Music the artform and artists

Muddy Waters: Celebrating a great blues star

Van Morrison, not a man given to hyperbole, said: "Muddy Waters is a prime influence for anybody who's ever done anything rock 'n' roll."

The Telegraph

Stradivarius trees: Searching for perfect musical wood

Switzerland is home to some of the best violin makers in the world. But how do they know which tree will make a top quality violin? A wander through the forest with a master tree picker gives an idea of the enormous experience and instinct required.

BBC

'We mix ourselves up with music, it moulds itself to us'

Pop's uncanny ability to help us define and understand our lives makes it more powerful than film or books.

The Observer

For Cape Town’s jazz maestros, history is sacred

There is an unsung Cape Town song in the countless devout, talented, piano-playing ladies who reared and inspired the city's jazz pianists.

Mail&Guardian

London hosts first 'opera Oscars', but UK doesn't make top award shortlist

London is preparing to host the inaugural International Opera Awards – the "opera Oscars" – but there is no British company in contention for the most coveted award.

The Guardian

It Takes Brass to Play the Wagner Tuba

When Richard Wagner began composing "The Ring of the Nibelung," his visionary opera cycle, he became dissatisfied with a particular musical theme. The solution, he decided, was not to rewrite the passage but to foster the creation of a new instrument to perform it—the Wagner tuba.

The Wall Street Journal

Bridging Arabic And Western Music With An Unusual Instrument

Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valve trumpet — most just have three. The extra valve, attached to the button a trumpeter pushes down, allows the Lebanese musician to play quarter-tones — the notes between notes that characterize Arabic "makams."

NPR

In Somalia, music festival aims to spread peace

Lihle Muhdin was 11 years old when he first picked up a Kalashnikov rifle, pushed into combat by an Islamist militia in Mogadishu. That was 15 years ago. Now he wields a microphone in his fight for peace.

The Los Angeles Times

Azerbaijani Music Days start in Ukraine

Firangiz Alizade stressed the high prestige of the Ukrainian classic music and Azerbaijani composers. The Ukrainian National Philharmonic Hall has hosted a press conference dedicated to the opening of the Azerbaijani Music Days in Ukraine, which run from 1 to 4 April.

News.Az


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