Highly Selective Listings
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.
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 Shepards Trumpet City, Trumpet City: Park Avenue.
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 NDour, and George Gershwin are label-mates).
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 audiencesenjoy this guide to our discoveries.
Ava Lunas 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.
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.
I cant even begin to estimate how many hours Ive spent daydreaming to the music of Portland, Maines Big Blood. The bands music is hard to describe.
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.
At 25 minutes and change, Neblung Prices latest CD is the approximate duration of one of those early-60s Beach Boys offeringsShut Down Vol. 2 maybe.
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.