THE PAST: AK1200, America's original jungle/drum n bass don has been pushing the sound since the music's initial incarnation as hardcore breakbeat. As one of the U.S.'s original proponents of breakbeat music, AK started DJing in 1989, playing electro and other beat friendly music of that time.
Alasdair Fraser is a Scottish fiddler who is based in California and runs his own record label, Culburnie Records. He also founded the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle School, which has been attended by many of today's prominent young fiddlers, including Hanneke Cassel, Laura Risk, Athena Tergis, Brittany Haas, and Lissa Schneckenburger. He has often collaborated with pianist Paul Machlis and Scottish guitarist Tom McManus, among others.
Altan is an Irish folk and traditional music group, which formed in Gweedore, County Donegal in 1987. The popular outfit, who are led by the world-renowned fiddler and vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, have been driven by many critically acclaimed albums and a relentless touring schedule. They emerged during the 1990s as one of Ireland’s premiere traditional musical groups and have since sold millions of records worldwide.
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Anoushka Shankar (अनुष्का शंकर) (b. 1981), is a sitar player and composer from India. She is the daughter of Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar player, and Sukanya Shankar. She began playing sitar under her fathers guidance at the age of nine and blossomed into a wonderful musician.
Beats Antique creates a definitive union between the old and new. Tribal Derivations is centered in Middle Eastern bellydance, down tempo hip hop, old school jazz, classical Indian and North African Gnawa music. Zoe Jakes, an innovative tribal and tribal fusion belly dancer, has co-produced, with Sidecar Tommy and David Satori, a refreshing musical take on an antique aesthetic. From http://www.
Celtic Woman is a musical group from Dublin, Ireland comprising five irish women with a repertoire that ranges from traditional Celtic tunes to modern songs. Current members include the three vocalists Máiréad Carlin, Susan McFadden, Lisa Lambe and the violinist Máiréad Nesbitt. Deirdre Shannon sang with the group during Ní Mhaolchatha's pregnancy in 2005-2006. Hayley Westenra, a New Zealander of Irish descent, sang with the group during its 2006-2007 tour as its sixth member.
When describing Cherish the Ladies, the critics say it best; "It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do", the Boston Globe, "An astonishing array of virtuosity", the Washington Post, "Expands the annals of Irish music in America, the music is passionate, tender and rambunctious", The New York Times and for the past twenty-seven years, Cherish the Ladies have proven themselves worthy to live up to these accolades and in doing so have become one of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Irish music.
Crooked Still is a self-styled alternative bluegrass band consisting of vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, cellist Tristan Clarridge, fiddler Brittany Haas, banjo player Dr. Gregory Liszt, and bassist Corey DiMario. They are known for their high energy, technical skill, unique instrumentation and innovative acoustic style. O'Donovan and DiMario met at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in spring of 2001.
Danú is an Irish traditional music band based in County Waterford, Ireland. First meeting in Waterford in 1994, it was after performing in the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in 2005 that the group decided to consolidate as a band. They play both traditional and original tunes and bring much energy to their music. Danu features Benny McCarthy on accordion, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh on vocals and tin whistle, Tom Doorley on flutes, whistles, and vocals, Eamon Doorley on bouzouki and fiddle, Donnchadh Gough on bodhran and uilleann pipes, Dónal Clancy on guitar, and Oisin McAuley on fiddle and vocals.
There are three artists under the name Dervish: 1.) An Irish traditional music band formed in 1989 by a group of five musicians: Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Martin McGinley, Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes. Their first album was The Boys of Sligo, but it was the album Harmony Hill which won them widespread critical acclaim and was described by many as a landmark Irish traditional album. 1991 singer and bodhran player Cathy Jordan joined the band.
Eileen Ivers is an Irish-American musician.
While Fushu Daiko is made up of many nationalities and backgrouds, we are drawn together by the sound of Taiko Drumming and the spirit of Japanese Culture. Through the sounds and dynamic energy of Taiko, Fushu Daiko wishes to create a sense of connection in the hearts and minds of everyone who is reached by our beat.
Gaelic Storm is a highly-acclaimed Celtic band. Their music ranges from traditional Irish and Scottish music to original tunes, in both the Celtic traditions. Gaelic Storm's origins can be traced back to 1996, when Patrick Murphy and Steve Wehmeyer joined with Steve Twigger and Uillean piper Brian Walsh to perform at O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Santa Monica, California, of which Murphy was the manager. This led to a number of pub performances for the next year.
George Dalaras (Greek: Γιώργος Νταλάρας), also sometimes transliterated as Yorgos or Giorgos Ntalaras, is a Greek singer. He was born in Nea Kokinia, Piraeus on 29th September 1949. His father was Loukas Daralas (Λουκάς Νταράλας), a famous singer of rembetika. Much of Dalaras’ work is dedicated to the history of the Cypriot political situation.
Googoosh (Persian : ﮔﻮﮔﻮش , born on 5th May 1950 (15th Ordibehesht 1329)) is an Iranian pop singer and former actress. Her career in the performing arts has spanned 5 decades. Following a 21-year performing ban imposed by the conservative government of Iran (where she continued to live following the 1979 Islamic revolution), Googoosh finally left the country in 2000 to undertake a world tour, re-establishing her status as the most successful Iranian artist of all time.
Barry Flanagan and Keli'i Ho'omalu Kaneali'i combine to form a lush and harmonic fresh new approach to Hawaiian music. They add the modern touches to the traditional Hawaiian music and have received several awards internationally. "HAPA" is pidgin for "half"--Barry Flannagan is not Hawaiian and Keli'i Ho'omalu Kaneali'i is. In the past they have teamed up with such greats as Steven Stills.
Hiromi Uehara (上原ひろみ, born 26 March 1979) is a Japanese jazz composer and pianist. She is known for her virtuosic technique, energetic live performances and blend of jazz with other musical genres such as progressive rock, classical and fusion in her compositions. She performs as a trio alongside bassist Tony Grey and drummer Martin Valihora. On October 19, 2006, the trio added guitarist David Fiuczynski (from the Screaming Headless Torsos), to form Hiromi's Sonicbloom.
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Ivy Queen (born Martha Ivelisse Pesante on March 4, 1972 in Añasco, Puerto Rico) is a composer and singer known as "La Diva", "La Gata", "La Caballota", and "La Reina del Reggaeton", "The Queen of Reggaeton". Ivy's third album "Diva", was released in 2003. The songs were originally written by her and performed with the participation of various artists. At a young age Ivy's parents moved to New York where she was raised.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which was formed 1960 in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, have come to represent the traditional culture of South Africa. They are regarded as South Africa's cultural emissaries at home and around the world. They are a national treasure of the new South Africa in part because they embody the traditions suppressed in the old South Africa.
Leila Forouhar (Persian:لیلا فروهر), born April 16, 1961 in Isfahan, Iran, is a legendary Persian pop singer and actress whose popularity in countries like Iran and Tajikistan — but particularly Afghanistan — has spanned decades. She is a multi-talented star who is noted not only for her acting ability but also for her voice, dancing ability and beauty.
There is more than one artist with this name: 1) Luciano (born Jepther McClymont on October 20, 1964) is a Jamaican Roots Reggae artist. He first begun recording in 1992 under his first name Luciana, with his debut single "Ebony & Ivory" on the Aquarius Record label and followed with his debut album 'Moving Up' for RAS records in 1993. Luciano is the seventh of nine children and was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents while growing up in Daveyton, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica.
Lúnasa are an all-instrumental, acoustic group known for their exciting melodies and tunes, as well as their ability to combine the sounds of the fiddle, the flute, the uilleann pipes, the guitar, and the bass. Named after Lughnasadh, an ancient Irish harvest festival, Lúnasa was started when Seán Smyth, Trevor Hutchinson, and Donogh Hennessy briefly toured through Scandinavia in 1996. Upon their return to Ireland, they teamed up with Michael McGoldrick and John McSherry to record a few tracks for what would be their first album. In 1997, Kevin Crawford joined the group.
http://www.musicacristiana.fm Marcos Witt (born Jonathan Mark Witt,) is a four-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Christian artist. Marcos Witt is a book author, musician, pastor, singer-songwriter and conference speaker born in San Antonio, Texas but he considers himself as a Mexican, since he was raised in Durango, Mexico.
Mariza Nunes (born December 16, 1973 in Mozambique) is a fado singer-songwriter on the World Connection label. She moved to Portugal when she was three, and was raised in one of the most traditional quarters of Lisbon, Mouraria, where she learned how to sing fado. She has a Portuguese father but her mother is from Mozambique (the song Transparente is a tribute to her African grandmother). For the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 she collaborated with Sting for the duet "A Thousand Years", released on the official pop album of the Athens Olympics Unity...
Mary Fahl has an almost Opera-like voice, exploring the reaches of folk and soft new age rock music. She was originally with the band October Project from 1993 to about 1995 for 2 albums until they split up. Fahl's most recent solo album is called The Other Side of Time and was released in 2003. This work was a mix of pop, opera and folk.
Max Raabe (born Matthias Otto, December 12, 1962, Lünen, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German singer. He is most well known as the founder and leader of the Palast Orchester. Career: Raabe developed an interest in the sound of German dance and film music of the 1920s and 1930s, such as the songs of the Comedian Harmonists, from seeing old films on television and from his parents' record collection. He formally studied music at the Berlin University of the Arts, intending originally to become a baritone opera singer.
Miriam Yeung, RN, (born 3 February 1974) is a Hong Kong actress and Cantopop singer. Before entering the entertainment business, she was a registered nurse at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong. She studied at the Holy Family Canossian College Kowloon. She entered the entertainment industry after coming third in the TVB 14th annual New Talent Singing Awards competition in 1995, and has steadily gained popularity ever since.
Natalie MacMaster (born June 13, 1972) is an award-winning fiddler from the rural community of Troy in Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is one of the best-known musicians in the tradition of the driving cape breton fiddle music style, and has made a highly successful career as a touring musician, traveling to Europe and Asia and doing as many as 250 shows in a year. From a large musical family, she is the niece of Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster and the cousin of musicians Ashley MacIsaac and Andrea Beaton.
Natiruts are a popular reggae band formed in Brasília, Brazil in 1996. Alexandre Carlo invited his soccer friends from Brasilia city in order to begin a new band in Brazil's capital. They are Luis Mauricio (bass) and Bruno Dourado (percussion). Later, the group 'enlisted' some new members: Izabella Rocha (backing vocals) and Kiko Peres (solo electric guitar).
german Ottmar Liebert composes, performs and records music in a "nouveau flamenco" style, which mixes elements of flamenco with jazz, bossa nova, and other genres. Ottmar Liebert's music can be difficult to categorize, which is welcomed by the artist himself. It is usually placed in the new age section at record stores, or under world music from Spain. He has recorded with his band, Luna Negra, since 1990.
Patrizio Buanne grew up wanting to continue the tradition of being an Italian chef just like his father, who has first brought pizza from Napoli to Vienna in the late 60's. But it was his father Franco Buanne himself that said that he would probably chop his hands off- if he did. His parents didn't want that kind of life for their son, to work always evenings six days a week.
Founded in San Juan by bass player/composer Gary Núñez, Plena Libre is well into a 15-year voyage that has seen the orchestra re-invent the sound of Puerto Rico’s plena and bomba traditions. During that time, Gary and his group have recorded 12 stellar albums which have garnered four Grammy nominations. In taking their unparalleled live show to the world, the group has spread the gospel of their unique Afro-Rican sound on international jazz festival stages from Montreal to Milan and Denmark to Veracruz.
Salvatore, Knight Adamo, simply known as Adamo (born 1 November 1943, in Comiso, Sicily, Italy) is a Belgian – Italian composer and singer of ballads, mainly in French, but also in other languages such as German, Italian and Spanish. He had commercial success during the 1960s and 1970s, mostly in Europe and Latin America, but also in Japan and the United States. Now he lives in Belgium. He is of Sicilian/Italian ancestry.
The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra is one of Scotland’s foremost traditional music organisations. The Orchestra was formed in 1980, deriving its origins from Fiddlers’ Rallies which were – and are – held throughout Scotland. After one of these Rallies, a group of enthusiasts met to consider the formation of an orchestra which would draw its members from “a’ the airts” and would form a cohesive, vigorously rehearsed group of musicians.
See Sérgio Mendes. Sérgio Santos Mendes (born Niteroi, 11 February 1941) is a Brazilian musician. Born the son of a physician in Niteroi, Brazil, Mendes attended the local conservatory with hopes of becoming a classical pianist. As his interest in jazz grew, he started playing in nightclubs in the late-1950s just as bossa nova, a jazz-inflected derivative of samba, was taking off.
Seu Jorge (born June 8, 1970) (Portuguese: IPA: [ˈsew ˈʒɔxʒi]) is a Brazilian musician, singer, songwriter and actor. Born Jorge Mário da Silva, he was raised in a favela in the city of Belford Roxo in the Baixada Fluminense region of Rio de Janeiro state. He is considered by his fans to be a renewer of Brazilian pop samba. Seu Jorge cites the samba school Estação Primeira de Mangueira, composers Nelson Cavaquinho, Zeca Pagodinho, and American soul singer Stevie Wonder as major musical influences.
Probably the UK's most highly-regarded roots reggae outfit, Steel Pulse originally formed at Handsworth Wood Boys School, Birmingham, and comprised David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals) and Ronnie McQueen (bass). However, it is Hinds who, as songwriter, has always been the engine behind Steel Pulse, from their early days establishing themselves in the Birmingham club scene onwards. Formed in 1975, their debut release, 'Kibudu, Mansetta And Abuku" arrived on the small independent label Dip, and linked the plight of urban black youth with the image of a greater African homeland. They followed it with 'Nyah Love' for Anchor.
Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble that has been producing music for more than thirty years. Although the members of the group have changed over time, the music of Sweet Honey in the Rock has consistently combined contemporary rhythms and narratives with a musical style rooted in the gospel music, spirituals and hymns of the Black church. Sweet Honey in the Rock was founded in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon who formed the group out of the strongest singers from a vocal workshop she was teaching with the D.
The Ten Tenors formed while the members were pursuing opera studies at University during the mid-90s. After performing at corporate galas through their university days, in their final year at the Conservatorium, The Ten Tenors finally did what they'd always joked about - they created a show full of laughs, fun, cheeky camaraderie, and most incredibly, truly beautiful music and they hit the road. It was a risk, since they were self-funded and were absent without leave from the Opera School; clearly it was a risk that paid off. The thing they were 'onto' kept growing and growing, with relentless touring through the Australian outback honing the group's skills, in music and comedy.
The Celtic Tenors began life as the Three Irish Tenors on RTE's Theatre Nights on October 1995. The group at that time consisted of James Nelson, Niall Morris and Paul Hennessey.
The High Kings is an Irish ballad group formed by the same creators as Celtic Woman. Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey, and Darren Holden make up the group.
A popular and long-running Canadian-Irish folk group that saw their beginning in the 1960s, The Irish Rovers are particularly well-known for their hit recording of Shel Silverstein's "The Unicorn," although a great many more of their characteristically happy and oft-comical songs remain well-known to this day. In 2010, the band celebrated 45 years as recording artists, with their latest CD, "Gracehill Fair" and filming the DVD/television special "Home in Ireland", shot entirely on-location, throughout the northwest coast of Ireland.
The Irish Tenors started in 1998 by television producer, Bill Hughes, for a of PBS special The Irish Tenors. They have since recorded 5 PBS specials and 7 albums. The group's current line-up is Anthony Kearns, Finbar Wright, and Karl Scully. Bill Hughes formed the idea of a trio of Irish tenors during a Cannes festival at which the famous Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Plácido Domingo were performing.
The Klezmatics are an American klezmer band based in New York City. Formed in New York's East Village in 1986, the band plays an updated form of the music, mixing it with other musical traditions, singing in English and Yiddish. They have also participated in cross-cultural collaborations, most notably with the Palestinian musician Simon Shaheen.
Ustad Zakir Hussain (born 9 March 1951), son of tabla player Ustad Allah Rakha, is the most famous classical tabla player in India (and, probably, in the world) today. He is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large. He has won many awards and much recognition for his contributions. Zakir Hussain has worked with many leading Western and Indian artists, and has produced many works of East-West fusion, perhaps most notably with George Harrison.