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Artist Profiles: Oisin Mac Diarmada

Oisín Mac Diarmada

Oisín Mac Diarmada was born in 1978 in County Clare, Ireland. He learned how to play the fiddle at a young age. Oisín later moved to Co. Sligo where he developed a deep interest in the playing style of the North Connacht region. He won various competitions for young musicians.

His first solo album, “Ar an bhFidil” (Green Linnet) was released in 2003. Oisín is one of the founders of acclaimed contemporary Irish folk music group Téada. Oisín is also a regular solo performer and appears as guest soloist with various other acts.

Oisín was awarded a Research Studentship by Dundalk Institute of Technology, pursuing postgraduate studies under the direction of Dr. Fintan Vallely in the area of “Political Identity & Movement to Music”.

Discography

* Ar an bhFidil (Green Linnet, 2003)
* Teada, with Teada (Ceol Records CEOCD 002, 2003)
* Give us a penny and let us be gone, with Teada (Green Linnet 1228, 2004)
* Inne Amarach (Yesterday Tomorrow), with Teada (Gael Linn/Compass Records, 2006)
* Ceol & Cuimhne (Music & Memory), with Teada (Compass Records, 2010)
* Le Chéile / Together, with Seamus Begley (Ceol Productions, 2012)
* An Irish Christmas Soundscape, with Seamus Begley (Ceol Productions, 2012)
* Ainneoin Na Stoirme (In Spite of the Storm), with Teada (Ceol Productions, 2013)
* The Green Branch / An Géagán Glas (Ceol Productions, 2015)

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Artist Profiles: Mats Eden

Mats Edén

Mats Edén was born October 30, 1957 in Södertälje, Sweden. has his roots in the rich soil of Värmland. A member of acclaimed Swedish folk ensemble Groupa since its inception in 1980, he also writes the majority of the band’s material.

Having studied composition at Norway’s Musikkskole in Oslo, it comes as no surprise to those familiar with Mats’ playing that he is a nationally recognized master accordionist, having earned the distinguished title of ‘Riksspelman’ (master musician).

His violin work is at once elegant and jagged and distinguishes the band’s sound with his own combination of the sounds of Värmland and of Norway. Mats’ third solo album Milvus (with Jonas Simonson) was released on the ECM label. He has also toured the United States of America and Europe with Ale Moller and Lena Willemark in the ECM project Nordan.

Discography

* Unga Värmlandsspelmän (Caprice, 1977)
* Lika många fötter i taket som på golvet, Oktober (1978, Amigo)
* Höppesving (Amigo, 1980)
* Av bara farten, with Groupa (Amigo, 1983)
* Vildhonung, with Groupa (Amigo, 1985)
* Utan Sans, with Groupa (Amigo, 1988)
* Månskratt, with Groupa (Amigo, 1990)
* Struling (Amigo, 1992)
* Imeland, with Groupa (Amigo, 1995)
* Nordan (ECM, 1996)
* Agram, with Nordan (ECM, 1997)
* Läckerbiten (Amigo, 1998)
* Milvus (ECM, 1999)
* Tokpolskan, with Ellika Frisell (Giga, 1999)
* Lavalek, with Groupa (Xource, 1999)
* Avtryck (Amigo, 2001)
* Träd, with Niss Kerstin Mattsson (Amigo, 2001)
* Fjalar, with Groupa (Xource, 2003)
* Vägen In, with Tina Quartey (Amigo, 2004)
* Crane Dance, with Jonas Simonson m.fl. (Nordic Tradition, 2006)
* Milvus (ECM, 2008)
* Frost, with Groupa (Footprint, 2008)
* Apple Blossom (2015)

web site: http://www.matseden.se

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Artist Profiles: La Barberia del Sur

La Barberia del Sur

La Barberia del Sur was a Madrid-based group formed by some of the foremost talents of the 1980s Flamenco scene, descendants of the purest dynasties. The youngsters dared to venture out and experiment with their traditional music combining it with a variety of musical forms: pop, jazz, salsa, etc.

The members of were:

Pepe Luis Carmona, nephew of the well known flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela Pepe Luis is a flamenco singer in the strictest sense of the word: a master of all the traditional forms of the art.

Enrique Heredia: another heir to a family tradition, that of the Montoyita dinasty, who throughout the years have demonstrated their mastery of all sides of flamenco: guitar, song and dance. He has worked with both the most esteemed flamenco artists and some of Spain’s leading pop musicians.

Juan Jose Suarez in the son of Ramon El Portugues, nephew of Porrina and a first cousin of Gypsy rumba group Los Chunguitos. During his youth, he already served his dues as guitar player in the top tablaos of Madrid. He was also, together with Enrique Heredia, the usual accompanist of one of the great masters of the flamenco cante: the late Enrique Morente.

The group reunited in 2009 for a series of concerts.

Discography

* La Barbería del Sur (Nuevos Medios, 1991)
* Algo pa nosotros (Nuevos Medios, 1997)
* Historias de un deseo (1993)
* Túmbanos si puedes (Nuevos Medios, 1995)
* Arte Pop (1998)
* Una noche en el 7º (2000)
* Negri y Paquete (2002)

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Leading American Roots Festival Sneak Peek with MerleFest on the Road

Locust Honey

MerleFest, the popular American roots music festival founded by influential musician Doc Watson will offer music fans a sneak peek of this spring’s festival with MerleFest on the Road. The festival will present various artists on tour throughout the Southeastern United Sytates during March. The tour will present select artists that will perform at MerleFest 2017 or have performed previously at the festival: Mark Bumgarner, Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, and Locust Honey.

MerleFest 2017 will take place from April 27-30 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Tour Schedule:

Thursday, February 23 – Floyd Country Store, Floyd, Virginia.
Friday, February 24 – Gaston County Museum, Dallas, North Carolina
Saturday, February 25 – Willingham Theater, Yadkinville, North Carolina
Sunday, February 26 – Hendershot’s Coffee Bar, Athens, Georgia
Thursday, March 2 – Isis Music Hall, Asheville, North Carolina
Friday, March 3 – Down Home, Johnson City, Tennessee.
Saturday, March 4 – Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro, North Carolina
Sunday, March 5 – Motorco, Durham, North Carolina

More about Merlefest: merlefest.org

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Acclaimed Ghanaian Artist Rocky Dawuni Releases Shine A Light Music Video

Rocky Dawuni

Ghanaian reggae and afro-roots singer Rocky Dawuni has released a new music video titled Shine A Light, where he New Orleans influences with reggae and samba.

The music video supports the Whole Planet Foundation that endeavors towards poverty alleviation through microcredit loans in communities around the world.

“Shine A Light” appears in Dawuni’s album Branches of the Same Tree (Cumbancha).

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Artist Profiles: Shankhachur Lahiri

Shankh Lahiri
Shankh Lahiri

Tabla performer Shankh Lahiri comes from a family with a strong tradition of Indian Classical Music and has fully devoted his life to this music. Son of the sitarist and Guru Shri Rabindranath Lahiri, he grew up in an environment imbued with the fragrance of Hindustani music.

As a child, Shankh Lahiri received intensive training in both vocal and tabla from his father and went on to graduate with a Sangeet Visharad in both subjects. Currently Shankh, as he is known in the fraternity, is the senior disciple of world-renowned tabla maestro Pandit Nayan Ghosh.

He has accompanied and toured with many reputed and leading artists such as Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Arati Ankalikar, Nayan Ghosh (sitar), Pt. Mukul Shivputra, Shri Rakesh Chaurasia and many more.

Aside from his own performing career, Shankh teaches students in Florida through his own organization, Shruti School of Music and the non-profit Shruti Foundation in Tampa.

Shankh is a member of world fusion band WAHH.

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A Tribe Called Red releases “The Virus”Musuc Video

A Tribe Called Red
A Tribe Called Red

Powwow step pioneers A Tribe Called Red has released a music video for its single “The Virus.” The videoclip features poet Saul Williams and Canadian drum group Chippewa Travellers. The video includes footage of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

The science fiction video is situated in 2047 on “Turtle Island,” a traditional Iroquois earth creation story; where the sky woman fell to a water submerged earth. Animals attempted to rebuild land but the muskrat was the most successful of all; moving dirt from the seabed onto the back of a turtle, re-creating our land.

The video was directed by Tunkasila, produced by DAIS & Mad Ruk, and written by Sol Guy, Ezra Miller and A Tribe Called Red member Bear Witness.

“The Virus” comes from A Tribe Called Red’s latest album ‘We Are The Halluci Nation.’

Tour Dates:
Dec 03 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre
Dec 06 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
Dec 07 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Dec 08 – London, ON – London Music Hall
Dec 09 -Toronto, ON – REBEL
Dec 14 – Kingston, ON – Stages Night Club
Dec 15 – Montreal, QC – Corona
Dec 16 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog

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L&T: Brad Mehldau

Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau - Nearness
Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau – Nearness

I will be writing a column on Length & Time in music, in each presenting an album and its strategies that pertain to addressing Length & Time. 

Vocal music has surpassed instrumental music in popularity despite the advent of electronica music and its subgenres. It’s a sign of deep cultural change, as the change in importance from the cantanta to that of the sonata with the advent of classical music also was.

Brad Mehldau records instrumental music that could be more popular as vocal music: romantic songs, blues, ballads, and even an album named Ode (as in the genre of poetry.) He seems to feel a particular conviction about instrumental music.

He has just released an album with Joshua Redman, Nearness. Featuring songs with titles such as “The Nearness of You,” but also “Old West,” the album seems to explore a theme beyond the grasp of its listener. Redman’s playing and sharp and sober and so is Mehldau’s for all 6 rhythmic and romantic compositions. Like for classical music, the birth of instrumental music’s hegemony, this sort of music is made to be appreciated and deciphered and even patroned as Jazz often is in present day.

Buy Nearness

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Jitka Šuranská Trio Releases Video Teaser

Jitka Šuranská
Jitka Šuranská

Jitka Šuranská Trio has released a music video to promote its upcoming album Divé husy. The new recording is scheduled for release September 16th, 2016

Jitka Šuranska has won the Anděl Award twice for Best album of the year in World Music category. The first time it was with Písňobraní in 2008 and then in 2013 with Nezachoď slunéčko.

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Artist Profiles: Meta Dia

Meta Dia
Meta Dia

Born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, Meta Dia grew up listening to the likes of Bob Marley and James Brown as well as local African musical traditions.

Impressing audiences in Senegal since the age of 14, he arrived to New York City in 2002 and soon started collaborating with several noted hip hop artists.

With his own band, Meta & the Cornerstones, Meta’s powerful singing and songwriting abilities shine, as he reinvigorates reggae by reconnecting it with its African roots. Weaving between a multilingual palette of French, English, Wolof, and Fulani, his music breaks barriers as it builds bridges across the Atlantic.

Promoting tolerance and unity, Meta’s music is uplifting and positive, while it re-imagines reggae with an African aesthetic.

Meta and the Cornerstones have taken us back to the foundation of reggae music,’ says Clive Chin, Jamaican producer for The Wailers, Dennis Brown, and Lee Perry. “It’s a band that sounds tight and wicked with infectious lyrics.”

Discography:

Forward Music (2008)

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