August 2012 Blog Posts (24)

Master Class: Vocal Interpretation with James Levine

Vocal coaching from American pianist and conductor James Levine. In the video below, Levine works with soprano Lori Guilbeau, exploring various emotional perspectives one-by-one.

James Levine: "The most important feature about this communication is your point of view…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 31, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Verbier Festival: Jonathan Colbert, Bass

Bassist Jonathan Colbert comes from Atlanta, Georgia.  He started playing bass in his mother’s middle school orchestra, went on to play with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra and also spent summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp.  After high school, Jonathan moved to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.  He has toured Europe, Asia, South America, Australia…


Added by Joe Soucy on August 30, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Member Spotlight: Rebecca Buckley

Featured Member Rebecca Buckley

from Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Showcasing musicians from around the world, Featured Member Interviews give Musical Exchange members a…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 30, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Master Class: Career Tips from the Kronos Quartet

Career advice from the Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall's Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen, and pipa player Wu Man. In this…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 28, 2012 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Tropicália Brazilian Music Movement: Veloso and Byrne

David Byrne and Caetano Veloso were central figures in the creation of the Tropicália Brazilian music movement. For their part in that and their participation in protests against Brazil's military junta, both men were arrested and jailed without charge for…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 27, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

The A to Z of Carnegie Hall: E is for Ellington

Next in our A to Z of Carnegie Hall comes the letter E for Ellington—Duke Ellington, whose career intertwined with the history of Carnegie Hall for more than three decades.…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 25, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Master Class: Explore, Create, and Express through Classical Indian Music with Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain: "Have the confidence to be able to jump into thin air without a parachute … Take chances with your music. Go places where you haven't gone before." A lively introduction to classical Indian music, followed by a focused look at one specific technique.




Added by Carnegie Hall on August 24, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Master Class: The Journey from Workshop to Stage

"You can come in, you can try things out, and you can fail; that failure is part of the experience." A lesson in the importance of risk-taking and its impact on one emerging artist's professional journey.




Added by Carnegie Hall on August 23, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Verbier Festival: Julian Azkoul, Violin

Julian Azkoul, London-based violinist, gives a piece of advice on audition taking.  Julian has played in such youth orchestras as Britten-Pears Young Artist's Programme and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.  Originally from Lebanon, Julian currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music.  This was his first summer at Verbier.

Learn more:…


Added by Joe Soucy on August 22, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Hanging Tree

I've literally just posted a video of a tune I came up with for the song The Hanging Tree which is featured in The Hunger Games books. It's what ran through my head when I first read the lyrics on the page. I turned it into a bit of a round as well, to add some interest. I recorded it with my Singstar microphones, my electric keyboard and Audacity on my laptop. Hope you like it! xxx…


Added by Aislin Barraclough on August 22, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Celebrating 50 Years of Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall: Part 2

With direct input from several of the principals, we continue our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original airing of the CBS television special Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, featuring Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett.…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 21, 2012 at 11:47am — No Comments

Film Fundraising

I had the pleasure of traveling to the East Coast as well as NYC to do some film fundraising (didn't get to go to Carnegie Hall, though!). I'm a part of a film that is in pre-production and we are reaching out to potential funders in order to create the film. I created the trailer music and at the moment I am in a good standing to score the entire film!

People heard the trailer score I created and apparently truly liked it, which is really rewarding to hear (someone kindly called me a…


Added by M Thompson on August 19, 2012 at 4:03am — 5 Comments

Jazz Great, Charles Mingus at Carnegie Hall: 90th Birthday Salute

In honor of the 90th birthday earlier this year of bassist, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979)—and on the 35th anniversary of his final appearance at the Hall on June 28, 1977—we're taking the opportunity to look back at this legendary musician's Carnegie Hall…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 18, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Verbier Festival: An Introduction

For the past three summers, I have had the unique opportunity to work with the Verbier Festival, an international music festival that takes place in a mountain resort in Verbier, Switzerland. Year after year approximately one hundred young musicians aged 17 to 29 gather from all over the world to form the Verbier Festival Orchestra. This festival provides intensive…


Added by Joe Soucy on August 15, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Gal Costa, A Mermaid Who Washed in From the Sea

The Tropicalismo movement, which combines sensuous Brazilian bossa nova with heavy rock, has been a mainstay of Latin music since the late 1960s, and no one sings this music like Gal Costa 

In the early ‘70s, during her…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 15, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Celebrating 50 Years of Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett: Part 1


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 14, 2012 at 10:47am — No Comments

Member Spotlight: Justin Draper

Featured Member Justin Draper

from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Showcasing musicians from around the world, Featured Member Interviews give Musical Exchange members a little insight into…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 13, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Master Class: A Young Musician's Perspective on Working with the Masters

We continue our Master Class blog series with a direct…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 10, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Master Class: ''The Music is the Star''

This blog series featuring a wide range of documentary videos from our master classes, workshops, and talks with teaching artists. You'll have the opportunity to learn from world-class musicians and…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 9, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Aimee Mann: Precise. Unflinching.

The best singer-songwriters are sneaks. They ply us with ringing guitars, soften us up with hooks and harmonies, and slip in the syringe. The needle is filled with venom or truth serum or toxic love potion, and Aimee Mann wields it like a surgeon. Or an addict. Precise. Unflinching. Pop tunes are the medium, but…


Added by Carnegie Hall on August 7, 2012 at 5:10pm — No Comments

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