Live Music


Recommended upcoming concerts: Write this one in your calendar: the American Music Project has its first concert in New York City on Friday, 20 November, at Roulette. AMP (created by my editor at the New York Classical Review) is a non-profit foundation that funds and promotes the creation and performance of music from American classical(…)

Critic’s Choice

Bora Yoon’s Sunken Cathedral is my Critic’s Choice this week at the New York Classical Review. The word on tickets is that there are very few left, so if you’re interested, order them now. For background, listen to our talk with her on the Dec-Jan Rail Tracks Podcast. And pick up her CD, one of(…)

The Janus-Faced Week

The year turns within the week, and at the New York Classical Review, Eric Simpson and I look back on the year it was in live music, and I look ahead with the January calendar. I’ll be covering the Hear and Now Festival, the Prototype Festival, Ekmeles, and concerts from the New York Philharmonic and(…)

J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio

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December Early Listings

The Brooklyn Rail has a double issue for December and January, and will be out later in the month (the staff, guest editor and I are scrambling to finish up a deep joint inteview with Henry Threadgill and Jason Moran), so our listings will be delayed until then. But for early December, highly selective and recommended(…)

Dancing About Architecture

Because us writers rarely get to re-use others’ best lines … I recommend you check out an event next Tuesday, November 25, produced by the Center for Architecture/The Institute for Performance Sculpture, Inc: “Eploring the Hidden Music” has music from the first ever collaboration of composer (and architect) Christopher Janney and bassist/producer Bill Laswell. Janney makes interactive(…)

Joyce DiDonato: 1,000 Times Yes

If you missed Joyce DiDonato’s terrific Carnegie Hall recital this past Tuesday, you catch up on the backrgound through my review, while streamig the whole thing here for 90 days, thanks to  You will need to make an account (free), to see the whole thing, but you should anyway because is essential for the classical music(…)

Interim Listings

Summer’s coming to a close, and the next round of Brooklyn Rail listings won’t be up for a while. So here’s some things you might want to catch between now and Labor Day: August 24, Cornelia Street Cafe: Dave Ullmann’ release show for his new disc Corduroy. An interesting and groovy jazz concept album, coming out(…)

Henry Threadgill Zooid at the Village Vanguard

In my latest article for the Brooklyn Rail, I lamented how the cost of living in New York City had driven out a lot of experimental musicians and put a lot of small venues out of business—the result being that summertime, which thirty years ago was bursting with surprises and discoveries every night, is now(…)

House of Guitars of Horrors

… You western New York State people might know what the title means, for everyone else, there’s this. And for all of you, it’s Dither Quartets 2013 Extravaganza! Saturday, October 26, in the semi-industrial wilds of Gowanus Loft, 61 9th Street (i.e. right down my street), 7:00 pm to midnight. $8 gets you in to(…)