Category Archives: Music

What’s New for the 23rd of July: a SF Day of Dead, baseball related books, some Tolkien works, Fantasia No. 34 performed, more early music, and other matters

 To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due.– Hob Gadling, toasting upon Dream’s journey as told in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Season … Continue reading

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The Ivory Consort’s Music from the Land of Three Faiths

(This review was written by Leonora Rose for a previous incarnation of the Green Man Review.) In 711 AD, Spain was conquered by the Muslims, who managed to make of it one of the few places in which the three … Continue reading

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The Tallis Scholars’ The Tallis Scholars Sing Josqin

Josqin des Pres (1450?-1521) was born Josqin Lebloitte, either in Hainault (modern Belgium) or in France. (The “des Pres” was a nickname, as they understood such things in the fifteenth century.) He seems to have been a choirboy at Saint-Quentin … Continue reading

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The Dufay Collective’s Music for Alfonso the Wise

Alfonso X, “el Sabio” (“the Wise”), was king of Castile and Leon from 1252 to 1284, a time when those realms were an outpost of European culture on a peninsula under the domination of the Muslim Moors. He was known … Continue reading

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Frank Wallace’s Delphín

In “classical” music, recent decades have witnessed a string of revivals, from Wanda Landowska’s researches and stellar performances of music for the harpsichord and Vladimir Horowitz’s performances of Scarlatti through the burgeoning interest in plainsong and chant (including the disco … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 16th of July: Elizabeth Hand’s favourite libation, Chicago’s ‘Saturday in the Park’ and other matters

Saturday in the park,  I think it was the Fourth of July — Chicago Care to sample our newest Summer ale? It’s called White Chalk Horse IPA and has a nice, light taste. It’s been very popular. It’ll go well with the … Continue reading

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Coyote Oldman’s Tear of the Moon, Compassion, Floating on Evening: Songs from Otter River

I learned a very important concept about making art in a dance class, studying butoh, the contemporary Japanese dance-theater that is at once highly abstract and fundamentally impressionistic: evocation. Our movements were not to describe an action, but to evoke … Continue reading

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Perry Silverbird’s The Blessing Way; Tokeya Inajin’s (Kevin Locke) Dream Catcher; Mary Youngblood’s The Offering; Bryan Akipa’s Mystic Moments: Dakota Flute Music

As I listen to more traditional music and more music from non-Western sources, I begin to realize that the blithe use of the word “traditional” is tantamount to making your own noose and putting it around your neck. This was … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 9th of July: Reviews of novels by Terri Windling and Charles de Lint, Music from the Clumsy Lovers, seasonal beer, dance historian Alison Thompson and other summery matters

Chicken Scratch music is Mexican-spiced Native American polka. It sounds like a wild, very happy, and slightly drunken wedding party, and it moves you up and down; you can’t keep still. — Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams Music permeates Kinrowan Hall. … Continue reading

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Elftones’ Elftones, Mist-Covered Mountains and The Moon and Seven Stars

The Elftones are a duo from North Carolina, Mara Beamish on violin and Roger Gold on acoustic guitar. They describe their music as a blend of Irish, Scottish, Canadian, old-time and original tunes. A lot of their work is playing … Continue reading

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