The enigmatic Lo'Jo returns in October with a new double-disc release, 310 Lunes, in celebration of their 32nd anniversary as a band. The first disc features new instrumental versions of some of the group’s most memorable tracks, arranged by Renaud-Gabriel Pion in the spirit of modern chamber music. The second is a re-release of their very first album, The International Courabou, unobtainable since its début in 1990.
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Lo'Jo just performed three dates in the U.S. in September, including at Globalquerque in New Mexico, where they "kicked off the festival with world-inspired music from the West of France. Using a variety of instruments, sonic textures, and infectious grooves, Lo'Jo was the perfect start to what the two-day festival would represent-great music" (Crossmaps).
For her fourth studio album, the Sarajevo siren Amira Medunjanin beguiles us with another selection of traditional sevdah songs from the Balkan region, interpretations that reveal an unbridled emotional intensity. Her 2010 World Village release with Merima Kljuco, Zumra, was a Best World Music Album of The Year at PopMatters and earned 4 Stars from Songlines, The London Telegraph, The Independent and more.
"A classic vocalist, Amira Medunjanin's melodic vocal poetry is filled with passion, emotion, and life."
- Inside World Music
" the goddess-like voice of Bosnian singer Amira Medunjanin"
- Sing Out!
"Amira has an angelic voice – rich, soaring, and passionate."
- KZSU Stanford, CA
On his World Village debut Cajueiro, French-Brazilian Márcio Faraco captures the spirit of the times in words and music - singing to us not only of the realities of the world, but also of his passions and his outlook on life in general. Accompanied by musicians from both France and Brazil, Faraco regales us with tales of his native Brazil, of his beloved Paris and of the ebb and flow of time. Illuminated by flashes of milonga, samba, jazz and xote, his melodies radiate with an air of timeless beauty.
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"Being able to improve on a long-standing tradition requires a lot of courage and artistry. Márcio Faraco seems to have been born with that innate ability."
- Jazz Times
Irvin Mayfield Jr. and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is currently on tour in California! The Orchestra's album Book One won a GRAMMY Award in 2009 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble.
OffBeat Magazine wrote, "This album has emotional power and depth of writing/arrangement content that invites comparison to similar efforts by such past giants as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Charles Mingus" while The Sunday Times UK gave it 4 STARS, claiming, "it deserves to be taken just as seriously as the deluxe Lincoln Center outfit led by that much more famous Crescent City trumpeter Wynton Marsalis...plush upholstery evokes memories of Basie".
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