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Minyo Crusaders & Souad Massi at the Jazz Cafe

Posted on November 29, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
It has been many years since I last visited Jazz Cafe in Camden. In recent years, I tend to go to 'proper' concerts at the Barbican and South Bank where I would sit quite still for hours. I think I have almost forgotten the joy of standing (and dancing) at a concert [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese and was tagged with London, music, concert, Minyo Crusaders, Souad Massi, Jazz cafe, folk music, world music


Raindance & BFI film festivals 2017

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Toothpicker

Anoushka Shankar performing live for the 1928 Indian silent film – Shiraz: A romance of Indian at the Barbican
 
I saw 8 engrossing films and documentaries in total at the Raindance and BFI film festivals this year, and I feel that the overall standard of the films I saw this year is exceptionally [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Music & Sound, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival, music, concert


Ron Arad's Curtain Call: London Contemporary Orchestra

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Do Londoners ever get tired of 'immersive' shows? There are immersive theatres, exhibitions, cinemas and installations... the list goes on. If you are bored of the traditional forms of entertainment, then these multi-sensory performances are likely to stimulate your senses in every possible way.
Last week, I attended an immersive concert performed by [...]

This post was posted in London, British design, Music & Sound, Design and was tagged with British design, music, London contemporary orchestra, Ron Arad, concert


Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker

Posted on July 5, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Amidst the Brexit storm, a Japanese company of 25 performers brought chaos and frenzy to the Pit at the Barbican; nonetheless it was still more predictable and endurable than the political turmoil that was unfolding during the week.
Part of LIFT Festival 2016, the sold out 45-minute show Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker pays [...]

This post was posted in London, Dance, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, dance, music, Japanese art, Barbican, immersive theatre


Hyper Japan summer 2015

Posted on July 25, 2015 by Toothpicker

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Although I have heard a lot about the biannual Hyper Japan festival, a celebration of the Japanese culture, music, food and entertainment, I have never visited this event before. This year, after spending one year learning Japanese, I made friends with a group of people who are interested in the Japanese culture [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese, Videos & animations and was tagged with London, music, Hyper Japan, J-pop


Dance Umbrella & TOROBAKA

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Toothpicker

Apart from a string of art fairs taking place in London last month, there was also the 2-week long Dance Umbrella festival, showcasing exceptional talents in the world of choreography from around the world.
At the festival, I saw some brilliant and ground-breaking dance performances produced by two contemporary dance companies. The first one [...]

This post was posted in London, Dance, Music & Sound, Flamenco and was tagged with London, dance, Flamenco, music, Sadler Wells, world music


Sahara soul at the Barbican

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

I have always had a fascination with the Sahara. I think what appeals to me is its mystery, beauty, danger, scale, harshness, unpredictability and 'nothingness'. In my early 20s, I read Paul Bowles' novels, listened to his music and embarked on an adventure with a companion to the Sahara via Morocco. It [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Social issues and was tagged with London, music, Barbican, world music


Flamenco in Andalusia

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

Street artists performing in Granada
 
Flamenco is originated from the Romani people ( also known as Gitanos) living in Andalusia centuries ago, with influences from the Moors, the Jews, and the Mozarabic. Many foreigners do not realise that the essence of flamenco is not the dance itself, but rather the cante (song), one [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Dance, Music & Sound, Andalusia, Flamenco and was tagged with dance, Flamenco, music, seville, Andalusia, world music


Arabesque by Jane Birkin

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

When I was a teenager, I became obsessed with everything 'French' because of their immaculate taste in art, fashion, design, culinary and cinema. I indulged in French cinema ( esp. Eric Rohmer ) and even spent 7 months living in Paris trying to improve my English-accented French learned from school here. During [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound and was tagged with London, music, Jane Birkin, world music


Milonga by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Toothpicker

I have seen several shows choreographed by the experimental Moroccan-Flemish choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's at Sadlers Wells before, including: Sutra ( a collaboration with Antony Gormley and a group of young Shaolin monks in 2008), Babel ( another collaboration with Gormley and Damien Jalet in 2010) and TeZukA ( on the works [...]

This post was posted in London, Tango, Dance, Music & Sound and was tagged with London, tango, music, Sadler Wells, world music


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