Release Date: December
21, .2018 Label: Independent Website Mikuskovics
Baum has a new release titled Timeless.
It is significant that the date of release is the beginning of the Winter
I think it is imperative that I took a snippet of
information from the artist website so you can understand a bit more about them
and their music.
Mikuskovics & Georg Baum present sensitive and intimate but yet passionate
and wild early European and Indo-European songs, dances and tunes as well as
timeless improvisations in a contemporary outfit using vocals, overtone singing,
jodeling, harp, guitar, Jew’s harp, bowed psaltery, ocarina, ethnic flutes
That is a fair introduction to these two talented
gentlemen. There are seven tracks and none under 6 minutes in length. The first
track comes in at a substantial 11:36. The harp is a slice of heaven, the
sounds that it makes are mesmerizing and quite appealing. When the other
instruments are mixed in, or should I say the…
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Poly-disciplinary musician and touch guitarist Markus Reuter has just released his first Christmas album - a free, limited-availability-period recording of five traditional Christmas songs (each of which has been given Markus’ distinctive loop/solo/soundscape treatment). As with much of Markus’ music, the pieces are accessible and enjoyable while concealing hidden depths. Beneath and behind Markus’ soulful touch guitar renditions of the original melodies, billowing detailed soundscapes are built on re-examinations and explorations of the pitch series of each tune. Listeners can enjoy the simple snowfall, or choose to tunnel deeper into the ice kingdom. A parallel universe... strangely hypnotizing.
Release Date: September 23, 2018 Label: Independent Website Kurt Reiman is a self-made artist. He never had the patience to practice and read music so he listened to his favorite piano composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Billy Joel, Lyle Mays, George Winston, and Dave Brubeck. That is how he learned his craft. That kind of story really makes me think and wonder how someone can pick up how to play a song just by listening. It is a God-given gift that I simply cannot fathom but I sincerely appreciate it. North Maple Road is the first recording released by Kurt. He is a working man just as are most indie recording artists. Not making enough money to sustain life, the indies are forced to work a day job so they can do what gives them passion. That daytime gig actually sustains the second career (in most cases). The dream, of course, is to remain working in that passion driven art form, whatever that may be. Alas, most of us do not find a way to that path but what keeps it all going is the hung…
Jason Becker is a musical phenomenon!
Guitar legend Jason Becker released his eagerly anticipated new album “Triumphant Hearts” on December 7, 2018. The album has been receiving amazing reviews around the globe!
“It feels so good that people are experiencing the music in a deep way. When I was writing the album, it was what my soul needed, and I hoped others would feel the same. To see that people are feeling my heart is the greatest gift any artist could ask for.” - Jason Becker
Jason Becker's story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A child prodigy on guitar, Jason rose to prominence as a teenager when he was one half of the legendary rock guitar duo Cacophony (with his great friend Marty Friedman). After wowing audiences all over the world with his amazing guitar chops and deep compositions, Jason auditioned for—and got—the gig with David …
With winter upon us in the great Northeast, it was just another night. We never have a reason to stay in because of the weather, we just go. It so happened that it was a nice evening for a drive to a Ghost concert.We secured our tickets months ago and have been anticipating this night for months on end. Last July I attended a “bucket list” concert, the great Iron Maiden was coming to Mansfield, MA. Opening for them was Ghost. This was a turn of a friendly card for the band, a great way to get worldwide exposure otherwise not afforded by a lesser band. They were already on the rise and the lead singer Papa Emeritus had a helluva a band (no pun intended there). At that time my prediction was that when the new year began Ghost would be headlining their own shows. So, then it happened, here we are tonight watching this incredible metal band headlining their own show, with no opener may I add. For those of you unf…
Release Date: October 15, 2018 Label: Independent Website Joseph Nimoh released his third proper album titled Conversations On Piano in October this year. I classified it generically as instrumental piano however it does have many elements that make it what it is. There is classical, contemporary instrumental, spiritual (gospel), new age and even some elements of jazz. So, it is a musical patchwork quilt if you will. Where I am coming from as a listener, this can mean diversity, colors, atmospheres, and tones that are variable in length as well as rhythm. Joseph started playing piano at church when he was 11 years and from there went to the prestigious Berklee School of music to study piano performance. That alone is an indication of his abilities and the productive road ahead for this artist. The twenty tracks contained on this recording are meant for relaxation, meditation and hopefully a spiritual renewal. I realize that twenty tracks may sound like a double album but several of the t…
London - Due to the tremendous response UK prog ensemble The Gardening Club received for the reissue of their 1983 self-titled album last year, the band has released a brand new album! The new Gardening Club album, “The Riddle” was recorded at producer/guitarist Norm Macpherson's Garry Oak Studios in Metchosin British Columbia. This location surrounded by forest and close to the Pacific Ocean, was ideal for writing and recording the new record.
Martin Springett and Norm had known each other as young players while living in Victoria many years ago, both were drawn to the music the other was making; Norm was a phenomenal blues player even at the age of 17. Martin as a new immigrant from England, was setting Tolkien's words to music. Two very different worlds! The connection that started the new project, was a mutual friend, a poet named Cyril McColgan. Martin had been setting Cyril's poems to music for many years, and so after meeting up again, Norm and Martin decided it wo…
The first duet release from one half of the Oddyssey Quartet, with David Pate (Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra) and guitarist and composer Rex Shepherd (No End of Now). “Seeing Sound” features the two playing an improvised set, creating palpable musical textures using subtle harmonic and melodic ideas and developing them into intuitive conversations, “seeing” the sound of two like minds speaking with one another.
“Playing duets with David Pate is like having a meaningful conversation with a good friend while standing on the precipice of a steep cliff, all the while wondering if you might fall off. As we played this music, we seemed to intuitively happen upon a common musical vision, so I thought that 'Seeing Sound' was an appropriate title.” - Rex Shepherd
2. Meaning Everything
4. Saying Nothing
6. Left is Right
8. Turn A Round
10. Seeing Sound
11. Finding Space
12. Mind Full
14. Sound S…
Release Date: December 11, 2018Label: Independent Website Samer
Fanek is a talented keyboard player. I covered his debut WishfulThinking two years ago. I gave it a 5-star rating and I have no
reason to believe things would be different with his new offering Guide Me. This is an instrumental
recording filled with classical and contemporary music with a new age feel.
According to the artist, the first track “Grand Opening,”
is intended to be exactly what it says it is. The curtain opener is an exciting
burst of colors and energy that has you envisioning a scene in an action movie
or an emotional still picture with a soundtrack to make it come alive. It is an
amazing song but it does not set the tone for the album that most opening
tracks do because of the eclectic nature of the overall presentation. “Chasing
Time” is similar to the high level of energy and general pace.
What you will discover while listening are different moods,
a story being told through the fingers and ivory keys. There i…
Highly accomplished band includes award-winning composer /vocalist Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, King Crimson's Pat Mastelotto and Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin Album features special guest vocalist System Of A Down's Serj Tankian Confirmed live headline shows throughout Europe & UK for early 2019 + support to The Pineapple Thief O.R.k., comprising some of contemporary music's most revered artists, have combined their creative forces once again for a new studio album; their first for the ground-breaking UK label Kscope; O.R.k's Ramagehead will be released on 22nd February 2019.
The band feature Italy's celebrated vocalist, producer and award-winning film score composer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari a.k.a LEF (lead vocals), King Crimson's Pat Mastelotto (drums), Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin (bass), Marta Sui Tubi's Carmelo Pipitone (guitars); Ramagehead also features a superstar collaboration in the form of Grammy Award-winner Serj Tankian of System of a…
Release Date: December 7, 2018 Label: Peaceful Vibes Website Dan
Blanchard has created one of the more unique Christmas albums I have ever
heard. The Spirit of Christmas is the
title, which is about as generic and traditional as you can get but don’t let
that simple title fool you. This is a significant music project and a
tremendous accomplishment for the artists involved.
has some incredibly talented people join him on this release and since there is
the song “Twelve Days of Christmas,” he gives us 12 tracks to enjoy and guess
what the twelfth track is? Everything seems to fall in line so far…just wait. What
Daniel sought to create was a musical holiday adventure that was steeped in
traditional Christmas Carols and Indian Classical Music. This, of course,
provided the opportunity to combine these elements with some improvisation. The
cross-section of instruments included on this recording includes Sitar,
Santoor, Harmonium, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Tanpura, Tabla,