Kristin Andreassen returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. While this is Andreassen's first Mountain Stage appearance as a solo artist, she's no stranger to the show, having appeared with the string band Uncle Earl and the "folk noir" trio Sometymes Why. She also has a background as a dancer, having worked extensively with the traditional percussive dance ensemble Footworks.
The genre choro — a word which means "cry" in Portuguese — is often described as "the New Orleans jazz of Brazil." Like its U.S. counterpart, both are Afro-Western hybrids which emerged in the early 20th century; both call for jam sessions showcasing improvisation and virtuosity. Both jazz and choro are also the domains of clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen. Her newest band, the quartet Choro Aventuroso, culminates an affinity and intense study of Brazilian music — one which began as part of an international community of jazz students at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Here's a special retrospective program with a couple of sneak previews at the end - upcoming shows with The King's Singers and Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. The program opens with Louis Lortie talking with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
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Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:44 pm
The late, distinctively melodic jazz composer Kenny Wheeler was also a great trumpet player, though, being famously self-effacing, often declined to toot his own horn about his talents. Many musicians sang his praises, though, and when he died in 2014, saxophonist Steve Treseler and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen were inspired to revisit his music. As they traded notes and arrangements, they realized they had to record these tunes which had been so influential to their growth as musicians.
Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 9:55 am
Just as we hit springtime (finally!), I think I've found the happiest song to greet the season. It comes courtesy of Tal National, a band from the West African country of Niger. This rollicking track is called "Zoy Zoy," which is also the name of their new album.