For The Love of Layla

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The New York Times (Arts & Leisure)

Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble revisits Azerbaijan's first homegrown opera, integrating maqam styles and an ancient epic tale with Western motifs. view...

 

A Mass By Committee, And a Test of Belief

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The New York Times (Arts & Leisure)

Can a Latin mass speak to all religions without sacrificing its meaning? view...

 

The Year in Ideas: Literary Spam

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The New York Times Magazine view...

 

The Year in Ideas: Yodeling is Universal

Sunday, December 10, 2006

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The Year in Ideas: Shipping Containers Explain Everything

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The New York Times Magazine view...

 

The Gospel of New Music, According to Midori

Sunday, April 23, 2006

The New York Times (Arts & Leisure)

The world-class violinist explains the mysteries of new music, running a day-long workshop for curious ticket-holders in San Francisco. view...

 

Get Them in the Seats, and Their Hearts Will Follow

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The New York Times (Arts & Leisure)

A group of New York City high-school students who spend their Friday nights at chamber music concerts, and try to get their friends to come along. view...

 

Hoping Music Is the Food of Peace, an Orchestra Plays On

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The New York Times (Arts)

The Caucasian Chamber Orchestra made its debut at the Batumi Music Festival in the newly-reintegrated region of Ajaria, Georgia. view...

 

Flamenco Lessons With a Difference

Saturday, July 16, 2005

The New York Times (Arts)

At Lincoln Center, public school teachers turn to flamenco for inspiration in teaching English language learners. view...

 

The 60-Day Course in Perfect Fake Piano Playing

Sunday, July 10, 2005

The New York Times (Arts & Leisure)

How actors who have never played a note bluff their way through the toughest sonatas and nocturnes. view...

 

Another Country

May 2, 2005

The Nation (Books & the Arts)

Thoughts on exile, "Iran chic," and the limitations of nostalgia, with reviews of "Lipstick Jihad" by Azadeh Moaveni, and "In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs" by Christopher de Bellaigue. view...

 

A Silk Road That Leads Somewhere Truly New

Sunday, April 10, 2005

The New York Times (Arts & Leisure)

A conversation with Yo-Yo Ma about how deliberate experimentation can lead to new musical traditions. view...

 

Bending Folk to Fit a 12-Tone Style and Vice Versa

Sunday, January 23, 2005

The New York Times (Arts & Leisure)

A review of two new recordings: Monodia, compositions by Tigran Mansurian featuring Kim Kashkashian, Leonidas Kavakos, the Hilliard Ensemble, and the Munich Chamber Orchestra; and Mugam Sayagi, compositions by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh performed by the Kronos Quartet and Ali-Zadeh. view...

 

Graduating From High School For Their Annual King Day Show

Saturday, January 15, 2004

The New York Times (Arts)

Reflections on identity, music, and change from Ysaye Barnwell, the new director of the venerable vocal ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock. view...

 

Culturally Worlds Apart, Children Touch Musically

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

The New York Times (Arts)

A report from an extraordinary high-tech concert at Carnegie Hall in which New York City students communicate with students in New Delhi, India. view...

 

A Cultural Jam Session of Timbres and Tongues

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The New York Times (Arts)

A piece examining how Mongolian throat-singing reflects not only different vocal traditions in the East and West, but also radically different ways of studying music. view...

 

Timely Hymns to a Timeless City

Sunday, March 7, 2004

The New York Times (Arts & Leisure)

A review of a new CD by vocalist and songwriter Lilit Pipoyan. view...

 

Ambassador for a Silenced Music

Sunday, May 25, 2003

The New York Times (Arts & Leisure)

An exploration of the fate of music in the Islamic Republic of Iran after the 1979 Revolution that brought strict limitations on musical performance. view...

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