Category: Folk

  • Amadou & Mariam: Wily Kataso

    Amadou & Mariam: Wily Kataso

    Amadou & Mariam have been playing music together since the early 1980s and Folila, released in April 2012, is the pair’s latest recording. Often referred to as “the blind couple from Mali”, Amadou & Mariam have a great knack for composing catchy songs in their…

  • Susanna Wallumrød: Who by Fire

    Susanna Wallumrød: Who by Fire

    Released in 2011 on the ECM record label, If Grief Could Wait  is a remarkable cross-genre recording featuring indie pop and jazz Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrød, Swiss Baroque harp player Giovanna Pessi, Italian nyckelharpa (the Swedish keyed fiddle) player Marco Ambrosini and Swiss-based viola de gamba player Jane…

  • Dave Brubeck: Piano Blues

    Dave Brubeck: Piano Blues

    Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) will of course be remembered as a brilliant musical explorer, a virtuoso improviser, a prolific composer with a fondness for odd time signatures and a great ambassador for jazz music in general. Yet, Dave Brubeck still regarded himself simply as “a composer…

  • Brad Mehldau: River Man

    Brad Mehldau: River Man

    Any version of Nick Drake’s River man will always stop me in my tracks. The unusual time signature and the eerie contemporary classical arrangements to the original song make it such a rich ground for covers. If Norma Waterson’s version introduced me to the song,…

  • About Spellbinding Music

    About Spellbinding Music

    Why is it that a particular piece of music, a tune or a song will move us in such a way that it will stop us in our tracks, send shivers up our spine or give us goose bumps?  Spiritual or secular musical traditions such…