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March 9, 1990 | LEAH OLLMAN
"Through extended, long, drawn-out, somewhat expressionless, unsympathetic tones of a bassoon, resounding in the empty depths, everything became green," wrote Wassily Kandinsky, probing the affinity between music and art, between intangible sounds and abstract forms, colors and shapes. Miriam Sievers, a San Diego artist, gracefully extends this dialogue between sister tongues. In her current show at Palomar College's Boehm Gallery (1140 W.
Eddie Montana knows how aging baby boomers feel when they walk into his vintage musical instrument shop in Huntington Beach and set their eyes upon the Silvertone, Harmony and Kay guitars that helped define their youth. "All of a sudden, the blood begins to boil again and you see the return of the couch guitarists--guys who get to my age who want to experience that feeling they got when they were young," said Montana, 46, a musician and co-owner of Montana & Lace Vintage Musical Instruments.
March 30, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Within the confines of his Corona work space, guitar designer Yuriy Shishkov had transformed a plank of blond ash wood into the body of a new Fender Telecaster. Seated at his bench, where he spends hours every day creating one-of-a-kind hand-crafted instruments, he studied the nascent creation.
October 17, 1999 | Associated Press
It was the day the music almost disappeared. Musician Yo-Yo Ma forgot his $2.5-million, 266-year-old cello in the trunk of a taxi Saturday, but police tracked it down at a garage in Queens in time for his evening concert. "I did something really stupid," Ma said sheepishly after he got the instrument back. "I was in such a rush, I was so exhausted, I'd given a concert at Carnegie Hall last night. I just forgot."
August 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Vito Pascucci, founder and chairman of G. Leblanc Corp., which manufactures musical instruments, died Monday in Kenosha, Wis. He was 80. Pascucci learned to play trumpet as a student in Kenosha's public schools and, while serving in the Army during World War II, was assigned to care for and maintain the musical instruments for the Glenn Miller Army Air Corps Band. While serving in France, Pascucci befriended Leon Leblanc, head of an instrument-making company dating to 1750.
December 7, 1998 | SUE FOX
The sound of music just got a little sweeter for the orchestras and bands of Agoura High School, the recipients of a $40,000 trove of new musical instruments donated by a cable music channel and a local cable provider. The gift of oboes, trombones, violins and other instruments will revitalize a music program that depends heavily on donations from corporations and booster groups, said Donald Zimring, the deputy superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
November 8, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The eccentric and compelling sculptures and wall reliefs of Swiss artist Valentin Carron take appropriation art in strange directions. Existing objects remain essentially intact, but the transformation in materials makes for surprising results. Carron's debut exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery includes musical instruments -- three trumpets, two saxophones, a couple of French horns and a clarinet -- that have been squashed flat and cast in bronze. The patina is a weird, sickly pink flesh-color; hanging on gallery walls, the reliefs have the look of flayed skin.
December 27, 2012 | By Donna Perlmutter
Loud grumbles can be heard by travelers at this busy time of year under normal circumstances, but what is that noise going on with itinerant virtuosos carrying on board million-dollar-plus Strads and Guarneris on their way to concert dates? It's the sound of bureaucracy. And it's overtaking what used to be a well-understood, mutually respectful transaction - between cellists (mostly) and the industry that transports them and their treasured instruments. Cellists have been bearing the brunt because their cargo is too precious to check as regular baggage but so large that it requires an extra cabin seat.
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