It’s hard to fathom the music that has been lost in the ether of history, but Seattle-based musician Paul Kikuchi oversees a unique project at the crux of this idea. Read the rest of the article here.
For many people, New Orleans is practically synonymous with jazz; it’s the birthplace of both the music and many of its leading lights, from Louis Armstrong to Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. But now, one organization is working to draw attention to the city’s history of opera music. Read more at npr.org
A transition is under way at the University of Washington, where an agreement between the School of Music and UW Libraries takes effect July 1 transferring curatorship of the UW’s internationally renowned Ethnomusicology Archives from the School of Music to UW Libraries. Read the article here.
Amateur cryptologist Mark Pitt reckons he’s uncovered the hidden theme that’s baffled sleuths for more than 100 years. Read the story at The Guardian.
Alan Lomax made it his lifelong mission to archive and share traditional music from around the world. He spent decades in the field, recording heralded artists like Muddy Waters and Woody Guthrie, as well as far more obscure musicians, from the British Isles to Haiti. He also created systems to classify this music and explore the links between cultures. Continue reading the article here.
Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage. Read more here.
In the new paradigm, artists generate coverage by their clothes, hook-ups, and run-ins with the law. What happened to the music? Read the article at The Daily Beast.
‘Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton grew up surrounded by Romani music and use a variety of Romani techniques in their performances – including writing their own variations and cadenzas. Here they discuss the lost art of classical improvisation.
In 2010 a Duke University graduate student revealed what some had suspected all along: “Easter Sonata” was not written by Felix Mendelssohn, but by his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn, herself a musical prodigy. Read the article at the Washington Post.
An unfinished opera by Franz Liszt is to be performed for the first time, after a Cambridge academic rescued it from the archives and filled in the gaps. Read the story at the Telegraph.