June 15, 2010


Sting's classical effect: The former Police front man is touring with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Unlike his former band's reunion tour, he is enjoying himself. As the afternoon sun poured through the living room window of his grand apartment overlooking Central Park, Sting was calmly reflecting on his trying reunion with the Police, and anticipating, with genuine excitement, his current tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, performing imaginative new versions of his solo and Police hits...
June 13, 2010


Sting turns to symphonic pop - Concert tour, album a bold move in rocker's musical journey. It's purely a coincidence, Sting insisted with a chortle, that he and Peter Gabriel each decided to tour and record this year with full orchestras - two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees doing highbrow symphonic-pop projects at nearly the same time...
June 11, 2010


In a cavernous studio on West 26th Street in Manhattan, Sting is rehearsing for his ambitious summer world tour, in which he'll rework solo and Police hits with the 45-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. As the massive band runs through his 1985 single 'Russians', Sting kicks his legs out like a Cossack dancer, and during the Police's 'Next To You', he playfully waves his arms like a conductor. Later, at his apartment on Central Park West, Sting explains that the idea of exploring his catalogue came in 2008, when he was invited to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra...
May 30, 2010


Outside the graffiti-scrawled white walls of Abbey Road studios, Japanese tourists are photographing their friends in Beatles poses on the world's most famous pedestrian crossing. Inside is a maze of studios. The largest is Studio One, where there is a 45-piece orchestra - young men and women clad mainly in jeans and shirts - as well as a guitarist, percussionist and blonde female vocalist. They are being put through their paces by Steven Mercurio, a wiry, energetic conductor. Tucked behind him, sitting straight-backed on a stool and wordlessly nodding to the opening bars of 'Field of Gold', is Sting...
March 15, 2010


March 04, 2010


"I was brought up in the '50s, when there was only one radio station really - BBC Radio - so you could hear everything, from Beethoven's Fifth to music hall to the Beatles. I grew up with the taste that music was universal and not necessarily this ghettoized... this tribal ghetto. Although there are qualitative differences between music forms, and certainly skill differences, it's basically the same building blocks. And so I approach music that way. I have a great deal of respect for classical music - and awe, sometimes. Nonetheless I see it as a language that I can communicate in, and certainly be reached by..."
March 02, 2010


Asana, meditation and rock'n'roll - Sting and Trudie Styler talk yoga, the creative life, and human rights. Sting and his wife of 27 years, Trudie Styler, are into yoga. They often invite musicians, friends, and yoga teachers for week long Visits to their estate in Tuscany, and they find that the stays can evolve into informal yoga retreats. The duo founded the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to tackle deforestation. They're passionate about effecting environmental, social, and political change. Now Styler is showcasing her Ashtanga Yoga training on Warrior Yoga, a DVD produced by Gaiam, which she hopes will inspire people to practice yoga and find their-inner strength...
February 04, 2010


Musician, actor, activist, philanthropist, tantric sex enthusiast and probably everything else you associate with being awesome, Sting has done it all. The man is simply put, a chameleon. But even for someone with his versatility, his current project sounds like a total mind trip. Twin Spirits is the re-imagining of one of German composer Robert Schumann's most celebrated works. It's Sting (a classical music enthusiast) and his wife Trudie Styler, onstage, together as Schumann and the piano prodigy Clara respectively, reenacting the process of falling in love. They're backed by a group of musicians in in a production that's part opera, part spoken-word, part play and all Sting. Here is the man and the myth on his winter fetish, shopping for the Boss and Obama...