AWOLNATION at O2 Shepherd’s Bush

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AWOLNATION’s momentous debut album launched them from nowhere to international stardom. With epics like ‘Sail’ and ‘Kill Your Heroes’, the lengthy ‘Megalithic Symphony’ felt like a slightly premature magnum opus. The challenge of course for these Californians is to follow such a beast with strong new offerings.
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The Voice can also be a French, male one: Benjamin Bocconi Live at the Coronet Cinema

To those living out there, cut from the continent and more or less impervious to happenings of below the English Channel, I’ll start out by a few hints at who’s been able to rock a good couple hundreds of lads & gents on April 9th.
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The victorious return of a cellist: Corinne Morris’ tribute to Paul Tortelier

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Little time after waving good-bye to long-term convalescence after severe arm and shoulder injury, it’s been an absolute delight to meet with Corrine Morris a small bunch of months ago. I have learnt about the difficulty of getting slowed down mid-way through a career, confronting uncertainties of the future with hopes for a redemption.
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Colin Currie at the Wigmore Hall, explorativist songs for a percussionist’s virtuosity

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I have come to the Wigmore on that night with both angst and excitement (April, 7th), as I was forecasting with great hopes to reconcile with the world of percussions, maybe a bit a biased in the past by the everyday life omnipresence of dull popular drumming patterns, also enthused with vigour at the prospect of finding a change from traditional instruments: let us vibe at the notes of a marimba, and his brothers in sound!
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Eastern & continental influences, Rivas and Trpceski with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Something specific perfumed our atmosphere inside the Royal Festival Hall and on the stage, last Friday. Intangible scents from Eastbound depths of Europe, musical impressions of other historical perspectives, performers whose roots aren’t duplicating with ours, maybe.
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Romanza & Werther at the Wigmore Hall with Giuseppe Filianoti

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I had a complicated evening at the Wigmore Hall for Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti’s performance, leaving myself to bitter impressions on the way home, unfortunately worsening as I kept thinking through the night.
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