Music the artform and artists

Obscure brass instrument gets its second wind

Wondering why you've never heard of the ophicleide before? With a mouthpiece like a trombone, the ophicleide is a forerunner of the modern tuba but uses keys like a saxophone.

Limelight

The Mystique of the Kakaki

The kakaki is a ten-foot royal trumpet utilized in traditional African music. The kakaki is blown by only by men in Hausa societies, and it is generally reserved for specific occasions, such as a ceremony at the emir's palace.

All Africa

Five must-hear songs about Mandela

Few people in the history of politics, or indeed the world, have inspired as many songs as Nelson Mandela.

Mail & Guardian

Music and melodies to manipulate senses

Music was more than melody in 17th century Europe – it was a way to manipulate the senses.
"One of the big fashions was the idea of the alleged power of great music to move listeners' emotions, depending on the will of the person performing," said Zak Ozmo, of the University of Hull's Early Music Ensemble.

Hull Daily Mail

Provocative Choices for Orchestras

"Orchestras are meant to be places of creativity. But for too long, their extreme specialization has led to a separation from what have historically been essential creative influences: other art forms, different genres, new technology and decades-long commitments to living composers."

The Huffington Post

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2013: Andre Menard – all that jazz in la cité

As the 2013 Montreal International Jazz Festival gets under way, the event's co-founder Andre Menard discusses the origins of the festival and what it has achieved.

The Telegraph

The 10 Greatest Pianists of All Time

The most influential legendary pianists, as voted by modern day masters of the instrument.

Limelight

The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Reviving Caribbean History In 'Santiman'

It might come as a surprise to learn that people of Haitian descent are the largest ethnic minority in Cuba. But that's the history behind The Creole Choir of Cuba, a vocal and percussion ensemble that performs songs about history, faith and social change in the Caribbean.

NPR

Terence Blanchard Turns A Tragic Champion Into An Opera Hero

From his days blowing trumpet for Art Blakey to his film scores for Spike Lee, Terence Blanchard has honed a signature sound as one of today's foremost composers of jazz.

NPR


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