Concert Reviews

Review: Universal Melody Brass Band Live at the Stone, Oct 26, 2017

New Perspectives on Improvised Music Guest Writer: Sammi Qu-Kwok I thought the time would never come, but lo and behold, on the last Thursday night of October, I finally found time to attend a live concert. The band in question was “The Universal Melody Brass Band”. So dressed in many layers, I made the trek out to

Review: While We Still Have Bodies, Live at 49 Shade, Aug 10, 2017

The band While We Still Have Bodies (WWSHB) had an inspiring performance at underground Brooklyn venue 49 Shade on Thursday, August 10. On that humid evening, the place was packed with fans and musicians, a collection of people hungry for the cutting edge of the improvised music scene. The band is comprised of four forward-looking

Yoni Kretzmer 2-Bass Quartet Live At The Zurcher Gallery, April 25

Yoni Kretzmer has embraced a more lyrical voice on tenor saxophone over the past year. Evidence of his significant development in recent years as a musician, composer, and bandleader were on full display on Tuesday night at the Zürcher Gallery in Manhattan. The quartet played four pieces, many of which appear on their 2015 release

She : A Multimedia Suite On Sexual Violence, Sandra Bland, And Healing

SHE premiered to a sold-out crowd at New York Live Arts on Monday, April 11. Conceived of by dancer and choreographer Jinah Parker, the performance included a sweeping array of art forms including video, poetry, storytelling, voice, instrumental music, a DJ, and of course dance. The suite was born out of a Parker’s desire to

Fay Victor Live At 55bar, July 28, 2016

Fay Victor’s monthly performance at 55Bar is one of the most happening things in New York City these days. Full of soulful energy and crisp with fresh ideas, Victorpicks the audience up and carries them along on a delectable journey. On July 28, the voice artist led her band on a special night that also

Review : Taylor Ho Bynum’s Rank Sentimentalist At Pioneer Works, Oct 7, 2016

One of multi-instrumentalist and composer Taylor Ho Bynum‘s great talents is picking the right people to work together in an ensemble such as his long-standing sextet or his ambitious PlusTet. With Rank Sentimentalist, he has done it again–bringing cellist Marika Hughes, guitarist Evan Patrick (previously working under the name Evan O’Reilly, from Bynum’s first sextet

Review: Nicole Mitchell’s Maroon Cloud, Live at National Sawdust, March 29

No matter how many times flutist, composer, and educator Nicole Mitchell plays in New York, it is never enough. As one of the foremost visionaries of creative music today, Prof. Mitchell has already crafted an incredible body of work and received considerable praise. Her work is at once deeply developed, interdisciplinary, and socially relevant, while

Concert Review: 3 Sets at Fire Music at the Legion, May 28

On Sunday, May 28, the eve of the 22nd annual Vision Festival, and within a challenging political climate that has certainly affected all artists, the back room of Williamsburg’s quiet Legion Bar was packed in anticipation of two brass-heavy ad hoc quartets. Fire Music at Legion has been a going concern since last fall, taking

Concert Review: 3 Sets at Fire Music at the Legion, May 28

On Sunday, May 28, the eve of the 22nd annual Vision Festival, and within a challenging political climate that has certainly affected all artists, the back room of Williamsburg’s quiet Legion Bar was packed in anticipation of two brass-heavy ad hoc quartets. Fire Music at Legion has been a going concern since last fall, taking

Review: Nicole Mitchell’s Maroon Cloud, Live at National Sawdust, March 29

No matter how many times flutist, composer, and educator Nicole Mitchell plays in New York, it is never enough. As one of the foremost visionaries of creative music today, Prof. Mitchell has already crafted an incredible body of work and received considerable praise. Her work is at once deeply developed, interdisciplinary, and socially relevant, while