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2018 musically

Once again, the time before Christmas and New Year has come and I’m listening to a magnificent interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic dances under Petrenko’s plaque an I’m thinking about all the new things we heard this year…and the memories flood in. Summer memories. The music of 2018 that inspired us. Part one was born while five people, with luggage for seven, were traveling the dusty roads of Peloponnese – where everyone is happy and in the middle of July, we’re sitting in an attic and listening to:
Gogo Penguin with their new album. 
We continue with Banda Magda, accompanied by Michael League from Snarky Puppy,
and then we get to Joseph Tawadros’s new album, followed by
Dhafer Youssef’s new album. He always manages to surprise us with a new outlook on things – different every time, but still very true to himself. 
The next logical step is Solar Plexus – Ilhan Ersahin’s last project – the leap for this year, because no one really gets out of their comfort zone. Only the people that came up with Solar Plexus dare to think outside the box and embark on a new journey. We listened to it numerous times, sitting under the starry sky.
We continue throughout the year and get to part two of 2018’s music with two album that have a heavily social theme.
We start with the timeless song Bella Ciao, accompanied by Tom Waits and Marc Ribot, also included on Ribot’s latest album “Songs of Resistance”.
Then we move on to a song from David Byrne’s latest album “American Utopia” - It's Not Dark Up Here.
Next we have something from Jamie Saft’s last album in quartet formation.
Autumn continued with the release of new projects from the Medeski Martin and Wood trio,

followed by Now vs Now’s latest album.
Of course, throughout the whole year we kept listening to Zorn’s latest “Book Beriah” and were preparing for the live meeting with him at the Sarajevo jazz festival.
And somehow, going from full moon to full moon, it is now December. And I kept asking myself "What did we hear in 2018?" – bravery and new ideas for sure. Risk and challenges.
And music is all around us.
Happy Holidays!
December 2018
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