Music

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

Shaun Randol

"It is not necessary for the work to 'represent' a thing in order to symbolize that thing," says the critic Etienne Gilson in The Arts of the Beautiful. "It is only necessary for it to have the power to suggest it." The AK-47 in itself assumes a violent posture, because we know its destructive capability.

Shaun Randol

"Sinner Man" is a traditional, American spiritual. At least one blogger claims the song has roots in the Appalachians, by way of Scotland, though I can find no evidence to back that up. The earliest recording we have is from 1956. In the subsequent fifty-plus years, the song has been covered, deconstructed, reconfigured, and re-interpreted by musicians around the world.

Amanda Dugan

Rather than act as a deterrent to musical protest, the imprisonment of members of Pussy Riot serves as inspiration for other musicians, especially women, to speak truth to power. Pussy Riot is not the first to tread this gender-musical path, though. Amanda Dugan reports on the successes of Drupatee Ramgoonai in Trinidad and Tobago and Odile “Kiki” Katese in Rwanda, female musicians who are turning music and cultures upside down.

Shaun Randol

I'm enthralled by the music video for Damian Marley and Skrillex's song "Make it Bun Dem" and the many artistic and political elements at play. Hat tip to Carol Ann for bringing the video to my attention, and then dissecting the piece with me over a Moroccan-French brunch one Saturday.

J. K. Fowler

New York: Marc Perrenoud Trio from Switzerland from their latest album, Two Lost Churches. Soon after beginning their New York debut following a brief introduction by the Deputy Mayor of Geneva, it was not hard to understand why the Trio has seen their first album at the top of the charts in Switzerland for so long. 

J. K. Fowler

New York: Prefaced with the fact that I am by no means a musician nor a trained reviewer of music, the "Soloists from L'Orchestre International Geneve" event in the ThinkSwiss NY Festival on Saturday night at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center was a night of magical flights of fancy and daring surrealist imagery through romance-imbued chamber music dedicated to the life and works of Jean Jacques Rousseau.  

Shaun Randol

On October 18, Reverend Billy Talen and the Church of Earthalujah (formerly the Church of Stop Shopping) paid yet another visit to Occupy Wall Street in New York City. In the video below, they entertain the crowd with a very catchy tune.

J. K. Fowler

Event: A Global and Literary Salon: From Russia With Love, PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature 2011
Date:
 04/26/2011
Time:
 7:00PM
Panel: 
Igor Belov, Ksenia Shcherbino, Svetlana Smolina (Hosted by: Ina Parker)
Location: 
44 Charlton Street, Jerome L. Greene Space at WNYC
Website:
 http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5685/prmID/2126

Shaun Randol

Last month I had the pleasure of attending Session 3 of The Impossible Music Sessions (TIMS), an organization dedicated to featuring the voices and music of musicians oppressed by their governments. On this goose-bump inducing evening, TIMS featured jailed Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga.

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