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Debbie Burke

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August 2019

Folkloric Fusion Celebrates Womanhood: AJO’s New Release

Tribal, visceral and trance-like, the new release “Besa” by composer and musician AJO (formerly Vjollca Robelli) has its roots in her family’s lineage as well as the politics of being female. The folkloric feel of this album is no accident.... Continue Reading →

Going Up: Story Elevation by Leonisa Ardizzone

Multi-instrumentalist Leonisa Ardizzone believes in a world with fluid musical boundaries; that’s why in her latest release “All in Good Time” she delicately re-threads a Go-Go’s staple (“Our Lips are Sealed”) and adds new coloration to The Smiths’ “Girl Afraid.”... Continue Reading →

Nuanced Fusion from the Warren Galea Trio

  Having traveled countless miles from the island of Malta to Brooklyn, guitarist Warren Galea gained an appreciation for contrasting time signatures: not only in the pace of life but in his music. Mixing meters and different rhythmic elements in... Continue Reading →

Glissing from Sweetness to Swing

Trained very young on classical music for violin, the UK’s John Pearce slid over to the jazz side in college. He’s never denied his roots; a deep-seated appreciation for classical composition crops up in his playing even today in his... Continue Reading →

Gaining Entrance: Ricky Parrell Celebrates the “Keys to My Life”

  Picture sax player Ricky Parrell bobbing and weaving on his bike throughout the boulevard-width streets right outside Washington DC. When it’s time for a breather he locks up his bike. The key he uses? It’s become fodder for his... Continue Reading →

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