Music the artform and artists

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

A Tibetan Opera Company Dances on the Roof of the World

"We bless the stage," Tsering Wangmo told us the other day. She's the artistic director of Chaksam-pa. "And we invite spirits with juniper to purify the air and incense. The goal is to protect deities around wherever we are performing. Then we offer songs and dance and then the story starts."

San Francisco Classical Voice

Schoenberg’s Bad Boy Turns 100, Too

The centennial of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" this season has overshadowed the 100th birthday of another groundbreaking score — Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire."

The New York Times

Glastonbury 2013: Tibetan monks will play on centenary of Independence

The Gyuto Monks of Tibet, from the Dalai Lama's homeland, will perform at this year's Glastonbury festival after signing a global record deal.

The Telegraph

That Instrument Known as the Eiffel Tower

Joseph Bertolozzi, an American composer who created music out of the sounds made by banging on a bridge, takes his hammers to Paris.

The New York Times


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