ausArt: Basque classical music

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.

Basque Hotel in Paris

hotel-les-academies-et-des-arts-paris-6.jpgChloe 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.hotel-les-academies-et-des-arts-paris-4.jpg

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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Ekaitzaldi: Basque Music Blog

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.

International Center for the Basque Diaspora

benoit-etcheverry-iraty.JPGekaina-2008-005.jpgBenoit 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,photo-014.jpg 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.

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