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Music News 03/26/2014

Ticket and CD Raffle for Iestyn Davies at the Kennedy Center

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On Tuesday, April 8, one of today’s most exciting countertenors, Iestyn Davies, will be presented by Vocal Arts DC in the Terrace Theater in the Kennedy Center.  As well as recitals, Mr. Davies has also performed in many Handel and Britten operas, Bach oratorios, as well as new operas by Thomas Adés (The Tempest) and George Benjamin (Written on Skin).

His recital at the Kennedy Center is titled Flow My Tears: Songs for Voice and Lute, with songs by John Dowland, Thomas Campion, John Danyel, Robert Johnson, and the DC premier of Nico Muhly’s Old Bones.

Many of the songs are heard on Mr. Davies’ brand new CD, The Art of Melancholy: Songs by John Dowland (Hyperion, $18.98), with Thomas Dunford, lute (who will be his accompanist at the Kennedy Center).

Mr. Davies also has two other recent CDs:  Arise, My Muse (Wigmore Hall Live, $18.98, with songs by Henry Purcell, John Blow, William Croft, Giovanni Gabriel, and  accompanied by Richard Egarr (harpsichord) and friends (an octet of recorders, violins, viola de gamba and theorbo).

On Your Tuneful Voice: Handel Oratorio Arias (Vivat, $17.98), he is joined by soprano Carolyn Sampson and the King’s Consort, directed by Robert Kin.

Vocal Arts DC has generously given P&P a pair of tickets to the Iestyn Davies performance for April 8. Also, 21CMedia has provided a copy of The Art of Melancholy CD for a lucky winner as well.

If you’d like to enter the contest, please email with DAVIES in the subject heading.


Jazz Roundup

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There’s been a rush of recent jazz releases:

Regina Carter, Southern Comfort (Sony Masterworks, $12.98) – The jazz violinist retraces her family’s roots with tunes from Appalachia, Cajun country, with the blues, spirituals, and Dvořák’s “Going Home” well.

James Brandon Lewis, Divine Travels (Okeh Records, $13.98) – A young tenor player playing spirituals-influenced pieces with plenty of “free” blowing, with William Parker, bass, and Gerald Cleaver, drums.

Chris Bowers, Heroes + Misfits (Concord, $15.98) – The winner of the last Thelonious Monk Piano competition with his first album

And three drummer-led dates:
Jeff Ballard, Time’s Tales (Okeh Records, $13.98) – A trio with alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón and guitarist Lionel Loueke.

Dan Weiss, Fourteen (Pi Recordings, $15.98) – An ambitious composed suite for 3 voices and a 10-piece chamber jazz group.

Rudy Royston, 303 (Greenleaf, $11.98) – Guitarist Nir Felder, pianist Sam Harris, and saxophonist Jon Irabagon star.



CD CoverThere was a good interview last Saturday’s Weekend Edition with conjunto legend, accordionist Flaco Jimenez, and young guitar and bajo sexto player Max Baca. Their new album is Flaco & Max: Legends and Legacies (Smithsonian Folkways, $16.98).



CD CoverClassical mandolinist Avi Avital will be at the Strathmore Mansion on Thursday, April 3. His new album is Between Worlds (Deutsche Grammophon, $18.98) which includes arrangements of pieces by de Falla, Bartók, Villa Lobos, Bloch, and Piazzolla, among others.