Saturday, 29 October 2016

Yagull All You Need To Know

Yagull is New York post rock chamber project featuring composer/ guitarist Sasha Markovic and pianist extraordinaire/ composer Kana Kamitsubo. Following the success of critically acclaimed album "films", the couple recorded the new material with a help of the fantastic line up of guest musicians hailing from eight different countries including fellow MoonJune international recording artists Beledo, Dewa Budjana, and Marko Djordjevic. The second album named after their son Kai born during the period of writing and producing the record, is now available on MoonJune Records. The couple is going back to studio, this time in Kobe, Japan in April 2016 to start working on their new album.

Yagull "Kai" (Moonjune, 2015)
Yagull’s second CD, their debut for MoonJune Records, “Kai,” represents big musical and personal changes for group founder, composer, producer, and guitarist,  Sasha Markovic.  Yagull has officially became a duo with the addition of Sasha’s most challenging collaborator up until this time, pianist extraordinaire Kana Kamitsubo.  Sasha and Kana’s partnership went further as they became husband and wife. Album “Kai” and the title track are named after their son born in 2014.
Picking up where the last Yagull CD, “Films” left off in 2012, “Kai” expands the post rock chamber soundtrack concept exploring new structures written around acoustic guitar, bass, percussion and acoustic piano. Yagull as a duo has an increased crossover potential for attracting listeners that may not be dialed into any of the specific genres baked into this release. 
Yagull delivers eight brand new compositions, two tunes from "Films" revisited ( Dark, Sound Of M ) plus two covers for this sophomore release.  The tracks range from "North" which exploits Kana's mastery of creating evocative mood and space for Sasha to play, folksy "Z-Parrow" while "Omniprism" drifts into progressive rock ambiance. Methenyesque tune “Blossom”, leaves space for special guest Dewa Budjana to shine with another beautiful, lyrical solo. The title track for their son emotes a melody that can easily go alongside "Waltz for Debby" by Bill Evans in any play list.Sasha once again wears his affection for classic rock as a badge reworking the Free song, "Wishing Well," which was also passionately performed by the late Gary Moore, as well as Deep Purple’s “Burn”. Beledo’s majestic lute introduction pays a homage to Deep Purple’s live version from the "Made In Europe" record.
The duo are also joined by several guest musicians, the extraordinary and diverse line up hailing from eight different countries, including fellow Moonjune international recording artists Beledo (guitar), Dewa Budjana (guitar) and Marko Djordjevic (drums), as well as the long time collaborator flutist Lori Reddy, Anthony Mullin from The Blackfires (guitar), Jackson Kincheloe from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds ( harmonica ), Gabriel Nat (clarinet), Wen Chang (violin) and Yoshiki Yamada (upright bass). “Kai” has set Yagull on a journey that will appeal to wide range of listeners.  This is essential MoonJune music.

Yagull "films" (zozemusic/ distributed by MoonJune, 2012)
Yagull "films" is written, arranged and produced by composer/ guitarist Sasha Markovic who is joined by an extraordinary group of soloists consisting of Lori Reddy (flute), Eylon Tushiner (sax) and Sonia Choi (cello). The music on "films" appears very cinematic and theme based, but would probably best be described as a "next generation post-rock chamber music." Like an independent film, the moods on "films" move from the dramatically atmospheric to playful. Two classic rock pieces appear in the mix that serve as listener friendly signposts within the landscape. "White Room" by Cream and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" by Black Sabbath are both bravely deconstructed from their iconic forms and melodically reconstructed as dreamy reflective impression pieces. The album closer, "Distance, " brings out the full band sound - featuring soloists Reddy and Choi, and special guest, Josh Margolis, on drums. 

Track Listings for The Boogie Wonderland Show 27th October 2016

Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland show dated 27th October 2016. A link to the show can be found here:

The Boogie Wonderland Show -27/10/2016 Playlist
Hannah White
Thats Love [ Joey Nelson Mix]
 Indulge (HONNE Remix)
Faye B
 Real Love
Cape Melodies
 African Township Funk (Sishuba _ Kock)
Eric B n Rakim
 Eric B  Is President
Kid N Play
 Do This My Way
 Jealous (feat
 I Don't Know Why
Kari Cabral & Jiva
 Listen To The People
The Doggett Brothers
 Our Time (Feat  Elisa Rodrigues & Lewis M)
Spencer Morales & Hanlei
Are You A Winner (DJ Spen Original Radio Mix)
 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Yagull Interview
 Part 1
 Los Pajaros
Yagull Interview
 Part 2
Yagull Interview
 Part 3
Yagull Interview
 Part 4
Yagull Interview
 Part 5
Christian Prommer
Tin Man feat Adriano Prestel
Orrin Evans
 When Jen Came In
Steve Turre
Simona Parrinello
 Central Sun
Denise King
When October Goes
 Pity The Poor Arms Dealer
The Cookers
Third Phase
National Jazz Ensemble Feat Gerry Mulligan

Track Listings for The Crazeology Radio Show 22nd October 2016

Below is the track listing for the Crazeology Radio show dated 22nd October 2016. A link to the show can be found here:

The Crazeology Radio Show - 22/10/2016
Christian Scott
 West of the West
Florian Pelissier Quintet
Gerard Presencer
Another Weirdo
Horace Silver
 The Natives Are Restless Tonight (Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
In Common
Neil Cowley Trio
 Kneel Down
Pauli Lyytinen Machinery
 Old Fisherman
Virva Quintet
Treasure Under Water
Djando a la Creole
 Riverboat Shuffle
Get the Blessing
Pat Metheny
Melanie Scholtz
 For you
Melanie Scholtz Interview
 Part 1
Melanie Scholtz
 listen to the birds
Dave Bradshaw Jr
 Guys Night Out
Peter White
 Do I Do
Vertice Williams
Will Sumner

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Melanie Scholtz All You Need To Know

Melanie Scholtz is a South African born, award winning jazz singer and composer. Playing piano since the age of 5, she went on to study classical singing at the Eoan Group before completing an Opera Diploma  Cum Laude  at the University of Cape Town in 2000. Melanie has released 5 albums under her own name thus far as well as collaborating with many South African and international  jazz artists.

In 2012, Melanie won all three prizes in the prestigious Jazz Revelations competition as part of the Jazz a Juan Festival held in Nice, France. She was invited to be part of the festival programme in 2013.

Melanie tours regularly to the Czech Republic and has also performed in Norway, France, Germany,Slovakia, Holland, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. She has been involved in the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown for the past 6 years as a performer and teacher as well as with the Artscape Youth Jazz programme since 2006. Melanie has also lectured at the University of Cape Town from 2004-2005. In 2010, Melanie was named the Standard Bank Young Artist for jazz and continues to be involved in upcoming projects and recordings involving other Young Artist Award recipients. She has also shared an impromptu duet with Bobby McFerrin during his show at Anjazz jazz festival in May 2011 and  was also invited as part of the Joy of Jazz festival in Aug 2012, to guest with Kurt Elling.

In 2013, Melanie launched Freedom’s child. Freedom’s child is a collaborative project with iconic poet James Matthews marrying poetry and jazz. Also in 2013, Melanie released her full length solo offering, produced by Bokani Dyer called “Our Time”.

The release of her two latest recordings was followed by a very successful Christmas tour to the Czech Republic in  Dec 2013.

It has been said about Melanie Scholtz’s music that it is like a ‘best friend’ and listeners are always inspired by her musical honesty. This South African artist will continue to captivate listeners with her original and unique sound.

Track Listings for The Boogie Wonderland Show 20th October 2016

Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland show dated 20th October 2016. A link to the show can be found here:

The Boogie Wonderland Show -20/10/2016 Playlist
 Boogie Nights
Quincy Jones
George Benson
 Love X Love (1980)
Patti Austin and James Ingram
 Baby come to me
Quicy Jones
 The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)
Manhattan Transfer
 Spice Of Life  (1984)
Quincy Jones
 Sometin' Special
Michael Jackson
 Off the wall
Rufus & Chaka Khan
 Live In Me
Bob James
 Sign Of The Times
Second Image
 Lights Out (1985)
The Brothers Johnson
George Benson
 Give Me The Night
Melanie Scholtz
 listen to the birds
Melanie Scholtz Interview
 Part 1
Melanie Scholtz
 Weave me a fantasy
Melanie Scholtz Interview
 Part 2
Melanie Scholtz
 Our Time (Featuring Jitsvinger)a
Melanie Scholtz Interview
 Part 3
Melanie Scholtz
 Simple Melody
Melanie Scholtz Interview
 Part 4
Melanie Scholtz
 Can I
Melanie Scholtz Interview
 Part 5
Melanie Scholtz
 For you
Phil Perry
 Feelin You
Vertice Williams
 09 All In The Name Of Love
Nu Shooz
 Real Thing
Ryle ft. Gregers
 Busy Dreamin'
Resolution 88
 Tuggin' The Pug
Love So Fine (Behind Groove Mix)
 So I Can Have You Back
 Never Giving Up
Marc Hartman
 We Are Free
 Midnight & Lime
Jones Girls
Dance Turned To Romance (Maurro Mix)(Rebounce)