Samuel Barber’s “Sure on this Shining Night” is a moment of ecstatic nocturnal tranquility. Published in 1940 by G. Shirmer Inc. with a poem by James Agee, the song stems from a time of unrest and chaos similar to our own. An undeniably beautiful composition, it is a reminder that beauty helps and heals. Beauty can transport us to a better place, and provides hope when the odds are against us.
Interview by Natasha Gris
Recently I had the chance to interview a very talented Vancouver artist who I’ve know for quite a few years. She has been living in Berlin more recently though and was planning a visit home. From the first time I say her DJ at a local club, Celebrities on Davie street, in the late 1990’s I was instantly more » “Blitz and Shadow. Interview with Daevina Danyluck”
It’s an combination of club music and string orchestra and spatial vocals of Maria Magdalena – European singer, violinist and composer. It’s the music of our times, directed to sensitive people, as well as those who love intense club rhythms and unusual, even cosmic, space in music.
Trailer for the project
I was born in Santa Barbara, CA and raised in a rich(er) suburb of the county, (Montecito) so that I would qualify to attend the public school there, which was reputed for its great teachers and academic aptitude. Both of my parents struggled financially to keep me there, as we were definitely not wealthy, yet living among some of the most monetarily endowed people in the world. This set up some sociological issues for me early on- issues that still crop up in both my music and activism from time to time. But the point of the struggle was a good education and I certainly had that.
After winning a full-ride scholarships to Cal Arts for musical theater at 12, I participated in a concert, performing an excerpt from Les Miserables (directed by the extraordinary Gloria Menedes). I’d never performed for such a large audience at that point and received my first standing ovation that night. more » “Huma Kali – Exclusive MIROIR Interview”
Monica Menez’ work combines highly stylized art direction and the tonality of fashion editorials yet retains an enticing sense of accessibility. Working across both photography and film, she has established an humorous and sexy style that is frequently spiced up with a nod towards fetishism.