Proteus Entertainment, Inc. is a Chicago-based recording company dedicated to the manufacture, distribution and marketing of unique recordings crossing the genres of Classical, Jazz and World Music.
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
"Arlene's command and presence in a room makes you hope that the evening never ends. She really swings!" - Chicago Jazz Magazine
Arlene Bardelle has been dazzling audience with her tasteful vocal styling for the past several years. Chicago is her home base, where she works with some of the finest musicians in town. She was a mainstay at the famed Coq D'or in the Drake hotel for many years and has performed at many other top notch Chicago venues such as the Pump Room, Andy's Jazz Club, Pops for Champagne, Fitzgerald's and the Jazz Showcase.
Peter Schwendener has been part of the Chicago jazz scene for nearly three decades. He moved to the city in 1979 after receiving formal training in Boston at the Berklee College of Music. Since then, Schwendener has played at such Chicago jazz institutions as The Green Mill, Pop's for Champagne, The Jazz Showcase, and the fondly remembered Leslee's, where he held down that venue's first regular job.
“Chicago pianist Peter Schwendener has a fine quintet outing on “Kickstand,” mostly of cannily arranged standards. He sets the pace and the interpretive manner for the group, something that’s a secret of leadership involving a delicate balance…” -Jay Harvey, Indianapolis Star.
Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic
Now for the first time,
steel string ten finger tapping guitar prodigy Andreas Kapsalis, and nylon
string Balkan folk guitarist Goran Ivanovic are fusing their Serbian and
Greek folk music roots with modern, classical, world, jazz and beyond in
this experimental duo.
underground guitar prodigy Andreas Kapsalis of the critically acclaimed
Andreas Kapsalis Trio and Megitza Quartet, has juxtaposed his one of a kind
finger tapping style with the world renowned Serbian compositional and improvisational
mind, Goran Ivanovic of Eastern Blok. This highly acclaimed cinematic musical
experience has been winning over the ears of the harshest critics world
Los Angeles Times calls Eastern Blok’s music “relentlessly innovative
work.” Extraordinary pan-cultural ensemble effortlessly blends classical
and jazz music with the rich folkloric traditions of Macedonia, Bulgaria,
Los Angeles Times calls Eastern Blok’s music “relentlessly innovative
work.” Downbeat Magazine claims that “the ensemble playing is
often breakneck and consistently challenging.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine
raves that Eastern Blok plays with “blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty.”
After performing over 100 shows a year and selling thousands of records,
the band formerly known as The Goran Ivanovic Group has recorded a new album,
changed their name, and has been successfully packing venues throughout
the country since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2005.
Eastern Blok’s “extraordinary pan-cultural ensemble effortlessly
blends classical and jazz music with the rich folkloric traditions of Macedonia,
Bulgaria, and Serbia. The resulting music is as alluring as it is complex.
Exotic Middle Eastern motifs merge gracefully with the evocative sounds
of Eastern European Klezmer music. Beautifully conceived folk passages are
followed by perfectly executed Mahavishnu-inspired pyrotechnics. The passion
and urgency at which this group plays is heard in every note on this remarkable
musical offering” (Minor 7th Magazine).
Ivanovic & Fareed Haque
and Haque sound like committed internationalists. Their disc's liner notes
emphasize the duo's mixed background -- Ivanovic has Balkan parents and
he studied classical music in Salzburg; Haque is part Pakistani, part
Chilean, and is as much of an eclectic as his musical partner. While their
compositions draw from Macedonian folk songs and pay homage to Brazilian
composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, it's the pair's intricate harmonies that
make Seven Boats an impressive recording. Both of these guitarists have
impeccable technique, yet they are astute in choosing to go the route
of minimalism and evocative uses of space. Ivanovic's title track is a
great example of how to move dynamics with the right amount of subtelty. - Aaron Cohen, Downbeat Feb. 2005
Ivanovic & Fareed Haque
Blues: Laments and Dances
impressive album by Chicago based Fareed Haque and Croatian born Goran
Ivanovic is an excellent example of the complex textures available to
two acoustic guitars played by musicians with open minds and few technical
limitations. Carefully arranged and well balanced between blazing virtuosity
and sheer beauty, this collection of Macedonian melodies arranged for
two nylon-string guitars ranges from simple folk melodies ("Lament")
to adventurously modern sounding tunes ("Improv"). -
Teja Gerken, Acoustic Guitar Magazine August 2002
Areyzaga & Jamie Shaak
The Sun is Love
collection of song cycles and piano music by American composer Gwyneth Walker
contains settings of poetry by E. E. Cummings, May Swenson, and the Sufi
Michelle Areyzaga has been praised for her ravishing
soprano in opera and song and Jamie Shaak’s piano artistry has been
heard at the Kennedy Center and at Lincoln Center in New York.
This recording is a labor of love, as these two peerless
artists team up to introduce a wider audience to the music of one of America’s
most gifted composers.
Already well known for her choral settings, Gwyneth
Walker here breaks new ground in these sensitive and lavish renderings for
soprano and piano. The quality of Ms. Walker’s piano music is further
highlighted in two original and fascinating piano solos.
Bellinati & Harvey Wainapel
Choros of Brazil
Bellinati and Harvey Wainapel offer a rare opportunity to hear the latest
additions to Brazil's century old musical genre, Choro (pronounced "SHO-rue").
This uniquely Brazilian sound derives from a combination of European classical
and dance forms, Brazilian rhythms and melodies, and jazz improvisations,
making it irresistible to listeners of all types of music.
Bellinati is one of Brazil's most accomplished contemporary guitarists.
His active international career has taken him to Europe, Asia and the
Americas. He performs and records with some of the world's top musicians,
including Steve Swallow, Monica Salmaso, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Lucilla Galeazzi,
Carla Bley, Gal Costa, Leila Pinheiro and Chico Buarque.
won the Premio Sharp (Brazil's Grammy) for his arrangements on Gal Costa's
CD "O Sorriso do Gato de Alice," and his landmark recording
"The Guitar Works of Garoto" earned 5 stars in CD Review.
Harvey Wainapel (pronounced "wine-apple") has performed with
the likes of McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Ray Charles and Johnny
Coles. He has toured extensively, appearing in clubs, jazz festivals,
radio/TV broadcasts, and music workshops in over 20 countries.
Tribune August 4, 2002
Know Where I'm Going
in 1984 by conductor Jeffrey Hunt, the St Charles Singers have won acclaim
from musicians and critics alike. John Rutter has conducted them on numerous
occasions, and they have collaborated with conductor Timothy Brown of
Clare College, Cambridge, James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony and Jazz
great George Shearing among others.
in St. Charles
"This is quite lovely…
emphasis is on the impeccable vocal blend of the Illinois choir, named after
their home town, and clear precise diction…
are a number of unusual pieces which will not be found on the usual seasonal
recording… " - John Story, The GRAMOPHONE, February 2005
Be Laughing Tonight
G. is having the time of his life! He recently made his recording debut
at the age of 67, singing the songs he loves with top musicians, making
a set of standards and a few obscurities sound as if they were written for
him. The joy he feels for the music is obvious and his sensitive interpretations
display a deep understanding of the lyrics he sings.
G. is joined by organist Joey DeFrancesco on six numbers, pianist Tom Muellner
on nine, guitarist Bill Klewitz, drummer Phil Gratteau are on every song,
bassist Kelly Sill is on the selections on which Joey DeFrancesco does not
appear. Three songs also have Sonny G. joined by horns with Bob Ojeda contributing
some tasteful flugelhorn to "I Wish I Knew". Sonny G's voice is
highly expressive, always in-tune, he swings at every tempo, and he does
justice to all of the words that he interprets. There are spots for DeFrancesco,
Muellner and Klewitz to stretch out, but the main focus is on the singer.
and raised in Chicago, he loved swing, standards and jazz from the time
he was a child, picking up much of his musical education while listening
to the radio in the 1950s. "Even when rock n roll came in during his
mid-teens, he was much more interested in jazz and jazz singing. Sonny G.
has sung regularly in the Chicago area with such major musicians as Joey
DeFrancesco, Larry Novak, Ira Sullivan, John Campbell, Jodie Christian and
All About Time
All About Time" is an elegant, high-energy jazz album. Tommy Muellner
is a consummate keyboardist. While paying obvious homage to influences like
Bill Evans, Tommy's style is contemporary and fully-realized. On this album,
Tommy combines a myriad of jazz standards with several originals. It's an
eclectic mix of lyrical tunes and uptempo arrangements. Tommy's rhythm section
is impeccable, and the occasional guest trumpet hits the mark every time.
All of this jazz craftsmanship is brought to life in a rich-sounding recording,
with true-to-life soundstaging, terrific bottom, and clear, punchy acoustic
bass. Whether your a jazz aficianado or a casual listener, "It's All
About Time" is a jazz treasure.