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Was The Tupac Shakur Musical A Flop? Or Just Ahead Of Its Time?
tupac musical“Saul Williams, the poet and performer who played the lead role in Holler If Ya Hear Me, tells Kurt Andersen it’s inevitable that hip-hop will carve out a place for itself on Broadway. What killed Holler, Williams says, were people who wrote it off before they saw it.” (audio) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:28:25 +0000
In Defense Of The Remaking Of Mecca
mecca“At night, all lit up and crowded with apartments and hotels, Mecca now looks like a Saudi interpretation of Gotham or even Las Vegas … and shopping malls and high-rise blocks are being built in a circle around the pilgrimage zone.” The Saudis are catching a lot of flak for these changes, but Nesrine Malik […] Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:06:45 +0000
Making Genuinely Anti-War Art Is Surprisingly Hard
anti-war art 1“Art makes its subject interesting and arresting and meaningful. To make art about war, even anti-war art about war, is to risk rendering war interesting and arresting and meaningful.” Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:50:11 +0000
Quentin Tarantino Is Filming “The Hateful Eight” After All
tarantino hateful eightThe director – who called the project off in a fit of anger after the script was leaked – confirmed the news at, of all places, San Diego Comic-Con. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:18:08 +0000
Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.28.14
John Luther Adams’s outdoor music needs to come indoors AJBlog: Condemned to Music | Published 2014-07-29 Parklandia: Stretching, Striving To What End? AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-07-29 Performance measures, indices and rankings AJBlog: For What it’s Worth | Published 2014-07-29 Osipova and Vasiliev Debut World Tour at California’s Segerstrom Center AJBlog: Fresh Pencil | Published 2014-07-28 The Return of the the […] Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:47:17 +0000
Vijay Iyer–The Most Happy Fellow
Vijay Iyer and the Brentano Quartet in a live performance of sections from Mutations at Greene Space Over the past two decades, Vijay Iyer has recorded some 18 albums of bold, genre-defying and original music that navigates the fine line between composition and improvisation, between jazz and New Music.  Although his restless musical imagination roams […] Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:42:43 +0000
FCM on Monday
On Monday, July 21st at 8 PM, the last concert of Tanglewood’s 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music is a well-stocked program of orchestral works. The centerpiece is Roger Sessions’s Concerto for Orchestra, a work commissioned by the BSO thirty years ago. Steven Mackey’s violin concerto Beautiful Passing will feature as soloist Sarah Silver, one of […] Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:21:19 +0000
The Importance of the New
In June I sat on a panel organized by Opera Cabal, in their visit to the Kitchen to produce Georg Haas’ Atthis, with two other critics, John Rockwell and Zachary Woolfe. While the audience was sparse, they were generally attentive and the talk, which began with the question of whether or not we missed City […] Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:38:22 +0000
2014 Ojai Music Festival – The Classical Style
The 2014 Ojai Music Festival opened on Thursday June 12 to begin 4 days packed with informative talks, movie screenings, parties and concerts. The Festival’s Music Director this year is Jeremy Denk and the resident musical groups included The Knights orchestral collective and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet. Friday night’s concert was built around an […] Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:07:15 +0000
Dogstar 10: Experimental Music Concert Series in Los Angeles
The annual Dogstar Orchestra concert series of experimental music has been going in various locations in and around Los Angeles since May 30. The venue on June 10 was the Wulf, a converted industrial loft space on Santa Fe street downtown, and a good-sized crowd settled in for an evening of spoken and electronic works. […] Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:32:51 +0000

NYT > Music
Countdown to Lockout for Unions at the Met
The Metropolitan Opera’s orchestra, chorus, stage crews, hair and makeup stylists, cleaners and more are facing a grim deadline in contract talks. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
A Tourism Campaign Taps Tennessee’s Musical Roots
The goal of the $8 million effort is to accelerate the recent growth in tourism generated in part by Tennessee’s reputation for outstanding music. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
A Haunted Castle, a Serpent and Tragic Betrayal
Weber’s seldom-performed “Euryanthe” is being revived at the Bard SummerScape festival, with Leon Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Rhapsody Reaches 2 Million Monthly Subscribers
The music service announced the milestone on Tuesday as it seeks to expand its footprint in Europe and Latin America. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
A Singer Drawing Eyes and Ears
Tom Petty, Shawn Mendes and Hermán Olivera are among the artists with new albums. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

NYT > Jazz
Original, and Built to Stay That Way
The avant-garde jazz musician Henry Threadgill and his band Zooid debuts at the Village Vanguard Tuesday through Aug. 3. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
The Roar of the Crowd
In the 1920s, Manhattan was transformed into America’s entertainment and communications epicenter. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
A Singer Blends Her Devotion to Jazz and the Baha’i Faith
In a San Francisco performance, Tierney Sutton combined the Great American Songbook, jazzy religious odes and a series of readings. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Jazz Listings for July 25-31
A selected guide to performances in New York City and the area. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
A Trumpeter and Mentor Goes With What He Knows Best
The trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and his band kept a sense of proportion during a set at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance
One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war's violence, some gives solace. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:57:00 -0400
War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown
With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:52 -0400
Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers
If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next day. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:21:00 -0400
America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S.
Hear the world premiere of a piece by Samuel Adams — son of composer John Adams — and watch the orchestra's signature encore, from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:57:00 -0400
A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain
Milos, the one-named master of classical guitar, says the story of the instrument's 20th-century journey is told in the work of two Spanish composers. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:05:00 -0400

Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz
Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard." She digs up an old tune and calls two Monk numbers on this 1992 episode of the program. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:41:00 -0400
Charles Lloyd's Sangam On JazzSet
Charles Lloyd is celebrating his 75th birthday with a new album, Hagar's Song, and concert in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0400
Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow
The jazz pianist recovered from a coma in 2008 and was back on stage the next year. He hasn't slowed down since, and this month brings his latest album, a trio recording called Floating. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:03:00 -0400
Carmen Lundy On Piano Jazz
The contralto joined host Marian McPartland in 2000 to perform "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and Lundy's own piece, "Quiet Times." Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:54:00 -0400
'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered
"You have to see your unimportance before you can see your importance and your significance to the world," Haden told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1992. The bassist died on July 11. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:54:00 -0400
Tanglewood: Sessions and Lessons on Successful Composition
Not being exactly what one wants to hear seems like a pretty thin rationale for judging whether a piece of music succeeds or doesn’t. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:53:07 +0000
A Feedback Loop of Movement and Sound: Five Questions with Choreographer Cori Marquis
This week marks the Disquiet Junto’s 134th composition challenge and the assignment takes things in a fresh direction: score an already-filmed dance piece. The visual movement is complete, but its sound has yet to be crafted in response. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:23:55 +0000
Loudness Isn’t What It Used to Be: Southland Ensemble and Robert Ashley
The ensemble chose to perform their selection of Ashley’s works continuously without a break, sometimes even simultaneously. Boundaries were blurred—not just between the pieces themselves, but also between music and theater, between audience and performer, between performance and life. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:35:39 +0000
An Rx for Improvisation
Improvisation offers valuable educational applications and allows students to get their feet wet in the world of new music without being tied down to some of the technical challenges inherent in much modern repertoire. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:15:47 +0000
James Lee III—Don’t Miss a Chance
Whether inspired by history, Biblical texts, or purely sonic ideas, Baltimore-based composer James Lee III's music explores a landscape rich in color and rhythmic texture. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:44:17 +0000
OPERA America Headline RSS Feed
What is the Future of Arts Journalism?
Arts journalism is changing rapidly. Newspaper coverage has shifted, and the number of blogs and small magazines covering the arts has grown exponentially. While it’s uncertain what the structural changes in arts journalism will mean for the arts over the next twenty years, changes are happening and affecting audience participation. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
American Opera, Rising
Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed wrote a compelling piece last week exploring the state of opera in American cities and, notably, the increase in new American works of opera as a means of keeping the artistic discipline relevant and appealing to 21st-century American audiences. “The art form is not standing still,” he writes. “It’s growing, uncontrollably, by leaps and messy bounds.” Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Future of Classical Music
Classical music has thrived for centuries. But many say it is now facing its biggest challenges of all time, and risks becoming obsolete. Orchestras across the country face financial trouble, and there’s worry that the younger generations are connecting less and less with Brahms and Debussy. In response, many organizations are venturing into new musical and technological territory to attract loyal audiences…everything from intimate “living room” concerts organized on social media, to collaborations with pop and rock artists. A look at classical music’s place in society, and what’s in store for its future. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Following the orchestra leader
Since the Dimenna Center opened, another rehearsal space for the performing arts has sprung up in Manhattan. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Orchestra Faults Met Chief’s Record as a Lockout Looms
Facing a potential lockout that could halt work at the Metropolitan Opera when its labor contracts expire next week, representatives of the company’s orchestra sat down with the administration on Friday for their first across-the-table negotiating session since February. The meeting appeared to be less than harmonious. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
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
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All you need is… a Paul McCartney interview
So, there I was a few years back sitting in a wine bar in north London with one of my best friends and, on the table was a bottle of fizz and two glasses. It was quite an occasion, you see. The conversation was going something like this: ME: “But, he was just, you know Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:31:26 +0000


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