In Pictures: Lahore Music Meet 2016

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Little known fact – April is festival season in Pakistan. Despite the premature onset of summer, making an otherwise pleasant April a muggy affair, the month issues its call every year for revellers to descend upon their festival of choice whether in Islamabad (Face Music Mela), Lahore (Lahore Music Meet) or Karachi (Creative Karachi Festival).

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NEWS - 16. May 2016   CITY - Lahore ARTIST - Toll Crane

Karachi Files: Celebrating The Spirit Of Collaboration & Cultural Diversity

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It sounds idyllic; straight out of a book, even. Or maybe a reality TV show. Last year, in May, around a dozen musicians from different parts of the world found themselves holed up in a house in Karachi — a regular house, in a not particularly fancy area.

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NEWS - 09. May 2016   CITY - Berlin ARTIST - Gebrüder Teichmann Project - Sound Camp Karachi 2015

3 Pointers From RBMA Bass Camp, Dubai

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If you’ve had the chance to attend a Red Bull Music Academy lecture, you know you’re going to come away with something worthwhile from those 45 minutes. At the recently held RBMA Bass Camp in Dubai, a beta version of the annual Academy, I was witness to some interesting lectures, workshops and a bunch of sessions at the Hai D3 in Dubai, a contemporary urban setting in a newer part of the concrete jungle.

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NEWS - 02. May 2016   ARTIST - Big City Harmonics

Hardline, Hardline After Hardline: The Manifesto Of Pakistani Hip-Hop

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In 2012, the Pakistan Telecom Authority blocked YouTube in response to an anti-Islamic film called Innocence of Muslims that had been posted on the video-sharing website. Since 2008, the PTA has thrice banned YouTube due to the presence of content that it considers blasphemous, only allowing YouTube to (officially) start functioning once they launched a local version of the service in January 2016. Only a fraction of Pakistan’s 199 million plus population protested.

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NEWS - 25. April 2016  

The Broken Lines & Half Circles Of Kala’s Musical Vision

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Functioning right alongside the grand theatre of Kala’s music is a clever sense of restraint. Sprightly, intermittent bursts of machismo are almost instantly undercut by minimalist textural movement within the music.

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NEWS - 19. April 2016   ARTIST - KʌLʌ Project - Border Movement Residency

Finding Music In Chennai…

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About thirty years ago, you’d find only two types of music in Chennai: Carnatic, or film. But thirty years is a long, long time, and the city has changed. You’re just as likely to find a metal head as a carnatic vocalist, a slide guitarist as a veena player and a world music aficionado as an ARR fan.

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NEWS - 13. April 2016  

Two Brand Names And The Word Indie: The Mixed Media Rebellion Is Real

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”The term indie is a brand now” – Aakash Bhatia, Story-Tellers.in

I was there when India’s creative industry caught fire. They put two brand names before the word indie and sounded the alarm. Colloquial artists swallowed what they spat — burnt tongues from fanning stock hues and dogma. They were shackled and presented before the jury: these ravenous voyeurs in their mid twenties, these ageing businessmen in straight jackets; they devoured content from the corner of their eyes and reduced three all-nighters at the desktop to a sales pitch.

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NEWS - 07. April 2016  

Call For Applications: BMR Berlin #2

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BMR is an artist residency program in partnership with Goethe-Institut, Wild City, Ableton and Musicboard Berlin. It will bring together artists from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, the Maldives and Germany in a series of unique tailor-made residencies to introduce artists and producers into new music cultures.

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NEWS - 30. March 2016   CITY - Berlin

Announcing The First Successful Applicant For BMR: Berlin 2016…

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We were overwhelmed with the number of applications received from around the region for the first edition of BMR: Berlin. A residency program with a difference that will cater to the individual needs of artists using the wealth of experience and contacts by their hosts in Berlin.

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NEWS - 29. March 2016   CITY - Berlin ARTIST - KʌLʌ Project - BMR Berlin#1 2016

Bangalore: German Psychedelic Rock Icons Colour Haze Set To Headline Indie March Music Festival

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If you Google Colour Haze you’ll find options to buy their music, chords for nearly all of their songs and one reoccurring press image of them standing on the stairs of a subway station. There are hardly any articles, interviews or reviews. But in the ones you find (beginning on Google page 5) it is clear that they are regarded as legends and “leading lights of the European stoner rock scene”.

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NEWS - 18. March 2016   CITY - Bangalore ARTIST - Colour Haze


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