Chris Coole : Clawhammer banjo and more

Chris Coole got his first banjo when he was 17 years old after falling in love with the sounds of folk and early country music. Today, Chris is known internationally for his clawhammer banjo style, songwriting, and singing. Early on, Chris discovered the joys of busking. His practice halls were the streets and subway of … Continue reading Chris Coole : Clawhammer banjo and more

David Wolfson : Dual citizenship in the “classical” music world and the world of musical theatre

David Wolfson is a composer, music director, arranger, pianist and copyist who lives in New York City. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1985, and in that same year was the first recipient of the newly established Darius Milhaud Award and won the Bascom Little Fund’s Musical Theatre Composition Competition for his … Continue reading David Wolfson : Dual citizenship in the “classical” music world and the world of musical theatre

John Prine’s latest is among his best

On his first album of new songs in over 13 years, John Prine’s new songs on The Tree of Forgiveness are presented with ragged simplicity and homey cheer. Then the veteran tunesmith moves to songs of stark resolve. But, just as you think his world has gone off the cliff, Prine ends the record with … Continue reading John Prine’s latest is among his best

Zeno Baldi : Balancing the weight of sounds

Zeno Baldi is an Italian composer. He has written works for acoustic instruments and a variety of electronic devices. He is also active as a performer and sound designer for mixed media. His music has been presented at festivals such as London Ear Festival, Rondò (Milan), Firenze suona contemporanea, MATA (New York), and in venues … Continue reading Zeno Baldi : Balancing the weight of sounds

Van Morrison : You’re Driving Me Crazy

You’re Driving Me Crazy is the third album Van Morrison has released since September of 2017, when he delivered the hard-charging blues of Roll With the Punches. In December, he put out Versatile, an amiable collection grounded by standards that found him moving toward jazz. Morrison’s newest release delves even deeper into the genre, pairing the 1960s legend with jazz … Continue reading Van Morrison : You’re Driving Me Crazy

Balázs Horváth : Hungarian composer

Balázs Horváth was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1976. He studied composition at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest with Zoltán Jeney. He received his doctorate degree in composition at the same Academy in 2005, while teaching there as a senior lecturer. He also visited music seminars lead by Bryan Ferneyhough, Michael Jarrell, Marco … Continue reading Balázs Horváth : Hungarian composer

Mary Z. Cox : Banjoholic

Mary Z. Cox has been playing since she was twelve, and is a two time Florida champion. She has won old time music competitions on banjo, dulcimer, and string band in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee and was chosen by Banjo Newsletter readers in 2006 as the fourth favorite claw-hammer banjo player in … Continue reading Mary Z. Cox : Banjoholic