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• 08.10.2017

Pierre Audi’s vision for the Park Avenue Armory.

• 08.10.2017

An interview with the founder of IMSLP.

• 31.05.2018

Mark Barden wants to reach you on first listen.

• 05.04.2018

And wound up hating Mozart.

• 20.07.2017

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

• 14.12.2017

Our staff writer finds the drama in early music.

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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

Ribbon Chert

Pink Sea Thrift is a collection of pieces by the iconic American composer Ellen Fullman in duo with David Gamper, an original member of Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Band. These ecstatic and mesmerizing improvisations were recorded in the resonant gym of the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California. The album also includes two tracks of Ellen Fullman in duo with founding member of Deep Listening Band, Stuart Dempster, on trombone and didjeridu.

Editor’s picks

• 28.06.2018

Finding the words for music and the people who make it.

• 28.04.2016

Conversations with Polish music engravers.

• 16.08.2018

Music as a cause and cure.

• 23.06.2016

Discovering the New York Opera Fest.

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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.”

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Occupy Handel

Artists take over the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.