Bringing Japanese Tradition Forward; Koto Covers

As with many traditional instruments from around the world, globalization and the influence of western culture have made traditions less prominent. This is the case with the koto in Japan. Regardless of its prominence, musicians such as June Kuramoto,  Reiko Obata, Elizabeth Falconer, and Yukiko Matsuyama bring the koto to modern music. Though that’s not the only musicians that provide koto music in a modern context. Cover musicians like the ones below do exactly that. 

The Ambiguous Narrative of Anna Clyne’s Midnight Hour

This Midnight Hour is an orchestral composition written by Anna Clyne. She has specifically provided a rich composition and doesn’t give the audience any hint towards the intention of the narrative. It’s intentional. 

Music and Marijuana

Marijuana and music. It just seems to fit. Whether you’re grooving to the Beatles or chilling with Marilyn Manson, weed can have an effect. 

Sarah Spisak is a university student at MacEwan and a music lover. She’s been smoking weed since she was 17 to help with her anxiety. I interviewed her on her preferences both high and sober. 

Post Modern Jukebox at Edmonton’s Winspear

From those leaning forward in the seats enthralled by the vocals of some of PMJ’s finest, to the couples swing dancing in the aisles to the versatile instruments. This performance had a captured audience. Watching the Post Modern Jukebox ensemble perform felt like you were the only person in the auditorium. 

Dreams and Disney: Covering the Lion King

For this segment of ‘Dreams and Disney’, it was hard to choose just one iconic song of the film. But I went with the “Circle of Life” because it’s the opening song and everyone (arguably) knows the song. 

Death Note Cover Songs

After watching this film version of the death note, I thought that it would be a good time to showcase some covers for The Death Note anime.