Music the artform and artists

A Rare Breed: New Operas at the Met

ON Oct. 23 the Metropolitan Opera will offer something that has been too infrequent during Peter Gelb’s six years as general manager: a new production of an opera by a living composer.


Source : The New York Times

Musicians for Mali Benefit Concert to Aid Refugees to Be Held September 22

American world music band Toubab Krewe has organized the Musicians for Mali benefit concert to aid refugees displaced by the crisis in Mali. The event will take place Saturday, September 22 of 2012 at 8:00 pm at the City Winery. Toubab Krewe has brought together an all-star lineup of Malian and American artists to celebrate Malian Independence Day, increase awareness about the current crisis in Mali, and raise money for refugees.


Source: World Music

“Living Arts, Loving Culture” umbrella of programmes launched

Rapid ramp-up of Government programmes supported by active community participation
Singapore’s arts and culture scene is set for greater vibrancy under a new “Living Arts, Loving Culture” umbrella of programmes to be launched following the recommendations presented to the Government by the Arts and Culture Strategic Review (ACSR) Steering Committee. The background of the ACSR can be referred to in Annex A.


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Meet in Beijing Art Festival Commences

As April rolls around the corner with the promise of warmer days, spring also commences the 12th Meet in Beijing Art Festival, an annual event since 2000.

From April 28 to May 29, artists from all over the world will come together to present audiences a dazzling feast of art, music, and live performances.

The opening performance will be Swan Lake, presented by the Ballet Nacional De Cuba, the Grand Prix award-winning ballet troupe founded by world renowned Cuban ballet master Alicia Alonso. The troupe first performed at Meet in Beijing in 2002 with Don Quixote, leaving a deep impression on Beijing's ballet lovers. Coming back a decade later, this classic version ballet Swan Lake offers a twist, integrating Cuban characteristics and modern elements.


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Music without borders

Amir Khusro Sangeet Academy in association with Kalakshetra Foundation presents Sham-E-Mauseequi, a Hindustani vocal concert by Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan. A vocalist of Classical and Sufi music of India and Pakistan, he belongs to the Sham Chaurasi School from East Punjab. Son of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, he has performed across the globe and has received numerous awards.


Source : The Hindu

33 Musicians On What John Cage Communicates

100 years ago today, John Cage was born. In celebration of his birthday, we asked contemporary musicians across a wide range of genres and backgrounds — not only in classical music, but also pop, rock, metal, electronic and experimental — what they've taken from the late composer's musical and philosophical ideas.


Source : NPR.ORG

Ireland . . . and all that jazz

The Jazz Age? In Free State Ireland, the moral guardians weren’t having any of it. A free music festival in Dublin looks back at the Anti-Jazz Campaign of 1934 – and celebrates the rise in Ireland of ‘The Devil’s Music’

IT WAS like cocaine for the feet. We’d always been fond of a good hands-by-your-sides dance, but this new foreign music was something altogether different. The first decade of the Irish Free State coincided with the Jazz Age and the viral spread of what was essentially the world’s first pop music. New-fangled contraptions such as the wireless and the gramophone were bringing its infectious rhythms to every corner of the civilised world.


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Drowned in Sound‘s review of WOMAD Charlton Park 2012

WOMAD occupies something of a niche in the world of festivals. Largely marginalised in the mainstream music press, it is simultaneously a festival for 'everyone' and one geared at a very specific audience. Now in its 30th year, WOMAD isn’t likely to make a bid for wider public awareness anytime soon. The organisers appear content with their festival not being a household name, and why wouldn’t they be? Despite being a relative obscurity, WOMAD manages to pull in over 20,000 fans with admirable regularity. A sizeable percentage of attendees are returning customers.


Source : Drowned in Sound

Irish Music in South Africa

Fresh from his group the Fidelio Trio’s mini-tour of South Africa at the start of this month, violinist Darragh Morgan, alongside oboe player Alison Lowell, will perform music by Irish composers Donnacha Dennehy (Overstrung), Ed Bennett (String Factory) and Linda Buckley (Exploding Stars) at the Unyazi Electronic Music Festival in Durban, South Africa, on 12 September.


Source : The Journal of Music

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