Orange County Register announces Cal State Fullerton Singers CD

The following announcement about the Cal State Fullerton Singers new CD “Nostos” on Yarlung Records was found in the Orange County Register, December 6, 2017 The repertoire sung by Cal State Fullerton’s University Singers in June on the group’s tour of Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Russia has been made into an album, “Nostos: The Homecoming of Music.” Robert Istad, director of choral studies and professor of music, said… “the students and I worked really diligently to bring the music to life for our audiences, and we were completely overwhelmed with the passion and positive energy with which the audiences embraced our performances.” “The singers performed without sheet music on their tour… and this deep familiarity with the repertoire made it possible to record each of the pieces you hear on this disc in one take. There is no editing involved.“ Please visit the Orange County Register.

Michael Lavorgna writes glowingly about Yuko Mabuchi Trio in AudioStream

Check out the glowing review of the Yuko Mabuchi Trio in AudioStream. [Yuko Mabuchi Trio] is so good in terms of the music, musicianship and sound quality… The detail, sense of space and most importantly, dynamics, are thrilling. It is rare in the audiophile world to get such a perfect pairing of compelling music and sound quality. This recording is available on many of the usual download sites and in many flavors of DSD and PCM. I downloaded the album from NativeDSD at DSD 128 resolution. Highly recommended. Read more at about the Yuko Mabuchi Trio at AudioStream.

Luxuriating: The Yuko Mabuchi Trio (2017)

…Yuko Mabuchi takes command of both her instrument and the listener’s ears from the first stroke of the album’s opener, Cole Porter mainstay, “What Is This Thing Called Love” and through all eight live-recorded masterpiece tracks.  Produced by Randy Bellous… the live album is a must-own for piano trio aficionados and jazz lovers of all stripes. A tremendous highlight of the album is… “On Green Dolphin Street.”  Pitched in Bill Evans’ preferred key of E-flat…. Dave Brubeck himself would have applauded the tight interplay of time between one half of the head, presented in a heavy ¾ that alternates sweetly with the straight ‘four-on-the-floor’ 4/4 of the next four bars of the same phrase….  Mabuchi, delicious bassist Del Atkins, and tasty drummer Bobby Breton make it new all over again…. Mabuchi’s right hand is the star of each of her solo flights.  Clean, precise, and crisp like forebears Teddy Wilson, Continue Reading →

Yuko Mabuchi Trio Review on Musicalmemoirs Blog

The following review of the Yuko Mabuchi Trio is from the blog “Musicalmemoirs Blog” written by Dee Dee McNeil. YUKO MABUCHI TRIO Yarlung Records Yuko Mabuchi, piano; Del Atkins, bass; Bobby Breton, drums This live recording is an awe-inspiring work of art. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is as exciting on recording as she is in person. Here is a production that sparkles with improvisational creativity, energy, and the piano talents of a young and developing super star. Yarlung’s founder first heard the Yuko Mabuchi Trio at Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. The very next day he offered to record their album. This concert was recorded at the USC campus  in Cammilleri Hall. This space is used for master-classes and recitals. It’s the same concert venue designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, where Yarlung previously recorded Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet in 2014. Jazz pianist and educator, Billy Mitchell, served as associate producer on this Continue Reading →

Sibelius Trio Earns Latin Grammy Nomination

Bravo Diego and Sibelius Piano Trio! Para su consideración: Composición Clásica Contemporánea (Sibelius Piano Trio: “Nene”, de Diego Schissi) For your consideration: Contemporary Classical Composition (Sibelius Piano Trio: Nene, by Diego Schissi) El maestro argentino de jazz y tango Diego Schissi compuso “Nene” para Sibelius Piano Trio, que fue lanzado por Yarlung el año pasado con éxito crítico. Argentine jazz and tango master Diego Schissi wrote Nene for Sibelius Piano Trio, which Yarlung released last year to critical acclaim. Selecciones varias de “Nene” Folleto informativo “Nene”; descarga completa de alta calidad de audio de CD ¡Gracias, y que lo disfruten! Nene Music Samples Album booklet Complete CD Quality Download: Nene, by Diego Schissi Thank you! Enjoy! Nene was commissioned by Yarlung Artists Coretet, Yarlung’s new music commissioning organization directed by Donna Morton, with underwriting from Leslie Lassiter, Raulee Marcus and Stephen A. Block.Thank you! YouTube

Read Jeff Wilson’s review of Yuko Mabuchi Trio in The Absolute Sound

If the eponymous debut album by the Yuko Mabuchi Trio can be seen as a coming out party, it’s hard to imagine the musicians squeezing anything more out of the event. The nearly hour-long set includes some well-known jazz standards, including a gorgeous On Green Dolphin Street and an exuberant romp through Sonny Rollins’ St. Thomas. During a solo piano medley, Mabuchi’s reconstruction of Take the “A” Train displays a fertile imagination and a confident left hand. A sly reading of Sara Bareilles’ Seriously shows Mabuchi’s ability to spot a pop song that translates nicely into the jazz idiom. Her interpretive skills also surface on a composition by TAS music reviewer Mark Lehman, Waltz Noir; here the trio uses a classical composition as a launch pad for some highly evocative noir jazz. If Mabuchi’s playing can be described as tasteful, economical, and lyrical, it should also be noted that her Continue Reading →

Peter Rutenberg reviews Yuko Mabuchi debut on Yarlung Records

Review: Yuko Mabuchi, piano; Del Atkins, bass; Bobby Breton, drums by Peter Rutenberg Yuko Mabuchi Trio’s new CD on Yarlung Records makes great listening! They play several jazz standards with strength and authority, each with distinct colors and approaches. Lush harmonies suggest a sense of fuller orchestration, in the same vein as Brahms’ piano works, while fluid rhythms refresh at every turn. The trio exhibits consummate musicality and technique – with artful phrasing led by the pianist, a lyrical sensuousness in the bassist’s melodic counterpoints with the piano, and the drummer’s intelligent vocabulary and broad sweep tying it all together. Three brief points exemplify these qualities: Take the “A” Train roars into Harlem and beyond, stylistically speaking; the Japanese folksong Sakura (Cherry Blossom) finds delicate color and nuance in Debussy-esque harmonies; and the Latin rhythm tropes of the opening track, What Is This Thing Called Love, return in full regalia Continue Reading →

Review: Yuko Mabuchi Trio Concert

by Robert H. Levi Senior Associate Editor at Large, Positive Feedback Yuko Mabuchi plays the ivories with the touch of an angel and the understanding of an artist many times her young age. She is backed by seasoned musicians with strong drive plus an acute sense of playing with and not over the pianist. This is Yarlung’s third jazz album recorded like you wish all performances were recorded: listening is just like being there. All that’s missing here is the expensive tickets and sticky floor! The selection of mostly standards and stand-outs is delightful and hard to leave. I liked every one of them, particularly the All The Things You Are, Take The A Train, Satin Doll Medley and St. Thomas, a Sonny Rollins classic. The Japanese Medley was hauntingly gorgeous and intriguing. I played it twice in my first listening pass. The album is all about Yuko Mabuchi and Continue Reading →

Sibelius Piano Trio Makes an Impact in Australia

The eminent music critic Neville Cohn reviews the Trio’s debut album in NewOZartsreview. …this intriguing compilation encompasses music written by contemporary Finnish composers whose names could well be new to most listeners living beyond the borders of Scandinavia. Diego Schissi’s Nene… opens with a terrific, offbeat dance. It radiates gusto, with tricky rhythms and much pizzicato.  Listen to a background of quiet pizzicato across which runs a dream-like cello line. Later, the attention is drawn to the piano with its stab-like utterances…. David Lefkowitz’s Ruminations calls up images of Middle East dances and what might be a folksy Yiddish extemporisation, desperately melancholy and introverted…. Recordings like this don’t just happen. And those who have pooled their resources to this excellent end deserve real praise. The focused work of many has been called upon to bring this CD into being: executive producer Ann Mulally, 100th Anniversary sponsors Randy and Linda Bellous Continue Reading →

Tom Schnabel features Sasha Cooke singing Mahler on Rhythm Planet

Tom Schnabel features Mahler’s Liebst du um Schönheit on Rhythm Planet. Click to hear Tom & Sasha Hear the entire broadcast here. “… we continue with an art song by Gustav Mahler, beautifully rendered by mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke and The Colburn Orchestra from Los Angeles. The album is on Yarlung Records, an audiophile label known for pristine sound quality.” Thank you Tom and thank you KCRW! See also Sasha’s review in Opera News See Yarlung Records for more information on Sasha Cooke “If You Love For Beauty.”