Text by Dawoud Kringle
On Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, pianist, composer, and music educator Geri Allen died. The cause of death was reported to be cancer. She was 60 years old.
Her work has earned her a reputation as one of the world’s finest jazz pianists.
Geri Antoinette Allen was born on June 12, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. She began studying the piano at age seven and went on to graduate from Cass Technical High School, (the alma mater of Paul Chambers, Wardell Gray, Gerald Wilson and Donald Byrd).
Text By Dawoud Kringle
Despite his personal dislike of the term “Southern Rock,” Gregg Allman built a successful career and left behind an impressive body of work that not only defined the genre, but transcended it.
(Photo by Micahmedia at en.wikipedia)
Text by Dawoud Kringle
There was almost nothing that could have prepared us for the news, when, on Thursday, April 21st, 2016, the news of the death of Prince was announced. At a time when he was riding the wave of yet another rise of success, suddenly it all ended.
Photo by Joanne Savio, 2006
Robert Ashley – who was best known for his radical reinvention of the operatic form operas and other theatrical works, many of which incorporate electronics and extended techniques – passed away the day before according to Nedslist.
Text by Amy Denio (Kultur Shock member)
We all survived the Kultur Shock: Heaven and Hell Tour of November/December 2013 with limps, scrapes, a mashed fingertip, various pitched coughs (depending on size of chest cavity), enduring lots of ice & cold and Saso guiding us through dicey driving conditions (thanks Santa Marta for all you do for us).
But more importantly every concert was amazing, we met the next young generation of music lovers, orgonite was in positive evidence. Other high points: security guards surrounded me when I filmed a CPR video in the foyer of a Health Clinic waiting to meet my friends (no arrest), plus I inadvertently broke and entered a man’s apartment in Mostar looking for a toilet ~ he kindly offered me coffee (no arrest).
This short tour created more beautiful memories than one could ever imagine. 18 concerts in 21 days, spanning France, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Hungary and Romania. See photos & videos to the right…