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The Space Between the Notes – XXXVI

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“Folks out in the country couldn't afford to pay for anybody else to make music. They had to make their own. So the peasantry had their music, and it was about a hundred years ago given the name "Folk music.” — Pete Seeger

Folk music is part of the vivid tapestry that weaves people and cultures together. Whether voices raised in song, or instruments in resonance, folk music is reflective of communities with an immediacy that few other mediums can match. Folk music provides a channel for myriad forms of human expression – story-telling set to music, rhythms that mirror language, modes melted into choruses, pitches symbiotic of tonal origin, a form of communication to celebrate, invoke, or accompany aspects from the cycle of life. For many of us, pausing to listen even for a moment transports us to a different place, be it emotionally or figuratively. Without this type of oral tradition, particularly in areas of low literacy, history is forgotten, places are lost, people are unremembered.

The 14th edition of GAIA, called "Folk Songs - Of Love and Other Drunkenness", sets out to carefully consider the differences between cultural preservation and evolution, as well as misconceptions around cultural appropriation. Studying the ways in which folk and traditional music can have many meanings to so many people traces a history of nations which may, in turn, lead to better understanding between one another.

GAIA Music Festival 2023 - Folk Songs

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Encore During Dutch Tour

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A few days ahead of beginning a recent series of concerts in the Netherlands with pianist Caspar Vos, I stumbled upon this ragtime by William Bolcom that I’m going to adopt to my family of encore pieces. I really love it, it’s got all that swing, that jazz, that laid-back groove of a Sunday morning. Listen here for a live recording from an audience member’s smart phone during a matinee performance in the premiere theater (Theater aan het Vrijthof) of Maastricht.

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Workshop – All About Vibrato on Tonebase

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For those who missed this live, watch this stream here for a limited time only.

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Upcoming concerts in March

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Please note that many upcoming concerts are either already sold out or have very limited capacity seating, so please reserve online where that option is available, or come early for concerts that have free entry!


Upcoming concerts in March

03 March 2023 | 20:00

Solo Performance at Literaare - Opening - SOLD OUT

With Daniela Dröscher. Performing works by J.S. Bach, Biber, Vitali and Ysaÿe.
Thuner Literaturfestival
Rathaus Thun | Thun, CH
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08 March 2023 | 21:30

Chamber Music in Theatro Circo, Braga

Piano quartets by Brahms and Schumann with Luis Magalhães (pn), Razvan Popovici (vla), Kyril Zlotnikov (vlc).
Theatro Circo | Braga, P
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19 March 2023 | 14:00-19:00

Spätwinterfest - Gwendolyn's Bridge Club #7 - LIMITED SEATING

Late Winter Fest, a mini-festival marking the end of winter. Music by Martinů and Tchaikovsky, performed by Gwendolyn Masin and Jiska Lambrecht (violins), Martin Moriarty and Sam Matzner (violas), Tommaso Verlinghieri and Sandro Meszaros (cellos). Special guests: Adaya, Táin, Kate Birch and Jella & the Late Knights.

Please note that the venue has strict capacity limit, so please come early to reserve your spot!

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14:20 - Adaya
- Jella & the Late Knights
- Gwendolyn Masin and Martin Moriarty play Bohuslav Martinů's Three Madrigals
16:45 - Táin
- Gwendolyn Masin and Masters students from the ZHdK play Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence
- Kate Birch
Werkstadt Lorraine | Berne, CH

Gwendolyn’s Bridge Club

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Free entry, suggested price per performance CHF 20.-

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Cancel Culture

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Reserve your seats now! Limited capacity seating (40 max.)

We invite you to a debate on the topic of "Cancel Culture" with people from the fields of culture, philosophy and integrative studies. The debate will be moderated by Jörg Scheller, professor of art history at the ZhdK, journalist and musician.

"Cancel Culture" is what you might call a contaminated term. Originally, the phrase "to cancel" was common in African-American communities but "Cancel Culture" has long been perceived primarily as a fighting term of new and old right-wing radicals as well as some right-wing conservatives and libertarians. It thus testifies not least to an act of cultural appropriation. In the media, whether in newspapers or online, endless discussions currently take place about whether there really is a left-wing or "woke" cancel culture or whether it is just a matter of individual cases that reactionaries are stylising into an entire "culture". This shows how strongly US-American discourses and social upheavals unfold their formative power on Europe, albeit with a slight time lag. Whether "political correctness", "identity politics", "woke", "campus wars" or "cancel culture" - what is hotly debated in Europe today has been circulating in the USA for decades.

On this panel, we want to take a step back and try to look at "Cancel Culture" as a symptom of deeper problems and conflicts, to better understand the development of the use of the term and to discuss where real dangers lie in terms of dwindling freedom of expression and (self-)censorship and where the invoked danger is only a phantasm.

Wednesday, 5 April 2023
20:00 (doors open at 19:30)
Theaterplatz 2, 3011 Bern
Entry: CHF 17.-

The bar will be open before and after the event.

Reserve your seats now! Limited capacity seating (40 max.)

Hope to see you soon!


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