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Jan
28
2013

Phil Treloar CD

Treloar Narratives 3

Primal Communication (www.feeling-to-thought.com)  You know how dreams can have transitions where you seem to step through a portal from one world to another? Phil Treloar’s monumental Primal Communication is like that. Composed for strings (Conservatorium of Tasmania String Orchestra) and improvising quartet (Feeling to Thought: Treloar, percussion; Mark Simmonds, tenor; David Ades, alto; Steve Elphick, […]

Jan
27
2013

Jordi Savall CD

Jeanne d'Arc

Jeanne d’Arc (Alia Vox/Fuse)  She may be the most improbable figure in history. Joan of Arc was a peasant (albeit a mayor’s daughter) who supped with royalty, a female who had the full panoply of the martial patriarchy at her beck and call, and a teenager to whom learned men grudgingly paid heed.  Her military […]

Jan
23
2013

Abbey Lincoln CD

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The Complete 1959-61 (Chant du Monde/Select) The axiom that behind every great man lurks a great woman was inverted in Abbey Lincoln’s case. She could easily have been just another of the myriad 1950s singers with a pretty voice had she not fallen in with Max Roach. Roach – master-drummer, composer and band-leader – had […]