ausArt is a Basque Classical label, specializing in 24-bit audio recordings. What does that mean? A CD — compact disc — is a 16-bit audio format. That means there is some loss in fidelity of the recording. If you use a DVD instead, you can get 24-bit audio and a higher fidelity of sound. That is what ausArt does. Their website goes into more detail and links to their online shop as well. They also have a site dedicated to Basque composers with biographical information and includes free mp3 downloads of tracks. They currently have a post about composer Juan Padrosa, who recently passed away.
Chloe Freslon, the online marketing director for Hotel des Academies et des Arts Paris, wrote to tell me about the Hotel. Why, do you ask? Well, the owners, Charlotte and her husband Laurent Inchauspe, are Basque and would love to welcome more Basques to Paris. The hotel, as the name implies, is focused on art and has been decorated by several French artists. The rooms look amazing.
Details about the hotel:
Hotel des Académies et des Arts
15 rue de la Grande Chaumière
75006 Paris – FRANCE
Tel. : +33 1 43 26 66 44
Contact : Laurent Inchauspé ou Henry Mona
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Sometimes, learning about Basque music when you reside outside of Euskadi can be difficult. There are new media available, including streaming music on the internet, but, still, it can be difficult to really sample and discover new groups.
Txema of Bilbo sent me a link to Ekaitzaldi, a blog that covers a wide range of Basque music. The only criterion is that the music was made in Euskadi. The styles range from punk to classical to, it appears, Latin as well. What’s more, and what may be questionable, legally, the blog offers downloads of the music. But, it might be a way to sample music before buying it.
From EuskoSare again. If you are big into instant messaging and want to give your IMing a Basque flavor, EuskoSare has some graphics that are perfect for you. Check out this site for a collection of graphics for both male and female identities. The one at left most closely resembles me. 🙂
Benoit Etcheverry, the EuskoSare coordinator for France, is also heavily involved in creating the International Center for the Basque Diaspora. I previously posted an announcement in which they were looking for volunteers to help renovate Azkarate Castle to serve as this Center. Benoit, pictured at left, sent me a couple of photos of the Center, showing the current state of things. It looks great! I can’t wait to visit! Click on the photos of the Center to get a bigger version.
A forum for Basques all over the world, Euskal Herria Aintzindari has news, a calendar of events, and, maybe most interestingly, a “Musika Txokoa” where you can listen to streams of various modern Basque music. The site is entirely in Euskara, which may be a challenge for some of us, but may also force us to learn a bit more.