Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Memo, or tweet, to Ben Ratliff: I owe you one. Somehow, I managed never to have heard of Cécile McLorin Salvant until Mack Avenue, a record company, sent a message announcing that it has signed her. The announcement included a link to a Sunday New York Times story by Mr. Ratliff. In a long article packed with praise from him and others, he wrote: Her voice clamps into each song, performing careful variations on pitch, stretching words but generally not scatting; her face … [Read more...]

Compatible Quotes: Elliott Carter

Carter (Quotes)

I am a radical, having a nature that leads me to perpetual revolt. One thing I can’t understand is why people have such trouble with modern music. It seems to me to be perfectly intelligible. When I hear one of my pieces again, or listen to the record, I don’t see why people could find this perplexing in any way. Yet audiences can’t make head or tail of it... I finally said the hell with that whole point of view and decided to write what I really always hoped to write, and what I … [Read more...]