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Brooklyn Rail Highly Selective Music Events

A thoughtful, discerning, and carefully compiled list of the most notable, promising and unique musical events for the month of October in New York City.

Trumpet Tones, City Streets

On a late summer Sunday in early August, New Yorkers strolling along Park Avenue were treated to the force of 92 trumpets lined along both sides of the streets, from 46th to 72nd, performing the site specific version of Craig Shepard’s “Trumpet City, Trumpet City: Park Avenue”.

A Vital Pulse: The Philip Glass Ensemble and Steve Reich and Musicians at BAM

In a time when the future of the record business is up for grabs, Nonesuch continues to put out beautifully packaged CDs, and does so with as eclectic a roster as there is (Joni Mitchell, Elliott Carter, Youssou N’Dour, and George Gershwin are label-mates).

Undiscovered Lands

In this issue, we explored far and wide to bring you a group of talented artists, each with strong and unique voices, who deserve to be heard and known by larger audiences—enjoy this guide to our discoveries.

Undiscovered Lands

Ava Luna’s Services EP, from 2009, opens with the off-kilter drums of “Clips.” Drumsticks rap against the rim of the snare as Carlos Hernandez sings the opening bars. Soon Hernandez is joined by backup singers in a pretty three-part harmony, and the synth rolls a few major chords.

Undiscovered Lands

Drummer Andrés Márquez is the conceptual mastermind behind One with the Plan. The group generally performs as a quartet, with Scott Kapelman on bass, Eyal Hai on saxophone, and Javier Escudero on guitar, and also features the numerous and distinctive vocal talents of Ganavya Doraiswamy and Hannah Juliano.

Undiscovered Lands

I can’t even begin to estimate how many hours I’ve spent daydreaming to the music of Portland, Maine’s Big Blood. The band’s music is hard to describe.

JIM WHITE: An Acquired Taste

The conversation reaches an awkward pause when I tell Jim White that the Brooklyn Rail music editor wants him for an issue on “underappreciated” artists.

NEBLUNG PRICE Jewels of the Jetpack Malice

At 25 minutes and change, Neblung Price’s latest CD is the approximate duration of one of those early-’60s Beach Boys offerings—Shut Down Vol. 2 maybe.

Outtakes

​In his long career, which includes a brief retirement, pianist Matthew Shipp has done it all. But what has been rarest has been his participation as a sideman or guest.

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