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Can you solve it? The puzzle of the red and green hats

Thinking caps on!<p>Hi guzzlers,<p>A box contains two red hats and three green hats...<p>You may recognise this opener as the start of a famous puzzle - whose origins date back to the 1940s - about three logicians who close their eyes and randomly take out a hat from the box and put it on. With their eyes …

Mathematics

International Piano and Strings Competition 2018

Piano

Notations: John Cage Publishes a Book of Graphic Musical Scores, Featuring Visualizations of Works by Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, The Beatles & More (1969)

If you know just one piece by avant-garde composer and all-around oracle of indeterminacy John Cage, you know 1952's <i>4'33"</i>, which consists, for that …

Legendary Jazz Bassist Ron Carter Talks About Music, Recording, and Hi-Fi

I'm sitting next to Ron Carter in the listening room at Manhattan dealer Audioarts, trying not to cry. We're listening to "All Blues," the title …

Why Beatles' Star Club Tapes Best Represent the Group's Early Bar-Band Spirit

These raw 1962 bootlegs capture the young Fab Four at their hungriest<p>Any deep-delver into the Beatles' catalog is familiar with those raging pockets …

Roswell Rudd, 82, Trombonist With a Wide-Open Approach, Is Dead

Roswell Rudd, who helped establish a place for the trombone in the jazz avant-garde, then disappeared from the national stage for almost 20 years before enjoying a late-career resurgence in which he explored a wide array of styles, died on Thursday at his home in Kerhonkson, N.Y., in the Catskills. …

Watch Glenn Gould's Unique Interpretation of This Bach Fugue

The Arts

Stephen Sondheim, Theater’s Greatest Lyricist

<i>This story is one of the seven covers of T Magazine’s Greats issue, on newsstands Oct. 22.</i><p><b>Sondheim</b>: I hope you don’t mind doing this upstairs, I’m feeling a bit under the weather.<p>It’s July 2017. We are on the second floor of Stephen Sondheim’s Midtown Manhattan townhouse, and he’s nestled on his …

Thelonious Monk's Quiet, Slow Conquest of the World

For decades a respected but somewhat eccentric figure even within the jazz scene, the pianist and composer is at the peak of his influence as he reaches his centennial this month.<p>The peak of Thelonious Monk’s fame came in 1964, in his 47th year, when his painted portrait—dourly glowering or shyly …

This Cockatiel Sings Mozart's Queen of the Night Aria Better Than You

Coco is a rescue cockatiel from Sydney, Australia, and almost certainly sings the Queen of the Night's aria from 'The Magic Flute' better than most …

25,000+ Songs From the Early 20th Century Music Now Streaming Online for Free

As technology continues to advance, there are many forms of music playback that we will never experience. If you’re of a certain age, for instance, you probably haven't touched a CD. Going back even further, there’s one device that even fewer people alive today would’ve listened to—the gramophone. …

Clever Street Artist Is Transforming NYC’s Streets into One Giant Playground

We love clever street art, so we couldn't help but admire the work of artist Tom Bob, who has been running amok on the streets of New York and Massachusetts. If you're a fan of famous street artist OakOak, you'll love Tom Bob's work, as he uses forgotten elements of the street to create whimsical …

Wild bunnies surf atop sheep to survive flood

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — It was a wooly ride, but three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard sheep …

Nikolai Kapustin - Paraphrase on 'Aquarela do Brasil,' for Piano, Op. 118 (2003) [Score-Video]

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Flute

Geri Allen, Brilliantly Expressive Pianist, Composer and Educator, Dies at 60

Geri Allen, a widely influential jazz pianist, composer and educator who defied classification while steadfastly affirming her roots in the hard-bop …

This Amazing Map Fills a 500-Million Year Gap in Earth's History

Tectonics of our ancient world.<p>Earth is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old, with life first appearing around 3 billion years ago. To …

How to Make Your Lucid Dreams Last Longer

Becoming lucid while you dream is actually the easy part, oneironauts. Now we’re going to learn how to hold on to it and make our nightly adventures …

Listen to This Amazing New Recorder Concerto (Link)

<i>A quick note: Sophie Westbrooke's premiere of Graham Fitkin's</i> Recorder Concerto, <i>discussed below, must be listened at the BBC 3 website, which you can</i> …

Piano

The 50 best computer science schools in the world

A computer science degree from a top university can help graduates land their dream job at companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook.<p>But which computer science courses are the best ones to try and to get onto if you want to impress employers?<p>Using the QS World University Rankings 2017, we took a …

eLearning

Gregg Allman: A Life in Pictures

Keyboards

Watch Wayne Shorter Share Miles Davis' Wisdom With Jon Batiste

Jazz legend talks long career, bebop spirit, improv life lessons with 'Late Show' bandleader<p>Stay Human and <i>Late Show</i> bandleader Jon Batiste spoke with …

Jazz

Slavery is America’s pre-existing condition

We are two people welded together by personal history and this country’s legacy of slavery<p>This is a photograph of America’s pre-existing condition. It’s true that it’s a Truscott family photograph rather than a depiction of a sick person, and it’s not a recent photo, either. In fact, it was taken …

Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

WASHINGTON — President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.<p>“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump …

12 'Impressionist' Composers Not Named Debussy or Ravel

Artistic labels are tricky little things because they trap artists in a kind of musical amber with others that we deem just similar enough. The …

Piano

'Cyclops' Baby Goat Has Only 1 Eye And 1 Ear, But All Of Our Hearts

The goat's owner called the new kid a "miracle."<p>A one-eyed goat born in Assam, India, last week is being seen as a blessing by its owner.<p>The kid was born May 10 with only one eye, one ear and barely a nose, thanks to a condition called cyclopia that occurs in the womb when the brain’s two …

Hear 2,000 Recordings of the Most Essential Jazz Songs: A Huge Playlist for Your Jazz Education

If you were to ask me “What is jazz?” I wouldn’t presume to know the answer, and I’m not sure any single composition exists to which one could point …

Jazz