Bela Discovers

A Blog About Music And Stories

February 7, 2016

Bela Discovers Overtone Singing

Today on Bela Discovers we will learn that a singer can sing two notes at the same time. Or rather, that we are all singing many notes at the same time, but some of us have learned to make those […]

February 6, 2016

Bela Discovers Min Xiao-Fen

Today on Bela Discovers we will explore the truly hypnotizing musicianship of Min Xiao-Fen. I first heard about her from a mutual friend in The Netherlands, and going to see her concert was one of the first things I did […]

January 16, 2016

Bela Discovers Kishori Amonkar

Today on Bela discovers we will experience the haunting mastery of Kishori Amonkar. When I were in school I got to hear a lot of stories about this extraordinary singer. Some say she can show up so late to a concert, the audience […]

January 15, 2016
Taraf de Haidouks

Bela Discovers Gypsy Music from the Balkans

Today on Bela Discovers we will delve a little bit into the roots of gypsy music in the Balkans. What has always been so special to me about these musicians is that there is an ever present feeling of freedom in […]

January 14, 2016

Bela Discovers the World of Tabla

Today on Bela Discovers, we will visit the vast and extraordinary world of Tabla – and we will do so by examining just one short video. Traditionally, tabla schools (or Gharanas as they are called in India) are very seclusive. Knowledge […]

January 13, 2016

Bela Discovers Méditation (Thaïs)

Today on Bela Discovers we will experience different interpretations to the piece “Meditation” by French composer Jules Massenet. In European classical music there is a “marriage” of sorts between the composition and the performance. Important pieces have so many performances, so […]

January 12, 2016

Bela Discovers Erdal Erzincan

On this very first episode of Bela Discovers we will visit the music of Erdal Erzincan. He is one of my favorite musicians in the world the father of a technique called “Selpe”. The Saz, also known as Baglama, used […]

October 5, 2015

Like a Great River Official Video

This is the newest video introducing the Oded Tzur Quartet and its debut album, Like a Great River. In addition to featuring two full tracks (Child's Dance and Warrior Elephants Flying in the Moonlight) as its soundtrack, this video attempts to shed light on the concept and motivations behind the band's music. Learn more about the album and listen to Tzurkauns live from the studio here.

January 16, 2015
Nikhil Banerjee

How to present the first note

Beginnings are always meaningful. From every experience, my teacher Gersh Geller once said, we remember the beginning and the end most clearly. I will never forget the hours he and I spent on refining just one note – the beginning of […]