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Conductivity

A complaint about Daniel Barenboim’s behavior, and the Staatsoper reaction. By and · Title Image BUNDESARCHIV, BILD 183-F1125-0301-002 / LINK, HUBERT (CC BY-SA 3.0) · Date 9/3/2019 Around 11:20 on the morning of Saturday March 17, 2018, Laura Eisen, the orchestral manager of the Staatskapelle Berlin, visited Daniel Barenboim in his dressing room, which looks […]

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Electric Guerillas

The Loss and Rediscovery of Croatian Electroacoustic Music By · Title Image vxla (CC BY 2.0) · Date 6/18/2019 The history of Croatian electroacoustic music dates back to the middle of the 1950s. Almost like a foreshadowing of its future struggles, the first Croatian electroacoustic piece, Ivo Malec’s “Mavena” (1956-57), was actually created at the […]

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Sunken Costs

Xenia Evangelista and the Business of Hope By and · Title Image Troy Boucher (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) · Date 4/11/2019 In 2015, the Italian pianist Marco Sanna and his duo partner saw on Facebook that an artist management company called Xenia Evangelista Communications was signing new performers. They sent the company an application, including a […]

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The Titan’s Shadow

Title Image (EDITED: 8.2.19, 15:15 H) UN GENEVA / UN PHOTO / JEAN-MARC FERRÉ (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) This time Daniel Barenboim was furious because a musician tried to give him flowers. It was July 2018, after a guest performance with his orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, in Buenos Aires. Traditionally, a member of the orchestra presents […]

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“Oh Yeah, He Does That”

Sexual Harassment and Economic Exploitation in Artist Management Companies By · Title Image hjl (CC BY-NC 2.0) · Date 9/13/2018 As Laura* was beginning a career in artist management at a major London agency, she had to balance the new, 24-hour commitment with a personal issue: being stalked online by the friend of a friend. […]

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Sonic Eviction

Protesting the Weaponization of Atonal Music By · Title Image LIENHARD SCHULZ (CC BY-SA 3.0) · Date 8/30/2018 On August 17, Germany’s state-owned railway company Deutsche Bahn announced the launch of a new initiative that aimed to sonically evict “homeless people and drug users” at its Hermannstraße station, a story that caught the attention of […]

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Rules of Engagement

Censorship at Donaueschingen? By and · Title Image George (CC BY 2.0) · Date 8/15/2018 In Wieland Hoban’s composition “Hora’ot Pticha Be’esh (Rules of Engagement I),” from 2013-14, we hear distorted microtones, low glissandi, plucking, instrumental squealing. This music accompanies testimony by a Sergeant First Class in the Armored Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces […]

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Simon Said

Photography Jeffrey Arlo Brown Simon Rattle grits his teeth and flares his nostrils. He raises his silver eyebrows, opens his mouth in vowel shapes, closes his eyes again in an ecstatic expression, bounces his baton off the air. These are his ways of expressing how the music makes him feel. They are also the tics […]

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Schism Symphony

Orchestrating Tradition at the Future Symphony Institute By · Title Image Deutsche Fotothek (Public Domain), via Wikimedia Commons · Date 6/14/2018 In my adopted home of Berlin, it’s possible to cycle past the Konzerthaus, the Staatsoper, the Komische Oper and the Philharmonie in the space of around 10 minutes, 15 if you’re pedaling flaneur-style. On […]

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Cheap Luxury

There are some events that are embarrassing to be seen at; then there are others where you are embarrassed for the other people who show up. Events such as “BraVo,” the awards ceremony for international pop music and classical art, which took place for the first time in early March in Moscow, and whose name […]