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  • Huddersfield hits 40 with a broader scope but its spirit undimmed November 21, 2017
    Are its days as the centre of Europe’s new music scene over? Far from it. Forty years after its modest beginnings, the Huddersfield contemporary music festival is still welcoming distinctive and daring voicesThe UK, even today, is not well blessed with festivals devoted to new music. But when the Huddersfield contemporary music festival began, in […]
    Andrew Clements
  • Clockenflap: the postcolonial pop festival trying to unite Hong Kong November 21, 2017
    British acts Stormzy, Massive Attack and Kaiser Chiefs joined this year’s lineup, but Clockenflap is championing the best of the Hong Kong underground, tooHong Kong enjoyed its musical heyday in the 1970s and 80s when clubs such as DiscoDisco, the former British colony’s answer to Studio 54, saw Andy Warhol and Madonna grace the dance […]
    Woody Anderson
  • The vinyl frontier: why do we keep sending music to outer space? November 21, 2017
    Sónar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris?What item would you choose to sum up humanity if you were, like Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, seeking out new life and new civilisations? A “five items or […]
    Michael Hann
  • Musical bliss: the London jazz festival pays tribute to Alice and John Coltrane November 19, 2017
    Ten years after her death, the LJF climaxed with concerts recreating the ecstatic devotional music heard in Alice Coltrane’s ashram, and the cosmic free jazz of her saxophonist husband It seems astonishing now, but Alice Coltrane’s music was not always taken seriously. Jazz histories didn’t mention her, and the gatekeepers of the jazz canon would […]
    John Lewis
  • 'It’s like you’re on top of the Alps': Alice Coltrane's spiritual jazz rediscovered November 17, 2017
    This weekend sees a host of London jazz festival events revisit the work of Alice Coltrane, who broke the rules of jazz to blaze a musical trail that still inspiresFifty years after the death of John Coltrane, another legend will be celebrated at the London jazz festival this weekend: his wife.Alice Coltrane, a harpist and […]
    Jude Rogers
  • Dayna Stephens/Sarah Tandy review – masterful sax and adventurous improv November 17, 2017
    606 Club/Pizza Express Jazz Club, LondonAmerican saxophonist Stephens combined the clout of John Coltrane with the stylings of Warne Marsh, while British pianist Tandy delivered fearless takes on classic jazz repertoireStars always illuminate the stages of the London jazz festival: Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, Angélique Kidjo and Abdullah Ibrahim have been among the celebrities at […]
    John Fordham
  • 'Silence is betrayal': the jazz musicians putting the political into their playing November 16, 2017
    From Martin Luther King to Hendrix, and New Orleans to Bengal, jazz musicians are examining history, power, politics and even identity in radical and vital musicMartin Luther King’s baritone voice booms over the PA. “A time comes when silence is betrayal,” he hollers, in an extract from a 1967 speech. His words “silence is betrayal” […]
    John Lewis
  • Lumiere festival lights up Durham – in pictures November 16, 2017
    The fifth biennial edition of Lumiere, the UK’s largest lights festival, this year features 28 installations across Durham city centre Continue reading...
    Christopher Thomond for the Guardian
  • Bellringers to create dazzling light show at Durham Cathedral November 16, 2017
    Sensors on each bell will trigger flashes of light during six-hour performance for Lumiere festivalAs darkness falls on Thursday evening, the bells of Durham Cathedral will ring out across the city – and continue for the next six hours while brilliant flashes light up sections of the enormous building, inside and out. The bellringers will […]
    Maev Kennedy
  • Silver screen: the film festival putting older people at the heart of the plot November 14, 2017
    Across the arts, old age is either portrayed as a bleak struggle or ignored altogether. An event in Frankfurt and Stuttgart aims to rewrite the scriptA woman with a silver bob sits with her husband and their middle-aged son, leafing through a family photo album. They come across a picture of a beautiful young woman: […]
    Prathap Nair in Stuttgart