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Restoring the Myth of French Romanticism Through Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 11.02.2011 | Arts
Marty Lipp

For those who want to bask in the idealized France where l'amour permeates the air, there has been a small revival of music at the intersection of French popular music and jazz.

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.

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.

Play It Again Sameer: At Festival de Casablanca

Derek Beres | Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

Hearing flow in Arabic is immensely interesting, and while singer Barry may be rapping about his pet cat doing cartwheels or, hopefully, something intriguingly political and social, he's got the musicality down.

Bards of West Africa: the Griot Summit (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 09.12.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The Summer Solstice brought a plethora of free performances in and around NYC, and the one I opted for was the Griot Summit at the Wave Hill Gardens overlooking the Hudson, in the Bronx.

Global Beat Fusion: British and Cuban Folk Meet Arabic Psychedelia

Derek Beres | Posted 09.12.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

Watching John Martyn on his epic folk journey, "Small Hours," you recognize that this man was way ahead of his time, implementing electronics in his genre the way Dylan ripped through electric guitar riffs.

Neil Pearlman Finds the Clavé in a Scottish Jig (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 08.10.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

On this night, Neil Pearlman brought his ensemble and proceeded to expand the palette of Scottish music with healthy injections of Jazz harmonies and Latin rhythms.

Global Beat Fusion: How Morocco Can Inspire the World

Derek Beres | Posted 07.27.2011 | World
Derek Beres

Spread over ten days and eight stages, Morroco's Mawazine festival is a juggernaut of a celebration of diversity and musicality.

An Environmental Experience: Electric Kulintang at the Atrium (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 07.22.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Electronica, as Rodriguez composes it, contains an invitation to trance that is an appropriate matrix for the shamanistic meditations inspired by the Kulintang.

Brazilliance, Part Two: MPB With Verônica Ferriani and Douglas Lora (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 07.16.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Ms. Ferriani is a petite woman, but listening to her sing is a very large experience. Her voice is warm, precise and powerful, and she has an impeccable interpretive style.

Brazilliance, Part One: The Choro Music of Dudu Maia and Douglas Lora (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 07.11.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

2011-05-10-choro2.jpgI've traveled the world documenting music, but sometimes a chance meeting in my home town of New York City yields treasures -- Maia and Lora turned in a stellar set.

Belarus' Eurovision 2011 Song: "I Love Belarus" by Anastasiya Vinnikova (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 06.21.2011 | World
Will Adams

2011-04-21-belagoodpullpic.jpgIf members of the Soviet Politburo ever produced an adult video, it might have looked something like this.

Hurdy-Gurdy in the 21st Century

Michal Shapiro | Posted 06.07.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Here's a simply wonderful performance of "Magla Padnala" a folksong attributed to Macedonia, albeit not without local controversy.

Yemen Blues at Le Poisson Rouge (video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 06.01.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

"Um Min Al Yaman" was written by Ravid Kahalani, who is of Yemenite extraction. It tells of a dreamed journey up a mountain, in which the singer sees a Yemenite mother waving at him in greeting.

Harlem Students Dance To An Old Irish Jig (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Damiano Beltrami | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

One To World is a non profit organization that brings Fulbright scholars and other international students to New York City public schools to introduce...

Sweet Dissonance and Buddhist Chant: Be-Being (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

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Dance Like an Indian: Red Baraat Live (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

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CDs Of The Week: Ladysmith Black Mambazo and David Wax Museum

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Album sales may be slower than ever, but there's more great music out there than ever before -- and you can check it out more easily than ever. So eve...

Grammy Preview: The Best CDs of 2010

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In anticipation of the Grammys on Sunday night, here are my favorite albums of 2010, followed by my favorite singles and some early favorites for 2011.

The Seductions of Soukous (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Dancing has been the way that people have celebrated the world over, ever since we had feet. And my personal dance epiphany occurred when I was invited to my first Haitian party.

Global Beat Fusion: Rediscovering Legacies in India, Thailand and Indonesia

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derek Beres

2011-02-03-sitarbeat.jpgOur knowledge of foreign cultures is most often obtained through the media we consume. This is why music is crucial in the modern, interconnected world.

Why Do People Sing? Alan Lomax and His Science of Song

Bob Moses | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bob Moses

The search for answers to deceptively simple questions drove Alan Lomax to wander America -- and eventually the world. A new Lomax biography follows his journey.

Punk Meets World

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The Ex may have all the trappings of a punk band... the pigeon-toed stances, awkward moves and the impossibly low slung guitars, but don't let that fool you.

For the Holidays: Saxophones, Carols and Pagans... Oh My!

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

It's been a tough year. And frankly the holiday season can be stressful even in the best of times. So here are two videos that may brighten it up for you. They are songs that you won't be hearing as you shop.

Global Beat Fusion: Four Albums to Find in 2011

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

I was thrilled to learn that Six Degrees Records is releasing the stunning collaboration between Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal. Ten of the best songs to be released in January, all on the same record.