Just Say NO!

Man, I really wish I could have read this a few years ago!

Creative Infrastructure

Doughnut A first year graduate student in my arts management class presented a paper this week on arts labor economics.  Her undergrad degree was in acting so she had never delved into the topic formally. She certainly understood through anecdotal observation that there is an imbalance between artist labor supply and artist opportunity and that artists are often paid less than their peers in other fields (to put it mildly).  Among the factors she considered was that artists are often willing to work for low or even no pay because the joy of doing the work is payment enough.   In concluding her presentation, she posed a rhetorical question that I paraphrase here: How can we make this vicious cycle of artist oversupply and underpayment stop?

Following this presentation, I returned to my office and this email:


I want to reach out and see if you have any film students that…

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When are standards too high?

Now being the latter half of my second year, as a part time grad student, and I have had to deal with a lot from professors.  Of course you would expect professors to hold grad students up to high standards, as well they should.  Grad students are the step above, and are the future of the field.  Read the rest of this entry

What has youtube done?

The Liber usualis uses square notation, as in ...

The Liber usualis uses square notation, as in this excerpt from the Kyrie eleison (Orbis factor). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Has Youtube changed the face of music?  As I watch music videos on the site I’ve noticed that my own music tastes have changed. Read the rest of this entry

Ave Maria

Are you a fan of Yoko Kanno? What about Cowboy Bebop?  Cowboy Bebop was my first anime experience.
I will never forget the

From left to right: Ein, Edward, Spike Spiegel...

From left to right: Ein, Edward, Spike Spiegel, Jet Black and Faye Valentine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

first night I watched it.  I was in middle school, and it was summer break.  I was allowed to stay up late during summer break!  It was one of the few freedoms my parents allowed me.  I was flipping through the channel when suddenly I heard this big band jazz number and liked it so I decided to watch it through.  It was onCartoon Network’s Adult Swim, so I had to keep the volume turned down low because if my parent caught me watching anything on Adult Swim there would be hell to pay. I’m glad I did, because  I had my mind blown. Read the rest of this entry

Buddy Holly Breakdown!

The Buddy Holly Story (album)

The Buddy Holly Story (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently took a long four hour road trip, that left me very bored.  Luckily earlier that day I went to target and bought a new selection of music.  Among the 5 CD‘s I purchased that day was one of Buddy Holly that I got for my wife.  I have heard some Buddy Holly here and there, but I never had a chance to really listen to him.  That all changed when I was able to listen to him for the first 1 1/2 hours of the drive.  So now I am going to give you a breakdown of my thoughts of Buddy Holly.  I will approach this as an Ethnomusicologist and a music performerRead the rest of this entry

Theatre in East Asia-Japan


Bunraku (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Japan is a very unique place.  It strives to stay ahead of the rest of the world and still manages to keep traditions in tact.   In a world where every changes quickly it’s great to know that there is some stability somewhere.  Tradition is japan is kept up in arts, shrine/temples, and in some cases home life.  Yes, this does also include the theatre as well.  Now just grab a nice tall frosty beverage,  sit back, relax, and lets explore what these treasures hold for us. Read the rest of this entry

Theatre in East Asia-China

"锁麟囊" Beijing Opera Performance

“锁麟囊” Beijing Opera Performance (Photo credit: Gustavo Thomas)

China is no stranger to pretty much anything, and that includes theatre and music.  “What do you know about theatre in china?”  A very excellent question my good friend.  I am going to give you a look at two types of opera from china.  Here we go!! Read the rest of this entry

Theatre in East Asia-Korea

A Korean traditional dance

A Korean traditional dance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many time I have come across those who think they know all about the musics in Korea, China, and Japan.  When the bulk of there experience normally comes from the occasional history channel special. Even then outside of Kabuki and Beijing Opera not much else is known. ” Why look into Theatre in East Asia,” you may ask. The truth is that these performing arts and the music are so intertwined that both Ethnomusicologists and Theatre Ethnographers will have to study them. My area of focus being East Asian Musics it is important for me to know about them.  What I’m going to give you is just an overview of some of the more important theatre genres in East Asia.  I am going to start this three part series with Korea. Read the rest of this entry

Ave Maria – Yoko Kanno

English: Yoko Kanno poses for a picture with a...

English: Yoko Kanno poses for a picture with a fan on Otakon 1999. This photo was cropped from original. Thanks goes to author Ferricide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Performance of Kanno’s Ave Maria. (more…)

Nightingale Notes-Behind the Art

Behind the Art

Interview with Melissa Davis

          Starting an Opera Company and seem like a difficult journey for anyone, but with the Nightingale Opera Theatre having its Inaugural season it looks like someone has had some success.  Melissa Davis is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Nightingale  Opera Theatre.  This season the company is performing Kurt Weill’s Street Scene.  “I was looking for a piece that would give many performers an opportunity,” Davis went on to say, “I was also looking for something that would appeal to a large audience.”  With many choices out there, Davis had this to say about choosing Street Scene “I sat down with the score and listened to the show and loved it, I knew Street Scene would be our debut work.” Read the rest of this entry