"As if he doesn't do anything": about the Billy Ailish phenomenon
Why should serious adult music fans respect an eighteen-year-old American pop star? Sort out. Not a day goes by without news of Billy Irish. Yes, it is Ailish: "who-what" -…

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Alexei Syumak: "Beautifully drawn musical scores and sound beautiful!»
Composers are rapidly getting younger. And use unusual tools, strokes and harmonies. I was personally convinced of this by the review of young talents at the Winter International Art Festival…

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Madonna's discography as a mirror of digital recording evolution
Madonna's first albums coincided with the distribution of CDs on the market and her subsequent works clearly show how priorities changed in recording. Let's look at them in more detail.…

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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Live season: five new jazz albums

It has always been assumed that summer is the dead season in the record usinessb. All high-profile / significant releases are traditionally planned for the beginning of autumn,and then-for the new year. In short, the first period — when students return from vacation, the second-when people are preparing to celebrate and give everything in a row. Thank God, now no one really saves anything: there is material-it is released. Worthy music will find its audience in any season.

August and the beginning of September pleased us with jazz — generally speaking, any jazz. From old-school “cool” to all sorts of modernist things, from complex crowded Studio projects to minimalist hot “Zhivago”. Even the title to this review is difficult to come up with, so different everything is. But all five releases have something in common, namely, filling old forms with new content. And this is a worthy jazz super-task — in any season. Continue reading

Gregory the Minister: “Rock and roll-limited music!»

Old-timers of our portal probably do not remember that the hero of my  a writer-actor-musician and, at the same time, a music lover who is always looking for something new and loves vinyl. Such characters probably don’t exist — that’s what I thought until I met Gregory the Minister, a real Renaissance man. Grigory is an actor of the “Studio of theatrical art”, the author of the bestseller” Days of Savely”, nominated for prestigious literary awards, and a musician who often performs in clubs with interesting cover programs.

— You studied at GITIS with future pop stars. How did this affect your musical development and education?
“No way! First of all, we were not taught music professionally. Acting is different. Continue reading

A place in the sun: five albums with a non-trivial interpretation of jazz and classical music
The American Kronos Quartet — one of the most famous chamber groups-released an album with new works by Terry Riley, one of the fathers of American minimalism. Nothing special: they…

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Ides of March: 6 new classical music albums
Classics don't die because they are played all the time. And they play it because it is a classic. Iron logic. But in fact, each generation finds something of its…

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Ten Christmas covers that have overtaken the originals in popularity
They say that everything new is well-forgotten old. We decided to support this expression and have prepared for you a fresh selection of "bearded" Christmas hits in new arrangements, which…

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All sorts of art: five new jazz albums with interesting themes
Jazz recording met the spring with a regrouping of forces. Projects come out with unexpected concepts that don't seem to have anything to do with music. New interesting supergroups appear,…

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