Back on the remote Scottish island of Tiree, in 2005, the raw, but contemporary trad quartet that formed Skerryvore, could have only dreamed that, over the next decade, they would become a multi-award winning act, which was performing in over 25 countries worldwide, and featured as ambassadors for their country, in an international advertising campaign for ‘Visit Scotland’.
From those traditional roots, the band has developed, both in size and sound, to create a unique fusion of their traditional music and songs, with the urban sounds of rock, pop and funk. With their outstanding musicianship and the mesmerizing voice of award-winning
Enriching the medium as America’s first all female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles® bring sensitivity, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles® has blazed the trail for female mariachi musicians. In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men, from male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history.
Established in 1994, the group had a strong beginning thanks to the mentorship of Lola Bertran, La Reina de La Musica Ranchera. In these early days, Maestro Jóse Hernàndez saw the potential in this all-female ensemble, and fostered the development of the
The Villalobos Brothers (Ernesto, Alberto and Luis) use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. Their original compositions masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood and social justice. Artistic Director and guitarist Humberto Flores, drummer Rosa Ávila and bassist Leo Sherman complete the line-up.
The group’s virtuosic performances have delighted listeners from Latin America, India and Russia to Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, Carnegie Hall and the Latin Grammy Awards. Their work has been recognized by numerous awards including the Vox Populi Award by the Independent Music Awards and the Ultimate Winners in WNYC’s 2013 Battle of the Boroughs. In
Black Arm Band is a collective made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, widely acclaimed at home and abroad for extraordinary music theatre performances, celebrations of Indigenous music, culture and language, with uniquely powerful visual imagery and text. The musical tradition and presentation is forged from over 40,000 years of history, infused with contemporary style. Presenting work that speaks of endurance, challenge, unity and the triumph of the spirit, Black Arm Band is a flexible ensemble of highly skilled musicians and composers, directors and film makers, representing the pinnacle of Australia’s music theater.
At the heart of Black Arm Band’s
The trip began circa 1992 with three troubadours — Donna Simpson, her sister Vikki Thorn, and Josh Cunningham — traveling by van, playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them. Their effort in those early days propelled The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums, and successful tours internationally, even opening for Bob Dylan’s North American and Australian Tours in 2003. An easy chemistry, and profound depth of songwriting talent have bound the trio as The Waifs.
In January 2015, with their regular rhythm section, drummer Dave Ross Macdonald and bassist Ben Franz, The Waifs entered the studio in Byron Bay, with producer Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Rage
Latin Grammy Award-winning, Vicente Amigo, known as one of the most dazzling Flamenco guitarists of his generation is a likely successor to Paco de Lucía. Hailing from Córdoba, Spain, he has toured the world, receiving many of Spain’s most important awards and honors. Amigo is a guitarist respected and admired for his constant artistic thirst and capacity for innovation and renovation.
Amigo’s litany of international accolade includes a Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Album (2001), being named Best Guitar Player by Guitar Player Magazine (1993), and winning First Prize at the Flamenco Guitar International Contest (Badajoz 1988). He was nominated for two more Latin Grammy’s in 2006
José Fernández Torres, known as Tomatito, is a soloist of major significance, within the realm of Flamenco guitar. His unique approach, both to traditional and festive forms, highlights an unparalleled musical sensitivity and interpretative power. Tomatito’s charismatic personality and unrelenting commitment to the continuity of Flamenco’s development, have brought him worldwide recognition in the musical field and in film, theatre and art. He has collaborated with a multitude of performers worldwide,influencing and encouraging a generation of young artists. Winner of four Grammy awards, since signing to Decca/Universal in 2000, Tomatito’s success has helped him become the mature, elegant guitarist he is today. His 2013 release, Soy Flamenco, earned a Latin Grammy nomination for
Described by the Huffington Post as, “an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music”, NIYAZ has created a 21st century global trance tradition, seamlessly blending poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and surrounding countries, with rich, acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art, modern electronics. A sublime, ever-evolving message is delivered through music that is uplifting and metamorphic. Niyaz is led by front woman, AZAM ALI , whose Iranian heritage and Indian upbringing have formed a bewitching singer of richly textured proportions. Still, with all the mysticism and allure of their native lands, Niyaz is not limited by tradition. Their far-reaching repertoire defies most standards of “world music”, making
From its debut concert, captured live on the 2013 release entitled ASWAN, it was clear that the Nile Project was something completely new. National Public Radio named the recording one of five “Must Hear International Albums.” Fast forward a few years — through tours in Africa, Europe, the US and UAE — and almost all major media outlets agree that the Nile Project is much more than just a band. The New York Times described it as “a committed, euphoric international coalition.” Afropop Worldwide calls it “seductive and beautiful […] nothing short of revolutionary.”
One of the tightest cross-cultural
Mariachi Master Jóse Hernàndez and his Sol de Mexico have history as rich and colorful as Mariachi music itself. A proud fifth generation Mariachi musician, Maestro Hernàndez’ roots trace back to 1879, to the birthplace of Mariachi, the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
No one else on the Mariachi music scene navigates the warm waters of classical, pop, jazz, swing and Broadway tunes with such grace. Even to those weaned on traditional Mariachi, Jose’s organic, irreverent renditions hare become instant classics.
Under the leadership of Hernàndez, Mariachi Sol de Mexico are the only Mariachi group in the world that performs in the classical