Music the artform and artists

Krzysztof Penderecki, Boundary-Breaking Polish Composer

Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the world's leading composers, died Sunday at the age of 86. The Polish Ministry of Affairs announced his passing in a tweet.

NPR

No Pianist Left Behind: A History of Piano Pieces for the Left Hand

The left hand knows no justice. “Sinistra,” the Latin word for “left-handed,” meaning “wrong” or “unlucky” — an ancestor of the word “sinister” — is in part to blame for lingering perceptions that the hand, and those for whom it is dominant, deserves our disdain.

WQXR

The lost art of deep listening: Choose an album. Lose the phone. Close your eyes.

What’s your favorite album? When was the last time you listened — actually listened — to it from start to finish? With intention, like you were watching a movie or reading a novel.

Los Angeles Times

That time in 1965 when a teen Ray Kurzweil made a computer compose music

At age 17, Ray Kurzweil – he of the “singularity” – wrote a pioneering piece of “AI” music software, and showed it off on a TV show with Steve Allen.

CDM

Afro-Club, le hit des platines

L’Afro-Club en confinement pour la deuxième semaine consécutive vous propose son hit des platines avec les artistes Khadija Sawany, Dadju, Nifa Fanafoule, Locko, Mbosso, Nelson Freitas & Neyna, et enfin le groupe H_ART.

RFI

The OG of electronic music

The story of the theremin and its inventor has it all: drama, suspense, geopolitics, and, above all, tragedy. It’s a wonder Hollywood hasn’t yet made a movie about it.

Quartz

The Jazz Great Behind One of the Most Famous Pairings in Music History

The pianist McCoy Tyner, who died last week at 81, played with John Coltrane and developed a simple but revolutionary sound.

The Atlantic

11 Acts That Define the Sound of Reggaetón Mexicano

It’s 2020, and in Mexico, reggaetón is queen. The music echoes through a sizable percentage of the country’s nightclubs, buses, appliance stores and doctor’s waiting rooms.

Remezcla

Sudan's accidental megastar who came back from the dead

Once lauded as one of Sudan’s finest musicians, Abu Obaida Hassan faded into obscurity under the Bashir regime and was even pronounced dead. Now he is back – to global acclaim.

The Guardian


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