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

Hope Santa was good to you and yours Be a reg­u­lar sup­porter Reader : $1.95 USD — month­ly­Pa­tron : $5.95 USD — month­lyPhil­an­thropist : $10.95 USD — month­ly­Medici : $15.95 USD — monthly

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(…)