Arts & Entertainment

Jazz under the trees

Friday, 05 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 6 By Colin Kaye
Mahidol Jazz Orchestra in Pattaya There was a splendid afternoon event recently when Mahidol University Jazz Orchestra gave an open air picnic concert at Pattaya’s Phornprapha Botanic Gardens.  During the…

Life at 33 1/3: The Holton/Steel-experiment

Friday, 05 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 6 By Carl Meyer
Gary Holton And Casino Steel, Gary Holton & Casino Steel (Polydor) Casino Steel left Trondheim (in Norway) for London in the early 70’s, and formed glampunk legends Hollywood Brats with…

NYC jury hears details of modern masters forgery scandal

Friday, 05 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 6 By Tom Hays
New York (AP) - In the latest chapter of a scandal that’s jolted New York’s art world, a federal jury is hearing about a Chinese immigrant who forged fakes of…

Classical Connections: Mixed doubles

Friday, 05 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 6 By Colin Kaye
Go to almost any orchestral concert and you’ll find that there’s probably a concerto for something-or-other on the programme.  Why are concertos so popular?  Perhaps it’s because by their nature,…

Heart-pounding action? Hollywood can now measure that

Friday, 05 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 6 By Ryan Nakashima
Los Angeles (AP) - Ever been told a movie is a heart-pounding thriller that’ll have you on the edge of your seat?  Thanks to wearable technology, Hollywood has the tools…

Life at 33 1/3: King Midas in Reverse

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Carl Meyer
The Hollies entered the summer of love firing on all cylinders, and then Graham Nash picked the wrong single, and it all came crashing down. (Highest position on the New…

Classical Connections: Squeeze me

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Colin Kaye
What’s the difference between a macaw and an accordion?  The answer is that one is loud, obnoxious and noisy; the other is a bird.  The instrument has been the butt…

Virtuosic piano recital at the Intimate Hotel

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Colin Kaye
A small but enthusiastic audience recently welcomed the acclaimed Israeli pianist Boaz Sharon at a concert at the Intimate Hotel, located close to The Avenue Shopping Centre on Second Road.…

A humming chorus at Ben’s

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Colin Kaye
For a moment, I thought it was my imagination, but it wasn’t.  During Franz Lehar’s song Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiß several members of the audience, especially those of…
Wellington, N. Zealand (AP) - In 1983, New Zealander Geeling Ching was 23 years old and waiting tables at a Sydney cafe when she was chosen to play the lead…

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch, model Jerry Hall engaged

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4
London (AP) - Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is engaged to Jerry Hall, the American actress and former supermodel who had a long-time relationship with Mick Jagger. Murdoch, 84, and Hall,…

Life at 33 1/3: The Hollies part 2: The Titans arrive

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Carl Meyer
The Hollies entered the Premier League in May 1965.  By December 1966 they were of Champions League-quality.  Here’s how it happened: (Highest position on the New Musical Express’ TOP 30…

Classical Connections: Catch a what?

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Colin Kaye
Many years ago, when I got a position playing cello in our district orchestra I found myself sitting next to another boy of about my age who was clearly from…

Life at 33 1/3: The Hollies – how it all began

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Carl Meyer
Between April 1963 and May 1965, The Hollies released 7 singles, 5 EPs and 2 albums, and transformed themselves from a rickety novelty act with clumsy rhythm & blues-aspirations to…

Classical Connections: Hoofing around

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Colin Kaye
Words and music have always had a close association.  I suppose songs are the most obvious example and further back in musical history the chants of the early medieval church.…

Iconic singer David Bowie dies at 69

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Mesfin Fekadu
New York (AP) - David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades with hits like “Fame,” ‘’Heroes” and “Let’s Dance,” died last Sunday after a…

Spectacular jazz concert this month in Pattaya

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Colin Kaye
There’s going to be a great afternoon out for all the family on Sunday 24th January when the renowned Mahidol University Jazz Orchestra gives an open air picnic concert at…
In an extraordinary first for a rock concert here in South East Asia, the packed hall at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore for the eagerly awaited Def…

Motorhead frontman, rock icon ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister dead at 70

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Sandy Cohen
Los Angeles (AP) - Lanky and long-haired, with mutton chops and moles, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister looked and lived like a hard-rock hero.  He founded Motorhead in 1975, and continued recording…

Grammy winning singer Natalie Cole dies age 65

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Sandy Cohen & Mesfin Fekadu
Los Angeles (AP) - Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, who carved out her own success with R&B hits like “Our Love” and “This Will Be”…
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