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Posts Tagged ‘classical music’

Kafka on the Shore

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 10 July 2011

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Japanese first edition cover

Kafka on the Shore (novel) (2002; 2005 English language release) by Haruki Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1991), Norwegian Wood (2000), 1Q84 (October, 2011))   Kafka on the Shore, included in the 2005 New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, and described by John Updike as a “real page-turner, as well as an insistently metaphysical mind-bender”, is characterised by two interwoven stories, both rather rich in magical realism (talking cats, for example) and popular culture, including music, both pop and classical, as well as a reasonable dose of philosophy (Nietzsche, among others) and a bit of sex.  A page-turner?  Well…hmmm. (PR)

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Open Your Ears! Microtones Are Everywhere!

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 6 December 2009

Greg Sandow, in his blog on ArtsJournal, has written a post entitled “Crossing Cultures” concerning a few of his own personal learning experiences concerning world music (or “World Music”, preferably):  Afro-Caribbean-Guatamalan 18th century classical music (Yes!), Australian-Aboriginal loose-knit melodic-rhythmic cycles (not really improvisations, but highly, interestingly, out there), and Tunisian modal microtones (you can listen to for yourself!), and a snippet of Sibelius!.  And all this in the name of the future of classical (Western) music!  Ambitious, fascinating, a bit complicated, but fun for everyone with ears.  And aspiring to a Night in Tunisia.

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