Photo: Steve Pyke Philip Glass turned eighty years old today. A celebration was held at Carnegie Hall tonight, a concert by the Bruckner Symphony Linz, led longtime Glass collaborator conductor Dennis Russell Davies in the premiere of the composer’s Eleventh Symphony and Three Yoruba Songs (with vocalist Angélique Kidjo). In Nashville tonight, I’m not hearing anyContinue reading “Happy 80th Birthday Philip Glass”
New York Polyphony sings works by Ivan Moody and Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina Miller Theatre’s Early Music series at Church of St. Mary the Virgin Saturday, January 21, 2017 Sequenza 21 by Christian Carey NEW YORK – As part of Miller Theatre’s Early Music series, the male vocal quartet New York Polyphony (Geoffrey Williams, countertenor;Continue reading “New York Polyphony at St. Mary’s”
Gig Annnouncement RighteousGIRLS & Bearthoven at Joes Pub Friday, January 20th – 7pm RighteousGIRLS (feat. E.J. Strickland, drums) team up with sound designer Matt McCorkle (Audio from Space/CDZA) for a full-length improvised set to McCorkles field recordings of fire, water, rain, and NYC night life. McCorkle places RighteousGIRLS and their audience at the heart of his sonic landscape. $15 Adv/ $20 Door Tix: JoesPub.comContinue reading “Tonight: Righteous Girls and Bearthoven at Joe’s (1/20/17)”
This week, Guy Blakeslee (who records for Thrill Jockey as ENTRANCE) released a single titled “Not Gonna’ Say Your Name.” The song protests Friday’s presidential inauguration (lyrics below). Proceeds from downloads and streams benefit Planned Parenthood. On Valentine’s Day, he will be playing on a benefit concert for the organization (details below). Blakeslee penned an article for Talkhouse in which he discusses theContinue reading “ENTRANCE Releases Single to Benefit Planned Parenthood (Bandcamp)”
Philadelphia postmodern rockers Bardo Pond return on March 24, 2017 with Under the Pines, an LP for Fire Records. The band has shared leadoff single “Crossover” via Soundcloud (embed below).
On Sunday, January 22nd at 7pm at National Sawdust in Brooklyn (80 North 6th Street), composer and toy pianist David Smooke will celebrate the release of his New Focus CD Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Joined by album personnel loadbang, Karl Larson and Michael Parker Harley, Smooke will also perform and improvise on the toy piano. I recently caught up with him and discussedContinue reading “In a Nutshell: An Interview with David Smooke”
Tift Merritt’s next LP, Stitch of the World, is out on 1/27 via Yep Roc Records. The leadoff single, “Heartache is an Uphill Climb” (embedded below) was released today.
Steve Reich The ECM Recordings Steve Reich and Musicians ECM New Series 3xCD 2540-42 After some one-off studio LPs for a variety of imprints, composer Steve Reich found his first label “home” with ECM Recordings (his second, Nonesuch, came after this triptych of recordings). Initially known primarily as a jazz label, ECM had decidedContinue reading “Steve Reich on ECM”
Mingus Mingus Mingus I Am Three Leo Records CD LR 752 The trio I Am Three, consisting of alto saxophonist Silke Eberhard, trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser, and drummer Christian Marien, interpret compositions by the late Charles Mingus on their debut release for Leo Records (Eberhard has previously recorded for the label with different configurations). Mingus is,Continue reading “Mingus, Mingus, and More Mingus”
Tobin Sprout’s sixth solo LP, A Walk Across the Human Bridge, will be released on January 27th via Burger Records. Filled with compact rockers and ballads, it packs a passel of memorable tunes and catchy hooks. Below is a teaser track, “Future Boy/Man of Tomorrow.”