A fascinating article about classical guitar in India, written by Mike Oppenheim, published in the most recent issue of Guitar International.
The Bay Area will soon have an exquisite new concert venue with the opening of the Bing Concert Hall on the Stanford campus January 11, 2013. Designed from the inside out Architects of notable performance centers often work from the outside-in, first creating iconic structural landmarks and only then designing the concert halls within. Not […]
What is it about marching band that’s so deeply moving that it brings me to tears? I can’t figure it out, but know I’m not alone. Is it the celebration of sound? The unrestrained exuberance? The experience is overwhelming. I’ve been listening to Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band, just down the street. Under […]
Fortunately, the promoters of The Living Earth Show realized this performance needed space to “breathe” and booked the SJSU Chapel, rather than the California Conservatory of Guitar. We would have felt like cats in a microwave. This third concert in the Tangents contemporary guitar series was the most audacious yet. It’s often bemoaned that concert […]
I’ve always loved early music: its polyphony, transparency, and purity affect me on a deep level. So I was naturally delighted to have an opportunity to see Anonymous 4 at Stanford’sMemorialChurch. These four women have in many ways defined our understanding of medieval music through their 21 a cappella recordings. The audience lights dim and […]
Something special is stirring in our backyard. Faint hypnotic waves of traffic outside, with a little imagination, evocative of the sea shore. Perfect for the work being performed: Toru Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea. Inside, an intimate friendly audience sits in the dim light, experiencing new, exciting, and deeply personal music performed with mastery. Steve Lin, guitar, […]