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LES SESSIONS CUBAINES: THE POWER TO ENCHANT

Sometimes the spirit of an instrument, melody, or voice completely catches hold of you. The flamenco term “duende” describes it best: when the music’s sound is so authentic that it reaches out and possesses the listener. This happened to me … Continue reading

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SALSA: LIFELONG PASSION AND GLOBAL PHENONEMON

Salsa music simmered to life in New York City’s Puerto Rican neighborhoods in the 1960s and 70s: a blend of Cuban son, mambo, cha-cha-chá, and guaracha; a dash of Puerto Rican rhythms; and swirls of other musical ingredients. New York’s … Continue reading

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HARP MUSIC FOR A LATE-AUTUMN MONDAY

The winter solstice creeps nearer each day. Winter has not yet descended upon Northern California, but the wind bit at my cheeks as I walked along the ocean yesterday. I’m starting to dress in double layers and crave comfort foods … Continue reading

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OUR FAVORITE THINGS: BANDCAMP

In a world wide web full of streaming music services, exists Bandcamp—a site that I discovered earlier this year and that has quickly turned into one of my favorite go-to sources for new music. I like Bandcamp—A LOT. Apsara features … Continue reading

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FRESHMAN THEME: REM’S ‘AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE’

In keeping with our theme of “looking back, looking ahead,” an Apsara reader from Saint Louis shared REM’S Automatic for the People as a favorite album from a pivotal era of his life. “This album was practically the theme for … Continue reading

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