Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs the holiday supergroup Band of Merrymakers. Band of Merrymakers, a rotating group of travelling troubadours, will release their debut album Welcome to Our Christmas Party. A donation will be made to MusiCares for every album and track sold.
Over twenty-five years ago, Nigel Kennedy made his breakthrough with his recording of Vivaldi s The Four Seasons. The 1989 recording earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling classical work of all time and has sold in excess of two million copies. Now, he returns with a new and fresh interpretation, Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons. Mixed by Damon Reece (Massive Attack, Goldfrapp), who also did the electronic drum programming, Kennedy deconstructs this classic piece in a daring, modern way. The album also features singers Zee Gachette and Xantone Blacq, a former member of Amy Winehouse s band and was recorded with Kennedy s Orchestra of Life consisting of young musicians who are equally at home performing classical, jazz and improvisational repertoire. Says Kennedy, I hope that this new approach brings you a different and deeper enjoyment of this amazing music.
Nigel Kennedy has not only been acknowledged as one of the world s leading violin virtuosos but he is the best-selling classical violinist of all time. His technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. Kennedy has performed with leading orchestras throughout the world.