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An adventure in recorded sound

Many thanks to Heather for the photos, words and sheer Sherlock Holmes zeal of this post.

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It all started with an old record. Jalal Aro wanted to hear it, but couldn’t — not without the right machine. The quest to find that machine sparked a love affair that has bloomed into a business, and one of Paris’ most fascinating private museums.

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I visited Jalal recently with my friend Des, author of the marvelous Soundlandscapes blog. As we walked along the Boulevard de Rochechouart, Des pointed to a succession of shops devoted entirely to musical instruments and sound recording.

It was a fitting location, Des explained, because this used to be one of Paris’ biggest entertainment districts. Looking at this mainly commercial street I struggled to imagine it full of cabarets and theaters, music spilling into the streets. But a quick Wikipedia search confirmed the boulevard’s pedigree: It was home to Rodolphe Salis’ famous Chat Noir cabaret, among many others.

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Théophile Steinlein’s original advertising poster…

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String Players: Unleash Your Jazz | workshops + performance

Tomorrow’s Warriors are wonderful, inspiring people, providing weekly jazz sessions for young musicians and a Female Collective as an extra layer of support for teenage girls entering the world of jazz.

On Saturday, April 16th, they’re putting on a day of free workshops for young string players, followed by a performance. Worth flying into London for!

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Calling all string players! Unleash your jazz this weekend (16 April) by joining one of two £FREE workshops for string players led by members of the Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing ensemble as part of the Yehudi Menuhin Centenary celebrations at Southbank Centre, London. Come and be inspired by the great violinist’s love of jazz. We have something for all levels. Take a look…

All events are in the Royal Festival Hall building at Southbank Centre

Open Jazz Strings Workshop | £FREE
Saturday 16 April, 1.00pm-2.00pm | Spirit Level (Blue Room)

Members of Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing lead a workshop for players of violin, viola, cello and bass, which is open to all ages and levels of ability – no need to be able to read music.

Advanced Jazz Strings Workshop | £FREE
Saturday 16 April, 3.00pm-4.30pm| Spirit Level (Blue Room)

Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing lead an advanced workshop for players of stringed jazz instruments. Following the…

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Remembering Stevie Wright

Just heard the sad news about Stevie Wright of the Easybeats.

Remembering him at his bouncy best, with the dance style that inspired Mick Jagger:

And here’s the blog post I wrote about him a little while back, if you’re interested in his way with English and the power of hiding and revealing consonants when you sing: http://bit.ly/1PrCwyH

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