McGill University music student Eric Abramovitz was among the top clarinetists in Canada. He studied with some of the country’s elite teachers from the age of seven. He won first prize at the Canadian Music Competition six times. He was a featured soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec.
Once again, Japan comes out as the least offended when someone seemingly appropriates their culture.
The 63rd annual Eurovision Song Contest, perhaps the world’s largest example of humanity’s peculiar obsession with making music a competitive sport, came to a close last week. In the end it was Israeli singer Netta (Netta Barzilai) who took top honors with her song “Toy.” …
But I could be wrong, so let’s go to the netizens of Japan for judgement.
“The millions of Japanese people with dyed hair must be laughing at this.” “Westerners care too much about silly things.” “Culture is meant to be stolen. If it’s not worth stealing, then it isn’t culture.” “If people keep claiming ‘cultural appropriation’ then people will not touch our culture. Then, people will not understand our culture and it will be easier to become our enemy.”
Wasn’t this sort of thing fresh and original when Bjork did it? :
Guy Lombardo first heard this song when as teenaged musicians he and his brothers toured the rural areas around his hometown of London, Ontario, which had been settled by Scots. In one of those delightful ethnic blends that are the Canadian experience, Scottish and Italian heritages mixed a unique cocktail.
Malcolm Young, who founded the Australian rock band AC/DC along with his brother Angus, has died at age 64 after suffering from dementia for several years, the band said on its Facebook page on Saturday.
Malcolm Young was a songwriter, backing vocalist and rhythm guitarist for AC/DC, a hard rock and heavy metal band that was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.