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• 24.11.2016

On the effort performers put into looking effortless.

• 19.01.2017

A new exhibition on the life of Richard Wagner’s decidedly gay, ambivalently Nazi son.

• 20.07.2017

An interview with Brian Brandt, the founder of Mode Records, on the future of the music industry.

• 18.02.2016

Conversations with members of Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra, Chineke!

• 01.03.2018

Some of music’s more striking effects in issue #94.

• 27.10.2016

Katherine Balch dives into plant sounds, nonlinear novels, humming, and shivering.

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Video of the Week

Aretha Franklin

Imagine that Pavarotti had actually felt well enough to give his scheduled performance of “Nessun Dorma” at the 1998 GRAMMY’s. It’s likely that nothing remarkable would have happened, Pavarotti probably would have received an obligatory-but-milquetoast standing ovation, and the world would have moved on. But that’s not what happened. Instead, we, the undeserving, were gifted this monstrous performance by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It is simultaneously a flawless rendition and a giant “screw-you” to anyone who thinks genre distinctions make something like this impossible. Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018.

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Audio of the Week

Ana-Maria Avram

This work by the late Romanian spectral composer Ana-Maria Avram is philosophically apocalyptic. “Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”

Editor’s picks

• 15.03.2018

On Borealis, an experimental festival for music.

• 22.02.2018

Can music connect us with a greater power? Answers, in issue #93.

• 29.06.2017

Explore how in issue #62.

• 16.08.2018

Music as a cause and cure.

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A thoughtful response to our Klezmer playlist from issue #56.

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Win a staff writer gig at VAN.

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Issue #54.5 has some of our favorite articles from 2017 so far, for free.

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Faced with a hostile government, new, improvised music in Russia is flourishing on the fringe.

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Performing Creativity

Composing in the era of entrepreneurship.

An interview with the journalist and musicologist William Robin on “a scene without a name.”

• 26.05.2016 •

Occupy Handel

Artists take over the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.