GlobalFest 2013

Stunning vocalist Fatoumata Diawara from Mali at GlobalFest 2013


With Webster Hall bursting at the seams for GlobalFest 2013 on Sunday, it was clear to most in the audience that the venture has grown beyond a single evening event. Intended…


Happy Holidays from Sonic Crossroads!

In the spirit of cross-cultural exchange we've 'borrowed' from the season's online postings for our own holiday greeting:

The official Christmas greeting from the President of Estonia

includes this beautiful rendition of Vater unser by Arvo Pärt

And on the…

Native American Pow-wow at Trader's Village

Trader's Village in Houston hosted the 22nd Native American Pow-Wow Championship on Nov. 12-13. Dancers competed in several categories in the Teepee Village arena while an open air market offered traditional crafts from across the Southwest for sale.

One outstanding…

WOMEX 2011: Photoblog

WOMEX 2011 in Copenhagen (the World Music Expo) offered something for everyone!

In addition to Baiana System, these are selected highlights from showcases I attended:

Carmen Paris and Melissa Aldana (saxophone): Jazz jota from Spain

Represented by Doce Ideas



Masterful Story-telling at the Edinburgh International Festival

All it took was an e-mail to launch a week-long trip to Edinburgh, Scotland for this year’s international festival (August 12-September 4). Somehow I was the lucky recipient of an announcement for the world premiere of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle


Passion in Naples

On a recent trip to New York I managed to take in three films, four art exhibits and two live music performances. Although I intended only to write about the concerts for my blog, I’ll offer some thoughts on my…


Western Music in Turkey from the Nineteenth Century to the Present

Western Music in Turkey from the Nineteenth Century to the Present by Kathryn Woodard

From works such as Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio and Beethoven’s The Ruins of Athens many music listeners are familiar with the practice of evoking the…