First Listen: Lara Downes, 'America Again'
Hear the pianist's portrait of America in a smartly programmed, wide-ranging anthology of solo piano works by composers past and present; male and female; straight and gay; white, black and Latino.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:00:01 -0400
First Watch: Carolina Eyck, 'Leyohmi'
A magical landscape, the sounds of a slithery theremin and one elastic dancer offer an oasis of tranquility in a hectic world.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:30:26 -0400
Steve Reich At 80: The Phases Of A Lifetime In Music
He's been a hero to musicians from Brian Eno and David Bowie to Radiohead and The National. Now entering his ninth decade, American composer Steve Reich is always looking ahead.
Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:04:00 -0400
Rooting for the underdoge
"Take a good deal of trouble with it, because it is a fine subject, delicate and full of pathos."
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:14:27 +0000
Higher and higher
The good news is that the first concert was devoted to the exceptional artistry of Lawrence Brownlee.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:54:48 +0000
Hell and back
A simply gorgeous performance of Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice starring Juan Diego Flórez.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:46:50 +0000
On this day in 1963 the Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt musical 110 in the Shade opened on Broadway.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:39:23 +0000
Welcome to the Dollhouse
No guarantees, because we are talking about Russian TV technology here, but apparently at 2:00 PM today there is a video stream of Manon Lescaut from the Bolshoi starring Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov!
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:45:00 +0000
Andrew Cyrille’s Late-Career Renaissance
With his two new albums, “The Declaration of Musical Independence” and “Proximity,” this jazz drummer displays his insight and ingenuity.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:33:04 -0500
On Her Latest, Norah Jones Returns To Old Influences
Jones' new album, Day Breaks, includes a song inspired by "Compared to What," a jazz protest song from the late '60s, the lyrics of which she says are "still relevant so many years later."
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400
Jackie And Roy On Piano Jazz
Hear the husband-and-wife duo join Marian McPartland for a trio version of "Joy Spring" in a 1998 session.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:06:24 -0400
Oliver Jones: A Canadian Jazz Legend Heads Home
Oliver Jones may be the most famous living jazz pianist you've never heard of. But in Canada, Oliver Jones is a champion for jazz — adored in his native Quebec and across the country.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:56:00 -0400
New York City Heartbeats
The human body offers a reservoir of largely unexplored creative material. When we design music with an understanding of biology, we further remove ourselves from static practices and embrace fundamental aspects of creativity.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:28:30 +0000
Some Thoughts About Dorico The Morning After
We naturally only skimmed along the surface of the program during the event (and I haven’t had the chance to trial it), but even from the short presentation we had, Dorico looked incredibly deep and nuanced.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:23:09 +0000
In 2012 came move number 19 and I left the records when I left the apartment. It was an impulsive yet life-altering decision that on occasion still keeps me awake at night. A few year later, when Bob Attiyeh of Yarlung Records and I decided to start raising money for a new CD project featuring three works of mine, we hadn’t discussed a vinyl release and I thought maybe someday. But it soon became clear that Bob was thinking big.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:00:32 +0000
Musical America Announces 2017 Honorees
New music is an important focus in the 2017 Musical America awards which have just been announced. Among the awardees are composer Andrew Norman and the new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:47:25 +0000
Street Music, Noise, and the City of Joy
Music is a choice the listener makes and the difference between music and noise is a matter of perspective. The streets can be our concert halls, and every listener can be an artist. We are not limited. So what do we want to contribute to our physical, social, and musical environments?
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:55:28 +0000
The Peter Jay Sharp Library, Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027