Category Archives: music

Time to Put Morocco’s Oasis Festival on Your Calendar?

There is no shortage of music festivals around the world. Is there room for one more? Perhaps … if the venue is exotic, the creature comforts are extreme, and the music is inspiring. This is the promise of the Morocco Oasis Festival

(Founder Marjana Jaidi created a one-of-a-kind dance experience in the mountains of Marrakech that gives anyone who attends a chance to immerse themselves in the city’s rich culture, all while enjoying an incredible lineup. It’s the perfect balance between travel and music that will not disappoint.

The promo video at their website is awesome.

We just missed this year’s event. But it is on my calendar for consideration next year,

And you?

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Your Sentence: Music by a Tranquil Blue Lake

Of course, you don’t have to go to this prison. It is derelict. But this June you might want to go

The (Into the Valley) series will launch at the end of June at a quarry in Rummu, Estonia, with a setting made complete by a derelict prison on a tranquil blue lake,

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And that is just the beginning of the series

(it is followed by) weekends in an abandoned factory in Stora Vika, Sweden and, in January 2018, a festival in South Africa at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.

The Guardian, hip as ever, offers more about this and other great music festivals in Europe.

Go for it!

Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie

Here is a cutaway

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Review by the Guardian

In 1917, in the depths of the first world war, the German architect Bruno Taut made drawings of his feverish architectural dreams, of crystal halls built on the tops of the Alps, in which there would be nothing but silence and a little beautiful music. He knew that they would be tricky to build, but hoped – in vain – that the monstrous expenditure devoted to conflict could be directed their way. A century later the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, authors of Tate Modern and the Beijing Olympic stadium, have come closer than anyone might have expected to realising Taut’s fantasy. They have put a crystalline palace for music in the air, albeit on top of a large warehouse in Hamburg rather than a mountain, and with a hotel, apartments and car park added to the brief, at the cost of an effort only slightly less than Taut imagined.

check out the story – and the pics there. Very cool!

Here is another image

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A Tribute to Bob Dylan

Bob just won the Nobel Prize for Lit — something I never would have expected.

M´y first reaction was “Oh, come on!” After all, Bob was not and is not your typical literary figure. And his literary work is found in lyrics to songs – pop songs at that – rather than books.

But there may be something to this. Bob’s lyrics were unique in their time. He touched a rebel chord that lots and lots of people responded to. His attitude became a core piece of counter-culture. he had impact. Huge impact in his day. As much as a literary great would have, if not more.

So that should be rewarded somehow. Right?

Music: Banks: The Altar

The Altar reviews Banks new album, the Altar.

Banks is returning to … hallowed ground for The Altar’s launch next week. She hints that she’s planning some live appearances, too – they will be among her first performances of the new material, and she’s excited to get to grips with it. “That’s what is so fun about starting to do this, because you’re like, ‘Nice to meet you,’ then you make out, then you have sex. That’s what I do with my music, it’s like a process of getting to know it live,” she explains. Thanks to The Altar’s intimate revelations, it looks as though we’re all destined to get very closely acquainted with Jillian Banks, too.

I am curious how the launch will go!

 

So Long John Loudermilk!

Young hipsters will not recall John, but he wrote songs that became big hits in the US back in the 1960äs and 1970’s. Like “Indian Reservation! sung by Paul Revere and the Raiders

He did another song that was sung by a number of pop musicians, Tobacco Road. Here John sings it himself

Sp Long John! and thanks!