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The Cretan Lyra

Rough Guide to Crete, 10th edition

ACCORDING to some traditions, the three-string Cretan lyra goes back to the 10th century and was the ancestor of the violin. From whenever it arrived, though, the lyra has been central to Crete’s musical expression, and remains so today.

The 10th edition of the Rough Guide to Crete suggests two places to discover lyra music. The first is at the Labyrinth in Iráklio (Heraklion), the island’s largest city and home to the famous Knossos Palace archaeological site. Labyrinth, housed in an elegant mansion with “a rare, emerald-green lawn,” is partly a museum of musical instruments from around the world—“many very rare”—and partly a music workshop, holding concerts and seminars throughout the summer. http://labyrinthmusic.gr

Its founder is one of Crete’s foremost lyra players, with the very unGreek name of Ross Daly. An England-born Irishman, Daly visited Crete as a teenager in the 1970s and has based himself on the island ever since. His ensemble, Labyrinth, is comprised of Russian, Greek and Cretan musicians. http://rossdaly.gr

Daly’s music is founded in Cretan lyra forms, but synthesizes influences from Turkey, the Balkans, India, Afghanistan and elsewhere. For more traditional interpretations the guidebook suggests heading 40 kilometres west from Iráklio to Anóyia (Anogia). “Many of the greatest performers on the instrument have come from here.” The house where one of them, Nikos Xylouris, was born is now the tiny Kafenion Xylouris. “Here, or more frequently in the music cafés of the upper town, you may well have the chance to hear local performers.”

 

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New York, NY

11 Jan., 2017

GUGGENHEIM’S 80TH

To mark its 80th anniversary, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is staging a special exhibition, Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, from 10 Feb. to 6 Sept. 2017, at its iconic New York City Guggenheim Museum. More than 170 objects from the collections of the Guggenheim in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice will be on display, including notable creations by Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Piet Modrian and Jackson Pollack. The exhibition will also showcase works by lesser-known artists. The show’s title, Visionaries, refers as much to six of the museum’s founding collectors and donors, whose interest in the avant-garde is highlighted, as to the artists themselves. www.guggenheim.org

 

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Indio, CA

4 Jan., 2017

COACHELLA FESTIVAL

Tickets go on sale today for the first major music festival of the year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It runs over two weekends, 14-16 Apr. and 21-23 Apr. 2017, across 30 hectares of the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio, a desert town about 200 kilometres east of Los Angeles. This year’s headliners are Radiohead, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. In total, 150 acts will perform, with the first weekend’s programme repeated the second weekend. General admission for all three days on either weekend is US$399; VIP passes are already sold out. www.coachella.com

 

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Amsterdam

1 Nov., 2016

ROMANOVS & REVOLUTION

Three hundred years of Romanov reign came to a violent end in 1917 when the Russian imperial family was murdered by revolutionaries, ushering in 70 years of Communist rule. Romanovs & Revolution. The End of the Monarchy marks the 100th anniversary of the events that changed Russia and the world. The exhibition, at the Hermitage Amsterdam from 4 Feb. to 17 Sept. 2017, will include over 250 items, most from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Among them will be articles of the imperial family’s clothes, the children’s toys, Nicholas’s Act of Abdication and one of the murder weapons. Visitors will see and hear how choices made by the tsar made revolution inevitable. http://hermitage.nl

 

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