World Wide Music
|One of the great thrills, and souvenirs of travel, is not only the experience of different foods, sights and smells, but sounds. The author (Brent) of this text tries to collect a sample of local music from places he visits. I have collected tapes/CD's, from Nepali flute players to African drummers.|
|'Jamming' (1979) and learning the Suz from the lead guitarist (Ohannes Kemer) of Turkeys top rock group - Kurtalan Express (1973-1977). Mixing western music base with Eastern patterns.||Fast forward a 'few years' and Brent still enjoys 'World Music'. recently he took the opportunity of plucking away behind some Naxi musicians in Yunnan China.|
|Over the last 20 years there has been a growth
on the merging of western and 'other'
genres of music. Ohannes and I (above picture) were doing this in 1979!
One of the first commercially successful examples would have to be the Ossibisa
(African fusion funk/jazz) lbums from the very early 1970's and then Paul Simon
album 'Gracelands'. From this point on there have been many examples where
mainstream western artists joined foreign styles to their recordings. In
addition, many of these 'foreign' artists recorded in their own right and the
term 'World Music' now defines this genre.
A good shopping site for this style of music is via OXFAM. Naturally your dollar also does great work in developing nations. Whilst traveling purchase some musical recordings in the countries you are visiting. There is a high chance that these local artists are not signed to multinational labels and so your funds have a greater chance of staying in the region where you spend them. Listen to the World
|High up in the Immatong Mts Sth Sudan 1981 - between wars! An EU aid programme - tea plantation. So much productive work destroyed in later years. This young chap was playing the ubiquitous hand plucked harp type instrument.|
World Music Venues
|Every evening a jazz
band performs for the listening pleasure of regulars and visitors alike.
Parisian Swing Jazz venue.
Dance in the timeless tradition of
Saint-Germain des Prés jazz with the best boppers in Paris. Whether you
are just a Jazz-Lover, like to dance your socks off, or are a
professional musician, the exceptional atmosphere of the club will
remind you of the Cotton Club and the Savoy in the glory days. From 1946
the greatest jazzmen in the world have appeared regularly.
The Cairo Jazz
Takes from traditional jazz into the world of Arabic fusion jazz and sometimes beyond..
Kula Lumpur Jazz,
Blues and World Music
The 'No Black Tie' is a small club built into an old house shop right in the centre of KL. Easy prices and intimate venue. Local stout available to!
Bluegrass Underground is a radio show recorded live 333 feet below ground at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tn inside of what was named by the first people to behold the natural amphitheatre, The Volcano Room. Here water and time entwined 3.5 million years ago to create one of the most acoustically pure natural spaces on earth. No man-made sound reaches the Volcano Room and the living rock hued amid the eons is jagged and uneven, providing limited echo.
The primordial silence and perpetual darkness give way each month to the sounds of the finest music of the greatest bluegrass musicians on earth. Regardless of outside temperature, the Volcano Room is a constant 56 degrees.
Your experience at Bluegrass Underground begins at Cumberland Caverns in the light of day. Tour guides lead you through the cave entrance and into another world. Your subterranean descent takes you past underground pools and waterfalls and to the Volcano Chamber where you will enjoy music in a venue unlike any other you are likely to ever experience! And don’t worry about silencing your cellphone…you won’t find any service here!
World Music Festivals and Shows
world Music festival
Dynamic Yunnan Musical
Kunming City China. A world rated vibrant musical featuring a range of musical and dance traditions from the diverse range of ethnic groups that make up this province of China
World Music Tours
World Music Sights
The world’s biggest Beethoven Collection
For people around the world, the house in Bonn (North Rhine-Westphalia)
where Ludwig van Beethoven was born is a special memorial site. The
historical atmosphere takes visitors back to a bygone age as soon as
they step into the inner courtyard. A subsequent tour of the museum’s
twelve rooms conveys an impression of the great composer’s life and
work. The museum houses 150 exhibits reflecting the philosophy, emotions
and influence of this exceptional musician, making it the world’s
biggest Beethoven collection. The exhibits are mostly manuscripts,
pictures and musical instruments and they include Beethoven’s last
fortepiano and the original manuscripts for the “Moonlight Sonata” and
the “Pastoral Symphony”.
An entire museum about
Bach’s House in Eisenach is a must for classical music fans. It was the first house in the world to be devoted exclusively to the famous composer from Thuringia. Visitors to the 600-year-old building get a wonderful overview of the creative work of this musical genius. The museum focuses on Bach’s biography, career and artistic output. Bach’s House also reflects the way the composer and his family lived in about 1700. The residential rooms on the upper storey contain period furniture, numerous artifacts, priceless musical instruments and well-preserved household items. In the instrument room, musicians play Bach’s works for visitors, who can then stroll in the small baroque garden. For many years, historians believed that Bach’s House in Eisenach was the house where the famous composer was born, but in fact he came into the world in another house in the town.
Visit Zwickau Germany - why?
1) Birthplace and family home of
Amazing this small city has what it does have considering it was flattened during WW2. It had the vehicle factory and is in a direct line to either Leipzig or Dresden so received a lot of misplaced bombs as well!
Buddhist Monastery Music Sikkim India
Sampled on Passport Travels Photography tour to N.E India in 2012. Very different tonals to western music and magnificent acoustics inside these historical monasteries.
Clarinet style of woodwind
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