Music To Their Ears! Scores Of Instruments Donated To Three Bronx Schools

This CD cover image released by RCA Records shows “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2,” by Justin Timberlake. (AP Photo/RCA) Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 (RCA Records) The anticipation that surrounded Justin Timberlakes return to music was intense. It took seven years for him to follow-up the Grammy-winning masterpiece that was FutureSex/LoveSounds, and when he did in March with The 20/20 Experience, the pop prince helped fill a void in our musical lives, thanks to his slick R&B sound jelled with dance beats. Now, we may be getting too much of Timberlake. The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 uses the same formula thats becoming his musical trademark the trance-inducing grooves and futuristic electronic beats helmed by Timbaland and Timberlake, who co-wrote each song. Unfortunately it doesnt feel new. Like FutureSex and the first 20/20 album, the songs on 2 of 2 are long, but they arent as entertaining or as cohesive as his first effort. Some tracks sound like leftovers from past recording sessions, and dare we say it actually drag on. The album starts on the wrong note with Gimme What I Dont Know (I Want) and the nine-minute True Blood, both up-tempo songs that lack that Timberlake-esque spark and swag. The lead single, the disco number Take Back the Night, might be good for mere mortal pop stars, but compared to Timberlakes own lofty standards, disappoints. A better choice would have been the Drake-assisted Cabaret, which is smooth and has an addictive hook.

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Scores of instruments donated to three Bronx schools After-school orchestra program saved at Bronx Green Middle School, Bronx Park Middle School and Pelham Academy. By Jennifer H. Cunningham / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 5:28 PM Christie M Farriella/for New York Daily News Students (from left) Ashley Morillo, Kailey Maria, Samantha Torres and Genesis Gonzalez show off the donated instruments. Related Stories Readers sound off on North Korea, political corruption and the Holocaust Strike up the band! Kind-hearted New Yorkers donated 126 musical instruments to three Bronx schools after the Daily News highlighted educators efforts to restore dormant music programs. That is just a wonderful number, said Charles Johnson, principal of Bronx Green Middle School, which will share the music makers with Bronx Park Middle School and Pelham Academy. We hope well get 126 kids interested. RELATED: BRONX SCHOOLS TO GET DONATED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS The equipment includes accordions, a keyboard, a tuba, clarinets, saxophones, trombones and French horns and theyll help revive the schools after-school music program, which were hurt by a massive cut in arts education during the Bloomberg administration. Administrators at all three schools have set aside money to hire a music teacher for the after-school orchestra and students cant wait to tune up. Its very nice, said future drum player Kaylee Maria, 11, a sixth grader at Bronx Park Middle School. They are so generous with their instruments so kids can learn how to play music. All three schools still need string and percussion instruments. To donate, email or call (347) 654-7044.

Iris Van Herpen makes some music in conceptual ready-to-wear debut

By Associated Press, PARIS If clothes could make music, what would they sound like? This was the abstract question that Iris Van Herpen better known for her couture creations answered during her official Paris debut in ready-to-wear. Monday’s Photos of the day Van Herpen used state-of-the-art technology to stage an evocative underground performance, deep inside David Lynchs Paris nightclub, Silencio, where models writhed against each other clad in dark shimmering dresses with touch-sensitive electronic chips inside sinewy ribs on the material. Caressing each other in scenes that could have been lifted from a Lynch film, the models touches sent out audio signals to the DJ booth in the club, producing a macabre electronic musical aria that resonated around the rooms. The atmosphere nicely complemented the darkness of the looks, which featured a great techno-fabric on a cropped jacket and cross-over dress that gave off a watery, metallic sheen. Guests including Tilda Swinton sat around metal benches around the dimly lit nightclub floor and looked on in curiosity. My boyfriend is a musician, and makes a piece music for each dress I design … Now Ive started to imagine music and a sound for each dress I make, so I wanted to explore this, said the 29-year-old designer, whos dressed singers such as Lady Gaga and Bjork in her couture designs. A black skeletal sheath made of leather had the dark, organism-like feel of her exaggerated couture creations, but with a simpler silhouette that fits more to the body. My couture is similar to the ready-to-wear, because it comes from the same heart, Van Herpen said. With only 16 looks on display, next time it would be nice to see the talented designer broaden her repertoire with a larger collection. ___ Thomas Adamson can be followed at Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.