Born in Lérida in 1975, Catalan singer/songwriter Roger Mas studied clarinet and saxophone from his early teens, and gradually became interested in ethnic music. A 1996 local radio award kick-started his recording career, which up to 2012 included eight albums, from 1997's Les Flors del Somni to 2012's Ciutat de Barcelona, a collaboration with Catalan folk music ensemble Cobla Sant Jordi. Mas' investigations into traditional, ethnic, and modern musical and linguistic forms have earned him a place as one of the leading Catalan singer/songwriters of his generation.
Fantômas is the third album by amiina released in late 2016 was originally conceived as a score to the silent movie of the same name, Fantômas. It premiered at a screening of the silent movies in Paris 2013 together with music by James Blackshaw, Tim Hecker, Loney, Dear and Yann Tiersen who also curated the event.
Jeanne Mas signed her 16th and solo album she called pH. Nine songs composed with Jeremy Still and a song composed by Piero Calabrese, the fetish composer and friend of Jeanne Mas, who died in May 2016. The album pays tribute to him. The title of pH, as simple as it is complex, summarizes all the texts. PH, which is the abbreviation for hydrogen potential, is a parameter for defining whether a medium is acidic or basic. It is an allusion to life that often topples between well-being and disappointment.
The first Sergio Mendes LP bears few of the soft pop hallmarks of his subsequent Brasil '66 classics. Instead, Dance Moderno is a focused and straight-ahead collection of bossa nova grooves firmly in debt to the acknowledged master of the form, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Paired with a small, tight supporting unit, Mendes proves himself an inventive and intense pianist, shaped by both traditional Latin music and American jazz.