Concert Reviews

Review: Lucas Brode and Kevin Shea Live at the Troost, August 22

Electric guitarist Lucas Brode and drummer Kevin Shea met for an ambient duo performance at the Troost on Wednesday, August 22. What I heard defied all expectations that I had about these two musicians and represented a new dimension of their work (for me anyway). Shea opened with light shimmering cymbal work to which Brode

Review: Brian Chase and Zeena Parkins Live at San Damiano Church, Brooklyn

On Monday, August 20, drummer Brian Chase and harpist Zeena Parkins played a series of groundbreaking pieces at San Damiano Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was one of those electric New York evenings. When I arrived at the venue, there was a line outside of pensive audience members ready to experience something new and unexpected.

Review: Jason Kao Hwang Ensemble at Bushwick Public House, Aug 13, 2018

Jason Kao Hwang (violin) brought collaborators Stomu Takeishi (electric bass) and Michael T.A. Thompson (drums) to Bushwick Public House last night for a dynamic set of improvisations. The music was fully improvised, riveting throughout, and evolved impressively from beginning to end. The piece had four distinct sections, giving the set the feeling of a suite with

Review: Anteloper Live at H0l0, July 15, 2018

Sunday evening I had my first opportunity to see Anteloper play live. It was well worth the wait. Anteloper consists of Jaimie Branch (trumpet, electronics) and Jason Nazary (drums, electronics). The band creates intense layers of sound, recording loops, playing their instruments over electronics, and using delays in a manner to create far more sound

Anais Maviel with Career-Defining Performance at Roulette

When one gets busy in New York, it is easy to go a year or more without seeing certain performers, even those who play regularly in the city. That was the case for me with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Anais Maviel (voice, n’goni) prior to her performance at Roulette on May 29. On that night, she

Review: Jesse Dulman Quartet Live at Downtown Music Gallery, April 29, 2018

Guest Writer: Vanessa Vargas The DMG 27th Anniversary Series of Sonic Celebrations continued on the evening of April 29th with the Jesse Dulman Quartet. Located in Chinatown, the Downtown Music Gallery is a long-running and internationally known record store. Playfully coined during the concert as “the only avant-garde jazz store still on the planet,” it

Review: Viv Corringham and Nicola Hein Live at Outskirts, May 6, 2018

The remarkable aesthetic resonance of British vocalist Viv Corringham and German guitarist Nicola Hein was on display at the Outskirts series in East New York on Sunday night, May 6. The two quickly calibrated to each other in this freely improvised piece. They opened with percussive vocal clicks and low, faintly rumbling guitar. Corringham worked

Review: Patrick Shiroishi Nonet Live at Ham & Eggs (Los Angeles)

On March 12, I had the opportunity to hear three great sets of music in the Late Breakfast series at Ham & Eggs in downtown Los Angeles. These culminated with alto saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi leading a nine-piece band that included voice, two flutes, tenor saxophone, guitar, bass, cello, and harmonium. The one extended piece they

Review: 3 Sets at El Quinto Piso (Mexico City), Dec 30, 2017

I hadn’t planned to go to Mexico City. After my flight to Rome was delayed 30 hours, I abandoned my original plans and spontaneously bought same-day tickets to Mexico City on December 29. I had heard rumors about the vibrant improvised music scene there, but had never experienced it first hand, so I asked for