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Opera Performed By And For The Deaf? These Folks Are Giving It A Try

Victory Hall Opera in Charlottesville is working on a production of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites with Deaf performers acting the roles in American Sign Language alongside singers. The first workshops are happening at the end of this month. Reporter Thomas Floyd talks with the leader of Victory Hall Opera and stage director Alek Lev. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Charlottesville, Poulenc, Thomas Floyd, 02.18.20, Alek Lev


An Open-Ended, Ambiguous, Multi-Perspective Opera Made To Resist Reduction

Yuval Sharon: “If there was a straightforward message, there would certainly be simpler and more direct ways to communicate it than by creating this enormous operatic experience. Opera’s power lies in its complexity and its ability to create complication, to help us experience complex visions of the world. It’s something we need more and more desperately and why I think opera has an underestimated political power. Reducibility, along with didacticism, has been something all of us have ac...
Tags: Art, Music, Yuval Sharon, 02.17.20


John Eliot Gardiner On Period-Instrument Beethoven

“What you get in a period orchestra are three things: greater individuality of timbre, more transparency of texture and an increased dynamism once all the instruments are stretched to their absolute maximum capacity of volume and expressivity. If you attempt that with a modern symphony orchestra, there will always be a certain comfort factor, a plushness, which, I feel, doesn’t help the listener to savor all that is most original in the score. It can sound a tad too comfortable.” – The New York...
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, John Eliot Gardiner, 02.14.20


How Musicians Are Starting To Grapple With The Climate Impact Of Touring

“It seems to me that the only solution commensurate with the scale of the problem is fundamentally changing the way musicians work. We have to stop seeing it as reasonable that we’d play in Barcelona one day, London the next, and New York two days later. And stop seeing it as reasonable that, at a big festival in Barcelona, fifty thousand out of the hundred thousand people there have flown from the U.K. to attend.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, New York, London, Barcelona, 02.18.20


Papooz: Figs and Gorgonzola

French dance-pop duo Papooz (composed of rhythm guitarist Armand Penicaut and vocalist/lead guitarist Ulysse Cottin) returns with “Figs and Gorgonzola,” a laid back and charming tale of love. The comfortably catchy single follows up the group’s well-received 2019 album release, Night Sketches. Papooz will embark upon a North American tour starting 18 February in Brooklyn.
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Listenup, New Music, French music, Papooz, Armand Penicaut, Ulysse Cottin


How to build an artist website

For great self-promotion we all know how important it is to be active on all social site. A website can also be a great central location for your fans to find you online. A website should be two things, clean and intuitive. So what can a website provide that Facebook can’t? While a timeline of your activity can be a good medium for fans keep track of your on goings, a clean all in one area with neatly filed pages for news, events, media, etc. helps fans find exactly what they’re after in s...
Tags: Mobile, Facebook, Music, Design, News, Events, Blog, Social Media, Gallery, Forum, How To, Html, Merch, Clean, About, Develop


U.S. Girls: 4 American Dollars

A playful tune about the perils of living in our money-driven society, “4 American Dollars” by U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) features poignant lyrics about the inner workings of our economy and Remy’s bank balance: “In this world where they say: ‘It’s not personal, it’s business’ / Moving numbers from account to account / Keeping secrets in an offshore fount / My money is quick to count / I …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Pop, Soul, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Pop Music, Remy, U.S. Girls, Meghan Remy


The Journey of Being

 “The Journey Of Being” was screened as part of “Immersive Art Festival”, at “Atelier des Lumieres” in Paris, France. Using 140 video projectors and a spatialised... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Art, Videos, Music, Experimental, Projection, Paris France, Atelier des Lumieres


NYT’s Classical Music Critic Hosts A House Concert

Zachary Woolfe: “For someone who’s never grown quite used to my late-night subway journey home after an opera, it was hard to turn down a performance that would take place a few steps from bed.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, ZACHARY WOOLFE, 02.14.20


The NYT’s Classical Music Critic Hosts A House Concert

Zachary Woolfe: “For someone who’s never grown quite used to my late-night subway journey home after an opera, it was hard to turn down a performance that would take place a few steps from bed.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, ZACHARY WOOLFE, 02.14.20


Word of Mouth: Nashville

Tennessee's capital appeals for more than its music, neon signs and cowboy boots Part of the appeal of Tennessee’s capital city lies in its ability to retain its storied history as a lively, talent-rich musical destination while also thriving as a bustling metropolis of cultural institutions, worthy accommodation, excellent dining and more. Nashville has experienced significant growth over the past two decades, but plenty of …
Tags: Travel, Music, Design, Shopping, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Markets, Tennessee, Cafes, Nashville, Stores, Accomodation, Coffee Shops, Breweries, Dive Bars


Can The Worldwide Vinyl Boom Recover From The Apollo Factory Fire?

A billion dollar industry dependent on one factory in California? That’s physical manufacturing, so perhaps not. The factory, where 75 percent of the world’s blank lacquers were made, burned in early February. “Pressing plants and mastering engineers are assessing the future. Some have expressed fear that the fire will disrupt the global production of new album releases and slow the seemingly endless supply of reissues that major labels churn out.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, California, Los Angeles, 02.14.20


After Robert Massey Has One Year As CEO, The Louisville Orchestra Moves Him On

Massey claims the separation of ways was a mutual decision and adds that “the job was not what he expected when he came to Louisville a year ago from Florida, where he had been the president and CEO of the Jacksonville Symphony for four years.” – Louisville Courier Journal
Tags: Art, Music, Florida, Louisville, MASSEY, Jacksonville Symphony, Robert Massey, 02.14.20


Listen Up

Country-inflected pop, chopped-up Beyonce samples, carnivalesque chaos and more music from this week King Princess: Ohio After performing “Ohio” live with consistency since her first tour, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) finally releases an official recording and music video for the fan-favorite track. Both the song and visuals begin with quiet intimacy, and the latter introduces Straus wearing her theatrical Cheap Queen look. As with …
Tags: Music, Design, Beyonce, Disco, Music Videos, Garage Rock, Country, Pop, The Strokes, Ohio, Grimes, Synths, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Julian Casablancas


When Airlines Break Musicians’ Instruments

The stakes are high. Not only does a musician have an emotional connection to their instrument, but a break, even if it is repaired to pristine condition, can bring down a valuable instrument’s price. It is also highly likely that a musician traveling with an instrument is on their way to their next gig. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, 02.14.20


This Composer Just Made History At The Oscars. Get To Know Her Music With These Seven Pieces

Hildur Guðnadóttir is actually three-quarters of the way to an EGOT: she has an Oscar (and a Golden Globe) for her score to The Joker and an Emmy and a Grammy for her music for HBO’s Chernobyl. “But it’s on her own, and in the occasional duo or trio setting, that Guðnadóttir has established her signature sound: a moving fusion of ambient drone and contemporary classical that places an emphasis on her exceptionally controlled tone; she’s capable of conjuring entire worlds out of just a few caref...
Tags: Art, Music, Hbo, Golden Globe, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Guðnadóttir, 02.11.20


World’s Largest Music Label Says It Will List On The Stock Market

The news of a planned stock market flotation of Universal comes hot on the heels of a similar announcement by its smaller rival Warner Music Group. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, 02.14.20


Tame Impala: Is It True

From Tame Impala’s newest album, The Slow Rush, “Is It True” spotlights the band’s affection for funk-inspired bass lines and percussion. Strutting and sultry, the track’s instrumental sets the scene for frontman Kevin Parker’s love song: “We started talkin’ ’bout devotion / The kind that goes on eternally / And I tell her I’m in love with her / But, how can I know that I’ll …
Tags: Music, Design, Tame Impala, Dance, Culture, Bass, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Kevin Parker, Psych, Psych-Pop, Psychedelic Funk


Kelis: Kaleidoscope 20th Anniversary Edition

20 years ago, Kelis released her game-changing debut record Kaleidoscope—an album that synthesized countless genres and dismissed all rules of R&B and pop music. With cosmic sound effects and Middle Eastern influences (among others), the production was done by The Neptunes, while Kelis bounced from rich, smoky jazzy vocals on one track, to whispering on another, and wailing and screaming on the next. This limited …
Tags: Music, Design, Pop, Records, Vinyl, Jazz, Limited Edition, Rb, Kelis, Funk, Neptunes


Denied Visas, Siberian State Symphony Cancels U.S. Tour

The 81-musician orchestra, based in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk (a few hundred miles northeast of where the borders of Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, and Russia meet), was to have made a two-week tour in February and March of regional cities in California, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. U.S. Customs and Immigration Services gave no reason for the denial of the visas. – Orange County Register (California)
Tags: Art, Music, Russia, Krasnoyarsk, 02.13.20, Mongolia China Kazakhstan, Massachusetts U S Customs and Immigration Services


The sound of music is what the grooves on this aluminum turntable represent!

Everyone loves a quintessential vinyl turntable. There’s something simply so magical and iconic about them! However, there hasn’t been much variation and experimentation when it comes to these turntable designs. Hence, product designer Yani Vandenbranden wanted to create a turntable that sets itself apart. A design that extends beyond an ordinary turntable, or what she calls a “360-degree product”. Vandenbranden’s turntable Bo is innovative and interesting. Crafted primarily from aluminum, Bo...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Product Design, Bo, B&O, Vinyl Turntable, Yani Vandenbranden, Vandenbranden


The world’s thinnest truly-wireless earphones don’t feel like a floss-box in your pocket

In the interest of consumer-friendliness, someone designed what is arguably the most satisfying pair of truly wireless earphones. The CARD20, as they’re called, come with a coveted iF 2020 Design Award for being incredibly slim, pocket-friendly, yet as robust and long-lasting as other truly wireless earphones on the market. They feature a capsule-shaped design that measures a stunning half-inch in thickness, allowing them to slide right into your pocket without creating that unsightly bulge. T...
Tags: Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Product Design, Portable Audio, AirPods, Truly Wireless Earphones, CARD20, Thinnest, YOBYBO


Rubbish mixtape: fan reunited with cassette 25 years after losing it

Stella Wedell astounded to spot tape in exhibition of art made out of plastic marine debrisA music fan has been reunited with a cassette tape she lost while on holiday 25 years ago after it washed up on a beach hundreds of miles away.Stella Wedell was 12 when she took the tape on a Spanish holiday to listen to songs by the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Shaggy and Bob Marley on her Walkman. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Environment, UK News, World news, Culture, Pollution, Art and design, Bob Marley, Plastics, Stella Wedell


Scottish Conservatory Suspends Teachers For “Bullying” Culture In Course Others Call Visionary

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has vowed to act after an independent review of one of its leading degree programmes highlighted allegations of “bullying, favouritism and misuse of authority”. – The Scotsman
Tags: Art, Music, Scotland, 02.12.20


Meet Seattle Opera’s Scholar In Residence, First Of Her Kind In The U.S.

“As scholar in residence, [Naomi] André acts as an adviser to help Seattle Opera become more inclusive, both for audiences and behind the scenes. … Her most visible role involves a series of free, public community conversations that invite audiences to question problematic social themes and portrayals of marginalized communities in opera while appreciating the artistic elements that continue to hold up.” – The Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Seattle Opera, 02.12.20, Meet Seattle Opera, Naomi -RSB- André


Grimes: Delete Forever

Written the night Lil Peep passed away, “Delete Forever” is pretty and airy, despite tackling the topic of opioid addiction. From Grimes’ fifth album Miss Anthropocene, the tune begins with acoustic guitar (reminiscent of “Wonderwall” by Oasis) before the beat kicks in around the 50-second mark. With country-inflected violin and banjo, the song has a different sound from the Canadian musician’s recent releases, but her …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Country, Culture, Grimes, Oasis, Acoustic Guitar, Listenup, New Music, Synthpop


The End Of Music Snobbery

The much-discussed “death of the snob” in the internet era explains part of the shift on display. Even though some High Fidelity–style shops catering to vinyl collectors have survived the extinction of big-box retailers, streaming and downloads have chipped away at the super-listener’s pretexts for arrogance: special knowledge (entire discographies are now explorable with a click), special access (few B sides can hide from Google), and curatorial chops (algorithms can DJ your life). – Th...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, 03.20


Radio New Zealand Kills Plan To Kill Its Classical Station

“The RNZ board has backed down on the decision to take Concert off the FM transmission. The move comes after widespread criticism from the arts community and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement yesterday that the Government would free up unused FM broadband spectrum to keep the station where it is.” – The New Zealand Herald
Tags: Art, Music, Jacinda Ardern, RNZ, 02.11.20


Philly Pops Music Director Abruptly Replaced After Seven Months

Todd Ellison’s contract took effect last July 1, and on January 21 he and the Pops “separated,” according to a statement from the orchestra. Principal guest conductor David Charles Abell has been appointed music director effective immediately, and he starts on a new three-year contract next July. – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philly, Todd Ellison, 02.12.20, David Charles Abell


Okay Kaya’s Valentine’s Day Playlist for COOL HUNTING

"I wanna tickle that little part of the back of people’s brains," the Norwegian musician tells us “Making a playlist for someone is a big deal to me,” Norwegian singer/songwriter Okay Kaya (aka Kaya Wilkins) says, when discussing the Valentine’s Day playlist she crafted for us. “I wanna tickle that little part of the back of people’s brains.” But ultimately, she says the question “Will …
Tags: Music, Design, Disco, Pop, Culture, Indie, Playlists, Folk, Songwriters, Singers, Valentines Day, Kaya, Okay Kaya, Kaya Wilkins



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