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10:23 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Why Tax Day Is Even Worse For Musicians

The contradictions between art and business are set into relief by the U.S. income tax code.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:05 pm

Tomorrow is the income tax filing deadline in the U.S., and jazz musicians in particular know it. The overwhelming majority of jazz musicians are freelance performers (and often freelance teachers, composers and other music-related service providers). But the informal aesthetics of the jazz world often extend to its business practices as well, with its handshake deals and cash payments. That makes it quite difficult to keep track of income and expenses when it comes time to report to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 19th
8:24 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

VIOLINS OF HOPE: Instruments From The Holocaust

Amnon Weinstein prepares a violin from the Holocaust for exhibit. He began restoring the violins in 1996 and now has 30 of them to display in an exhibit called Violins of Hope.
Nancy Pierce

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 10:28 am

Amnon Weinstein first encountered a violin from the Holocaust 50 years ago. He was a young violin maker in Israel, and a customer brought him an old instrument in terrible condition and wanted it restored.

The customer had played on the violin on the way to the gas chamber, but he survived because the Germans needed him for their death camp orchestra. He hadn't played on it since.

"So I opened the violin, and there inside there [were] ashes," Weinstein says.

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Music Education
1:29 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Music Education In Public Schools Gets A Passing Grade

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Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 4:00 pm

Numbers — they always look so solid, so reassuring, so — dare I say — hopeful? Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education issued a new report titled Arts Education In Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, 1999-2000 and 2009-10.

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Jazz Album and Feature
1:16 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Wes Montgomery: Early Recordings By A Late Guitar Great

The new compilation Echoes of Indiana Avenue collects rare early recordings by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.
Duncan Schiedt

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 6:07 am

When legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery died in 1968, the list of his recordings filled an entire page — single-spaced. Now, more space is needed, because a significant new collection of previously unreleased Wes Montgomery music is out this month on a new compilation, Echoes of Indiana Avenue.

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New Classical Albums
12:54 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

From Hyperpianos To Harmonious Handel: New Classical Albums

Lisa Smirnova studied Handel's suites for five years before recording them.
ECM

Originally published on Sun February 12, 2012 12:51 pm

What's the saying — the more things change, the more they stay the same? It seems that's how it goes in the ways we make music. MIT futurologist Tod Machover rethinks traditional instruments, coming up with new things like the hyperpiano; Pianist Michael Chertock gives it a go in an explosive excerpt below.

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Jazz Headlines
12:47 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: April 6, 2012

Detail from the cover of BBNG2, the new mixtape from controversial Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 6:54 pm

Poll: does this look like Duke Ellington or not? How about this? Washington D.C. wants to know.

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Classical Headlines
12:41 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: April 6, 2012

Not a new Food Network show: tenor Jay Hunter Morris, as Siegfried forging his sword, in the Metropolitan Opera's controversial Ring cycle.
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 5:08 pm

  • New York's Metropolitan Opera is gearing up to launch Wagner's complete Ring cycle, but just how "revolutionary" is the $16 million, 45-ton production? New York Times' Anthony Tommasini talks with Met GM Peter Gelb about the embattled Robert Le Page production, a conversation Parterre Box views as "damage control" on Gelb's part.
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Deceptive Cadence
1:12 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Stick Your Head Into A High Performance Harpsichord

Andreas Staier plays Bach's Goldberg Variations on a copy of this famously grand harpsichord built in 1734 by Hieronymus Albrecht Hass currently housed in Hamburg, Germany.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 9:32 am

All week, we're exploring J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations.

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Latest from NPR Music
3:23 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

'Kinshasa Symphony': An Ode To Musical Joy In Central Africa

A member of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste plays outdoors in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 2:34 pm

An amazing new documentary film is a must-see not just for music lovers, but for anyone who needs to see the nourishing power of the arts and human connections.

Kinshasa Symphony takes us into the everyday lives of the members of a most unlikely ensemble: the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, located in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a place ravaged by war, endemic poverty and corruption.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:20 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mahler For The People: The L.A. Philharmonic In Caracas

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the L.A. Philharmonic in a rehearsal of Mahler's Symphony No. 4, on tour last month in Caracas, Venezuela.
Brian Lauritzen KUSC

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 6:32 pm

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and its conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, have just returned from a tour in Caracas, Venezuela, where they performed Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony.

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