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BarcelonaJoyce DiDonato: Songplay, from classic to jazz

© Simon Pauly
Giordani, Caccini, Marcello, Paisiello, Ellington, Jones, Rodgers
Joyce DiDonato; Craig Terry; Chuck Israels; Charlie Porter

MadridJoyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato
Giordani, Wrubel, Torelli, Ellington, Shearing, Rodgers
Joyce DiDonato; Craig Terry; Chuck Israels; Charlie Porter

StockholmPictures at an Exhibition

Stockholms Konserthusstiftelse
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Catarina Skoog Aquilonius; Daniela Bonfiglioli; Emma de Frumerie; Joakim Agnas

BerlinCharles Lloyd: Sangam

Pierre Boulez Saal
Charles Lloyd; Eric Harland; Zakir Hussain

ViennaTurnage: Blood on the Floor

Turnage: Blood on the floor
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop; Wolfgang Muthspiel; Gerald Preinfalk; Manu Mayr; Lukas König

AmsterdamJoyce DiDonato: Songplay

© Simon van Boxtel
to be announced
Joyce DiDonato; Craig Terry; Chuck Israels; Charlie Porter

LondonMusic of Today: Tyshawn Sorey

© John Rogers
Lewis, Sorey
Philharmonia Orchestra; Tyshawn Sorey
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Oddballs and outcasts in the ballroom

In a former ballroom in the up-and-coming Neukölln district, the orchestra’s chamber ensemble presented an eccentric programme of music by oddballs and outcasts.
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Brandt Bauer Frick and Aufgang

Part of a festival exploring technological innovations moving “beyond” the piano, Aufgang and Brandt Brauer Frick presented an evening of music in Paris that didn’t reinvent the instrument in quite the expected way.
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Nonclassical at Scala

The centrepiece of Nonclassical’s “Pioneers of Percussion” festival was a rousing marathon of a concert at Scala, a large (mostly) rock venue near King’s Cross. It was a rich, varied, high-energy, happily chaotic affair that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.
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How it's done: John Zorn celebrates his 60th birthday at the Barbican

John Zorn doesn’t look 60. He looks 35, or whatever age it is where you’re still just about young enough to get away with wearing baggy camouflage pants. “And that’s how it’s done!” he yells through his mic at the end of the first half, over huge applause and cheering from this passionate Barbican audience.
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Nate Wooley's Seven Storey Mountain at Issue Project Room

Seven Storey Mountain, the title of Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s autobiography, is a reference to the mountain of purgatory in Dante’s Inferno. It is also, fittingly, the title of trumpeter Nate Wooley’s song cycle – meant to represent “a certain abandon found in religious practice within the confines of a composed work for instrumentalists”.
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A tribute to Dizzy Gilespie in Toronto: The Danilo Pérez Trio meets the Cecilia String Quartet

The Danilo Pérez Trio tribute to Dizzy Gillespie was many things, including an invitation to relax. It was also a showcase and world première for Camino de Cruces, Pérez’s contribution to the 500th anniversary celebration of the founding of Panama.
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Bach meets Fats Waller: Nigel Kennedy at Colston Hall, Bristol

The ever-eccentric Nigel Kennedy entered on stage in trainers, combat trousers, a pirate shirt with a shiny black jacket, and his staple punk hairstyle. Dressed as a rebel, his cheeky-chap persona grabbed the attention of the audience at Colston Hall for a night of Bach and Fats Waller in one.The set was different to that of most normal concerts.
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