Yuki Tawada: 'Missing Folklore'

| Apr 17, 2009

Yuki Tawada: "Missing Folklore"

For some photographers, the decisive moment for a photograph is the second the shutter is pressed. For others, the darkroom offers a host of possibilities: tonal variations, framing, paper quality, even superimposition. For Japanese photographer Yuki Tawada, the artwork is not considered finished even ...

Creative dialogue

Feb 5, 2009

Creative dialogue

While it’s not unknown for practitioners of the fine arts to gain fame and fortune almost overnight these days, (even through notoriety rather than talent), only a handful of artists in the graphic design field have gained worldwide recognition. Britain’s Neville Brody is one. ...

Crossing borderlines of consciousness

Jan 23, 2009

Crossing borderlines of consciousness

Most of us have experienced waking up in a strange room, perhaps in a hotel or a friend’s house, and, for a split second, not knowing where we are — that fuzzy, vague feeling in the twilight zone between waking and dreaming. Imagine having ...

The subcontinent shows its heart

Dec 18, 2008

The subcontinent shows its heart

Over the last decade or so, India has gone through unprecedented change, from largely missing out on the advances of the 20th century to rapidly becoming a leader of those in the 21st. But while the fragmented media coverage of the country hails its ...

Champion 'turntablist' Kentaro gets mixed up

Aug 22, 2008

Champion 'turntablist' Kentaro gets mixed up

It’s been a busy few years since DJ Kentaro won the 2002 DMC World DJ Championship and became the first Japanese to bring back the prize — a golden pair of Technics record decks (the turntable of choice in clubs around the world) — ...

Bettye LaVette brings her triumphant soul battle to Fuji

Jul 24, 2008

Bettye LaVette brings her triumphant soul battle to Fuji

Few artists could have struggled through a career as thoroughly frustrating as that of American soul singer Bettye LaVette and still continue to display the strength and good humor that she does. After four decades of disappointments and obscurity in the music business, her ...

The Album Leaf at Metamorphose

| Jun 19, 2008

The Album Leaf at Metamorphose

Although The Album Leaf started in 1998 as a side project to Jimmy LaValle’s work in another band (San Diego’s Tristeza), his postrock power-pop solo venture has since evolved into his main gig. The band’s lineup often changes — multi-instrumentalist LaValle even performed as ...

Terry Callier

Mar 2, 2007

Terry Callier

Variously described as a jazz-folk mystic, a singer-songwriter, a soul man and a reluctant musician, Terry Callier is in many ways the genius that slipped through the net, fluent in a variety of styles but destined not for mainstream acceptance. Callier himself has always ...

Building a new jazz generation

Dec 15, 2006

Building a new jazz generation

There are plenty of things you might expect to find a jazz legend such as Herbie Hancock doing with his time — flying to concerts in Europe perhaps, or preparing for a jazz festival in North America, composing new songs, maybe even catching a ...

On-U Sound from way out

Oct 27, 2006

On-U Sound from way out

At most live gigs, all eyes are on the band while the mixing desk is tucked out of sight with some guy in a T-shirt standing behind it simply making sure each instrument comes out at the right level. But indicating how far our ...