Music & Arts is an American record label based in Kensington, California.

Music & Arts is owned and operated by Music and Arts Programs of America, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to informal education in the arts, established in California in 1984. The label first issued original digital recordings of classical music along with historical recordings of live performances and broadcasts. Recording premieres of new music by Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland, George Crumb, Henry Cowell, David Del Tredici, Lukas Foss, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Leon Kirchner, Charles Wuorrinen and other 20th century American composers earned Music & Arts international acclaim. Some of these projects were supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund, and various private foundations. In 1989 new improv jazz and traditional jazz (presented in original digital recordings as well as reissues) were added to its offerings. The label has released classical co-productions with the Eastman School of Music, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv (the central German radio archive), the Austrian radio system ORF 1, the German radio stations NDR, BR, HR, MDR, and DR, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Music & Arts is distributed in the U.S.A. by Albany Music Distributors, in Australia by Mainly Opera, in Austria by Gramola, in Canada by SRI Canada Ltd, in China by Sunrise Music, in the Czech Republic by Euromusica S.R.O., in Denmark by Danacord, in Germany by Note 1, in Greece by Classical Disc Center, in Hungary by Rozsavolgyi, in Japan by Tobu Land System Co. Ltd., in Korea by C-sharp Media, in Mexico by Vergel Musical, in Poland by Gigi Distribution, in Sweden by Euroton, in Switzerland by Harmonia Mundi – Musicora AG and in France, the Benelux countries, Italy, the U.K. and Norway by Codaex.

The following are some jazz artists who have released new material on Music & Arts: Anthony BraxtonTim CobbMarilyn CrispellAndrew CyrilleJoe FondaGeorg GräweJulius HemphillGerry HemingwayLarry OchsIvo PerelmanPaul PlimleyJohn RapsonErnst Reijseger,String Trio of New YorkReggie Workman.

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Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Its common elements are pitch(which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempometer, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; “art of the Muses“).[1]

The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions (and their recreation in performance), through improvisational music to aleatoric forms. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to individual interpretation, and occasionally controversial. Within “the arts“, music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art, and auditory art. There is also a strong connection between music and mathematics.

To many people in many cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as “the harmony of the spheres” and “it is music to my ears” point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to. However, 20th-century composer John Cage thought that any sound can be music, saying, for example, “There is no noise, only sound.”[2] Musicologist Jean-Jacques Nattiez summarizes the relativist, post-modern viewpoint: “The border between music and noise is always culturally defined—which implies that, even within a single society, this border does not always pass through the same place; in short, there is rarely a consensus … By all accounts there is no single and interculturaluniversal concept defining what music might be.”[3]


Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolicsignificance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses,emotions, and intellect. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including musicliteraturefilmphotography,sculpture, and paintings. The meaning of art is explored in a branch of philosophyknown as aesthetics, whereas disciplines such as anthropologysociology andpsychology analyze its relationship with humans and generations.

Traditionally, the term art was used to refer to any skill or mastery. This conception changed during the Romantic period, when art came to be seen as “a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science”.[1] Generally, art is made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions.

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