BBC Concert Orchestra will premiere a new BBC Radio 3 commission by Jane Harbour at Cecil Sharp House on Friday 31 March in a special concert to mark the BBC's longstanding relationship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
The BBC Concert Orchestra presents an evening that places some of the great folk-influenced works of the 20th Century alongside a brand new commission from Jane Harbour, violinist and composer with renowned acoustic instrumental group Spiro.
Jane's commission, Kynde, is a piece about connection; about connections to one another, ourselves, lost loved ones, ancestors, folklore, and how we connect ideas to find new meaning in old stories. Performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers, and conducted by Martin Yates, it continues the personal journey of the notorious folk figure Barbara Allen, who spurned her dying admirer, but now has to confront her feelings.
With influences including minimalist classical music and electronica, Jane Harbour uses systems music to convey Barbara's confused, fractured thoughts and her longing for re-connection and clarity.
Throughout the piece, Barbara's internal world, represented by the live singers, vies with the overt narrative, told by recordings of traditional singers from the Peter Kennedy archive. The source material for his 1950s BBC Radio show As I Roved Out, his recordings form the springboard for this piece.
The programme will also include live performances by Spiro and piano soloist Victor Sangiorgio.
Israeli instrumental post-funk juggernaut The Apples have been delivering genre melting, infectious grooves for over a decade and this month their new album is the March release on Society of Sound.
Comprised of decks, horns, double bass, drums and tape effects, The Apples' big band vibe mixes with their Middle Eastern influences to create a signature sound.
This new album, Dragonz, has seen the band challenge their usual working methods to create a record containing disparate influences, guests and production methods yet the resulting album remains undeniably The Apples and is possibly their most focused LP to date.
To date The Apples have released five full length albums and have been featured on Bowers & Wilkins live stage at WOMAD UK.
The critically acclaimed debut album by Les Amazones d'Afrique is released today.
The all-female collective of west African musicians features Angélique Kidjo, Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Mariam Doumbia, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Mouneissa Tandina, Nneka, Pamela Badjogo and Rokia Koné.
The album is a blend of modern west African music, with production from Liam Farrell (Mbongwana Star) and a strong campaigning message for gender equality.
République Amazone is available on CD and coloured vinyl LP as well as to download and stream from the usual outlets.
John Metcalfe, fresh from conducting duties for Chris Martin from Coldplay at the 2017 Brit Awards has announced a live show, with his band, at Roter Salon in Berlin on 9 April.
It's a full band show and joining John for the performance will be Daisy Palmer, Rosie Doonan and Ali Friend.
Totó La Momposina's entire life has been dedicated to representing the music of Colombia's Caribbean coastline. As a singer, dancer and teacher she embodies that fertile place where Colombia's African, Indigenous Indian and Spanish cultures mingle to create a unique musical tradition.
Totó is not only its greatest interpreter, but a restless innovator too.
This Spring/Summer is a rare chance to see a musical icon in action in the UK, France and the Netherlands, beginning with festival appearances at La Liñea Festival in London on 28 April and Cheltenham Jazz Festival on 30 April.
The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for February is an exclusive preview of new music from electronic-pop pioneers Heaven 17.
Not For Public Broadcast is a 'work-in-progress' version of the group's new album that exposes the process of how Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory are making the record.
"We wanted to show partially-finished versions and to be honest about how things are created. It's still skeletal in a lot of ways, it's still open to change and it's not mastered."
This Society of Sound release is the only way to get these new songs in a digital form.
We're delighted to see that both 9Bach and The Gloaming have been nominated in the category of Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for 2017.
The awards take place on 5 April 2017, at the Royal Albert Hall and will be broadcast live on Radio 2, from 7pm.
Very well done to both bands - it's going to be a very good night out!
The Breath have just announced a run of German tour dates for May and June this year.
The tour dates are:
27 May HAMBURG, Nochtspeicher
29 May DÜSSELDORF, Zakk
30 May MUNICH, Milla
1 June BERLIN, Club Auster
2 June ERFURT, Frank Mehlhose
Tickets are on sale now.
The album will feature contributions from Angélique Kidjo, Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Mariam Doumbia, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Mouneissa Tandina, Nneka, Pamela Badjogo and Rokia Koné.
République Amazone is the sound of the diaspora of African music returning home, a reclaiming outside of genre and time. As much at home on the dancefloors of east London, or as part of an Awesome Tapes from Africa festival set in Croatia, as it would be ringing out of a cement brick house in Bamako, it showcases the sparkling range and versatility of its songstresses.
The album will be available on vinyl, CD and digitally (via iTunes).
Listen to 'I Play The Kora', featuring all of the vocalists mentioned above:
Recorded live at Real World Studios, Aurelio's new album, Darandi is released today.
Darandi is a collection of Aurelio's favourite songs from his career recorded to capture the sound of his incendiary live performances. Accompanied by some of the Garifuna world's brightest musical talents, pairing upbeat, dynamic rhythms with melancholy, heartfelt melodies, this music is both deep and danceable.
"Aurelio Martinez has become the leading Garifuna performer, and this is his best album to date" ★★★★ The Guardian
"Upbeat and engaging, like the man himself, and backed by Guayo Cedeño's vibrato-rich electric guitar, this album should bring more attention to an under-valued stream of Afro-Latin music. Welcome in that Caribbean sunshine!" ★★★★ The Irish Times