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John Luther Adams – Composer Of Places

“What sets Mr. Adams’s seething, shimmering, preternaturally patient sound forces apart is their absence of a definable human anchor. The pieces that make up the “Become” trilogy are neither stories about nature nor pictures of it. Rather, as Mr. Adams writes in an essay accompanying the excellent recordings, ‘this is music that aspires to the condition of place’.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Adams, John Luther Adams, 11.26.20


A Better Way To Give Concerts?

Stephen Hough: “One issue I wrote about that seems to have struck a chord with readers was the idea of removing the interval and having shorter concerts, lasting around 60-80 minutes, perhaps at different starting times, and even repeating them on the same night. Since the pandemic struck this shrunken format has quickly become the norm, a neat solution to comply with new health and safety requirements … and I’ve loved it.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Stephen Hough, 11.29.20


In 2020, The Performing Arts Livestream Winter Holidays

Members of Live Arts Maryland might be practicing outdoors, as far apart as possible, with earmuffs and scarves on, but on the day of their performance, “individual performers in A Celebration of Christmas will sing carols from their homes and will be joined, online, by an orchestra ensemble in a YouTube livestream.” – Baltimore Sun
Tags: Art, Music, Maryland, Audience, 11.28.20


And Yet, A Live Performance Truly Beats Livestreaming

Ireland is reopening in some ways, but arts venues are expecting a third wave of coronavirus infections and another shutdown after Christmas. How should they plan? “Covid-19 has profoundly changed parts of our world. Business travel has been killed by the Zoom call. The absurdity of the daily rush hour has been exposed by home working. Some of these changes may turn out to be permanent. But when it comes to art and culture, lockdown has revealed a contrary truth: live will always be better than...
Tags: Art, Music, Ireland, 11.28.20


In Praise Of Classical Music Radio

Radio in particular – and Portland’s All Classical in particular. There’s a lot of media nowadays, and a lot of choices to make – perhaps too many. “Radio cuts through all that. You make one decision – tune to a station – and then passively take in whatever it has to offer. Maybe it’s a bunch of Haydn or Mingus, maybe it’s an hour of spooky Irish music, maybe it’s interviews with local composers you’ve never heard of playing music composed by kids who go to school with yours.” – Oregon ArtsWatc...
Tags: Art, Music, Oregon, Radio, Portland, Haydn, 11.27.20


The Carols From Kings Will Go On, To An Audience Of No One

No one except the BBC, of course. “For many of us, it is the moment when Christmas really starts: the soaring voice of a boy soloist at King’s College, Cambridge opening its iconic Christmas Eve service with Once in Royal David’s City.” No one will be in the pews this year. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Bbc, Cambridge, King 's College, 11.29.20


The Musician Taking Wedding Gigs To Survive The Pandemic

Survive monetarily, that is. And psychologically. “There’s definitely a part of me that puts myself in these risky situations just to feel some sense of normalcy. My sister, a Ph.D. clinical psychologist, agrees. She says the damage this apocalyptic Groundhog Day is doing to performers’ psyche is as bad, if not worse, than the financial hardships we’re facing. After all, for many of us professional entertainers, our work is also intertwined with our social lives. It’s much more than just a payc...
Tags: Art, Music, 11.27.20


Don’t Miss: A weekly round-up of virtual and in-person events

From art exhibitions to live jazz, we’ve got your weekend programming sorted The post Don’t Miss: A weekly round-up of virtual and in-person events appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Comfort, Jazz, Friday, Sarah Evans, Neo Muyanga, Untitled Basement, Robin Fassie-Kock, Sisonke Xonti, Stevenson gallery, Don’t Miss, Ancient Voices and Friends, Bkhz gallery, Blake Hellaby, Call Me when You Get There, Darren English


Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Nov. 26-Dec. 3

  Leon Keer’s “In Case of Lost Childhood,” acrylic on hand cut wood panel, is part of the “Nexus Three” online exhibit from Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale. (Photo courtesy of Leon Keer/Brand Library and Art Center)   Take a chance on cultural and educational experiences, Nov. 26-Dec. 3   EVENTS   Los Angeles Christmas Market: A pop-up shopping experience, opens 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 27. Check website on Covid-19 precautions. Photo with Santa Claus — in a sleigh with non-reflective...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Music, Comedy, Movies, Abc, California, La, Israel, Christmas, America, Los Angeles, Events, Sport, Dance


The Beatles Create an Abstract Collaborative Painting, Images of a Woman, During Three Days of Lockdown in Japan (1966)

One of the earliest known non-human visual artists, Congo the chimpanzee, learned to draw in 1956 at the age of two. Moody, fiercely protective of his work, and particular about his process, he made around 400 drawings and paintings in a style described as “lyrical abstract impressionism.” He appeared several times on British television before his death in 1964. He counted Picasso among his fans and, in a 2005 auction, outsold Warhol and Renoir. One wonders if whoever gave the four-headed beast...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, Japan, England, London, College, Congo, Tokyo, Warhol, John, Candlestick Park, Ringo, Monterrey, Picasso, George


La Scala Cancels Staged Opening Night, Will Do Gala Instead

The gala will star Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna and Jonas Kaufmann on the night of its traditional Dec. 7 season-opener, instead of the planned staging of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” in keeping with restrictions imposed to stop the coronavirus’ deadly spread. – AP
Tags: Art, Music, Donizetti, Jonas Kaufmann, 11.25.20, Placido Domingo Roberto Alagna


Of Long-Gone Jazz Clubs And Race

Oral histories suggest that jazz musicians have related to each other with more ease than can be found in other parts of the culture. At the same time, there’s no doubt that venues in general were hostile to racial mixing. So the degree to which jazz — the music and the business — contributed to a progressive model of race relations is an open question, one that generates many different opinions. – ArtsFuse
Tags: Art, Music, 11.24.20


Classical Grammy Nominations: Dudamel/LA Phil, Danielpour’s ‘Passion of Yeshua’, Met’s ‘Porgy and Bess’, Ted Hearne’s ‘Place’

Richard Danielpour’s oratorio, performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic under JoAnn Falletta. was nominated in three categories; the Metropolitan Opera’s recording of Gershwin’s opera received two nods, as did the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s release of the complete symphonies of Charles Ives, Thomas Adès’s Piano Concerto (with Kirill Gershtein and the Boston Symphony), and composer Ted Hearne’s staged oratorio Place. Both Adès and the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas have two diff...
Tags: Art, Music, Los Angeles, Yeshua, Gershwin, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bess, Boston Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, JoAnn Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic, Ted Hearne, Ades, Richard Danielpour, 11.24.20


Yo Yo Ma Reflects On Life And Music

Music is not one thing. It’s something that people react to. But your question — “Is that good or bad?” — it depends on circumstances and individuals and timing. The invention of something starts out being more or less value-neutral. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Yo Yo Ma, 11.24.20


Houston Grand Opera Managing Director To Depart; Company To Reorganize Leadership

Currently HGO is overseen by artistic and musical director Patrick Summers and Perryn Leech as managing director, with both reporting to the board of directors. The company’s new leadership structure will result in a new general director who will serve as a single point of leadership, to whom Summers will report as HGO’s artistic and musical director. – Opera News
Tags: Art, Music, Houston, Summers, Patrick Summers, HGO, Perryn Leech, 11.20.20


Solo's Vinyl Release Comes With Incredible New Star Wars Artwork

It’s a given that Star Wars movies have great music. So when there’s a vinyl release of one of the soundtracks, the package better have artwork to match. Thankfully, Mondo has done just that for Solo: A Star Wars Story. The company recruited César Moreno to do brand new illustrations for an exclusive release, and it’s…Read more...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Music, Science, Disney, Soundtrack, Vinyl, Han Solo, Exclusive, Lucasfilm, John Williams, Mondo, John Powell, Cesar Moreno, Solo A Star Wars Story


Josh Kosman: My Encounters With Classical Music

“If you think of Classical Music as a vast and imposing monolith, with both words capitalized, it isn’t an easy thing to take on within a single encounter. Individual pieces, on the other hand, are like people — each one quirky and distinctive, and each one carrying the promise of a lifelong acquaintance.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, Josh Kosman, 11.23.20


Is This The Dream Sheet Music App We’ve Been Waiting For?

“Artificial intelligence experts working with musicologists at a Berlin startup have spent years gathering hundreds of thousands of published scores and creating digital editions of each of them. The Enote app will give musicians the chance to interact with sheet music by instantly transposing it, switching between movements or measures, turning pages, changing the size of scores, and printing them on the go.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, 11.20.20


A Musical Breakdown Of How Steve McQueen Scored His New Movies

McQueen goes through his thought process for the film Lovers Rock. “West Indian people, Black people, were not welcome into clubs. Therefore, people thought, ‘You know what? We’ll make our own.’ So front rooms used to be turned into discos. People just roll up their carpets, get their couch, and a coffee table, whatever, put it in the spare room, and make that front room a venue for a club.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Music, Steve McQueen, Mcqueen, 11.22.20


Can’t Travel, Can’t Go To Concerts, But This Irish Cellist On YouTube Is Bringing The Joy

Like many musicians, Irish cellist Patrick Dexter decided to post performances to YouTube during Irish lockdown. He thought, well, what the heck, now I have time to play music outside for other people. “The open-air recitals, shot outside his picturesque cottage in Mayo on the rural west coast, have been viewed millions of times.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, Mayo, 11.20.20, Patrick Dexter


How The Houston Symphony Returned To The Stage For Live Performances

To be honest, part of the reason this could even be tried was that the governor of Texas didn’t institute a wide lockdown. That said, the symphony, which resumed weekly live concerts in July, consulted researchers from Rice to figure out where “microparticles” from musicians go within the symphony hall, and to institute better ventilation and filtration systems. (But the concerts have a livestreaming option for audience members who are not persuaded.) – Houston Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, Texas, Audience, Rice, 11.19.20


The Met Is Offering Opera Workers Pandemic Paychecks – In Exchange For Big, Lasting Cuts

The offer for a paycheck would be very tempting – but it comes with 30 percent pay cuts post-pandemic, ones that wouldn’t be recovered even if the opera company recovers. “The unions that work with the Met are against making such significant concessions that could affect workers long after the most severe impacts of the pandemic subside, and have accused management of taking advantage of the outbreak in order to get them to agree to cost-cutting measures.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 11.20.20


The Rock Critic Who Decided To Rewrite Classical Music History

Paul Morley “still writes about rock today, when asked, but his focus has shifted. His current mission is to inspire rock fans to explore and love classical music. An admirable aim, as far as it goes.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Paul Morley, 11.19.20


AI-Powered Virtual Sheet Music Could Be Game-Changer For Musicians

Artificial intelligence experts working with musicologists at a Berlin startup have spent years gathering hundreds of thousands of published scores and creating digital editions of each of them. The Enote app will give musicians the chance to interact with sheet music by instantly transposing it, switching between movements or measures, turning pages, changing the size of scores, and printing them on the go. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, 11.20.20


Most Musicians Earn Tiny Pittances From Streaming. China May Have A Solution

“On several streaming platforms under the umbrella of China’s Tencent Music … micropayments from fans help compensate artists where royalties fall short. This has partially allowed artists to do some smaller-scale hustling every time they release a new album. In part it’s given them a digital tip jar. But it hasn’t been all small change. … [And] there’s no reason why Tencent Music’s model can’t be applied beyond China.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Music, China, Tencent, Audience, 11.20.20


Academy of Ancient Music, Leading Baroque Orchestra, Names New Director

Under its founder, the late Christopher Hogwood, the AAM made many pathbreaking recordings, including the first period-instrument releases of the complete Mozart symphonies, Bach’s Magnificat, and four Handel oratorios, including Messiah; with Hogwood and his successor, Richard Egarr, the orchestra has built up a discography of more than 200 titles. Taking the reins from Egarr in the fall of 2021 will be harpsichordist/conductor Laurence Cummings, currently director of the International Handel ...
Tags: Art, Music, Germany, Bach, Handel, Richard Egarr, Hogwood, Christopher Hogwood, London Handel Festival, Egarr, Laurence Cummings, 11.18.20, Academy of Ancient Music Leading Baroque Orchestra, International Handel Festival Göttingen


Don’t Miss: Our weekly round-up of virtual and in-person events

From art exhibitions to film festivals, we’ve got your entertainment covered this weekend to the next The post Don’t Miss: Our weekly round-up of virtual and in-person events appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Music, Film, Events, Friday, Film Festivals, Goodman Gallery, Gender-based Violence, Moffie, African Cypher, Aluta Amada, Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising, Cassi Namoda, Creative Uprising, Don’t Miss, Inkaba Yami


The Opera That Changed Everything: Mark Swed On ‘Einstein On The Beach’

“Almost nothing about what composer Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson put onstage was opera. Einstein has no narrative. Einstein has no Einstein, even though a great many onstage are dressed in the iconic image of frizzy-haired scientist. Einstein on the Beach has no beach. … Everything about [the piece] seemed new and revelatory in 1976. … When the Metropolitan Opera presented the touring production that fall after an ecstatic European tour, in which every seat at every performance was s...
Tags: Art, Music, Einstein, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Mark Swed, America Los Angeles, 11.18.20


How To Sing Opera In Mandarin Chinese

Katherine Chu and Juliet Petrus, both alumnae of San Francisco Opera’s Merola/Adler young artists’ program, have written “the first book to introduce Mandarin as a language for singing, with a detailed explanation for the creation of sounds and a system for learning them. … Singing in Mandarin combines a brief study of linguistics, notes about the history of China and Taiwan, the development and significance of Pinyin …, a wealth of information about Mandarin pronunciation, and scores with mult...
Tags: Art, Music, China, San Francisco, Taiwan, San Francisco Opera, Juliet Petrus, 11.16.20, Katherine Chu, Merola Adler


Simon Stålenhag directed a music video for Duvchi

I'm a big fan of Simon Stålenhag (previously at BB) but found the screen production of Tales from the Loop more cold and distant than his disarming, monumental artwork. His own directorial debut, though, is full of warm magic: the video for Geronimo, a song from Duvchi's forthcoming album This Kind of Ocean [Amazon]. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, Music, News, Simon Stalenhag, Geronimo, Duvchi, Ocean -LSB- Amazon



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