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Weekend Reading: A Violin Heist, New York City Through a Child’s Eyes, and … – The New Yorker

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014

“The Stradivarius Affair,” by Buzz Bissinger, for Vanity Fair, is a high-stakes heist story about the theft of a centuries-old Stradivarius violin, known as the Lipinski, which is valued at five or six million dollars. The crime was audacious: on an icy night in January of this year, the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was walking to his car carrying the violin after a performance when someone shot him…

Portland-made violin back in the right hands – Press Herald

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014

The sound of Mark O’Connor’s violin filled the small space at Acoustic Artisans on Saturday. The last time his violin arrived at the studio and workshop on Congress Street, last spring, it was unplayable. Acoustic Artisans owner Jonathan Cooper had made the violin and sold it to O’Connor in 2002. O’Connor called on him to repair it in April after a microphone cord snagged and caused it to fall to…

Jazz drummer Kevin Washington: ‘You have to change the music’ – Minnesota Public Radio News

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Listen Jazz drummer Washington: ‘You have to change the music’ 10min 54sec Anyone who has seen Kevin Washington play the drums knows that he is among the most versatile of jazz musicians – as adept at playing straight-ahead tunes as he is incorporating Afro-Latin rhythms or hip-hop into his sets. “One minute I’ll be playing funk and you’ll think that’s all I do. And right around in like the next…

Students beat drums to beat bullying – FOX 13 Tampa Bay, WTVT-TV

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

SEMINOLE (FOX 13) - A few dozen musicians on a mission gathered at Osceola Middle School in Seminole to beat the bullies out of school. “You can just stay up there, completely engulfed in the music,” said Katherine Friend. For 12 straight hours, students played guitars, drums and key boards. “It just feels like you are in a dream,” said Friend. “The hours go by and they feel like minutes.”…

Musician Jack Bruce – bass guitarist for 1960s supergroup Cream – dies of … – Daily Mail

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jack Bruce’s family said the ‘world of music will be a poorer place’ Cream sold 35 million albums and had the world’s first ever platinum disc Bruce wrote ‘I Feel Free’, ‘White Room’, and ‘Politician’  By Steve Hopkins for MailOnline Published: 12:02 EST, 25 October 2014 | Updated: 17:48 EST, 25 October 2014 130 View comments Jack Bruce, the composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, most famous for being part of 1960s…

St. Paul guitar seller isn’t fazed by his brushes with greatness – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Before indie rocker Ryan Adams played Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis on Oct. 14, he made a stop in St. Paul. At Willie’s American Guitars on Cleveland Avenue, Adams bought the 1970s Fender Stratocaster he played later that night. “Truly I have never had a more pleasant, Prairie Home Companionesque … guitar store trip than at @williesguitars,” Adams tweeted that afternoon. Adams is among the scores of big-name musicians to visit…

Playing guitar just got easier… and it’s inspired by Guitar Hero – Mirror.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Let’s be blunt – learning to play the guitar is ridiculously hard. All those strings, all the finger positioning, the chords – it’s a wonder any guitar music ever gets made. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band became so successful. Rather than having to master the intricacies, we could all pick up what basically looked like a real guitar, press some…

Jazz drummer Kevin Washington: ‘You have to change the music’ – Minnesota Public Radio News

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Listen Jazz drummer Washington: ‘You have to change the music’ 10min 54sec Anyone who has seen Kevin Washington play the drums knows that he is among the most versatile of jazz musicians – as adept at playing straight-ahead tunes as he is incorporating Afro-Latin rhythms or hip-hop into his sets. “One minute I’ll be playing funk and you’ll think that’s all I do. And right around in like the next…

Cream guitarist Jack Bruce dies – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cream sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were awarded the world’s first ever platinum disc for their LP Wheels of Fire. Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including “I Feel Free”, “White Room”, “Politician” and perhaps the world’s most performed guitar riff, in “Sunshine Of Your Love”. Cream split in November 1968 at the height of their popularity. Bruce felt that he had strayed…

Mayes Guitar Duo to perform on stage at Rowan University – The Bridgeton News – NJ.com

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

GLASSBORO — The Mayes Guitar Duo will take the stage at Rowan University College of Performing Arts as part of the Faculty Spotlight Series on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. in the university’s Boyd Recital Hall. Featuring faculty members and spouses Joseph and Kathleen Mayes, the recital program includes works by Manuel de Falla, Josep Galles, Milan Tesar, Eythor Thorlaksson, Thierry Tisserend, and H. Zimmermann. The Mayes Guitar Duo…

Playing guitar just got easier… and it’s inspired by Guitar Hero – Mirror.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Let’s be blunt – learning to play the guitar is ridiculously hard. All those strings, all the finger positioning, the chords – it’s a wonder any guitar music ever gets made. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band became so successful. Rather than having to master the intricacies, we could all pick up what basically looked like a real guitar, press some…

Jazz drummer Kevin Washington: ‘You have to change the music’ – Minnesota Public Radio News

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Listen Jazz drummer Washington: ‘You have to change the music’ 10min 54sec Anyone who has seen Kevin Washington play the drums knows that he is among the most versatile of jazz musicians – as adept at playing straight-ahead tunes as he is incorporating Afro-Latin rhythms or hip-hop into his sets. “One minute I’ll be playing funk and you’ll think that’s all I do. And right around in like the next…

Playing guitar just got easier… and it’s inspired by Guitar Hero – Mirror.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Let’s be blunt – learning to play the guitar is ridiculously hard. All those strings, all the finger positioning, the chords – it’s a wonder any guitar music ever gets made. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band became so successful. Rather than having to master the intricacies, we could all pick up what basically looked like a real guitar, press some…

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood cuddles a koala ahead of Australian tour – The Guardian

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ronnie Wood has been getting up close and personal with some Aussie wildlife ahead of the Rolling Stones’s first show of their Australian tour in Adelaide. The guitarist has tweeted a photo of himself cuddling a koala – “me with my pal Eddie” – and made the acquaintance of a pygmy bluetongue lizard. “Met an endangered Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard today. Only found in grasslands in South Australia,” he tweeted on…

Jazz drummer Kevin Washington: ‘You have to change the music’ – Minnesota Public Radio News

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Listen Jazz drummer Washington: ‘You have to change the music’ 10min 54sec Anyone who has seen Kevin Washington play the drums knows that he is among the most versatile of jazz musicians – as adept at playing straight-ahead tunes as he is incorporating Afro-Latin rhythms or hip-hop into his sets. “One minute I’ll be playing funk and you’ll think that’s all I do. And right around in like the next…

Former SCORPIONS Drummer HERMAN RAREBELL To Release ‘Herman’s … – BLABBERMOUTH.NET

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell will release a new album under the HERMAN RAREBELL & FRIENDS banner on November 7. Titled “Herman’s Scorpions Songs”, the CD will feature 14 cover versions of classic SCORPIONS songs sung by different vocalists, including Don Dokken (DOKKEN), Jack Russell (GREAT WHITE), Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH) and Doogie White (MICHAEL SCHENKER, RAINBOW). “Herman’s Scorpions Songs” track listing: 01. Rock Of You Like A Hurricane (Bobby…

School official: Suspected case of mumps found at Drums school – Citizens Voice

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

  The Pennsylvania Department of Health has found a suspected case of mumps at Drums Elementary/Middle School, according to the top official in the Hazleton Area School District. The determination means that students who are at risk for contracting the disease must stay home from school until Nov. 11, based on a recommendation from the state agency, Superintendent Francis X. Antonelli said Friday. …

Lush Rachmaninoff, balanced Mozart open Philharmonic season – Boston Globe

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sergei Rachmaninoff and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart make an odd couple. One was a moody, aristocratic Russian — tall and morose. The other was a short, party-loving Austrian — gregarious and facile. They belonged not only to different centuries, but to different musical worlds. Mozart’s concise, baroque style is to Rachmaninoff’s expansive late romanticism as lemon is to chocolate. The substantial program that opened the Boston Philharmonic season on Thursday offered…

Playing guitar just got easier… and it’s inspired by Guitar Hero – Mirror.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Let’s be blunt – learning to play the guitar is ridiculously hard. All those strings, all the finger positioning, the chords – it’s a wonder any guitar music ever gets made. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band became so successful. Rather than having to master the intricacies, we could all pick up what basically looked like a real guitar, press some…