Music Interviews

Conversations with the performers, the conductors, the composers and other people instrumental in creating today's live and recorded classical music. 

There's lots of great music to look forward to during this season's Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival , which opens with a glimpse into Mozart's life with narrator Alan Alda in two concerts: July 31 and August 1. Kate Remington talks with founder and flutist Marya Martin about some of the highlights.

Banjo-Kazooie, from Rare Studios, is one of the most fondly-remembered games from the golden age of Nintendo 64. Playtonic Games , created by some former members of Rare, got together to launch a Kickstarter for what they described as the "spiritual successor" to Banjo--Yooka-Laylee! The team includes BAFTA-nominated Grant Kirkhope , who composed the original music for Banjo, as well as the sequels. I caught up with him after a busy week at E3 to talk about "putting the band back together" to...

Hard to believe, but it's been 20 years since we first joined Tomb Raider Lara Croft on her adventures, tracking down mysterious relics in some of the world's most exotic locations. As part of this year's anniversary celebrations, Nathan McCree is in the process of writing an orchestral "Tomb Raider Suite'" drawn from his soundtracks for the first three Tomb Raider games. I talked with Nathan about this exciting project, involving a recording at the famed Abbey Road Studios , a documentary...

That Game Company

In February, Fifth House Ensemble wrapped up their incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign to create a concert version of Austin Wintory's music for Journey, accompanying live players on stage. Now, with several concerts under their belts and an upcoming performance in Brooklyn in July, I checked in with Melissa and Eric Snoza of Fifth House to find out how the performances have gone so far. Over 2,400 people attended the premiere performance at Baltimore's Music and Gaming Festival, way...

Square Enix

Fans of the long-running series of Final Fantasy games can experience the music in a whole new way. Final Fantasy: A New World presents the game's beloved music in an intimate performance with an ensemble of just 11 musicians. I talked with arrangers and conductors Arnie Roth and his son, Eric, about their concerts in June at the Tilles Center at Long Island University , and the Connecticut premiere in Hartford at the Wadsworth Atheneum . Since the concerts don't include any visuals like...

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