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Carnatic, with a jazz twist

Karuna Kshetra plays Carnatic compositions with a Western rhythm section

During his solos, German saxophonist Rainer Pusch sways as if to match the wildness of what he is playing: he curves, snake-like, and moves with a vehemence that almost, at one point, toppled a nearby note-stand.

A concert of Carnatic fusion-jazz recently served up exactly what the label promises. Karuna Kshetra, a project put together by Pusch and vocalist Manickam Yogeswaran in 2003, is founded on the premise of playing Carnatic compositions with a Western rhythm section.

 The Hindu

First Set of WOMEX 2012 Conference Topics & Speakers Announced

World music conference WOMEX 2012 confirmed to World Music Central the first set of Conference topics and speakers, who will be shedding light on the latest music industry developments and sparking debate across all sectors. Nadia EL-Imam (Sweden) and Lemez Lovas (UK) curated the Conference program.

 The World Music Central

The 5th European Young Artists‘ Award Burghausen 2013 for Jazz Artists Announced

Coinciding with the 44th Burghausen International Jazz Festival that will be held from March 12 to 17, 2013, the town‘s jazz association, Interessengemeinschaft Jazz Burghausen e.V. , in cooperation with the town of Burghausen, invites for the submission of entries to the 5th European Young Artists‘ Award Burghausen 2013.

World Music Central

Why we must fight to keep jazz alive

It was back in l961 that an author called Henry Pleasants wrote a book about jazz called Death of a Music. At that point in 20th-century culture he could have been forgiven for undue pessimism because jazz, more than half a century ago, was still regularly hailed as America’s principal contribution to world culture. Had Pleasants owned a crystal ball, however, he might have shocked himself with his prescience.

The Telegraph

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists (hereinafter called the Programme) promote the mobility of young artists in order to enrich their personal perspectives, to develop their creative project, enabling them to engage in a cultural diversity dialogue.

The Programme offers residencies to young artists (between 25 and 35 years old) worldwide. UNESCO-Aschberg advocates and promotes creativity, highlights cultural exchanges and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures.

 UNESCO

The Voice Project supports victims in Central Africa

What do you get when a man with a few famous friends uses Karinthy’s Six Degrees of Separation to send a message (and a song) around the world? You get the Voice Project, a charity that aims to support the victims of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The charity came about when Hunter Heaney heard groups of widows and rape victims writing and singing songs of a style called dwog paco whilst working at an Internally Displaced Person’s camp in northern Uganda. These songs encouraged child soldiers who had escaped Kony’s LRA to return home and be forgiven for the atrocities they were forced to commit. Taking inspiration from the women’s groups and the increasing success in their mission, Heaney, along with friends Anna Gabriel (daughter of Peter) and Chris Holmes of indie band Ashtar Command, set out to bring more exposure to dwog paco and the issue facing the women’s groups in North Uganda.

songlines

London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM)

The London International Festival of Exploratory Music (better known as LIFEM) is has rolled around again, and this year the theme is Sounds from the Arctic Cool.

Between the October 31 and November 3, six acts from across Scandinavia (as well as Yorkshire-based indie-folk band Tomorrow We Sail), will bring their sounds to King’s Place for LIFEM’s fourth celebration of international music.

With genres as far reaching as rock, jazz and traditional, the festival is set to provide a wide view of the Scandinavian music scene. Artists scheduled to perform include EF and Frida Hyvönen of Sweden, Deaf Centre and Biosphere of Norway and RinneRadio and Wimme Saari and Tapani Rinne from Finland. 

songlines

9th Konya International Mystic Music Festival

9th edition of the Konya International Mystic Music Festival will take place under the serene shadow of Mevlana Rumi's tomb, in Konya - a city ripe with mysticism.

Konya is located at the heart of Anatolia, also known as Asia Minor, in Central Turkey. It is the site of one the earliest settlements on earth. The modern-day city is like an open-air museum with diverse cultural and historic influences on display throughout. Konya became a city of world renown due to Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi (September 30th 1207 - December 17th, 1273), an acclaimed sufi and poet who lived and died here. Mevlana was born to a family of scholars in Balkh, a town located in today's Afghanistan. Since childhood, he received excellent training in the arts and sciences. Eventually, migration through the long and arduous routes of Central Asia brought him and his family to Anatolia and on May 3rd, 1228 he arrived in Konya. He was introduced to divine love by Shams of Tabriz, who came to Konya in 1244 and disappeared suddenly in 1247. Inspired by the fire of this divine love, Mevlana became a sufi dervish and poet. The poems he recited while whirling trance-like during the sema have become some of the most widely read in the world.

mysticmusicfest.com

Putumayo Delves into the Fresh, Upbeat Sounds of the Arabic Scene from Damascus to Casablanca and Beyond on Arabic Beat

Across the Middle East and North Africa, the beat goes on. Inspired by music from across the globe but true to Arabic music’s deep roots, the sounds of raï’s rolling funk and the shimmering pulse of raqs sharki (“belly dance” music) tell the story of a thriving contemporary scene that stretches across the breadth of the Mediterranean.

This scene shines on Putumayo’s Arabic Beat, a collection that chronicles the musical creativity of Arabic musicians today. The album revels in artists rarely heard in the West: the unsung stars and hit- makers who shape the region’s music. 

worldmusicwire.com


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