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MA Hailun Photofairs Shanghai Gaotai Gallery. Music Press Asia
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PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai To Exhibit China Showcase

Ready for a good soaking of arts from the East? Join PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai for an explosive exhibition at the Somerset House this week from 12-15 May. Titled China Showcase, the exhibition is presenting 10 Chinese artists represented by some of the Fair’s leading exhibitors. The exhibition is a partnership between World Photography Organisation and Photo London. Objectively, it aims to foster creative dialogue and cross-cultural collaborations. What a great way to create beautifully curated content. Here’s what we’re recommending: Time Immemorial by Yang Yongliang (Matthew Liu Fine Arts)Yang examines the…

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Yuja Wang recorded Mendelssohn piano concerto with Kurt Masur. Music Press Asia
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Deutsche Grammophon Released Yuja Wang & Verbier Festival Recording

YUJA WANG (piano) and Kurt Masur (conductor) released music composed by Verbier Festival GOLD and Deutsche Grammaphon. The second Verbier Festival Gold release features Yuja Wang in an all-Mendelssohn album with two performances from 2009. The album distributed by DG Records features the composer’s first piano concerto with Kurt Masur conducting the Verbier Festival Orchestra, followed by the Piano Sextet…

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Seven Worlds One Planet Asia. Music Press Asia
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Asia: A World of the Rarely Seen

While conservation in Asia goes all the way back to its disappearing mangroves and increasing agriculture of palm oil, there is much diversity in the animal kingdom too. From Brown bears roaming remote Russian volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula, and orangutans climbing high into the trees in the Indonesian rainforests in search of mango fruit. Walrus gather in huge numbers…

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Music Press Asia Book of the Month Heidi Shamsuddin
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Nusantara: A Sea of Tales by Heidi Shamsuddin

Heidi Shamsuddin’s newest anthology offers some retellings and deeper insights of beloved folk stories gathered from Malaysia and across the Nusantara region. Following the success of her children’s book The Malay Tale of the Pig King in 2020 (which retells the Indonesian tale of Hikayat Raja Babi), Heidi returns to her passion of telling fairy tales from South-East Asia. A…

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Elephant Gym at Kaoshiung Harbour Taiwan Beats SXSW. Music Press Asia
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Taiwan Beats Showcase at SXSW Online 2022

A musical showcase completely unique to Taiwan. Showcasing cultural venues including the Wufeng Lin Family Mansion, the electric flower cars used for religious purposes, the Chuang Mei Theater, the mysterious electronic music venue Pawnshop, Kaohsiung harbor, and more. The showcase starts with Sorry Youth set at Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden. Playing alternative music with local flavor, Sorry Youth…

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Borneo Jazz 2018 live. Music Press Asia
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Borneo Jazz Festival Returns to Sarawak

Jazz music festival returns in a hybrid format to celebrate diversity and innovation. Borneo Jazz festival is one of Southeast Asia’s longest-running international jazz festivals. Themed “Jazz in The Jungle”, the Borneo Jazz festival will be held from 24 to 26 June 2022 in a hybrid format to reach out to the greater jazz-loving community worldwide. The physical concert will…

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Hong Kong Hymn Society. Music Press Asia
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A Hymn Lecture on the rise of the Oxford Movement

The rise of the Oxford Movement in England and the Westward Movement in the United States in the 19th century brought countless colorful hymns to the church. Among them, the Kentucky Harmony and the Sacred Harp are the representatives of the poetry collection, and some shape notes are created for the congregation to sing. Dr. Xie Linfanglan is a well-known…

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Easter Weekend playlist w Monica Tong. Music Press Asia
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Classical Easter Music Selection: Editor’s Choice 2022

The religious festival to celebrate Easter marks a real dichotomy between joy and grief, life and death, beginnings and endings. The Easter narrative has been commemorated in some of the greatest classical works of all time. From immortalising the ecclesiastical weight of the crucifixion, the passion of the resurrection, to the jubilation of the vernal equinox — discover our selection…

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Judy Wu Natures Whispering Album Review. Music Press Asia
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The Nature’s Whispering review – Judy Wu has a flow for the natural world

The stories of the natural world and diversity are told in this introspectively lively but organic album by Judy Wu. Worldly, Taiwan-based music company Wind Music here gives us Judy Wu’s transcendental album. Composed by Judy Wu in collaboration with some of Taiwan’s veteran producers and creatives, Nature’s Whispering 萬籟的絮語 instinctively has somehow transformed how we perceive the language of…

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Linda Lindas to perform at Head in the Clouds. Music Press Asia
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Linda Lindas Performed LIVE at LA Central Library

Teen punk band Linda Lindas returned to the library to perform for the band’s Tiny Desk [home] concert. Playing at the Los Angeles Central Library this time, the band members put together a 15-minute program and take turns singing. Starting with the song “Growing” sung by guitarist Lucia, the title track to the band’s debut album. Picture a library. One…

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