Settle for a draw

It’s raining outside, I’m on the subway. The year is 2016, it doesn’t look like it. But then again, what does a year look like? Doesn’t matter, I’m listless to time. Drowsy and toneless. Frustrated, I guess, but it’s probably because of the time. It’s about 7:43 p.m. and the twilight lasts to end. I’m […]

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Jazz Impressions from Japan

Picture yourself drinking coffee at a small café right in front of Tokyo’s bay. Not only are you in Japan, but you also have some unusual company. Well, not any random, tedious company, in fact, why don’t we dream big? Imagine the Dave Brubeck Quartet playing right next to you, in all their glory and genius. That’s […]

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A Spell from Brazil

How much magic can be buried in one chord? What is it with some music that simply paralyzes our bodies and souls? What does it take to create such sounds? I certainly don’t know the answer to these questions. At least not proper, rational answers. But one thing I do know: musicians who manage to […]

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You and Me

I first heard about the German pianist Nils Frahm when I was studying for some college exams. You started playing out of a random playlist on YouTube and it stunned me right away. The early notes didn’t tell me much, but, 30 seconds in, and two warm chords caught my full attention For a while, […]

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INTERVIEW: Michalis Kontaxakis

Hello dear Zavodovskians! The Monks have been sailing the musical seas for quite a while now. Album reviews have been our main focus, but to reach those who really live music is something we ought to achieve. Hence, Monk Berkemeier went out the Island to meet, even if virtually, Michalis Kontaxakis, one of the best […]

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My Acoustic Funeral

Finding your very own funeral music is as much creepy as it is beautiful. Truth to be told, that was the exact first thought that flow into my mind when I first heard Barlande, by the superb duo Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus. La Blogothèque’s Take Away Show on them is a must see. Who […]

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The Princess of Wassoulou

When you think about African music, many things may pop up. You may think of profound drums, vehement vocals, spirit-filling choirs and all sorts of unimaginable string instruments such as the ramkie, ngoni and oud. However, in all the wide range of harmonies that you encounter in the plains of Africa, we’re always expecting some […]

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