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Matt Mitchell Kicks Off Elysium Furnace Works' 2019 Season In Beacon, NY

Matt Mitchell Kicks Off Elysium Furnace Works' 2019 Season In Beacon, NY

The 2019 season for the Hudson Valley music series Elysium Furnace Works promises to be its most exciting yet. EFW is proud to launch this year's slate of concerts with one of the most remarkable and cutting-edge pianists and composers, Matt Mitchell. Hailed as “a pianist of burrowing focus and an indispensable fixture of the contemporary vanguard” by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Thollem McDonas: Meeting At The Parting Place

Read "Meeting At The Parting Place" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Coming at improvisational music from the classical realm, pianist Thollem McDonas remains resolutely outside of the main stream of the jazz world. Primarily inspired by, as he puts it in his liner notes to Meeting at the Parting Place, ..."European concert music from the Renaissance to the 20th Century and jazz, particularly of the '60s and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

Read "Macroscope" reviewed by Troy Collins

Macroscope is a first for guitarist Nels Cline's ironically named band, The Nels Cline Singers, in more ways than one. The group's four previous albums were released by the notoriously adventurous Cryptogramophone label, so it is somewhat surprising to see the amplified power trio's latest endeavor issued by the relatively mainstream Mack Avenue imprint. More importantly, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home

Read "Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home" reviewed by Dave Wayne

What is often forgotten about improvised music is that it can come from anywhere. Though its history is inextricably intertwined with jazz, improvisation is part and parcel of a myriad of musical cultures. Pianist and composer Thollem McDonas is not just aware of this fact, it is part of his daily existence. About 10 years ago, ...