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  • On An Overgrown Path: Do musicians play music, or does music play musicians?
    destination the music Releasing the potential of the music requires the generation of a little understood but crucially important set of probabilities in which egotism hype rabid self promotion and the other default settings of celebrity culture play no part Only when the essential conditions are met does the music play the musicians As happened in Cambridge last night with Ken Zuckerman and Sanju Sahai Concert was promoted by Cambridge University Indian Classical Arts Societ y Photo is c Peter Nixon 2015 Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Monday October 26 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Fazal Inayat Khan Hazrat Inayat Khan ken zuckerman Sanju Sahai No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 There are no quick wins Contemporary Greek music loses its baggage Do musicians play music or does music play musici Why opera tickets are perceived as expensive The madness of crowds Do you believe in magic When the hype is justified When the hype hits the fan The name of the game is Sir Simon says Where has all the idealism gone Suicide is painless A real artist cannot accept the world the way it i What price classical music s celebrity culture Making settled things strange Don t say you were not warned What is a celebrity Analogue man Does Facebook really have to be this dire A musician supreme Many dangers hedge around the unfortunate composer How

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Why opera tickets are perceived as expensive
    Classical music is still seen as a luxury for the white collar crowd rather than wholesome blue collar entertainment like a baseball game would be Why The reason is simple this is what people have been told for decades and they still believe it Whenever an opera or classical music performance shows up in any sort of media it s always a formal black tie sort of event in a fancy venue full of rich people Done and done 12 08 pm Halldor said The thing is all the major companies are dependent upon Arts Council support and the Arts Council has for some time had a fixation on what it terms digital digital what is never stated the mere word is believed to have magical qualities Funded organisations are required to have digital strategies to broaden access The assumption that streaming is an adequate substitute for live performance seems to be received wisdom at the Arts Council Consequently funded organisations are leant upon heavily to divert scarce resources into schemes such as these schemes which are costly and which as many people within these organisations in my experience are well aware misrepresent their work while doing nothing to build the new audience They don t need telling that watching a screening in a cinema of on a laptop in no way increases access to a live artform But he who pays the piper In this context organisations that tell these inconvenient truths such as ETO s research published last year http www theguardian com music tomserviceblog 2014 may 30 opera in cinemas creating new audiences are being fairly brave It s telling that this even in the light of research such as this the Arts Council digital bandwagon keeps rolling It s perceived to be necessary No one knows why but it is And few organisations are in a position to speak truth to that particular power 2 42 pm Pliable said Halldor thanks for providing some much needed wisdom Reading other reactions to this post simply reinforces my view that classical music is in denial about the negative impact of free music streaming 3 34 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 There are no quick wins Contemporary Greek music loses its baggage Do musicians play music or does music play musici Why opera tickets are perceived as expensive The madness of crowds Do you believe in magic When the hype is justified When the hype hits the fan The name of the game is Sir Simon says Where has all the idealism gone Suicide is painless A real artist cannot accept the world the way it i What price classical music s celebrity culture Making settled things strange Don t say you were not warned What is a celebrity Analogue man Does Facebook really have

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The madness of crowds
    stupidity of powerful people and the decline of ethics remain preoccupations My recent reading has included The Utopia Experiment by Dylan Evans This chronicles how the author left his research post at the prestigious Bristol Robotics Laboratory to found a community in the Scottish Highlands to explore survival in a post global society without modern technology In the book Dylan Evans describes the disillusionment that sparked his spectacularly unsuccessful utopian experiment in words that apply as much to social media as they do to robotics A lot of our research at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory focused on something known as swarm intelligence This involved taking a lot of very simple robots and programming them to work as a team The idea was that even though each robot was quite stupid on its own a kind of collective intelligence a hive mind would emerge when they worked together to achieve a common goal Human societies it struck me were just the opposite Individually people are very intelligent creatures But in society a kind of collective stupidity seems to emerge spontaneously The Scottish journalist Charles Mackay famously called it the madness of crowds in an 1841 book that chronicled such follies as economic bubbles the Crusades and witch hunts Men he wrote go mad in herds while they only recover their senses slowly and one by one No review samples used in this post Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Saturday October 24 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels albigensian crusade cathars Charles Mackay Dylan Evans Gregory Dargent Manu Theron Accords Croises sufism trio joubran Youssef Hbeisch No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 There are no quick wins Contemporary Greek music loses its baggage Do musicians play music or does music play musici Why opera tickets are perceived as expensive The madness of crowds Do you believe in magic When the hype is justified When the hype hits the fan The name of the game is Sir Simon says Where has all the idealism gone Suicide is painless A real artist cannot accept the world the way it i What price classical music s celebrity culture Making settled things strange Don t say you were not warned What is a celebrity Analogue man Does Facebook really have to be this dire A musician supreme Many dangers hedge around the unfortunate composer How not to stand out In praise of the unspectacular Why Western music September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Do you believe in magic?
    Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 There are no quick wins Contemporary Greek music loses its baggage Do musicians play music or does music play musici Why opera tickets are perceived as expensive The madness of crowds Do you believe in magic When the hype is justified When the hype hits the fan The name of the game is Sir Simon says Where has all the idealism gone Suicide is painless A real artist cannot accept the world the way it i What price classical music s celebrity culture Making settled things strange Don t say you were not warned What is a celebrity Analogue man Does Facebook really have to be this dire A musician supreme Many dangers hedge around the unfortunate composer How not to stand out In praise of the unspectacular Why Western music September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March 9 February 33 January 30 2010 281 December 37 November 20 October 36 September 7 August 37 July 27 May 17 April 33 March 12 February

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  • On An Overgrown Path: When the hype is justified
    the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Thursday October 22 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Ali Akbar Khan ravi shankar Ustad Vilayat Khan 1 comment Pliable said I am also reminded by my reading that Ravi Shankar referred to himself Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Vilayat Khan as the Three Musketeers who had conquered the West 8 33 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 There are no quick wins Contemporary Greek music loses its baggage Do musicians play music or does music play musici Why opera tickets are perceived as expensive The madness of crowds Do you believe in magic When the hype is justified When the hype hits the fan The name of the game is Sir Simon says Where has all the idealism gone Suicide is painless A real artist cannot accept the world the way it i What price classical music s celebrity culture Making settled things strange Don t say you were not warned What is a celebrity Analogue man Does Facebook really have to be this dire A musician supreme Many dangers hedge around the unfortunate composer How not to stand out In praise of the unspectacular Why Western music September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24

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  • On An Overgrown Path: When the hype hits the fan
    play in Jordi Savall s Francisco Xavier project at the Cite de la Musique Paris in 2009 where his improvised raga on the plainchant O Gloriosa Domina with tabla player Prabhu Edouart was the highlight of the concert and over the years Ken Zuckerman has made several appearances On An Overgrown Path In the West Indian music remains inextricably linked with Ravi Shankar and the sitar Which means quite wrongly that world class and I use that description advisedly musicians such as sarod master Ken Zuckerman remain almost unknown I have written here before in praise of the Cambridge University Indian Classical Arts Society CUICAS This student run society is bringing Ken Zuckerman to Cambridge on Sunday for a recital with tabla player Sanju Sahai The recital is being billed as a New Horizons event in recognition of the need to broaden Western audience s appreciation of Indian music beyond its current narrow guru fixation I have no professional connection with CUICAS and in view of the thrust of this post I don t want to over hype the concert But CUICAS has taken a big financial gamble bringing Ken Zuckerman to Cambridge and they need all the support they can get Ken Zuckerman and Sanju Sahai start their concert at 5 00pm this Sunday October 25th in Cripps Court Auditorium Magdalene College Tickets which are eminently affordable at 15 can be bought from the ADC Theatre website or by phone 01223300085 If you are in the Cambridge region I do hope to see you at the concert on Sunday No complimentary tickets or other benefits involved in this post Header image credit Rex Features Concert for Peace from YouTube video Ken Zuckerman via InstaEvents Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Wednesday October 21 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Ali Akbar Khan Cambridge University Indian Classical Arts Society gustavo dudamel ken zuckerman Partho Sarathy philip glass ravi shankar Sanju Sahai simon rattle valery gergiev Zakir Hussain 6 comments Halldor said It s possible to revitalise the Berlin Philharmonic AND disappoint those who wanted Herbert von Karajan s second coming indeed arguably impossible to do the former without doing the latter 3 44 pm Pliable said Guru as Hindu spirital teacher if you look closely at my screengrab from the Concert for Peace you can just see the outline of the ten feet high statue of Lord Krishna that shared the stage with the musicians 3 51 pm Pliable said I commented about the excellent sound quality on the Moment Records CDs of The Concert for Peace It is worth pointing out that Moment records is Zakir Hussain s own record label and under producer Ram Ghoshal it specialises in high quality sound using the shortest ie least manipulated signal path between microphone and recording media

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Where has all the idealism gone?
    independent Accords Croisés I buy all their releases sight unseen because they unlock valuable discoveries in the way that the corporate labels radio and social media should but no longer do Particularly noteworthy is the new Accords Croisés CD seen above Henri Tournier is a classically trained flautist who has embraced Eastern versions of the flute particularly the bansuri the transverse bamboo flute that is a distinctive feature of Indian music On his new album Souffles du Monde Breath of the World he is joined by no less than ten outstanding vocalists from around the world six of them women incidentally Each track is an improvised dialogue between flute and vocalist in which each soloist is an equal partner The soloists include Dominique Vellard France Dorsaf Hamdani Tunisia Alireza Ghorbani Iran Abida Parveen Pakistan Ustad Farida Mahwash Afghanistan and Etsuko Chida Japan On an album of such richness and diversity it is invidious to highlight individual artists But I will Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig s Mongolian throat and overtone singing is a revelation while the idealism of Henri Tournier and Accords Croisés in putting this prodigously rewarding project together also deserves the highest praise I suspect that to use Dave Sandison words Souffles du Monde won t sell a shit But is that the best measure of artistic merit Experience Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig and Henri Tournier s revelatory music making via this link No review samples used in this post Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Saturday October 17 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels accords croises Dave Sandison Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig Henri Tournier Island Records max hole nick drake No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 There are no quick wins Contemporary Greek music loses its baggage Do musicians play music or does music play musici Why opera tickets are perceived as expensive The madness of crowds Do you believe in magic When the hype is justified When the hype hits the fan The name of the game is Sir Simon says Where has all the idealism gone Suicide is painless A real artist cannot accept the world the way it i What price classical music s celebrity culture Making settled things strange Don t say you were not warned What is a celebrity Analogue man Does Facebook really have to be this dire A musician supreme Many dangers hedge around the unfortunate composer How not to stand out In praise of the unspectacular Why Western music September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Suicide is painless
    record the sources of the images used on Slipped Disc are Police handout via Yahoo and piano teacher Leigh Felten s website My header image is from YouTube video in public domain Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Friday October 16 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels armenia BBC Radio 3 George Onslow norman lebrecht Yahoo 3 comments jfl said Onslow is of course one of our favorite obscure composers And on LeBrecht pronounced as Jon Stewart would we agree a million times as is So Yay for this Not a pluralis majestatis but including my stuffed tiger Onslow possibly named after this composer Or maybe after the character in Keeping Up Appearances 2 25 pm Philip Amos said You ve finally just laid it on the line Bob I congratulate you and I second every word you write Why is he so feted by the industry and certain specimens of the media Because he will give them what want He s like a media mascot i e a pet Titillation He ll deliver that in spades along with the scandal He s always good for a dead donkey story And together with this he ll give them fourth rate serious writing on music exactly in the vein of the books that brought him this renown to begin with notwithstanding that the renown came via appalling research and errors leading to lawsuits and the pulping of books Whether he s just titillating dishing up a dead donkey or purporting to write serious music journalism makes no difference and a key is that his editors neither know nor care Look carefully and one finds that his book on Mahler s symphonies with its stupifying argument is no better or different from the rest of his output In short his record is appalling and amount of brown nosing name dropping and putatively exclusive stories can hide that from those who care for the world of classical music He does have a use as an example of rampant egotism though 3 41 pm Pliable said Thanks Philip I have now gone past the point where Lebrecht annoys me But what does make me very angry is the sycophantic behaviour of the rest of the classical music industry Increasingly I think that the industry is getting precisely what it deserves 5 10 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 There are no quick wins Contemporary Greek music loses its baggage Do musicians play music or does music play musici Why opera tickets are perceived as expensive The madness of crowds Do you believe in magic When the hype

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