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This is what has been on replay in my head for the last month. I’m thinking of dancing to it one day, though I’m afraid that it would turn into more of an interpretive dance jumble than a belly dance performance. Maybe I’ll keep the dance private for now.

Schubert wrote this in the last years of his life after learing of his illness that would eventually kill him. It’s a testament to death of sorts.

Voices of Light is a pretty recent musical composition (1994) that was inspired by the French silent film “La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc” (1928) recommended to me by a friend. Written by Richard Einhorn and performed by Anonymous 4 (an all female a capella group as the voice of Jeanne) and the Netherlands Radio Choir and philharmonic, it provides an incredible accompaniment to the original film.

The acting in the film is otherworldly. The music tells its own story. It’s a tall order, about an hour and a half, but totally worth the watch.

Megitza Quartet and Roby Lakatos….
Loving this tonight, especially knowing that it’s coming out of Chicago, and out of some super young and talented musicians I adore.

One of my favorite Andrew Bird tunes for this morning… (it’s a cover of a Blind Willie Johnson tune with the same name.)

From “Fingerlings”

Concerto No.2 Part 1

I heard this while at a cute little bakery and had the dough boy (well.. maybe just the check out boy) write the name of the piece down for me.

The piece was written by Henryk Wieniawski, a Polish composer and violinist of the 1880s. Genius, huh?

The violinist is Michael Rabin, a bel canto American violinist who passed at 35, not 40 years ago.

This piece of brilliance composed by Erik Satie was arranged by Seth Ford-Young for his self titled album on Porto Franco Records.

I’m in love with the violin and accordion solos on this track.

Bass & Arrangement: Seth Ford-Young
Rhythm Guitar: Jason Vanderford
Violin: Evan Price
Accordion: Rob Reich

The director, Erika Janunger, is a Swedish musician and designer.

A short dance/architectural movie, about defying gravity.
In bedroom Malin Stattin
In livingroom Tuva Lundkvist

Directed by Erika Janunger
Scenography Erika Janunger
Photography and lightDavid Grehn
Costume Johanna Adebäck
Hair and Makeup Klara Janunger
Editing Josefine Truedsson
Postproduction Gustaf Holmsten

Music/ Lyrics-
and Vocals Erika Janunger
PercussionPontus Langendorf
Keyharp Erik Rydvall
Saxophones Nis Bäckvall
Produced by Henrik Svensson

Recently I belly danced at fundraiser with with a beatboxing cellist. There were two other musicians on the bill.  Together the three of them threw down on one of the best covers of Summertime I’ve ever heard.

Here it is:

The musicians are:

John Staedler
Sam Rogers (OneMouthBand)

(Via Yan)


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