CD/DVD edition. Playing For Change is an extraordinary effort uniting musicians and vocalists from diverse parts of the world. Utilizing innovative mobile audio/video techniques, PFC captures these artists then combines it all together to create one seamless collaboration. Those who have experienced Playing For Change are mesmerized by its ability to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Now, for the first time, this multi-media experience is available to everyone. All songs recorded live by more than 100 musicians from around the world and featuring special guests, U2's Bono, Bob Marley, Keb Mo', Afro Fiesta and others.
Global music sensation Celtic Woman will release a brand-new album and DVD on February 25, 2014 titled EMERALD: MUSICAL GEMS that spotlights newly reimagined performances of fan favorites from the group's treasure chest of Celtic songs. A celebration of the Emerald Isles' rich musical heritage, EMERALD: MUSICAL GEMS includes the uplifting 'Mo Ghile Mear' and 'Dulaman', the enchanting 'She Moves Thru the Fair' and 'Caladonia' and the ever-haunting 'Danny Boy' and 'The Voice'. Also featured are new interpretations of Celtic Woman's inspiring performances of the beloved 'Amazing Grace' and 'You Raise Me Up'. The companion DVD, EMERALD: Musical Gems - Live in Concert, was filmed this past year on American soil in South Bend, IN on the doorstep of the University of Notre Dame, where it dazzled the family-friendly audience with a one-of-a-kind interactive concert experience that showcased the group's sparkling pure voices, bewitching choreography and fairytale charms along with the talents of a group of world-class musicians, an Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers. This CD/DVD Deluxe Edition include both the Emerald: Musical Gems CD and Emerald: Musical Gems Live in Concert DVD!
Global music sensation Celtic Woman will release a brand-new album on February 25, 2014 titled EMERALD: MUSICAL GEMS that spotlights newly reimagined performances of fan favorites from the group's treasure chest of Celtic songs. A celebration of the Emerald Isles' rich musical heritage, EMERALD: MUSICAL GEMS includes the uplifting 'Mo Ghile Mear' and 'Dulaman', the enchanting 'She Moves Thru the Fair' and 'Caladonia' and the ever-haunting 'Danny Boy' and 'The Voice'. Also featured are new interpretations of Celtic Woman's inspiring performances of the beloved 'Amazing Grace' and 'You Raise Me Up'.
Mythology "Voices call from the old days, Voices tell from the past, Ancient laws and ancient old ways to recast." (Voices opening number from Mythology) Mythology is the latest show from Celtic Thunder and the show's 9th special for Public Television. Filmed on location at the Helix Theater in Dublin (where they filmed their debut show in 2007), it's fitting that Celtic Thunder have chosen to return to their roots in order to film this musical odyssey back to the heart of the Celt. The opening number for Mythology is an original piece called Voices written expressly as an opener for the new show. Voices, quoted above, is collaboration between Celtic Thunder Musical Director David Munro and world-renowned composer Brendan Graham, who also composed the international hit "You Raise Me Up." The core theme of Mythology is found in the opening number "Voices call from the old days, Voices tell from the past, Ancient laws and ancient old ways to recast." It's the story of the Celts in Ireland, their legends, their history and their stories. It's the lifeblood of modern day Ireland and it's influences from our Celtic past, which are still carried in each one of us as part of who we are and where we come from. The set of Mythology is big; it's dramatic and imposing. The new and the old combine. Modern catalyst images are projected onto ancient standing stones, a giant Celtic cross takes center stage and the tempo of the music is strongly echoed in the theatrical and moody lighting. Mythology is by far Celtic Thunder's most impressive production to date, bar none. The road to Mythology began in 2007 when Sharon Browne, the Celtic Thunder's creator and producer, set out to produce a show with real Celts performing an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the traditional to international hits and some original pieces along the way. That show and each subsequent Celtic Thunder show have raised the bar for Irish music and theatrical productions worldwide. Mythology has raised that bar yet again, even by Celtic Thunder standar...
Shakira - Donde Estan Los Ladrones - Cd Rock-pop dance queen Shakira from Colombia is back with a sophomore album that pretty much mines the same field as her debut, with predictably similar sounds. "Ciega, Sordamuda" has the same urgent dance beat reminiscent of "Estoy AquÃ," the monster club hit from her debut, Pies Descalzos. The singer/songwriter, whose whispery, quavering vocals sound like a cross between Alanis Morrisette and Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries, wrote or cowrote all 11 tracks. Surprisingly, considering that noted producer ace Emilio Estefan is at the helm here, there is very little variance here from her debut. The tunes are mostly either rock-edged dance numbers or reflective melancholy ballads; the best include the echoey "TÃº" and the meandering "Sombra de Ti." --Ramiro Burr
Brand: Warner Bros
The first album in five years from Enya follows the biggest-selling album of her illustrious career, the six-times platinum A Day Without Rain, which transcended all commercial expectations. Having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, Enya is one of the most successful female artists of all time and second only to U2 as the biggest selling Irish artist in history. From the first blanket of choral voices awash in reverb, Amarantine is instantly recognizable as a product of Enya, the Irish chanteuse who has created a genre unto herself. Although it's been five years since her last CD, on Amarantine it's as if time stood still. The triumvirate of Enya, lyricist Roma Ryan, and producer Nicky Ryan work the formula they perfected on Watermark, layering her voice in lush choirs pushed along by pizzicato synth strings, swooning orchestral pads, and harpsichord arpeggios. On tracks like "Less Than a Pearl" and "Drifting," Enya flirts with a timeless sound born in gothic chants and hymns. The former is one of three songs that she sings in Roma Ryan's fictitious language of Loxian. It seems to free her, especially on "The River Sings," a veritable rave-up where she gets the tribal choir going in the style of Scottish mouth music. But to get there you have to slog through slo-mo ballads that manage to be dirge-like and singsong at the same time, like the Carpenters on Quaaludes. The relatively restrained arrangement of "It's in the Rain" almost attains a folk-like simplicity that Enya hasn't experienced since she sang with her siblings in Clannad a quarter-century ago. Amarantine sounds like it was born in cloistered solitude, self-referentially echoing Enya albums past. --John Diliberto More Enya The Celts Watermark Shepherd Moons The Memory of Trees A Day Without Rain Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya
Moon Safari French duo Air's debut album is a superlatively happy collection of experimental disco-mood sound nestled between ambient soundscape and breathy pop. It's jazzy and melodic, and mostly laid-back, but not excessively so. There are a few shake-it, shake-it numbers, too, like the absurdly daft hit "Sexy Boy." It's snap your fingers and hang out (while reading) music or dance around sexy-slow with your mate music. It's also the perfect music to do your ironing or some other chore to; it's hypnotizing wallpaper music. It slips in and out of your consciousness, forcing you to move around with a relaxed smile before you even realize it. Oh, and contrary to sampler fashion, Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit Dunckel played the instruments themselves. Bravo. --Mike McGonigal