Music the artform and artists

Rediscovering The East End's Yiddisher Jazz Scene

When some one says 'Jazz Age', beigels, bustling markets, and Jewish brides probably aren't what spring to mind.


Italy’s Oldest Instrument Hints at Sounds of Prehistoric Rome

The ceramic shell at first appeared to be one of a kind. One hypothesis was that it might have been a cheese strainer.

The New York Times

Has stadium rock been unplugged?

For many, imagining a sell-out stadium show conjures up the image of the classic rock band line-up; the posturing frontman, the charismatic lead guitarist, the perfect partnership between drums and bass keeping the heavy melodies rolling.


The Mystery of Ecuador's Lost Mastertapes

An eccentric grandfather and an old suitcase of songs and secret loves.


Sergio Leone et la musique de film, d’Ennio Morricone à Chostakovitch

"Le Bon, la Brute et le Truand", "Et pour quelques dollars de plus", "Il était une fois dans l’ouest"... les films de Sergio Leone sont aussi légendaires que leurs musiques gravées dans nos mémoires.

France Musique

The rise of Gqom music

South Africa’s Gqom music was first created in the country’s Durban neighbourhoods and is a sound that resonates with the social conditions of township life.

Africa News

A beginner’s guide to the history and hybridity of reggaeton

You won’t find Capezzio Disco Bar in reggaeton history books — rarely do traditional timelines stop off in the Mexican port town Veracruz — but in 1990, it became the national epicenter of the explicit party music when it changed its soundtrack from salsa to reggaeton.


Is the Cover Making a Recovery?

The history of the cover song, and why it may be mounting a comeback.


‘Darmstadt taught me how to compose’

‘Maestro Morricone is a composer. Composers do not use the piano to compose music with, they write their music down directly in musical notes without the interference of any musical instrument.’

The Spectator

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