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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/15/18, 12:54 pm

Chinese Celebration

Various artists

Owners of the Arc Music releases on which many of these 19 recordings by 12 different performers or ensembles have previously appeared might take a pass. Newcomers, however, will marvel at how much Oriental folk music has in common, thematically as well as formally, with its Occidental counterparts. The piercingly nasal female vocals that occasionally pop up take some getting used to. But the erhu, the guzheng, the yangqin, the pipa, the Chinese dulcimer, and the drums will focus the attention of folk-fest habitués the world over.

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He did it his way

Music | The Fall’s Mark E. Smith was a staunch post-punk individualist
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/15/18, 08:59 am

When Brian Jones drowned in 1969, the Stones kept rolling. When Richard Manuel hanged himself in 1986, the Band played on. But when Mark E. Smith succumbed to cancer of the lungs and kidneys on Jan. 24, the Fall—the British post-punk band that he formed in 1976 and steered for the next four decades—fell for good.

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Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/28/18, 07:10 pm

Thelonious Sphere Monk

Mast

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