Whether it’s weekly concert series, a weekend festival or a night out listening to a favorite group or individual artist, the combination of summertime and music is a natural instinct for many of us. As we head into the first weekend of August and the last full month of summer, FORA.tv presents Music Friday featuring a selection of our top videos from a few of the world’s most famous artists. Enjoy!
Before he was a producer, entrepreneur, part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, and husband to pop sensation Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z was a rapper. Watch his appearance at the New York Public Library as he decodes the importance of context in hip-hop music.
It’s hard to imagine the Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger or Keith Richards (with apologies to Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts.) Since both men are equally recognizable as the “face” of the group, was there tension between the two of them? Watch Richards reflect on his relationship with Jagger, for better or for worse, at the New York Public Library.
Born in the Soviet Union to a musically-inclined family that immigrated to the United States, Regina Spektor’s music is often associated with the “anti-folk” scene that popped up in New York City’s East Village in the late 1990s. Watch Spektor as she performs “On the Radio” from her 2006 album Begin to Hope at The New Yorker Festival.
A virtuoso on the piano, classical musician Jung Lin conducted her first orchestral work at the age of 12 and would later premiere her symphonic poem, The Black Wedding, at Juillard at the age of 16. Watch Lin as she performs Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2″ at the Aspen Institute.