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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Austrian band contests and the next generation in pursuit of the big stageby Benjamin Kubaczek & Cynthia Peck “Competitions are for horses, not artists,” quipped Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. Perhaps. But the world thinks otherwise, and competitions are flourishing – not only in classical music.Band contests have seen an upsurge in recent years. There are 50 in Austria alone, according...
Accordion Festival
On its 18th birthday, this world music festival explores SpainStill going strong after 18 years, the city's own International Accordion Festival continues to showcase the instrument in various unexpected ways by both local and international talent. This year's theme, Viva España, focuses on the Iberian Peninsula, with numerous Spanish combos coming like the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra. Featuring Spanish...
gramola
The compact disc is still a viable archival medium, especially for classical musicI just read a Japanese best-seller about cleaning. The basic premise is that if you reduce your belongings to a perfect minimum of only those things you feel deeply about, then designate each a special place in your home, you will live the rest of your days...
saul williams
Saul Williams incites the braying masses to revolt, a frustrated prophet for the digital age.In modern times, hacking is associated with the act of  “gaining unauthorized access to data in a system or computer.” This is precisely what slam poet/artist/rapper Saul Williams wants all of us to do – except, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a computer we...
Bard's Reign
Recently, an aging American celebrity with implausibly dyed hair has caused bitter discord between his avid supporters and those who are repulsed by his undecipherable utterances (and even the sound of his voice). No, I’m not talking about the Republican Party’s candidate for President and his "bragadocious" misogyny.Rather, it was the news that The Swedish Academy had awarded the...
The Strauss Family
The Strauss Family: Kings of the Blue DanubeMusic megastars are the kings: the king of pop, the king of rock, the king of the guitar. Vienna’s were the waltz kings: Johann Strauss I and his three sons, Johann II, Josef and Eduard, whose dance music dominated the entire 19th century. Even today, a silhouette of Johann II (1825-1899) –...
saul williams
The New York slam poet breaks back into the hip-hop sceneAn alternative hip-hop icon since acquiring the title of Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion in 1996, esteemed spoken word artist Saul Williams has since risen to global fame for his poetry, writing and acting. Highly influential in both music and literature, his list of appearances and collaborators is long, including...
The introspective musician creates dreamy beats for a changing world.With an eclectic style that draws from jazz and world music, English electronic artist Simon Green, better known by his stage name Bonobo, is currently on tour to promote his 2017 album Migration, dead set on hypnotizing his many fans with his most emotional work to date.Debuting in 2000 with...
Pixies
The alternative rock icons come to town with a brand new albumA huge influence on the grunge movement and bands like Nirvana, Blur or Radiohead, this seminal band from Boston is fronted by Black Francis (sometimes known as Frank Black). Still going strong after reuniting in 2004, they continue their signature sound with their new album Head Carrier. Only their sixth...
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