PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL ISLAMABAD:It was a night to remember for hundreds of students of the twin cities who were treated to a concert by Ali Zafar at the end of a three-day Millennial Model United Nations 2013. Roots Millennium School had organised the event on Sunday evening for students as a reward for their hard work. Dressed to impress, it was evident that the teenagers had made an effort to look special for the evening. While girls had straightened their locks, the boys had gelled their back hair. Two hours before the concert, food and drinks were arranged for the students to recharge themselves. As students anxiously walked in and out of the marquee to confirm that the concert was yet to start. Hiba Nasir, media director and a student of Roots, said rumours had been circulating in the schools corridors and many did not believe that Zafar would actually make it to the event. But sales went up as soon as it was confirmed that he would come, for the first time in three years. As the sun went down, the musical evening picked up momentum. Many students were hustling for the front row. Having an edge over students from other schools, Roots students managed to secure the first seats through their friends who were among the organisers and bouncers. Im so happy my best friend is on the organising team and Im the closest to Ali Zafar, said Mirha Pasha, a student. The VJ came on stage announcing the arrival of the rock star followed by a countdown.
School concert: An electrifying performance makes it a night to remember
“Hang me, oh hang me, and I’ll be dead and gone,” sang Isaac in “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me.” The singer and actor plays the titular character in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and the song opens and closes the film. Loosely based on the late singer Dave Van Ronk, “Davis” focuses on the plight of a struggling singer to prove his gift to an often hard and unforgiving world. Isaac’s portrayal succeeds because he’s such a talented musician. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations The night’s narrative was driven by something more elusive than plot, though, and the wonder was divided equally between the songs themselves and the many thrilling interpretations. I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a room with so many humans with perfect pitch. Notes soared with pure vocal and instrumental virtuosity as young voices embodied ancient emotions. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings channeled the Carter Family for “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a deathly ode to eternal bliss featuring dueling guitar and mandolin solos. Actor/singer Stark Sands , who plays an earnest Southern singer in the film, offered the sweet folk-pop song “Last Thing on My Mind.” Lake Street Dive highlighted magnetic vocalist Rachael Price, drawing fromfolk and jazz for “Go Down Smooth.” Over and over, the boldfaced names proved their status. Jack White delivered a typically raw and honest version of “My Mama’s Baby Child,” a song over the years interpreted by artists including Bukka White and Lightnin’ Hopkins. He also offered one of the evening’s sweetest moments, in his song with the White Stripes , “We’re Going to Be Friends.” Marcus Mumford’s rendition of “I Was Young When I Left Home” was utterly heartbreaking: honest, real and without pretense. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview Joan Baez, who has graced this stage on any number of occasions, was greeted with a hero’s welcome by audience and musicians, and her performance of “Joe Hill”with Colin Meloy and Gillian Welchbrought theold daysinto the present. Her version of “House of the Rising Sun” also was haunting. Patti Smith honored Baez, and the pair teamed for a rendition of Smith’s “People Have the Power.” Amid a night of so many peaks, though, one raucous moment stood out: Elvis Costello, who wasserving as Justin Timberlake ‘s understudy, did a rendition of one of the highlights of “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Called “Please Mr.
Ark Nova: Blow-up concert hall inflates in Japan
September 30, 2013 9:51 AM PDT (Credit: Lucerne Festival) From the outside, it looks like a giant purple doughnut. And the world’s first inflatable building is sweet indeed. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki recently took the wraps off the project, called Ark Nova . It has been in the works since 2011, the year Japan’s Northeastern coast was hit by a massive tsunami. The Lucerne Festival , a summer music event in Switzerland, commissioned the project in hopes of helping the disaster-struck area heal from the calamity. (Credit: Lucerne Festival) The inflatable concert hall is designed to house about 500 people. It’s made up of a balloon-like material that can be easily packed up and transported to another location via truck. Seats and acoustic reflectors in the building were created using wood from cedar trees previously damaged by the tsunami. The structure has a width, length, and maximum height of 98 feet, 118 feet, and 59 feet, respectively. The balloon-like material is attached to a trailer for ease of transportation and is inflated when in use. (Credit: Lucerne Festival) The venue is already being utilized by acts such as the Sendai Philharmonic and traditional Japanese theater (kabuki), with many more cultural events (PDF) scheduled through mid-October.