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Performing in Modern Times: Signal & Noise

Kim Witman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Kim Witman

Let's remember that the musical or theatrical experience might want to have the chance to stand on its own legs. It may be one of the best tools we have for carving out our niche in this noisy world.

Classical Fusions at the Asia Society: The Knights With Wu Man

Michal Shapiro | Posted 04.17.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The Knights have been making waves with their blend of high musicianship, adventurous programming and youthful camaraderie on stage.

Tsuumi Sound System Rocks WOMEX 2012

Michal Shapiro | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I wasn't going to cover Tsuumi Sound System. Just the phrase "Sound System" conjures up deejays and a front rapper, and -- although as Jerry Seinfeld would say "not that there's anything wrong with that!" -- it just isn't what I go out of my way to shoot.

Celina Da Piedade: Do You Have Time to Listen to a Beautiful Song?

Michal Shapiro | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I wandered about with my camcorder, and happened upon a lovely surprise: Celina Da Piedade was singing and playing accordion, and it was so good I had to videotape it.

The Fearless Lieder of the David Kweksilber Big Band (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I've just come home from a three week musical odyssey that took me from The Netherlands, to Wales, and to Greece. More about this in upcoming posts-- which will contain a veritable cornucopia of music!

Carlos Nuñez and the Celtic Music of Spain (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 10.05.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro


Ragnhild Furebotten and Never On A Sunday at the Førde Festival (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 11.11.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Ragnhild Furebotten has won just about every award that the Norwegian government can bestow, in recognition of both her talent on her instrument and her dedication to her musical heritage.

Ballet Nouveau Colorado Soars With Paper Bird

Tracy Shaffer | Posted 09.05.2012 | Denver
Tracy Shaffer

The multi-media dance piece lifts us, transporting the viewer completely, to another time. Set to original and complex music by the homespun Paper Bird, sound, music, design and projected image are woven together beautifully

The Antidote for an Overly-Teched Brain

Thomas Carson Mark | Posted 10.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Thomas Carson Mark

Live performance offers much more than just a period of turning off our cell phones -- it offers an experience of an entirely different order.

The Buenos Aires Tango Dance World Cup: What It Means, What It Takes

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Terence Clarke

Tango is an impossibility if you don't understand the great traditions of its music, and Ramada's background as a musician had prepared him for the dance. "It's profound, what he knows," Ed says. "That ability alone really has helped him with his dancing."

Paulette McWilliams Sings at the Jazz Journalists Association Awards Gala (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 09.01.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

If you're feeling stressed and want to curl up with a bit of musical caressing from a woman who knows whereof she sings, enjoy this.

A Bakhshi in Central Asia

Michal Shapiro | Posted 08.08.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Can it withstand the lure and easy listening of the pop music one hears all over Uzbekistan? Will another generation find meaning, wisdom and strength in its messages? Time will tell.

What the Heck Is Modern Dance?

Nora Younkin | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Nora Younkin

Sometimes it would seem audiences are afraid of modern dance because it's not evident what it's about. Let me tell you another secret: that's okay. Take chances. See something weird. Talk about it.

Sufi Pop Rocks the Asia Society (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 07.19.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Arif Lohar brought his electrified Sufi music to the Asia Society and pretty much tore the place apart. Lohar wooed the audience, and the audience responded in spades.

East Meets Lower East Side: Shanren Play Mountain Music at Pianos (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.14.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro


'Cast Party' Triumphantly Returns to L.A.

Josh Getlin | Posted 04.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Josh Getlin

On its best nights, "Cast Party" feels like a bracing blast of air from Manhattan's theatre district. It fills a gaping hole in Los Angeles, which doesn't have many rooms suitable for such an intimate evening.

Zaz at GlobalFest: "Je Saute Partout" (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 03.28.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

What this all makes for is a creative, relaxed musician who comfortably mixes it up with her first-rate backup band and whose voice takes her anywhere she wants to go. Where that is, only Zaz knows.

Kiran Ahluwalia Live At DROM, NYC (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 02.09.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro


Grandfather, Grandson, Grandmasters (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 01.02.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The name of Jivan Gasparyan (Sr.) has been synonymous with Armenian duduk for over 60 years. Now in his eighties, he had the pleasure of being in the audience during his grandson's award-winning performance.

A Precursor to the Violin: the Polish Suka

Michal Shapiro | Posted 11.23.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I heard Maria Pomianowska jamming out on the terrace of the Afrasiyob hotel, and immediately knew that I wanted to get her and that unusual instrument of hers alone for a solo videotaping.

WATCH: The Madagascar Institute: 'Caution, This May Kill You'

Posted 10.25.2011 | Arts

A trio of friends, Chris Hacket, Ryan O' Connor and Eric Singer founded The Madagascar Institute in 1998. "The idea was to stop doing stuff virtually,...

The Black Earth Boys at Lincoln Center (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 10.17.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

2011-08-17-Screenshot20110817at11.15.41AM.jpg The repertoire was primarily a melding of American folk and blues with Juldeh Camara bringing the West African flavor.

Taylor's Embarrassing Moment On Stage!

Posted 10.15.2011 | Celebrity

Oh, Taylor, it happens to everyone. Looks like fans at the Taylor Swift concert in St. Louis on Saturday got a little more for their money than th...

Pistolera: Taking Life by the Teeth

Michal Shapiro | Posted 10.12.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Pistolera's leader and main composer Sandra Velasquez has created a melange culled from her musical memories growing up in San Diego and her singer-songwriter sensibilities.

Gazelle Emami

EXCLUSIVE: David Lynch's 'Red Button Man' Comes Alive With Interpol Track | Gazelle Emami | Posted 09.11.2011 | Home

This is the first in an occasional series, Strange Bedfellows, in which we highlight unexpected collaborations between artists. From their first fo...