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Announcing Divna's "In Search of Divine Light"

May 4, 2014

Divna Ljubojević is considered one of the leading interpreters and performers of the liturgical traditions and Byzantine chant.  The Serbian cantor has an incredible history with her spiritual choir and studio Melodi - performing more than 600 concerts across Europe, Asia and North Africa. 

We are proud to announce her first record with Valley Entertainment: In Search of Divine Light.  The album features a collection of sacred chants from the Byzantine, Russian, Serbian and Bulgarian traditions including works from composers like Nikolay Kedrov, Pavel Chesnokov and Alexander Kastalsky. 

If you have enjoyed our Hearts of Space Records' series Sacred Treasures, then you need to hear Divna's In Search of Divine Light!  You can hear "Blessed is the Man (Blazhen Muzh)" in full on YouTube or on the album's page. 

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Larry Kirwan on Black 47's "Last Call"

February 3, 2014

"Celtic music often passes under the radar but what sub-genre can draw over 100,000 people per weekend as at the Milwaukee and Dublin OH Irish festivals?  Being a member of Black 47 and hosting Celtic Crush on SiriusXM, I’m only too familiar with its popularity.  Thus, I jumped at the chance to curate Larry Kirwan’s Celtic Invasion, a collection of Celtic Rock favorites.  In truth the choices weren’t very difficult – every track had already proven popular on Celtic Crush.  Thus I could hop from "Savage Earth Heart" by the ever-popular Waterboys to "Sullivan’s Lake" by unknown Garahan’s Ghost, from "Wacko King Hako" by Peatbog Faeries to "Weekend Irish" by Barleyjuice and know that the listener would not only be thrilled but also inspired to find out more.  A year later, I’m still proud of this compilation, while some of the bands have rightfully headed into more mainstream glory.  Next year I hope to put together another collection for the discerning ears at Valley.

In the meantime Black 47 is releasing its final CD, Last Call.  We’re disbanding on Nov. 15, 2014 exactly 25 years after our first date. The songs range from street favorites like Salsa O’Keefe to political statements as in US of A 2014; from an uilleann pipes rave up Culchie Prince to a look into the head and life of Irish playwright/revolutionary Brendan Behan.  It’s a celebration of the many musical influences of Black 47 – reggae, funk, rock, Irish Trad, all fused together with the spirit of legendary New York producer, Bert Berns.  It’s available on all the usual digital platforms but can also be bought or downloaded from the band’s website at www.black47.com."

- Larry Kirwan

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Meet Brian Keane, the Emmy-nominated composer behind-the-scenes of "Copper"

September 15, 2013

 
Meet Brian Keane, the Emmy-nominated composer behind-the-scenes of BBC America's "Copper".  Check out this great new piece on YouTube featuring interviews with Brian, Joanie Madden, Eileen Ivers, and executive producer Barry Levinson.

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