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Two generations, one sound: the artistry of Rubalcaba & Valdés

For generations, Cuban musicians have blended nostalgia and hope into sensory experiences. Like the cerulean blooms of the bougainvillea and…

For pianist Bill Charlap and his trio, the standards remain eternal

Believe it or not, when Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Charlap was young, he wanted to be a prog-rock keyboardist like…

Pink Martini’s method for musical success: shaken, never stirred

To get a sense of what a Pink Martini performance might be like if you’ve never seen the band in…

Ludovico Einaudi’s credo: ‘I trust what I do and I follow my heart’

Straddling the realms of contemporary classical, pop, new age, jazz and beyond, Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has developed…

Pianist describes Janáček’s ‘Overgrown Path’ as ‘intimate little notebook’

Performances of Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s early 20th-century music are steadily on the rise worldwide. Especially popular are his entrancing…

Herbie Hancock calls curiosity ‘his basic nature’ and guiding force

When music legend Herbie Hancock returns to Orchestra Hall this fall, chances are he’ll be far less nervous than he…

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man explains five facts about the instrument

Put simply, Wu Man is the world’s best known and most respected exponent of the pipa, a four-stringed, lute-like instrument…

Louis Lortie on Liszt’s ‘music of the future,’ his ‘Années de pèlerinage’

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has been a devotee of the music of Franz Liszt for nearly his entire career. During…

Louis Lortie shares his tips for dealing with the rigors of the road

One of the challenges of being a touring classical soloist is the occasional jet lag triggered by dashing across time…

Herbie Hancock calls ‘Valerian’ ‘the most far-out sci-fi experience’ ever

Shuttling among the realms of jazz, classical and rock/pop over his career, Chicago native Herbie Hancock has occasionally veered off…

Lo mejor de Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

Founded in 1898, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán remains the bulwark of Mexico’s folkloric music legacy. Over its long history, it has played behind…