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2012 Stories by Richard Gehr

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  • Fanfare Ciocarlia

    published September 12, 2012

    Formed in 1996, when a German producer visiting a small Romanian town convinced several talented locals to band together, Fanfare Ciocarlia... More >>

  • 'Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project'

    published September 12, 2012

    The first of a two-part collaboration involving jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, poet Mike Ladd, and poet-Iraq veteran Maurice Decaul, Holding It... More >>

  • BLOODY GOOD

    published August 29, 2012

    The brilliant and eccentric Sun City Girls closed up shop with the death of drummer Charles Gocher in 1997. Surviving members Alan and Richard... More >>

  • Joel Harrison Ensemble

    published August 29, 2012

    With compositional instincts as expansive and experimental as his guitar playing, Harrison offers "Infinite Possibility," a six-part work for 19... More >>

  • Skerik's Bandelabra

    published August 29, 2012

    Comparing its sound to "Fela Kuti meeting Steve Reich in rock's backyard," the aggressive Seattle saxophonist introduces his newest band, a... More >>

  • Luciana Souza

    published August 29, 2012

    To indicate her range and sensibility, look no further than this smooth, cool Brazilian jazz singer's two new albums. Released simultaneously,... More >>

  • Pan

    published August 29, 2012

    Like sonic Serotonin, Pan opens your receptors to make everything a little bit less depressing. Major-key instrumental anthems surge and accrete... More >>

  • Debo Band+Forro in the Dark+The Joshua Light Show

    published August 29, 2012

    Boston's Debo Band both recaptures and transcends the golden age of Ethiopian music, adding accordion, strings, and sousaphone to its rolling... More >>

  • SONIC BOOM

    published August 22, 2012

    Coruscating experimental sound that rots and revels from within appears to
be the loud, loose theme informing 
Fortissimo... More >>

  • Y La Bamba+Chris Pureka

    published August 22, 2012

    Catholic dogma blends with a more grassroots spirituality in the voice of songwriter Luzelena Mendoza on this Portland, Oregon, artful folk... More >>

  • The Four Bags

    published August 22, 2012

    Arty, smart, and challenging but fun in a Bang on a Can sort of way, this local supergroup plays a type of chamber music that bridges jazz,... More >>

  • Steve Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra

    published August 15, 2012

    As vibrant and loose-limbed as ever, Slide trumpeter (and longtime Levon Helm associate) Steve Bernstein’s sly rascal of an... More >>

  • Southern Comfort

    published August 8, 2012

    Old-time sound with a populist sheen is the theme of this afternoon featuring three flavors of the musical South. The Carolina Chocolate Drops,... More >>

  • Ches Smith and These Arches

    published August 8, 2012

    Alto saxophonist Tim Berne (Snakeoil) has joined scrappy drummer Ches Smith’s fray alongside tenor man Tony Malaby, guitarist Mary... More >>

  • Sucker Punch

    published August 8, 2012

    After nine years, the disco-ier of the Disco Biscuits—Marc Brownstein (bass) and Aron Magner (keyboards)—once again join keyboardist... More >>

  • TURN UP THE HEAT

    published July 25, 2012

    The British DJ-producer Will “Quantic” Holland moved to Cali, Colombia, in 2007. Since then, he has anthologized Colombian... More >>

  • SPRING FLING

    published July 25, 2012

    The big problem with flutist Hubert Laws’s well-intentioned 1971 jazz take on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is that it didn’t... More >>

  • Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson's 'Accordion Wrestling'

    published July 25, 2012

    As unlikely as it may seem, during the mid-19th century, Finnish wrestling matches employed accordionists to accompany and mask grapplers' grunts... More >>

  • Amadou & Mariam+Theophilus London+Just a Band

    published July 25, 2012

    Amadou Bagayoko plays tasty blues vamps beside wife Mariam Doumbia, a pepper-voiced chanteuse, with glorious results. They have a knack for... More >>

  • Dr. L. Subramaniam+The Alaev Family

    published July 25, 2012

    A fascinating posse that includes wife Kavita Krishnamurthi Subramaniam, a Bollywood playback singer; violinist son Ambi Subramaniam; jazz... More >>

  • Lyle Lovett+Aeoife O'Donovan

    published July 25, 2012

    Tower-haired Texas troubadour Lyle Lovett toned down the pop and stirred up the Western Swing for this year’s Release Me, a tasteful... More >>

  • White Denim

    published July 25, 2012

    The venue near the center of whatever remains of the jam band universe bestows its serious-fried-chicken imprimatur upon this remarkable Austin... More >>

  • Afro Horn

    published July 18, 2012

    Mexican-American drummer Francisco Mora-Catlett has been gigging around with the third incarnation of the rich Latin-jazz concoction that emerged... More >>

  • LITTLE BRAZIL

    published July 18, 2012

    Born in New York City, raised in Rio de Janeiro, and once again living among us, cosmopolitan bossa nova crooner Bebel Gilberto headlines this... More >>

  • Jaojoby+Razia Said+Charles Kely+Saramba

    published July 18, 2012

    Malagasy star Jaojoby and friends make a rare local appearance on their Wake Up Madagascar Tour, an effort to raise international consciousness... More >>

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