Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced "Musica NA", a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.
Copenhagen, Denmark – The 2003 edition of “Folk Music from Denmark” is now available. The album was released by MXP -Danish Music Export & Promotion in cooperation with the Danish Folk Council (Folkemusikkens Fælles Sekretariat) in the “Music from Denmark” series. The CDs are made for promotion only and sent out first and foremost to festivals and media abroad.
“Folk Music From Denmark” presents Danish artists on the current Danish folk scene in a broad sense: traditional dance music, folk rock, singer/songwriters and much more. Visit MXP on the internet at www.mxp.dk.
San Francisco, USA- Clarinet maestro Barbaros Erkose will be leaving Istanbul with his ensemble for an extensive concert tour of Sweden and Denmark, performing 11 concerts in 12 days.
Live, whether sharing the stage with American jazz or traditional Turkish musicians, Barbaros Erkose embraces and incites the audience with the vitality and passion of Turkish and Gypsy music. He balances out the great celebratory joy of Gypsy music with the melancholy of jazz, euphoria with a touch of the blues.
While his passion makes his performances more than energetic enough to keep hips swaying in bacchanalian celebration, his finesse and subtlety makes him capable of holding a concert hall enthralled. Though his roots are Turkish and Rom, Erkose is a citizen of the world and his music speaks a language that captivates people of all cultures.
Concert Dates & Locations:
April 2 – Malmo, Sweden
April 3 – Aalborg, Denmark
April 4 – Copenhagen, Denmark
April 5 – Lund, Sweden
April 6 – Helsingborg, Sweden
April 9 – Norrkoping, Sweden
April 10 – Gavle, Sweden
April 11 – Vasteras, Sweden
April 12 – Grebbestad, Sweden
April 13 – Stockholm, Sweden
April 14 – Oxelosund, Sweden
New York, USA – Putumayo released this week the follow up to the commercially successful World Lounge collection. Euro Lounge features a range of artists from the electronica and pop scenes including Arling & Cameron (The Netherlands), Gare Du Nord (Belgium), Mambotur (Germany / Chile), Mastretta (Spain), Bandabardo (Italy), Bossa Nostra (Italy / Brazil ), Gabin (Italy), Vanja Lazarova (Macedonia), S-Tone Inc. (Italy) , Thievery Corporation (USA), Ilhan Ersahin (Turkey) and Daniele Silvestri (Italy).
London, England – Omara Portuondo, known for her recordings with the Buena Vista Social Club, is currently recording a new album. The CD, produced by World Circuit Records, is being recorded at Egrem Studios in Havana. The record will be engineered by Jerry Boyd and will feature Orquesta Aragón among other guests.
California, USA – Celtic rock band Tempest will be on tour to promote its new album, Shapeshifter.
Tempest has been recording and performing since 1988, has played more than 1000 performances and has released 9 CDs. Tempest is so much more than a folk-rock band. The roots of what they do draw sustenance from traditional folk music, and they rock like wild things, but that tag is far from succinct. What precisely would one call Celtic and European themes artfully sculpted by a Norwegian lead singer and double-necked mandolin player, a Cuban drummer, a crazy fiddle virtuoso, a sophisticated yet funky American bassist and a guitar player with a penchant for heavy rock guitar? Tempest is the only definition of the aforementioned to date. These guys take mythology and history, Irish jigs & reels, Norwegian traditional music and Scottish ballads and run it all through the rock &roll art school to produce a colorful and shapely soundscape that is fresh, irreverent and always a delight.
Fri. Mar. 28 Berkeley, CA STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Ave. 9:30pm (510)841-2072
with special guests Brazen Hussey
Sat. Mar. 29 Modesto, CA BROWN BAG PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
924 15th Street, 8pm (209) 521-3053 http://www.brownbag.net
Sat. Apr. 5 Calistoga, CA NAPA VALLEY RENAISSANCE. Benefit for the River School
Villa Amorosa, 4045 Hwy 29, 7:30pm (707) 258-0664
Berlin, Germany – Ballads at the End of Time is the title of the new album by Sebian act Boris Kovac & Ladaaba Orchest. The album, released by Piranha, is the second part of La Danza Apocalypsa.
The series features music inspired by life after the Apocalypse. “This is the second and the last CD album of the La Danza Apocalypsa Balcanica Project. I hope that such a theme will never inspire me again.” Boris Kovac
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – A group of Cuban female musicians and singers will present at Havana’s La Zorra y el Cuervo club March 28 through 30 the show “Mujeres en el Jazz,” (Women in Jazz) to show their talent in a genre traditionally ruled by men. Cuban pianist Bellita (Lilia Exposito), host of the female jazz encounter along with her trio “Jazz Tumbata,” said in a press conference that “Mujeres en el Jazz” takes place every year, with the aim of promoting women’s music.
According to Exposito, much more is demanded of women jazz musicians than of their male counterparts, and only a few accept the genre in their repertoire, fearing being censored. For that reason, she said incentives are needed to motivate music students to take up jazz and that this little festival is a good way to do it. More than 20 artists that play international jazz classics and innovative pieces, meeting the new harmonic, sound and rhythmic tendencies will join the presentation. Lucia Huergo, famous Cuban saxophonist and composer, is among the jazz musicians to perform.
The performance of French singer Ofelia Latriglia -in Cuba to hear Cuban Latin Jazz and start collaboration between the Cuban Music Institute with French and Spanish musicians, was also programmed. Other participants announced are vocal groups Bahobad and Catarsis, the Esperanza quartet and the Afroamerica percussion band -conformed by three performers of batá drums, sacred instruments of Afro-Cuban religion, which greatly influence Latin Jazz, plus flutist Glenda Lopez and the Angeliza duet.
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – Cuban duo Buena Fe performed this week in a mass concert at Havana’s José Martí Anti-Imperialist Tribune expressing a commitment for peace and denouncing the US and its allies’ aggression against Iraq. Singers Dayami Lozano, Leyanis Lopez, Nassiri Lugo and his band Moneda Dura and guitarists Dagoberto Pedraja and Reinier Mariño were the guest musicians to the memorable concert attended by thousands of people chanting songs and demonstrating their rejection to the war.
Buena Fe is currently very popular in Cuba, especially songs from its latest CD, Arsenal.
Cologne, Germany – Mirto is the title of the new album by Italian artist Simona Barbera. Released by German label Heaven and Earth, Mirto is dedicated to the birthplace of her parents, Sicily.
Each of her songs is dedicated to a place on the Mediterranean island. The poetic sound of the names like Milena, Palermo, Carini, Tindari or Corleone is more important to her than geographic or historical facts. Mirto is also a town on Siciliy. But Simona Barbera was probably thinking more of Mirto – myrtle – a typical Sicilian plant with magical powers, which when laid on the navel with bread, bay leaf and olive oil eases emotional and bodily pain.
Bloomington, USA – Tuareg ensemble Tartit will begin its US tour March 29 in New York city. The members of Tartit play the instruments of their Tuareg—or Kel Tamashek, as they prefer to be called—heritage. The tinde, played exclusively by women, is made from a small wooden mortar that the women use to grind grains, and which is covered with a goatskin.
Only women of the noble or the vassal tribes were once permitted to play the imzad, the small one-stringed gourd-fiddle that is the symbol of Kel Tamashek society. Both instruments are easily disassembled for use in other daily activities. But their most important instrument is also the most portable one of all: the human voice.
Tour dates:03/29/2003, New York City, NY
04/01/2003, Boston, MA
04/05/2003, Stone Ridge, NY
04/07/2003, Washington, DC
04/11/2003, Chicago, IL
04/12/2003, Minneapolis, MN
04/14/2003, Oakland, CA
04/15/2003, Santa Cruz, CA
04/16/2003, Oakland, CA
04/17/2003, Palo Alto, CA
04/18/2003, Stanford, CA
04/26/2003, Seattle, WA
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