Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli walked inside Milan’s empty Duomo Cathedral on 12 April for a very special no public performance entitled “Music for Hope”. This comes as a loving message for Italian people and the rest of the world. As we know, Italy has been under strict lockdown for more than three weeks now, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The famous opera singer said “I believe in the strength of praying together. I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone, whether they are believers or not, truly needs right now”. As we are approaching Easter, many of us are planning traditions inside our home and wondering how this will work out. Peace and hope are what we need.
This is 24 minutes audience-free concert and can be streamed online from Andrea Bocelli’s YouTube channel.
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Two releases from two bands coming from Europe are making the rounds of my Facebook feed. First comes from Swiss artist Baschi who has for a while now, released the latest work under ‘1986’ title. I love Baschi’s chill, emotional and homey vibe. The album consists of eleven tracks with ‘Alti Linde’, ‘Wenn dWält’ and ‘dFlügel uf’ being my picked ones. Baschi is currently touring In Switzerland.
The second band is none other than Tokio Hotel, who’s back with a very beautiful track – ‘Melancholic Paradise’. The song is going to be the official anthem for Germany‘s Next Topmodel 2019, or GNTM, hosted by Heidi Klum. I’m hearing Bill Kaulitz is going to be in the jury. Now that’s a treat! And I admit, I haven’t watched the show for a while. Maybe it’s time for a change.
A few days ago saw on my Facebook feed a 20-meter high sculpture by hand crochet tent, created by the Brazilian artist Ernesto Net and placed inside Zurich’s main train station – little I knew about its actual purpose. As it turns out, music and architectural design mashed into one beautiful project meant to serve for a debut scene and a wonderful meeting point. For this project Nordstern Basel and Fondation Beyeler collaborated with the newly formed music band, Lost Souls of Saturn to create a special moment. Lost Souls of Saturn is a duo consisting of none other than producer Seth Troxler and Phil Moffa. The two of them are no stranger at working together, as Troxler had several collabs with the sound scientist Moffa, who is known for his ‘out of this world’ ambient works. As for Troxler, it kind of shook me into my chair. The DJ is publicly seen as being a sensual type of artist, so this comes as a big surprise. And to close this little note, the event happened on July 12th with a little over an hour long live debut. You can watch and listen to the whole set here.
Ben Böhmer is back at it with brand new masterpieces from the electronic music world, all packed nicely into an already adored and simple titled EP – “Dive”. The producer has had his first ‘Essential New Tune’ on BBC Radio 1 from ‘Morning Falls’ era, which I guess made everyone wait with much anticipation a next successful craft, which is what happened. Released 6th July 2018, the new EP has the perfect playlist to listen to keep you company whenever and wherever. “Vale” and “Dive” are two tracks the German musician has been showing off, and I do not blame him. “Vale” or “see you again” is one beautiful track, where joy and a hint of sadness come together and blend into a smooth journey. Featuring vocals of Margret, ‘Dive’ is a dreamy like experience after which the abstract ‘Sonnenallee’ follows. Even before the official release of this new EP, fans already had a taste thanks to Anjunadeep mixes – a perfect tease before the actual “out now”.
North is the last EP released by Finnish Dj Yotto, packed with five Finland’s rural landscape-inspired works. North is also the title of one the tracks, released to the public on October 6, when the whole album has made its way out in the world. Yotto is known for the quality of his craft, if we only mention the unprecedented five Pete Tongs’s ‘Essential New Tunes’ on BBC Radio 1.
I loved the new track and I still do. It makes for a perfect tune when you all you need is something soothing. I guess we can blame on Finland. Can we really?