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Sunday, February 17, 2019
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...
This year’s Europop fiesta has the The Good, The Bad, The Bizarre… and The Australians Best known as the launch pad of ABBA, the European Broadcasting Union’s annual song contest has been described as an Olympiad for cheesy pop music where extremely partisan voting by member countries is part of the fun. Carrying the microphone for Austria this year is singer...
Ennio Morricone
The legendary soundtrack composer goes on tour, celebrating 60 years of music Iconic, influential and prolific with over 500 film and TV scores and over 100 classical works, Ennio Morricone is easily the most recognizable film composer of all time. Rising to fame for his genre-defining (and often parodied) “spaghetti” western soundtracks for Sergio Leone, his works include A Fistful...
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 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...
west side story
The deadly rivalry between the Sharks and the Jets ignites once again, as an international cast takes the stage celebrating Jerome Robbins’ legacy The first measures of Leonard Bernstein’s jazz prologue start slowly, a melodic counterpoint to the snapping of fingers, driving the audience wild with anticipation. The turbulent sights and sounds of Manhattan in the 1950s will be brought...
Grafenegg
Outdoor concerts at Schloß Grafenegg are the perfect setting for an ambrosial sound experience My first summer job as a teenager was ushering at the Hollywood Bowl. In that exuberant L.A.-style classical music party, the Bowl’s huge white half dome was as iconic as the opening scenes of Disney’s 1940 classic Fantasia. I heard some of the greatest of the...
festliche tage alter musik
The Klangforum’s Festliche Tage Alter Musik – with works composed between 1908 and 1961 – show us how old (and beautiful) modern music really is. It’s like needing reading glasses: the closer something is, the harder it is to see. Indeed, many consider listening to “new music,” by definition close to us in time, notoriously hard to do. The avant-garde is...
Austrian band contests and the next generation in pursuit of the big stage by 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...
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