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NYT > Music
Festival Dressing at SXSW
Music lovers bring their unique style to Austin during the SXSW music festival. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Leon Bridges’s Retro Festival Style
Leon Bridges, a soul singer who made a splash at last weekend’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, talks about his style. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Review: Ibeyi, Twin Sisters and a Duo, Uses Songs to Show Roots
The many influences of Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, siblings with backgrounds in Cuba and France, were heard in their concert at the Music Hall. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Review: Trio 3 Shows Off Its Jazz Avant-Garde Pedigree
The group’s first set at the Village Vanguard this week moved briskly through its allotted hour, propelled by cooperative forces. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Review: Attacca Quartet Serves Up John Adams, With Dance as a Side Dish
The string ensemble played compositions by John Adams at the Metropolitan Museum, with dancers performing works by Francesca Harper inspired by the music. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400

NYT > Jazz
Review: Trio 3 Shows Off Its Jazz Avant-Garde Pedigree
The group’s first set at the Village Vanguard this week moved briskly through its allotted hour, propelled by cooperative forces. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Jazz Listings for March 27-April 2
A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Jazz Listings for March 20-26
A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Review: Charles Lloyd Returns to the Village Vanguard
Mr. Lloyd’s quartet performed at the New York club for the first time in about 40 years. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Review: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Bring Rhythmic Precision to Café Carlyle
Mr. Alpert’s trumpet solos were models of rhythmic precision, tonal subtlety and expressive understatement, executed without showboating. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400
parterre box
Oh, de’ verdi anni miei
"The Met’s revival of Verdi’s Ernani Friday night was every inch a tragic opera, though without being grand in any way. Its grisliest calamity was not the one the composer devised but rather one the production’s star, Plácido Domingo, brought on himself." Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:05:19 +0000
Birthdays are celebrated when they are no longer dangerous
To celebrate the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez, our friends at Opera Depot are offering a free download of excerpts from his epochal 1976 Ring cycle at Bayreuth as well as steep discounts on all other Bouleziana. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:58:40 +0000
On this day in 1955 "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the #1 record in the United States. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:34:07 +0000
Tale of the tape
As the Deutsche Grammophon producer for the 1972 Metropolitan Opera Carmen recording, I was delighted to read Patrick Mack’s review of its recent re-release on a surround-sound/stereo CD set. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:25:31 +0000
Curtain down! Kill the lights!
On this say in 1961 Gypsy closed at the Broadway Theater after 702 performances. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:23 +0000
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The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90
Claiming total freedom in sound and color — and making outrageous pronouncements — the tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:49:00 -0400
Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet
Derek Charke's Cercle du Nord III teems with the sounds of life — modern and ancient — in the Arctic. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:56:00 -0400
First Listen: Missy Mazzoli, 'Vespers For A New Dark Age'
With secular texts, soaring vocals and electronics, Mazzoli twists the traditional vesper prayer service to reflect our high-tech times. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:10:00 -0400
Detroit's 'Frida' Aims To Build Latino Audiences For Opera
The opera, based on the tumultuous lives of painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, coincides with a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year they lived in the city. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:11:00 -0400
Pretty Yende: An Opera Star Whose Rise Began With A Fall
A mishap in the South African soprano's Metropolitan Opera debut still makes her laugh, but that night ended with a standing ovation. Now she's in Los Angeles for The Marriage of Figaro. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 03:23:00 -0400

Anat Cohen's Roots Of Rio
The genre choro — the New Orleans jazz of Brazil — has long fascinated Cohen, a jazz-trained clarinet and saxophone player. Her new quartet Choro Aventuroso modernizes the music's rhythms and forms. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:35:00 -0400
Ingrid Jensen And Steve Treseler Play Kenny Wheeler
The late, distinctively melodic jazz trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler was quietly influential to generations of musicians. From the Pacific Northwest, two acolytes reimagine his catalog. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:46:07 -0400
'Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration' On Piano Jazz
Tony Bennett, Barbara Carroll, Bill Charlap, Chris Brubeck and more pay tribute to the grande dame of Piano Jazz. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:34:00 -0400
The Best Of Jazz Night In America, Season One (So Far)
From huge auditoriums to tiny basements, living legends to rising stars, watch highlights of the webcast, featuring Wynton Marsalis, Pedrito Martinez, Robert Glasper, Johnny O'Neal and Lou Donaldson. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:21:00 -0400
Behind The SFJAZZ Collective's Original Approach To Joe Henderson
For this season, each member of the all-star octet representing the San Francisco jazz institution wrote a new piece for the band, and rearranged a work by a saxophone master. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:56:00 -0400
There’s This Thing Happening: The New York Avant Garde Festival and Its Audience
Composers and performers who participated in experimental music festivals of the 1960s are relatively easy to find and talk to if you want to track them down. After all, many of them went on to established careers in the arts, and they have gigs and websites and email addresses. But audience members? People who just wandered in off the street? That’s a little more difficult. Where do you even start? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:30:22 +0000
In search of Musical Integration Between the United States and the Rest of the Americas
Today, across South America, one finds dozens of tourists from all over the world (including many from the United States) who wish to explore the richness of the region. But within the world of notated music, the situation is the opposite. In fact, we can no longer talk about Latin American as a single unit, given the lack of information that exists between its different countries. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:45:35 +0000
En busca de una integración musical entre Estados Unidos y el resto de las Américas
En cualquier lugar de Sudamérica uno se encuentra con decenas de turistas de todo el planeta (incluyendo muchos estadounidenses), que buscan explorar las riquezas de la zona. Ya está claro para ellos que no todo es selvas impenetrables, ni pequeños poblados de madera. Pero en el medio de la música de tradición escrita, también debemos hablar a la inversa. Incluso no podemos hablar de Latinoamérica como una entidad unitaria, ya que existe desinformación entre lo que hace un país y otro. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:45:16 +0000
Brahms’s Third Racket
There's no clearer way to see the creative thinking of a diverse group of musicians than to give them the same set of raw materials. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:28:28 +0000
Aaron Jay Kernis to Direct New Nashville Symphony Composer Lab & Workshop
The Nashville Symphony has announced a newly created Composer Lab & Workshop developed and guided by Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and composer Aaron Jay Kernis, who will serve as Workshop Director and Chairman of the Selection Panel. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:00:49 +0000
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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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