music

4:59pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

Young rockers tap their creativity at Rock Band Land

Welcome to Rock Band Land. It’s a place where 4 to 9 year olds are introduced to music by learning to write it themselves. They go through the whole process, up to when they are on stage in front of 300 screaming fans.

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5:16pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Arts & Culture

400 amateur singers take on Mozart with just a few hours practice

Ragnar Bohlin leads the Sing Out Davies workshop in May of 2013
Alyssa Kapnik

Twice a year the San Francisco Symphony hosts workshops called “Sing Out Davies”, as part of the symphony's Community of Music Makers program. For one evening, singers from around the Bay Area come together to make music as one.  KALW's Alyssa Kapnik stood among them for a recent workshop and brought back their impressions of what it's like to be an ordinary person in such an extraordinary experience.  

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5:35pm

Wed August 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Bay Area "Bboys" on what it takes to stay on top of their game

Flickr Creative Commons/Nerfski

Art movements come and go, but one particular dance style seems to be here to stay. "Bboying," or "breakdancing" (as most people would call it), began in the Bronx in the late '60s and has since expanded internationally. As it’s grown, it’s changed – and that change has led to some major cultural conflicts between the younger dancers and the older ones. 

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9:38am

Wed August 7, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 8/7

Purple bag nostalgia

Music World closes
Sandip Roy

Nostalgia today is no longer reserved for the disappearance of things we feel had been around forever. Or perhaps it’s our notion of forever that has shrunk - from 163 years for the telegramto 13 to 5. The MusicWorld store  was not even a decade old.

 

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4:36pm

Wed July 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

Sacred Harp: the punk rock of choral music

Courtesy of Dan Harper

Sacred harp singing is considered to be one of the oldest forms of American folk music.  It dates back to the 1700s, to a choral style that developed in the churches of colonial New England, but eventually took root in the rural south. It’s a participatory tradition, which means that singers perform for themselves, not for an audience. Today, Sacred harp is experiencing something of a renaissance, some even characterize it as the punk rock of choral music.

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