Where Art and Music Meet: The Work of Jean-Patrick Guilbert

musica marinFrench-born Jean-Patrick Guilbert has been involved in the arts since childhood. Today, his work — paintings, sculptures, and metalsmithing — is part of the permanent collection at the New-York Historical Society in New York City and has appeared in a number of collections and exhibits around the world.

We talked to Guilbert about his work and his collaboration with Music Marin. Read More…

Does Listening To Background Music Help You Learn?

musica marinDo you enjoy playing music when you read or study? Listening to background music, especially classical or new age melodies, has a calming effect and can help lift your mood. On the other hand, it may not be a good idea to listen to tunes if you’re doing work that requires memorization or recall. According to a new study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, listening to background music while studying or learning new material can interfere with the ability to remember. Read More…

Musica Marin, Artistic Director Ruth Kahn Shares Her Recent Experience at the InterHarmony Festival in Arcidosso, Italy.

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I recently had the pleasure of participating in the InterHarmony Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. I began my journey in Rome and traveled by train to Florence, where I spent the night and the next day enjoying the great city of Michaelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Dante Alighieri, and the Familia de Medicis. I was then taken by bus to my real destination, the early medieval 9th century town of Arcidosso for the InterHarmony Festival. Read More…

Meet Clint Borzoni: Composer and Artist in Residence

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Composer Clint Borzoni was first introduced to Music Marin by his friend Michael Colbruno. “He commissioned me to write two songs for baritone Marco Vassalli,” explains Borzoni. “Musica Marin premiered those two songs at their concert on January 22, 2016.” Read More…

The History of Music Salons

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For centuries, music has played an important role in all classes of community social life. Further examples of performances can be seen throughout history: Bach and his sons giving concerts at coffee houses and accompanying Frederick the Great on flute as he played for guests; young Mozart entertaining in the fashionable salons and being fêted by the beau monde in Paris; and Beethoven playing the fortepiano at the palace of the Russian Ambassador to Vienna, Count Razumovsky. Fine music has always been cultivated in both public and private social gatherings. Read More…

Top 5 Classical Music Podcasts

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Podcasts have become increasingly popular over the past few years and for good reason. They provide interesting, knowledgeable and valuable information in an often short period of time. Great listening for in the car, around the house or while traveling! Being classical music enthusiasts, we’ve come up with a list of the top 5 classical music podcasts to listen to now! Read More…

Classical Music for Relaxation

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When you’re feeling stressed, nothing is more relaxing than retreating to a quiet room and listening to the sounds of soft music. So effective is the power of music to transform the mood that an entire therapy has arisen around the concept of music for relaxation known as music therapy. The idea of music therapy centers around the idea that music can be used to enhance the health of people who suffer from mental or physical disorders. As the understanding of the relaxation benefits associated with music grows, hospitals and medical clinics are adopting music therapy programs as a way to aid patient treatment. Read More…

Music Benefits the Body and Soul

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John Thomas, a 60-year-old man, plays his guitar almost every day. He’s never had musical training. He can play “by ear.” He practices songs from well-known guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. To challenge himself, he also creates his tunes. Carla Jones, a 35-year-old, enjoys listening to music on a regular basis, favoring classical and jazz. In the evening, before she goes to bed, Carla listens to soothing meditation music to help her unwind from her day. Susan Gray, now 23, began piano lessons at the age of 7 and still plays piano for enjoyment. She’s also an avid runner. During her runs, she listens to upbeat music. Read More…


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