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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THE MUSIC WORLD | 2-8-2015

Recent News, Commentary, and Ideas.

THE JACOBS SCHOOL STRIKES BIG AT THE GRAMMYS: Early indications are that this was a good year for Jacobs School alumni! Winners include Aaron Sheehan, Edgar Meyer, and Cory Smythe. More about this soon from our marketing office.

ORGANIZATION SPOTLIGHT: 21CM

Each week, Project Jumpstart will spotlight one progressive organization or ensemble that provides inspiration, resources, and assistance to those planning for a life in music. This week’s organization, 21CM.org “an online, professional resource created expressly to help serious musicians thrive, not just survive, in today’s modern musical landscape. The site combines a magazine focused on people, organizations, projects and innovations with live events, educational tools and The Hub – a collaborative and social platform.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Why the Hottest New Arts Venue is Your Living Room
The Guardian: Darryn King
Why brave the cold and go to the theatre, comedy cellar or concert hall? These days, for a growing army of arts lovers, the performers come to you.

Finding Solutions to Ballet's Diversity Problem
Huffington Post: Phil Chan
Ballet's diversity problem can be distilled to two key obstacles: economics and lack of representation.

The Bill Evans Legacy
Wall Street Journal: Doug Ramsey
35 years after his death, the pianist remains a huge influence on jazz.

Too Many Artists Or Not Enough Value?
diacritical: Douglas McLennan
Scott Timberg’s book Culture Crash makes a case that the transformation of our culture right now is killing artists’ ability to make a living making art.

Welcome To The Opposite Of Freemium - The End Of Free Music
AllAboutJazz: Noel Troy
Today’s music discovery platforms are a parking lot, clogged with tens of millions of songs. Every year, about 10 million more songs join the traffic jam. What if 100 million songs entered the parking lot each year?

This Map Shows Which Music Genres Are Most Popular Around the World
TIME: Nolan Feeney
Twitter data reveals what styles of music are most-tweeted about in different countries

NATIONAL

At Grammys Event, Bob Dylan Speech Steals the Show
New York Times: Ben Sisario
In a wide-ranging 35-minute speech that had the 3,000 or so music executives and stars in the audience hanging on his every word, Dylan touched on the roots of his songwriting, the musicians who inspired him, and the naysaying of critics and others along the way.

Alan Gilbert to Leave New York Philharmonic in 2017
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Alan Gilbert will step down as music director of the New York Philharmonic in 2017, after eight seasons, the orchestra said on Friday, setting off what promises to be an intense search for a successor to lead the ensemble through the planned renovation of Avery Fisher Hall.

CSO Sees Audience Grow as Budget Balances
Cincinnati.com: Janelle Gelfand
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra continues to enjoy an uptick in attendance while balancing its budget for the sixth consecutive year.

The Incredible Success Story of ECM (Editions of Contemporary Music) Recording Label
Wall Street Journal: Stuart Isacoff
Talking of the Grammys, if anyone deserves an award for lifetime achievement, it is ECM’s founder, Manfred Eicher, a producer of over 1,600 albums—many of which have changed the course of recorded art.

Tobias Picker to Depart From Artistic Director Post at Opera San Antonio
Opera News
Composer Tobias Picker, who has served as the artistic director of Opera San Antonio since its founding more than five years ago, has parted ways with the Texas company.

INTERNATIONAL

Peter Sellars labels ENO Managerial Crisis a ‘Chernobyl Meltdown’
The Stage News: David Hutchison
English National Opera artist-in-residence Peter Sellars has described the managerial crisis at the company as a “Chernobyl meltdown”, warning that its troubles indicate a wider problem within the arts.

Donetsk Opera House: Tanks on The Street but the Show Must Go On
The Guardian: Shaun Walker
The city’s opera house remains open despite the dangers posed by the conflict between local separatists and Ukrainian forces.

Melody: Classical Music Transforming Lives in Chile
New York Times Video: Marialy Rivas
In this touching short documentary, students in a youth orchestra program in Chile pursue their love of music to escape poverty.

New Leaders at Paris Opera Unveil an Ambitious Future
New York Times: Roslyn Sulcasfeb
In a major coup, the Paris Opera Ballet has secured one of the dance world’s biggest names, William Forsythe, as the company’s associate choreographer.

Sadler’s Wells Could Teach the RSC a Thing or Two About Future Audiences
The Guardian: Lyn Gardner
The dance house is putting work for children at the core of its program and committing to it long-term. Why don’t other theatres do the same?

Are the Rich Winning a Cultural Class War?
BBC: Samira Ahmed
That Britain's cultural class war is complicated is perhaps most apparent in the fact that Labour's new culture spokesman, Chris Bryant, was educated at private Cheltenham College while the Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid is a bus driver's son from a comprehensive school.

INNOVATION and ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Top 5 Ballet Audition Tips from Experts
Classical Ballet News
Auditions are nearing, so what a great time to get some expert advice!

Can Computers Interpret Art?
Hyperallergic: Laura C. Mallonee
Some scientists say they’re closer than ever to closing the emotional gap between humans and machines — that is, the ability to feel, which is essential to arts criticism.

JUST FOR FUN

The Beautiful Symmetry of Grand Theaters Captured from Center Stage
PetaPixel: Michael Zhang
Gilles Alonso is a 43-year-old professional architectural photographer based in Lyon, France. For his recent project “Symétrie du Spectacle” (“Symmetry Show”), Alonso visited a large number of grand theaters and photographed the hall from center stage. The images capture the beautiful symmetry and grandeur of these spaces.



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