Knowing how much my students like to watch piano video tutorials, I thought I'd share a unique one that was posted on a new music community site recently. "Haiduceasca" is a traditional song form from Bessarabia (Moldova/Romania) and is translated…


A new resource for young piano students

I was excited to learn about Nate Holder’s book, Why Is My Piano Black and White? The Ultimate Fun Facts Guide published this year and the entire Why Books series. It’s a fun book to poke around in and…


Online piano exams

We are excited to announce our new online piano exams! In response to canceled in-person exams this past spring due to COVID-19, we recognized the need for students to have an opportunity to showcase their accomplishments. So, we launched an…



"Kampf Um Sichtbarkeit"

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

(Until March 8, 2020)

A major survey of women artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries is currently on exhibit at the Old National Gallery in Berlin. Titled “Struggle for


Peru negro

Although the Philly O had to engage in a bit of crisis management earlier in the year due to its lack of programming of women composers on any season concert, the recent showcase of "South American Sounds" was…


Norwegian Airlines...

should be out of business.

It was only after I had booked a ticket on the airline that I noticed social media posts about sudden cancellations, and in fact, my return flight to the US was also canceled - without…


Szekely's Temptation

Temptation by Janos Szekely is due to be released as a reprint edition this month. I first read the book in German (Verlockung) – because it hasn’t been available in English since Szekely died in Berlin in 1958…


Uncovering corruption, or ...

How many production companies does it take to make a film about government and police corruption in Egypt? Three. 

German, Swedish, and Danish. 

The thing is, the plot felt remarkably familiar to cases that seem to plague the state of…



Yep, that's right... In the next segment of our story (Chapter 3) Oskar has a run-in with the postman!


Chapter 3. The Escape

Maurus had gone. But he had left his books behind. I immersed myself in them. Then he…


Baker's Hours

Baker's Hours or 'Wia die Wuiden' (Chapter 2)

In the first installment for We Are Prisoners I mentioned the fact that the work was first translated in the 1920s (immediately after the book's publication in German), so I thought I'd…


We Are Prisoners

As a new track for the blog, I will post chapters of a translation I am working on for We Are Prisoners (Wir Sind Gefangene), an autobiographical 'confession' by Bavarian author Oskar Maria Graf (1894-1967). Look for a new chapter…

The Middle East Restaurant Reunion

Meesha Dance with Joseph Tayoun, William Tayoun, Roger Mgrdichian, Baris Kaya and others

In an exciting development for world music in Philadelphia, Franky Bradley's (@1320 Chancellor St.) presented the debut of its First Thursday series on March 3. To get…