Listen to world music tied to Arab, Persian, or Indian music, but with Western classical music instruments – cello, double bass – and Scandinavian folk instruments. Hear Swedish folk fiddling and South Indian tradition Carnatic violin together in music from the quartet Nordic Raga, who are Bangalore-born violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, Swedish folk fiddler Mats Edén, […]
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“Simply puts, those two musicians play very well together. They are in the early stages of their career and are truly top musicians that Toronto should embrace.” Review by: Joe Taylor Published on Blast Toronto January 5, 2018
Kamancello Explores a new duo Dimension “The two musicians have obvious chemistry; their improvisations are nearly seamless. At another time, or in another genre, they may have been called instant compositions rather than improvisations: neither indulges in any solo fights, always hewing close to the established melody, pushing it this way and that, slowly and […]
What a year. We again have so many remarkable artists putting out such astounding work. There’s nothing that gives me more pleasure than sharing excellent tunes and man is there a lot to account for in 2017. As regular readers might know, I do not follow a strict policy of reviewing albums only of the […]
“Kamancello offers a chance for the super-duo (Jamshidi having performed worldwide since 1990, while Weinroth-Browne has more recently risen to prominence) to showcase not only their individual skills, but more importantly, their personality as a combined musical entity. The resulting six tracks ride each musician’s strengths, expose his comforts and apprehensions, and serve to remind the […]
“All six pieces naturally share certain properties, yet there are differences, too. Particularly affecting are “Ascent,” whose every supplicating pore exudes yearning, and “Solitude,” which conveys sorrow with heartfelt conviction. One comes away from this debut awed by how deeply connected the musicians are, and the fact that the album was recorded live with no […]
“This album is a celebration of music, of life and creation. Whether you’re into chamber instrumental music or not, I can only recommend you to buy this album now. It is one of the best things you could do today.” By: Van Published on The Prog Space
“Perhaps the biggest surprise (although not to Constellation fans) is that the duo hails from Canada. As such, they represent even greater beliefs: that cultures can mingle without losing their distinct identities, and that diversity inspires richness.” By: Richard Allen Published on A Closer Listen
“Canadian duo Kamancello’s debut album captures a dynamic musical conversation between two extremely talented and expressive performers.” By: Scott A. Gray (Independent)
Improvisation is the cauldron in which most great music is born, but for most musical acts it is just the beginning of the composing process. Some artists, though, are secure enough in their creative talents to make improvisation an integral component of their sound. The right musicians and framework can produce magic with this approach, […]
Their work often begins with a free, non-rhythmic exchange, which progresses into a rhythmic pulse. Depending on the mood of the improvisation, this could be a rapid dance in 7/8 time or a slow, brooding rhythm in 3. A piece might end in an explosive finish after a long buildup, or gradually fade away into […]
Now here’s one for mature musical tastes. Kamancello are Shahriyar Jamshidi on the kamanche and Raphael Weinroth-Browne on the cello and their self-titled album blurs the borders between classical music and world folk music with the influences of both east and west present and precariously balanced on the knife edge of improvisation.
Cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and kamanche player Shahriyar Jamshidi discuss their musical inspiration and collaboration prior to Kamancello’s much anticipated performance in Ottawa this Sunday, February 26 at The Record Centre. [Aired live February 23, 2017 on La Villa Strangiato.]
Musical Toronto – Michael Vincent, June 3rd, 2015 You may not have heard of East-Meets-West Duo: Shahriyar Jamshidi (kamanche) and Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello), but you should.