What more perfect country than Italy for Chinese virtuoso flute player and cooking expert Guo Yue to explore the relationship between food, love and music? At Arte Culinaria in the foothills of the Dolomites (one hour north of Venice) on July 4 Yue will be holding a cooking workshop entitled 'Ravioli e Spaghetti: Italia e Cina a confronto (Ravioli and Spaghetti: Italy and China compared). Later in the evening Yue will give a concert in the beautiful courtyard of the cookery school of music from his CD 'Music Food and Love'. As Guo Yue says: 'During the Cultural Revolution personal, romantic love was forbidden; so feelings of love were put into other things: I remember that the infinite care that was taken in preparing many dishes from a few ingredients, thinking about the colours, textures, tastes and smells that would fill my courtyard in the alleys - this was an expression of love.'
The New York City premiere of this award-winning documentary film by Rob McGann takes place on June 15 at 7.15pm at the Society for Ethical Culture (2 West 64th Street at Central Park West). The film explores the underlying fractures of the War on Terrorism.
The track '9/11' from the album 'Ama' by Yungchen Lhamo is featured in the film along with other improvised vocal selections specially created for the movie.
Thomas Mapfumo is again at odds with the regime of his beloved country. Just as his songs once spoke of rebellion in Rhodesia, today he remains resolutely a man of the people - rallying their street-level support in the struggle against the new tyranny of Mugabe. There is no immediate prospect of a return home from his adopted base in Eugene, Oregon, where he recorded 'Rise Up', his new Real World Records release.
The Blues Foundation announced the recipients of the 2006 Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) last week in Memphis and Charlie Musselwhite won again (for 'Instrumentalist - Harmonica'). This is Charlies 19th Blues Music Award!
Listen to the segment of BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme where Mark Coles questions Charlie Musselwhite on why he has for the first time been prompted to write protest songs on his new CD 'Delta Hardware'
Yungchen Lhamo will be hosting a special evening in New York this week in aid of the Tibet House charity. Celebrating the release in America of her new album 'Ama' Yungchen will perform with a number of special guests including Joy Askew and Jamshied Sharifi, Kristoff Hahn and Bashiri Johnson.
The event will take place on Friday 5 May at 8pm at the Alfred Lerner Hall, Colombia Universit (2920 Broadway). For tickets call 1 866 468 7619.
Be amongst the first to buy Charlie Musselwhite's new CD "Delta Hardware" from our shop and recive a free copy of "Charle Musselwhite: A Visual Journey".
This specially created DVD is not commercially available and has been signed by Charlie Musselwhite.
Charlie Musselwhite performed at the sixth annual Jammy awards last week, joining in jams with two groups of artists. He performed first with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Steve Kimock (all with Grateful Dead connections), Mike Gordon (Phish), Angelique Kidjo, Baba Maal, and others on the songs Jingo, Iko Iko, and Voodoo Chile. Musselwhite then sat in with Little Feat and their guests Stephen and Ky-Mani Marley, Bela Fleck, and former Howlin' Wolf sideman Hubert Sumlin on the show-closing set, performing A Political Blues followed by Jammin and One Love. This continues a trend for Charlie who, over the last couple of years, has performed with everyone from Ben Harper to the Blind Boys of Alabama, G. Love to Gov¹t Mule, and many others.
An all-star lineup of area musicians -- including a couple of literal Allstars -- assembled April 10 at Ardent Studios in Midtown to work on the score for Craig Brewer's "Black Snake Moan," the Memphis filmmaker's eagerly awaited followup to "Hustle & Flow," which recently won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
"I have to figure out a way to show how raunchy blues music can be a religious experience," said Brewer, 34, whose new movie is about a nymphomaniacal young woman (Christina Ricci) "whose demons are chased away by the blues," in the form of a grizzled, God-fearing bluesman named Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson).
For "Hustle," Bomar assembled a lineup of veteran Stax musicians to create music that Brewer said was not just rhythmic but "cinematic." For "Black Snake," the musicians recruited by Bomar include local legend Jim Dickinson on keyboards; Dickinson's sons and North Mississippi Allstars members Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson on guitar and drums; Bomar on bass; and blues hero and former Memphian Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica.
Working and improvising from Bomar's score, the musicians played along to scenes from the film that were projected on a large screen in the studio, as engineer John Hampton and music editor Kevin Houston captured the results. Martial drum beats, soulful harmonica notes and tortured guitar riffs accompanied images of an angry Justin Timberlake, a stern Samuel L. Jackson and a chained and semi nude Christina Ricci. In a way, watching the recording process was like watching musicians play along to a screening of a silent movie.
Musselwhite, 62, who lives in Sonoma County, Calif., but is building a home in Clarksdale, Miss., said the sessions were "loose and relaxed and productive." He said he doesn't want his harmonica to overwhelm the images onscreen or the sounds of the other musicians. "Some players, they have all their licks memorized," he said. "They think about what they're going to play, but I try to think about what not to play. Tone and phrasing, that's what's important -- less is more. The feeling, that's the thing."
Apologies for our absence since around 6.30 PM on Thursday evening - our ISP was the victim of a "malicious attack" on the fiber running into their hosting center, and it's taken around 48 hours to get all the wires stitched back together. Hopefully normal service is now resumed.