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Meet Music's Dirtiest Portrait Artist

No, not dirty in that sense. Robert Burden has an unusual hobby. An East End bus driver by trade, in his downtime he likes to draw, mostly portraits of musicians. But he doesn't use charcoal or pastels or anything boring like that. Robert's medium of choice? Dirt. Specifically the dirt that collects on vans. And he's really quite good at it. Look. Here's Bob Dylan: [...] Read more!
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"The Hand Somehow Has a Mind of its Own"

Music / Classical : Musical Assumptions (3 years ago)

Sol Schwartz has been drawing pictures of musicians at Tanglewood for decades. A friend gave me a copy of his Drawing Music a few years ago because there is a portrait of my father on the page with the text "BSO Members: Each a solo... Read Post

Portrait of the artist as music critic

Music / Classical : The Classical Beat (3 years ago)

In January, the New Yorker ran an article by the pianist Jeremy Denk about the process of recording Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata. It’s slightly unusual for an active musician to write a piece for a major publication — the norm is t... Read Post

Local artist to present Langrée with his portrait

Music / Classical : Arts in Focus (11 months ago)

  Portrait and figurative artist Marlene Steele will present Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Louis Langrée with the gift of a pastel portrait after the CSO’s Friday night concert in honor of his birthday on Jan. 11. Ste... Read Post


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