A Musical Journey of Dave Scanlon

A Musical Journey of Dave Scanlon

Although it doesn’t relate to number of age, the word “exploration” is closely associated to young people; be it in the arts or other scenes. Talking about youth, LTTW recently had an ...
The Shape of Water: An Allegorical Critique of Trump

The Shape of Water: An Allegorical Critique of Trump

Set in 1962 Baltimore, director Guillermo Del Toro’s film tells the story of Elisa, a young mute woman who works as a cleaner at a mysterious government facility that is home to ...
Not Being in the Moment, Courtesy of Our Phone

Not Being in the Moment, Courtesy of Our Phone

[Jakarta, LTTW] As we watch a music concert and gaze upon the stage, our sight can suddenly be blocked by gadgets that extend in the air—minimizing the full experience. This phenomenon happens ...
The Narcissist Art Bait

The Narcissist Art Bait

[Jakarta, LTTW] Google, the tech company who program search engine into our curios heads gives us something new to ponder. This time the 1996 founded company is taking a shot at persuading ...
Attacchi di Pane

Attacchi di Pane

[Jakarta, LTTW] December 6, 2017, Listen to the World had the pleasure to watch a contemporary dance performance from Italy; organized by the Italian Cultural Institute at the historical Jakarta Art Building ...
A Delicate Weave: Folk Singers from Western India Celebrate Diversity in the Face of Intolerance

A Delicate Weave: Folk Singers from Western India Celebrate Diversity in the Face of Intolerance

A Delicate Weave (Jhini Bini Chadariya), a documentary film set in Kachchh, Gujarat in Western India, traces four different musical journeys, all converging in the ways they affirm religious diversity, syncretism (blending ...
Obituary, Tim Rollins

Obituary, Tim Rollins

[Jakarta, LTTW]“…They all hated school but they loved art, so I went through art to make them love knowledge…” That was what Tim Rollins told Artspace when they asked him about his ...
Lipstick Under My Burkha: When Real Women Take Over Indian Screens

Lipstick Under My Burkha: When Real Women Take Over Indian Screens

“We see many films on male bonding, but hardly any on female bonding,” award-winning Indian filmmaker Aparna Sen told Indian television news channel, just after the screening of her latest film, Sonata ...
teamLab, 21st Century "Cave Painters"

teamLab, 21st Century “Cave Painters”

[Jakarta, LTTW] There’s an online discussion going on at Listen to the World about environmental deterioration caused by human behavior and how we should respond. If we look upon what we’ve been ...
Engineers Could Learn a lot from Dance When Designing Urban Transport

Engineers Could Learn a lot from Dance When Designing Urban Transport

Dance and engineering – at first glance they don’t look like they have anything in common. But if one digs under the layers, there are plenty of similarities, more than what we ...
Muhal Richard Abrams, "The Renaissance Man" of 20th Century Music

Muhal Richard Abrams, “The Renaissance Man” of 20th Century Music

Jazz lovers all over the world mourned the loss of a music legend, Muhal Richard Abrams. The New York Times reported that Abrams, 87, was found lifeless on his Manhattan house, October ...
Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

The World’s First Fully Oil-Painted Film[Jakarta, LTTW] “We cannot speak other than by our paintings” is a sentence from the last letter written by Vincent Van Gogh himself, which later inspired painter ...
Transcendental Evening with the Art Ensemble of Chicago

Transcendental Evening with the Art Ensemble of Chicago

On Monday the 16th of October, a rather breezy autumn night in east London, the Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEC) transforms Café OTO into a spiritual space, where the world’s sounds meet ...
The Krakatoa Sunsets

The Krakatoa Sunsets

[Jakarta, LTTW] Krakatoa was one of the super volcanoes of the world in the same line with other “giants”, The Yellowstone & the Long Valley caldera in US, The Aira caldera in ...
Music is Art because it’s Political

Music is Art because it’s Political

A Reflection from the Roger Waters Concert Tour.About four months ago, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters kicked off his North American tour entitled “Us + Them”. Although he performed many of old ...
During Vietnam War, Music Spoke to Both Sides of a Divided Nation

During Vietnam War, Music Spoke to Both Sides of a Divided Nation

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff, University of South CarolinaWorld War II influenced an entire generation – many say the “greatest” – but few of those who came of age in the 1940s would probably ...
Akram Khan’s Giselle

Akram Khan’s Giselle

Bridging Two Different Centuries in a Refreshing WayAkram Khan’s Giselle returns to Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London on 20 – 23 September 2017 after its successful performances last year. Performed by English National ...
I Am Human living in Diversity

I Am Human living in Diversity

"Thanks to J. M Basquiat who inspired me and people who fight against Racism, let’s keep the equality in humanity ...” - Adikara Rachman, 2017[LttW, Jakarta]. In recent years, diversity that was ...
Obituary, One of The Pioneers of Sound Sampling in Rock Music, Holger Czukay

Obituary, One of The Pioneers of Sound Sampling in Rock Music, Holger Czukay

September 5, 2017, Co-founder and bassist of German Rock band Can, Holger Czukay passed away at the age of 79 and left us an abundance of legacies. He died eight months after ...
romero zombie

George Romero’s zombies will make Americans reflect on racial violence long after his death

Erin C. Cassese, West Virginia University“What’s your zombie apocalypse survival plan?” The question invites the liveliest discussions of the semester. I teach a course on social movements in fiction and film at ...
Mudejar

Guitar, Music, Faith, and Brotherhood

Religion today is believed to be a political tool used to dominate and to determine who’s right and who’s wrong. Unlike today, religion in ancient time was practiced as guidance for humanity ...
Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth and the artist’s fragile reputation

[Jakarta, LTTW] Andrew Wyeth [1917-2009] is considered as a 20th century American Realist painter. He is well known among art critics and is popular through his painting entitled “Christina’s World” which became ...
How the brain perceives rhythm

How the brain perceives rhythm

Study finds the brain is biased toward rhythms based on simple integer ratios.Anne Trafton | MIT News OfficeWhen it comes to perceiving music, the human brain is much more tuned in to ...
The healing power of hip hop

The healing power of hip hop

Alexander Crooke, University of Melbourne and Raphael Travis Jr., Texas State University Last year, New York’s then police commissioner Willam Bratton was quick to blame rap music and the culture around it ...
Terrorism

Terrorism: Brainless and Heartless Act

LTTW, Jakarta. The above artwork is dedicated to the innocent victims of the recent bombing in Manchester, UK. Let us stand united to demolish extremism and terrorism from the face of the ...
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith keeps playing live

Up to this day, the technology just keeps advancing and giving us further convenience including musical “experience”. The establishment of Youtube channel, Spotify, iTunes and so on, enables us to enjoy abundant ...
Equality in Diversity

Equality in Diversity

[Jakarta, LTTW] Diversity has become a daily vocabulary in society, but lately it is perceived more as a threat. The 21st Century that we live in is yet to decide how diversity ...
Rohingya refugees

The ‘floating people’ of Myanmar: how Rohingya refugees reclaim their identity through art and song

Farzana Kazi Fahmida, University Utara Malaysia The Moghs [the Rakhine people of Myanmar] refer to us as ‘floating people’ as we do not have citizenship in our country. My grandfather, father, and ...
Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval, Life of Jazz

[Jakarta, LttW] “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”, is an Albert Einstein quote that, to us, describes Arturo Sandoval. We were fortunate enough to see his shows ...
Zap Mama

Zap Mama, Movement by a Woman (and an Unreleased Single!)

Music act of artist Marie Daulne "People recognize a soul, not a genre, and there is a longer life for that type of composition." ...
Semsar Siahaan

The Shade of Northern Lights: A Current Reflection

How many people do you know would collect orange seeds, put them in a pocket, and throw them on land where they can fruitfully grow? We know one, Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005) [Ed.]** ...
Larry Coryell

Farewell to A Dear Friend… Larry Coryell

[Jakarta, LTTW] One of the pioneers of Jazz Fusion, Larry Coryell, died on Sunday, Feb 19th, 2017 in New York from heart failure. He was 73 years old. Coryell had been in ...
Equality in Diversity by Sacred Bridge Foundation

“Equality in Diversity”, A New Year Celebration by Sacred Bridge Foundation

A reportage by Rizky Aulia and Garry P. Poluan. Our parent organization, Sacred Bridge Foundation (SBF), a Jakarta-based non-profit organization focused on culture, recently held a new year event themed “Equality in ...
Jean Jacques Perrey

Obituary: Jean Jacques Perrey

Jean Jacques Perrey died in Lausanne because of Lung Cancer. (USA, The AV Club, The Guardian) Jean Jacques Perrey famously known by his invention on electronic music. His instruments are mainly a ...
chuck berry

Chuck Berry announces new album at his 90th birthday

Rock n Roll Legend Chuck Berry announces new album at his 90th birthday [Jakarta, LttW] Chuck Berry celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday, October 18th (born 1926) with announcement that he will ...
isao tomita

Isao Tomita, a Japanese Pioneer of Electronic Music, Died at 84

[Jakarta, LttW] Japanese pioneer of electronic music Isao Tomita has died of heart failure last Thursday (May 5th) at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital, at the age of 84. A private funeral on ...
David Bowie

David Bowie, a Pop Icon, Died of Cancer

[Jakarta, LTTW] Pop icon David Bowie has died on Sunday, at the age of 69 after battling cancer in secret for 18 months. His death was confirmed on his official Facebook page: ...
Fragile Human

Fragile Human

LTTW, Jakarta. People say that a picture tells thousands of words, so to respond to the mounting, LTTW presents a visual work by Adikara that confront the frightening issue ...
Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills; Detroit, Dream, and Persistence

[Jakarta, LTTW] The majority of urban youngsters have a big interest in night-life clubbing and willing to spend their time and money on partying on weekend. Sing and dance to the electronic ...
Obituary, Chris Squire

Obituary, Chris Squire

Chris Squire (bassist of Yes), 4 March 1948 – 27 June 2015 [Jakarta, LttW] Chris Squire—co-founder, leader, and bassist for progressive-rock band Yes—has died at the age of 67. He was suffering from ...
Syekh Lah Geunta

Obituary, Syekh Lah Geunta

Syekh Lah Geunta, August 10, 1946 — June 20, 2015 [LttW, Jakarta] Indonesia, and the people of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province, commonly called Aceh, has mourned since the recent death of Syekh ...
bb king

Obituary, BB King

Obituary, BB King September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015 [Jakarta, LttW] BB King, renowned & respected senior Blues Guitarist, has passed away this May the 14th, aged 89. He had been actively ...
nepal earthquake

Nepal Earthquake 2015

Nepal Earthquake 2015: the Role of Culture in Recovery Death Toll Reaches 7000, as International Relief Efforts Continue [Jakarta, LttW] The 2015 Nepal quake  hit on April 25. Measured at 7.8 magnitude on the ...
Slamet Abdul Sjukur

Obituary, Slamet Abdul Sjukur

RIP Slamet Abdul Sjukur, Indonesian music composer [Jakarta, LTTW] Indonesian Composer Slamet Abdul Sjukur passed away on March 24th, 2015. He died in Dr Soetomo General Hospital, in Surabaya, East Java, at ...
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 ...
vox de cultura

LttW and VdC: together towards a Fresh, Strong Start in 2015

Jakarta, February 2015 -- Listen To The World (www.listentotheworld.net) has relaunched on January 2015, with new editorial formats and tighter cooperation with sister site Vox de Cultura (www.voxdecultura.net). Both sites under supervision of the Sacred Bridge Foundation (www.sacredbridge.org), this ...
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 ...
listening to music

Working With the Music On: How to Pick the Right Music for the Right Task

by Veka Pramesthi This article is a form of response to LTTW’s previous Your Thoughts which raises the question, “Can We Listen to Music Whilst Do Other Things?” The writer, in this ...
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 ...
My Struggling to Find Music’s Relation to Films

My Struggling to Find Music’s Relation to Films

by Veka Prameshti* [Jakarta, LttW] Recently I read news about Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Atticus Ross doing another film score for David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ – a movie adapted ...
To Artist Andrea Buttner, Poverty Is “Good”; To Me, I Don’t Really Care Much About It

To Artist Andrea Buttner, Poverty Is “Good”; To Me, I Don’t Really Care Much About It

by Bhima Aryateja [THE IRISH TIMES, LTTW, DUBLIN] Poverty is often related to all things negative. To some extent, poverty can even lead to crimes, violence, drug abuse, etc.; although in reality, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Classical Concert Etiquette

Classical Concert Etiquette

[Jakarta, LttW] Classical music has been around for hundreds of years, and has undergone a series of challenges now and then, whether big or small. In 2011, a BBC Radio 1 DJ ...
Kongar ol Ondar

Obituary, Kongar-ol Ondar

(KYZYL, THE NEW YORK TIMES) Kongar-ol Ondar, an internationally renowned master of Tuvan throat singing, the Central Asian vocal art died on July 25 in Kyzyl, Tuva’s capital due to complications after ...
Iraq: Between War and Arts

Iraq: Between War and Arts

[Jakarta, LTTW] It’s been a decade since the Iraq War had begun. Did the “mission accomplished” fantasy last? Not from what it seems in many media portrayals of Iraq so far. Nonetheless, ...
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 ...
Antigoni Goni

Antigoni Goni, The Volterra Guitar Project, and Beyond

Classical Guitarist/Teacher “Being an artist is not a “titleship” you acquire and is not something that anyone can take away from you.” ...
Would You Shape Your Children's Taste in Music?

Would You Shape Your Children’s Taste in Music?

[Jakarta, LttW] “When I was a kid, I remember clearly how my Dad used to play some of the 70’s great rock tunes for me, especially everything that comes from ELP, while ...
Daniel Barenboim, Turns 70

Daniel Barenboim, Turns 70

[Jakarta, LttW] The Middle East conflict that flared up and caused civilian casualties on both sides in just recent days has ended with ceasefire. According to Al-jazeera, Israel and Hamas agree to ...
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.” ...
Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch, the Award-winning composer for Broadway and the screen, dies aged 68

[Jakarta, LTTW] Marvin Hamlisch was an American composer, and one of only eleven people to have been awarded the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes, and a Tony Award. Hamlisch was the composer ...
Afro American

The Church and Afro-American Music

Recently, the Americans commemorated two major events. First was the 50th Anniversary of the famous Martin Luther King Jr’s speech “I Have a Dream”, and the 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop. These ...
english lyrics

In Some Parts of the World, Going Global Means English

[Jakarta, LTTW] Music is as common as language, and even likely almost as old. Different and unique music derived from different culture exist on Earth; from the most “complex” ones to the ...
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 ...
54th Grammy Awards

The 54th GRAMMY’s This is how they role (and “rule” the world?)

[Jakarta, LTTW] Marked by the shocking and heartbreaking news of the death of Pop Diva Whitney Houston at 48, and the glorious return of young British singer, Adele, since having throat surgery ...
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.” ...
Ain’t Notting But Festivities

Ain’t Notting But Festivities

[London, LTTW] After days of cloud and rain, the sun finally shone on London as the Notting Hill Festival kicked off on Sunday morning, August 28, 2011. People of all ages, origins ...
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 ...
On Zen Ceremony

The 5th On Zen Ceremony at Daitokuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

[Kyoto, LTTW] On June 1, 2011, the sacred Dragon Hall of the Daitokuji Temple was once again used for a special ceremony after hundreds of years. For five years, the On Zen ...
Harmonium in the Western World

Harmonium in the Western World

The creation of a musical instrument is usually based on the limits of ability, on the presence of response towards a certain technological challenge upon a particular society’s culture and era, or ...
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 ...
Rai

Rai: When Art is (no longer) a Movement

by Agung Waskito This music was born in the middle of the Algerian people’s deterioration due to French colonialism (1841- 1962), which was followed by the rising & falling process in reaching ...
Stomu Yamash'ta

Stomu Yamash’ta, The Man from the East

World renowned Percussionist/Zen Music Originator “I must first thank all the musicians who were unknown, never had even the slightest taste of fame and fortune, and still committed to music until they ...
caribbean carnival

Notting Hill Caribbean Carnival

by Agung Waskito Translated by Ferdi Zebua The Caribbean roots The Notting Hill Carnival is a Caribbean carnival held in England, taking place during the August Bank Holiday, with the largest visitor ...
Timothy Walker

Timothy Walker, Strings of Life

Classical Guitarist/Former RAM Master-class Teacher “…a kid could come along and be pretty talented, but for one thing they could be put off doing it at all if they have a lousy ...
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.” ...
62nd Emmy

The 62nd Emmy Music Nominations

The 62nd Emmy Music Nominations Another story, another music, another industry [Jakarta, LTTW] At the beginning of this month of July, America's Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the 62nd ...
world cup south africa

World Cup South Africa 2010: Whose Side is it on?

[Jakarta, LTTW] It is almost impossible to decimate music from human life, because music is like air that fills void. In all its shape it fills up space, and in all times ...
The Ignored Aceh Narrative

The Ignored Aceh Narrative

Arts as a Point of Entry On July 21st, 2005, as Banda Aceh’s air burns us, a group of people with their disciplines and unique skills sit huddled tightly in a van heading ...
Yazeed Djamin

Remembering Yazeed Djamin

Composer/Indonesian renowned musical figure “To learn classical music, you have to study in school, no way around it…” ...
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…” ...
creative economy

Music and the Ever Changing World

by Serrano Sianturi We are nearly at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, and humans continue to create changes (for better and worse), and at the same time ...
Global music education

GAUNG: 21st Century Global Music Education

by Bob Rose At the end of April, a bold and ambitious journey took place in Bali to pave the way for 21st century global music. Participants were invited from all over ...
African music

Africa: Rhythm of the Earth

by Serrano Sianturi Translated by Ferdi Zebua African Music is one of the richest in the world and acclaimed for its influence in other music on other parts of the world, until ...