Interview: Pianist Amina Claudine Myers

Composer, pianist, organist and vocalist Amina Claudine Myers sat down to talk with Hillary Donnell about some upcoming projects, her most memorable collaborations and her work with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Hillary Donnell: How was it playing the Sheen Center on closing night at Winter Jazz, did you enjoy yourself? Amina

Playlist for the Week of April 1, 2019

Twins of El Dorado – Portend the End (Prom Night Records, 2012) Sam Weinberg’s Bloor – Drolleries (Astral Spirits, 2019) [cassette] James Brandon Lewis – An Unruly Manifesto (Relative Pitch, 2019) Anomonous – self-titled (Prom Night Records, 2012)

Review: Cecilia Lopez – Red / Machinic Fantasies

I put on Cecilia Lopez’s Red / Machinic Fantasies as I change a light bulb in a flood-light, dangling from its wire on a ceiling pipe. The snow has turned into rain and the black night outside is cold and angry. I include this in describing the opening of Lopez’s album (released December 16th) as

Artist Feature: Eli Wallace

Since pianist and composer Eli Wallace moved to Brooklyn in 2015, he has been a steadily growing presence on the music scene. On March 1, he released his debut solo record, Barriers, and I had the opportunity to speak with him about his work. Cisco Bradley: You just released a solo piano record, Barriers. Has that been

Review: petra – filament

When I first heard petra‘s “filament” I had this deep impression, this funny assumption, that this was the work of someone living alone in the woods, or in the marshy outskirts of Providence, RI, possibly in a boat. A certain combination of the synthetic and the fuzzy with the deeply human that can only come

Playlist for Week of March 25, 2019

Matt Nelson (bass) – Starting (Eschatology Records, 2018) Matthew Shipp Trio – Signature (ESP-Disk, 2019) Gerrit Hatcher – Parables for the Tenor (Astral Spirits, 2019) [cassette] Making a Circus – Beijing Olympics (Prom Night Records, 2011)

Playlist for the Week of March 18, 2019

Matt Bua, Matt Mikas, Tom Roe – Of the Bridge (Free103point9, 2001) [vinyl] Trevor Watts – Life & Music (Hi4head Records, 2019) Kyoko Kitamura’s Tidepool Fauna – Protean Labyrinth (self-released, 2018) William Parker Bass Quartet – Requiem (Splasc(H), 2006) Marc Edwards-Mick Barr Duo – The Bowels of Jupiter (Sleeping Giant Glossolalia, 2018) [cassette] Kuzu: Dave Rempis, Tashi Dorji, Tyler Damon

VAX to the Future

VAX lit things up at De-construkt on Saturday night. The room was packed and, as always with a VAX performance, there was considerable chatter within the audience before they took the stage about what might occur. VAX events are more than a simple concert, they are an event, one that is a bit more of

Jazz and the Collective Conscious

Merriam-Webster defines evocation in the following way: a. the summoning of a spirit b. imaginative recreation Many of us would agree that at least one reason we listen to music is to escape the mundanity of the everyday. But how often do we consider the possibility of using it as a tool to access ancestral

New Experience Series at Hart Bar This Thursday

This Thursday, March 21, the New Experience music series continues at Hart Bar. We have a very exciting lineup for this one. Please come out for an incredible night of music, art, and fellowship in the community. Thursday, Mar 21 8 pm–Doors Open 9 pm–Flin van Hemmen, Cecilia Lopez, Matteo Liberatore 9:45 pm–No Land &