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Apr 23, 2014 — The musician skates across styles with ease, channeling cabaret crooners and eccentric singer-songwriters alike. Here, she plays songs from an upcoming project that remains unreleased.
Apr 23, 2014 — While visiting Tokyo, the pop star posed for photos in front of the highly controversial Yasukini Shrine, which honors Japanese war criminals.
Apr 23, 2014 — The Las Vegas production of Shakespeare's The Tempest features music by Tom Waits and direction by the usually silent magician Teller, who you can hear speak (!) about the production here.

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Traveling John returns to Sweden next month to complete his first solo album, after traveling around America.  He spent nearly 10 years with one of Sweden's biggest pop bands.  Photo courtesy John Dunsö
Traveling John returns to Sweden next month to complete his first solo album, after traveling around America. He spent nearly 10 years with one of Sweden's biggest pop bands. Photo courtesy John Dunsö

North Country is an inspiration for Swedish pop singer John Dunsö

Like a lot of Europeans, Swedish pop singer John Dunsö says he's amazed at the immensity of the American landscape. Dunsö visited the west coast last year and is living and writing new music during an artist residency in the North Country this month. He is the resident artist at Better Farm, a 65-acre sustainability campus in Redwood, NY.

Dunsö is the former guitarist in one of Sweden's biggest indie-pop bands, Billie the Vision and the Dancers. Now, he's recording his first solo album based on his travels across North and South America the last few years. "Rerun", one of the songs on his new album, is already a hit in his native Sweden.

Also known as Traveling John, Dunsö spoke with Todd Moe about how open space, physical work, solitude and big sandwiches help the creative process.  Go to full article
Tibetan folk singer-songwriter Techung will host a free workshop on Tibetan music and dance tonight, 5-8 pm, in Krinovitz Recital Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh.  Photo: Techung

Techung brings Tibetan folk music to Plattsburgh

Tibetan folk and freedom singer-songwriter Techung and his band will perform Friday night at SUNY Plattsburgh. The event is part of the band's tour of New York, and includes a performance in Carnegie Hall next week, where he'll perform alongside Philip Glass, Iggy Pop and others.

Techung will also hold a free workshop on Tibetan music and dance from tonight at SUNY Plattsburgh. The community is invited to stop in, talk one-on-one with the artist; see and try the musical instruments, learn the movement and dance particular to Tibetan cultural groups; and learn about Tibetan song and vocals.  Go to full article
The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty

Listen: Remembering silent film organist Jeff Barker

Jeff Barker wasn't well known in the North Country. But his music and his work as an instrument restorer brought back to life a part of the region's history.
Barker was a celebrated organ player from Manchester, England who specialized in accompanying silent movies.

For more than a decade, his performances were a big draw at the Palace Theater in Lake Placid. The silent films he accompanied were also a cornerstone of the Lake Placid Film Forum.

In 1998, Barker also led the team that restored the Palace's Robert Morton organ, which was first built in 1926. Brian Mann knew Barker for years, and learned last week that he'd passed away on New Year's Eve. He has this look back at Barker's life and his work in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Music Director Richard Probert conducts the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble during a rehearsal at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

Listen: Sackets Harbor choral group rehearses

The Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble is preparing for a spring concert in Watertown.

Joanna Richards dropped by the group's second rehearsal to learn about...  Go to full article
Eliza Moore performing at the Parkview in Canton last month. Photo: Claire Woodcock

For musician Eliza Moore, North Country a place "to come back to"

Fiddler, singer and songwriter Eliza Moore is making a name for herself in her new home of Montreal. But Moore has spent much of her life in the North Country and still...  Go to full article
Blair McMillen. Photo:  www.blairmcmillen.com

Listen: Pianist Blair McMillen performs live at St. Lawrence University

Pianist Blair McMillen shares some of his favorite music in a solo recital tonight at 8 pm at St. Lawrence University. Hailed as one of piano's "brilliant stars" by The New...  Go to full article
The Lyme Community Foundation is hosting a Silent Film Festival on February 22, 2014, 7 pm, in Chaumont Presbyterian Church, Chaumont, NY. Four films, including "The Goat," will be accompanied by North Country organist Jason Comet, using his originally compiled scores. Image: "The Goat," silent film poster. Artist: unknown.

Watertown organist recreates the magic of silent films

A century ago, moviegoers flocked to cinemas to watch films without dialogue or sounds. The mood and sound effects were provided by a musician, usually at a pipe organ....  Go to full article
Brian McCarthy. Photo: Courtesy brianmccarthyjazz.com

Saxophonist Brian McCarthy proves Vermont's jazz scene alive and well

Jazz saxophonist Brian McCarthy grew up in Vermont, went to college near New York City, then returned to Vermont to help ensure that jazz is alive and well in his home state....  Go to full article
Brian McCarthy (courtesy brianmccarthyjazz.com)

This Just In....Burlington Saxophonist Brian McCarthy to bring his quintet to Lake Placid

Jazz saxophonist Brian McCarthy grew up in Vermont, went to college near New York City, then returned to Vermont to help ensure that jazz is alive and well in his home state....  Go to full article
Mary Ann Casale in the NCPR studio. Photo: Dan Devins

Listen: Mary Ann Casale live in the studio

Decades in the making, singer/song writer Mary Ann Casale has a new cd, titled Running out of Time. It's an eclectic mix of original folk and blues. She stopped by...  Go to full article

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