Marzuki Hasan

Syekh Marzuki Hasan, Living the Acehnese Arts

Acehnese Traditional Arts Maestro "...many have associated me with the Sufism tradition; which I don’t quite agree with this. I’m still going for some earthly delights—friends, wealth, and such; I am nothing ...
unescos cities of music

The UNESCO’s Cities of Music

[UNESCO.org, LTTW] We heard music on every city throughout the world; be it performed in cafes or bars or concert halls, or played at homes, streets, bus station or airports. Every city ...
Arie Syachri

Obituary, Arie Syachri

(JAKARTA, SBF, LTTW) A pioneer in Indonesia’s live performance management and recipient of LTTW’s 2013 Endurance Award, Arie Syachri has passed away of heart failure on Thursday morning at the age of ...
cave painting

Is Cave Painting Art?

by Aryo Adhianto [Jakarta, LttW] A few months ago LTTW raised an issue of cave painting’s management being differently practiced both in the Caves of Altamira, Spain, and in other parts of ...
On WhatsApp Deal: Who Dares to Be A (Young) Billionaire?

On WhatsApp Deal: Who Dares to Be A (Young) Billionaire?

[THE NEW YORK TIMES, FORBES, LTTW, SAN FRANCISCO] Every one of us perhaps ever dreamed of success at relatively young age, by doing what we love. In today’s climate, having our own ...
Paco de Lucia

Obituary, Paco de Lucia

[CNN, BBC, LTTW, FLAMENCO WORLD] One of the guitar giants, Paco de Lucia, who is considered the world over as the Maestro of Flamenco Guitar, has died. He was 66. He is ...
Grammy

56 Years of GRAMMY Winners: Who is the ‘King Among Kings?’

by Aryo Adhianto (GRAMMY.ORG, LOS ANGELES) With 4 big wins, including Best Album and Best Record of the Year, Daft Punk championed the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 26. The ...
ces 2014

CES 2014: (Slow) Progress in Audio Technology

[CES, GRAMOPHONE, LTTW, LAS VEGAS] With CES welcomed the year 2014, the advancement within the audio technology will remain as minor as before; or will it not? Consumer Electronics Show 2014, the ...
George Dennehy

There Is George Dennehy The Armless Musician, and I’m Whining for A Perfect Studio

by Aryo Adhianto [VIRGINIA, DOGO, LTTW] I’m annoyed with myself. As a musician, I feel the need to have everything in advance—a fine instrument, first-rate sound system, and comfortable studio—to be able ...
Nelson Mandela

Obituary, Nelson Mandela

[CNN, PBS, RHYTHM, LTTW] The whole world is grieving. Nelson Mandela, a figure who was and is often associated with human’s deepest desire toward peace, has left us all. South Africa's current ...
Nature Calling: There Were Estimated 10,000 Casualties Across Philippine, and We Were Complaining About Traffic Jam

Nature Calling: There Were Estimated 10,000 Casualties Across Philippine, and We Were Complaining About Traffic Jam

[TACLOBAN, JAKARTA—CNN, WMO, LTTW] It is very heartbreaking when you hear what's happening in the city of Tacloban, Philippine, shortly after Typhoon Haiyan slammed across its central region in Friday morning. As ...
Lou Reed

Obituary, Lou Reed

(NEW YORK, CNN, BLUEFAT, LTTW) Lou Reed, who brought rock and roll into theretofore unexplored experiential realms with a literary and unabashedly adult voice as the vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet ...
The Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens Church’s Demolition:

The Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens Church’s Demolition:

Too costly to keep up, too worthy to destroy? (GESTÉ, REUTERS, THENYTIMES) The residents of Geste, a village in western France, had recently witnessed the final phase of the “deconstruction” of its ...
One of America’s Music Hometowns Files for Bankruptcy

One of America’s Music Hometowns Files for Bankruptcy

(DETROIT, TIME, LTTW) The city of Detroit, known for its rich musical heritage from infamous Motown record label, to the home of Techno in the ’80s and some of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated ...
The 55th GRAMMY: The Untold Stories

The 55th GRAMMY: The Untold Stories

by Aryo Adhianto [Jakarta, LTTW] The 2013 GRAMMY week may have ended. No more flashy outfit being exhibited on the red carpet, no more sound and visual madness being performed on stage ...
James Depreist

Obituary, James DePreist

(ARIZONA, LTTW) Mr. DePreist was one of the few African American conductors to achieve international renown; and he refused to let disability derail his career. He went on conducting after polio, contracted ...
Rock Music

The 10 Most Influential Rock Group/Musicians in the 60’s

[Jakarta, LttW] Rock music is known to the world as music that graced the history of pop music over the span of the second half of the 20th century. Over the span ...
I Nyoman Astita

I Nyoman Astita, Progressing Bali

Scholar/forerunner in Balinese contemporary performing arts “Now, be it new music, or it may be called urban music as well, it is no longer relevant to me, as long as they are ...
Farafina

Farafina, Echoing an Everyday Living

Burkina Faso's best known musical group “Music has no border, and it is universal… but the roots will always be our base.” ...
Kodo

Kodo: What A Way of Living, Learning, and Creating in Modern Times

[Jakarta, LttW] Music in the urban areas today, (read: the so called "modern times") are being tossed around in the midst of technological advancement, democratization, commercialization, “artists” population growth, and future challenges ...
John Wunsch

John Wunsch, A Humble Man of Music

Eminent Classical Guitarist/Teacher “The greatest value of music lies in how it can connect one soul to another.” ...
Lucian Freud

Obituary, Lucian Freud

RIP Lucian Freud [Jakarta, LTTW] On July 20th, a great artist named Lucian Freud has passed away. He was 88. And yes, for those of you who are probing about his last ...
dj

DJ: Between Artist, Artistry, and Technology

by Aryo Adhianto The Disk Jockey, commonly shortened as “DJ”, many may have forgotten that in the past­—specifically in the 1960s—we would know them merely as someone who works behind a radio ...
Electronic Music: Then, Now, and Later

Electronic Music: Then, Now, and Later

by Aryo Adhianto Translation by Ferdi Zebua As a music genre whose age has exceeded a century, electronic music of course have accumulated a warehouse of context regarding human civilization history and ...
Bambu Wukir

Bambu Wukir

Lessons in Music and Courage from the Streets by Aryo Adhianto & Agung Waskito Some time ago, on a noon quite brightly lit by Jakarta’s sun, we had a chance to chat ...
Maire ni Chathasaigh

Máire Ni Chathasaigh, The Harp’s Desire

One of Ireland’s most influential harpers “Even though “Celtic” is not a good or accurate label artistically or historically, as a commercial construct it has been inspired!” ...
Glen Velez

Glen Velez, Bang the Frame Drum

Frame Drum Maestro/Educator “I incorporate teaching into my creative process. Only when I feel that I am learning does my teaching feel successful.” ...
El Sistema

El Sistema: Construction Dreams Through Music

by Aryo Adhianto [Jakarta, LTTW] As we often ask and talk about, what does music means to us now? Where will it go, or how far it will succeed in materializing a ...
Amy Knoles

Amy Knoles, Voices and Machine

One of the Gurus of Electronic Music/Percussionist “Electronics was the beginning for me of a journey that is still taking me in fascinating directions and to fascinating lands…” ...