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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
An astonishing conversation has emerged in the weeks since Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught began her run as Octavian at the Glyndebourne Festival in England. Erraught was excoriated by a handful of male London critics for her weight — prompting a widespread backlash on her behalf in the aftermath ...
Thursday, May 29, 2014
This month's pick of music from around the globe is, for the most part, lifted from current events. From a propaganda song that conquered Egypt in the run-up to the new round of presidential elections to a throwback to a very little-known chapter of the late Maya Angelou's ...
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Composer and singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane says that the inspiration for his new album, The Ambassador, is 10 buildings in Los Angeles — appropriate, given what a gifted musical architect he is.
The Ambassador is structured as a set of 10 vignettes, each a meditation on life in ...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Maybe the production team for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette has a newly acquired taste for high Cs and Wagnerian levels of personality conflict, but this reality-show franchise has suddenly made a habit of casting aspiring opera singers.
The newest edition of The Bachelorette premieres Monday night, with tenor Bradley ...
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Here's the starting point for the story of Seun Kuti: He's the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. He began playing with his father's band Egypt 80 at age 8 — and took it over upon his father's death just six years later.
(If you don't happen ...
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Friday, May 09, 2014
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
What's new to keep us chugging along after what was — at least in New York — a punishingly long and bleak winter? High-energy music that feels like a jolt of desperately needed sunshine.
This month, we've got five tracks that are all about joy, from a teasing Trinidadian soca ...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A German quartet calling themselves the Salut Salon is surging in social media right now with a bout of one-upwomanship that mixes together music, acrobatics and some good slapstick timing.
Classical comedy isn't new, of course. Just for starters, there's Igudesman and Joo (whom we've had perform in ...
Thursday, April 03, 2014
By now, you may have heard about Kwasi Enin, the impressive young man from Long Island who has been accepted into the classes of 2018 at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale (all eight Ivy League universities) as well as Duke and three ...
Monday, March 31, 2014
Each month, we're bringing you sounds that are rocking the world from destinations near and far. In March, the chart-toppers and new tracks represent some fascinating — and occasionally uncomfortable — juxtapositions. For example, in India, a Muslim song is now side-by-side in popularity with a Hinglish (that's Hindi/English) paean ...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
We had so much fun taping cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble's Field Recording, we couldn't stop at just one selection, so we recorded the group's four talented percussionists in a deep groove.
They're playing a piece written by Shane Shanahan called Saidi Swing. While it's ...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Most every Kronos Quartet fan who has followed the group through its four-decade career has a favorite Kronos moment. Mine is from around 1990 in El Paso, Texas, when a performance of Istvan Marta's powerfully evocative Doom. A Sigh caused me to hyperventilate right there in the theater. ...