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Daniel Gold

DANIEL GOLD is a fiction writer and contributor to the Brooklyn Rail.

MATTER REHEARSED
Thoughts on the New York Philharmonic's Open Rehearsal

First up was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, and to the layman’s ear, the Philharmonic breezed through it.

ASCENDING TO FREEDOM
Wadada Leo Smith

After interviewing Wadada Leo Smith, the composer, performer, and theorist of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians-fame, I struggled to summarize what it was like to approach his catalog for the first time (which I had done, somewhat ashamedly, in preparation for our interview).

Pneumatic Mnemonic: Pylon Live

I first heard Pylon in 2007. I had just moved to Pylon's home of Athens, Georgia, and that year DFA had reissued the band's 1980 debut album, Gyrate. Aptly named Gyrate Plus, the reissue opens with tracks from the band’s first single, Cool/Dub, from 1979, and closes with a select track from an out-of-print EP followed by an unreleased studio demo.

Winter Jazzfest

Cinematic Indulgence, Rewarded

I began my night on Saturday, January 16, with a legal PED—a double espresso—in anticipation of my first Winter Jazzfest marathon: twelve venues, seven hours, and 100-plus groups. By morning, instead of a 26.2 decal for the butt of my jeans, I had a knotty hangover and a move-the-decimal-one-to-the-right-size credit card bill. Notes on some damn good jazz performances, too.

Winter Jazzfest

Dreaming Of A Not-White Winter Jazzfest

For those who had been dreaming of a white 2017 Winter Jazzfest (I certainly hadn’t), that dream came true Saturday, January 7, the second and final marathon day of this annual festival.

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