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Live From New York: Meredith Monk, Will Mason & The Fabulous Thunderbirds

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Meredith Monk Brooklyn Academy Of Music March 18, 2018 The multivalent Meredith Monk gave the world premiere of her Cellular Songs work at BAM over five days. Your scribe, burdened by a heavy rotation of electronic seances, live soundtrack silent movies and late night jazz jointing, opted for the Sunday matinee of this 75 minute song, movement, and visuals piece: its ultimate performance, at least for this run. Surely, by this time, Monk had ...

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Live From New York: Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts

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Alvin Curran The Park Avenue Armory March 14, 2018 The composer and keyboardist Alvin Curran was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and is now a sprightly 79 years old. His work with Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome, from 1966 onwards, is of most interest to followers of improvised music. Curran created electroacoustic pieces with Steve Lacy, Richard Teitelbaum and Frederic Rzewski. The majority of his work, however, has been composed, although usually sounding like ...

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Live From New York: Four Dimensions, Maqueque & Asaf Yuria

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Four Dimensions: Jin Hi Kim/Elliott Sharp/William Parker/Hamid Drake Roulette March 13, 2018 Four Dimensions is a quartet that brings together a partly unlikely grouping, with bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake having the most visibly long-standing partnership. Guitarist Elliott Sharp usually inhabits a different, though musically compatible, zone, whilst the Korean geomungo player Jin Hi Kim is the least familiar member, at least to those of us who follow the downtown improvising scene. ...

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Live From New York: Sō Percussion, Jack Quartet, Mette Rasmussen, Tashi Dorji & Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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Sō Percussion/Jack Quartet Carnegie Hall March 6, 2018 Down in the Zankel Hall part of Carnegie, a pair of New York's finest moderne classical quartets united for a concert of works by Philip Glass, plus the lesser-known composers Donnacha Dennehy and Dan Trueman. The Glass number was a US premiere (for the Jack Quartet), the Dennehy a global premiere (for Sō Percussion), both of these co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The Trueman piece was an ...

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Live From The New Stone School: Brandon Ross, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Laswell & Susie Ibarra

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Phantom Station The Stone at The New School June 17, 2017 The Stone is pulling its shutters down for the last time, come the close of 2017. John Zorn's excellent Alphabet City corner venue has spent 12 years being an uncompromising centre for questioning music, but its mastermind has now found a new home closer to Manhattan's more visible core. It was announced earlier this year that The Stone concept would become ensconced at ...

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Creative Music Studio Spring Workshop 2017

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Creative Music Studio Spring Workshop 2017 Full Moon Resort Big Indian, NY June 12-15, 2017 There are multiple facets to the lengthy, imaginative musical journey of Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso. Together with Ornette Coleman, they founded the Creative Music Studio and Foundation in 1971. Their old Woodstock wilderness lodge soon attracted a rolling cast of significant artists, frequently performing in permutations that wouldn't be heard elsewhere. Over the decades, Berger (piano, ...

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Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook

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Hal Willner The Stone June 14, 15, 17, 2016 Hal Willner spent six nights in residence at The Stone, presenting two sets each evening. This Philadelphian producer has immaculate taste, as illustrated by his greatest achievements: a series of conceptual albums that feature a host of carefully selected artists, assigned with the task of addressing the music of a chosen composing giant. There was That's The Way I Feel Now (Thelonious Monk), Lost In ...

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Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker

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The Darius Jones Quintet/The Mara Rosenbloom Trio Ibeam June 13, 2016 This appealing double bill made a Monday night visit to Ibeam a certainty, even if only for a select-sized audience. This musician-orientated room in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn is completely dedicated to the activity of performance, without a bar, or snack hatch, reminiscent of The Stone in Manhattan. The stage, or rather, the far floor-corner, is surrounded with acoustic baffles that add ...

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Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016

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Red Hook Jazz Festival 2016 Urban Meadow Community Garden Red Hook, Brooklyn June 12 & 19, 2016 This ninth edition of the Red Hook Jazz Festival appeared to draw its biggest crowd yet. Not that it's a large- capacity event, but perhaps a setting close to the water's edge at Red Hook makes it seem psychologically inaccessible to the lazy New Yorker, involving an actual 15 minute amble from the closest subway ...

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Barry Adamson, Michael Formanek, Elliott Sharp & Rokia Traoré

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Barry Adamson Rough Trade March 21, 2016 Hot on the heels of SXSW in Austin, Barry Adamson turned up for a lower-key solo show at NYC's Rough Trade store. His reputation was made as a bassist with Magazine and Nick Cave, but in the three decades since then he's had ample time to build up a persona as composer of movie soundtracks to imaginary flicks. Not that this is his only mission, but ...