- ISSUE ARCHIVE
- 48 Working Out the Details
- 47 21CM Goes Global: Africa
- 46 New Voices
- 45 Favorites of 2018
- 44 Inspire Each Other
- 43 Music For Healing
- 42 Finding Balance
- 41 21CM Goes Global: The Middle East
- 40 Stand Up and Stand Out
- 39 21CM Goes Global: South America
- 38 All About Opera
- 37 Take A Risk
- 36 Finding Your Voice
- 35 Reimagining Our Spaces
- 34 What’s Your Spark?
- 33 Favorites of 2017
- 32 Perseverance
- 31 Design Your Future
- 30 Get The Word Out
- 29 Breaking Down Walls
- 28 American Music
- 27 Life as Art
- 26 In It for the Long Haul
- 25 Doing Good
- 24 Why Art Survives
- 23 Superheroes
- 22 Diverse Voices
- 21 Favorites of 2016
- 20 Challenging Perceptions
- 19 Work-in-Progress
- 18 21CMposium 2016
- 17 World Music
- 16 Begin Again
- 15 Improvisation
- 14 Social Entrepreneurship
- 13 Environment
- 12 Storytelling
- 11 The Plus Factor
- 10 Courageous Music Making
- 09 Favorites of 2015
- 08 Artist-Revolutionaries
- 07 Almost Famous
- 06 Education
- 05 Do-It-Yourself
- 04 Collaboration
- 03 Entrepreneurship
- 02 Community
- 01 Composers
It’s easy enough to say you want to build a career in music or make an album or join an ensemble. But how do you get there? Big-picture goals can help inspire and inform your direction, but if you want to make those goals a reality, you’re going to have to dig into the details.
In this month’s issue, we bring a tight focus to different aspects of musical careers.
Soprano Estelí Gomez of Roomful of Teeth writes about the importance of defining home as a nomadic musician, navigating the physical, emotional and musical practicalities of a life spent permanently on the road.
As part of our series on producing original recording projects, Louis Levitt, SYBARITE5 bassist and founder of record label Bright Shiny Things, lays out all the gritty details of building a budget for an album.
In the first of a two-part installment, we explore the ideas leading change at an institutional level, reaching out to three music school thought leaders – Fred Bronstein, Mary Javian and Tayloe Harding – to learn how to build audiences, foster more inclusive spaces and deepen relationships within communities.
Creativity involves more than imagining new ideas and hoping they’ll happen. It’s up to you to bring them to life.
Thanks for joining the conversation.
In the second part of a series on making records, Louis Levitt tracks the income, expenses and other financial necessities of making an album. Don’t get intimidated. Tackle your project step by step with this budget breakdown.
Last January, I led 30 music students on a trip to South Africa to study and perform black South African choral music. We relied on local choristers to help us understand not only this music’s unique textures, but also its unifying power.
Most operatic repertoire comes from the 18th and 19th centuries and with it, antiquated views of women. What’s a girl to do when the repertoire just doesn’t satisfy?
Balla Kouyaté might be the only person in the world who can trace his musical heritage back to a 13th-century ancestor. Now, this master of the balafon demonstrates the ancient instrument and its construction.
What’s the connection between J.S. Bach and John Coltrane? And what if these composers were to meet? The evening-length work “Passion for Bach and Coltrane” explores these questions. Here, the creators of “Passion” tell us how.
When musicians Bahaa Al-Ansari and Paweł Kuz´ma met at a party, they discovered they shared a love for free improvisation. Now, their group Cairo Impro brings avant-garde improvisation to eager audiences in Cairo.
My overconfidence in pain management impeded the use of my hands for years, sending me on an emotional rollercoaster. But my injury was both physical and mental.
Over the years I’ve been proud to watch you grow to a remarkable level of artistry. And now that you’re on the cusp of your musical careers, I would be remiss not to provide some financial guidance.
Every year I meet talented artists who are either unaware of the abundance of artist residency programs or who think they exist for the benefit of the already famous. But residencies are often untapped resources.
Nowadays, the musical soundscape of Bogotá revels in rural Colombian beats, thanks, in large part, to the work of independent record labels. ES
Hoy en día, el panorama sónico de Bogotá goza de una abundancia de los ritmos rurales de Colombia, gracias en gran parte al trabajo de los sellos discográficos independientes. En
After reconstructing one particularly famous artifact found in Deskford, Scotland, Kenny became the first person to play the instrument after more than 2,000 years of silence.
I wonder if you are like me. Can you point to the very moment you got hooked on practicing? Not the moment, remembered so fondly by many of us, when we picked the instrument into which we would pour our blood, sweat and tears, but when you made the decision to embark on a journey to become a musician and all that goes with that.
Drummer Joe Farnsworth has emerged as quite possibly the world’s leading jazz drummer. Fierce on the bandstand in laying down uncompromising and often lightning-fast time, he transports the audience back to the days when “Philly” Joe Jones proved to be the driving engine of what would become known as “The Quintet.”
Bass trombonist Dave Taylor transformed an instrument once relegated to playing whole notes below the staff and doomed to counting rests for a living into virtuosity.
re/CREATE celebrates musicians paying homage to the traditions they love while creating music from the heart. Here, we feature Justin Goldner’s take on electroacoustic music.
re/CREATE celebrates musicians paying homage to the traditions they love while creating music from the heart. Here, we feature cellist, singer and composer Emily Hope Price and her reinvention of a Thompson Twins classic.