Int. Review

Systema Solar
Systema Solar

Post-modernism might be a cool, interesting artistic choice in wealthy cultures, but in Latin America, recycling, repurposing, mixing and matching, and generally ignoring stylistic rules is both a way of life and a necessity. Systema Solar, is Latin American ersatz post-modernism at its best – razor sharp, and fun.

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"Besieged" is a small, rich jewell of love and selflessness

Besieged, the new film by Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, is a poetic, provocative meditation about love and otherness at the turn of the century.

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Fahir Atakoglu
Faces & Places
(Far & Here)

For many, the term globalization has had — often with good reason — a sinister connotation. But in jazz, globalization has come largely to mean glocalization, a much healthier mix of global and local, at its best.

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Sobering story of a poet alienated from his country

At a time when figures such as playwright Vaclav Havel, president of Czechoslovakia, and Peruvian novelist and presidential candidate Mario Vargas Llosa seem to embody the idea of the philosopher-king, Self-Portrait of the Other, the memoir of Cuban poet Heberto Padilla, serves as a sobering reminder of the complex relationship between art and politics.

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Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu

While perhaps best known for his work in the 70s and 80s with the still-occasionally-active group Oregon, guitarist and composer Ralph Towner also has a rich solo career that includes collaborations with Weather Report, Egberto Gismonti, Kenny Wheeler, and Jan Garbarek, among others, and duet projects with Gary Burton, John Abercrombie and Gary Peacock.

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The man who gave it all up for an idea

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was executed on October 9, 1967 by the Bolivian army, after a brief, disastrous guerrilla campaign. It was only the last in a string of failures.

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