March 20, 2014

Gunther Schuller: A Life in Pursuit of...

We're picking up the thread of a long conversation with Gunther Schuller. He’s the man who first mapped a Third Stream of “jazzical” music between...| More
March 12, 2014

Vijay Iyer’s Life in Music: "Striving is...

Vijay Iyer brings rare stuff to jazz piano, starting with a Brahmin Indian name and heritage, and a Yale degree in physics. Gujarati stick dances...| More
March 8, 2014

Gunther Schuller: A Life in Pursuit of...

Gunther Schuller is a composer, conductor, horn virtuoso, jazz historian and critic who had the nerve and the authority years ago to decree that “all...| More
February 25, 2014

Yehudi Wyner’s Life in Music: a Composer...

Yehudi Wyner is an approachable guy in a forbidding field: contemporary “serious” music. He gives us an opening here to ask where new sounds come...| More
January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger in 2000

In 2000, Chris interviewed the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who died today at 94. Here is Pete Seeger on “The Connection.” As Chris noted...| More
January 23, 2014

Richard Powers: A Musical Theory of Everything

Richard Powers is indulging us in a runaway riff on music, in a little room in the Boston Athenaeum, on the top of Beacon Hill,...| More
January 14, 2014

Tasty Reading: Shatz on Gopnik on Teachout...

Here’s the LRB‘s wise and worldly Adam Shatz with a corrective take on Adam Gopnik‘s lazy New Yorker review of Terry Teachout‘s regrettable biography of...| More
January 2, 2014

El Sistema: Music Lessons to Rebuild the...

El Sistema is not an instruction method so much as a shared conviction: that every child wants to make music, and can. It has big...| More
September 24, 2013

Linda Ronstadt: The Best Singers and Songs

  When I bend my ear to a singer’s performance, I often try to track who it was that influenced him or her. For instance,...| More
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