Memphis has played an important role in the history of blues, rock and roll and soul music, not to mention being the hometown of one of popular music's greatest icons: Elvis. We experience the meeting of young and old generations of the blues when veteran Bobby "Blue" Bland jams with young guitar wizard 17-year-old Will Tucker. The elder statesman schools the young Tucker in the finer points of the blues, before a scorching performance at the BB King nightclub on Memphis's famous Beale Street. Brandon Bailey shows us how blues is heading in new directions, with his unique blend of harmonica with beat boxing, and the North Mississippi All Stars give us a down and dirty blues-rock jam at one of Memphis' hippest record stores. Music Voyager arrives in Memphis during "Elvis Week", an annual remembrance of the King of Rock and Roll that takes place around the anniversary of his death. We visit Sun Studios, where Elvis made his first recordings, and discover that the studio's current sound engineer has a great band himself, the Bluff City Backsliders. We attend the candlelight vigil in front of Graceland, and interview some of the thousands of Elvis fans that travel hear from around the world to find out why The King is so special to them, followed by a gospel tribute by the Spirit of Memphis Gospel Ensemble. Music Voyager also explores the sound of Memphis soul music with The Bo-Keys and a visit to the Stax Museum. Young singer-songwriter Amy Lavere demonstrates the diversity of the contemporary Memphis music scene, while up-and-coming hip-hop stars Freesol, who were just signed to Memphis-native Justin Timberlake's label, discuss the local urban sound.
Nashville is known as "Music City" and this episode of Music Voyager reveals why. Famous as the capital of country music, Nashville is also home to some of the world's top singer-songwriters, rock and pop bands. No visit to Nashville would be complete without checking out the Grand Ole Opry, and our host is non other then Vince Gill, one of the biggest names in country music. Elizabeth Miller performs for us at a funky bar in East Nashville, the bohemian district that is home to many of the city's musicians. We check out Music Row, the epicenter of Nashville's music business with a visit to Compass Records, and then tour Gruhn Guitars, which supplies vintage gear to the world's top musicians. Virtuoso banjo player Alison Brown demonstrates her musical talents, then Music Voyager visits the legendary Bluebird Cafe where stars such as Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift got their start. We pass by the home of Jamie Johnson from the bluegrass band The Grascals for a moving performance of their hit song "I Am Strong". Local songwriters Gabe Dixon and Casey Wasner, contemporary blues singer Keb Mo' and indie rock band Those Darlins show us there is much more to the Nashville scene then country music.
This music-based travel series invites viewers to discover the exciting sounds of the planet. Ethnomusicologist and record producer Jacob Edgar embarks on a quest to find the world's best songs.
The Music Voyager team travels to Pueblo, Colorado to experience the ways in which this industrious city has promoted creative expressions to revitalise the community. Our host, Jacob Edgar, meets Inaiah Lujan, the founder of the band the Haunted Windchimes. Lujan and other local artists and musicians take us on a journey across Pueblo, a town blessed with perpetual sunshine, a proud and culturally diverse community, and ample amounts of Pueblo chili peppers. Along the way, we discover that Pueblo embodies the American experience, from the pioneer days to the eras of industrialisation and immigration.
The crossroads of the Bosphorous strait has cultivated civilisations for thousands of years, giving rise to a sprawling metropolis that has nurtured a variety of religions, cultures, languages, cuisine ... and has a rhythm that is all its own. This is Istanbul - the City of the World's Desire, and we'll be checking out its sights ... and sounds on this episode of Music Voyager. Creative pop star Nil Karaibrahimgil takes us to her favourite trendy boutique, treats us to unplugged performances of some her best-known songs and gives us an exclusive invitation to her private residence where we see firsthand how Turkish pop stars live. We've got a backstage pass as rock legend Sebnem Ferah shows off her shredding skills in front of 20,000 screaming fans. And famed clarinettist Husnu Senlendirici invites us to picturesque Maiden's Island for a jam session by the sea. We toast our exploration of Istanbul's past and future with a hearty glass of raki, the famed Turkish liqueur, as we are serenaded by street musicians at a traditional Istanbul cafe.
Adele performs for a small group of lucky fans at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club in Santa Monica, CA. Performing such hits as Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You from 21 and Chasing Pavements from her Grammy winning album 19. British singer-songwriter Adele burst onto the international music scene with her precocious debut, 19, released when she was just that age, in 2009. The album won her a pair of Grammy awards including Best New Artist. But it was her sophomore smash, 21, again titled for the age of the young performer, that made her a legend: the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two titles simultaneously in the top five of both the UK singles and album charts. Dubbed timeless by Entertainment Weekly, the record is currently in its thirteenth week at no.1 on the Billboard 200.
Now in it's 11th year, the professionally produced arena spectacular celebrates the incredible singing, dancing and musical talents of over 1500 state school students from all over Queensland.
How did the Sony Walkman transform how people listened to music? Plus, how did the compact disc transform the quality and clarity of music technology?
Not since the electric guitar more than two decades before had an instrument changed the musical landscape as much as the 'synthesiser'.
Catch all the highlights of this incredible event, including Australia's Jael as she lights up the stage with with her pop-power anthem, Champion. Held at the Minsk Arena, Belarus, Australia is one of 20 countries competing.
This documentary is more than a true musical experience; it is a rare insight into the mood of John Lennon in 1969 with the imminent break-up of he Beatles and this impromptu live performance with guest musicians including Eric Clapton.
Ballarat's Sweet Mona's Choir was initially formed in 1996 by Verity Higgins as a student choir to teach singing as an approach to teaching voice skills in a performing arts course. Today the Sweet Mona's Choir is one of Victoria's leading and most renowned community choirs and has become an embodiment of the remarkable power of community art.
The journey from the mundane to the sublime is exquisitely captured in this intimate portrait of celebrated pianist Anton Kuerti.
Daniel Barenboim is a political and pop culture icon who conducts some of the world's most famous orchestras. This special follows his concert series, Beethoven For All, where he travels the world bringing Beethoven's music to the masses.
The ten successful young singers spend three weeks in the Theatre de Caen, home of Les Arts Florissants.
Having created a choir in the Hertfordshire housing estate of South Oxhey, choirmaster Gareth Malone sets out to take it places. South Oxhey suffers from a poor reputation in surrounding neighbourhoods but Gareth believes his choir can hold its own among Hertfordshire's best.
Great heartwarming documentary with ample archival footage of singer-song writer and musician, Bill Withers from the 1970s as well as him now in his 70s.
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Encourage your students to develop their musical skills by exploring, imitating and recognising elements of music, including dynamic, pitch and rhythm with this collection.