Music the artform and artists

The Weird Little Industry Behind a Mesmerizing Instrument

The manufacturers of the world's handpans don't want to turn to mass production. The result: Super-long waiting lists to get one of these rare steel orbs.

The Atlantic

En 1914, les airs de musique d'avant la guerre

Réduite au silence par l'entrée en guerre de la France, l'année fut partagée entre les pitreries des chansonniers, la liberté nouvelle du tango et une inquiétude déjà mise en sons.

Libération

Peret, the musical genius who gave us the Rumba Catalana

Staring in the 1960's, Peret's performances made Rumba Catalana one of the most popular Spanish music styles — in Spain or anywhere else.

PRI

Mulatu Astatke: the man who created 'Ethio jazz'

As a fashionable novelty, Ethiopian jazz may indeed have had its moment in the spotlight. As an evolving form, however, it demonstrates greater resilience.

The Guardian

Fela Kuti – Africa's answer to Handel

Fela Kuti's crossover into the western mainstream has been gaining momentum ever since his death in 1987.

The Guardian

14 Artists Who Are Transforming The Future Of Opera

here are singers, directors, composers and those who roam the spaces in between.

Huffington Post

Frans Brüggen, A Pioneer in Early Music

Frans Brüggen, a Dutch pioneer of the early music movement, a co-founder and conductor of the influential Orchestra of the 18th Century, and a virtuoso recorder player who in his youth became (literally) a poster boy for the instrument, died on Aug. 13 in Amsterdam. He was 79.

The New York Times

Peter Sculthorpe took Australia's 'spirit of place' and made it sing

The late composer gloried in his country's landscape and the talent of the musicians he worked with to tell its story, says colleague and friend Richard Mills.

The Guardian

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

Stewart's idea was to take the tuba beyond its Dixieland roots, where it was the original bass instrument.

NPR


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