New Reviews: October 3, 2000
From the Scottish side of the historically lawless stretch of
border land of Scotland and England comes this admirable tribute
to the way of the Reiver and the land on which they lived.
Kathryn Tickell on this Park Records release
sounds the voice of the riding, raiding families of the borders,
who attacked at night, sporting metal helmets and long spears.
Let not the bleakness of the place trick you: this music is as
spirited and creative as any that might have lived in those desperate times.
Claddagh Records has released, through Atlantic Records, an
Irish gem, reflecting the timeless beauty of the feminine voice.
Traditional tunes arranged by such as Dolores Keane and several
Chieftans musicians are performed exquisitely by talented veterans
of Celtic music, such as Maiire Aine Ni Dhonnchada and The Whistlebinkies.
An unforgettable compilation.
Bach in Brazil
The music of Johann Sebastian Bach, enduring for centuries,
has been labeled "timeless", "genius" . . . yet never before has
it been called "choro"! Leandro Braga, Henrique Cazes,
Radames Gnattali and Marcilio Lopes have arranged
traditional Bach favorites and a few tributes in this
EMI Records CD, through Varig Brasil.
With instruments ranging from violin to clarinet to mandolin
to pandeiro (tambourine), the swing that these guys give Bach's
music surely would cause even Bach himself to smile!
Jenece Gerber is a perpetual student of culture, religion and music,
with a BA in ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling
Green, Ohio USA. An avid composer, Ms. Gerber writes from her musical
travels in the context of sociocultural realities and dreams. She is the
winner of the 1995 Music Teachers National Association student composition
competition for her work employing the Indonesian flute (suling). Ms. Gerber
is also soon to have a work entitled The Night of Brahm published by Earnestly Music.