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Elza Soares: samba’s greatest star epitomised the vivacious spirit of Brazil

The singer’s melodic, growling voice was a marvel – and she overcame great hardship in order to put it to astonishing useElza Soares stood quietly, a few minutes before being born into music. Engulfed by audience fuss and hullabaloo, another of her competitors had been disqualified from the radio talent show she was attending. It was 1953, and Soares had just one chance to bring home the cash prize – […]

todayJanuary 21, 2022

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Soundcarriers – Wilds

After seven years away, Ghost Box's Soundcarriers return with more exotica-tinged boot-fair futurism

todayJanuary 21, 2022

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Julie Sassoon Quartet: Voyages review | John Fordham’s jazz album of the month

(Jazzwerkstatt)The pianist and her long-running quartet’s buzzing and lucidly eloquent set mirrors lockdown’s swerves between isolation and longingThe enforced confinement of 2020 spurred Julie Sassoon to dust off and release an inspired but long-shelved solo improv recording, If You Can’t Go Outside… Go Inside. Later that year, in a gap between lockdowns, she and her long-running quartet made this buzzing and conversational set. In those starkly contrasting projects, the Manchester-born […]

todayJanuary 21, 2022

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Empirical at Wiltshire Music Centre (29 Jan. 2022)

Mary James looks forward to Empirical at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon. She writes: Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon kicks off its 2022 spring/summer season with Empirical on Saturday 29 January […]

todayJanuary 21, 2022

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Loré Lixenberg: Conlon Nancarrow at Cafe Oto

Loré Lixenberg performs Conlon Nancarrow (Cafe Oto, 10 January 2022. Live review and drawings by Geoff Winston) Mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg’s vocal interpretation of the works for player-piano of American composer Conlon Nancarrow […]

todayJanuary 21, 2022

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