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.
“Does Cecil Taylor make mistakes?” The question seemed naïve, even disrespectful, as I read it over. I discovered it written hastily among my notes of the concert documentary Burning Poles, screened at the Whitney in April as part of the “Open Plan” retrospective of the avant-garde jazz pianist and composer’s long and diverse career.
Naming things rarely leads to much good. Consider, for example, HAL, the homicidal computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Would it have been able to take over the mission if it didn’t have a name? Clearly not.
Union Pool on a Saturday night often feels like the Mecca of Williamsburg weekend debauchery, but depending on the show, the back room, which serves as the music venue, can stand in sharp contrast to the wall-to-wall dance party up front.
Dexterity within the music sets the pace and the overture begins. In her new chapbook Empty Set (Overpass Press, 2016), a collaboration with visual artist Alexis Myre, Anne Waldman has proven yet again why she is one of our major poets.