Live Music

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 sound and(…)

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 of(…)

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(…)

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(…)