The band was several minutes into their set before I realized they had started. At first I thought it was the beerI was a couple of drinks in at that point, as it was well after 1:00 a.m. on a weeknight. But that wasnt it.
Highly Selective Listings
A thoughtful, discerning, and carefully compiled list of the most notable, promising and unique musical events for the month of June in New York City.
Steve Lehman is not the first jazz musician with a Ph.D. in compositionthat distinction probably belongs to Mel Powellnor is he the first to make jazz with the formal and structural tools of the Western classical tradition.
MATA Festival 2014 was the biggest yet, a week of events centered around six straight days of concerts at the Kitchen (April 14th 21st). The Rail brings you exclusive coverage of all the concerts.
The 2014 MATA Festival of New Music shot out of the gate with a performance at the Kitchen by Uusinta, a sometimes 12-member new music ensemble from Finland making its American debut.
The playwright Kirk Lynn once said in an interview that he wanted to abolish all experts in art. He loathes the energy we waste carping about our dislikes.
This is my fifth year attending a MATA Festival concert, and though the organizations steady expansion is welcomesix nights of concerts in 2014, and around 1,000 scores submittedone key element that has been prevalent across the years continues to be puzzling: the overall conservatism of young composers.
The Saturday night slot at the MATA 2014 Festival featured the American debut of Oscar Bianchis challenging cantata Matra (2006 7).
Neue Vocalsolistens Easter matinée performance featured eight works presented in the U.S. for the first time.
An always interesting, often mesmerizing, study in contrasts, the 2014 MATA Festivals closing concert subverted expectations from the start. In Tai Chi (2013), Chinese composer Ke Xu sought to peer inside the body, limning escalating tension and propulsive release in successive waves of sound.
The moody scientist with the eye patch over his left eye walks toward the bureau and turns on the stereo. It consists of two very modern-looking components. My guess is a tuner and receiver. What sounds like Vivaldi or Bach suddenly wafts through the room. The year is 1954.