To the notes of MJ, the music of “The last dance”

To the notes of MJ, the music of “The last dance”

Emanuele D'Angelo · 4 months ago · Music

It was 1963, in America radios were playing “It’s now or never” by Elvis Presley, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was leading the country and in mid-February in New York the great basketball star Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born.
Today, years later, thanks to the precious material of ESPN and Netflix we are reliving emotions and retracing the 97-98 season of the Chicago Bulls.
The story of an absolute myth, a man who wrote every record, but not only, a team that managed to leave an indelible mark in our memory.

The Last Dance“, the last dance is a tailor-made dress made for MJ, from music to dialogue, a tour through the golden years of hip-hop, which vaguely coincide both with the beginning of Jordan’s career and the rise to the cultural limelight of the NBA.
Initially, as Jason Hehir, the director of the series himself admits, the idea was to have Kendrick Lamar record all the songs used in the series in a modern key, but the project proved too time-consuming. So the director chose the original music of the time, telling the story of the 80s and 90s and the world where “the Bulls” lived.

The first song on the playlist could only be “Sirius” from “The Alan Parsons Project“, an unforgettable song for all sports fans and especially the Bulls.The love story with this song was born in 1984 when the speaker of the Bulls, Tommy Davis, listened to “Sirius” while he was sitting in a theater waiting for the beginning of a movie. On the way home in a hurry, he stopped to buy the record and rehearsed the line-up with the music in the background all day long.
In a short time, “Sirius” went through Chicago Stadium like an electric shock and, over time, many professional teams from every sport used this beautiful song, in Italy the first to use it was Sassuolo football.

One of the songs that symbolizes the highlights is definitely “I ain’t no joke” by Erik B & Rakim, which fully describes that boy from North Carolina, chosen third in the draft by the Bulls. A rhythm that accompanies every step of the young basketball player who has always done seriously, showing his potential on the field.

To open the documentary was chosen “Been Around the World“, the 1997 Puff Daddy’s song with Mase and B.I.G. is the perfect ally to tell and capture the cultural glamour that the Bulls had achieved in the late nineties.

Rudy Chung, the music supervisor of the series has thought of everything, some songs make the difference like: “The Maestro“, a Beastie Boys song that is halfway between punk rock and rap, but that perfectly describes the chaotic style of play of Dennis Rodman and his colorful public life. Or “How ya like me now” by Kool Moe Dee that accompanies a celebratory sequence after Jordan’s first playoff triumph over the hated Detroit Pistons. The editing of Jordan’s 63-point playoff game against the Celtics in 1985-86 is perfectly synchronized with the percussion boom and the flow of LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad”.

One of the most moving moments in MJ‘s life, however, is when his father’s lifeless body is found. This dramatic event in the documentary produced by Netflix is accompanied by Simon & Garfunkel’s famous “The sound of silence”. A difficult moment to go through even for the strongest athlete of all time who, because of his grief, will decide to retire and end his career early. A choice not made by chance, given the scandals that overwhelmed him, Magic Jordan over the years had some problems with gambling and many journalists tried to hypothesize a correlation between the two events, in fact never experienced before.

From hip-hop – undoubtedly a dominant influence – to rock to RnB, from Notorious B.I.G. to the Beastie Boys, to Janet Jackson, 55 tracks that tell the story of one of the strongest NBA franchises ever. They tell the story of a man like all of us, fragile with his worries, but who hasn’t lost sight of his goal: to be the best ever. A man who retired for the third time definitively in the 2002-03 season, when Eminem dominated the charts with “Lose yourself” and George Bush at the helm of the country, but to whom even today artists like Drake and Future still dedicate pieces like “Jumpman“.

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“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 months ago · Art

Inspired by the great couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Leon Keer, one of the most important artists in the world of anamorphic street art, has recently created “Safe House”.

His latest work presents a gift box in trompe l’oeil on the tympanum of a building.
“It is not obvious for everyone to have a roof over their head, your home is precious and gives you comfort and protection, a gift for the necessary needs of life.”

“Safe House” is a packaged house, artfully crafted with a great optical illusion is a tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, it was made for MX29 Graffiti Tour 2020 organized by Ateliers du Graff.
The Dutch artist wants us to reflect on the importance of having a roof over our heads, something that we very often take for granted, but which, as he says, is fundamental.

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Harry Greb’s mural dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Harry Greb’s mural dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 months ago · Art

In the heart of Trastevere, more precisely in Via delle Fratte di Trastevere, on the corner of Via dei Fienaroli, the Roman neighborhood where Ennio Morricone was born and grew up, a new mural dedicated to him stands out since yesterday.
It is the work of the prolific street artist Harry Greb, who is no stranger to this type of tribute. Over the years, in fact, he has titled walls to leading Italian figures of our times such as Alberto Sordi, Anna Magnani and Rino Gaetano.

In Greb’s vision, Morricone looks fixedly at us through his glasses, with a luminous crown resting on his head, the Academy Honorary Award in his left hand and his right hand busy mimicking the gesture of silence.

The opera dedicated to the Roman composer appeared yesterday afternoon, just a few hours after his death which shook the hearts of most.

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Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Art

Among the most famous and fascinating artistic techniques, the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi undoubtedly stands out. It is a practice born from the idea of transforming an imperfection, a damage or a wound into something even more beautiful and perfect. Basically, this technique consists in repairing ceramic objects, even those of daily use such as cups and plates, using gold or cast silver to weld the shards. The final result gives the object a unique look and, what is no small thing, a much higher value than the original. It is precisely from the art of Kintsugi that the artist Glen Martin Taylor was inspired for his works. 

Like the Japanese, Glen Martin Taylor repairs ceramics of all kinds, some made by him and others bought but replacing precious metal with everyday objects, from twine threads to metal elements. 

If in Kintsugi’s art the only important part is that of repair, for the artist the act of reassembling objects is as important as that of destroying them. Through these two phases, the artist frees his emotions and confronts them by creating objects that will eventually have lost their primary purpose, but not their importance. 

Discover all the works by Glen Martin Taylor on his Instagram profile

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The Old Man and the Sea 2.0, Aero new mural

The Old Man and the Sea 2.0, Aero new mural

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 months ago · Art

Commissioned by Les Ateliers du Graff, in the context of the second edition of the MX29 Graffiti Tour Festival 2020, The Old Man and the Sea 2.0 is the latest work by French artist Aero in the city of Morlaix.

The mural, which occupies the facade of an entire building to a size of 70 square meters, is a tribute to the short novel by Ernest Hemingway that the artist had wanted to realize for many years and that in 4 days, in the rain and with all the attention required by the current situation, he completed.

Characterized by the realism typical of most of Aero’s works and the use of black and white, the mural shows in the foreground the portrait of Santiago, the old sailor protagonist of the novel that earned Hemingway the Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and in the background the stormy sea that the man faced to prove to himself and others that he was still able to fish.

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✨✨"The old man and the sea 2.0"✨✨ Performance of 4 days betwee the drops… – ➡️ Since the time I wanted to illustrate this wenderful novel by Ernest Hemingway, or rather what results from it, @mx29_graffiti_tour gave me the opportunity to invite me to @ville_de_morlaix (FR) to paint this 70m2 size building wall. A big thanks to @zag_artist_official and @anje.lag for the invitation and the organization at the top despite a complicated post-confinement recovery, @lesateliersdugraff @plastigraff, to Maud, Kyllian and Loùfor their hot welcome, to the staff of the Taylor Coffee (Ermate guys), to @kristof_kiger for the beautiful pictures, to Morlaix city and especially to the Morlaisiens for their smiles and their kindness!!! Special respect to Jeanne and Alexandre to whom I dedicate this painting, owner of this wall, aged 88 and 90 respectively, who offered me their facade and their confidence without asking for a model beforehand… A beautiful lesson… ❤️ Great meeting of @akhine.art, keep the vibes bro and hope see u soon! Big up to @sock.wildsketch, @leonkeer, @jeanrooble and @kaldea who have already worked superbly and to @sweo_5.7crew, @mister_copy, @artisterast, @nikita_5.7crew and @marko93darkvapor coming soon!!! – – – #aero2020 #graff #graffiti #graffitiart #aerosol #streetart #streetartist #spray #spraycan #spraycanart #mural #muralism #photorealism #photorealistic #photographer #hemingway #sailor #sea #birds #atlanticpuffin #zion #baiedemorlaixtourisme

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All pictures by: Kristof Kieger

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