"Sleeping Beauty" for the Streaming Age
In this week's roundup, the Bodega Boys visit Yo-Yo Ma, early recording technology brings us the sounds of turn-of-the-century Japan, and a local ballet company dances "Sleeping Beauty," streaming on YouTube.
1. Supremely talented violinist Ezinma, who has played with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and, oh yeah, Beyoncé, opens up about her debut EP, her musical background, and how to fuse classical with pop music without being cringey. Here's one of her recent tracks, House of Bach:
2. Yo-Yo Ma recently appeared with the Bodega Boys on DESUS & MERO, and it was amazing.
3. Ever wondered how to make a flute? Or a violin? Or a harpsichord? Here's a roundup of videos showing how pretty much every instrument is made.
4. Hear excerpts from Japan's earliest sound recordings, featuring musicians from the Imperial Household Orchestra.
5. The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and the City Ballet of Boston present a streamlined, streamed performance of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, available on YouTube on May 23. Read about the project here, and watch a sneak peek: