Archive for October 2012

Mouse on the keys

Mouse on the keys is a unique band from Japan and this is what they do:
“A blend of minimal phrased piano and dynamic drumming.
The pursuit of a live experience composed of visual and audio expression. Formed in 2006, with elements of jazz, funk, post
rock and electronic music, Mouse on the Keys fits into a genre of their own.
The trio consists of two former members of the influential Japanese underground band Nine Days Wonder, Akira Kawasaki and Atsushi Kiyota.
They teamed up with Daisuke Niitome, who has played drums as well as composed music for countless jazz
funk and hip hop bands. Their unique sound, comprising two pianos, two keyboards and drums, continue to stand at the forefront of the Japanese indie scene.”

Listen to their ridiculously brilliant performance of 最後の晩餐 from their 2007 release Sezession. “Secession (derived from the Latin term secessio) is the act of withdrawing from an organization, union, or especially a political entity.” (in Wikipedia). Sezession is also a group of Austrian artists created in 1897 which was presided by Gustav Klimt. The Sezession artists resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists because of their conservatism.



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Sangue do meu sangue will be presented in LA

Sangue do meu sangue by João Canijo can be seen in Los Angeles during the American Film Institute Fest. The film will also be presented during Seattle Latino Film (USA), Skopje Cinedays (Macedonia), Leeds International Film Festival (United Kingdom), Festival de Luanda (Angola) and Around the World in 14 Films (Germany).

(read P3's article) 

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Penguin book covers through the years

 The Guardian published a best of Penguin’s book covers. My highlight goes to Shepard Fairey’s illustration for George Orwell’s 1984 and Banksy’s work for Nick Cave’s And the Ass Saw the Angel.

(The Guardian's article)

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Pina, Wim Wenders (2011)

Pina is a documentary film about the brilliant career of Pina Bausch, a contemporary dance choreographer. During the production of this documentary Pina Bausch died leading to the cancelation of its production. However, the Tanztheater Wuppertal dancers convinced Wim Wenders to finish it. Thank God they did it!
Pina’s choreographies are incredibly powerful and Wim Wenders made an excellent job capturing them. If you haven’t heard about this film watch the trailer right here and be captivated.

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Funeral Blues, W.H. Auden

Funeral Blues, is a poem written by the English born, later an American citizen, poet W.H. Auden. This poem became widely known through the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Matthew, played by John Hannah, reads it during his partner’s funeral.

(Link to the poem) 

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Different Trains, Steve Reich

Steve Reich is one of the most acclaimed contemporary composers and is a pioneer of minimal music among Philip Glass, La Monte Young and Terry Riley.  
During World War II Steve Reich used to travel by train frequently between New York and Los Angeles in order to visit his parents who were separated. The Grammy awarded piece, Different Trains, puts out a question: what if he was living in Europe during the World War II? As a Jew he makes himself the question: what if I had taken a different train?
The result is a masterpiece where Steve Reich uses speech to create rhythm and melody. 

Listen to the first movement:

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