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Hamid Drake Carte Blanche at Bimhuis Amsterdam: PUNKT+ICP

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Hamid Drake, Punkt + ICP
Bimhuis
Carte Blanche
Amsterdam
January 23, 2016

World-renowned Amsterdam Bimhuis invited illustrious Chicagoan drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake for a carte blanche night on January 23rd. This article covers the event and adds some background notes. Hamid Drake frequently performs at this venue. To date he played ...

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Punkt Festival 2015

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Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norway
September, 3-5, 2015

Kristiansand, home of the Annual Punkt Festival for the past decade, is a municipality situated on the southernmost point of Norway on the Skagerrak strait. It has a population of 86,000 (the greater urban area 155,000) and is the county capital of Vest-Agder.

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Mural: Tempo

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The most significant thing about Tempo is that it was recorded live in concert at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. This octagonal space (pictured on the album cover, right) opened in 1971, a year after Mark Rothko's death. It is sparsely furnished and painted white, with fourteen of Rothko's late works--large black canvasses--displayed around its ...

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Erik Honoré: Heliographs

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Erik Honoré has such an impressive curriculum vitae that it is difficult to know where to begin... In association with his frequent collaborator Jan Bang, since 2005, he has been responsible for the annual ground-breaking Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, where all concerts are remixed live. Over the years, that feature of the festival has attracted such ...

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Punkt Festival 2014

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Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norway
September, 4-6, 2014

Kristiansand, home of the Annual Punkt Festival for the past decade, is a municipality situated on the southernmost point of Norway at the Skagerrag strait. It has a population of 86,000 (the greater urban area, 155,000) and is the county capital of Vest- Agder.

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Erik Honore: Heliographs

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If patience is a virtue, then Erik Honoré is, indeed, one virtuous man. Over the past few decades he's built a busy career as a novelist and record producer in his home country of Norway, and has come to increasing international attention as co-Artistic Director of the Punkt Live Remix festival--that globe-trotting festival with a philosophy ...

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Garana Jazz Festival 2014

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Garana Jazz Festival
Wolf's Meadow
Garana, Romania
July 10-13, 2014

One of Europe's most visited festivals, taking place on a meadow over 300 ft. high in the Western Carpathians, just had its 18th anniversary. The lineup, a brand mark of the festival director, Marius Giura, combined again tradition ...

Morten, J. Olsen: Bass Drum!

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Norwegian, Berlin-based percussionist Morten J. Olsen's debut solo album demonstrates how far and advanced his instrumental vocabulary has become. Olsen was part of the high-energy duo MoHa, with guitarist Anders Hana, which later evolved to the powerful quartet Ultralyd, founded by legendary reeds player Frode Gjerstad. After moving to Berlin he became a member of Splitter ...

Vilde&Inga: Makrofauna

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It is almost unimaginable that an established label, as the acclaimed German label ECM, will embrace the debut recording of young musicians just out of the music academy and release it as it is. But that is what happened with the Norwegian classically trained duo Vilde&Inga-- violinist Vilde Sandve Alnæs, and double bass player Inga Margrete ...

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As Deafness Increases: As Deafness Increases

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The musicians of the new Norwegian trio As Deafness Increases (borrowing its name from the composition of Paul Rutherford and drummer Paul Lovens from their duo album, Po Torch, 1978)--double bassist Inga Margrete Aas, Guitarist Rudolf Terland Bjørnerem and trombonist Henrik Nørstebø Munkeby met in the Czech Republic in the summer of 2010 while they played ...