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Out of Africa… and Around the World

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Out of Africa… and Around the World

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    • Folk Song Variations (6:54)

    • ATANAS OURKOUZOUNOV (b. 1970)

      Folk Song Variations (6:54)

    • Tear Prelude (3:05)

    • VOJISLAV IVANOVIC (b. 1959)

      Café Pieces* (25:22)

      Tear Prelude (3:05)

    • Funny Valse (3:37)

    • Funny Valse (3:37)

    • Tango Café (Homage á Astor Piazzolla) (4:34)

    • Tango Café (Homage á Astor Piazzolla) (4:34)

    • Nostalgia (4:23)

    • Nostalgia (4:23)

    • Lullaby (for Srdjan) (4:56)

    • Lullaby (for Srdjan) (4:56)

    • Improvisation and Dance (4:37)

    • Improvisation and Dance (4:37)

    • Canción (1:35)

    • CARLOS RAFAEL RIVERA (b. 1970)

      Canción (1:35)

    • Blues and 7 Variations (5:46)

    • DUSAN BOGDANOVIC (b. 1955)

      Blues and 7 Variations (5:46)

    • Call at Sunrise (3:40)

    • ALAN THOMAS (b. 1968)

      Out of Africa* (19:42)

      Call at Sunrise (3:40)

    • Morning Dance (3:05)

    • Morning Dance (3:05)

    • Zenith (5:31)

    • Zenith (5:31)

    • Evening Dance (4:20)

    • Evening Dance (4:20)

    • Cradle Song (3:03)

    • Cradle Song (3:03)

Album Description Download Full CD Booklet

Multi-award winning guitarist Denis Azabagic invites listeners into a realm where world, folk, and classical music intersect on Out of Africa . . . and Around the Word, the Bosnia-born, Chicago-based virtuoso’s first solo album on Cedille Records.

Showcasing works by living composers, the album takes its title from American-born, British-based composer Alan Thomas’s evocative Out of Africa, inspired by the Karen Blixen memoir and movie of the same name. Thomas weaves together strands of African singing styles, scales, and rhythms, while paying homage to African string instruments, such as the kora and the oud.

Sarajevo-born composer Vojislav Ivanovic’s set of six Café Pieces, an audience favorite, includes an homage to Astor Piazzolla in the form of a tango with hints of Balkan jazz. Atanas Ourkouzounov takes a traditional song from his native Bulgaria as the basis for his Folk Song Variations. Carlos Rafael Rivera, an American composer of Cuban and Guatemalan descent, says his Canción came to him in a moment of inspiration, with no evident folk music connections. Dusan Bogdanovic employs a kaleidoscope of styles in Blues and Seven Variations, including big band orchestration and a Brazilian carnival rhythm.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 59:40

Production Credits

Producer: Eugenia Moliner
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Editing: Denis Azabagic
Guitar: Steve Connor
Strings: D’addario
Recorded: Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL October 4–6, 2011, and December 19, 2012
Cover Design: Sue Cottrill
Cover Photography: Jeff Mauritzen
Inside Booklet and Inlay Card: Nancy Bieschke

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