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6:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Amid Ultra's Electronic Beats, A String Quartet Plays

Credit Bernard Hacker

While the EDM and light shows were going off Sunday at Ultra, a string quartet at the Gale Hotel in South Beach played alongside a DJ and composer.

Backed by DJ Benji B and composer Grant Windsor, The Deviation String Quartet from London re-interpreted songs by artists like Drake, Sampha and Pepe Braddock.

The concept started in 2011, when Benji was asked to DJ at the London Eye, the big wheel overlooking the Thames River in London.

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Arts
3:52 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Nationwide Ukulele Craze Takes South Florida By Strum

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The jam session at the Penny Lane Music Emporium in Fort Lauderdale is probably one of the few musical gatherings in South Florida where senior citizens and teenagers play out of the same songbook.

About 20 people of all ages stand or sit in a circle, strumming ukuleles. Each of them has one eye on the sheet music, the other on their host, Ty Olopai.

"Beginners, when they pick it up, learn music in a minute,” says Olopai.

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Electronic Dance Music
9:58 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Waiting For The Drop: The Anatomy Of An EDM Song

This week people from around the world have come to Miami for Ultra and Winter Music Conference—all in the name of electronic dance music, or EDM.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Tony Nungaray

Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference bring to Miami the beats and bass of electronic dance music, or EDM. But if you don't get what all the noise is about, here we bring you an explainer, and below that, a short tutorial on making the beats so many are crazed for.

HOW TO MAKE ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC:

1. You start off with a simple four-beat bass drum. This is the basic head-nodding element.

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Ultra Music Festival
5:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend

Credit Morikami Museum

Some people like to flee downtown Miami when the bass hits the town. It does get pretty loud during Ultra, after all. But there's a way to embrace the city and all of its noise.

During Miami Music Week, some earnest, intellect-stimulating events sneak their way through EDM's unruly buzz. Maybe it'll just be you and another bespectacled, mustachioed friend. Maybe you'll run into one of us.

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The End of the Road
11:22 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

We Want Your I-95 Ire And Art

Commuter misery turned postal art, the I-95/395 interchange was featured in the U.S. Postal Service's "EARTHSCAPES" collection of Forever Stamps in 2012.
Credit U.S. Postal Service

If you wrote a play about road rangers or made a quilt from fallen mattress, or glued together a Fabergé-style egg from pieces of shattered headlights, then for the love of highway please contact us.

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Music
7:40 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Tell Miley Twerking Started In Miami

An archive photo of 2 Live Crew
Credit Getty Images

Miley Cyrus planted twerking in the national consciousness last year when she shook herself onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards. But since the pop prodigy performed in Miami last weekend, at the AmericanAirlines Arena, she should know the provocative dance was born in this city.

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Film
2:39 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Under The Dome With Buckminster Fuller This Saturday

Buckminster Fuller with his Montreal World Fair's Dome.
Magnum Photos

Saturday, the MDC Live Arts series will present the live documentary "The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller." It's a live doc because director Sam Green will live narrate the presentation while indie-rock band Yo La Tengo will lend its musical notes to the score.

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Music
8:35 am
Wed March 19, 2014

FIU 'Complaints Choir' Shows The World Its Whine List

FIU's newly formed chorus is one of hundreds of 'complaint choirs' worldwide.
Credit Christine DiMattei

"We will run out of resources!
Miami drivers all stink!"

The young men and women are standing in a practice room in Florida International University’s School of Music, singing a whole string of gripes and lamentations.

A litany of complaints, as it were.

"People don't know to turn right on red!
They never use their turn signals either!"

They're all members of FIU’s newly formed "Complaints Choir," a group of singers whose sole purpose is taking common everyday annoyances and setting them to music.

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Arts Preview
4:31 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Jazz In The Gardens Fest Mostly R&B, Hip-Hop -- But For A Reason

Credit Courtesy of Jazz in the Gardens

South Florida’s Jazz in the Gardens festival kicks off this weekend at SunLife Stadium. Now in its ninth year, the festival has a line-up of mostly funk, hip-hop, and R&B artists.

So the event is hardly about jazz and not in a garden. 

But the city of Miami Gardens originally launched the festival as a purely jazz event.

According to the festival’s senior operations director, Ula Zucker-Williams, that idea lasted exactly one year:

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Topical Currents
1:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Topical Currents Theme Music Composer Mike Levine

Mike Levine
www.mikelevinemusic.com

 

Mike Levine is the composer behind the Topical Currents and South Florida Arts Beat theme music.  His biography from www.mikelevinemusic.com:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

MiamiArtZine.Com, Festival of the Arts Boca, Miami International Film Festival, Broward Arts Cal

Harvey J. Burstein with SFAB host and producer Ed Bell
miamiartzine.com

02/28/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Harvey Burstein, founder of MiamiArtZine.Com, South Florida’s online arts and culture magazine, talks about their very informative site, and its new look. The 8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca is previewed by Charles Greenfield and Charlie Siemon, its Chair and Co-Executive Director.

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Arts Preview
10:52 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Latin Lion Julio Iglesias Roars At The American Airlines Arena

Credit Stanislav Preska / Associated Press

Julio Iglesias spends much of his time in the air these days, crisscrossing the globe in his private plane to sing in concerts from Singapore to Transylvania. But for the several months of the year he is at his home in Indian Creek, an exclusive island enclave just off Surfside, his circle is much smaller.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Sobe Wine & Food Festival, The Chopin Foundation, Dan Hudak’s Oscar Picks, Miami Arts Calendar

Sobe Wine and Food Festival
www.facebook.com/SOBEWFF

02/14/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Sobe Wine and Food Festival founder and director, Lee Schrager, shares his excitement about this year’s 13th edition. Charles Greenfield speaks with the executive director of The Chopin Foundation, Jadwiga Gewert about enticing upcoming performances.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival, Opera For Kids, Riverwalk Blues Fest, Florida Keys Calendar

Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival
http://virginiakeygrassroots.com

02/06/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Johnno Potts of the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival previews the world music, dance and art festivities for all ages.

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Music
2:07 am
Thu February 6, 2014

When Metheny Met Jaco And The Old Miami Days

If Pat Metheny hadn't been such a bad student, he might not have gotten a full ride to college at the University of Miami.
Credit Jimmy Katz / Nonesuch

Fifty years ago Sunday the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan show. That means it's been 50 years since kids all over the country put down their band instruments and picked up the electric guitar. Pat Metheny was one of them, and because of that, in a way, the Beatles are responsible for an important chapter of jazz history. So is Metheny's older brother, who introduced him to Miles Davis, which led him down the road of his own continually evolving brand of improvisation. 

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