"Originally issued as a 2-CD audio book, W. A. Mathieu presents exercises designed to help you explore and expand your capacity for listening, appreciate the connection between sound, music, and every-day life, and discover the creative possibilities of music-making. Mathieu is not a run-of-the-mill musician. He studied jazz composition with William Russo from 1954 to 1958; Eurocentric music with Easley Blackwood from 1963 to 1967; Middle Eastern music with Nubian master musician Hamza El Din from 1971 to 2004, with whom he also collaborated; and raga with North Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath from 1973 to 1996. In the late 1950s and early 1960s (as Bill Mathieu), he spent several years as an arranger and composer for Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington orchestras. Kenton's album Standards in Silhouette consists entirely of Mathieu's arrangements. Mathieu was 22 years old. He was one of the founders and the musical director for The Second City in Chicago, the first ongoing improvisational theater troupe in the United States, and was later the musical director for The Committee, an improv theater in San Francisco that was an offshoot of The Second City. In the 1970s, he was on the faculties of San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Mills College. In 1969, Mathieu founded the Sufi Choir in San Francisco - wiki"
"Produced by Andy Warhol, the album sold poorly and was mostly ignored by contemporary critics, but later became regarded as one of the most influential albums in rock and pop music. Described as _the original art-rock record_, it was a major influence on many subgenres of rock music and alternative music, including punk, garage, krautrock, post-punk, shoegaze, goth, and indie. In 1982, the English musician Brian Eno said that while the album only sold approximately 30,000 copies in its first five years, _everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band_ - wiki"
"Overlooked by academics, critics and purists who refuse to listening to anything outside of conventional jazz vernacular, Andy Bey's delivery on Experience and Judgment goes beyond anything he previously committed to tape, revealing a spiritual side - AllMusic // Piano, Vocals: Andy Bey Harpsichord, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesiser: Bill Fischer Electric Piano: Bill Fischer Guitar: George Davis Drums: Ira Williams Viola, Violin: Selwart Clark Bass: Wilbur Bascomb"
"Simone Forti (b. 1935, Florence, Italy), is an Italian-American artist, dancer, choreographer, and writer. Her innovations in dance, including her seminal 1961 body of work, Dance Constructions, have influenced many notable dancers and artists"
"Subsistencia Is A Band From Los Angeles, CA. That Arose From The Latino Hardcore Of The 1990's With Heavy Influences In The Anarcho-Punk Scene While Adding Indigenous Pre Hispanic Instruments, Melodies, And The Presence Of Male And Female Vocals This Is A Band That Can't Really Be Classified Into One Specific Genre. This is their only full length album. - Youtube notes"
"Linton Kwesi Johnson (born 24 August 1952), also known as LKJ, is a Jamaica-born, British-based dub poet and activist. In 2002 he became the second living poet, and the only black one, to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series. Johnson's work, allied to the Jamaican _toasting_ tradition, is regarded as an essential precursor of rap. - wiki"
Joined by the Claude Hopkins All Stars. She is remembered for her roles in the original stage and screen versions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals South Pacific as Bloody Mary – a role that garnered her the first African American to win a Tony Award – and Flower Drum Song as Madame Liang. In her later years, diabetes led to blindness. As she had little money, the Actors Fund of America supported her in its Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, and in hospitals when she needed treatment. -wiki
He taught for many years at Harvard University, and he also took on teaching positions at Bennington College, Kenyon College, Princeton University, and Syracuse University. John Ashbery writes that Schwartz’s was “the classic saga of a brilliant poet, first heralded as a genius, the greatest young poet of his day, who quickly burnt himself out as a result of mental illness and addictions to alcohol and narcotics.” Schwartz spent the last years of his life in New York City, where he was a frequent patron of the White Horse Tavern. In the summer of 1966, Schwartz checked into the Columbia Hotel near Times Square, perhaps to focus on his writing. He died there, of a heart attack, on July 11, 1966. - poets.org Schwartz's former student at Syracuse University, Lou Reed, was the singer and principal songwriter for the band the Velvet Underground. Wanting to dedicate a song to Schwartz on their debut album, The Velvet Underground and Nico, Reed chose _European Son_ as it had the fewest lyrics; rock and roll lyrics were something Schwartz abhorred. The song was recorded in April 1966, three months before Schwartz's death, but was not released until March 1967. According to musicologist Richard Witts, the song _reads like little more than a song of loathing_ toward Schwartz, who refused to see Reed while living at the Chelsea Hotel.
"Simpson is an acclaimed Mississauga Nishnaabeg musician, poet, academic, and storyteller who lives and works in Yellowknife, Canada (see link). Noopiming Sessions was inspired by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's novel, Noopiming: A Cure for White Ladies, forthcoming September 1, 2020 from the House of Anansi Press, and created in artistic collaboration with Ansley Simpson, James Bunton and Sammy Chien, during the on-going social isolation of COVID-19. Noopiming EP is the first release for Indigenous run label Gizhiiwe."
Kate NV is Russian, currently living in Moscow. Notes from Bandcamp: In an effort to raise funds for Helping To Leave, an organization that aids people seeking evacuation from areas of military conflict, Kate NV shares bouquet, a selection of music made in improvised spirit with long time collaborator Andrey Bessonov. The eight pieces of bouquet are playful and peaceful, perhaps mirroring a freedom that all should be afforded. bouquet embraces human connection, and the meaning of music as a mechanism of expression and escape. Kate offered this statement for bouquet: “It is a small gesture, but by offering this music to help raise funds for Helping To Leave’s monumental efforts in aiding Ukrainian refugees, I hope that it brings more awareness around the devastations of this senseless and inhumane war.” See link to review full album & perhaps make a purchase. All proceeds go to support evacuations of Ukrainian refugees.
Los Cogelones are a band of brother -- Marco Antonio, Víctor Hugo, José Alberto and Jesús Adrián Sandoval - from Ciudad Netzahualcoyotl in the outskirts of Mexico City who link pre-Hispanic culture and music with raw garage punk. link their lineage to rock urbano thanks to their rough and ready take on the form, as well as the unpolished, but passionate vocals that talk about the struggles of those living there. They also salute their Aztec roots by adopting the civilization’s iconography. - ReMezcla
"Song is also known as Get My Heart Back Together. Here, Hendrix is on 12 string guitar, taken from the documentary _Experience._ he filming took place during a publicity photo session at the London studio of photographer Bruce Fleming, who had photographed the British album cover for Are You Experienced. For the shoot, a twelve-string Zemaitis acoustic guitar restrung for a left-handed player was conveniently on hand. Hendrix, seated on a stool against a white backdrop, sang while playing the guitar. - wiki"
"The Loa of Music is the first recording project of Milanese composer and musician Roberto Musci inspired by Voodoo Religion; Vever (the magical voodoo paintings) and Loas, the dark and magic spirits. Recorded in 1983 originally had 80 minutes of music but only half was released on original LP. - bandcamp"
"Thomas was from the songster tradition and had a unique sound, accompanying himself on quills, an early Afro-American wind instrument similar to panpipes. Although his recording career was brief, Thomas influenced performers including Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Grateful Dead,The song was later adapted and recorded by American blues rock band Canned Heat"
William Ezechukwu Onyeabor (/_n_j__b__/, on-YAH-baw; 26 March 1946 – 16 January 2017) was a Nigerian funk musician and businessman. His music was widely heard in Nigeria in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Despite his success, he remained an enigmatic, private and reclusive figure. Onyeabor was born into a poor family, but became financially successful enough to travel to Europe to study record manufacturing. Some biographies claim that he studied cinematography in Russia, returning to Nigeria in the 1970s to start his own Wilfilms music label and to set up a recording and production studio. He was later crowned a High Chief in Enugu, where he lived as a businessman working on government contracts and running his own semolina flour mill. according to the Luaka Bop record label, Onyeabor _self-released eight albums between 1977 and 1985 and then became a born-again Christian, refusing to ever speak about himself or his music again - wiki
Among the myriad influences on the musical cosmology of Sun Ra, some of the earliest came from the Western canon. At Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he enrolled as Herman S. Blount, he began a course of piano study with Professor Lula Hopkins Randall. Said Ra, _I studied Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Schoenberg, Shostakovich... Sun Ra typically made _Chopin_ a concerto of sorts for his alto saxophonist Marshall Allen — and so it goes in this version by the Arkestra, which Allen has led with fierce commitment since 1993. Now 98, Allen takes the first pass at the melody about a minute and a half into the track, off this new release - WRTI.org
"French bassist & double bass player from Angers. He was a member of Lo'Jo, and also played with Robert Plant, Tinariwen, Kent, Archie Shepp, and Jamika before embarking on this, his first solo release. One discogs.com commenter wrote _Rare but true, a fucking good french jazz LP. Solid from start to finish, haunted stuff. A sensibility between Arthur Russell and Henri Texier! _"
Deux Filles [Simon Fisher Turner and Colin Lloyd Tucker]
"Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule met as teenagers at a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule's mother died of an incurable lung disease, and Forque's mother was killed and her father paralyzed in an auto accident. The two teens bonded over their shared grief and worked through their bereavement with music. However, after recording two critically acclaimed albums and playing throughout Europe and North America, Forque and Coule disappeared without a trace in North Africa in 1984 during a trip to visit Algiers. The short and terribly unhappy lives of Forque and Coule are at the root of the small but fervent cult following the mysterious duo have gained since their disappearance. his would be a terribly sad story if a word of it were true. In reality, Deux Filles were Simon Fisher Turner, former child star/teen idol and future soundtrack composer, and his mate Colin Lloyd Tucker. Turner and Tucker left an early incarnation of The in 1981 to pursue another musical direction. Turner claims that the idea of Deux Filles came to him in a dream, and he and Tucker strictly maintained the fiction throughout the duo's career. - Bandcamp"
"Shaw was born in Greenville NC in 1982. She's achieved significant acclaim, with the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy. Her earliest exposure to music was through her mother, Jon (also a musician) who taught her violin beginning at 2 using the Suzuki method."
The origins of this song are unclear, although it pre-dates the 1861–1865 American Civil War. American folklorist Dorothy Scarborough (1878–1935) noted in her 1925 book On the Trail of Negro Folk-songs that several people remembered hearing the song before the war. Scarborough's account of the song came from her sister, Mrs. George Scarborough, who learned the song from _the Negroes on a plantation in Texas, and other parts from a man in Louisiana_. The man in Louisiana knew the song from his earliest childhood and heard slaves singing it on plantations. - wiki Callier (1945-2012) included this as one of 8 tracks on his debut solo LP. Callier disappeared for a long stretch. According to wiki, he gained custody of his daughter and retired from music to take classes in computer programming, landing a job at the University of Chicago and returning to college during the evenings to pursue a degree in sociology. He re-emerged from obscurity in the late 1980s, when British DJs discovered his old recordings and began to play his songs in clubs.