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In case you missed it

• 08.03.2018

Deeply personal essays on performing.

• 04.01.2018

Coping with the future in issue #86.

• 08.03.2018

Simon Steen-Andersen puts transformation on display.

• 02.11.2017

The cellist’s reports from the road.

• 07.12.2017

And failed miserably.

• 25.05.2017

Improvisations by Rhymes With Opera.




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.


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

• 22.02.2018

Craig Urquhart remembers his life with the conductor and composer.

• 05.04.2018

Raven Chacon looks for shared experience.

• 05.07.2018

The British music scene in profile.

• 27.04.2017

A playlist by Sung Jin Hong, artistic director of the One World Symphony.


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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.

• 15.07.2016 •

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.