classical music

Flavorwire Premiere: yMusic’s “Music in Circles” Video Mixes Glitch-Art with Modern Dance

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For the uninitiated, New York’s yMusic is the go-to group for “orchestral flourish” on indie rock records. Its six instrumentalists have worked with everyone from Beck to Bjork, St. Vincent to Sufjan Stevens, and now, Ben Folds. As announced this week, yMusic will hit the road with Folds this spring for a series of dates in which they’ll perform the album they made together, which is set for release later this year. We’ll get into that in just a second, in our Q&A with yMusic’s CJ Camerieri, a multi-instrumentalist who won Grammys for his contributions to Bon Iver’s sophomore album, and recently toured with Paul Simon and Sting.
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Flavorwire Premiere: Cellist Maya Beiser Transforms Nirvana’s “Lithium” Into Ferocious Classical Music

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From Owen Pallett to Andrew Bird to Kishi Bashi, there’s no shortage of musicians incorporating classical string sections into rock and pop. Far fewer do it the other way around, or at least on a level that reaches classical neophytes. Brilliant cellist Maya Beiser’s reimaginations of rock and roll hits deserve the kind of mainstream recognition Kronos Quartet’s covers of Sigur Rós and the Pixies have received.
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10 Great Movies Inspired by Operas

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There’s plenty of drama to spare when it comes to the world of opera. Occasionally, filmmakers have been directly inspired by the songbooks of classical composers, while others have looked to the performances and thundering music to create symbolic, contemporary interpretations. Opera is rich, profound source material. The opulent costumes and staging, the history, and the emotional stories are ripe for cinematic adaptations. We’ve collected a few of our favorites for your perusal in celebration of the 109th anniversary of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and the Blu-ray release of Don Giovanni. See what a behind-the-scenes documentary, a Werner Herzog epic, and other retellings of opera’s theatrical tales have to offer after the jump.
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