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Interview for Detroit News ‘University Musical Society celebrates the accordion’

By Patrick Dunn Having presented popular shows last season featuring the ukulele, mandolin and bass saxophone, University Musical Society programming director Michael Kondziolka knew just what obscure instrument he wanted to highlight next. “We had a lot of positive response…Continue reading

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Review: Cleveland Orchestra Fridays@7 with Lang Lang and Hot Club of Detroit

by Carlyn Kessler On Friday, October 10, The Cleveland Orchestra presented its first Fridays@7 concert of the 2014-15 season. Creating a more informal concertgoing experience, these concerts feature an earlier start time and shorter duration bookended by pre- and post-concert…Continue reading

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Review: ‘Pushing the South American Envelope’

By Bruce Hodges Inexplicably making their New York debut—only because this cracking, Chicago-based ensemble has been in existence since 2010—the Spektral Quartet packed SubCulture for a concert celebrating its newest recording, From This Point Forward (on Azica Records). Adding to the evening’s many…Continue reading

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“Chat” -Labro collaborates w/ Grammy Award Winner pianist & composer Fernando Otero

The creative connection between Fernando OTERO and Julien LABRO has taken form in their collaboration under the name of “CHAT”. The album contains compositions by both musicians, in which improvisation plays a major role,  exploring countermelodies with their respective instruments creating a…Continue reading

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Labro featured on The Sound of Applause

Dee Perry chats with Emily Anthes author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts who speaks Friday night at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History for the Explorer Series. Plus we share the music of local country crooners Rachel &…Continue reading

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Labro’s Residency at Oberlin Conservatory of Music

by Jarrett Hoffman This past Thursday, October 9, Oberlin welcomed acclaimed jazz group Hot Club of Detroit for the first Performance and Improvisation (PI) guest recital of the year. Clonick Hall was packed for the occasion, all seats filled and…Continue reading

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Pablo Aslan Quintet rejuvenates the work of the great Piazzolla

By Sarah Ritzmann Last Monday night, the Pablo Aslan Quintet performed in Brooks-Rogers Auditorium as part of the Ernest Brown World Music Series. The group, headed by Argentinian-born artist Pablo Aslan, delighted a diverse audience ranging from current students to…Continue reading

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Hot Club of Detroit: Musical wizardry on display

By Debra Penberthy On Sunday, August 10, the Hot Club of Detroit wowed the audience at the Levitt Pavilion with their absolute mastery of their craft. They seemed to bend time and melodic space with their musical wizardry, particularly of the…Continue reading

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Review: San Jose Jazz Festival delivers serious fun

By David Becker Many other jazz festivals seem to encourage the musicians to act like brain surgeons, egging on their artistic sensibilities and treating the work as high art. Not the San Jose Jazz Festival, which just wound up its 25th…Continue reading

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Byblos hypnotized by Khalife, orchestra, ensemble & soloists

BYBLOS, Lebanon: Oud virtuoso, vocalist and composer Marcel Khalife brought the Byblos International Festival audience to its feet Thursday evening. For more than two hours, the spectators witnessed a night of outstanding instrumental solos, performed alongside mass choral and solo voice performances and orchestral compositions. …. Accordionist and…Continue reading

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