INNER RHYME - Layale Chaker (2019)
Layale Chaker & Sarafand
Violinist and composer Layale Chaker's debut album "Inner Rhyme" is woven as a suite that explores aesthetics of Arabic poetry. Composed between Beirut, Paris and London over the past two years and recorded in New York over the summer of 2018, the album unveils musical threads that are mapped through the rhythmical cycles of the twelve classical Arabic poetic meters, the fluidity of oral and free forms, the abstraction of language into the physical contour of verses and the percussive potential of words.
Beyond expression, the composition process tries to capture the shape and essence of epic testimonials on life, death, war and love that make the heart of Arabic poetry.
"Inner Rhyme" was awarded the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture 2018 Grant.
J.S. BACH SONATAS & PARTITAS FOR VIOLIN - Johnny Gandelsman (2018)
Debut solo recording by Johnny Gandelsman, critically acclaimed violinist of Brooklyn Rider and The Silkroad Ensemble.
With 10 years producing and recording albums for Brooklyn Rider and Yo-Yo Ma's Silkroad Ensemble, Johnny Gandelsman releases a debut solo album.
Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo are a magnificent repertoire for Gandelsman's interpretations, which draw on his experiences with Silkroad,Brooklyn Rider, dance and non-classical musicians to add rich layers to Bach's music.
THE VIETNAM WAR - Sikroad & Yo-Yo Ma (2017)
Traditional Vietnamese songs arranged by the Grammy awarded Silkroad Ensemble from the PBS film The ""Vietnam War: A Film By Ken Burns & Lynn Novick."
Bonus track features Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vanessa Van-Anh Vo, and Grammy-winning rising star of Folk, Sarah Jarosz, in a stripped down instrumental rendition of 'We Shall Overcome', performed on the Dan Bau (Vietnamese Zither) and Mandolin.
Following their Grammy-winning album, Sing Me Home, The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma return with music for Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's astounding 10-part documentary film, The Vietnam War. The recording features traditional and popular Vietnamese songs, arranged by members of Silkroad Ensemble, as well as improvisations inspired by the film. Featured artists are Shawn Conley (Bass), Nicholas Cords (Viola), Haruka Fujii (Arranging, Marimba), Johnny Gandelsman (Producer, Violin), Colin Jacobsen (Violin), Kayhan Kalhor (Shah-Kaman), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello, Artistic Director), Cristina Pato (Piano), Shane Shanahan (Percussion), Kojiro Umezaki (Arranging, Shakuhachi), Wu Man (Pipa), Wu Tong (Bawu, Sheng), and Evan Ziporyn (Arranging, Clarinet)
SPONTANEOUS SYMBOLS - Brooklyn Rider (2017)
To mark the 2017-18 season, Brooklyn Rider releases Spontaneous Symbols in October on In a Circle Records label. Featuring works written for and premiered by Brooklyn Rider, the album includes contributions from Tyondai Braxton, Evan Ziporyn, Paula Matthusen, Kyle Sanna, and Brooklyn Rider violinist Colin Jacobsen. To mark the release the group will tour the northeast, with stops in New York, Boston, and Baltimore performing music from the new album.