Appropriately titled, "Dutch Influence," the film gets right to the point with saying that dance music originated in Europe and explains it's transition into America. The film features talented, global superstars such as Tiesto, Laidback Luke, Fedde Le Grand, and many more. The doc will follow these rising talents through some of the party capitals of the world and give fans an insight of their experiences and what it takes to stay fresh in the revolution of dance music. Check out the trailer and for more information visit the Dutch Influence homepage here.
5. Aaron Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man (1943)
Nearly 70 years after its premiere, "Fanfare for the Common Man" remains one of the most stirring compositions in American music. Originally written to inspire patriotism during World War II, "Fanfare" has found its way into movie soundtracks, sports documentaries, and opening segments of Super Bowl games. The instantly recognizable trumpet theme has become an icon in American culture. It symbolizes courage and sacrifice, and evokes the spirit of every great champion that persisted in the face of adversity.
Never let it be said that opera is strictly for the social elite. Those who follow the critically acclaimed, yet socially challenging Swedish electro duo The Knife are well aware of their contributions to an opera based on the life of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin and his book On the Origin of Species. Commissioned by the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma and with collaborations from Mt. Sims and Planningtorock, the opera, entitled Tomorrow, In a Year, premiered in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 last year and will be subsequently shown all over Europe in the year to come. Accompanying its tour de force, The Knife will be releasing a companion album of the music featured in the performances on March 1 through Rabid and Brille Records.
While trolling the internet for newsworthy stories to bring to the masses, I became uncontrollably ecstatic upon reading that the thrash-metal’s “big-four,” Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer, would all be touring together in 2010. Had my youthful-angst dreams of super-heavy, glass-shattering evil-doers all performing the songs on my coveted “angry-mixtape” finally come true nearly twenty years after late-night walkman sessions hidden from my small hometown’s overly religious sentiments?...Not quite.
On the cusp of their marginally successful world tour, the highly influential and often political rock band U2 will be performing a free concert in Berlin during the taping of the MTV European Music Awards on November 5. The concert marks the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Bono and company will be performing in front of the Brandenburg Gate as the performance is simultaneously broadcasted during the awards ceremony in Berlin’s O2 World arena.
The Berlin Wall, which had both literally and figuratively divided Europe for nearly thirty years, was torn down on November 9, 1989, as the Eastern European Communist regime lost power and succumbed to the forces of Western capitalism. The act of tearing down the divisive barrier symbolized the reunification of Europe as a global entity and enabled a new level of freedom to emerge in the otherwise oppressed and underdeveloped Eastern-block countries. U2’s upcoming performance in Berlin marks, “twenty years almost to the day since the wall came down.”
European court costumes dating back from the 1650’s to the 1800’s are currently gracing the Chateau de Versailles. The exhibition, created along with patronage from Chanel, is dedicated to the fashions of the great European monarchies from centuries of the past. The exhibition celebrates over 200 works from ceremonial costume and royal pomp to jewels and paintings depicting various court scenes. Karl Lagerfeld had this to say about the exhibition being held through til June 28th:
“Versailles is therefore the most ideal and magical place to exhibit fashions form a world and a lifestyle that are impossible to imagine today.”