Music

Wild Child of the Violin on Meteoric Rise

BERN, SWITZERLAND — Patricia Kopatchinskaja would rather be known for the passion and virtuosity of her violin playing than for the fact that she often performs barefoot — or that sometimes she hums along with the orchestras while accompanying…

2Cellos Discuss Music, YouTube and U2

BUDAPEST—Last October I went to Budapest to interview Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić, the two musicians who make up 2Cellos, for an International New York Times story on classical crossover music. I had never been backstage before at a concert,…
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Agata Zubel, Poland's Contemporary Classical Star

WROCLAW, POLAND — With her right hand on her hip, Agata Zubel stood in front of a large black music stand, listening intently to the conversation between the members of eighth blackbird, a six-piece Chicago-based ensemble working on the contemporary…

An Exclusive Interview with Slovenia's Laibach

LONDON--While the band name, Laibach, may not ring any proverbial bells for most people outside of the Western Balkans, the fact that the band played a much-hyped gig in North Korea this summer may sound familiar. In mid-August the Slovenian…

Turbo Folk Is Unfortunately Hear to Stay

BELGRADE—If you don’t know whom Ceca is, than you have never been to the Balkans. Because you can’t miss her—with her obviously plastic surgeried breasts and her face spiked high from facelifts, she peers out from magazine covers, blasted…

We Are Pioneers

LONDON, UK—It’s been 20 years since Druha Trava first played the US and the Czech bluegrass/folk band are getting antsy to return there this autumn, in part to play songs from their 2011 English-language album “Shuttle to Bethlehem.”…

"You Draw Influence From Many Things"

SEINAJOKI, FINLAND—I got a bit tired of the nonsensical headbashing music of Slayer,  so along with two of the four friends I had travelled with to Finland’s Provinssrock Festival, we decided to wander away from the main stage in search…

"It Has to Have a Life of Its Own"

BELGRADE, SERBIA—So I may sound like something of a heathen but I have never really been a huge fan of contemporary classical music. Last spring, a friend and I went to a concert of Estonian contemporary classical music in London  and most…

The Rise and Rise of Romanian Dance Music

LONDON, UK--Edward Maya and I are playing a really frustrating game of phone tag. Or more precisely, I am trying to phone him and he’s not picking up. I want to talk to the Romanian-born DJ and producer (real name: Eduard Marian Ilie) about why dance music from his country seems to be everywhere these days—from the beach clubs of Ibiza to shopping malls in Shanghai.