Tilt Brass with Zeena Parkins at Pioneer Works

Tilt Brass managed to fill the Pioneer Works performance space with sound and people in Red Hook last week. Their performance was the 12th in a monthly series called False Harmonics put on by Pioneer Works highlighting improvisational new music. Tilt Brass, an ensemble led by trombonist and composer Chris McIntyre, performed pieces by Phill

Review: Michael Larocca Quintet

Minimal packaging design on a CD can mean one of two things. It could grace a demo or a bootleg – something unfinished, low in quality, not ready for public release. Alternatively it can be an artistic statement – that the music speaks for itself and doesn’t need much framing to enhance its own powerful

New Work: Eli Wallace

During the Covid pandemic, I experienced contrasting periods of artistic lucidity and activity and periods of despondency. Overall, the former won over, and I’m happy to share a few developments that occurred during this time. When the pandemic first hit, I knew if I didn’t stay active playing piano I would go insane, so I

New Work: Han-earl Park

It’s not everyday that everyday looks like any day.   The pandemic was a time of opportunity, perhaps, to woodshed, to workshop, to reflect, to reassess. It was also, for me, a time of uncertainty, anxiety, and of doubt. Keeping busy, and doing “the good work,” seemed at once absolutely necessary, but searching the corners

New Work: Dan Kurfirst

  Arkinetics Daniel Carter – Trumpet, Reeds Alexis Marcelo – Fender Rhodes Damon Banks – Bass Roshni Samlal – Tabla Dan Kurfirst -Drums, Percussion, Compositions Arkinetics is an instrumental quintet that utilizes the practice of rhythm as mantra to enter a space of boundless joy and freedom. The concept has been inside of me for the

New Work: Anna Webber

Early in the global pandemic, I learned about the theory of the “hedonic treadmill.” Maybe all of you know about this already, but in case you, like me, didn’t know, basically this theory posits that after an extremely positive or extremely negative change in a human’s life, we ultimately return to about the same level

New Work: Carlo Costa

Despite performing rarely the past couple of years have been fruitful in a few different ways. Below is a list of some of my musical activities since the spring of 2020. In May of 2020 I started a long distance collaboration with Philippe Lauzier, a composer, improviser, clarinetist and saxophonist based in Montreal, Canada. We began

New Work: Travis Laplante

From saxophonist Travis Laplante: Before I write about my personal and artistic experience during the pandemic thus far, it feels important to acknowledge that this period of time has been devastating for countless people.  Whether it’s losing loved ones, working in an over-taxed health care environment, losing one’s business, or dealing with severe long-Covid symptoms—my

New Work: Patrick Shiroishi

From saxophonist and composer Patrick Shiroishi: When 2019 was ending, I was excited for the year to be reborn. Not only did I have my first vinyl coming out, but there were also plans to have a septet assembled to reimagine the music for the record release show as well as my first solo tour

New Work: Janice Lowe

From composer-poet, pianist, and interdisciplinary artist Janice Lowe: Pre-pandemic After years of co-creating musical theater pieces, as well as playing with various bands, I branched out; formed the band Janice Lowe & Namaroon, and was finally on the verge of finishing a self-produced album that had been in the slow cooker. That album, Leaving CLE  songs