Peninsula Reviews: Brilliant Return of Clarinetist Mariam Adam

Monterey native Mariam Adam made a welcome return to the area on Friday evening, March 7, 2014 to play at All Saints’ Church, Carmel in a fund-raiser for Youth Music Monterey, of which she is an alumna. Now based in New York, Mariam has made an international reputation with the wind quintet Imani Winds in the past 15 years, and she also has formidable ability in the clarinet and piano repertoire, as she demonstrated in this recital together with equally accomplished Berlin-born pianist, Evelyn Ulex…

By David Beech – March, 10, 2014

Review: JP Jofre

It’s a great honor to be part of this unique album that features some of my favorite composers. Now’s days is very hard to find albums with diverse styles of contemporary-tonal music, but in this case, the Transatlantic Ensemble did a wonderful work in the selection of the works and the performance is excellent.

JP Jofre

Review: Miguel del Aguila

I just finished listening to my Silence from your new Havana Moon CD; and both my friend and I were in tears by the beginning of the coda. Your interpretation is so beautifully moving, lyrical, refined, deep and most of all the feelings and expression of the music sound so sincere. … as if you two are alone seating somewhere in the dark, improvising absentmindedly whatever comes to mind… my favorite type of performances. Bravo Evelyn Ulex and Mariam Adam, you’ve got a hit!Nocturne sounds beautiful, very lyrical and introspective. Tango Trio sounds fun and dramatic as you captured so well all the passion, melodrama and sultriness of this piece. Thank you for this amazing recording of my works and all other excellent tracks on the Havana Moon album.

Miguel del Aguila

June 2016


Havana Moon from Steinway & Sons, for example, mixes a couple of short, evocative, authentically Latinate piano works by Heitor Villa-Lobos (Skyline of New Yorkand Valsa da Dor) with Latin-influenced pieces by three contemporary composers. The three are Paquito D’Rivera (born 1948), who contributes The Cape Cod Files(four movements), Habanera, Contradanza and Vals Venezolano; Miguel del Águila (born 1957), whose Tango Trio, Nocturne and Silence are heard here; and bandoneón player J.P. Jofre (born 1983), whose works on this CD are Sweet Dreams and Primavera. Several of the pieces are world première recordings, and all are quite well handled by performers who are clearly comfortable playing “fusion” music …

Review: ALLMUSIC REVIEW by James Manheim

The Havana Moon title and the presence of Cuban reedman Paquito D’Rivera at the beginning of the program might give the impression that this is a collection of Cuban crossover music; in fact, the program is pan-Latin; composer Miguel del Águila is Uruguayan, Heitor Villa-Lobos is Brazilian, and JP Jofre is an Argentinian bandoneón player and composer. The music is for a small chamber ensemble headed by German pianist Evelyn Ulex; hence the connection to the piano-oriented Steinway label (and the Transatlantic moniker, for clarinetist Mariam Adam is American)…

Review: Gramophone

“Clarinettist Miriam Adam, a fonding and former member of Imani Winds, steps out with pianist Evelyn Ulex in their guise as the TransAtlantic Ensemble for a splendid voyage of discovery through the western hemisphere.”

SiriusXM Symphony Hall “Best Recordings of 2016”

“Havana Moon” selected by SiriusXM Symphony Hall “Best Recordings of 2016” 
(Chosen by the Symphony Hall Announcing Staff)

Can be heard all day on December 31 and January 1

  • America Again – Lara Downes (Sonos Luminus) 
  • Martha Argerich – Early Recordings (DGG)
  • Joshua Bell – For the Love of Brahms (Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields) (Sony)
  • “Be Glad then America” – Bennett and Schuman: The “President’s Own” Unites States Marine Band: Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig (Altissimo) 
  • Juri Belohlavek – Czech Philharmonic: Dvorak Slavonic Dances (Decca – Universal Music)
  • Aaron Copland – Ballet Music: Leonard Slatkin – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Naxos)
  • Daugherty – Tales of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle” Giancarlo Guerrero – Nashville Symphony; Zuill Bailey, Cello (Tales of Hemingway) (Naxos)
  • Elgar – Orchestral Transcriptions: Kenneth Woods – English Symphony Orchestra; Rodolfus Choir (Avie)
  • Ginastera at 100 – Yolanda Kondonassis, Orli Shaham, Gil Shaham and the Oberlin Orchestra (Oberlin Music)
  • Cold Mountain – Jennifer Higdon (Pentatone)
  • Imani Winds – Startin’ Sumthin’ (eONE Music)
  • Lang Lang – New York Rhapsody: Lang Lang; Herbie Hancock; John Axelrod – London Symphony Orchestra (Sony)
  • Minnesota Orchestra – Osmo Vanska: Sibelius Symphonies 3, 6 and 7 (BIS)
  • Poulenc Works for Solo Piano and Duo: Lucille Chung (with Alessio Bax) (Signum)
  • Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood: Alice Cooper; Alexander Shelly; National Youth Orchestra of Germany (Universal Music)
  • Rachmaninov – Symphony No. 1; Balakirev: Tamara: – Valery Gergiev – London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live)
  • Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker: Complete Ballet; Symphony No. 4: Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky Orchestra (Mariinsky)
  • Michael Torke – Three Manhattan Bridges: David Alan Miller – Albany Symphony Orchestra; Joyce Yang; Julie Albers (Albany Records)
  • TransAtlantic Ensemble: – Havana Moon (Steinway and Sons)
  • “Winter” – V O C E S 8 (Universal Music)
  • Pinchas Zukerman – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: English String Music (Decca – Universal Music)