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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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Risk of change

January 21st, 2011

MOKB say, ..” And if you haven’t heard ‘Risk Of Change’ by Holcombe Waller yet, please remedy that situation immediately”…. And you`d better believe that..

Risk_of_Change


God only knows

January 21st, 2011

After Bowie did his version of ‘God only knows’, originally, a Beach boys song, I have found it hard to believe someone will cover this song and get away with it. You got to admit Kiersten Holine did a great job with this bare acoustic version, and we likkkkkkke it.

God_Only_Knows


Ghoul`s out

January 10th, 2011

Thinguma*jigsaw  define their artistic niche or genre as Splatterfolk. That means, combining influences from the darker domains of Irish/British/American/Scandinavian folk-music with contemporary art music. We don’t argue with them about that, and they sound real nice, at least the 2 songs we have heard through NFOP`s Hypem, coming from their latest recording ‘Ghoul`s out’. (Listen to ‘Ghoul`s out‘ & ‘The perfidious Sarcophagus’)


Dustin O’Halloran

December 17th, 2010

…”I live on two sides of an ocean. I also have a musical project named Devics with Sara Lov. Most days I am locked away in the studio. I am always searching for new recipes and a piano that speaks to me”….

Dustin has been just signed to Fatcat`s 130701 imprint.

We_Move_Lightly


Fatcat new signing

December 17th, 2010

Fatcat has signed Jóhann Jóhannsson, an Icelandic musician, composer, producer and an active member of the country’s artistic community (as co-founder of the Kitchen Motors label / Think tank / art collective, founder member of Apparat Organ Quartet and also as a serial collaborator).

Odi_et_Amo


The Nisco pages

December 6th, 2010

The deadly fire that have raged for 4 days in the northern part of Israel, took the lives of 41 people.

The blaze, the worst in Israel’s history consumed about 10,000 acres of forest and about four million trees.

One of villages that were severely damaged was Ein Hod, an artist village located at the foot of the Carmel mountain.

About a year ago I have discovered a gem located just outside the village in a wild looking house viewing the Mediterranean sea. The Nisco museum of music boxes and mechanical music, the life work of Nissan Cohen, who I have met in New York, when he had this wonderful store on the upper west side, a shop called The Last Wound Up.. This amazing place contains one of the finest collections of antique music boxes and other mechanical musical instruments. The collection that has been accumulated and very well maintained over 40 years by Nissan Cohen, the founder,  and contains music boxes, hurdy gurdies, an automatic organ, player pianos, 150 year old manivelles, the oldest gramophones you have ever seen, hand operated player pianos and many other antique and peculiar musical instruments.

The master himself conducted on the grand tour which had comprised of  a demonstration, a fascinating lecture and a concert. You were granted the rare opportunity to hear those heavenly instruments and were exposed to sounds you had never heard before.

The museum was completely burned and destroyed by the fire and my documentation of each and every instrument of this amazing collection, might be the only full documentation left of Nissan`s life work.

Go to The Nisco pages


Gypsies

November 25th, 2010

I have just heard a Django Reinhardt track, and remembered having heard those 2 local artists playing at a radio station in Tel Aviv, one band is Swing De Gitanes, and they are on a Django Reinhardt successors mission, 2 classical guitars and upright bass, and the other one is violinist Mirel Reznik, a Klezmer Gipsy master, playing a violin guitar swinging piece. This is the actual broadcast session.

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Swing_De_Gitanes


East meets West

November 22nd, 2010

We have shot a 30 minutes film of the New Andalusian orchestra during sound check before a concert in one of the most important auditoriums in Israel. It is fascinating to see these great musicians, so different in mentality and approach to music and life. Most of the musicians play from sheet music on classical western instruments- Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass and Oboe. These are accompanied by a traditional ensemble of classic eastern instruments- Oud, Kamanja (knee violin), Kanoun, Ney, Darbuka and Tar all of whom play without sheet music, through the knowledge that has been passed on to them from hundreds of generations. TO watch all three parts.


The new Andalusian orchestra

November 20th, 2010

The New Andalusian Orchestra is the successor of the previous Israeli Andalusian Orchestra which had been terminated in February 2009 due to the dismissal of all musicians and workers, most of whom refused to be dissuaded and therefore continued to hold rehearsals and concerts in a steadfast struggle for government recognition and public funding.

This struggle was met with success when the Israeli Ministry of Culture granted the orchestra recognition on February 28, 2010. This was accompanied by the decision to retroactively fund the orchestra for their activities in 2009 and to veto the Ashdod Municipality’s petition to transfer these funds to their service.

Most of the musicians play from sheet music on classical western instruments- Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass and Oboe. These are accompanied by a traditional ensemble of classic eastern instruments- oud, Kamanja (knee violin), Kanoun, Ney, Darbuka and tar all of whom play without sheet music, through the knowledge that has been passed on to them from hundreds of generations.

In a week or so we`ll bring to you a filmed general rehersal that took place before a special event in the memory of Joe Amar. This rehearsal was filmed with a consumer videocam using the camera`s mic only.


The Pantaleimon Lofiles interview

October 20th, 2010

Although we have never met her in person, she seems like one of the sweetest, most gentle people you`ll ever come across. When I was first introduced to her wonderful music, it called to mind thoughts of innocence, naivety, somewhat child-like and pure, like a kid’s behavior, something yet untarnished by this world.

Andria Degens, aka Pantaleimon, lives by the ocean, in the small town of Hastings, England, and from the little I have seen of this small town, I can envision her sitting by the fireplace in her cozy home, watching the ocean and working on her new album. Her music, to those of you who never heard of her, is minimalistic, hypnotic, and mostly acoustic, like a soundtrack for the Yoga classes she has been teaching, where the spaces between the played notes are as important as the voices you hear. On ‘Trees Hold Time’, her 1999 mostly instrumental album, she demonstrated her Appalachian Dulcimer playing technique, an instrument she had mastered for two and a half years while in Southeast Asia. On ‘Mercy Oceans’, her 2nd album, released in 2005, she added her clear, angelic soft voice to a bunch of great songs (listen to ‘We Love’ and ‘At Dawn’), and few years later she released a different version of Mercy Oceans entitled ‘Heart of the Sun’, a collaborative unique ‘remix’ project that sounds like a great Eno ambient record with Pantaleimon’s added value to it, with contributions from all those friends and musicians, such as Collin Potter, Susan Stenger, Andrew W.K, and Strings of Consciousness. In between recording she has kept herself busy performing as Pantaleimon all over Europe with Antony and the Johnsons, James Blackshaw, Six Organs of Admittance, Matt Sweeney and Bonnie Prince Billy, as well as collaborations with Current 93, Hugo Race, and Susan Stenger to name a few. ‘Tall Trees’ was a gorgeous EP CD released by the Abaton book company, a follow up to ‘Heart of the Sun’. Her plans for the near future are to continue recoding her up and coming album and as she says on her site`s news section…” Follow your heart and have faith”…

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