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Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism and Music That Lives It: The Doors, Pink Floyd and...Drake?

Oct 2014 14:49PM EDT

Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 50 years ago, which he immediately turned down, citing that no author "should allow himself to be turned into an institution." A somewhat ironic argument considering the institution that his arguments have become in the world of philosophy. Although not the inventor of existentialism, Sartre was at the apex of the doctrine during its rise in popularity following World War II. Music Times gathered a few songs that can be seen as representing Sartre's thought process and we hope that all you philosophy majors will lay off if we blur some lines. This is dense stuff.READ MORE

Kenny G

Kenny G Visits Hong Kong Protests, Angers Chinese Government

Oct 2014 14:45PM EDT

Smooth jazz superstar Kenny G has come under fire by the Chinese government for his involvement in Hong Kong’s ongoing Occupy Central pro-democracy movement. As reported by the "South China Morning Post," the 56-year-old saxophonist made an appearance at the city’s main protest site, posing for photos with fans and sending out a tweet wishing for a peaceful resolution to the protests, which upset the Chinese government.READ MORE

Itamar Zorman

Classicalite Q&A with Violinist Itamar Zorman

Oct 2014 09:42AM EDT

Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman, winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, has been furthering his stellar young career with new recordings, prestigious bookings, and recognition, having received a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant. As he prepares for his "Distinctive Debut" concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on November 5, he took some time to speak with us about his background and career.READ MORE

Twin Cities Opera and Choral Composer, Stephen Paulus, Dies at 65

Twin Cities Opera and Choral Composer Stephen Paulus Dies at 65

Oct 2014 09:38AM EDT

A leading figure in Minnesota's classical composing circle and an author of nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces, Stephen Paulus has died. He was 65. The Twin Cities composer, who might be best known for his 1982 opera "The Postman Always Rings Twice," suffered a stroke last year that had been affecting his health up until he died Sunday, Oct. 19.READ MORE

Joyce DiDonato Performs Titles from 'Stella di Napoli' at Brooklyn's Gowanus Ballroom

Joyce DiDonato Performs Titles from 'Stella di Napoli' at Brooklyn's Gowanus Ballroom

Oct 2014 09:31AM EDT

Opera darling Joyce DiDonato brought classic opera to a surprisingly up-tempo showroom — or in this case, ballroom. Yes, DiDonato's performance at the Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn, where she sang off her new album "Stella di Napoli," was one to be remembered.READ MORE

Nick Prohn Orchestra

WATCH: Orchestra Plays Unforgettable Rendition of Rage Against the Machine's 'Killing in the Name' [VIDEO]

Oct 2014 15:03PM EDT

Perhaps the most badass orchestral project of all time is underway, and the creator is in need of financial backing. Nick Proch, a Phoenix-based composer, has been using his full, professional orchestra to pump out 1990s covers, and he wants to record a full album of rock hits. Right now, the only evidence we have of the project's legitimacy is a cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name," which rocks so much harder than anything else you will hear today.READ MORE

James Blake

Mixtape Monday: This Week's Newest Tracks For Sharing

Oct 2014 10:46AM EDT

Each and every week we put together our favorite tracks that had premiered a few days prior into one magnificent mixtape to share with you and your friends. This time around we've decided to share new songs from James Blake, Beach House, LUH., Wilder Maker and more right here!READ MORE

Russian Bass, Ildar Abdrazakov, Performs in The Metropolitan Opera's Production of 'Prince Igor,' Opening September 22

Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov Stars in 'Le Nozze di Figaro' at Met Opera, Borodin's 'Prince Igor' Opening October 22

Oct 2014 09:25AM EDT

In the case of world-renowned, Russian-born bass Ildar Abdrazakov, 37, Italian opera has made him a premiere singer in the operatic world. A native of Ufa, capital of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, Ildar now has taken his voice to a new level, and he will perform in the Metropolitan Opera's production of 'Prince Igor,' to open Oct. 22.READ MORE

Olga Bell

UPDATE: Sound/Source Features Dirty Projectors's Olga Bell's 'Krai,' Vicky Chow, Alvin Lucier, Tristan Perich, New Amsterdam Records at MoMa PS1

Oct 2014 09:20AM EDT

This fall, New Amsterdam Records will present Sound/Source, an all-day electronic music festival at MoMA PS1. Produced in collaboration with L3M, the Oct. 19 event will feature Tyondai Braxton, Paul Lansky with members of Roomful of Teeth, Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich, Holly Herndon, Alvin Lucier and Huerco S.READ MORE

Guns n' Roses - "Use Your Illusion" (1991)

7 Artists Who Have Released Two Albums at Once

Oct 2014 17:02PM EDT

Recently, pop legend Prince returned with not one album, but two new albums — "Art Official Age" and "PLECTRUMELECTRUM" — both of which were released Sept. 30. Though this is typical Prince eccentricity, he is far from the first artist to do this. Here are seven other artists who have released two albums in one day, including Guns N' Roses and Bruce Springsteen.READ MORE

Daft Punk

6 Bands Named After Styles of Music That They Don't Play

Oct 2014 16:32PM EDT

It is pretty lame to name your band after the style of music you play — I'm looking at you, Metallica — but these six, including Daft Punk and Cap'n Jazz, bands did just the opposite: naming themselves after styles of music they do not play.READ MORE

Beastie Boys

7 Great Artists Who Switched Genres Early in Their Careers

Oct 2014 14:47PM EDT

Though most musicians tend to evolve musically over the course of their careers, they usually stick to the same genre they started off in. But these seven, great artists — from Pink Floyd to the Beastie Boys — actually started off playing totally different styles of music early in their careers from the ones they eventually became known for.READ MORE

Gustavo Santaolalla exclusive interview

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'The Book Of Life' Composer Gustavo Santaolalla Talks Scoring New Animated Movie & More!

Oct 2014 16:40PM EDT

Gustavo Santaolalla is a world-renowned recording artist that just happened to become an acclaimed film composer due to reputation. After winning multiple Grammy awards (both Latin and Anglo), the man who put the ronroco on the map made his way into the world of scoring movies and took home two Academy Awards for Best Original Score two years in a row (Brokeback Mountain and Babel). Gustavo's even made name for himself in the video game realm, composing the music to 2013's best title The Last of Us. Moving right along into the animated movie genre, Santaolalla's newest project, The Book of Life, just hit theaters this weekend.READ MORE

Pot Prevails: Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Cannabis Promoters, Edible Events, Team Up for Fundraiser at Denver's Space Gallery

On Edibles at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's 'Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series' Red Rocks Concert

Oct 2014 09:31AM EDT

The Colorado Symphony has ended its run of its invite-only "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series" concerts last month. To recap: The CSO now allows the partaking of marijuana and alcoholic drinks during their performances. To wit, the musicians themselves are no longer required to wear tuxedos. Fittingly for a regular pot smoker, the OC Weekly's Chris Walker posted their review of their end of summer Red Rocks performance a month late. To join in the festivities, proper, Walker first went shopping for edibles at a local dispensary: the Denver Wellness Center.READ MORE

'Fury' Score Composer Steven Price

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'Fury' Composer Steven Price Talks Scoring Brad Pitt World War II Action Movie & More

Oct 2014 11:15AM EDT

Film and television composer Steven Price last year won the Academy Award for Best Original Score thanks to his tremendous Gravity composition. Relatively new to the game and having mainly worked other odd jobs in the music departments on films, finally reaching one of the top prizes in the field; how does one follow up the prestige? For Price, David Ayer’s World War II drama Fury, starring Brad Pitt, was the next step, with early Oscar speculation already buzzing ahead of the movie’s release date.READ MORE

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