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Lofiles is a music and mp3 blog contains a collection of songs I love. MP3s are for sampling purposes only. If you like the music as much as I do, please go out and buy the records! .If you have a complaint about the ownership of a track, please contact me directly and I will be happy to take it down ASAP.
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Yakinton

February 16th, 2009

…”As a marimba soloist, Asaf Roth has performed in the US (New York’s Lincoln center, Philadelphia art museum, Stanford University), Russia (the Bolshoi theater in Moscow), Taiwan, Germany, Czech Republic, Israel and elsewhere.The marimba has many homes. Africa, Mexico, Guatamala and Japan are its historical natural habitats. Such diverse and exotic origins are part of what give the marimba its character – a musically eclectic, border-crossing instrument. It is not a coincidence that an eclectic, border-crossing musician such as Asaf Roth was drawn with such passion to the marimba and brought it to the stage front as a solo instrument.

Asaf Roth was born and raised in Israel, growing up into a multitude of musical influences. Those,  with his western classical training , form his own voice as a musician.

The music written for marimba is versatile – classical, Ethnic, contemporary, Latin and Brazilian. even so, the pieces written especially for marimba are rare. because of this, Asaf has developed a unique approach to repertoire. One which allows him to make musical selections that are not accustomed to standard marimba playing”… (Edited by S.Son )

I have seen him play a street show accompanied by drummer / percussionist and bought his disc. This the Yakinton song, a kid song our parents sang to us while growing up, and Asaf wrote and plays variations on the theme.

Yakinton_variations


Tell me who

February 16th, 2009

 

Big Bill Broonzy-“…the best-selling blues singer on Vocalion’s ‘race’ records, which is the musical trade designation for American Negro music that is so good that only the Negro people can be expected to buy it.”
According to Harry “Sweets” Edison, a Trumpeter with the Count Basie Orchestra, attending a concert of Bill in Carnegie Hall, Big Bill was so overwhelmed by the audience response that he failed to move back stage as the curtain came down and got caught in front of it. Later, according to Edison) perhaps not realising he had to do a number in the second half of the concert,he was found to have left the Carnegie Hall and caught a bus home.
Oh man, listen to Big Bill and his Martin model ooo28 on “Tell me who”

Tell_me_who


Conte De L`incroyable Amour

February 16th, 2009

Anouar Brahem began his studies of the oud, the lute of Arab world, at the age of 10 at the Tunis National Conservatory of Music, where his principal teacher was the oud master Ali Sriti. An exeptional student, by the age of 15 Brahem was playing regularly with local orchestras.
At 18 he decided to devote himself entirely to music. For four consecutive years Ali Sriti received him at home every day and continued to transmit to him the modes, subtleties and secrets of Arab classical music. Little by little Brahem began to broaden his field of listening to include other musical expressions, then jazz began to command his attention. In 1981, his departure for Paris, enabled him to meet musicians from very different genres. He remained for four years, composing extensively, notably for Tunisian cinema and theatre.
He collaborated with Maurice Béjart for his ballet “Thalassa Mare Nostrum” and with Gabriel Yared as lutist for Costa Gavras’ film “Hanna K.”
In 1987, he was appointed director of the Musical Ensemble of the City of Tunis (EMVT). Instead of keeping the large existing orchestra, he broke it up into formations of a variable size, giving it new orientations: One year in a new direction of creation and the next towards traditional music. The main productions were “Leïlatou Tayer” (1988) and “El Hizam El Dhahbi” (1989) along with the line of his early instrumental work. In those compositions, he remained within the traditional modal space, although he transformed its references. His music has absorbed the Mediterranean, African and Far-Eastern heritages, and touched European music and jazz.
In 1994 he recorded “Madar” with the Norwegian saxophonist, Jan Garbarek and Pakistani master of tablas, Shaukat Hussain.
Three years later Anouar Brahem was back in the studio to pick up where he had left off with Madar, accompanied by two great musicians, of the ECM label for the last thirty years, sax player John Surman and bass player Dave Holland.
Today, Anouar Brahem is back with a personal album. In a trio, again, with the pianist François Couturier, and, with the accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier, Anouar Brahem gives us a beautiful if a little melancholic album.   Etincelles


Mi myself & L`au

February 16th, 2009

Mi & L`au – Former model Mira Romantschuk, who is Finnish, and French soundtrack musician Laurent Leclère fell in love in Paris a few years back, then moved to a woodland cabin outside Helsinki, where for four years they lived simply, writing spare songs that do more with space and silence than with notes and words. I guess that is what caught my ear, the silence between, the space in their music, that`s what makes it so effective. Not recommended for those who have suicidal tendencies but I just love it.

Christmas_soul


Eccentric?

February 15th, 2009

 Know nothing about Martin Tielli, just a recommendation od my favorites, The be good Tanyas, and I heard this compostion/ song of his and loved his playing and acoustic sound.

The bridge


Seeds of love

February 15th, 2009

 

Luna Seeds are producer/ musician / songwriter Andy Barlow ( Lamb ) and singer songwriter Carrie Tree. Usually I prefer rougher singers, I like feel better than perfect performance. Maybe Carrie can get too theatrical with her voice sometimes, but her control over her voice, almost as an instrument is quite impressive. Together with Barlow`s amazing production feel and abilities ( listen to Fink – a must ), they have succeeded in creating a minimal yet very strong compositions. Inside her tears


Sequenza # 11

February 15th, 2009

 

I have heard about Luciano Berio not because he was one of the most important modern experimental composers and electronic music pioneers ( among them Stockhausen, Piere Boulez, Steve Reich and John Cage.), but he was simply married to my wife`s cousin, Talia, a musicologist. The first thing I have heard from him, a guitar piece of a series of 18 solo instrument works called Sequenza. This one, the 11th was recorded in 1987.

Sequenza # 11


Chicken Strut

February 15th, 2009

 

 

 

While working in NYC on Hip Hop records during the 80`s – 90`s, one of the most abused record labels we took samples and beat parts and snr drum samples off of was Stax. The main reason was a band on that label called The Meters. You would recognized their sparse, tight, dry funky sound the minute you heard it. We have sampled Joseph` Modeliste and Russell Batiste snare hits and parts like madmen and so did most hard core east coast hip hop producers. This New Orleans funk band was a session band for many artists as well, artists like Dr John, Paul McCartney, Labelle, Robert Palmer, Bob Dylan and Edie Brickell. Just_kissed_my_baby


Zula – New at lofiles.org

February 15th, 2009

Check out my little weekend project titled Zula:


Zula – New at Lofiles

February 14th, 2009

Yesterday was a beautiful warm sunny winter day and I was in the mood to go out feel the warmth of the winter sun. Lately I have realized that although I have been living in this hood for over 2 years there are all those wonderful cozy little streets I have never explored so I figured it would be the perfect day to do so and took a camera with me. I have decided to call this adventure Zula ( zula is a word in Hebrew slang and has few meanings. One of them is a cozy place to chill out. ) Since I prefer the funky looking, the rough, ragged and raw over the new and expensive looking, most photos I have taken are images of the older small houses in the hood. Most houses I photographed are the ones I could live in and be inspired… Go directly to Zula