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Zmei3: Rough Romanian Soul

A soprano opera singer and a vibraphone comprise an unlikely musical pairing, especially when set against the backdrop of Transylvania’s largest mountain. In August 2015, genre-breaking Romanian band Zmei3 brought their unique style of blues- and soul-influenced music to a … Continue reading

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Julien Baker: London Embraces Young Tennessee Singer-Songwriter

Clouds hung in the evening sky and an unseasonably chill breeze rustled the May buds emerging on trees in front of London’s St. Pancras Old Church. Oblivious to the weather, small clusters of people chattered excitedly in the churchyard, waiting … Continue reading

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KELLI RAE POWELL: REDEFINING EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT THE UKULELE

I’ve had to take a hiatus from Apsara for several months, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to interview folk artist Kelli Rae Powell, whose latest album has taught me more than a thing or two about the versatility and … Continue reading

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RED PLANET: TAKE TIME TO GET TO KNOW ARBOREA

Somewhere between electro-acoustic and folk, and between forest and ocean, emerges the music of Arborea, a husband-and-wife duo from Maine. Since releasing their first album Wayfaring Summer in 2006, Buck and Shanti Curran have toured regularly across the United States … Continue reading

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A RARE EXPERIENCE: THE TOURÉ-RAICHEL COLLECTIVE RECREATES THE ‘TEL AVIV SESSION’

Israeli musician Idan Raichel shares the incredible story of jamming with Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré and uncovering a diamond. Two years ago Vieux Farka Touré and Idan Raichel met in a rehearsal room in a south Tel Aviv … Continue reading

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