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Reviews of the week

More US reactions to ‘Cantante e Tranquillo’ by the Keller Quartett

German magazine Fono Forum on John Potter’s new recording ‘Amores Pasados’ with Anna Maria Friman, Ariel Abramovich and Jacob
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Acclaim from US reviewers for ‘This Is The Day’ the new album by the Giovanni Guidi Trio

US and German reviewers on Stephan Micus’ new recording ‘Nomad Songs’

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David Torn’s ‘only sky’ impresses UK and German reviewers

Another Swiss reaction to ‘You’ve Been Watching Me’ by Tim Berne’s Snakeoil

Reviews of the week

UK website Sinifi Music on András Schiff’s new recording of works by Franz Schubert

John Potter’s new recording ‘Amores Pasados’ with Anna Maria Friman, Ariel Abramovich and Jacob Heringman is reviewed on UK and US websites

A UK reviewer on Keith Jarrett’s recording of piano concerts by Samuel Barber and Béla Bartók

US magazine Stereophile on ‘This Is The Day’ the new album by the Giovanni Guidi Trio

A German reviewer on Stephan Micus brand new recording ‘Nomad Songs’

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John Taylor (1942–2015)

The great British pianist John Taylor has died, aged 72.

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‘El Cuchi bien temperado’, Páblo Márquez’s recording of the music of Gustavo ‘Cuchi’ Leguizamón, is reviewed in German and UK media

US magazine Jazz Times makes ‘Gefion’ by the Jakob Bro Trio an Editor’s Pick

German magazine Stereoplay on ‘Many More Days’, the second ECM album by Swiss-Italian trio Third Reel

UK and German reactions to Gary Peacock’s trio album ‘Now This’

UK and German reviewers on Dall?ndyshe, the new album by the Elina Duni Quartet

Swiss and US reviewers on ‘You’ve Been Watching Me’ by Tim Berne’s Snakeoil

A US reviewer on ‘Surrounded by Sea’, the first album by the newly formed Andy Sheppard Quartet

Mathias Eick’s ‘Midwest’ is reviewed by Jazz & Blues Report

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Reviews of the week

John Potter’s new recording ‘Amores Pasados’ with Anna Maria Friman, Ariel Abramovich and Jacob Heringman is reviewed on German public radio BR-Klassik

German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on the new recording of Wolfgang Rihms ‘Et Lux’

US and German reviewers on Keith Jarrett’s new recording of improvised music, ‘Creation’

A UK daily reviews ‘Kjœlvatn’, the new album by the Nils Økland Band

US magazine Jazziz on ‘Gefion’ by the Jakob Bro Trio

UK and Swiss reviewers on ‘Many More Days’, the second ECM album by Swiss-Italian trio Third Reel

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Masabumi Kikuchi (1939-2015)

Pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, one of jazz’s most original musicians, has died in New York, aged 75.

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Reviews of the week

‘Cantante e Tranquillo’ by the Keller Quartett is reviewed in French music magazine Diapason

BBC Music Magazine on Keith Jarrett’s recording of piano concerts by Samuel Barber, Béla Bartók

Acclaim from the UK and France for the new recording of Wolfgang Rihms ‘Et Lux’

Downbeat on Keith Jarrett’s new recording of improvised music, ‘Creation’

A US web magazine on the trio album ‘Now This’ by Gary Peacock, Marc Copland and Joey Baron

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ECM Artists in Concert (July 1st – August 31th)

Please visit the ECM-Facebook site to keep up with concerts by ECM artists from July 1st until August 31th.

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Iyer, Eicher and ECM sweep DownBeat Poll

Vijay Iyer is Jazz Artist of the Year and the Vijay Iyer Trio is Jazz Group of the Year in the DownBeat International Critics Poll, results of which are published in the August issue of the US magazine.

Manfred Eicher is again Producer of the Year and ECM is label of the Year. This is the seventh time in recent history that Eicher and his label have taken first place positions in the annual poll.

In an accompanying interview, Vijay Iyer talks about recording with ECM: “One thing we gained from ECM is the ability to play quiet and be heard. There’s all this subtlety at this barely audible kind of level that’s now being featured, so all these details about touch, texture and resonance – that tactile quality, the really intimate aspect of the music – are present … It’s nice to find ways to express inside that quiet space.”

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Reviews of the week

More German reactions to András Schiff’s new recording of works by Franz Schubert

‘Cantante e Tranquillo’ by the Keller Quartett is reviewed in German and Austrian publications

A German music magazine on the new recording of Wolfgang Rihms ‘Et Lux’

Keith Jarrett’s new recording of improvised music, ‘Creation’ is reviewed in BBC Music Magazine

US magazine Stereophile on Jack DeJohnette’s ‘Made In Chicago’ with Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill

Swiss daily Tribune de Genève on ‘Many More Days’, the second ECM album by Swiss-Italian trio Third Reel

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Austrian Decoration for Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt has been awarded with the Austrian Honorary Medal for Sciences and Arts. In a ceremony at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on Monday, June 15th, the Estonian composer was presented with the decoration by the president of the Republic of Austria, Heinz Fischer.

The decoration is the country’s highest decoration for remarkable services in this field of activity and has been awarded since 1955.

More information:
http://www.arvopart.ee/en/2015/06/arvo-part-awarded-austrian-decoration-for-science-and-art/

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Reviews of the week

The New York Times on András Schiff’s new recording of works by Franz Schubert

‘Cantante e Tranquillo’ by the Keller Quartett is also reviewed in The New York Times

German reviewers on Keith Jarrett’s recording of piano concerts by Samuel Barber, Béla Bartók

German magazine Audio on the new recording of Wolfgang Rihms ‘Et Lux’

More international reactions to Keith Jarrett’s new recording of improvised music, ‘Creation’

Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche on ‘Many More Days’, the second ECM album by Swiss-Italian trio Third Reel

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US website Examiner.com on András Schiff’s new recording of works by Franz Schubert

German music magazine Crescendo on the new recording of Wolfgang Rihms ‘Et Lux’

Keith Jarrett’s new recording of improvised music, Creation is reviewed in US and Austrian media

Surrounded by Sea, the first album by the newly formed Andy Sheppard Quartet, is reviewed in the US and Germany

US and Austrian reviewers on Dall?ndyshe, the new album by the Elina Duni Quartet

Many More Days, the second ECM album by Swiss-Italian trio Third Reel, is reviewed in German magazine Jazzthing

A New York reviewer on This Is The Day, the new album by the Giovanni Guidi Trio

US magazine Jazz Times on Mathias Eick’s Midwest

Reviews of the month

Keith Jarrett’s recording of piano concerts by Samuel Barber, Béla Bartók (ECM New Series 2445) is welcomed in the US, Germany and the UK

More UK reactions to András Schiff’s new recording of works by Franz Schubert (ECM New Series 2425-26)

UK daily Sunday Times on Cantante e Tranquillo (ECM New Series 2324) by the Keller Quartett

Canadian and German reviewers on Keith Jarrett’s new recording of improvised music, Creation (ECM 2450)

US reactions to only sky (ECM 2433), the new album by David Torn

Surrounded by Sea (ECM 2432), the first album by the newly formed Andy Sheppard Quartet is reviewed in US and German media

More reactions to A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America (ECM 2418), the new album by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet feat. Theo Bleckmann

You’ve Been Watching Me (ECM 2443) by Tim Berne’s Snakeoil is reviewed in the US and Germany

German music magazine Jazzthetik on In Maggiore (ECM 2412), the new duo album by Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura

Songs of Thessaloniki (ECM 2398) by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico is reviewed in German magazine Jazzpodium

First international reactions to the trio album Now This (ECM 2428) by Gary Peacock, Marc Copland and Joey Baron

Swiss and English reviewers on Dall?ndyshe, the new album by the Elina Duni Quartet (ECM 2401)

German music magazine Rondo on This Is The Day (ECM 2403), the new album by the Giovanni Guidi Trio

A US reviewer on Jack DeJohnette’s Made In Chicago (ECM 2392) with Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill

A UK reaction to Phoenix, the new ECM album by Cyminology (ECM 2397)

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ECM Artists in Concert (May 20th – June 30th)

Please visit the ECM-Facebook site to keep up with concerts by ECM artists from May 20th until June 30th.

ECM Artists in Concert

Prashant Bhagarva (1973–2015)

We were saddened to learn that filmmaker Prashant Bhargava has died, aged just 42. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Prashant began his creative career as a graffiti artist, and studied computer science at Cornell University and theatrical directing at the Barrow Group and the Actors Studio. His directorial debut, Patang (The Kite), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and his work was widely acclaimed, with film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praising him as “a poet of cinema.” Prashant’s last film was Radhe Radhe, a multi-media collaboration with Vijay Iyer, which celebrated the festival of Holi in Mathura, India, and also made allusions to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Radhe Radhe was issued on DVD and Blu-ray by ECM in 2014.

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Press Coverage on Keith Jarrett’s 70th birthday

Keith Jarrett’s 70th birthday and the simultaneous release of two new albums today have been acknowledged by leading international media with extensive coverage:

In Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wolfgang Sandner, author of a recently published Jarrett biography, congratulates the pianist in an article describing his ECM discography as a ’74 volume encyclopedia’. In Süddeutsche Zeitung, Alex Rühle traces the musician’s path from 1975s ‘Köln Concert’ to the new released solo recording ‘Creation’. Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung in its international issue devotes a full page to Jarrett headlined “Offen für die Ewigkeit” (“open to eternity”).

BBC Music Magazine has a feature by Nick Shave entitled ‘Creation of a Genius’, based on a recent interview, and France’s Jazz Magazine has created a special 30 page dossier for its May issue, which is almost entirely devoted to Jarrett and the range of his work.

Photo © Henry Leutwyler

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ECM Artists in Concert (May 6th – May 19th)

Please visit the ECM-Facebook Site to keep up with concerts by ECM artists from May 6th until May 19th.

Reviews of the week

Two early German reactions to András Schiff’s new recording of works by Franz Schubert (ECM New Series 2425-26)

Leading European daily papers on the brand new recording of Wolfgang Rihm’s Et Lux (ECM New Series 2404)

UK reactions to Cantante e Tranquillo (ECM New Series 2324) by the Keller Quartett

El Cuchi bien temperado (ECM New Series 2380), Páblo Márquez’s recording of the music of Gustavo ‘Cuchi’ Leguizamón, is reviewed on UK website The Arts Desk

English and German media on Surrounded by Sea (ECM 2432), the first album by the newly formed Andy Sheppard Quartet

British and German reviewers on Mathias Eick’s Midwest (ECM 2410)

US and German critics on Sinikka Langeland’s new album The Half-Finished Heaven (ECM 2377)

A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America (ECM 2418), the brand new album by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet feat. Theo Bleckmann is reviewed in Germany and the US

UK and Swiss reviewers on Anders Jormin’s new album Trees Of Light (ECM 2406) with Lena Willemark and Karin Nakagawa

A US daily on You’ve Been Watching Me (ECM 2443) by Tim Berne’s Snakeoil

In Maggiore (ECM 2412), the new duo album by Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura is reviewed in English and German publications

A Swiss reaction to Songs of Thessaloniki (ECM 2398) by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

The DVD In memoriam Haydée (ECM New Series 5508) showing Márta and György Kurtág in concert at Paris’s Cité de la Musique is reviewed in England and Germany

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Reviews of the week

A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America (ECM 2418), the brand new album by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet feat. Theo Bleckmann continues to attract acclaim internationally

German public radio BR Klassik on In Maggiore (ECM 2412), the new duo album by Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura

An early UK reaction to Songs of Thessaloniki (ECM 2398) by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

More US reactions to Break Stuff (ECM 2420) by the Vijay Iyer Trio

US website All About Jazz on Eberhard Weber’s Encore (ECM 2439)

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ECM Festival in San Francisco

The ECM Festival in San Francisco, presented in the context of the SF Jazz series, spotlights some of the newer tendencies among ECM’s musical directions, and also includes performances by artists long associated with the label. The festival began last night, March 26, at San Francisco’s Miner Auditorium, with a performance by Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra. Tonight (March 27) it’s the turn of the Vijay Iyer Trio, followed by Egberto Gismonti solo (March 28) and Tomasz Stanko’s New York Quartet, with David Virelles, Reuben Rogers and Gerald Cleaver (March 29).

All concerts are being recorded.

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Reviews of the week

German and UK reviewers on A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America (ECM 2418), the brand new album by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet feat. Theo Bleckmann

A Canadian reaction to Imaginary Cities (ECM 2387) by the Chris Potter Underground Orchestra

Sinikka Langeland’s new album The Half-Finished Heaven (ECM 2377) is welcomed by German reviewers

A UK reviewer on Anders Jormin’s new album Trees Of Light (ECM 2406) with Lena Willemark and Karin Nakagawa

Gefion (ECM 2381) by the Jakob Bro Trio attracts acclaim from UK and German reviewers

British and Swiss reviewers on Michael Mantler’s The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra Update (ECM 2391)

El Cuchi bien temperado (ECM New Series 2380), Páblo Márquez’ recording of the music of Gustavo ‘Cuchi’ Leguizamón, is reviewed in the Montreal Gazette

UK music magazine Choir & Organ on Aquilonis (ECM New Series 2416) by the Trio Mediaeval

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Coming soon on ECM and ECM New Series

At the end of March ECM New issues three strikingly individual albums.

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Great start for Julia Hülsmann’s Weill tribute album

A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet featuring singer Theo Bleckmann has been met with immediate critical acclaim upon its release. In British daily The Guardian John Fordham granted the album a rare five-star rating, stating: “This might just be one of the great jazz treatments of the songs of Kurt Weill… Not a sound is out of place on this beautifully crafted project, but it sounds open and spontaneous.” In his extensive review in Germany’s Die Zeit writer Stefan Hentz praises Hülsmann’s “art of restraint”, which he experiences as an “especially cunning means to draw the listener deeper and deeper into the world of this music.”

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Reviews of the week

A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America (ECM 2418), the brand new album by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet feat. Theo Bleckmann is welcomed with great acclaim in the UK and Germany

The Chicago Tribune on Break Stuff (ECM 2420) by the Vijay Iyer Trio

UK and US reviewers on Imaginary Cities (ECM 2387) by the Chris Potter Underground Orchestra

Sinikka Langeland’s new album The Half-Finished Heaven (ECM 2377)

More UK and US reactions to Jack DeJohnette’s Made In Chicago (ECM 2392) with Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill

Gefion (ECM 2381) by the Jakob Bro Trio is reviewed on British website UK Vibe

British reviewers on Eberhard Weber’s Encore (ECM 2439)

Anna Gourari’s Visions fugitives (ECM New Series 2384) gets a five-star review in leading Dutch daily De Volkskrant

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English and Swiss reviewers on Break Stuff (ECM 2420) by the Vijay Iyer Trio

Swiss weekly NZZ am Sonntag on Imaginary Cities (ECM 2387) by the Chris Potter Underground Orchestra

US and UK reactions to Anouar Brahem’s new album Souvenance (ECM 2423-24)

Sinikka Langeland’s new album The Half-Finished Heaven (ECM 2377) is reviewed in British and German papers

US and German reviewers on Jack DeJohnette’s Made In Chicago (ECM 2392) with Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill

A reaction from Ireland to Gefion (ECM 2381) by the Jakob Bro Trio

German music monthly Eclipsed on Eberhard Weber’s Encore (ECM 2439)

International Record Review on Moderato Cantabile (ECM New Series 2367), the duo album by Anja Lechner and François Couturier

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Reviews of the week

Break Stuff by the Vijay Iyer Trio continues to attract acclaim by leading UK and US media

Imaginary Cities by the Chris Potter Underground Orchestra captivates reviewers in the UK and Germany

More reactions to the live album Hamburg ‘72 by Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian

Jack DeJohnette’s Made In Chicago with Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill finds acclaim in German publications

Kenny Wheeler’s posthumously released album Songs for Quintet touches US-reviewers

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Kurtág: Major prize, new DVD and Blu-ray

Hungarian composer György Kurtág has won a major award, The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Contemporary Music category. His work in the jury’s view stands out for its “rare expressive intensity.” “The novel dimension of his music,” the citation continues, “lies not in the material he uses but in its spirit, the authenticity of its language, and the way it crosses borders between spontaneity and reflection, between formalism and expression.” Kurtág’s voice, “defies any system, accepts no compromise, and has traced a path independent from the mainstream.

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