A Unique Perspective On Concert Photography From A Blind Music Fan, Ahmad Zaghal

An artisan gives finishing touches to an effigy of demon king Ravana in preparation for the upcoming Hindu festival of Dussehra in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh October 8, 2013. The effigies are burnt during the festival which commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil. REUTERS/Ajay Verma (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

But my friends are pretty honest. Theyll tell me, Oh, you got a bunch of pictures of the ceiling. When his subjects dont elude the frame entirely, theyre often truncated, decapitated or abstracted into blurry smears of pixels. The least successful images become the most successful. Which is beautiful. And hilarious. Its a totally funny idea, Zaghal, 31, says. And now people are taking it more seriously. And thats great. Maybe there is a point to this! Point or no point, Zaghal is dedicated to pursuing this project some thing he refers to as both a joke and an experiment. He attends roughly 20 concerts a month, always arriving in time to snag a spot up front. Once the band gets started, he hoists his iPhone to his ear and listens. Screen-reading software tells him when hes selected the camera function. Then, he points and shoots.

Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance

Even though AEG was not held responsible, insurance experts believe the case has spurred the industry to re-think policies and find ways to prevent similar situations down the road. The role of Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted for manslaughter for his role in administering a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol to Jackson, is already prompting changes, say underwriters. In the future, the star or his promoter may be required to carry separate insurance on his entourage. “The biggest stars all have doctors and their own staff,” said Lorrie McNaught, senior vice president at Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services Inc, a large entertainment insurance firm, which has handled many of the world’s biggest tours over the last 12 months. “If you have a security guard who winds up punching someone in the face or kills someone, who is responsible? “Is it the artist, the bodyguard, the promoter? I think promoters will require stars to indemnify their own staff,” said McNaught. “Even if AEG was not held responsible, I still think this case will make attorneys find ways to tighten contracts.” An attorney for Lloyds of London involved in the Michael Jackson case declined comment for this story. The price of premiums also may go up, according to one concert producer who did not want his name used. Currently, promoters pay 3 percent to 5 percent of the value of the policy, meaning that AEG paid between $530,000 and $875,000 for the $17.5 million policy it took out with Lloyds of London for Jackson’s “This is It” tour. AEG, which had initially sought to collect on the $17.5 million policy after Jackson’s death canceled the tour, dropped a claim against Lloyds amid revelations in leaked emails that show AEG executives were concerned about his stability ahead of his planned London comeback tour. Insurers routinely send doctors to do medical exams — and occasionally hire investigators for background checks– before placing multi-million dollar policies for the stars.

Special concert to remember deceased loved ones

The concert will feature Elias (also known as Elijah), an oratorio depicting various events in the life of the Hebrew prophet composed by German composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847). Nov. 4 is the 166th anniversary of the composers death. Elias, along with Paulus (St. Paul), form Mendelssohns representative oratorio works. The two-part oratorio, sung in German, lasts more than two hours in total. The choral groups Heinrich-Schutz-Chor Tokyo and Mendelssohn-Chor and instrumental group Ubiquitous Bach will perform Elias at the Requiem Gathering for the Consolation of Souls under the baton of Taro Tanno. Yoko Seto will serve as concert mistress. Yuichiro Shiina will play the organ. Those who wish to have the names of their deceased loved ones printed in the program should fax up to two names to Musica Poetica at 03-3998-5238, also showing the senders name, address and telephone number. The deadline is Oct. 24. Reservations for the concert can also be made in advance through that fax number. Tickets cost 4,000 for adults and 2,500 for students. For more information, call (03) 3970-0585.

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