuse pochette signée Philippe Caza, dessinateur pionnier de la science-fiction des 70s aux côtés de Druillet et Moebius dans les bandes dessinées des Humanoïdes Associés et du magazine culte Métal Hurlant.
Passion at a Distance nous transporte dans l’espace avec son odyssée sonore aux accents hendrixiens revendiqués. A savourer sous les étoiles dès le 22 mars 2024.

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World Music Mix: Hakim Jamal(UK)-As She Awakens (2023)

Hakim Jamal-As She Awakens

Hakim Jamal(UK)-As She Awakens
Composer: Paul Ashley Wheatcroft
Label: TalkingHead TV Recordings (2023)

On June 21st 2023, a child was born in Algiers. She has not had a simple start to life – her parents are separated by distance, although she is much loved. We keep communication open and we give her what we can in the ways we can, until we can see her. This I also do with my two other grandchildren, but sadly often with little success.
I wanted to give her a gift that would be memorable, and with the skills I have, I created this for her and about her. It was inspired by a video taken of her by her mother as she was waking up one day.
But it’s more than that – children from her part of the world, and I include the Middle East as well as North Africa suffer daily deprivations and injustices. Children of her precise background find themselves even this week caught up in the awful racist theatre of hate that is France.
Yet they remain at heart just children – alive, trusting, hungry, loving, naturally happy – wherever they are.
In my opinion it is our responsibility to make sure they are taken care of; and so this song is for them too. I hope it makes you think of children you know and ways in which you can be kind to them. Peace.

https://hakimjamal.bandcamp.com/track/as-she-awakes

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World Music Mix: Neal Bowen(USA)-Album: Kamikaze Think Thank (Blue Canoe Records, 2023)

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Neal Bowen’s music showcases his abilities not only on bass, but guitar, keys, and in production. With the contributions of drummer/producer Jason Cooper and trumpeter/arranger Tom Clary, Neal’s debut album Kamikaze Think Tank is a tribute to his musical heroes that have become a part of his musical voice and vision. Echoes of Weather Report, Dixie Dregs, and Steely Dan can be heard throughout.

Featuring:
Bass, Keys, Guitar, Programming: Neal Bowen
Drums: Jason Cooper
Trumpet: Tom Clary
Saxophone: Jim Spake
Trombone: Victor Sawyer
B3 Organ, Synth: Pete DeGloma
Mixing/Mastering: Neal Bowen, Jason Cooper

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World Music Mix: Strunz and Farah (USA)-Album: Syncretic Strings

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Syncretic Strings
AVAILABLE MARCH 2023
Grammy-nominated acoustic guitar greats Strunz & Farah are releasing their 21st album, Syncretic Strings, in March 2023. Their blend of Latin, Middle Eastern, jazz fusion, and acoustic rock elements has been highly influential among guitarists worldwide.

Recognized for their astounding technical brilliance, melodic eloquence, and colorful and sophisticated compositions, Strunz & Farah have created a new collection of ten studio tracks full of energy and beauty. One cut, “This Could Only Be”, features surprise special guest Al Di Meola on percussion.

As the title suggests, the music offers an exuberant diversity, blending many elements into their unique guitar vision, transcending categories, and further expanding the possibilities of contemporary guitar. A new refreshing feast of color, melody, and driving rhythm from these guitar masters, among their very best yet.

“Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah play with the swiftness of a desert wind and the burning passion of a Gypsy campfire…In addition to being talented arrangers and composers, their technical mastery of the instrument – especially in terms of speed – tests the boundaries of the human capability.” – Guitar Player

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World Music Mix: Fingerless (Australia): single: More To Come

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Fingerless (Australia): single: More To Come

Meanjin/Brisbane psych-folk-indie-rock group Fingerless are not ones to stick to any single style. After pulling dungeon/dark synth, psych pop, and an epic ballad (cover) out of the hat last year, they return in 2023 with a cynical take on the rose-coloured glasses “love conquers all” trope.
‘More To Come’ is a love song really, in its broadest sense, but it’s also about life and how we can’t always prepare for everything. Life and love are not fairytales, there are ups and downs the whole way through—there is no happily ever after, there is only now.

The impetus for the song’s themes came from the phrase that you see at the end of a lot of ABC News articles: “More to come.” Like, we know. That’s why we read the news and not the olds. They do make a good point though – there is always more tocome. The world is always changing around us and we have to respond to it. On top of that, as individuals we’re always changing, and we make changes wherever we go. Nothing is static.

Keeping true to this theme, the artwork for the new single was developed using AI image generation – an emerging technology that we don’t really understand. Some of the lyrics and imagery from the song were used as the prompts for creating the original image on Midjourney. What does this kind of technology mean for visual art and (human) artists working in this space? And let’s not forget that AI generated music has been around for a while now, and it’s awesome and terrifying in both its generative and integrated forms.

The band returned to Black Box recording studio (Moorooka) in 2022 to record this new single, as well as a few other tracks including The Pineapples From The Dawn Of Time cover, ‘Charlie’ (featured in 4000 Records’ recent House Keys compilation album). This was the band’s first time working with Jeff Lovejoy (Resin Dogs, Sahara Beck) as producer and recording/mixing engineer.


“We recorded these songs live, with vocal, percussion and acoustic guitar overdubs added later, “says Cheeseman. “We prefer to do it this way because that’s how we write the songs. It feels better, it’s more fun and it just makes sense. One really cool thing that happened during recording was getting to use the same 1950s mic stand that was used in the Baz Luhrmann Elvis film. Jeff worked on the film as a music equipment consultant and had stand!”

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World Music Mix: Plena Libre(Puerto Rico)-Album: Cuatro Esquinas (2023)

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Plena Libre celebrates 30 years of bringing the iconic sounds of their Puerto Rican homeland to stages worldwide w/the release of new album Cuatro Esquinas (Four Corners) and worldwide tour dates

Puerto Rico’s multi-Grammy–nominated musical masters, Plena Libre have consistently been enthralling audiences around the globe over the course of their storied 30-year, 16-album career with their original sound — one that infuses the traditional plena and bomba rhythms of Puerto Rico with a fresh spring mix of Afro-Caribbean and jazz styles to create groove-laden dance music that honors their deep sense of the unique indigenous musical traditions, while embracing modern trends.

Now, Plena Libre are celebrating their 30th anniversary in style, unleashing a new wave of awe-inspiring hand drumming, vivacious horns, and soul-soaring three-part vocal harmonies with the release of their new album Cuatro Esquinas (Four Corners), to be released March 31, 2023. The fine-tuned, original band of 12 versatile virtuoso musicians will also be captivating audiences across the map in 2023 with live performances scheduled at festivals in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Europe, including an appearance at the prestigious New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Founder, bandleader, and bassist Gary Nuñez stress the appropriateness of the title, since the group’s music, and especially that of this new album, reflects personal, universal situations, accompanied by the unique sounds of the Puerto Rican rhythms of the bomba and the plena. The album title was inspired by Nuñez’s youth, growing up in a Puerto Rican neighborhood where “Four Corners”, alluded to a local meeting point that sometimes even carried an unfairly bad reputation.

Says Nuñez, “Cuatro Esquinas”, in my adolescence, used to be a meeting point in my neighborhood, with some ‘bad reputation’. It was known as ‘4 Esquinas’ because in each corner there was a bar or bodega. It was the place where people met and all sorts of characters gathered there and replaced their sorrows with some joy, romance, adventure, or consolation. It is the part of our history that does not appear in the “stories” that we were told about who Puerto Ricans are”

Cuatro Esquinas is a representation of some of those experiences, captured in a mix of “traditional” and original songs. Featuring four vocalists singing in lush three-part harmonies – with an aggressive, tight, yet sensitive style, which balances the traditional with the contemporary, the global, and the local – Plena Libre creates a brand of music and live performance that captivates the multicultural audience, invites to dance and to listen to their sound.

The track, “Tu cintura con la mía” was arranged by Luisga Núñez, son of Gary Nuñez who shares with his father a passion for parranda, bajo, and vocal harmonies — bringing a taste of the next generation to the distinctive elements of the group.

“We dedicate this recording to the public and to all those people who have supported Plena Libre, through those 30 years. To all the musicians who are and who have been part of this experience, we are GRATEFUL”, enthused Núñez, who took the opportunity to particularly thank his wife Valerie Cox “for the unconditional, necessary and total support for three decades and to all the musicians that were part of this album, making it possible”.

Apart from Gary Núñez as director and bassist, Plena Libre is made up of: Víctor Vélez (vocals/percussion), Luisga Núñez (vocals/percussion), Rafi Falú (requinto), Miguel A. de Jesús (vocals/percussion), Alex “Callejero” López (vocals/percussion), Rafy Torres, Randy Román and Kevin Ortiz on trombones, Pedro Dominicci (timbales), Manuel Rivera (congas), Karla Martínez on piano and Yarina Torres in charge of choirs.

Cuatro Esquina will be available on all major streaming platforms on March 31, 2023.

Check here for tour updates: https://www.plenalibre.com/tour-dates

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World Music Mix: Armagos (Greece)- Album: “7 times in America” (2022)

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“7 times in America,” the latest album by Greek pianist Armagos, is a wonderful display of musicianship and sensitivity. The seven pieces’ minimalist style enables for the compositions’ true beauty to stand out. With emotional depth and that special cinematic quality previously present on his previous albums, the compositions have a softly meditative nature painted with great care and finesse. A beautiful album for listeners who appreciate the inventiveness blessed with grace.

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World Music Mix: Al-jiçç(Portugal)- EP Traveler / Rupta

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‘Chants’ is Al-jiçç’s fifth album and represents a new aesthetic evolution of the band. It was composed and produced during the pandemic, with the musicians individually recording their parts.

The music started with six little themes composed on an electric piano, which served as a harmonic basis for the improvisations. These improvisations were edited and manipulated, with the mixing and post-production playing a fundamental role on the record.

Keeping the Mediterranean-inspired melodies as a brand, in ‘Chants’ these were mixed in a universe influenced by Miles Davis’ electric period (in ‘Route’), by Dub (in ‘Zadar’) or more ambient electronics ( in ‘Lost Signal’).

This record represents a new direction for Al-Jiçç, using the melodic side as a starting point for more electronic and contemporary universes.

Nuno Damião – guitar, keyboards and percussion
Gonçalo Lopes – clarinet and bass clarinet
Ricardo A. Freitas – electric bass
Jorge Lopes Trigo – percussion

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 BEST OF BANDCAMP JAZZ – January 2019 and September 2021
” The quartet Al-jiçç embrace a number of influences, (…), With slinky tempos that slide into thick grooves, the quartet (…) give the different melodic approaches a bird-of-a-feather quality. the interplay between guitar and bass clarinet , like shadowplay between the sun and shade, results in some seriously absorbing moments.” Dave Sumner

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