January 13, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Gilfema + 2 visited the WBGO Studios yesterday. The core ensemble is guitarist Lionel Loueke (GILles), drummer FErenc Nemeth, and bassist MAssimo Biolcati. The trio of internationalists - they are natives of Benin, Hungary, and Italy/Sweden, respectively - recently released their second recording for the independent label ObliqSound, and they've added clarinet and bass clarinet to their already distinctive sound. French-born Dutch clarinetist Joris Roelofs subbed for Israeli Anat Cohen, and John Ellis (American, if the name didn't immediately give it away) added some interesting reed sonority to Gilfema. Check them out above, on Ferenc Nemeth's "Question of Perspective."
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January 7, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
WBGO is presenting Kurt Rosenwinkel live at the Village Vanguard tonight. If you listen to the NPR Music Player before the show, you would discover this interview and solo performance I did with Kurt last year. You can also hear some of the content separately. Here's a random access sample of Kurt Rosenwinkel's digital music. Kurt also talked On the Record about some important sessions that he did NOT lead.
After the show is over, we'll be offering Kurt's Live at the Village Vanguard performance as a podcast. A pretty revolutionary and completely experimental concept for jazz, right? Our idea caught the attention of Toronto blogger Peter Hum, who wrote about tonight's show in Thriving on a Riff.
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December 16, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
This Saturday at 4pm, WBGO will present a free concert and broadcast from J&R Music World, featuring the New Jazz Composers Octet. Last week, the band came to our studios to play a few songs. So here's a preview of what to expect. The NJCO plays the title song from their latest release, The Turning Gate.
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