Walk by the Baháí Center at 53 East 11th Street in Manhattan on a Tuesday evening and you might not even notice a small wooden billboard with black letters painted on a white background, announcing Jazz Live Tonight.
The biggest news about music in Brooklyn this year didnt come out of Williamsburg, BAM, or the banks of the Gowanus Canal. The source was the offices of the moribund Brooklyn Philharmonic, which announced the appointment of Alan Pierson as its next artistic director. It was a classic case of an arts organization acting boldly, rather than just talking a good game.
Im not deaf yet, but Im working on it. Having attended Oceans of Noise, a segment of the Unsound Festival at Littlefield in Brooklyn this spring, my expectations were set by White Out with Ikue Mori, a trio participating in the Stones summer No Fun Fest, curated by Unsound organizer and musician Carlos Giffoni.
It was the geist of independence that pulled into shore on the muddy banks of Berlins Spree River one Saturday afternoon in July, for the third annual Down by the River festival.