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Gájanas’s Diamántadulvvit single

The Finnish progressive folk band Gájanas (“Echo”) is releasing its debut full-length album in February, and released the first single from it in November. Gájanas comes from the Inari-Utsjoki region at the top of Finland, and its music is based … Continue reading

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Gary’s favorite ‘world music’ of 2010

This sort of exercise serves to point up one of the problems with broad genres like “world music.” It’s reductive and inaccurate and Western-centric, and you end up with some strange companions. However, I listened to lots of music from … Continue reading

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Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano

The history of Western music is a history of exploration of forms. This statement is the end result of a chain of thought sparked by John Briggs’ comment, in his notes on Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23, the “Appassionata,” that Beethoven, … Continue reading

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Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68

There isn’t much to be said about Beethoven: there he is, take it or leave it. It is doubtful that anyone had more influence on the music of the 19th century than he did — even the archenemies Brahms and … Continue reading

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Uun Budiman and the Jugala Gamelan Orchestra, Banondari: New Directions in Jaipongan

One realizes, after a while, that popular music, while it may appear in many guises, has certain things in common. Sometimes it is subject matter, sometimes it is more elusive. But, more on that later. Jaipongan is a newly designated … Continue reading

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Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry

I first ran across the music of Arvo Pärt many years ago, in a coffee shop owned by a man whose taste in music was as eclectic as my own. It was the Passio, and I was intrigued enough that … Continue reading

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Calennig’s A Gower Garland

One of my favourite places in the world is the Gower, a small peninsula southwest of Swansea in Wales. There is nothing more soothing than standing on the hills overlooking Rhossili Bay and Worm´s Head watching the hang gliders using … Continue reading

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Ffynnon’s Celtic Music from Wales

It is easy to forget Wales when considering Celtic music. After all the Welsh language is very different from the Irish or Scottish Gaelic and the music of the country is performed at a much slower pace than the breathtaking … Continue reading

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Kila’s Lemonade and Buns

When listening to traditional Irish music, it’s often possible to sense an ancient tribal rhythm lurking beneath the surface, the hint of a wild beat that must have been driven by frenzied drums with the power to set the soul … Continue reading

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Shooglenifty’s Venus in Tweeds and A Whisky Kiss

Chuck Lipsig penned this review. Shooglenifty’s Venus in Tweeds starts out with “The Pipe Tunes” (John McKenzie’s Fancy/ The Kitchen Piper); never mind that there are no pipers in this band. A minute-long intro gets a nice beat going, courtesy … Continue reading

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