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August 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Pink Martini drummer dies

Sad news for Pink Martini and its legion of dedicated Seattle fans, who recently saw the group perform Wednesday and Thursday at the Woodland Park Zoo. The group’s drummer, Derek Rieth, has died. According to The Associated Press, a police spokesman said Friday that the Oregon State medical examiner’s office has determined that Rieth died of…

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August 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Dafnis Prieto to join world musicians in special quartet | Concert preview

(Courtesy of Maya Illusion)

Maya Illusion: Osam Ezzeldin, Ganesh Rajagopalan, Dafnis Prieto and Jayanthi Raman (Courtesy of the artists)

An unusual world-jazz collaboration featuring one of the most exciting drummers in jazz and an Indian master violinist is afoot Friday, Aug. 22, in Seattle, thanks to the Seattle chapter of the Association for India’s Development (AID).

The concert features the newly formed quartet Maya Illusion, which features Cuban drummer, composer and MacArthur “genius” fellow Dafnis Prieto, who has played with Roy Hargrove, Claudia Acuña and Chucho Valdés and performed last year at the Earshot Jazz Festival. Maya Illusion also showcases renowned Indian violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, who recently has been serving as honorary artistic director of Rasika, an arts and cultural school in Hillsboro, Ore.

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August 5, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Triple Door to host Brazilian Nights | Concert preview

(Arie Pytel)

Brazilian group En Canto performs in the opening show of the Brazilian Nights series (Arie Pytel)

OK, let’s get this out of way up front: Brazil tanked in the World Cup.

Can we move on?

Because there’s good Brazilian news — especially for music lovers.

Thanks to the support of Pedro Costa, the Honorary Consul of Brazil in Washington State — and the grass roots elbow grease of vocalist Adriana Giordano of the local group En Canto — Seattle is hosting three top-notch concerts at the Triple Door this summer and fall.

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August 1, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Chvrches: Haunting, innocent indie-electro | Concert preview

This explosive Scottish trio — Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty — hit the sweet spot between electronica and pop with last year’s single “The Mother We Share,” then more than lived up to expectations with its debut album, “The Bones of What You Believe,” which hung on the Billboard album charts for six months, peaking at No. 12.

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