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When I was a child and first heard yodeling, all I knew was that it did something to me, and that what it did to me was strange, mysterious, and maybe even (if I were wont to use such terms back then) spiritual and profound.
After brash beginnings as a precocious student, Sergei Prokofiev left Russia shortly after the revolution for America. Bad timing and too-ambitious projects there forced him to depart, luckless, for Paris, where he fared better.
After Henry Rollinss lecture at Joes Pub about his life, travels, how we should promote peace and be nice to each other, how hed mellowed with age and loved us all, why its important that the right guy got re-elected, how he boldly went around Haiti after the earthquake giving kids soccer balls, and how at 51 he was most likely the oldest person in the room, I asked him to sign a CD that included two of my friends.
Keyboardist Jamie Saft, drummer Craig Santiago, and bassist Brad Jones make up the New Zion Trio. The ensemble can be best understood as a substantive, far-ranging conversation: Each participant has a full voice, each listens, and together all participants shape and guide the flow of ideas.
On the occasion of the musician/composers forthcoming live performance with his ensemble at N.Y.U.s Skirball Center in Manhattan on February 10, 2013, Mohsen Namjoo paid a visit to the Rails advisory board member Shoja Azaris SoHo loft to talk about his passion for traditional and modern music, informed by his social/political upbringing in Iran, which ultimately led to the synthesis of his music, and more.
On this cold, sunny, and sad late January morning, Lawrence D. Butch Morris stopped breathing, after months of struggle with lung cancer.