We heard, we know: to whom, why, and how Russian tribute groups pay tribute
Indeed: the season does not pass, so that “copyists” do not come to our region. Yes, and ours have already begun to make tribute programs at a serious level -…

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Self-taught accordion playing
The 21st century is in the courtyard, and the vocal harmonica, like many years ago, pleases us with its iridescent, provocative tunes. And the lingering melody performed in harmony will…

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Alexey Syumak: “Beautifully drawn scores and sound beautiful!”
Composers are rapidly getting younger. And they use unusual instruments, strokes and harmonies. I personally was convinced of this by the show of young talents at the Winter International Festival…

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Gregory the Minister: “Rock and roll – limited music!”

The old-timers of our portal will probably not remember that the hero of my interviews would be a writer-actor-musician and, at the same time, a music lover who is always looking for something new and loves vinyl. Such characters, probably, do not exist – as I thought, until I met Gregory the Servant, a real man of the Renaissance. Gregory is an actor in the Studio of Theater Arts, author of the bestselling book Days of Savely, nominated for prestigious literary prizes and a musician who often performs in clubs with interesting cover programs. Continue reading

1/2 Orchestra: “Sound engineers, take the winds right, learn to record them”

At one of Schiit’s technology presentations, I included a couple of tracks of the 1/2 Orchestra Moscow breaststroke I had long known to me, and those present were surprised at how well, especially for the Russian team, they were recorded. Since then, I wanted to ask the guys about the nuances of wind recordings, about how they generally came to life in an embrace with copper, about a variety of music, physical media, as well as about their side project Half Live. Continue reading

A place in the sun: five albums with a non-trivial interpretation of jazz and classics

The American Kronos Quartet, one of the most famous chamber groups, released an album with new works by Terry Riley, one of the fathers of American minimalism. Nothing special: they play Riley’s music all their lives, and, for example, their album “Terry Riley: Requiem for Adam” is a masterpiece of love and pain … But then they created something strange and not characteristic of anyone. Let us recall at the same time other albums where either a strange classic or “normal” sounds, but in an unusual refraction. Thank God that classical recording has its own hooligans! Continue reading

Japanese Folk Music: National Instruments and Genres
Japanese folk music is a rather distinctive phenomenon due to the isolation of the islands of the Rising Sun and the careful attitude of the people who inhabit them to…

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New Year's repertoire of the vocalist
New Year is a time of not only a holiday, but also concerts for vocalists, both beginners and experienced, performing on stage for many years. At this time, not only…

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Japanese Folk Music: National Instruments and Genres
Japanese folk music is a rather distinctive phenomenon due to the isolation of the islands of the Rising Sun and the careful attitude of the people who inhabit them to…

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Black and White: New Piano Classics
A rich instrument, practically an entire orchestra. This is about the piano. Seven octaves - what chords you want to build. But sometimes even one crystal-tinkling note in silence is…

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