Black Prairie makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. An unlikely string band of great technical depth, Black Prairie has a rhythm section that features three members of The Decemberists.
Born in Niteroi, Brazil, Sergio Monteiro won first prize in the second Martha Argerich International Piano Competition and was selected to take part in the International Piano Academy in Como, Italy. He received degrees from the National Music School of Rio de Janeiro and has performed in Moscow and across Europe and South America. Awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Culture to study at the Eastman School of Music, he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts, studying with Nelita True.
Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 8:16 am
They're celebrating Down Under. Today is Australia Day, a holiday marking the arrival of British ships at Sydney Harbour in 1788. A perfect day then to salute something truly Australian, something that speaks of national pride, austere landscapes and even the darker side of Australian history — the music of Peter Sculthorpe, who died last year at age 85.
Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 9:47 am
The late 1960s and early '70s defined a vibrant, electrifying and psychedelic era for rock music everywhere — including Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge communist movement put an end to that when it took power in 1975, but the music from that era has been discovered and rediscovered over the years.
Horace Silver, Charlie Haden, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Sample, Jimmy Scott, Gerald Wilson -- the jazz world lost several brilliant if not legendary practitioners last year. (And let's not forget, while we're at it, singer Jackie Cain, pianist Kenny Drew, Jr., or drummer Idris Muhammad [shown here].)