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The Museum of Romanticism and More: Madrid, museum capital

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The Museum of Romanticism and More: Madrid, museum capital

Madrid’s Museum of Romanticism and Costume Museum join forces for this exhibition of 22 outfits, reflecting the social uses of fashion in the 19th century.Most of the items are from the Costume Museum’s collection, including a frock coat which belonged to the writer Mariano José de Larra, and several wedding dresses and ball gowns with corsets and crinolines, very typical of the period. Tail-coats, waistcoats and frock coats are also on display. This temporary exhibition is complemented by themed activities for all ages. The exhibit is on until March 5, 2017.

Madrid - the Museum Route
At the end of the 18th century, King Charles III had a large avenue built with trees, fountains monuments and palaces fit for the capital of his kingdom. These buildings have been adapted for cultural purposes over the years, lending them world renown. Alongside newer buildings, they mean visitors can enjoy an infinite experie…

Global Fusion: Charles Okafor 'America' Remixes

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CHARLESTON OKAFOR RELEASES A SERIES OF REMIXES AHEAD OF HIS SECOND ALBUM AMERICA OUT DECEMBER 12TH 2016
REMIXED TRACKS INCLUDE “RAMA RAMA” AND “AMERICA” (RELEASED ON NOVMEBER 11TH)

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Nigerian-born, US-world citizen Charleston Okafor has never been one to do things predictably. He left Nigeria for the U.S. to study pre-med at Western Kentucky University, but that plan was quickly dashed when MTV reawakened his long held dream of a recording career. He soon left school to pursue his musical vision.
Now, rather than following the typical industry route of following an original release with remixes, he’s putting out the remixes first, in advance of his second album, America (out December 12th on RHOV). Together with Canadian global fusion producer Eccodek (aka Andrew McPherson), Okafor has crafted a record full of organic, live-off-the-floor intensity, groove and sonic texturalism that drives the diverse lyrical themes of life with two passports,…

Latin Alternative: Nacional Records Highlights of 2016

From our friends at Nacional Records in Los Angeles:

Nacional Records
Highlights of 2016

Take a listen to our "Taste of 2016" Spotify playlist

This year was a rollercoaster ride! Below are silver linings from some of the amazing artists we are lucky to work with. We look forward to the new year.

With more than ten years under our belts, we are proud to have released albums by amazing artists such as Nortec Collective, Tom Tom Club, Aterciopelados, Alex Anwandter, Ceci Bastida, Systema Solar, El Guincho, Elastic Bond, Los Amigos Invisibles, Ana Tijoux, La Vida Boheme,  Manu Chao, Bomba Estereo, Mexican Institute of Sound. DJ Bitman, DJ Raff, and Jarabe de Palo among many others over the years. We are happy to have accomplished so much in 2016, and here's to an amazing 2017!

Rumbera is the first single for Systema Solar's new album "Rumbo A Tierra" out January 13th, 2017

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Jazz Bass: Jeff Denson Quartet - Concentric Circles (Ridgeway Records)

From a media release:

Bassist Extraordinaire, Composer and Vocalist Jeff Denson
Redefines his Ever-Expanding Creative Universe with Concentric Circles
(Ridgeway Records, June 24, 2016)

"From his hard driving quarter note swing, to cello-like bowed melodies and interactive counterpoint, Denson is always surprising and inspiring!"-Lee Konitz

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A protean musical force who reveals new sonic realms with each project, Jeff Denson decided to see what it sounds like when his worlds collide. The bassist, composer, professor and bandleader has produced an array of astonishing music since settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's explored intricate harmonic soundscapes in Electreo with drummer Alan Hall and bassoon and electronics virtuoso Paul Hanson, and reached his widest audience collaborating with the octogenarian alto legend on 2015's The Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz. His new album Concentric Circles, just released on his Ridgeway label on June 24, combines the …

Ian Maksin & Guests: Cello Unlimited at le poisson rouge - New York City January 4th 2017

From a media release:

Ian Maksin & Guests: Cello Unlimited
at le poisson rouge - New York City
January 4th, 2017

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NEW YORK CITY - Credibly one of today’s most versatile and innovative artists, cellist and composer Ian Maksin has taken the instrument yet to a new dimension. Equally brilliant in many genres from classical and jazz to world music, Maksin is using the cello as the common denominator and has created his own style by blending together these old elements in a new way.

For his LPR debut, Ian Maksin will cover all bases from unaccompanied cello suites by J.S. Bach to his original music infused with traditional flavors from his native Russia, the Balkans and Flamenco Arabe, as well as his own funky take on some jazz and rock classics. He will sing along with his cello in at least four languages backed up by a pair of New York’s finest instrumentalists.

Cellist and composer Ian Maksin has gained international acclaim for his beautiful tone and distinct style as well …

Toronto Dance Theatre Presents Noisy by Ame Henderson January 26 to February 4 2017

From a media release:

Toronto Dance Theatre Presents
Noisy, a New Work by Ame Henderson
January 26 to February 4, 2017

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Dec 16, 2016 (Toronto) - Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) proudly announces the premiere of choreographer Ame Henderson's Noisy (January 26 - 28. 2017 + Feb 1 - 4, 2017 at 8 PM; January 29, 2017 at 2 PM) at the Winchester Street Theatre in historic Cabbagetown, Toronto.

Ame Henderson returns to TDT in a continuation of the experimental trajectory that drove her Dora-nominated Henderson / Castle: voyager. In that piece Henderson worked with her collaborators, including singer/songwriter Jennifer Castle, to discover what happens when the body must stay in motion without repetition. Noisy, in partnership with acclaimed musicians Robin Dann and Matt Smith, sees her questioning the silent presence of the dancer: the song is given to the performers themselves.

How does the dance change when the dancer is responsible for creating both movement and song in an always-e…

Barbershop, art gallery and cocktail den: Barber & Co arrives in the Six

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Barber & Co arrives in the Six
Barbershop, art gallery and cocktail den on Ossington celebrates the modern man

TORONTO, ON – Steeped in a combined six generations of honest tradition, Barber & Co – a union of full-service barbershops and a grooming line for the modern man – opens its first location in Toronto today. Located on the vibrant Ossington strip, Barber & Co isn’t your average geriatric barbershop. Designed to meet the grooming needs of a contemporary man, each barbershop honours the longstanding ritual of a cut, trim or shave, merged with the cool comforts of a social club.
A haircut and a shave 
Hailing from the west coast, Barber & Co is built on a culture of traditional barbering - from the sharp expertise of the time-honoured craft to the shop chairs turned away from the mirrors to encourage social interaction – the Toronto outpost will offer men an authentic experience from generations past combined with the modernity of today. An amalg…

Agriturismo in Puglia Italy: Explore centuries old food culture from the ground up

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Explore centuries old food culture from the ground up
Agriturismo in Puglia, Italy

Find a Farming Holiday in Puglia, Italy

If the shape of Italy is often compared to a boot, then Puglia, or Apulia, is the heel, a southern region of the European nation. Puglia stretches along hundreds of kilometres of coastline along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas that has been whitewashed by the warm Mediterranean sun. Here, you'll find a local culture with deep, deep roots. There are farms that have been cultivated for centuries, including, naturally vineyards, and olive groves, producing rich local cuisine that varies from town to town. There are enchanting cities full of baroque architecture and beautiful beaches to explore. This is where savvy travelers are finding an authentic taste of Italy without the crowds of Tuscany or Lombardy.


Over the centuries, the area has seen its share of ups and downs, peace and warfare, including getting caught up in Greek and Turkish …

Grammys 2017: Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony 'Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra'

From a media release:

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S RECORDING OF MASON BATES: WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA NOMINATED FOR 2017 GRAMMY AWARD

Recording on Orchestra’s in-house label SFS Media nominated for Best Orchestral Performance

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SAN FRANCISCO, December 2016 — Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s live concert recording of works by Bay Area composer Mason Bates was nominated for a 2017 Grammy® Award today in the category of Best Orchestral Performance. Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra was released in March 2016 and features the first recordings of the SFS-commissioned The B-Sides and Liquid Interface, in addition to Alternative Energy. These three works illustrate Bates’s exuberantly inventive music that expands the symphonic palette with sounds of the digital age: techno, drum ‘n’ bass, field recordings and more, with the composer performing on electronica. MTT and the SFS have championed Bates’s works for over a decade, evolv…

#IndieMusic Dino Jag - You Make Me Feel So Good (Independent - 28 October 2016)

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Dino Jag - You Make Me Feel So Good
(Independent - 28 October 2016)

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Recently released Dino Jag's EP You Make Me Feel So Good is an accomplished release that should establish his reputation internationally. It's full of catchy pop anthems like Two Young Hearts. The lyrics cover well worn romantic territory, but it's his impassioned and expressive delivery that elevates the material, along with imaginative arrangements that never sound like the same old, same old.

Dino Jag gives us a little bit of everything pop in this EP collection, including a quasi-country-rock turn on You Make Me Feel So Good...one that morphs into a bit of disco on the bridgek. It's the most original of the tracks, and one that feels idiosyncratic. Breakthrough, the title track, is a piano ballad, showcasing a nice upper range to his voice.

This is pop music that looks back to the classic era of the 1970s for its inspiration. Dino gets funky in Nothing But You, with a driving b…

CD Review: Michael Van & The Movers - A Little More Country (Independent - December 20th 2016)

CD Review:
Michael Van & The Movers - A Little More Country
(Independent - December 20th 2016)

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Straight out of Georgia USA, Michael Van and the Movers come with this full length releast of roots country with a modern sensibility. It's classic, mainstream country music, straight up, performed with a sincerity that is true the music's roots from the tremulous emotion three singers squeeze out of their voices to the sweet vocal harmonies.

The instrumentation is lush in a rootsy vein, where mandolin works in nicely with a twangy slide guitar and the occasional fiddle line. Vocal variations with different singers, from the rich baritone of a country heartthrob to a raspier tone, add to the appeal of the CD.

Michael Van is the name of the band, but Van spreads the spotlight around pretty equally among an ensemble of talented players and vocalists, and that includes songwriting skills in the Americana/country/roots vein. Even the drum beat stumbles a little (intentionall…