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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music is not dead - it is suburbanized
    1913 premiere of the Rite of Spring showed surprise and confusion are the lifeblood of classical music and suburbanization is draining that lifeblood away The path that started this post led from Stravinsky s native Russia through Turkey Iraq and Iran and on to India and the Himalayas A noteworthy example of anti suburbanization is the recent CD Kurdistan from the newly formed Nishtiman ensemble seen above which brings Kurdish musicians from Turkey Iraq and Iran together with a French percussionist and double bass player video sample here This may not be classical music within the generally accepted and meaningless definition but it is art music a genre that suburbanized classical has turned its back on Nishtiman s music could not be further from a Western shopping mall or caffé mocha but it does look forward as their percussionist and artistic director Hussein Zahawy explains We are of a generation very open to the West and also other Eastern cultures Thanks to CDs and then the internet we are musicians without borders Nishtiman s music without borders has its roots in Shamanism and Sufism but it is also music of the 21st century Art music is a knowledge tradition and the 9th century Persian Sufi scholar Sahl al Tustari affirmed that the aim of knowledge is to make you surprised and confused When were you last surprised and confused by suburbanized classical music Also on Facebook and Twitter Jerry Mander s In the Absence of the Sacred influenced this post but no review samples were used in it Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Wednesday February 19 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Hussein Zahawy igor stravinsky jordi savall Kurdisan Nishtiman Sahl al Tustari sufism Süher Pekinel 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 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 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts on listening to Britten s Noye s Listener is performer

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism?
    and Notovitch reported that the Life of Issa tells how Jesus aged 13 travelled with a caravan of merchants to India where he received training in Eastern spiritual traditions Not surprisingly Notovitch s account of the lost years of Jesus caused great controversy Subsequent research highlighted significant inconsistencies in Notovitch s account of uncovering the Life of Issa and his claims are now generally discredited although the objectivity of his detractors among Christian scholars is also open to question However despite widespread ridicule the Life of Issa it does have its supporters In 1925 Nicholas Roerich visited the monastery at Hemis and in his travel diaries he echoes the legend that Issa had travelled and studied in the region Roerich s diaries were published as a widely acclaimed book titled Altai Himalaya and this mirrors Süher Pekinel s article which cites how the Altaic shamanistic tribes performed their own rite of spring for the Celestial God More recently the 2007 film Jesus in India renewed the Notovitch controversy Jesus in India which has been aired on the Sundance Channel has received acclaim as well as criticism and in an in interview its director said this Our journey to India following the trail of those who saw and translated the manuscript several times gives a very convincing case that the manuscript of Life of Issa does exist and that it dovetails neatly with a long list of other kinds of evidence that put Jesus in India during that period of his life If true that journey of Jesus to the East was conveniently omitted from the New Testament Does Stravinsky s Rite of Spring have its roots in Turkish Islamic Sufism Did Jesus receive teachings in India and the Himalayas Probably the best answer to those questions is found in this quote from Nicholas Roerich s Altai Himalaya In every spark of folklore there is a drop of the great truth adorned and distorted A number of sources were used for this post I would particularly like to credit Ladakh Land of Magical Monasteries published by Pilgrims Publishing Varanasi In a few months insha Allah I will be travelling to that land of monasteries where the manuscript of the Life of Issa may or may not exist and coincidentally I will be staying at Thiksy near Hemis monastery Also on Facebook and Twitter Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Tuesday February 18 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Helena Roerich igor stravinsky Ladakh Life of Issa nicholas roerich Nicolas Notovitch sufism Süher Pekinel 3 comments Michael Richards said Do you plan to attend the Dalai Lama s Kalachakra empowerment in July at Ley in Ladakh 9 17 pm billoo said Fascinating as always Pli somewhat related to your point I think the Ahmadis

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Independent record label 1 - Corporate record label 0
    classical A Piacere replaces the sterility of authenticity with the virility of diversity and the same admirably nuanced formula is found in Fahmi Alqhai s earlier album Rediscovering Spain made with his Accademia del Piacere ensemble Last year Universal Music ceo Max Hole told classical music that it must ride the wave of change or die So speaking of rediscovering Spain it is ironic that in the same month that independent label Glossa launches A Piacere the lead release of Universal Music s flagship Deutsche Grammophon label is an album of celebrity guitarist Miloš Karadaglić performing Rodrigo warhorses But to prove Universal Music is fearlessly riding the wave of change Miloš Karadaglić adds an admittedly exquisite Takemitsu transcription of Lennon McCartney s Michelle In the DG puff Miloš Karadaglić describes how the Concierto de Aranjuez paints the landscape of nature happiness and love But it is not widely known that the concerto was written in Paris in the spring of 1939 when Europe was hurtling towards the abyss and Rodrigo was happy to fraternise with both the Nazi and Franco regimes despite having a Jewish wife The overlooked political background to the Concierto de Aranjuez is explained in Sketches of Spain Also on Facebook and Twitter No review samples used in this post Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Sunday February 16 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Accademia del Piacere deutsche grammophon Fahmi Alqhai glossa joaquin rodrigo max hole Milos Karadaglic pedro estevan 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 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 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts on listening to Britten s Noye s Listener is performer and performer is listener Chocolate is the root of all evil Are virtual concert halls the future of classical BBC Radio 3 lies damned lies and statistics Rameau takes a trip with Scott Ross Classical music takes the shape of the container t

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Are virtual concert halls the future of classical music?
    a small independent American record label had used the then state of the art digital technology to successfully create a virtual acoustic Since that post was written there have been dramatic advances in computer technology and the lifestyles sensory hierarchies and expectations of audiences have changed dramatically New audiences now want their classical music up front and personal which means my post about how digital technology can build a virtual concert hall is a lot more relevant today than it was eight years ago This path leads far beyond the best albums for headphone listening to the very future of classical music because Jonathan Harvey s Speakings is to use a much abused term a seminal work in contemporary music which replaces the legacy constraints of brick and mortar concert halls with the infinite opportunities offered by new technology In his 2010 radio interview with me Jonathan argued that classical music should drop its silly conventions and auditioning Speakings on headphones shows that the orthodoxy of classical music being irrevocably wedded to a proscenium arch presentation is no more than one of those silly conventions My headphone listening is via a ThorensTD125 SME record deck or Arcam CD37 player into an Arcam Alpha10 integrated amplifier and Sennheiser HD 580 studio quality headphones For mobile listening an iPOd Nano and Sennheiser PX 200 foldable headphones are used and my new 64 bit Dell PC has a 5 1 soundcard installed Header photo via Neu Records and footer via Sound by Design Any other copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Tuesday February 11 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bbc scottish symphony orchestra Eliane Radique ilan volkov jonathan harvey Loft Recordings Neu Records Ramon Humet 1 comment Pliable said Very rewarding and moving to find Jonathan Harvey s daughter Anna re tweeting this post https twitter com museno1 status 433273898176483328 And paths truly converge as Human League founder and surround sound advocate Martyn Ware also re tweets the post https twitter com martynware status 433241825676390400 5 16 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 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 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Rameau takes a trip with Scott Ross
    photo comes via an excellent article in French about Scott Ross at Chateau Assass from Télérama Fr Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Sunday February 09 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Access Industries Chateau Assass emi Jean Philippe Rameau Leonard Blavatnik scott ross universal music warner classics 1 comment jeremy berman said That s wonderful news the Rameau will be released later this year I wonder if his Couperin will ever see the light of day on CD 12 24 am 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 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 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts on listening to Britten s Noye s Listener is performer and performer is listener Chocolate is the

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music takes the shape of the container that holds it
    ability to take the shape of the container that holds it whether that container is an acoustically impeccable concert hall or an iPod Depending on your point of view classical music has benefitted from or survived a Death in Venice a wrap around Rite cycling in the Malvern Hills intimate relations with a prurient novel and the close encounter with Mickey Mouse seen above Right from its 1940 release Fantasia which was recorded in nine channel surround Fantasound brought classical music to new audiences Over the years innovative surround sound projects have been featured On An Overgrown Path one of the first was a 2005 post about Janet Cardiff s frisson inducing Forty Part Motet But in the past I have been guilty when confronted with Martyn Ware s style of immersive ambience of rolling my eyes and stuffing a 1970s EMI Kingsway Hall stereo recording of Vaughan Williams into the CD player Which I now realise is very short sighted because too much effort is being directed towards making the container fit the shape of the music rather than vice versa Whether we like it or not technology sensory hierarchies and lifestyles are changing If we really want classical music to survive and widen its audience we need to wake up to its ability to take the shape of new containers Also on Facebook and Twitter No review samples or payment in kind was received for this post Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Friday February 07 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bowers and wilkins emi Jack Maquire janet cardiff kingsway hall Martyn Ware zen buddhism 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 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 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts on listening to Britten s Noye s Listener is performer and performer is listener Chocolate is the root of all evil Are virtual concert halls the future of classical

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  • On An Overgrown Path: My world and my music are never one and the same
    flux Which means fluxless music programming 24 7 Wagner Britten and Verdi last year 24 7 Richard Strauss this year all underpinned by a basso profundo of Mahler and Shostakovich and other safe composer s is as nonsensical as targeting a mythical homogeneous new audience The tastes of audiences are never one and the same and new distribution platforms such as Spotify recognise this BBC Radio 3 s biggest threat is not Classic FM it is the new distribution platforms that recognise the reality of classical music and allow listeners to constantly reshape their listening Composer anniversaries and all they bring are just one strain of a particularly virulent lazy programming virus that has infected BBC Radio 3 in particular and classical music in general What we need on the airwaves and in the concert hall is less predictability and more serendipity Also on Facebook and Twitter No review samples involved in this post Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Thursday February 06 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Alberto Manguel BBC Radio 3 benjamin britten classic fm Dieter Schnebel rajar richard strauss richard wagner roger wright Spotify titi robin 4 comments billoo said By complete chance or something of a chance I was just reading something on this Scheffler on how future generations can complete re interpret or further something from the past which itself is just a restatement of T S Eliot s the present alters the past Thanks p s will you be stopping at this lazy part of the world Best wishes b 11 24 am Pliable said Thanks for that Billoo sadly we are not stopping in your lazy part of the world as we are flying direct to Delhi and back For readers puzzled by that exchange I should explain that with my wife I am indulging in an extreme version of my world and my music are never one and the same this summer This involves insha Allah hearing Tibetan Buddhist sacred music in Ladakh Sufi music during Ramadan in Delhi and Parsifal in England in the space of seven days Watch this path 1 25 pm Lyle Sanford RMT said This immediately reminded me of a post of yours years ago about flux and flow that for me gets to the heart of music can be a href http www overgrownpath com 2009 04 music exists only in constant flow and html a 3 29 pm Pliable said The Independent points out that alternative music station BBC 6 Music which does not have an FM wavelength only has 30 000 listeners less than Radio 3 http www independent co uk arts entertainment tv news digital 6 music set to overtake radio 3 in bbc radio music listening battle 9110022 html Good to see the Independent running this

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Gustavo Dudamel to perform at Sochi Winter Olympics
    February 05 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Abu Dhabi Festival 2014 American Ballet Theatre Gautier Capuçon gustavo dudamel Jose Antonio Abreu Miloš Karadaglić Renée Fleming Sochi Winter Olympics vladimir ashkenazy 1 comment classicaldarkarts said Good catch As far as I can tell you re the first person writing about this and it s a very important point The history of classical music is nothing if not political This festival is no exception Imagine the statement Renee Fleming Dudamel et al would have made boycotting this performance and condemning anyone who did perform Like athletes visiting Sochi I m sure orchestra members feel conflicted about playing in a country where civil rights violations are baked into law Thanks for posting this 5 19 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 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 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts on listening to Britten s

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