Crisis of “Populism” in Classical/Pop: Non-Public Performances and Audiences

While weddings in the US may be at historical lows after the recession, we’re still looking at over 2 million marriages per year on average. The String Quartet format for classical musicians remains… Continue reading

Dvořák, Twerking, Sexism, and Race Fetishisation

So a couple days ago I came across this.  If you want to watch the actual video, go to the link here (I really don’t want to embed it in this post). What… Continue reading

“Trash-Metal” is not the future of Orchestras | Dave Mustaine and the San Diego Symphony

After hearing some of the bootleg vids (as well as one which purportedly takes sound directly from the board) of Dave Mustaine’s recent concert with the San Diego Symphony. Ironically, the “trash-metal” title… Continue reading

Fragmentation and Specialization: Video Game Music Orchestras

As any field grows in size and complexity, fragmentation and specialization inevitably happens. When orchestras first evolved there wasn’t any need to make a differentiation between an early music orchestra or a new… Continue reading

Anatomy of a Marathon Show: Deano’s Vino Restaurant and Wine Bar

I’ve been finding old photos (posted a few here last week) of the old “World Music and Dance Night” shows that il Troubadore used to do at Deano’s Vino (a wine bar and… Continue reading

Musicians with or without Day Jobs

In today’s edition of You’ve Cott Mail, there’s a piece which focuses on artists and their day jobs. The piece discusses the recent Arts Data Profile #3 by the NEA which surveyed 60,000… Continue reading

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