here’s an article from last july’s los angeles times about more research into music’s special effects. it seems music, and singing in particular, can have specific health benefits.
“The new research… is the latest to explore the health benefits of making music.”
i’m not a doctor, but i know what students have told me for decades: “you’ve done it again.” done what? “i came dragging in here, and i’m leaving feeling great.”
An entertaining 2013 TED Talk on education and the arts, given by Sir Ken Robinson. Takes about 20 minutes, and was recently on public television stations in the U.S.
Here’s another talk from 2006.
Big exhibit opening this Sunday at Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, centering on Ballets Russes, including an extensive selection of film, lectures, performances of music and dance, and some costumes on display. Some details & reviews below. Exhibit runs 12 May to 2 Sept 2013.
These articles are an attempt to alert the professional soloist to some of the details inherent in working with a pipe organist, many times of necessity using music written for piano. Some general concerns are also listed. In no way is this a complete discussion, and it may be added to in future. Continue reading Considerations in working with pipe organ accompaniment
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato won her first Grammy this year, for Diva, Divo, and took a moment to write about the experience for the Grammy web site. She also posted the piece on her blog, and included the link to her brief acceptance speech. That’s a key bit, so check it out… Continue reading Grammy’s golden moment
“…a work of art is a gift, not a commodity. Or, to state the modern case with more precision, that works of art exist simultaneously in two ‘economies,’ a market economy and a gift economy. Only one of these is essential, however: a work of art can survive without the market, but where there is no gift there is no art.” poet Lewis Hyde, The Gift
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) started something on its Facebook page last summer, with an inaugural essay by writer and visual artist Makoto Fujimura. Here are 2 quotes: Continue reading NEA studies: Is art a gift or commodity?
Can’t build on a bad foundation
Nothing’s more distracting or embarrassing than non-functioning Continue reading Speaking of costumes … 2
Huh? Hasn’t everyone been doing Facebook and Twitter forever??
Nope. For those who wanted/need to understand it before entering, or those who had no initial need for it, an excellent source book is The Social Media Survival Guide by Deltina Hay. Continue reading A guide to social media
Performers without agents do their own marketing.
Daria Steigman’s blog, Independent Thinking, has several current posts performers should read (below). Continue reading Marketing for Performers