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Lena Willemark : Blaferdi (Blue Journey)
Features songs and lyrics, composed by Lena, sung in the Elfdalian language of her home region of Avdalen, Sweden. Program notes and lyrics are translated to Swedish and English in the booklet. It's performed with voice, strings and percussion supplied by Lena, Mia Marin, Emma Reid, Mikael Marin, Leo Sander and Tina Quartey. (Quite a cast!) It is, I think, one of her best (and that goes a long way, I think), so this comes with my biggest "highly recommended" gold star on it.
S. Naimpalli and M.Balvally : Live At Trinity Club, Bombay 1967
A tabla duet in trital, with harmonium by Lehra and recitations by Pandit Taranth (who has never been heard on record before), recorded live in Bombay, 1967. Remastered for CD in 2005.
Balla Et Ses Balladins : Authenticité: The Syliphone Years
2 CD collection by one of Guinea's most interesting and influencial bands. Listen
Dresch Quartet : Tul a Vizen
More brilliant jazz from Hungary, deep in traditional roots, high on the creative scale. featureing Mihaly Dresch on saxophone, flutes, cimbalom, and vocals, with an ensemble of drums, bass and Ferenc Kovacs on violin and trumpet
JongJin Hong : Daegeum Jajinhannip, Manpajeongsikjigok
The Korean daegeum is a large bamboo flute measuring nearly three-feet long. In addition to the six finger holes there is an extra hole covered with a thin membrane called a cheong." This bamboo film membrane gives the daegeum its unique tonal qualities, a piercing attack and mellow, nasal, buzz. Presented here is a program of music from the Jeongak (literally "proper or elegant music) Jeongak is considered the embodiment of Confucian aesthetics: balance, restraint, simplicity and the perfect articulation of every tone; the musical equivalent of calligraphy.
La Furlancia : La Furlancia
La Furlancia is a rather new group but its three musicians have a long experience in playing traditional music. They base their repertoire on traditional dances and songs from Liguria, but they also draw some inspiration from the music of Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto or Emilia Romagna, all regions which share a common musical language. In the past, traditional songs and dances were strongly related to their meaning in a society which had a different organization; that is why the band decided to change something when they built up and arranged the music, in order to approach the musical tastes of today's listeners.
Esprit Follet : Où Vont les Vieilles Lunes
According to Alpine legends, the name esprit follet was given to spiteful goblins that tied the chains of the cows each other, made milk crudle, and turned everything upside-down in the stables at night time. Rinaldo Doro and Sonia Cestonaro, the protagonists of this new project, are not true goblins but enjoyed themselves in messing around in the world of folk music, with a cheerful and energetic CD: waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and scottisches dating from the start of the 20th century, together with curentas and monferrinas from the Canavese, the area surrounding Ivrea, Piedmont.
Keletigui et ses Tambourins : The Syliphone Years (2 CDs)
A 2 CD retrospective of one of Guinea's most wonderful bands, recorded from 1968 to 1970. They were at the forefront of the movement to bring 'authenticite' to the popular music of Guinea, while bringing in jazz and Cuban roots in ways that were, at the time, thoroughly unique. Highly recommended
Circo Diatonico : La banda
A funambolico, a musical adventure with many references to Italian popular music, the Balkan, Neapolitan song, jazz and the great tradition of the country band, to evoke the special magic of a circus, the poetry of traveling in a caravan, the bravado of the trapeze, the chaos of the juggler, melancholy of the clown, the elegance of the high wire balancer. A sarabanda of voice and percussions surround the organetto of Clara Graziano, leader and composer of the group, making musical atmospheres of illusion, equilibrium and excitement of a day with the circus caravan. Listen to the music of the new circus: organetto, fanfare and jugglers!
Blind Boys of Alabama : Atom Bomb
More traditional gospel from this great singing group, plus some quirky covers of pop tunes like Spirit in the Sky, Prsence of the Lord and the 1950s cult country tune, Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb.
Dire Gelt : Sevastopol
Naming themselves after a well-known Yiddish song (Rent Money), this Bologna Italy based kelzmer band has its own unique sound, steeped in the eastern European traditions but with a decidedly personal flair.
Ferenc Kiss : Cigany Torveny / Romani Kris (Gypsy Law)
Music from the film by Bence Gyongyossy
Mynsterland : Mynsterland
A young group of Danish string players, singers and a clarinetist tackle a wide-ranging set of songs and tunes from Back to Nickel Creek on fiddles, cello, reeds, guitar and bass.
ba.fnu and Yann-Fanch Kemener : YFK-2016
Czech band meets legendary Breton singer Yann-Fañch Kemener. The Czechs have an affinity for both Czech and other European styles, but especially Breton fest-noz tunes. Yann-Fañch Kemener supplies the Breton vocals distinguished by a call-and-response pattern, that accompanies dancing. The musicians largely work with tracks that Kemener collected, while three of the tracks feature modern lyrics. The whole work is conceived as a 'calendar' with songs and recitations for each month. (A RootsWorld selection)
Cie Montanaro : la polonaise
The artists say: 'The songs here describe the landscapes of Poland, the forests and the lakes, the town of Katowice, what one sees from the window on a train, the rumours of the streets, the heat in the homes these songs also describe inner landscapes, feelings, surges, restraints, feeding a shared but impossible love la polonaise unveils a rare aspect of Miquéu Montanaro's art, writer, composer and singer, for a sensitive and fine work, wonderfully served by Sylvie Berger and the production work of alchemist Gabriel Yacoub.' Other musicians include Yannick Hardouin (piano, bass), François Heim (diatonic accordion), Daniel Malavergne (tuba), Miquèu Montanaro (vocals, whistles, chromatic accordion) and Frédéric Paris (clarinet).
Mats Eden : Pastern
Mats' solo album of fiddle and diatonic accordion tunes, both newly composed and traditional from sweden and Norway. Seth Premo writes in RootsWorld: 'an exhibition of his fiddle playing and interpretation style in a tr17.99 and though it is not unsentimental, it has a consistently strong energy about it.'
Dreamers' Circus : A Little Symphony
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Ale Carr and Nikolaj Busk create new music in the hinterlands of Scandinavian fiddle tunes and European classical music. Since their debut EP Dreamers Circus they have had concerts with the Copenhagen Phil and The Danish String Quartet as well as Kristian Leth (front singer in the band The William Blakes) who says of the band "Their ambitious and youthful virtuosity is aced with that new connection, that old freshness." Cliff says: Highly recommended!
Rosapaeda : Facce
The ten songs in this recording make use of various dialects from Southern Italy (Sicilian, Calabrese, Greek from Salento, Neapolitan, from Lucania) to generate a musical fire in both traditional and original songs by singer Rosapaeda.
Ferenc Kiss : Outlaws of the City -Nagyvárosi bujdosók
The Outlaws of the City is a thematic or as it is nowadays called a concept album. In the songs, lyrics and performance I used a lot from what I have learnt in the past 25 years about folk cultures, and the way we can use them today. The prosaic supplements, which I call texts that accompany the songs, cannot be sung, but they all relate, at some places closely, at others loosely, to the imagery of the songs. They make each other complete. They are about me, and my loved ones, and about those who can never be loved. Memories about my generation and the hiding. My childhood, and school, fears, the recognition and the fire, music and water, the respect of traditions and rebellion, landscapes and people, tales and travels, the myth and bureaucracy, duty and love, self destruction and attachments, home and the native land, the rustling of skirts, our fate, the child's eyes, the smell of books, the wings of freedom and of course happiness, joy, wine and dance, and the language of the Bible and the streets, hungary, hungarian, klezmorim,magyar, ferenc kiss, agoston bela, bagpipes, duda, accordion, accordeon
Mads Hansens Kapel : Pa den forkerte side
Born in the Danish tradition, they play the old tunes with heart, soul, and strength, keeping the music of generations alive and bringing it into the 21st century. The music is straightforward and honest, creating a space of exploration and playfulness. As the dancing tunes are living things, constantly evolving throughout the ages, so are the music of Mads Hansens Kapel, interpreted with equally respect for the tradition and the curiosity of the contemporary. This debut release "På den forkerte side" present 5 great tunes composed by legendary music director Ditlev Trappo Saugmann Bjerregaard (1852-1916).
Emmanuel Pariselle : La Nonchalante
la bergere accordionist steps to the front, joined by his partners in the trio, Silvie Berger and Julien Biget, plus a few friends, for a unique recording of new music.
Topic World Series 912 : Music Of The Tatar People
From the Central-Volga region between Moscow and the Ural Mountains; wonderful recordings of traditional songs and melodies, featuring Tatar forms of the flute, Jew's harp and violin.
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