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Carolina Eyck, Christopher Tarnow

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Carolina Eyck & Christopher Tarnow on 'Improvisations for Theremin And Piano' (Butterscotch Records) >>

German theremin virtuoso Carolina Eyck and pianist/composer Christopher Tarnow set their American debut today by way of Improvisations for Theremin and Piano on Buttersctoch Records. Produced by Allen Farmelo, Improvisations modernizes the theremin and piano in a sonically jangled delight for all five senses.

Nicholas Young

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Nicholas Young on Winning a Bessie Award, Rhythm In Motion, STOMP, SoundMovement and Michelle Dorrance >>

Tap dance aficionado Nicholas Young was recently honored with a Bessie for Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design for his percussive tap platforms in Rhythm in Motion.

Agnes Obel

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Agnes Obel on 'Aventine' & 'Philharmonics,' David Lynch Remix & 'Twin Peaks,' Maya Deren & Upcoming Show @ LPR >>

Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel is yet another of the fantastic trend of indie-classical crossovers. Her 2010 debut, Philharmonics garnered her platinum status in Belgium and France, received a Gold award in Holland and went quintuple Platinum in Denmark. Agnes cleaned up at the Danish Music Awards in 2011 for Philharmonics, taking home five awards. Her follow up release, Aventine, was written and recorded at home in Berlin by Agnes herself. To wit, her deluxe edition of Aventine features a remix of "Fuel To Fire" by cult classic director, producer, musician, clothing designer David Lynch. Sonically, Obel is unlike many singer songwriters in the sense that she has a nearly complete backing band of strings and a piano producing a celestial escape. Classicalite recently caught up with Obel over the phone before her debut Minneapolis show to gain insight on her technique, David Lynch and her diaphanous music videos.

Ted Hearne

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Composer Ted Hearne on Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks, R We Who R We and Erykah Badu >>

Composer/singer Ted Hearne's latest work, the multimedia oratorio The Source, premiered last week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The piece is based on Chelsea Manning's release of government documents to WikiLeaks and features some of Hearne's most accessible compositions yet. Commissioned and produced by Beth Morrison Projects (she of the Protoype Festival), the work features a libretto by Mark Doten with direction by Daniel Fish, production design by Jim Findlay and video work by Fish and Findlay together.

Cameron Carpenter

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Cameron Carpenter on 'If You Could Read My Mind', His International Touring Organ and Working With Terry Riley >>

We caught up with celebrated organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter last week in Berlin, where he is touring in support of his Sony Classical disc If You Could Read My Mind (a record that quickly became the top-selling classical album in the United States). Having completed his custom-built, $1,000,000 International Touring Organ (ITO), Carpenter finally has the mobility he needs.

The Kids Are Alright: 'Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass' Showcases Young Talent and Bell's Endless Pursuit to Inspire

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Violinist Joshua Bell on HBO & Mendelssohn's Octet; D.C. Metro & Bach's Concertos >>

With his Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority mulligan miles behind him, Joshua Bell is Skyping with me from his suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. As per usual when talking to the press, the world's greatest living violinist is in between rehearsals. Yes, Bell has traveled to the United Arab Emirates to perform Felix Mendelssohn's 'Violin Concerto' in E minor, Op. 64 at the Royal Opera House Muscat with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields--the storied British band, founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958, that Bell remains the only American to have led as both music director and conductor.

Laura Benanti

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Laura Benanti on Joining the Cast of TV's 'Nashville' >>

The Broadway star talks to us about her upcoming role in the country-music drama, and how she's preparing to sing in a style we haven't heard from her before.

Maya Beiser

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Cellist Maya Beiser on 'Uncovering' Floyd, Zeppelin, AC/DC, Nirvana and Howlin' Wolf >>

Be it the Bang on a Can All-Stars or Pink Floyd or even Howlin' Wolf, multi-talented cellist Maya Beiser is not only transforming the way classical music is heard, she's also changing how it's being interpreted. Curious about Beiser's latest cello experiences, we chatted with her via email. Here, just a few days before her gig at (Le) Poisson Rouge, are Beiser's explanations on making a love child with classic rock and classical cello. She calls it 'Uncovered' (Innova Records).

Saum G.

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Cellist Saum Ghosh >>

What is a classically trained cellist doing at an electronic dance music show? Moreover, what is a cello doing onstage at an EDM show? We’re not entirely sure so we got on the horn with Saum Ghosh to talk about what it means to be an Indian cellist in the dance music scene, his forthcoming album and his latest philanthropic adventure.

Clite A.V. Club: Time for Three

EXCLUSIVE: Clite A.V. Club Q&A with Time for Three Violinists Nicolas Kendall, Zachary De Pue and Bassist Ranaan Meyer >>

Clite A.V. Club: Time for Three Q&A Logan K. Young, editor; Ryan Book, producer

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Composer Trevor Gureckis on 'Potential Energies' Ballet Premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Composer Trevor Gureckis on 'Potential Energies' Ballet Premiere at BAM >>

In advance of the movement, Classicalite spoke with Gureckis--the composer behind it all. And as you can read below, he had a lot to say about collaboration, costumes and the role of any composer at large.

Barrett Wilbert Weed, Evan Todd and Jon Eidson in 'Heathers: The Musical' at New World Stages

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Evan Todd, 'Kurt' in 'Heathers: The Musical' >>

The actor talks to us about his jock/bully role, the show, his background, and his non-profits.

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Harmony Stempel on Still Life in 'Human Fruit Bowl' >>

The actress gives us the naked truth about the one-woman play inspired by her experiences as a nude artists' model.

EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Weber Talks DVD Release of 'Let's Get Lost' with Chet Baker

EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Weber Talks DVD Reissue of Classic Chet Baker Doc, 'Let's Get Lost' >>

With a title borrowed from the song by Jimmy McHugh and Frank Loesser in the 1943 film Happy Go Lucky (which Baker recorded for Pacific Records), Weber's doc remains the best, most revered look at the singing trumpeter's late era.

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with David Shaw of The Revivalists >>

Singer David Shaw took some time off from welcoming his sister's newborn to speak with Classicalite about the reissue campaign and what an indie jazz band from New Orleans really means in a larger sense.

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