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Finnish Design: Design Museum Helsinki Upcoming Exhibition of Timo Sarpaneva March 23 to Sept 23 2018

From a media release:

Design Museum’s forthcoming exhibition
Work by Timo Sarpaneva

March 23 to September 23, 2018
HELSINKI - Timo Sarpaneva (1926 –2006) is an internationally known and significant Finnish designer who helped establish the international reputation of Finnish design in the 1950s and 1960s. While best known for his designs of glass and art objects for the Iittala glassworks, his versatile, inquisitive and open-minded creativity also led him to work with metal, ceramics and textiles. Design Museum’s forthcoming exhibition is the first overview to present Sarpaneva’s oeuvre to this extent.
Timo Sarpaneva began his career as a graphic artist and in 1951 he was hired to design for the Iittala glassworks. The first success of his career was the Milan Triennale of 1954, where he received the Grand Prix for his glass objects. Sarpaneva also achieved international success in exhibition architecture. The Finnish departments of the H55 exhibition, the Milan Triennale of 1957 and the …

New Classical CD Review - Jesse Jones: Ephemera (Innova Recordings, September 22 2017)

New Classical CD Review
Jesse Jones: Ephemera
(Innova Recordings, September 22, 2017)Composers: Jesse Jones
Performers: Argento Chamber Ensemble, Xak Bjerken, Sharon Harms, ensemble recherche, Joseph Eller, Nicholas DiEugenio, Kenneth Meyer

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Moody and dramatic, you don't have to read the liner notes to guess that American composer Jesse Jones, winner of both the Guggenheim and Rome Prizes, is influenced by literary works, among other things. There is a vivid emotional depth to the music that reaches directly for the listener's nerve endings.

The first track, Abraxas, was inspired by Herman Hesse's novel Demian; in particular, the eternal struggles of birth and the search for the spiritual in the persona of the pagan god, Abraxas. Based on a 24-note quarter-tone row, the music is shimmering and expressive.

Ephemera, the title track, is the composer's meditation on the brief nature of life - like our experience of music itself, as he explains in the liner notes. …

Jazz CD Review: Jungsu Choi Tiny Orkester - Tchuss Jazz Era (Challenge Records - 12 January 2018)

Jazz CD Review:
Jungsu Choi Tiny Orkester - Tchuss Jazz Era
(Challenge Records - 12 January 2018)
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Take classic modern jazz, rev up the energy, add layers of complex rhythms and contrapuntal melody and bass lines, plus virtuosic musicianship and a dash of the avant garde, and you begin to get an idea of what South Korea's Jungsu Choi has to offer. Now, turn the music and arrangements inside out, and the fun really begins.

The 12-piece ensemble never lets up the kinetic energy on this exciting collection of tunes. Stolen Yellow is a blitz of hyperactive percussion, an insane walking bass line, and a sax player who, apparently, rarely needs to breathe.

Charlie Parker's Anthropology gets the Jungsu Choi treatment as a brisk, melodic track lit up by the play between flute and saxophone in an extended improv riff that goes all over the map. Choi is an inventive composer and arranger. What If Ellington Didn't Take The A Train? adds spacey el…

CD Review: Andy Michaels - Revisited (Independent - Jan 02, 2018)

CD Review:
Andy Michaels - Revisited
(Independent - Jan 02, 2018)
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Revisited is an eclectic collection of polished pop songs from Australian Andy Michaels. The tracks cover a range of styles from the pure pop of When I Close My Eyes to roots and country rock, electronic dance music and back again. There is a definite vein of Brit-pop that runs through the release, and he lists Coldplay and Peter Gabriel among his influences, not suprisingly.

"People have compared me from Cat Stevens to Maroon 5, Coldplay, Counting Crows and even Pink Floyd. It seems I hear some new comparison every time," Andy says in a press release.

Vocalist Kerrie Ironside joins him on many of the tracks. She has a raspy, expressive voice that is reminiscent of Macy Gray, and knows how to use the soft edge as well as the rougher one. In Angel, it whispers and floats above a slow country rock swing. She joins him in a throaty RnB mode for Will There Be Love, singing over a moody s…

KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra - A New Name, Debut Album on Universal & Concert April 7 2018 in Toronto

From a media release:

KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra
The New Canadian Global Music Orchestra changes its name, announces its debut album via Universal Music Canada, and gets signed by Opus 3 Artists
KUNÉ will perform a concert with David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana
on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8pm
in Koerner Hall

TORONTO - A major initiative by The Royal Conservatory of Music was the formation a new ensemble of musicians created to celebrate the cultural diversity and pluralism of Canada during the country’s sesquicentennial. It was conceived by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Conservatory. The ensemble, then known as the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra, launched in Koerner Hall on June 2, 2017 and toured Canada with stops in Ottawa, Calgary, London, Guelph, and Montreal. It has now been renamed KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra.

Kuné means “together” in Esperanto. The Royal Conservatory auditioned 150 newcomers to Canada and was overwhelmed with the talent t…

Travel Germany 2018 #EnjoyGermanFood: a culinary voyage of discovery through Germany

With material from a media release:

Travel Germany 2018
#EnjoyGermanFood: a culinary voyage of discovery through Germany
With everything from traditional Bier und Wurst, Schnitzel, and more, to fine dining at the country's more than 290 Michelin-starred restaurants, Germany is emphasizing the culinary in this year's tourism campaign.

Along with cuisine, for centuries, Germans have also appreciated good wines. The country is home to about 80,000 producers who are currently cultivating vines on approximately 102,000 hectares of land, including some international award-winning varieties. Germany currently has no fewer than 13 wine regions. For the last few years, many very creative young people have joined forces with longstanding wine producers to offer tours and events in picturesque settings.

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Explore Germany's great culinary diversity Almost nothing else says more about a country and its people than the national cuisine and associated traditions.…

Vancouver Art Gallery Presents BOMBHEAD March 3 to June 17 2018

From a media release:

Vancouver Art Gallery Presents
BOMBHEAD
March 3 to June 17, 2018
Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver Art Gallery is excited to present BOMBHEAD (March 3 – June 17, 2018), a thematic exhibition that explores the emergence and ongoing impact of the nuclear age through the work of artists, designers, filmmakers, photojournalists and physicists.

Guest curated by John O’Brian, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia, BOMBHEAD combines atomic ephemera with artworks drawn primarily from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection. Encompassing the pre- and postwar period from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 to the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi in 2011, the exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photographs, film and video that deal with this often dark subject matter, strongly associated with obliteration and destruction.

“We are very pleased to present BOMBHEAD, which explores th…