Thursday, August 26, 2010
Last night our track 'Lucky' was played on WCUW 91.3 (Central Massachusetts) on 'Face the Music.'
Over at WEFT 90.1FM (East Central Illinois), 'Cycle' was played on August 5th on 'North, South, East, WEFT' with host John Wason.
WEFT also played 'Dang' on August 12 -- thanks to Shelley, host of the program 'Sounds Like Home.'
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Through some other playlist sources, I noticed today that we have been played at least two other times on Undercurrents:
June 2, 2010 - "Lucky"
June 20, 2010 - "Dee"
Thanks, Undercurrents! ]
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
"The music is in no hurry, but ebbs and flows, carrying the listener to that rare place of quiet listening, uncovering graceful melodies along the way."Read the full review here. Thanks, Kirk!
- Kirk Albrecht, Minor7th.com
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Akira Kurosawa: A Centennial Celebration continues tonight with The Hidden Fortress, Kurosawa's 1958 film about two bickering farmers on the run from clan wars who end up fighting to save a princess and her family fortune - swashbuckling! And beautifully executed filmmaking, at Cinéma du Parc (3575 Parc), 9 p.m., cinemaduparc.com. Toronto hardcore punk Cancer Bats lead the loud army of Crimson Red, Kid Icarus, A Wasted Sacrifice and Stray From The Path, at Le National, 7 p.m. Jeff Martin, formerly of The Tea Party, toasts Petit Campus. And Montreal's fascinating Arboreal Quartet mixes folk/roots, jazz and North Indian classical at Casa del Popolo,
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Debuting at #10 on the same chart is The Franco Proietti Morph-tet's latest album, "Live! A Weekend at Centre St.Ambroise." Hello, Morph-tet! [Fernando and JF are in both the Arboreal Quartet and the Morph-tet].
At CHUO 89.1 in Ottawa, ON, we've been re-added to the jazz chart, also at #1. Thanks, CHRW and CHUO!
Thanks also to Magnus at !earshot for fixing the spelling of our artist name and for adding our website link.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Arboreal Quartet: The Arboreal Quartet (self-released)
Warning: innocent world music fans may find the Arboreal Quartet to be a gateway to the insidious world of jazz. And for that matter, jazz purists listening to this album may just find themselves entertaining a hitherto unexpressed curiosity about ethnic instruments. Thus is the curious impact of this Montreal-based quartet, which makes beautiful instrumental music that peeks over the fence between jazz and global sounds. Three-quarters of the group is standard jazz stuff: Tom Eliosoff on guitar, Fernando Gelso on drums, and J.F. Martins on bass. The unexpected twist comes though the sarode of John Wrinch Williams.
A cousin to the sitar, this Hindustani instrument takes on a variety of tones under Williams' capable fingertips. Sometimes it finds an interplay with the guitar with similar tones; sometimes it becomes twangy like a banjo. And sometimes its bent notes evoke slide guitar (or, yes, sitar).
Williams is also the group's composer and arranger, though that doesn't mean his sarode is always front and center. Gelso's crisp drumming and Martins' smooth upright bass (often sounding more like a bass guitar) provide the songs' heartbeat and identity sometimes more than the other players' melodic lines. The album includes no song notes to explain the story of the songs, all titled with a single word ("Lucky," "Upswing," "Dang," "Shift"). My favorite so far is the upbeat swing-reggae-jazz number "Snap." Don't think too much about the song names; find your meaning in the music, an unusual, rich, and surprising blend of crisp world-jazz instrumentals.
While the group clearly would like you to buy their CD, it appears you can also download it from their website (link below) and make a donation. Play nice.
By the way, there's no indication in their literature that the band lives up to their name by playing their concerts while perched in trees. Though I haven't seen them live, so I can't yet be certain....