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Jon Hassell, avant garde US composer, dies aged 84

Jon Hassell, the influential American avant garde composer who invented the global-minded “fourth world” musical aesthetic, has died aged 84. In a statement, his family said the “iconic trumpet player, author and composer” died in the early hours of 26 June, after just over a year of health complications. For the complete Guardian article click […]

A Blues Surrealist

Julius Hemphill’s music uses stark, lyrical abstraction and svelte dissonances to confront the vicissitudes of black American life. “I like to make things,” the saxophonist and composer Julius Hemphill told an interviewer from the Smithsonian in 1994, a year before his death from diabetes. “It might not equate to the great American novel…but I can […]

How Operas Are Going Green

During the pandemic, some houses have continued finding ways to make their spaces and performances more environmentally sustainable. La Scala in Milan is now using LED bulbs and smart lighting.Credit…Alessandro Grassani for The New York Times By Rebecca Schmid May 10, 2021, 5:02 a.m. ET The coronavirus pandemic has challenged day-to-day norms in the opera […]

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