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ROCK / ELECTRONIC
Chinaski: Dark and Driving Energetic Alternative Rock
On their debut CD, "You Might Like This Better Than Me", indie rockers Chinaski deliver an infectious, signature album with crunchy low end guitars, interwoven bass lines, and highly active sinewy drumming. The album's opener, "I Will", was recently featured on an episode of the TV show "The Gilmore Girls". Another album standout is the neo-psychedelic "C.V.R.", enhanced by spoken word narration "This is your captain speaking, I'll see you on the ground".
CLASSICAL / MEDIEVAL
Asteria: Late-Medieval Vocal and Instrumental Music
Antoine Busnoys (1430-1492) ranks among the most avant-garde and prescient composers of his time; a proto-Renaissance composer who is nonetheless firmly grounded in the courtly love tradition of the troubadours. "For the Love of Jaqueline" tracks the highs and lows of a real medieval romance through Busnoys' sumptuous music and poetry, with new arrangements by Asteria directly from a 15th century song book found in Dijon, France and recorded at the 14th century Burgundian palace of Germolles.
WORLD / NEW AGE / JAZZ
House of Waters: Unique International Band Creates Something Completely Original
House of Waters is a Brooklyn based band with a global sound. Drawing inspiration from Africa, India, South America, and Jazz, the band is hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT (lauded as the "Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer" by NPR); master percussionist Luke Notary; and brilliant bassist Moto Fukushima. This album, "Peace the Coats", is influenced by West African music and guided by western-classical harmony and jazz voicing.