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NYT > Music
Norman C. Pickering, Who Refined the Record Player, Dies at 99
Mr. Pickering, an engineer and musician, devised the Pickering pickup, a lightweight mechanism that reduced sound distortion and made records last longer. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Shaina Taub Finds Inspirations by the Score
The performer has several projects in the works, including a debut album and a show with Shakespeare in the Park. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Kelela Continues the Swagger of ’90s R&B on ‘Hallucinogen’
The artist, who also nods to the experimental urges of the contemporary dance music underground, plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500
LoftOpera Takes on Britten’s ‘Rape of Lucretia’
Laine Rettmer directs this chamber opera at 501 Union, a former auto restoration shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Andrew Norman on Loving ‘Star Wars’ and Pushing Musical Boundaries
His latest work, the piano concerto “Split,” will have its premiere on Dec. 10 at David Geffen Hall. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Classical : NPR
Hans Abrahamsen Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music
The Danish composer's evocative song cycle let me tell you features an ingenious mashup of all the words allotted to Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:31:00 -0500
Beethoven Symphonies At Carnegie Hall Via Berlin
From an all-Beethoven residency week, hear the storied Berlin Philharmonic play the profound Sixth and witty Eighth with conductor Simon Rattle. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:36:00 -0500
'My Goal Is To Not Be Bored By What I Do': Itzhak Perlman At 70
Once a kid with polio from Tel Aviv who hated practicing his instrument, the master violinist says he's still learning, even as he prepares to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 04:53:00 -0500
The Good Dino-Score: Behind The Music Of Pixar's Latest
Writing music for The Good Dinosaur was a seven-month journey for brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna, not all of it glamorous. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:01:00 -0500
With More Story To Tell, Opera 'Appomattox' Gets An Update
Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton say the racial unrest in the U.S. since the work first premiered in 2007 forced them to address "changes in the way this country understands itself." Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:04:00 -0500
parterre box
Queens’ throat
Born on this day in 1797 composer Gaetano Donizetti. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:00:13 +0000
I gave my love a cherry that had no tone
Rufus (Prima Donna) Wainwright sinks his teeth into a little Mascagni, partnered by a very game Sarah Fox. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:19:23 +0000
Busyness as usual
Emilio Sagi’s production of The Barber of Seville is ungepotchket in the flesh. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 14:00:34 +0000
Branching out
Born on this day in 1881 Austrian author Stefan Zweig, Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:00:24 +0000
The Abominable Showman
Born on this day in 1903 Broadway impresario David Merrick. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:00:34 +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
Making Merry With Music
The pop and jazz critics of The New York Times survey some of this year’s music releases as gift-giving suggestions. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Jazz Listings for Nov. 27-Dec. 3
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Review: With ‘Silver,’ Fourplay Celebrates 25 Years of Smooth Jazz Stylings
The group, which first took shape in 1990, adheres to form on its new album, a sleek but relaxed collection that highlights the band’s strengths as a rhythm section. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Review: Celebrating Cecil Taylor, a Pianist of Endless Influence
Though this jazz musician couldn’t attend the benefit, held at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, his presence was felt through works by Jason Moran and others. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Jazz Listings for Nov. 20-26
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Jazz : NPR
100 Years Of Billy Strayhorn, Emotional Architect Of Song
The composer and arranger spent the bulk of his career in service to the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He wrote some of the most popular songs of the 20th century — without ever hiding who he was. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:47:41 -0500
Billy Strayhorn In Five Songs
Though overshadowed during his own lifetime by his employer, Duke Ellington, the composer-arranger wrote more than 1,000 pieces. Here are takes on his most famous tunes. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 05:03:58 -0500
Patricia Barber On Piano Jazz
The singer joined Piano Jazz in 2002, the year she released her successful album Verse. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:43:00 -0500
Sabertooth, Or The 23-Year Midnight Gig
At Chicago's Green Mill, one band has owned Saturday's after-hours set for decades. Jazz Night stays up with drunks, devotees and the organ quartet of saxophonists Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:08:00 -0500
Christian McBride On Ray Brown's Bass And James Brown's Appeal
Over the last year, the bassist and NPR's Audie Cornish have discussed and dissected everything about jazz. Their latest chat, held for a live audience, focuses on how his own career started. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:19:00 -0500
Composers, Performers, and Consent
If we want our collaborations to be satisfying for everyone involved, we need to come up with ways of working together that explicitly address two related questions:  what is each of us willing to do, and what does each of us want to do? Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:44:08 +0000
Complicity and the Chemical Senses
The visual arts and the sonic arts arrive to us from a distance, via electromagnetic radiation or fluctuations in air pressure, but taste and smell require direct contact. Philosophers have long debated whether the fundamentally different nature of these chemical senses precludes the elaboration of an art of ideas based on them, something that goes beyond the ancient and sophisticated traditions of perfumery or cuisine. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:29:34 +0000
Why Landscape Music is More Important Than Ever
The potential for music as a catalyst for learning about nature has not yet been fully realized and may in fact depend on unconventional approaches and innovative thinking. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:53:09 +0000
James Moore: The Hunt for Sonic Solutions
With three guitars, fifteen balloons, a talking doll, and a serious commitment, composer and guitarist James Moore recorded John Zorn's The Book of Heads, a challenging collection of 35 etudes now available on a CD/DVD set from Tzadik. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:54:51 +0000
Sounds Heard—Liaisons: Re-Imaging Sondheim from the Piano
To give some hint of the range of the Liaisons project, we asked two of the composers Anthony de Mare commissioned—Annie Gosfield and Eve Beglarian—to share with us the some of the back story behind their idiosyncratic takes on Sondheim songs. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:48:27 +0000


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