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 at NYC Winter Jazz Fest 2019

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 &

Playlist for the Week of March 11, 2019

Matthew Shipp Trio – Signature (ESP-Disk, 2019) Oliver Nelson – Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse!, 1961) [vinyl] Missing Foundation – 1933: Your House Is Mine (Purge/Sound League, 1988) [vinyl] Various – Electronic Music: It Started Here; Innovative Tracks from the Early Electronic Explorers (Not Now Music, 2017) [vinyl] Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Friends – Y’Anbessaw Tezeta (Terp,

Feminist Jazz Review: Stephanie Richards – Take The Neon Lights

New York-based composer and trumpet/flugelhorn extraordinaire, Stephanie Richards returns with a follow up album to her stunningly sparse, cyclically inspired (as Richards’ instruments were set up in a semi circle during recording sessions) 2018 album, Full Moon (Relative Pitch).  The new collection of compositions is entitled Take the Neon Lights (Birdwatcher). A glaring difference between Full

Playlist for the Week of February 25, 2019

The Hero of Warchester (Anna Webber, Nathaniel Morgan, Liz Kosack) – self-titled (Prom Night Records, 2015) [cassette] Pierce Warnecke & Louis Laurain – Phonotypic Plasticity (Astral Spirits, 2019) [cassette] Howard Riley – Live in the USA (NoBusiness Records, 2018) William Parker Violin Trio – Scrapbook (Thirsty Ear, 2003) Charles Gayle, William Parker, Rashied Ali – Touchin’ on Trane (FMP,

Lima Scene: The Shapes of Sound in Peru

Peru, is there any space inside you? Is anybody listening to anything? How can I determine, or even simply understand your complex and varied mind? Such a diverse people, millions each consuming different cultural products. A mosaic of options, an unlimited space of possibilities which is brought to reality through a very refined process of

Review: Jessica Pavone – In the Action

Since moving to New York City in 2000, violist and composer Jessica Pavone has become one of the most captivating musicians in the avant-garde music scene – performing in countless groups from improvisation to folk and so on. Working on a multitude of projects, Pavone has led her own string ensemble, performed in the quartet,

Artist Feature: Violinist/Poet Sarah Bernstein

In January, I had the opportunity to ask Sarah Bernstein (violin, electronics, poetry, composer) about her new record, Crazy Lights Shining, released in 2018 on the Phase Frame Music label. Bernstein is a singular player on the New York scene, with more than two decades of work, numerous records, and a number of key projects