There’s an act coming to San Antonio that can’t be beat -- The Yamato Drummers. Arts San Antonio is bringing them to the Lila Cockrell this Sunday. The group use ancient Taiko drums, but in very untraditional ways. Gen Hidaka talks about how their performance varies from tradition.
"It’s really original, it’s really modern and it’s really dynamic music," Hidaka said. "And people also consider that it’s really entertaining. We also sometimes sing. It’s not only about music it could be like martial arts. It’s like boxing."
UTSA’s Downtown Art Gallery hosts an interesting new exhibit and New Yorker Manny Vega doesn’t mince words when he talks about the difficult process involved in creating his highly detailed pen and ink drawings.
"You can’t shuck and jive around this, you’ve gotta sit down and do it," Vega said.
He described the exhibit as containing a wide variety subject matter.
"You know, it’s a combination of visual imagery from Africa, the Caribbean and my life in New York," he said.
The creative process is, for him, filled with emotion, and finishing a piece is tough.
Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 12:00 pm
When Juana Molina decided to abandon a successful career on Argentine television, there were plenty of naysayers. Her brilliant 1996 debut album, Rara (Strange), produced by Argentine music producer Gustavo Santaolalla (composer of the Brokeback Mountain soundtrack), proved them wrong. It reflected her sense of humor (she was a respected comedian) and her musical complexity by combining Argentine folk with hypnotically repetitive electronica beats.
A cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Show" fits right in with the new ethos brought by the Woodlawn Theater's new owners and brings loyal members of the audience back for multiple turns.
The Woodlawn directors feel fortunate to have three stars from the TV show "RuPaul’s Drag Race" leading the cast. Alaska, from season 5 of the show, said in most shows audience-delivered comedy would not be allowed, but is it welcomed in Rocky Horror.
"They know what lines are coming up, so they can scream at you," Alaska said.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is opening an exhibition called "Native Words, Native Warriors" on an obscure part of recent American history. In World War I and II, American forces needed to communicate secrets to one another. The problem was the enemy understood their language.
"The Germans were very good at English and also good at cryptography and breaking codes," said the exhibit’s curator, Dr. William Meadows.
The San Antonio Symphony is back with another offering for South Texans and this one a little out of the ordinary.
"The 'Halloween Spooktacular' is the first of the three family concerts," said Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. "It is the weekend before Halloween, Sunday afternoon. We are featuring a piece called 'The Composer is Dead' and it sounds pretty spooky but it is actually a great whodunnit mystery piece with a narrator.
The San Antonio Chamber Choir begins its ninth season on October 20 with "Beginnings and Endings" at the Oblate School of Theology’s Immaculate Conception Chapel.
"We feature a wide range of music from the early Baroque music of Sweelinck with a Bach motet through Mahler, an Estonian composer of note, we go on to music of Britten and Holst, and we close with some wonderful spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan." said Artistic Director Scott MacPherson.
The group's website says that one of the selections of the performance with leave listeners breathless.
San Antonio's First Presbyterian Church is known for its expansive music programs. Now, an event is set to honor former member Bess Hieronymus, who was also known as an accomplished music teacher and organ virtuoso.
"She had an international reputation," said John Silantien, director of choral activities at UTSA. "She would bring organ virtuosos down here and they would play duets together on the organ at UTSA."
Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 9:34 am
Omar Souleyman is the hottest Syrian speaker-slayer at work in the West, with an audience full of serious underground record nerds, as well as stars such as Björk and Damon Albarn. His recordings worked their way into their current post-geographical milieu by way of Sublime Frequencies, an enterprising label devoted to cross-cultural curios from all over the world.