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Green bluegrass: Graminy cultivate an eco-friendly 'symphony'

It's not unusual for nature to inspire songwriting, but few musicians call their work eco-friendly. A score can be printed on recycled paper, but a melody can't stop global warming. But maybe we're not having enough faith in music's power. Just ask Graminy, a local band that fuse bluegrass and classical music. >More
 UW's Gamelan Ensemble re-creates songs and dances from ancient Javanese kingdoms

The students in UW's Javanese Gamelan Ensemble learn notation that seems almost impenetrable compared to straightforward Western concepts such as sheet music and chords. This traditional Indonesian music challenges them to focus and adjust, and it asks the same of the audience. >More
 Bunny Berigan's 'I Can't Get Started' remains one of the greatest jazz performances by a Wisconsin native

A man from Fox Lake did an extraordinary thing -- so extraordinary that the state of Wisconsin erected a historical marker in his Dodge County hometown, population 1,400. The man was Bernard "Bunny" Berigan, a jazz trumpeter from the 1930s and '40s. >More
 From Baroque music to beatboxing, Wisconsin Flute Festival shows woodwind instruments' versatility (slideshow)

Flutes probably aren't the first thing that come to mind when discussing hip-hop, but Sam Hartley knew he could change the conversation. The UW-Madison sophomore brought extra rhythm and bass to his performance at the Wisconsin Flute Festival on Saturday. During "Three Beats for Beatbox Flute," he incorporated vocal melodies and percussion, drawing an enthusiastic response from the audience. >More
 Deerhoof and Ensemble Dal Niente throw a wild, avant-garde party at UW Music Hall

Deerhoof are a study in opposites. Mixing sugar-sweet melodies with explosive noise, they charm as they challenge. Satomi Matsuzaki's voice is cozy and familiar, but the songs' words sound alien, like transmissions from a planet ruled by cartoon unicorns. >More
 Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz wows with Mendelssohn to conclude MSO's 2012-13 season

The final concert program of the 2012-13 season at the Madison Symphony Orchestra offers a mix of conventional and unusual. It was performed last night at Overture Hall, and it will be presented again Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. >More
 Rapper Hoodie Allen to headline Revelry, UW-Madison's new outdoor music festival

Revelry, a new music festival that UW students are organizing for May 4, announced its lineup yesterday. The student-oriented event will begin at 11 a.m. at Engineering Mall and Union South Plaza, far from the Mifflin Street Block Party, which has drawn criticism from the mayor and the university after two stabbings and multiple injuries in 2011. Both beer and police will be present at both events, but Revelry aims to provide more structure than chaos. >More
 Pianist Gerald Clayton has jazz in his DNA

Jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has known his life's calling since a third-grade talent show. The Grammy-nominated artist played a little boogie-woogie piece he had worked on with his father, noted jazz bassist John Clayton. Music was already a constant in his life, but this performance was the first time he felt its power as a creator. >More
 Pioneer devise a new recipe for rock on Black Pasture

Blind dates normally carry low expectations. So the co-worker who set up Kenny Monroe and Jacqueline Kursel must be pleased. The strangers became a couple, the couple started a band, and the band put out an album. >More
 Concerts on the Square to celebrate Gershwin, Elton John and young talents in summer 2013

Spring has officially sprung, and with it comes the Concerts on the Square schedule for summer. On Wednesdays at 7 p.m., the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will perform pops selections with a guest artist at the Capitol Square's King Street corner. Concertgoers can spread blankets on the lawn as early as 3 p.m. on concert days, and picnicking is encouraged. >More
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