It has taken quite a while to write about Syrian music that I have found on this imaginary trip around the Mediterranean. After a slow start, I found at least two fabulous bands, and many other fascinating musicians.
My hyper-superficial imaginary music tour of the Med. continues. We are in Greece this time.
Music journalist Stuart Bailie’s new book Trouble Songs will be officially published in May, but it’s already starting to stir conversations and commentary. He takes on difficult stories from our history since the mid-1960s at the place where music meets social and political change and through interviews and analysis tries to understand and explain what happened.
It will be in the shops around now, but you can also order it on the web at TroubleSongs.com
How do you fund creativity? If you are planning to make a business from your passion? Creativity and innovation needs support, funding and professional advice. Investment is the theme of this episode
My new podcast finds people who are involved Creativity, Tech, Media, Innovation, Investment. The two key words are creativity and innovation. The first episode is about music. Pop Up’s Ross Moffett, Sonja Sleator and Chase the River’s Stuart Lunn are the guests in this first podcast which doesn’t have a name.
After much thought and deliberation (i.e. dithering) I have decided to revive my tech and media podcast – and extending it to music. Testing for the bathroom effect in the kitchen. (Audiophiles will get that one).
First recording next week with Popup (Ross Moffett) and musicians Sonja Sleator and Chase the River). That should be available Thursday 8 March. Subscribe here.
First recording next week with Popup (Ross Moffett Sonja Sleator and Chase the River)
Almost the last part of the of the Italian leg (sorry!) of this imaginary Mediterranean journey. Leaving Apulia and moving north, the plan now is to add “all of the rest” of the music that I have left behind so far, or can’t get a fix on exactly where musicians are from. The playlist is varied and draws mainly from the north east of Italy, but a few additions picked up along the way.
Finding music and literature from Rome, Naples and Florence on an imaginary journey around the Meditteranean.
Amira Medunjanin is the finest exponent of sevdah, the melancholy and emotional folk music of Bosnia, and is remarkable not just for her clear, pained voice, but for the way she balances respect for ancient styles with experiment.
Stuart Bailie the founding father of Belfast’s Oh Yeah centre hands over to a new CEO. Oh Yeah is a unique place were music is created, celebrated, remembered and the business around I taught. But it has only been one achievement of the man who might have invented the word “Britpop”.
I came by Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla by chance. Last year I was given a private recording of the SFK Youth Orchestra performing at the Bled Festival in 2007. The opening was Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion.
I’ve never been so busy. I mean never, ever in my life. But I’m more than grateful to William Maxwell …