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Musicians Honor John Cage on Centenary of his Birth

In the week of September 5, 2012, celebrations were held in a number of venues across the world in honor of the centenary of the birth of John Cage – an American composer, music theorist, artist and writer who was considered to be ahead of his time in the music world and who gathered a devoted following of fans throughout his career and beyond. He was a pioneer in a range of music genres and concepts, including the use of musical instruments in unconventional ways and electroacoustic music. Together with long-time partner Merce Cunningham, John Cage also influenced the development of modern dance.

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Walk of Fame Star for Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond will be honored with a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame on 10 August 2012, with the ceremony taking place in front of the Capitol Records Building at 1750 N. Vine Street. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary singer/songwriter's best-selling double album Hot August Night. When announcing the event, a spokesperson for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce noted that Diamond is "one busy man" noting that they are "thrilled to honor this legendary performer."

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2012 Polaris Music Prize Long-List Published

Established in 2006, the Polaris Music Prize is an annual music award for the best full-length Canadian album based purely on artistic merit. The stated mission of the Polaris Music Prize is to celebrate and reward diversity and creativity in Canadian recorded music. With no submission process, or entry fee, all Canadian albums of more than 30 minutes and/or eight tracks, released within a given time-frame, automatically qualify for the long-list. Finalists are then selected by a jury including music journalists, bloggers, broadcasters and other Canadian music industry experts. At an event in Vancouver yesterday, the long-list of nominees for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize was made public and they are listed below, in no particular order.Read more..

Classical Summer Concerts in Europe

Music is a part of everyday life for billions of people around the world, and the many genres of music reflect the varied tastes of music-lovers. As Europe heads into its summer months, there are a host of classical music concerts planned to cater for enthusiasts of this timeless genre, offering opportunities to combine great music with a great summer vacation.

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Bingley Music Live Line-Up

The quiet market town of Bingley in West Yorkshire, England, may not appear to be the type of place to host a rip-roaring three-day music festival. Nonetheless, each year since 2007 musicians and music-lovers have flocked to Myrtle Park in Bingley to enjoy the aptly named Bingley Music Live festival. This year's event is set to take place from the 31st of August through to the 2nd of September, and the line-up is already looking impressive. Promoted as an intimate event known for its 'big heart, big sound', Bingley Music Live attracts more than 15,000 festival-goers, offering an entire weekend of music and fun, with world-class musicians and comedians.

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