What’s Your Idea of an Instrument An Interview with Lapo Vettori

We spoke recently with Florentine luthier Lapo Vettori, a third-generation string instrument maker. The Vettori family began instrument making in 1935 and continues today, making violins, violas (Lapo’s specialty) and violoncellos. Over the past 80-some years, the family has made [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 24th, 2017
In the valley, by the water, on the mountain

The new trend of village festivals In the early 4th century, Wang Xizhi (王羲之), often hailed as the greatest calligrapher of all times and best known for his running style calligraphy, wrote Lanting Xu (蘭亭集序 Preface to the Orchid Pavilion) [...] more >>

by Rudolph Tang | November 19th, 2017
Music as a bridge: In Touch with Music in Offices

Singing is booming. More people than ever before are joining choirs, and the physical and mental health benefits of singing are becoming widely known. Fitting music around families and a job can be hard – but excitingly, some forward-looking businesses [...] more >>

by William Cole | October 31st, 2017
Tangentenflügel Mozart’s favorite keyboard instrument (for a while)

Today I accidentally stumbled over another rarity from the vault of unusual and singular instruments! The instrument in question—variously called “Tangent piano” in English, “Tangentenflügel” in German, “cembalo angelico” in Italian, and “clavecin harmonieux et celeste” in French—sounds like a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 29th, 2017
ZANTA Pianoforti: Play with Design

For over twenty years, Silvano Zanta worked in the laboratories of major piano manufacturers such as Steinway & Sons, Yamaha and Bösendorfer. In 1979 he decided to become independent and founded ZANTA Pianoforti. His small company specialized in the restoration [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 16th, 2017
Vertical Theatricality

The alpine “Julier Pass” also known as the “Pass dal Güglia” and “Passo del Giulia” is a mountain pass in Switzerland. It connects the Engadin valley with the province of Graubünden, and provides the watershed between the basins of the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 4th, 2017
A Cultural Disneyland for Hong Kong!

After nearly 20 years of dilly-dallying, Hong Kong finally got rid of a construction project it never understood nor wanted! I am talking, as you might have guessed, about a dedicated 21st century concert hall at the West Kowloon Cultural [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 9th, 2017
Curse from the Gods

Despite the fact that epilepsy has appeared in medical history as early as 400 BC and an estimated 50 million people around the world are affected by it1, there are still many misconceptions that surround the condition.

by Desiree Ho | July 23rd, 2017