Review: Black Wall Street @ New Mexico Jazz Fest

Santa Fe New Mexican:
"[Alicia Hall Moran's] performance Monday at SITE Santa Fe was an explosion of personality and talent — the great surprise of the New Mexico Jazz Festival...Monday’s performance was unpredictable, unfiltered, a little unruly and, in the end, powerfully generous and uplifting. Hall Moran’s band — with pianist and husband Jason Moran, and guitarists Brandon Ross and Thomas Flippin — concocted a mood of deep blues and Duke Ellington, in a 21st-century way. They seemed to float in space around the singer’s person and voice, the soft moans of the guitars hanging in the air like trails of smoke." -Richard Scheinin, Aug 3, 2018

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New Album Night Triptych Praised by Critics
 It’s been 1 month since Duo Noire released our album Night Triptych, featuring 6 incredible new classical guitar duets by brilliant women composers from around the world: Clarice Assad, Courtney Bryan, Golfam Khayam, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Gity Razaz, and Gabriella Smith.  

 We are honored to have worked with them and to have received such amazing reviews, including this newest one from 
Stereophile.  

 We hope the guitar world enjoys and embraces this music of our time.  
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“There’s a goldmine of ideas here, whose riches will unveil themselves more and more over time.” -Stereophile 
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“Flippin and Mallett [are] virtuosos who invest their performances with energy and conviction. To claim that the two break new ground in the world of classical guitar music on the hour-long release isn’t overselling it.” 
-Textura.org 

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“All contemporary programs of guitar music are not common, and this may be the first to feature exclusively female composers…A truly pathbreaking recording that is greatly satisfying in its own right.” -AllMusic 

 #newfocusrecordings #gabriellasmith #classicalmusic #classicalguitar #classicalguitarist #classicalguitarasia #strings #music #newmusic #composer #guitar #guitarduo #albumcover #albumart #acousticguitar #guitarstagram #womeninmusic #womencomposers #classicalmusician

It’s been 1 month since Duo Noire released our album Night Triptych, featuring 6 incredible new classical guitar duets by brilliant women composers from around the world: Clarice Assad, Courtney Bryan, Golfam Khayam, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Gity Razaz, and Gabriella Smith.

We are honored to have worked with them and to have received such amazing reviews, including this newest one from
Stereophile.

We hope the guitar world enjoys and embraces this music of our time.
***
“There’s a goldmine of ideas here, whose riches will unveil themselves more and more over time.” -Stereophile
***
“Flippin and Mallett [are] virtuosos who invest their performances with energy and conviction. To claim that the two break new ground in the world of classical guitar music on the hour-long release isn’t overselling it.”
-Textura.org

***
“All contemporary programs of guitar music are not common, and this may be the first to feature exclusively female composers…A truly pathbreaking recording that is greatly satisfying in its own right.” -AllMusic

#newfocusrecordings #gabriellasmith #classicalmusic #classicalguitar #classicalguitarist #classicalguitarasia #strings #music #newmusic #composer #guitar #guitarduo #albumcover #albumart #acousticguitar #guitarstagram #womeninmusic #womencomposers #classicalmusician

Video: Duo Noire's Bach transcription in PA.

Duo Noire soundchecking our transcription of a Bach duetto at The Boiler Room in Pennsylvania last weekend. This piece never gets old! #bach #duetto #classicalmusic #counterpoint #classicalguitar #guitar #acoustic @brilliantmusicians @talented_musicians (at Hawley, Pennsylvania)

Pat Metheny on Music, Life, and Practicing
The only thing that remains really true is the feeling that at the end of the day, I know that I really played good or I didn’t. Or that I made some progress and I understand something that I didn’t understand at the beginning of the day, or I don’t. This to me, is the real currency of what it is to have a life of a musician. This accumulated wisdom and insight into the reality of music, and as much of a stretch as it might be sometimes, therefore into life and living…The main thing in my life, even as I stand here right now, right this second, is that I really need to go home and practice.
— Pat Metheny, 1996 Berklee Commencement Speech
 It has been a wild 48 hours (!!!), but worth it to promote the Dream Unfinished Orchestra, Lincoln Center Education, and Tania Leon’s music on BronxNet TV.  I need some sleep! #classicalmusic #classicalguitar #bronx  (at Lehman College)

It has been a wild 48 hours (!!!), but worth it to promote the Dream Unfinished Orchestra, Lincoln Center Education, and Tania Leon’s music on BronxNet TV. I need some sleep! #classicalmusic #classicalguitar #bronx (at Lehman College)

That is positive elitism — embodying the pursuit of excellence rather than money or credentials — for which no one need apologize and to which anyone can aspire.
— Susan Jacoby
We make art, and it simultaneously makes us. Shouldn’t it follow, then, that we can change ourselves by changing the art we make?
— Lindy West
 My knee gave out. My second ascent of Mt Whitney -the tallest mountain in the contiguous USA (14,505 ft)- and my frickin’ knee gave out a quarter of the way in. I limped up the mountain with hiking poles and accepted a knee brace from some kind strangers who wanted me to make it to the summit. It was an emotional day and I’m still recovering physically but…WORTH IT. #grit #mtwhitney #sierras #hiking #mountains  (at Mt. Whitney)

My knee gave out. My second ascent of Mt Whitney -the tallest mountain in the contiguous USA (14,505 ft)- and my frickin’ knee gave out a quarter of the way in. I limped up the mountain with hiking poles and accepted a knee brace from some kind strangers who wanted me to make it to the summit. It was an emotional day and I’m still recovering physically but…WORTH IT. #grit #mtwhitney #sierras #hiking #mountains (at Mt. Whitney)

 TOMORROW is the night! On 5/24 @ 7:30pm Duo Noire is playing a full program of commissioned works by brilliant women composers for the NYC Classical Guitar Society.  It’s at the Diller Quaile School of Music. Be there!  (at The Diller-Quaile School of Music, Inc.)

TOMORROW is the night! On 5/24 @ 7:30pm Duo Noire is playing a full program of commissioned works by brilliant women composers for the NYC Classical Guitar Society. It’s at the Diller Quaile School of Music. Be there! (at The Diller-Quaile School of Music, Inc.)

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