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Monday, March 23, 2015
Just as we hit springtime (finally!), I think I've found the happiest song to greet the season. It comes courtesy of Tal National, a band from the West African country of Niger. This rollicking track is called "Zoy Zoy," which is also the name of their new album.
Tal National ...
Sunday, March 22, 2015
The eyes of the pop music world are on Austin, Texas this week. Thousands of bands and fans have descended upon the city for the South by Southwest music festival. Austin is also home to its own music scene year-round — and one of its more unusual groups ...
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Ethan Hawke might strike you as an unlikely guide to classical music. But in directing his first documentary, Seymour: An Introduction, he created an intriguing and ultimately profoundly moving tribute to a largely unknown artist, 86-year-old pianist Seymour Bernstein.
A student of Clifford Curzon, Nadia Boulanger and Georges ...
Friday, March 06, 2015
Friday, March 06, 2015
It was supposed to be a celebratory occasion, a high-profile performance of a piece given life by the orchestra that commissioned it — a young composer's music played by other young musicians.
Instead, the performance scheduled for Sunday of Jonas Tarm's music at Carnegie Hall by the highly regarded ...
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
One of the best recently released music documentaries — The Last Song Before The War — wasn't originally supposed to be about music.
American filmmaker Kiley Kraskouskas was living in Germany in the fall of 2010. "I'd previously been doing graduate work in sociology at New York University, ...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Friday, February 06, 2015
Monday, February 02, 2015
Pianist Aldo Ciccolini was born in Naples, Italy, but he had a French soul. A passionate champion of French composers, he recorded more than 50 albums, mostly of French repertoire, and along the way championed many underrepresented French composers, especially Erik Satie. Ciccolini died overnight Saturday at age ...
Thursday, January 29, 2015
This month, I'm very sad to mark the passings of two great artists who used their talents to larger ends.
Born in Paris to Swiss and French Alsatian parents, Julien Jalâl Eddine Weiss was unlikely to become one of the great bulwarks of Arab classical music. He died on January ...
Monday, January 26, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Pill popping, pot smoking, back-stabbing, bed hopping and tantrum throwing — now we're talking classical music! At least that's what the new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle would have us believe is all in a day's work for orchestra musicians. The 10-part series is based on a tell-all book ...
Sunday, January 04, 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Every year, when I put together this list, I see the same question arise: What is world music? (A better, and even less answerable question: What isn't world music?)
So, so much stunningly beautiful music, with amazing insights and great beats, is being made all around the globe. There are ...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Most years, Tom Huizenga and I spend a lot of time after Thanksgiving and well into December battling over — or, more truthfully, having many friendly but spirited discussions about — which recordings should comprise our 10 favorites of the year. We each come up with a list of 10, ...
Monday, December 01, 2014
For the past few years, member station Q2 in New York City has been enlisting listeners in a thought-provoking year-end poll. Forget the best music of the last year — what are the very best compositions of the last century?
What I really like is that by stipulating ...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Legendary Lebanese singer and movie actress Sabah, an icon across the Arab world for decades, died today in Beirut. Married at least nine times, this mega-star of stage and screen was both completely unconventional and wildly popular, making more than 90 movies and releasing more than 50 albums.
She specialized ...