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"When I [was] four or five years, I started to play on this instrument, [the cimbalom.] But if you’re not studying the instrument, you can lose a lot. Even today... I take the hammer and every day make the exercise [of playing]." -- Nicolae Feraru, 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow...
”… I love creativity and doing something weird and something that feels very personal.”— Sam Amidon I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing that it’s not every day you come across a new album that features both Civil War ballads and a cover of a Mariah...
“On a civic level, especially in areas needing revitalization, art works to give citizens a sense of pride and shared investment in their community.” — Renée Fleming Did you know that Renée Fleming had planned to be a jazz singer? Lucky for us “The People’s Diva...
Minor Threat (with Ian MacKaye in middle in hat) performing at the former Washington, DC club dc space. Photo by Susie J. Horgan
"We were making shows and we were forming a family, a tribe, and that was deeply important for kids." When it first emerged on the scene, punk was dismissed as...
Music is powerful and something that resonates in the soul. It doesn't resonate in the ears. It resonates in the body, and when people get it, they get it….” --- Herb Alpert You may know Herb Alpert as a Grammy award-winning trumpeter and founder of Tijuana Brass. You may also know...
Pardon the pun but we're completely jazzed about our four new NEA Jazz Masters: Anthony Braxton (composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, pianist, educator); Richard Davis (bassist, educator); Keith Jarrett (pianist, composer), and Jamey Aebersold (educator, saxophonist, pianist, bassist,...
The moment pianist Vijay Iyer accepted our invitation to provide commentary for the NEA's audio guide for The Namesake , my heart did back flips. Not only does his experience as an Indian-American mirror, to a great extent, that of the novel's author, Jhumpa Lahiri; his story is also...
"Traditional music is very important because you should always be connected to the roots of the instrument you play. That's the only way to fully understand your instrument and to respect the great players that came before you."---Jake Shimabukuro With fans including Eddie Vedder and...
As you've read our blogs over the past few weeks, you may have noticed a special emphasis on LGBT artists in honor of Pride Month. Recently, the NEA hosted its own Pride celebration, which featured a performance by Sax in the City, a saxophone ensemble affiliated with DC's Different...
"The arts are part of our everyday life, whether we realize it or not." --- Ted Rausch, Portsmouth High School Band Director Band director Ted Rausch has his own philosophy when it comes to his high school marching band: no competition. Not only does Rhode Island's Portsmouth High...

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