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Serbian Jazz BRE: Serendipity

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What began as a multimedia jazz experience, a combination of straight ahead jazz music and series of photographs by the band's instigator and producer Ivan Grlić, soon evolved into a live video extravaganza with video projections that run in the background whenever the band is playing live. First there was a book with photographs, which were screened as well behind the band. But now, Grlić is sharing the stage with the band equally improvising on stage by manipulating various videos ...

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Hans Zimmer: Interstellar OST

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With audacity and style, director Christopher Nolan has created another visual masterpiece that defines the science fiction genre. The epic Interstellar definitely was one of the most interesting and moving films that came out in 2014. The film itself gave a grim glimpse of the future of mankind and the inevitable cataclysm. The food has run out, the armies are all disbanded and there wasn't much use of technology Because of that NASA has built a sort of a “space ...

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Tinariwen: Emmaar and Inside/Outside: The Joshua Tree Sessions

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Emmaar Anti- 2014 In African culture music is not “leisure" activity, but part of the daily fabric of life. Ritual of almost any sort--whether manual labor, religion or the dramatic arts--is especially associated with music. That is one of the reasons why African music has so much magic in it. And in the pantheon of great African musical legacies, Malian music takes a very special place. It's exciting, colorful and diverse and it is at ...

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Philip Glass: Glassworks

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In composer Philip Glass' storied career, Glassworks ranks among his best known and most beloved releases. Published at the start of the '80s it also signaled the more refined style characterized by a more refined intensity than the rough dynamic rush of his swirling melodies executed at breakneck speed. The decade before was characterized by long and loud pieces augmented by the bright edged sounds achieved on keyboards that in turn gave that fierce energy for which his early ensembles ...

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Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

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Several decades after his tragic and premature death, Jimi Hendrix looms even more larger and deeper than ever. An intrepid risk taker and untamed musical force that he was, this pre-eminent guitarist of the 20th century achieved his position by treating his guitar rather differently than the others. Fueled by a boundless musical imagination, Hendrix used device he could find in order to amplify the multicolored sounds he heard in his imagination. His premature death at the age of 27, ...

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The Rolling Stones by Taschen

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The Rolling Stones Reuel Golden (editor) 522 Pages ISBN: 3836552027 Taschen 2014 There is an old joke where in case of nuclear war the only ones that will survive the nuclear holocaust would be cockroaches and the Rolling Stones. For more than 50 years since the band began its active career it has created music that has spawned the ages, generations, fashions. The band did not invent rock and roll, but ...

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Bill Laswell: No Boundaries

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For some people music is a mere entertainment product, a pastime amusement. For others music is a powerful force and the act of its creation carries within itself a sense of discovery. Bill Laswell's music, production and remixes have always carried that sense of discovery and riskiness. Multifariously creative and independent, he has always been revered by avant-gardists, jazz and improv and electronic music fans with equal zeal.  In the last 30 years, this incontrovertibly cool producer has ...

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Bijelo Dugme: Sta Bi Dao Da Si Na Mom Mjestu

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Šta Bi Dao Da Si Na Mom Mjestu Dušan Vesić 352 Pages Laguna, Serbia 2014 These days composer/guitarist Goran Bregovic is revered for his soundtrack work and more than that, he is better known for his explosive cocktail of Balkan Gypsy music and various other folk musics from the region, thus becoming the best known exponent of world music. His concerts are a different affair as he and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra easily ...



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