Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ilana J - Angel (2015) UK [FREE PROMOTION]

Ilana J is a British singer songwriter whose critically acclaimed debut EP 'Free Falling From The Ground Up' was inspired by how she feels about her music, which is back in her following a long break; " I am letting the music and the lyrics 'free fall' out of me and am growing everyday from the 'ground up' which is intensely fulfilling on a whole new level".

Ilana's new single 'Angel' is released to help her friend Kim who has a 12 year old son with Angelman Syndrome, a rare neuro-development condition which affects 1 in 15,000 live births.

Ilana  says "I have known little Josh since he was a toddler and have watched him grow over the years. Josh is a joy to be around and he has a wonderful nature, but with no treatment currently available, he and his family face many challenges both now and in the years ahead.

The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics firmly believes that with the right research effective treatments and an eventual cure can be found. This strongly-held belief drives their fundraising efforts and they are FAST approaching a cure for Angelman Syndrome."

'Angel' is available for free download on SoundCloud: 

It can be purchased from iTunes for $0.99

All proceeds are being donated to F.A.S.T.

The accompanying music video is here on YouTube.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Abnoba - Abnormal (Italy 2010) @320

"Abnormal" is the second album of the young band of Piedmont-Val d'Aosta, published four years after the release of the debut album, "Vai Facile", which aroused much attention and criticism in public. In this period of fruitful waiting, training could deepen their style, opening further research music (composition and executive) to jazz, reggae, funk and improvisation. The metissage obtained, which cleverly combines musical worlds formally away to the music of oral tradition typical of the western Alps, is a valid attempt at re-appropriation of their cultural identity in a contemporary way. It is in this scenario, the echoes avant-garde, the seven musicians to create original compositions starting from the traditional dictation: the synthesis of archaic instruments such as the bagpipes and the accordion, modern and electronic, outlines the new creative horizons, becoming the paradigm of make a new musical. 

In this recording project, is equipped also other artists who in recent years have shared a lot with the group, such as the Ligurian Stefano Valla, the most important player of the Four Provinces Fife, French Grégory Jolivet to the hurdy gurdy, singer Sabrina Pallini and Paolo Bonfanti to the electric guitar. Abnormal with the Abnoba totaled well as "novel" bearers of a possible new interpretation of tradition.

01. Albeena delight 
02. Spasuttle
03. Le Rigaudon de Saint Dwich / Horrible Fast Fanciullo 
04. La Dragona e la Marchiatta 
05. Scendeno giu' dai monti 
06. Bofonchio 
07. Neve on Helen 
08. Emargire 
09. Monferrina in Re 
10. Self 
11. La Barbunota 
12. La Mort de la Mie
13. Bofonchio Live (Bonus Tracks)
14. La Dragona rmx (Bonus Tracks)

Vincent Boniface: sax soprano, clarinetto, cornamuse, organetto, low whistle, armonica, percussioni 
Simone Bottasso: organetti, flauto traverso 
Paolo Dall'Ara: cornamuse, flauti, tarota , bombarda 
Marco Mammo Inaudi: basso elettrico, basso fretless 
Pietro Numico: tastiere: clavia nord stage, clavia nord lead, fender rodhes, Yamaha S80 e pianoforte 
Luca Rosso: batteria

Sabrina Pallini: voce 
Valeria Benigni: voce 
Gre'gory Jolivet: ghironda 
Stefano Valla: piffero delle 4 province 
Paolo Bonfanti: chitarra elettrica 
Voces Nocturnae: coro 
Francesco Motta: bouzouki

Abnoba - Vai Facile (Italy 2006) @320

ABNOBA’s recording debut has all the signs of becoming an important addition to the Italian world music scene. Vai facile takes hold from the first listen, and has the qualities to enchant both folk music afficionados and those in search of more modern sonorities.

But far from being a mere hybrid mishmash of styles, ABNOBA’s music is perfectly balanced, forging a wide variety of sounds into solidly constructed original pieces that are unashamed of their folk roots (in Northern Italy and elsewhere) while having their sights clearly set on the future. As the band’s members says “ABNOBA’s music is the fruit of artistic research whose aim isn’t so much to rediscover or reappropriate a particular folk repertoire as to provide the raw materials for composition and improvisation, creating a real evolution in folk music.” On Vai facile, these three foundation stones of tradition, compostion and improvisation come into perfect alignment.

Hours of amusement can be had tracing the myriad different shadings and musical fragments that are brought together to form a music of great stylistic cohesion. One of the band’s intentions is in fact to interweave musical cultures from past and present, to come up with melodies inspired by the Italian and French traditions and fuse them with influences ranging from jazz and Balcan music, to classical harmony and funk.

It was in the summer of 2004 that Vincent Boniface (clarinet, bagpipes, flutes), Simone Bottasso (melodeons), Paolo Dall’Ara (bagpipes, flutes, tarota), Pietro Numico (piano), Marco 'Mammo' Inaudi (bass guitar) and Giovanni 'Zap' Delfino (percussion) had the idea to form ABNOBA. These young musicians, all from Northern Italy, who had previously been involved in projects and collaborations both in Italy and abroad decided they wanted to follow in the footsteps of groups like Harmoniraptus, Stygiens and the Suriscot Trio. Harnessing their experience and knoweldge they started from their own ethnic background using classical folk instruments but modifying and adapting them and using new techniques to extend their possibilities. ABNOBA’s aim is partly “to try to create an Italian avant-folk whose sounds and ideas will attract a wider audience not necessarily au fait with the history of the instruments used.”

01. Andro 5:34
02. Tourdion 6:34
03. Abnoba 4:22
04. But Your Sister 3:53
05. Archivolto - La Forge 6:15
06. Fenne 5:58
07. Döp 9:37
08. Uot God Tacsi Draiver 7:30
09. Abnoba Rmx 4:30

Vincent Boniface - clarinet, cornmuse,flute
Simone Bottasso - organetti diatonic
Paolo Dall'Ara - cornmuse, flute, tarota
Pietro Numico - piano
Marco (Mammo) Inaudi - bass
Giovanni (Zap) Delfino - percussion
Patrick Bouffard - ghironda (hurdy gurdy)
Sabrina Pallini - voce
Silvia Carbotti - voce
Sebastien Tron - electric ghironda

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ougenweide - Herzsprung (2010) Germany @320

Even if I had really not expected: appeared in the spring of 2010 with Herzsprung
but in fact a new studio album from Ougenweide, full 14 years after her last album Sol. Although there have always been times corresponding announcements, which never followed something concrete. Nearly a full decade, the work which go to Herzsprung, between 2000 and 2009, the fifteen tracks were recorded.

From ancient warriors are with Olaf and Frank and Stefan Wulff Casalich least three more there; for Frank Wulff unfortunately it was his last album with Ougenweide, he died in March 2010, just weeks before the release of Herzsprung. Whether it is related to the fact that practically the whole album is characterized by an elegiac mood? Although, who could have guessed? But I will not anticipate, because only the new singer Sabine Maria tear should be mentioned. It is certainly not easy to follow in the footsteps of Minne Graw (which has completely retired from the music business), but Sabine Maria tear creates brilliantly. A real find!

Musically Herzsprung is much more to the classic albums of the '70s Ougenweide-oriented than before Sol. Away with the New Age-inspired sounds with advanced electronics - artificial folk rock is back in fashion. Wherein the skirt portion remains relatively small limits! But the pieces are artfully arranged and correspond to the usual high standard Ougenweide. This by no means closes to modern sounds, but without chumming to the zeitgeist; a piece of such a sad song softly and provides the finest art pop. The instrumentation is primarily acoustic nature and includes such peculiar things like conch, Waldoline, nyckelharpa or Clarinettino. In particular, Frank Wulff an arsenal running on such strange-sounding instruments.

The lyrics are employed once again almost completely on the German language, with a couple of Old and Middle High German poems may not be missing. Some texts are based on translations of foreign poetry, so are several settings of works by the British-Italian poet Christina Rossetti case. Chance of Italian and Provençal texts are used.

With Herzsprung Ougenweide is a convincing comeback succeeded. More of that!

01 - Tritons Ruf
02 - Herzsprung
03 - Phol Ende Uuodan
04 - Ein Leis Und Traurig Lied
05 - Dy Minne
06 - Einem Lieben
07 - Uisk Flo Aftar Themo Uuatare
08 - Dansa Jojoza
09 - Lilien & Rosen
10 - Ella Mia
11 - Der Welsche Tanz
12 - Ich Sachs Eins Mals
13 - Echo
14 - Partite Amore
15 - Epilog

Sabine Maria Reiss: vocals
Frank Wulff Raven: Guitar, Flute, Krummhorn, nyckelharpa, fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, monochord, Timpani, conches, Clarinettino, zither, koto, electric piano, celesta, Clavioline, bouzouki, Gemshorn, Waldoline, Mandolin, Piano, Percussion
Stefan Wulff: Bass & percussions
Olaf Casalich: Vocals & Percussion
Hinrich Dageför: Guitar, Mandolin & Kalimba
Martin Engelbach: Drums
Krzysztof Gediga: Bass Clarinet, Accordion
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