September 30, 2009
When you hear book-publishing types getting all pious about the threat that new media pose to the sacred process of book-manufacture, remember this article.
September 11, 2009
Amidst all the media attention devoted to blockbuster exhibitions at our leading museums, it’s easy to neglect the fine work being done by smaller museums with specialized focus, and often in less-trafficked places.
What brings this to mind now is the grand opening of the American Banjo Museum in Bricktown, Oklahoma City yesterday. Their admirable Web site more than justifies the trouble they are taking over this one instrument, so important in the history of American vernacular music; and the serious treatment that they accord their subject could serve as a model to many.
Tip of the hat to Marianna Whitmer at the Society for American Music
September 7, 2009
All musicians value acute hearing, and singers live by control of their voices. But here’s an instance where both attainments were turned to virtuosic criminality.
September 3, 2009
Tip of the hat to Ezra Klein and Patrick Appel
September 1, 2009
It’s rewarding to see glamorous prizes go to deserving objects:
“Material poverty shall be conquered by musical richness. Social justice and cultural justice are aspects of a single dimension,” said José Antonio Abreu.
Abreu dedicated the award, which he received from Sweden’s King Carl Gustav XVI, to the educators who have worked with him in the Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela.
Peter Gabriel received his award a few minutes after Abreu’s, also in the amount of a million Swedish crowns ($129,000) along with a commemorative painting and bouquet. Gabriel was honored because of his “visionary, extroverted work that seeks to break down barriers.”
Gabriel and Abreu exchanged mutual praise in a press conference where they showed interest in working together and in which the conductor invited the British musician to come to Venezuela.
The Polar Prize was created in 1989 by Stig Andersson, publisher, composer, and manager of the Abba ensemble. Since 1992, the Prize has honored such performers as B.B. King, György Ligeti, Keith Jarrett, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Pierre Boulez, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, and Gilberto Gil.
Translation from today’s news article in El Nacional