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2018 Holiday Gift Guide – Day 1

Have you been staring at those cans of green beans in your pantry and wondering if you can wrap up the lot as a gift for your grandma; your inner self whispering seductively, ‘grandma likes green beans’ in hopes of striking at least one name off your Christmas gift list?

Have you caught yourself rifling through the kitchen junk drawer, the top shelf of the linen cupboard or the deepest, darkest part of the closet where the ugly sweaters go to die in desperate desire to finish Christmas shopping while still dressed in your flannel pajamas?

When you find that baby shower gift for that woman in your office you didn’t know all that well and ditched the shower anyway still wrapped on the shelf in the garage, do you think to yourself, “Well, I’m sure someone on my list has a baby and maybe they’ll appreciate the yellow duckie paper” just to cross off another name?

Has the idea of regifting lost its shame and is now a challenge to see if you can remember who not to give what gift you got last year?

It’s easy to slip into a desperate dash in the season of synchronized shopping, scooping up items you don’t really need and no one in your family will want. That said, let me just say one world to you – music.

Music is the answer to all your holiday shopping needs.

There’s music itself. Certainly, there’s a favorite recording for each person on your list this year. With digital music, it becomes super easy to create collection of music for friends and loved ones. Whipping up a personal playlist of love songs for the special someone for each year of your relationship or favorite hymns from childhood for a dear auntie or just popular tunes from your teenage years for a best friend are easy and quick.

There’s musical instruments, kits for beginners, music making software, books about musicians, sweet musical gifts for lulling baby to sleep, music posters, music on socks and scarves, music instrument jewelry, music documentaries and music on CD, DVD and vinyl… That’s were the World Music Central Gift Guide comes into play. For the next couple of days, World Music Central will have a revolving list of musically-inspired gift ideas for every person on your list. Picking the perfect gift of music is simple as a scroll through our gift guide.

Let’s get started:

Sony CMTSBT100 Micro Music System with Bluetooth and NFC

Sony CMTSBT100 Micro Music System

 

Foot Traffic – Men’s Music-Themed Socks, Fits Men’s Shoe Sizes 7-12

Foot Traffic – Men’s Music-Themed Socks

 

Music Editing Software for Recording Production Mixing & Beat Making Bundle – DAW, Audio Plugins, 7Gb Sound Pack on 32Gb USB (Windows PC & Mac)

Music Editing Software for Recording Production Mixing & Beat Making Bundle

 

Ocarina Instrument 12 Hole – Ocarina Zelda Alto C with Songbook, Bag, Rope and Hand Care – Gift for Children, Beginners, Zelda Fans (Red)

Ocarina Zelda Alto C with Songbook, Bag, Rope and Hand Care

 

Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV, works with Alexa, Platinum Silver (738031-1310)

Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV

 

Guitar For Dummies Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack (Guitar, Book, Audio CD, Gig Bag)

Guitar For Dummies Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack

 

Uideazone Unisex 3D Print Hooded Sweatshirt Casual Pullover Hoodie with Kangaroo Pockets

Uideazone Unisex 3D Print Hooded Sweatshirt Casual Pullover Hoodie

 

LyxPro Complete Beginner Starter kit Pack Full Size Electric Guitar with 20w Amp, Package Includes All Accessories, Digital Tuner, Strings, Picks, Tremolo Bar, Shoulder Strap, and Case Bag

LyxPro Complete Beginner Starter kit Pack Full Size Electric Guitar

 

Beat Making Music Software Pro Pack – Best Music Production DAW + 5Gb of Sounds & Audio Plugins for Windows PC & MAC (2 Disc Set)


Beat Making Music Software Pro Pack – Best Music Production DAW + 5Gb of Sounds & Audio Plugins

 

REEBOOO Music Jewelry Music Bracelet Music Teacher Charm Bracelet

REEBOOO Music Jewelry Music Bracelet

 

World Music CONCISE: A Global Journey [Print Replica] Kindle Edition

World Music CONCISE: A Global Journey

 

Woodstock Peace and Music T Shirt & Stickers

Woodstock Peace and Music T Shirt & Stickers
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Interview with Flamenco Arabic Ensemble Mujeres Mediterráneas

Mujeres Mediterráneas (Mediterranean Women) is an all-female ensemble based in Granada (Spain) featuring artists from various backgrounds, who combine Flamenco and Arabic music. World Music Central interviewed this rising act.

 

Mujeres Mediterráneas – Photo by José Asensio

 

How did the Mujeres Mediterráneas project come about?

Mujeres Mediterráneas is a musical ensemble based on the coexistence of music and cultures, specifically between Flamenco and Arabic Music. It was created in 2015 as a result of the vital encounter of our music on stage. The project arose from a musical encounter where Arab singer Habiba Chaouf coincided with flamenco guitarist Pilar Alonso; a musical and cultural exchange was created that grew and resulted in the current quartet incorporating flutist, Mixtlan Solomon and the then little known flamenco cantaora (singer), Ana Sola.

In the musical universe of Mediterranean women, Middle Eastern and Andalusian rhythms are interwoven between harmonies, flamenco songs, Arabic songs and Sephardic melodies. Thus, they discover and experience a personal musical language that dialogues between East and West in a free and playful way. Enjoying the musicality and diversity of the languages (Berber, Classical Arabic, French Dariya and Spanish). Between the “pinches” of the flamenco guitar, the melodies of the flute, the rhythmic variations of the bendir and flamenco palmas (handclap percussion), the Arabic and flamenco voices move between Morocco, the East and Spain, transporting us to a trip throughout the Mediterranean, remembering the essence that each culture entails.

 

 

How did the four members of the group meet?

Habiba and Pilar coincided in a fusion show. This meeting generated a friendship relationship by sharing the customs of their cultures in essays accompanied by the gastronomy of both countries. In each rehearsal the music was present in a natural way and likewise mixed, like a stew that requires different ingredients. The Arabic voice feels accompanied by the flamenco harmonies and rhythms and feels them as their own and the guitar is recreated in the Arabic melismas as “quejíos” (flamenco moans).

Mixtlan, recently arrived from Argentina, with much knowledge of flamenco and Arabic music, joined the group with flamenco singing sung with the flute in what we call the “flautaora”.

Ana, one of the most important cantaoras of her generation, joined later, providing with her vocal strength and her stylistic versatility a very personal vision of the flamenco side.

 

Mujeres Mediterráneas – Photo by José Asensio

 

What are the essential elements of your music?

We work with “the dialogue between the Arabic voice of Habiba and the flamenco voice of Ana” with the accompaniment of Pilar’s guitar and Mixtlan’s flute, along with the instrumental songs of the “flute” and the falsetas of the “tocaora” (guitar player). All this is completed with the rhythms of the bendir performed by Habiba and the flamenco palmas of Ana.

Who can be cited as the main musical influences of the group?

We are inspired by classical Arabic music and poetry and flamenco in general, giving our “personal touch”. Each of us carries a “backpack” of musical knowledge that, when put together, generates a particular sound.

What musical instruments do you use?

Flamenco guitar, Pilar Alonso.
Flamenco flute, Mixtlan Solomon.
Arabic bendir Arab, Habiba Chaouf.
Flamenco palmas, Ana Sola.

What has been the reaction of the public so far?

The public surprises us with their reaction every time we get on the stage. We are grateful for the coexistence of cultures and the naturalness that characterizes us when we present ourselves in public. We also see that they enjoy female complicity that is not frequent in the current music scene.

How’s the flamenco scene in your area?

Flamenco is very healthy in Granada. Since it was named a World Heritage genre, it is cared for and more powerful. Flamenco reaches every corner of the world and that makes it possible to mix with all cultures, being a very open music.

Have you recorded any albums?

We are currently in the process of recording.

Much of what is broadcast on the radio, internet and movies is pop and hip hop. How do you divulge your music?

We currently do it with music videos on Youtube and our live performances.

 

 

Is there any effort on your part to raise awareness of flamenco and the music of the Maghreb?

Both Maghreb and Flamenco music are world-renowned, we take care of making them live together naturally, from the enjoyment of musical diversity and the complicity of common aspects from where they meet.

We like to share our music with all kinds of audiences including children that provides us their natural vision of mixing, from innocence without prejudice.

If you could gather musicians or musical groups to collaborate, who would you call?

We are open to collaborations from both the Flamenco world and the Arab world, as long as their music flows with our style.

Are you preparing any new projects

We are preparing the recording of our first album and a new show which shows the linguistic relationship between Arabic and Flamenco.

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Sweet Goodies, 2018 Holiday Music Guide

It can be hard to summon up that holiday mojo when the weather’s turned mean, your five year-old won’t wear anything other than the Batman costume he put on for Halloween and the forced merriment of newscasters about the upcoming holiday season makes your teeth hurt.

There’s cookies to be baked, parties to be planned, presents to buy and you’re feeling harassed instead of ho-ho-ho. There’s no use claiming the holidays just sneaked up on you either considering the displays of Christmas decorations hit the shelves about ten minutes after the five year-old slipped on the batsuit. What you need is some holiday music. Good thing we’ve got the rundown on some 2018 playlist holiday treats.

 

William Shatner – Shatner Claus

 

 

I’m not exactly sure you’ll want to start out your foray into the wonderful world of Christmas with William Shatner on his Shatner Claus release (B07HNFZ5LS), even with Brad Paisley’s help on “Blue Christmas” or Joe Louis Walker’s help on “Little Drummer Boy,” but this CD is amusing as hell.

There are little warm fuzzies on this recording unless you plan to pull that Christmas sweater over your head. What Shatner Claus does have is musical masters like Henry Rollins, Rick Wakeman, Todd Rundgren and Iggy Pop lending their talents to Mr. Shatner’s interpretation of holiday classics like “Winter Wonderland,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Silver Bells” and “Silent Night.” And, I do have to admit that Shatner’s version of “Feliz Navidad” with Dani Bander is a scream.

 

John Legend – A Legendary Christmas

 

Also, out on the pop Christmas scene is John Legend with his A Legendary Christmas (B07JL9P74R) with guest appearances by Stevie Wonder on “What Christmas Means to Me” and Esperanza Spalding on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Snazzy jazzy tracks like “Christmas Time Is Here,” “The Christmas Song” and “Please Come Home for Christmas” have a sweet Nat King Cole feel.

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Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas

 

Even rocker Eric Clapton has got the Christmas spirit with his release Happy Xmas. Clapton offers up tracks like “White Christmas,” “Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday,” “Home for the Holidays,” “Lonesome Christmas” and the bluesy “Merry Christmas Baby.”

 

Putumayo Presents Joy to the World

 

For world music fans there’s Putumayo Presents Joy to the World with sweet little goodies like Nossa Bossa Nova’s “The First Noel,” Frederick de Grandpre’s “Noel Avec Toi,” Jan Luna’s “Winter Wonderland,” Lynn August’s “Christmas by the Bar-B-Que,” The Mighty Diamonds’s “Frosty the Snowman” and Leon Redbone’s “Christmas Island.”

 

Iver Kleive and Knut Reiersrud – Natt i desember (Night in December)

 

One of my favorites has to be Natt i desember (Night in December) by Iver Kleive and Knut Reiersrud from our friends at the Kirkelig Kulturverksted label. Stunning and deeply atmospheric Natti i desember is chocked full of goodies like “A kom, a kom, Immanuel,” “Stille natt,” “A Betlehem, du vesle by” and “Bjelleklang.”

Recorded at the Haderslev Cathedral in Denmark, this recording is a lush listen into some familiar songs of peace and praise of the season by way of a Nordic take.

 

Nicola Porpora – Porpora: Il verbo in carne (Christmas Oratorio

 

Kammerochester Basel offer up the classical recording Porpora: Il verbo in carne (Christmas Oratorio on the Sony Classical label. This Christmas oratorio by Nicola Porpora tells the Christmas story by way of the Chamber Orchestra Basel under the direction of Riccardo Manasi featuring soloists Roberta Invernizzi, Terry Wey and Martin Vanberg.

Listeners looking for a classical take on Christmas and some superb vocalists are sure to enjoy this offering.

 

Squirrel Nut Zippers – Mardi Gras for Christmas

 

Southern Broadcasting has out Mardi Gras for Christmas by the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

As a nod to the kickoff of their November 27th Holiday Caravan Tour, two new songs “Mardi Gras for Christmas” and “Alone for Christmas” are available for download as additions to their original 1998 Christmas Caravan recording. Surely “Mardi Gras for Christmas” will have the joint jumping at any holiday party.

 

Arianna Savall and Petter Udland Johansen – Silent Night – Early Christmas Music and Carols

 

Spanish singer and harpist Arianna Savall and Norwegian tenor and violinist Petter Udland Johansen have a sweet holiday recording with Silent Night – Early Christmas Music and Carols out on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label.

Lushly backed by Ms. Savall’s Baroque ensemble Hirundo Maris, this recording is simply lovely with delights like “El Desembre congelat,” “Mitt hjerte alltid vanker,” “Wexford Carol,” “Kling no, klokka,” “Rug Muire Mac Do Dhia” and “Stille Nacht.”

 

 

Greg Herriges, StellaRoma amd friends Revel & Ritual

 

Greg Herriges leads StellaRoma members Michal Bissonnette, Rundio, Pooja Goswami Pavan, Abhinav Sharma and Tatiana Riabokin on their Revel & Ritual. This is truly a recording for all seasons as StellaRoma takes listeners on a journey of holiday music from around the world.

A song for the Hindu Holi Festival of Colors (“Garuda/Khelat Rang Holi) or a song celebrating the Japanese Spring Cherry Blossom Festival (“Sakura, Sakura”) or a song for the Muslim holy day of Ashura (“Ashura”) make this recording delightful.

Fans might want to check out the season appropriate Basque song of the Annunciation “Birjina Gazetto Bat Zegoen,” the traditional Hebrew song “Sevivon, Sov Sov Sov” done up in a neo-Klezmer style or the 16th century Spanish Christmas carol “Foom, Foom, Foom.” There’s also version of a traditional Ukrainian New Year’s song called “Shchedryk.”

 

Yale Strom’s Broken Consort – Shimmering Lights – Hanukkah Music

 

Wanting to cozy up with a little Hanukkah fare this season? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Yale Strom’s Broken Consort: Shimmering Lights – Hanukkah Music.

Available on the ARC Music label, this recording brims over with guitar, oud, violin, viola, cello and contrabass wrapping the mysteries of Hanukkah by way of tracks like “Maoz Tzur,” “Khanike, Oi, Khanike,” “Kita’l Tas,” “Akht Kleyne Brider” and “L’Chvod Chanukah.” This recording is a real treat.

 

Kitka – Evening Star

 

Kitka, the group that turned out goodies like Wintersongs, Voices on the Eastern Wind and Cradle Songs, has on offer this year the recording Evening Star.

As a sequel to theirWintersongs, the glorious voices of Kitka vocally travel from Bulgaria on “Collage of Koleda Carols” to Russia for “Zapovedi blazenstv/The Beatitudes” to Latvia for “Kur bijati ziemassvetki” to Ukraine for “Sco v pana khazjajna.” Taking listeners on a musical journey through Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian regions, Evening Star is holiday celebration, our earthy ancestors calling and a meditation all in one.

Here’s to hoping your holiday sounds are bright.

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Tsuumi Sound System To Release Blinking Light

Tsuumi Sound System

Finnish world music band Tsuumi Sound System is set to release its new album Blinking Light on December 25, 2018.

Blinking Light is the band’s fourth album. Tsuumi Sound System combines Finnish folk traditions with classical music, jazz, Balkan and Celtic influences.

Earlier recordings include Floating Letter, Hotas, and Growing Up.

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Artist Profiles: Jerzy Bawol

Jerzy Bawol – Photo by Angel Romero

Born in Cracow in 1969, Jerzy Bawol started playing the accordion in elementary school at the age of nine and gave his first concert at the age of twelve. During his time at the High School and the Music Academy of Cracow, where he studied classical accordion, he was touring Poland, Germany and France with solo concerts.

After finishing the Academy in 1992, he worked moreover as a studio musician and with the Cracow opera, focusing on contemporary music.

His work with Kroke is definitely influenced by his grandfather, who was an acclaimed Klezmer musician.

Discography

* Klezmer Acoustic Music Trio (Oriente Musik, 1996)
* Eden (Oriente Musik, 1997)
* Live at The Pit (Oriente Musik, 1998)
* The Sounds of the Vanishing World (Oriente Musik, 1999) – German Record Critics Award in 2000
* Ten Pieces To Save The World (Oriente Musik, 2003)
* East Meets East (EMI classics, 2003)
* Quartet – Live At Home (Oriente Musik 2004)
* Seventh Trip (Oriente Musik 2007)
* Out of Sight (Oriente Musik 2009)
* Feelharmony (EMI Music Poland, 2012)
* Ten (Oriente Musik, 2014)
* Cabaret of Death: Music for a Film (Oriente Musik, 2015)
Traveller (Universal Music Polska, 2017)
Kroke 25, The Best Of (Universal Music Polska, 2018)

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Artist Profiles: Tomasz Lato

Tomasz Lato – Photo by Angel Romero

Bassist Tomasz Lato was born in Cracow in 1968. Both his parents were musicians, and so he started playing the piano as a child. At the age of fourteen he changed to the acoustic bass. His wide range of musical interests led him to various ensembles.

During his time at High School and his studies at the Music Academy of Cracow he played in Jazz Groups, worked as a musical director in theater and broadcast productions, joined the Philharmonic Orchestra, the “Capella Cracoviense”, the “Sinfonietta Cracovia” and the “Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra”. Beside all that activities he is a requested studio musician, also for pop music productions and soundtracks.

He is a member of acclaimed Polish group Kroke.

Discography

* Klezmer Acoustic Music Trio (Oriente Musik, 1996)
* Eden (Oriente Musik, 1997)
* Live at The Pit (Oriente Musik, 1998)
* The Sounds of the Vanishing World (Oriente Musik, 1999) – German Record Critics Award in 2000
* Ten Pieces To Save The World (Oriente Musik, 2003)
* East Meets East (EMI classics, 2003)
* Quartet – Live At Home (Oriente Musik 2004)
* Seventh Trip (Oriente Musik 2007)
* Out of Sight (Oriente Musik 2009)
* Feelharmony (EMI Music Poland, 2012)
* Ten (Oriente Musik, 2014)
* Cabaret of Death: Music for a Film (Oriente Musik, 2015)
Traveller (Universal Music Polska, 2017)
Kroke 25, The Best Of (Universal Music Polska, 2018)

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Artist Profiles: Warsaw Village Band

Warsaw Village Band

The Warsaw Village Band (Kapeli ze Wsi Warszawa in Polish) emerged in 1997 and simultaneously conserves traditional music and experiments with modern instrumentation and subject matter. The musicians have created a genre of music they call ‘hardcore folk’; thanks to the groundbreaking, yet traditional singing style or ‘bio-techno’; thanks to electronic remixes featured on the group’s People’s Spring CD. The fresh approach earned them international recognition with a nomination in the newcomer category of the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards in 2003.

On their countryside journeys, the band keeps their material fresh using the same means as classical ethnographic research; documenting dying traditions with live recordings of various Polish folk festivities and village celebrations. Their lineup includes the suka, a Polish fiddle from the 16th century that is only known from historical drawings and whose strings are played with the player’s fingernails rather than the usual fingertips. The suka is joined by an hundred-year-old Polish dulcimer and the hurdy-gurdy, a unique instrument that sounds similar to the bagpipe, thanks to a drone that is played by a cranked wooden wheel rubbing against the strings of the instrument.

The Warsaw Village Band’s lyrics address social and political concerns, in part, due to the music’s close ties with punk circles. “Who is Getting Married” takes a feminist stance on her assumed marriage. It is about a young girl in the countryside that refuses marriage in order to sing, dance, and be free rather than being dependent on someone. “Crane” is a protest song of defiance advising the country’s youth to “be nobody’s servant.”

The music and research of the Warsaw Village Band has inspired many in their home country. Their performance at the Pastoral Celebration in the mountainous region of Orava opened doors to the sound of the Mazovia Province. Although the music of the Polish plains was largely unknown to this audience, the band was welcomed with warm admiration and was honored with the distinction of being the first lowlanders ever to perform at a “highlanders only” party.

The sheep-herding mountaineers of Poland used a style of singing called “bialy glos” or “white voice”; a type of powerful, melodic screaming used to communicate across long distances. The Warsaw Village Band revives this musical style on their CD People’s Spring. The band travels Poland’s countryside in search of the old people who recall the traditional folk music of their regions.

Discography

Hop Sa Sa (Kamahuk, 1998)
Wiosna Ludu – People’s Spring (Orange World Records, 2001)
Wykorzenienie – Uprooting (Metal Mind Records, 2004)
Upmixing (Jaro Medien, 2007)
Infinity (Jaro Medien, 2008)
Nord (Karrot Kommando, 2012)
Mazovian re:action – Re:akcja Mazowiecka (Karrot Kommando, 2017)
Sun Celebration (Jaro Medien, 2017)

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Neapolitan Ensemble La Maschera Wins the Andrea Parodi Awards 2018 in Cagliari

Neapolitan act La Maschera won the 11th Andrea Parodi Awards, the only Italian contest devoted to World Music. The Critics’ Awards goes abroad, to Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani. The contest was held November 8-10, 2018 in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) at the Teatro Auditorium Comunale.

Giuseppe Di Bella was nominated for the Special Mention for Best Lyrics in “Ncucciarisi” (sung in Sicilian).

Special Mentions for Best Music and Best Performance went to La Maschera (who performed the song “Te vengo a cerca”, (sung in Neapolitan and Wolof), while Monsieur Doumani (with “Gongs”) was furthermore nominated for the Special Mentions for the Best Reinterpretation of a song by Andrea Parodi, the Best Arrangement and was chosen as best Artists by the young people present in the theater.

 

Monsieur Doumani – Photo by Michalis Ashikkas

 

The International Critics Award went to the KOR vocal ensemble with “Albore” (in Logudorese). Finally, the Special Mention of the competitors themselves, was a draw between Feral Cor with “La Sajetana” (in Genoese) and Giuseppe Di Bella.

Aniello Misto also competed for the victory with “Aumm aumm” (sung in Neapolitan); Ararat Ensemble Orchestra with “Nietaan” (in Wolof); Dindùn with “L’amur” (in Piedmontese) and Terrasonora with “Padre vostro” (in Neapolitan and Swahili).

Before the winners were announced, there was a breathtaking jam session featuring the artistic director Elena Ledda, some of the artists in the jury and the Special Guests of the Awards, who had just performed, namely Peruvian Jorge Pardo, accompanied by the guitarist Francisco Rey Soto, Macedonian Stracho Temelkovski and, from Veneto, the D’Altrocanto Duo.

 

Daniele Cossellu – Photo by Gigi Marras

 

During the evening Daniele Cossellu, historical founder of the Tenores di Bitti “Remunnu ‘e Locu”, received the 2018 Hall of Fame Award. The award given each year to a prominent figure in the Italian cultural and artistic world.

The festival was created in honor of the distinguished Sardinian artist Andrea Parodi, who went from singer-songwriter with Tazenda to a highly valued solo career, of ethnic themes. Over the three-day events, all contestants and special guests performed one song from his repertoire.

Ottavio Nieddu and Gianmaurizio Foderaro presented the 2018 edition. The Grand Finale was broadcast live on the Facebook page of Rai Radio Tutta Italiana.

The winner of the “Parodi Awards” will have the opportunity to perform at the 2019 editions of the following events: the “European Jazz Expo” in Sardinia, Folkest in Friuli, the Negro Festival in Pertosa (Salerno), the awards of all awards – the Mei di Faenza, and at the Parodi Awards 2019, in addition to various other events and music programs to be announced. The winning group 2018, La Maschera will also get an 8-concert tour offered thanks to NuovoImaie (project financed with the funds of the art.7 L. 93/92), and a financial prize of 2,500 euros.

As Prize for the Critics Award, the winner will get a music video production offered by the Federation of Authors.

The finalists are the result of a thorough selection of the 220 contestants, coming from all over the world, from Mexico to Siberia, Senegal to Cyprus.

The Andrea Parodi Awards is organized by the homonymous Foundation thanks to: Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Founder), Department of Public Education, Cultural Heritage, Information, Sports and Entertainment and Department of Tourism, Crafts and Commerce; Fondazione di Sardegna, Cagliari City Council (patrons and sponsors), NUOVOIMAIE, SIAE – Italian Society of Authors and Publishers, Federation of Authors.

The Andrea Parodi Foundation can be supported through the 5×1000 destination and through cash contributions. All information can be found on the Foundation website: www.fondazioneandreaparodi.it.

headline photo: La Maschera – Photo by Gianfilippo Masserano

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The New Pulse of World Fusion

ShapeShifters – The New Pulse of World Fusion

ShapeShifters – The New Pulse of World Fusion (WorldWide Records/Soundings of the Planet, 2000)

This is a largely instrumental album of world fusion music, featuring multi-instrumentalist Alain Eskinasi (of Brainscapes) on bass and guitar, Richard Hardy on wind instruments, and husband-wife team Aziz Paige on sitar and guitar and Khabira Paige on tanpura.

The album is smooth and well-textured, and the 11 tracks are a jazzy but mellow listen. We would recommend the tracks Equinox (upbeat, with fine sitar texture) and the joyful Pipers of Beltane. In sum, the album delivers what it promises: healing and ecstatic music in an East-West blend.

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Feng Shui: The Eightfold Path

Chinmaya Dunster – Feng Shui: The Eightfold Path

Chinmaya Dunster – Feng Shui: The Eightfold Path (Times Music/New Earth Records, 2000)

Chinmaya Dunster was born in England in 1954, and has studied Western and Indian classical music extensively, particularly guitar and sarod. Dunster was also part of the fusion band Terra Incognita, with Prem Joshua. He later founded the Celtic Ragas Band.

Devotees of meditation, yoga and Buddhism would love the music and the superb liner notes on this CD, which describe the associated colour, image, element, direction, and emotional quality of each of the eight tracks.

The album also features Don Lax on violin, Sambodhi Prem on guitar, John Zagando on flute, and Alistair Couper on drums. In sum, this is a good fusion of East and West, though brief at barley 45 minutes in length.

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