Browsing All posts tagged under »sistema«

The Search for SIGnificance

August 9, 2016


Whither (wither?) the Sistema Special Interest Group?

Report from ISME 2016

August 7, 2016


Didn't make it to Glasgow? Here's some of the stuff you might have missed.

To confer and to confront

August 3, 2016


I miss the old days, when doing a conference entailed sequencing a few heart-warming anecdotes from Venezuela, and where the only challenge was choosing the right tone and tenor to leave the audience bathed in moral elevation having heard firsthand the power of music. I particularly missed those days at 3am last Wednesday morning when […]

A little less conversation, a little more…

June 23, 2016


Of the many quotes of the eminently quotable British Statesman Sir Winston Churchill, the one that seems to have the most currency today is his statement that “Democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried.”  This wry cynicism may be attributable to Churchill’s personal view of Democracy, […]

When Sistema isn’t as easy as pie

May 5, 2016


On the drive back from the Reframing El Sistema conference in Baltimore, my students and I stopped for pie in Washington DC. Over a very delicious and savoury slice of steak and chile (really) I took the opportunity to ask a freshman cellist what she had thought of the conference. Her response was brutal: “I […]

Touring Test – Part 2

February 21, 2016


The future of classical music is not dependent on 20 seconds of screen time at the Super Bowl. It’s in the hands of the certified music educators around the nation who live and labour under increasingly difficult circumstances to make music a part of their students’ lives.

Touring Test – Part 1

February 17, 2016


From Mark Swed’s hogshead overflowing with champagne to Gabriela Montero’s dry shot glass, there’s been plenty of disagreement over both the size of the vessel and the extent to which it was filled by YOLA’s appearance in the Super Bowl