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Peter Wyer’s New Opera Dramatizes One Tibetan Woman’s Journey to Freedom

  "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." This line from Victor Hugo came to mind the first time I heard the incredible story of Tibetan nun Ngawang Sangdrol. At age 14 Sangdrol was jailed at the notorious Draphchi Prison [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:40+00:00 12.02.11|Events, Greatest Hits, News, Sounds|Comments Off on Peter Wyer’s New Opera Dramatizes One Tibetan Woman’s Journey to Freedom

The Dow of Art: Why Art Still Matters in Our Market-Driven Society

Writer Nova Ren Suma has just published a new essay of mine over at "Distraction No. 99." Although the assigned topic was "inspiration," my piece covers a range of subjects, from library book censorship to the financial stresses of being an artist. But the central theme concerns the value [...]

Where Art Fears to Tread

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, there is no shortage of news stories, official ceremonies, and tributes. But this weekend I've been contemplating how the arts community fits into all of this speechifying and memorializing. What is the artistic legacy of 9/11 now that it is a decade behind [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:55:35+00:00 09.05.11|Images, News, Sounds|Comments Off on Where Art Fears to Tread

A Sneak Preview of Wilco’s New Album

Wilco's new record The Whole Love will be released on September 27th. It is the first album on the band's own label dBpm Records (shorthand for decibels per minute). The new label will handle “all future Wilco recordings and more,” in association with ANTI- Records, which will aid in distribution [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:02+00:00 07.04.11|News, Sounds|Comments Off on A Sneak Preview of Wilco’s New Album

News: Sinatra, The Strokes, Salman & More

A NEW SINATRA BIO: James Kaplan has just published a new biography on Frank Sinatra called Frank: The Voice. Geoffrey O'Brien has written a long review, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," in The New York Review of Books. Kaplan focuses on Sinatra's early days and tries to understand how this talented, [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:14+00:00 03.22.11|News|Comments Off on News: Sinatra, The Strokes, Salman & More
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