The Legend’s Farewell

Today we said goodbye to one of the most important figures in the world music scene. We said goodbye not only to an amazing vocalist or musician, but to a music hero of many. We said goodbye to a legendary David Bowie.
The genius behind Ziggy Stardust, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. That’s how David Bowie is described all over the world. This, without a doubt, makes him an icon in many ways.

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“His influence has been unique in popular culture—he has permeated and altered more lives than any comparable figure.” ~ David Buckley.

His 28 albums were an enormous contribution to music and has become an inspiration for many artists in creating their own artistic visions and became the foundation for progress in the music itself, regardless of genre.

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His last studio album “Blackstar” was released only 2 days ago, an January 8th, 2016. The title track was however presented on November 20th 2015 and the second single of the album – “Lazarus” – was released later on December 17th the same year, as a digital download.

Even though “Blackstar” album consists only of 7 songs, David Bowie proved once and for all how to make a masterpiece. With it’s over 41 minutes, the album definitely deserves to be playing during music lessons. Not only for enjoyment but especially to show music students how to strive for perfection.

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If I only had a chance to give him my personal message I’d say to David Bowie: Sir, thank you for being the rare gem in the music industry for so long. Thank you for every album you’ve recorded. Thank you for not giving up to that nasty disease that cancer is, and once more gave us a piece of yourself. Thank you and rest in peace, Master.

~Izzy

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Hannu is back!

Hello Everyone and great to be back to announce one hell of a great info!

Hannu Lepistö is coming back with a new single! The main song will be entitled “Damn Little Devil You” with an extra song called “On Eggshells” as a B-side.
The premiere of the single is set on December 11th 2015.

Personally I can’t wait to hear those tunes!

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Damn Little Devil You

Changes, changes!!!

Hello everyone!
I want to prepare you for something extraordinarily amazing.
Crack in Reality will start the Autumn with a collaboration! Big changes are approaching, yes yes.
The music blog will enter the fall season with new design and a strong cooperation with the author of Indie Finnishes First blog, here on WordPress!
Watch out and stay tuned;, because it will be smoking hot!!!
Hugs!

Nordischer Klang / Nordic Sound

Greifswald is a small city in the north of Germany, directly at the coast of the Baltic Sea and near the boarder of Poland. It has only 56,000 inhabitants, but on May the biggest festival for Northern European culture outside of Scandinavia takes place there. This festival is called Nordischer Klang (Eng. Nordic Sound) and I want to write a little bit about it below.
Since 1991 the festival takes place annually during a week in May. Especially in the evenings there are interesting concerts, but during the daytime you can join stage crafts, exhibitions, readings, movies and lectures too. The program is always very mixed, so everybody can find some interesting activities. Even the kids can participate special events.
Most important is the artistic quality of different acts, therefore every year there are a lot of different artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, but also from other countries from north and east Europe, traveling to Greifswald.
Thanks to the variety of events, the festival has already hosted different highlights.
Last year there was the ‘Weird Girl Project’, an experiment from Kitty Von-Sometime, who lives in Iceland. The project contains different music videos and series of photos, in which you can see groups of 12 women in very flashy costumes.
The ambition of these shoots is to strengthen the women’s self-confidence by demonstrating against the stereotype of ideal of the beauty among women. The models aren’t perfectly thin, but normal women.
Of course there have been musical highlights too. The trombonist Nils Landgren from Sweden performed together with the ARD big band with a diversified jazz program. The concert was very successful, so he will be a part of the program this year again.
The music program is always variegated and offers different concerts from pop to rock and jazz. However there are also performances, which break ranks completely. People who are searching for new experiences should join the concert ‘Iceland’s powerful voices’, where you can hear pop in contrast to seto.
Of course there are events with more mass appeal as well. The acts are full of capability and it isn’t surprising, that some artists are very popular and internationally known now. For example Apocalyptica were part of the festivals some years ago and now they can fill up big concert halls.
Nevertheless performances at Nordic Sound are often debuts in Germany, even if the artists are still better known in their home countries. As a result of that it is a good chance to meet former stars at the beginning of their career.
But why can such a festival take place in a small German town?
Greifswald enjoys a special closeness to the Nordic countries, which support the festival each year. This is based on the faculty of Nordic languages, one of the biggest outside of Scandinavia. In Germany, Greifswald is one of the very few cities where you can study Finnish Philology and Scandinavian Philology, so the exchange with Nordic universities is very brisk.
Of course there will be a lot of interesting performances this year too. The main theme is music that invites you to dream.
Maybe Suvi Teräsniska Band or Lisa Nybrott Quartet could guide you into a world full of joy at pop night.
Or do you prefer vocal improvisation from IKI, an international group of young vocalists?
Are you interested in more information now?
You can find the whole program at the website www.nordischerklang.de
Or you can visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/nokl.hgw

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Cooperation

Hello!
I wanted to update this blog with some great news.
In the past year I was a part of a website – http://www.blackwaterproject.org – and I left by the end of 2012. Now I started to cooperate with it back again as a freelancer. I missed this place a lot and I’m extremely happy to announce the first sign of this co-working between Crack in Reality and Black Water Project, which is a review of The Fallacy’s album “Love Division”.

So for everyone interested, here it is:
http://www.blackwaterproject.org/?p=707

Hugs!
~Iwona