New EP by Zen Baboon - a fresh journey into chill and electronic music, that will pleasure your ears and liften your spirit. Agora was a central place in greek city-states the center of artistic, spiritual and political life. Expression of opinion is a human right, listening and rational confrontation of facts is an art that we should always remember and exercise. Zen Baboon is Daniel and Henrique from Portugal. Through the last couple of years they have been successfully touring the whole world with their music and gained more and more attention from listeners through a wide variety of genres. "Agora" is witnessing their progress in their own little universe made of sound and synths. Enjoy!
Concerts with Maria Schneider are something special. They are stylistically not only out of the ordinary, they also manage to bring large orchestras to perform artistically at high voltage, with an energy and at a creative level which is otherwise known only in much smaller ensembles. It is not the music alone that drives the participants, but rather the serene seriousness of a band leader who demands a maximum of intensity from her compositions and passes this premise on to their interpretation. It is impossible to conceive of compositions for jazz orchestras more stringently. The instrumentalists know this too, and therefore feel called upon not only to reproduce the charts accurately but to work out all the contained hints, implications, and visions of sound down to the deepest levels. This original recording was made in May 2000 when Schneider appeared alongside the SWR Big Band. And for the SWR Big Band, those days in May 2000 are some of the highlights of their orchestral history.