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music

  • Culture city

    Certain cities ooze an ephemeral quality of “culture” and it can be tricky to explain exactly why. But then other times it’s clear how artistic expression is woven into the fabric of…

  • Sound design pet peeves

    An interesting side effect of this switch to streaming services on our phones and tablets is that I watch TV with headphones on a lot more than I used to. Perhaps for…

  • Block party music

    I love music. I love all kinds of music. But music in context. I’m not going to blast you with opera singing when you’re trying to eat your tortellini at a quiet…

  • Opera and cultural sensitivity

    I’m doing a production of Madama Butterfly and the set and costume design are what I’ve dubbed “impressionistic” Japanese. We hint at the idea of Japan and try to do some things…

  • Musical cross-pollination

    That moment when you realize that Mitzi Gaynor borrowed from Brazilian Afro-Samba. Baden Powell & Vinicius De Moraes “Canto De Ossanha” Both delightful, beautiful, timeless.    …

  • Ballerinas are tough as nails

    My maternal great aunt Hermine is a spitfire who has always amazed the family with her abundant energy and stubborn streak. She is tiny. Here she is in her teenage years, a…

  • French carousel

    Governor’s Island, New York City hosted a vintage French carnival this summer. I rode a  Vélocipèdes and took in the sights and sounds whilst considering that these rides existed in 1900s Paris…

  • Fleas of endearment

    The French have developed a friendly sort of relationship with fleas. Of the many creatures that historically live around humans, the French seem to have a particular fondness for fleas. I had…

  • Jazzy sounds from my cousin Sophie

    In my family, you can be a physician or a musician, but you can rarely be both. My cousin Sophie Bourgeois is extraordinary for managing the delicate balancing act of running her…