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Interstellar Composer Hans Zimmer On Music and His Own Process For Scoring Films

Quora | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

Fear, panic, invention, procrastination, conversation, more conversation with the director, more conversation with the DP (because I want to know what the color palette is), reading an enormous amount of books, more procrastination, more fear, and more deadlines until somebody yanks the score away from me.

What Composers and Social Entrepreneurs Have in Common

Patrick Struebi | Posted 10.24.2014 | Small Business
Patrick Struebi

But it starts with some hard questions: Do we feel that satisfaction now? Are we working for something that goes beyond us? Have we felt what it's like to devote ourselves to something beyond us?

Don't Miss The Opera In The Pit

Daron Hagen | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

The next time you attend the opera, as the lights dim and the orchestra strikes up, why not determine to devote that evening an extra measure of attention to the opera going on in the pit?

Catching Up With Wendy & Lisa Upon Winning ASCAP's Inaugural Shirley Walker Award

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman have always been hard to put in a nutshell - in fact, I can't think of a duo whose musical path through the entertainment...

The Entrancing Musical Experience of Yann Tiersen

Molly Fosco | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Molly Fosco

Yann Tiersen's performance is a unique live music experience that will take you completely out of the present, only to put you right back in at the moments when you can truly appreciate his talent.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Play

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Sam: "Stacy. My name is Sam Factotum, and I represent several artists who are interested in performing out of this world. I understand that there is fierce competition for who will be the first."

Kettle Corn Pops at The DiMenna Center

Jack Meyer | Posted 08.04.2014 | New York
Jack Meyer

Pop on over to The DiMenna Center for Classical Music on June 14th to savor a sweet and salty mix of fresh and innovative New Music! Kettle Corn New M...

Artistic Residencies and European Support for Young Artists

Bernard Foccroulle | Posted 07.28.2014 | Arts
Bernard Foccroulle

Why do European opera institutions not have in-house residencies for composers? It is said that contemporary opera does not have an audience but that is an obvious misconception.

A Tale of Two Concertos

Daniel Asia | Posted 07.06.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I am taking a short break from writing about individual composers to present comments in regards to various genres including the string quartet, opera, songs and concertos, for cello, violin and piano.

The Importance of Being Collaborative

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

The established model of presenting new works to audiences is changing and the audiences are changing dramatically too. An entire generation of composers and performers are taking the presentation of their works into their own hands.

20 Classical Music Names You Are Probably Pronouncing Wrong

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.22.2014 | Arts

Everybody wants to be a classical music connoisseur. But when it comes down to it, it's not only difficult to grasp the style and sound of the world's...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Beaser

Daniel Asia | Posted 05.19.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I will make the following categorical statement about Beaser's music: there is not a note that doesn't need to be there and there is an inevitability present that is overpowering.

Making Sondheim Sing: Interview with Michael Mahler, Music Director of Chicago Shakespeare's Road Show

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.26.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

The show returns, in yet another revised format, to Chicago, and I had the chance to speak with the production's Music Director, Michael Mahler, about the show's evolution and musical language.

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...

Q & A With All Is Lost's Golden Globe Nominated Composer, Alex Ebert

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

As a fan of Ebert and his bands, I was intrigued and picked up a copy of the soundtrack at Los Angeles' Amoeba Music. I knew it was going to be good, but this soundtrack exceeded my expectations -- a truly mesmerizing work.

The Last of the Midwest (for Now)

Daniel Asia | Posted 02.24.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

After my stay in the Chicago, I traveled through a large swath of the Midwest, starting with Lafayette, home of Purdue University, a place as flat as ...

My Conversation With Award-winning Composer Hans Zimmer

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Just this week, the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association named his score for 12 Years a Slave as Best Original Score for 2013. We talk about his remarkable career and the iconic scores in his repertoire.

Unacknowledged Legislators of the World

Michael Hafftka | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

Noah's portrait is, in a way, a portrait of both of us. It is the expression of the experience of meeting him and feeling totally connected to him. We feel alike in so many ways. It was natural that Noah would be doing my portrait as well.

Stravinsky on the DL?

Lew Whittington | Posted 10.20.2013 | Books
Lew Whittington

Robery Craft has written several books on composer, Igor Stravinsky's life and work, and he has even more to disclose, controversially it turns out, in Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories.

The Sound of Young Composers

Jack Meyer | Posted 10.05.2013 | New York
Jack Meyer

I found myself moved by the unique power of each composition, the superb skill of the performers, and, above all else, the freshness and talent of each emerging composer.

Top 10 Operas That Make Me Proud to Be an American

Justin Moss | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Justin Moss

Originally brought to America through tours presenting traditional European operas, to the vaudeville interpretation, and the simultaneous development of jazz, blues, and musical theater, opera in America has searched for its own identity.

Q&A With Breaking Bad's Composer Extraordinaire, Dave Porter

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.11.2013 | TV
Xaque Gruber

What a thrill to get to talk to one of my favorite composers on television today - Dave Porter from AMC's Emmy winning, Breaking Bad, for which he has deservedly won an ASCAP Award.

Carter Is Dead

Daniel Asia | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Carter's death has brought about a number of hagiographic articles confirming his stature as one of the greatest American composers of the latter half of the 20th century. He finds approval and embraces from some of our finest conductors and performers.

The Impossible's Tapestry of Music and Sound Is Among 2012's Best

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.08.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

'Tis the season for awards nominations, and rightfully, The Impossible made the grade for its leading lady, Naomi Watts -- but a crucial element of movie making that stirs the audience's soul but all too often goes unmentioned is sound and score.

A Shift in the World's Cultural Capital?

Johnny M. Poon | Posted 01.01.2013 | Arts
Johnny M. Poon

A funny thing has happened in recent years. With the U.S. in a recession, the question is whether changing tides will see more cultural influence emanating from the East. In many ways, Hong Kong has epitomizes the changes in global arts and culture.