This is an attractive programme of comparatively rare vocal repertoire. Airs de cour by Charpentier (including verses from Corneille’s Le Cid) and Lambert are interpersed with instrumental movements from Couperin’s Les Nations. Cyril Auvity is an experienced advocate of the haute-contre repertoire and draws on all that experience to engage fully with the texts of these miniature dramas. His tone in the higher register can verge on the harsh, though this is a rare event.
German band Cyril was formed in 2010 following the demise of mainstream rock band Gabria. Denis Strassburg (bass), Ralf Dietsch (guitars), Marek Arnold (keyboards) and Clemens Litschko (drums) had been members of that band, and joined by Larry B. (vocals) they formed this new band. Cyril released their debut album "Gone Through Years" in the spring of 2013 through German label Progressive Promotion Records. Released at PPR again, “Paralyzed” shows the core skills of the band – melodic prog / rock songs with an eye on real songwriting and arrangements, that will guide you into an own athmosphere.
50-year-old Louise Wimmer is adrift. Her comfortable life is turned upside down when a painful separation and an unexpected crisis leave her immersed in debt and homeless, forcing her to sleep in her car. Her job as a hotel maid is not enough for rent or for paying off her debts. However, Louise keeps fighting for a better future. Refusing even the help of friends and a man who truly loves her, she will nevertheless find the strength to build a new life for herself.
Another beautiful recording from the Dancing Cat label's Slack Key Guitar Masters series. This one pairs acoustic slack key by Cyril Pahinui (from the royal family of slack key) with steel from Bob Brozman. Occasionally, the speed can be impressive (something notable for slack key generally). A tiny bit of crossover can be heard once in a while, as in the Bonanza bits that show up in "Hawaiian Cowboy." This unique album showcases the considerable improvisational talents of both artists in a variety of songs, tunings and tempos. A wonderful bit of work on the parts of both musicians.
Everybody has a favorite Neville Brother, and those who like funkified blues generally gravitate toward Cyril, the youngest of the New Orleans musical torchbearers. With Brand New Blues, his first solo disc since 2000, the percussionist-vocalist and founding member of the Meters brings his perspective as a human-rights advocate and wetlands preservationist to the original material and a few well-chosen covers.It's a postmodern blues sound, with plenty of soul and funk, plus world music influences. While this might be seen as an infringement on the blues trademark by purists, it's a refreshingly original approach to the music that should resonate with a non-blues audience, as well. Try the suggestive Cream Them Beans the Benoit guitar raveup on & Mean Boss Blues, the gritty version of the Bobby Blue Bland hit I'll Take Care of You and a version of Bob Marley's Slave Driver that seems redesigned for the post-Katrina years. Jeff Johnson –Chicago Sun-Times