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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Collection of Historic Musical Instruments
What do old musical instruments displayed in glass cases have to do with music? The world-renowned Collection of Historic Musical Instruments has the answerMusic should be heard, not locked away in glass display cases, you might think. But when it comes to the treasures in Vienna’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, I beg to differ. So does Australian pianist...
The popular urban happening celebrates a decade on Vienna’s inner-city waterwayOriginally set in motion by Martin Staudinger in 2007, the free festival down by the water started on a simple premise: “We have a beautiful waterway in the city center but don’t use the site around it.” Relatively unused at the time, the Danube Canal has meanwhile transformed into...
Ennio Morricone
The legendary soundtrack composer goes on tour, celebrating 60 years of musicIconic, 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...
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...
The city’s monster festival offers a little something for everyoneDrawing a staggering 3.3 million over three days last year, Donauinselfest, the largest free festival in Europe has come a long way from its origins as an  unexpectedly successful "cultural spring festival" thrown by a SPÖ (Social Democratic Party of Austria) district branch on the nearly-completed island in 1983.Still organized...
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...
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...
klezmore festival
Two weeks of Yiddish celebration from around the world show the versatility of a classic folk traditionExpressive melodies that draw from Yiddish and eastern European music characterize klezmer, an Ashkenazi music style that is seeing a steady revival in both its traditional form and fused with jazz and other influences. Now in its 14th iteration, the KlezMore festival celebrates...
PJ Harvey
With a socio-critical musical reportage, the exceptional P. J. Harvey reinvents herself once againRock-goddess, poet, MBE – for three decades, the chameleonic, multi-talented singer-songwriter P.J. Harvey has defied pigeonholing with astounding ease. Presenting her 2016 album “The Hope Six Demolition Project,” the world-renowned musician returns t with unparalleled rock-folk-blues tunes.Born in Bridport, Dorset, Harvey made her first musical steps...
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