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Chatting with musicians, composers and producers across all genres, from jazz to classical, from folk to rock and everything in between. This all started with a Quincy Jones quote I came across by chance during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown: “Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing." I'm so pleased to have interviewed - and will continue to interview - so many great musicians from around the world.
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Send us a Text Message. I was joined by Greek lyre virtuoso Theodore Koumartzis, who not only plays and creates, but he's also knowledgeable on the music of Ancient Greece. He's the visionary behind the pioneering Museum of Ancient Music Instruments, Seikilo, in Thessaloniki. Theo is a creator and collaborator at heart and he has worked with many m…
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Send us a Text Message. Drummer Clark Tracey has a collaborative soul and he has brought his quintet to work with up and coming singer Emily Masser - he explains why in this conversation. Emily's talent as a singer is clear from the opening bars of Introducing Emily Masser, the new album from the Clark Tracey Quintet. Clark explains how he first be…
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Send us a Text Message. I was excited when I was granted an interview with Darius Brubeck but it rapidly became clear that there was so much more to talk about than his talented father, probably one of the most famous jazz musicians in the world. A new film, coming to a screen near you soon, Playing the Changes - Tracking Darius Brubeck shows Dave …
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Send us a Text Message. For International Jazz Day 2024, I am joined in conversation by harpist Alina Bzezhinska. Her home is wherever she finds herself and she is inspirational in her jazz and in her attitude to life. Altera Vita is out now, and it's a wonderful album featuring Alina's harp with co-musical-conspirator Tony Kofi. Thank you to Alina…
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Send us a Text Message. The latest episode of Harmonious World takes me (virtually) to Croatia. Thanks to an introduction from previous guest William Susman, I chatted with Iva Ljubicic Lukic from the band Glazbene staze. The band's new album is Pierrot Project Op 1 and brings a real introduction to the rare pierrot ensemble. Please take some time …
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Send us a Text Message. It's all about the jazz festivals at the moment - so much great live music around. This week, I chat with Tobie Medland, who has curated the Gypsy Jazz Festival of London. There are some great acts announced for 6-12 May 2024. Thanks to Tobie for providing some excellent tracks to hear alongside our conversation, in case you…
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Send us a Text Message. If you like jazz, you should get along to Watford Jazz Festival, 12-19 May 2024. If you don't know much about jazz (yet), do the same. I had a chat with founder and festival director Chris Newstead, who ran through all the delights on offer this year, so if you can, you should pop along to see some of the great acts appearin…
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Send us a Text Message. We start season 16 of Harmonious World with another in-person conversation, This one was with bassist Mark Wade, who first appeared on the podcast in 2020, at the height of the pandemic. It was great to chat with Mark in the wonderful setting of Benslow Music. Thank you to Mark for chatting with me before he started tutoring…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to season 16 of Harmonious World. I hope that 2024 is a happy and healthy year for you all so far. Some of my guests and listeners are in parts of the world where that probably seems impossible, and I really hope that we see some progress in seeing a return to sanity and kindness everywhere. For those of you who don’…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to a special Easter episode of Harmonious World with sax player and Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge, Tim Boniface. Although I set out to discuss Tim's latest composition - jazz suite Psalter: Themes for Peace - we also discussed his Christmas suite The Infant and The Eight Words, an Easter suite that you can he…
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Send us a Text Message. This is my second episode with Paul Edis (the first is here), and this time he's joined by sax player Vasilis Xenopoulos to discuss their forthcoming quartet album Feels Like Home. This album reminds me of the ethos behind Harmonious World itself, in that it's about all of us working to try to make the world a better place -…
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Subscriber-only episode Send us a Text Message. It's been too long in the making, but here's a Subscriber Special episode. March has already been a great month for Harmonious World, with lots of new listeners. I'd like to thank all my subscribers for your support - if you haven't already received it, your key ring is in the post! There will be more…
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Send us a Text Message. Discussing jazz composition and performance with drummer Gustavo Cortinas proved so much of why I love recording episodes of Harmonious World. Gustavo is from Mexico City, living in Chicago and influenced by jazz and classical music from around the world. Live in Chicago is a stunning album that Gustavo describes as a snapsh…
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Send us a Text Message. This, the 200th episode of Harmonious World, is somewhat self-indulgent, as it features a conversation with Dan Jennings, broadcaster and host of the podcast Desperately Seeking Paul, who interviewed me back in lockdown. You'll hear in our conversation why it's self-indulgent and why it appears on the 40th anniversary of the…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to my special International Women's Day 2024 episode, featuring a coffee-shop conversation with singer songwriter and radio presenter China Moses. China kindly allowed me to feature a couple of the tracks from her China Moses & The Vibe Tribe EP from 2021, which I hope give you a taste of her amazing vocal talents. L…
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Send us a Text Message. For the latest episode of Harmonious World, I am joined by sax player, composer and educator David Bixler to discuss his latest album, The Langston Hughes Project Volume 1. As part of the conversation, David introduces the Langston Hughes poem Mother to Son, which is simply stunning and probably an inspiration for us all. Th…
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Send us a Text Message. My conversation with composer Didier Recloux was in a noisy coffee bar, but I hope you can hear our chat clearly - it was fascinating. Didier's latest album is Monsieur Linh and his Child and the first single - First Walk - is out today (28 February 2024). We also discuss Didier's links with Zeinab Badawi and her BBC World s…
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Send us a Text Message. It was a great pleasure to have a conversation with classical pianist Burkard Schliessmann: his album Live & Encores is out now. If you love classical solo piano, this is the album for you. If you haven't explored the music of Bach, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Schumann, then this is a fabulous starting point. Not only is this gr…
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Send us a Text Message. I really enjoy these live chats and the background noise adds some atmosphere - this time it's a chat with sax player, composer and band leader Mark Lockheart in London's Barbican Centre. Mark's latest album - Smiling - is out on Edition Records at the end of March and you can hear a couple of tracks from it. Thanks to Mark …
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Send us a Text Message. Pianist Jim Clayton has unleashed his vocals on the latest album Look Out! and in this conversation he explains why. This conversation was a joy and - once again - I was reminded why I decided to start this podcast nearly four years ago - there's a sense of people like Jim in this episode simply sharing why they do what they…
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Send us a Text Message. Pianist and composer Joey Alexander has recently released his seventh album - Continuance - and he joined me to discuss it. We chatted just hours after he finished a five show run at New York's Birdland to officially launch the album. He's an interesting young man and a truly phenomenal pianist and composer. Thanks to Joey f…
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Send us a Text Message. I met arranger, orchestrator and composer Jeff Atmajian at Abbey Road studios in November, while visiting past guests on the show Michael Shapiro and Danae Zanthe Vlasse. He kindly agreed to be interviewed by me in person, so we met in Islington when he was finishing a recording for the TV show 'Call the Midwife'. Jeff is in…
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Send us a Text Message. Pianist and composer David Lopato has interesting stories to tell together with his diverse, fascinating collection of tracks on Short Stories. Thanks to David for sparing time to join me in the conversation and discussing the tracks alongside our chat. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and sha…
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Send us a Text Message. This was a delightful conversation and I'm glad to be able to share it with you at the very start of 2024 and season 15 of Harmonious World. Singer Lucy-Anne Daniels is very much one to watch and I can highly recommend you search for a gig where you can hear her sing and watch her own the stage. Although it's a great honour …
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to a brief trailer for season 15 of Harmonious World. It's really just an excuse to wish you - listeners and guests - a very happy and healthy 2024. Thanks to pianist and composer Joe English for my theme tune. Thank you for listening to Harmonious World. Please rate, review and share: click on the link and subscribe…
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Send us a Text Message. As a fitting end to 2023 and an amazing Season 14 of Harmonious World, I was delighted to be joined by Colorado-based sax player Drew Zaremba. Two of my closest (albeit most distant geographically) friends live just a few miles from Drew and I have happy memories of visits to that part of the world. Drew's latest album is Re…
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Send us a Text Message. I was joined in conversation by Ben Brown and Dominic Conway from Malleus Trio: their new album On/Off is out now and if you like some of the jazz crossover acts like Keith Jarrett and Sons of Kemet, you'll love this album. On/Off is the trio's third album, but they've been around since 2007 and there's a collective maturity…
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Send us a Text Message. Violinist Benet McLean has released Green Park on Sea Mammal Records and he joins me to chat about his music, the album and life in general. Benet has appeared alongside many great names as a pianist and now he's returning to his first instrument - violin. He has an inspirational group of musicians in his band and these trac…
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Send us a Text Message. Having met saxophonist Soweto Kinch at Ladbroke Hall a few weeks ago, I was delighted that he agreed to join me in conversation. Soweto is more than a great musician, as evidenced by his album White Juju (recorded live at the Barbican in November 2021 with the London Symphony Orchestra) and I hope that comes across in our co…
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Send us a Text Message. It was a delight to interview bassist Christian McBride for the latest episode. A real delight. You can probably tell. Christian has worked with so many great musicians and we discuss his work with just a few of them (and the eight Grammys he has been awarded), including Sting, Dee Dee Bridgewater. We also talk about some of…
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Send us a Text Message. In the latest episode, I am joined by Canadian singer songwriter David Deacon, to discuss his fifth album - Good Day Good Night. A collection of original tracks, this album also features David's version of the Bob Dylan classic Knockin' on Heaven's Door and we discuss his inspiration and where life has taken him. Thanks to D…
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Send us a Text Message. This is a long episode, because Bill Harrison and I had so much to discuss - his former career as a bass player, his book and his work as a psychotherapist. If you're a musician, there are some insights into how we work, and if you're not, those insights might help you understand us better. Thanks to Bill for allowing me to …
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Send us a Text Message. With a focus on grief, and how we survive it, Paramorph Collective have released All we're made of is borrowed. My discussion with the musicians responsible - An Laurence and Kim Farris-Manning - focuses on this dynamic work that brings together fascinating creative and some complex concepts. Paramorph Collective combines a …
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Send us a Text Message. Completely by chance, the episode follows nicely from last week's. Instead of American compositions, though, this time it's French music performed by award-winning Vietnamese American pianist Quynh Nguyen. Quynh has gathered together some of the finest compositions of Germaine Tailleferre into a delightful album - The Flower…
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Send us a Text Message. For this week's episode of Harmonious World, composer, organist and percussionist Joseph Bertolozzi joins me to discuss his album Tower Music (Musique de la Tour), which samples the sounds of the Eiffel Tower and creates music. Although this is experimental classical music, it is not a difficult listen and the whole time the…
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Send us a Text Message. This is a very special episode of Harmonious World. I am joined by pianist Gadi Stern, who is one third of the Shalosh Trio. Gadi was speaking to me from Jerusalem, just hours after the start of a particularly violent and tragic escalation in the war. There are no words to properly thank Gadi for sharing his story and that o…
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Send us a Text Message. This episode of Harmonious World features pianist Matthew Whitaker, who is set to perform at his alma mater - The Filomen M D'Agostino Greenberg (FMDG) Music School. This is his way of giving back to a unique organisation which has helped him so much along his journey as a pianist. Matthew's album Connections was conceived d…
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Subscriber-only episode Send us a Text Message. Thank you for subscribing to Harmonious World and I hope you enjoy this month's special round-up of what has been happening in my own harmonious world. I apologise for the lack of music - a track is on its way and will hopefully be ready for the October special episode. Please let me know what you enj…
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Send us a Text Message. This episode of Harmonious World was particularly easy to record. Pianist Joshua Espinoza's trio album Songs From Yesterday is delightful and insightful, and chatting to him about it was easy. It's a shame this is a podcast, rather than a video, because Joshua's face lit up when I asked him about performing and recording wit…
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Send us a Text Message. * * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content You may have never heard of Sherri Chung, but you have almost certainly heard some of her music on the film and TV shows we all watch from time to time. We had a fascinating chat about her background and how she composes within the confines of …
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Send us a Text Message. * * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content 'Celeste' is the new album from acclaimed Danish jazz singer, songwriter and guitarist Mette Juul. This is a collection of classic standard tunes you will recognise and some original tracks which will take your breath away. Mette and I had a co…
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Send us a Text Message. * * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Melodic Collective is guitarist Chris Allard's latest project, in which he works with John Turville (piano), Robbie Robson (trumpet), Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Will Glaser (drums). Their self-titled album is out now on Perdido Records and it's a …
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Send us a Text Message. * * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Freddie Bryant played in the Upper West Side as a small child and grew up on its streets. His song cycle really is a Love Story to these streets and playgrounds. In our discussion, Freddie tells the story of the poetry and the music and how it …
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Send us a Text Message. I promise you'll love this episode with singer Sara Shiloh Rae and The Sondheim Project - Sara wasn't dismayed when I said that she and the band Bluebird Junction had "taken Broadway and moved it into the middle of nowhere." This really was a great discussion. Sara is a classically-trained singer with opera and concert hall …
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Send us a Text Message. * * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featuring a conversation with composer and pianist Tania Giannouli. Tania's latest album - on Rattle Records from New Zealand - is called Solo and it's her first completely solo release. It's a…
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Send us a Text Message. * * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featuring a conversation with composer, and vocalist Elina Duni. Elina's latest album is A Time To Remember - out now on ECM Records. Elina's album of stunning original tracks and jazz standard…
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Send us a Text Message. * * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featuring a conversation with composer, arranger and pianist Scott Dunn. Together with vocalist Claire Martin, Scott has released I Watch You Sleep, a tribute to Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. It …
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Send us a Text Message. * * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featuring a conversation with guitarist Tom Guarna, whose latest album - Reimagine - features some really delightful reworkings of classic guitar tunes. Our conversation delves into the skills …
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Send us a Text Message. * * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featuring a conversation with pianist Michele Tozzetti, who has released an album of piano music by Niels Wilhelm Gade, who is sadly largely under-appreciated with a global audience. This album…
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Send us a Text Message. * * Now you can subscribe to Harmonious World for special subscriber-only content Impossible as it seems, this is the first episode of season 13! I must apologise for the sound quality in places - it's rare for these virtual conversations to have difficult connections. Welcome to the latest episode of Harmonious World, featu…
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