Composer Writes Original Piece for JCPS Music Students

by Devin Katayama on March 5, 2012

Jefferson County Public Schools students will perform an original piece of music from a renowned composer this week.

Music director at the JCPS Youth Performing Art’s School (YPAS) Todd Parker said he reached out to composer David Maslanka last year following a rehearsal of another of his compositions from YPAS students. Maslanka agreed to compose an original percussion piece for school. [click to continue…]

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Forecastle Lineup Announced: Wilco, Girl Talk and Others Join Local Acts

by Gabe Bullard February 29, 2012

The lineup for the 10th Forecastle Festival has been announced. Louisville’s My Morning Jacket will headline the festival, which is July 13-15 at Waterfront Park. The band has also helped curate the lineup. The following acts will play the festival:

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Finnish Composer Salonen’s Violin Concerto Wins Grawemeyer Award

by Gabe Bullard November 27, 2011

The 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition will go to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Violin Concerto.” The 30-minute piece debuted in 2009. It is at times somber and at times raucous and discordant. Salonen also believes it is the first time a modern drum set has been incorporated into a violin concerto. Award director Marc Satterwhite makes special […]

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Ear-X-Tacy Will Reopen to Pay Bills, Honor Customers

by Devin Katayama November 25, 2011

Louisville’s iconic music store Ear-X-Tacy will try selling off its remaining merchandise this weekend when its doors open for the last time. The store was forced to close last month after owner John Timmons struggled to maintain a working business model. Ear-X-Tacy still owes several vendors various amounts of money, he said.

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Ear X-Tacy Closure Could Affect Live Music Venues

by Gabe Bullard November 2, 2011

When John Timmons announced that his music store Ear X-Tacy was closed for good on Monday, it ended the speculation that began on Saturday, when the store didn’t open. But there’s more uncertainty around Ear X-Tacy’s closure, though it’s not all coming from fans. Promoters, venue owners and other retailers could all affected by the […]

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Ear X-Tacy Leaves Void in Music Promotions and Bookings

by Gabe Bullard November 1, 2011

The closure of the Ear X-Tacy record store has surprised much of Louisville’s music community, but the effect could be even more widespread. Ear X-Tacy has frequently been a key player in the SoundScan system that tracks album sales. Sales at the store were often weighted. Depending on the year, one album sold at Ear […]

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Orchestra Woes Continue, Both Sides Face Difficult Futures

by Gabe Bullard October 31, 2011

Neither side has blinked in the Louisville Orchestra labor dispute, and both the management and the musicians are facing difficult futures and the potential end of the orchestra. The management now plans to follow through on threats to go against union wishes and hire a 50-member replacement orchestra. Finding 50 talented nonunion players will be […]

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Louisville’s Western Middle School Surprised With New Instruments

by Devin Katayama October 26, 2011

An investment firm has donated new instruments to Western Middle School’s music program. Band students were presented the instruments in a surprise announcement Tuesday morning. A new violin, trumpet and cello were among the ten instruments handed to 7th and 8th grade band students who then played them for the first time. Fidelity Investments donated […]

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My Morning Jacket to Visit On Point

by Gabe Bullard June 15, 2011

Three members of Louisville’s My Morning Jacket (Jim James, Tom Blankenship and Patrick Hallahan) will talk with Tom Ashbrook today on On Point. WFPL will air the interview at 3:00 pm and it looks like it will be a Kentucky-centric show. They’re a fixture on the indie rock circuit. Hippie shamans, more Radiohead than Doors, says Rolling […]

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Orchestra Musicians Form New Organization, Will Host Free Concerts

by Gabe Bullard January 18, 2011

The concerts will be free, but donations will be accepted. Musicians Association chair Kim Tichenor says the idea for Keep Louisville Symphonic grew out of negotiations between the musicians and orchestra management. She says the musicians wanted to raise money to close a budget gap, but the management insisted on pay cuts and a smaller orchestra.

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