Hobart based musician Fabio Chivhanda plays the mbira and specialises in the traditional music of the Shona people from Zimbabwe. This music first came to the notice of many in western countries through Thomas Mapfumo. Fabio's band comprises Fin Secombe, Andrew Harbinson, Joe Vukic, Alex Howrord and Hayden Dare.
Steph Miller and the Winter Station - Brickwork Order Number - smcd092009
Steph Miller (Roaring Jack, Eva Trout) and his new band The Winter Station, launched their new album Brickwork on 19 September 2009. The album, recorded March/April 2009 at Damien Gerard Studios,with Russell Pilling at the helm, includes a batch of Steph's songs wrapped up in a whole lot of rock, folk and blues. As with Steph's last album, Strange Sea, this is an independent release and brings together a bunch of great players from all aspects of the Sydney and regional music scene.
Dancers' Delight - self titled first CD Order Number - AMCD010
Dancers' Delight's original arrangements of acoustic music come from Irish, Scottish, Quebecois, Shetland, Scandinavian and Balkan traditions. From polskas to crooked reels via strathspeys, jigs, oros, hornpipes and waltzes, the band takes the listener through a selection of fine traditional tunes. Though the title may lead you to expect lots of fast pace tunes, this album has many medium paced tunes and one or two quite slow paced. CD available from mid-September 2009, order your copy now! Two full length tracks can be heard on our Myspace site. (myspace.com/dancersdelightband)
Kate Eve - Phenomenology Order Number - kecd012007
Why ‘Phenomenology’ ?
Phenomenology is a disciplinary field in philosophy and useful in understanding and thinking about human experience. Literally, it’s the study of "phenomena" (events, experiences, occurrences, incidents) - the appearance of phenomena, or phenomena as they appear in our experience, or the ways we experience things, thus the meanings things have in our experience.
To me it sounded like the making of songs… Kate Eve
Invisible Boy - We're Going To Hang Your Picture High Order Number - ibcd012009
They have been called 'one of the best bands of their kind' by the editor of Drumbeat Magazine, but they almost never played a single note together.
It was 2003 when Townsend, the band's founder, took a vow of musical silence. "Music was kind of taking over my life" he says. "But after a long time it became clear that I was meant to be singing - not to get applause, but to give a gift.This is what the band is all about." Today the five unlikely friends are widely known for their lively and hopeful acoustic folk-pop, as well as their ability to connect deeply with audience members. Cuthbertson's singing can bring a bustling pub to a quiet hush; Townsend is a great storyteller; McKinnon performs with his heart on his sleeve; Glesain alternates between percussionist and comedian while Parsons, one of Tasmania's best bassists, does his best to keep a straight face amongst all the fun. Think Things of Stone and Wood, think Angus and Julia Stone, think Paul Kelly - it's all wrapped up in Invisible Boy and enjoyed by everyone from federal politicians to folk festival fans.
Dub Rascals Volume 2 on Little Rascal Records presents a diversity of dub and bass music produced by artists from Australia and New Zealand. Bass, skanks, tweaks, reverb and delays are the elements of the music and collaboration is the compilation's main theme.
Dub Rascals Volume 2 tracks are produced by collaboration between label artists/producers, Jerry Mane and Spiral Soundsystem plus contributions lisensed from artists, Drew-id (Brisbane), Alf (Sydney) and Beam Up (Melbourne). The tracks encompass a wide and varied range of styles under the dub and bass music banners.
Drum & bass is a fair portion of Cubits but it ranges from there to fat or dubby breaks to trip hop to lush cinematic styled downbeat and even a very percussive quirky house styled number. There is definitely a wide range of musical stylings happening on the album.
Pickle is one of the production and performance names used by antipodean Brett Murdoch. Originally from the icy southern tip of New Zealand now living in the Mediterranean city of Barcelona, Brett has been a DJ in clubs, at festivals and on radio stations for over 10 years in his native home of New Zealand as well as in Australia where he has numerous releases on independent labels. Pickle has the ability to rock any dancefloor with an array of musical styles and a genuine passion and enjoyment for the DJ craft.
Donna Layden - Out of the Dark, Into the Light Order Number - dlaydencd1
Donna Layden lives in Australia on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Out of the Dark Into the Light is her debut album, featuring rich vocals, mandolin and acoustic and slide guitars. "Out of the Dark Into the Light is a journey of discovery. I wanted to connect with music which
I found inspirational and explore music in my own way. This led to a collection of songs which visit different genres, taking parts of traditions such as folk, blues and Irish, and blending this with
something new. This musical journey may be likened to how one learns about life from seeing the outside world."
Ros Bandt with Kumi Kato - Isobue Order Number - sg0801
Ros Bandt's evocative music and intoxicating sound is inspired and celebrates the Japanese Sea Whistle, the Isobue, an endangered sound of the Ama free divers who live in harmony with the ocean in their sustainable fishing. Sea Folk Voices is instrumental music for koto, psaltery, flutes, and piano with soundscapes. Shima: 8 sonic haiku for Kumi, radiophonic acoustic poems in English and Japanese. Iso Nageki, Sea Lament, a reflective meditation simulating the underwater sonic world of the divers, and composed originally in 5.1 surround sound. It's a plea to mind the ocean. Ama no Isobue is a short electroacoustic soundscape. This exquisite music was made on Ros Bandt's ABC Radiophonic artist's residency. (2 CD set).
Putra Panji Asmara - Panji at Fed Square Order Number - PPACD2008
Putra Punji Asmara are a 10-piece gamelan ensemble based in Melbourne, who focus on the highly specialised gamelan tradition of Cirebon in West Java, under the direction of dancer & percussionist Michael Ewing. Gamelan music makes use of an astonishing array of tuned bells, brass pot-gongs, suspended gongs and metallophones (xylophone-like instruments), supported by several varieties of drums. On the surface the effect seems a little repetitive musically, but a closer listen reveals highly structured and complex patterns...this is, after all, “traditional classical” music. ... This recording is warm & bright, simultaneously soothing and lively, masterfully played and beautifully produced.
This is the debut recording from Tasmanian troubadour Jay Fraser, a collection of his own songs performed "al fresco", alone with his acoustic guitar and the odd toot of harmonica. There are plenty of gorgeous moments on this album, simple love songs and honest memos from the heart, with melodic vocals both strong and sweet, and guitar delivered with plenty of feel. The production quality is crystal clear, lending a sunny sparkle to Jay's uncomplicated fingerpicking and strumming style, and the songs are delivered with true innocence and sincerity, a rare commodity among many nu-folkies.
Dream Awake - Temporary Shore Order Number - dacd002au
Released in December 2007, Temporary Shore is the second EP release from Dream Awake, the third from frontman / guitarist Josh Rubin, and Josh's musical vision just gets more finely-honed with each new turn. This is thoughtfully-crafted, intelligent acoustic rock, that carries a muscular power yet reveals many subtleties in its composition and delivery.
Overall this is yet another great release from a confident, intelligent & original trio with a strong sense of themselves despite their youth - not afraid to shine in the face of so much contemporary rock mediocrity. Buy both EPs and pretend you have an album!
Bradfield Dumpleton 2008
Chris Kayana Gudu hails from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he grew up not only playing musical instruments and singing with his brothers, but actually making the instruments, namely guitars and drums. "I even remember one time when my brother made a microphone which worked really well" he recalls.
The recording is tight and full on listening enjoyment. The up tempo and exuberant music Chris performs is what is often referred to as township jive music. It is better known back in southern Africa as Umbaqanga music which sometimes presents a touch of Afro jazz. Umbaqanga music originates from the streets and shebeens of Soweto, spreading all through and across southern Africa..
Dean Haitani has been no secret to the blues cognoscenti for a long time. And with his earliest influences ranging from classical & jazz to country, he exemplifies the ability of the blues genre to absorb and blend & make whole. Haitani is a gifted guitarist/vocalist & songwriter who grew up on the VIC/NSW border & began learning music from his father at the age of five, soaking up those diverse styles. By 15 he had his first band, & by 17 was offered the guitar spot in Tania Kernaghan's band. Cover bands,blues bands and solo gigs have honed his craft to a polish that reflects a bright future in the crystal ball. This is Haitani's first album & it's fifty minutes of listening pleasure. - Rhythms Magazine Oct 2002.
Dean Haitani - Book of Covers Vol. 1 Order Number - HRDM0011
Dean Haitani is a well established singer and guitarist in Australia, and over time many fans have asked him to release a CD of some of the covers he performs in concert. Dean has several CDs of self composed material out and this release complements these.
Wendy Ealey - Out Of the Shower Order Number - wecd2007
Wendy Ealey's solo album Out Of the Shower was recorded at Spring Studios with Harry Williamson and friends. It has a strongly vocal orientation, rich harmonies, pithy lyrics, from full arrangements to the essence of simplicity.
MacDara's début album is The Love Token. MacDara loves every aspect of music making and this comes across in his singing. He is a native of the Aran Island of Inisheer and is in tune with nature. He spots what is beautiful in his surroundings and recognizes the perfect song for him. Equally he has the ability to surround himself with the best exponents of Irish music creating a dream team of musicians. The album is co-produced by Máire Breatnach (Riverdance, The Chieftains, Rónán Keating, Christy Moore, Brian Kennedy), who also provides some beautiful musical accompaniment along with Johnny McDonagh (Dé Danann, Arcady), Bill Shanley (Paul Brady, Mary Black, Tommy Fleming), Ennis' own Danny Byrt, Paul Gunning, Mick O'Brien and MacDara's sister, singer Lasairfhíona.
Kevin Burke & Ged Foley - In Tandem Order Number - kbgfcd2005
An album of pure delight as one of the foremost fiddle players of the day in the area of Irish traditional fiddle music is accompanied by undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists in traditional music circles. Kevin Burke has a long pedigree with bands such as the Bothy Band, and both he and Ged Foley (ex The House Band) are members of Patrick Street. Burke's fiddle style is relaxed, masterful, never showy, always full of lyrical beauty, and Foley's guitar is a perfect and precise counterpoint that lifts the music. On Ged Foley's songs, Kevin Burke plays accompanist with equal grace. No CD collection should lack this disc. "Burke imparts a rhythmic intensity that is remarkably powerful...a superior instrumentalist in any idiom...impressively virtuosic"
- The New York Times
Huun Huur Tu - Best of Huun Huur Tu Live 1 Order Number - grcd2001-2
Huun Huur Tu are a Tuvan band who are now known around the globe for their amazing performances of xoomei or throat-singing at the WOMAD festivals. This remarkable overtone singing is one facet of music that is also rare these days for being the living voice of a tradition of nomadic peoples that stretches back many hundreds of years. Indie-cds.com now has both "Live" CDs (Best of Huun Huur Tu Live Vols 1 & 2) in stock.
Huun Huur Tu - Best of Huun Huur Tu Live 2 Order Number - grcd2002-2
Altai Sayan Tandy-Uula is the 2004 studio album from Tuvan throat-singing ensemble Huun Huur Tu. "I've bought this CD after Huun-Huur Tu's performance in Prague last spring. Although I had all previous releases of this tuvan group, this was something absolutely outstanding, much more complex in music and arrangements than previous ones. Hats off. This is a masterpiece. The same can be said about Yat-Kha, Sainkho Namtchylak or Kongar-ool Ondar. Truly a sound of steppe. Mysterious, beautiful and inspiring."
Richard DeHove - Worlds Beyond Number Order Number - rdhcd2006
If you like the lofty sound of U2 or the dark guitar world of The Cure, New Zealand band Landline are sure to appeal to you. This CD blends tasty licks and highs of a similar nature, where The Clean meets New Order and Slowdive meets early Chemical Brothers. Landline's melting pot of inspirations creates perfect homegrown melodic electronic pop. Landline are Shayne O?Neill - vocals/bass , Dale Westerink - drummer , Sally McDonald - vocals/guitar , Sam Hopely - keys and Aaron Boot - bass/keys .
Monster Tracks (compilation CD) Order Number - fdr001
Monster Trucks is a collection of Hip Hop and Breakbeat tracks from New Zealand collective, Master Pilot Corporation and producers Funk'nslocuts (Minuit's Ryan Beehre) and Mr Boinkin. The CD is a joint venture between Master Pilot Corporation, Frisbeedogrecords, Funk'nslocuts and Invisible. Individual artists featured include Kunel MC, MC Stylee, Lazy J and DJ Ziggidy.
Bo and Bodhi - Subconscious Techniques Order Number - fdr004
Bo and Bodhi's début album Subconscious Techniques, brings a techy edged sound to hip hop, pushing tempos to breaking point and back.
Subconscious Techniques delivers an electro / hiphop / breakbeat sound palette, with unpretentious lyrics delivered with a unique realness, sometimes playful, sometimes close to the bone and emotional. Drawing crisp tight drums similar to the Gorillas, techy synth licks like Roots Manuva, and a raw and original underground lyric/MC style like early The Streets tracks, this album has created something new that will surely stand out in any environment.
'Libero Vox' is the musical vehicle for poet/singer/songwriter Luke Golledge. A Latin term meaning liberated or free voice; the significance of the name lies in Luke's expressed intent to create music without compromise and boundaries; music free to define its own destiny. Soul Conviction is his debut album and illustrates his devout appreciation of various genres and an innate ability to morph them into a collaboratively eclectic soul-scorching mix of musical styles ranging from country blues to punk.
Claudio Meyer - Tallawanta Order Number - cmcd2005
Born in Chile, South America, Claudio studied classical guitar for eight years at the Conservatorium of Music. Since then his musical style has changed to incorporate an extensive repertoire of contemporary music to which he has added his own Latin flavour. Songs include the romantics of The Beatles and Elton John, the Bossa Nova classics of Carlos Jobim, through to the dance sounds of Gloria Estefan and Santana. Claudio performed throughout Chile before leaving to work on the cruise ships around the Greek Islands. Since arriving in Australia 22 years ago, he has been a regular performer in restaurants throughout Sydney. He also performs at weddings, birthdays and New Year functions, etc.
Although known as a solo entertainer, he also performs as a duo or with a Latin band.
Twenty tracks of traditional and contemporary folksongs from Ireland, Britain and Australia played by FINTAN a.k.a Craig Batty - superbly assisted by a hand-selected 'line-up' of friends and accomplices. Recorded, mixed and mastered at "The Petridish of Sound" by Boris Hunt. Produced by Craig Batty and Leigh Birkett.
Chris Gillespie - The Road To Tamworth Order Number - cgcd002
Singer and songwriter Chris Gillespie is based in the Sydney area of New South Wales. His songs have a freshness and simplicity about them that makes them stand out from the mass of singer/songwriters out there. Chris's second release, The Road to Tamworth is a short EP of acoustic style music.
Chris Gillespie - Don't Tailgate Order Number - cdcd001
Singer and songwriter Chris Gillespie is based in the Sydney area of New South Wales. His songs have a freshness and simplicity about them that makes them stand out from the mass of singer/songwriters out there. Don't Tailgate is Chris's first recording, a full length album of acoustic style music featuring guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass and three part vocal harmony.
Peter & Angelina Carberry- Memories from the Holla Order Number - hrcd001
Memories from the Holla is an album of Irish traditional music, it features Angelina Carberry on tenor banjo, Peter Carberry on accordion and John Blake on guitar and keyboards. It also features the following guest musicians: Liz Kane on fiddle, Laoise Kelly on harp and Peter Carberry Senior on uilleann pipes. "Simply a treasure to the ear and food for the soul" - Máirtin O'Connor
Mark Whitty - The Complete Fine Tunes Order Number - cft4
This CD is an experience. It has the feel of authentic old time swing jazz like you found an old record in the attic and decided to hear tunes of the past ? Fine Tunes as a matter of fact! ... It is one that I will treasure for a long time to come!- review by Jen Lush, Midwestbands.com, 12/23/04
Dhol Foundation - Drum-believable Order Number - tdf04001
... an album all about the dhol and the things you can do with it. "Drum-Believable" does a great job in depicting the various ways in which the dhol can be used effectively. Not once does it sound out of place on this album. They truly are taking the dhol to the wider world by not focusing on a specific audience, but instead targeting everybody. If TDF are the ambassadors of the dhol to the world, I, for one, am completely comfortable with it. This album gets 8.5 out of 10! For all you out there who can't picture the dhol outside of bhangra, take note now! This is the true definition of rhythm, dhol, and bass. If you're a "dholaholic" and you think you know the dhol, you know nothing till you've heard 'The Dhol Foundation.'
review by Zahran Khan
Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn Order Number - rtr001
It is a source of comfort to me that these young musicians have such a deep understanding of our traditional music and their love and respect for it shines through in every track. I have listened to this album quite a number of times now and like all great recordings it keeps getting better each time. If it gives other listeners half the pleasure it has given me then no music lover should be without a copy." Johnny Connolly, review 2003
Cleanslate - The Dark Carnival Order Number - smokey01
The Dark Carnival is a 12 track album and it is Cleanslate's debut, embracing the unlikely alchemy of Rebluroomefofuzz - a voyage through reggae, blues, roots, rock, metal, folk, funk & jazz. Cleanslate is essentially one man, multi-instrumentalist Smokey, and a host of session folk who add colour and tone to his compositions.
Angelina Carberry - An Traidisiun Beo Order Number - rtr002
This CD of Irish traditional music features Angelina Carberry, with partner MArtin Quinn on button accordion, plus several other members of the Carberry family. "From County Longford, the Carberrys feature multi-generational players of redoubtable skill: Angelina on banjo, her father Peter on button accordion, his uncle Peter on uilleann pipes, his son Noel on uilleann pipes, and Peter's grandsons Diarmuid and Kevin on uilleann pipes, among other musical members of this extended clan. You'd need a bus to transport them all to a session."
Chris Sharp & David Long - One Hand on the Radio Order Number - dlcd2006
"Along with power, she has dynamic control, an inborn facility of phrasing and a stunning awareness of architecture that gives very special significance and purpose to all her interpretations."
-- Los Angeles Times
This CD features Arabic/Tunisian style jazz from Paris-based artist Wajdi Cherif. "Pochade", the first track of "Jasmine" won Honourable Mention in the "Instrumental" category in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). ISC received almost 15,000 entries from 82 countries throughout the world. Judges included Sonny Rollins ,John Scofield, Steve Vai, Tom Waits...
Wajdi Cherif - Phrygian Istikhbar Order Number - wec001
This CD of Arabic/Tunisian style jazz from Paris-based artist Wajdi Cherif is now in stock. "I like fusions and mixing genres and I have to say it didn't disappoint. Cherif is a young composer and pianist who hasa clear vision of how he can merge the melodies and rhythms of Tunisia with the verve of a jazz quartet" - Paul Donnelly, jazzreview.com.
Laurence Trott - Piccolodeon Order Number - fds57937
Works for Piccolo & flutes, harp & percussion - "Piccolodeon's performance is unforced and natural ... This is classical 'easy listening' music that respects both the ears and brain." - Classical Net. Laurence Trott, piccolo, flute, alto flute;Sara Cutler, harp; William Moersch, marimba, hammered dulcimer, vibraphone.
José Ramos Santana & the Royal Philharmonic Orch. Order Number - fds57961
This 2003 release is a stunning display of ensemble musicianship and uniqueness. Both players individually display a competent technique that melts together in ensemble. The CD is divided into two parts; in the first part there are seven new works by American composers commissioned by this duo, and in the second part there are blues inspired classical works that at times sound more like a fusion of jazz and blues rather than classical. Jan Boland?s flute playing exhibits a full range of techniques including flutter tongue, bends, tongue flicking and a beautiful vibrato and tone. John Dowdall's guitar playing also presents a great range of techniques and a rhythmic groove that one could call very cool. - J.C., 2006
Come Where the Aspens Quiver -
bring your guitar Order Number - fds57955
On the recording from Fleur de Son Classics the Stucky/Henderson duo present their first release as Fleur de Son Recording artists in this stunning recital of the voice and guitar repertoire's most revered and beloved works. Stucky/Henderson Duo -
Mary Henderson, mezzo-soprano
Bonita Boyd Plays Paganini - 24 Caprices Order Number - fds57940
"Lipsky's direction is sure and idiomatic, the record sound is first rate. Israelievitch's expressive arsenal includes portamentos at which even Elman might have blushed. The Fleur de Son collection of Bruch is a welcome addition to his undeservingly meager discography. We'll just have to recommend this recording and hope for more." . . . Fanfare
L. Rees - Women Composers & the Men in their Lives Order Number - fds57939
On Women Composers and the Men in their Lives, the virtuoso American pianist Leanne Rees takes us on a lyrical yet articulate journey through some of the most interesting literature for the piano, exploring musical ideas and personal relationships of women composers. This wonderful disc features works by Martinez & Haydn, Mendelssohn & Mendelssohn, Schumann & Brahms, Diemer & Graves as well as Leanne Rees herself.
Translate are an established Melbourne based band formed in 2002 in progressive/grunge rock style. Translate evolved from the band Norsia headed by Andrew Naish. Norsia were widely acclaimed and earned a place in the Who's who of Rock Vol 5. Today Translate have a fuller and more refined hard rock sound, they have performed at many live venues and festivals around Melbourne, receiving a high level of enthusiasm upon every occasion.
Pádraig Rynne - Bye A While Order Number - prynne2005
Pádraig Rynne's solo CD is a fine album of Irish traditional music, on which one of the leading players of concertina showcases his playing, accompanied by a talented ensemble that includes Arty McGlynn and John McSherry.Pádraig Rynne is regarded as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music today being described by The Irish alphabet stew as "one of the freshest sounds in Irish music".
A fine release of soft swinging original jazz tunes from Tasmanian guitarist Andy Young, with excellent support from a tight combo of talented sidemen. CD now in stock. "A typical bebop combo replaced by horns with the warm, somber, punchy sounds of guitar in the tradition of Wes Montgomery. Young's single line playing achieves a mellow and expressive tone and the group's warm ambience includes lucid vibes and rustling high hats. Andy Young's compositions are both reverential and authentic due to the group's predisposition to the music, their individuality and their entirely impromptu recording. (DW)"
A scene altogether unworthy of depiction Order Number - indie0205
This debut album from Tasmanian based Daniel Townsend is not without its flaws, but some good songwriting and originality with a dash of social critique gives this album something to offer.
- "A singer-songwriter worthy of a good evaluation, Daniel Townsend is a welcome relief. He speaks to the things in your heart which you haven't found the words for yet. His voice could very well be our voice." Kris Adams - Coast FM
The Pangolin Band has a sound that you can try to define but good luck doing so. They hail from Melbourne Australia and rarely do I have the
opportunity to hear a band from this part of the globe, and when I do, it is always a treat. Down under has yielded some of the greatest music
stars; however, you do not hear too much talk about it ... you cannot help but love it. OK I think I have said my piece, check this CD out; it will be one of the best decisions you make this year
to find something new and interesting in music.
- review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck www.muzikreviews.com"
Samadhi - A Journey Through The Chakras is the latest release from David Hickey, comprising seven audio tracks that corespond to each of the seven chakras for specific meditations or a complete session. David Hickey is a Canadian artist specialising in the use of tonal music from bowls for healing, relaxation and personal growth.
The Hypnotic Owls - Fundamentalist Order Number - 69571
The new EP from indie-rock outfit The Hypnotic Owls is short n sweet, and at only 12.50 it's not going to break the bank and it's crammed full of intense Aussie indie-rock. Catch this one from a band that's got ambition and style while stocks last. Available now!
Gabriel Chodos - Works By Beethoven and Schubert Order Number - fds57953
Award winning American pianist Gabriel Chodos presents his first release as a Fleur de Son recording artist in this stunning recording of two of the piano repertoire's most revered and beloved works, Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in C minor op. 111, and Schubert's Moments Musicaux, op.94.
Jacques Israelievitch - Suite Francaise Order Number - fds57926
"This is a collection of delightful French miniatures. Israelievitch has a full tone and an engaging personality. He is very musical and never strives for virtuoso effect, and his playing is obviously from the heart . . . . " - American Record Guide.
Rebecca Penneys - All Brahms Order Number - fds57938
In their own words, Hooray For Everything is 'a subversive socio-political wank rock comedy/ boy band'. I can't top this description, which pretty much says it all. Grand Finalists in JJJ's 2003 Raw Comedy and many other comedy festivals, this is their first album. Their music is a diverse cousin of 'rock', featuring guitars, bass and drums, brass, harmonica, a string quartet, a children's choir, ukelele, trombone, tuba and keys. Their are some great arrangements, plenty of laughs, and no seriousness at all. Hooray for Everything is Phil Driver, Matt Emery and Steve Driver, this is their first album.
Kuehn & Vehar - Musical Landscapes for Trumpet Order Number - fds57934
David Kuehn, trumpet and Persis Vehar, piano present a selection of pieces including the world premier recording of Persis Vehar's 'Sound Piece' for trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo and piano. Other works included by Georges Enesco, Henry Cowell, Jean Francaix and Leroy Anderson.
Jan Boland and John Dowdall - Crystal to Gold Order Number - fds57932
Crystal to Gold - Precious Flutes and Guitars. The repertoire for this recording was selected to showcase the instruments from the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, and features the work of Jean Luis Tulou, Haydn, Schubert, and many others. Musicians: Jan Boland, flute; John Dowdall, guitar; Amy Boland, flute
New Arts Trio - Beethoven Piano Trios op 36 & 38 Order Number - fds57931
"The New Arts is an international group: two Israeli string players, one of whom is first cellist in the Buffalo Philharmonic (lucky Buffalo) and an American pianist from the Eastman School. Is it Jewish soul that makes their performance seem so right? It is never too indulgent, but it is warm and caressing . . . These people are profoundly musical, and their playing is polished and refined and never lacking in feeling ..." - American Record
Paul Winn - self titled debut CD Order Number - indie0197
"If I had to describe Paul's sound, think Sting meets Jeff Buckley - with a bit of Dave Mathews thrown in for good measure. Although a talented guitarist, Paul?s voice is really what sets him apart from others. He sings with passion and a sincerity that is quite rare and very engaging. Paul has written a strong album " - CD available now.
'Posthumous' is BabaGanoush's debut album, a collection of traditional and original music showcasing the band's mastery of a range of European folk traditions. This is music of many moods - sometimes lyrical and gentle, sometimes frenzied and passionate. The arrangements are fresh, including inspired soloing as well as tight ensemble playing. The album features BabaGanoush's original lineup of Malini Chidzey (violin), Colette Mortreux (clarinet, vocals), Mark Planigale (accordion, vocals) and Andre Lobanov (double bass).
Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Sturm und Drang Order Number - fds57951
Featuring on fortepiano, Kristain Bezuidenhout - "Kristian Bezuidenhout is a terrific pianist . . . a fearless young musician who will likely change our view of many of the standard compositions in the years to come." - Malcolm Bilson. "I doubt a more provocative Mozart CD will be released this year. Whether you love it or hate it, you can't deny that Bezuidenhout is a fortepianist with conviction." Raymond Tuttle, classical.net
New Arts Trio - Arensky Trios Opus 32 & Opus 73 Order Number - fds57930
New Arts Trio have created a stunning recording of the best known works of one of Russia's lesser known but still highly regarded late 19th century composers. The trio members are all performers of the highest caliber who exhibit a profound and highly expressive understanding of these compositions and their creator's intentions. This CD includes recordings of Arensky's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Opus 32 and his Piano Trio No. 2 in F minor, Opus 73.- Michael Shrapnel 2006.
"Style is the Soul" in this definitive CD of Arensky's Opus 32 & 73 and the NEW ARTS TRIO delivers in grand style. " . . . a sparkling performance of a work which is one of the most persuasive 'missionary' works in the chamber literature." - Herman Trotter
Cancionero - The Chamber Music of Roberto Sierra
Order Number - fds57950
Award winning American composer, Richard Sierra, presents his second release as a Fleur de Son recording artist in this hauntingly beautiful collection of scores based upon ancient Sephardic texts of Spain and Latin America.
Kevin Maynor - Paul Robeson Remembered Order Number - fds57929
...This is a "super" voice - a voice to compare not only to Robeson but also to Alexander Kipnis, to Boris Christoff, even to Ezio Pinza - in other words, the very greatest bass voices of the century. I cannot say enough about the talent displayed on this disc. The sound recording is superb. Don't miss this one. - Fanfare review
Nadia & Vladimir Zaitsev - American Souvenirs Order Number - fds57928
The shiny new Nekropolis 23 DVD "Tidal shift", featuring Chris Karrer of Amon Düül II-fame, and Peter Frohmader, is now available for ordering. The 105 minute DVD is PAL format, region code free. Nekropolis 23 celebrate music as "extemporaneous action" - collective improvisation. This is something known from Freejazz. But Peter Frohmader and his band speak the language of Rock. They don't care for unending, tentative, resultless experimentation. Booming bass riffs, stylish keyboards and percussive action leave no doubt about that - and yet these ingredients are combined with irritating harmonic and melodic liberties. One could perceive the resulting aural puzzles as bizarre, angular, psychedelic, even refreshing. In any case they force the audience to let go of familiar standards, to feel and experience the music ad-hoc - like the musicians themselves.
Airom Bleicher and Lorraine Campbell a.k.a. Sailfish Pantry, have produced another fine CD of mostly very downbeat electronica in Brenton. This is excellent music from artists who deserve to be far more widely known and appreciated than they are.
FREYjA with Rebecca Rennie Order Number - freyja01
This EP released 1996 was the debut recording of Australian jazz artist Rebecca Rennie with band FREYjA. FREYjA with Rebecca Rennie is a lilting EP of 7 masterfully written songs...each song delivers a blend of influences, crossing over between jazz, folk, latin... " her music is perfect for a Sunday
afternoon's listening. The album features some beautifully mellow jazz
guitar riffs, classical, latin and funk influences" - Oonagh Sherrard
Munkie - Chemical Process Order Number - sm6865432
Fans of Massive Attack and Everything But The Girl will find this CD from UK act Munkie of great appeal. In the downtempo-electro style but with a dark ambient edge, this CD has an experimental style and major studio quality about its production. Being influenced by many different genres of music has shaped a unique sound, a superb quality slice of ambient song-writing, playing and vocalising. "The second full-length album by UK dark synth lurkers Munkie brings more of
their ambient style and haunted vocals together with trip-hop beats and
deep, under-the-floor bass." - JH, 2005.
Pamela Zero - Living Backwards Order Number - dacd004 (also da-0-1)
Pamela Zero is a member of a collective of multimedia artists known as Discord Aggregate. Based in San Francisco, since the mid 90s they have dedicated themselves to driving back the perceived boundaries of creative art in music, images, spoken word and performance art. The Living Backwards album is entirely acapella, and is an extraordinarily inventive creation of poetic and musical expression.
A. Molotkov - Can You Stay Forever? Order Number - dacd002
A creation that makes a nonsense of boundaries and categories. Molotkov's CD springs from San Francisco artistic and multimedia collective Discord Aggregate.Combining elements of poetry, instrumental and vocal improvisation, theatre, this is strong and vibrant work that challenges and takes the listener into what will be uncharted territories for many. ""It is an album for those with an ear for the purity of music and poetry in whatever its forms." - Tigdh O'Glesain
Discord Aggregate - The Texture of The Sky Order Number - dacd003
Despite its intractability, and the fact that as an overall experience it's often uncomfortably like being trapped in an elevator with a performance art troupe, The Texture of the Sky is oddly vibrant. It's full of life and energy, bubbling over with a seething desire to create, create, create, to push at the boundaries of art and entertainment. "
- George Zahora, Splendid Ezine
Discord Aggregate - Attack of the Absolute Zeros Order Number - dacd001
"You've probably heard little or nothing like Attack of the Absolute Zeros before. Its creators describe it as a "non-opera", and that's pretty apt -- while bearing some conceptual similarities to opera, it's about as close to your average Puccini work as a nuclear explosion is to a candle flame. Attack... lives up to its name -- a dizzying combination of acapella vocals, freeform jazz, spoken narration, cut-and-paste sound effects and other sonic distractions."
Amada - The Dancing Gaida Order Number - amadacd04
SALE PRICE A$5 - Jet Harris, the former bassist to the Shadows, released this CD in 2002. "For fans of that great era of the early 60s guitar bands, this CD is a cool and welcome reminder of how good, slow-hand guitar playing can grab you." - IP 2005
RebbeSoul - Change The World with a Sound Order Number - 33rdst3314
"A thick and soupy blend of Middle-Eastern percussion, growling rock guitar, plucked balalaika and funk bass that builds to a perfect simmer." - Splendid. "The diverse and creative combination of instruments and technology works to produce a range of grooves to move your body and your emotions" - Sonya Manzalini, Dance of Life.
"A very accomplished guitarist, (RebbeSoul) lends some very heartfelt mandolin and balalaika playing to the set... It is a success by any measure. - Sound Views, NY. "This is someone comfortable with their cultural roots but happy to explore these in the bigger world of musical possibility and invention." - IP 2005
"I love this record! ... Though completely contemporary in arrangement, beautiful songs... easily retain their deeply powerful, heartfelt inspiration and spiritual import. (RebbeSoul) is able to make truly unique world music that is completely enjoyalble for all ages. This disc has spent more time inside my CD player than almost any other in recent memory. It is simply a must-have." - New Age Retailer
Common Tongue - Step into My World Order Number - ctcd01
"Fun, funky, futuristic...idealistic. Get ready to groove in the New Age... Layers of international instrumentation: kalimba, gypsy-sounding percussion, and stringed melodies support Lynn Rose's sultry vocals to produce danceable world panache! From the killer duet of Radio Man, to the protest-rant-groove-spoken word of I've Seen God (and she's a lesbian), This CD charmed my headphones off me. My long-forgotten rock 'n' roll soul was stirred by the wailing guitar of White Rabbit. World music with a counter-culture twist." - Radio V
Bruce Boyd - Rainbow Reflections Order Number - ind190
Bruce Boyd's CD Rainbow Reflections mixes a number of stylistic influences that make appearances throughout, as evidenced in tracks like "Mt. Lindesay" - a Dave Moore (Pink Floyd) styled piece, while "Mazzoloti Beach" is a 6 min 22 secs Baroque chamber piece, backed by a new age sensibility that features a windswept, surf-crashing soundscape. "Karri Groves" follows and brings you into an Australia of colonial musings, a journey along the dusty coastal roads of Denmark and its unique flora. The "Somerset Hill Jigs" round out a very pleasant album, an English Folk set if ever there was one, and is inspired by the local vineyards of the district. "La joie du Anglais!"
Valerian - Intimations of Sorrow Order Number - vis003
This excellent CD of heavy metal music features Finnish band Valerian Released by USA label City Canyons. "Valerian has produced a great classic 'head-banger' set that will have you groove dancing like a maniac, in smoky lounge-rooms till your repeat mode wears out!! But that ain't all folks. There's a generous lyric style with plenty for those who want to listen closer. There's depth to the power of this CD." - Ian Paulin
Peter Ulrich - Enter The Mysterium Order Number - puetm004
SALE PRICE A$10 - Ulrich's music in Enter the Mysterium recalls "Dead Can Dance" but has an an exotic flavor of its own, blending seamlessly an array of musical genres - art pop, dream-pop, ancient and medieval music, new age, world and ethnic music and darkwave - into a lush tapestry." - label press release. "Concept CDs are always a challenge. It's hard to avoid losing focus on the musical exercise which a CD needs to be in the service of the idea. Ulrich does quite well and for the Pagan/Celtic Christian spiritualist and those who like a medieval feel to their music this is a CD well worth adding to your collection." IP 2005
Pole is the first and only co-operation, where both were working as musicians, between Jean Louis Rizet and Philippe Besombes. This double album, recorded in 1976, shows a more serious side of the artists, with a leaning toward contemporary classical. Showing their interest in more electronic and electro-acoustic ideas. Maybe reminiscent of Faust in sections, it is also similar to Lard Free, Heldon 'Third' and close in spirit to The Cosmic Jokers. While many guest musicians appear on the album, the core is Besombes-Rizet experimenting on electronics, synths, and mellotron.
The 76-minute MIO release is completely remastered.
Strange Sea is a superb CD from a well established musician. Using mostly rock styles, with sometimes a verging towards acoustic folk/rock, this album of well constructed songs is both original and strong. There's excellent playing from the whole band, great guitar work from Miller, at times driving rock, at others more contemplative moods. My own favourite tracks on this album are "Waltzing Too Long" and "Dark Cafe". Although "On The Silence" would slot comfortably into a Pogues album, Miller's tracks have a distinctive voice. The whole CD has a big sound , you'll find this album grows on you with each listen through. - Malcolm Fielding, indie-cds.com
Ben Scott - The Sydney Cove Project Order Number - bsc001
A collection of important, historical songs, well played, which illuminates an unsung time in Australia's early colonial history with great insight and style. Ben Scott's determined effort to record a long ignored time in Australian history works very well. These intensely interesting songs, thoughtfully written, create a highly accessible documentary of the first years of colonial occupation in Australia.
Frohmader/Fuchs-Gambock - Das Ist Alles Order Number - ncd008
Dark, oppressive, heavy, moody music from the maestro of German synthesizer. In an experimental rock context, Frohmader makes a claim by his discography to be one of the most consistently uncomprising and original musicians around today. In this album, you'll encounter a range of moods, which share a dark and unique intensity. Michael Fuchs-Gambock is the other partner in this very successful collaboration, in which Frohmader's music is is fitted around verbal concepts from F-G - another winner from Munich. Beat driven and with a sound that's huge in scale, this is classic German synth music.
If Peter Frohmader can be said to have a style, perhaps variation is it. This album shares the core elements of synthesizer domination, incorporation of samples, sections of fast (and fat) beat dominated sounds that have become something of a trade mark for this German artist. "Ethereal Dance" is a case in point of the latter - upbeat funky weirdness at is best, excelled by "Java Talk", a synth track that could have them rocking on the dance floors. Synthesizer fans with a taste for the eclectic and unpredictable will enjoy this a lot. On this as on one or two other previous CDs, Frohmader produces all the necessary phonics without the intervention of other musicians.
Schedel, Merz & Frohmader - Attenti Al Treno! Order Number - ncd005
This is a rather disjointed collection of work by the three named musicians, each of whom has their own separate section on the CD. There doesn't seem to to be much cohesion between the three, maybe I am missing the point here. On the face of it there seems no real reason why these works belong together on one disc, unless one accepts that they are equally disturbing or unsettling in their style. One of the less accessible recordings from the Nekropolis stable.
Nekropolis / Peter Frohmader - Anubis Dance Order Number - ncd010
On this fine album Frohmader combines elements of synthesizer work, samples, beats, and programming to amazing effect. One of the most beat centred of his albums, tracks such as the title Anubis Rising would be at home on the dance floor as much as a chill zone tent in an electronica festival. Strong middle-eastern flavours permeate some tracks the album. Powerful driving afro beats overlaid with glass-like synth fragments and mysterious semi-audible choral messages carry the listener into trance territories ...Excellent.
Ian McDowall & Dirt Road Band - Red Dirt Country Order Number - pit102
"Ian McDowall has deepened his light country roots with this set. It's a lovely jogging-along-the-road CD. It's full of gently sentimental tales that give you warm fuzzy feelings, broad grins and a glimpse of Aussy rural life in a natural, unpretentious way. Good fun and well done." - Ian Paulin.
Singer songwriter Elena reaches back into her ethnic origins to draw strength from her ancestors by integrating Polynesian, Celtic and Afro-American music, to produce a fresh, personal and vibrant musical style. As well as addressing the current hot topic of environmental destruction in Australia, her songs speak of love lost and found, death, growing up on a cattle station, friends in crisis - original songs about universal topics, sung with emotion and conviction.
The Counterfeit Gypsies - Wonky Donkey Order Number - TCG0002
The 2004 CD from energetic gypsy & klezmer band the Counterfeit Gypsies keeps pretty much to the successful formula established on their first release "Music to Vacuum To" (also available via indie-cds.com). The fast dance tunes and kit drums percussion dominate the album, which is also interspersed with a few slower selections and even a song. Mostly the style is fast instrumental dance music, that won't disappoint their existing fan base or anyone looking to party with some good-time up-tempo gypsy tunes.
The Counterfeit Gypsies - Music to Vacuum To Order Number - TCG0001
The band describe their own music on this CD as "... a collection of traditional Eastern European tunes performed with an ethos reserved generally for heavy metal and hardcore dance bands." An accurate description, and this music is for the most part high energy dance music, that will be great to party (or vacuum) to! The CD does have other more medium tempo tunes as well, and is a good selection of gypsy music with a modern but still authentic feel.
Decibel - Fiat Lux (boxed set of 3 CDs) Order Number - mio022-mio024 boxed set
This release consists of a box of three CDs which are also sold separately, and includes many previously unreleased tracks (including the twenty-minute Safari Suit, archival material from 1977, the ReR Demo, and others), early recordings, new live material, and, of course, improved sound quality of all the previously released material. Everything is presented in a handsome box, and the CDs includes some amazing original artwork by the band.
The French band Mosaïc from the 1970s played music on the borderlines of jazz, avant-garde and progressive rock, and counted among their inspirations artists like Jimi Hendrix, and later progressive rock groups like Soft Machine, Hatfield and the North, Henry Cow, King Crimson, Magma, Gong, and many other French progressive groups. In 1978, the band recorded their only album at studio Pense-folie in the south of Paris. Ultimatum was produced by the "Mosaïc association Ekimoz" as a private pressing. Collectors all over the world are willing to pay a lot to lay their hands on this cult album. This CD includes the classic and very rare album from 1978 plus music from the 1977 cassette Cuvée 77 and more!
This self-titled CD, the first proper album from this Slovenian group, was originally released on vinyl in 1982. Traces of jazz and 'new music', and a remarkable sense of humor have been injected into the concoction. But the ethnic elements that marked the early recordings of the band are still obvious. Bratko's accordion, Bogo's clarinet, the rhythmic and melodic structure of the tunes are underscored by more electric instrumentation and a firm rhythmic structure borrowing from rock music that lends the recording a curious mixture of chaotic atmosphere, surprise, melancholy, and central, south and eastern European folk musical traditions. The music has strong melodies, contrasts of harmonic and discordant structures and dramatic changes in rhythms and time structures. Another classic re-release from MIO records.
Formed in 2002, HOOT has been created to showcase the compositions of Radha Claridge and Robert Jackson, saxophonists with distinct styles and
directions. Drawing on eclectic musical influences HOOT has developed its own unique blend of modern jazz and funky grooves, creating a captivating and enticing atmosphere. The melodies go from the lyrical to the spiky, supported by a diverse range of spicy rhythms.
"This is beautiful music - I am struck by the energy, the vitality and the enthusiasm of it." - Paul MacNamara, fellow jazz traveller.
Mike Raine - The Quintessential Shallow Man Order Number - AI0003
Hey Mook are - well - hard to describe adequately - punk folk might be an approximation. These Hobart based musicians write original material, performed in a style entirely their own . Listen! Who are the Mooks - Robbie McIntyre, Jonathan Cruickshank, Kim Pearce, Tor Freidheim, and John Button.
Concertina CDROM tutorial - Niall Vallely Order Number - MFT011
Niall Vallely has developed a unique approach to concertina playing: the fluidity and precision heard in his playing is a testament to both his musicality and technical mastery. He has established himself as one of Irish music's most exciting performers through his work with Nomos, Karan Casey, and in a solo capacity. Niall has extensive teaching experience at home and abroad including 8 years as concertina tutor in the Music Department of University College Cork.
Bodhran CDROM Tutorial - Frank Torpey Order Number - MFT007
Frank Torpey is a founding member of the group Nomos. He has been Bodhrán Tutor at University College Cork since 1992 and has taught widely in Ireland, the United States and Europe. The tutorial caters for all levels from the absolute beginner to very advanced players. The bodhran tutorial also includes a performance piece and an interview with the tutor. "...not only is Frank a compelling performer and a truly exciting bodhran player, he is also an inspirational and experienced teacher. This is the best bodhran tutor available..." - Mel Mercier, Head of Ethnomusicology, University College Cork.
Fielding, Harkin & Plumb - Isfahan Order Number - AMCD02
Balkan music with a crisp, melodic and dynamic feel, played on mandolas, mandolin and darabouka. This CD has a selection of traditional tunes from Turkey, Macedonia and some contemporary compositions in a similar style. Featuring Anne Harkin, Luke Plumb and Malcolm Fielding.
Unamunos Quorum - After Image Order Number - FOOT04
Melbourne crew Unamunos Quorum have an unusual take on acapella - this album is all sound sourced from the human voice, but with varying degrees of electronic alteration, enhancement, deconstruction and layering. Based on vocal improvisation for the starting point, UQ move into the studio with their work and develop it further, pushing, as they say "the envelope of the vocal sonic spectrum"..
Downbeat is surely an appropriate word for this excellent CD of independent Aussie electronica. If we are looking for comparisons, Lorca has an early Portishead, slightly dark feel at times, that is derived in part from the pace and in part from Lorraine Campbell's sultry vocal style. The abstract feel works exceptionally well, as does the mix of analogue and digital sounds, and the mix of styles in different tracks ensures that the album has plenty of variety. Yet the feel and musical identity is retained throughout, and Lorca is surely an album that will stand the test of time.
broken android is an "audio slapstick" electronica project.from Queensland, which has featured in Triple J's Noisefest in October 2003, as well as leading ABC music show Sound Quality. Airom Bleicher's work on electronic sources also draws extensively on cello samples from improvisation by Lorraine Campbell. Generally rhythm-based, broken android is a step into intriguing musical territories, mixing a range of voice and instrument samples in with programmed sequences. Excellent mix and sound recording make this CD a pleasure to hear, and the rich variety of textures and sonic qualities will fascinate the open-eared listener.
Peter Frohmader - Advanced Alchemy of Music Order Number - ncd007
An artist who is rarely predictable - Peter Frohmader's work varies considerably from release to release as he explores different styles and sound textures. This CD is intense and beat based, with overlays of angst-ridden guitars and almost middle-eastern sounding melodic fragments. Slap and electro bass lines lay down a funky groove at times, in other places the 12 string acoustic guitar takes the dominant instrumental role, over a tense bell cymbal with djembe underneath. Fragments of moods come and go. All instruments on this album are played by Frohmader himself.
Micaela Nathan - Way of the Shadow Order Number - MNCD01
Some CDs are really hard to place in categories, and Way of the Shadow is certainly an example - starting out in a kind of ambient soundscape mood, it moves through almost classical territory into songs with a mediaval and mystical feel, and back into soundscapes and instrumental pieces. Micaela Nathan's quailty and experience as a vocalist, orchestral musician and arranger are evident, and the accompanying musicians are no less skilled than herself. What seems extraordinary is that this CD originates in Australia in the 21st century, as generally it has the feel of another time and place altogether.