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WEEKLY DIGEST | 02/11/2019
News, Research, & Opinion




Roomful of Teeth Is Revolutionizing Choral Music
The New Yorker: Burkhard Bilger
Roomful of Teeth is a kind of lab experiment for the human voice. From death metal to throat singing to alpine yodelling, the experimental group is changing what it means to harmonize. Its eight singers cover a five-octave range, from grunting lows to dog-whistle highs. Three have perfect pitch, all have classical training, and music director Brad Wells has brought in a succession of experts to teach them a bewildering range of other techniques.

“Singers and Musicians” and Why Our Language Matters

NewMusicBox: Dominic DiOrio (Jacobs School faculty member!)
Language matters. When we use the phrase “singers and musicians” in one breath, we communicate—even if inadvertently—that they are mutually exclusive categories. In other words, singers are not musicians.

Average Person Stops Seeking Out New Music By Age 28: Survey
CTV News
A survey by streaming service Deezer found that the average person reaches "musical paralysis" -- when she or he primarily listens to familiar tracks and does not seek out new genres -- at the age of 27 years and 11 months.

Women in Music? The Song Remains the Same, Annenberg Study Shows
Variety: Shirley Halperin
When the inaugural USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative report was released last year, its findings — that women were sorely underrepresented in recorded music, to the tune of 17% of artists associated with Billboard’s top 100 songs in 2017 — sent a shudder throughout the industry. A year later and following groundswell from the Time’s Up movement, not much has changed.

Pop 2.0: How Globalized Music Created a New Kind of Star
The Guardian: Caroline Sullivan
English is no longer the lingua franca of pop music, and its alpha stars – Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga – are an endangered species.

Cities should establish tourist tax to fund the arts – report
The Stage (UK): Giverny Masso
A tourist tax that is ring-fenced for culture is one of the recommendations from an independent enquiry in the US, looking ways cities can grow their arts offering. The recommendations also include developing routes into the cultural industries, including apprenticeships, to develop local and diverse talent.

Orchestras don’t get record deals any more. The Grammys show a silver lining.
Washington Post: Anne Midgette
These days, the classical Grammys are much more closely linked to live orchestral performance than they’ve been for quite some time. That’s because most orchestral recordings these days are made during performances, and are issued, in many cases, on orchestras’ own in-house labels.

The Titan’s Shadow
VAN: Jeffrey Arlo Brown and Hatmut Welscher
Daniel Barenboim is a great musician and humanist. So why are so many people afraid of him?

JACK Quartet Receives Fellowship to Explore Music and Neuroscience
The Strad
The New York-based ensemble is using portable EEG and wearable muscle neuron sensors to map their brain waves while playing.

Richard White Was a Homeless Kid. Then, With a Tuba, He Made Music History.
The Daily Beast: Tim Teeman
As a 3-year-old boy, Richard White was homeless. As alumnus of the IU Jacobs School of Music, White is now the first African-American to receive a doctorate in tuba performance. He has played with numerous orchestras, traveled the world as a player, and is currently teaching at the University of New Mexico, where he is Associate Professor of Tuba/Euphonium.

Orlando Ballet weighs importance of live music at its shows
Orlando Sentinal: Matthew J. Palm
The future of live orchestral music at Orlando Ballet performances might very well depend on whether patrons are willing to pay for it.

Inaugural Dean of UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is IU Alumna

Daily Bruin: Inga Hwang
An opera singer and voice professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eileen Strempel was previously the senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Cincinnati, and assistant vice president for academic advancement and associate dean of the graduate school at Syracuse University.

Lincoln Center Finds Its Next President at the 92nd Street Y
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
Henry Timms, currently at the 92nd Street Y, will be the next president of Lincoln Center, which has been plagued by leadership troubles.

The Philharmonic’s New Season: What Our Critics Want to Hear
The New York Times: Michael Cooper
Freshman year can excite with newness, but it’s as sophomores that people tend to come into their own. Jaap van Zweden’s reign as music director of the New York Philharmonic came into clearer view on Tuesday, when the orchestra announced its 2019-20 season, its second under his baton.

THE SCOOP | Peter Oundjian Named Music Director Of Colorado Music Festival
Ludwig van TORONTO: Michael Vincent
The Colorado Music Festival has appointed Oundjian as Music Director, making him the fourth conductor to lead the six-week annual summer festival in historic Colorado Chautauqua.

Tanglewood's Linde Center Programs to Feature Top Musicians, Authors
The Berkshire Eagle: Clarence Fanto
Tanglewood's new Linde Center for Music and Learning is home to the new Tanglewood Learning Institute, set to launch this summer. The four-building complex also will offer year-round programming, and be available for event rental by the Berkshire community.


The Symphony Orchestra of India makes its first ever visit to the UK this month
Gramophone: Simon Broughton
Playing Beethoven, Weber, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninov and Bruch, the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) makes its first visit to the UK in February. Alongside the regular Western repertoire they are bringing an Indian piece, Peshkar, a concerto for tabla and orchestra.

Does Paris Still Have the Ugliest Opera House in Europe?
The New York Times: Joshua Barone
The Opéra Bastille, the larger and more modern of the Paris Opera’s two theaters, turns 30 this year.

Music Education ‘Crisis’ Laid Bare in Parliamentary Report
The Stage: Georgia Snow
Music education in England is in crisis and is being destroyed by the English Baccalaureate, a parliamentary report has claimed.

Music Producer Swizz Beatz On Why Streaming Services Should Pay Musicians 50/50
Market Watch: Jeanette Settembre
The ‘On to the Next One’ producer on monetizing music, taking a break from the industry and graduating from Harvard Business School.

HMV Reveals Which 27 Stores Have Closed After Sale to Canadian Music Boss
The Guardian: Angela Monaghan and Sarah Butler
HMV has been rescued from collapse by a Canadian music entrepreneur, but 27 stores in prime locations have closed, including the site of its first store on London’s Oxford Street.


Seagull Concerto 'Came To Me In Dream'
Video: Musician Nuria Bonet has created a concerto to improve the public's image of seagulls, which she thinks are misunderstood.  She said the idea came to her in a dream.

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