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.
Graham Nash has released his sixth solo album after a gap of fourteen years and the Ice Stream has added it to our featured album playlist. When Graham penned this new collection of songs he had just separated from his wife Susan after 38 years of marriage which was clearly weighing heavily on his mind and why this is an extremely reflective album. Indeed, it is an extremely emotional and poignant affair and amongst the strongest musically that he has written.
Graham William Nash was born 2 February 1942. He is known for his light tenor voice and for his songwriting contributions as a member of the English pop group the Hollies and the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Nash became an American citizen on 14 August 1978 and holds dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and United States. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours List for services to music and to charity.
Our latest new addition to the Ice Stream Album playlist is a blast from the past featuring Peter Frampton – the English rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist.
During his early career he was associated with bands such as Humble Pie and The Herd during the sixties. Frampton’s international breakthrough solo album was his 1976 live release, Frampton Comes Alive! The album sold more than six million copies in the United States alone and spawned several hits.
His latest album features some superb acoustic work where much of his earlier work has been revisited with a considerable degree of maturity making it a new classic in our times.
As well as searching out cool tracks from the world of jazz and classical music we are also on constant look out for mellow grooves from today’s world of pop. This is one young lady that cannot be ignored!
Birdy is incredibly young (born 1996) to have already amassed considerable fame with her music. She comes from a pretty posh background as her real name, Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde, might give away if she hadn’t shortened it to the nickname “Birdy”.
Her father is Rupert Oliver Benjamin van den Bogaerde; her mother, the Hon. Sophie Patricia (née Roper-Curzon) is a concert pianist. Her grandfather is Captain John Christopher Ingram Roper-Curzon, the 20th Baron Teynham and a member of the Peerage of England, and she grew up on the family estate near Lymington. Her great-uncle was the actor Sir Dirk Bogarde.
Birdy learned to play the piano at the age of seven, and began writing her own music at eight. In 2008, as a 12-year-old, Birdy won the UK talent contest Open Mic UK, a spinoff of the Live and Unsigned competition. She won both the under-18s category and the Grand Prize, against 10,000 other competitors. She performed her own song, called “So Be Free”, at the competition in front of 2,000 people.
In 2009, Birdy performed live on piano for BBC Radio 3’s Pianothon in London. In January 2011, at just 14, Birdy released a cover version of Bon Iver’s song “Skinny Love”. The song became her first hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at 17. It was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode “The Sun Also Rises”, which aired on 5 May 2011 as well as an episode of Being Human. Birdy also performed the song live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March 2012.
Since that time Birdy has released a further 10 singles and “Beautiful Lies” is her third studio album.
Further to the last post, the 64 kbps mono player has now been added to the mobile phone player web page (look for the big blue button on the home page).