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[International Music Council] Music World News 06/2018


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Music World News


The IMC Music World News eBulletin presents music news from around the world – brought to you by the International Music Council. The bulletin is emailed to subscribers every two weeks free of charge. It reaches more than 70 countries on all five continents. Click here to subscribe.  

Issue 06/2018 – 04 April 2018

Music World News is divided into six sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.

Music the artform and artists

Separated by the war, reunited by music: Syrian troupe keeps heritage alive

A troupe of musicians separated by the Syrian civil war is carrying on the Arab musical heritage through concerts performed in their new Jordanian home.


Janka Nabay: musical evangelist who took bubu to the world

Janka Nabay, who has died aged 54, first gave solace to war-torn Sierra Leone by updating the country’s traditional bubu music – then unleashed it on to global dancefloors.

The Guardian

Giving Classical the Boot(leg): A Brief History of Illicit Recording

For certain music enthusiasts, of all concert souvenirs, the bootleg recording is the most covetable.


When the Student Became the Master

Coltrane was the same age as Miles—both were born in 1926—but he was clearly the subordinate in this relationship. Miles, an extraordinary scout of talent, plucked him out of obscurity, from a club in Philadelphia in 1955, to join what came to be called the “classic quintet.”


Organ Grinding

When the audience revolted at Carnegie Hall.

The American Scholar

Musiques en kit

Lassés des sons standardisés, des scientifiques comme des bricoleurs adaptes du «do it yourself» continuent d’inventer des modules de synthèse analogique qui connaissent parfois le succès auprès du public ou d’artistes reconnus.


Music Industry

CDs, vinyl are outselling digital downloads for the first time since 2011

The RIAA released its 2017 year-end revenue report on Thursday, showing that revenue from digital downloads plummeted 25 percent to $1.3 billion over the previous year.

The Washington Post

iTunes Music Downloads Will Be Shut Down

Meanwhile, Apple has long-since retired its iPod family of devices. Of course, all of that functionality has shifted to the iPhone, though you’ll still see a few iPods and shuffles in the wild.

Digital Music News

After transforming the music industry, the world’s largest music-streaming app wants to power on

Back in Spotify’s early days, when the company was just a dozen people in a small office in Stockholm, Daniel Ek, a co-founder, liked to compare it to Apple and Google.

Economic Times

Taking The Music Industry Monopoly Seriously

As weakening antitrust laws and consolidation of businesses continue, virtually every corner of the music industry is now controlled by a choice few companies, whether its streaming or live music.


Spotify : Daniel Ek, le roi du streaming qui a révolutionné la musique

Spotify débarque en bourse mardi 3 avril. Une consécration pour son jeune PDG, qui a réussi à imposer son modèle aux majors et à bouleverser notre façon d’écouter de la musique.

Le Monde

Music Education

Turn yourself into a songwriter

Whether you are a well-established wordsmith or someone who’s never written a song before, inspiration can strike at any moment. Could that phrase fit into the perfect chorus for a new song?


Music lessons improve children’s cognitive skills and academic performance

Cognitive skills developed from music lessons appear to transfer to unrelated subjects, leading to improved academic performance.

Science Daily

Can music really change a kid’s life? Three amazing stories that say ‘yes’ it can

Given music’s ability to unlock students’ potential and prepare them for success, we have an obligation to make the study of music more widely and equitably available.

Fox News

Le cerveau des pianistes jazz plus réactif que celui des pianistes classique ?

Vous êtes plutôt improvisation jazz ou sonate de Beethoven ? En tous cas, peu de musiciens optent pour les deux à la fois, et cela vient du cerveau.

France Musique

Policy, Research & Politics

Culture@Work Africa – Promoting the public value of intercultural dialogue for social cohesion in urban Africa

The project takes up the challenge raised by the African Union and its vision for 2063 for “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”

Read More

Successful launch of the European Agenda for Music (EAM)

The European Agenda for Music was developed out of a continent-wide consultation launched by the European Music Council (EMC). Reaching out to the entire music sector, it identifies the sector’s collective needs and sets out priorities for the future.

Read More

South Korean Kpop Group Red Velvet Performs for North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un

Kim Jong-un adjusted his schedule — just to hear Kpop group Red Velvet perform. He was ‘deeply moved’.

Digital Music News

Venezuela’s famous youth orchestra faces tough times

Abreu, who died Saturday at age 78, was a consummate musician and astute politician who secured government funding for El Sistema and turned it into one of Venezuela’s showpiece government-run programs.

Yahoo News

Royal Opera House ruling will have a ‘profound impact’ on orchestras

Musicians could be required to wear earplugs « at all times » following a landmark ruling on hearing loss.

The Independent

Technologies and media

Musicians v. Technology

From Jack White and Prince to Pearl Jam and John Philip Sousa.


How this technology is turning data into music

In ‘Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display’, Drucker famously says that ‘data’ are not things given, but things captured and transformed. Visualization is a creative act.

Analytics Inside

My Future Songwriting Career Just Got Deleted by an AI Music Startup

Amper allows users to create and customize original music “without needing any prior music experience.”

Digital Music News

Why Music Festival Culture Is Playlist Culture

For years, managers, promoters and booking agents have used in-depth consumer data from streaming services as a tool for contextualizing fan outreach strategies and tour planning.


Streaming, le classique piano piano

Depuis dix ans, la part de la musique «sérieuse» dans la vente de disques ne cesse de baisser et se concentre sur quelques artistes. Pourtant, c’est un genre qui pourrait trouver son essor sur les plateformes d’écoute, à condition qu’elles fassent l’effort de recenser correctement le riche catalogue des labels.


The Pointy End

Rock bands need a married square as much as they do the wild bachelor

Both punk bands and student groups produce more innovative work if they contain a mix of married and single people.

Pacific Standard

The world’s first turntable orchestra

The orchestra itself is comprised of 30 mixing maestros, including scratching prodigy DJ Rena who won the DMC World Championship title at just 12 years old in 2017.

Happy Mag

Going to concerts helps you live longer

The study says that 20 minutes at a show « can lead to a 21 percent increase in that feeling of well-being. »

The Independent

Lost Verdi Opera Score Discovered in Berlin Basement

Verdi set the opera, entitled Die Macht des Schicksas, to a German-language libretto by Bläuel Wittling, a poet who ran a women-only writers commune on the banks of the Spree river north of Berlin.


On n’oublie jamais la musique de ses 14 ans

Les Beatles ou les Rolling Stones ? Oasis ou Blur ? Kendji Girac ou Louane ? Que serait la musique sans les sempiternelles disputes qui déchirent les mélomanes ?

Le Monde


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