Bastille (stylised as BΔSTILLE) is a British band formed in 2010. The group began as a solo project by lead vocalist Dan Smith, but later expanded to include keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bassist and guitarist Will Farquarson and drummer Chris Wood. The name of the band derives from Bastille Day, which is celebrated on 14 July, the date of Smith’s birthday.
After an independently released debut single and a self-released EP, the band signed to Virgin Records. Their first studio album, Bad Blood, was released in March 2013 and entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and included the hit single “Pompeii” which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. The band was nominated for four Brit Awards at the 2014 ceremony, winning the British Breakthrough Act. As of February 2019, Bastille have sold over nine million records worldwide. (Wikipedia)
Vox Clamantis (“the voice of one crying out”) is a Latin poem of 10,265 lines in elegiac couplets by John Gower (1330 – October 1408) . The first of the seven books is a dream vision giving a vivid account of the Peasants’ Rebellion of 1381. Macaulay described the remaining books: “The general plan of the author is to describe the condition of society and of the various degrees of men, much as in the latter portion of the Speculum Meditantis.” Fisher concludes that books II-V were written in the 1370s while the author was writing similar passages in Mirour de l’Omme. (Wikipedia)
Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra (BGKO) during their Creative Retreat in Fundació La Plana (near Barcelona), rehearsing new songs for their 2019 lnternational Tours and experimenting in their constant exploration of the roots of traditional music of the Balkans, Gipsies and Jewish of Eastern Europe, with original brush strokes which come from their rich and varied musical and cultural background, with an undoubted passion. (Youtube Description)
‘Geamparalele’ is a popular Romanian dance in three times, characterized by lively movements. Below a version of it, sang by Romanian singer Elena Roizen.
Another meaning of the term is ‘castanets’, which are a known as clackers or palillos, are a percussion instrument (idiophone), used in Spanish, Kalo, Moorish.
The instrument consists of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by a string. They are held in the hand and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents or a ripping or rattling sound consisting of a rapid series of clicks. They are traditionally made of hardwood (chestnut; Spanish: castaño), although fibreglass is becoming increasingly popular.
In practice a player usually uses two pairs of castanets. One pair is held in each hand, with the string hooked over the thumb and the castanets resting on the palm with the fingers bent over to support the other side. Each pair will make a sound of a slightly different pitch (Wikipedia).
Paolo Buonvino (born 1970) is an Italian composer, conductor and music arranger. Born in Scordia, Catania, Buonvino graduated in piano at the Conservatory Francesco Cilea in Reggio Calabria, then he started his career as a musical assistant of Franco Battiato. From late 1990s, he began to compose film scores and in 1999 he won the Cam/Rota Prize. In 2008 he won a David di Donatello for best score and a Nastro d’Argento in the same category for the film Quiet Chaos. In 2009 he won a second Nastro d’Argento for the score of the film Italians. He also collaborated with singers Dolores O’Riordan, Carmen Consoli, Elisa, Negramaro, Jovanotti and others. His most recent work is a feature of a collaboration with Skin in the opening theme of Medici: Masters of Florence on Netflix. (Wikipedia)
Medici: Masters of Florence (S1) – Trailer
Medici: Masters of Florence (S2) – Trailer
Ludovico Maria Enrico Einaudi OMRI (born 23 November 1955) is an Italian pianist and composer. Trained at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, Einaudi began his career as a classical composer, later incorporating other styles and genres such as pop, rock, folk, and world music.
Einaudi composed the scores for a number of films and trailers, including This Is England, The Intouchables and I’m Still Here, the TV miniseries Doctor Zhivago, and Acquario in 1996, for which he won the Grolla d’oro for best soundtrack. He has also released a number of solo albums of piano and orchestra, notably I Giorni in 2001, Nightbook in 2009, and In a Time Lapse in 2013. Taranta Project, a collaborative album, was released in May 2015, and Elements was released in October 2015. (Wikipedia)
Il Divo has stood out for its mixture of opera in songs of different genres, thus becoming an icon of the crossover groups of classical music. Since its debut in 2004, the group comprising the Spanish Carlos Marin, the Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, the Frenchman Sebastien Izambard and the American tenor David Miller, triumphed on the most important stages around the world and have sold millions of records as throughout his career.
Currently, Il Divo returns with a unique and unique material that brings together the songs of love and romance of all times.
For the past 15 years, at Il Divo we have taken songs from a wide variety of genres and made them unmistakably ours. Now we wanted to make a tournament through time and overcome all the differences between the styles of different areas, with Urs, when talking about the preparations of “Timeless”. More on their official website.
“This album represents our tribute to the eternal nature of all music…” declared David.
Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963) is an American adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician and record producer who has sold over 30 million records. He had a stream of hit singles in the late 1980s and 1990s, including “Endless Summer Nights”, “Right Here Waiting”, “Now and Forever”, “Hazard” and “At the Beginning” with Donna Lewis. Although some of his major hit songs were ballads, many of his songs have had a classic rock style, such as “Don’t Mean Nothing”, “Should’ve Known Better”, “Satisfied”, and “Too Late to Say Goodbye”. (Wikipedia)
Original version of ‘Right Here Waiting’:
Ólafur Arnalds (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈouːlavʏr ˈarnals]; born 3 November 1986) is an Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer from Mosfellsbær, Iceland. Ólafur Arnalds mixes strings and piano with loops and beats crossing over from ambient/electronic to pop. Ólafur was a drummer of hardcore / metal bands Fighting Shit, Celestine, and others.
In 2009, Ólafur also formed an experimental techno project, entitled Kiasmos, with Janus Rasmussen from the Icelandic electro-pop band Bloodgroup, announcing his electronic debut album in 2014. (Wikipedia)
Al Firdaus Ensemble based in Granada was founded in 2012 by the English violinist and singer Ali Keeler and includes musicians from England, Spain and Morocco.
The group takes its inspiration from the word Firdaus, which is the Arabic name, of Persian origin, for the most elevated abode in Paradise. The intercultural nature of this name reflects the character of the group in which musicians from different countries and cultural backgrounds are brought together with one purpose. Just as the musicians tune their instruments, so they need to tune their hearts to receive the inspiration of the moment and transmit that to the audience. The traditional Arabic term for this kind of music is sama` which could be translated as “the art of listening”. More on on their official website.
Meaning of ‘firdaus’:
Jannah (Arabic: جنّة Jannah; plural: Jannat), lit. “garden”, is the final abode of the righteous and the Islamic believers, but also the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Hawwa dwelt. Firdaws (Arabic: فردوس) is the literal term meaning paradise, but the Quran generally uses the term Jannah symbolically referring to paradise. However “Firdaus” also designates the highest layer of heaven. (Wikipedia)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the record-breaking 19 year-old British cellist who became a viral sensation after being personally invited by the Duchess of Sussex to perform at Royal Wedding in May 2018. He previously rose to fame as the first black musician to win BBC Young Musician in 2016 and winner of The Times South Bank Breakthrough award 2017. Performing regularly as a soloist and twice at the BAFTA awards, Sheku’s debut album ‘Inspiration’ was released early 2018.
Sheku’s version of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ went viral worldwide and he became the first BBC Young Musician winner to enter the Official UK Albums Chart with a debut recording, as well as the youngest cellist ever to reach the Top 20. He is one of this year’s biggest breakthrough artists – across any genre. (Youtube Video Description)
A live version of the original version of ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen:
The Kingdom Choir is an outstanding group of singers drawn from various Christian traditions in the South East area of England. They are an extraordinary talent who’s sound, energy and ability to execute have kept them in high demand nationally and internationally for well over a decade.
This unique group of seasoned and dedicated men and women deliver high quality performances time after time with their strong blend of choral discipline with the raw Gospel spiritual sound. (Facebook Description) More on their official website.
“Stand by Me” is a song, originally performed by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King, and written by King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. According to King, the title is derived from, and was inspired by, a spiritual written by Sam Cooke and J. W. Alexander called “Stand by Me Father,” recorded by the Soul Stirrers with Johnnie Taylor singing lead. The third line of the second verse of the former work derives from Psalm 46:2c/3c. (Wikipedia)
Max Richter (born 22 March 1966) is a West German-born British composer who has been an influential voice in post-minimalist composition and in the meeting of contemporary classical and alternative popular musical styles since the early 2000s. Richter is classically trained, having graduated in composition from the Royal Academy of Music and studied with Luciano Berio in Italy.
Richter is known for his prolific output: composing and recording his own music; writing for stage, opera, ballet and screen; producing and collaborating on the records of others; and collaborating with performance, installation and media artists. He has recorded eight solo albums and his music is widely used in cinema. (Wikipedia & More details on his official website).