The Pointy End

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him: No one has ever been able to duplicate the sound of the violins or violas he made.


Colorado Symphony Orchestra rolls out first cannabis-linked concert

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra's first "Classically Cannabis" event began Friday night like any other fine-arts fundraiser — with suit- and dress-wearing attendees politely mingling in a high-ceilinged art gallery, sipping drinks and shaking hands.

The Denver Post


What do conductors do?

Do orchestras really need someone flapping their arms on a podium? Yes, actually.

The Telegraph

A Healing Art

Many ancient cultures used sound and music for healing. Pythagoras called it "music medicine." In the Middle Ages, the study of music became a mandatory part of a physician's education.

The Wall Street Journal

The Life Cycle Of A Pop Song

Conception Phase: The song is born in a basement, a warehouse, or among buskers on the street or subway station. The song may not be entirely finished yet.

The Awl

Ivory Ban Good for Elephants, a Headache for Musicians

Under new regulations that began to take effect in February, musical instruments that have even the smallest amount of ivory are banned from entering the U.S. unless it can be proved that they were purchased before 1976.


Jazz Brain

The brains of jazz musicians engrossed in spontaneous, improvisational musical conversation showed robust activation of brain areas traditionally associated with spoken language and syntax, which are used to interpret the structure of phrases and sentences.

Medical Xpress

Goals Are Like Jazz Music

A jazz musician can only sound great by playing within the rules of Jazz.

The Huffington Post

Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary

In one corner, you have Metallica's Robert Trujillo. In the other, there's the cult favorite fretless player Jaco Pastorius.


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