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Unwind to Kedr Livanskiy’s beautifully chilled winter mix

Kedr Livanskiy (Image: Kedr Livanskiy / Facebook)

Kedr Livanskiy, the musician hailed as the queen of Russian underground electronica, has published a new mix to keep away the winter blues. 

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On Kosovo field: siblings journey through a lost heritage in new BBC radio drama

  • PJ Harvey’s The Wheel from The Hope Six Demolition Project, 2016 (PJ Harvey - The Wheel / PJHarveyVEVO / YouTube)

The first episode of On Kosovo Field, a new radio drama inspired by musician PJ Harvey's writings, poetry and song demos from her time in Kosovo, airs today on BBC Radio 4.

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Teodor Currentzis and Perm orchestra in London next week

  • (Teodor Currentzis records Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte & Don Giovanni / TeodorCurrentzisVEVO / YouTube)

On Saturday 14 January, the Russian city of Perm's MusicAeterna orchestra will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet in London, under the direction of their renowned conductor and artistic director, Teodor Currentzis.

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Vienna orchestra sparks scandal in Tirana

(Image: Edi Rama / Facebook)

A performance by a Vienna orchestra in Tirana has triggered criticism of Albanian President Edi Rama, with opponents arguing that more focus should be placed on local artists.

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Copyright battle leaves Bulgarian radio stuck in the past

Since the beginning of this year, Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) has been locked in battle with copyright organisation Musicautor, forcing the station to only play music produced before 1945.

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Listen to this hypnotic new track from Hungarian producer Tamás Olejnik

Hungarian producer Tamás Olejnik, known for deep and contemplative dub-techno and subtle, striking aesthetics, has released a gem of a track entitled Nightlife Resonance.  

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Meet Manizha, the Tajik singer making waves on Instagram


A video posted by MANIZHA⠀ (@manizha) on

Dushanbe-born singer-songwriter Manizha is known not only for her bringing together of blue-eyed soul and traditional sounds, but also for her innovative use of Instagram — Manizha claims to have created the world's first Instagram music album.

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In winter: singer Katie Melua explores her Georgian roots

  • (Singer Katie Melua travels to Tbilisi to record new album / Time 4 News / YouTube)

Join Georgian-British singer and songwriter Katie Melua as she travels to Tbilisi to record her new album.

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Kazakhstan launches first national online music education project

Kazakhstan's first national online music education initiative was unveiled last week: introducing Dalatunes.kz

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Meet Ukraine’s new National Youth Orchestra

Young musicians are coming together from across the country to form the new Ukrainian National Youth Orchestra.

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