Nordost Playlist – May 2019


Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers who travel around the world educating and demonstrating the effects of Nordost’s products. As part of these demonstrations, it is our job to find an interesting and diverse selection of music to showcase our cables, power devices, sort system and accessories. Whether at shows, visiting our dealers and distributors or even in our own listening room in our headquarters in Holliston, we are constantly getting asked what music we are playing (or if our audience is not so bold to ask, we can see their Shazams working overtime). So we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share our favorite songs of the moment. Some may be classics, some may be brand new, some may not even be to your taste, but one thing is for sure …it’s all great music.


You can now listen to our monthly playlist here:  TIDAL  |  SPOTIFY


Here are some of the songs that we will have on rotation this May.


  1. Cellophane—FKA twigs—Cellophane
  2. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free—Wynton Marsalis Septet, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Truc, I Wish I Knew How It Was To Be Free
  3. Fancy Man—Devendra Banhart—Ape in Pink Marble
  4. Miss Simone—Sara Bareilles—Amidst the Chaos
  5. Nothing Sacred/All Things Wild—Kevin Morby—Oh My God
  6. Lights—SOHN—Tremors
  7. Walden Pond—Atta Boy—Out of Sorts
  8. Northwest Passage—Stan Rogers—Northwest Passage
  9. Top of the World—Kimbra—Primal Heart
  10. Oh My Love—Riz Ortolani, Katyna Ranieri—Oh My Love

 

Nelson Brill Reviews Afro-Caribbean Performances From His Travels

Real music lovers can find the melody in everything. From the park to the concert hall, our friend Nelson Brill is always on the hunt for great sound. In this blog, Nelson gives you a more of a global look at what is going on in the music world as he covers some recent shows and recordings he discovered on his recent travels!


AFRO-CARIBBEAN MUSIC: SWINGING IN GLOBAL SPIRIT

By Nelson Brill    March 24, 2019  

When I am traveling to a different place, I always like to explore the neighborhoods with local record stores to support local businesses. I like to check out these shops’ record bins for new artists that reflect the music scene in that area. So while I was in London recently, we ventured to nearby Brixton where the UK reggae scene has had a rich history, supported by vibrant immigrant community (where you can get a great Ghanian stew or Ethiopian meal on a Brixton street corner or in one of the town’s many markets).

Brixton Market – citizens.com

I happen upon a small record store in one of these Brixton markets, run by a local legend, Jah Lingua, “Markie”, who is founder of Universal Roots Records [http://www.facebook.com/UniversalRootsRecords] which has been producing recordings from local reggae artists since 1998.

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Jah Lingua also hosts “R.D.K. Hi-Fi Dances”, (along with his spouse, Claudia, at her Brixton record store, Pure Vinyl Records) where local reggae artists perform on sound systems set up for dance parties. Jah Lingua passed along to me a copy of his CD, U.K. Reggae Stars [Universal Roots Records] and an LP produced by him in 2018 with selections from local artists with “Brixton Downbeat”, “Gentrification Dub” and other great cuts.

On these Universal Roots LP and CDs are the sounds, among others, of Brixton’s own Soothsayer Horns (a swanking brass ensemble); Sandeeno (a vocalist with an expressive baritone to match his messages of fighting racism and gun violence) and two female vocalists, Marlene Ammers and Judith, both with airy, swaying presences. These gifted artists are surrounded on these excellent recordings by local bandmates who deliver pungent bass lines; creative waves of electronica and dynamic percussion. Reggae’s joyful funk and lift; its warmth and dance and its unflinching social-conscious themes – all are here on these excellent spirited recordings from Universal Roots Records reflecting the diverse Brixton community.

Brixton School children; citizensuk.com

This vital connection between Caribbean and African musical heritages continued when I had the lucky opportunity, on February 23rd, to visit the venerable New York City music venue, The Jazz Standard, (located at 116 East 27th Street; http://www.jazzstandard.com) to catch a dazzling concert by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, (“SHO”) [http://www.spanishharlemorchestra.com ], a band that delivers their own incendiary mix of cha-cha-cha, mambo and salsa brilliance.

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From their first fiery notes, the SHO proved to be a tight, dynamic band that wasted no time in igniting their propulsive songs drenched in their Puerto Rican heritage. The sound at the Jazz Standard was up to the task as most instruments on the crowded stage were heard clarion and true, with exception of piano and bass, which were a bit harder to hear individually in the heated big band action.

The SHO focused their Jazz Standard performance on numbers taken from their new action-packed recording, Anniversary [ArtistShare], which has just won a Grammy award.

The recording captures the SHO with great energy and upfront crackling presence. While delivering the heat, dance and punch of this swanking band, its sound is on the lean and sometimes thin side (especially on brass crescendos) and does not offer much in the way of layering or depth to its soundstage, so things are a bit congested. But what the recording offers in spades is the stellar musicianship of the band and a feel for their dancing interplay, as well as the jovial spirit of the band’s three fronting vocalists: Marco Bermudez, Carlos Cascante and Jeremy Bosch.

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At the SHO’s Jazz Standard concert, their three charming vocalists hit the ground running, with the band carousing behind them in soaring strides. Bermudez’s voice is gliding and smooth and it sumptuously drove his suave song, “Echa Pa’Lante”, accompanied by brazen choruses from trumpeters Manuel Ruiz and Hector Colon and driving wooden strikes from Jorge Gonzalez’ resonant guiro. Bosch possesses a lighter, more carefree voice, telling his tales with a spoken quality. On his “Soy El Tambor,” his vocals were complemented by George Delgado’s lilting conga and Luisito Quintero’s punctual timbales.

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Quintero was a whirling dervish on his timbales all night. He hit explosive wooden cracks by frenetically playing all surfaces of his drums, including hitting the sides of his timbales with his drumsticks sending crackling wooden blasts to the back walls of the Jazz Standard.

On another ballad, Bosch took up his flute and played a dazzling duet with flutist (and baritone saxophonist) Mitch Frohman, layering their spirited high runs and leaping octaves in a shimmer of light colors (that had the crowd roaring their approval).

Congahead

On “Cancion Para Ti,” Frohman’s flute was complimented with lilting chords and touches from Oscar Hernandez’s piano. Hernandez was always at the ready to lend a dancing frolic or the twinkle of a mambo beat. His solo piano ranged far and wide on “Como Te Quise” joined by vocalist Carlos Cascante, whose ardent vocals were steeped in metallic glow from Doug Beavers’ and Noah Bless’ trombones. The SHO built to a final crescendo of brass calls and vocal harmonies, (with cries of “Viva Puerto Rico!” echoing through the capacity crowd). Their final songs swayed on salsa flow, with cowbell and timbales firing on all cylinders to propel intoxicating grooves and dance steps into the night.

This global-minded, (perfectly fused) connection between African and Caribbean music was also at the heart of another astonishing concert that I attended recently in Boston, presented by WorldMusic/CRASHarts, [http://www.worldmusic.org ] a nonprofit arts organization that has brought the richness and diversity of global music to Boston area audiences for many years.

On March 10th, at the historic Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA., WorldMusic/CRASHarts presented a concert by South African guitarist Derek Gripper and his African Strings and Mali’s legendary performer, Habib Koite, accompanied by percussionist, Mama Kone.

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The evening was a feast of acoustic glory. Gripper and his African Strings opened the show, delivering their sultry lightness on guitars, kalimba, kora and on a Ugandan traditional stringed instrument called the endongo. (The endongo was plucked masterfully by Kinobe, a Ugandan musician, who also possessed a beautiful expressive voice). The group’s instrumentals were propelled by Gripper’s classical guitar style, flowing with light percussive touches and crisp nylon string runs. Unfortunately, the sound mix was a bit skewed in that Gripper’s guitar was overly dominant and so it was harder to hear the gentle soft strums of his partners’ instruments. When they could be heard clearly, Jaja Bashengezi’s accompanying guitar was a light caress and Kinobe plied his kora in sparkling fashion, projecting his notes like soft, falling raindrops.

To hear the astonishing expressive character of a kora, take a listen to a favorite audiophile CD that brings together two partners: kora player Ballake Sissoko and cellist Vincent Segal. Their recording is Musique De Nuit [Six Degrees Records] and part of this recording was uniquely made on a rooftop terrace in Bimako, Mali, (with the bleats of goats and rumbling traffic heard below). The recording is superb in its textural detail and its capture of every musical nuance and dynamic flow to this beautiful music. The music is tender, powerful and meditative in its expressive sweep, bringing these two virtuoso players together in supple and heated interplay.

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Following the set by Derek Gripper and African Strings, the vivacious Habib Koite took the Somerville Theatre stage and mesmerized his audience with his seamless voice and guitar, working as one vehicle of expressive force and beauty. The sound for this second set was much improved for its clarity, balance and tactile aliveness.

Inyarwanda.com

Koite’s dance of open-hearted lyricism, deep grooves (punctuated by Kone’s thrum on his calabash) and ability to fully inhabit the territory of his songs was exuberant. His voice was a perfect vehicle to express his songs: light-hearted and soaring (with a bit of aging grit up top) on songs of love and hope (including a tribute to “women around the globe”) and then turning powerful and low on his slow brewing blues. Koite’s guitar perfectly partnered with his expressive voice. He utilized open strings; short five-note scale runs (with his capo at the top portion of his guitar for its highest dancing effect) and for his blues numbers,, he let his strings go loose and rumbling to create rubbery low notes (sounding like Jimi Hendrix in his swaggering prime). Koite’s final songs were tight statements of groove and joyful dance with Kone hitting his djembe drum and hi-hat with nimble fury. On these last tunes, Koite strolled through the audience strumming his guitar with light string dampening (to deliver an ebullient dancing beat) accompanied his soaring voice. The audience sang along, swaying in the warm of Koite’s sultry beat.

Returning home after this fantastic World Music/CRASHarts concert, I listened to a favorite new CD from another artist from Mali, Fatoumata Diawara, whose music is also a marvel of expressive, dancing power. On her new recording, Fenfo “Something To Say” [Montuno Productions], Diawara and her superb band deliver all the swirl and snap of their captivating music with spawning energy and joy. The recording beautifully captures all of their stunning musicianship and tactile energy, delivering a soundstage that is wide and deep (if your system is up to it!). Diawara’s voice soars and dips, elegant in phrasing and pitch. She and her band are equally at home in the sway of hip-hop, R & B and pop (such as on their grooving “Nterini” or the lilting pop of “Dibi Bo”) or on their lush ballads, such as the moving “Mama” (which features Diawara in duet with cellist Vincent Segal). The splendor of this recording is a dancing gift to the world, from its African roots to the shimmer of its Caribbean beats and beyond.

The National


If you would like to read more reviews like this one, visit Nelson’s blog at www.bostonconcertreviews.com.


 

AXPONA 2019 Recap

Axpona 2019 was a massive success for Nordost and all of our partners. This year, we were proud to treat attendees to a reference system featuring our Odin 2 cables, that showed music lovers what real synergy in a hifi system sounds like. Or as reviewer Jason Victor Serinus from Stereophile said, “OMG, it’s music…So much of what I’ve missed at this show is here.”

Thank you to all of our friends in the industry who chose to show what their products are capable of by using Nordost cables and power products. And a special thank you to the show-goers who attended the Nordost demos in the Holm Audio room, who took the time to learn, first hand, how quality cables can make a difference in a home sound system.

Please enjoy these photos from the show!


Nordost’s reference room featuring products from VTL, Stenheim, dCS, and VPI


Holm Audio’s Nordost demonstration room 


Holm Audio with Audio-Technica/DALI Speakers/Rogue Audio/Sony/VPI Industries


Holm Audio with Bluesound/DALI Speakers/NAD/PSB Speakers


Holm Audio with Questyle and Revel Speakers


Gershman Acoustics with VAC and VPI (Winner of Positive Feedback’s Audio Oasis! Award)


Dynaudio


Cambridge Audio


AVM


VANA/Audio Physic/European Audio Team/Okki Nokki


 

Special Event at Filtronique

In honor of their annual sales event and to celebrate 50 years in business, Filtronique invites you to attend a special event with Nordost.

Bruno de Lorimier, who is celebrating 15 years with Nordost, will be in attendance for both days of the event, providing information and performing demonstrations on our world renowned cables and accessories.

Presentations times for May 10th and 11th:

Friday 12:00 & 16:00 hrs
Saturday 11:00 & 15:00 hrs

Come enjoy special pricing, door prizes, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and more!


À l’occasion de sa vente annuelle et des célébrations de son 50ième anniversaire,
Filtronique vous convie à l’évènement Nordost.

Bruno de Lorimier, qui célèbre ses 15 ans chez Nordost, sera sur place pour deux journées
d’informations et de démonstrations sur les produits de cette prestigieuse firme américaine.

Présentation à heure fixe le 10 et 11 Mai
Vendredi 12:00 et 16:00 hrs
Samedi 11:00 et 15:00 hrs

Tirage de prix de présence et promotion exclusive
Des rafraichissements et amuse-bouche seront servis


Nordost is heading to Munich for High End 2019!

Nordost is thrilled to be exhibiting again at the High End 2019 show in Munich, held at the MOC May 9-12th. We are excited to be introducing several new products this year that will prove to be invaluable additions to your hifi system! Throughout the show, product trainers and specialists Bjorn Bengtsson, Alex Brady, and Dennis Bonotto will be performing live demonstrations on these soon-to-be-released products and answering questions in (Halle 4) Atrium 4, Room E114. Nordost is eager to share these new innovations with High End 2019 attendees, and is looking forward to seeing all of our partners and friends again in Munich. High End 2019 should be a fantastic show, and we hope to see you all there!

Nordost Playlist – April 2019


Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers who travel around the world educating and demonstrating the effects of Nordost’s products. As part of these demonstrations, it is our job to find an interesting and diverse selection of music to showcase our cables, power devices, sort system and accessories. Whether at shows, visiting our dealers and distributors or even in our own listening room in our headquarters in Holliston, we are constantly getting asked what music we are playing (or if our audience is not so bold to ask, we can see their Shazams working overtime). So we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share our favorite songs of the moment. Some may be classics, some may be brand new, some may not even be to your taste, but one thing is for sure …it’s all great music.

Here are some of the songs that we will have on rotation this April.


You can now listen to our monthly playlist here:  TIDAL  |  SPOTIFY


  1. Keep Coming Back to You—Melissa McMillan—Melissa McMillan-EP
  2. Patience—Tame Impala—Patience
  3. Danza del altiplano—Leo Brouwer, Luciano Tortorelli—Latin Latitudes
  4. Part Of Me—Noname, Phoelix, Benjamin Earl Turner—Room 25
  5. Gwan—Rostam—Half-Light
  6. Sunday—HNNY—Sunday
  7. Lè ma monte chwal mwen—Melissa Laveaux—Radya siwèl
  8. Mist of a Dream—Birdlegs & Pauline—Birdlegs
  9. Nobody—Mac DeMarco—Nobody
  10. Boyish—Japanese Breakfast—Soft Sounds from Another Planet

 

Montréal Audio Fest 2019 Recap

The Montréal Audio Fest was a great way to kick off the show season! With impressive attendance, a wonderful atmosphere, and fabulous sound, this show never disappoints. This year, we were thrilled to be involved in several stellar systems with a number of manufacturers and local dealers. Thank you to everyone who chose to elevate their system with Nordost!


We performed demonstrations in the Nordost room throughout the show.


Sim Audio had their system rigged with our Blue Heaven cables.


In the Audio by Mark Jones room, our Valhalla 2 cables linked gear from CH Precision and speakers from Magico.


Audio d’Occasion’s system used a wide array of Nordost cables.


Gershman’s room had two reference systems— one which used our Odin 2 cables, and the other which used Valhalla 2.  

Tune in to CBS to see Nordost on “Superstar Renovation” with LaMarcus Aldridge!

Juma Entertainment – CBS

Have you ever wanted to give the gift of great sound? That is exactly what San Antonio Spurs forward, LaMarcus Aldridge will be doing on April 7th—and we can all tune in to see it!

Last year, CBS introduced a new, heartwarming show to their line-up: “Superstar Renovation”. In this series of one-hour specials, we join sports celebrities as they head back to their hometowns to recognize people who have played a special role in their lives, and honor them with customized home makeovers.

Thanks to our fantastic Dallas-based dealer, Anointed Soundz, Nordost was able to be a part of Aldridge’s tribute to his high school coach, mentor, and father figure, as he surprised him with an impressive indoor/outdoor audio/video system!

According to Anointed Soundz owner, David McBride, this project had two parts. First, in the game room, they installed a 60 inch, LG 4K UHD flat panel TV (connected with Nordost Blue Heaven HDMI cables), along with an LCR passive Definitive Technology sound bar, powered by a 5.2 AV receiver and a 10 inch Elura powered subwoofer, which were wired with our 2 Flat Speaker Cable and Blue Heaven Subwoofer Cable. Part two was the backyard, where they connected a pair of Nuvo rock speakers to a Parasound 2-channel amplifier (powered by the Blue Heaven Power Cord) with our 2 Flat Speaker Cables, using an Amazon Echo Dot as the streaming source. David added that, since the amplifier and Echo Dot are located inside, on an exterior wall, the speaker cables were run through the brick wall exterior, through a PVC junction box, and then trenched underground to the speaker locations, on opposite sides of a paved back patio!

We’re honored that Anointed Soundz decided to include Nordost in this rare opportunity to show the difference that quality sound can make in someone’s life. But beyond that, we are so happy to be part of the gift that LaMarcus has chosen to give such a formative person in his life.

Make sure to tune in to CBS on April 7th at 5 PM, to see LaMarcus Aldridge and Anointed Soundz give a major A/V upgrade to this special coach on Superstar Renovation!

For more information on the Nordost dealer that made this all possible, visit the Anointed Soundz website: www.anointedsoundz.com

Pictures from Nordost Nation! March 2019

Nordost is lucky to have such incredibly loyal and enthusiastic customers! One great way that our fans let us know that they are happy with the work that we do is by sending us pictures of their Nordost products in action. Here are a few photos that have been shared with us recently. Feel free to send us pictures of Nordost in your system, via Facebook, info@nordost.com, or #nordostcables on Instagram, so that we can continue to share them with the whole Nordost family!


@hifi_im_hinterhof shared this cool shot of the Valhalla 2 Speaker Cable

Linh Nguyen tagged us in some great photos of the brand new System Solution set-up & tuning discs!

@wensonfung on Instagram says “I’ve been upgrading the cables in my stereo system one at a time, and I finally have a full set of cables from Nordost!! These include power cables, interconnects, speaker cables, and a USB cable. It’s a beautiful mess back there!”

@Seantmanley’s incredible system is wired with Heimdall 2 cables

Luiz Campos sent us this awesome shot of the Raidho Ayra C-3 with our Frey 2 Speaker Cables.

And so are his headphones! 🙂

@felipe.rolim92’s reference level system is equipped with our Valhalla cables 👌

@arthurmassif says these QX4s are an “amazing addition to [his] system.”

@howardkneller and Mat Weisfeld of VPI were excited to open up some brand new Odin 2 speaker cables and take some photos! “I have seen these cables a lot, but they have always been installed in a system and thus very tough to photograph as they were winded over a long distance and hidden by components and racks. I asked Mat if we could open the packaging and shoot the cables, to which he readily agreed. We then giggled like school girls as we both snapped some pics.”

@ruisilvamarques84 shared this great picture of his listening space. “Lazy Sunday with Mr. Fela Anikulapo Ransome Kuti playing on the Hi-Fi.”

“A friend had these sexy cables lying around and said I could give them a try. (Good friend to have!)” – @gowanusaudio on Instagram

Alberto Goldoni sent us this shot of his speaker’s hooked up with Nordost!

“These are a few of our favorite things at @eastsidesoundstudios!” – @mikeguerriero1

An incredible system, wired with Nordost, photographed by @willy_magato on instagram.

“Hard to beat this sonically for me.” – @stevechavez on Instagram

@cultoffonza is always spinning vinyl with his Heimdall 2 cables and QX Power Purifier!

@pantheorganizer’s showing off his “insane” new Hi-Fi set-up!

@rferguson55 sent us this shot of Frey 2 Speaker Cables at work with Reference Bi-Wire Jumpers 😀


 

Nordost is headed to AXPONA in Chicago!

Come and see Nordost at Axpona, April 12-14th, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Chicago.  For the first time, Nordost and VTL have come together to assemble the ultimate sound system for Axpona attendees. Experience the synergy, dynamic power, and musical nuance that has awarded these cutting-edge companies “Best of Sound” in numerous audio shows. Join the founders of Nordost and VTL as they enjoy their reference-level products performing at their best, arranged and fine-tuned by world-class set-up artist, Stirling Trayle. Join us in room 734 and lose yourself in a transformative, high-performance audio system, the likes of which is rarely available to the public. In addition to showcasing our reference system, featuring a full loom of Odin 2 cables and outstanding gear from VTL, dCS, VPI, and Stenheim, Nordost will also be performing our renowned live demonstrations and product comparisons in room 730. While at the show, be sure to visit us in The Marketplace where we will be offering show specials on select products!


AXPONA

April 12-14th

  • Reference System: Room 734
  • Product Demonstrations: Room 730
  • Show Specials: The Marketplace