December 5, 2013 |
Nelson Mandela was, quite famously, a fan of European classical music. His two favorite composers were George Frideric Handel and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, but he grew up exposed to the country's rich tradition of vocal groups forging a unique form of sacred rhythm music. That changed while the former South African president and longtime democratic activist was imprisoned by the pro-apartheid government from 1962 to 1990. He wasn't allowed access to music. Artists, however, used Mandela's jailing to fuel global protest songs, and during his years in captivity, Mandela's messages were delivered on the wings of rhythm and melody.
January 9, 2011 |
You know that feeling you get when you listen to a favorite part of a favorite song? Some scientists have a refreshingly unscientific word for it: They call it the "chills. " In the lab they can measure the chills, which correspond with a specific pattern of brain arousal and often are accompanied by increases in heart and breathing rates and other physical responses. Now neurologists report that this human response to music -- which has existed for thousands of years, across cultures around the world -- involves dopamine, the same chemical in the brain that is associated with the intense pleasure people get from more tangible rewards such as food or addictive drugs.
January 17, 2010
Pop & Jazz Previews by August Brown (A.B.) and Todd Martens (T.M). Music Go Music "Expressions," the debut album from Music Go Music, had little pre-release hype -- it was issued with only a vague news release with clearly made-up aliases (TORG, Gala Bell). In reality, the band is fronted by Meredith and David Metcalf from prog-ish outfit Bodies of Water, and their debut is a hook-filled blast through pop's past. Or to be more specific, the '70s, as Music Go Music's songs are packed with spooky synths, brash guitars and colossal, ABBA-inspired choruses.
June 5, 2011
Ojai Music Festival When: Thursday through Sunday, full schedule at http://www.ojaifestival.org Where: Libbey Bowl, Ojai Tickets: $15 to $110
March 15, 2012
MUSIC Jacaranda, the Westside music series that presents obscure and experimental classical music, will stage a concert featuring the work of composers Leon Kirchner, Richard Rodney Bennett, Christopher Rouse and William Schuman. First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. Sat., 6 p.m. Sun. $20 to $40. (213) 483-0216, http://www.jacarandamusic.org
March 8, 2010
Documentary short "Music by Prudence" Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett In a category some might be surprised to still see on the broadcast in a year of 10 best picture nominees, the Oscar for documentary short subject went to "Music by Prudence," made by Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett, the story of a band of disabled musicians in Zimbabwe. Williams made it to the stage first and had begun speaking when Burkett stepped to the microphone and excitedly began to talk over Williams, saying, "In a world in which most of us are told, and tell ourselves, that we can't, we honor the band behind this film who teaches us that we're wrong.