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Thursday, August 6,2015

Listen

Hailing from New York state, Donna the Buffalo is a musical group who tabs themselves as purveyors of “Original American Dance Music.” For over 25 years, the group has combined genres from across the American musical landscape, like folk and zydeco, into a roots sound that will get your feet tapping in no time flat.
Thursday, August 6,2015

The tribal music of our time

South American duo Lulacruza explore the intersection of folk music and electronica

By Caitlin Rockett
Anthropologists debate the exact reason why humans created music — Darwin believed music was produced as sexual enticement; others say it was a way to strengthen the bonds of a community. But the origin of music feels inconsequential when we find ourselves in its inimitable embrace — when we turn on the radio and a song sends us into a momentary temporal flux; when we feel inexplicably linked to the stranger next to us at a concert; when a rhythm moves us seemingly against our will.
Thursday, August 6,2015

The final note

As the summer draws to its end, CMF offers one last weekend of music

By Peter Alexander
The days are growing ever so slightly shorter. Summer is turning toward fall, and the 2015 Colorado Music Festival (CMF) is at its final weekend. The closing events offer a microcosm of what has been a fascinating season, revealing the personality of new music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni. As over the whole season, there will be both American and French music, there will be familiar and refreshingly unfamiliar pieces and there will be a celebration of the human voice.
Thursday, August 6,2015

Arise, children!

Arise Festival producer Paul Bassis wants to entertain you, inspire you and surprise you, but he’s not ready to call his event ‘transformational’

By Dave Kirby
Eh, I’ll ignore that,” says Paul Bassis, casting off a cellphone call halfway through a lengthy conversation about the Arise Festival with Boulder Weekly last week. One of those if-it’s-important-they’ll-call-back moments; whoever it was, we presume they did. Bassis was eerily relaxed a mere handful of days before his Arise Festival stages its third annual event at the Sunrise Ranch this weekend, just west of Loveland.
Thursday, July 30,2015

Dance

Esperanza Spalding’s upright bass is bigger than she is, but that doesn’t stop her from bringing the house down when she plays her jazz tunes on it.
Thursday, July 30,2015

Laugh

Who says you can’t enjoy the finer things and laugh at the same time? With “A Little Nightmare Music,” Aleksey Igudesman and Huyng-ki Joo have put together a show that combines physical comedy, popular culture and classical music in an entertaining performance rife with laughs and unexpected turns.
Thursday, July 30,2015

Another color in the crayon box

Melissa Etheridge says music saved her life

By Amanda Moutinho
From coming out as a lesbian to her political activism to talking openly about her breast cancer diagnosis, Melissa Etheridge isn’t shy to tell the world about her personal problems. Honesty is the only way, she says. But she wasn’t always this way. Openness was her form of teenage rebellion, and she quickly found an outlet for her truth — music.
Thursday, July 23,2015

listen up!

“[In the beginning] I really had an attitude about not wanting to get better at [playing music] because I had some weird indie rock attitude about [my music] getting in the way of real feelings or something, but I definitely feel like I’m having...
Thursday, July 23,2015

Celebrate

Twenty-five years ago a milestone was passed for the disabled community. The Americans with Disabilities Act changed the lives of a lot of people by granting civil rights to people with disabilities, and now the Center for People with Disabilities’ Empowered Adapters Peer Group wants to celebrate.
Thursday, July 23,2015

A thriller comes to Colorado Music Festival

Star operatic baritone Samuel Ramey will be a guest artist for Bartk’s ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’

By Peter Alexander
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, music director of the Colorado Music Festival (CMF), makes Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle sound almost like a Hollywood horror movie. “The musical score is warning about danger,” he says of the one-act opera, which he will conduct as part of a Festival Orchestra concert Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24, in the Chautauqua Auditorium. The concert, titled “Beyond Fairy Tales,” will conclude with a concert performance of the opera. Also on the program is Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, as arranged by the composer in 1919.
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