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But Is It Art? Graphic Scores by John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and Others Are Worthy of the MoMA

Some contemporary composers prefer to use shapes, arrows and other visual symbols to indicate pitch, duration or volume in their music. Many of the graphic scores that result are quite beautiful and resemble works of modern art.

Gordon Goodwin on His Big Phat Band, 'Life in the Bubble' Grammy Win and Why 'Whiplash' is Great for Jazz

Yes, indeed, the 2015 Grammys proved to be one populist step forward for jazz at-large. Remember Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's cheeks? Hell, Herbie Hancock and ?uestlove performed right alongside John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. And no one, save for the ...

Sonny Rollins and the Williamsburg Bridge, Reflects on Practicing 'In the Sky'

On the streets of New York City anything goes, even for the stranded musician who has been forced out of their apartment to practice. As is the case with Sonny Rollins, he found his musical right to rehearse on the Williamsburg Bridge.

Mitch Winehouse Calls 'Amy' Documentary Makers "Disgusting"

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch is speaking out against the documentary about his daughter. Earlier this week, the "Rehab" singer's family distanced themselves from the film Amy, claiming it paints Mitch in a bad light while glorifying Amy's ...

6 Legendary Acts from Alabama, from Lionel Richie, Wilson Pickett and...Shoot...What's the Name of That Country Band?

This week's albums chart had an unusual phenomena when the top two spots were filled by performers-Alabama Shakes and Yelawolf, respectively-from the same state. That state, of course, is Alabama. This is the sort of accomplishment you might expect ...

Benedictine Monks of Norcia Releasing Debut Album, 'Benedicta: Marian Chant,' on De Montford/Decca/Universal

You, too, can discover the power, beauty and authenticity of The Monks of Norcia when De Montfort Music and Decca/Universal Classics release their major label debut recording, Benedicta: Marian Chant from Norcia, on June 2--featuring classic and ...

Emanuele Cintura Torrente: Maestro of Thought

Italian-born classical guitarist Emanuele Cintura Torrent is unique in his approach to art. For him, music has a reverential quality that extends beyond the notes--free from sharps, flats and meter. Yes, his approach looks past the music. To Maestro ...

Classicalite Q&A with Ólafur Arnalds

Iceland's BAFTA-winning producer Ólafur Arnalds has always appreciated the intricacies and depth of Frédéric Chopin, even when he was pounding out blast beats from behind his throne in metalcore outfit Fighting Shit. But the stolid tradition of ...

Nina Simone Documentary 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Airing on Netflix, in Theaters on June 26

'What Happened, Miss Simone?,' a documentary based on the life of iconic multi-genre vocalist Nina Simone, will get a widespread debut on Netflix and in some theaters on June 26, according to Rolling Stone.

REVIEW: Frederica von Stade is Riveting in ‘A Coffin in Egypt,’ an Opera Strong in Emotional Impact, Yet Lacking in Musical Variety

'A Coffin in Egypt' received its Chicago premiere Saturday night at the Harris Theater, with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade in the starring role. The new opera by Ricky Ian Gordon is enlivened by von Stade’s emotionally moving portrayal of a ...

75 Years of Al Pacino: The 'Scarface' Actor and Music, from Madonna to Hip-Hop Culture

A big celebrity birthday today as Al Pacino turns 75 on April 26. Obviously the actor is known for many iconic roles in his Hollywood career—from Michael Corleone in The Godfather franchise, to iconic drug hustler Tony Montana in Scarface, to Satan ...

Eric Church, Amy Grant and...Richard Nixon? Nashville's Famous Venues and First Performers

Nashville didn't become known as "Music City" for no good reason: Apart from its role in the history of country, bluegrass and rock 'n' roll, the city hosts a number of iconic venues for traveling performers and tourists to swing by when in town. ...

Classicalite Q&A with R.B. Schlather

For all the bogus boilerplate about how classical music is dead or even well-intentioned words regarding how she can stay breathing, precious few--performers, ensembles and institutions--are actually doing anything to change both conversation and ...

Frederica von Stade Uncovers Dark Family Secrets in 'A Coffin in Egypt,' to be Staged by Chicago Opera Theater

Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera 'A Coffin in Egypt,' written for legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, is coming to the Harris Theater in Chicago on April 25, 29 and May 1 and 3. Von Stade will reprise her tour-de-force portrayal of Myrtle Bledsoe, ...

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