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Daniel J. Kushner

Daniel J. Kushner is a Brooklyn-based music critic whose work has also been published in Opera News and Symphony. @danieljkushner.

RABBIT REDUX: The Music of Sufjan Stevens for String Quartet

The sound of an electronic organ swirls upward through a sludgy backbeat, as digitized woodwinds sparkle. The shimmering ambience soon gives way to a beat-driven din that inundates the listener.

The 2009 New Yorker Festival: A MINI-MUSIC SAMPLER

The New Yorker Festival is a celebration of ideas, with provocative discussions about politics, business, film, theater, and literature. But how do you best present poignant ideas when they are sung rather than spoken?

A PRECARIOUS FLAG IS PLANTED: AMERICAN (INDIE) SONGBOOK AT LINCOLN CENTER

What happens when three indie music groups crash Lincoln Center’s 2010 American Songbook series?

Matt Marks’s The Little Death: Killing Them Softly with Sentiment

 A “post-Christian nihilist pop opera” sounds like a strange, nearly impossible amalgam to synthesize. But for Brooklyn-based composer Matt Marks and his chief co-conspirator, vocalist Mellissa Hughes (both raised in the Southern Baptist tradition), The Little Death—which Marks began writing in the summer of 2007—is the result of relentless “tinkering” and indiscriminately drawing from a reservoir of dizzying musical touchstones and the moods and emotions they engender.

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NOV 2019

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