Barre Phillips in New York

Barre Phillips Zürcher Gallery By Christian Carey Sequenza 21 May 20, 2019 NEW YORK – ECM Records has released a number of great solo bass recordings. The label’s producer, Manfred Eicher, was himself a bassist, and he has invited a number of fellow low string players to record for ECM. Barre Phillips is a pathfinderContinue reading “Barre Phillips in New York”

Urban Playground Premieres Florence Price

On Wednesday May 8th, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra presents the New York premiere of Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2, music by Harry T. Burleigh,  and a rarely heard oratorio, And They Lynched Him on a Tree, by William Grant Still. The program, titled From Song Came Symphony. fits the ensemble’s mandate to prioritize theContinue reading “Urban Playground Premieres Florence Price”

An Evening with Simone Dinnerstein (Concert review)

Simone Dinnerstein in Recital Miller Theatre – Columbia University December 8, 2018 Published on Sequenza21.com By Christian Carey NEW YORK – On Saturday, December 8th, pianist Simone Dinnerstein made a return appearance to Miller Theatre to perform an intriguing and eclectic solo recital. The stage was set with subdued lighting, with electric “candles” placed throughoutContinue reading “An Evening with Simone Dinnerstein (Concert review)”

Da Capo Players at Merkin (Concert Review)

Da Capo Chamber Players Perform a Potpourri of American Works   Da Capo Chamber Players Merkin Concert Hall June 4, 2018   NEW YORK – Themed programs and portrait concerts are all the rage these days. As such, it is refreshing when an ensemble goes eclectic, presenting a diverse array of music. Such was theContinue reading “Da Capo Players at Merkin (Concert Review)”

Répons at the Armory (Review)

NEW YORK – On October 6 & 7, 2017, Park Avenue Armory presented Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, in Répons, a major work by the recently deceased French composer Pierre Boulez. It was the first time that the composition has been heard in New York since one of its early incarnations in the 1980s (the TimesContinue reading “Répons at the Armory (Review)”

Bruce Brubaker at LPR

Bruce Brubaker Le Poisson Rouge September 17, 2017 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey   NEW YORK – Pianist Bruce Brubaker has long been known as one of the best interpreters of Downtown contemporary music around. His is a versatile catalogue of recordings, including excellent CDs of works by John Adams, John Cage, Alvin Curran, WilliamContinue reading “Bruce Brubaker at LPR”

Friday: Locrian Plays JLA

John Luther Adams Locrian Chamber Players’s mission is clear: they play the very newest contemporary classical fare: selections must have been written in the last decade to be programmed. This time out, the focus is on the music of John Luther Adams, including his setting of the late Alaskan poet John Haines’s “Cosmic Dust,” performed by the group’s regular vocalist,Continue reading “Friday: Locrian Plays JLA”

Friday: Houlihan Premieres Lash

On Friday, June 23rd at 8 PM, organist Christopher Houlihan finishes his tenure at Church of the Holy Apostles with a recital on the space’s J.L. van den Heuvel organ. The program will include staples from the repertoire – J.S. Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 (a piece that Houlihan plays compellingly on his latest all-Bach CDContinue reading “Friday: Houlihan Premieres Lash”

Friday: Aaron Parks Trio at Smalls

On Friday, June 16th from 7:30 to 10 at the New York jazz venue Smalls, pianist Aaron Parks celebrates the release of Find the Way, his second release on ECM as a leader (and third overall). On 2013’s Arborescence, Parks appeared on the label as a solo artist, crafting improvisations in a live setting that were gently sculpted but nevertheless stirringContinue reading “Friday: Aaron Parks Trio at Smalls”

Friday: Locrian Chamber Players

Toshio Hosokawa Concert Announcement Locrian Chamber Players will present a concert at 8 PM on Friday at their regular venue, the 10th Floor Performance Space at beautiful Riverside Church. Quite a program too – all works composed in the past decade, which is the group’s mission and demonstrates their strong connection to the now! The Program:Continue reading “Friday: Locrian Chamber Players”