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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome guitarist Alessandro Paganelli to our portfolio of artists.

Born in the little town of Livorno, Tuscany, Alessandro grew up in a house filled with music: his father played guitar in the band of Italian singer Milva, and Alessandro shares hi passion for the instrument with him. Alessandro has always been interested in the creative process of music composition, following first private lessons and then conservatoire study.

As a classical guitarist – studying under Oscar Ghiglia at the Academia Chigiana in Siena and in Maastricht with Carlo Marchione– it’s hardly surprising that Alessandro states Johann Sebastian Bach as one of his main musical inspirations. While successfully completing his training and receiving his Masters in Music, he also participated in various masterclasses of Baroque Music Performance Practice.

After moving to Berlin, he started working as a freelance musician, in opera productions like Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” for the Trentino Music Festival, Mozart’s “Die Falsche Gärtnerin” with director Christoph Hagel and Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” with the Opera Houses in Greifswald and Stralsund.

Alessandro is fascinated by a wide variety of genres and sounds, so started experimenting with jazz, electronic music and the art of improvisation – all of this led to his first solo EP titled “Drifting”, released in June 2017. Consisting of four tracks, Alessandro demonstrates how he has found the perfect balance of classical elements, strings and atmospheric synthesizers to create a haunting, incredible beautiful piece of art.

Accompanied by artistic and cinematic music videos, filmed by Lorenzo Konings, the music confirms how the term “neoclassical” is not enough to describe his way of composing and the sounds he creates. His music serves as a universal language – to transport all sorts of emotions, thoughts and ideas.

Alessandro is currently in postproduction of his second EP, which is due to be released in early 2018. It consists of four tracks and was recorded, mixed and mastered at FuseRoom Studios Berlin with Alberto Rizzo Schettino. The title “Nebula” already seems like a promise – a promise that the guitarist created another piece of art in his very own, specific and unique way.

(Written on December 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: Egyptian singer sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery”, ballet about Rudolf Nureyev debuts five months later than planned, music startup Beatroot falls into liquidation. Also, sexual allegations affecting classical music industry, New York Philharmonic raises $50m for launch fund and Opera Stuttgart intending to attract the younger generation.

BBC News

Nureyev debuts but director still under arrest

A ballet about the famous Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who defected to the West has premiered – five months later than planned.

The Telegraph

Egyptian singer Shyma sent to prison for two years over ‘explicit’ music video of her eating a banana

An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” after a music video showing her suggestively eating a banana was ruled to be too sexually explicit.

Forward

Should James Levine’s Alleged Sexual Abuse Make Us Reconsider His Music?

By now, the question is familiar: How should those who distribute and consume art deal with the artistic legacy of someone accused of sexual harassment and assault?

Slate

Advocates Have Found Five Qualities Associated With Sexual Violence. The Classical Music World Hits Four of Them.

Last week, the American sex abuse crisis reached the most elite and rarefied echelon of “entertainment”: the opera house. And while most Americans may never have seen The Marriage of Figaro, the classical music field is a surprisingly tidy case study in the environmental factors that make sexual abuse—and its cover-up—possible.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Startup Beatroot Falls Into Liquidation

British music tech startup Beatroot has ceased trading.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic, Under New Management, Raises $50 Million — Fast

In a show of donor confidence in its new leadership, the deficit-challenged New York Philharmonic announced Tuesday that it had raised $50 million to help it balance its budgets in the coming seasons as it rolls out its next music director, Jaap van Zweden.

Kulturradio rbb

Soziale Lage von Lehrkräften an deutschen Musikschulen ist “desaströs” 

Ihnen geht es immer schlechter, so das Ergebnis einer bundesweiten Studie der Gewerkschaft ver.di.

Klassik.Com

Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern im Winterschlaf?

Der Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ist ins Stocken geraten. Eigentlich sollten die Theater Stralsund, Greifswald, Neubrandenburg und Neustrelitz ab 2018 unter gemeinsamem Dach als Staatstheater Nordost zusammengeführt werden.

Musik Heute

Stuttgarter Oper will sich mehr für Schüler öffnen

Die Stuttgarter Oper will sich künftig stärker öffnen – vor allem für junge Besucher.

Le Monde

Les raisons de l’alliance entre Tencent et Spotify dans le streaming musical

Le leader chinois du secteur et le champion suédois ont échangé des participations pour lancer une collaboration renforcée.

Twitter

  Entries are open for 24 categories in the Music Week Awards 2018 and the deadline is now less than a month away

Image: Jaap van Zweden at Avery Fisher Hall © Classical Music/Chris Lee

(Written on December 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: Australian women sign an open letter against sexual harassment in music industry, a third of people believe there is sexism in the music industry, survey says; New York Philharmonic releases its 19th-century archival material. Also, AI and machine learning in music business and Wolfgang Niedecken honoured with the Beethoven Award for human rights. 

The Guardian

Tina Arena and Courtney Barnett join campaign against music industry sexual harassment

More than 360 Australian women, including the Veronicas and Sarah Blasko, have signed #MeNoMore letter recounting harassment, assault and rape.

Classic FM

25 per cent believe women don’t have the same opportunities as men in the music industry

A third of people believe there is sexism in the music industry, according to a new survey on gender inequality carried out by The Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Music

New York Philharmonic releases archival material

The New York Philharmonic has released all of its 19th-century archival material to mark its 175th birthday.

Opera Now

Irish National Opera announces first appointments

Irish National Opera (INO) has announced a number of key appointments.

Forbes

How To Think About Artificial Intelligence In The Music Industry

In the music industry access to information presents a big challenge, but once you have it, the question becomes, how can you use and manipulate it using machine learning?

nmz

Kulturstiftung verleiht wertvolle Musikinstrumente an Nachwuchs

Sachsens Kulturstiftung vergibt aus ihrem Fonds wieder zwei wertvolle Meisterinstrumente an hochbegabte Nachwuchsmusiker.

Kulturradio rbb

Wolfgang Niedecken erhält Beethovenpreis für Menschenrechte 

Der BAP-Sänger äußere sich immer wieder explizit zu politischen Fragestellungen und nehme öffentlich Stellung, teilte die Beethoven Academy in Bonn mit.

klassik.com

Wiener Konzerthaus mit Besucherzuwachs in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Das Wiener Konzerthaus hat seinen Jahresbericht für 2016/17 vorgelegt. Gegenüber der vorherigen Spielzeit konnte die Zahl verkaufter Eintrittskarten demnach auf 577.000 gesteigert werden (2015/16: 542.200).

France musique

Françoise Nyssen et Jean-Michel Blanquer annoncent 20 millions d’euros pour la musique à l’école

Invités au micro de France Musique, la ministre de la Culture Françoise Nyssen et le ministre de l’Éducation nationale Jean-Michel Blanquer apportent des détails à leur action commune en faveur de la musique à l’école. 

Le Monde

Mort du batteur Sunny Murray, pionnier du free jazz

Le compositeur et musicien James Marcellus Arthur – dit « Sunny » – Murray s’est éteint le 8 décembre à l’âge de 81 ans.

Twitter

Image:© Classic FM/Maddy Shaw Roberts

(Written on December 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: the lack of interest in opera, British Airways criticised by musicians again, Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021. Also, Apple intends to buy Shazam, clarinet is the less hygienic instrument and Thomas Hengelbrock leaves Elbphilarmonie. 

The Telegraph

Opera isn’t for everyone – and what’s wrong with that?

As if the opera business wasn’t already in enough of a stew, along comes a survey commissioned by Classic FM. Its findings are discouraging: half the respondents couldn’t name a single opera singer and only one in five recognised a photograph of Pavarotti.

The Sun

British Airways ‘force musicians to pay £280 each to fly their instruments to Jersey for a gig’

Violinist Rita Manning was travelling to a gig with her group Lorcian Ensemble when staff told them to put their precious instruments in the hold.

Classical Music

Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry has been selected as the UK’s City of Culture for 2021, beating Paisley, Sunderland, Stoke and Swansea to the title.

Audio pioneer’s estate makes major gift to University of Cambridge

The estate of Ray Dolby, founder of the audio company bearing his name, has presented the University of Cambridge with £85m.

Pocket-lint

Apple to buy music recognition app Shazam for $400 million

Apple is said to be looking at acquiring Shazam, one of the most popular apps for recognising music, TV shows, films and adverts, with an official deal potentially being announced later today.

The New York Times

James Levine Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Illinois

Law enforcement officials in Illinois said Friday that they would not bring criminal charges against the famed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, noting that the man accusing Mr. Levine of sexual abuse there three decades ago had been 16 at the time — which was then the age of consent.

Limelight

The clarinet is the dirtiest instrument in the band

Which instrument is the dirtiest in the band? A study has shown that it’s the clarinet that tends to harbour the most bacteria and fungi.

Zeit Online

Dirigent der Elbphilharmonie geht im Streit

Der Chefdirigent Thomas Hengelbrock verlässt das Haus im Sommer 2018. Kann sein New Yorker Nachfolger Alan Gilbert schon ein Jahr früher als geplant einspringen? 

Klassik.com

Gabriele Ferro gewinnt Bonner Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb

Der Italiener Gabriele Ferro hat beim diesjährigen Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb Bonn den ersten Preis gewonnen. Der erste Platz ist mit 30.000 Euro dotiert.

Bayerischer Rundfunk rudert zurück: Kein Wellentausch von BR Klassik und Jugendsender

Damit wandert der Klassiksender nicht, wie ursprünglich vorgesehen, in das Digitalangebot DAB+, sondern ist weiterhin über UKW zu empfangen.

France Musique

Julie Fuchs et Gautier Capuçon : leur hommage musical à Johnny Hallyday

La soprano Julie Fuchs et le violoncelliste Gautier Capuçon ont interprété l’Ave Maria de Schubert lors des funérailles de Johnny Hallyday samedi 9 décembre à l’église de la Madeleine.

Twitter

 “I remember the moment every time I give a concert in Berlin: the way he entered the conductor’s room, his incredible ability to fill up space and transform it instantaneously.” about firstly meeting Karajan on Dec 11, 1976 

Image: Luciano Pavarotti © Classic FM

(Written on December 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Artists support rising cryptocurrency Monero, early 20th-century classical music made Spotify’s list of ‘emerging genres’ and a new online library of concert videos and feature documentaries by Quincy Jones. Also, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to make a free web-based music education platform, the Opernhaus in Berlin reopens today and the construction of the new Konzerthaus in Munich is postponed.

Classical Music

Ian Skelly to join Suzy Klein on Radio 3’s Essential Classics

Ian Skelly is to replace Rob Cowan as a co-presenter of Radio 3’s Essential Classics. He will begin his new role on Christmas Day, sharing the position with Suzy Klein.

The Guardian

The sound of mega orgasms: the female composers taking music into intimate places

A soundtrack to an erotic feminist film, the crunch of crisps in your own mouth, a composition for ‘strap-on and electric guitar’ … meet the women who are making music and telling stories on their own terms

Serialism: how early 20th-century classical music made Spotify’s list of ‘emerging genres’

The streaming site’s list of big sounds of 2017 includes the challenging form pioneered by Arnold Schoenberg – nestled alongside chillhop, trap Latino and future funk

Digital Music News

Cryptocurrency Monero Jumps 25% as 40 Major Artists Jump on Board

Over 40 artists have signed-on to support rising cryptocurrency, Monero.

The New York Times

Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital

Quincy Jones, the jazz musician and impresario, is helping to start Qwest TV, an online library of concert videos and feature documentaries, most of them unavailable on YouTube or any other streaming site.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to give all Canadians gift of music literacy with free nation-wide education program

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is looking to boost musical literacy in Canada with an ambitious program that will make a web-based music education platform free to anyone with a Canadian IP address for a year.

Klassik.Com

Münchner Konzerthaus: Haushaltsausschuss gegen Baubeginn im kommenden Jahr

Der Baubeginn des neuen Münchner Konzerthauses, den Ministerpräsident Horst Seehofer (CSU) gerne noch vor den Landtagswahlen im kommenden Jahr terminiert hätte, muss verschoben werden.

Der Tagesspiegel

Blattgoldene Zeiten

Vor 275 Jahren wurde das Opernhaus Unter den Linden eingeweiht. Mit dem Geburtstagskonzert startet endlich der Regelbetrieb im sanierten Gebäude.

Musik Heute

Münchner Kandidatenkarussell: Wer übernimmt die Staatsoper?

Im Münchner Kulturbetrieb müssen gleich drei hochkarätige Posten neu besetzt werden, an der Staatsoper und am Staatsschauspiel.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical in 1873 FP of symphonic poem Phaeton in Paris

Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics On this day in 1980, Herbert von Karajan celebrated his 25th anniversary as principal conductor of Berlin Philharmonic in a wonderful Celebration Concert in Berlin. Find out more about the biography of this outstanding conductor:

Image: www.gordonwelters.com

(Written on December 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: Help musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health services for the music industry, Rosemary Johnson steps down as RPS executive director in summer 2018, Primephonic iOS app goes online. Also, Chandos catalogue to be available on all streaming platforms, Ravinia Festival cuts ties with James Levine and the fusion of Staatstheater and Staatsorchester Mainz.

Classical Music

Rosemary Johnson to stand down as RPS executive director

Rosemary Johnson is to step down from her role as executive director of the Royal Philharmonic Society in summer 2018.

Chandos to release catalogue on streaming platforms

The complete Chandos catalogue will become available on all streaming platforms worldwide from January 2018.

The Herald

Music venues ‘should be protected from sound-proofing bills’

LIVE music venues should be protected from expensive sound-proofing bills if houses are built nearby, politicians have said.

Music Week

Primephonic launches iOS app for mobile classical music listening

Yesterday (December 5) Primephonic, the high resolution streaming service dedicated to classical music, has expanded its offering to include a dedicated iOS app for on-the-go high-quality listening.

Hypebot

IDAGIO Raises $9.5M To Expand Classical Music Streaming Service

Berlin based IDAGIO has raised a $9.5 million Series A round to expand its classical music focused streaming service.

Mixmag

Help musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health services for the music industry

UK organization Help Musicians, which has been working to provide mental health assistance and education for artists and music industry professionals, has officially launched its 24/7 services.

The Strad

No fine for André Rieu as court sides with violinist over Dutch child employment law violation

Child pan pipers involved in series of Maastricht concerts in 2015 worked beyond allowable hours – but were not employed by Rieu, court concedes.

Chicago Tribune

Ravinia Festival cuts all ties with former music director James Levine over sexual misconduct allegations

The Ravinia Festival, where James Levine served as music director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies from 1973 to 1993, has severed all ties with the famed conductor amid allegations of sexual misconduct currently under investigation by authorities in Lake County and at the Metropolitan Opera.

nmz

Staatstheater und Staatsorchester Mainz sollen fusionieren

Das Philharmonische Staatsorchester Mainz soll wieder in das Staatstheater Mainz integriert werden. Das vereinfache die Organisation und Doppelstrukturen fielen weg, erklärte der Intendant des Staatstheaters, Markus Müller.

Musik Heute

Leipzigs Musik-Tradition erhält Kulturerbe-Siegel

Die Musik-Tradition der Stadt Leipzig wird mit dem Europäischen Kulturerbe-Siegel gewürdigt. Wie das sächsische Kunstministerium mitteilte, wird die Europäische Kommission das Siegel im März 2018 verleihen.

pizzicato

DOV fordert, DDR-Gelder für Orchester und Theater einzusetzen

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung DOV fordert, die Mittel aus der Auflösung des Vermögens früherer DDR-Organisationen im Bundesland Sachsen-Anhalt vor allem für strukturell unterfinanzierte Orchester und Theater einzusetzen.

Le Parisien

Diva des Yvelines : le chef d’orchestre et l’avocate condamnés pour abus de faiblesse

Le maestro Jean-Christophe Keck a écopé ce lundi de 9 mois de prison avec sursis pour abus de faiblesse sur Eva Rehfuss, une cantatrice suisse morte à 85 ans fin 2008. L’avocate de Versailles, Me Michèle Gruffaz, a elle été condamnée à 12 mois avec sursis.

Twitter

 We are delighted that, after the sensational , Sir Richard Armstrong will return to conduct next Spring’s ! Now touring to SIX venues across the UK:

Image: © Africa Studio/Shutterstock

 

(Written on December 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: Holden Madagame goes from mezzo soprano to tenor, vinyl industry continues to rise, INES announces first acts to be part of the talent exchange programme. Also, RAM appoints Nikolaj Znaider as visiting professor of music, New York City Ballet investigates sexual harassment claim against its longtime leader Peter Martins and study reveals the cause of fascination for negative emotions in music. 

Independent

Millions of Brits never attend opera because it’s ‘too posh’, ‘too long’ and ‘too expensive’, survey finds

Uncertainty over appropriate etiquette relating to applause and toilet breaks also deters public from attending performances of Carmen, La Boheme and The Barber of Seville.

Holden Madagame: The trans opera singer who went from mezzo soprano to tenor

The performer, who was accepted by the Glyndebourne Academy to work on his vocal technique after taking testosterone, talks about finally being accepted by the opera world .

Classical Music

Vinyl sales continue to rise

More than 1 million vinyl LPs are expected to be purchased this December, according to the BPI.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra wins National Dementia Friendly Award

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has won a National Dementia Friendly Award in the Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year – Small and Medium category.

Music Teacher

RAM appoints Nikolaj Znaider as visiting professor

The Royal Academy of Music has appointed violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider as Viotti visiting professor of music.

Music Business Worldwide

First acts chosen for innovation network of European showcases exchange

Almost 100 European acts have been selected to be part of the talent exchange programme of the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES).

The New York Times

New York City Ballet Investigates Sexual Harassment Claim Against Peter Martins

Peter Martins, the longtime leader of New York City Ballet, has been removed from teaching his weekly class at the School of American Ballet while the two organizations jointly investigate an accusation of sexual harassment against him.

Codex Flores

Weshalb uns negative Emotionen in der Musik faszinieren

Was reizt uns an einem Musikstück, das negative Emotionen in uns hervorruft? Forscher des Max-Planck-Instituts für empirische Ästhetik haben ein psychologisches Erklärungsmodell für dieses scheinbar paradoxe Phänomen entwickelt. 

Pizzicato

Evan Christ bleibt bis 2014 Generalmusikdirektor in Cottbus

Die für das Staatstheater Cottbus zuständige Brandenburgische Kulturstiftung hat die Verträge von Generalmusikdirektor Evan Christ und von Intendant Martin Schüler bis zum 31. Juli 2024 verlängert.

Klassik.Com

Komponist Beat Furrer wird Mitglied des Österreichischen Kunstsenats

Der gebürtige Schweizer tritt in dem 21-köpfigen Gremium, das die Anliegen der Kunst in der Öffentlichkeit vertritt, an die Stelle der im letzten Jahr verstorbenen Ilse Aichinger. Im Kunstsenat kann nur Mitglied werden, wer mit dem Großen Österreichischen Staatspreis ausgezeichnet worden ist; Furrer erhielt die Auszeichnung im Jahr 2014.

Platea Magazine

Davide Livermore anuncia hoy su dimisión al frente del Palau de Les Arts 

El argumento principal de fondo es la falta de apoyo institucional que ha encontrado por parte del Gobierno valenciano. Livermore anunciará hoy lo que es una decisión irrevocable, llevado por motivos personales y profesionales. 

Twitter

 Barbara Hannigan: « Ich mache keinen künstlerischen Unterschied zwischen moderner Musik, Klassik oder Barock »

Image: © Beloborod/Shutterstock

(Written on December 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: New York Met opera suspends James Levine over sexual allegations, 70% of self-employed workers in classical music had been harassed, study finds; creative industries made a record contribution to the economy last year. Also, Artur Korn’s 80th birthday, Andreas Frank wins the JukeBoxx NewMusic Award and William Mayer dies at the age of 91. 

The Guardian

Six in 10 classical music workers harassed, UK survey finds

Incorporated Society of Musicians study finds 70% of self-employed workers in industry said they had been harassed.

What can we learn from an orchestra of broken instruments?

Grammy award-winning composer David Lang assembled a unique symphony to showcase damaging cuts in funding to a Philadelphia school district.

Music Teacher

Creative industries growing at twice the rate of the economy

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that the creative industries made a record contribution to the economy in 2016.

Classical Music

In celebration of Artur Korn’s 80th birthday

Happy 80th birthday to the distinguished bass Artur Korn, who was born in Wuppertal, Germany, on 4 December in 1937.

The Strad

Tourte bow demolishes price records in French auction

Violin bow by François Xavier Tourte sells for €576,600 (c.$687,000) at Vichy Enchères the day after same house breaks record for violin by Vuillaume.

Forbes

Why Spotify And Tencent Music May Swap Stock

It’s been reported that Spotify and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group are in talks to acquire 10% of each other, and should the deal go down, there’s no other way to look at it than as a strategic maneuver that has nothing to do with their subscribers.

The New York Times

William Mayer, Wide-Ranging Composer, Is Dead at 91

William Mayer, a prolific composer who ranged from orchestral and chamber music to choral works, operas and more, died at his home in Manhattan on Nov. 17, the day before his 92nd birthday.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stardirigent James Levine soll Jugendlichen missbraucht haben

New Yorker Metropolitan Opera untersucht Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen Stardirigenten James Levine. Der frühere Musikdirektor soll einen Jugendlichen jahrelang missbraucht haben. 

Epoch Times

Orgelbau: Traditionelle europäische Kulturform soll Welterbe der Menschheit werden

Nicht nur Kirchen, auch große Konzertsäle füllt sie mit ihrem Klang. Nun könnten Orgelbau und Orgelmusik von der Unesco zum immateriellen Kulturerbe der Menschheit erklärt werden.

Klassik.com

Andreas Frank gewinnt Preis für Gegenwartsmusik und Medienkunst

Der Komponist Andreas Frank hat den diesjährigen JukeBoxx NewMusic Award erhalten. 

Le Figaro

Accusé d’agression sexuelle, James Levine suspendu par le Metropolitan Opera de New York

Un homme resté anonyme a déclaré à la police que le directeur musical honoraire du «Met» de New York avait abusé de lui lorsqu’il était adolescent, dans les années 1980.

Twitter

 Premiere von , inszeniert von Marcel Keller . “Stark einsturzgfährdet” meint Kritiker

Image: One of the 1,500 instruments that will be part of the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra. © The Guardian/Courtesy of Temple Contemporary

(Written on December 4, 2017 )

In today’s news:  A plan to protect Londons music venues, the nomination process for the RPS awards is open, Sir Thomas Allen is to become artist in residence at the RCM, the Festspiele MV are teaming up Classical music and Michelin grade cooking. The Renovation of the Staatsoper in Berlin is not going to be delayed says the city council, a report about Iceland and their Folk music, compared to German traditions. A report on how El Sistema is at work in Kenya. A discussion in France about the creation of a common office for music. And the dispute about the RTÉ Orchestras continues.

Classical Music

Nominations open for RPS Music Awards

Members of the public have until 23.59pm on 16 January 2018 to nominate outstanding live music, performers and organisations from 2017.

Music Teacher

Sir Thomas Allen to become RCM artist in residence

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced that baritone Sir Thomas Allen will be working with students over the coming years as artist in residence.

NME

Sadiq Khan announces new plan to protect London music venues

The new proposals would put the responsibility on developers to properly soundproof properties near venues.

Forbes

Why Danny Elfman Gave Up The Stage To Become One Of Hollywood’s Most Successful Composers

The transition from established rock artist to film composer is not unusual.

Tech Financials

Ujo Music is Using Blockchain to Revolutionise the Music Industry

“We are building a platform that allows musicians to automatically license their works through Ethereal.”

New York Times

The Sound of Music Through El Sistema Kenya

Though Faith Syovata had almost lost her voice because of a cold, the students still hung on her every whispered word.

The Irish Times

Playing politics with the RTÉ orchestra cutbacks controversy

Taoiseach weighs in, Minister for Arts kicks to touch, Fianna Fáil comes late to the cause

BR Klassik

Volkslieder in den Charts

Die Isländer sind ein sangesfrohes Volk, über 300 Chöre gibt es auf der kleinen Insel: für viele Musiker der Start ihrer Laufbahn.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Berliner Senat hält an Termin für Staatsopern-Übergabe fest

Berlins Senatsbaudirektorin Lüscher hat den Vorschlag zurückgewiesen, das Opernhaus Unter den Linden erst später als geplant der Staatsoper zu übergeben.

Berliner Zeitung

Goldene Zwanziger in Weißensee Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi eröffnet wieder

Unlängst wurden hier Tanzszenen für die Serie „Babylon Berlin“ gedreht. Co-Regisseur Tom Tykwer ließ nach den Aufnahmen einen Teil der Lichtanlage als Geschenk zurück.

Musik heute

Festspiele MV 2018 mit Ton- und Kochkunst

Mit Stars wie dem Geiger Daniel Hope, der Pianistin Hélène Grimaud und dem Dirigenten Christoph Eschenbach wollen die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2018 ihrem Ruf als eines der bedeutendsten Klassikfestivals bundesweit gerecht werden.

France musique

La maison commune de la musique peut-elle faire l’unanimité ?

Suite à la remise d’un rapport qu’elle avait commandé, Françoise Nyssen s’est prononcée en faveur de la création d’une maison commune de la musique en janvier prochain. 

Twitter

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Staatsoper Berlin during the renovation (c)Christian von Steffelin

(Written on November 30, 2017 )

Lately, it seems like the younger generation is divided into two. One half is permanently glued to their digital device, drowning in social media, and can hardly imagine their life without Netflix and Instagram. The other half are rebelling, attempting something easily described as a “digital detox”.

A Digital detox can be defined as a period of time during which a person steps back from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers in order to disconnect to the online world. By many, it is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on real-life social interactions. Stress is proven to be caused by being connected, being online (literally), being available to anyone’s whim 24 hours per day, every day. A recent study from regulator Ofcom concluded that, on average, UK adults spend 25 hours a week online. And that number is constantly increasing.

So can classical music help us to escape the digital chokehold?

Listening to classical music

It is generally accepted that classical music has many positive effects on our brains, sometimes known as “the Mozart effect”. Listening to classical music is proven to boost memory function, sparks creativity, improves productivity and generally makes us feel happier and more relaxed. It can even improve the quality of our (much needed) sleep and help to ease symptoms of depression and melancholy. So why not to turn your phone off, take a deep breath and meditate while listening to classical music after a long working day or just before going to sleep? In our busy and over-connected world it is important to have some time for yourself, to slow things down and classical music is a perfect source of relaxation.

Learning an instrument

From recent research, musical instrument training can have a surprising effect on the structure of our brain. This concerns not only children but also adults and the elderly. Learning an instrument increases the capacity of our memory, enhances spatial reasoning and improves literacy skills. Moreover, musical training requires us to concentrate on one task at once. Concentrating on one task can help us to stay productive; not only while learning an instrument, but one can apply this knowledge to many other crucial tasks.

Attending classical music concerts

Listening to classical music encourages us to think deeply, connect better to ourselves and also connect to the people around us. Going to venues also means connecting to real people, talking to them, and socialising in real life. Sometimes we all need to take a step back from technology now and again. Attending classical music venues reminds us of being fully present in the world. Moreover, classical music concerts are beautiful, not only aurally, but also visually.

Considering all the benefits of classical music, we can utilise it to make our digital detox easier and our life more mindful and deliberate. Likewise, classical music helps us relax and put ourselves in a better mood. So, let’s switch off our mobile phones from time to time and allow us to be unavailable. Or, to put it in in the words of Chris Baréz-Brown: “Get lost in music with others and you might just find yourself.”

(Written on November 29, 2017 )