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April 25, 2019

Music Freelance Notre-Dame organ unharmed in fire

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After last week’s fire that ripped through the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral, many musicians were nervously awaiting news regarding the state of the 8,000-pipe Organ.

The cathedral was an iconic part of the development of Western music: as the home of the Notre-Dame school of polyphony, where the creation of multi-part music gained international prestige. 

Pascal Quoirin, who restored the famous organ in 2017, announced yesterday that there was no damage to the instrument. He spent two hours examining the electronic components and pipes, and could see no effects of the fire, stating that the temperature inside the organ did not reach above 17°C on the day of the blaze, ensuring there was no degradation.  

 

 

Notre-Dame Cathedral has been home to an organ since the 14th-century, but since then has been subject to many renovations. In 1730, the original organ was replaced, before robustly withstanding many attack attempts during the French Revolution, the scars of which can still be seen on the organ case.

A big change occurred in 1963 ,when Pierre Cochereau replaced the console, with further renovations in 1990, 1992, 2012 and 2014. The cumbersome original can still be seen in the next door museum.

 

 

One of the cathedral’s three resident organists, Vincent Dubois, said that every great organ builder has worked on the Notre-Dame instrument, and said that ‘the synthesis of all that work is just a miracle’.

It is also a miracle that the instrument survived the flames, as well as the enormous volume of water that went into the attempt to save the cathedral. It was only due to the slanted stone roof above the organ, which created an umbrella over the instrument, that led all of the water from the hoses to slide over it.

President Emmanuel Macron has set a somewhat ambitious goal of rebuilding the cathedral within the next five years. However, with this in mind, hopefully the wonderful organ music will be heard again sooner than we think.

 

 

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Freya Parr Four of the best Schubert recordings

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Symphony No. 8

London Classical Players/Roger Norrington
Virgin 562 2272

A refined, stately performance of Schubert’s penultimate symphony.

 

 

 

Piano Sonata in A D959
Alfred Brendel (piano)
Decca 438 7032

Brendel plays the first of Schubert’s last three miraculous sonatas with gravitas and grace.

 

 

 

Winterreise
Ian Bostridge (tenor), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Warner Classics 2564620418

Ian Bostridge and Leif Ove Andsnes conjure up a fine balance of beauty and coldness in this excellent recent release.

 

 

 

String Quartet No. 15
Cuarteto Casals
Harmonia Mundi HMC902121

The drive and drama of Schubert’s nervous quartet is captured here with an abundance of energy by Cuarteto Casals.

 

 

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Ruf Dug teams up with Rhythm Section Int’l on new record

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The organisers of this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which runs from 5 to 7 July, have confirmed that cult jazz-trip-hop band The Cinematic Orchestra (above left) will make an exclusive UK festival appearance at the event. This follows their sold-out three nights at London’s Roundhouse in March in support of their new album, To Believe, which was the band’s first release in 12 years. Other names added to the bill include reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and Zambian-born singer/rapper Sampa the Great, while the vibrant Bandstand line-up features a swathe of emerging jazz talents. Names to watch out for including Tomorrow’s Warriors 5tet, storming Birmingham saxophonist Xhosa Cole and his Quartet and the Mingus Underground Octet. The opening Friday night line-up for the Arena stage has also been confirmed and includes soulful jazz-funk crew Yakul (above right), the virtuosic large-ensemble Patchwork Orchestra and danceable brass-fuelled Afro-jazz-fusion band Kongo Dia Ntotila.

These names join those already announced in Jazzwise (media partners for the festival) which include high-flying piano trio GoGo Penguin, spiritual jazzers Maisha, funky flautist Tenderlonius, grime-jazz tuba-ist Theon Cross, heavy-groovers Steam Down Collective, fast-rising SEED Ensemble and Brit-jazz vibist Orphy Robinson performing his acclaimed version of Van Morrison’s seminal album Astral Weeks. Some strong US names include fiery New Orleans five-piece Tank and the Bangas (above centre), Grammy-nominated pianist Christian Sands, cutting-edge Chicagoan drummer/producer Makaya McCraven and trumpeter Marquis Hill’s Blacktet. Experimental jazz sounds come via the Jazz in the Round stage, alongside further performances on the Bands & Voices cabaret and spoken word stage. Headliners Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Chick Corea’s Spanish Heart Band, Louie Vega & The Elements of Life Band and Kamaal Williams round-out the three-day event that takes place in the idyllic surroundings of Glynde Place, East Sussex.

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.lovesupremefestival.com

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lovesupreme2019 may

The organisers of this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which runs from 5 to 7 July, have confirmed that cult jazz-trip-hop band The Cinematic Orchestra (above left) will make an exclusive UK festival appearance at the event. This follows their sold-out three nights at London’s Roundhouse in March in support of their new album, To Believe, which was the band’s first release in 12 years. Other names added to the bill include reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and Zambian-born singer/rapper Sampa the Great, while the vibrant Bandstand line-up features a swathe of emerging jazz talents. Names to watch out for including Tomorrow’s Warriors 5tet, storming Birmingham saxophonist Xhosa Cole and his Quartet and the Mingus Underground Octet. The opening Friday night line-up for the Arena stage has also been confirmed and includes soulful jazz-funk crew Yakul (above right), the virtuosic large-ensemble Patchwork Orchestra and danceable brass-fuelled Afro-jazz-fusion band Kongo Dia Ntotila.

These names join those already announced in Jazzwise (media partners for the festival) which include high-flying piano trio GoGo Penguin, spiritual jazzers Maisha, funky flautist Tenderlonius, grime-jazz tuba-ist Theon Cross, heavy-groovers Steam Down Collective, fast-rising SEED Ensemble and Brit-jazz vibist Orphy Robinson performing his acclaimed version of Van Morrison’s seminal album Astral Weeks. Some strong US names include fiery New Orleans five-piece Tank and the Bangas (above centre), Grammy-nominated pianist Christian Sands, cutting-edge Chicagoan drummer/producer Makaya McCraven and trumpeter Marquis Hill’s Blacktet. Experimental jazz sounds come via the Jazz in the Round stage, alongside further performances on the Bands & Voices cabaret and spoken word stage. Headliners Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Chick Corea’s Spanish Heart Band, Louie Vega & The Elements of Life Band and Kamaal Williams round-out the three-day event that takes place in the idyllic surroundings of Glynde Place, East Sussex.

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.lovesupremefestival.com

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C M Richer Unsigned Session – March

As Spring starts to poke up it glorious, sunny head, we returned to Cambridge Audio’s Melomania venue for another Unsigned Session, with another two great acts!

 

First up was Long For The Coast, the musical alias of Devon-based husband and wife duo Jamie and Sophie Gould. With a combination of sincere lyrics and beautiful harmonies, they sing stories about social change, spiritual adventures, and close friends lost and found. Despite James facing a last-minute catastrophe of a tuning peg disintegrating (every guitarist’s worst nightmare!), they delivered a stunningly delicate performance, taking the time to explain the stories behind the songs, weaving us even closer into their world. When asked how they felt about the cost-free services we offer musicians Jamie said: “When someone gives a platform to people that don’t have a huge following to get their music heard in a professional space like this, that’s hugely helpful.” Sophie echoed “Our experience with Richer Unsigned and Richer Sounds makes us think ‘Wow! It’s so nice to come across a company the recognises the value of music and what people have put into it, and there’s a excellence to it’”.

Long For The Coast told us they have plenty of exciting new music that’s available now, and even more to come so be sure to keep your eyes and ears open!

 

Next up was a group that is certainly no stranger to long-time follower of the Richer Unsigned program! Firewood Island is the alias of Bristol based Norwegian/Welsh multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Stian Vedøy and Abi Eleri. Their emotive and dynamic vocal harmonies together with the mix-up of organic and digital instruments, creates an atmospheric soundscape that is moving yet striking. They’ve christened their sound ‘Mountain Pop’.

The band played the very first Richer Unsigned session in a jazz club in Chelsea. Q-Magazine wrote a little piece about them, which ended up getting us a manager who worked with them for four years. “In many ways Richer Unsigned was the perfect springboard to put us on the right track in the music industry.” says Stian of their Unsigned journey. “We also got to support Bear’s Den in the very first RU Record Store day concert and to play a Richer Unsigned session again is like doing a full circle. It’s been a rollercoaster, but a great one. We love what you do, supporting under-radar artists, and giving them an opportunity that is unlike most.”

Firewood Island has been on a very steady rise since our first meeting with them, with their music getting exciting placements in TV shows and more, and we couldn’t be prouder. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for these two incredible artists!

We’d like to say a big thanks to all the music fans and friends that came out to support and packed the house – and we’ll see you again next time!

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The organisers of this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which runs from 5 to 7 July, have confirmed that cult jazz-trip-hop band The Cinematic Orchestra (above left) will make an exclusive UK festival appearance at the event. This follows their sold-out three nights at London’s Roundhouse in March in support of their new album, To Believe, which was the band’s first release in 12 years. Other names added to the bill include reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and Zambian-born singer/rapper Sampa the Great, while the vibrant Bandstand line-up features a swathe of emerging jazz talents. Names to watch out for including Tomorrow’s Warriors 5tet, storming Birmingham saxophonist Xhosa Cole and his Quartet and the Mingus Underground Octet. The opening Friday night line-up for the Arena stage has also been confirmed and includes soulful jazz-funk crew Yakul (above right), the virtuosic large-ensemble Patchwork Orchestra and danceable brass-fuelled Afro-jazz-fusion band Kongo Dia Ntotila.

These names join those already announced in Jazzwise (media partners for the festival) which include high-flying piano trio GoGo Penguin, spiritual jazzers Maisha, funky flautist Tenderlonius, grime-jazz tuba-ist Theon Cross, heavy-groovers Steam Down Collective, fast-rising SEED Ensemble and Brit-jazz vibist Orphy Robinson performing his acclaimed version of Van Morrison’s seminal album Astral Weeks. Some strong US names include fiery New Orleans five-piece Tank and the Bangas (above centre), Grammy-nominated pianist Christian Sands, cutting-edge Chicagoan drummer/producer Makaya McCraven and trumpeter Marquis Hill’s Blacktet. Experimental jazz sounds come via the Jazz in the Round stage, alongside further performances on the Bands & Voices cabaret and spoken word stage. Headliners Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Chick Corea’s Spanish Heart Band, Louie Vega & The Elements of Life Band and Kamaal Williams round-out the three-day event that takes place in the idyllic surroundings of Glynde Place, East Sussex.

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.lovesupremefestival.com

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