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Category: ‘non-western’ musics, aka ‘world music’

Music review: Three Cane Whale & Daniel Herskedal

You could describe the British trio’s music as “chamber-folk”, the Norwegian tuba virtuoso’s as “chamber-jazz”.

I am wary of hyphenated “chamber” musics; recordings so-described oft prove anaemic, twee, wannabe.

No such problem here:  two very different ensembles have each created something singular, beautiful, with spine.

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Music review: Iris Dement, Elina Duni

Over the last year no “female vocal” albums have moved me more deeply. In their different ways, each defies description, and is a very “unlikely” success. Respectively, they were recorded in the singer’s living room in Iowa, and in a studio in south-east France. Iris Dement interprets Russian poetry, in a manner no one else would ever have attempted… or imagined.  Elina Duni addresses poetry and traditional song from her birthplace, Albania…with three brilliant Swiss jazzmen.

 

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