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Watch ABB’s YuMI Robot Conduct an Orchestra – DesignNews

Posted: Saturday, September 30, 2017

YuMi the dual arm collaborative robot released by ABB had a night at the opera on earlier this month – as a conductor. In a display that was part robotics demonstration, part art project YuMi conducted the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy, as part of the gala of the First International Festival of Robotics. The team at ABB set out to show that YuMi was…

Review: Mesa Triple Crown TC-50 Guitar Amp – Guitar World Magazine

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Mesa Engineering is rightfully known for pioneering the modern high-gain amp as well as for their incredibly versatile Mark Series amps, which offer guitarists a staggering variety of tones and sound-shaping options. However, I personally think Mesa’s more streamlined amps are worthy of similar acclaim, especially when it comes to their rock- and metal-voiced amps like the Dual and Triple Rectifier models as well as the under-appreciated Caliber Series. Mesa’s…

Review: Hughes & Kettner era 1 Acoustic Guitar Amp – Guitar World Magazine

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

The era 1 may be the first acoustic guitar amp offered by Hughes & Kettner, but it comes with 25 years of acoustic amp design experience behind it. That’s because the era 1 was designed in collaboration with Michael Eisenmann, who developed some of the music industry’s first acoustic guitar amps with his company, AER (apparently the model name is a tribute to Eisenmann’s roots). By combining their collective amp-design know-how,…

Review: The Fusion Guitar – Guitar World Magazine

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Ever since smartphones started to gain prominence about 10 years ago, a wide variety of guitar-oriented apps have emerged that offer players incredibly powerful performance, recording, practice and educational capabilities for a relatively modest investment. But perhaps the biggest appeal of guitar apps is the portability of a smartphone-based setup. However, there’s one small problem with an app-based rig; usually an interface and headphones or an external amp are required,…

Shop Talk: Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville – Guitar World Magazine

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Heralded as “Nashville’s Friendliest Guitar Store,” Carter Vintage has certainly earned that reputation in spades. This 8,000-square-foot shop is not only incredibly inviting (with great benches and private rooms) but the collection of guitars is downright jaw-dropping. During my last visit, I chatted with the staff while Pete Townshend strummed guitars only steps away. Yes, Carter’s is a must-visit. NUMBER OF INSTRUMENTS CURRENTLY IN THE SHOP Walter Carter (Owner): Counting…

The Cleveland Orchestra turns 100: editorial – cleveland.com

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

It seems apt that the Cleveland Orchestra would launch its 100th-anniversary year with an astounding, touching reprise of its 2014 live-animation staging of Czech composer Leos Janacek’s opera, “The Cunning Little Vixen.” The jaw-dropping performances Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, with their carefully choreographed animation with singers, were a fittingly daring, yet endearing start to a year of celebrations, looking both forward and back. Review: Cleveland Orchestra’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ remains a…

Ailing Lorin Maazel Will Miss New York Philharmonic Concerts – Playbill.com

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

David Robertson, former music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon and music director designate of the St. Louis Symphony, will fill in for Maazel. Robertson conducts the Philharmonic regularly and was publicly identified last year by the orchestra as a candidate to succeed Maazel in 2009. There are two changes to the repertoire: Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice replaces Dvoršk’s Carnival Overture, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite replaces…

New Haven orchestra begins season – Yale Daily News (blog)

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra celebrated the beginning of its season on Thursday night at Woolsey Hall, headlining with Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano, famously known as the triple concerto. The night’s central piece featured three renowned resident musicians: Michael Brown, Elena Urioste and Nicholas Canellakis. The night began at 6:30 p.m. in Sudler Hall. According to Musical Director and conductor William Boughton, the NHSO set out to…

East Metro Symphony Orchestra announces Molloy as new concertmaster – South Washington County Bulletin

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

“I am happy to have been invited to work with EMSO and am looking forward to an exciting year together,” Molloy said. In addition to EMSO, Molloy is founder, director and teacher of HeartStrings Studio, located in River Falls. Molloy is also a member of the Cavatina String Quartet and Ensemble Con Brio. Her past orchestral experiences include assistant principal violinist in the Duluth Symphony Orchestra; concertmaster and soloist with…

A 16-piece orchestra will perform the Stranger Things soundtrack in London – Mixmag

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

The soundtrack of the wildly popular Netflix series Stranger Things will be performed by a 16-piece orchestra at Brixton Electric on October 27, the same night that marks the release of the hit series’ second season. The show’s compelling theme song and soundtrack, which perfectly encapsulate the spirit of Stranger Things‘ haunting ‘80s sci-fi aura, was created by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (aka S U R V I V…

Makana, master of the Hawaiian slack-key guitar, comes to the Neptune – Seattle Times

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

The closest thing to flying to Hawaii for a night may be getting a seat to see Makana play at The Neptune Theatre Friday, Sept. 29. Makana, 39, has been called the master of the slack-key guitar, a fingerstyle genre of playing that is indigenous to Hawaii and older than the blues. “I can transport people to Hawaii with just a few words and notes,” Makana said the other day. “But…

Pacifica Chamber Orchestra opens its eighth concert season – The Daily Herald

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

EVERETT — The beginning of an orchestral ensemble’s new season is an exciting time for its musicians. Pacifica Chamber Orchestra’s eighth season opens Sunday afternoon with a concert that artistic director and concertmaster Fred Chu says is “full of color, passion, energy and joy.” The highlight of Sunday’s program is sure to be the appearance of pianist Chi-Chen Wu performing the Australian composer Malcolm Williamson’s Concerto No. 2 for…

Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra opens season with world-class violinist – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra closed out the previous season in April with Brahms’ “Requiem.”  Tonight, its season-opening weekend picks up where it left off with Brahms’ “Sonatas for Violin and Piano,” followed by Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4” on Sunday. World-renowned violinist David Kim teams up with FSO’s Music Director Eduard Zilberkant on piano at 7:30 tonight to play Brahms’ sonatas. At 4 p.m. Sunday, Kim takes the stage…

Buffalo Philharmonic Musicians Agree to One-Year Contract Extension – Playbill.com

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

The result is the continuation of the terms of the current contract, which had been due to expire at the end of August, including a one-year wage freeze for the musicians. The orchestra’s base salary for its 39-week season, including recording fees, is $41,000. The move is intended to shore up the orchestra in case of further funding crises such as the one it faced this season…

Fingerpicking good: how blues guitarist Fiona Boyes ‘arrived’ with help from a rubber chicken – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fiona Boyes, one of the world’s best fingerpicking blues guitarists, had wanted to record an album with engineer and recording alchemist “Professor” Keith O Johnson for ages. She didn’t expect it would involve rubber chickens. Boyes, who was born in Mount Waverley in east Melbourne, had been asked by Reference Recordings, the renowned audiophile label co-founded by Johnson in the 1970s, if she wanted to record with him in the…

Orpheus Reborn With Dancers, Drums And Electric Guitar – NPR

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

He’s the ultimate singer-songwriter: His poetry knows no equal and, as a musician, his powers are magical. But he also has big problems. The tragic story of Orpheus has inspired countless works of art over the millennia — plus one. The latest retelling comes from director and choreographer Mark DeChiazza. Orpheus Unsung began as a wordless opera, composed by guitarist Steven Mackey with percussionist Jason Treuting (from Sō Percussion). The…

Travis Barker: ‘I would love to do a jazz project. That would be so … – MusicRadar

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Is writing beats something that has always come naturally to you? “I will always bounce my ideas off everybody. I might have three different ideas for a song, especially with California. Some songs were based around a drum part, sometimes they would have a guitar idea and I would say, ‘Let me go in and freestyle and you guys tell me which you love the most.’  “I would freestyle all…

Lenny Kravitz’s drummer, Franklin Vanderbilt, tries to save Chicago’s … – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Franklin Vanderbilt: Saving Chicago’s West Side with music As violence in Chicago escalates, drummer Franklin Vanderbilt embarks on a journey through the city’s West Side to highlight the successes of teachers aiding kids through music education. Vanderbilt shares his story from humble beginnings on the West Side to working with music legends Chaka Khan and Lenny Kravitz. Violent crime in the United States increased in 2016, according to a…