The endless women’s music thread

Since it looks like we might be inside for all of International Women’s Month, endlessly washing our hands like Lady MacBeth, the least we could do is put on some music.

This was started off by rosashills, with keyboardist Maria Chiara Argiró on “To the Sea” from the album Hidden Seas, and “Dream R” from The Fall Dance.

Maria Chiara Argiró (red link) was born in Rome, where she studied piano and African percussions (Djambè- doun- doun). After completing a degree in ethnomusicology at Tor Vergata University of Rome, and playing with the University Jazz Ensemble, she moved to London and studied at the London Centre of Contemporary Music. She completed a bachelor’s degree in jazz at Middlesex University. While she has played keyboards with a number of musicians, she is most known for working with These New Puritans.


  • The Fall Dance, Odradek Records (November 2016).
  • Hidden Seas (2016)

Since Maria Chiara Argiró is part of the London jazz scene, this leads in quite naturally to a list of performers at , including some special women’s selections for Women’s History Month.

Next from the list is Monika Herzig and Sheroes.  Herzig is the organizer, plays keyboards and composes. She is a professor, an author, and has received several awards.  The other women in the all women group are veteran jazz players who have all known each other for a long time, and play together for fun.They are: Leni Stern (guitar, Germany/USA), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, Canada/USA), Ada Rovatti (saxophone, Italy), Jamie Baum (flutes, USA), Reut Regev (trombone, Israel/USA), Jennifer Vincent (bass, USA), Rosa Avila (drums, Mexico) and Mayra Casales (percussion, Cuba/USA).


  • Come With Me, Owl Studios, 2011.
  • Sheroes, Whaling City Sound, 2018. Singled out for special mention from this album are “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “House of the Rising Sun”.

Alto saxophonist Rachael Cohen is also from the London jazz scene. She is originally from the Shetland Islands and studied at the City of Edinburgh Music School. She later studied jazz at the The Birmingham Conservatoire. Her album ‘Halftime’ made it to MOJO magazines top ten jazz albums of 2014.

  • Album:  ‘Halftime’, Whirlwind Recordings, 2012.

3 thoughts on “The endless women’s music thread

  1. Leila Martial was involved in both of those Maria Chiara Argiró projects. “Nautilus”, for example, from Hidden Seas is really cool (I also remember liking the story of the Iceberg.)

    Most virtuosic is this recording from Jazz à Marciac filled with uneasy scatter-language (especially Bosch I), but I thought you might like something mellower, more “three people in a church”-like, for the Sunday when France shut down (with the exception of tobacco shops, pharmacies, supermarkets, gas stations, & local voting lines.)

    Unfortunately, the chances of seeing anyone at Jazz à Vienne in July are as compromised as the Tokyo Olympics. And “stealing” an act from Marciac is just not the done thing, I gather.

    Meanwhile, a very intriguing virtual mash-up:

    Recovery=mission accomplished?

  2. Oh that first one is very nice. If you like dissonance type harmonies, try the black metal from the Norwegian girls’ choir in the side bar.

    I thought I was getting better, after 2 weeks of this nonsense, but woke up with a cough. And I read on The Internet that ibuprofen is no good for coronavirus, you are supposed to use Paracetamol. That’s Tylenol in American, but I’ve got some Paracetamol left over somewhere. The government doesn’t tell us anything, only to wash hands.

    But here is something for Sunday.

  3. Shall we go for baroque?

    Vivaldi’s “Domine Deus” from the Gloria in D Major, RV589 is a well known solo for soprano and oboe. (H/T Graaf)

    Here is a very nice one, even if they don’t bother to credit the oboist.

    The soprano here is more my style. This is the Chamber Orchestra & Choir of Utrecht Music Conservatory, in the Netherlands:

    This is most excellent, with a star-studded cast, and has the whole choral piece (playlist is in the first comment). The director is Rinaldo Alessandrini and contralto Sara Mingardo is also featured. Sadly, the oboe part is played by a violin, but don’t let that stop you from watching it, and plugging in the good speakers. This is really most excellent.

    If you want to play this yourself, there is sheet music here you can play along with.
    [Now cross-posted to Vivaldi’s Domine Deus, and with a score so you can sing or play along.

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