Alessandro Cassin is a freelance journalist and Director of Publishing for Centro Primo Levi Editions. His most recent book of interviews, Whispers: Ulay on Ulay (Valiz Foundation Amsterdam, 2014), won the AICA NL Award 2015.
DEC 15-JAN 16 | Music
Walking down the stairs at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday, November 15a desolate fish tank hanging overheadfor the only New York appearance of Tre Voci, I can’t stifle my skepticism about the choice of venue. It is sadly paradoxical that a world-class chamber ensemble finds itself, in New York City, where chamber music has a huge following, performing in a basement club, with strobe lights flashing and food and drinks being consumed during the concert.
MAY 2014 | Music
It took 40 years for Robert Ashleys The Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer and Unknown Accomplices for Crimes Against Humanity to receive a New York staging. The last of three Ashley operas performed at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer, written in 1968, marks a starting point in the composers nearly 50-year groundbreaking process of creating a truly American opera format for of 20th century. This performance established it as a seminal work in contemporary opera.
FEB 2013 | Music
On this cold, sunny, and sad late January morning, Lawrence D. Butch Morris stopped breathing, after months of struggle with lung cancer.
MAY 2011 | Art
This past February, Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen) met with the Rails Alessandro Cassin in Amsterdam, to begin work on a book project. Here is a preview, which starts from his current interest: water.
SEPT 2010 | Express
Lenny Abramov and Eunice Park are the protagonists of the unlikely romance at the core of Gary Shteyngarts Super Sad True Love Story. He, a schleppy 39-year-old Russian-American, and she, a beautiful 24-year-old Korean-American, meet in Rome before returning to New York.
FEB 2009 | Express
According to the latest census, there are nearly 18 million Italian Americans, or roughly 6% of the U.S. population. Yet even in areas of large concentration of Italian Americans such as New York City, their experience is rarely written about.
JUL-AUG 2009 | Music
Its going to be a long, hot summer for Lawrence Butch Morris, who over the next few months will be conducting an Italian symphony orchestra, a funk band, and the Chorus of Poetsall through repeated back-and-forth trips between Europe and New York, while also finishing a book about conduction.
SEPT 2009 | Music
Cyminology is an acoustic-jazz chamber ensemble whose first ECM recording, As Ney, has the hypnotic qualities of a dream. The disc takes us on a journey which has for its compass an ever-shifting definition of song.
DEC 09-JAN 10 | Music
Like the best Barbera wine from his hometown of Asti, Paolo Contes musicianship improves over time. At 72 the gravelly voiced Italian singer-songwriter has mastered his craft to the point where the unexpected occurs routinely.
MAY 2014 | ArtSeen
Magnificent Obsession: Joann Gedney, The Early Paintings, 1948 1963, curated by Gregory de la Haba at Rox Gallery, is an art historians dream come true: the discovery of a pristine body of work documenting the life and oeuvre of an unknown Abstract Expressionist. In addition to the paintings and drawings selected for the show, there are scores of others in the painters Village townhouse, as well as boxes of diaries, notes, and letters that complete a rich background and historical context.
JUL-AUG 2014 | Music
For the adventurous concertgoer, David Greilsammers recitals are treasured experiences not to be missed. On May 27, the Israeli-born pianist presented his third Sony release, Scarlatti: Cage: Sonatas, at a sold out evening at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
APR 2013 | Music
ianist Anna Gourari belongs among the very best of a growing number of young classical musicians who view making records not as a display of technical and interpretative skill, but as a means of musical exploration. Her recordings are intimate offerings of haunting beauty.
MAY 2010 | Music
Martíns production follows the arc of the book, covering Arenass life from childhood in Cuba to exile in New York City. As a youth, Arenas joined Castros rebels and soon moved from the provinces to Havana to pursue writing. But his writings and openly gay lifestyle soon got him into trouble with the Communist regime.
OCT 2010 | Music
His compositions seem to emerge from below the auditory threshold to captivate with suggestions of lush sensuality. The Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino, an aesthete born of a world of evanescent sounds, silences, and evocations, is one of the leaders of the European avant-garde.
MARCH 2009 | Music
Kim Kashkashian has many voices. What makes this unique viola player stand out among contemporary musicians is her vocation as a substantial communicator.
SEPT 2009 | Local
For those who dont know the work of Charlotte Dumas, a small sampling of her photos is on view in Dutch Seen, a group show of Dutch photographers currently at the Museum of the City of New York, curated by Kathy Ryan.
OCT 2009 | Music
Pianist Simone Dinnersteins path to success reads like the proverbial fairy tale. In 2005, the Brooklyn native and resident, after years of playing in smaller concert venues, community centers, and a medium-security prison, raised $15,000 and self-produced a recording of Bachs Goldberg Variations.
NOV 2008 | Books
Antonio Lobo Antunes agreed to meet me in his hotel on Park Avenue South on a sunny afternoon. I was greeted by a youthful, balding, 66-year-old, with slate blue eyes the color of his denim shirt. The Portuguese writer was in New York for just a few days after a twenty year absence.