Artist Profiles: David Krakauer

David Krakauer – Photo by Selmer Paris

Clarinetist David Krakauer has mastered a wide-range of styles, including classical chamber music, Eastern European Klezmer music, the avant-garde, rock and jazz. He is a natural storyteller who has dazzled colleagues and the public.

Krakauer is in demand worldwide as a guest soloist with the finest chamber music groups. Collaborations have included the Tokyo String Quartet, the Eroica Trio, the Kronos Quartet, the Lark Quartet, the Mendelssohn String Quartet, and the Empire Brass Quintet. Programs ranged from Brahms and Bartok to Schoenberg and Golijov.

As one of the leading musicians of the new wave of Klezmer music, David Krakauer tours the globe with his celebrated Klezmer Madness! Ensemble. While firmly rooted in traditional Klezmer folk tunes the band also pays homage to R&B jazz classical and funk.

His first release on the prestigious French jazz label Label Bleu A New Hot One garnered France’s prestigious Diapason d’Or Prize.

Discography:

Klezmer Madness (Tzadik 711, 1995)

Klezmer NY (Tzadik 7127, 1998)

A New Hot One (Label Bleu 6617, 2000)

The Twelve Tribes (Label Bleu, 2002)

Johannes Brahms – The New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble (New York Philomusica Records, 2002)

Klezmer Concertos and Encores (Milken Archive of Jewish Music, 2003)

Music From The Winery (Tzadik, 2004)

Krakauer Live in Krakow (Label Bleu, 2004)

Bubbemeises: Lies My Gramma Told Me (Label Bleu, 2005)

David Krakauer (Naxos, 2007)

Moravec: Tempest Fantasy / Mood Swings / B.A.S.S. Variations – Trio Solisti & Tweet Tweet – Abraham Inc. (Table Pounding Records, 2009)

The Best of David Krakauer (Label Bleu, 2010)

Pruflas: The Book of Angels (Tzadik, 2012)

Dreams & Prayers (Dreams & Prayers, 2014)

The Big Picture (United For Opportunity, 2014)

Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint (United For Opportunity, 2016)

website: www.davidkrakauer.com

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Artist Profiles: Darol Anger

Darol Anger

Violinist, composer, producer and educator Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres some of which he helped to invent. With the jazz-oriented Turtle Island String Quartet Anger developed and popularized new techniques for playing contemporary music styles on string instruments. The masterful Chambergrass groups Psychograss and Newgrange and the plugged-in Anger-Marshall Band feature his compositions and arrangements. His acclaimed folk-jazz group Montreux was the original musical model for the New Adult Contemporary radio format. The David Grisman Quintet forged a new genre of acoustic string band music with Darol’s creative use of the violin.

Working with some of the world’s great improvising string musicians, among them Stephane Grappelli, Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck, David Grisman and Vassar Clements, has contributed to the development of Anger’s signature voice both as player and composer. His published works include jazz originals and arrangements a fiddle tune collection and of course recordings. Anger has produced dozens of critically praised recordings since 1977 which have featured his compositions and performances. Highlights include the Heritage Folk Music project that brings together some of the most important voices in the traditional contemporary folk and bluegrass music scene; the Anger-Marshall Band’s JAM and Brand New Can which set new standards for the Newgrass/jazz genre; and his release Diary Of A Fiddler which sets Anger in duet with the most prominent and innovative fiddlers of our time.

Anger holds the String Chair of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He has led seminars at the Stanford Oberlin and Amherst Jazz Worshops regularly teaches at the Berklee School of Music and the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp and at workshops and clinics from Campo Do Jordao Brazil to the Music Conservatory at Bremen Germany. He is a Contributing Editor for Strings magazine and is on the ASTA Editorial Board.

The recipient of a 1995 California Arts Council Composer Fellowship, Anger was nominated in 1997 for the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts. He has been a featured soloist on a number of motion picture soundtracks and he wrote and performed the score for the Sundance Award-winning film Best Offer. He was the winner of the Frets Magazine Readers’ Poll for Best Jazz Violinist for four years running.

Anger’s work has expanded not only the acoustic violin’s boundaries but has contributed to the development of violin synthesizer repertoire and technology. His writings on these subjects and string education issues appear regularly in prominent music periodicals and on the Web. His current projects include Darol Anger and His Jazz Guys is a working group featuring fellow S.F. Bay Area residents a duet recording with pianist Phillip Aaberg and Fiddlers 4 with Michael Doucet, Bruce Molsky and Rushad Eggleston in 2002; and a collaboration with Swedish group Vasen.

Discography

Fiddlistics (1981)
Tideline, with Barbara Higbie (1982)
Live at Montreux ’84 (1984)
Chiaroscuro (1985)
The Duo with Mike Marshall (1988)
Jazz Violin Celebration (1988)
Heritage (1996)
Like Minds (1997)
At Home and On The Range (1997)
Christmas Heritage (1998)
Jam (1999)
Diary of a Fiddler (1999)
Brand New Can (2000)
Now Hear This with Psychograss (21)
Republic Of Strings (2005)
Generation Nation (2007)
Woodshop (2007)
Mike Marshall and Darol Anger with Vasen (2007)
Cross Time, with Philip Aaberg (2008)
Eand’a (2014)

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Artist Profiles: Cyril Pahinui

Cyril Pahinui – Photo by Chelle Pahinu

 

Cyril Pahinui grew up in Hawaii, in the small town of Waimanalo at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains on O’ahu’s Windward coast. His father Philip “Gabby” Pahinui was Hawaii’s best known and most influential Slack Key guitarist famous for his beautiful and innovative guitar playing his soulful vocals and his charismatic personality. ‘Dad always said “Stick to your Hawaiian music you can play other music too but stick with playing Hawaiian music.” I followed his advice and I am more and more thankful every year that I did ‘ says Cyril. ‘The things my dad did for me opened doors. He paved the road for me and that road even brought me to Carnegie Hall two times.’

Cyril played in several bands with family members including the all star group  known as The Gabby Band (comprised of Cyril and his father, brothers Bla Phillip and Martin as well as Joe Gang Kupahu, Leland “Atta” Isaacs and Sonny Chillingworth) and The Peter Moon Band that featured his brother Martin as well.

Cyril Pahinui – Photo by Chelle Pahinu

 

In 1992 Cyril joined his brothers Bla and Martin to record the Pahinui Brothers album The Pahinui Bros. and also began recording for Dancing Cat Records as a solo performer. His debut release on Dancing Cat 6 & 12 String Slack Key won the 1994 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.

Cyril offers workshops and school programs for students of all kinds and musicians.

Discography:

The Pahinui Bros. (Private Music, 1992)

6 & 12 String Slack Key (Dancing Cat Records, 1994)

Night Moon – Po Mahina (Dancing Cat Records, 1998)

Four Hands Sweet & Hot (Dancing Cat Records, 1999)

Ka Ho’oilina Mau (Tropical Music 1999)

He’eia (Dancing Cat Records, 2007)

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Artist Profiles: Deanta

Déanta

Déanta was an excellent contemporary Irish folk music band from County Antrim. The young virtuosos steadily built an international reputation for music both pristine and pulsating. They were recipients of numerous awards for their beautifully-crafted vocal and instrumental work.

Musicians: Mary Dillon (vocals), Deirdre Havlin (flute and whistles), Rosie Mulholland (keyboards and fiddle), Eoghan O’Brien (harp and guitar), Kate O’Brien (fiddle and viola), Clódagh Warnock (bouzouki).

Discography:

Deanta (Green Linnet, 1993)

Ready for the Storm (Green Linnet, 1994)

Whisper Of A Secret (1997)

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Artist Profiles: Dalla

Dalla

Dalla was formed by Neil Davey and Hilary Coleman towards the end of 1999 and combines members of the two families who have been integral to reviving interest in traditional music from Cornwall.

Neil Davey and his three brothers started in the 1970s with the band Bucca and their album was released on Plant Life Records. They went on to other bands and started traditional dance groups that have proliferated throughout Cornwall.

Hilary Coleman and her family have worked with community groups to organize festivals and traditional celebrations. She has reintroduced the clarinet into Cornish music and her brother Will Coleman is responsible for encouraging Cornish bagpipe music. Hillary continues to play a key role in Cornish music affairs as a performer a composer a promoter of Cornish language through music and as an organizer of many events raising the profile of local traditional music in Cornwall.

Dalla often perform for dancers and Noze Looan, a recent development in Cornish dancing similar to the Breton Fest Noz and inspired by a sound tradition and a sense of fun. As an alternative to a Troyl (Cornish ceilidh or barn dance) it provides an evening of dances that are accessible enough not to need a caller. You can join in a dance if and when you like and just pick it up as you go along by watching others.

Cornwall is a small Celtic land (roughly the size of Luxembourg or Brunei) jutting out into the Atlantic ocean halfway between Ireland and Brittany. It is a small land with a great history. A history with its roots firmly in Celtic culture but also an extremely cosmopolitan history buzzing with a host of other influences due to ancient maritime links with and waves of emigration to and from all parts of the world.

When you see Dalla live you will see three of Cornwall’s foremost traditional musicians playing Cornish Celtic / World music on an array of instruments including clarinet, bouzouki, fiddle, guitar, accordion and percussion with songs in Cornish (a Celtic language similar to Breton and Welsh) and in English. Some of the material is old some new and all of it is Cornish. Outside influences can undoubtedly be heard in Dalla’s music however and this is as much a product of Cornwall’s own rich cosmopolitan history as it is of the diverse backgrounds and adventurousness of the individual members.

Dalla are frequently joined on stage by Bec Applebee who adds backing vocals and percussion. At larger events Pete Kubrick-Townsend joins in on bass and there is also often the added visual spectacle of display dancers doing slick pieces specially choreographed for Dalla’s music using traditional Cornish steps.

Discography:

A Richer Vein (2001)
More Salt! (2004)
Rooz (2007)
Cribbar (2010)
K5 (2013)

website: www.dalla.co.uk

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Southern Rock Icon Gregg Allman Dies at 69

Gregg Allman – Photo by Danny Clinch

Legendary Southern rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Gregg Allman passed away on May 27, 2017.

Gregory LeNoir Allman was one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band. Based in Macon, Georgia, the Allman Brothers Band was a pioneer of Southern rock, a remarkable mix of rock, blues, jazz and soul.

Some of the best known songs he performed include “Midnight Rider” and “Whipping Post.” The Allman Brothers Band won a GRAMMY Award in 1995 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Jessica.”

We have lost a pioneering force in American music, and our condolences go out to Gregg’s family, friends, colleagues, and music fans everywhere,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy.

The family recommends that tributes to Gregg can be made to the Gregg Allman Scholarship Fund at The University of Georgia or the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University.

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A Taste of Rudolstadt Festival

Various Artists – Rudolstadt Festival 2016

Various Artists – Rudolstadt Festival 2016 (Heideck, 2016)

You can catch up with the latest in world music acts with this double CD compilation from Germany’s Rudolstadt Festival. This compilation features artists from various countries that appeared in the 2016 edition of the festival.

Rudolstadt Festival is one of the most significant world music festivals in Europe.

Stylistically, the artists range from traditional to contemporary forms of world music. The album comes nicely packaged in a hard cover digibook with liner notes in German and English.

Although some of the artists are familiar names to the world music community, there are also quite a few discoveries, featuring acts that don’t tour North America.

Rudolstadt Festival 2016 is an excellent sampling of the great world music you’ll find at the annual festival.

The album is available from shop.rudolstadt-festival.de

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The Smooth Global Sounds of the Shanti Orchestra

Ricky Kej – Shanti Orchestra

Ricky Kej – Shanti Orchestra (Raveolution Studios, 2013)

Indian-American producer Ricky Kej released Shanti Orchestra in 2013. It’s a set of musical pieces that combines melodic new age music with Indian, Celtic and other global music influences.

Kej invited several well-known names in the new age and Indian classical world. The flutes and sitar play a leading role in many of the pieces. Guests include Alexis D’Souza (vocals), Junior Bay (vocals), Praveen Godkhindi (bansuri), Wouter Kellerman (flutes), and Paul Livingstone (sitar).

Shanti Orchestra is a crossover album that will appeal to fans of highly melodic new age music and the lighter side of world music.

Buy Shanti Orchestra

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Artist Profiles: Culture Musical Club

Culture Musical Club – Photo courtesy of Sauti za Busara Music Festival

Culture Musical Club is not only the largest but also one of the most prolific and successful orchestras of Zanzibar and they present taarab music Swahili style at its best.

In addition to countless performances in Stonetown villages of Zanzibar and on the Tanzania mainland, this ensemble has toured internationally with outstanding success and has won over audiences in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Arab Emirates and Reunion with their lush songs and instrumental solos.

They perform new compositions on a regular basis and have developed a distinct and uniquely Swahili style. Their CD-releases have made the name Culture Musical Club known to audiences throughout the world so that rehearsals in their club house have become  a tourist attraction.

Discography:

The Music of Zanzibar (Globestyle, 1988)

Spices of Zanzibar (Network Medie, 1996)

Bashraf (Dizim, 2000)

Waridi: Parfums de Zanzibar (Virgin, 2004)

Shime! (World Village, 2009)

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Artist Profiles: Bad Haggis

Bad Haggis – Photo by Wayde Carroll

 

Virtuoso bagpipe player Eric Rigler and his Celtic-infused, world music fusion band Bad Haggis combine the traditional sounds of Scottish and Irish bagpipes and tin whistles with Latin American music, Jazz, rock, and African influences. Based in Los Angeles, the band was formed in formed in 1998 and has toured the United States, Scotland and Spain.

Rigler fell in love with the sound of bagpipes at age two. He learned the traditional forms of bagpipe music, but as he got older he was interested in other genres and decided to combine them.

Rigler ‘s bagpipes and whistles are heard on several movie soundtracks, from Hollywood hits Braveheart and Titanic to the 2005 Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby. Eric Rigler also is heard on Troy, Master and Commander – The Far Side of the World, Ladder 49, Road to Perdition, Death to Smoochy, Austin Powers – The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius and many others.

Bad Haggis is led by Rigler on Scottish and Irish bagpipes and various whistles. The lineup has varied throughout the years.

 

Eric Rigler – Photo courtesy of Aix Records

 

Rigler has recorded with various artists such as Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban and Tracy Chapman.

He’s also heard and sometimes seen on A&E television’s Crossing Jordan as well as other TV series like JAG, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and others. Rigler was the piper who led former President Ronald Reagan’s burial, televised worldwide.

 

Discography:

Ark (2000)

Trip (2001)

Span (2004) Live-concert, double-sided DVD

Wine Dark Sea (2005)

website: www.badhaggis.com

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