EUROPEAN ONE-TIME ONLINE SCREENING OF AWARD WINNING AUSTRALIAN PEACE DOCUMENTARY

  EUROPEAN ONE-TIME ONLINE SCREENING OF AWARD WINNING AUSTRALIAN PEACE DOCUMENTARY Monday 21st September 7pm.   If ‘making it’ in New York is the benchmark of success, Australian peace documentary “Can Art Stop a Bullet? William Kelly’s Big Picture” looks destined to ‘make it anywhere.’ This year alone the film has won awards in the New York Festivals and in...

An Artist for the Moment

Art Hazelwood infuses his work with hard-hitting political commentary. by Paul Von Blum August 1, 2020   One of the strongest artistic responses to the uprisings following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd comes from San Francisco-based Art Hazelwood, whose trenchant graphic works stand out both for their topical relevance and their timelessness. All art—music, literature, film,...

If you’re trying to tell the pulse of a country, listen to its artistes By Benjamin Rukwengye

In his last book, There was a Country, Chinua Achebe, chronicles his experience of the Biafra war. Talking about the role of art in the context of a society’s needs, he says, “There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.” It is as if to say the privilege of talent comes with...

Ravi Shankar, godfather of world music, a century after his birth

One hundred years after the birth of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, his meditative reinvention of Indian classical raga music has particular resonance during the corona crisis. The loneliness that many experience during the corona crisis is a feeling that was often shared by Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. “I have received so much love, but my loneliness has not disappeared,” said the musician in 1977. “Somehow I got it by inheritance, and I’m carrying it all the time in my life.” Perhaps Shankar’s lonesome spirit explains, 100 years after his birth, why his music has a special relevance in this...

Coronavirus in the Middle East: Creativity to help knows no bounds

From mounting death tolls in Italy and the US to fractured responses to the global crisis, there is no shortage of tragedy across the globe. But even in such darkness, people have a way of bringing out the best of humanity. In the Middle East, people across the region have launched personal initiatives to help their communities deal with the...

Lara Downes Explores the Many Resonances in Roots Music

Lara Downes | Credit: Max Barrett In liner notes for her new album, Some of These Days, pianist Lara Downes expresses the 14-track CD’s origins and significance. A line in an African-American spiritual, “Welcome Table,” provides the album’s title and the final track is an adaptation by Downes of the composition by African-American composer Florence Price (1887–1953). Following a pull quote from the refrain,...

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