What Is Classical Music’s Women Problem?
by Anastasia Tsioulcas Australian conductor Simone Young, the outgoing artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera. Klaus Lefebvre/Courtesy of the artist Australian conductor Simone Young, the outgoing artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera. Klaus Lefebvre/Courtesy of the artist Close your eyes, and you may think that this is 1913. In the past few days, the classical music community has been set aflame by recent comments from three prominent male conductors who are a steel yourself a actually saying that women are not capable of standing on the podium. Surely you jest, you say. This cannot possibly be the level of discourse in the classical music community in 2013, right? When someone like Marin Alsop is among the most valued conductors in the world, not just for her gifts in front of an orchestra, but for her ability to communicate her love for classical music? When Alsop and her colleagues like JoAnn Falletta , Jane Glover, Simone Young and others have inspired other generations of women to take up a baton? When Hilary Clinton is an ex-Secretary of State, Angela Merkel is anticipating a third term as German chancellor, and Janet Yellin has just been nominated as Fed chief? Oh, but I am saying precisely that. In France, conductor and composer Bruno Mantovani lit a firestorm last Friday when Radio France posted an interview with him in which he ran through a veritable laundry list of putative reasons of why women couldn’t succeed as conductors, ranging from infant-bearing to child-rearing to our innate lack of brawn and stamina. And last week, in a must-read essay for The New Yorker, Alex Ross revealed a translation of an interview conducted in Russian last September with conductor Yuri Temirkanov with the Moscow-based Nezavisimaya Gazeta, in which Temirkanov announced, “The essence of the conductor’s profession is strength.
The Music That Inspires Goose Island [Behind The Brewery]
Check out an early live version of title track Crazy Rhythms. Goose Island has had music embedded in its DNA since 1988. They really started the trend of Chicago street festivals, by creating Goose Island Fest in the early nineties. Sonic Youth , Los Lobos, and Guided By Voices have headlined it, and Wilco even performed their first ever set as Wilco, at Goose Island Fest in 1994. The fest disbanded 10 years ago, but this year Goose Island decided to get back into the music fest arena and launched Goose Islands Urban Block Party, featuring Tokyo Police Club and Low. Working at Goose Island has many privileges, none bigger than the Tap Deck that is located right in the middle of the brewery. Were up there drinking beer sometimes and the brewers are just blasting music all day. Todd says. Each batch of beer takes roughly around 5 hours to brew, and the brewers do not like to brew in silence. Brew Master Brett Porter, likes to blare his Pixies collection on the floor and even makes his own turn tables from scratch. The variety in music played depends on which brewer is in charge on the floor. It wouldnt be unusual to hear Grimes, Yo La Tengo, or metal on any given day at the brewery. So what artists pair well with some different crafts of Goose Island? Here are some suggestions next time you are drinking a Goose Island from Todd.
By Associated Press, Pusha T proves he is one of hip-hops most skillful lyricists on his debut album, My Name Is My Name. The rapper is hardly new. He rose to prominence as half of the grimy rap sibling duo the Clipse, whose music played out like the soundtrack to The Wire. On My Name is My Name, Pusha T once again mines his past in the dope trade for material. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Rapping about slinging drugs is hardly a new topic, and some would say its a tired one. But Pusha Ts storytelling, imagery, and superb rap skills make it worth hearing from his vantage point. Unfortunately, Pusha Ts lyrical brilliance gets dragged down by the extraneous elements of the My Name is My Name. The 12-track album features appearances from Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Future, Young Jeezy and Kelly Rowland, but suffers from unimpressive production. Kanye West and Swizz Beatz fail to pull the life out of Browns voice on the mediocre track, Sweet Serenade. S.N.I.T.C.H. is a compelling story about a friend looking to rat on someone, hoping to be freed from jail, but the music on the Pharrell Williams-produced track doesnt hold up. There are some bright spots. On Nosetalgia, Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar take turns recounting life before stardom, while the impressive Ross-assisted Hold On, features West harmonizing. Who I Am with 2 Chainz and Big Sean, and the Pharrell-produced Suicide featuring Ab-Liva are also enjoyable listens. In all, Pusha T puts on a strong performance. But the patchy production is what prevents My Name from being considered as one of the top hip-hop albums of the year. ___ Follow Jonathan Landrum Jr.
Sinead O’Connor blasts Simon Cowell for ‘murder of music’; Annie Lennox slams music video ‘pornography’
Unfortunately, awareness on psychiatry as a mode of treatment for mental illness itself is low. So, ancillary methods of prognosis and treatment like art and music therapy is even rarer here,” said Dr R Thara of SCARF. Besides being a tool of communication, art helps patients improve their cognitive and motor skills. “Psychiatrists often think their duty is done once they prescribe medicines. While they are a necessity for certain conditions, it is only a primary form of treatment,” said Dr Thara. “Even if the infrastructure is not available, the least psychiatrists can do besides prescribing medicines is to draw up a schedule for their patients, which should include a creative activity through which they can express themselves,” said psychotherapist Vijay Nagaswami. He said a multi-disciplinary approach would help explore the patients’ minds and understand their condition better. “But art and music therapy is still at its nascent stage in India. Families are convinced only if medicines are prescribed.” Art and music don’t just come in handy for patients with mental disabilities but even for those who are traumatized and show symptoms of depression . “Survivors of sexual and domestic abuse sometimes show symptoms of mental ailments. They often have a blank expression on their face, which is mistaken for insanity, when in reality they are just trying to adapt to the situation ,” said Prasanna Poornachandra of International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC).
Music Review: Pusha T raps strong, while production is patchy on debut, ‘My Name Is My Name’
icons took jabs at the music industry, petty judges on singing reality competitions and the hypersexualized music videos bombarding audiences today. By Chiderah Monde / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, October 6, 2013, 12:22 PM Comment Sinead O’Connor name-checked Simon Cowell as a murderer of music in a new interview, following her Miley Cyrus open letter rants. After Sinead O’Connor ripped Miley Cyrus and the music industry for promoting “prostitution,” the Irish singer got even more specific with the name droppingrailing music executives like Simon Cowell for their hand in what she considers the “murder” of music. “I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll,” O’Connor, 47, said in an interview with Ireland’s “Late Late Show,” according to E! News. RELATED: SINEAD O’CONNOR FIRES BACK AT MILEY CYRUS AGAIN “Because of Simon Cowell, (and others, like TV music judge) Louis Walsh. It all amounts to the murder of music.” The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer caused a stir after posting an open letter to Cyrus , 20, on her website, cautioning her not to become a “prostitute” of the music industry. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images British singer Annie Lennox also slammed new music videos from young female singers as pornography. In the lengthy post Thursday, O’Connor said Cyrus was perpetuating a sexist system in which music execs make money off of talented, but hyper-sexualized women. The motherly gesture wasn’t well received by the “We Can’t Stop” singer, thus igniting a back-and-forth between the two that O’Connor said is now “over.” RELATED: SINEAD OCONNOR TO MILEY CYRUS: DON’T LET THEM ‘PROSTITUTE’ YOU “There’s a certain alarm that needs to be rung and I know there are a lot of musicians around the country and around the world that will agree,” she continued in the TV interview. “The power of rock ‘n’ roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all this worship of fame, ‘Pop Idol,’ ‘X Factor,’ all this stuff.” RELATED: MILEY CYRUS HOSTS AND PERFORMS ON SNL The ‘No More I Love You’s’ singer didn’t name Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears in her Facebook rant, but alluded to their raunchy new videos as ‘new lows.’ Similarly, musician Annie Lennox appeared to second O’Connor’s concerns, speaking out against the “pornographic” music videos from female singers bombarding the Internet and television in a lengthy Facebook post. Without naming Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spearswhose recently released music videos have warranted backlash for their racinessLennox, 58, wrote that she is “disturbed and dismayed” at the overt sexuality. RELATED: RIHANNA TWERKS, SWINGS AROUND STRIPPER POLE IN POUR IT UP MUSIC VIDEO “You know the ones I’m talking about,” she wrote. “It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment. As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough.” “It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low,” she added .