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Lisa Gerrard & Pieter Bourke - Duality (1998)

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Lisa Gerrard & Pieter Bourke - Duality (1998)

Lisa Gerrard & Pieter Bourke - Duality (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans ~ 50 Mb
Label: 4AD/Rough Trade | # RTD 120.2142.2 | Time: 00:45:49
Genre: World Fusion, Modern Classical, Ambient

Duality is at once sacred and playful. It is both dark and light, organic and refined, masculine and feminine. Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard partners with Pieter Bourke, formerly of Aussie band Eden, to create this compositional dance of partnership that is classical, ancient, and thoroughly modern. Gerrard's voice is multitracked at times, conjuring a cathedral choir and the droning chants of monks. Drums and synth snake from desert to brilliant stormy sky to shaking earth and the bodies that inhabit those spaces. There are lush multiple layers of strings, bagpipe drone, and, quite literally, the laughter of children. The vocals sans "real" words and multicultural instrumentation will be familiar to Dead Can Dance listeners. Yet there is something more exclusive, more womblike about the music of Bourke and Gerrard; rather than two distinct bodies making music, like mother and in utero child sharing blood and breath, they are mutually dependent.

Ned Rothenberg's Sync - Harbinger (2004)

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Ned Rothenberg's Sync - Harbinger (2004)

Ned Rothenberg's Sync - Harbinger (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 325 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included | 01:03:22
Modern Creative, Avant-Garde Jazz, Ethnic Fusion | Label: Animul | # ANI 104

Sync might be envisioned as a modified sax/bass/drum trio, where the bassist has been replaced by Jerome Harris on either acoustic guitar or acoustic bass guitar, and where the drummer’s role is taken by Samir Chatterjee on tabla and dumbek. With Rothenberg moving among alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the Japanese shakuhachi and composing looping ribbons of melody with odd rhythmic contours, the trio has found a most palatable merger of jazz and Asian music. The uncommon instrumentation is enhanced by a shared sense of purpose that gives Sync its winning character. Each player displays both the techniques and the sensitivity required to function as both soloist and accompanist, allowing Sync to maintain its three-way conversations after Rothenberg has finished soloing. This is not simply a matter of the leader’s ability to sustain extended melodic and rhythmic variations at lower volumes through circular breathing; it also results from the assurance that allows Harris to sustain a pronounced rhythmic underpinning in his guitar work and rare melodic fluency on bass. Chatterjee, who can sing and then play back the most complex patterns in the manner of the great tabla masters, also senses how to highlight more compact, swing-oriented parts through shifts in accents and dynamics.

New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)

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New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)

New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)
Zhou Long, Chinary Ung, Gao Ping, Tōru Takemitsu, Tan Dun

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Naxos | # 8.572488 | Time: 00:58:07

This programme brings together aesthetic and musical elements of East and West. Zhou Long captures the essence of the Chinese plucked ch’in, and Cambodian aesthetics are preserved in Chinary Ung’s expressive Spiral III. Tan Dun’s Eight Colors combines the exotic timbres of Peking Opera with Second Viennese School tonalities. Gao Ping’s Bright Light and Cloud Shadows has been admired for its ‘long-breathed brush strokes’ (Washington Post). Taking its inspiration from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Toru Takemitsu’s beautifully crafted A Way a Lone evokes a shimmering sound world.

Josephine Foster - Graphic As A Star (2009)

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Josephine Foster - Graphic As A Star (2009)

Josephine Foster - Graphic As A Star (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 209 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Psychedelic | Label: Fire | # FIRECD136 | 00:44:21

Josephine Foster album Graphic as a Star is based upon the poems of the 19th century American poet Emily Dickenson. Josephine lays stairsteppy melodies beneath a collection of Dickenson gems and sings them with a burnished soulfullness like the purple sunsets so often described in the poems. Massachusetts mountains pearled spiderwebs and folk heroe William Tell are all present in this unforgetable meeting of Dickensons posey and Fosters music making a natural and inevitable whole. Ms. Foster is a Colorado-born artist whose songwriting draws from far corners of the musical spectrum to form a truly singular body of work. While sometimes compared to such singers as Shirley Collins or Tiny Tim, it is difficult to pigeonhole her arresting vocal style. She says her craft is strongly shaped by "Tin Pan Alley on my maternal side, rock and roll on my paternal side, Western folk music by birth, art-song and classical music via my adolescent passions".

Teitur - Albums Collection 2003-2013 (7CD)

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Teitur - Albums Collection 2003-2013 (7CD)

Teitur - Albums Collection 2003-2013 (7CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.78 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 842 Mb | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop/Rock, Chamber Pop, Folk | Time: 05:22:48

Teitur Lassen is a singer/songwriter from the Faroe Islands who resides in the U.K. Teitur (pronounced "TYE-toor") originally left the Faroe Islands for Copenhagen when he was 17 after fronting a pop/rock band. He set upon writing music full-time and eventually caught the attention of former BMI executive Christian Ulf-Hansen, who became his manager. Universal released his first album, Poetry & Aeroplanes, in 2003, while Teitur found himself opening for Suzanne Vega, Glen Phillips, Aimee Mann, and John Mayer as well as playing over 300 shows through the following year.

Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy in South America: Official U.S. State Department Tour, 1956, Volumes 1-3 (1999-2001) 4CDs

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Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy in South America: Official U.S. State Department Tour, 1956, Volumes 1-3 (1999-2001) 4CDs

Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy in South America (1999-2001) 4CDs
Official U.S. State Department Tour, 1956, Volumes 1-3

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.57 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 709 Mb | Scans included
Label: Consolidated Artists Productions | # CAP 933-935 | Time: 04:24:04
Bop, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Big Band

In the summer of 1956, the famed Harlem congressman Adam Clayton Powell arranged for Dizzy Gillespie to embark on a worldwide goodwill-ambassador tour sponsored by the State Department. Gillespie and an all-star big band featuring trumpeter Quincy Jones, the late trombonist Melba Liston, alto saxophonist Phil Woods, and tenor saxophonist Benny Golson performed in Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil to frenzied, beret-wearing fans. Recordings were made but they weren't commercially available and were played only for a select group of musicians before Gillespie's death in 1993. Now the sides have been released, showcasing Dizzy at his bebopping best.

VA - Native Wisdom: World Music of the Spirit (1996)

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VA - Native Wisdom: World Music of the Spirit (1996)

VA - Native Wisdom: World Music of the Spirit (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
World, Ethnic Fusion, New Age, Folk | Label: Narada | # ND-63923 | Time: 00:52:07

Native Wisdom: World Music Of The Spirit collects music from all over the globe in an attempt to offer an introduction to world music. Though any effort like this is bound to be incomplete, the album does indeed offer an effective introduction to broad array of musics. Neophyte listeners would be well-served by the collection, since it lets them sample a variety of styles.

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Neo Geo (1987)

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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Neo Geo (1987)

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Neo Geo (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 109 Mb | Scans included
Experimental, Electronic, World Fusion | Label: Epic | # EK 40994 | 00:34:46

Sakamoto's all-star blend of Western and Eastern music styles is a triumphant success for the composer, and a consistently good listen. On the title track he takes a traditional Japanese folk song and blends it into a funk groove provided by Bootsy Collins, Bill Laswell, and Sly Dunbar. Unlike Byrne and Eno's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, this blend of cultures is coming from the opposing angle and stays truer to the source material. But that track is only one of Sakamoto's approaches, and on several other tracks he joins with Laswell to create a crisp, techno-cultural hybrid that sounds like nothing except like pure Sakamoto. On "Risky," a subdued Iggy Pop lends vocals and lyrics, and doesn't come across as an interloper. And on "Okinawa Song," Sakamoto seamlessly integrates the southern island culture into his grand scheme.

Hot Rize - When I'm Free (2014)

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Hot Rize - When I'm Free (2014)

Hot Rize - When I'm Free (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans included
Bluegrass, Folk | Label: Ten In Hand | # THR9001 | Time: 00:38:05

Hot Rize is one of the most influential and pioneering bluegrass bands of the last 35 years. In 1978, Hot Rize began conjuring up their addicting brand of Colorado bluegrass that honors the traditional while embracing their own influences of blues, country, and celtic music. They have influenced a wide range of popular artists such as Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, Steve Martin, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Dierks Bentley. The group disbanded in 1990 to pursue solo careers and it has been over 24 years since their last studio album and major tour together. Hot Rize is Tim O’Brien (lead vocals and mandolin), Nick Forster (bass and vocals), Pete Wernick (banjo and vocals) and newest member Bryan Sutton (guitar and vocals) who replaced the late Charley Sawtelle after his death in 1999. Their new studio album, When I’m Free captures a group of incredibly talented veterans making some of the best music of their careers.

Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD) [Re-Up]

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Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD) [Re-Up]

Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.8 Gb | Scans included
ECM, World Fusion, Ethnic, Neo-Classical, Minimal, New Age, Ambient, Folk Jazz | Time: 12:04:42

A one-man universe of sound who has learned to play hundreds of instruments from across the globe, which he utilizes in captivating and exotic ways. Collection includes: Implosions (1977); Til The End Of Time (1978); Wings Over Water (1982); Listen To The Rain (1983); East Of The Night (1985); Ocean (1986); The Music Of Stones (1989); Darkness And Light (1990); To The Evening Child (1992); Athos: A Journey To The Holy Mountain (1994); The Garden Of Mirrors (1997); Desert Poems (2001); Life (2004); On The Wing (2006); Bold As Light (2010).

Hughes de Courson - O'Stravaganza: Fantasy on Vivaldi and the Celtic music of Ireland (2001)

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Hughes de Courson - O'Stravaganza: Fantasy on Vivaldi and the Celtic music of Ireland (2001)

Hughes de Courson - O'Stravaganza: Fantasy on Vivaldi and the Celtic music of Ireland (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 359 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Celtic Fusion, Classical Crossover | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 545494-2 | Time: 00:42:24

This is not such a bizarre cross-over as one might imagine for in the 18th century the great Irish musician Turlough O’Carolan, a blind harpist, met the Italian musician Geminiani in Dublin, and through him encountered the music of, yes, guess who, Antonio Vivaldi. So here we have a case of substituting Irish instruments for baroque ones, using baroque instruments to accompany Irish themes, by creating dialogues between Celtic and baroque instruments, or by letting all the musicians improvise. One moment we appear to be listening to a ‘straight’ baroque concerto, then all of a sudden the conventional string continuo/ripieno of the baroque ensemble (Le Orfanelle della Pieta) gives way to celtic musicians playing a jig or reel on anything from a Irish bouzouki to a fiddle. The baroque group consists of three each of first and second violins, one viola, two cellos, a bass and harpsichord while the Irish musicians play Irish fiddle, an Irish flute (like a baroque flute), tin and low whistles, Uileann pipes, Irish bouzouki, mandolins, bodhran, bones, and the Celtic harp (played here with metal strings to resemble its harpsichord counterpart in the other group).

Lisa Lynne - Seasons Of The Soul (1999)

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Lisa Lynne - Seasons Of The Soul (1999)

Lisa Lynne - Seasons Of The Soul (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Celtic Fusion, New Age | Label: Windham Hill | # 01934-11427-2 | 00:53:16

Lisa Lynne is one of the top new age artists on the planet. It would be very difficult to recognize a more accomplished new age harpist. She combines traditional and ethnic instruments to allow subtle tribal overtones into her soundscapes. Her expert arrangements create lush and melodic atmospheres. Seasons of the Soul is perfect music for contemplating the self and for communing with God. Lynne's sensitivities for the subtleties of humanism are vivid and real. The sensuality of her sound design is smooth and warm. This environmental ambience is best when shared with a lover. This CD will appeal to all fans of good music. Comparisons to Hans Christian, Enya, Loreena McKennitt, and David Darling are valid. This is one of Lynne's better efforts. It is essential for all new age collectors.

Wu Man, Yuri Bashmet - Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto; Toru Takemitsu: Nostalghia; Hikaru Hayashi: Viola Concerto (2008)

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Wu Man, Yuri Bashmet - Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto; Toru Takemitsu: Nostalghia; Hikaru Hayashi: Viola Concerto (2008)

Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto; Tōru Takemitsu: Nostalghia; Hikaru Hayashi: Viola Concerto (2008)
Wu Man, pipa; Yuri Bashmet, violin & viola, conductor; Moscow Soloists; Roman Balashov, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 308 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 212 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Onyx | # 4027 | Time: 01:18:02

Tan Dun's Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa (1999) is a reworking of one of his most popular works, Ghost Opera, written for and recorded by the Kronos Quartet. In this version, the composer's characteristic polystylism – which here includes Chinese folk song, Copland-esque Big Sky music, quotations from Bach, and vocalizations by the orchestra – comes across as a jumble, without much of a strong vision holding the disparate elements together. Pipa virtuoso Wu Man, who appeared on the Kronos recording, plays the concerto with energy and delicacy. She's ably accompanied by the Moscow Soloists, led by Yuri Bashmet. The concerto is followed by Takemitsu's Nostalghia (1987) for violin and string orchestra. Its compositional assurance, clarity, subtly nuanced orchestration, and emotional directness make it all the more striking in contrast to the Tan Dun. Here Bashmet is the impassioned soloist, with Roman Balashov conducting with great sensitivity. The three brief excerpts from Takemitsu's film scores are a pleasant stylistic diversion – light, strongly differentiated character pieces.

Andy Irvine - Way Out Yonder (2000)

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Andy Irvine - Way Out Yonder (2000)

Andy Irvine - Way Out Yonder (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 374 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Celtic, Traditional Folk | Label: Appleseed Recordings | # APR CD 1049 | 00:52:15

A great deal of today's Celtic music has ventured far from its roots, adding a wash of new age keyboards and heavenly harmony. Fortunately for hardcore traditionalists, singers and musicians like Andy Irvine stick closer to their acoustic roots. Even when Irvine writes his own songs, they retain a strong flavor of traditional music. Way Out Yonder is a lovely album comprised of a number of ballads and jigs, and filled with good singing and fitting arrangements. Irvine adds words to the "The Girl I Left Behind," a song of love, betrayal, and reborn love. An American version of this piece, "Forsaken Love," ends in suicide, so this more upbeat version, while still melancholy, is refreshing. "Gladiators" covers the biography of one Tom Barker, a radical union worker (a Wobbly) from Australia who fought against conscription during WW I. "They'll Never Believe It's True/Froggy's Jig" conjures up Irish folklore in the form of faeries dancing, while the title cut is a lively Bulgarian jig with some nice harmonica work by Brendan Power. Many of the songs on Way Out Yonder are long because Irvine likes to spin a yarn, and fortunately for the audience, he's good at it. The acoustic guitars and whistles underline the music perfectly.

Ryuichi Sakamoto - 1996 (1996)

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Ryuichi Sakamoto - 1996 (1996)

Ryuichi Sakamoto - 1996 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb
Label: Milan | # 7313835759-2 | Scans ~ 60 Mb | Time: 00:52:27
Modern Classical, Minimalism, Ethnic Fusion, Jazz, Electronic

The album 1996 contains 12 pieces arranged for violin (Everton Nelson, David Nadien, or Barry Finclair), cello (Jaques Morelenbaum), and piano (Ryuichi Sakamoto), including both new compositions and music used in the soundtracks to The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Sheltering Sky, and High Heels. The music is for the most part restrained and reflective, as Sakamoto makes use of the contrasting timbres of the chamber instrumentation, mixing melodic and rhythmic effects soothingly (the exceptions being the more quick-moving "M.A.Y. in the Backyard" and "1919," which uses a barely audible voice and staccato playing to stirring effect).