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Visions of an ironic paradise — Hélio Oiticica at the Whitney

Visiting the Whitney’s would-be delirious survey of the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica — entitled To Organize Delirium — is like stumbling unawares into a vintage costume party. Caetano Veloso’s “Irene”

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Nantes reinvents itself through art

The shipbuilding workshops in Nantes, rusting and stripped of their skins, evoke the skeletons of a huge, defunct city. So where better to produce giant monsters and mythical creatures intended

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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico — high-powered

At the end of the world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, the audience roared its approval as if it had witnessed a blockbuster musical. Mason Bates’s high-powered new

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Laura Mvula and the London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London — an extraordinary talent

Laura Mvula finds herself in a curious situation at the moment. After assorted awards and two acclaimed albums — both as commercially successful as you might reasonably demand from music

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Vijay Iyer Trio, Wigmore Hall, London — changes of mood

As the leader’s opening rhapsody danced over a melancholic drone from Stephan Crump’s bowed bass, drummer Tyshawn Sorey fine-tuned the resonance of his splash cymbal with carefully applied strips of

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Uptown show of goodwill and bad hombres

Columbia University has never forgotten the traumas of 1968, when it touched off hostilities with a plan to plunk a gym in a local park and admit its largely black

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Nicholas Kenyon on London’s new ‘Culture Mile’

Ask a Londoner where the centres of culture reside in the capital, and some will point to the museum-lined streets

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Daughters of Destiny, Netflix — ‘a dream of a greater India’

Thenmozhi’s mother makes matchboxes with astonishing deftness, flicking the completed cardboard trays to the floor of their basic dwelling. An

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Robin Ticciati, wunderkind conductor, fulfils his promise

For 10 years he was a Wunderkind: an ethereal, tousle-haired escapee from Narnia, who leapt to musical stardom while still

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While I Was Waiting, Lincoln Center Festival, New York — superbly acted

Every theatregoer knows to fear the worst when you hear a loud knocking at the door. And in a play

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Mellow Waves — ‘older, calmer musician’

Cornelius Mellow Waves (Rostrum Records) The playful invention that once saw Cornelius dubbed “the Japanese Beck” has not disappeared. “Helix/Spiral”

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Goodnight Rhonda Lee — ‘high-quality display of songcraft’

Nicole Atkins Goodnight Rhonda Lee (Single Lock Records) “My records are old friends, I have trusted in them many times

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Trevor Lawrence Jr: Relationships — ‘eclectic mix’

Trevor Lawrence Jr Relationships (Ropeadope) The tough-edged beats and expertly crafted arrangements that underlie Trevor Lawrence Jr’s uplifting debut CD

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Carnevale 1729 — ‘arias from a single season’

Carnevale 1729 Ann Hallenberg (Pentatone) The opera stars of the day descended on Venice for the carnival season of 1729.

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A Je — ‘Nordic jazz meets southern African music’

Monoswezi A Je (Riverboat) The first two albums from Monoswezi set Nordic jazz into dialogue with the music of southern

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