JWQ Showcase 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

CANADA: Condition West Recordings-A Tale of Two Trios (2017)

USA:Davida Singer & John Rangel- Naked Romance(2017)

Davida Singer & John Rangel | Naked Romance
"Davida Singer is a love gangster, a trickster. Writing in her honey drawl for all she's worth. Writing with a passion so indomitable it will keep you hungering for one more poem. Like Lorca, she dreams that we are all love singers, poems waiting to be read aloud." Frank London, Grammy Award-winning composer/trumpeter

NAKED ROMANCE is a fusion of poetry and music, featuring poetry and voice by New York poet/performance artist Davida Singer and a jazz and classical-inspired score composed and performed by Santa Fe-based composer/pianist John Rangel. Texts come from Singer's collection of poetry, NAMED ROMANCE AND THEN SOME (Aldrich Press, 2015). Inspired by the poet's experience of living in New York City and Taos, New Mexico, they explore the yearning for connection in an increasingly disquieted and desensitized world, while finding magic in everyday life. The goal of this project is for the two art forms -- poetry and music -- to breathe into one another, with each medium retaining its own integrity and distinct voice.

The multimedia project "Naked Romance" has been performed in New York City, Santa Fe and Taos, with original videos by Swiss visual artist Nicole Schmoelzer.

CHILE:Carlos Saunier- Inminente (2017)

This album corresponds to a set of compositions of instrumental jazz with multiple contemporary influences. Contains elaborate and complex language in quartet format with tenor sax, guitar, electric bass and drums

Claudio Rubio - Tenor Sax
Maxi Alarcón - Tenor Saxo (themes 1 and 3)
Francisco Barahona - Bass
Felix Lecaros - Drums
Carlos Saunier - Guitar and Composition

Thursday, September 21, 2017

NETHERLANDS/SOUTH KOREA: Saskia Laroo: Jazz meets Hip-Hop" tours South Korea

This coming weekend, our project "Jazz meets Hip-Hop" tours South Korea to perform at: 
Friday, September 22  @ 7:00 PMSaskia Laroo's JAZZKIA+Jazz Meets Hip-Hop @ Boogie Woogie Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Saturday, September 23 @ 2:00 PMSaskia Laroo's JAZZKIA+Jazz Meets Hip-Hop @ Jeonju University, Jeonju, South Korea
Sunday, September 24 @ 7:30 PMSaskia Laroo's JAZZKIA+Jazz Meets Hip-Hop @ KF Cheonggyecheon Music Festival , Seoul, South Korea

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017 : The Steven McGill Project

The Steven McGill Project
CD: Ujamaa
This is what you need!!! Ujamaa, the first recording of all original compositions by The Steven McGill Project. It features a new lineup and some familiar faces. With input from every band member and some exciting scatting by Drummer Gene Stone this is really a nice recording. There are familiar Afro-Cuban sounds, Caribbean sounds, Brazilian sounds, Bebop sounds, even a jazz waltz. If you are looking for something new and exciting you've found it! Relax your mind and get close to the music because you won't want it to stop!

USA/Montenegro: Guitar duo Bulatović-Nikčević set to wow New York City audience as they return to Carnegie Hall on October 25

Guitar duo Bulatović-Nikčević set to wow New York City audience as they return to Carnegie Hall on October 25

Internationally renowned guitarists from Montenegro, Srjdan Bulatović and Darko Nikčević return to Carnegie Hall in a concert produced by LeitmotivArts.

The duo has performed for both national and international audiences for more than 25 years, presenting their original pieces invoking the "languages" of classical and flamenco guitar. While varied in terms of character, style, rhythm and tempo, the original compositions from their most recent album  “Balkan, Mediterranean, Orient”,  which will be performed at this concert, share a common thread of Montenegrin traditional music, movie soundtracks, world music, and popular contemporary movements.

Their return to Carnegie Hall comes following a sold-out debut at Carnegie Hall in 2016 and the release of their latest album to critical acclaim earlier this year.

Danijela Milić, founder of LeitmotivArts's who has produced numerous cultural and music events promoting artists from the Balkans in the United States said announcing the concert:
"Last year’s concert was a dream come true and an opportunity to showcase musicians from Montenegro in the LeitmotivArts series of concerts I produce at Carnegie Hall. The reaction of the diverse international audience, multiple standing ovations and encores are a testament to the quality of the duo’s performance and musicianship that were on display. I cannot wait to see what they have prepared for the upcoming event which promises to be dynamic and exciting.”

The concert at Carnegie Hall is produced by LeitmotivArts with the support of the Consulate General of Montenegro in New York and the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro.

The show is on October 25 at 8:00pm and tickets are on sale now on Carnegie Hall website www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/10/25/0800/PM/Srdan-Bulatovic-and-Darko-Nikcevic-Guitar-Duo/

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

USA: George Caldwell/Bobby LaVell-Accord(American Showplace Music 2017)

Accord: Yesterdays; Double Take; Bye-Ya; Like Someone In Love; Dolphin Dance; My Love For John; Elation; Do You Believe; The Second Time Around; All Of You. (64:00)
Personnel: George Caldwell, piano; Bobby LaVell, tenor saxo- phone; Mike Forfia, bass; John Bacon, drums.

This CD contains seven standards plus 3 original songs. They have a very classic rhythmic riff that makes the music quite infectious. Bobby Millitello is a very well known musician and producer in the Buffalo and WNY area, and he has produced this CD at the legendary Mark Recording Studios in Clarence, NY