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Thursday, November 15, 2018
grandmaster flash
The music legend throws an audio-visual block party for the history of Hip Hop. With Hip Hop entering something resembling maturity, it pays to remember its roots – those heady days when pioneering musicians were still defining the genre. Fortunately, the seminal founding father Grandmaster Flash is holding a master class with his latest event Hip Hop, People, Places and...
The Junges Ensemble at the Theater an der Wien: boot camp for six newly minted opera singers The opera world can be “a crazy and dangerous place,” smiles Jochen Breiholz of Theater an der Wien (TadW). Of course it’s an overstatement, but Breiholz does know something about how strenuous the business can be: He’s the director of artistic administration and...
the tiger lillies
The Tiger Lillies promote their latest album A Cold Night in Soho. Combining prewar cabaret with Brechtian aesthetics, macabre themes and an anarchic punk rock attitude, the highly influential ­Tiger Lillies have been bending genres since forming in 1989, even earning a Grammy nomination in 2003 (for The Gorey End, a collaboration with illustrator Edward Gorey and The Kronos Quartet). Best...
donauinselfest
Notable tributes and newcomers make this year a salute to musical innovators then and now. June in Vienna just wouldn’t feel the same without thousands flocking to the Donauinsel, the city’s cherished recreational island, for Europe’s biggest annual open-air event. Sponsored by the city’s ruling party the Social Democrats, the festival beckons with free admission and eight stages featuring acts...
slick rick
One of hip-hop’s founding fathers, Slick Rick weaves stories out of street life. A legend in his own time, Slick Rick is a name revered among the old-school hip-hop crowd, hailed as an inspiration for the likes of OutKast, Snoop Dogg, Nas and Eminem. Yet to a wider audience, the self-proclaimed “Ruler” Slick Rick may be the greatest artist they’ve...
Morgan James Vienna
The rising diva graces the Vienna jazz firmament A new star on the jazz-horizon, Morgan James – who cut her teeth with covers of Aretha Franklin, Prince, Sam Smith, and her work with the popular Postmodern Jukebox – is now on tour in Europe supporting her first full album of original material, Reckless Abandon. Celebrated as a “phenomenal talent” by The...
World Peace Choral Festival
Youth choirs from around the world sing for a better tomorrow Hosted by Vienna’s classical music posterboys the Wiener Sängerknaben, the World Peace Choral Festival encourages cultural exchange between youth from different cultures via the universal language of music. Now in its seventh iteration, it boasts spectacular locations, with the opening concert held at Stephansdom. There will also be a...
Thoughts about music in a raucous world and International Noise Awareness Day. The concert halls in Vienna are phenomenal spaces. You might think I’m talking about the music. But what flabbergasts me is how quiet they are. There is no air-conditioning rumble, no sudden siren from the street. I love listening to their silence, to the wondrous moment of noiseless...
The Radiokulturhaus introduces Britain’s post-jazz scene Attracting a plethora of talent, London has long boasted a lively jazz scene, with many musicians willing to push the envelope. Four of the most acclaimed artists show how they move past the standards: Alexander Hawkins (and trio), a pianist whose free jazz interpretations are firmly rooted in jazz and classical lore; the experimental band...
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