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Carlos Saura’s “Flamenco Flamenco” Masterpiece—in LA but Not for Long

Posted December 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Carlos Saura is a renowned Spanish filmmaker hailed for his documentaries celebrating the performing arts traditions along the Iberian peninsula. Spanning his prolific 60-year career, Saura has received countless honors directing such works as Tango (1998), Fados (2007), and Flamenco (1995), just to name a few. Perhaps his greatest film of all, Flamenco Flamenco, a sequel to its Flamenco predecessor, had its original debut back in 2010, but is re-screening for a …

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Aratani World Series: “Cup of Java”

Posted November 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Cup of Java Dance

The Aratani World Series (formerly the World Festival of Sacred Music) launches into an exciting, new chapter tomorrow night (Saturday, November 29), presenting “Cup of Java,” an exquisite night of Indonesian ceremonial gamelan music and courtly dance.
Ten classically-trained master dancers from the prestigious Institute Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta (ISI) will be accompanied by the complex polyrhythms of LA’s very own CalArts Javanese Gamelan Kyai Doro Dasih Ensemble, under the …

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Lady Gaga: Jazz Singer?

Posted November 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Pop diva, Lady Gaga, and the great Tony Bennett have been making headlines together touring their recent collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek. Who would have thought that the woman in the meat dress with the flashy, stage shows was a closet jazz vocalist…?
The pair made their first debut together singing “Lady is a Tramp” on Tony’s Duets II album, which was awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop …

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Audiophile Alert: Me & Henry Rollins

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Awhile back, Henry Rollins wrote a feature for Stereophile, a monthly rag for hi-fi enthusiasts and nerds. Henry is hardly a nerd, to wit this statement, he wrote in his article entitled “I Am an Audiophile”: “People can hurl any epithet they want about the snobbishness they think audiophiles retain. Let them drink their wine from boxes. The sound of my Bob Ludwig-mastered pressing of Led Zeppelin’s …

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Don’t Miss: Ana Moura—This Friday, November 14

Posted November 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Ana Moura

I am a huge fan of fado, and I am particularly fond of Ana Moura. Fado, like the blues, jazz, and tango, originated in the lower rungs of Portuguese society, in Lisbon’s working class areas like the Mouraria, Alfama, and Bairro Alto port areas in the 1820s. With boats docking in at these ports from all over the world, early fado took its influences from both Arabic modes …

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Tinariwen, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

Posted November 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Tinariwen, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer sounds like a gruesome scene from the Kel Tamashek uprising of 1963 in northern Mali that saw the death of messianic Tinarwen frontman Ibrahim Ag Alhabib’s parents when he was a small boy. But in fact, it’s actually the group’s playbill for the North America tour for their latest album, Emmaar.
When The Harpoonist (Shawn Hall) and the …

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Flamenco Superstar El Cigala Debuts at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Posted October 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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First there was Camarón de la Isla (“Shrimp of the Island”), named because he was skinny and taunted for his complexion being as white as the albino “ghost shrimp” found in the mud volcanoes along the Gulf of Cádiz. He didn’t live long, dying of cancer in 1992 at the age of 42, but was already hailed then as the greatest cantaor (singer) of all …

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Upcoming World Music Shows: Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Ana Moura

Posted October 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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There are two forthcoming shows I am excited about and I wanted to share my enthusiasm.
The first is Turkish virtuoso and sufi artist Omar Faruk Tekbilek. He comes here for two rare shows.
Saturday Oct 25, 2014 at 8 pm – click here for details. Location: Westwood Hills Church, 1989 Westwood Blvd, LA, CA 90025
Sunday Oct 26, 2014  at 7 pm – click here for details. Location: Hoson House, …

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Show #76: Guitar Summit

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Today’s show is about guitars; not all guitars, no blues, no country-western or western swing, etc. There are several styles featured, however, including Indian slide, surf guitar Cuban tres, French manouche (gypsy jazz), and an amazing live version of the Brazilian classic “Asa Branca”.
We begin with the new album by Bill Frisell. It contains mostly surf guitar classics from the 1960s. Then a stupendous version of …

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Show #74: Malian Music Plus Happy Birthday Ray Charles & John Coltrane

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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This week we feature some great music from Malian father and son duo Toumani and Sidiki Diabate and Rokia Traoré. The Diabates were supposed to have a show with Traoré tonight on Friday 9/26 to UCLA’s Royce Hall, but they sadly had to cancel. Fret not, Rokia Traoré will still be performing and will extend her performance by 90 minutes. For more details or refunds, visit …

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