Eva Ayllón presents a new album and North American tour

Eva Ayllon
Eva Ayllon

New York City, USA – Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón has a new album set for release September 7th on Times Square.

For thirty years Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón has been selling out theaters not only at home in Peru -where she can fill a stadium of 30,000- but also in North America as well. For the non-Peruvian audience, this may have gone unnoticed until now. Ayllón focuses on the elegant and lively genres of the coastal plains of Lima in particular. She is known for singing the landó, the festejo, and the vals; all mestizo blends of Peru’s indigenous, African, and Spanish musical heritage. Call-and-response, complex syncopation, and polyrhythms combine with sweet, melancholic melodies to create a sound unique to Peru’s diverse ancestry.

Tour Dates:
Fri Sep 17 Madison, Wisconsin – Madison World Music Festival

Sat Sep 18 Bloomington, Indiana – Lotus Music Festival

Tue Sep 21 Chicago, Illinois – Chicago World Music Festival 2004

Wed Sep 22 Chicago, Illinois – Chicago World Music Festival 2004

Fri Sep 24 Toronto, Canada – Toronto Center for the Arts

Sat Sep 25 Montreal, Canada – Theatre Outremont

Sun Sep 26 Denver, Colorado – Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Fri Oct 1 Dallas, Texas – Granville Arts Center

Sat Oct 2 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theater

Sun Oct 3 Atlanta, Georgia – Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts

Sat Oct 9 San Francisco, California – Cowell Theatre

Sun Oct 10 Los Angeles, California – UCLA’s Royce Hall

Thu Oct 14 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Fri Oct 15 New York City, New York – Town Hall

Sat Oct 16 Boston, Massachusetts – Berklee Performance Center

Sun Oct 17 Stanford, Connecticut – Rich Forum at Stamford Center for the Arts

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Irish singer Susan McKeown continues her world explorations

Susan McKeown 

Sweet Liberty (World Village, 2004) 

Irish singer
Susan
McKeown
has been living in New York City
for the last few years.  Musically, she’s gone through an exciting evolution
that has taken her from  folk rock to outstanding contemporary Irish
folk mixed with world music elements. 

In multicultural New York, McKeown has worked with
musicians from many different lands, including Scotland, India, Mali and Mexico.
Sweet Liberty has a sad story to it. It is the last recording Scottish
fiddle master
Johnny
Cunningham
made with Susan McKeown before he passed away.
Both musicians had toured together extensively in the past two years and had
developed a close friendship.The songs on Sweet Liberty are traditional, with exquisite acoustic
arrangements by McKeown and some her collaborators. The musicians involved
include many well known names in the American, Irish and British Celtic music
world. But there’s more. McKeown has continued her world music explorations and
treats the listener with a stunning call and response song she recorded with
Malian group Tartit. She also invited Ramón Ponce Jr. and some of his musicians
from Mariachi Real de Mexico to accompany her on a fascinating version of a song
that Gypsy singer Priscilla Cooper used to perform. [buy
the CD
].

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Bluesman Raful Neal Dies at 68

Singer and harmonica player Raful Neal died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on September 1.
He was 68.

Born in Baton Rouge, Neal was raised in tiny Chamberlain, LA. He began playing
blues harmonica at 14 and was playing in Louisiana juke joints by the time he
was 17. While many of his contemporaries, including bandmate Buddy Guy, moved to
Chicago in the 1950s and 60s, Neal chose to stay in Baton Rouge to raise his
family. His first recording, Sunny Side of Love, was released in 1958. He
continued to record for regional labels. In 1987 Neal received a W.C. Handy
Blues Award for his recording Man, Watch Your Woman. Many of his children followed him into the world of blues performance with solid
careers of their own. The Neal family performed many times at the New Orleans
Jazz and Heritage Festival.

[Courtesy of the

Folk Alliance
].

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Teada US Tour 2004

Téada
Téada
Irish band Téada will be touring the United States in September of 2004. Emerging as one of the most exciting and traditional young bands of recent years, Oisín Mac Diarmada’s band, Téada means ‘strings’ in the Irish language.

Tour schedule:

9/4/04-9/5/04 Kansas City MO Kansas City Irish Festival
9/8/04 9/9/04 Spokane WA Western Arts Alliance Conference
9/9/04 Kent OH Kent Stage
9/10/04 Buffalo NY Irish Society 9/11/04 Pawling NY Towne Crier
9/12/04 Rochester NY Rochester Irish Festival
9/13/04 South Easton MA Blackthorne Tavern
9/14/04 Somerville MA Johnny D’s
9/15/04 Sykesville MD Baldwin’s Station
9/16/04 Vienna VA Jammin’ Java
9/17/04 Gorham NH Chapel Arts
9/18/04 Albany NY Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival
9/19/04 Clinton NY Kirkland Arts Center
9/21/04 Ann Arbor MI The Ark
9/22/04 Pittsburgh PA Club Café
9/23/04 Shepherdstown WV Shepherdstown Opera House
9/24/04 9/26/04 Bethlehem PA Celtic Classic

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International Masters of Irish Traditional Music collaborate for emergency services fundraiser in Loudoun County, Virginia

(PRWEB) Sterling, Virginia, USA – In an exclusive regional engagement, September 10 & 11th, 2004, at 8pm, three of the finest international performers of Irish traditional music will appear together in a fundraising concert for the Loudoun County Firefighters Widows and Orphans Fund being hosted by the Loudoun County Acoustic Music Series. Wherever Robbie O’Connell, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin & Randal Bays perform, their unhurried approach to this centuries-old tradition brings a freshness and clarity, assuring an evening of rare musical talent by beloved masters of the Irish tradition.The
Loudoun County Acoustic Music Series is a new quarterly concert series
established by the local Knights of Columbus. Drawing audiences to their
picturesque 200 seat venue (401 W. Holly Ave., Sterling, Virginia), they are proud to
present internationally acclaimed performers.

Concert Dates: Friday, September 10th and Saturday, September 11th at 8:00 pm
Tickets: $25 per ticket (no discounts)
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall “The Barn,” 401 W. Holly Avenue, Sterling, Virginia

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Pinecastle Records Releases Bluegrass Legend, Charlie Waller’s Final album

Orlando, Florida, USA – Pinecastle Records has released Songs of the American Spirit, the final album by the recently departed Charlie Waller.
Bluegrass legend Charlie Waller may be gone but will never be
forgotten. As our way of remembering him, we present his last album, entitled
Songs of the American Spirit.” The album, available today , contains
twelve new tracks along with a re-recording of the classic, “Crying in the
Chapel.” This album reiterates that Charlie is one of the greatest voices in the
history of Bluegrass.Since starting the Country Gentlemen in 1957, Charlie has recorded countless
Bluegrass hits and has earned a place in the Bluegrass Hall of Honor. Songs of the American Spirit has the classic Country Gentlemen sound with a modern
spin. Contributing to the album are, Greg Corbett, Darin Aldridge, Randy Waller,
Les Deaton, and Ronnie Davis.

The album was recorded at Eastwood Studios in Cana, Virginia. It was produced by
fellow Bluegrass Hall of Honor member, Eddie Adcock.

A label representative said: “We will never forget Charlie’s legendary voice,
or his powerful stage presence. He has influenced a countless number of
musicians and will be missed by us al
l.”

Buy Songs of the American Spirit.

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Cris Aflalo celebrates the music of Xerêm

Cris Aflalo

Só Xerêm (Tratore, 2003)

Bahia, Rio and Sao Paulo dominate a lot of the music that is produced in
Brazil. Little by little, the sounds from other regions are managing to generate
interest.
Cris
Aflalo
, a singer from São Paulo, is playing a leading role in the
project to celebrate the musical achievements of her grandfather, Xerêm, a
talented Brazilian composer, whose musical career goes back to long before the
40s during the golden age of radio in Rio de Janeiro.Xerêm’s music was rooted in traditional regional music from the northeast of
Brazil, such as baião, xote, embolada and côco. Cris Aflalo has added innovative
arrangements to her grandfather’s songs and is now introducing his songs and the
beats of northeastern Brazil to new audiences.

[Buy
the CD
].

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The raï man returns

Khaled

Ya-Rayi 
(Universal AZ/UK:Wrasse Records, 2004)

Here comes the latest album (and by far the best recent release) from the
mighty

Khaled
. This is an album which will go down well with the home crowd.
Stylistically, Ya-Rayi
is a return-to-roots and we’re sure it will appeal
as much to the new global audience he’s garnered over the last 4 or 5 albums as
it will back home in Algeria. The big sound of his rocking band remains but its
excesses have been tempered. Simple, spicy arrangements set into a fine
production (mostly by the accomplished Philippe Edel) come together in a set of
10 fine new songs which delivers all of the passion of this world superstar with
all of the cheese removed.

This is raï as we know it of old, back in those heady mid-80s when the cheb
(kid) from Oran first emerged on the European scene courtesy of the wonderful
French-based Horizon Records (sadly long gone). It feels like he means it when
he declaims so passionately on the subject of the 2003 Algerian earthquake – ‘La
terre a tremblé – he’s not just going through the (e)motions as he seemed to be
doing on recent live appearances. Amongst other welcome guest appearances
Marseilles-based North African Jewish piano man Maurice el Medioni joins Khaled
for ‘H’mama’, shimmering with memories of a long-ago time. The easy ambiance of
the overall sound and atmosphere of Ya-Rayi
is sure to gather the maestro
an even larger fan base.

Buy Ya-Rayi
.

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Acid X, funk with the smooth contemporary Rio sound

Acid X - Uma Geral
Acid X – Uma Geral
Acid X

Uma Geral (ST2 Music 50036)

Acid X started life as a Beatles cover band in Rio clubs. And they continue their love affair with British music in their new incarnation by drawing inspiration from the Acid Jazz style that spawned bands like Jamiroquai and the Brand New Heavies.

The music here is not as overtly jazz-funky as ‘Emergency on Planet Earth’ or ‘Dream on Dreamer’. Most of these are straightforward pop songs garnished with a sprinkle of jazzy trumpet or violin and delivered by Helena Cutter’s sensual and quintessentially Rio de Janeiro voice, which floats effortlessly through the catchy verses and choruses and over the staccato rhythms.

The title track is typical – opening with rhythm guitar and keyboards reminiscent of Los Amigos Invisibles before drifting into a predictable but pleasant round of verses and choruses over a danceable backdrop. Tracks like ‘Na Estrada’ are written to the same formula, whilst ‘Angel y Demonio’ and ‘Ouvindo Orixas’ are sung in Spanish and with their homages to DLG style salsa rap and trip hop are presumably aimed at the Latin club scene.

This is the band’s first release. Although it is largely a pot pourri of the cool and sellable, tracks like ‘Dicionário’ and ‘Schultznietsin is Down’ suggest that Acid X have the potential to develop into an exciting band; perhaps the first to fuse tight jazz funk with the smooth contemporary Rio sound typified by Marisa Monte. Even if they fail to do so they deserve to bebought in large quantities.

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Tuscan roots meet Flamenco, Bossa and Celtic sounds

Livio Guardi & Wilson Montuori

Diomede (independent, 2003)

This creative duo of Italian guitarists plays laid back evocative music which
includes influences from various Mediterranean lands. The beautiful songs that
feature vocals by Guardi shoe the Tuscan roots of the Italian group. But there
are also Spanish influences, with the use of handclapping percussion, which is
known as palmas in Spanish. There is even a bit of American folk, with the use
of harmonica and banjo, Brazilian bossa nova and a tribute to
Chet
Atkins
and Django Reinhardt. The instrumentals are delightful and feature Guardi and Montuori playing 
variety of stringed instruments, including guitars, mandolin and bouzouki. The
bouzouki adds an Eastern Mediterranean feel to some of the pieces as a tribute
to the music of Greece and Turkey. The two multi-instrumentalists are
accompanied by bassist Andrea “Lupo” Lupi, percussionist Valerio Perla and
flautist Arcadio Barascchi.

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