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December 11, 2019

Much More Than a Lark: A Fugazi Opera Sans the Fugazi...

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Punk music without the music, as it turns out, is still pretty punk. “It’s All True,” an opera from the Brooklyn-based experimental performance group Object...

A New Musical Homage to Jay DeFeo’s Monumental Painting, “The Rose”

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In the 1950s, Bay Area artist Jay DeFeo was a pivotal figure in San Francisco's lively and ultimately influential community of artists, poet, and jazz...

A Musical Map of Resilience: Jordi Savall’s ‘The Routes of Slavery’

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The idea of ignoring an entire peoples’ humanity is, and will always be, a monstrous paradox. And yet, when Portugal's first mass slaving expedition...

Julius Eastman to The Fullest

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When minimalist composer Julius Eastman died in 1990, the 49-year-old had been homeless for nearly a decade. He'd long lost most of his possessions,...

A Musical Tool for Change: New Database of Women Composers Launched

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Several years ago when composer Rob Deemer was writing regularly for online platform NewMusicBox, he noted the number of articles and discussions online about the plight of...

Beerthoven and Thalea String Quartet Raise a Toast to Musical Friendships

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For pianist Daniel Swayze, music-making means plenty of friends, food, and fun — all washed down with some celebratory libations. As founder and director...

José Martínez: Music from things that shouldn’t be together, but are

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José Martínez is an Austin-based percussionist and a composer whose main musical interest is, as he describes it, "the idiosyncratic synthesis of timbral examination,...

A Concert of African Diaspora Composers, from the 18th Century to...

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Last year, the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum was so packed that ushers had to cart in extra chairs. The...

Carlos Cordero: Composing music as a means of communication

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Carlos Cordero and I met on a hot summer day outside an Austin coffee shop.Dressed casually, exuding a friendly demeanor, Cordero is extremely —...

A new opera reconsiders the myth of Orpheus

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The tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice has been celebrated by musicians in many a musical form. But what about Orpheus's affair with fellow...