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Friday, February 16, 2018

Waking Windows Announces Initial 2018 Lineup

Posted By on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 12:43 PM

  • Brian Jenkins Photography
  • Waking Windows
Brace yourselves: Waking Windows has just announced its initial 2018 lineup. The three-day music festival in downtown Winooski runs Friday through Sunday, May 4 through 6,  and features over 150 bands, artists, comedians and DJs. The first wave of confirmed acts is just as dynamite as you'd expect.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

NPR Premieres Caroline Rose's New Album 'Loner'

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 2:19 PM

  • Courtesy of Caroline Rose
  • Caroline Rose
The wait is over: You can finally listen to former Burlington singer-songwriter Caroline Rose's long-awaited sophomore album, Loner, in full. National Public Radio offers a first listen to the new record, which marks a stylistic shift from Rose's folksy beginnings to her current pop-rock sound. The release follows of a string of singles and music videos, as well as high-profile coverage from outlets such as Consequence of Sound, Stereogum and Noisey.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cultural Mosaic: Tchatching Ngunga to Bring Rwandan Music to Vermont

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 2:17 PM

Tchatching Ngunga - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Tchatching Ngunga
Tchatching ("Cha-ching") Ngunga has a message for Vermonters: "Very soon, they are gonna be discovering a new African culture."

Ngunga, who also goes by the name Richard, sings and composes traditional Rwandan songs. So far, he has performed mostly in Canada. "That's where I feel like my music is being valued because my community is there," he said.

But, as a Vermonter since 2011, he's ready to take his music to more audiences, Ngunga continued. "Somebody told me: 'No, music doesn't have a barrier. People just love any music,'" the Burlington resident said.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Luis Calderin Presents 'Space Time Magic' at Champlain College

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 7:46 PM

  • Courtesy of Luis Calderin
  • Luis Calderin
Luis Calderin had a front-row seat to the spectacle that was the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Burlington-based marketing specialist, designer and DJ served as the director of arts, culture and the youth vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) presidential campaign. From curating nationally touring political art exhibits to managing celebrity endorsements from the likes of rapper Killer Mike and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it was a role that uniquely suited Calderin's varied interests.

Since the campaign, Calderin has continued working at what he calls "the intersection of youth, culture and politics." He spent time with Rock the Vote, the national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to get youth to the polls. Currently, he's running his own boutique marketing firm, Okay Okay Creative. And he's writing a book, PoliticArts, that examines the history of campaign art.

Calderin's latest endeavor is a new multimedia presentation, "Space Time Magic," debuting this Thursday, February 8, at Champlain College's Alumni Auditorium in Burlington. Fusing music and design, Calderin recounts his unlikely story, from moving to Burlington from Miami as a teenager — and the first American-born son of Cuban immigrants — to the experiences and influences that led him to Sanders' campaign and to his current projects. Think of it like a hip-hop TED talk. The event's  program is designed to look like a vinyl album cover.

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Stowe Tango Music Festival Artistic Director Wins Grammy

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 2:43 PM

Left to right: Héctor Del Curto, Pablo Ziegler and Claudio Ragazzi - STOWE TANGO MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • Stowe Tango Music Festival
  • Left to right: Héctor Del Curto, Pablo Ziegler and Claudio Ragazzi
Like American jazz, Argentine tango music was born of multicultural interaction. Africans, Europeans and South Americans, thrown together during Argentina's economic expansion at the turn of the 20th century, created tango from the percussion of drums, the lilt of waltz, the poetic banter of the plains. Tango and its American cousin continue to evolve, and a skilled group with local ties has combined the forms to award-winning effect.

On January 28, the Pablo Ziegler Trio won the Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Award for Jazz Tango. The trio is composed of Ziegler on piano, Claudio Ragazzi on guitar and Héctor Del Curto on bandoneon, the instrument that makes the accordion-like sound commonly associated with tango. The recording includes original works by Ziegler and modern classics by legendary bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla. This Grammy marks the first time a tango recording has taken the top award in the Latin jazz category.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra Unionizes

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 10:47 AM

  • Courtesy of Vermont Symphony Orchestra
  • Vermont Symphony Orchestra
On January 25, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra voted to unionize. The Boston Musicians Association, which is the Boston local of the American Federation of Musicians, will represent the orchestra. In negotiations, the VSO will be collaboratively represented by BMA and the Greater Springfield, Berkshire County and Vermont Musicians Association — the geographically nearest AFM local, in Springfield, Mass.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Local Radio Show Broadcasts Native Perspectives

Posted By on Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 6:30 AM

Deb Reger, host of "Moccasin Tracks," at WRUV - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Deb Reger, host of "Moccasin Tracks," at WRUV
When Deb Reger began her weekly radio show, "Moccasin Tracks," on WRUV 90.1 FM last Tuesday at noon, she reminded her listeners where she was. "We recognize this area where we broadcast from as N'Dakinna, the ancestral homeland of the Abenaki nation," she said from the radio station's studio in the University of Vermont's Davis Center in Burlington.

As the song "Grandmother" by Navajo artist Radmilla Cody played in the background, Reger told listeners that her guest for the week was Grandmother Nancy Andry, an elder who lives in Connecticut and is of Algonquin and Metis heritage.

It took a couple of tries before Reger got through on the phone to her guest. So the seasoned radio host adjusted her playlist to include longer songs. She wasn't too frazzled, though. "It happens," she explained.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Madaila Release New Single, "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 2:36 PM

  • Brendan McInerney
  • Madaila
Tonight, President Trump will outline his vision for America in that most hallowed of hollow traditions, the State of the Union address. The supremely orange leader is expected to riff on all his greatest hits: immigration,  tax breaks, stripping children and the elderly of health insurance, and which countries presently are or are not shitholes. In essence, he'll address the question: Where do we go from here?

He's not the only one pondering that particular topic at the moment — or every effin' day for the past effin' year. In Burlington today, ahead of a trio of regional tour dates this week, Technicolor popsters Madaila released a new single that also ruminates on the uncertain state of our union — or perhaps, disunion: "Where Do We Go From Here?" (Spoiler alert: Madaila and Trump arrive at slightly different conclusions.)

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Extra: 'Floydian Slip' Host Explores the Cover Art from 'Wish You Were Here'

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here album cover art, recreated using images of "Floydian Slip" radio host Craig Bailey. - FILE ART BY REV. DIANE SULLIVAN
  • File art by Rev. Diane Sullivan
  • Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here album cover art, recreated using images of "Floydian Slip" radio host Craig Bailey.
It was cool to discover recently that "Floydian Slip," the globally syndicated Pink Floyd radio hour, emanates each week from a quiet residential neighborhood in Shelburne. Seven Days profiled the program's creator and radio host, Craig Bailey, in its January 24, 2018 story, "The Great Gig: Radio host Craig Bailey reflects on two decades of 'Floydian Slip.'"

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Tibetan Musician Fosters Cultural Connection Among Youth

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 1:44 PM

Migmar Tsering (far left) and his students. - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Migmar Tsering (far left) and his students.
Some music instructors might feel disappointed if their students were to stop playing after a few years. But Migmar Tsering doesn't feel that way.

Just over a year ago, the Tibetan man started a music school, Rolyang Lobling, at King Street Center in Burlington to teach local Tibetan youth how to play the dramyin — a traditional Himalayan lute. Through music, he hopes to inculcate a sense of Tibetan identity and camaraderie among his students.

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