From NY Times: Digital gadgetry has increasingly been making its mark on classical music performance. It hit a milestone this week at the New York Philharmonic. Jeffrey Kahane, the pianist and conductor who is making a guest appearance at the orchestra, used an iPad on Tuesday instead of a score to lead the orchestra in a Mozart symphony.
From Austin American-Statesman: A dozen Novembers ago, the Longhorn Band processed down Kyle Field to a soft intermezzo from a show it had practiced but would not perform. The 380 students in white hats and fringe assembled under a stinging sun. The color guard carried four flags on posts that day in College Station: two for Texas, two for Texas A&M. Eighty-six thousand people rose.
No one at Kyle Field ever rose for the Texas band, except to stretch, leave or jeer. The long and lusty rivalry between the Longhorns and the Aggies boiled the week of Thanksgiving for the annual football game – played now 117 times since 1894 – and a high hostility often prevailed.
The Goat Rodeo sessions bring together four string virtuosos: world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile. These artists -- each prominent figures in the music space independently -- have come together as a unique ensemble for this project. The music, including two tracks with female vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, crosses several different genres.
To showcase the natural resources that give the Touch Wood phone its unique look, an ad agency engaged Invisible Designs Lab’s Kenjiro Matsuo to make a giant wooden xylophone that stretches across a lengthy swath of forest. The Rube Goldberg-like contraption plays Bach’s Cantata 147, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” in (seemingly) one take, using […]
From Antti Paalanen’s new solo album Breathbox, released November 22, 2010. Music is composed by Paalanen and produced by Kimmo Pohjonen. Antti Paalanen is one of the leading musicians of modern Finnish folk music. Paalanen graduated as Master of Music from the Department of Folk Music of the Sibelius Academy in 2006. Paalanen plays the […]
From Krista Tippett on Being: He is a genius of improvisation; a genre-bending vocal magician and conductor. And he sings the territory between music, mystery, and spirit. Who better to contemplate the human voice — its delights, its revelations, and its mystery — than Bobby McFerrin?
From TED: Cellist Maya Beiser plays a gorgeous eight-part modern etude with seven copies of herself, and segues into a meditative music/video hybrid — using tech to create endless possibilities for transformative sound. Music is Steve Reich's "Cello Counterpoint," with video from Bill Morrison, then David Lang's "World to Come," with video by Irit Batsry.