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PechaKucha Presentation

At the Intersection of the Personal, the Historical, and the Musical

CREATED ON JULY 10, 2017
IN KALAMAZOO

Andrew Koehler, Associate Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College + Music Director and Conductor of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia : Yevhen Stankovych is a contemporary Ukrainian composer, and his 1993 Requiem for Those Who died of Famine memorializes one of the most catastrophic, largely overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century: the Holodomor, in which millions of Ukrainians died from an artificial famine created largely by Stalin's orders. The work will receive its US premiere next spring, performed in Chicago and Kalamazoo by the Kalamazoo Philharmonia and the Bach Festival Chorus, led by conductor Andrew Koehler. This music -- by turns haunting and riveting -- bears particular resonance for Koehler, who has studied and taught about the Holodomor and is a heritage speaker of Ukrainian.

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Hysterically Historical

BY BUD ROEGEE
@ VOL 2 ON JAN 17, 2012

Bud's favorite sport is baseball, and that's the context in which he walks us through the history of the city of Grand Rapids. (in English)

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Moondog, 20th century blind viking composer

BY AMAURY CORNUT
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 04, 2014

Since 2009 Amaury Cornut works about the life and music of Louis T. Hardin aka Moondog, a singular and unrecognized 'classical' composer. He was a blind beggars, dressed like a viking, who also has conducted the prestigious New York Philharmonic Orchestra and influenced Philip Glass and Steve Reich in the same time he was jamming with Charlie 'Bird' Parker and Mingus and was a heroes for Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin or Elvis Costello. Amaury who just published few month ago the french biography and run the strings ensemble 'Minisym' which play Moondog's rare music, open with this PechaKucha a small door to discover Moondog's universe... {in French}

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Going Home

BY YVONNE LARKINS
@ VOL 10 ON NOV 21, 2014

Yvone Larkins. Going home to a place I've never been before is a talk about self discovry and a journey taken, insearch of family heritage, family values and personal growth.

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Musical Mathematics: DIY Musical Criticism

BY JAY JOHAR
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 30, 2015

Jay Johar's love for writing landed him a place on music blog Musical Mathematics in Leeds, UK, where one day, it just grew into one of those groups where musicians hand their never-before-heard music to them for review and exposure. After returning to Brunei, he attempted to bring back this passion for writing and the idea of creating something big and new by being more active in creative scenes.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Jun 23rd, 2015.

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Musical Journey

BY TERAH CRAWFORD
@ VOL 4 ON AUG 27, 2015

Lead vocalist, Terah Crawford, shares her musical inspirations, her journey and passion for music! 

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The Genius of Hamilton: An American Musical

BY SARA ELLIOTT
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

English professor Sara Elliott draws on her lifelong love of words, history, and Broadway musicals to develop a celebration of current Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton: An American Musical. She explores the genius of lyricist, composer, and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, by highlighting the political implications and poetic intricacy of the play.

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Park of the ethnic and historical periods “Etnoselo”

BY OLHA PAVLYK
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 26, 2017

Park of the ethnic and historical periods “Etnoselo” is a way to show polyethnic structure of Zaporizhzhya region. It shows housing habitation different ethnic groups and has different edutainment programs 

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IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild

BY HUNTER NOACK
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild is an outdoor concert series in stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Hunter Noack brings a 9-foot Steinway grand piano to the middle of forests, fields, calderas and historical sites for classical music concerts. To meet the acoustical challenges of performing in the wild, music is transmitted to the concert-goers via wireless headphones. No longer confined to seats, they can explore the landscape, wander through secret glens, lie in sunny meadows, and roam old growth forests.

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Indian Classical Music and the Guru-Shishya Tradition

BY ASAWARI DESHPANDE
@ VOL 50 ON SEP 04, 2018

Along with learning the techniques of rendering music, when a dedicated disciple shares the values and vision of his teacher, a “Guru-Shishya” bond is established. An insightful guru makes sure that the disciple rises above the aesthetics and connects with the divine, a remarkable tradition of Indian Classical Music.