Saturday, October 29, 2022

USA/TX: Alex Coke-The Inner Kingdom (premiere)


Photos: KT Yarbrough

Alex Coke
Sunday November 13, 2022
Monks Jazz Club
Austin TX 78702

Alex Coke premieres a new suite, The Inner Kingdom, in collaboration with Austin visual artist Christopher Hynes, for an experience of art and music you won’t want to miss.


Alex Coke, reeds and flutes
Elaine Barber, concert harp
Bruce Saunders, guitar
James Suter, bass
Masumi Jones, drums
Bruce Colson, violin
Joan Carlson, violin
Martha Carapetyan, viola
Carolyn Hagler, cello




Composer Alex Coke plays flutes and saxophones. An original member of Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Alex was a featured composer/arranger and soloist on several CO2 recordings since the early 1980s. From 1990-2010 he toured and recorded with the internationally renowned Dutch jazz group, the Willem Breuker Kollektief. An improvisor and experimentalist with a wide range of interests from avant-garde and bebop jazz to folk and world traditional musics, Alex has led numerous ensembles like Live Action Brass BandThe Leadbelly Legacy Band, New Texas Swing, and The Worthy Constituents, as well as  touring and recording with many offshoots of the Dutch jazz and contemporary music scene.

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Christopher Hynes, is the youngest of 10 children and grew up in Washington, D.C., around artists, writers, and politicos. As a young man, he worked as a studio assistant for several Washington artists and he also worked in an archival frame shop but mostly he played in rock and roll bands until 1988 when he turned to the visual arts full time. He’s mostly self-taught and had numerous group and one-man shows in Texas, New York, D.C., and several other cities in the U.S. He has lived in Austin since 1984. He is in many Private Collections across the United States.

“There is a little bit of something in everything, and that is what I like to explore”

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Friday, October 28, 2022

USA/TX Alex Coke Carl Michel Sextet- November 30 at the Draylen Mason


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Alex Coke -Carl Michel Sextet

WEDNESDAY November 30, 2022 
41 Navasota Street
Austin TX 78702


Saxophonist / flutist Alex Coke and guitarist Carl Michel bring together an exciting sextet of busy Austin musicians including Austin Symphony’s principal harpist Elaine Barber, pedal steel player Bob Hoffnar (Liminal Sound Series), first call double bassist James Suter, and popular percussionist Carolyn Trowbridge performing and recording compelling music.

With origins in jazz, classical, folk, extended technique and improvisation this live performance and recording includes new arrangements of music by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Valentyn Silvestrov, and Paul Motian with new music by Coke, Michel, and Hoffnar in the mix.

This performance is made possible in part thanks to The Liminal Sound Series, dedicated to the commissioning of new works and collaborations between visionary composers and Austin, TX. based musicians and performers.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

World Music Mix: (sic)Trio(Argentina) – Album: Jerga(2022)

(sic)Trio - Jerga

(sic)Trio(Argentina) – Noosa
Composer: Adolfo Trepiana
Album: Jerga( ears&eyes Records, 2022)

‘Noosa’ (4:59): The final track starts with a piano intro and samples. It draws inspiration from a psychedelic experience that turned out not the way it was expected. This also happened traveling far from home days before the pandemic outbreak. This unfortunate event put a stop on that journey.

Charles Gorczynski (bandoneonist, saxist, composer and of Colorlist, Redwood Tango) says this and sums it up best: “(sic)Trio is a contemporary jazz group that integrates widespread elements from Argentine tango and Scandinavian instrumental music. Their sound is free-flowing and impressionistic, focused on exploring melodies inside of carefully crafted rhythmic environments. Tango influence is clear with both the sound of the bandoneon and the melodic focus, but tango lives in the lifeblood of the music instead of taking precedence. Instead the direction is akin to other genre-bending trio jazz projects like The Bad Plus, Dawn of Midi, Little North, Tord Gustavsen, or Girls In Airports.”

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Friday, October 21, 2022

World Music Mix: Baiju Bhatt & Red Sun(India/Switzerland)-People of Tomorrow(2022)

Baiju Bhatt & Red Sun-People of Tomorrow

Baiju Bhatt & Red Sun(India/Switzerland)
Album: People of Tomorrow
Label: Neuklang

Baiju Bhatt & Red Sun

Nouvel album People of Tomorrow

Sortie le 28/10/2022 chez Neuklang

En concert à Paris au Pan Piper le 28/11/2022

Baiju Bhatt retrouve son groupe Red Sun pour un troisième album, People of Tomorrow, prévu le 28/10/2022 sur le label Neuklang, qui brouille encore davantage les frontières musicales.

Quatre ans après la sortie du singulier Eastern Sonata, qui mélangeait avec beaucoup de malice et de talent les influences d’une Inde fantasmée et du jazz-rock occidental, le violoniste et compositeur indo suisse Baiju Bhatt récidive et enfonce le clou en nous proposant un album encore plus ambitieux et puissant, doté d’une profonde richesse musicale, harmonieuse et subtile.

Un pied en orient, et un pied en occident, le violoniste Baiju Bhatt réalise avec People of Tomorrow un métissage audacieux entre jazz-rock et musique indienne, entre tradition et modernité.

Entouré par le quintet transalpin Red Sun et par le guitariste Nguyên Lê en invité, Baiju Bhatt & Red Sun forment un groupe alchimique où les différentes sonorités de chacun se fondent dans une parfaite harmonie. A eux cinq, ils effacent les frontières et mixent les cultures dans un grand feu d’artifice multicolore, virtuose et harmonieux. Un jeu fougueux au placement rythmique exemplaire, qui sait aussi devenir romantique et aérien.

Ancien élève de Jean Luc Ponty et Didier Lockwood, le violoniste Baiju Bhatt défend avec son groupe Red Sun un projet musical ambitieux plaçant au centre de sa recherche la quête d’identité et la volonté de faire chanter ensemble des mondes musicaux différents, en particulier le jazz et la musique indienne.

Avec People Of Tomorrow, nous voyageons à travers le monde et différents styles musicaux, et nous en ressentons toutes les saveurs, les odeurs et les épices, si bien que la notion de «musique du monde» prend ici sa pleine signification en effaçant toutes les frontières dans un grand feu d’artifice, chatoyant et multicolore.

Baiju Bhatt approfondit son langage musical et il nous épate encore davantage avec ses thèmes prégnants joués à l’unisson (saxophone-violon avec la complicité de Valentin Conus, ou piano-violon avec Mark Priore) et avec sa musique contrastée, faite de breaks et de ruptures rythmiques, qui multiplie les climats et les atmosphères. Une musique riche et complexe, formidablement bien construite et structurée, qui a l’intelligence d’être toujours accessible et fluide.

L’énergie musicale déployée est à la hauteur du lyrisme des différents solistes, parfois teinté de romantisme, à l’image du jeu de violon de Baiju, qui sait comme personne manier virtuosité et élégance et assembler, avec brio, musique classique, traditions du monde, musique indienne, et jazz-rock !

Baiju Bhatt & Red Sun :

Baiju Bhatt – violon, composition, arrangements
Valentin Conus – saxophone ténor, saxophone soprano
Mark Priore – piano
Blaise Hommage – basse électrique
Paul Berne – batterie
invité spécial : Nguyên Lê – guitare électrique

Baiju Bhatt is back with his group Red Sun for a third album, People of Tomorrow, scheduled for 10/28/2022 on the Neuklang label, which crosses musical borders even further.

Four years after the release of the singular Eastern Sonata, which mixed with great playfulness and talent the influences of a fantasized India and Western jazz-rock, the Indo Swiss violinist and composer Baiju Bhatt does it again and insists by offering us an album yet more ambitious and powerful, endowed with a deep musical richness, harmonious and subtle.

One foot in the East and one foot in the West, the violinist Baiju Bhatt achieves with People of Tomorrow a daring mix between jazz-rock and Indian music, between tradition and modernity.

Surrounded by the transalpine quintet Red Sun and by guest guitarist Nguyên Lê, Baiju Bhatt & Red Sun form an alchemical group where the different sounds of each blend in perfect harmony. The five of them erase borders and mix cultures in a great multicolored, virtuoso and harmonious fireworks display. A fiery game with exemplary rhythmic placement, which becomes romantic and ethereal.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

USA: New Bedford JazzFest Announces Lineup


New Bedford JazzFest Announces Lineup

NEW BEDFORD MASS. (October 26, 2022) New Bedford JazzFest (NBJF) proudly announces its 10th Anniversary concert of regional and national jazz, on Sunday, November 6, from 2:00-6:00 pm (doors open at 1:00 pm). New Bedford JazzFest features four bands, and full bar and pub food available for purchase. 

The event takes place at Kilburn Mill, 127 West Rodney French Boulevard

. The bands scheduled to perform are: Bill Pierce Quartet, Becky Bass, Southcoast Jazz Orchestra, and The Hot Club Cheese Roll Band. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 at the door and are available at (link here) or by calling the Your Theatre Box Office at (508) 993-0772. 

Seating is General Admission for all tickets.

 The event is a rain or shine fully indoor event. Proof of COVID-19 vaccine or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of show required at door. After careful consideration of our guests, artists and staff we require that you provide the above documentation and ID for attendance to our event. Guests under 21 allowed when accompanied by a 21+ adult.

The Bill Pierce Quartet features local sax legend Bill Pierce. Pierce was a Berklee College of Music faculty member for more than four decades and has performed with some of the indisputable masters of jazz—Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, James Williams, Kevin Eubanks, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and Art Blakey.

Becky Bass, hailing from St.Croix, US Virgin Islands, is a renowned vocalist, steel drummer & actor. Becky is a two-time New England Urban Music Award winner. Becky’s amazing voice has graced the National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden concert series, as well as New York City’s Lincoln Center.

The SouthCoast Jazz Orchestra is New Bedford’s house band. Their repertoire ranges from classic big band tunes to contemporary jazz orchestra literature and new compositions. This 17 piece band will make your ears happy and your heart sing.

The Hot Club Cheese Roll Band has been playing gigs and concerts regularly in the New Bedford area in the years since their founding in 2016, most frequently appearing at nearly monthly jazz brunches at The Inn on Shipyard Park in Mattapoissett, and frequently playing other venues and special events.

New Bedford JazzFest is currently accepting sponsors at all levels. Email for more information.

JazzFest is produced by Your Theatre, Inc., New Bedford’s 75-year old community theatre group. For more information, go to


World Music Mix: TapRoots(USA)-Song for the Ocean (featuring I-Shea)


TapRoots(USA)-Song for the Ocean (featuring I-Shea)
Composer: Matthew King / TapRoots
Album name: The Resonance Within (2022)

This is a song dedicated to the Ocean Mother of the Yoruba Pantheon, Yemaya. The track ebbs and flows like the great tides and moods of this Orisha of the Oceans herself … a cool breeze on the tropical waves.
It is just a small taste of what is to come with our upcoming album, The Resonance Within.



World Music Mix: The B Roads(UK)-Anywhere You Want(2022)


The B Roads(UK)-One Way Trip
Composer: Paul O’Hara
Label: Manse music
Album : Anywhere You Want(2022)

A noir Jazz night road trip, to a 70’s soundtrack in a movie that doesn’t exist. Inspired by the roadmap of the UK, The B Roads is the alias of multi-instrumentalist John Paul Turner, mixing jazz, folk, blues and minimal to create reflections of middle age middle England. Ivor Novello winner Joris de Man calls The B Roads “Off-kilter, original and refreshing”, while the BBC Late Junction show named their ‘Senseless acts of beauty’ album ‘one of the most ear catching records of the year’


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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Jazz Festival: New Bedford Jazzfest


New Bedford JazzFest (NBJF) proudly announces its 10th Anniversary concert of regional and national jazz, on Sunday, November 6, from 1:00-6:00 p.m (music starts at 1:15 p.m). In order of appearance: Hot Club Cheese Roll, Southcoast Jazz Orchestra, Becky Bass, and Bill Pierce Quartet. 

Full bar and pub food available for purchase, and more! The event takes place at Kilburn Mill, 127 West Rodney French Blvd. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 day of (if not sold out) and are available at , Symphony Music Shop, or by calling the Your Theatre Box Office at (508) 993-0772. Seating is general admission for all tickets. 

The event is rain or shine, and a fully indoor event. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

World Music Mix: Kimya Ensemble(France)-Album: Between Mist and Sky


Kimya Ensemble(France)-Maramaros
Album: Between Mist and Sky
Label: Urborigène Records(2022)

1er album Between Mist and Sky

Sortie le 21/10/2022 chez Urborigène Records

En concert le 09 novembre 2022 au Studio de l’Ermitage

L’Ensemble Kimya nous offre le 21/10/2022 son premier album, Between Mist and Sky, sur lequel les cordes et les percussions mêlent leurs sonorités entre jazz, world et classique, entre Orient et Occident, jusque des univers inexploreìs.

L’Ensemble Kimya (alchimie en arabe) rassemble quatre musiciens d’horizons divers, et file la métaphore de l’alchimiste à travers une musique faite de sonorités transfigurées. Composé d’Amir Amiri (Santour), Olivier Marin (Alto & Viole d’amour) rejoints par Roméo Monteiro (Percussions indiennes) et Andrew Briggs (Violoncelle), le Kimya Ensemble tisse des ponts entre les cultures anciennes et le temps présent. Leur dialogue musical mêle musique classique persane, indienne et occidentale dans l’esprit des musiciens aventuriers comme Jordi Savall, Garth Knox ou Vincent Ségal.

Premier extrait, voici le titre Maramaros (inspiré de Béla Bartok) à découvrir en vidéo, avant de retrouver le quatuor en concert le 5/11/2022 au Vollore Festival et le 09/11/2022 au Studio de L’Ermitage à Paris.

L’Ensemble Kimya (alchimie en arabe) réalise son premier album Between Mist and Sky alliant musique classique et contemporaine d’Europe, du Moyen-Orient et d’Inde, fruit d’une rencontre entre santour, alto, violoncelle et percussions.

Porté par Olivier Marin (alto, viole d’amour), Amir Amiri (santour), Andrew Briggs (violoncelle) et Roméo Monteiro (percussions indiennes et orientales), l’Ensemble Kimya étend ses recherches au monde des quarts de tons propre à la musique orientale, mais aussi aux cycles rythmiques issus de la musique indienne. Les quatre musiciens puisent également leur inspiration dans le répertoire occidental proposant des arrangements originaux des Folies d’Espagne de Marin Marais / Garth Knox en passant par des duos de Béla Bartók ou des pièces de Monteverdi.

L’ensemble s’est produit ces dernières années, aussi bien dans des festivals de musique classique comme les “Concerts de Vollore”, que dans des festivals de musiques « nomades » comme les “Détours de Babel” ou les “Traversées de Tatihou”.

Le premier album de l’Ensemble Kimya offre une musique exceptionnelle, riche en couleurs où les cultures se rencontrent, s’enrichissent et se transforment mutuellement.

En concert :

5 novembre : Vollore Festival, Vollore
09 novembre : Studio de L’Ermitage, Paris

On 10/21/2022, the Kimya Ensemble releases Between Mist and Sky, its debut album, on which the strings and percussions blend their sounds with jazz, world, and classical music, with East and West, and even with uncharted cosmologies.

The Kimya Ensemble (alchemy in Arabic) brings together four musicians from diverse backgrounds who spin the alchemist metaphor through music constructed of altered sounds. The Kimya Ensemble, which consists of Amir Amiri (Santour), Olivier Marin (Viola and Viole d’amour), Roméo Monteiro (Indian percussions), and Andrew Briggs (Cello), builds links between ancient and modern cultures. In the style of adventurous musicians like Jordi Savall, Garth Knox, or Vincent Ségal, their musical discourse combines Persian, Indian, and Western classical music.

The debut album by Ensemble Kimya features outstanding music with vibrant colours where civilizations converge, exchange ideas, and transform one another.

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Monday, October 3, 2022

World Music Mix: Les Chacrobates(France)- Album: L’amour qu’on sème (2022)


Les chacrobates-L'amour qu'on seme

Les Chacrobates(France)-Raw Love
Composer: Jérémy Tridera
Album: L’amour qu’on sème (2022)

Les Chacrobates est un groupe jazzy ne reniant pas ses affinités avec la pop et la bossa.
Composé de 6 musiciens et fondé à l’été 2021, ils écument les routes au long de l’année 2022 pour affûter leur répertoire en jouant en de nombreux endroits. Aujourd’hui, ils sortent leur premier EP 6 titres et propose des mélodies entêtantes en une palette éclectique mêlant les influences de chacun.

Les Chacrobates is a jazzy group, their members don’t hide their pop and bossa affinities.
Composed of 6 musicians and founded in the summer of 2021, throughout the year 2022 they hit the road to play many different venues and hone their repertoire. Their debut six-track EP, which features appealing tunes in an eclectic palette that combines the inspirations of each performer, was just released.

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