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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Kraak Festival 2018

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Kraak Festival 2018
Beursschouwburg
Brussels, Belgium
March 3, 2018

Kraak is three days dedicated to exploratory music, mostly on the electronic front, although acoustic instruments do feature, but are mainly subject to amplification, processing or distortion. That seems to be the best way to point out what happens, ...

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Bruselas Flamenco Festival 2018

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Bruselas Flamenco Festival
Bozar
Brussels, Belgium
February 28-March 3, 2018

In its second year, the Bruselas Flamenco Festival stretches outwards geographically, and backwards in time, to highlight the roots of the form, rather than presenting what many folks would deem the mainline of this music. In fact, not ...

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Live From Cologne: The Dorf, Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra & Jaki Liebezeit: A Tribute

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The Dorf meets Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
Stadtgarten
Cologne, Germany
January 21, 2018

Stadtgarten is one of Germany's prime music venues, now heading into its 32nd year of existence. It's situated to the western side of Cologne, just across the train tracks, and next to several surrounding ...

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Brussels Jazz Festival 2018

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Brussels Jazz Festival
Flagey, Ixelles
Belgium
January 11-20, 2018

The 10-day Brussels Jazz Festival is held at Flagey, an arts complex in Ixelles, which lies south-east of the city centre. It's an eye-catching Art Deco building from the late 1930s, created by architect Joseph Diongre. This former radio ...

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Hitch On 2017

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Hitch On
Various locations
Kraków, Poland
December 3-6, 2017

The four-day Hitch On Festival in Kraków is divided into two sections: separate runs for competition and showcase performances, both under the banner of the Jazz Juniors International Exchange. This doesn't entail a ridiculously stripling orientation, as most ...

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Jazztopad 2017: Concerts In Living Rooms

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Jazztopad 2017: Concerts In Living Rooms
Various homes
Wroclaw, Poland
November 25-26, 2017

You, dear reader, might have been to the occasional house concert, growing in popularity as these events are: but have you ever attended three in one afternoon, six over two days? Such was the ...