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Jen Shyu and Theo Bleckmann: Breaking the Song Barrier

Read "Jen Shyu and Theo Bleckmann: Breaking the Song Barrier" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Before Robert Moog came out with the first synthesizer, before Adolphe Sax invented his famous reed instrument, before the trumpets sounded at Jericho, even before the world's ancient tribes tightened their animal skins to make drums, humanity's first instrument was the voice. Not that this is of particular consequence to Theo Bleckmann. “To me, that argument ...

Seabrook Power Plant: Seabrook Power Plant II

Read "Seabrook Power Plant II" reviewed by Troy Collins

Guitarist Brandon Seabrook is one of the most imaginative six-string virtuosos currently operating in the fertile Brooklyn scene. His enviable talents have been featured in an eclectic variety of projects since the mid-1990s, including Beat Circus, Naftule's Dream and the Peter Evans Quartet, with an extremely percussive technique on tenor banjo adding further mystique to his ...

Judith Berkson: Oylam

Read "Oylam" reviewed by John Kelman

As renowned as Manfred Eicher is for his ability to scout out new talent deserving wider recognition, ECM's other regular (albeit less prolific) producer, Steve Lake, is equally worthy of similar consideration. Few others could have imagined the remarkable synchronicity of folk traditionalism and unfettered free play that came about when, after recruiting Robin Wililiamson for ...

Judith Berkson: Lu-Lu

Read "Lu-Lu" reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

The resonant voice of Judith Berkson has been ubiquitous in the Brooklyn creative music for years. The inquisitive concertgoer would be likely to catch her microtonal singing and delicate piano work in projects with trombonists Jacob Garchik or Ben Gerstein and drummer John McLellan, but more often in the context of her solo performances at New ...