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In our continued quest to upgrade all of our streams to SHOUTcast 2 we have now given our smart phone apps a “makeover” in conjunction with our partners Nobex.
Our shiny new smart phone apps are now available for iPhone, Android or Blackberry completely FREE by searching for The Ice Stream on the appropriate app store for your phone. These new apps are all now SHOUTcast 2 compatible.
You can also find the links on our Web Site by clicking on the Nobex logo on our home page or by selecting the Smart Phone Apps tab.
The new Ice Stream smart phone apps future-proofing The Chill!
It seems to have been quite a few weeks since we have had any likely candidates for a new featured contemporary album to go on our playlist. Fortunately, the end of January 2017 saw just the sort of thing we were looking for with the release of Una Healy’s debut solo album “The Waiting Game”. The hit single from it, “Stay My Love” also features guest star, Sam Palladio, the British actor and musician.
Una is an Irish singer-songwriter and former member of the band, The Saturdays. Born in Tipperary in 1981, she certainly seems to have been blessed with the touch of the blarney stone. However, a career in music is not what she originally envisioned having studied to become a primary school teacher and worked as a medical secretary. It was not until she was 23 that she decided to pursue a career in music.
After a short period of playing and singing in local pubs and clubs in Ireland, she felt that she wanted her newly chosen profession to have a clearer direction and traveled to London in search of opportunity. In 2007 she found just that, suceedding in an audition with foundling band, The Saturdays. The group enjoyed thirteen Top 10 hits and four Top 10 albums. Somehow, during this whirlwind success, Una managed to find time to date Irish International Rugby Union fullback Ben Foden who she eventually married in 2012.
Since then, the couple have had two children – daughter Aoife Belle (born March 13, 2012) and son Tadhg John (born February 2, 2015). With the maturity that family life brings, Una has now embarked on a solo career in music and can also be seen on TV as one of the judges on “The Voice Of Ireland” show.
Here at The Ice Stream we don’t often put compilation albums on our featured album playlist – but there are exceptions! Roberto Cacciapaglia’s latest double CD “Best Of” entitled “Atlas” is just so sublime we couldn’t resist adding it – particularly as Roberto is not that well known in many places outside of his native Italy.
This brand new album (released on 25th November) is a collection of 28 tracks remastered from this illustrious composer’s prolific output over the past 40 years. There is also a smattering of new tracks which include an outstanding version of “Starman” recorded as a tribute to the memory of David Bowie.
Roberto Cacciapaglia was born in Milan in 1953 and is an Italian pianist and composer. He graduated in composition from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi under the direction of Bruno Bettinelli, where he also studied conducting and electronic music. Over the years he has worked at the studio of Phonology of Rai and collaborated with the CNR (National Research Council) in Pisa where he studied computer applications in the field of music.
He is also founder of the Educational Music Academy which aims to give a voice to young musical talents and assists them to achieve professional mastery in their works. His teachings have been sought outside of Italy and he has led several seminars and workshops at the Turkish Music State Conservatory.
Roberto performs his own compositions live and has enjoyed great success with his concerts – particularly at home in Italy as well as in Spain and Russia.
Fortunately not a question we have to answer too often here at The Ice Stream as we play all sorts! Born in Brittany in 1970 Yann Tiersen’s musical career is split between studio albums, collaborations and film soundtracks. Whatever you decide, he is an excellent addition to our repertoire and we think he could easily be confused as a classical composer even if he doesn’t consider himself to be one.
Yann says “I’m not a composer and I really don’t have a classical background. My real focus is on touring and studio albums which just happen to often be suitable for film”. His most famous soundtrack for the film “Amélie” was primarily made up from tracks taken from his first three studio albums.
His latest album is his ninth and is called “Eusa” and was released in Spetember 2016.
As announced in our Blog in February we are gradually changing over all of our streams to SHOUTcast 2. We have been working hard behind the scenes to grapple with the new streaming system as there is some speculation that the original SHOUTcast will shortly be discontinued by the new owners Radionomy.
Firstly we upgraded our 128mp3 mobile/tablet player at http://icestream.co.uk/ and we have now also upgraded our main web site player to the new system at http://www.theicestream.net/ice-stream/. We would be interested to hear from anyone who experiences any difficulties with this – but think we have ironed out most of the “wrinkles”.
As such, we will now gradually be reducing the capacity of our legacy streams but will leave a few running for those people who have old internet radios that cannot resolve SHOUTcast 2. If your internet radio is over 5 years old, you may find that our new database entry reads “format error”. In this scenario you should add The Ice Stream to your “Added Stations” (see Frontier Silicon website or your device instructions to find out how) and use the legacy address: http://theicestream.online:8250
Similarly, there is an issue for some SHOUTcast 2 users. Most players work fine with the HTML 5 address http://listen.shoutcast.com/theicestream which is the URL that Radionomy/SHOUTcast 2 provides but, for some reason we are yet to understand, there are some Flash players that just refuse to work with this but will work with this other address: http://streaming.shoutcast.com/TheIceStream . Either address works in most players like WinAmp. Additionally, some Flash players require the “http://” to be removed to work.
In 85% of cases you should not find a problem with SHOUTcast 2 but there are clearly a handful of legacy issues which is probably the price of progress!
Even the world of Classical music has its pin-ups and, according to reliable sources, the Argentinian blonde bombshell, Sol Gabetta, is in the Top 10. Her latest compilation is also proof positive that beauty is not always just skin deep as this South American beauty proves that she is far more than a pretty face when it comes to demonstrating prowess on the strings. Her new album simply called “Cello” contains over 20 tracks – many of which are irritatingly over-played obvious cello tunes such as “The Swan” but also provides a good selection of less well known tracks – many of which have been specially arranged for the cello. Sol plays alongside a variety of accomplished musicians including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and The Prague Philharmonic on this album as well as some charming keyboard duets with her mother Irene. We have picked out 6 tracks that we have added to our featured new album selection which we believe are more than worth a listen.
Sol Gabetta was born on April 18th 1981 and began to learn violin at 3 years old, and cello at 4. She continued to study both instruments until she was 8, and then switched her focus exclusively to the cello. She won her first competition at just 10 years old – soon followed by the Natalia Gutman Award.
She went on to win the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2004. Two years later, she founded her own festival, the Festival Solsberg. Her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle was at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2014 – the same year she debuted with the Staatskapelle Berlin. She was Artist in Residence at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in summer 2014, and also held artistic residencies at the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin.
Other prizes have included the Gramophone Award for Young Artist of the Year in 2010 and the Wurth-Preis of the Jeunesses Musicales in 2012. At the Echo Klassik Awards, she received the award in 2007, 2009 and 2013, being named Instrumentalist of the Year in 2013. She was also awarded the Diapason d’Or for her recordings of Haydn, Mozart and Elgar cello concerti, as well as works by Tchaikovsky and fellow countryman Ginastera. Sol has made commercial recordings for Sony and Deutsche Grammophon.
Welsh born Donna Lewis (06/08/2016, Cardiff) has just released her fifth studio recording ‘Brand New Day’. It is an intimate, jazz-infused album and a striking departure from anything she has done before. Produced by her longtime friend and collaborator David Torn, who arranged all the songs, and backed by The Bad Plus jazz trio, it redefines her as an artist while maintaining the wonderful open qualities her fans love.
‘I Love You Always Forever’ (from the multiple-platinum selling Now In A Minute) was such a huge hit for Donna Lewis – a #1 chart hit / dance-pop classic for which people around the globe still have boundless affection – the 1996 song will always be the one for which many fans know her. However the daughter of a jazz pianist has since forged her place in the pop world, through styles as diverse as art pop, singer/songwriter folk, traditional jazz, and classical.
Her formal training was at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, where she majored in classical composition for piano and flute. Lewis then went on to teach music for a year in Sussex before moving to Birmingham to sing in a bar band. During that time she set up a home studio and began recording demos. Before long she became a popular live attraction and circa 1993 began sending her demos to record labels that subsequently lead to a deal with Atlantic Records.
On this latest album, along with three originals (the languid ‘Sleep’, the title track ‘Brand New Day’ and a ruminative reworking of ‘I Love You Always Forever’), Lewis and her trio delve into a handful of inspired cover songs that cross stylistic boundaries from David Bowie’s ‘Bring Me the Head of the Disco King’, to Fred Neil’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ at Me’.
Eric Alfred Leslie Satie was born on 17th May 1866 and signed his name as Erik Satie after 1884. He was a French composer and pianist. A colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde, his work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, surrealism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd.
An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a “gymnopedist” in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. Later, he also referred to himself as a “phonometrician” (meaning “someone who measures sounds”), preferring this designation to that of “musician”, after having been called “a clumsy but subtle technician” in a book on contemporary French composers published in 1911.
In addition to his body of music, Satie was “a thinker with a gift of eloquence” who left a remarkable set of writings, having contributed work for a range of publications, from “the dadaist 391” to the American culture chronicle “Vanity Fair”. Although in later life he prided himself on publishing his work under his own name, in the late 19th century he appears to have used pseudonyms such as Virginie Lebeau and François de Paule in some of his published writings.
As 2016 marks the 15oth anniverary of Satie’s birth, it is not too surprising that there are a plethora of recordings being released to mark the occasion. One of the highlights for us has been the release “Satie” by Olga Scheps which we have eagerly added to our featured album playlist.
Olga was born on January 1, 1986 in Moscow but moved to Germany when she was 6. Raised in a musical family her father, Ilja Scheps, is also a pianist and professor at the Aachen section of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She began piano lessons at just 4 years old and her active concert work started when she was 12. By this time she had already won several first prizes at the German competitions “Jugend Musiziert” in 1999 as well as “Jugend spielt Klassik” in 2001. At 14, she made her orchestral debut at the concert series “Junge Elite” with the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Prokofiev at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf.
She is known for her performances as a crystal clear romanticist who delivers a teary-eyed and emotional performance. Her repertoire includes many classical works for solo recitals as well as piano concertos. She specialises with her interpretation of Romanticism – in particular the works of Russian composers and Frédéric Chopin.
One of today’s most up-and-coming young soloists, Olga has performed in Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, France, and Asia. She made her US debut performing at the Majestic Theatre, San Antonio in June 2012 where she played Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
She is also a passionate chamber performer. She collaborates with colleagues such as violinists Daniel Hope and Erik Schumann, the cellists Adrian Brendel, Alban Gerhardt and Jan Vogler as well as the violist Nils Mönkemeyer.
Olga says “To me, music is an extension of my expressivity, the amplification of my language. The score is predetermined, but I am the interpreter. It is like acting – like the work of an actress who follows a script.”
Micahel Lington has just released his follow up to 2014’s “Soul Appeal” with an album called “Second Nature” in the UK. A jazz artist who has great respect for his roots, this is an amazing collection of songs that transports you to familiar days past. These soulful sounds from a man who plays what he feels were just begging to be added to the Ice Stream featured album listings.
Michael Lington (born 1969) is a Danish-American contemporary saxophonist, songwriter, producer and recording artist. He is the grandson of Danish composer and band leader Otto Lington. He has collaborated with Michael Bolton, Aaron Neville, Randy Crawford, Bobby Caldwell, Kenny Lattimore, Ryan Shaw, Joan Sebastian, Christian Castro and many others.
His CD “Heat” reached #4 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Sales Chart and was named Jazztrax Album of the Year in 2008. Lington’s duet with Aaron Neville, “That’s When You Save Me”, tied as Jazztrax Best Vocal Song of the Year. You & I, the first single from Heat, went to #2 on the national R&R chart.
Lington performed at the Royal Wedding of Denmark’s future King Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary Donaldson at Fredensborg Castle and numerous other times for the Danish royal family. He was nominated for International Instrumentalist of the Year 2009. In addition to his music career he manages his own wine company LINGTON WINE and cigar company MICHAEL LINGTON CIGARS.
Lake Street Dive has just released their fifth album called Side Pony. It refers to a hair style or an adventuresome, playful young horse, just doing its own thing. We were thrilled that it is their first album to include enough Ice Stream style tracks to put it on our featured album list!
Lake Street Dive is a multi-genre band that was founded in 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. The band consists of Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums). They met while attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. The band was named after a street with many dive bars in Olson’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.