Posts Tagged ‘France’

playlist #99 (1/25/2010)-gypsy jazz swingin’

January 26, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #99 – Happy birthday, Django! Celebrating the guitar master’s life, music, and lasting legacy
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Django Reinhardt & Coleman Hawkins: Nuages / Nuages / Arkadia Jazz 71431 – (FRANCE)
Zotran Predin & Mar Django Quartet: Our Planet is a Dancer / Amant à Toutes Fins Utiles (All-Purpose Lover) / Levi Breg 2005 – (SERBIA)
Will Patton Ensemble: Valse 29 / 6th Street Runaround / King’s Hill Music 2008 – (MADE IN VT)
John Jorgenson: La Journée des Tziganes / Ultraspontane /  JJ 7050 – (USA)
Swing Noire: Tchavolo Swing / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & The Quintette of the Hot Club of France / 2009 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Paname Dandies: Les Chips / Le Swing de L’Escargot / Volvox Music 703 – (FRANCE)
Romane: Passion / Impair & Valse / Arco Iris 3001 821 – (FRANCE)
Benoît Charest & Béatrice Bonifsassi: Belleville Rendez-Vous / The Triplets of Belleville soundtrack / Higher Octave Music 96811 – (FRANCE)
Kruno: Spiderman / Gypsy Jazz Guitar / GJD 2006002 – (CROATIA)
Orchestre Tropical d’Haïtï featuring Ti Joe Zenny: Gason Total / 40 ème Anniversaire Vol. 1 / SOCD 6 – (HAITI)
Cedric Watson: Cochon de Lait / Cedric Watson / Valcour Records 4 – (N’AWLINS)
Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars: Watching All Your Ways / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW – to be released on 3/23/2010*
Frank Vignola: Swing Gitane / 100 Years of Django / Azica 72244 – (USA)
Twobadou: An Chime / en Folie / Antilles Mizik 9107 – (HAITI)
Lhasa: I’m Going In / Lhasa / Nettwerk 30844 – (CANADA) *Remembering Lhasa, d. 1/1/2010*
Hot Club of Detroit & Dave Bennett, clarinet: J’Attendrai / Night Town / Mack Avenue 1041 – (DETROIT, MI)
Rebati Kay-La: Rebuild the House / Konbit: Burning Rhythms of Haiti / A&M 5281 – (HAITI)
Hot Club of Cowtown: Orange Blossom Special / Continental Stomp /  Hightone Records 8163 – (AUSTIN, TX)
Hot Club of San Francisco: La Gitane / Postcards from Gypsyland / Lost Wax Records 501 – (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) *At the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre 2/6: “Silent Surrealism” (1920s silent Surrealist films with live music) – *
Hot Club of Detroit: Stompin’ at Decca / Hot Club of Detroit / Mack Avenue 1030 – (DETROIT, MI)
Biréli Lagrène: Swing 49 / Django Reinhardt NY Festival 2000 Live at Birdland / Division One 83498 – (FRANCE)
Ti-Loca & Wanga Nègès: An Tan Mango / Haïti-Colibri / Accordes-Croisés 127 – (HAITI)
Big Joe Burrell & Sandra Wright: I Love Him So/Three Times / Vermont Blues & Jazz Festival 1999 / The Creation Foundation 1999 – (MADE IN VT) *Remembering Sanda Wright, d. 1/11/2010*
Tchavolo Schmitt: Antsela / French Essentials / Burex Jazz 5 – (FRANCE)
Django Reinhardt & the Quintette de Hot Club de France: When Day Is Done / Classic 1936-1937 Recordings / Naxos 8.120686 – (FRANCE)

playlist #83 (9/28/2009) – new (musical) styles for fall

September 28, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #83 – New (musical) styles for fall
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Te Vaka: Sei Ma La Losa (This Flower and This Rose) / South Pacific Islands / Putumayo 231 – (NEW ZEALAND/SAMOA)
Les Triaboliques: black earth boys / rivermudtwilight / World Village 468088 – (UK/WORLD FUSION) *NEW*
Tinariwen: Imazeghen n Adagh (Touareg of the Adagh) / Imidiwan (Companions) / World Village 468096 – (WESTERN SAHARA) *NEW*
Jon Balke & Amina Alaoui: Ya Safwati / Siwan / ECM 2042 – (NORWAY/MOROCCO) *NEW*
Rhythms del Mundo featuring Augusto Enriquez: Bohemian Rhapsody / RDM Classics / Decca 13188 – (CUBA) *NEW*
Izaline Calister: Telenovela (Soap Opera) / Krioyo / Network 26258 – (CURAÇAO)
Hadouk Trio: Tourneblues / Baldamore / Naïve 812891 – (FRANCE/MAURITANIA) *NEW*
Sara Tavares: Di Alma / Xinti / 4Q World Connection 1818 – (CAPE VERDE) *NEW*
Kimi Djabaté: Bagi / Karam / Cumbancha Discovery 12 – (GUINEA-BISSAU) *NEW*
Pascal Parisot: Bip! / Les Pieds Dans La Plat / Traffix Music 2008 – (FRANCE)
Los Van Van: Soy Normal, Natural / Lo Ultimo En Vivo / Qbadisc 9020 – (CUBA)
Elk Soldier: For the Elders (sung in Nakota) / The Elk Dreamers / Canyon Records 6453 – (NATIVE AMERICAN: LAKOTA SIOUX)
The Shi People (Bantu): Uni Urmi / Music of the Shi People / Alula Origins 5008 – (ZAIRE)
Lila Downs: Los Pollos / Shake Away / EMI 92437 – (MEXICO)
Kristi Stassinopoulou: Strong Winds Blockade / The Secrets of the Rocks / Tinder Records 861142 – (GREECE)
Atongo Zimba: Deingo Sanga (We’re Having a Party) / Barefoot In The Sand / HiPPO Records 71055 – (GHANA)
Kailash Kher & Kailasa: Kaise Main Kahoon (How Do I Say It?) / Yatra (Nomadic Souls) / Cumbancha Discovery 14 – (INDIA) *NEW*
Stewart Sukuma: Kadivaé Mõnõ / Mozambique Relief / Naxos World 76019 – (MOZAMBIQUE)
Chiwoniso: Wakashinga / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE)
Debashish Bhattacharya: Milaap / O Shakuntala! / Riverboat Records 1053 – (INDIA) *NEW*
Emily Loizeau: Le Coeur d’un Géant (Heart of a Giant) / Pays Sauvage / Opendisc-Polydor     531407 – (FRANCE) *NEW*
Cristobal Perez y Su Conjunto: La Negra Celina / The Rough Guide to Cumbia / Rough Guide 1043 – (COLOMBIA)
Black Uhuru: Mondays-Killer Tuesday / Liberation / Island Records 314 518 282 – (JAMAICA)
Izaline Calister: Mi Sekreto (My Secret) / Krioyo / Network 26258 – (CURAÇAO)
Balkan Beat Box: BBBeat / Nu*Med / Jdub 106 – (ISRAEL / BROOKLYN, NY)

vyo bon voyage

July 4, 2009
VT Governor Jim douglas, honoring maestro Troy Peters

VT Governor Jim Douglas honoring VYO maestro Troy Peters

Kind of hard to believe it’s over. For months I’ve been hearing about the preparations, and looking forward to the July 3rd “bon voyage” concert with the Vermont Youth Orchestra. The promising program included music by Corigliano, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin along with two new world premieres written for the Orchestra. The date fell on the eve of the Orchestra’s summer tour (stopping in Québec City first, then on to several appearances in France) and it was their last home turf concert with Troy Peters, the group’s beloved conductor of fourteen years.

Governor Jim Douglas set the celebratory tone for the evening with a fitting tribute to the outgoing maestro. He cited in particular Peters’ artistic vision and dedication to challenging and adventurous programming, as well as the positive effect it’s had on developing the skills of the Orchestra and broadening the scope of audience awareness and interests. True enough. I would further that fact by adding that Troy has not only done this with his choices of repertoire for the Orchestra in his role as conductor, but also in the music he’s personally written for them, as a composer. Including the brand new work that opened the concert: written with the Quadricentennial and the upcoming French tour in mind, it is the bouyantly optimistic concert piece, Champlain’s Dream.

7/4/09 - VYO's final hometown concert with maestro Troy Peters

7/3/09 - VYO's final hometown concert with maestro Troy Peters

Apart from the considerable sentimental and historic import of last night’s concert, the group flat-out played great. I’ve never heard the low brass sound better, they were regal and sonorous in Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage. The shimmering violins in Corigliano’s Voyage wove a luminescent aura that delicately hovered around the whole piece, and Saint-Saëns’ potboiler, the exotic, ferocious Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila, was a nearly off-the-road juggernaut that brought the first half to a thrilling end.

How to follow that up for the second half? With the lovely Fauré Pavane; a fresh, saucy, Daugherty-reminscent Prelude and Tango (written by VYO alum Drake Mabry); and – what else? Gershwin’s An American in Paris – complete with dead-on taxi horns and all the cosmopolitan busy-ness one would want from that bustling Parisian street scene.

Undoubtedly it will be a different Orchestra in the coming season as Troy Peters moves on to his new post with the youth orchestra in San Antonio, and the VYO moves forward under new leadership (yet to be announced). But, as with any living organism, every new day brings changes. Some expected, some less so, yet every change brings with it opportunities that are only revealed when the time is right. Now concluding its 46th season, the VYO is every bit up to the challenge.

Bon voyage and very best wishes to Troy and the Orchestra as they embark on the tour together this weekend, and after, on their own undoubtedly interesting life paths.

Remember, among friends it’s never “adieu“. Just say, “a bientôt “!

7/3/09 - Post-concert fireworks over the marina at the Lake Champlain waterfront

7/3/09 - Post-concert fireworks over the marina at the Lake Champlain waterfront

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