Confronting ongoing horror in the news… with music

Ukrainian emergency employees work at the side of the damaged by shelling maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. A Russian attack has severely damaged a maternity hospital in the besieged port city of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials say. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

One turns to music.

In Barcelona — 3X-great grandson* of Franz Liszt, Michael Andreas Haeringer, around age 17 at the time.

I have posted Michael Andreas before: last year for example:

Various lockdown hacks and escapes — 29 — great piano music

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You may recall several posts recently where I have shared the amazing young Spanish pianist (though of German family) Michael Andreas Häringer. Sad news from him just yesterday on Facebook.

Michael Andreas (left) — from yesterday’s Facebook post.

Due to health problems I have to postpone the release date of my Ulule crowdfunding project till September. I have been spending sadly too much time at the doctors, I am getting injections and physiotherapy treatments. I can hardly walk and move my arm. Having this constant pain makes it impossible to focus 100% on the release of this project. Not recuperating as fast as I wish, I decided to inform you, my DJ MAH Michael Andreas family, publicly. Playing piano and writing music is going slowly forward. I hope that I will come back in a few weeks. The good news is that even though I have this complications, I will always keep on sharing with you my best recordings.

Sirdan will be upset too!

Michael Andreas: turns 20 in September…

Here he is playing Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 6.

And the wonderful multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Joshua Lee Turner and friends.

Trailer 2014

And yes, you have seen Josh here before too, starting here:

Music career built through YouTube — and very impressive!

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I have recently come upon 28-year-old multitalented musician Josh Turner and his former classmate and collaborator Carson McKee. Together they comprise The Other Favorites. I see Australian concerts booked there, but do not know how that stands with the pandemic. Wait and see, I guess.

French writer picked up on their story as early as 2014.

Raised in North Carolina, Josh Turner started doing folk music when he was 15 and randomly opened a You Tube channel. Six years later, his channel is about to reach 10,000 subscribers, and Josh has turned into a real music prodige. It is through teenage bands and collaborations with talented guests that Josh made his way into music, teaching himself how to play no less than eight intruments… Eleonore Giraud interviewed him before the release of his first studio album

You can find a 2020 interview and review here.

My personal reflections on the duo’s performance could be a whole other article, so I’ll try to be brief. The connection between McKee and Turner is just as lively – if not more so – in the live setting as it is on their myriad videos. The string work is in sync and the vocal harmonies are fabulous. Josh’s banjo playing is as iconic as ever while Carson’s vocal is even better in person than I imagined. His tone seems to cut right through the room, at times like a classic crooner and other times like a lonesome country baritone. The ability to bounce between genres and styles makes this duo a real treat, harkening back to the variety shows of the mid 20th century, where people would sit around the television and sing along with their favorite artists to American standards. I got chills several times throughout the performance, but the first came in hearing their duo’s original song “Angelina.” The overall sound is quite full, with the guitars filling the room really well. The sincere expression of Lefty Frizzell’s classic “Long Black Veil” was chilling in its hat tip to the original. Carrying that great American standard theme, they also included Hank Williams’ hit “Hey good lookin’.” For me, though, the performance of Dylan’s “Don’t think twice, it’s alright” fulfilled my wildest dreams of hearing it live. It’s my favorite recording of theirs, so I was ecstatic when they played it live. It made my night and is a moment I will remember for many years.

  • Do note Marcellous’s learned comment below on Michael Andreas’s ancestry — very likely correct.

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