Opera Lives Through HD

May 28th, 2012

La Scala Di SetaThe introduction of live HD broadcasts has quite literally transformed the world of opera overnight. Theaters that are broadcasting have seen an increase in in-theatre audience numbers, remote locations without a hope of ever hosting a local company are seeing for the first time world-class productions, and — perhaps most important of all if opera is not to become a museum curio — younger audiences are being wooed and successfully seduced. So let’s ignore the usual chorus of reactionary naysayers, and look at some excerpts from recent productions that illustrate the power of the medium:

John Adams — Nixon in China
Alban Berg — Lulu
Benjamin Britten — Billy Budd
Leos Janacek — The Makropulos Case
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — The Magic Flute
Giacomo Puccini — La Bohème
Giuseppe Verdi — Otello
Giuseppe Verdi — Simon Boccanegra
Richard Wagner — Tristan and Isolde

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Ry Cooder Slide

April 16th, 2012

Ry CooderA recent article in Pitchfork highlighted the solo careers of the “L.A. Weirdos” — Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Van Dyke Parks. A well-deserved profile, no doubt — but where’s the love for their frequent studio partner, slide guitarist Ry Cooder? Let’s fix this omission — here are some highlights from Ry’s solo career — and if you want to hear some more, check out his latest album:

Available Space
Vigilante Man
If Walls Could Talk
Fool for a Cigarette
Little Sister
Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile
Paris, Texas
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
Going Back To Okinawa
No Banker Left Behind

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Meet the New Boss

March 14th, 2012

Bruce SpringsteenGoing to SXSW? There already? Looking forward to Bruce Springsteen’s keynote? Hoping to at least catch it on NPR? No matter what you plan to do at (or away from, or after) SXSW, we’ve got you covered. First, listen to our interview with Dmitri Vietze, Shanta Thake, and Olivier Conan of Chicha Libre to get the global music perspective on the fest. Then, sit back and listen to our retrospective of the Boss’ musical career — there might just be a couple of performances you haven’t heard before:

Lost in the Flood
Wild Billy’s Circus Story
Night
Racing in the Street
Stolen Car
Highway Patrolman
Born in the USA
One Step Up
Real World
Living Proof
The Line
Mary’s Place
Reno
Pay Me My Money Down
Livin’ in the Future
Good Eye
We Take Care of Our Own

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The Party Continues

January 6th, 2012

Sharon JonesEvery year, KadmusArts greets the New Year with a slideshow that unites great images from festivals around the world with music from the performers that bring these festivals to life. Over the past three years, Howard Fishman, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Blitz The Ambassador have graciously allowed us to set our slideshow to their tunes. We thought that you might not be quite ready to wrap up your New Year’s festivities just yet; if so, here’s some music by all three to keep you going — enjoy:

Howard Fishman:
Night After Night
Hey Little Girl
Crash on the Levee
Can’t Get Along

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings:
How Do I Let a Good Man Down?
100 Days, 100 Nights
Let them Knock
I’ll Still Be True

Blitz The Ambassador:
Kill the Radio
Remembering the Future
Free Your Mind
Akwaaba

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25 Years of the Bridge School

November 7th, 2011

Bridge School ConcertYou know Neil Young as a musician, of course — but did you know that, together with his wife Pegi, they have been deeply involved with the founding and funding of a leading school for children with special needs, the Bridge School? Or that the school holds an annual all-acoustic benefit concert, where the world’s leading musicians come and perform? Here are just a few samples from these concerts — and if you like what you hear, support the Bridge School — buy the CD or (even better) the DVD:

Arcade Fire — Wake Up
David Bowie — Heroes
Jerry Garcia (w/Bob Weir) — Ripple
Metallica — Nothing Else Matters
Pearl Jam — Nothing As It Seems
R.E.M. (w/Neil Young) — Country Feedback
Trent Reznor — Hurt
Tom Waits — 16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six
Thom Yorke — Lucky
Neil Young — Down By The River

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