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Even away from music scene for break, BTS makes buzz

Even away from music scene for break, BTS makes buzz

  Seoul: Off to its first-ever official break in its sensational seven-year career, K-pop super band BTS is away from the public eye, but the presence of its members’ surprise internet feeds and release of a special photo album continues to make the world music scene abuzz with the beloved band. Dropping a YouTube video […]

BTS makes Time’s list of 25 most influential people on internet

BTS makes Time’s list of 25 most influential people on internet

K-pop superstars BTS has made it on Time magazine’s list of the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet for the third year in a row. The K-pop septet was among the 25 people the U.S. magazine unveiled Tuesday (U.S. time) for this year, which included U.S. President Donald Trump, American musicians Ariana Grande and […]

China’s Top Music University Recruits AI PhD Students

China’s Top Music University Recruits AI PhD Students

China’s top music university is recruiting PhD students majoring in music and artificial intelligence (AI), as the country is moving quickly to embrace AI technology. The Beijing-based Central Conservatory of Music started to recruit students with the combined ability in music and AI on March 1st for a three-year PhD program to nurture them in […]

Rushing through 1970 Seoul’s music scene

Rushing through 1970 Seoul’s music scene

Korea….what an adventure! In some respects it feels like yesterday, yet in reality it was a lifetime ago. I feel uniquely blessed to have spent the formative years of my childhood in the Land of the Morning Calm. I met life-long friends there, I met my wife Betty there and I got to be a […]

Seoul Community Radio celebrates two years on air

Seoul Community Radio celebrates two years on air

Seoul Community Radio (SCR), an online radio station operating out of Itaewon dedicated to promoting underground electronic dance music in Korea, celebrates its second anniversary this month. “Any underground music scene needs a few key ingredients to really come together… you need good clubs, obviously, and DJs, but you also need record stores, labels, promoters, and […]

Improvisation extends possibilities of Korean music

Improvisation extends possibilities of Korean music

At the Yeowoorak Festival, which celebrates unlimited possibilities of Korean music, there is something new and unique every year. This year, the festival set stages for reunions of legendary Korean music performers such as master pansori singer Ahn Sook-sun and her friends for “Ahn Sook-sun & Jieum” and the return of Korean music ensemble Baramgot […]

The world sings for peace in Costa Rica

The world sings for peace in Costa Rica

“I INTERNATIONAL COSTA RICA Songwriters Festival 2016” (FICA 2016) announces its first international competition, urging songwriters and musicians to participate. Susana Poveda Solorzano, the chairman of International songwriters festival in Costa Rica, invites songwriters to participate with original songs. Health Without Borders Foundation, through its “SaludArte” Program, announced they will hold an event titled “INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL […]

Omar Souleyman, Western idol unknown to Arabs

Omar Souleyman, Western idol unknown to Arabs

KOKO, one of London’s most iconic music venues, is celebrating a fresh talent from Syria. Omar Souleyman, a 49-year-old father of 9, escaped Syria and his life as a farmer to turn into an electronic-music singer.  He performs on stage as in his “jalabiya” and “keffiyeh,” traditional Arab garments, along with his aviator shades. His […]

“TseTse Fly Middle East” presents experimental music & sound art

“TseTse Fly Middle East” presents experimental music & sound art

In association with the Maraya Art Centre, “TseTse Fly Middle East” will curate an evening of sound art and experimental music on Al Noor Island, Sharjah on 1st April 2016. The evening event will feature a selection of curated sound art with visuals that will be projected onto a screen on the island, followed by […]

An ode to Shakespeare in Lebanon’s art festival

An ode to Shakespeare in Lebanon’s art festival

Beirut’s annual music and performing arts festival will celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary in a variety of genres, including symphonic, opera, choral and chamber music, in addition to folkloric performances. The International Festival of Music and the Performing Arts (Al-Bustan Festival) runs between 16 February and 20 March under the theme “Midwinter Night’s Dream” bringing together […]

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