Maximum music: Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely play NYUAD

Some music engages the mind, asking questions and making you think. Some music strokes your head and heart, soothing and stimulating and making you feel. And some music occupies you completely, requiring your complete and […]


MUTEK comes to Dubai: electronic music from left field

The long-running Montreal-based electronic music festival MUTEK is coming to Dubai, and the organisers are promising that the three-day event on 16-18 November will be “a gathering unlike anything audiences in the Middle East have […]


How a robot in love made it to the big screen

Now you might have thought puppets were for kids, and a sweet tale about a robot falling in love might be a tad insubstantial. You’d be wrong. Nufonia Must Fall is indeed a charming, touchingly […]


Reboot for the Bait Al Oud

The Bait al Oud in Abu Dhabi has long been a centre of practice and theory for the oud, attracting the best teachers and researchers and regularly producing the finest talent in oud musicians. Since […]


New York in the 70s: what the music said

New York City in the 70s looked like a pretty desperate place: the city was bankrupt, crime was out of control, the blissed-out visionary idealism of the 60s had quickly deteriorated into a joke. And the music […]