2013 // May

Two Decades On, Vusi Mahlasela Still Sings ‘To The People’

by Banning Eyre
January 24, 2013
South African singer-songwriter came of age during the 1970s, an era dominated by the violent student uprising in Soweto. From the start, his musical expression has been about love and hope for his country. His songs play as anthems of South Africa’s rise… Read More >

From Northern India, A Singular Sufi ‘Seduction’

By Jeff Lunden
November 23, 2010
At New York’s Lincoln Center, an intriguing theatrical concert is unfolding.  Musicians from a Sufi Muslim sect in Northwest India are attempting to seduce the audience.
The Manganiyar Seduction begins in almost complete darkness — light bulbs faintly… Read More >

Taj Mahal and the blues go global with a show that embraces a world of styles

By Greg Thomas
April 19, 2012

“I was like the phantom of the blues. I was influencing many, but a lot of people didn’t know it,” says Taj Mahal, the global blues multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer playing Thursday and Friday nights in the Allen Room with the Grammy-winning Phantom Blues… Read More >

INTERVIEW | Chris Thile, Youngest MacArthur Genius Of 2012, On His ‘Dauntingly Lofty’ New Status

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by  Mallika Rao
October 4, 2012
At 31, Chris Thile is special in an already special circle: the mandolinist who first won awards as part of the Grammy-winning trio Nickel Creek is this year’s youngest MacArthur genius. The annual fellowship grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur… Read More >

Andras Schiff’s ‘Well-Tempered’ Guide To Bach

by Fred Child
January 16, 2013
When he was a boy, labored over the tedious, repetitive finger studies that are universally loathed by aspiring pianists. He thought they were like spinach: yucky, but good for you if you want to grow up to be big and strong … on the piano keyboard.
But Schiff… Read More >