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Five newly invented musical instruments! Segulharpa, or a lego microtonal guitar, anyone..? 😀 Cool article from The New York Times.

Pic from Youtube. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/12/arts/music/classical-music-instruments.html  
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Public call for material: Stewart Smith is collating a digital archive of jazz and improvised music at Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre from 1975 to 1992. Further details in link..

https://ionengine.substack.com/p/jazz-at-the-third-eye-and-radical
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Satoko Fujii played an amazing (energetic & mind-bogglingly creative) gig at The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh several years ago. Here’s a recent NYT article about her, explaining what she’s been up to lately!

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/17/arts/music/satoko-fujii.html
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William Soutar’s poignant poetry in Scots has been set to music by Perth-based vocalist Debra Salem, guitarist Kevin MacKenzie and pianist Paul Harrison, in new release ‘In A Sma Room’. Here’s Jim Gilchrist’s recent article in The Scotsman, which contains links to the music.

Image from scotsman.com https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/scots-poet-william-soutar-to-get-musical-makeover-courtesy-of-debra-salem-friends-3147501
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Listen to the different Scottish dialects, which show such diversity of sound!

It’s interesting that there are such obvious differences even across short distances. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/specials/2654848/spikkin-scots-doric/?fbclid=IwAR1Lq40C3FsvtNM7vdy4oZpRK3r40bD4InGiZieKHP3L1gSN_6xP2Adj34c
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This is interesting. What do you think: does a meritocracy exist in jazz?

Image from bbc.co.uk https://www.periscope-lyon.com/en/post/where-are-all-the-good-questions-about-women-in-jazz/?fbclid=IwAR0-Wi-pH6BbVl2RaFsUQFDmMXx3Yg0zMWLhe6B-uvAvT8baFyHe4aUtANM
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The Jazz films & documentaries that can be streamed during the current partial lockdown. Suggested by Selwyn Harris in Jazzwise mag ; -)

https://www.jazzwise.com/features/article/the-best-jazz-films-and-documentaries-to-stream-now?fbclid=IwAR1qzn92U5G6ckxyKxBKbzEajVcHq6z6fzHh0Q20J-e7qgzYXcaq57eM3cw
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John Luther Adams, environmental activist & composer: an interesting article in NYTimes. What do you think of his work?

Image by nytimes.com.   Would be amazing to hear his Become Ocean live!! 🙂 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/26/arts/music/john-luther-adams-music.html?fbclid=IwAR3CcG4mTEPU70cNCRQBCV_ZBskyOgGEq8-c5pH8VxFGOitU_D4fKscKimM
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This is brilliant. Written by Cafe OTO & Counterflows festival’s Fielding Hope.

https://newsocialist.org.uk/transmissions/singing-when-times-darken/?fbclid=IwAR3HbCB3MmaK9NRii0tYFlzwKjYrmve5dL1sBG2B7I4ML7_QFE4xLUxVvFY
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Head-banging along to opera, the superb Ukrainian band dakhabrakha: Ukraninan GOGOLFEST sounds like one to add to the bucket list! Here is Peter Culshaw’s review in the arts desk.

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