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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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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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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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