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What a happy beginning to a late September Sunday!Congratulations Yuko Mabuchi, Del, Bobby, and JJ Kirkpatrick and many,...
09/20/2020

What a happy beginning to a late September Sunday!

Congratulations Yuko Mabuchi, Del, Bobby, and JJ Kirkpatrick and many, many thanks to Dee Dee MacNeil for the wonderfully detailed review!

Yuko Mabuchi plays Miles Davis is available on CD, Analog Tape, DSD and High Res PCM. Two volumes of 180 Gram 45RPM Vinyl coming soon!

There is still so much we need to learn about Historically Informed Performance Practice. While seldom mentioned in musi...
09/19/2020
Introducing the Baroque Spoons - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

There is still so much we need to learn about Historically Informed Performance Practice. While seldom mentioned in musical scores, there has been clear evidence for the widespread usage of percussion instruments in Baroque Music. From court ledgers and paybooks to contemporary descriptions and illustrations, an entire battery percussion instruments were used for performance. Among the most ubiquitous - and misunderstood - is the poor man's castanets - liberated from its place setting status, the humble spoon!

Journey back in time and discover the authentic period-instrument sound of the Wooden Spoons!

https://oae.co.uk/introducing-the-baroque-spoons/

A quick history of the baroque era's most under-appreciated instrument by John-Henry Baker, OAE Principal Spoon Player.

Many thanks to our dear friend, Michael Fremer for his enthusiastic write up about the Lifeline Music of the Underground...
09/18/2020

Many thanks to our dear friend, Michael Fremer for his enthusiastic write up about the Lifeline Music of the Underground Railroad Project!

Truly, a timely and important album, and one which deeply spoke to Mr. Fremer. Available now on 180g vinyl from the good folks at Elusive Disc, Inc.!

Just because you have chosen to observe conscientious and courteous behavior during the pandemic by masking up is NO rea...
09/16/2020
Conductor invents ‘music-enhancing’ face mask for orchestral concerts

Just because you have chosen to observe conscientious and courteous behavior during the pandemic by masking up is NO reason to sacrifice a superior audiophile experience!

That was precisely what inspired Iván Fischer, conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra to transform the humble facial appliance into something that would not only protect but enhance your hygienic experience!

The mask features two life-sized hands made out of transparent plastic that cup around the ears. “I got to this idea that it should look like a hand because when we put our hands here...” Fischer said, cupping his palms around his ears, “... we always understand the other person easier, we hear the consonants, and the music sounds much more beautiful.”

Fischer says his masks help to emulate church acoustics, with warmer undertones and clearer, sharper contours.

Hey, they laughed at the guy who made the Fidget Spinner and that didn't make ANYBODY'S music sound better!

https://www.classicfm.com/artists/ivan-fischer/music-enhancing-face-mask-for-orchestral-concerts/

Metacarpal enhancement for your Mahler? This invention is proof that 2020 is bringing *some* good things.

And what better way to celebrate vinyl's triumphant return than to stop by our dear friends at Elusive Disc, Inc. to pur...
09/14/2020
Vinyl records outsell CDs in US for first time since 1980s

And what better way to celebrate vinyl's triumphant return than to stop by our dear friends at Elusive Disc, Inc. to purchase your very own copies of Yarlung's latest 180g vinyl releases, Lifeline: Music Of The Underground Railroad and Young Beethoven, performed by the Janaki Trio. Maybe even MULTIPLE copies - the holidays aren't far off!

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/sep/14/vinyl-records-outsell-cds-in-us-for-first-time-since-1980s?

Report on first half of 2020 finds that vinyl makes up 62% of physical music revenue

Could it be that biological activity and human activity are in some way the same and that the celebrated individual will...
09/13/2020
Darwin’s Endless Forms Most Beautiful: What’s Musical about Biology and Why Does That Matter? - Resilience

Could it be that biological activity and human activity are in some way the same and that the celebrated individual will of the artist might not be so easily separated from the creator-less fecundity of nature?

For your leisure Sunday read, we hope you'll enjoy a discussion between ethnomusicologist Robert Labaree and Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute as they explore the striking organic similarities between musical biological, and musical processes.

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-08-18/darwins-endless-forms-most-beautiful-whats-musical-about-biology-and-why-does-that-matter/

The goal of this essay is to reignite a conversation with the Post Carbon Institute’s own Richard Heinberg about music and change in planetary systems

In Solemn Remembrance of All Who Perished that September Day[Music: Tarik O'Regan · Composer: Blessed Are TheyPerformed ...
09/11/2020

In Solemn Remembrance of All Who Perished that September Day

[Music: Tarik O'Regan · Composer: Blessed Are They
Performed by the Pacific Chorale under the direction of Robert Istad, and the Salastina Music Society from the Yarlung Records album, "All Things Common."

https://open.spotify.com/track/2UuVu5O9dLmpzC2otH7Zxu

09/10/2020

Talk about your 'Auspicious Beginnings!' On our latest 180g vinyl release we celebrate the emergenace of TWO extraordinary young talents: first, the Janaki Trio, three friends and virtuoso musicians whose passion and
commitment captivate their audiences as they tackle their music with freshness, energy and maturity.

And the second, of course, is our 250th Birthday Boy, Ludwig van Beethoven who would grow up to become the Titan who would revolutionize music forever!

Serena McKinney performs on a Camillus Camilli violin (circa 1742);
Katie Kadarauch performs on a Giovanni Grancino viola (circa 1695);
and Arnold Choi performs on a Carlo Tononi cello (circa 1725).

Worried that you're just not spending as much time at your computer these days? Well, thanks to the creative minds at Go...
09/09/2020
Google Magenta’s Lo-Fi Player lets you create your own virtual music room

Worried that you're just not spending as much time at your computer these days? Well, thanks to the creative minds at Google,
the newly designed Lo-Fi player lets users mix several music tracks to create a virtual music room without any music expertise, available via the open-source Magenta research project.

The customized music room can be shared with others as well. The entire experience, powered by models from Magenta, is designed to make music and art using Google’s machine learning systems.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/5/21424092/google-magenta-lo-fi-player-virtual-music-room-aia

No musical ability required

No less a spokesman than Dr. Billy Taylor christened Jazz as "America's Classical Music", writing: "As a classical music...
09/06/2020
Jazz Has Always Been Protest Music. Can It Meet This Moment?

No less a spokesman than Dr. Billy Taylor christened Jazz as "America's Classical Music", writing: "As a classical music with its own standards of form, complexity, literacy and excellence, jazz
has been a major influence on the music of the world for more than one hundred years." But in doing so, has Jazz been stripped of it's original social and cultural function? In this thoughtful article, Times music critic Giovanni Russonello asked us to consider the music's original function and intent and whether this act of cultural "gentrification" stips the art of its urgency and meaning.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/03/arts/music/jazz-protest-academia.html

Over the past 50 years, the music has become entrenched in academic institutions. As a result, it’s often inaccessible to, and disconnected from, many of the very people who created it: young Black Americans.

Classical Music and Pick Up Trucks? Now THAT'S a welcome change in associations! Thanks to the wonderfully transgressive...
09/05/2020
With a Pickup Truck and an Open Mind, the Philharmonic Returns

Classical Music and Pick Up Trucks? Now THAT'S a welcome change in associations! Thanks to the wonderfully transgressive imagination of superstar countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and his co-conspirators from the New York Philharmonic, jumping on the classical bandwagon has taken on a new, much more literal meaning!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/arts/music/ny-phil-bandwagon.html

The NY Phil Bandwagon’s pop-up concert series, the orchestra’s first public performances since March, debuted despite rain and other obstacles.

While Mozart *MAY* make you smarter, there is compelling neurological evidence that Jazz can make you a GENIUS!"When res...
09/04/2020
The jazz singer’s mind shows us how to improvise through life itself | Psyche Ideas

While Mozart *MAY* make you smarter, there is compelling neurological evidence that Jazz can make you a GENIUS!

"When researchers scanned the brains of jazz pianists improvising (as compared to when they performed learned sequences), they saw consistent and unique patterns of brain activation and deactivation. This activity likely reflects the distinct cognitive processes involved in improvisation, in particular the way that the musician must overcome the limitations of the brain’s processing capacity when faced with limitless possibilities."

https://psyche.co/ideas/the-jazz-singers-mind-shows-us-how-to-improvise-through-life-itself

Be more jazz: by letting go and embodying the present, you can learn to transform the mundane into the transcendent

09/03/2020
Music of the Underground Railroad on Yarlung 180g vinyl

Vinyl is a tricky format. Sometimes we have to cut lacquers 4 or 5 times until the test pressings sound right. Eventually, everything gels into musical magic. I'm so happy that everything did gel for our new LP "Lifeline: Music from the Underground Railroad," distributed in North America by our friends at Elusive Disc, Inc.

More than just great music, this album means a lot to me personally, and reminds us that people in our country have been struggling for freedom and equal treatment under the law for centuries. And sometimes, just sometimes, these struggles result in progress as they eventually did after our US Civil War. The songs on our album come from the Civil War era and before. Some are code songs that Harriet Tubman and others used to help slaves reach freedom in the North and in Canada.

Clearly inequality persists. We did not plan "Lifeline" to be released during this season of struggle and nationwide attention, but we appreciate the hope expressed in these songs yearning for liberation, and trust that once again our country and the people living here will make progress toward a more perfect collaboration. Our sincere thanks to our wonderful Lifeline musicians for sharing their art and inspiration with us, and to Craig & Diane Martin for serving as our executive producers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4EDi05X0Dc&feature=youtu.be

-- Bob Attiyeh

#GospelMusic #Spirituals #Vinyl #Audiophile

Vinyl is a tricky format. Sometimes we have to cut lacquers 4 or 5 times until the test pressings sound right. Eventually, everything gels into musical magic...

With the choral world turned upside down, choruses are getting creative.Choral leaders have developed software for onlin...
09/01/2020
Choral directors get creative about how their singers will safely rehearse - Cincinnati Business Courier

With the choral world turned upside down, choruses are getting creative.

Choral leaders have developed software for online singing and created virtual choirs. Companies are inventing face masks that can be worn for singing. Several universities, including the University of Cincinnati, are conducting studies on the spread of aerosols while singing or playing instruments, and how it can be mitigated.
With the choral world turned upside down, choruses are getting creative:
Choral leaders have developed software for online singing and created virtual choirs. Companies are inventing face masks that can be worn for singing. And universities around the world are doing studies on the spread of aerosols while singing or playing instruments, and how it can be mitigated.

What is clear though is that we shall continue to lift our voices in song!

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/08/28/choral-directors-get-creative.html

The Business Courier held a virtual Round Table with six choral leaders to find out how they are moving forward amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what they said.

"Time irreversibility—the existence of an “arrow of time”—is a concept drawn from fundamental physics, first formulated ...
08/30/2020
Time’s Arrow Flies through 500 Years of Classical Music, Physicists Say

"Time irreversibility—the existence of an “arrow of time”—is a concept drawn from fundamental physics, first formulated in 1927 by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington. But it is meaningful in many contexts, says Lucas Lacasa, a physicist at Queen Mary University of London. One can see it in action over breakfast: think of the implausibility of unscrambling an egg and returning it to a pristinely pieced-back-together shell. But until now, Lacasa says, time irreversibility “hasn’t been measured at all in music.”"

A fun and fascinating read for your Sunday, exploring the rich implications form a meeting of music, physics, and philosophy. This is one to bookmark and come back to.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/times-arrow-flies-through-500-years-of-classical-music-physicists-say/?

A statistical study of more than 8,000 compositions shows how the flow of time distinguishes music from noise

“I often get the feeling that what I’m listening to might not be what I could be listening to.”Yes, there IS too much of...
08/28/2020
LISTENING ANXIETY: Struggling With An Overwhelming Flood Of New Music - Hypebot

“I often get the feeling that what I’m listening to might not be what I could be listening to.”

Yes, there IS too much of a good thing! For many of us, our listening habits have been highly selective and focused on a specific library of artists and genres we've cultivated an affinity for, but since the advent of first, the MP3 and now, streaming, an overwhelming amount of music floods us every month, week and day. If you feel panicked by all of this, you are not alone!

https://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2020/08/listening-anxiety-struggling-with-an-overwhelming-flood-of-new-music.html?

With an estimated 40,000 tracks uploaded to Spotify every single day, it’s impossible to keep up. Will this glut of new music along with access to a massive catalog of. Continue reading

08/25/2020

Vinyl is a tricky format. Sometimes we have to cut lacquers 4 or 5 times until the test pressings sound right. Eventually, everything gels into musical magic. I'm so happy that everything did gel for our new LP "Lifeline: Music from the Underground Railroad," distributed in North America by our friends at Elusive Disc, Inc..

More than just great music, this album means a lot to me personally, and reminds us that people in our country have been struggling for freedom and equal treatment under the law for centuries. And sometimes, just sometimes, these struggles result in progress as they eventually did after our US Civil War. The songs on our album come from the Civil War era and before. Some are code songs that Harriet Tubman and others used to help slaves reach freedom in the North and in Canada.

Clearly inequality persists. We did not plan "Lifeline" to be released during the season of Black Lives Matter protests and nationwide attention, but we appreciate the hope expressed in these songs yearning for liberation, and trust that once again our country and the people living here will make progress toward a more perfect union. Our sincere thanks to our wonderful Lifeline musicians for sharing their art and inspiration with us, and to Craig & Diane Martin for serving as our executive producers.

-- Bob Attiyeh

#GospelMusic #Spirituals #Vinyl #Audiophile

08/23/2020
Elinor Frey demos her instrument collection

A VERY happy birthday to our brilliantly talented friend, Elinor Frey Cello. Over the past few years, it has been amazing to witness Elinor's growth as both a scholar and an artist. To which, we can now add, a connoisseur and collector of cellos!

We invite you to spend a little up close and personal time with Elinor as she introduces us to her music family!

Modern Cello - 1962 - Mario Gadda - Mantova, Italy
Viola d'arco - 2018 - Roland Suits - Estonia
Viola da gamba - ?? - Francis Beaulieu - Montréal
5-String Baroque Cello - 2012 - Francis Beaulieu - Montréal
American Church Bass - 1820 - Abraham Prescott - Lennox, Mass.
4-String Baroque Cello - 2018 - Karl Dennis - Warren, Rhode Island
"Tenor" cello - 1770 - M. F. Scheinlein - Nuremberg, Germany

And remember, there's ALWAYS room for Cello!
https://youtu.be/80Hve7NyBo4

Modern Cello - 1962 - Mario Gadda - Mantova, Italy Viola d'arco - 2018 - Roland Suits - Estonia Viola da gamba - ?? - Francis Beaulieu - Montréal 5-String Ba...

"At a recent workshop, the Zoom grid filled up fast with small faces smooshed into the frame. It was easily the most ent...
08/21/2020
Zoom-based opera for preschoolers might sound like your worst nightmare. But it’s actually the best Zoom there is.

"At a recent workshop, the Zoom grid filled up fast with small faces smooshed into the frame. It was easily the most entertaining Zoom meeting I’ve had since this whole thing started."

With all the theories and strategies about how to get kids to appreciate and engage with classical music, it really seems like Opera Lafayette's “Opera Starts With Oh!” online programming may have hit on a winning formula: let kids be kids!

So, all of you parents - or grandparents out there, this is a terrific opportunity to open up the world of classical music for the kids, and in return, they can help you navigate and set up your very OWN Zoom talks!

Have you seen this, Laura Strickling?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/zoom-based-opera-for-preschoolers-might-sound-like-your-worst-nightmare-but-its-actually-the-best-zoom-there-is/2020/08/18/01e15982-dda4-11ea-809e-b8be57ba616e_story.html

Opera Lafayette’s “Opera Starts With Oh!” is not your average conference call.

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Hi, liked yr page. I’m a jazz/Latin/Caribbean composer in Monterey, Ca and would love to share/sign some of my 55 songs ( BMI ) thxNick
Fantastic Yuko Mabuchi Trio concert on Yarlung Records Tape.
Oh, what a world! Forget about those fake Guccis and knock-off Louis Vuitton, and bogus Birkin bags, there is even an illicit trade in counterfeit lutes! Miguel Serdoura. the founder of Le Luth Doré writes that one of the unfortunate consequences of being the maker of a popular product is the appearance of fraudulent imitations. The incredible story has rocked the lute and early music community and continues to play out as evidence mounts!
Practically anyone who has any level of appreciation of music can tell you that music can make us better in terms of healing our bodies, in terms of exercising better. Even rewiring our brains after an injury. As our understanding of this unique interconnectedness expands, a new generation of musical scientists, like Indre Viskontas is a Lithuanian-Canadian neuroscientist and operatic soprano attempt to understand the physiology of how our brain responds to those "earworms" and much, much more!
Over the past week Yarlung had the pleasure of working with Patrick Arthur Lee and his son Salman this past week on a recording of Sacred Chants in Taos, New Mexico. Habib is Jewish and Catholic by blood, and grew up adopted by a pueblo family in Taos and at Lama Foundation, an ecumenical commune north of town. Taos kindled Patrick's interest in Native American ceremonialism as well as Sufism and Hindu chants from the Hanuman ashram in Taos. One of Patrick's sufi masters recently named Patrick a teacher in the Sufi mystical tradition, and as Habib Chishti, Patrick embarks this month on an 18-month pilgrimage to twelve sufi shrines in India and Pakistan.
Buffy listening to "Antonio Lysy at the Broad" on vinyl sitting on a 1940's GE phonograph. She has good taste and loves all my Yarlung music
I have just discovered audio nirvana!
Great company producing Great Records!!
Thank you ArkivJazz. This is the album Yuko's fan in the post below needs to add to her collection!
Thanks to our distribution friends Hsing-Hsu Chen at 博樂伯樂 Expo Music and CW Ling at Silkroadmusic Hk, I just saw this glowing review from Taiwan of James Matheson's String Quartet, commissioned by Helen and Justus Schlichting. As I just wrote on the Silk Road page, this string quartet may be among the very best recordings Yarlung has ever made. Baird Dodge and Gina DiBello on violins, Weijing Wang on viola and Yi Xin on cello. I first heard this piece live at Segerstrom Center for the Arts at its world premiere, and then leapt at the opportunity to record Jim's music. Helen and Justus Schlichting served as our generous underwriters and executive producers for the CD, and Elliot Midwood served as executive producer for the 45 rpm vinyl LP, which is reviewed here. Thank you Wai and thank you Chen for the post! And happy weekend, Bob Attiyeh
Diego Schissi leaves for a whirlwind concert tour in Europe today. I suspect his Latin GRAMMY® nomination will give him extra spring in his step! Or help his nimble fingers dance on his piano keyboard! Second round voting is underway right now. Take a listen!