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Havana Moon / Transatlantic Ensemble

Release Date: 08/12/2016
Label: Steinway & Sons Catalog #: 30052
Composer:  Paquito D'Rivera ,  Heitor Villa-Lobos ,  Miguel Del Aguila ,  Juan Pablo Jofre Performer:  Mariam Adam ,  Evelyn Ulex ,  Liana Gourdjia ,  J.P. Jofre Orchestra/Ensemble:  TransAtlantic Ensemble

This musical tour of the western hemisphere is illuminated by the TransAtlantic Ensemble and filled with visceral dance rhythms which spring to life with every touch of a key. The TransAtlantic Ensemble is pianist Evelyn Ulex and clarinetist Mariam Adam. The duo is known for their innovative repertoire, engaging stage presence, and dynamic sound. The duo, which hails from Berlin and New York, has been making music together since 2005.

R E V I E W S:

"Fusing classical and Latin jazz in a most classical way, this piano/clarinet duo with some of their pals added for color find that sweet spot where jazz and classical collide in a most sprightly fashion without losing any seriousness along the way. A lovely
Read more session that needed to be made, you have to be wrongheaded not to enjoy the fruits of these labors."

-- MidWest Record

"Havana Moon from Steinway & Sons mixes a couple of short, evocative, authentically Latinate piano works by Heitor Villa-Lobos with Latin-influenced pieces by three contemporary composers...Several of the pieces are world première recordings, and all are quite well handled by performers who are clearly comfortable playing “fusion” music whose Latin traditions blend with a mellow jazz sound and, frequently, pleasantly rhythmic dancelike melodies."

-- InfoDad

"Clarinettist Mariam Adam, a founding and former member Imani Winds, steps out with pianist Evelyn Ulex in their guise as the TransAtlantic Ensemble for a splendid voyage of discovery through the western hemisphere. The coolly virtuoso performances, lit by flashes of passion, reflect the musicians' close identification with the composers."

-- Gramophone [11/2016]

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