Category Archives: Review

MOMOTARO: TAKÉNOBU BRINGS A FOLKTALE TO LIFE WITH CELLO AND LAPTOP

Since first hearing Nick Takénobu Ogawa’s album Exposition this past summer, I’ve been a fan of this versatile cellist. I was surprised and excited to discover his December release of an album based on a famous Japanese folktale I grew … Continue reading

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‘UNOFFICIAL’ PEACE: JOHN MCCUTCHEON’S ‘CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES’

Today, just five days before Christmas, U.S. President Barack Obama held a ceremony to conclude the Iraq War. But battles sometimes come to a standstill even without official sanction, as John McCutcheon sang about on his 1984 album Winter Solstice. … Continue reading

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LIGHTSWEETCRUDE: THE MANY SHADES OF “RAGA”

Raga? It’s one of the building blocks of Indian classical music, but it’s also one of the world’s hardest musical terms to define. In the simplest sense, “raga” means “color,” and consists of a collection of notes that musicians build … Continue reading

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STAY TUNED: BACK NEXT WEEK

After an exhausting and incredible month, I’m back from my travels. Work requires a bit of extra attention right now, so I’ll publish Apsara’s first fall feature next week. India stays with you long after you’ve left. I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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ON THE ROAD: SIGNING OFF (SORT OF) FOR A SHORT WHILE

I am going on vacation! Well, actually I am attending a conference first, and then I get to visit my husband’s family in India. For the rest of the month, we will not be publishing any new content on Apsara, … Continue reading

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