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Jan Lisiecki and the TSO ready for tour of Europe and Israel

On May 4th, skilled Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki will perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall before joining them on their tour of Europe.

Rap, a universal language, in service of endangered ones

New York - Rap has been called a universal language -- but it can also be a tool to preserve languages at risk.

Rap, a universal language, in service of endangered ones

New York - Rap has been called a universal language -- but it can also be a tool to preserve languages at risk.

Farm-to-festival: Thai folk music strikes a global chord

Chon Buri - Hipsters in flowing skirts and crop tops sway to the Thai band's hypnotic groove at an exclusive music festival in Thailand, while a clutch of cleaning staff quietly look on from the fringes.

Review: Pentatonix disappoints on 'Can't Help Falling in Love' video Special

A cappella group Pentatonix has released their new music video for "Can't Help Falling in Love" and it is a bit disappointing.

Madonna angered by unauthorized biopic

New York - Madonna voiced anger Tuesday over news that a Hollywood studio plans an unauthorized biopic of her early years in New York struggling to break into the music business."Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen.

Spotify building its own 'category defining' music hardware

Spotify is planning to launch a hardware device that will change the way in which "the world" experiences music. The company's ambitious aims are said to be early in development. It's an unexpected expansion of Spotify's business, moving beyond apps.

German court allows trial over Love Parade disaster

Berlin - A German court ruled Monday that 10 people will face trial accused of negligently causing a catastrophic stampede at a 2010 "Love Parade" techno music festival that killed 21 people.

Musicians in aquariums make sounds in a silent world

Aarhus - Talk about fluid tunes: A group of innovative Danish musicians submerged like fish in an aquarium have created an underwater concerto with instruments specially adapted to resonate in a silent world.

Ivorian drummer boy turned globetrotting virtuoso

Grand-bassam - Paco Sery was a kid banging on tin cans before a job at a Club Med in Ivory Coast opened the way to drumming for Congo's rumba king Papa Wemba as well as Nina Simone and other jazz greats.

For Chinese fans, popular teen band are mama's boys

Bejing - Liang Shanshan considers herself a mother of two: one child is her biological son, the other is a 16-year-old Chinese teen pop star she has never met.

Tributes and discord one year after Prince death

Minneapolis - Prince's purple-clad fans were converging Friday on Minnesota for a celebration of the pop legend one year after his sudden death, but discord over commercialization of his legacy clouded the anniversary.

Van Cliburn Piano Competition to be broadcast by Medici.tv

Music lovers and piano aficionados everywhere will be thrilled to hear that this year’s Cliburn International Piano Competition has partnered with the world’s leading classical music channel Medici.tv.

Prince's doc prescribed meds under friend's name: warrants

Chicago - Several bottles of opioid painkillers -- some of them prescribed to one of Prince's friends -- were found at the singer's Paisley Park complex shortly after the music icon's death by accidental overdose, court documents unsealed Monday show.

Musicians chase fame on west Africa's musical islands

Praia - Every April, the tiny island capital of Cape Verde is taken over for a week by musicians of all stripes, trailing dreams of record deals and sold-out stadiums.

From Netherlands to Norway, Klangstof on dark rock journey

Indio - When Koen Van Der Wardt was 14, his parents moved with him from their native Netherlands to rural Norway, longing for nature. His musical awakening was an unintended consequence.

New sonic blast shrimp named after Pink Floyd

London - A newly-discovered shrimp species with a bright pink claw and the ability to produce one of the loudest sounds in the ocean has been named after legendary British band Pink Floyd, zoologists said on Wednesday.

British DJ hosts world's highest party on Everest

Kathmandu - Top British DJ Paul Oakenfold braved thinning air and freezing temperatures to host the "highest party on earth" at Everest base camp on Tuesday, playing to around 100 climbers -- all in full mountain gear.

British DJ hosts world's highest party on Everest

Kathmandu - Top British DJ Paul Oakenfold braved thinning air and freezing temperatures to host the "highest party on earth" at Everest base camp on Tuesday, playing to around 100 climbers -- all in full mountain gear.

British DJ hosts world's highest party on Everest

Kathmandu - Top British DJ Paul Oakenfold braved thinning air and freezing temperatures to host the "highest party on earth" at Everest base camp on Tuesday, playing to around 100 climbers -- all in full mountain gear.

British DJ to perform world's highest gig on Everest

Kathmandu - Influential British DJ Paul Oakenfold has reached Mount Everest's base camp where he plans to host the "highest party on earth", performing a set at 5,380 metres (17,600 feet).

Ethiopian band wins fans by melding rock with African sounds

Addis Ababa - At a hotel in Addis Ababa well-known for hosting jazz greats, thousands of fans lined up on a Saturday night to headbang along with what is still a rarity in Ethiopia's diverse music scene -- a rock band.

Pearl Jam, Joan Baez press activism at Rock Hall of Fame

New York - Grunge icons Pearl Jam and folk legend Joan Baez pushed for a new generation of activism as they entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

'Worried' by Brexit: top British conductor Gardiner

London - Acclaimed British conductor John Eliot Gardiner is "extremely worried" as he prepares for a world tour. Brexit is looming and he sees his two passions -- music and organic farming -- as under threat.

Review: John Mayer phenomenal at Madison Square Garden in New York Special

New York - Global music star John Mayer headlined Madison Square Garden in New York on April 5, as part of "The Search For Everything Tour."

Girls help preserve Kashmir's Sufi music traditions

Srinagar - When Kashmiri teenager Shabnam Bashir first took up classical Sufi music three years ago, she had to practise singing in secret because all the men in her Muslim family opposed her new passion.

Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi has died

Ikutaro Kakehashi, who founded the company Roland and pioneered many modern musical instruments has passed away aged 87. Kakehashi's drum machines paved the way for hip-hop and much of today's electronic music.

Dalit, out and proud: Indian singers rising above caste

Jalandhar - For young Indians from disadvantaged, low-caste backgrounds, singer Ginni Mahi was an inspiration, one of their own defying ancient prejudices through her infectious brand of "Dalit-pride" pop anthems.

Eurovision threatens to ban Ukraine over Russian singer row

Berlin - The organisers of the Eurovision song contest have threatened to ban Ukraine from future competitions unless it allows Russia's entrant to enter the country and take part in this year's show which Kiev is hosting.

At 75, Dylan on 'sentimental journey' into musical past

New York - The first works by Nobel laureates following the prize inevitably draw extra attention. For Bob Dylan, his release is as unorthodox as his selection for literature's top award.
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