Live Music

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(…)

Video of the Week

Speak­ing of sax­o­phones, inter­vals, Steve Lacy and such:

The Grand Tour

  Last night I had the plea­sure of enjoy­ing the mel­low and rich sound of the cor­netto and sack­butt ensem­ble, the Dark Horse Con­sort, in the com­pany of Rem­brandt. In Gallery 634 of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum of Art I sat in a chair while Rem­brandt hung from the wall, a small but cer­tain smile slowly(…)

Video of the Week

City Opera brings Anna Nicole to BAM, open­ing September 17.

More Zorn

One of the plea­sures of liv­ing is grow­ing into one­self, and find­ing that deep sat­is­fac­tion of enjoy­ing oth­ers grow­ing into them­selves. That’s why I’m approach­ing this month’s John Zorn @ 60 con­certs with so much excite­ment. I believe the first time I heard him was in 1984, on the great Gan­ryu Island disc, and his(…)

Things to Do While Going Out of Your Mind With the Heat

If you can’t enjoy the clas­sic bour­geois plea­sures of a coun­try house and/or for­eign travel when the sun rushes down at you and the ozone makes your throat ache, you can at least dream the dream in real­ity, so to speak. My friends at medici.tv have cre­ated a new ver­sion of their mobile app, dedicated(…)

I Aggregate Myself

A few more thou­sand words scat­tered across the inter-tubes, a new col­lec­tion of links (try­ing to do my part to make it eas­ier for the NSA to spy on inso­lent anti-authoritarians like myself): Read about how Shit is Fucked Up and Bull­shit, Rebecca Lazier chore­o­graph­ing Fred Rzewski Reviews of the Attacca Quar­tet and Jenny Q.(…)

The Dude Ambles By

John Adams, City Noir, Gus­tavo Dudamel & the Los Ange­les Phil­har­monic Gus­tav Mahler, Sym­phony No. 9, Gus­tavo Dudamel & the Los Ange­les Phil­har­monic Gus­tavo Dudamel & the Los Ange­les Phil­har­monic, Avery Fisher Hall: March 27, 2013; John Adams, The Gost­pel Accord­ing to the Other Mary March 28, 2013; Claude Vivier, Zipangu, Claude Debussy, La Mer, Igor(…)

Quiet

One of the things my lat­est Clas­si­calTV col­umn cov­ers is quiet music, and I wanted to con­nect that to actual exam­ples. The excel­lent Index con­cert I wrote about can be heard/downloaded in it’s entirety over at Free Music Archive, and as it’s going to be one of the bet­ter concerts/recordings of 2013, and is free,(…)

Use This News

Because it’s actu­ally use­ful …. Steve Cole­man, who has a strong record com­ing out soon, has made a sub­stan­tial amount of his back-catalogue avail­able for free. Down­load here, and while you’re doing so, read his elo­quent words about it here. It’s impor­tant stuff. Book your travel plans. Lisa Bielawa’s ambi­tious Air­field Broad­casts will be per­formed at(…)