Tag Archives: music

The Arts Council Sounds Off on… Recordings that connect us to history

By David Brensilver May 29, 2013, marked the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), and many people and organizations to which I stay connected via Facebook celebrated the occasion by posting their favorite performance clips of the work. And who was I to ignore the […]

Artists Next Door: Dave Brooks

War between the states of mind: Dave Brooks swims out of the streams of history By Hank Hoffman Rock musician Dave Brooks, who leads the band The Streams, has history in his musical history. Some 20 years ago — inspired by the Ken Burns documentary series on the Civil War and his reading of Shelby […]

The Arts Council Sounds Off On… Bartok and the Fibonacci Series

By David Brensilver If there were a soundtrack to accompany this edition of The Arts Paper it would certainly include works by Béla Bartók (1881-1945), whose music is as rich in folk melodies as it was informed by the composer’s fascination with the so-called Fibonacci series. As explained in musicologist David Cooper’s Bartók: Concerto for […]

Jim Martin: Broken Unbowed

Artists Next Door Camaraderie and anger fuel punk singer Jim Martin By Hank Hoffman Jim Martin has a quick answer for why he was attracted to punk: “I was an angry young boy!” It was the late 1970s and the “time was right. I came from a broken home and I was acting out.” For […]

Elm City Music hits the charts

Locally-based label goes national By Hank Hoffman Michael Caplan is pumped. Sitting in the control room of Horizon Recording Studio with studio owner — and Elm City Music record label partner — Vic Steffens the day after the release of their label’s first record, Adrenaline Mob’s Omertà, Caplan tracks its sales progress on his iPhone. […]

On “the take”

Recording engineer Vic Steffens listens for the emotion in the music By Hank Hoffman Where recording engineer Vic Steffens’ Elm City Music record label partner Michael Caplan can say, “See you later,” if he’s not taken with a band or their songs, Steffens doesn’t have that luxury. If they’re running through their material in his […]

Philly tubist joins Yale music faculty

Carol Jantsch, who became the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal tubist in 2006 before completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, will join the Yale School of Music faculty in the fall. According to a February news release, “(Jantsch) is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, […]