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WEEKLY DIGEST | 12/04/2017
News, Research, & Opinion


For Women in Jazz, a Year of Reckoning and Recognition
NY Times: Giovanni Russonello
In a traditionally male-dominated profession, women are breaking through!  “The awareness of it not being equitable for men and women in jazz has really come to a bit of a head,” said Terri Lyne Carrington, 52, an esteemed drummer who has long spoken out about sexism in the music industry. “As far as it resulting in more female instrumentalists becoming recognized — whether it’s albums or festivals or gigs — that’s steadily getting better.”

Related: Jacobs Alumna Sara Caswell Gets Grammy Nod for Jazz Performance
Herald Times: Lauren Bavis
Caswell is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for her performance on “Can’t Remember Why,” a track from the Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge album “Whispers on the Wind,” which was released in September.


Grammy Awards 2018: How the Recording Academy has Evolved Toward Relevance
LA Times: Randy Lewis
For the first time in that six-decade history, there was not a white male among the album-of-the-year nominees (Lorde is the sole female), while the record and song-of-the-year nominations included the first Spanish-language song — “Despacito” by Puerto Rican musicians Fonsi and Daddy Yankee — to be recognized in four marquee categories.

The Jay-Z Interview (including video)
NY Times: Dean Baquet
After years of rapping about growsing up in the ‘hood, he has produced an album that sounds like a middle-aged black man’s deeply introspective therapy session put to music.

How Trump’s New Tax Plan Could Affect the Art World

The Art Newspaper: Martha Lufkin
GOP proposal could result in fewer gifts to museums and less art on the market.

What Can we Learn from an Orchestra of Broken Instruments?

The Guardian: Nadja Sayej
More than 1,500 broken musical instruments have been sourced from the dusty corridors of the School District of Philadelphia, which has no budget to fix them.

The Evolution of the American Pop Lyric

The Omnivore: Ryan Kristobak
How an increasingly bawdy American vernacular is liberalizing what is considered appropriate content for radio.

Why Live Streaming is Not a Solution for Orchestras in a Digital World
The Startup: Zach Manzi
If we’re looking to increase the impact our music has on our current audiences and inspire them to bring new people along, then we must think of how we can tap into our unique resources as live performers.


Met Opera Suspends James Levine After New Sexual Abuse Accusations
NY Times: Michael Cooper
The Metropolitan Opera suspended James Levine, its revered conductor and former music director, on Sunday after three men came forward with accusations that Mr. Levine sexually abused them decades ago, when the men were teenagers.

Grammy Spreads the Love among Classical Nominees

LA Times: Richard Ginell
Perhaps the most surprising clutch of nominations went to a CD of two solemn, sonorous Masses by Marcel Tyberg, a virtually unknown Viennese composer who died in the Holocaust in 1944 and whose music has been revived only in the last decade.

Bent Sørensen wins Grawemeyer Award for 'Gentle, Introspective' Triple Concerto

The Strad
$100,000 composition award for concerto with violin, cello and piano soloists premiered by Trio con Brio Copenhagen and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in 2016


The Sound of Music Through El Sistema Kenya
NY Times: Ginanne Brownell Mitic
According to Eric Booth, the co-author of “Playing for Their Lives: The Global El Sistema Movement for Social Change Through Music,” there are now over 400 programs around the world, involving a million children.

The Philharmonie de Paris is Pulling in New Audiences

NY Times: Farah Nayeri
While audiences at the previous venue came chiefly from Paris’s wealthier west, the Philharmonie is pulling in patrons from all over Paris and its immediate suburbs, thanks to a diverse program.

Arts Leaders in the UK Urge Rethink on European Capital of Culture

Arts Professional: Christy Romer
Following the European Commission’s move to block the UK from participating in European Capital of Culture 2023, arts professionals and MPs have warned cultural ties must not be severed post-Brexit.

Russian Dancer Challenges Centuries of Ballet Tradition

The Washington Post: Nataliya Vasilyeva
It’s an uphill battle trying to promote contemporary dance in a country which prides itself on keeping its trademark ballets intact for a century. But acclaimed dancer Diana Vishneva is no stranger to taking risks.


Now YouTube Kills the Radio Star
Ozy: Eugene S. Robinson
According to Vevo stats, 73 percent of teenagers are saying that music videos are the best platform for the expression of an artist’s creative vision.

How Tech Set Underground Music Free
The Guardian: Eamonn Forde
YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?


An Audience Member Screams During Stravinsky!
KRCR: Jeremy Linder
A Northstate woman is speaking out after a video of her screaming during a North State Symphony concert went viral.


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