BBC announced that world-renowned Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia has died aged 66 in Mexico, reportedly of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach. R.I.P.!
Paco de Lucía, born Francisco Sánchez Gómez (21 December 1947 – 26 February 2014) was a Spanish flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the New Flamenco style, he was one of the first flamenco guitarists who has also successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz. Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton, authors of Guitar: Music, History, Players, describe de Lucía as a “titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar”, and Dennis Koster, author of Guitar Atlas, Flamenco, has referred to de Lucía as “one of history’s greatest guitarists”.
De Lucía was noted for his innovation and colour in harmony and his remarkable dexterity, technique, strength and fluidity in his right hand, capable of executing extremely fast and fluent picados. A master of contrast, he often juxtaposes picados with rasgueados and other techniques and often adds abstract chords and scale tones to his compositions with jazz influences. These innovations saw him play a key role in the development of traditional Flamenco and the evolution of New Flamenco and Latin jazz fusion from the 1970s. (more…)
“Taming the Dragon” it’s the debut album from the electric duo Mehliana made of Brad Mehldau (synthesizers, Fender Rhodes and piano) and Mark Guiliana (drums and electronics). Because the dense electronics this have a powerful jazz-rock sound, but it’s a vividly groovy, experimental and breath taking experience throughout with space-rock inspired soundscapes and exciting jazz improvisations. There is an extremely refreshing balance between all the flavors, sounds, elements and moods of the album. Mark Guiliana delivered some extremely tasty drums while Brad Mehldau added dimensions and colors. A perfect mixture of passion, energy and experimentation with tasty melodies, meditative searching and emotions.
Mark Guiliana (born 1980, Florham Park, New Jersey, United States) is an American drummer, composer, and leader of the band Beat Music. He is known for his playing with Brad Mehldau, Meshell Ndegeocello, Gretchen Parlato, Jason Lindner, Lionel Loueke, Avishai Cohen (bassist), Avishai Cohen (trumpeter), Dhafer Youssef, Tigran Hamasyan, Matisyahu, European (more…)
Zardonic never kept secret his soft spot for metal. He had previously some noisy and contorted collaborations with several bad-ass metal artists and definitively he will keep having this kind of violent audio clashes. His powerful metal roots are clearly detectable on his early demos, early demos which also now are made available!
In the celebration of his 10th anniversary, Bass Metal overlord Zardonic has released three tracks in collaboration with Sweden’s metal prodigies, The Unguided (led by ex-Sonic Syndicate members), included in the limited edition of their most recent album “Fragile Immortality”. The tracks included are “When All The Seraphim Cry”, “Unguided Entity (Zardonic Remix)” and “Deathwalker (Zardonic Remix)”, featuring the voice of Hansi Kürsch, frontman of the legendary german heavy metal band Blind Guardian.
“Fragile Immortality” has been available in Europe since the 31st of January, and is available in North America today, February 14th, so you can celebrate your Valentine’s Day properly.
The label in charge of the album’s release is the legendary Napalm Records, who’s amazing roster includes Candlemass, Cavalera Conspiracy, DevilDriver, Grave Digger, Hate, Kampfar, Lacrimas Profundere, Legion of the Damned, Monster Magnet, Moonspell, Summoning, Tiamat, Tristania and Vintersorg, to mention a few. (more…)
While I’m drowning in a sea of absolutely boring music day after day, this pretty British sounding French band made my day and Monday. It’s a cool mixture of reggae, funk, punk-rock and accidentally some electronica. Smooth, groovy and nicely done. And genuine in a world of fake and plastic. Simply it feels right. Maybe it’s not revolutionary, it will not turn your world (and pity life) upside down, but it will keep you going. And although by default I would reject any mixture of punk with pop, this “Little Armageddon” sounds more convincing then most of the modern American self-declared punk products.
Mat Bastard (vocals), Yan Stefani (guitar), Jay Gimenez (bass), Lio Raepsaet (keyboards) and Manamax Catteloin (drums) at their third album just simply nailed it. (more…)
I loved the Havana Club rum, it was one of the finest drinks we could have back in the 80′s. Now by remixing a track you have the chance to travel to one of the world’s music capitals to produce and record original tracks with a selection of Cuba’s finest musicians under the expert guidance of DJ Gilles Peterson.
Winners will spend ten days in the city of Havana producing original new music in the studio with executive producer Gilles Peterson and local musicians. A selection of the tracks resulting from the studio sessions will be compiled later in the year. When not in the studio, winners will be free to explore Havana’s sights, sounds and unique culture scene. All travel and living expenses as well as production and studio costs will be covered by Havana Club.
Not surprisingly, residents and citizens of the United States of America (more…)
Audiotool teamed up with Moogfest to find the best producer on Audiotool.
To enter simply make a track on Audiotool and submit it to the Moogfest contest via the track page. Can create an account, can sing up here.
I admit, I stumble into Audiotool a while ago, singed up and had several attempts to write songs, but never managed to finish up any of them and considered Audiotool a pleasant way to waste some time making some sweet noise while you’re at the office or something and out of reach of your usual audio weaponry. So, making a killer track on Audiotool it’s not actually the simplest thing to do, but not impossible. Got more then 30 days to experiment anyway!
The user judged to have the best track will win a trip to Asheville, NC (North Carolina, USA) and get to play a set at Moogfest along with some of the biggest names in electronic music, including Kraftwerk, Laurie Anderson, Giorgio Moroder, Flying Lotus, M.I.A. Other Nighttime Performers Include, RJD2, Soul Clap, Daedalus, Dan Deacon, Gas Lamp Killer, Green Velvet, Sasha, Art Department, (more…)