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African Music Institute to Open

African Music Institute to Open

Berklee College of Music will in September welcome the first class of students to the African Music Institute in Gabon. The new educational facility will instruct in pan-African music studies, will feature a state-of-the-art recording studio for student projects and collaborations with visiting artists, study and rehearsal spaces, an auditorium and concert hall, a museum documenting […]

African Drums and the Legal Beat

African Drums and the Legal Beat

Native drums have long been associated with Africa’s cultural roots, integral to the daily life and rituals of many communities. Its influence has spread worldwide, providing the launchpad for a multitude of music styles, among them jazz and rock and roll, all of which is widely recognized. Less known is the disruptive effect of colonial drumming […]

Channeling Cuba

Channeling Cuba

Violinist Joshua Bell performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana for the PBS Live at Lincoln Center production “Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba.” The show premieres  Dec. 16 as part of the PBS Fall Arts Festival. Bell, arguably the finest American violinist of our day, leads a pack that includes such Cuban talent as singer-songwriter […]

Austrians Say Music Makes Kids Smarter

Austrians Say Music Makes Kids Smarter

German neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer has released a new study indicating  “listening to sweet melodies” at an early age “is important for a child’s emotional and mental development and improves their intelligence, self-discipline and self-control.” The study, commissioned by Upper Austria governor Josef Puehringer to investigate the effects of music on 57,000 music students, was first reported in […]

SM Embraces ‘Culture Tech’

SM Embraces ‘Culture Tech’

K-pop powerhouse S.M. Entertainment is pursuing a strategy of global expansion powered by New Culture Tech — finding innovative ways to reach its audience using the devices that are part of its daily life. Lee Soo-man, who founded the South Korea-based S.M. in 1995, has expanded the four core tenets of “CT” — casting, training, producing […]

Vienna Toasts Desplat

Vienna Toasts Desplat

The Wiener Konzerthaus comes alive with the sounds from The Secret Life of Pets under the baton of Alexandre Desplat, Oct. 14, when “Hollywood in Vienna” casts its magic over the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Desplat, the composer on the 2016 Universal Pictures animated film, produced by Studio Dentsu, will see his score’s concert world premiere broadcast […]

Bayon Scores Zurich Win

Bayon Scores Zurich Win

Spanish composer Javier Bayon took top honors at the 5th International Film Music Competition, which took place within the framework of the 12th Zurich Film Festival at the Tonhalle Zürich Sept. 23. Bayon won the Golden Eye for Best International Film Music 2016, which includes a $10,000 cash prize. Five soundtracks were shortlisted by an international jury from a […]

Sounds Good Globally

Sounds Good Globally

International Music Day is Oct. 1, and the International Music Council has a host of special events to ring it in ’round the world. In Annapolis, classically trained Estonian violinist Mari-Liis Uibo will give a free concert  in the Rotunda of the Maryland State House. Brava! There are a host of community-based activities taking place at […]

Global Citizenry

Global Citizenry

The Global Citizen Festival will feature Rihanna, Usher, Chris Martin, Metallica and Eddie Vedder, Demi Lovato and Kendrick Lamar, among many others. You can watch the event live from Central Park on MSNBC, or stream it here, starting at 3 p.m. EST, Sept. 24,  .  A star-studded cast of hosts includes Chelsea Handler, Debra Lee and Hugh Jackman, Neil […]