Sunday, September 11, 2011

Acoustic Flamenco Metal - stunningly combined

I didn't know anything about Rodrigo y Gabriela this morning. Now I do. I love that about music, art, life!!

They are a Mexican guitar duo, who combine Rock, Flamenco, Jazz, Metal and Folk and have been doing their thing for a decade now. They used to earn a crust playing in hotels, and being metal fans, they had a repertoire that included Slayer, Megadeth, Testament. But no one would have guessed that. Not the way they play them.

They played in thrash metal bands together in Mexico, and spent the past 10 years mostly in Dublin (a great city for sure).

So here are Rodrigo y Gabriela, made up of Rodrigo Sanchez (lead guitar) and Gabriela Quintero (rhythm guitar)  playing Stairway to Heaven, and there's nothing cliché about it.

Jive, Mahogany, Ken and some 'snappy' poetry

I went to a slam poetry workshop on Sunday, part of the Global Poetics Tour and was introduced to the genius that is Ken Arkind. Here he is doing Maggie! A fantastic poem, that makes you realise what poetry can be. Fabulous.

Also had this incredible woman. Mahogany L. Browne, who blew me away. Something really funk singer going on and it's poetry. The beat, the phrasing, wonderful to hear.

And I also had the pleasure of hearing from Jive Poetics, another New York Slam Poet Champ (I say that like they're a buck a tin, so not the case, when I say 'another' I mean one of the three mentioned).

My absolute privilege to hear each of them.

And, I learned something. When you are in the know... you snap your fingers in the bits you like (guess that saves interrupting with applauding in the usual way). Learn something every day.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Benjamin Skepper - Stunning Performance Installation

This guy is amazing. I love him!! He's a work of art himself. And his music is gorgeous. He's also very handsome - a cross between Johnny Depp and Prince, that adds to the whole delightful package.

Check this video out. What an outfit, love love love it. It's the performance installation for Museo del Novecento Milano Italy.

So this stunning and talented chap is Australian. He has a Japanese Mum and Australian Dad. He plays harpsichord, vacuum cleaner (ya), cello, all sorts. He started playing classical music very young. Was immersed in it from two years old, and by ten he was playing Mozart internationally.

His photo shoot for Rolling Stone (Russia). Devine! Dreams are made of this!!

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