João Gilberto in 2008. The performer is credited with helping  to turn bossa nova into a global symbol of a young and confident Brazil. Photograph: Marco Hermes/AFP/Getty Images

João Gilberto, one of the primary creators of bossa nova, the intimate Brazilian music that became a major cultural export, has died. He was 88. His s(...)

Kevin Coquelard and Mufutau Yusuf rehearsing their roles  for ‘Inventions’.  Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska

Inventions ★★★★ Carlton Ballroom, Kilkenny  In spite of the three bodies lying onstage, there is still a lingering feeling of hope at the end o(...)

Melody Gardot: “The first recording was a surprise. It was almost like the songs fell out of me.” Photograph: Franco P Tettamanti

‘It was like an open invitation from the world around me to do something, and I said yes.” Melody Gardot is talking about how music saved her life.(...)