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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.

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club - Q&A with Grace Kelly & Ian Holubiak

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club - Grace Kelly Plays "Touched By An Angel," Talks Obama and Keith Lockhart with Ian Holubiak >>

A talented singer, saxophonist and keyboard player--who's only a mere 22 years old--Grace Kelly is making serious headway in the jazz world. Everywhere from performing for Barack Obama to commissioning and performing pieces for Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops (again, at the tender age 14) speaks to Kelly's rise to greatness.

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.

Lang Lang

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club - Clayton Stephenson Performs Lowell Liebermann's 'Gargoyles,' Op. 29 at HARMAN >>

Lang Lang’s teenage protégé Clayton Stephenson is only a ninth-grader--a scholarship student at the Juilliard Pre-College Division and Lang Lang’s own International Music Foundation.

Lang Lang

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club - Lang Lang Performs Mozart at HARMAN Flagship Store in Manhattan >>

United Nations Messenger of Peace Lang Lang celebrated the release of his 'The Mozart Album' at the HARMAN store in Midtown, Manhattan, where he was honored by HARMAN for his efforts in share his music and inspiring others.

Cameron Carpenter

PHOTOS: Cameron Carpenter Debuts His International Touring Organ with Shostakovich, Fauré at Town Hall in New York City >>

Last week, Classicalite took a stroll on Town Hall Way in Midtown, Manhattan to witness celebrated organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter in-person--touring in support of his Sony Classical debut If You Could Read My Mind (a record that quickly became the top-selling classical album in the United States).

Herbie Hancock, Sasha Frere-Jones

EXCLUSIVE: Herbie Hancock, Saha Frere-Jones Talk 'Possibilities,' Flying Lotus, Miles Davis and Buster Williams at BAM >>

A classically trained pianist since the age of 7, Herbie Hancock did not predict his success would be in music, let alone the world of jazz. In fact, he went to college for engineering. To divulge how that pivotal change happened leading to his fourteen Grammy awards and his long anticipated memoir, 'Possibilities,' Hancock and New Yorker magazine critic Sasha Frere-Jones laid it all out in front of a nearly sold out audience on Wednesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinema as part of the Unbound: A Literary Series.

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Steven Blier of NYFOS on “Art Song on the Couch: Lieder in Freud’s Vienna”

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Steven Blier of NYFOS on “Art Song on the Couch: Lieder in Freud’s Vienna”… the Song Recital >>

New York Festival of Song will present “Art Song on the Couch: Lieder in Freud’s Vienna,” a program of songs by composers who were Sigmund Freud's contemporaries, in New York on November 11 and a preview performance in Boston on November 9.

Katherine Jenkins Sings Bizet's 'Carmen,'

EXCLUSIVE: Kath Jenkins Sings Bizet and Einaudi's "Dreaming of the Days" from 'Home Sweet Home' at SubCulture >>

Seriously, though, can Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins really sing opera? It's a curious line of inquiry everyone who has heard her asks. Eventually.

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Clite A.V. Club Q&A with The Hot Sardines (Evan

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club Q&A with The Hot Sardines (Evan "Bibs" Palazzo, Miz Elizabeth) & Ian Holubiak >>

Classicalite staff writer Ian Holubiak (L) with The Hot Sardines (Evan "Bibs" Palazzo, Miz Elizabeth).

Lang Lang

EXCLUSIVE: Watch Lang Lang's 'The Mozart Album' Trailer from Sony Classical, Featuring Nikolaus Harnoncount and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra >>

Mozart's fascinating compositions came alive last month via Lang Lang, Nikolaus Harnoncount and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Released on September 30, The Mozart Album is a two-disc project courtesy of Sony Classical featuring Mozart's concerti and sonatas.

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.

Eliot Lipp

EXCLUSIVE: DJ Eliot Lipp Talks Pretty Lights Music Label, 'Watch the Shadows' and Classical Music Influences >>

Eliot Lipp, a Brooklyn-based disc jockey/producer on the Pretty Lights Music label, dropped his latest album "Watch the Shadows" today, Oct. 14. With more than a decade making electronic music, this latest effort shows Lipp bringing a more "human" element to his sound while trying out new genres and styles.

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club - Q&A Matt Devine/Logan K. Young

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club - Q&A with Mat Devine & Logan K. Young >>

Wrongchilde frontman Mat Devine and Classicalite editor-in-chief Logan K. Young talk pasts bands like Kill Hannah, Mat's stint on Broadway in Julie Taymor's 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,' as well as his work as writer and blogger. To watch more episodes of C-LITE A.V. Club--including Mat, Neil Popkin and Camille Driscoll (singing Gerard Way's part, no less) on the emotionally charged single "Falling in Love (Will Kill You)"--just click HERE. Before that, though, check out Neil Popkin's solo on the slow-burning, electro-acoustic "Slow."

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