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NYT > Music
Yoko Ono and MoMA, Together at Last
A retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art could build new appreciation for Yoko Ono’s career as an artist. Sun, 10 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Ciara’s ‘Jackie’ Shows a Singer Evolving
Ciara touches on personal matters and stretches her vocals on her new album. Thu, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote on New Chief Conductor
A wide-open election process for one of the most prestigious appointments in classical music has created a frenzy of speculation. Thu, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Review: Judy Collins Performs at Cafe Carlyle
The singer’s opening night performance was full bodied as she presented works by Stephen Sondheim and others. Thu, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Pandora Wins Appeals Court Ruling on Ascap Royalty Rates
Earlier in the week, the F.C.C. removed a major hurdle in Pandora’s planned purchase of a radio station in South Dakota. Thu, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Classical
Flower Songs: A Springtime Opera Puzzler
In the old poem, it's April showers that bring May flowers. But in opera, flowers pop up for a variety of reasons — not all of them pretty. Wed, 06 May 2015 11:31:25 -0400
3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future
You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab. Sat, 02 May 2015 02:03:00 -0400
Brooklyn Rider Blurs Classical Boundaries On 'Almanac'
The string quartet invited composers like Vijay Iyer and Bill Frisell to compose pieces inspired by something outside of their world. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:35:00 -0400
Dazzling Trumpeter Rolf Smedvig Dies Suddenly
A founding member of the Empire Brass, the trumpeter played with a lustrous tone and extraordinary technique. At age 19, he was the youngest musician to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:15:00 -0400
The World Music Education of Philip Glass
In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:06:00 -0400
parterre box
No tea, all shade
On this day La Cieca and faithful sidekick Dawn Fatale have arrived in DĂźsseldorf to hear Valer Sabadus sing Xerxes in a production by Stefan Herheim. Wed, 06 May 2015 11:44:24 +0000
The blue dream
It will come to no surprise to followers of the direction of Stefan Herheim (or to readers of La Cieca's gushing fangirl appreciations of his work) that his Stuttgart production of Der Rosenkavalier was as "delightfully busy" as we have come to expect. Tue, 05 May 2015 12:38:21 +0000
Gold coasting
Mahagonny is one of my two favorite operas (care to guess the other?), but it’s damned hard to find a well-sung performance (with opera singers, not Broadway divas) without cuts. Mon, 04 May 2015 21:30:16 +0000
Bare de Lia
On Saturday, a new company called Bare Opera gave its first performance, a double bill of Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, at the Robert Miller Gallery in Chelsea. One of the company’s directors made noises along the lines of New York needing a different sort of opera, in small, less formal spaces, with young performers and an intimate theatricality. These are principles I heartily approve, but since my recent operatic experience has included a thrilling Orlando in an art gallery in the Bowery and a wonderfully theatrical Lucrezia Borgia in Bushwick, the local opera scene Bare [...] Mon, 04 May 2015 14:24:09 +0000
The lonely lady
Born on this day Pia Zadora. Mon, 04 May 2015 07:54:48 +0000
The New Yorker:  Arts & Culture
Sasha Frere-Jones: The new R. & B.
R.​& B. has always constituted a large part of pop music. But, more than a decade ago, when Beyoncé was a member of Destiny’s Child, R. & B. was a genre like many others, healthy but not dominant. ’NSync, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera . . . (Subscription required.) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Louis Menand: How women got in on the Civil Rights Act.
Most Americans who made it past the fourth grade have a pretty good idea who Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., were. Not many Americans have even heard of Alice Paul, Howard W. Smith, and Martha Griffiths. But they played almost as big a role in the . . . Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Goings On About Town: Movies
goatcategory--> NOW PLAYING Begin Again Another sappy but engaging musical fable from the Irish writer and director John Carney, who made “Once.” In New York, a high-minded and depressive singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley)—a British Joni Mitchell, perhaps, whose music seems crossed with . . . Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Emily Nussbaum: “Being Mary Jane” review.
In the first episode of “Being Mary Jane,” a cable-news anchor (Gabrielle Union) gets a booty call. While her drunk boyfriend waits outside the door, she plucks off her bandanna, hides her vibrator in a drawer, and frenziedly strips her wall of yellow stickies, on which she . . . (Subscription required.) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Briefly Noted book reviews.
paragraph class=no-indent> ASTONISH ME, by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf). Set in the world of ballet, this gripping novel spans three decades, starting in the mid-seventies, when Joan, a young American dancer, helps a Baryshnikov-like star defect from the Soviet . . . (Subscription required.) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT

NYT > Jazz
Review: John Raymond, Uncovering the Possibilities of the Familiar
The trumpeter’s second album is an ensemble work rather than a solo showcase. Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Review: ‘Triangles and Circles,’ an Album From the Dafnis Prieto Sextet
Mr. Prieto, the Cuban-born drummer, and his sextet demonstrate a breadth of style and evoke the jazz of Wynton Marsalis and Henry Threadgill. Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Marty Napoleon, 93, Dies; Jazz Pianist Played With Louis Armstrong
Mr. Napoleon was a self-taught musician whose career began in earnest with the orchestra led by Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers. Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
‘Harlem Nights/U Street Lights’ Samples Two Jazz Sources
The pianists Jason Moran and Marc Cary have organized a show that highlights the jazz connections between Harlem and Washington. Sun, 03 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400
‘Improvisations’ Concert Series Unites Subversive Musicians
In the “Improvisations” concert series in Hartford, Joe Morris and other avant-garde musicians find ways to defy orthodoxy. Sun, 03 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Jazz
Vijay Iyer Trio: Tiny Desk Concert
Fueled by a dozen years of rhythmic interaction (and a lot of espresso), Iyer's working band transforms selections from throughout the pianist's deep and varied catalog. Mon, 04 May 2015 16:00:00 -0400
A New Jazz Suite For Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes
Saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman's new album for large ensemble is called Synovial Joints, after the different ways the human body moves. The MacArthur Fellow explains how nature inspires him. Sun, 03 May 2015 17:23:00 -0400
Shirley Horn On Piano Jazz
The vocalist brings her unmistakable contralto to a 1995 set that includes "Wouldn't It Be Lovely." Fri, 01 May 2015 15:44:00 -0400
Venezuela's National Jazz Orchestra Returns
The SimĂłn BolĂ­var Big Band, the flagship jazz group of the youth music education program El Sistema, came to New York to play canonical American repertoire and works by Venezuelan composers. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:24:58 -0400
How Bessie Smith Ushered In The Jazz Age
The singer known as the "empress of the blues" is the subject of a new HBO biopic. Jazz Night In America host Christian McBride breaks down her influence and legacy. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:24:01 -0400
NewMusicBox
Sheila Jordan: Music Saved My Life
Whatever Sheila Jordan sings she makes completely her own to the point that the line between composition and interpretation is extremely blurry. Now in her late 80s, Jordan is booked for the rest of the year with performances and masterclasses across the USA, as well in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Japan. Wed, 06 May 2015 14:06:11 +0000
On Not Composing
“What are you working on now?” Few—if any—composers are willing to admit when we're not writing anything. It's time to acknowledge that in a creative practice, a period of rest can be necessary. Mon, 04 May 2015 13:15:10 +0000
Singing It—Generations in Jazz
What a jazz singer does with a melody is every bit as compositional as an improvised instrumental solo, and not only when those singers are scat singing. Over the course of the next three weeks, three extraordinary jazz vocalists who come from three very different backgrounds and span three generations—Sheila Jordan, Fay Victor, and Jen Shyu—will tell the story of why they sing, what they sing, and perhaps most importantly, why they sing what they sing. Fri, 01 May 2015 14:06:50 +0000
Selling Out is Not Selling Out
The possibility for “new music” to find its way into advertising is there, it just needs to be the right sound for the right project. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:00:17 +0000
Killsonic: L.A.’s wild, war-painted musical incubator
Los Angeles writer and rocker October Crifasi remembers how the wild gang of Killsonic brought artists into its fold -- and then launched them out into the world. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:18:04 +0000

 

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