Music the artform and artists

Iraqi Traditional Music Revisited in a War Era

As Iraq makes daily news coverage for the rapidly progressing political events many are concerned about the preservation of traditional Iraqi arts. Among them is the uniquely Iraqi music genre called Maqam Baghdadi, a style of singing distinguished from the rest of the Arab World in the performance, composition, and instrumentation.

 

Source : aljadid.com

Creating their own music

The British Library was alive with noise on a quiet Sunday morning, with the children waiting for Jessica Morwood and Daniel Ship’s arrival. Almost 25 excited children from the age of seven to 12 were brought in by young parents willing to sacrifice their Sunday morning, while their wards were given an overview of unusual musical instruments from different countries and were taught how musical sound is made.

 

Source : The Hindu.com

Celebrating Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s 50th Season

“Thank you, celli,” Marin Alsop said in her understated way when she finally took the podium at the penultimate concert of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s 50th season. Somehow it felt entirely appropriate at this festival, which is unconventional in so many other ways, that the cello section had interrupted the orchestra’s tuning by barging onstage wearing party hats and blowing party favors, with a banner marking the anniversary.

 

Source : newmusicbox.org

George Michael makes pop history at Paris Opera

PARIS (AP) — Singer George Michael has become the first international popstar to perform in Paris' Opera Garnier, a venue more known as a stage for classical music and opera.

 

Source : music.yahoo.com

Where Has The Music Loving Feeling Gone?

As technology becomes an ever increasing part of our daily lives, the way we interact with the things we label as entertainment evolve as well. Whether substituting regular cable for Netflix or curating a coveted music playlist with Spotify, the consumer is consciously changing the way companies market to them.

 

Source : musicthinktank.com

Music Made By Musicians AND The Audience

It’s one thing to recognize, in these days of celebrity Twitter feeds and Reddit interviews, the rapid disappearance of the “fourth wall” that traditionally separated performers from audience members. It’s another to transform a live audience into an electronic symphony, using physical wires to connect individuals and create new music on the fly.

 

Source : wired.com

BT River of Music, Africa and Americas stages – review

London Pleasure Gardens was a curiously bleak location for an ambitious pre-Olympic celebration: a gravel wasteland alongside an abandoned flour mill on the river's edge. It looked more like the set of a gritty movie than a concert site, but this was the Africa stage of the two-day BT River of Music, a festival involving artists from 204 countries in six concerts along the River Thames.

 

Source : guardian.co.uk

Songlines Music Awards 2012

With the Songlines Music Awards now in their fourth year, Songlines magazine is delighted to announce this year's winners. The awards, voted by Songlines readers and the general public, endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of musical talent across the world featured in Songlines magazine.

 

Source : songlines.co.uk

Musicians Weigh Big-City Dreams Against Hometown Pride

Maryanna Sokol is a 29-year-old singer and songwriter originally from Houston, but she left her hometown for New York almost two years ago.

 

Source : npr.org


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