Folk music was popular in the 1970s in Uruguay, but has been on the wane for decades. Now three singers are re-imagining it and making it cool. And they're bringing their tunes to the popular SXSW music festival.
Famed Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci detailed a design for a new instrument in his Codex Altanticus. But it never moved beyond his sketchbook. Now, more than 500 years later Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has built and played the inventor's viola organista.
There are a number of amateur and semi-professional Christian/Gospel rock bands in Pakistan. Among them is Hallelujah, which has parlayed its mix of rock and Christian themes into a little bit of mainstream attention.
Bitcoins have soared in value in recent weeks, touching $1000 per bitcoin earlier this week. They've become so popular some traditional businesses are accepting them for payment — but not everyone has embraced them.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel is the most famous product of Venezuela's program of universal music education. And as Venezuela finds itself embroiled in protests, Dudamel is being pushed into taking sides.