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Amazing Grace

Posted by Alex Colao on May 6, 2011

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans almost five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy’s unique style – he calls it simply “finger style” – is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that – and more – on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this “fingerpicker” style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel’s biggest fans.

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Laurence Juber

Posted by Alex Colao on May 6, 2011

Fusing folk, jazz,and pop styles, two-time Grammy-winner Laurence Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one acoustic guitar.

The former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings (with whom he earned a Grammy award), Juber is a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Alex Colao on March 12, 2011

Il gruppo musicale Napulantica nasce con lo scopo di  presentare la Canzone Classica Napoletana nella sua forma più pura ,così come concepita dagli stessi Autori, e si caratterizza per la presentazione storica e poetica dei brani eseguiti.
Il repertorio, che spazia dalle arie del ‘600 ai successi dei primi decenni del ‘900, toccando melodie tra le più note ai cultori come ai semplici appassionati, si avvale della  esecuzione dei brani prescelti, molto spesso in sonorità acustica, mediante l’uso degli strumenti  caratterizzanti tale genere musicale: il mandolino, la chitarra, il  flauto traverso, il violino, il tamburello, la tammorra, le nacchere.  Queste sonorità accompagnano e introducono le melodie che le voci, maschile e femminile, in  fusione o in controcanto,  porgono all’ascolto del pubblico con la speranza ed il desiderio di trasfondere nell’animo dei partecipanti gli stessi  sentimenti e le stesse passioni  da cui originarono  tali capolavori.
L’Ensemble  nasce nel settembre del 2004 ad opera di due “appassionati” delle melodie classiche napoletane , Enzo Aversano e Fernando Galano, che dopo varie esperienze personali e comuni riguardanti tale genere musicale, decidono di costituire un Gruppo che possa presentare in Italia e all’estero …le melodie e i canti della Napoli che fu…! A tale primo nucleo si aggiunge immediatamente Elio Greco, percussionista di talento  e Franco Tripodi, virtuoso della chitarra classica, entrambi provenienti da varie esperienze, ma che pongono la canzone classica napoletana al centro delle attenzioni musicali. Un grosso contributo per l’Ensemble, sul finire dello stesso anno, è stato l’ingresso di Loredana Casella, cantante solista dotata di rare capacità tecniche ed interpretative. Con tale quintetto Napulantica esordisce nell’aprile del 2005 riscuotendo un immediato successo. Tale riscontro sprona tutti ad ampliare il repertorio e nel contempo le sonorità, tant’è che dopo un mese entra nell’ensemble Michele Barbarulo, che con il flauto traverso impreziosisce gli arrangiamenti delle indimenticabili melodie napoletane. I concerti proposti si arricchiscono via via di sempre più efficaci arrangiamenti ed interpretazioni tanto da consentire la possibilità di presentare il repertorio attraverso formazioni diverse create dalla combinazione dei vari elementi, con effetti musicali estremamente efficaci. Tra gli ultimi, ma non certo per importanza, ad entrare nel Gruppo Napulantica, è Matteo Masullo, violinista e mandolinista di enorme esperienza. Nel 2008 entra a far parte dell’Ensemble una nuova voce femminile, Anna Lia Perna , giovane talento con ottime capacità vocali ed interpretative. Grazie a questo bagaglio tecnico, ma soprattutto grazie alla passione che tutti esprimono l’Ensemble si propone di far crescere ulteriormente le”emozioni”da trasmettere e da ricevere da tutti gli amanti della Canzone Classica Napoletana !

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In These Arms, A Song for All Beings-Jennifer Berezan

Posted by Alex Colao on December 29, 2010

Jennifer Berezan is a unique blend of singer/songwriter, teacher, and activist. Over the course of eight albums, she has developed and explored recurring themes with a rare wisdom. Her lifelong involvement in environmental, women’s, and other justice movements as well as an interest in Buddhism and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her writing.

Her intense and personal approach to music as a transforming experience has brought her strong rapport with audiences from small clubs to large festivals throughout North America and Europe. Her ground breaking work as a recording artist and teacher has established her as a leading voice in the field of music and healing and she is an acclaimed producer of large scale multi-cultural ecstatic musical events. She teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the department of Philosophy and Religion. Her on-going class (since 1997) is entitled “the Healing Ecstasy of Sound” and explores music as a spiritual practice from a wide range of cross cultural, traditional and contemporary perspectives.
Her 1988 debut album In the Eye of The Storm laid the groundwork for what has since become music in a style that then had no label but today is part of “Americana”. The more rock oriented Borderlines (on Flying Fish/Rounder Records), was nominated for a 1993 NAIRD award (the Grammy of the independent record industry). Refuge (1997) explored lush acoustic arrangements intertwined with vulnerable personal themes.
She Carries Me (1995) marked the beginning of Jennifer Berezan’s journey into the realm of meditative and trance music. This album featured special guest Olympia Dukakis in a spoken word part.
In 2000 she traveled to Malta to create Returning, a cross cultural chant-based piece. This breakthrough work pioneered her unique approach to creating long playing, layered compositions. It was recorded in a 6000 year old oracular underground chamber in the world’s oldest temples.
Returning was followed by Praises for the World (2002), which features special guest Alice Walker and singers from a variety of cultural and spiritual traditions.
Praises for the World developed into a large scale theatrical piece as Jennifer embraced her love of collaboration. It involves nearly 60 musicians, dancers, poets, actors and activists. Performances have included guest artists Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, Olympia Dukakis, Marisa Tomei, Eve Ensler, Wilma Mankiller, and Tuck and Patti. The performances also function as fundraisers and educational events for progressive organizations.
Berezan’s recent release End of Desire (2005) is a breathtaking new work that reveals her broad musical influences and interests. It weaves elements of folk, rock, chant and pop with subtle Buddhist themes, songs of love, longing and the struggle for global justice.
Acoustically based with Jennifer’s guitar and smoky vocals at the forefront, it is a warm and haunting production. It includes vocal appearances by Bruce Cockburn and Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls).
Jennifer Berezan is not your typical singer/songwriter and her work continues to expand artistic boundaries, blurring the distinctions between musical styles, politics, and spirituality.
Though her songs often confront universal issues, her perspective is informed by a refreshing and honest intimacy. Raised in the prairies of Alberta, Canada, the transformative power of nature is also at the heart of her work. The Canadian born singer calls Berkeley, California home when not on tour.

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War is over! if you want it

Posted by Alex Colao on November 2, 2010


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