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Spellbinding Music is an independent blog based in Ireland curating contemporary, modern classical, ambient, roots, electronic, jazz and folk music…and everything in between. Read More

  • The Bad Plus: Everywhere you Turn

    The Bad Plus: Everywhere you Turn

    The Bad Plus is often presented as an American jazz trio from Minneapolis. A more appropriate description would be that of three adventurous musicians playing instruments traditionally associated with jazz (drums, double bass and piano) but composing tunes following Rock structures, or de-constructing famous Pop…

  • Air: Sonic Armada

    Air: Sonic Armada

    Both Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007) and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011) have done a lot to reintroduce “cinemagician” Georges Meliès to an entirely new audience, especially to his ground breaking masterpiece Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon). The…

  • Rasha Rezk: Mreyte ya Mreyte

    Rasha Rezk: Mreyte ya Mreyte

    “Mreyte ya Mreyte” (Mirror oh my mirror) is another track from the Caramel soundtrack (see previous post). Performed by Syrian singer Rasha Rezk, beautifully orchestrated and arranged by Lebanese composer Khaled Mouzanar, it is the final song of the film as the credits roll: Mirror oh…

  • Khaled Mouzanar: Zaghloul el Hamam

    Khaled Mouzanar: Zaghloul el Hamam

    Caramel (2007) is a Lebanese film by first-time director Nadine Labaki which has enjoyed a very successful international career. Set in a beauty salon in Beirut, the film humorously chronicles the daily lives of five women of different generations and religious backgrounds. Even though conflict…

  • 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…

  • Nils Petter Molvaer: Presence

    Nils Petter Molvaer: Presence

    Presence is a beautiful track from Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer’s 2002 recording NP3. While the video clip was superbly crafted, I can’t dissociate the track from the album’s cover featuring life-size figures on a beach staring at the horizon. The cover is a photograph…

  • 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…

  • Jon Hopkins: Monsters theme

    Jon Hopkins: Monsters theme

    Monsters is a 2010 British independent science fiction film written and directed by Gareth Edwards with a wonderful soundtrack by Jon Hopkins. The film chronicles the journey of an American journalist and her fellow citizen from alien-infected and quarantined Mexico to the American border. Filmed…