April 1, 2014

Ukraine Orchestra Plays EU Anthem in Honour of Fallen Maidan Protesters

Some 500 classical musicians performed for passengers at airports across Ukraine on Sunday, in tribute to the protesters killed during the violent clashes with security forces that ultimately led to President Viktor Yanukovych fleeing the country. (via Telegraph)

April 1, 2014
Berlin, Germany
Swiss singer Beatrice Egli kisses her Echo award during the 2014 Echo Music Awards (via Telegraph)

Berlin, Germany

Swiss singer Beatrice Egli kisses her Echo award during the 2014 Echo Music Awards (via Telegraph)

March 30, 2014
London, UK
Master concert piano technician Ulrich Gerhartz uses a wooden plectrum and lifting tool to fit individual hammers to the strings as he maintains the three resident Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand pianos on stage at the Barbican (via Guardian)

London, UK

Master concert piano technician Ulrich Gerhartz uses a wooden plectrum and lifting tool to fit individual hammers to the strings as he maintains the three resident Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand pianos on stage at the Barbican (via Guardian)

March 30, 2014

Singing Nun Stuns Judges on Italy’s The Voice

Sister Cristina Scuccia performs a version of Alicia Keys’ song No One on Italy’s The Voice. The nun, from Sicily, impresses the judges who unanimously opt to keep her in the TV talent competition. She has been quoted as saying she hopes to gain renown in her country which may lead to her meeting the Pope (via Guardian)

March 11, 2014
Barton Moss, UK
A man plays the accordion as he sits outside a tent in a protest camp set up close to the entrance of the IGas exploratory gas drilling site (via Reuters)

Barton Moss, UK

A man plays the accordion as he sits outside a tent in a protest camp set up close to the entrance of the IGas exploratory gas drilling site (via Reuters)

March 11, 2014
London, UK
Singer Charlotte Church performs her new EP ‘Four’ with a sci-fi show complete with futuristic costumes controlled by the audience, bubble machines and a UV light show, at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith (via Telegraph)

London, UK

Singer Charlotte Church performs her new EP ‘Four’ with a sci-fi show complete with futuristic costumes controlled by the audience, bubble machines and a UV light show, at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith (via Telegraph)

February 16, 2014
France: Roling Stones Treat 27 Fans to Surprise Paris Gig
A handful of Rolling Stones fans in Paris enjoyed a Valentine’s Day to remember on Friday after being treated to an impromptu and extremely intimate gig by the band.
The fans were gathered outside a recording studio in Bondy in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, where the Rolling Stones have been rehearsing for their upcoming 14 ON FIRE tour, when they were invited in to hear the band play, Le Parisien reported.
The band then played a set of seven songs, including hits such as “Paint It Black” and “Sympathy For The Devil” as well as 2012 single “Doom And Gloom”.
And as an added bonus, former Stone Mick Taylor joined the band on guitar for a rendition of the song “Silver Train”, rarely heard at live performances by the group in recent years. (via France24)

France: Roling Stones Treat 27 Fans to Surprise Paris Gig

A handful of Rolling Stones fans in Paris enjoyed a Valentine’s Day to remember on Friday after being treated to an impromptu and extremely intimate gig by the band.

The fans were gathered outside a recording studio in Bondy in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, where the Rolling Stones have been rehearsing for their upcoming 14 ON FIRE tour, when they were invited in to hear the band play, Le Parisien reported.

The band then played a set of seven songs, including hits such as “Paint It Black” and “Sympathy For The Devil” as well as 2012 single “Doom And Gloom”.

And as an added bonus, former Stone Mick Taylor joined the band on guitar for a rendition of the song “Silver Train”, rarely heard at live performances by the group in recent years. (via France24)

February 12, 2014
mapsontheweb:

Cities that have hosted the Eurovision Song Contest.

mapsontheweb:

Cities that have hosted the Eurovision Song Contest.

February 11, 2014
Lisbon, Portugal
Vera Monteiro, 17, performs a Portuguese traditional Fado song during a class in a local association in the Moureria neighborhood. Fado was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2011 (via Big Picture)

Lisbon, Portugal

Vera Monteiro, 17, performs a Portuguese traditional Fado song during a class in a local association in the Moureria neighborhood. Fado was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2011 (via Big Picture)

February 10, 2014

Watch the Russian Police Choir Cover Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”

The Russian Police Choir, officially known as the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Choir, recorded a video performance of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” And it’s as hilarious as it sounds. (via Gawker)

Note: apparently they reprised their performance at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but the spoilsports of YouTube have disappeared *that* particular video. I offer this as a substitute.

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