The Víctor Ullate Ballet brings to its repertoire a new version of this important, internationally performed classic. Choreographer and artistic director Eduardo Lao emphasizes the comic spirit of Coppélia while keeping the original score written by Léo Delibes in 1870. This interpretation of Coppélia is set in a cybernetic laboratory specialised in artificial intelligence, where Doctor Coppélius is attempting to create a female android that moves and acts like a human.
The 24 "books" of the ILIAD were assigned to 12 pianists. Each artist participating to the project had chosen two "books" and composed music inspired by them. The result is, a wonderful concept album, full of brilliant ideas, inspiration and piano virtuosity…
‘The Coyote that Spoke in Tongues’ is a project that Garcia fans will really appreciate. What Garcia & Co. have created with this record is excellent; it’s full of life and experience, tales to tell, and scars to show. It invites the listener to hitch a ride with them and listen to those stories as they drive on through the lonely, arid desert.
A European recording date for Brooklyn-based Preminger, hailed across the pond as a distinctive tenor stylist with a gift for composition. Joined by the sensitive accompaniment of both fellow Brooklynite Garcia and Barcelona resident Kamaguchi, Preminger tackles a varied set of tunes. Theres a sweet (but never cloying) version of Try A Little Tenderness and a minimal Moonlight In Vermont (with a nicely understated drum solo). They step out a little further to pleasing effect on Ornettes Law Years and Monks Four In One and on the one original, Garcias Prairie Dance, but this disc never loses sight of lyricism and melody. Which is undoubtedly why Preminger is receiving such praise his playing is cool (the title track is a Warne Marsh tune), inventive, unexpected but never jarring or dissonant. In a world where innovative and edgy often means grating in a new way, Preminger is a rising star for those who like a little sugar in their coffee.