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Max Martin and Cecilia Bartoli honoured with 25th Polar Music Prize

Max Martin, the Grammy Award winning hit-making maestro, and Cecilia Bartoli, internationally renowned mezzo-soprano, have been honoured today with the 25th Polar Music Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for music.

Polar Music Prize

1200 Years of Women Composers: A Free 78-Hour Music Playlist

Those of us who listen to a great deal of classical music might feel a tad sheepish about how much more heavily male our playlists slant, at least in terms of the composers.

Open Culture

Throat Singing

For those who think the human voice can produce only one note at a time, the resonant harmonies of throat-singing are surprising.

Smithsonian Folkways

How a boy from the Sri Lankan jungle formed the greatest punk band you’ve never heard

The early 1980s was an incredibly fertile time for underground music in San Francisco. The scene was centred on a troop of interconnected bands playing at alternative spaces to small but devoted audiences – an antithesis to the stadium status achieved by the local rock acts of the ‘60s and ‘70s.


Bernie Worrell, révolutionnaire secret du funk

Au sein de Parliament et de Funkadelic, puis aux côtés de Talking Heads ou Mos Def, celui qui fut surnommé le «Jimi Hendrix du clavier» par Bootsy Collins est décédé à son domicile à l’âge de 72 ans.


A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music

Colombia is a diverse country reflecting the legacies of Spain, Africa, indigenous cultures and a mix of the above. So the music is a fascinating mashup — one of the most compelling blends you'll find anywhere on the planet.


Muhammad Ali's influence ran deep through rap's golden age

Some have argued that the Champ was the first rapper. But more important to rap than his disses of his opponents was his manner outside the ring.

The Guardian

When John Cage met Sun Ra – the avant-garde concert of the century

Mid afternoon on Sunday 8th June, 1986 and concert producer Rick Russo is looking nervously down the Broadwalk. Sun Ra’s vehicle is lost in Coney Island, and it’s getting dangerously close to the curtain call.

The Vinyl Factory

Les Grands Portraits d'Open Jazz : Dave Brubeck

Un biopic sur une légende du jazz, à partir d'une longue interview réalisée "at home".

France Musique

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