Author: Peter Winkler

Peter Winkler is a composer, record producer and a leading practitioner in community and world music. He was the Music Director of the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Paralympic games and is the Music Director of REM Theatre and the LATT Theatre in Seoul, South Korea.

Music Recording

Category:Jazz, Middle Eastern, World

Artist(s): Joseph Tawadros (oud), Layth Sidiq (violin), Scott Colley (double bass), Dan Weiss (drums), David ‘Fuze’ Fiuczynski (guitar)

Label: MGM (Metropolitan Groove Merchants). Recorded in New York,  Released through MGM /Planet .JT2021

To purchase the album: https://www.theplanetcompany.com/Product/96207

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“The fusion of the Tawadros Oud with world-class jazz players is seamless and enthralling. Hope In An Empty City represents an extraordinary Australian artist in full flight at the height of his creative journey.” 

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Music Recording

Category:Fusion, Tatar, World

Artist(s): Zulya Kamalova (vocals/piano/Myanmar harp), Michiel Hollanders (claudeviol/banjo bass/bicycle tyre bass/acoustic and electric guitars/musical saw/piano/percussion/drum samples/synthesizer), Andrew Tanner (jews harp/guitar/double bass), Barb Dwyer (hurdy-gurdy), Gennady Lavrentiev (violin)

Label: Artist release. Purchase via website

https://zulya.com/   Bandcamp: https://zulya.bandcamp.com/album/six-days-loving     CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/Zulya1

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“I say this about pretty well every new release by Zulya: this is my favourite of her albums yet. I cannot recommend this album highly enough.”

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Music Recording

Category:Fusion, Middle Eastern, World

Artist(s): Joseph Tawadros (oud), Damian De-Boos Smith (guitar), Veronique Serret (violin and 6-string violin), James Tawadros (riqq and bendir), Luke Howard (piano), James Greening (trombone)

Label: The Planet/MGM JT2020

http://www.josephtawadros.com

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower is a rare experience reserved for only the most sublime music of the spirit.”

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Music Recording

Category:Jazz

Artist(s): Daniel Weltlinger Quartet. Daniel Weltlinger (violin), Uri Gincel (piano), Paul Kleber (bass), Mathias Ruppnig (drums and percussion).

Label: DMG Germany, Rectify Records

http://www.danielweltlinger.com/

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“It is impossible to overstate the charm of this album. In every sense of the word it is a fabulous music journey. The violin sings in the hands of Daniel Weltlinger like no other.”

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Music Recording

Category:Jazz, Persian, World

Artist(s): Hamed Sadeghi (tar), Pedram Layegh (classical and bass guitar),  Michael Avgenicos (saxophone and clarinet), Elsen Price (double bass), Adem Yilmaz (percussion)

Label: Arts As Catharsis Records

http://www.hamedsadeghi.com

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“Nim Dong by Hamed Sadeghi and the Eishan Ensemble is a very fine recording extending the exciting range of world music fusion into Central Asia.”

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Music Recording

Category:Country, Rock, Soul

Artist(s): Big Merino. Stuart Davis (lead singer/guitar), Alex Craig (lead guitar), Peter Richardson (bass), Colin Sevitt (drums)

Label: Foghorn FOG437 distributed by MGM

http://bigmerinoband.com.au/

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“An excellent album of well-crafted songs produced and recorded to a very high standard by the cream of Sydney rock musicians.”

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Music Recording

Category:Indian, Jazz, World

Artist(s): Robert Burke (soprano sax/alto clarinet), Debasis Chakroborty (Indian classical slide guitar), Stephen Magnusson (electric guitar), Sam Evans (tabla/percussion)

Label: Jazzhead HEAD231

http://www.jazzhead.com

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“Sam Evans has brought together musicians who are not only excellent players but who work very sympathetically in taking the synthesis between Indian and Western music in exciting directions. Australian world music collaboration at its very best.”

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Book

Category:Biography, Book, Memoir

Author: Jimmy Barnes

Sydney: Harper Collins, 2017. 490pp.

ISBN 978 1 4607 5214 2 (hardback); 978 1 4607 0701 2 (ebook)

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“The memoir of Jimmy Barnes, Australia’s greatest rocker! A captivating illumination of a very wild ride!”

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Music Recording

Category:Gypsy, Jazz, Music Recording

Artist(s): Richard Ashby and Cameron Jones (acoustic guitars), Loretta Palmeiro (clarinet/ soprano saxophone), Andrew Scott (accordion), Shannon Haritos (double bass)

Label: Self-released

http://spyglassgypsies.com/ https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=spyglass%20gypsies Bandcamp: https://spyglassgypsies.bandcamp.com/

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“Spyglass Gypsies are at the forefront of taking Gypsy swing into the 21st century.”

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Music Recording

Category:Jazz, Latin American, Spaghetti-Western, Tango, World

Artist(s): Julian Curwin (guitars/piano/melodica), Marcello Maio (accordion/piano), Sam Golding (trumpet/tuba), Mark Harris (double bass), Danny Heifetz (drums), Jess Ciampa (percussion). Special guest: Matt McMahon (Rhodes).

Label: Romero Records, distributed by Newmarket Music ROM013

http://thetangosaloon.com

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“The Mango Balloon and the Tango Saloon projects have resulted in some excellent albums from a fascinating composer and bandleader with a group of some of Sydney’s best musicians.”

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Music Recording

Category:Eclectic, Improvisation

Artist(s): Pigeon Laundry. Julien Curwin (violin/viola/cavaquinho/percussion/leafblower/the kitchen sink), Shenzo Gregorio (guitars/banjo/detuned lapsteel/cavaquinho/drums/percussion/organ/recorder.

Label: Romero Records distributed by Newmarket Music ROM 011

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

Please go to the review of The Mango Balloon, which also includes a review of Pigeon Laundry

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Music Recording

Category:Cabaret, Jazz, Mariachi, Music Recording, Punk, Spaghetti-Western

Artist(s): On the Stoop. Serge Stanley (saxophone/accordion/piano/vocals), Dirk Kruithof (electric guitar/acoustic guitar), Tim Bradley (drums/percussion), Joe Manton (bass/synthesisers), Matthew Lee (saxophone), Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet/vocals), Joe Cummins (trumpet), Peter Lothian (trombone).

Label: Self-Release, distributed by MGM

http://www.onthestoopmusic.com/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onthestoopband/ and Bandcamp: https://onthestoop.bandcamp.com/

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“On The Stoop bend and break the rules like no other Australian pop group I know and they do it in great style and with raucous abandon.”

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Music Recording

Category:African, Jazz, Music Recording, World

Artist(s): Senegambian Jazz Band. Amadou Suso: (kora and vocals), Boubacar Gaye:(percussion), Yos Haile (bass), Luke Koszanski (guitar), Tom Benson (saxophone), Julius Sackey (drums)

Label: Self-release

Purchase here: https://thesenegambianjazzband.bandcamp.com/releases. Otherwise https://www.facebook.com/TheSenegambianJazzBand/

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“On listening to the opening bars of this fusion album I knew I was in for a treat. The Senegambian Jazz Band conjures up multicultural and cross genre delights.”

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Music Recording

Category:Cuban, Latin American, Music Recording, World

Artist(s): Musica Linda. Linda Marr (lead vocals/darabuka/percussion), Richard Tardif (flute), Richard Tardif (flute), Jacinta McPhillamy (violin), Richard Valdez (vocals), Beata Robins (congas/ percussion/vocals), Giorgio Rojas (congas/cajon/percussion), Issac Zorzano (bongos/percussion), Juan Carlos Rios (vocals/guitar/tres//percussion)

Label: Self-release ML2017

http://musicalinda.com.au/

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“City Lights by Musica Linda will get you up dancing as well as being thoroughly pleasing to the ears with beautiful Latin arrangements replete with sweet harmony.”

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Music Recording

Category:Contemporary, Pop, Rock

Artist(s): My Friend the Chocolate Cake. David Bridie (piano, pump-organ, vocals), Helen Mountfort (cello, vocals), Greg Patten (drums, percussion), Hope Csutoros (violin), Dean Addison (double bass), Andrew Richardson (guitar, ukulele), Andrew Carswell, (mandolin)

Label: Self Release

Website: https://www.mftcc.com/

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

This is a great album by an important Australian artist and band. It transcends ordinary pop by a very long way. It sparkles with originality and superb musicianship. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Music Recording

Category:Children's songs, Contemporary, Pop

Artist(s): The Wiggles: Anthony Field - Lachy Gilespie - Simon Price - Emma Watkins. Guest Vocalists: Guy Sebastian, Kylie Minogue, Slim Dusty, The Irwin family, Marlee Martin, Katie Noonan, David Hobson, Robert Rakete, Paulini, Christine Anu, Lee Hawkins, Tim Chaisson, Jimmy Barnes, Troy Cassar-Daley, Anuna, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ross Wilson.

Label: ABC Music 5766876

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“The Wiggles Duet album is far better than their previous productions. It will be enjoyed by many children and be bearable to most of their parents.”

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Music Recording

Category:Brazil, Jazz, Music Recording, World

Artist(s): Artists Sydney: Paul Chenard (saxophones/producer), Tina Harris (bass), Brendan St Ledger (keyboards), Glen Wilson (drums), Marty Farrugia (trumpet/flugelhorn), Ray Cassar (trumpet), Mike Raper (trombone), Mauricio Moriera (drums), Jess Ciampa (percussion), Blair Greenberg (percussion). Artists Rio de Janeiro: Roge (vocals/guitar), Daniel Conceicao (drums), Andre Siqueiros )percussion), Matheus Alcantara (bass), Tuca Maia (vocals), Ronaldo Silva (percussion), Leonardo Viera (guitar), Marlon Seite (trombone)

Label: Self-release

https://www.matanzabrasilproject.com/

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“The finest musicians of Sydney and Rio de Janeiro were assembled to participate in the creative development and recording of this exciting project.”

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Music Recording

Category:Gypsy, Jazz, Music Recording, World

Artist(s): Daniel Weltlinger (violin), Lulo Reinhardt (guitar), Christiano Gitano (guitar), Taylor Pauken (guitar), Jermaine Reinhardt (guitar), Romano Reinhardt (guitar), Harald Becher (bass), Winfried Schuld (accordion)

Label: DMG (Germany), Rectify Records (Australia)

http://www.danielweltlinger.com/

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“It is no surprise that Daniel Weltlinger’s highly developed musicianship and beautifully warm violin tone are now in demand in international projects at the highest level.”

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Music Recording

Category:Fusion, Jazz, Middle Eastern, World

Artist(s): Masha’s Legacy. Stuart Vandegraaff (MD/composer/arranger/saxophones, clarinet, Arabic nay), Christopher Soulos (electric bass), Elsen Price (contrabass), Mahammd Lelo (q’noon), Adem Yilmaz (daf/darabukka/cajon/congas/percussion), Nick Southcott (piano, keyboards), Adnaan Baraké (oud), James Tawadros (req’, bendir, cajon), Miriam Waks (vocal), Ghada Daher-Elmowy (vocal).

http://www.svmusic.com.au/mashas-legacy

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“Masha’s Legacy, a Sydney based multicultural music ensemble has created one of the best cross-cultural albums I’ve heard in a long time.”

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Book

Category:Biography

Author: Jimmy Barnes

Sydney: Harper Collins Publishers Australia P/L, 2016. 362pp.

ISBN 9781460752135 (hbk)

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“Given the relentless violence and almost unbelievable amount of alcohol, hallucinogens and speed he consumed for so many years, it is nothing short of a marvel that Jimmy Barnes’ recollections are so clear, stark and even humorous.”

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Music Recording

Category:Acoustic, Contemporary, Folk, Jazz, Music Recording

Artist(s): Andrew Browne and an ensemble: John Stuart (electric guitars, lapsteel and pedal steel guitar), Cameron Kinsey (nylon string guitar), Veronique Serret (violin), Anna Martin-Scrase (cello), Brett Hirst (double bass), Rob Maxwell-Jones (alto and bass flute), Arne Hanna (Cuban trez and backing vocals), Tina Harrod (backing vocals), Finbar Stuart (piano), Jess Ciampa (percussion/drums/vibes)

Label: Self-release AWB123

www.andrewbrowne.bandcamp.com

Reviewed by: Peter Winkler

“Singer songwriter Andrew Browne and an illustrious group of Australian musicians have created a beautiful CD of original songs in Browne’s second album Twisted Roots.”

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