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Basketball Star Kobe Bryant Loves Beethoven

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Kobe Bryant, shooting guard for US basketball team the LA Lakers, has professed his admiration for the music of Beethoven on his Twitter feed, posting a picture of himself playing the piano.

He tweeted: “Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata calms me down when I reach my breaking point #relaxandfocus”

Bryant,...

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Lead Singer Of Band In Night Club Fire Arrested

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The lead singer of Gurizada Fandangueira, the band that was performing when a fire broke out at Santa Maria’s Kiss nightclub on Sunday night, has been arrested, the BBC reports. Police also arrested two of the club’s owners and its security chief in connection with the blaze, which was...

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Will The New CRB Ruling Effect My Music Teaching?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The short answer is, no body knows right now, but any CRB or disclosure checked ‘My Keyboard Lessons’ tutor could be effected in the long run. The story is that the government is to seek leave to appeal against a court ruling that the law which requires people to disclose all previous...

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Mike Oldfield Releasing Remix Album

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Mike Oldfield has set a February 5th release date for his new remix album, which is entitled Tubular Beats.

All tracks have been reworked from the original multi-track recordings and remixed together by Mike Oldfield and multi-platinum awarded German producer Torsten “York” Stenzel....

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Depeche Mode Announce New Album

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The legendary 80s band Depeche Mode have announced a new album, “Delta Machine”.

It will be their first release since 2009’s “Sounds Of The Universe”, and has been produced by long-term collaborator Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood.

Although their roots are...

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Yamaha Restores Glenn Gould Piano

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

In celebration of Glenn Gould’s 80th birthday, Yamaha in Canada has restored Glenn Gould’s CFII Yamaha Concert Grand Piano, which has been on display at Roy Thomson Hall for many years. This is the very Yamaha piano Gould recorded his last four piano albums, including the Grammy award winning...

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Louis Schwizgebel To Give Recital

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Dame Fanny Waterman DBE, teacher and founder and chair of the Leeds International Piano Competition, describes young pianist Louis Schwizgebel as ‘simply breath-taking’. She said: ‘Louis Schwizgebel has stunned audiences all over the world, and this really is a joy and rare treat to hear a young...

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Moog Sub Phatty Details Revealed

Friday, January 25th, 2013

While most of the country was celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by skipping work, Moog went ahead and officially announced the details of its forthcoming completely analog synth, the Sub Phatty. After first teasing the synth with a video just two weeks back, the full details have revealed the...

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Muse Open U.S. Tour With A Bang

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Muse is not a band for stripping things down. Last week at the first of three concerts at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the British trio kept its reputation intact for flash and sweeping rock gestures. It was the second night of the band’s U.S. tour behind The 2nd Law, Muse’s sixth studio...

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Kaiser Chiefs added to Benicàssim 2013 line-up

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Kaiser Chiefs, Hurts, AlunaGeorge, Deap Vally and Temples added to Benicàssim 2013 line-up

Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and Queens of the Stone will headline the Spanish festival

Kaiser Chiefs, Hurts, AlunaGeorge, Deap Vally and Temples have been added to the line-up for Benicàssim...

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Stevie Wonder To Join Gary Clark Jr At Super Bowl Bash

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Stevie Wonder will join Gary Clark Jr. for a bash on Super Bowl weekend at the Bud Light Hotel in New Orleans. The soul legend and hotshot bluesman are teaming up for the February 2nd concert, with Wonder serving as headliner. Doors open at 8 p.m., and fans not headed to the big game can catch streaming...

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Tech update: Roland V-Combo VR-09 Live Performance Keyboard

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Roland CONNECT 2013

Travel-ready, affordable, and outfitted with top-level Roland sounds, the V-Combo VR-09 is the ideal all-in-one solution for performing keyboard players. Dedicated piano, organ, and synth sound engines—organized in three intuitive blocks on the front panel—provide all...

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HMV Stores Saved?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The Big Three music labels are in talks about offering HMV unique trading terms in an attempt to keep the high-street retailer in business. HMV went into administration last week, but it’s thought Universal, Warner and Sony want to help keep it afloat because it’s the only alternative to entering...

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Paul Dano to play Beach Boy star Brian Wilson

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Little Miss Sunshine actor Paul Dano is to play Beach Boy star Brian Wilson in a forthcoming biopic.

Love & Mercy will cover several decades of Wilson’s life, focusing on his struggle with mental illness and his relationships.

Wilson, who wrote hits such as Surfin’ USA...

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Piano Marathon Raises Money For RNLI

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Belford pianist Shiela McQuattie raised £500 for the RNLI with a six-hour long marathon performance at the Bluebell Hotel.

The performance, four times the length of an average piano recital, was completely improvised. Classically trained pianist Shiela, was kept company by hotel residents...

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