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The Sound Of New York is an exploraton of the musical world of a new generation of artists based in New York City. These musicians hail from different countries, with their own stories and diverse experiences, are giving birth to a new musical wave that is influencing the worldwide artistic scene.
It's right in New York today that this impulse is stronger than ever: the sounds come from a deep integration of music of the past and today, interacting with other artistic forms. It's a modern concentration of African-American music influences, including classical and contemporary, as well as more mainsterm styles such as Hip-Hop, R'n'B, Rock, etc.
10 internationally known musicians will lead us into this world walking along the streets of New York. We will see the places where they and listen to the music they compose to experience their artistic essence.
The great art collectors of the world open their doors in a new series that reveals unseen treasures. Among them is a leading collector of Islamic art who has amassed 35,000 pieces, England’s foremost collector of Old Masters, and the Manchester businessman who started out selling vacuum cleaners and ended up with 2,500 works by Modern British artists. It has made him one of the world’s top 200 art collectors. Also in the series, a fabulous collection of Venetian glass, images from the dawn of photography, and exquisite pocket watches spanning 300 years.
Off Camera delves into the lives of some of Hollywood’s hottest talent, as photographer/director Sam Jones hosts interviews with a myriad of some the world’s most recognised artists. Stepping away from the spotlight, each celebrity opens up about some of those deeper questions that leave us wondering.
Angelin Preljocaj's favourite subjects are love, war and labour, perennial human themes, enriched by his careful observed details from everyday life, with a dance vocabulary strongly oriented towards physicality and sensuality. For the New York City Ballet he created “Spectral Evidence” and “La Stravaganza”, revived in 2016 for his own company and brilliantly performed at the Montpellier Dance Festival last year. While “Spectral Evidence” is based on the Salem Witch Trials, “La Stravaganza” is a merger of fantasy and reality to music from Vivaldi to electronics.
Seven painters, five weeks, one passion. This amateur painting competition sets out to uncover the most talented amateur painter in the land, traveling around the country as artists take inspiration from diverse regional heritage and extraordinary local people.
Each week culminates in the Exhibition Challenge in which two professional judges decide who will be named “Painter of the Week”, and which painter will be eliminated. Only one painter can win the First Prize – a coveted place in a national collection.
Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin bring the generous scope of their interpretation of Elgar’s Second Symphony, celebrating a work whose modernity and astonishing textural effects startle even now. Dedicated to the memory of Peter Maxwell Davies, who died last year, Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s “Deep Time” continues his career-long fascination with time and its manipulation in a sweeping new orchestral work that swaps the relentless tick-tock of the everyday for something more powerful and more alien.
Program: Elgar Symphony No.2; Birtwistle: Deep Time.
Composer: Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Edward Elgar.
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin.
When Avani Rai accompanies her father, famous Indian photographer Raghu Rai, on a trip to Kashmir, she wants to get to know him better by observing him at work.
Raghu has published more than 50 books of his photography since the 1960s and is best-known for his powerful series on the aftermath of the 1984 Bhopal toxic gas tragedy, Mother Teresa and Indira Gandhi.
Avani draws on her father's archive of work to illustrate their discussions about their lives, politics and craft. An Unframed Portrait captures a father-daughter relationship in which the camera is a source of both connection and friction.
Bill Viola is most likely the best-known and most popular video artist of our time. Indeed, as Nicholas Serota reminds us, his work is equal or replaces the paintings of an earlier age. Filmmaker Gerald Fox is delivering here the most intimate look at an artist and his way of creating. Viola was commissioned in 2004 by St. Paul’s Cathedral in London two permanent installations: “Mary” and “Martyrs”.
John Moses, the Dean of St. Paul’s commented: “For a painting you stop 15 seconds and move on, Bill’s work is a contemporary idiom which asks you to stop and engage with it”. We travel with Bill’s team to Ojai, California, where filming for “Mary” took place, to Los Angeles for the “Martyrs” and finally Signal Hill, where in his studio the painstaking work of editing takes place.
Gerald Fox provides ample cross references in showing related work from 1919 to 2014. When the installations were finally put into place, the artist and the onlookers were overwhelmed by the power of the moving images.
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