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Terry Riley Weekend In SF Features Complete String Quartets of John Zorn, Kala Ramnath & Thollem McDonas

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 14, 2015 07:26pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Terry Riley Weekend, with events happening April 30th through May 2nd at the Palace of Fine Arts and Cowell Theater.

To celebrate Terry Riley's 80th birthday and honor his genius as a composer, performer, musician, and human being, he was asked by CIIS to curate this short series that expresses the diversity of his creative interests. Don't miss this incredible weekend of three performances in a diverse array of contemporary Western and Indian classical styles. 

The Complete String Quartets of John Zorn featuring JACK Quartet and Tony Arnold
Thursday, April 30, 2015, Palace of Fine Arts
JACKThere has rarely been a musician as versatile and prolific as John Zorn, whose genre bending creativity has excited audiences and confounded critics and academics for 40 years. One of his greatest achievements are his compositions for string quartet, which are among the most important contributions to the genre since Carter and Bartok. Spanning almost three decades, these six quartets are each a world of their own, and run the gamut from cartoon madness, hardcore intensity, hebrew spirituality, hermetic romanticism, Crowlean Magick, and Alchemical Mysticism. This unprecedented concert presents all six of Zorn's remarkably varied quartets along with the US premiere of Pandora's Box, his striking new composition for string quartet and soprano written for the Arditti Quartet. Featuring the virtuosic young quartet JACK and Tony Arnold on voice, this marathon concert of Zorn's complete quartets is not to be missed.

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Lila Downs Performs at SF's Nourse Theater, April 22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 23, 2015 06:26pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present singer Lila Downs on Wednesday, Lila DownsApril 22nd at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Lila Downs has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. Her music and vocal artistry have many influences, including the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America, and American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. Downs, who grew up in both Minnesota and Oaxaca, has gone on to win a Grammy and a Latin Grammy award. She has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues, and has been invited to sing at the White House.

Tickets available now.

 

Amoeba Presents Gurrumul in Los Angeles at the El Rey May 6

Posted by Amoebite, March 19, 2015 03:43pm | Post a Comment

gurrumulAboriginal folk singer Gurrumul brings his angelic voice and stirring, spiritual acoustic music to LA's El Rey Theatre on May 6. Amoeba and Goldenvoice are proud to co-present. You can buy tickets at Amoeba Hollywood with a low service fee or online here.

Gurrumul (real name Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu) has been called “Australia’s most important voice” by Rolling Stone. Gurrumul was born blind and a member of Gumatj clan on Elcho Island. On his self-titled debut album, Gurrumul sings in a mixture of Yolngu and English about such subjects as his love for his country, spiritual connection with the land, the death of his father and difficulty of living as a blind man.

Beyond his homeland, Gurrumul has performed for President Barack Obama and the British Royal Family, and Gurrumul won several ARIA Awards (Australia’s version of the Grammys), including Best World Music Album.

Hear the inspiring “Wiyathul” in the video below:

 

15 American Pop Hits That Aren't in English

Posted by Eric Brightwell, February 23, 2015 10:00pm | Post a Comment
In the United States there is no official language and in roughly 18% of American homes, one of hundreds of languages other than English is primarily spoken -- all of which, unless they're indigenousshould be considered "foreign languages." In Los Angeles, everyday you can hear pop songs on the radio in Cantonese, English, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese and although I often find that pop music is better when the lyrics are unintelligible, only a handful of pop songs in a language other than English have made the journey onto the pop charts -- here are fifteen (or so).


Harry Choates - Jole Blon



Harry Choates's "Jole Blon" (1946, French


Spanish Singer Buika Performs Live at SF's Nourse Theater, 2/28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 9, 2015 06:26pm | Post a Comment

Buika, San Francisco

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Spanish-born, Miami-based singer Buika on Saturday, February 28th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Since her introduction to the American music scene in 2007 with her album Mi Niña Lola (My Little Girl BuikaLola), Buika has experienced a meteoric rise, earning lavish praise from The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as NPR, which quickly included her in their "50 Great Voices" radio gallery. Despite just a few concert appearances, she earned two Latin Grammy nominations in 2008. Her next release, Niña de Fuego (Fire Child) paved the way for relocation to Miami in 2011 (she lovingly calls the US "the country of happiness and noise").

Before her career took off in the US, she had already achieved success in Europe, performing on screen in the Pedro Almovar film The Skin I Live In and dueting with pop singer Seal. Music from those projects and more were collected in 2011 on the essential 2-CD set En Mi Piel (In My Skin) to satisfy a growing demand for her music in her new country. Rare is the artist to garner comparisons to Nina Simone, Chavela Vargas, and Cesaria Evora, but Buika has been compared to all of them. She has clearly inherited their steely independence and uncompromising creative vision.

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