Music the artform and artists

Bessie Smith, The Empress Of The Blues

She was big and brown and built high off the ground — "a hell of a woman," men called her, but most women said she was "rough." And while there were other blues singers in the first half of the 20th century — some who shared her surname — none could be mistaken for Bessie Smith.

NPR

How Mongolia went wild for opera

Why are so many Mongolians winning international singing awards?

The Guardian

The Best Opera Recording Ever Is Maria Callas Singing ‘Tosca.’ Hear Why.

Every soprano who sings Tosca tries to make her opening words — frantic calls of her lover’s name, before she’s even onstage — sound suspicious.

The New York Times

Qui était Dizzy Gillespie, le trompettiste aux grosses joues ?

Il y a 25 ans disparaissait l’un des monstres sacrés du jazz, Dizzy Gillespie. Trompettiste et improvisateur de génie, il s’est fait ambassadeur du be-bop et du jazz latino à travers le monde.

France Musique

Free improvisation: still the ultimate in underground music?

Pioneered in the 1950s by musicians breaking the rules of jazz and composition, free improvisation is still as difficult – and potentially transcendent – as it ever was.

The Guardian

Egypt: Hasaballah, the People's Music

How a legendary Cairo brass band gave birth to an entire musical genre, which still resonates with Egyptians today.

Al Jazeera

Studio Caroline: The Parisian Laboratory of African Pop

Paris in the ’80s was arguably one of the largest global hubs for African music, playing host to musicians from across the African diaspora and generating an enormous volume of releases that few other cities could rival at the time.

Red Bull Music Academy

Five Ways To Listen To The Music Of The Ancient World Today

We are often immersed in what the ancient world looked like when we visit a museum or an archaeological site. However, the vibrant soundscapes heard at festivals, funerals, courtly feasts, theatrical performances, gladiatorial shows or just while shopping in the ancient world are important to reconstructing the past.

Forbes

Steve Reich: «en cours avec Berio le jour, j’écoutais Coltrane la nuit»

Dans la musique de Steve Reich, tout se transforme et le pigeon californien devient un percussionniste de musique concrète.

Libération


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