Open Your Ears: Creation Multimedia Oratorio-This Friday marks the premier of Sabrina Peña Young’s new work, ‘Creation’, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Decatur, Illinois. Open Your Ears This is the first post in a new series, “Open Your Ears”, which will highlight interesting and exciting music which will stretch your ears and expand your musical horizons. We’ve all had the [...]
Open Your Ears: Musical Bridge to Burma-I recently heard about an very interesting musical event – a concert in aid of Link Emergency Aid & Development of Burma, which brings young Western composers and classical musicians together to play traditional music, and music inspired by Burma. Burma (officially now called Myanmar) is a country of about 50 million people, bordering China [...]
Open Your Ears to Tuvan Throat Singing!-Believe it or not, it is possible to sing more than one note at once! Discover the Tuvan throat singing method and train your ears to understand how it's done.
Open Your Ears to the Music of Björk-Few artists are as creatively experimental as Björk, which makes her music the ideal exploration ground when stretching and improving your musical ears.
Open Your Ears to Modern Electronic Opera-When they think about opera, many folks envision Bugs Bunny wearing a Viking hat singing loudly to Wagner or remember sitting bored in a concert hall as a robust soprano belts out some serious Italian. For many reasons, opera has gotten a pretty bad rap in the last few decades. After all, how can hours [...]
Open Your Ears to 60×60-In the Open Your Ears series we cover a wide range of music: from opera to electronica, from Björk to Tuvan throat singing. (seriously, if you haven’t heard about throat singing, you’re missing out!) But if you want to have your mind blown away minute-by-minute with new music, you need to check out a 60×60 [...]
Open Your Ears with an MPR Coffee Break-It’s no secret that I love The Current, one of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)’s flagship stations. I wrote something of a love-letter blog post in support of their fund-raising drive last year, and I’m a proud supporter of the station – despite living across the other side of the world! One reason The Current so [...]
Open Your Ears with a Five Song Set-The 5 Song Set podcast showcases a different musical genre or theme in every episode. Expand your musical world and improve your ears just by listening.
Open Your Ears to Acid Jazz-Have you ever come across the genre "acid jazz" and wondered just what that might be? Discover the musical elements which tie together this fascinating genre.
Open Your Ears to Electro-Swing-Discover the sound of Electro Swing, a genre blending swing jazz with house music. Find out what makes electro swing and how you can train your ears with it.
Open Your Ears to the Contradanza-The Cuban Contradanza is an interesting and varied musical form using latin rhythms. Learn how to understand and recognise it when you hear one performed.
Open Your Ears to Afro-Latin music-Afro-Latin music is a broad term covering a wide range of musical styles. Explore the distinctive sounds of Cuba, Brazil and Peru with these explanations.