Mark on May 29th, 2010

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Mark on May 8th, 2010

Three brass bands and belly dancers brought the southeastern European spring festival Ederlezi to Vancouver Friday night, giving me chance to do some shooting. This was in the way of a test of both a new 55-250 Canon lens and my newish Canon T2i. Photos were shot RAW, using the P mode, and are untouched […]

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Mark on March 21st, 2010

A few minutes from the hour-long performance by La Bottine Souriante, the Quebec-based folk (and more) group, that performed at LiveCity Vancouver Friday, as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Great music, great energy, great performance.

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Mark on November 29th, 2009

Click To Play Forgive, the quality: this is my first iPhone video and I shot it on the fly. But when the Sinovi Tamburitza Orchestra iz Seattle dropped That’s Alright Mama into the middle of its set of Croatian folk songs, I grabbed what I could. Sinovi was one of three bands that performed Saturday, […]

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Mark on December 31st, 2008

Here’s a list, with some links, of some of the music I listened to most in 2008. Some of it was from newly-discovered and downloaded music, some from disks I’ve had on the laptop for a while. The first five are the ones I seem to return again and again. Note that most of them […]

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Mark on November 17th, 2008

Rocking Baka Beyond concert, with their Afro-Celtic blend firing up the crowd so much, the people downstairs from the concert hall were afraid the ceiling was going to come down on them. They have apparently just wrapped up their latest North American tour.

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Mark on October 26th, 2008

A little something I put together this evening. Photos were originally in colour but were converted in Photoshop CS3 using the new-to-me Black & White filter. Audio quality isn’t great: it was ripped from a video shot with my point-and-shoot, and massaged a little in Amadeus Pro. I originally wanted to run this larger (600 […]

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Mark on October 22nd, 2008

That’s Lura, the Lisbon-born Cape Verdean singer, who is sensational. Great music, a great voice and a great entertainer. (Her website, in Portuguese, with music on every page.) Violinist Guillaume Singer and Vais Dias, with his combination steel-string guitar, classical guitar and cavaquinho, two of the members of the tight, tight five-piece band that backed […]

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Mark on October 5th, 2008

That’s Ivan Handzhiev on accordion, part of Kabile, a great Bulgarian folk group that played in Bellingham, Washington last night. Kabile features a quintet of exceptional musicians: singer Donka Koleva, Dzheno Andreev on gaida (a type of bagpipe), Nikolay Doktorov on kaval (a type of flute) and Angel Krastev, one of the best percussionists I’ve […]

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Mark on June 19th, 2008

I started reading the Globe & Mail story Death knell sounds for CDs because I’m keenly interested in music and because it confirms what has been more-or-less evident about music for at least a couple of years. From the story: The compact disc has less than three years left in its reign atop the music […]

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