Music the artform and artists

Are We Done With Genre Yet?

It’s easy for musicians to become trapped in the strictures of genre or style. How many times has an orchestra or chamber group been accused of playing Beethoven “too romantically” or a historical performance ensemble of failing to adhere to some anachronism or another?

San Francisco Classical Voice

Ariana Grande Was Updating Pop. Then Billie Eilish Came Along.

Concerts by the two superstars show just how fast the shape of pop is changing.

The New York Times

Nepal dances to the growing beat of hip-hop

When hip-hop appeared three decades ago, Nepali listeners frowned upon the new genre and termed it the “music of drug addicts and weed smokers.”

Asia Times

Jazz & Choirs, la belle histoire

Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Charlie Haden, Tigran Hamasyan... Quelques exemples parmi d’autres de réussites du jazz en plein chœur.

France Musique

How a boy band from South Korea became the biggest in the world

Beatlemania, the intense fan frenzy directed towards the fab foursome, was gripping America and the group's performance at the Ed Sullivan Theater was punctuated by fervent screaming from the studio audience. In May 2019, over 55 years later, another band of foreigners played the same theater.

CNN

How Gil Scott-Heron made way for a generation of rap revolutionaries

On what would have been his 70th birthday, we look back at the exceptional legacy of the poet, musician, and novelist.

Dazed

Cuba: While The Politicians Argued, The Musicians Jammed

The politicians in both countries could learn a few things from those who make music about bridging gaps, finding common ground and even celebrating differences.

NPR

How synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog brought electronic music to the masses

Opening on what would be his 85th birthday, the Moogseum commemorates the inventor who’s been a staple of pop music from the 1960s to today.

Fast Company

Moondog, l'inclassable

Tous s'accordent à dire qu'on ne peut réduire Moondog à un seul genre. En effet, le compositeur a brouillé les pistes en s'inspirant des rythmiques indiennes d'Amérique du Nord, en développant une obsession pour le contrepoint et le canon, en sympathisant avec les plus grands jazzmen de son époque et en influençant le courant minimalisme.

France Musique


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