"If you want to hear something in the world-traditional zone that makes a uniquely eclectic musical blend, a modern yet primal mix of instrumental-vocal styles, you would do well to hear the second album by Violones Barbares, Saulem ai (World Village 479090).
They are a trio composed of musicians of Mongolian, Bulgarian and French extraction, respectively. Two play violins of a special sort, each with five principal strings and 11 sympathetic resonating strings. The third member plays a special percussion set up that gives him a mix of “ethnic” percussion and the bass drum-hihat of a typical drum set. The vocals make use of Mongolian throat singing, Bulgarian folk singing and much else.
The repertoire has both original and traditional elements from a world mix as diverse as the areas the Mongolians influenced historically and beyond. So we get Gypsy sounds, Afghan, Kazhakistanian and much other regional traditional elements, transposed to make for a driving contemporary mix that emphasizes the virtuoso fiddle styles of the “front line”.
It’s rather incredible music. It sounds authentically “world” in every way and it rocks! Listen to this one and enter a special place!”
HUUN HUUR TU
Quatre musiciens qui sont capables d’interpréter les sons de l’univers à l’aide de quelques instruments traditionnels et un remarquable chant diphonique, ça ne se rate pas! La musique de Huun Huur Tu (ou «Propulseur de soleil») est inspirée par la beauté de la nature, celle de la…
Saw these guys last night and seriously one of the best performances of my life. Very passionate, sincere, and full of horses.
Emel Mathlouthi - Dhalem (live)
The Swingle Singers won in 7 categories at The Contemporary A Cappella Society Awards with Weather To Fly!! http://www.casa.org/cara2014w
Best Jazz Album
Best European Album
Best Jazz Song (“Spain”)
Best Classical Song (“Libertango”)
Best Folk/World Song (“Nana”)
Best Humor Song (“Swingle Ladies”)
Best Electronic/Experimental Song runner up (“The Diva Aria”)
This Wednesday, catch Catherine Russell at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, MO! http://ow.ly/vMePR
Friday, she plays the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR: http://ow.ly/vMghu and Saturday at Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis: http://ow.ly/vMhh1
The famous throat singers also join us in L.A. on Saturday at The Music Center and on Sunday at The Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland! http://ow.ly/vM678