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CD Review: Ministry of Spontaneous Composition

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Ministry of Spontaneous Composition is comprised of free jazz explorations from members of the DC Improvisers Collective. These steller musicians Patrick Whitehead (trumpet and MfP member), Ben Azarra (drums), John Kammon (guitar), Jonathan Morris (keyboard) and Ben Redwine (clarinet) created the entire CD in the moment. There is deep listening amongst the members as moods …

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CD Review: Wild Plains

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Josée Allard (classical pianist) met her muse when she was acquainted with Norman Nawrocki (Ukranian folk violinist). They originally met to play for fun yet unintentionally ended up creating a CD from their musical explorations and improvisations. Wild Plains has expressed it’s name through fiery lines grounded in strong musicianship from different genres. The differences …

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CD Review: Ecstatic Dances

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JoAnne Spies is a singer/songwriter and storyteller who creates stories and song wherever she goes, inviting the listener to join in. In her new CD, Ecstatic Dances, she delivers conscious thought and lessons through the body with spirit and groove. Collaborating with hip-hop artist Jackson Whalan and musician/ producer Robby Baier, JoAnne invites the listener …

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CD Review: Earth Poems

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In her Earth Poems CD, Betsy Bevan (pianist) has collaborated with Will Ridenour (kora) and Daniel Chambo (world flutes ) to create free flowing music for relaxation and introspection. The music moves the listener toward an inner journey. The first cut “In Your Light” was inspired by Rumi. The album musically emulates the words translated …

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Book Review: The Fear of Singing Breakthrough Program

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The Fear of Singing Breakthrough Program by Nancy Salwen is an accessible, user friendly, and inspiring book for those afraid to sing as well as experienced and professional singers. It is a remarkable guide through the process of rediscovering the profound genius of the authentic singing voice that exists within each of us. For those …