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Aarhus Vocal Festival, 2013

A subjective glance at the Aarhus Vocal Festival, 2013

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Israeli A Cappella

A glance at the growing Israeli a cappella scene.

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161, The Swingle Singers, ‘Sinfonia from Partita No.2 in C Minor’

The 2013 Swingle Singers are great. The 1963 Swingle Singers weren’t bad, either. (Caution: This posting contains a clip of Glenn Gould practicing which may not be suitable for younger audiences.)

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The Real Group — Stamning (Eric Ericson)

The legendary Swedish choir director Eric Ericson died this week at the age of 94. In 2002, The Real Group recorded with him their only album of traditional choral music. It is perfect music, worthy of being heard where Eric is now. Here’s a video clip of Eric conducting The Real Group. Here’s the album […]

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Omri Mor’s AndalouJazz

If you’re in Israel on October 29, it’s a great opportunity to catch the fabulously talented young pianist Omri Mor with his AndalouJazz trio at the Zappa Tel Aviv jazz club. Not to be missed.

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144: Fleet Foxes, ‘Montezuma’

In which Jeff philosophizes about life, music festivals, old age, and jingoism; writes an advice column together with an Aztec king; and enjoys the indie band Fleet Foxes.

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The New A Cappella

I’ve just returned from the inspiring The Real Group Festival in Stockholm, four days of workshops, lectures, concerts and hugging, a celebration of a music shared passionately by a small but growing number of adherent fanatics worldwide — The New A Cappella. Many of the participants expressed frustration at the difficulty in explaining just what this genre is. Here’s my attempt to provide an overview.

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143: Christian McBride, ‘Killer Joe’ (Red Sea Jazz Festival, 2012)

Jazz isn’t all atonal and brainy and inaccessible. It is more often fun and intelligent and wise and witty and playful and passionate, and open to anyone who is willing to expose himself. It’s that wonderful place which presents you with the present of the present. Christian McBride at The Red Sea Jazz Festival last week: “Rarely do you see this anywhere else in the world, but we saw teenagers dancing to jazz, moving, screaming, running up to the stage. You guys made me feel like Paul McCartney last night. We love your enthusiasm.” Yet jazz is also a place where young people learn respect for The Tradition.

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