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Olov Johansson, Erika Lindgren Liljenstolpe and Robert Larsson : Maskin
Three masters of the craft of Swedish fiddle playing focus on the Uppland tradition. The common love for the light, swinging and yet high energy fiddle style that Viksta-Lasse, Eric Sahlström, Curt Tallroth and Bosse Larsson championed brings us a wonderful recording of Swedish strings.
Vrang : SaeterSoul
Lee Blackstone writes, 'The Norwegian trio features Jon Hjellum Brodal, Tuva Faerden, and Maja Gravermoen Toresen on hardanger fiddles, fiddles, lyres, and the occasional mandolin. Their full-length debut is beautifully produced, with plenty of space and depth that let the low mellow tones of the hardanger fiddle grow and the sprightly lyres shine. They combine a minimalist approach and a sly pop sensibility. They can sometimes remind the listener of Groupa with tunes that nod to their coloring and percussive romps. Vrang sparkle, and they are a band full of promise.' This is the RootsWorld Music of the Month selection for May, 2017. Highly recommended!
Dalava : The Book of Transfigurations
Guitarist Aram Bajakian and vocalist Julia Ulehlas Dálava project is an homage to traditional Moravian folk music, taking melodies transcribed over 100 years ago by Ulehlas great-grandfather, and reinventing them in stirring, sometimes avant-garde musical language.It delves into deep territory; conjuring ancestors, animating spirits, and crafting musical microcosms around the gem-like folk melodies. This fractured village music channels the voices of a bygone era. Their first album was a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' pick, and this one is equally engaging.
Aman Aman : Música i cants sefardís d'Orient i Occident
Mara Aranda and Efrén López of the well-received Spanish ensemble L'ham de Foc have brought together a number of musicians to explore Sephardic music under the name of Amán Amán. They maintain their forward vision on these tracks, as they traverse Sephardic turf in Greece, Turkey, the Balkans and Spain.
Berit Opheim, Nils Okland and Bjorn Kjellemyr : BNB - ein song frå dei utsungne stunder
Berit Opheim, Nils Økland and Bjørn Kjellemyr are inspired by a wide variet y of classic styles but find common ground in the field of improvisation.Berit Opheim has won the traditional Landskappleiken with her shining vocal. Nils Økland is an extraordinary music who plays fiddle, hardanger fiddle and viola d 'amore. Bjørn Kjellemyr's double bass and his recent fondness of the colascione, a bass lute from the Renaissance, adds the appropriate gravity to this recording, performed live in the Ullensvang church in Norway. There is a deep tradition here, but also an untamed avant garde, and together they make BNB a highly recommended CD.
Kanazoe Orkestra : Miriya
Born in Burkina Faso, Kanazoe is recognized as a young genius of balafon, both for his technical prowessand his creativity. Multi-instrumentalist, he plays the balafon Dioula Sambla and Toussian (pentatonic), the diatonic balafon ( djelibalan or Guinean balafon) and the kamelen ngoni - a pentatonic harp. He sings in Dioula language. The virtuosity of the artist and the festive energy are the two cornerstones of this project. Kanazoe and his musicians offer us a dance music both, muscular and moving.
Trio Tekke and Dave De Rose : Zivo
The trio bring along a percussionist for their third recording. Formed in London in November 2005 by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras, vocals, and a member of Monsieuer Doumani), Lefteris Moumtzis (guitar, vocals) and Colin Somervell (double bass), the band experiments with a raw, acoustic reinvention of the rebetiko of Greece and beyond.
Maes, Martin, Gruel : Feule Caracal
Two great experimenters of the diatonic accordion, Frenchmen Christian Maes and Janick Martin, and the explorer percussionist Etienne Gruel. That's all there is. The accordions are both acoustic and run through effects, the percussion is mostly from the middle east, and with these simple tools and elements of jazz and rock, they push back the borders a few degrees.
Zephyr : October Ocean
From the review in RootsWorld: 'Görån Mansson, Jonas Simonson (from Groupa), and Richard Ekre Suzzi utilize a variety of wind instruments from Sweden and afar, such as the bamboo Bansuri flute. An all-flute trio can certainly have an ethereal sound, as the band demonstrates but Zephyr go well beyond such stereotyping and they construct compositions that indulge in world music influences. They are also a remarkably percussive group, the melodic washes are undergirded by deep tones that, combined, lend a slightly Asian air. Zephyr make a compelling and intriguing showcase for the power and universality of, and experimentation possible with, wind instruments.'
Trad.Attack! : Kullakarva - Shimmer Gold
This Estonian band uses tradition as a jumping off point for a vocal infused, high energy folk music that jusmps into the same territory as Hedningarna and Varttina. They take traditional songs – sometimes starting with scratchy recordings of long vanished village voices – and build pulsating rhythmic structures, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string guitar, drums and an array of whistles, bagpipes and jew's harps.
Zenobia : Blot En Ild
The 2017 release by this Danish trio of women is an elegant set of 16 instrumental compositons and lyrical songs, some from classical texts, all original music set for accordion, piano and voices. The booklet contains full lyrics in Danish, and a synopsis of each song in English.
Mynsterland : Mynsterland
A young group of Danish string players, singers and a clarinetist tackle a wide-ranging set of songs and tunes from Back to Nickel Creek on fiddles, cello, reeds, guitar and bass.
Per Gudmundson : Sakpipa
Swedish folk music played on the bagpipe. The bagpipe is not well known in Swedish folk, but Gudmundson plays a type not too uncommon in the late 19th century and early 20th. He is joined by an ensemble of vocalists (Agneta Stolpe), violin, the lira, zither and harmonica played by Magnus and Ola Bäckström, Jan Winter and Erik and Ingrid Ingels. Heady stuff, originally recorded in 1982 and quite radical at the time.
Riccardo Tesi and Banditaliana : Maggio
From the RootsWorld review: 'Riccardo Tesi always escapes easy pigeon-holing. He is idiosyncratic without being abrasive, cutting edge without the hard edge. He is a gentle fusionist, bringing together new and old worlds so that's it's hard to know where one starts and the other ends. On Maggio, his latest with Bandtaliana, the sound is vintage Tesi: a refinement of traditional music that has the well-aged, heartfelt soul of folk music, but is as assuredly lovely as a classical wind quartet. Underneath the overall gentle spell that Tesi casts are shades and layers of sophistication.'
ba.fnu and Yann-Fanch Kemener : YFK-2016
Czech band meets legendary Breton singer Yann-Fañch Kemener. The Czechs have an affinity for both Czech and other European styles, but especially Breton fest-noz tunes. Yann-Fañch Kemener supplies the Breton vocals distinguished by a call-and-response pattern, that accompanies dancing. The musicians largely work with tracks that Kemener collected, while three of the tracks feature modern lyrics. The whole work is conceived as a 'calendar' with songs and recitations for each month. (A RootsWorld selection)
Vasen : Brewed
The Swedish acoustic juggernaut returns with a 2017 release of 15 original pieces, from the tradition but not bound to it. Olov Johansson's nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle) and Mikael Marin's 5-string viola are once again pushed along by the rhythm of Roger Tallroth's 12-string guitar.
Jugalbandi trio : Doab
You might expect something in the 'world-fusion-new-age' vein from the trio of Fabian Fiorini (piano), Suman Sarkar (tablas) and Fabian Beghin (bansuri flute and bell). But instead, what they offer is a solid, almost jazz approach, taking the ragas that are the root of their music and turning them into original, distinctly European new music.
Serendou : Zinder
Breton flutes meet flutes and percussion from Niger in a unique new recording of cross-cultural music. Yacouba Moumouni (flute, vocals), Boubacar Souleymane (singer, percussionist, guitar and kountigui - a one-stringed lute), and Jean-Luc Thomas (ebony flute, electronics, vocals) are joined by a few guests on percussion, strings and tuba. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection and your purchase goes to support the magzine and radio program.
Carmen Souza w. Theo Pascal : Creology
Carmen Souza is daughter of Cape Verdeans and one of Portugal's great singers. Her 8th album is a collaboration with Portuguese bassist, writer and arranger Theo Pascal. They have created a new set of songs using the Creole music from around the world, mixing their inherited traditional cultural elements with other modern ideas. Their inspiration on this album comes from ex-colonial Portuguese countries- Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Brazil, Cuba and then on to New Orleans. It's a joyous celebration of mixing culture, music and tradition that is as old as the human race.
Pixvae : Colombian Crunch Music
The label promo: As the hybrid peach palm from which it borrows its name, this unusual group is the result of cross origins, a space where the warm melodies of the Afro-Colombian music meet the energy of rock and eclectic jazz culture. Confronting the worlds, merging traditions, PIXVAE embodies an unsuspected alchemy between jazzcore and currulao: a direction that shakes the perception, upsets the entrails and awakens the imagination. Here, electrical power accompanies sublime trance...
Nilamaye : Las Flores Del Sol
Nilamayé is a group of Afrocolombian music. Its repertoire derives from music related to sea and river water and is synonymous with life, joy and cultural blending. Through the soft exuberance of the voices, the warm velvet sounds of the chonta marimbas, the deep humming of the cununos and bombos, the brightness of the guasas and maracas and the rhythmic liveliness of the alegre drum, Nilmayé shares with the listeners the 'contagious joy'" of the Colombian peoples..
Dancas Ocultas and Orchestra : Amplitude
The Portuguese accordion ensemble presents original works (and one traditional folk song) in unique arrangements, joined by Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, with Carminho, Dead Combo and Rodrigo Leao.
Alakotila, Järvelä, Kennemark : Nordik Tree
Arto Järvelä, Timo Alakotila and Hans Kennemark, three formidible artists from Finland and Sweden, in a collaboration for fiddles and harmonium (pump organ).
Floating Sofa Quartet : The moon we watch is the same
Their repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and traditional pieces from their respective countries; sweet melodies and feisty dance tunes are performed with intriguing harmonies, intensity, humor and the warm acoustic sound of wooden instruments. Floating Sofa Quartet is: Mads Kjøller-Henningsen [DK] - wooden flute & swedish bagpipes; Leija Lautamaja [FI] - 2,5-row melodeon & harmonium; Clara Tesch [DK] - fiddle; Malte Zeberg [SE] - double bass
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