Could this memory device halve your practise time?
Halo Sport is a neurotechnology device that stimulates the brain to enhance muscle memory. Designed for athletes, the actor Mario Marzo uses it for piano practice. In this sessions, he learns two Bach preludes with and without neurostimulation. Watch.
Design your home like an opera set
A night out can influence a day’s work. Such was the case for the architecture and real-estate development firm DDG’s designer Michael Zaragoza. When he went to see a production by Apotheosis Opera, a fledgling New York company that aims to expand the medium’s reach, he thoroughly enjoyed the singing but found the sets inferior. So […]
Death of an Australian pianist
Allan Zavod, who has died in Melbourne home of brain cancer, at 71, taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston and accompanied Nigel Kennedy, Frank Zappa, Sting and others on Australia tours. Based in the US for 20 years, he worked with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Allan Zavod was 71.
Finn wins state prize for his 16th symphony
The prolific composer Kalevi Aho (l.), 67, was last night awarded Finland’s State Prize in music, worth 13,500 Euros. What took them so long?
A French composer is arrested in Russia
Didier Marouani, founder of the French pop band Space, accused a Russian singer Philipp Kirkorov of ripping off his songs. He flew to Moscow to press charges. The singer invited him for a settlement meeting. Arriving at the meeting with his lawyer, Marouani was arrested by Moscow police and accused of trying to extort one million […]
An opera about the man who linked Hitler to Bayreuth
The town of Karlsruhe is putting on a new opera at the end of next month. It’s called Wahnfried and it’s about a crackpot Englishman who became the living connection between Wagner and Hitler. Houston Stewart Chamberlain was an an obsessive anti-semite and Wagner fanatic who married the composer’s daughter Eva and made his home […]
Berlin will publish the pay of its chief conductors
The salaries of Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle as heads of the Staatsoper and the Berlin Philharmonic are not a matter of public record, as they would be in the US. The incoming culture senator Klaus Lederer, a member of the Left party, intends to share the information when he takes office in ten […]
Dead opera: The Met calls off Golijov commission
The Argentine-US composer Osvaldo Golijov, 55, who has missed several deadlines in recent years, will not submit a long-planned opera to the Met. Golijov’s publisher ascribes the cancellation to a difference of artistic opinion. The Met, feeding the story to the New York Times, appears to have pulled the plug. No-one’s saying much.
Atlanta Symphony picks Peabody man
Stephen Mulligan has been named assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. A prize-winner at Aspen (pic), Stephen studied at Peabody with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar and Marin Alsop.
Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson sings a Hebrew song
Tom Watson stood up today at Labour Friends of Israel and, after denouncing antisemitism in the party, burst into song. The exhortation he chants – Am Yisrael Chai – means: The people of Israel are alive. Now for a duet with Jeremy Corbyn. We live in weird times.
Just in: Jonas Kaufmann cancels the Nobel
Like Bob Dylan, the German tenor will not be appearing at the Nobel Ceremony on December 8, according to Swedish Radio. He has informed the committee that the vocal injury which sidelined him for the past two months has not yet fully healed. Kaufmann will be replaced as soloist at the Nobel Prize concert by […]