Abbey Lincoln: A Woman Speaking Her Mind

Photo by John Sann, courtesy Verve Music Group Abbey Lincoln at home with Lara Pellegrinelli May 10, 2002—2 p.m.New York, NY Filmed and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane Family Continuing the Great Women Vocalist Tradition Some Autobiographical Details Songwriting African Heritage Movies, Paintings, Beauty The Purpose of Art Gender Distinctions The Process of Composing Today’s “Terrible […]

A Hot Seat for Adams? Speculation Builds About Next Carnegie Composer Chair

John Adams. The Next Carnegie Composer in Residence? John Adams will assume the Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2003-04 season, industry insiders say. Word has it that Adams attended a meeting Tuesday with Carnegie Hall representatives including Artistic Administrator Ara Guzelimian, though Carnegie Hall has as of yet made no official announcement. It […]

A Lesson from Yogi

After he’d miserably flunked a high school exam, Yogi Berra’s disheartened teacher asked him: “Yogi, didn’t you learn anything?” The future baseball Hall-of-Famer replied: “Ma’m, I didn’t even suspect anything.” Like Yogi, no one could ever teach me much of anything. As a young man I figured that the few things I didn’t already know […]

Five Questions with Curtis Roads

Molly Sheridan: There are obviously many new worlds that technology has opened up in music. Do you ever feel like this has taken the humanness out of the performance and creation of it? Will developments like your Creatovox synthesizer help add that element? Curtis Roads: As a musician, I began working with computers in 1972. […]