Arkiv Music DVD Sale

Arkiv Music is holding a holiday sale on their entire stock of DVDs, including four PARMA titles: VIOLA TANGO ROCK CONCERTO, MIKA MARIMBA MADNESS, BRAIN FREEZE, and WITH A DISTANT EYE. This sale runs through December 22nd.

Read more for the sales links and to learn more about each DVD.

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Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá | Anibal Dos Santos
Navona Records NV5865

This historic DVD is a document of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá’s version of Benjamin Yusupov’s Viola Tango Rock Concerto, hailed as “the greatest concerto ever written for the viola” by Maxim Vengerov. Played at the Auditorio León of Greiff of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia on June 12th, 2009, this performance — as original and striking as its 2005 world premiere — features solo performances from violist Aníbal Dos Santos on classic and electric viola, Master Venanzio Cipolliti on accordion, Carlos Posada on acoustic guitar, and Andrés Leiva, Luis Alberto Ramírez and Carlos Andrés Cortés playing rock passages in a masterful conjunction of sounds and corporeal movements. Dos Santos, the OFB viola group leader since 1998, plays the classic and electric viola with great technical skill and artistic commitment, but also dances the tango before during the concert, accompanied by Gina Medina, the award-winning Colombian dancer.

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Mika Yoshida, Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, Peter Stoltzman
Big Round Records BR8906

MIKA MARIMBA MADNESS features a breathtaking performance from Japan’s virtuoso marimbist Mika Yoshida alongside drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Eddie Gomez, and pianist Peter Stoltzman.

Praised for her “quiet strength” (DownBeat) and “high-wire” energy (LA Times), Mika’s playing is tight, expressive, and virtuosic. Mika—along with Gadd and Gomez, who easily live up to their reputations—is able to navigate arrangements of tunes by jazz greats including Chick Corea, Bill Douglas, and Billy Strayhorn with panache.

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John Kawie
Big Round Records BR8913

“Remarkable. Darkly hilarious…quite triumphant: it illustrates the strain and the cost of perpetual hope.”
-Bruce Weber, The New York Times“An extremely positive and hopeful tale about a man changing his perspective…he is no longer a victim…Kawie presents an honest, generous, surprising, and ultimately touching account of his own Mt. Everest.”
-Seth Duerr,

At the age of 47 and on the cusp of the breakthrough that is every artist’s dream, the comedian John Kawie suffered a devastating stroke which he thought would derail his career… and life. With the sardonic wit that landed him gigs as a writer/contributor for comedians such as Bill Maher, Dennis Miller, and David Brenner, John focused on his experiences with the stroke and created BRAIN FREEZE, a hysterical, poignant, and affirmative journey through the bumpy road to recovery and beyond.

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Christopher Keyes
Ravello Records RR7803

Acclaimed by Fanfare Magazine as “truly masterful…a modernized Rachmaninoff,” Christopher J. Keyes began his career as a pianist, winning many competitions and later making his “double-debut” in Carnegie Hall as both soloist and guest composer with the New York Youth Symphony.He continued his musical training at the Eastman School of Music, completing his doctorate in 1992. His major composition teachers include Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Robert Morris. Among his numerous awards are the Eastman Szernovsky Award, several ASCAP Grants to Young Composers, and the Rudolf Nissim Award for best orchestral work written by a living ASCAP member. Since the late 1990s his work has focused on electroacoustic music, multi-channel audio, and more recently computer graphics as mediums to expand the possibilities of acoustic instruments in concert.
WITH A DISTANT EYE, Keye’s debut on Ravello Records, is a double disc release with an audio CD and 5.1 surround sound DVD. WITH A DISTANT EYE combines Hubble and Spitzer images with sonification and experimental multi-channel music.

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