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Terry Riley - in C

Terry Riley's in C - a breathtaking and at the same time tranquilizing piece of minimal music. You can listen to it:
http://www.flagmusic.com/work.php?r=trjhinc
or download sheet music:
http://www.otherminds.org/shtml/Scores.shtml
for free!

June, 1st, 2009
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Mathias Claus meets Misha Steinhauer

Mathias Claus, born in Weinstadt, living in Braunschweig, is an extraordinary musician: classical virtuosity corresponds with jazz feeling at its best.
Misha Steinhauer, Moskow, sings truely and touching.
Together they have decided to do a special programme: Jazz and inspirational songs.
You can see and hear them
February 24th, 2008
5 p.m.
Stiftskirche Beutelsbach
(Jazztage Weinstadt)


January 8th, 2008
www.mathiasclaus.com
www.misha-jazz.com

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin

The pianst himself, Nik Bärtsch from Switzerland, labels his music »Ritual Groove Music«. It's a very lively and at the same time highly intellectual kind of jazz-music. Roots could be »Minimal Music« and influences from the East.

June 4th, 2007
http://www.nikbaertsch.com/sound/?soundid=117
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+ Michael Brecker +

Michael Brecker is dead. He died January 13th, 2007. Friends and Musicians will him.

January 16th, 2007
www.michaelbrecker.comtop
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Bass-Men

2006 was my year of Bass-Players: Charlie Haden and Dave Holland, Barre Phillips and John Patitucci, Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Eva Kruse ...
Very fascinating ist to see and hear John Patitucci's musical development. If you can get a catch of »Line By Line«: enjoy it!
Decembre 27th, 2006
http://www.johnpatitucci.com/flash/
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Al Jarreau - I can just do one thing

and that's sing.
But in his case, that is more than enough, I think.
It's always a great pleasure to listen to his unique voice, sounding differently every time, but easy to recognize ...
September 2nd, 2006
http://www.aljarreau.com
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Charlie Haden

without words - just a drawing: my tribute to Charlie Haden ...
The link is to a German CD-Review, spoken and with music from »American Dreams«
August 29th, 2006
http://www.radiobremen.de/magazin/kultur/musik/cdtipps/haden_charlie.html
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Stefano Battaglia

Stefano Battaglia's CD »Raccolto« is a very interesting journey into music. Music full of thought and construction and feeling.
August 23rd, 2006
http://www.ijm.it/wp/index.php?pagename=scheda&ana00code=382
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Lennie Tristano - Intuition

Today I met the music of Lennie Tristano again. The blind pianist was - in my ears - a sensitive pioneer. He played Jazz and invented Jazz playing it.
August 21st, 2006
http://www.kritische-masse.de/blog/item/486
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Stevie Wonder »Happy Birthday«

It's not just a simple song to be heard or sung on birthdays or on air. Stevie Wonder sings about Martin Luther-King. He wanted to have a Memorial Day as a »Day of Peace«. In 1983 this came to be true. Ronald Reagan signed the law about the Martin Luther-King Memorial Day: each third Sunday in January people in the US think of this important man of the Civil Rights Movement.
August 18th, 2006
http://www.jochenscheytt.de/popsongs/birthday.html
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Pierre Boulez - Dialogue de l'ombre double

It's an astonishing piece of modern music. The »double shadow« ist taken from a drama of Paul Claudel. Clarinet and electronical equipment in co-laboration, co-existence, co-mmunication ...
Pierre Boulez - Dialogue de l'ombre double seems to be one of the most played modern pieces for clarinet ... and it's worth it, I think.
August 13th, 2006
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Raaf Hekkema - Saxophon

This man plays the saxophon in a way I never heard it before. His warm tone, combined with a stupend technique makes him able to play the 24 Capricies op. 1 (Nicolò Paganini) on the saxophone - and one doesn't miss the violin.
August 9th, 2006
www.raafhekkema.com
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Aziza Mustafa Zadeh - »live«

On April 1st (2006) I saw Aziza live at the »Theaterhaus« in Stuttgart. It was a very impressing evening: She is a singing pianist - playing the piano and singing - at highest level, simply breathtaking!
April 14th, 2006
http://www.azizamustafazadeh.de
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Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau Trio played in Stuttgart on February 27th, 2006. I wasn't there ... but a collegue of mine. She bought two CDs and lend it to me. "Day Is Done" is a very surprising buenjoying one. Every track brings a new world to the listener.
On Brad's site (http://www.bradmehldau.com) there is a complete song: Think of One (Th. Monk) live and just piano.
March 1st, 2006
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Rick Wakeman

If you want to know how important Rick is for Yes: Just compare two live-DVDs: "The House of Blues" (without Wakeman) and "Songs from Tsongas" (with Wakeman). I couldn't believe it first. He's bringing so much intensity and charcter in Yes-music!
On http://www.rwcc.com/index.asp you can find very much information about all of his recordings.
January 5th, 2006
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SMS - ShortMusicStories

10 minutes of musical infotainment. That were the ShortMusicStories. Broadcastet by SWR and "LernRadio" during 2005. At the "Hoerbar" one can listen to selected issues.
http://www.swr.de/swr2/sendungen/sms/hoerbar/index.html
January 4th, 2006
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Yes

The Artrock-Group with the short name and the long songs. Their opus is an own cosmos:
http://www.yesworld.com/
January 2nd, 2006
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Mozart 2006

In 2006 you will probably hear a lot about Mozart. If you want to hear his music - for free: Visit the mozart-archiv.de. The »Musik-Datenbak« lists almost every of his compositions with good quality sound file. Just try it!
http://www.mozart-archiv.de/
January 1st, 2006
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Klaus Hoffmann

Klaus Hoffmann is my favourite german singing singer songwriter. His personal style in singing and acting is unique. He loves Jaques Brel and his hometown Berlin.
http://www.klaus-hoffmann-online.de/index/index1a.htm
December 30th, 2005
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J.S. Bach - Christmas Oratorio

It's astonishing how many recordings of Bach's Christmas Oratorio work in a musical way. And it's astonishing furthermore how the music changes under the hands of the musicians and stays the same simultaneously.
Thers is a free download of the first coro: »Jauchzet, frohlocket!«
http://www.vorleser.net/html/weihnachten_hoerbuecher.html
December 29th, 2005
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Manu Katché - drumming in studios and loving Jazz

If you want to hear a drumset played in a very melodical way, there is a good choice in listening to Manu Kathcé »Neigbourhood«. It's the first Solo-CD from this well-known studio-drummer (over 300 recordings with Sting, Peter Gabriel and further more).

Link (with three downloads): http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Manu_Katche.html
December 28th, 2005
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musical expeditions

The online issue of "Die Zeit" presents »Genreübersichten« (overview to musical genres). There are a lo of excellent chosen tracks to listen to (with QuickTime). I appreciate most: Elektronika
http://www.zeit.de/musik/genreuebersichten/elektro
December 6th, 2005
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David Macejka - Poi for Gadje

Fascinating and powerful rhythms of oriental origin: That is what David Macejka plays on this CD. It's my favourite one these days. You can listen to some examples on his site:http://www.rishirecords.com/
November 23rd, 2005
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Oriental Rhythm Patterns

Oriental rhythm patterns in notation, listening example and piece of music sufers can find on http://www.bauchtanzinfo.de. It's only German, but the rhythms are international, aren't they?
November 8th, 2005
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Sarband - musical and cultural Ambassodors

Sarband makes one hear the connections and communications in music: between orient and ocident. They put whole tracks on their site:
http://www.sarband.de/CDs.html
November 7th, 2005
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Bass with power and strenght - Wolfgang Schmid

Wolfgang Schmid participated in over 400 recordings. He plays the bass in a unique and powerful way. Just listen to Ringanding Dang on »Special Kick« from 2002. After a few seconds you get to know him and his bass ;-)
http://www.wolfgangschmid.com/discography_fr.html
Ocotober 28th, 2005
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Jordi Savall - viola da gamba

Jordi Savall is well known as an expert and specialist on iberian anient music with Hesperion XX. Moreover he also has been involved in the soundtrack of TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE. You can listen to examples on http://www.musicolog.com/s_tousles.asp
October 24th, 2005
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Old McDonald Had a Farm - on percussion

Brent Lewis CD »Rhythm Basket« brings to you a lot of nursery rhymes played on tuned drums. It's exciting to listen. I can't stop singing and dancing. Music for a full recreation.
http://www.brentlewis.com/cd7.htm
October 13th, 2005
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Rebbekka Bakken

Rebekka Bakken is an upcoming jazz-singer. She har great potentials to become a great one. The proof therefore is »Why do all the good guys get the dragons«. An extraordinary take-up of »Where Have All The Flowers Gone«.
http://rebekkabakken.universalmusic.at/
October 12th, 2005
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Pe Werner - german singersongwriter

Pe Werner is a champion in playing on words. Here german songs are a symbiosis of lyrics and music. If you want to join here lyrical universe you can visit:
http://www.pewerner.de/index2.html
October 10th, 2005
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Gustav Mahler - Adagietto form the 5th Symhony

Probably the most popular piece of Mahler's music is the »Adagietto« from his 5th Symphony. Visconti used for his movie »Der Tod in Venedig« (Dead in Venice), an adaption of Thomas Mann's famous narration.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/profiles/mahler.shtml
October 6th, 2005
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Prince - one King of Music

Prince and his CD »Musicology« are like a school book and encyclopedia for pop music at its best.
http://www.npgmusicclub.com/musicology/mixer_1.html
October 3rd, 2005
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pandora.com

A great possibilty to enrich your knowledge of special musical styles is: www.pandora.com. You type in a song or an artist. Pandora suggest "similar" songs ...
http://www.pandora.com
October 1st, 2005
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Steve Reich - minimax

»Minimal Music« with a maximum of impression: that is Steve Reich's Music. On his site you can watch an old video of »Clapping Music«. I think the performance helos to understand this music.
http://www.stevereich.com
September 29th, 2005
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Take6

Six excellent singers with always excellent arrangements are: Take6. They have got a well-designed site with a lot of material for fans: interviews, songs and videos, transcriptions and more.
http://www.take6.com
September 27th, 2005
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Annette Lowman

I had the great pleasure to see Annette Lowman »live«. This was about 8 years ago in Schwäbisch Gmünd with the Wolf Mayer Trio. On her site there are some samples: Good to get to know her extraordinary voice and vocal charism.

September 22nd, 2005
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Carl Nielsen - not just for insiders

My contribution to the latest Nielsen-Renaissance. There are very satisfying parts of his »Seven Pieces from Alladin« on: http://www.ius.edu/Music/audio.htm. That is a good possibility to get in touch with his music.

September 21st, 2005
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Les DÉSaxÉS - musical comedy on saxes

They are fantastic! Music and humour and action in perfect cooperation. In German TV you can watch a part of their show from 1999 at the »Kleinkunstfestival Mainz«. Further Informations: http://www.theaterkanal.de/fernsehen/monat/les_deacutesaxeacutesmusikcomedy_aus_frankreich
September 20th, 2005
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Phil Keaggy - a masterly servant on the guitar

Phil Keaggy plays guitar an sings. Though a christian musician he is also well-known to experts like Steve Morse. There are three main aspects of his music: vocal songs with deeep lyrics, powerfull instrumental tracks and his acoustic sketches. All aspects are to be heard on his site:
http://philkeaggy.com/music/downloads.html
September 17th, 2005
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Christoph Schoepsdau - New York Mass

You can download samples of this wonderful piece of choral music on www.newyorkmass.com. Schoepsdau composed an inspired work with deep sensuality and great power. Hope it will be with great influence for the contemporary music in churches.
September 15th, 2005
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Aziza Mustafa Zadeh

Just listen to Aziza Mustafa Zadeh whenever you have the chance to. Her very personal mixture of classical-jazz-fol (from Azerbaijan) is unique and often fantastic!
Her site is in English. You can read very honestly written text about herself:
http://www.azizamustafazadeh.com/
September 13th, 2005
April 21st, 2006: New german and english site is on: http://www.azizamustafazadeh.de
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Tori Amos - full of strenght

Tori Amos is one of my favourite singersongwriters. She combines excellent and expressive music with sometimes strange, sometimes deep lyrics. I recommend to you her latest CD: The Beekeeper.
http://www.toriamos.com
September 12th, 2005
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Gospel Meets Soul - Felicia Taylor

2004 Gospel Award Winner Felicia Taylor sings Gospel with richness in depth and soulfullness. Her new CD »Gospel Meets Soul« is a wonderful example for her talent and ableness.
http://www.feliciataylor.com/framesets/fsete.html
September 10th, 2005
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Steve Vai

I like the music of Steve Vai. It's very strong, many-sided and helps to get rid of bad thoughts. This days tipp is for: Steve Vai Fire Garden. You can listen to parts on his site oder you can watch some videos:
http://www.vai.com/SightsSounds/aural_fixation/index.html
September 9th, 2005
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preparing for holiday with music for holidays

Bod Wartke plays piano and makes satirical revues. There's a very sophisticated love song on his site »Liebeslied« (German: Lovesong), which you may enjoy without understanding everything. It's in many languages.
August 31st, 2005
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Opera - for Newbies

On Tim Lange's site one can listen to short - but execellent produced - introductions to six operas. Best of them are »The Magic Flute« and »La Traviata«. Tim Lange combines text and music in a very sensitive way. You get ton know the first act in about seven minutes. But the texts are only German.
August 30th, 2005
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David Sanborn - many-sided on Saxophon

David Sanborn's studio job with well-known German singer Nena made me knowing him. The best of all his CDs - in my opinion a absolute must have - is
David Sanborn
Another hand
You can listen to parts of this CD (and other ones) on the Sanborn Community Site. Hoping you will enjoy it! (Just listen to Lou Reed's »Jesus« in Sanborn's version!)
August 29th, 2005
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Jean Michel Jarre

On Friday Jean Michel Jarre gave a great concert in Danzig. Over 100 000 people attended it. It was to honour the Polish Union "Solidarnosc".
If you follow the Link, you can download three of his songs in full length - for free!
August 27th, 2005
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The Feeling - Annett Louisan

This days tip introduces »Das Gefühl« (The Feeling) from Annett Louisan. She is a young German singer-songwriter with a soft and somehow normal voice. But her lyrics sometimes sound quite opposite.
»Das Gefühl« describes a personal view of feelings in words one would use to tell about shopping.

Link: http://www.annettlouisan.de/index.php?area=texte&song=4 (only German)
August 26th, 2005
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a coach for listening - Jeremy Siepmann

This article introduces to new release of Jeremy Siepmann:
Jeremy Siepmann
The Instruments of the Orchestra
Naxos
In my recommandation I point out the great adavantages of this seven CDs-Edition:
=> 200 examples of music
=> short, but good explanations
=> very motivating, sometimes humorous texts, eg. the »the cello with an identity-crisis«*

* Booklet of CD: The Instruments of the Orchestra written and narrated by Jeremy Siepmann. Naxos .558040-46, page 142
August 25th, 2005
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