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  • John Fry

    19th December 2014

    John Fry, founder of the world-class, world-famous Ardent Studios in Memphis, and the genial, self-effacing mentor of cult act Big Star died unexpectedly yesterday at the age of 69. Alec Palao pays his respects.

  • Modern Music Centre

    Christmas Opening

    24th November 2014

    Ace will close on the 23rd December and reopen on the 5th January 2015. The website will stay open over the Christmas period with orders being dispatched on our return in January.

    The last recommended posting dates for a guaranteed Christmas delivery are as follows:

    Friday 19 December (UK)
    Friday 12 December (USA)
    Friday 12 December (Europe)

    Thanks for all your support is year, we wouldn't be here without you!

  • Mark Loomis

    1st October 2014

    Chocolate Watchband founder and lead guitarist Mark Loomis passed away in Hawaii on September 26. His friend Alec Palao pays tribute.

  • U SRINIVAS

    25th September 2014

    U Srinivas, 28 February 1969 – 19 September 2014 

    With great sadness we have learned that the outstanding musician Uppalapu Shrinivas – known worldwide as U Srinivas, or Mandolin Srinivas, because of the instrument he popularised – has passed away aged 45, in Chennai India, of complications following a liver operation. The death of a great talent is always a blow, but even more so when it is at a relatively early age. It is the greatest of ironies to spend the formative years of a career described as a child prodigy, and then to pass away having finally been allowed the credit of mature maestro. To succeed in the super-critical and highly developed world of Indian classical music is hard enough, but to do so on an instrument completely out of the prevailing tradition is a challenge. U Srinivas joined a trend of 20th Century Indian musicians (for example Kadri Gopalnath, Brij Bushan Kabra, Shivkumar Sharma) to bring in other valid voices to the orthodoxy of Indian classical music.

  • Cosimo Matassa

    15th September 2014

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