CDs Rule Japan's Music Market, Thanks to Girl Groups and Add-Ons - Businessweek Ritsuhiko Tajima has about 100 CDs by his favorite artist, Japanese girl group AKB48, many of them copies of the same disc. The attraction? The CDs often include tickets to events where he can briefly meet his idols. “I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them,” the 28-year-old nursing assistant says as he waits at the group’s Tokyo theater for a monthly sale of limited-edition photos of its members. “They’re pop stars that I can come visit.” Fans such as Tajima helped increase music sales to consumers in Japan by 3 percent last year, to $4.3 billion, surpassing the U.S. to become the world’s biggest market, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan. Physical media—preferred by some music companies because they’re less subject to pirating than digital downloads—made up 80 percent of Japanese music sales last year, vs. 34 percent in the U.S., according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
Celtic music Rapalje performing in 2010 Description and definition An 18th century depiction of an ancient Druid playing the harp These following melodic practices may be used widely across the different variants of Celtic Music: It is common for the melodic line to move up and down the primary chords in many Celtic songs. These two latter usage patterns may simply be remnants of formerly widespread melodic practices. Often, the term Celtic music is applied to the music of Ireland and Scotland because both lands have produced well-known distinctive styles which actually have genuine commonality and clear mutual influences. Divisions Alan Stivell at Nuremberg, Germany, 2007 In Celtic Music: A Complete Guide, June Skinner Sawyers acknowledges six Celtic nationalities divided into two groups according to their linguistic heritage. The Q-Celtic nationalities are the Irish, Scottish and Manx peoples, while the P-Celtic groups are the Cornish, Bretons and Welsh peoples. Forms
Celtic Music Instruments From the thump of the Bodhrán to the airy rasp of the wooden flute, celtic music is known by its instruments. Here's an introduction to the main players, with links to more information, for players and afficionados. Fiddle The fiddle is the mainstay of most Scottish and Irish music. The instrument is exactly the same as a violin; fiddle is simply the term used in traditional music. Flute Flutes of one sort or another have been played in the celtic countries for over a thousand years. Tin Whistle (pennywhistle) The simplest and cheapest of traditional instruments, yet not so simple to master. More information: Ceolas Tin Whistle guide. Bagpipes & uilleann pipes Several forms of bagpipe are used in celtic music. The Scottish highland pipes are the loudest, played standing, usually in pipe bands. Bagpipe FAQ Bagpipe Web David Daye's Bagpipe site, for Scottish and uilleann pipes. Bombarde This is a small oboe-like shawm with a penetrating sound, used widely in Breton music. Free reed instruments
Irish singers - The world's best singers of Irish folk music | Irish Music Daily Irish singers – great performers past and present Ireland has produced a host of great singers who have made Irish traditional music popular across the world. These are some of the most prominent names. The list is regularly updated so come back soon if we haven’t featured your favourite artist yet. Chloë Agnew Chloe Agnew VideosCeltic Woman Wallis Bird Wallis Bird videos Mary Black Song for IrelandMary Black interviewStories From the Steeples reviewInterview – Stories From the SteeplesMary Black videos Luka Bloom Keeper of the FlameLuka Bloom videos Paul Brady Venturing in to pop and rockPaul Brady videos Moya Brennan Moya Brennan videos Neil Byrne Neil meets Phil CoulterNeil Byrne videosCeltic Thunder Paul Byrom Joining Celtic ThunderPaul Byrom videosCeltic Thunder Emmet Cahill Emmet Cahill videosEmmet Cahill Q & AInterview about solo albumCeltic Thunder Fil Campbell Fil Campbell videos Liam Clancy Actor turns musicianWhat after The Clancy Brothers? Cara Dillon Career HighlightsCara Dillon videos Ronnie Drew
Irish Classical Musicians Seven Pioneers of the 19th Century - September 2009 MusicWeb-International Irish Classical Musicians – Seven Pioneers of the 19th Century By Basil Walsh Introduction – Ireland’s Magnificent Seven During the period, 1770 to about 1870, seven Irish born classical musicians and performers emerged on the concert stages and in the salons and opera houses in Europe, America, Australia and elsewhere with great success. They truly “paved the way” for the many Irish singers and musicians who would follow over the next two-hundred years. What differentiates these seven individuals from other Irish born musicians of the period is the fact that each of them achieved great fame internationally. Their success was not only in Britain but also in foreign countries where they were often the sole Irish representative in a musical environment that was generally dominated by Italian and French artists along with some Germans and other nationalities. They were the first Irish born professionals to emerge on the international classical music scene. Rotunda Concert Rooms, Dublin W.
List of books and articles about Japanese Music Japanese music, the highly eclectic musical culture of the Japanese islands. Over the years, Japan has borrowed musical instruments, scales, and styles from many neighboring areas. The indigenous music present before AD 453 consisted of chanted poems (reyei and imayo), traditional war and social songs (kume-uta and saibara), and the kagura, solemn Shinto temple music. All were recitations on a few notes. The importation of foreign music, particularly from China, began in the 5th cent. and continued into the 12th cent. The ancient ceremonial music imported from China, which the Japanese called gagaku, no longer exists in China but has been preserved almost intact since the 5th cent. by a continuing tradition of performance in the imperial court of Japan. The cantillations of the Buddhist religion came to Japan by way of Korea in the 6th cent. and were followed in the 7th cent. by the bugaku, a ceremonial dance with music that is of Indian origin. See W.
5 Celtic Rock Bands You Should Know - Recommendations GaelicStorm.com If there’s one musical genre that doesn’t get a whole lot of media attention, it’s Celtic rock. In fact, I'd bet that some of you reading this aren't 100 percent sure what Celtic rock is, so here's the gist: it's a blending of traditional Irish and Scottish music which utilizes bagpipes, fiddles, tin whistle and other Celtic instruments with modern rock melodies. If you haven't heard a lot about the genre, you shouldn't write it off; many Irish-inspired punk and rock groups have decade-spanning careers and die-hard fan bases. If you need another push, let me remind you of a little British band called Mumford & Sons - they explore a traditional folksy sound, utilizing banjo, mandolin, dobro and even accordion, yet they still made it to number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Gaelic Storm Did you watch Titanic and think, “Wow, steerage looks like a lot more fun than first class since they get to dance to jaunty Irish music?” The Tossers Enter the Haggis The Killdares Black 47
What Is Celtic Music? | Irish & Celtic Music Podcast The phrase “celtic music” has many different meanings to many different people. It is often the subject of many arguments among Celtic music lovers. Who is right? And who is wrong? Well, there is no right or wrong answer. At it’s core, “celtic music’ could be defined as the traditional music of the Celts who settled in Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, Galacia, Brittany, Nova Scotia, and the Isle of Man. Traditional Celtic Music Thirty years ago, “celtic music” referred almost exclusively to the traditional music of Ireland. Another school of thought is that of Texas-based Celtic website owner. Traditional Celtic Folk Music John Wilmott of Celtic Ways pointed out to me that there are also regional differences in definitions of “celtic music”. I was performing once with The Rogues, a Scottish pipe & drum quartet. Celtic New Age This takes us to the other side of the spectrum–Celtic New Age. Celtic Rock Then, there is Celtic Rock. ‘Celtic Music’ Redefined Tunes vs.
5 traditional musical instruments from Ireland 5 traditional musical instruments from Ireland Ireland’s traditional music (or trad as we call it) has been around centuries — we even discovered a set of wooden pipes in County Wicklow that date back to the Stone Age to prove it. Here, we look at five trad instruments that musicians from Ireland have been blowing, strumming, picking, plucking and thumping for a very long time indeed. Bodhrán Pronounced “bow-rawn,” this is known as the heartbeat of trad music for good reason. Some speculate that the instrument served a double purpose as a husk sifter and grain tray. Hear it at: O’Hanlon’s Bar, Mullaghbawn, County Armagh Uilleann pipes These ancient pipes have been mesmerising listeners with their haunting tones since the 5th Century. Today, though, Belfast-man John McSherry is our proudest piper and a true master. Hear them at: Cultúrlann, Belfast, County Antrim Celtic Harp In 1792, the Belfast Harp Festival saw the best players competing for prizes. Fiddle Looks can be deceiving.
African Music -Part One by Dumisani Maraire, Ph. D. The html code, hyperlinks, and linked knowledge webs associated with this chapter are not part of the original chapter cited above, and are authored by Jack Logan, Ph.D. African music, which is nearly always coupled with some other art form, expresses the feelings and life of the entire community. -Francis Bebey (African Musician and Scholar) African Music and the African Diaspora What is the African Diaspora? Before you begin this part, please take a picture tour from Zimbabwe in the South to Morocco in the North to get a sense of the African continent. Additionally, see a slide movie in preparation for reading this information on African music. African Music is best understood by rejecting the notion that it is "primitive" music. Broadly speaking, there are both similarities and differences between Western music and African music and it is in this domain of diversity that African music is best discovered. , melody , harmony , musical instruments , meter , and timbre
Marc Picks the Best Celtic Folk Music of 2014 | Irish & Celtic Music Podcast The old year is behind us, and I scanned the 2014 shows of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast to pick my absolute favorite Celtic Folk Bands of 2014. I’ll admit, it wasn’t too hard to pick because each and every week, I scan and listen to my podsafe Celtic music playlist. A song comes up. If I love it (or it’s new), I play it. Some bands I play more often than others. But first, I need to let you know that the polls are now open for YOU to PICK YOUR FAVORITE CELTIC SONGS OF 2014. Gwilym Morus Hometown: Machynlleth, Wales, UKGwilym Morus started singing Welsh folk ballads as a child with his mother. Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer Acoustic trad folk. The Stubby Shillelaghs Hometown: Greeley, Colorado USA The Stubby Shillelaghs describe their musical style as “high energy Celtic folk”. Colleen Raney As a member of the thriving Irish music community in the Pacific Northwest, Colleen has been fortunate to appear alongside Johnny B. Poitin Hometown: Pilsen, Czech Republic The Selkie Girls The Gothard Sisters
The traditional instruments of Japanese music The shakuhachi is Japan's vertical bamboo flute with five finger holes, four in front and one at the back. It is an ancient instrument and yet, due to its versatility, it has a uniquely contemporary appeal. Related to similar flutes found in China, India and the Middle East, The shakuhachi was first introduced into Japan around the end of the 7th century AD and evolved through a series of modifiations until it reached its present form during the 17th. century. During the 17-19th centuries, the shakuhachi was played by Zen monks as a form of 'musical Zen meditation'. Called Komusõ (literally, 'Priests of Nothingness'), these men, often ex-samurai warriors, traveled throughout Japan, collecting alms and playing the shakuhachi, their identity hidden behind deep straw hats called tengai. During this period the shakuhachi was almost uniquely a Zen instrument, and in temples all over Japan, haunting solo meditative compositions emerged as a result of the monks' 'blowing meditations'.
Music Traditions in Indonesia More than 17,000 islands make up the Indonesian archipelago, and the nation has a cultural diversity that reflects this enormous size. Although the gamelan is the most recognized musical style in Indonesia, there are literally hundreds of distinct musical traditions, some kept alive by only a handful of people. In addition to traditional musical modes, Indonesia also has a vibrant popular music scene, integrating aspects of traditional arrangements with styles borrowed from the West and Asia. History The gamelan is a large collection of percussion instruments played as an ensemble. Gamelan originated nearly 2,000 years ago, and is attributed to the god-king Sang Hyang Guru in Java in the 3rd century. Integration with Theater Gamelan is most commonly seen integrated with ornate puppet theater. Cultural Integration Gamelan is also widely used in ritual performances, accompanying visits from heads of state, weddings, and religious ceremonies throughout Indonesia. Instruments Modern Music
History of Celtic Music - Celtic Rings Ltd Celtic music is defined as music that originates from the countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The people who live in these locations are known as Celts, which is how the music became known as Celtic music. Celtic music is best described as a type of folk music with a distinctive music and lyrics. And, today Celtic music is played and heard not only in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but also on a worldwide stage. Celtic music has been traced back to the 1600's and is still a popular musical genre today. Celtic music can be defined also as music of the Celt people and has been around for several centuries. While Celtic music has been traced back to the 1600's, it is still one of the world's most popular musical genres. Music was so important to the ancient Celts that a group evolved called the Bards. Back to Celtic Resources