17 May – “The Hobbit”

We began this book club by looking at the life and times of J.R.R. Tolkien and cultural influences that inspired his work. We looked at his background as a professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at Oxford, and heard the epic  poem Beowulf  recited in the original Anglo-Saxon language (together with a translation into modern English!)

We talked about works by other artists which may have had an influence on Tolkien, in particular the huge operatic cycle “The Ring of the Nibelungs” by the German composer Richard Wagner, and listened to  Siegfried’s Death and Funeral Music from the opera Gotterdammerung, the final of the four operas which make up the “Ring” cycle.

We also looked at Runes and the Runic alphabet ;  runes were an ancient Germanic writing system with which Tolkien was familiar, and incorporated into his works. Students read chapters 1, 2 and 3 for homework……An unexpected journey begins!

"Wotan visits Mime and offers him his help." Illustration to Richard Wagner's Siegfried by Arthur Rackham. 1911
“Wotan visits Mime and offers him his help.”
Illustration to Richard Wagner’s Siegfried by Arthur Rackham. 1911
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The Ticket 2012

“The Ticket’ es un espacio para que los artistas nacionales presenten sus obras, en diferentes categorías: música, baile, stand up, teatro, poesía, literatura y cualquier otra propuesta artística que contribuya con el ambiente cultural del país.

El pasado 8 de Noviembre tuvimos el placer de presentar la primera edición del concierto The Ticket con la participación de tres excelentes bandas que dieron lo mejor en el escenario. Muchas gracias a Shape of Things, 38Hz y Barnum por un espectáculo lleno de energía y buenas vibraciones.

(Escuchá el material de las bandas participantes)

 Esperamos verles en los eventos que vienen!

Mientras tanto, acá les dejamos una muestra del concierto cortesía de William Cordero y su lente.

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Artist of the month Sep ’12

Artist of the month Goldfrapp

Alison Goldfrapp

The musical duo Goldfrapp is one of the most influential groups in the English electronic scene of the last decade.

Their style is constantly evolving and ranges from the ambient sound of early albums to a more electro/dance approach in the later ones, adding elements from
many other styles such as synthpop, folk and glam rock.

Allison Goldfrapp started her career as a musician and performer while attending fine art school at Middlesex University in north London. In 1994, while still in college, Goldfrapp recorded vocals for electronic band Orbital’s third album ‘Snivilisation’, doing the same one year later for trip-hop artist Tricky for the song ‘Pumpkin’ from his debut album ‘Maxinquaye’.

These collaborations were followed by several others through the late 90’s. At that moment she started penning her own compositions which eventually reached composer Will Gregory. After being introduced to each other, they found many things in common regarding their musical tastes and approach. Shortly after Goldfrapp became a duo, delivering their first album in 2000.

Since then, Goldfrapp has released five studio albums and one compilation record. Their first album ‘Felt Mountain’ was very well received by critics and opened the road for the duo. Their next album ‘Black Cherry‘, which came out in 2003 with a more upbeat vibe, brought to life classics such as ‘Twist’ and its memorable video:

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