Travelog

FROM The man in the front seat / April 20, 2018

Montreux

population: 27,000 Located at the foot of the Alps and on the banks of Lake Geneva, Montreux in Switzerland has one of the most idyllic locations. Each year, the town becomes ones of the centres of world music when they play host to the Montreux Jazz Festival. History Montreux lies on the eastern bank of Lake Geneva, this is important, as during Roman times it became a major trade centre sitting on a fork of the main trade route from Rome. For more than 300 years merchants stopped in the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / April 20, 2018

Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest

Opened: 1884 Capacity: 1261 Located in Budapest, the Hungarian State Opera house is one of the most renowned in Europe. Originally called the Hungarian Royal Opera House, it’s construction began in 1875 to the designs of Miklós Ybl and was financed by the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. Only 9 years were needed to complete the work when it was opened to the public on 27thSeptember 1884. Music in Budapest Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, brought a calmness to her empire that was reflected in a flourishing of the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / March 1, 2017

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Known officially as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It is performed each year on the esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle in August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival. Traditionally the bands performing are from the British Armed Forces as well as the Commonwealth nations however each year other nations military bands are also allowed to perform also.   What’s in a name The term “tattoo” derives from a 17th century Dutch phrase “doe den tap toe” which translates to be “turn of the tap’. It was played by a regiment […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / February 13, 2014

Zenet – from Malaga with the blues

Toni Zenet is a man who is one of a group who are leading a revival of jazz vocalist music in Spain. Born in Malaga, Spain in 1967, Zenet started his career in the early 90’s as an actor appearing firstly in cinema then later in TV. His first foray into music started in 2008 with the release of his first solo album Los Mares de China (The China Seas) which featured the single Soñar contigo (Dream with You). Zenet created a style where he combined the styles of American […]

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