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Manners McDade to publish exclusive art & music book SHEETS by Nils Frahm

The sheet music for ten of Nils Frahm’s piano pieces taken from his albums Felt, The Bells and Wintermusik are now available in print for the first time in the form of a hardback art & music book to be released this December.

The book includes specially commissioned photographs from London artist Stuart Bailes and will be launched at an exclusive press event in London in February when the artwork will be exhibited and Nils Frahm will perform.

In the book, Frahm has written a personal introduction to each piece and includes diagrams and instructions explaining how to convert your piano to achieve his signature ‘Felt’ sound.

Says Frahm,”If you are like me and have a hard time reading sheet music, don’t be sad.  You can still be a good pianist.  It might be a bit painful to memorize it bar by bar, but when you have committed it all to your memory and know it by heart, you will be able to put the book away and focus on the expression of the piece.  And if even that does not work, don’t be sad either.  I’m sure you are very good at something else.”

For more information on SHEETS including an exclusive video by Nils Frahm, as well as photos of this beautiful book, visit the website here.

Nils Frahm has just released a series of live dates to promote SHEETS and his new album SPACES.

29/11/13 : Villa Kamogawa – Kyoto (JP)

01/12/13 : Meguro Persimmon Hall – Tokyo (JP)

02/12/13 : Sonorium – Tokyo (JP)

07/12/13 : P6 Beat Rocker @ Koncerthuset – Copenhagen (DK)

30/01/14 : Atelier Babylon – Bratislava (SLO)

31/01/14 : Festival Spectaculare – Prague (CZ)

22/02/14 : Societaetstheater – Dresden (D)

05/03/14 : Mutek – Barcelona(ESP)

08/03/14 : 5 Days Off – Amsterdam (NL)

09/03/14 : Schauspiel – Leipzig (D)

10/03/14 : Berliner Philharmonie (Kammermusiksaal) – Berlin (D) (tickets available early December)

25/07/14 : Jardins Efemeros – Viseu (PT)

15-17/08/14 : Dockville Festival – Hamburg (D)

29/10/14  : Barbican – London (UK)

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(Written on November 27, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Cricket ‘choir’ sounds like human voices

A ‘choir of crickets’ that sounds like humans singing has divided the critics after a Soundcloud clip has surfaced online

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain announces 2014 players

Following two rounds of auditions over eight weeks in Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol and London, 165 new players have been admitted to the National Youth Orchestra 2014

Gramilano

Riccardo Muti’s Ernani cancelled amid chaos at Rome Opera

Massive job losses are expec­ted at Rome Opera after it was announced that the theatre would go into receiv­er­ship after debts of 29 mil­lion euros ($39m) at the end of 2011. As the recent Bray Law states that if a theatre goes into receiv­er­ship, 50% of admin­is­trat­ive and tech­nical posts must be axed, the uni­ons are on the side of theatre dir­ector Catello De Mar­tino for maybe the first time

The Guardian

Antony Gormley: sculpting a new South Bank

Built in 1951, the Southbank Centre is an architectural landmark that attracts 25m visitors a year. But will it survive another 50 years? Sculptor Antony Gormley on why bulldozing the site would be better than the planned revamp

WQXR

Top Five Expressions of Thanks in Classical Music

There are compositional conventions for strong emotions and passions, such as love, anger, glee, and sorrow. Giving thanks, though, requires a bit more nuance—a challenge for any skilled composer. Luckily, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, there have been plenty of composers up to the task, especially in the five pieces that follow

Arts Journal

A respected Italian maestro has died

Angelo Campori, an associate of Leonard Bernstein who conducted at the Met and the Vienna Opera, has died aged 79

Winter woes: Conductor tosses lozenges at coughing Chicago audience

On Saturday night, Michael Tilson Thomas … went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats

Alberto Vilar is being held in a cell with no heating, books or music

The convicted fraudster and former opera philanthropist is being held while a judge hears his appeal against having his bail revoked, suddenly and without good reason

Die Welt

Klavier und Kitsch sind ziemlich beste Freunde

Früher hatte der Komponist Ludovico Einaudi den Respekt der Avantgarde. Bis er anfing, sentimentale Stücke und Soundtracks zu schreiben. Nun lieben ihn nur noch die Massen. Ein Besuch in Mailand

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on November 26, 2013 )

In our second ‘Noted Talks’ event ‘Publishing Across Genres,’ our speakers raised many issues on the effect of new technology on the publishing industry. Kindles, Spotify and internet downloading; literature and music publishing will have to find ways to adapt to these technologies. We asked our guests whether they preferred digital or traditional books and music, check out our video blog to find out what they said!

(Written on September 17, 2013 )

Janis Susskind

Managing Director of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishing

David McGinnis

Media and Music Manager at Mute Song

Martine Halban

Co-Founder and Director of Halban Publishers for books

Last night’s Noted Talk ‘Publishing Across Genres’ was a captivating event hosted by WildKatPR and Sane & Able. The evening featured three animated experts: Janis Susskind, David McGinnis and Martine Halban, who spoke on their knowledge and experience in Publishing. Throughout the evening, the speakers talked on the role of publishing in the worlds of music and the written word. They also contributed top advice in the area of self-publishing, which was applicable in a variety of ways for the eager attendees.

Many perspectives across the topics covered were highly valuable as light was shed on everything from how our speakers select what to publish, to the affect of new technologies on the industry. The importance of understanding the business was emphasised by Janis Susskind who explained the behind the scenes grass roots provisions needed for success: “For a year I typed index cards and memorized names, and learned the business from the ground up.” David McGinnis highlighted the validity of a gradual rise to the top: “Play some gigs, have some fans. Get some people throwing their underwear at you. Don’t go straight to sync”.

Martine Halban commented on the changes that the industry has undergone in the last twenty or so years: “In the 90s, Amazon started and the whole publishing scene changed. Now we are in the era of e-book publishing”. Interestingly, what arose is that it seems advanced technology has not merely removed older formats for accessing and listening to music, but more the emphasis has changed for these tools. Janis Susskind illustrates this: “I see more CDs being sold at classical venues. At the beginning we could never get a record company to agree to this”. David McGinnis took this one step further by explaining the potential value of CDs: “The physical disc might become like a piece of novelty merchandise”.

The entire evening was an eye opener into music publishing from professionals who were able to divulge valuable advice. It was an atmospheric evening full to the brim with young professionals and keen students, and the experience was both stimulating and informative with a good insight into the future of music publishing.

Take at look at our next event which will take place on Wednesday October 23rd ‘Noted Talks…Music Money Matters’. You can find this via the noted Event Bright.

Check out Noted via Twitter or Facebook for more quotes from the speakers and information about the event.

Check back soon for a video blog from last night’s guests!

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Oliver Hyde-Tetley

Oliver Hyde-Tetley

(Written on September 12, 2013 )