Category: State of the Art Form

Instruments and Us

Leo Bettinelli plays the red lasers of his Stimulierte Emissionen Klingen 2

After judging the Guthman New Instrument Design Competition, Allan Kozinn reflects on the history and cultural expectations surrounding the contraptions we use to turn musical ideas into meaningful sound.

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Smart Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding is a revolutionary way for artists to realize their vision, and create a community of followers. Two artists, writer Jessica Duchen and composer Dan Visconti developed successful campaigns in the United Kingdom and United States, respectively. Both offered 21CM their different perspectives on what worked best and surprised them about the process.

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2016

The Fierce Young Women of Jazz

Cecile McLorin Salvant sings, masked in a lightning bolt graphic 0

As the trio plays the intro to “Wives and Lovers,” her nonplussed demeanor and polished white glasses provide no clue of what is to come. Then Cecile McLorin Salvant steps forward. With growl and bite and pop and light she reimagines each phrase – lending a sardonic girlishness tinged with wistfulness to the well-worn classic. It is a revelation.

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