Navona Records has released French Connections, a new album of French works for harpsichord performed by Jonathan Rhodes Lee, M.A. ’07, Ph.D. ’13. The pieces selected for this collection celebrate the small, tight-knit pantheon of 17th-century French harpsichordists who helped shape the instrument’s repertoire. Music by Louis Couperin, François Couperin, and Antoine Forqueray comes alive through performances by Jonathan, with recordings engineered and mastered by multiple Grammy–winning classical music producer Brad Michel.
California Cuisine: The Rock Opera
Though Berkeleyites like to claim that all fresh garden rows run through Chez Panisse, the phenomenon technically predates us by several hundred years, when native Californians utilized fresh acorns, wild mustard, salmon, and berries in their diets. During the Spanish and Mexican colonial periods, fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats were consumed locally because they would […]
A Voiceless Opera Based on French Literary Theory? Berkeley’s Got That
For a young composer, it can be difficult not to seem derivative. The problem is getting beyond one’s background and influences. Caroline Shaw, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for musical composition, faces this dilemma head-on. In her composition notes she often explains which work formed the grounding of a piece. She acknowledges when inspiration […]
IMPACT: Today, thanks to Apple’s ubiquitous mp3 player, 60 million people around the globe can put on their headphones, lean back on the subway, and pretend the other 5,940,000,000 on Earth don’t exist. Along with huge profits and hyperactive shadow people on billboards, the iPod has introduced several new social yardsticks, such as "see-how-diverse-my-iPod-is" chic […]