Tuesday, January 1, 2019

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2018


MAqam Ensemble(Syria/Qatar), Vly Jones(USA), Igor Willcox Quartet(Brazil), Javier Subatin(Portugal), Darryl Yokley(USA), Molly Tigre(USA), César Cardoso(Portugal), Los Rumberos de la Bahia(USA), The Syrinx Effect(USA), Maria Schafer(USA), Robin Menuett Trio(USA), Alexandra Jackson(USA), Allan Licht(USA), Iñaki Arakistain Band(Spain), Uziel Colon(Puerto Rico), Beverley Beirne(UK, Dan Pugach Nonet(USA), Evan Mustard Trio(USA), Devin Gray(USA), Duende Libre(USA), Adam Hawley(USA), Ricardo Bacelar(Brazil), Under The Lake(USA), The Nittwitts(USA), Tal Babitzky and Beatskey Band(Israel)-

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

USA: Steve Coleman and Five Elements (PI Recordings 2018)

Steve Coleman and Five Elements Out Today

Live at the Village Vanguard, vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

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Alto saxophonist Steve Coleman's Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) is his first live release in over 15 years. It captures his band Five Elementsin two joyous sets at the historic New York venue where some of the most important jazz recording have been made, including ones from John Coltraneand Sonny Rollinsthat were huge influences on Coleman. Coleman’s personal history is tied deeply with the club: One of the main reasons he moved to New York City from Chicago at the age of 21 was for the opportunity to play in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra(renamed the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra after Jones left at the end of 1978),of which he was a member from 1978 to 1980. Then, as now (under the name The Vanguard Orchestra), the band played at the club every Monday night and was Coleman’s first prominent professional gig in New York. After playing there with singer Abbey Lincolnin 1984, there followed a hiatus of over 30 years before he was invited to perform at the club as a leader in 2015, and he has led his band Five Elements there every year since.
Unlike his two most recent releases, Morphogenesis(NPR Critics Poll #2 album of 2017) and Synovial Joints(New York Times #1 jazz album of 2015), both of which are highly orchestrated, Coleman’s recent goal has been to perform as spontaneously as possible and yet still retain form and structure. The melody of “Embedded #1,” for example, was composed in one extemporaneous moment, without any editing, and some pieces were composed live on stage at the Vanguard earlier in the week. Even the long-time staples of Coleman’s live repertoire (Bunky Green’s “Little Girl I Love You” and Doug Hammond’s “Figit Time”) were performed without preconceived notions towards form. His ensemble has been able to achieve this instinctive ability as a result of a series of weeks-long residencies – they have done eleven to date in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia and New York – that Coleman has organized and largely paid for over the last four years through his non-profit organization M-Base Concepts, Inc. During these residencies, the musicians do community outreach to underserved communities by day -- including inner-city schools and community centers -- and perform concerts by night. This has the added benefit of allowing the band toplay together non-stop for weeks on end, helping to hone their telepathic intuition to a knife’s edge.Coleman believes strongly that only constant and consistent performance as a unitwill enable the music to fully blossom.
And so it was on these two sets at the Village Vanguard that everything came together: After some halting figures by Coleman, he’s slowly joined by the other members of Five Elements and soon enough the band is absolutely on fire. That piece, “Horda,” which first appeared on his Morphogenesisalbum, leads to a series of new compositions that are interspersed with old Coleman favorites. Of the newer compositions – “Embedded #1,” “Djw,” “idHw,” “twf,” “Nfr,” ”rmT” – many utilize a concept that Coleman is developing of using chains of tonal dyads that are strung together to create certain embedded melodic structures, which he described as “pairs of notes strung together in a chain.” He’s also currently researching the connection between language and music, in particular the early attempts at music notation using shapes and glyphs in Kemet (ancient Egypt) and the structural and functional similarities between spontaneous composition and Mdw Ntr, a transliteration of the ancient Egyptian writing system, usually called hieroglyphics. This explains some of the seemingly odd song titles, which are in Mdw Ntr: Djw = the masculine form of five, idHw = marsh, twf = papyrus, Nfr = beautiful, rmT = man. 
Performing at the Village Vanguard is, of course, always especially momentous. Bassist Anthony Tidd avers “It’s a great honor that reinforces the fact that, though we may sound a world apart, we are still creating within the very same aural tradition, from the very same long roots stretching back to Armstrong and others before. We continue to stand upon the shoulders of those who came before.” Guitarist Miles Okazaki recalls “I remember that Steve brought in a whole lot of new stuff just that week. It wasn't easy to stay relaxed while tackling new material at the Vanguard. But that's a certain sound that is at the heart of improvised music, not complacent, not yet settled into any pattern, struggling, searching. Steve’s music is more than just another gig - you can't walk off the street and make it through a set. Although there is material involved, that's not really the thing. It's an approach to creation, an aesthetic, a skill set, a vibe, and many other things that took (at least for me) many years, thousands of hours, to internalize.” The musicians who appeared on stage, which also include Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet and Sean Rickman on drums, collectively have over 80 years of experience with Coleman’s music and they tackle Coleman’s typically intricate music with an effortless grace. The band’s mastery over the cross-hatching rhythms, tricky counterpoint and percolating grooves, all inspired by the magical vibe of the Village Vanguard, is captured here at its absolute peak.
Photo by Sophia Wong


CD 1 (First Set)
1. Horda
2. Djw
3. Little Girl I’ll Miss You | Embedded #1
4. idHw
5. twf
6. Figit Time
7. Nfr                                                                        
8. Little Girl I’ll Miss You  
9. Change The Guard               
CD 2 (Second Set) 
1. rmT | Figit Time                                    
2. Nfr                                                                  
3.  idHw                                                            
4. twf                                                                  
5. Horda                                                          
6. Embedded #1                                          
7. Djw                                                                
8. rmT | 9 to 5                                                           


Steve Coleman - alto saxophone
Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet
Miles Okazaki - guitar
Anthony Tidd - bass
Sean Rickman - drums

ITALY: Hank Roberts Filippo Vignato Pasquale Mirra Giorgio Pacorig Zeno De Rossi -Pipe Dream(CAM Jazz 2018)


Hank Roberts cello and vocals
Filippo Vignato trombone
Pasquale Mirra vibraphone
Giorgio Pacorig piano and fender rhodes
Zeno De Rossi drums


"Sometimes unconventional jazz recordings, different from all the others, happen to be released: you instantly realize you are being thrown into another dimension. Convinced you are facing a little door like many others, you open it almost absent-mindedly and find yourself on a road full of hidden corners, sudden turns, unexpected views, so different from one another that you forget where you were just a moment earlier.  This is Pipe Dream."

Worldwide release: September 7, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

USA: PRESS RELEASE: Ancient Future Performs in Las Vegas September 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                    8/1/2018
Contact: Ancient-Future.Com Records

View Press Release Online with Photos and Videos:

Ancient Future Performs in Las Vegas

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Shown: Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Georges Lammam (Arabic violin), and Vishal Nagar (tabla)

Featuring World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort, Arabic Violin Virtuoso Georges Lammam, and Indian Tabla Master Vishal Nagar 

This program by the pioneering world music group Ancient Future blends the rhythms and melodies of the Arabian Peninsula, Spain, and India with contemporary jazz and rock, producing an irresistible and exhilarating fusion that captures the essence of pilgrimage, cultural exchange, exploration, and migration. The trio consists of scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort performing with Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam and Indian tabla master Vishal Nagar. These multifaceted artists create an innovative musical experience that guides listeners on a hypnotic voyage through time and place.

Musical concepts such as taqsim (an Arabic method of melodic improvisation), tala (the recurring rhythmic cycles of Indian classical music), and compás (the rhythmic structure of flamenco) will be showcased. The concert will include music from Ancient Future's broad repertoire including music from the band's major label releases such as World Without Walls (voted in the top 5 world music picks by broadcasters worldwide upon its 2012 reissue on Capitol Records) and current releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records such as Planet Passion, Yearning for the Wind, and the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings.

Ancient Future is the first and longest running musical organization dedicated exclusively to the mission of creating world fusion music. The term was coined by bandleader Matthew Montfort in 1978 to describe Ancient Future’s unusual blend of musical traditions from around the world. BILLBOARD calls the group "trendsetters" for their early contributions to the movement, which seeks to show how people from different cultures can grow by learning from each other.

Saturday, September 8, 2 PM
Ancient Future Indo Arabic Trio
Featuring World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort, Arabic Violin Virtuoso Georges Lammam, and Indian Tabla Master Vishal Nagar
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89121
Adm: $12 advance, $15 day of show
Purchase Tix:
Info: Call 702-455-7340
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Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) 
Hi-Res Photo (300 dpi, 5 x 3) by Michael Braden of Matthew Montfort Recording A.F.A.R.:

The leader of the world music group Ancient Future, Matthew Montfort, released his first solo recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar, in 2009. He is a pioneer among guitarists who have had their fretboards scalloped in order to play various forms of world music that require intricate note-bending ornaments while still being able to play chords. Montfort immersed himself in an intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques to the guitar. He is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com, a curated "best of" site, along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, Merle Travis, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, Doc Watson, Pierre Bensusan, Alex De Grassi, and Peppino D'Agostino. The December 2009 Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine includes a full page feature on Matthew Montfort with a corresponding GuitarPlayer.Com video and lesson entitled “The Music of Jimi Hendrix Applied to Indian Raga.” He has performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai. He has performed live on national radio and TV shows such as the Echoes Living Room Concerts on Public Radio International, and the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. He has worked with many world music legends, including tabla phenomenon Zakir Hussain and Chinese zither master Zhao Hui. Montfort wrote the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India, which has been used by many musicians to improve their rhythm skills.

Georges Lammam (Arabic violin and vocals)

Georges Lammam, of Palestinian descent, was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He is a solo violinist exemplifying the Arab style of instrumental improvisation. Mr. Lammam toured in Bolivia with renowned artists Eddie and Gabriel Navia, and joined stellar performers hosted by JoinedHands (USA NP), organized by Marcus Lovett (Phantom of the Opera), to support refugee families and humanitarians in the refugee camp in Chalkida, Greece, hosting thousands of people from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His compositions and performance excerpts are included in scores for two award-winning documentaries:  Occupation 101 and Tea on the Axis of Evil, and he recorded a well-known folkloric dabke (an Arab folk dance) in a 2016 feature film, Wrestling Jerusalem by Aaron Davidman. His newest CD, Opus Omnia, was released in 2017. 

Vishal Nagar (Indian tabla)
Hi-Res Photo by Michael Braden of Vishal Nagar Recording A.F.A.R.:

"He has magic in his hands" - HINDUSTANI TIMES

Vishal Nagar is considered one of the most gifted tabla players of his generation. Born into a family of musicians, Vishal has been surrounded by music in an extremely musically creative and artistic environment. Since childhood, he has been fascinated by tabla and began to play at an early age. Vishal had his initial training for a very brief period with the late Ustad Latif Ahmed Khan of the Delhi Gharana. After his Ustad's untimely demise, Vishal continued his training under the guidance of Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan of the same Gharana (school). Along with the dense and rare tabla repertoire taleem which was he received from his Ustad, he also has had intense rhythmic (layakari) training from his mother, the renowned and highly respected Kathak dancer and vocalist, Urmila Nagar. Vishal has been praised in the Indian press for his unique combination of melodic tabla sound production with masterful command of rhythm. 

Vishal has had the privilege of performing with such renowned artists as Ustad Shujaat Khan, Guru Urmila Nagar, Vidhwan Trichur Ramachandran, Pandit Ramesh Misra and Miss. Kala Ramnath. Vishal has also had the honor of sharing the stage with some great world music masters such as African drum legend Babatunde Olatunji, Michel Shrieve, Evyind Kang, Carmona Flamenco, and Michael Wimberley. Vishal has also expanded his cultural boundaries and collaborated with musicians from around the world. Some of his memorable works have been with the Ghanaian Guitarist Koo Nimo with whom he also appeared in WOMAD USA (a leading world dance and music festival started by Peter Gabriel). Starting his performance career at the age of eight in Patna, Vishal has performed around the globe including performances in many cities in India, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Thailand and the United States. Vishal has also been awarded with the Ministry of Culture Scholarship from the Department of Culture.


'El Zaffa' by Ancient Future YouTube Video URL:

Ancient Future performs 'El Zaffa' from their Planet Passion recording. The composition is based on the Egyptian wedding march rhythm elzaffa and features Matthew Montfort (composer, scalloped fretboard guitar), Georges Lammam (Arabic violin), Salaheddin Takesh (Arabic percussion), Doug McKeehan (keyboards), and Sapphira (belly dance). It reached #1 Middle Eastern on Ethnocloud.com in July 2014. In memory of and thanks to Brilla and Gordy Hall at Gordyo Video.

'Yearning for the Wind'  by Ancient Future YouTube Video URL:

Recorded in December 2013, this evocative piece was produced for The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, Ancient Future's ambitious ongoing recording project featuring the many master musicians from around the world who perform with the band. To finance A.F.A.R., Ancient-Future.Com Records provides financial supporters access to select files from Ancient Future's recording archives and new studio recordings as they are created. On February 11, 2014, the exact 35th anniversary of the first Ancient Future concert, Yearning for the Wind became the 10th track added to the archive. To promote The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, Earth Day of Ancient Future's 35th year performing was chosen for the digital preview release of Yearning for the Wind through iTunes and other digital retailers.

Within a week of its digital preview release, Yearning for the Wind rose to the top of the Ethnocloud.com World Music Charts, earning #1 spots in both the video and audio track categories, and propelling Ancient Future to the #1 rated artist spot in June, 2014.

Relevant Recordings on Ancient-Future.Com Records

The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future

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The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future. (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2030). Recording Newsletter Package (128 kbps MP3): $15. Download Supporter Package (320 kbps MP3): $25. Limited to 300 packages. Limited Edition CD Sponsor Package (CD quality .wav): $50. Limited to 200 packages. Honorary A & R Representative Package (Hi-res 24 bit .wav): $75. Limited to 100 packages. Buy link:

During Ancient Future's 30th anniversary year, work started on the next project of the band: The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.). To finance the project, a subscription system model is being employed to fund the recording through fans of world fusion music. There are already eight tracks in the archive available right now to subscribers, with more coming as money is raised for production.

Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future
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Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future. Signed Audio/Video E-CD-R. List $17.98. Buy link:

"Matthew Montfort has been sending us wonderful music for many years now… this newest EP is (without question) the best music I've ever heard him play! The 9:37 'Yearning For The Wind' is 'the' piece… Matthew is joined by Vishal Nagar on tabla, and they clearly show (sonically) the joy than can be achieved by well-placed and strictly focused music. The tabla percussion makes it far more than 'just another raga'… I'm very strongly impressed and moved by this single piece of music…. you'll find yourself spinning it over and over again." — Dick Metcalf, ZZAJ PRODUCTIONS

Planet Passion by Ancient Future
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Planet Passion by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2010) $17.98. Buy link:

"If the members of the United Nations formed a world-fusion band, it might look and sound a little something like Ancient Future's re-issue of their seventh recording. Featuring instrumentation from Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East, Planet Passion is a mythical story of love, flirtation, seduction, courtship, marriage and longing. Manose Singh's bansuri flute and Matthew Montfort's scalloped fretboard work stand out in this eclectic, visionary global village, where each track features its own unique set of players. At its best, Planet Passion strives to preserve the world's vast musical heritage via international collaboration: the idea that one protects the old by creating something new. This is at the heart of fusion music and the heart of Ancient Future's global aesthetics, too: a diverse, unified world without borders, a multicultural community, a new, reconstituted sonic reality." — Ryan Allen, LEO WEEKLY, Louisville, Kentucky

Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort 
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Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2008). $17.98. Buy link:

"Because Montfort's guitar has a scalloped fretboard, his fingers touch only the strings, enabling him to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar. This album reveals a thorough knowledge of Hindustani microtonal ornaments, transferred in ways that create one of the most distinctive guitar sounds in contemporary music. However, it also reveals a lifetime of exploration in world music, which can be immediately summoned in a flash of inspiration. When this level of mastery is reached, there is no need to rewrite. The first improvisation has the depth of a reworked composition." — Teed Rockwell, INDIA CURRENTS, March 2009

71 Word Radio Announcement for Ancient Future at Winchester Cultural Center

The trailblazing world music group Ancient Future will perform as a trio featuring world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam, and Indian tabla master Vishal Nagar on Saturday, September 8, at 2 PM, at the Winchester Cultural Center, located at 3130 S. McLeod Dr. in Las Vegas, Nevada. For further information, call 702-455-7340 or visit facebook.com/winchestercultural. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.

TURKEY: Can Çankaya & Kağan Yıldız-Timeless (2018)

 1 Timeless 4:03 2 Nova 5:13 3 Mr. Continuous 5:21 4 Darn That Dream 6:48 5 The Message 4:40 6 Who Cares 4:59 7 Snowflake 5:56 8 Body and Soul 6:16 Released: Jun 15, 2018 ℗ 2018 SN Music Also Available in iTunes
Born in 1980 in Istanbul, Kağan Yıldız started his first music lessons with his
uncle, Orhan Akıncı, who was a music teacher. After he was admitted to
contrabass department of State Conservatory of Mimar Sinan University in
1991, he continued his study with Asst. Prof. Engin Babahan. Yıldız, who was a member of Istanbul State Symphony Orchestrate during his student years, decided to continue his work in jazz music after his graduation in 2002 and shared the same stage with leading figures of Turkey. The musician, who started to play with Kerem Görsev Trio in 2006, has performed in many festivals both in Turkey and abroad. He also had an opportunity to play with Benny Golson, Freddy Cole, Dena De Rose, Kevin Mahagany, Jim Rotondi, John D’earth, Dave Samuels, and Alain Mallet (Caribbean Jazz Project) on the same stage in Istanbul. His album, titled Timeless, which is a duo project with Can Çankaya, the pianist, and which was recorded in 2017, is introduced to the market in 2018. Beside his concerts, Kağan Yıldız is also giving doublebass lessons in Jazz department of Bahçeşehir University.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

ISRAEL: Tal Babitzky and Beatskey Band-Night Dream(2018)

Tal Babitzky-music,keyboards Mark Rozen-tenor and soprano saxophone Dor Assaraf-alto saxophone Daniel Spitzer, Moran Baron-bass Shlomi Tweig,Yaron Vaknin-drums Eilon Turgeman-guitar

  I am Tal Babitzky, a composer, arranger and pianist. This summer I've released my seventh album "Night Dream" recorded by my group "Beatskey Band" during studio sessions in 2017-2018. I characterize the genre "Night Dream" as Ethereal Fusion, a unique blend of flavors/genres from all over the world, both powerful and smooth, be it Jazz, Funk, Rock or World music with Elements coming from the Balkan, Ireland and the Middle East. The album is  available now on:  
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/night-dream/1397739513
Bandcamp https://talbabitzky.bandcamp.com/album/night-dream
CD Baby https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/beatskeyband

My Music And Mission

When I write a new piece of music my "mission" if you will is to touch the listeners' heart, make them feel, and smile with their heart. My music comes from my heart and soul, and for me it would be perfect when it lands in your heart and soul.
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