Our selection of the best new music across a range of genres from the week ending 20 March 2020.
If you’re isolating, or just feeling isolated, tune in every Saturday night (starting 6:30PM, AEST), Ella Fence will be performing a one-hour set that you can live stream from the comfort of your own home. The show is called ‘Ella Fence: Solo & Electric‘ and will feature originals mixed with a selection of hand-picked covers. The performance has a $5.00AUD admission ($6.36AUD with the booking fee) and will be streamed on Facebook Live (in a private group you can be added to). If parting with any cash at the moment is out of the question, Ella be also be offering a FREE ticket option. There’s also an opportunity to pay extra if want to and feel you can.
Låpsley has released her second album Through Water; together with a visual for ‘Speaking of the End.’ ‘Speaking of the End’ is a ballad that gets to the heart of Through Water’s duality, reflecting on relationships of the past with a firm eye on the future. Meanwhile, Låpsley’s current single ‘Womxn’ continues to be one of her most connective songs to date. Embraced around the world as one of the anthems for this year’s International Women’s Day, it was chosen by TikTok to be their official song of IWD while Taylor Swift included it in her official IWD playlist.Låpsley also performed the song live at March4Women, London’s official International Women’s Day event.
Over the last decade, the Los Angeles producer and Young Art label boss, TOKiMONSTA has helped define the sound of modern dance and beat music. Now she has released her fourth full-length, Oasis Nocturno, a nocturnal opus featuring assists from Bibi Bourelly, EARTHGANG, Dumbfoundead, and more. The lead single ‘Love That Never’ features a dazzling animated video depicting a heroine running at night amidst the technicolor swirling sands of time. Its beat and chopped vocals conjure a feeling of dangerous unsettled beauty. The soulful dance music seeks to mirror the confusion of the world.
If jazz is your thing, Jazz at Lincoln Center have you covered. More than any other form of music, jazz makes magic in the moment. While the coronavirus shutdown has shuttered many of the world’s musical venues, musicians are responding by webcasting their performances so we can all experience the joy of spontaneous, live jazz. You can find a list of available streams on the JALC’s Jazz Blog. If you’re a jazz musician going online, you can also let them know here.
Like much of the world, Philharmonie Berlin is closed until at least 19 April to help contain the coronavirus. But in the interim, the Berliner Philharmoniker have thrown open the doors of the normally subscriber-only Digital Concert Hall. To access the DCH, log on to the Digital Concert Hall ticket page with the code BERLINPHIL and use the Digital Concert Hall free of charge for 30 days. Cancellation is not required. The latest date for redeeming the code is Tuesday, 31 March 2020. If you are not yet a user of the Digital Concert Hall, registration – without obligation – is required. There are over 600 orchestral concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker in the DCH from more than ten years, including 15 concerts with the new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. There are also bonus videos from behind the scenes: documentaries on the history of the orchestra, portraits of conductors and orchestra members, and projects from their education programme.
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David Edwards is the editor of The Blurb and a contributor on film and television