Behind the scenes with Sasha Cooke

Behind the scenes with Sasha Cooke

After a fair amount of back and forth, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke's publicist and I managed to find a time when I could call her to talk about her CD how do i find you? and the spin-off recital, which she is presenting at Baltimore's premier chamber music series,...

“Old New Worlds” home at last

“Old New Worlds” home at last

As my jetlag recedes and I sift through the highlights of a magical trip back to Africa, I feel such a sense of "rightness" about Old New Worlds have been given a home—finally—in the place where she is so rooted. I am beyond grateful to Christy Weyer and Liberty Books...

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA, on Tuesday, January 15th in 1929, becoming a national icon in the civil rights movement in America and around the world—including my native South Africa during apartheid. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee,...

The artist, Paul Klee, as musician

The artist, Paul Klee, as musician

The highly individualistic artist, Paul Klee, was born in Switzerland to a German music teacher and a Swiss mother. He studied voice, piano, organ, and violin at the Stuttgart Conservatory, and, at the age of 11, he became a member of the violin section of the Bern...

The December podcast of my Booknotes series on WBJC

The December podcast of my Booknotes series on WBJC

The tradition of Jolabokaflod is relatively new to me, but it's one I adore. Every year since World War II, when paper was one of the few things not rationed in Iceland, Icelanders have given books for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, they exchange books and then sit in...

Winter Newsletter 2021

Winter Newsletter 2021

“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” ― Haruki Murakami   Picking up the theme of a recent blog post, Concentric circles within the Baltimore writing community, my starting point for this seasonal...

Outside In is a series of feature articles about the immigrant experience.


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