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Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.19.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The first thing you see in Mark A. Thomas' apartment is the Roland digital piano. It's big and black, and you have to dance around it, as Dick Van D...

Astoria Characters: The Composer Who Came Out of a Coma

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.05.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It happened a little more than two years ago, but Allen Schulz says it seems more like a lifetime. In March 2014, he was in Pittsburgh to see a perf...

Being Yourself In The Coldest Rain On The Darkest Night In Your Black Windbreaker

Sidney Chase | Posted 04.19.2016 | Black Voices
Sidney Chase

Virginia native McKinley Dixon has been in the game for a minute. He knows what he wants and he is passionate about prensenting himself authentically above all. McKinley is more than just a rapper or a hip hop connoisseur. He's somewhat of a Picasso, he's truly an artist.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Dear Bob Lefsetz--Please R.S.V.P.

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Of course our largest area of discourse will be our polar opposite views on the way in which music creators are being compensated (or not compensated) in the current digital economy...(yours being: stream away and embrace the new era; mine -- fair market value for my content, please).

Composer Dan Licht on Writing for Dexter

Nell Minow | Posted 06.23.2016 | Entertainment
Nell Minow

The score for Dexter is so popular all eight seasons have released individual soundtracks and Licht has performed the music in concert before live audiences

The Entrepreneurial Pianist

David Drake | Posted 05.02.2015 | Arts
David Drake

It's with this same kind of lightness that he approaches the piano bench. His curly, rebellious and untamed hair plays its own part in this unusual pianist's performances.

New Documentary Sheds Light On The Uncertain Future Of Classical Music

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.18.2014 | Arts

Can we divine the future of classical music? Amidst the falling popularity of orchestras and the financial instability of historic institutions, the d...

Artist Profile: Interview With David Crowell, Brooklyn-based Composer & Performer

Joel Garten | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Joel Garten

David Crowell is a Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist who creates rhythmically complex music with an easy, almost floating quality to i...

Interview With Composer Gregg Lehrman

Teddy Wayne | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts
Teddy Wayne

I spoke with Lehrman about his invention and his work in the entertainment industry, which has brought him into contact with everyone from Steven Spielberg to Darren Aranofsky.

Composer Creates Entire Symphony Made Only From The Sounds Of A Bicycle

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 01.17.2014 | Arts

Composer Johnnyrandom has just released a fascinating "symphony of spokes." What exactly does that mean? The composition, entitled "Bespoken," was...

Controversial German Composer Turns 200

Posted 05.22.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of the famous and controversial German composer, Richard Wagner. Known for his numerous operas (as well as his anti-Semitic view...

Happy Birthday, Antonio Vivaldi!

Posted 03.04.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of Italian baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi. The master of concertos, famous for creating the violin masterpiece, "The Four Sea...

Ludovic Morlot Conducts the LA Phil in Seattle

Laurence Vittes | Posted 03.27.2013 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

You can get a taste of what's turning on classical music in Seattle at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend when Ludovic Morlot, the Seattle Symphony's sexy young music director, conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Mozart, Beethoven and Henri Dutilleux.

New Avant Garde Classical Music Composed and Performed During Hurricane Sandy

Joel Garten | Posted 11.06.2012 | Arts
Joel Garten

During Hurricane Sandy, there were pieces of metal siding being blown down the street outside, clanging around in the wind. And the trees were shaking violently. But in my warm studio, I was at peace and composing up a storm of my own.

Lost Photo Held Ransom...For $350K

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.15.2012 | Arts

The family of Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg is demanding the return of a long lost family treasure -- a signed photograph of fellow classical mu...

YouTube Launches First Teen Drama Series, 'Runaways' (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.31.2012 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

YouTube music master Kurt Hugo Schneider stops by the What's Trending studio to chat about the brand new Awesomeness TV series Runaways and answer fans' questions about his favorite covers and dream collaborations.

Kathryn Findlay on her Favourite Impermanent Structures in London (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 10.03.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

Kathryn Findlay is the Principal Director of Ushida Findlay Architects. Gaining prominence in the nineties, the practice is known for its use of exper...

Why I Wish I Were An Opera Composer

Marie Marley | Posted 08.25.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I would write the saddest opera of all time, then find the greatest voices in the world to perform it with the best orchestra in a perfect hall with the most appreciative, music-loving audience.

It's All Worth It: Talking With Composer Joshua Schmidt

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 07.31.2012 | Home
Shoshana Greenberg

Many may only know Schmidt's theater work but he has also composed extensively for the concert hall, studio, dance, and film and has found full-time work in sound design for theater and dance for many years.

Famed 'Star Trek' & 'Stargate' Composer Dead At 54

Posted 05.01.2012 | Entertainment

Joel Goldsmith, the famed composer behind both "Star Trek" and "Stargate," died Saturday after a long battle with cancer, Variety reports. He was 54. ...

Anti-Cinematic: The Music of Kyle Bobby Dunn

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 08.07.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

It's as if someone plugged an amplifier into a Mark Rothko painting -- color, texture, space are decontextualized and presented in striking elemental form.

VIDEO: Photo Of Chopin On His Deathbed Discovered?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Photographer and collector, Wladyslaw Zuchowski, claims he is in possession of a daguerreotype image of Frédéric François Chopin in his death bed i...

Astoria Characters: The Sunshine Goddess

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Life doesn't always take a straight and narrow path; it often chooses a circular route, so let's start in the middle of the story and see where we end up.

Astoria Characters: The Artistic Acupuncturist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Kenny Lockwood is a painter, sculptor, musician, composer, actor, writer, poet, performer, acupuncturist and probably a dozen other things

French Contemporary Artist and Legend CharlElie Couture in New York City

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

We first met French Contemporary Artist CharlElie Couture at the French Embassy in New York for the Wynton Marsalis ceremony in the fall of 2009. He ...