Tom Bachtell's distinctive drawings and caricatures appear each week in "The Talk of the Town" and other sections of The New Yorker where he has been a regular contributor for some 20 years. Tom’s work is seen in many other national and international publications, from Entertainment Weekly to Newsweek, Forbes to Bon Appetit, Town and Country to Mother Jones, as well as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Trained as a pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Tom is self-taught as an artist. Working primarily in brush and ink, Tom's drawing style pays homage to many of the classic American illustrators and cartoonists of the 1920s and 1930s. He frequently portrays musicians, doing regular work with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards (Kalamazoo, Michigan), the Risør International Chamber Music Festival in Norway, and Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley.  Read More »


Take 5: Patrice Michaels

by Dan Hickey

This edition of Take 5 features acclaimed soprano and composer Patrice Michaels! Her upcoming album with pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, Notorious RBG in Song, is a salute to the life and work of legal pioneer and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Showcasing both her vocal and composition talents, the album contains the world-premiere recording of Michaels's THE LONG VIEW: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs along with songs by composers Stacy Garrop, Vivian Fung, Lori Laitman, and an aria from the comic opera Scalia/Ginsburg by Derrick Wang. Notorious RBG in Song is currently available for pre-order; all CDs and downloads ship June 8!  Read More »

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